November 5 Election – Unofficial Results Resultados Preliminares de las Elecciones del 5 de Noviembre

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Unofficial results as of Wednesday for the November 5 elections. The results listed below in bold text indicate the winner of the contest. Number of votes cast in parenthesis.

Los funcionarios electorales dieron a conocer el miércoles los resultados preliminares de las elecciones del 5 de noviembre. A continuación los resultados en negrilla indican el ganador. Número de votos sometidos entre paréntesis.

 Bell Gardens Council / Concejo de Bell Gardens 

City Council elect three / Concejo Municipal elija tres


Daniel Crespo                                   24.24%   (944)

Priscilla Flores                                22.75%   (886)

Sergio Infanzon                                    15.33%   (597)

Jose Mendoza                                   22.34%   (870)

Jazmina Saavedra                                  8.86%   (345)

Yvette Silva                                                  6.5%    (253)


City of Montebello /  Ciudad de Montebello 

City Council elect three / Concejo Municipal elija tres

Anna Arriola                                            6.51%   (566)

Art Barajas                                          19.9%   (1,731)

Emma Delgado                                       9.59%   (834)

Flavio Gallarzo                                    14.06%   (1,223)

Daniel Hernandez                                12.32%  (1,072)

William M. Molinari                   16.72%   (1,455)

Vivian Romero                               20.91%   (1,819)


Montebello Unified School District /  Distrito Unificado de Montebello 

School Board elect three / Distrito Unificado elija tres 

Ben Cardenas                                22.6%   (3,486)

Hector A. Chacon                      23.24%   (3,585)

Lani Cupchoy                                19.44%  (2,999)

Gerri Guzman                                     19.11%   (2,948)

Frank Thomas Morales                   6.78%   (1,046)

Sonia Saucillo-Valencia                  8.82%   (1,361)


Montebello Unified School District Special / Distrito Unificado de Montebello Especial

School Board elect one / Distrito Unificado elija uno

Edgar Cisneros                           46.47%   (2,957)

Paul Montoya                                    40.04%   (2,548)

C.J Salgado                                         13.48%   (858)



Ending Prayer at Public Meetings

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“An opening prayer is part of the nations fabric,” according to a 30 year old U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit involving mostly Christian prayers that are said during Town Board meetings in the town of Greece in upstate New York.

The lawsuit was brought by two of the city’s residents, an atheist woman and a Jewish woman, who said the practice of reciting Christian based prayers at the public meeting violated their 1st Amendment right to religious freedom.

They said they feel that non-Christians are being forced into participating in prayers that emphasize Christian beliefs, at the expense of other beliefs, at city meetings and other functions.

While we recognize that it is difficult to come up with a prayer that satisfies all religious beliefs, we feel that it is important to recognize the historical foundation and role of prayer in our history, government and public functions.

It should also be noted that the doors are not locked at these meetings, and no one is being physically forced to stay where the prayer is being said, or to pray. There is no penalty or threat to those who refuse to pray — which is what we would call being forced to conform.

That being said, we do not understand why some people allow themselves to become obsessed by the dislike of public prayer.

At a time when civility seems to be taking a back seat to rudely shouting down those that don’t agree with us, a moment of public prayer hardly seems to be a slap at anyone.

But we also do not agree with those who use public prayer as a bully pulpit in the public discourse.

So, lets make a deal—we won’t “force” anyone to pray in public as long as others aren’t bullied into not praying.

Exile is Punishment — A Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees

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Exile is the state or a period of forced absence from one’s country or home. One synonym for exile is deportation. Last year the United States government deported more than 400,000 people; though all of them were born outside the United States, many of them arrived as children and knew only life in the United States, while others assimilated and adopted the United States as their own country. One of those 400,000 deportees was a man named Paul.

