Developer Group Approved for Lincoln Heights Jail Revival

November 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles City Council has signed off on a development team for the longtime empty and dilapidated Lincoln Heights Jail, but it could be two or more years before construction actually begins.

The winning bid is from the joint venture team of Lincoln Property Company and Fifteen Group. The developers’ proposed Lincoln Heights Makers District beat out two other finalists vying to develop the site on the east bank of the Los Angeles River off Avenue 19 in Lincoln Heights, which is also conveniently within 5 to 10 minutes of six major freeways and a Metro rail station.

A favorite canvass of taggers and graffiti vandals in recent years, the Lincoln Heights Jail was built in 1931 and boasts an Art Deco design. In 1993, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission designated the building City Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 587), giving it local “Landmark Status.”

Lincoln Heights Jail in earlier times. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Public Library)

Lincoln Heights Jail in earlier times. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Public Library)

The city stopped using the facility as a jail in 1965, eventually making it available to house nonprofit groups, including the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) and Lincoln Height Boxing Gym. The building was permanently closed in 2014, with the city citing structural and other potential hazards as the reason.

The Lincoln Heights Makers redevelopment proposes an ambitious mix of live-work housing, creative office space, commercial and manufacturing and retail space, a public market, green space that includes an amphitheater, recreation space and a communal rooftop space.

The area is zoned “Urban Innovation,” a relatively new classification intended to revitalize underutilized areas and spur job creation through truly mixed-uses, though housing and retail density quotas are significantly more limited than in some nearby areas.

Heavy industrial uses, from manufacturing to auto wrecking yards are prohibited.

Fifteen Group Vice President Rogelio Navar told EGP they propose to incorporate two properties they already own across the street from the jail into the overall project plan, adding over 3-acres to the overall development. The Lincoln Heights Makers District will run west to east from the L.A. River to San Fernando Road, and from the city yard north of Humbolt to just south of where Avenue 19 and Riverside Drive and Figueroa Street merge.

La cárcel de Lincoln Heights en la Ciudad de Los Ángeles. (Foto por Gloria Alvarez)

The Lincoln Heights Jail was decommissioned as a jail in  1965, and permanently closed for all activities in 2014. It is a favorite target of graffiti vandals.   (EGP photo by Gloria Alvarez)

The combined sites will create a destination community, incorporating a variety of uses, Navar said. There will be open space, green space for recreation and for community gatherings, he said, adding that the live-work units could be used by artists.

While no specific tenants have been named, Navar said the building identified as Makers Hall would include 40,000 square-feet of light manufacturing, such as craft beer makers or coffee roasters.

“Our plan respects the goals of the CASP (Cornfield Arroyo Seco Plan) and the Urban Innovation zoning,” said Navar, adding that other industries such as those in the bio-tech field could find a home at the site.

The Lincoln Heights Makers plan includes 57,000 square-feet for residential use on the Lincoln Heights Jail site, and proposes over 200,000 square-feet of residential space on the former MAGA building and Anhing properties – identified in the plan as the 405 Site – on the opposite The side of Avenue 19. Over 200,000 square-feet has been slated for commercial use and another 15,000 would go to retail uses, according to developers’ bid. It includes community amenities such as youth sports fields and community gardens.

The developer is also proposing the creation of “Festival Street,” a section of Avenue 19 that could be closed from time to time for community events, such as festivals, farmers market and the like.

At a community meeting earlier this year where the three finalists presented their proposals to a specially convened community advisory group and the community, some residents expressed concern that the projects could lead to more gentrification in the northeast area neighborhood.

According to Navar, however, the push back from the community over fears of gentrification has been less than in other areas of the city. He thinks it’s because the site has been vacant for so long and is not surrounded by housing, so there is no affordable housing to be lost.

“This project will bring the area into the Lincoln Heights community, connecting it to the neighborhood,” he said.

The Lincoln Heights Maker District would include mixed-use development from Avenue 19 to San Fernando Road. The development team of Lincoln Properties and Fifteen Group propose to create "Festival Street" among the many recreational amenities. (Rendering courtesy Fifteen Group)

The Lincoln Heights Maker District would include mixed-use development from Avenue 19 to San Fernando Road. The development team of Lincoln Properties and Fifteen Group propose to create “Festival Street” among the many recreational amenities. (Rendering courtesy Fifteen Group)

“I want to point out that Councilman (Gil) Cedillo did a tremendous job of informing and engaging the community in the process,” Navar said, noting that Cedillo had “appointed a special advisory panel” made up of people from the community, including residents, businesses and the neighborhood council to evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the city council, ensuring the community had voice, he said.

