LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The sound of electrical saws and hammers might be heard all through downtown Los Angeles Monday as companies brace for attainable unrest following Tuesday night time’s election outcomes.
“As a result of we’re scared,” Sean Zendedel, proprietor of Zen World, stated. “We don’t need to get looted.”
Zendedel stated he simply opened his Jewellery District enterprise in August, however has already been robbed and has heard the tales of looting from the spring.
“One in all my cousins acquired looted for $2 million price of merchandise proper when the riots occurred,” he stated.
The Jewelry District was hit especially hard at the beginning of June when the steel gates couldn’t maintain again looters — which is why many retailer homeowners have now lined their street-facing home windows with wooden planks.
“Going and vandalizing property, that’s unfair,” Zendedel stated. “We’re all working. We’re all working class males.”
And whereas the price of boarding up a enterprise just isn’t low cost, costing Zendedel just a little over $3,000, enterprise homeowners have been greater than prepared to pay for just a little peace of thoughts.
“We’ve boarded up fairly just a few, boarded up this entire constructing proper now,” Justin Zazueta, who works for Swinerton, stated. “We’ve been out right here for 3 or 4 days, I’d say.”
And it’s not simply downtown L.A. that’s making ready for the worst. Companies in Pasadena have additionally taken to closing up store and boarding up their home windows.
“Due to the politics, all people is scared,” one girl stated. “I’ve by no means seen the U.S. like this. That is the primary time I’ve seen this factor occur.”
Enterprise homeowners stated boarding up their storefronts was a troublesome selection, as a result of they need to keep open and serve their clients.
“I’m praying, man,” Zendedel stated. “All we will do is pray and simply take precautions.”
Companies in Beverly Hills have also begun boarding up their windows and doors forward of the election. The town has already stated it might shut down Rodeo Drive to pedestrian and car visitors beginning on Election Day by way of Wednesday.