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On Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, a group of enthusiastic voters set up a Trump display in front of the Rite Aid at Mission and Fair Oaks.
By Margaret Prietto
Posters said “4 more years.” One man carried a “Veterans for Trump” sign. Across the street at the Starbucks and Chipotle outdoor patios other voters carried “Biden-Harris” and “Black Lives Matter” signs.
Passing motorists honked and shouted support or disapproval. All persons stayed on their sidewalks, shouted at one another, waved their signs vigorously, and expressed their opinions on the election. Everyone stayed out of the street.
There was no police presence. Two young people shared their concerns as they departed the scene. One young man said, “I don’t want any fascist signs in my town. I’ve lived here all my life and I wish I could vote.” A resident asked him, “How long have you lived here?” He said, “All of my 13 years.” The resident replied, “South Pasadenans don’t like to be told what to do especially after six decades of fighting the 710 Freeway. They like to decide for themselves. I’ve lived here since 1973 and I do not recall an election with such inflammatory actions.”
There were no incidents until 6:00 pm. South Pasadena police responded to verify that an altercation occurred and took witnesses statements. The case will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible criminal filing.
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