4TH UPDATE, 6:45 PM: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at his news conference on Wednesday night that, barring a setback, the curfews in L.A. would be discontinued after tonight.
Earlier in the day, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva characterized Tuesday night as vastly more peaceful than previous nights. Doubtless, that helped officials come to this decision.
Garcetti also said tonight’s curfew is still needed to make sure “we are not walking away from our responsibilities” to protesters and business owners.
After the curfew ends, Garcetti was asked where Los Angeles goes from here? “We have to shoulder this as a society,” he said.
3RD UPDATE, 1:56 PM: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has extended the city’s curfew for a fifth, this time starting at 9 p.m. The lockdowns have kicked in at 6 p.m. the past two nights.
Meanwhile, the City of West Hollywood also extended its curfew. It will begin at 9 tonight as well, though city officials originally had set it to begin at 6 p.m.
2ND UPDATE, 11:11 AM: Los Angeles County has made it official: Wednesday’s curfew will begin at 9 p.m. — hours later than previous nights — and end at 5 a.m. Thursday. It’s the fourth consecutive night of a countywide lockdown amid George Floyd protests and vandalism and looting in many areas of Los Angeles County.
UPDATED, 10:36 AM: Culver City has issued a curfew for a fifth consecutive night, starting at 6 p.m. tonight though 6 a.m. Thursday. The city is home to entertainment industry heavyweights including Sony Pictures Studios and Amazon Studios.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:57 AM: The recently embattled cities of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have extended their curfew orders to tonight, and the City and County of Los Angeles are expected to follow suit sometime today.
The Santa Monica shutdown will begin several hours later than the past couple of days — at 6 p.m., compared with 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Monday. Today’s Beverly Hills curfew will be in two stages: The business district, which include Rodeo Drive, will close at 1 p.m., and the rest of the city locks down at 4 p.m. The curfews expire at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Both Westside cities were hit with protests and looting over the weekend and marchers took to the streets to express outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police — and agitators vandalized and ripped off stores.
We are awaiting word on new curfew orders for the L.A. city and county, but Santa Monica’s tweet says its order “aligns with” Los Angeles County:
No word yet on curfew orders for other cities in Los Angeles County including Burbank and Glendale.
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