Assembly Hopeful Among Those Arrested in Downtown LA for Civil Disobedience

By EGP News Report

Nearly two-dozen anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested this morning in Downtown Los Angeles’ financial district, among them was an aspiring California assembly candidate who has already received the endorsement of the incumbent he wants to replace.

Assembly candidate Arturo Chavez answers questions from a television reporter. Photo from Facebook

The march and protest was organized by Occupy LA, Good Jobs LA, the Service Employees International Union and other groups.

“Wall Street corporations are leaving LA communities and the 99% behind. When Wall Street needed help after their greed and recklessness crashed our economy, Congress rushed to bail them out with billions in taxpayer money – now Wall Street corporations and banks are sitting on $2 trillion in cash but failing to invest in local communities to create good jobs. Congress is making the crisis worse by refusing to tax millionaires and wealthy corporations to fund job creating legislation and prevent devastating budget cuts,” Good Jobs LA stated in a media advisory for the protest.

The march began shortly after 7 a.m. and disrupted morning rush-hour traffic in the downtown’s already congested streets. The California Highway Patrol also closed the westbound Fourth Street off-ramp from the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway.

An “unlawful assembly” was declared at about 9:20 a.m., roughly an hour after the rally permit had expired.

Arturo Chavez, who wore a white t-shirt that read “We are the 99 percent,” smiled as police handcuffed him and took him away  at 9:30 a.m.

Arturo Chavez with President Barack Obama, this is Chavez’s profile picture on Facebook

In October, Chavez was endorsed by termed-out Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-45th District) for the newly created 51th Assembly District. Cedillo has announced he is running for Los Angeles City Council District 1.

The reconfigured assembly district includes most of the current 45th districts and the following communities: Angelino Heights, Chinatown, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, Unincorporated East Los Angeles, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Filipinotown, Glassell Park, Highland Park, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, Rampart Village and Silver Lake.

Bail was set at $500 for today’s arrestees, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrew Neiman.

Information from City News Service was used in this report.

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November 17, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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One Response to “Assembly Hopeful Among Those Arrested in Downtown LA for Civil Disobedience”

  1. J. Michael Trujillo on November 18th, 2011 1:24 pm

    Thank you Mr. Chavez for stepping up. If this is any indication of how you will represent our district in the State Legislature then you will have my vote and support. I will be contacting your office to determine how I and members of our family can help your candidacy. You make us proud!

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