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California Magazine is banning all banners at its headquarters in the Los Angeles area.
“We have been taking a hard look at our editorial staff in light of the recent events in Charlottesville, and our employees have been our greatest strength.
We know this will be a difficult decision, but we believe it is the right thing to do.
We hope everyone in our company, and in the greater California community, will be supportive of this decision,” the magazine’s editorial board wrote in a statement posted to its Facebook page.”
For the first time in our organization’s history, we are taking the step to ban banners at our Los Angeles headquarters, effective immediately,” the statement said.
“It is not an easy decision to make, but I know it is necessary for the health and safety of all of us, especially those who work here.”
The move came amid mounting controversy over white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and white supremacist groups.
In response, California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, announced he would call for a full investigation into the deadly rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.
The protests and counterprotests have continued.
On Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called on Trump to condemn the events in Virginia.
The state’s governor, Kamala Harris, has also spoken out against white supremacists.
California’s new ban follows the state’s decision to bar the flag from a restaurant in downtown Sacramento, where a large counterprotest was taking place on Sunday.