Details of the development contract, including fees to be paid, the disposition of adjacent city-owned property currently in use by the transportation and sanitation departments, still have to be finalized. Once that is complete, the actual permitting process will get underway.

“It will probably be two years before building begins,” Navar said.

Arroyo Vista Dedica el Centro Ruby Cedillo Para el Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

La fallecida esposa de un concejal de Los Ángeles fue reconocida el lunes como la inspiración detrás de la legislación que ha resultado en que decenas de miles de mujeres de bajos ingresos, en su mayoría latinas, tengan acceso a tecnología potencialmente salvadora de vidas y tratamiento contra el cáncer de seno.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

El Centro de Salud Familiar Arroyo Vista (Arroyo Vista Family Health Center) en Highland Park el lunes se dedicó formalmente y renombro su Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes en honor a Ruby Cedillo, la esposa del concejal Gil Cedillo quien murió de cáncer de seno en 2002.

Octubre es el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer de mama y las cintas rosadas que simbolizaron la lucha contra el cáncer en todas partes. El nombramiento del centro después de Ruby llama la atención sobre las innumerables mujeres que han perdido la vida por la enfermedad y los avances en el tratamiento y la detección temprana que podrían salvar muchas vidas.

La directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, le dijo a la multitud reunida que la legislación co-redactado de Cedillo durante su tiempo en la asamblea resultó en una subvención de $284,000 para comprar la costosa mamografía y otros equipos de diagnóstico en el centro de imágenes y cuidado de senos de la clínica.

El equipo, dijo, está salvando las vidas de mujeres como Olga Hernández de Lemus, una paciente cuyo cáncer de mama fue descubierto por una mamografía de rutina tomada en la clínica comunitaria y que ahora está llegando al final de su exitoso tratamiento contra el cáncer.

AB 2875 o el Programa de Subvención de Cedillo-Alarcón, autorizó la financiación de clínicas comunitarias que a menudo son la primera línea y la red de seguridad en la prestación de servicios de atención médica a las mujeres sin seguro de salud.

El equipo sofisticado disponible hoy en Arroyo Vista no estaba disponible para mujeres sin seguro de salud o con recursos financieros limitados, dijo Estradas.

Arroyo Vista fue la primera clínica en ofrecer mamografías en el lugar, dijo Estradas, agregando que todavía hay solo dos o tres clínicas comunitarias en el condado de Los Ángeles que brindan la detección diagnostica importante a mujeres de bajos recursos.

Mientras que Ruby no era paciente de Arroyo Vista, al igual que muchos de sus pacientes, luchó para encontrar la atención y el tratamiento que necesitaba. En el momento en que fue diagnosticada, los Cedillos no tenían seguro médico porque su esposo acababa de perder su trabajo en el sindicato en donde trabajaba. La pareja lucharía por obtener atención medica de Ruby, pidiendo favores y referencias de amigos y utilizando los servicios de clínicas comunitarias como Arroyo Vista, según el concejal.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

Ruby estaba llena de vida, era una ávida aficionada a los deportes y le gustaban los LA Lakers y los UCLA Bruins, y los Bulldogs de la preparatoria Garfield. Apasionada por cuestiones que afectan a las personas, se involucró en las campañas políticas de personas que pensaba que podrían marcar una diferencia y visitó y asesoró a niños en situación de riesgo en instalaciones juveniles locales, según el concejal.

Dirigió la escuela bíblica de vacaciones en la Iglesia Cristiana Cuadrangular en Garvanza, donde había sido miembro durante años.

Al final, Ruby perderá su batalla contra el cáncer de mama.

La lucha por lo que ella pasó fue la inspiración detrás de AB 2875, dijo Cedillo.

Derek Oye, de la Sociedad Estadounidense del Cáncer, dijo el lunes que los servicios prestados en el ahora llamado Ruby Cedillo Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes (Ruby Cedillo Breast Care and Imaging Center) son “únicos y especiales”.

Una de cada ocho mujeres será diagnosticada con cáncer de mama y el 16 por ciento perderá su lucha contra la enfermedad, dijo Oye. Hoy en día, hay más mujeres que sobreviven, pero muchas más sobrevivirán si tienen mejor acceso a exámenes de detección temprana como los que se ofrecen en Arroyo Vista.

