‘Unheard Voices’ Website Features Stories of Post 9/11 Backlash

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The Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States, officially launched a video wall website last week entitled Unheard Voices of 9/11 (www.unheardvoicesof911.org).

As the world remembers the innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks one decade ago, the new website invites visitors to upload videos and written accounts of backlash discrimination and violence in the post-9/11 environment. The groups states that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recorded a 1600 percent increase in the number of reported hate crimes based on bias toward Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim during the first year following the 9/11 attacks.

To this day, Sikhs continue to be targeted for hate crimes, employment discrimination, and school bullying by ordinary citizens, and profiling by law enforcement agencies. This discrimination occurs because the popular image of the Sikh turban and beard being the face of a terrorist has hardened over the past ten years, the group said in a press release.

“Members of the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities were twice victims of 9/11,” said Amardeep Singh, Program Director of the Sikh Coalition.  “Like all Americans we endured a horrific attack on our country by terrorists.

We also continue to endure backlash discrimination and violence by our fellow Americans.  \The Unheard Voices project is designed to ensure that our history is documented and that our voices are not ignored.”

The Unheard Voices of 9/11 website is available at http://unheardvoicesof911.org.

Montebello Holds on to Defeat Roosevelt, 21-19

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One could say that Montebello’s game with Roosevelt to kick off the high school football season last Friday was special.
It was the first meeting between the schools that are only six miles apart facing off in a rare matchup of teams from different CIF sections.

And it was special teams’ play that proved to be the difference as Montebello held on for a 21-19 victory.
George Romo’s 80-yard kickoff return and Marcus Portillo’s 47-yard return for touchdowns were key to the Oilers (1-0), who play Rosemead Friday night at home.

Montebello High School quarterback Matt Saenz looks to hand off in last Friday’s game at Roosevelt. The Oilers won, 21-19. (EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

While Montebello was using long kick returns to score its points, Roosevelt’s offense was explosive, getting a 52-yard touchdown run from quarterback Andony Flores and a 62-yard scoring run from Michael Galindo.

After Galindo’s score with 3:48 left in the game, however, Montebello stopped Roosevelt’s two-point conversion attempt at the 1-yard line that would have tied the score.

“It’s not going to get any easier for us,” Montebello Coach Pete Gonzalez said. “Rosemead is a very good football team. They looked very good in their scrimmage against Arcadia (last week).”

Daniel Servin, with 14 tackles, had a big night for the Oilers, who also got 10 tackles from Issac Sermens. Linebacker Gabriel Guevara was credited with the tackle on the 2-point conversion attempt.

“Our defense played really well once we settled down,” Gonzalez said.

Quarterback Matt Saenz threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Romo in the second quarter to give the Oilers a 14-13 lead.
Roosevelt’s A.J. Gutierrez scored the game’s first points, running five yards for a touchdown less than four minutes into the first quarter.

Falling behind early was common last season for Montebello, which lost its first four games and finished 4-6.

“I liked our resiliency to fight back after we fell behind,” Gonzalez said. “We struggled to do that last year. It was nice to get back into the game, go ahead and hang on to it.”

Roosevelt Coach Javier Cid is hoping to see more balance from his offense this week.

“Montebello’s defense gave us some problems but we still managed to move the ball,” he said. “Andony (Flores) did a good job running the ball, but we didn’t pass as well as I would have liked.

“Defensively, we did a good job holding them to one score, but we’re going to have to improve our coverage on kickoffs and punts,” Cid added.

Roosevelt plays upstart Wilson Friday night in El Sereno. The Mules, who defeated Contreras, 28-9, last Friday in their opener, will be attempting to end a 5-year losing streak to the Rough Riders.

“They looked pretty good against Contreras and they’re going to be fired up to be playing us,” Cid said.

Tonight, 7 p.m.: Garfield vs. Edison at Huntington Beach High School; Eagle Rock at San Marino.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Schurr at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary; Bell Gardens at Torrance; Rosemead at Montebello; Roosevelt at Wilson; Franklin at L.A. Poly; Lincoln at Huntington Park; Fulton at Torres; Bishop Montgomery at Salesian.

Man to Stand Trial In Monterey Park Double Murder

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(CNS) – A Corona man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at a Monterey Park apartment last year.

Richard Tauch, 47, is charged with two counts of murder in the Jan. 19, 2010, slayings of Jenny Sor and WenWa Chao, along with the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murders.

The District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against him.

Tauch was arrested one day after the shooting in the 200 block of North Chandler Avenue, and has remained jailed without bail since then.

He is due back in Alhambra Superior Court for arraignment Sept. 20.

Boyle Heights School Lockdown

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(CNS) – An elementary school in Boyle Heights was locked down for about an hour Tuesday while police investigated a report that a man with a gun was threatening people in the neighborhood, authorities said.

