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Protesters call for reopening of businesses in Imperial County

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A handful of Imperial Valley residents protested the current county restrictions in front of the Imperial County Public Health Department Friday morning.

Protesters advocate for a full re-opening of the county.

The march was lead by small business owner Brian Harsany, who says small businesses can not survive this pandemic unless the county re-opens completely.

"I mourn all the losses for people who die of COVID-19 but also I mourn the losses of people who die in traffic accidents. I don't know if you know but most of you may not know I was a seventeen year veteran with the Brawley PD and I saw many people die in traffic accidents too and they're just as horrific. People die daily. and what's going to happen is if we don't start with some common sense guidelines with safety precautions of course not only will people continue to die here but our economic stability will die here too," said Harsany.

Harsany says the Payment Protection Program for small businesses was not enough to keep them afloat.

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Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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