Como grupo, las latinas tienen la tasa más baja de mamografías, solo 46 por ciento, dijo Oye. La pobreza, el no acceso al seguro de salud es un gran problema, es por eso que el trabajo que hace Arroyo Vista es tan importante, dijo Oye, felicitando a Estradas, al personal del centro y a la junta directiva por el trabajo que hacen.

Desde el 2004, Arroyo Vista ha administrado 26,000 exámenes clínicos de senos y 21,000 mamografías, según el presidente de la junta, Roger Estrada. El equipo dedicado del centro brinda administración de casos y seguimiento a los proveedores de atención primaria de los pacientes en las cinco Clínicas Vista de Arroyo. Arroyo Vista brinda atención médica a pacientes sin importar su estado migratorio.

Olga Hernández de Lemus es una de las pacientes que puede dar fe de la calidad de la atención que Arroyo Vista ofrece a sus pacientes.

El concejal Gil Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres. (Foto por Steve Weingartn)

El concejal Gil Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres. (Foto por Steve Weingartn)

Lemus fue a Arroyo Vista en 2015 para un chequeo después de haberse desmayado. Durante el examen, ella mencionó que no se había hecho una mamografía en más de un año y la clínica inmediatamente arregló una para ella. Pronto recibió una llamada informándole que la mamografía había detectado algo y que se necesitaban más pruebas.

“Sentí mi pecho y no podía creer que tuviera un bulto”, contó Lemus en español. “Estaba asustada”.

Las pruebas revelaron que Lemus tenía cáncer de mama.

Arroyo Vista hizo arreglos para que se sometería una mastectomía y radiación. Registraron sus tratamientos y proporcionaron el estímulo que tanto necesitaban, dijo Lemus.

Fue muy duro, muy doloroso, dijo ella.

“A veces solo quería darme por vencida, pero me dije que podía hacerlo, no puedo darme por vencida”, dijo ella, diciendo a la audiencia que Arroyo Vista le había salvado la vida.

Dirigiéndose a Cedillo, con lágrimas en los ojos y la voz quebrada, agradeció al concejal por su participación en su supervivencia.

“Sin un líder como usted, las mujeres no tendrían un centro como Arroyo Vista”, dijo Lemus.

Visiblemente emocionado, Cedillo calificó de “agridulce” el nombre del centro para su esposa fallecida.

Dijo que Ruby se habría sentido muy orgulloso y que está a su lado mientras trabaja para llevar a buen término a lo que querían hacer para ayudar a los trabajadores pobres.

El cáncer puede pasarle factura a una familia, dijo Cedillo. Es uno de los momentos más horribles en su vida, dijo.

“No entiendo por qué a la gente le gustan las películas de terror, la vida es lo suficientemente aterradora”.

Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres.

“Este dinero nos ayudará a brindar servicios a muchas más mujeres”, dijo Estradas.

Council Adopts Protections for L.A. Renters

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday took action to provide protections for tenants facing relocation due to condominium conversion projects.

On a 12-0 vote, the panel approved Ellis Act amendments to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

The state’s Ellis Act allows landlords to exit the rental market, but has guidelines on how it can be done and can require landlords to provide relocation assistance to tenants who must move out.

“Today’s council action cements our place as a leader in tenant protections. Los Angeles has one of the strongest Rent Stabilization ordinances in the nation,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who introduced the motion that led to the amendments. “These amendments make it harder to displace tenants using the Ellis Act, and guarantees the rights of those tenants are adhered to under the law.”

The amendments clarify that a property owner must provide relocation assistance to tenants that are displaced as the result of a condo conversion and that property owners wishing to re-rent units within 10 years from the date the property was withdrawn from the residential rental market shall give the tenants who were displaced a right of first refusal to rent or lease the unit they were previously displaced from.

The amendments also clarify that in any legal action brought by the property owner to recover possession of a rental unit withdrawn from the residential rental market pursuant to the city’s Ellis Act provisions, the tenant may raise as a defense the failure on the part of the property owner to comply with one or more of the requirements set forth under the Ellis Act provisions and/or the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

Latin Jazz and Music Fest Returns to Sycamore Park

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival returns to Sycamore Grove Park in Northeast Los Angeles this weekend for two days of music that fuse the artistry of jazz with the warmth and vitality of Latin rhythms and soul.

Afro-Latin Jazz master Arturo O’ Farrill comes to Highland Park this weekend.

Afro-Latin Jazz master Arturo O’ Farrill comes to Highland Park this weekend.