Officers sent to the 1900 block of East Second Street about 10:30 a.m. found no suspect in the area, said Los Angeles police Officer Gregory Baek of the Media Relations office.

Second Street Elementary School was locked down as a precaution, said Monica Carazo of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Nurses Hospital Strike Avoided

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(CNS) – Registered nurses at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood have reached a tentative contract agreement that will avert a planned three-day strike later this month, union officials said Tuesday.

Some 700 nurses had planned to go on strike for 72 hours beginning Sept. 12, citing four months of unsuccessful negotiations. But the union, the United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, announced an agreement had been reached Tuesday.

Negotiations had centered on staffing levels in light of a larger number of patients at the hospital, according to the UNAC/UHCP. The fate of the nurses’ pension plan, which the union maintained is severely under-funded, was another sticking point.

The medical center has one of the only emergency rooms in South Los Angeles and has noted a significant increase in patients since closure of the emergency room at nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, according to the union. But those issues were settled, and the union has a tentative contract to send to its members for a ratification vote on Sept. 8, the union announced.

Bell Gardens Native Climbs Army Ranks

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A Bell Gardens High School 1990 graduate has been promoted to Master Sergeant, a rank near the top of Army’s command structure.

Read this story IN SPANISH: Oriundo de Bell Gardens Sube las Filas del Ejército

Jose Jimenez grew up on Fostoria Street in Bell Gardens after his family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico City when he was just five-years-old. His parents, Alfonso and Natalie Jimenez, still reside in the city, though he is stationed at Fort Bliss located near El Paso, Texas.

Bell Gardens High School graduate Jose Jimenez is promoted to master sergeant.


Growing up he would listen to the stories told by members of his family about being in the Mexican Army, and they inspired him to become a soldier, he told EGP.

Jimenez enlisted as an armor crewman and was sent to Germany shortly after receiving his high school diploma. During his nearly 21 years in the Army, he has been assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash. and Fort Hood, Texas, and his overseas service includes three deployments to Korea and Iraq in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

He currently serves as the G3 Operations Non-Commissioned Officer with the Brigade Modernization Command. The brigade’s commander, Brig. Gen. Randal A. Dragon, performed the promotion ceremony, pinning on his new rank on Aug. 31.

His wife Maria V. Ortiz, also from Bell Gardens, participated in the ceremony. The couple has four children: Silvia, 21, who is married; Ricardo, 20, who attends college; Leonor, 12; and Natalie, 10.

Reaching the rank of master sergeant is a big achievement, according to Annie Gammell, Public Affairs Officer of the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command.

“The Army’s enlisted rank structure has 9 steps, and master sergeant is at step 8,” Gammell said. “Generally, the responsibilities of a master sergeant are to serve as the principal non-commissioned officer at the battalion level or higher, expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with professionalism.”

Bell Gardens Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez told EGP she is extremely proud of Jimenez and the honor he has brought to his family and to Bell Gardens.

“We have many young men and women on active duty from Bell Gardens and a simple thank you seems so inadequate when these special individuals and their families unselfishly sacrifice so much for the protection of our great country,” Rodriguez said in a written statement.

“Liberty is a precious gift whose benefits we all enjoy every day, but too often we give little thought to the price paid for it. It is not in our nature to seek out wars and conflicts. But whenever they have come, when adversaries have left us no alternative, it is individuals like Jose Jimenez who answered the call to duty and who have stood ready to take the risks and pay the ultimate price. For that, I say thank you,” Rodriguez said.

Jimenez didn’t intend to stay in the Army so long, but it grew into a career, he said. Looking back at the past 20-plus years, Jimenez told EGP he is pleased to be “giving back to the country that has given a lot to me. It has given us a lot of opportunities,” he said.

Nonetheless, he hopes to retire in another five years, finish his education in Business Administration, and eventually start his own business.

Policy Report Reveals New Mexican Migration Patterns

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Immigration Policy Center released a summary of recent data on Mexican migration to and from the United States. The data reveals an emerging new reality: fewer immigrants are coming, fewer are leaving, and a majority of the unauthorized population has been here for a decade or longer.

Although this data deals with Mexican immigrants as a whole and not just the unauthorized, it is a useful indicator of what is taking place in the unauthorized population. More than half (55 percent) of Mexican immigrants in the United States are unauthorized, and roughly three-fifths (59 percent) of all unauthorized immigrants are from Mexico.

The study comes on the heels of reports from the Pew Hispanic Center and the RAND Corporation about the state of immigration today. According to the Immigration Policy Center, the new trends suggest that U.S. immigration policies must transition away from the current efforts to drive out unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in this country, and move toward a more nuanced set of policies that help immigrants who are already contributing to the economy to more fully integrate into U.S. society.

