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El Sereno Residents Hear From Cedillo at Town Hall

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) held his fourth “End of Session Tour” town hall-style meeting in El Sereno on Tuesday night. During the last few weeks, he has held similar meetings in Echo Park, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights.

Dozens of El Sereno residents and Dream Act eligible students attended Tuesday’s meeting. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Cedillo recapped recent legislation authored by him and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown —including the two part California Dream Act that will allow undocumented students who meet certain criteria to receive private scholarships as well as some state funded grants and financial aid at California public state, university and community colleges, and AB 353 that prohibits police from impounding the cars of sober undocumented drivers caught up in DUI check points.

“They weren’t setting up check points to look for drunken motorists, they were setting up check points to look for sober immigrants and in doing so they were taking money out of the community, out of the households, out of people’s pockets, and making rich tow truck drivers and paying for local government,” Cedillo said.

Following his recap, Cedillo took questions from the audience.

One resident asked the assemblyman what could be done to create more jobs in El Sereno. Cedillo said he wants to tap into unused bond money to create projects such as a “tunnel under South Pasadena” that would create thousands of jobs. His reference to the long-stalled and controversial plan to connect the I-710 Freeway to the I-210 Freeway, did not draw a response from the audience, despite the fact that a group of El Sereno residents has for decades opposed the expansion through their neighborhood.

Cedillo, who is running for termed-out City Councilman Ed Reyes’ District 1 council seat, said other jobs could be created if the proposed construction at the Convention Center is approved. He said there is a lot of bond money that is not being used, and said using it on projects such as rehabilitating apartment buildings would also create jobs.