The festival, hosted by L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, opens at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23rd with a showcase performance by the Plaza de la Raza Youth Ensemble and concludes on Sunday, the 24th with a highly anticipated performance by Los Coyotes Blues Band, featuring members of the legendary, multiple Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos.

According to Fredy Cejas, Cedillo’s communications director, the festival is an opportunity for the community to enjoy great local musical acts in a relaxed outdoor setting.

“We want to continue the tradition of bringing diverse bands and our diverse constituents together,” says Cejas, who adds that including community-based youth performances helps ensure the festival is “being inclusive of our own local talent and giving them exposure.”

 Los Coyotes - (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Los Coyotes – (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

On top of two days of free, live performances, an onsite community resource fair will bring city departments and non-profit groups together for the community to explore, Cejas adds.

Festivalgoers will be treated to a range of nationally and internationally prominent acts, from the Susie Hansen Latin Band, led by the renowned electric violinist and Saturday headliner Joe Bataan, a legendary New York salsero whose distinctive “salsoul” blend of salsa and R & B has packed dance and concert halls on both coasts and in Europe for decades.

On Sunday, Cold Duck, an eight-piece Southern California orchestra with a sterling reputation for versatility and musical showmanship will take the stage at 2:50 p.m. They are followed by the Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, fronted by the pianist, composer and director of the acclaimed Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The son of famed Latin jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O’Farrill, Arturo is a leading exponent of Latin Jazz worldwide.

Introduced by Cedillo in 2014 as a festival designed to reflect Highland Park’s “authentic character and vibe,” the celebration was also intended to appeal to the area’s young people and the local area’s large Latino population.

Event sponsors include Paramount Pictures, Coca-Cola, nonprofit El Centro del Pueblo, Big Belly Smart City Solutions, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The festival is accessible to mobility challenged guests and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, umbrellas, and picnic blankets to sit on.

Off-street parking is available, but guests are strongly encouraged to take the Metro Gold Line to the Southwest Museum Station with access directly across the street from the park.

Sycamore Grove Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park 90042. For a complete list of performers and the two-day schedule, visit www.GilCedillo.com.

Megan Razzetti contributed to this story.

Nearly Deported Father Honored at City Hall

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A Southland man arrested by immigration authorities shortly after dropping off one of his daughters at school was honored along with his family Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council as part of Latino Heritage Month.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was detained by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Feb. 28 after dropping his daughter off at a Lincoln Heights school.

A video of his arrest made by another daughter was widely seen on social media and helped make his case a focal point of advocates critical of President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions on illegal immigration since taking office in January.

“His family is just an incredible example of what the contributions are that we can expect from the immigrant community,” Councilman Gil Cedillo said at a news conference at City Hall. “His daughters, every single one, is special, and every single one has a bright future. When you see them it is evident this father needs to be with his wife and his children.”

Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo (left) honored Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez and  his family Wednesday during a celebration  kicking off Latino Heritage Month. (Office Councilman Gil Cedillo)

Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo (left) honored Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez and his family Wednesday during a celebration kicking off Latino Heritage Month. (Office Councilman Gil Cedillo)

Avelica-Gonzalez was released from custody on Aug. 30 after the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed a deportation order against him. His case still needs to be reviewed by an immigration judge to consider if he should be permitted to remain in the United States, where he has lived illegally for 30 years.

Supporters of Avelica-Gonzalez, a 49-year-old father of four, said the original deportation order arose from a pair of misdemeanor convictions against him dating back 20 years. Attorneys said those convictions were vacated in June, and he should be permitted to remain in the country.

Avelica-Gonzalez’s arrest made national headlines. He had just dropped moff his 12-year-old daughter at school in Lincoln Heights, and a short time later, his 14-year-old daughter — who was in his car — cried as she filmed her father being taken into custody by immigration authorities.

“Thank you to all the people who helped me and supported me. Thank you for the help with this case,” Avelica-Gonzalez said.

Alan Diamante, Avelica-Gonzalez’s attorney, said that he believes the case will end with his client staying in America.

“I have been hopeful throughout, and I’m also hopeful that he’s going to stay in this country until he gets his green card and then he’s going to continue fighting until he gets his citizenship,” Diamante told City News Service. “He’s a man of great faith and I believe in him, and I believe in his case.”

 

 

Resolution Seeks to Officially Declare Los Angeles a ‘City of Sanctuary’

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Two City Council members introduced a resolution today seeking to brand Los Angeles a “city of sanctuary” dedicated to “protecting the human rights of all our residents.”

