Virus Scare, then Race Riots, now Wave of Targeted Arsons

First it was the shelter in place, killing jobs and businesses.  Then we had the protests of the shelter in place—with NO damage anywhere in the country by those promoting Constitutional government.

Then a man was murdered in Minneapolis and the protests were used to shield gangsters and criminals to loot and steal from stores—destroy cars and threaten people.  Then it became arson in the name of “peace”.  All the while the police were forced in most cases to just look on, not allowed to stop crime.

“In the Palm Springs resort area of California, this havoc has shifted to fire-bombings of apparently targeted properties, all too coincidental: a small restaurant whose owner defied the non-essential business shutdown, a Republican Women Federated headquarters office, and the former home of Bob Hope, a comedian who favored Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War.

Red Barn Restaurant Fire

The fire at the Red Barn restaurant in Palm Desert came on the evening of a local Black Lives Matter protest in Palm Desert on June 1st. John Labrano, the owner, became controversial in the media when he announced he was going to re-open the restaurant before the non-essential business shut down was lifted on May 22.  He opened up early on May 16.   The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control had threatened to pull Labrano’s liquor license if he opened early, so he did not serve alcohol. 

Yes, targeted arson.  This is going on all over the State and nation.  Gangsters using a murder as the excuse to destroy, disrupt and demean freedom.  Feel safe in California?  Newsom is going to cut 24% from what the State gives local police forces.  Garcetti in L.A. has started the process of defunding the LAPD—you will visit L.A. at your own risk.  We are in physical danger and government has decided to be a bystander.

Virus Scare, then Race Riots, now Wave of Targeted Arsons

Solar panel in the median of Highway 111 near the restaurant was inscribed with the words ‘Antifa’ and ‘Pig’ 

By Wayne Lusvardi, California Globe,   6/4/20 

California has been hit by destructive government policies in response to the overblown coronavirus epidemic resulting in a massive wipe out of small, independent businesses. This has morphed into opportunistic race riots in big California cities including vandalism and looting of small businesses and deaths of police officers targeted by people posing as protestors who then become rioters.

In the Palm Springs resort area of California, this havoc has shifted to fire-bombings of apparently targeted properties, all too coincidental: a small restaurant whose owner defied the non-essential business shutdown, a Republican Women Federated headquarters office, and the former home of Bob Hope, a comedian who favored Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War.

Red Barn Restaurant Fire

The fire at the Red Barn restaurant in Palm Desert came on the evening of a local Black Lives Matter protest in Palm Desert on June 1st. John Labrano, the owner, became controversial in the media when he announced he was going to re-open the restaurant before the non-essential business shut down was lifted on May 22.  He opened up early on May 16.   The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control had threatened to pull Labrano’s liquor license if he opened early, so he did not serve alcohol. 

Labrano got a lot of media attention because he had painted the roof of his landmark restaurant saying: “Save Jobs, Hang a Politician,” and “Suck my Governor; We R Essential.”  

After the shut-down was lifted, Labrano changed the roof to read: “Make Palm Desert Great Again” and “America the Free and No Regerts” (referring to a famous body tattoo where the word regrets was misspelled “regerts”). 

The restaurant suffered extensive fire damage inside although the exterior may be salvageable.

The Red Barn Restaurant fire is located a few blocks away from where a protest was held on the same day.  La Quinta fire department captain Fernando Herrera confirmed the Republican Women’s Federation fire was a fire bombing, as a surveillance video showed a person breaking windows and entering the property.

A commenter on the CalFire Facebook webpage pointed out that a solar panel in the median of Highway 111 in front of the restaurant was inscribed with the words “Antifa” and “Pig.” 

The Republican Women’s Headquarters “Suspicious” Small Fire

One day prior to the Red Barn fire, the office of the East Valley Republican Women Federated in La Quinta was set fire.   Their office is located in a retail shopping center store front along Highway 111.  Windows were broken to gain entry.  The small fire must have been lit right before the firefighters arrived, as it did not spread to the rest of the structure. The Republican Women posted a $1,000 reward on Facebook for information on who set the fire as an act of “domestic terrorism.”  The La Quinta Fire Department called the fire “suspicious.”

A photo of a hooded suspect and an automobile were posted on the CalFire Facebook website here.  The suspect’s sweatshirt had the letters “USST” on it, perhaps referring to the “University of Shanghai Science and Technology”, the “United States Shooting Team” or the “United States Stock Transfer Corporation”.  This was preceded by the letters “IT” meaning Information Technology.

Bob Hope’s Iconic Former Hillside House

On June 2, a day after the Red Barn Fire, a “suspicious” brush fire was reported around 4 pm near Bob Hope’s former iconic hillside home.  The fire burned 200-acres but did no damage to structures.  15 fire engines with 45 firefighters responded. 

Hope’s former house is an iconic landmark prominently perched on a hillside over Palm Springs. The Hope house is in a gated enclave of homes, so this might be one reason the fire was unable to spread to the homes from the hillside.

Three Fires Too Coincidental

Labrano now claims that the fires that hit his restaurant and the Republican Women’s office fires have been caused by the same arsonists.  Labrano is reported to have called the purported fire bombers “vandals”, as if whoever did this merely graffitied his restaurant instead of destroying it.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Really??? says

    I respect a certain number of my friends who are Black. They are not rioting, and looting.

    What ever respect I had for Black Politicians and supposed Black Clergy has disappeared for my life. They said no and then say we understand, which was and is cover to allow and approve crimes and looting.

    When a Black Professor from UCLA spews the same excuse for crime there is no chance I will ever have respect or trust them again.

    When Black coordinated attacks on peaceful mainly Anglo areas is clearly stated on TV it means I will never have respect or trust in the Black community again.

    I was full of it in the army. There were small mutinies of Blacks who we had just saved in combat and they said watch your back whitie…. I got over that after a number of years. Now count the Rioting “demonstration”(?) starting from the Watt;s Riots I am over it. If you are Black don’t come to me for a favor. See folks, even the black cops do not feel safe in black neighborhoods.

  2. A perfect ‘Socialist’ slight of hand play, right from the beginning. California should be afraid…very afraid.
    Even if Gov Nuisance is booted right now, all of your tax dollars for a looong time, will be needed to fix the destruction he and his Dem friends have done. From correcting his stupid law making to fixing the debt he and his Dem friends created, and will still be living off of and laughing all the way to the banks.

  3. TheRandyGuy says

    Never again tell me “Nobody needs an AR-15.”

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