Rally to Open Temecula calls for all businesses to reopen

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People gather at Temecula City Hall in an effort to rally support in the reopening of businesses within the city of Temecula as restrictions ease during the COVID-19 pandemic, May 23. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Jeff Pack Staff Writer Approximately 50 people gathered in front of Temecula City Hall on Saturday, May 23 for a rally called “Open Temecula” that originated on Facebook.  Organized by Tena Caracciolo, owner of Insurance All Stars Agency, Realtor Lloyd Mize, and Robert Dean Lamb of New Found Strength Fitness & Nutrition, the rally called for residents to put pressure on local elected officials in hopes of the Temecula city council proclaiming the city as a “business sanctuary city.” The rally, which was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featured local business owners who expressed their frustration with being shut down due to mandates handed down by state and county officials designed to halt the spread of the coronavirus, which to date has killed more than 97,000 people
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