The move by Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Gil Cedillo follows their receipt of a report on Thursday that civil rights attorney Peter Schey submitted to the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity Committee, which Cedillo chairs and which Wesson is a member of. The report included a series of recommendations for the city to undertake in response to recent immigration policies announced by President Donald Trump.

While there is no legal definition of a sanctuary city, it generally applies to municipalities that limit cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. Embracing the term has become a way for cities to openly defy Trump, who has threatened to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities.

“It’s a declaratory statement of our values, of our vision, of our commitments,” Cedillo told City News Service.

At the committee meeting Thursday, Cedillo said he intended to submit a sanctuary city motion, but what was submitted at the City Council meeting was a resolution. A motion generally changes an existing law or creates a new one, while a resolution is generally a public declaration that does not change or create any laws. Cedillo said he submitted a resolution because declaring the city a sanctuary does not require any change in laws.

It’s not certain when the resolution would come up for a vote.

Although Los Angeles has long limited its cooperation with the feds on immigration, it has not taken on the official label of sanctuary city, and it is unclear how much support the resolution will have from Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The mayor has resisted calling for Los Angeles to embrace the term because he says it is often used by those looking to harm cities that have friendly immigration policies.

“It is not a term that has meaning,” Garcetti said in an interview on radio station KNX Thursday. “I’m not going to buy into a frame that somebody else who’s attacking immigrants uses.”

Cedillo said he agreed with the mayor’s assessment but believed they could find common ground.

“We agree with the mayor. The mayor has been an extraordinary champion in this area, and has been absolutely responsive from the beginning, and I think we are in concert, and his points are well taken,” Cedillo said.

The Los Angeles Police Department has had a longstanding policy of not initiating contact with an individual based solely on his or her immigration status and does not give immigration agents access to its jails or inmates unless they have a federal warrant. Because of those policies, Los Angeles is often referred to as a sanctuary city, though it has never officially embraced the term as other cities have, including San Francisco and Santa Ana.

Schey, a civil rights attorney, argued in the report that Los Angeles has wide discretion in setting its own policies on immigration and that because none of its current laws are in violation of federal law, Trump’s “showboating about penalties against sanctuary cities has no basis in law and is primarily intended to dazzle his base and intimidate local officials.”

Schey also told the committee that embracing the term was an important symbolic move.

“People seem to have strong views on this name thing. My stance has always been that’s what’s important. Ultimately, yes, that sort of symbolic statement, ‘We are a city of sanctuary, we are a city of refuge,’ etc., I think it’s important. It sets a certain tone,” he said.

Cedillo said part of reason for introducing the resolution was in reaction to the Trump administration’s move Tuesday to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has shielded immigrants who were brought to the country illegally when they were children from deportation.

“With the changed circumstance, with the announcement on Tuesday, it turned out that we had a scheduled immigration committee meeting, and it turned out that we had a report from our advocate, and it turned out we had a deeper understanding of what it is to be a city of sanctuary,” Cedillo said. “We are confident there will be no fiscal impact on the city, no adverse consequences on the city and we want to send that message to the (DACA recipients) who are here to continue to be engaged in the civic life of this city.”

The resolution cites the LAPD’s policy on immigrant enforcement, Trump’s DACA announcement, and the city’s history of adopting policies protecting all of its residents regardless of immigration status as some of the reasons for the resolution.

Schey’s report also recommended the city take steps to help immigrants in the country illegally and DACA recipients from being detained by federal officials by facilitating legal advice and representation for them. The report also recommended the city enact a comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance, and decriminalize minor offenses likely to be committed by low-income residents.

Padre de Highland Park Tomado Por ICE Puede Ser Deportado

August 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

El concejal de la ciudad Gil Cedillo pidió el martes la liberación de un hombre que se enfrenta a la deportación después de ser recogido por agentes de inmigración mientras dejaba a su hija en la escuela.

Rómulo Avelica-González fue detenido por el personal de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) mientras dejaba a una de sus hijas en Academia Avance en Highland Park el 28 de febrero. Ha vivido en el país desde hace 25 años y su caso ganó mucha atención con la difusión del video tomado por otra de sus hijas, que filmo el incidente mientras que lloraba.

“Justicia retrasada es justicia negada. El señor Rómulo ha sido detenido y mantenido alejado de su familia por más de seis meses”, dijo Cedillo en una manifestación para Avelica-González en la plaza Pershing del centro de la cuidad. “Y como él está a punto de ser deportado estamos aquí en unidad y solidaridad para dejar claro a todos los que están aquí, que vamos a luchar por la justicia, que no puede haber justicia hasta que el señor Rómulo sea puesto en libertad y devuelto a su familia”.

