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Ella Jones Is Elected Ferguson’s First Black Mayor 6 Years After Michael Brown’s Death — TIME

(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of black communities roil the nation. Jones, a city council member who also will be the first woman to lead the St. Louis suburb, beat fellow council member Heather…

Ella Jones Is Elected Ferguson’s First Black Mayor 6 Years After Michael Brown’s Death — TIME

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Bombay Beach at Salton Sea

I had a free day last Saturday and I took the opportunity to visit the Salton Sea, a place I had read about and seen in photos for several years now. I mapped out my route and it was going to take about a 2 hour drive to get there. I also realized that it was going to be HOT. I prepared for the heat and took to the road. My first stop was going to be the Salton Sea State Recreation area, but as soon as I got there, I found out it was closed due to Covid-19. Note to self, check to see if the place you are visiting is actually open! It got really hot, by the time I reached Salton Sea, it was around 1:30 p.m. and I decided to can my original plan and instead of setting up my tripod and get some great shots with my Canon 6D, I decided to just use my phone.

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I was at Salton Sea, but I didn’t really think what I was seeing was all that interesting.
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I was beginning to think that I made a mistake to come out here and perhaps I wasn’t going to see some of the cool sites that I had seen on photography blogs and other sites for Salton Sea. I started thinking about a plan B…where else can I go? I finally decided to keep going a bit further and at least go down to Bombay Beach. The decision to get to Bombay Beach really paid off.

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It was HOT at this point…close to 100 degrees.
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Is that The Go-Go’s?
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This art piece looks like kids can play on it, but it was fenced off so perhaps not.
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The infamous Bombay Beach Drive-In.
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Sunny Viola a resident of Bombay Beach

Sunny Viola hosts a sunset service every Saturday. I had a nice conversation with him. He told be about Kim…see that truck back there…Kim pulls tows people out of the sand when their cars get stuck she usually only charges $200 but is known to charge a lot more according to Sunny. Sunny was a cool cat. He even gave me a small token to remember him by.

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I hope to revisit Salton Sea when it opens back up for more photo ops and perhaps bring some props to get some interesting images. We’ll see.

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Black Lives Matter Protest in Irvine

I had brunch with my mom today in Irvine at one of her favorite restaurants. As I was bringing her home, we noticed a group of protesters in front of the Irvine Civic Center. After I dropped her off, I decided to document the protest with my Canon 6D and LG phone. I was there for about an hour and witnessed a very peaceful yet energetic protest.

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Walking up seems peaceful and it stayed that way for the entire time that I was present.
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This friendly neighbor drove up and brought cases of water and snacks for the protesters.
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At 3:15 PM everyone knelt for a minute in honor of George Floyd.
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This gentleman is wearing a MAGA hat and holding a BLM sign. Those girls are just as confused as I am.
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Foodie Stuff

Tio’s Tacos is open!

Things are opening back up! I went for lunch today and was able to eat in the dining room. Many places are opening back up in So Cal and Tio’s Tacos is one of my go to places near my work. Next step for me is finding a barber shop that has a spot open.

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I was the only one eating in and that was alright by me.
Photography · Travel

Tour de Vegas

This Memorial Day weekend, I decided to drive to Vegas and go for a ride along the Strip. In my lifetime, I doubt that Vegas will be shut down again like it is right now, so I wanted to take the opportunity to go down there and document my ride.
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Me and my Magnum P.I. Starter ‘Stache (as one of my dear friends put it)
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There were very few people on the strip, but as you know, it is usually packed with tourists walking around etc…
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At the end of my ride, I needed to eat and I found an establishment that was OPEN!
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I earned my wings!!!
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Even Fremont Street was dead.
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No one around and the entrance has been closed off.
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As a bonus, I visited Alegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
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I am so happy I was able to make this happen. The drive from our house took just under 3 hours! That is unheard of. Overall I loved the whole experience. It did get a bit too hot to ride toward the end of my ride, the temperature reached 93 degrees. I hope we do not have another pandemic in my lifetime but I am glad I was able to visit Las Vegas for this experience. It was well worth the trip.

Places and things I find in them.

Coronavirus photos 2020 at Victoria Gardens

On March 20, 2020 I grabbed my camera and headed to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. This was a Friday afternoon at around 5 p.m.. Normally, this place would be popping off as it is known for its dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Due to the Covid-19 stay at home order, this place was a Ghost Town. Here are some shots I took before a security guard asked me to leave.

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Number of L.A. County coronavirus cases tops 30,000 as more businesses reopen — KTLA

The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County topped 30,000 Friday as the county opened the first wave of businesses since ordering sweeping closures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. L.A. County, the epicenter of the pandemic in California, recorded another 883 cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths Friday, bringing the countywide…

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Lynn Swann’s Legacy At Work

InsideUSC with Scott Wolf

Lynn Swann was fired nearly a month ago but his decisions are in full view.

Two years ago, Swann fired women’s volleyball coach Mick Haley after he reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Well, here we are two years later and the women’s volleyball team is 7-5 and not even ranked in the top 25. It lost to UCLA last week.

When Jovan Vavic was arrested and then fired as water polo coach last March, Swann waited until two weeks before the season to simply announce he promoted assistant coach Marko Pintaric to head coach on Aug. 29.

The Trojans were ranked No. 1 to start the season but lost to UC Santa Barbara and Pacific and are ranked No. 5.

Now I don’t suggest for a second Swann decided who to hire. That would interfere with golf.

But he listened to his underlings and did not push…

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