LA MESA, Calif. — A restoration fund supposed to assist East County companies restore damages from a Saturday riot in La Mesa has drawn greater than $160,000 in donations.
The group continues to tug collectively this week after final weekend’s protests turned violent, leaving dozens of companies looted and vandalized. Rick Wilson, president of the East County Chamber of Commerce mentioned inside hours of the riots ending, the chamber’s basis arrange a GoFundMe account to assist companies rebuild.
As of Thursday, the fund already has far surpassed its preliminary aim of $50,000, drawing in particular person contributions from almost 2,000 folks. Group members even have pitched on this week to assist companies clear up, make repairs and add new paintings.
“(Companies) had been popping out of COVID-19 which was already laborious sufficient after which to have this occur,” Wilson mentioned. “The GoFundMe account is an ideal instance of all people pitching in to assist our native companies right here on the town and that’s simply an superior factor in San Diego.”
Group enterprise homeowners say they’re nonetheless in shock from the violence.
Now, they’re looking for out what their insurance coverage will cowl — and what they’re listening to to date has been surprising.
“I’ve a excessive deductible on the home windows — ready to listen to again,” Amethyst Moon proprietor Theresa Favro mentioned. “They mentioned if it’s deemed riots, there’s a variety of restrictions on the insurance coverage.”
Wilson mentioned the East County Chamber of Commerce Basis nonetheless is gathering info from companies. Subsequent week, they’ll set standards for functions, Wilson mentioned.
“The final week in June is what we hope to only begin getting carpal tunnel (syndrome) by simply writing checks and getting that cash into folks’s fingers,” he mentioned.
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