Community Calendar: September 8, 2011 to September 14, 2011

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Friday, September 9
9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in Alhambra.
LA County residents can safely discard of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, TVs, monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. Quick & easy drop off at County of L.A. Dept. headquarters: 900 S. Fremont Ave, Alhambra. For more information, call County Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of LA County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

Saturday, September 10
8:30am-1pm—2nd Annual ELA Youth Financial Literacy Conference,
with food & entertainment for ages 5-13. Open a children’s savings account and get a free t-shirt! The event will be held at Pan American Bank: 3626 E 1st St, LA, 90063. For more information, call (323) 264-3310 or visit www.PanAmericanBank.us

9am-Noon—Free Eco-Gardener Classes for Homeowners at WRD Headquarters. Learn to landscape using drought tolerant plants to cut water use and save money in this “Sustainable Garden Design” Workshop. Workshops are held at Water Replenishment District headquarters: 4040 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood 90712. For more information, call (562) 275-4234 or go online to www.ecogardner.org.

10am-1:30pm—Mexico’s Independence Celebration Parade (Presented by Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico) begins at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave corner Mednick Ave. then heads west on Cesar Chavez to Eastern. The parade ends at Eastern and First Street. A festival that begins at Noon on Mednick, between Cesar Chavez and First street, will feature live music, food and dancing and activities for kids. Grand Marshall/Gran Mariscal: Carla Estrada, Productora de Novelas Mexicanas; Also, attending: Raul de Molina, of the show El Gordo y la Flaca y Embajador, singer Jorge Muniz, Carmen Jara, and special guests Karla Martinez (Despierta America) y Palmira Perez (Canal 22) La Chupitos! Admission is Free, all ages welcome. All ages welcome.

10am-5pm—¡Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond.” Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale is featuring works by talented Mexican American artists, including new generation Chicano artists and those from the Chicano Art Movement of the 60’s. Many of the pieces are from the renowned collection of actor Cheech Marin. (pictured: work by George Yepes) The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography. The museum is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Glendale, 90068. Closed on Mondays. For more information, call (323) 340-4792.

Monday, September 12
6-8pm—ELARA-East Los Angeles Residents Association Community Meeting on the East LA Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis.
All are invited to discuss and ask questions regarding the economic feasibility of East LA’s proposed incorporation. Hosted in partnership with Assembly Majority Leader Ron Calderon. It will take place at James A. Garfield High School’s cafeteria, located at 5101 E. 6th St, LA 90022. For more information call (323) 280-8148 or email info@CityhoodForEastLA.org

Tuesday, September 13

4:30-5:45pm—Teen Game Day at Anthony Quinn Library in Belvedere. Ages 10-17 are invited to come test their gaming skills with PlayStation 3, Wii, Board Games, and more. The library is located at  3965 Cesar E Chavez Ave, LA, 90063. For more information, call (323) 264-7715.

6:30-7:45pm—Montebello Library Adult Book Club will discuss “Summer of the Big Bachi” by Naomi Hirahara. Mas Arai, a Japanese American gardener working in the foothills of Pasadena has kept a 50-year-old secret from the war years in Japan and now it’s about to come to light. Montebello Library is located at 1550 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.

7:30pm—Concert Benefit for Victor Rodriguez in Pasadena. In June, Rodriguez suffered severe injuries and lost his wife of 12 days in a honeymoon parasailing accident. Melora Hardin (Broadway’s Chicago), Steven Weber (Broadway’s The Producers), and Anneliese Van Der Pol (Broadway’s Beauty & the Beast) will perform in concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to raise money for his medical & recovery expenses.  Tickets are $99, including admission to post-show VIP Lounge with open bar. To purchase tickets, call (626) 356-7529, or visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. The theatre is located at 39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, 91101.

Wednesday, September 14
6-8pm—Mariachi San Antonio at East Los Angeles Library.
Middle of the week blues? Join a free performance of traditional Mariachi tunes to dance, sing and enjoy the free light refreshments. It’s the best way to spend a Wednesday night! The Library is located at 4837 E 3rd St, LA, 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

6-8pm—City of Commerce U.S. Citizenship Class If you’re applying for citizenship or plan to apply in the near future, this class is for you. To register, call (323) 722-7323. The class is held at the City of Commerce Public Library: 5655 Jillson St, Commerce, 90040.

Upcoming Events

Plan Now to Attend One of Arroyo Vista Family Health Center’s Upcoming Free Health Fairs (Sept. 21, 22, 23) that will offer free screenings, including vision, blood pressure, height & weight, hearing, Pap Smears (by appointment), and Pertussis Vaccine to low-income people who qualify. Get information on free family planning and senior benefit programs and more. Fairs will be held 10am-1pm Sept. 21 at El Sereno/Huntington 4837 Huntington Drive N., LA, 90032; Sept. 22 Loma Drive 303 South Loma, LA, 90017; Sept. 23 Lincoln Heights 2411 N. Broadway, LA, 90031; and Highland Park 6000 N. Figueroa St, LA, 90042. For more information, call (323) 987-2007 or 987-2028.