Cedillo dijo en junio que parecía que Avelica-González iba a ser puesto en libertad después de dos condenas anteriores de delito menor para recibir la propiedad robada y un DUI fueron despedidos por un juez. Sin embargo, Los Ángeles Times informó el lunes que todavía está enfrentando la deportación y que podría ser transportado a México tan pronto como la próxima semana.

Cedillo, que ha sido uno de los críticos más agudos del consejo de las políticas de inmigración del presidente Donald Trump, también dijo: “Los criminales y los que deberían ser deportados están en la Casa Blanca”.

Aunque los abogados de Avelica-González están intentando varias maniobras legales para evitar su detención, una suspensión de emergencia de la deportación ordenada por el Tribunal de Apelaciones del 9no Circuito de Estados Unidos expira el 5 de agosto y Avelica-González podría ser deportada para el 7 de agosto, según LA Times.

“Existe un fundamento jurídico muy claro para esto”, dijo Cedillo al pedir la liberación de Avelica-González. “Las preocupaciones que se plantearon cuando fue recogido han sido abordadas”.

Cedillo Claims Victory With 70% of Vote

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After widely being expected to win re-election outright in March, Councilman Gilbert “Gil” Cedillo finally declared victory Tuesday, crushing challenger Joe Bray-Ali in the 1st Council District runoff, completing the downfall of a once-hopeful challenger.

Unofficial results posted Wednesday on the Los Angeles City Clerk website had Cedillo with a commanding lead, 70.5 percent to Bray-Ali’s 29.4 percent. Too few votes remain to be counted to put a dent in Cedillo’s landslide win.

The 1st Council District includes Chinatown, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Pico-Union, Westlake and other east and northeast neighborhoods.

(Gil Cedillo Twitter)

(Gil Cedillo Twitter)

Workers from both campaigns were out in full force Election Day, knocking on doors and making phone calls on behalf of their candidate right up to the polls closing.

Standing outside his polling place at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center Tuesday, Adrian Aceves said he voted for Cedillo because the councilman does what’s right for Latinos: “Who else can we trust,” the 72-year-old said in Spanish.

“I’m here [at the center] all the time and all the seniors like me are voting for him because he’s really cleaning things up and making things better.”

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the center was nearly deserted. Aceves said it had been like that all day. Poll workers said the turnout had been “steady,” with a short rush around 5 p.m.

There are 2,075,452 registered voters in the city, but only 175,683 votes were cast citywide, putting the turnout at about 8.46 percent. Over half the ballots, 107,413 were vote-by-mail. In Council District 1, with just 12,481 ballots to count election night, it did not take long for the election results to start rolling in.

Claiming victory early Tuesday night in front of a packed room of supporters gathered at the Tree House Lounge in Chinatown, Cedillo said voters in the 1st District “…chose experience, they chose an incredible record.” He said voters selected the candidate “who wants to bring people together.”

The incumbent councilman pledged to continue working closely with the community on making progress in Council District 1.

Cedillo’s challenger, Bray-Ali, turned heads when he forced Cedillo into the runoff because he has never held elective office, and no incumbent has been beaten in a City Council election since 2003.

But Bray-Ali’s post primary momentum took a major hit in late April when a series of racist and derogatory statements he had made online came to light, causing him to lose a number of key endorsements, despite his attempts to explain away the comments as having been taken out of context.

One of the posts included the racial slur known as the N-word, and others appeared to mock overweight people and the transgender community. Following the revelations, Bray-Ali was denounced by numerous civil rights and LGBT leaders in Los Angeles, and seven City Council members called for him to drop out of the race.

Outside the Highland Park Recreation Center Tuesday, about an hour before the polls closed, Martha, who preferred not to use her last name, said she voted for Bray-Ali because at least “he could make a fresh start for the district.”

“I had a lot of hope when I voted for Cedillo when he first ran, but he let me down,” Martha said.

“My family is all immigrants, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I care about,” she said. “Joe has a lot of bad stuff to make up for, so maybe we can pressure him into doing more things for us,” the mother of three told EGP.

Cedillo supporters say the councilman has not been given enough credit for what he has done in the district, pointing out that his trash hauling and bulky item removal programs have been expanded citywide by Mayor Garcetti. They hailed his decades of work on behalf of undocumented immigrants and workers.

