Basketball’s Izaiah Sweeney, left, and badminton’s Jean Mornelle Buenaflor were named the male and female athletes of the year, respectively at the East Los Angeles College Department of Athletics’ 16th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner. Sweeney was named all-state after helping lead the Huskies to the state final four, and Buenaflor helped ELAC win its first-ever state doubles championship. Alumnus James Sams, middle, the principal at Bell Gardens Elementary School, was the keynote speaker. Sams was a two-time all-conference tackle on the Husky football teams in 1988 and ’89. The event was held July 21 in the multi-purpose room in the new ELAC Student Center.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak today at East Los Angeles College amid a planned protest by Latino students and community groups and to raise funds for her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton will discuss her plans to raise incomes for families, break down the barriers that hold Californians back, keep America safe and bring the country together, an aide said.
At least two other presidential candidates have spoken at East Los Angeles College and gone on to be elected — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and
Clinton’s husband, Bill, in 1992, according to Maria Iacobo of the Los Angeles Community College District.
Members of Union del Barrio, MEXA of East Los Angeles College, LA Brown Berets and several other student and community-based organizations plan to march seven blocks in Monterrey Park from Belvedere Park to East Los Angeles College to protest what organizers call Clinton’s attacks on working-class communities of color and her 2002 vote as a senator in favor of the resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.
“This event is to let Hillary know that she is not welcomed in Los Angeles and to raise community awareness of what she really represents. We will let the community know that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would make terrible presidents,” said organizer Ron Gochez, referring to the real estate tycoon and television personality who is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
“This action is strictly to protest against Hillary Clinton and not in support of any party and/or candidates.” There was no response to an email sent Wednesday night to the Clinton campaign seeking comment.
Clinton will also hold two fundraisers in downtown Los Angeles today, according to Political Party Time, a website that tracks political fundraisers.
Tickets for an afternoon fundraiser hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar are $2,700, the maximum individual contribution under federal law to a candidate seeking a party’s presidential nomination.
Individuals who have raised $10,000 are designated as co-hosts and will be able to have their pictures taken with Clinton. Those raising $27,000 are designated as event hosts and received an invitation to a host reception with Clinton and receive membership in the Hillary for America Finance Committee.
Tickets for a second downtown fundraiser are also $2,700, with couples donating $5,400 for Clinton’s primary campaign getting a photo with her. Individuals raising $27,000 are designated as event co-hosts and received an invitation to a host reception with Clinton and receive membership in the Hillary for America Finance Committee.
A third fundraiser for the Clinton campaign is also planned for today in downtown Los Angeles, a $1,000 per person event featuring the campaign’s vice chair Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.
The trip is the 68-year-old Clinton’s 11th to the Los Angeles area since declaring her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 12, 2015.
Clinton held 24 fundraisers during her previous visits, including a $33,400 per person event at the Studio City home of actor George Clooney during her last visit, when supporters of her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, threw dollar bills at her motorcade.
Both Sanders and Trump are scheduled to hold rallies in Charleston, West Virginia, today, five days before its primary.
The story of the bracero, Mexican migrant workers who traveled to the United States in the 1940s and 50s to fill the country’s labor shortage, will be told through the sounds of mariachi music fused with ballet folklorico and opera style set pieces tonight at East Los Angeles College.
“El Bracero” will follow the story as told by a former bracero, highlighting the challenges and injustices workers faced at bracero camps in the U.S.
Lea este artículo en Español: Mariachi Ópera Honra a los Braceros
“Some young people may not even know what that word [bracero] means,” acknowledged Miguel Orozco, director and producer of the show.
He hopes that will change with the performance.
“If you didn’t know anything about braceros you will leave with an appreciation for what they did,” he told EGP.
The play will be performed at Ingalls Auditorium May 5 on the ELAC campus. It will take place in conjunction with the Taste of East L.A., which will include food, wine and tequila tastings. The event kicks off at 5:30p.m. Theater doors open at 7p.m.
“We are proud to bring ‘El Bracero’ to East Los Angeles as part of our Cinco de Mayo festivities,” says Marvin Martinez, president of ELAC.
Performers include 10 members of the Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard, 12 actors, 4 ballet folklorico dancers, and three ELAC students.
The hour-long performance will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles projected on a screen to allow non-Spanish speakers to take part.
