Continued protests by supporters of America’s defeated past president at Lafayette’s El Curtola Bridge and rising frustration among area residents living near the span have forced the matter onto an upcoming council agenda.
Council staff have indicated that they intend to accept communications from an organizer/supporter of the regular protests along with others who say the gatherings constitute a threat to community safety – or at least to neighborhood peace and quiet.
While Monday’s meeting is not expected to make either contingent instantly happy it has become apparent in recent weeks that civic leaders and police find themselves squarely in the middle of a volatile and ongoing national discourse which has manifested itself locally on the span above Highway 24.
One rally organizer wrote the council on Feb. 2, thanking them for allowing their rallies:
Subject: Allow Bay Area Patriots To Promote the US Constitution
Date: Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:35:55 PM
To the Lafayette Mayor & City Council : We want to thank you for allowing us a venue to promote our efforts to raise an awareness in the general public that our way of life as stated in our Declaration of Independence and U.S.Constitution is under attack by the Radical Left. We want our Country back !! Our Creator will show us the way !
For the record, this site is *withholding the names of those who have written the council and whose missives are expected to be received Monday evening due to fears of possible physical violence expressed by members of both sides.
Neighbors voiced other concerns, detailing tales of contact with demonstrators/protestors:
Are we going to wait for something bad to happen in our local community before the City of Lafayette actually does something? Why can’t we simply stop allowing ANY protesters from protesting on that bridge? If they protested in front of your home, would you simply pass it off as free speech and go about your day? It’s been well over 5 months and I’m tired and more
importantly, scared of what’s to come. I hate that the road in front of my home has been tarnished with egregious flags, noise, anger and violence.
I have seen on multiple occasions accidents on Hwy 24 under this overpass due to the distraction.
It has been published that there have been arrests for assault by this group.
They also congregate on the bridge without masks and without social distancing.
They constantly are standing in the road, rollerskating in the street, jaywalking, waving flags at cars, yelling at cars.
Considering the actions of groups like this in January at our nation’s capitol, what is Lafayette doing to protect it’s (sic) residents?
Just how authorities intend to ensure neighborhood peace and quiet while protecting Free Speech is shaping up as a thorny local issue with no easy solution.