In 2011, Paul (not his real name) was attending a rock concert with his younger brother in Phoenix, Arizona. During the show, Paul’s brother became embroiled in a shouting match with another man, which escalated to a brawl. Rushing to restrain his brother, security guards obstructed Paul before he could reach him. Though his involvement was on the periphery of the melee, event security nevertheless turned him over to police, who took him into custody, despite never charging him with committing a crime. A few days later, they handed over Paul to immigration officials, who placed him in deportation proceedings. Paul was indigent, but he had no right to court-appointed counsel to help him investigate his immigration case, and prevent his removal from the United States; as a result, he represented himself. Less than six months after the concert fracas, Paul found himself in a foreign country, Mexico, a country he had left when he was a baby.

In the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainright, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that indigent defendants had a right to court-appointed counsel in criminal proceedings. But the Court has declined to hold the same for indigent defendants in deportation proceedings because deportation, according to the Supreme Court, is not punishment, but rather as Justice O’Connor put it: “a purely civil action to determine eligibility to remain in this country, not to punish an unlawful entry . . .” Her reasoning, however, lacks intellectual muscle, because there is no functional difference between a civil and a criminal proceeding, each carries a penalty for violating the law. But whereas the penalty for violating a criminal law can vary (i.e., fine, home confinement, probation), there is no such variation for violating immigration laws; there is only one punishment: banishment.

Throughout history people have been banished or exiled to distant lands as a form of punishment. For his political activities, Dante Alighieri was forced into exile by Florentine authorities. Crushed with grief and indignation at his lifetime sentence, Dante’s poetic book, “The Divine Comedy,” reflects his experiences in exile as wandering through hell. Immigrants, who live in the United States almost their entire lives, endure a similar suffering and hardship when they find themselves in a foreign country with no resources, no money, homeless, and unable to speak the native language. Banishment severs all connections to the harmony of home; indeed, many immigrants who are deported and later return to the United States remark that they would rather be incarcerated in the United States than return to foreign soil. Their anti-exile sentiments express not only a feeling that deportation is a worse punishment than incarceration, but also their desperation to cling to some semblance of home.

By small degrees, the Supreme Court is beginning to acknowledge that deportation is a penalty. In Padilla v. Kentucky, Justice John Paul Stevens carried out a drive-by verbal assault on Supreme Court precedent when he wrote that “deportation is an integral part— indeed, sometimes the most important part—of the penalty that may be imposed on noncitizen defendants,” adding that deportation is “intimately related to the criminal process.” Deportation does indeed have a promiscuous relationship with many criminal offenses, and only an attorney can prescribe which criminal offenses make suitable partners and the immigration remedy available to prevent banishment.

In exile, Paul made efforts to incorporate his surroundings and conform to the local customs and mores, but the only thing he had in common with the foreign country was his Spanish surname. The locals referred to him by the derogatory word pocho, an Americanized Mexican who had lost his Mexican identity, mother tongue, and culture. Unable to assimilate and adapt to his new ecosystem, and moved by despair, Paul returned to the United States and, within minutes of planting his foot in America, was caught by U.S. Border Patrol agents and charged with illegally entering the United States. At his sentencing hearing, where he was represented by defense counsel, Paul told the judge that America was “my country.” As tears marched down his cheeks, he pleaded, “I don’t speak the language. I tried to live there but life is different there. I don’t know anyone there.” Before deporting him again, the federal judge sentenced him to seven days’ jail.

In 1947, Justice William O. Douglas wrote, “Deportation can be the equivalent of banishment or exile.” Nonsense! Deportation is banishment or exile – it is a punishment that endures in perpetuity. To suggest otherwise, is intellectual dishonesty. If Paul had had the assistance of court-appointed counsel at his deportation proceedings, his defense attorney could have investigated his immigration case to determine what forms of relief, if any, were available to him, to avoid deportation; but he wasn’t because the Supreme Court considered his deportation hearing a civil matter. Indeed, not providing court-appointed counsel to indigent defendants in deportation proceedings reveals to the world, as one friend put it, “America without her makeup.”


Juan Rocha is an attorney in Chandler, Arizona. He can be reached at This commentary was first posted at New America Media.


