May 19, 2020
Joe staged a rally to help our beleaguered small retailers and restaurants open before the critical Memorial Day Weekend. These are our friends and neighbors who have made an investment in our community and when they hurt, we all hurt.
"Franklin said he believes the city has done its part in “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 cases and that businesses should be able to responsibly reopen with proper safety measures."
“What’s going to be different 10 days from now that we couldn’t achieve tomorrow?” he said. “They cannot make the money they need to remain viable by doing curbside service.”
May 20, 2020
“We’re trying to get the order changed,” said Manhattan Beach resident Joe Franklin, who organized the rally.
July 4, 2020
With no organized event for the Fourth of July, Joe put one together. Together with his friends Judy, Lucia, Lee and Maureen, they created the "Thank You MBPD & MBFD" signs.
This grassroots movement has now delivered over 1,000 of these signs proudly displayed in residents' yards!
"A crowd of about 50 gathered outside Manhattan Beach City Hall on the Fourth of July, waving American flags and "Thank You MBPD & MBFD" signs.
The loosely organized group, which came together by word of mouth, included brief remarks by residents Joe Franklin and Lee Phillips."
August 17, 2020
The field of candidates is set!
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