The mariachi opera will use music to entertain and educate the audience about the history and culture of the bracero, bringing to life the backdrop of historical photos showing their plight projected on screen.
When most people think of mariachis they think of it in terms of music played at a wedding, restaurant, quinceañera or funeral, observed Orozco, who says his goal is to raise the genre to a new level.
“This is a very unique play,” Orozco explains. “It brings together mariachi music in a way you’ve never seen mariachi music performed.”
“El Bracero” was written by Rosalinda Verde and is based on stories she gathered from her family. The play debuted in Oxnard earlier this year and is being brought to ELAC by the East Los Angeles College Foundation.
Performing it on Cinco de Mayo is very appropriate, notes Orozco.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when a small, poorly armed band of Mexicans was victorious against powerful French troops. It now serves as a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, explains Orozco, a proud Mexican-American himself.
“To some, this [bracero program] is something that happened so long ago,” said Orozco. But by the end of the show people will “walk away proud and grateful for the sacrifices made by these men.”
Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the box office, at www.elac-foundation.org or by calling (323) 265-8901.
East Los Angeles College has hired a veteran athletic coach to lead the Huskies starting with the 2016 football season.
Bobby Godinez, 33, possesses an impressive resume as a coach, successful businessman and player, according to ELAC’s coaching announcement. Besides football, he has also coached basketball and is currently the head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams at Pasadena City College.
“Bobby has been a fast riser in the coaching ranks with much success turning programs around,” said Al Cone, ELAC athletic director. “He is an outstanding leader and coach and his tremendous leadership skills and personal knowledge of the challenges and rewards of being a student-athlete, make him the perfect fit for East Los Angeles College.”
Godinez said he’s “honored” to be ELAC’s next head football coach. “ELAC is a special place and my family and I look forward to working with the college community and helping our players reach their goals athletically and academically,” Godinez said.
Godinez was as an assistant football coach at Victor Valley College for two seasons (2013-2014), serving as co-defensive coordinator, and was Victor Valley’s men’s basketball head coach after each football season. Before Godinez’s arrival, the football team was 1-9, but improved to 6-4 his first season and to 10-0 his second.
“I coach track and field and I’ve coached basketball, but football is my craft,” Godinez said. “There’s a good foundation and a community with deep roots here to build from. We have some good players and we’re going to go out and recruit some more. They’re out there. By providing the players with the right guidance we can be successful here. I’m glad to be the one to right the ship.”
East Los Angeles residents fear they will once again be forced to bare the brunt of efforts to relieve traffic in the region.
They remember all too well the disruption to businesses and residents extending the Gold Line east caused in their neighborhood.
Lea este artículo en Español: SR-710 Tren Ligero Podría Ser una Carga Para el Este de Los Ángeles
Those concerns were expressed Saturday during a public hearing at East Los Angeles College hosted by Metro and Caltrans to get feedback on the State Route 710 Study.
While a majority of people who spoke at the hearing appeared to support a freeway tunnel option, several eastside residents said support in other cities for a light rail train through their neighborhood has them worried.
More vocal communities along the route are getting all the attention, they complained.
In March, Metro and Caltrans released a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), which outlined five alternatives for closing the gap between the 710 and 210 freeways. The options include a traffic management system, a rapid bus line, a light rail, a freeway tunnel and the required “no build” option.
About 100 people from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Monterey Park, El Sereno and East Los Angeles attended the hearing.
Many speakers supported the option to build a 2-way, 6.3 mile tunnel from Valley Boulevard in Alhambra to the connection with the 210/134 freeways in Pasadena.
The double decker option would have two lanes traveling in each direction and would run for 4.2 miles of bored tunnel. Vehicles carrying flammable or hazardous materials will be prohibited in the tunnel.
Several eastside residents claimed they “were left out of the conversation,” referring to the decision to include the Light Rail Train (LRT) alternative. They pointed out that some of the businesses hurt by construction of the Gold Line Eastside Extension in 2009 never recovered.
A light rail will destroy “one of the nicest corridors” and the East LA Civic Center on Third and Mednik Streets, they complained.
“We do not need the rail,” Martha Hernandez told Metro. “We can get to Pasadena on the Gold Line,” she said, adding that eastside residents can already get to Cal State LA by taking Metro’s Silver Line. There is also an express shuttle from ELACC.