Veterans Day Event Calendar

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Saturday, Nov. 9 

2pm-7pm—Free “Day of Heroes” BBQ and Concert for Veterans, active military & their families hosted by the VA Greater LA & Greater LA Fisher House Foundation. BBQ from 2 to 4pm at the VA West LA Campus, Bldg. 220, Each veteran or military member can bring up to three guests at no cost for the concert and BBQ. Wadsworth Theatre doors open at 4 p.m.  for concert featuring Sugar Ray & actor Louis Gossett Jr; Seating for the concert & BBQ are first come, first served. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit or call (310) 478-3711, ext. 42441.


Sunday, Nov. 10

9:30am-3pm—Veterans Day Tribute in Unincorporated East Los Angeles. Hon. Judge Frederick P. Aguirre is the guest speaker for the ceremony; a mural by Willie Herron paying tribute to veterans will be unveiled. Event includes a car show, career and information booths, food & other activities. Location: 3626 E. 1st St. LA 90063. For more information, call VELA at (323) 263-4462.

11am—The 8th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Parade & Celebration. An opening ceremony in honor of Veterans will take place at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial, located at Cypress Avenue and Pepper Street. The parade will start at the Glassell Park Recreation Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd. There will be live entertainment and a barbeque. A Sky Diving Team will land at the park at 3 p.m.

5pm—Marine Corps Veterans of American Legion Post 804 Celebrate founding of the United States Marine Corps 238 years ago on the 10th of November 1775.  The event starts with a flag raising ceremony followed by food, refreshment & music. American Legion Post 804 is located at 4615 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 268-2982.


Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

10am—Veterans Day Ceremony at Mexican American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos. Public is invited to join state, county and local officials, veterans, and others as they pay homage to local servicemen and women. Keynote speaker is Navy Commander Brian Kurzeja. A reception follows at the Eugene Obregon American Legion Post 804. Memorial is located in Boyle Heights at the intersection of Lorena, Indiana and Cesar Chavez. For more information, call Tony Zapata (323) 261-8533.

10am—Commerce Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The City of Commerce will pay tribute to all Veterans of the US Armed Forces. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia & city officials will attend. Free and open to all. Event will feature a military vehicle display. Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at 6364 Zindell Ave., Commerce 90040. Shuttle service to and from the city’s parks are available. For more information call (323) 722-4805.

11am—Solemn Ceremony Honoring Veterans in Eagle Rock. Councilmember José Huizar will honor Veterans of All Wars and the Filipino Veterans who fought side by side with American Forces during World War II in the Philippines. The ceremony will take place at the old Eagle Rock City Hall, located at 2035 Colorado Boulevard. Immediately after the ceremony, The Eagles Club on Yosemite Drive will host a lunch. For more information call Huizar’s Eagle Rock office at (323) 254-5295.

11am—Monterey Park Veterans Day Ceremony at City Hall. American Legion Post 397 and the city will honor armed service veterans with the presentation of a wreath at the Veterans and Wars memorial. The event will feature patriotic music and speeches. Monterey Park City Hall is located at 320 W. Newmark Ave. For more information, call (626) 307-1388.

11am—Montebello Veterans Day Ceremony at Montebello City Park. The mayor and other elected officials will make presentations and speeches to honor veterans. The American Legion Post 272 will be present at the event that will feature music by the Montebello High School band. Montebello City Park is located at 1401 W. Whittier Blvd. For more info, call (323) 887-4540.



2nd Annual Downtown Los Angeles Veterans Stand Down event Nov. 16 at The Vortex. Support homeless veterans get back on their feet, with free medical exams, housing referrals, substance abuse treatment, counseling clothing, meals & more. Volunteers still needed. Vortex is located at 2341 E, Olympic Blvd. LA 90021. For info, call (310) 621-4659 or email

Community Calendar November 7, 2013 – November 13, 2013

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Today, Thurs., Nov. 7

3:30-4:30pm—The Malabar Library in East LA Presents Thor’s Reptile Family. Explore and learn about arthropods, amphibians, and reptiles of all sizes. Kids of all ages welcome. Free admission. Library is located at 2801 Wabash Ave., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-1497.

4pm—Arroyo Seco Library Presents “Magic” with Allen Oshiro. The magician will give a performance sure to please the entire family. All ages welcome. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa, Highland Park 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.