In a Facebook post Monday appealing to voters to turn out, Becca Dotten praised Cedillo’s “long commitment to the environment, in particularly ensuring environmental justice in low-income communities. He has helped create and revitalize acres upon acres of park space, including along the LA River and LA State Park.” She also praised his efforts to build affordable housing.

Celebrating with Cedillo Tuesday was a who’s who of progressive current and former elected officials, business interests, labor groups, and immigrant rights and community activists.

Cedillo had a long list of endorsements, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, eight City Council members, Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California.

“Congratulations to Gil Cedillo on his well-deserved re-election that ensures we can continue building stronger neighborhoods and standing up for the most vulnerable Angelenos,” Garcetti said.

Cedillo also had the support of the powerful, 600,000 member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which through a committee spent $300,000 on the incumbent’s campaign, on top of the over $500,000 Cedillo’s campaign raised from other sources.

“The voters showed that experience, ability and empathy matter. Council District One remains in good hands,” wrote Dotten Tuesday.

Cedillo closed out his comments Tuesday by thanking supporters, telling them, “I know what you’ve done, I know how hard your worked, I know your prayers, I know your commitments, I know your positive thoughts, I know all that you’ve done to get us to this point, and for that I say thank you and God bless …”

Information from City News Service used in this report.

 

Cedillo Claims Victory With 70% of Vote

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After widely being expected to win re-election outright in March, Councilman Gilbert “Gil” Cedillo finally declared victory Tuesday, crushing challenger Joe Bray-Ali in the 1st Council District runoff, completing the downfall of a once-hopeful challenger.

Unofficial results posted Wednesday on the Los Angeles City Clerk website had Cedillo with a commanding lead, 70.5 percent to Bray-Ali’s 29.4 percent. Too few votes remain to be counted to put a dent in Cedillo’s landslide win.

The 1st Council District includes Chinatown, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Pico-Union, Westlake and other east and northeast neighborhoods.

(Gil Cedillo Twitter)

(Gil Cedillo Twitter)

Workers from both campaigns were out in full force Election Day, knocking on doors and making phone calls on behalf of their candidate right up to the polls closing.

Standing outside his polling place at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center Tuesday, Adrian Aceves said he voted for Cedillo because the councilman does what’s right for Latinos: “Who else can we trust,” the 72-year-old said in Spanish.

“I’m here [at the center] all the time and all the seniors like me are voting for him because he’s really cleaning things up and making things better.”

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the center was nearly deserted. Aceves said it had been like that all day. Poll workers said the turnout had been “steady,” with a short rush around 5 p.m.

There are 2,075,452 registered voters in the city, but only 175,683 votes were cast citywide, putting the turnout at about 8.46 percent. Over half the ballots, 107,413 were vote-by-mail. In Council District 1, with just 12,481 ballots to count election night, it did not take long for the election results to start rolling in.

Claiming victory early Tuesday night in front of a packed room of supporters gathered at the Tree House Lounge in Chinatown, Cedillo said voters in the 1st District “…chose experience, they chose an incredible record.” He said voters selected the candidate “who wants to bring people together.”

The incumbent councilman pledged to continue working closely with the community on making progress in Council District 1.

Cedillo’s challenger, Bray-Ali, turned heads when he forced Cedillo into the runoff because he has never held elective office, and no incumbent has been beaten in a City Council election since 2003.

But Bray-Ali’s post primary momentum took a major hit in late April when a series of racist and derogatory statements he had made online came to light, causing him to lose a number of key endorsements, despite his attempts to explain away the comments as having been taken out of context.

One of the posts included the racial slur known as the N-word, and others appeared to mock overweight people and the transgender community. Following the revelations, Bray-Ali was denounced by numerous civil rights and LGBT leaders in Los Angeles, and seven City Council members called for him to drop out of the race.

Outside the Highland Park Recreation Center Tuesday, about an hour before the polls closed, Martha, who preferred not to use her last name, said she voted for Bray-Ali because at least “he could make a fresh start for the district.”

“I had a lot of hope when I voted for Cedillo when he first ran, but he let me down,” Martha said.

“My family is all immigrants, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I care about,” she said. “Joe has a lot of bad stuff to make up for, so maybe we can pressure him into doing more things for us,” the mother of three told EGP.

Cedillo supporters say the councilman has not been given enough credit for what he has done in the district, pointing out that his trash hauling and bulky item removal programs have been expanded citywide by Mayor Garcetti. They hailed his decades of work on behalf of undocumented immigrants and workers.