Liz Sanchez lives one block from Mednik Street where a station could be built if a light rail is chosen. She told EGP a train would add to parking problems in her neighborhood because there’s no plan to provide public parking for rail passengers.
“I have a disability and even now it is hard to find parking… I don’t want to be selfish, but this is not a good option,” she lamented.
Clara Solis asked Metro and Caltrans to explain why East LA residents should bare the burden of other cities’ transportation problems. “Fifteen of our precious businesses that are walking distance from residences will be removed,” she said.
Yolanda Duarte, advisory chairperson for the Maravilla Community Center, said Metro 710 project spokespersons had gone to the eastside Center to give the community and businesses more information about the project.
“On two occasions questions were asked if businesses or residences will be taken, the answer [by Metro] was no. [Now] The EIR states 15 businesses will be targeted” to make room for rail stations, she said, visibly frustrated. The businesses are on Mednik, south of the I-60/at Third Street: One home and a businesses on East Cesar Chavez could also be taken.
People were able to review maps and other visual materials pertaining to the five alternatives and ask Metro engineers questions before the public hearing got under way.
Metro planners explained that if the light rail is chosen, it would travel 7.5 miles, divided into 3 miles of aerial track and 4.5 miles submerged approximately 6-stories underground.
The rail line would run from south of Valley Boulevard, with the first aerial station on Mednik Avenue adjacent to the East LA Civic Center Station, and two more aerial stations on Floral Drive and at Cal State LA. It would then go underground with stations in Alhambra, Huntington Drive, South Pasadena and to the Fillmore Station in Pasadena where it would connect with the Gold Line.
Many eastside residents have long resented Metro opting to build the Eastside Gold Line above ground while approving preferred but costlier underground subway options for other communities.
Several people said the eastside is once again getting the short end of the stick, complaining that the proposed rail line would run above ground through East LA, but then go underground through the more affluent communities north of Cal State LA.
“Why don’t we get a tunnel” like they do in Pasadena, one speaker demanded to know.
“Take out this project, do not even consider it,” said Gilbert Hernandez.
How to fill the 4.5-mile gap between the 710’s terminus in Alhambra and the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena is a debate that has raged on for more than six decades. If a route is eventually selected, a revenue source to cover the hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars needed to build it would still have to be found. The project could take three to five years to complete if the light rail is chosen.
L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis represents East Los Angeles and other areas impacted by the SR-710. She told EGP via email it is imperative to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance mobility for all residents, however, she does not yet see “any option as a natural choice” due to the many pros and cons.
“For example, the light rail alternative threatens the highest number of businesses and homes while the tunnel options could become a bottomless money pit. A combination of alternatives may end up being the way to get the most for our money,” she stated, adding that her staff is studying the various options and will hold community input meetings in addition to those scheduled by Metro.
“The communities I represent deserve a solution that absolutely improves their quality of life and environment … while improving mobility and using transportation to foster economic growth,” she said.
Metro and Caltrans have scheduled two more public hearings:
—Wednesday, May 6 at La Cañada High School auditorium, with a map viewing from 5-6 p.m. and public hearing at 6 p.m.
—Thursday, May 7 at the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, map viewing 5-6 p.m. and public hearing at 6 p.m.
The full study is available at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/docs/710study/draft_eir-eis and can be viewed at the Caltrans District Office, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 and public libraries listed here: http://www.metro.net/projects/sr- 710-conversations.
Comments will be accepted by mail through July 6: Mail to Garret Damrath, Caltrans Division 7, Division of Environmental Planning, 100 South Main Street MS-16, Los Angeles CA 90012.
To read more about the SR-710, go to www.EGPNews.com.
For the first time in East Los Angeles College history, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the State playoff final four and will compete in the CCCAA Championship Tourney this weekend.
ELAC’s men’s team, with a record of 21-10 is designated as the No. 2 seed from Southern California, and will play Merritt College (25-6), the top seed from the North, in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday.
The winner will advance to Sunday championship game at 1 p.m. to play either Saddleback College (31-2), the top seed from the South, or North No. 2 Cañada College (24-6), who will play in the other semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.