6-8pm—Monterey Park’s Chamber of Commerce presents Free Affordable Health Care Act Seminar. Learn about how the affordable care act (Obamacare) will impact your family or businesses. Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce is located at 700 El Mercado Ave. For info or to RSVP call (626) 570-9429 or email


Friday, Nov. 8

11:30am & 12:45pm—Metro Presents 2nd Street Brass Band at Union Station. Swing by at lunchtime & catch one of the two free performances by students from the downtown Los Angeles Colburn School of Performing Arts. Location: Union Station Main Concourse, 800 N. Alameda St. LA 90012.

3-6pm—2013 Closing ‘CaminArte’ at Boyle Heights Farmers Market at Mariachi Plaza. Mariachi Plaza turns into an inter-generational art gathering where artists share, display and sell their artwork. Great music & food. Performances by Zipaktli, Hoop Scream, Panic Movement and The Black Beacon Sound. Take Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.

4-8pm—“Backstage Pass” Unplugged Concert at Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center. Local bands, singers, and poets ages 13-17 will perform at the city’s first annual concert. Neighborhood Youth Center is located at 5856 Ludell St. For more info, call (562) 806-7667.

6-9pm—Montebello’s 5th Annual Taste of the Town. Residents and business owners will have a chance to taste samples from more than 20 local restaurants, wine and spirits while enjoying live entertainment and a live auction. Hosted by the Montebello Chamber of Commerce at Bragramian Hall, located at 900 W. Lincoln Ave. For more info call (323)721-7946 or visit


Saturday, Nov. 9 

8:45am-3pm—Neighbor to Neighbor-Resources for the Homeless, a program to assist the chronically homeless in Northeast LA. Learn what Recycled Resources for the Homeless is all about, your homeless neighbors & how you can help improve their lives. Meet at Eagle Rock City Hall: 2035 Colorado Blvd. LA 90041. For more information, visit RSVP to Rebecca Prine at

10am—Affordable Care Act Information Session at Charles White Elementary School hosted by Congressman Xavier Becerra, Assembly Speaker John Perez & LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia. Uninsured or individual coverage to high? Get one-on-one counseling in multiple languages. School is located at 2401 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90057. RSVP at (213) 481-1425. For more information, call (213) 482-1425.

2-6pm—Community Series-‘Health Care Reform and You’ Sponsored by U.S. Rep Lucille Roybal-Allard, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez & LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia at the Hilda Solis Learning Academy. Learn what Obama Care means to you and how to apply. Learning Academy is located at 319 N. Humphreys Ave, LA 90022.

1-4pm—Join the Audubon Center at Debs Park 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. Audubon has spent the last decade connecting people to nature in the highly-urban Northeast LA area. There will be music, food & fun for the entire family. The center is located at 4700 N. Griffin Ave, LA 90031. For more information or to RSVP, visit

2pm—Robert L. Stevenson Library Presents Nelson A. Castillo, attorney & author of “La Tarjeta Verde: Cómo obtener la residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos (The Green Card: How to Get Permanent Residence in the United States”). Castillo will provide information on how to get permanent residence status in the US. Session is free & open to the public. The library is located at 803 Spence St. LA 90023. For more information call: (323) 263-6901. Castillo will be at the Benjamin Franklin Library on Nov. 16 at 1pm.

7pm—Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour Preview Party at Ave 50 Studio in Highland Park, featuring a representative sample of the work of artists on the largest art tour in Northeast LA on Nov. 24. Coincides with 2nd Saturday NELA Artwalk. Ave. 50 is located 131 North Ave. 50, Highland Park 90042.


Tuesday, Nov. 12

6-7pm—Anthony Quinn Library Workshop:  Road to Job Success: What Job is Right for You? This highly interactive workshop will provide tools to help you identify your top five values and find the job of your dreams. Learn how to navigate the world of work and find new ways to get paid to do what you love. Free & open to the publics. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 264-7715.



Lecture on Hypertension, Diabetes & Alzheimer’s Disease Nov. 14 at Beverly Hospital. Learn what role the different diseases have on brain health and overall wellbeing. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Time: 3-4:30pm. Beverly Hospital is located at 309 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello 90640. For more info, call (800) 618-6664.

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