Dear Seal Beach Friends and Family:
I like many of you, watched over the weekend in shock as our brother and sister communities in Southern California and across the United States were ravaged. Many businesses had just been allowed to open after closing their doors to keep the community safer during the COVID peak contagion period. We mourn with the rest of the world the senseless death of one of our fellow Americans, George Floyd. We hear the boiled over frustrations of a disenfranchised society as well as the cries of despair from business owners that have served and sacrificed for neighborhoods they chose to live and serve within.
It’s comforting to be in a proactive community like Seal Beach, that goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and wellbeing. I’m happy to verify that per the Seal Beach Police Department, there was no looting in any of establishments. We continue to work with our Chief of Police in conjunction with City Hall and our City Council who are pro-actively monitoring our neighboring communities for anything that may affect Seal Beach.
Just as COVID gave us all an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on what is truly important to us, what happened with George Floyd and the aftermath also gives us an opportunity to be better. As our retail stores begin to open for shopping and our beloved restaurants begin dine-in service and our barber-shops and hair salons open for business, we continue to band together and support them in their recovery, we can and will be better, together. There are amazing things happening all around us, there are many stories of police officers embracing protesters in their shared mourning of this tragic situation. We feature our own “hometown heroes” on the Weekly Squeal to highlight the amazing things in our community.
Over the weekend, one of my favorite alumni choir students (I was a proud choir mom for the Grand National Champions Los Alamitos High School Choir for 11 years) Taylor Fagins, wrote, produced and performed this amazing tribute to George Floyd. It broke my heart with it’s ability to articulate the world’s pain right now. He is my hero for a myriad of reasons, this song, being only one of them #WeNeedMore