In the women’s competition, ELAC (29-3) also the second seed from Southern California, will play Chabot College (29-3), the North’s top seed, in a semifinal game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of the ELAC-Chabot semifinal will advance to Sunday’s championship game at 3 p.m. to play either Mt. San Antonio College (33-0), the top seed from the South, or North No. 2 San Joaquin Delta College (27-5), who play in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The ELAC men have traversed a long and rugged road to the final four. They were seeded 13th in the 20-team South playoff brackets and opened the postseason with a play-in victory against Victor Valley College (96-91) at home.
ELAC then went on the road to defeat No. 4 Antelope Valley College (111-106), No. 5 Southwestern College (79-65) and No. 8 Long Beach City College (92-73) to arrive in the CCCAA Championship Tournament.
In fact, the Huskies were the lowest remaining seed in the state when they took the court Saturday in Long Beach.
But sophomore guards Je’ron Primus, a Westchester High School product, and Marcus Romain, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., scored 20 points each to lead the Huskies to lead ELAC to the win.
Marquis Salmon, a freshman forward from Village Christian High, added 19 points and had six rebounds.
The ELAC women have been led by the outstanding guard tandem of Olivia Ochoa and Kyla Martin-Burnley.
Ochoa, a freshman from Roosevelt High School, is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game, and 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Martin-Burnley averages 15.1 points, 2.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Up front, the Huskies are led by Jocelyne Diaz, a sophomore forward from Whittier High School, who is averaging 14.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Martin-Burnley is coming off her biggest game of the season in which she scored 24 points in ELAC’s 75-62 victory over Irvine Valley last Saturday to send the Huskies to the final four.
Ochoa had an excellent all-around performance, scoring 12 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Diaz also put in 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Huskies got another outstanding effort off the bench from freshman forward Abigail Vasquez, who scored 15 points and had five rebounds, two assists and a steal, and scrappy freshman guard Vianey Chavez, who had six points and played tenacious defense.
Besides Irvine Valley, the Huskies, who were seeded second in the South Region, also defeated Antelope Valley College (66-60) and El Camino College (70-56) to advance to the CCCAA championship tournament.
Cerritos College is located at 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk.
5-7pm–Monterey Park City Council Candidate Forum at East Los Angeles College. City council candidates running in the March 3 election will be. Forum will follow Meet and greet with the candidates. ELAC President Marvin Martinez will moderate the event. Event is hosted by the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, East Los Angeles College and the Pasadena Star News. ELAC is located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez. Forum will take place at Recital Hall near the Vincent Price Museum. For info, call Deana Marie Sewell at (626) 570-9429 or email@example.com.
East Los Angeles College will have one of the premier football programs in the state, says new Huskie Coach Eric Marty.
“I believe that East Los Angeles College, with its location and resources, can have a tremendous impact on its players, the community, and become one of top football programs in California,” says Marty, who last season was an assistant coach and the offensive coordinator at Moorpark College in Ventura County.
Though only 28-years-old, Marty’s experience as a player and coach is extensive and impressive. Prior to Moorpark, he spent two seasons at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and two years coaching offense for two separate professional teams in Europe’s Italian League. Both of his offenses finished in the top two in nearly every statistical category.
The Washington native was also a three-years starting quarterback at Chapman University in Orange where he broke six school passing records, leading the Panthers to a 14-8 record as a starter, and consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1995-96.
“It is my vision and desire to build a program so organized, so efficient, and so purpose driven that it is able to radically transform the lives of its players,” Marty said. “And I believe that if a program can demand accountability (academically as athletes, and as men of character) that this type of transformation in its players is inevitable and that there will be a windfall of success on the field and in the classroom.”
Key to his success, said Marty, will be recruiting, player development and academic progress, focusing on the game’s X’s and O’s, and maintaining ELAC’s success transferring players to four-year universities.
“Our vision will be realized by concentrating our focus, energy, and resources
on those four core areas,” Marty said.
Before Marty’s arrival, Moorpark was a dismal 3-17 over two seasons. He not only helped rejuvenate the offense, but also the entire program, which improved enough to go 5-5 in his first season in 2013 and in 2014 his offense finished 14th in the state in total offense.
Thousands of devotees marched along East Los Angeles streets Sunday during the 83rd Annual Procession and Mass to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.