In a Facebook post Monday appealing to voters to turn out, Becca Dotten praised Cedillo’s “long commitment to the environment, in particularly ensuring environmental justice in low-income communities. He has helped create and revitalize acres upon acres of park space, including along the LA River and LA State Park.” She also praised his efforts to build affordable housing.

Celebrating with Cedillo Tuesday was a who’s who of progressive current and former elected officials, business interests, labor groups, and immigrant rights and community activists.

Cedillo had a long list of endorsements, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, eight City Council members, Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California.

“Congratulations to Gil Cedillo on his well-deserved re-election that ensures we can continue building stronger neighborhoods and standing up for the most vulnerable Angelenos,” Garcetti said.

Cedillo also had the support of the powerful, 600,000 member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which through a committee spent $300,000 on the incumbent’s campaign, on top of the over $500,000 Cedillo’s campaign raised from other sources.

“The voters showed that experience, ability and empathy matter. Council District One remains in good hands,” wrote Dotten Tuesday.

Cedillo closed out his comments Tuesday by thanking supporters, telling them, “I know what you’ve done, I know how hard your worked, I know your prayers, I know your commitments, I know your positive thoughts, I know all that you’ve done to get us to this point, and for that I say thank you and God bless …”

Information from City News Service used in this report.

 

Cedillo Gana en Grande en Elección Municipal

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

El concejal Gil Cedillo celebró una imponente victoria de reelección el miércoles, en contra de su oponente, cuya campaña se desvaneció en medio de una ola de cuestionables publicaciones en el Internet, considerados por muchos como despectivos y racialmente insensibles.

Cedillo, quien falló por poco el ser reelegido durante la elección primaria de marzo, aplastó a su retador, Joe Bray-Ali, en la segunda ronda del martes, terminando la caída del alguna vez esperanzado.

Bray-Ali volteó cabezas, cuando forzó a Cedillo a una segunda ronda, ya que él nunca había ocupado un puesto electo y ningún oficial actual ha sido vencido en una elección del Ayuntamiento desde 2003.

Los resultados no oficiales, publicados el miércoles en el sitio Web de la Secretaría de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, presentan a Cedillo con una ventaja prominente de un 79.5 por ciento versus el 29.4 por ciento de Bray-Ali.

A billboard for urging the public to vote for Councilman Gil Cedillo is found next to the campaign office of his challenger Joe Bray-Ali. (Photo by Diana Martinez)

Un cartel insta al público a votar por el concejal, Gill Cedillo, ubicado a la par de la oficina de campaña de su retador, Joe Bray-Ali. (Foto por Diana Martínez)

El primer distrito del consejo incluye a Chinatown, Highland Park, Westlake y otros vecindarios del noreste de Los Ángeles.

 

El impulso prematuro de Bray-Ali fue desalentado a finales de abril cuando una serie de declaraciones racistas y derogatorias, que él mismo había publicado en el Internet, salieron a luz. Esto le causó varios endosos importantes, a pesar de sus intentos de explicar que los comentarios habían sido tomados fuera de contexto.

Reclamando la victoria, el martes por la tarde, Cedillo le dijo a un grupo de partidarios reunidos en el Tree House Lounge en Chinatown, que el 1er Distrito “… eligió la experiencia, eligió un récord increíble”. Él dijo que los votantes eligieron al candidato “que unirá a las personas”.

El concejal titular se comprometió a seguir trabajando estrechamente con la comunidad para que el Distrito 1 del concejo siga avanzando.

Celebrando con Cedillo estuvieron los más prominentes de la corriente progresiva y ex funcionarios elegidos, junto con intereses comerciantes, grupos laborales y activistas a favor de los derechos de los inmigrantes y de la comunidad.

Cedillo tuvo una larga lista de respaldos, incluyendo el del Alcalde, Eric Garcetti, de ocho miembros del Concejo Municipal, el Gobernador Jerry Brown y la Senadora Kamala Harris, D-California. También contó con el apoyo de la poderosa Federación de Trabajadores del Condado de Los Ángeles, que a través de un comité invirtieron $300,000 en la campaña del titular. Adicionalmente, la campaña de Cedillo recaudó otros $500,000 por medio de otras fuentes.

Cedillo cerró sus comentarios el martes agradeciendo a sus simpatizantes, diciéndoles: “Sé lo que han logrado, sé lo duro que han trabajado, conozco sus oraciones y sus compromisos. Conozco sus pensamientos positivos y sé de todo lo que han hecho para llegar hasta este punto. Por eso les doy las gracias y que Dios los bendiga …”.

Información de City News Service fue utilizada en este informe.

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