Los Angeles Councilman Gilbert Cedillo hosted a community swearing-in celebration Sunday to kick-off his term as the new representative for the city’s first council district.
Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, which included retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso administering the oath of office to Cedillo.
Attendees included national, state and local elected officials as well as residents, according to the councilman’s office.
In his speech, Cedillo said he will focus on creating cleaner and safer neighborhoods and opening already existing public space for extended recreational uses.
“I am honored that you have entrusted me to represent you in the first district,” Cedillo said. “We have a lot of work to do and I cannot wait to get started. He challenged the attendees to dream about making the district “better.”
Cedillo’s day of celebration kicked off at Our Lady Queen of Angeles church at Olvera Street where Rev. Father Richard Estrada gave him the “bendición del pueblo” (the town’s blessing).
The festivities continued with “A Taste of the 1st,” which featured food samplings from restaurants in the district, live music and other entertainment.
Chinese lion dancers, Korean fan dancers and Jose Rizo’s Grammy Award Winning jazz group, Mongorama, were some of the featured performances.
Cedillo is a veteran legislator, having served previously on the California State Assembly and State Senate. He officially took office on July 1.
The 1st Council District, includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.