Cedillo Visits Lincoln Heights Seniors
By Jacqueline García EGP Staff Writer
It was billed as the unveiling of sidewalk repairs outside the Lincoln Heights Senior Center, but for seniors at the facility, Monday’s event was a chance to catch up with their local councilman, Gil Cedillo, and for the councilman to give seniors an unexpected gift.
“Viva Cedillo” read some of the large signs strategically placed around the center; words that were echoed in the seniors’ cheers welcoming the councilman to their regular hangout.
“My tio” (my uncle), “My primo” (my cousin), Cedillo greeted seniors enthusiastically. The councilman says he feels at home when he’s there because some of the patrons remind him of his parents who recently passed away.
Cedillo told the audience he was “very excited to have the new sidewalk” completed because he knows how important it is to preventing accidents to seniors and children who use the walkway. Sidewalks can serve as a barrier from vehicles, he told the audience.
The repairs to the sidewalk, running from the Center’s northeast property line, south to Workman Street, wrapping around the facility to Daly Street, cost about $123,000, according to Yoo Bin Kim with the City’s Dept. of Engineering.
Cedillo told seniors the city has allocated $9.1 million in its 2015-2016 Fiscal Budget for repairs to sidewalk adjacent to city-owned facilities and his office has identified about $1.6 million in projects for the first district that he said would reduce safety hazards caused by overgrown tree roots, buckled sidewalks and uneven pavement.
While seniors praised the councilman for his work, they reminded him that there’s a lot more to do.
“The city is very dirty,” a woman said in Spanish. “People throw mattresses and big furniture outside and they are there for days, sometimes weeks,” she complained.
Agreeing more needs to be done, the councilman said he hopes the Bureau of Sanitation will soon start cleaning the entire city, “not only the Westside.”
“We are not satisfied with [Bureau of Sanitation], we brought the director [to] a hearing last week as we continue to push them to clean more,” Cedillo told EGP after the meeting, noting that the department had received an extra $15 million for street cleaning this year.
Some progress has been made, it is not enough, but we are on the right track, he added.
Seniors told the councilman the park and Senior Center need new exercise equipment; reserved for seniors parking signs; more trashcans and a fresh coat of paint.
It’s not Christmas yet, but I have a surprise for you, Cedillo said before leaving. His gift? A new large screen 62-inch HD television. “People won’t have to struggle anymore with that old TV,” said the councilman, pointing to an old, small screen TV in a corner of the room.
Cedillo said an Atwater area merchant had given his office a “good discount” and we were able to fulfill our commitment to get a new TV for the Center.Print This Post
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