Hillary Clinton Coming to ELAC Amid Protest by Latino Students

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Recognizing the ‘Best of Best’

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Every Sunday for the past year Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has recognized acts of kindness by an individual or positive impacts by a group in her district that often go unnoticed. Now, the assemblywoman will pay an extra tribute to the “best of the best” in the 58th District.
From a man who picks up trash along the riverbed to an environmental justice group fighting a toxic polluter, every week constituents in her east/southeast area district — encompassing the cities of Artesia, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Norwalk and Pico Rivera —vote online for the nominee to be recognized by Garcia’s #Pride58 Community Recognition Program.
“It was really important for us to tell our own story, not what was drawn out by the negative publicity in our area,” Garcia told EGP, referring to the corruption scandals in southeast communities that at times dominated news headlines.
The assemblywoman hopes to end the year honoring the community’s favorites. A special dinner gala will be held in mid January at the Bell Gardens Bicycle Casino Hotel to announce and recognize the #Pride58 “Best of the Best” award recipients.

The Commerce-based nonprofit East Yards Community For Environmental Justice is one of the recipients of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s #Pride58 award.  (Office of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia)

The Commerce-based nonprofit East Yards Community For Environmental Justice is one of the recipients of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s #Pride58 award. (Office of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia)

Constituents were allowed to vote once a day until Tuesday for a recipient in in each of the following categories: Helping Hand, Outstanding Community Impact Award, Leaders of Tomorrow, Honor Roll and Partner of Progress.
“We are looking to recognize the positive work being done in our community often behind the scene that is improving the lives and the conditions of our neighbors and fellow citizens,” Garcia said.
#Pride58 awardees in the running include Daisy Gomez, 25, of Montebello who opened an outlet store and often provided her extra sweaters and blankets to the homeless. Robert Lopez of Montebello was also honored earlier this year when he was nominated by a neighbor who saw Lopez walk along Bluff Road every Saturday picking up trash and mowing down weeds.
“I’ve lived on Bluff Road most of my life, and I can honestly say, Robert Lopez is the only person I have ever seen who cares enough about our neighborhood,” said his neighbor De Anne Susino.
Pastor Richard Jarman of TouchPoint Church was recognized for his work at the Bell Gardens faith-based council. Jarman has been providing food, clothing and beds for needy families and children in foster care. He also worked with the Southeast Community Development Corporation to coordinate and establish a computer lab at the church.
Commerce-based East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice, an organization that advocates for a safe and healthy environment was one group recognized earlier this year. EYCEJ brought environmental and air quality issues to the forefront in Commerce, Bell Gardens and the Eastside.
Mark Lopez, Director of EYCEJ, told EGP the award demonstrates the local assemblywoman is in in touch with what is happening on the ground. He considered the recognition an important part of relationship building and an invitation to work together, he added.
“A lot of times we don’t get recognized,” Lopez explained. “Corruption in the area will get attention but the good community building taking place often does not.”

Reconociendo ‘Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor’

December 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Durante el año, cada domingo la asambleísta Cristina García ha reconocido actos de bondad por alguna persona o impactos positivos por parte de un grupo en su distrito que a menudo pasan desapercibidos. Ahora, la asambleísta hará un tributo adicional de reconocimiento de “Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor” en el Distrito 58.

Desde el hombre que recoge la basura a lo largo del cauce del río hasta un grupo de justicia ambiental que lucha contra un contaminador tóxico, cada semana constituyentes de su área del este/suroeste—que abarca las ciudades de Artesia, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Norwalk y Pico Rivera—votan en línea para el candidato a ser reconocido por el Programa de Reconocimiento de la Comunidad #Pride58 de García.

Read this article in English: Recognizing ‘The Best of the Best’

“Fue muy importante para nosotros contar nuestra propia historia, no lo que fue elaborado por la publicidad negativa en nuestra área”, García le dijo a EGP, en referencia a los escándalos de corrupción en las comunidades del sureste que por momentos dominaron los titulares de noticias.

La asambleísta espera terminar el año honrando a los favoritos de la comunidad. Una cena de gala especial se llevará a cabo a mediados de enero en el Bell Gardens Bicycle Casino Hotel para anunciar y reconocer a los ganadores del premio “Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor” #Pride58.

A los constituyentes se les permitió votar una vez al día hasta el 15 de diciembre por un ganador  en cada una de las siguientes categorías: Mano Amiga, Premio de Impacto Comunitario Sobresaliente, Líderes del Mañana, Cuadro de Honor y Socio de Progreso.

“Estamos tratando de reconocer el trabajo positivo que se hace en nuestra comunidad a menudo detrás de la escena que está mejorando las vidas y las condiciones de nuestros vecinos y conciudadanos”, dijo García.

Entre los ganadores de # Pride58 se encentra Margarita Gómez, de 25 años, de Montebello, que abrió una tienda de descuento y a menudo proporcionan suéteres y mantas para las personas sin hogar. Robert López de Montebello también fue honrado a principios de este año cuando fue nominado por un vecino que vio a López caminar por Bluff Road todos los sábados recogiendo basura y cortando las malas hierbas.

“He vivido en Bluff Road mayor parte de mi vida, y puedo decir honestamente que Robert López es la única persona que he visto que se preocupa lo suficiente por nuestro vecindario”, dijo su vecina De Anne Susino.

El residente de Montebello Robert López (centro) recibe un reconocimiento de #Pride58 de parte de la asambleísta Cristina García por su contribución a su vecindario. (Oficina de la asambleísta Cristina García)

El residente de Montebello Robert López (centro) recibe un reconocimiento de #Pride58 de parte de la asambleísta Cristina García por su contribución a su vecindario. (Oficina de la asambleísta Cristina García)

El Pastor Richard Jarman de la Iglesia de TouchPoint fue reconocido por su trabajo en el consejo de la fe localizado en Bell Gardens. Jarman ha estado proporcionando alimentos, ropa y camas para familias necesitadas y los niños en hogares de crianza. También trabajó con la Corporación de Desarrollo Comunitario del Sureste para coordinar y establecer un laboratorio de computación en la iglesia.

East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice basado en Commerce, una organización que aboga por un entorno seguro y saludable fue un grupo reconocido a principios de este año. EYCEJ trajo problemas de calidad ambiental y de aire a la vanguardia en Commerce, Bell Gardens y el Este de Los Ángeles

Mark López, Director de EYCEJ, le dijo a EGP que el premio demuestra que la asambleísta local está en contacto con lo que está ocurriendo en su territorio. A su juicio, el reconocimiento es una parte importante para la construcción de relaciones y una invitación a trabajar juntos, añadió.

“Muchas veces no se nos reconoce”, explicó López. “La corrupción en la zona va a llamar la atención, pero no la buena construcción de la comunidad que se lleva a cabo”.


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