Considered the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles, the one-mile walk included colorful floats, equestrian groups, mariachis, indigenous dancers, among others. Catholic school students escorted the Peregrina, the official archdiocesan pilgrim image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The procession ended at East Los Angeles Community College (ELACC) Stadium in Monterey Park, where a Mass was celebrated by Archbishop José Gomez and white doves were released as the Virgin of Guadalupe entered the stadium.
The image of the Peregrina is a digital reproduction of the original image located in the Basilica of Mexico City. It was blessed by late St Pope John Paul II and was given as a gift to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the Basilica.
An initiative aimed at encouraging more students from the East Los Angeles area to pursue a college degree by guaranteeing them admission to Cal State Los Angeles was unveiled last week by education officials.
“GO East L.A.: A Pathway for College and Career Success” is a partnership between Garfield High School, East Los Angeles College and Cal State L.A. Developed by LA Unified School Board Member Monica Garcia, ELAC President Marvin Martinez and Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino, the initiative gives students from Garfield High School and ELAC priority admission to Cal State L.A. if they meet certain qualifications.
The creators of the initiative say their vision is to develop a “community-wide cradle-to-career educational system” that supports area youth from pre-school through college graduation with the tools to be successful at each level of the education system, as well as give them a pathway to college. The goal is to ensure students attending Garfield High School and ELAC in East L.A. get the skills they need to “contribute to the health and economic vitality of the community,” according to a statement released by ELAC.
Through GO East L.A., students attending Garfield High School will receive support for achieving their after high school academic goals, whether they first attend ELAC or go straight to Cal State L.A. Students attending ELAC will also get targeted assistance to help them transfer to Cal State L.A.
Among other things, the initiative calls for gathering private and public resources to provide more academic and counseling support to Garfield and ELAC students to make sure they are successfully completing the classes they need to attend Cal State L.A. Students will be encouraged to take more college-prep classes and courses that qualify for college credit while still in high school.
Lea este artículo en Español: Se Refuerza Asociación Entre Garfield, ELAC y CSULA para Mejoras de Educación
Garfield High School, at one time one of the most over-crowded LAUSD campuses, currently enrolls about 2.500 students and had a graduation rate in 2011-12 of 87.3%, according to Garfield Principal, Jose Huerta.
Board Member Garcia said Go East L.A.’s objective is to remove obstacles faced by many eastise students so they can graduate in less time and enter the workforce with a degree in their hands. The partnership is committed to holding themselves “accountable” for the success of the students, officials said.
“We will start by getting our professors and our teachers talking to each other,” Garcia told EGP. “The counselors at the campuses talking to each other too,” she said. “…Garfield High School class of 2014 is already connected with ELAC and Cal State L.A.” she added.
Garfield senior Julia Soto told EGP the initiative is a great resource for her because she plans to get her Associates Degree or enter a nursing program and to eventually get a Bachelors of Science degree. “This program is encouraging [us] to go to ELAC and then transfer to Cal State L.A. with priority registration,” she said following the press conference held May 8 at Garfield.
Soto said she is currently taking college classes on the weekends to accelerate her college degree. “People from ELAC come on Saturdays to give us classes,” she said. “They motivate us to continue with our studies.”
Huerta told EGP he is “very impressed and honored” that Garfield’s achievements are being recognized.
For now, the high school portion of the initiative is limited Garfield, but Garcia said she hopes other eastside schools, such as Esteban Torres and the Solis Learning Academy will be added in the next round.
While the three educational institutions have always had a relationship, Garcia said she hopes this new effort will make the relationship and objectives clearer. “What we want to see in the GO East L.A. program is better organization around the programs, the supports and the outcomes,” she told EGP.
Local businesses will also provide help to needy students. Among the local supporters, Grifols Worldwide, a global healthcare group adjacent to the Cal State L.A. campus, has donated $50,000 for scholarships for students in the program.
GO East L.A. will also develop support programs geared toward helping students earn a college degree or career required certificates, as well as build college awareness through outreach to middle schools and partnerships with community groups and parents to promote college attendance and college-ready skills.
GO East L.A. hopes to include East L.A. area middle schools, such as Belvedere, Griffith and Stevenson, to the outreach effort.
Garcia said she hopes to see programs that work eventually expanded to schools outside of East L.A.
“We want to see a GO Lincoln Heights, GO Boyle Heights,” she said. “We need to see all of them to get to the finishing line.”