Calling All Montebello Seniors! The Happy Years Seniors Downtown Las Vegas Trip includes 3 days/2 nights of fun and excitement at the Four Queens Hotel, Oct. 23-25. The cost is $90 per person and includes bus fare. The bus leaves at 7:30am sharp from the Metro Link Parking Lot in Montebello: 200 W Flotilla, Montebello, 90640. For more information, call Mona at (323) 497-0101.

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Bell Gardens Observa el Aniversario Décimo de los Ataques 11-S

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La Ciudad de Bell Gardens este domingo marcará el 10º aniversario de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre, 2001, con una ceremonia especial y un homenaje abierto al público.

El evento será a las 5:30pm en Veterans Park, ubicado en 6662 Loveland St.

“El propósito del evento es reunir a una comunidad y reflexionar sobre este día inolvidable en la historia de nuestra nación,” dijo Sergio Infanzón, el alcalde en funciones de Bell Gardens y organizador del evento. “El tema es ‘La Sanar a Nuestra Nación’ (Healing Our Nation) bajo los valores y principios de fe, esperanza y paz,” dijo Infanzón.

Infanzón espera reunir a la comunidad para honrar a aquellos que han muerto por defender a nuestra nación y para asimilar los valores y principios de la democracia, la justicia y la libertad que han hecho de este país una gran nación.

“Es nuestro deseo de rendir homenaje a las víctimas del terrible evento que tuvo lugar hace 10 años y reconocer también la valentía y el heroísmo de la policía y los bomberos de nuestra comunidad que constantemente y desinteresadamente dan de sí mismos y hacen grandes sacrificios para la protección de todos nosotros todos los días,” dijo Infanzón.

La campaña de Héroes Locales de Bell Gardens, hombres y mujeres jóvenes de la comunidad que actualmente forman parte de las fuerzas armadas también han sido invitados a asistir en el evento del domingo.

La ceremonia incluirá varios oradores, presentaciones musicales y un saludo militar de 21 cañonazos.

Ciudad y Condado de Los Ángeles Rinde Tributo a los Caídos el 11 de Sept. 2001

El domingo de 9 a 10am habrá una ceremonia en el Centro de Entrenamiento Frank Hotchkin Memorial, ubicado cerca del Estadio de los Dodgers, en 1700 Stadium Way, Los Ángeles 90012. El evento es coordinado por los Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles y esta abierto al público.

El mismo día, habrá un desfile en la Feria del Condado de L.A. para homenajear a los rescatistas durante el décimo aniversario de los ataques terroristas. Admisión normal a la feria es entre $12-17 para personas mayores de 5 años. Un cupón de $5 esta disponible para imprimir en la página web www.lacounty.gov.

Soldados, policías, paramédicos, bomberos y jubilados de las fuerzas militares pueden entrar a la feria por solo un dólar si demuestran identificación.

La Feria del Condado se lleva acabo en el Pomona Fairplex, ubicado en 1101 W. McKinley Ave., ?Pomona 91768?.

Propuesta Ciudad del Este de L.A. Se Acerca a Otro Obstáculo

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El debate sobre si el Este de Los Ángeles se debe hacer una ciudad se está calentando ya que fechas importantes pronto llegarán y los residentes se están informando y están considerando lo que tienen que ganar, o perder.

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Carlos León, quien vive en City Terrace, apoya el esfuerzo de incorporación y dice que él está dispuesto a pagar más impuestos para obtener más acceso a los funcionarios elegidos en lo local y hacerlos responsables a la comunidad.

Rebecca Luna, quién también vive en la zona no incorporada del Este de Los Ángeles, dice que el área no puede permitirse el lujo de convertirse en una ciudad y además ella no entiende los motivos del proponente. Luna dice que un incremento de impuestos dañaría los negocios locales y una reducción de los servicios de seguridad pública afectaría negativamente a todos.

Para Luna, cualquier hallazgo positivo en el estudio económico de la zona es una “cortina de humo,” y ella anticipa que los partidarios de la incorporación jugarán con los números para lucir bien.

Pero también hay residentes como Arnulfo Delgado, quien gasto 80 horas en crear un video que muestra cómo, a lo largo de las últimas décadas, porciones del Este de Los Ángeles que generan ingresos han sido tomadas por las ciudades locales.

Delgado señala que el Concejal de Los Ángeles Tom LaBonge ahora quiere que la ciudad de Los Ángeles anexe la parte norte de la autopista 10, que incluye el área de reurbanización Whiteside del Este de Los Ángeles.

“La Ciudad de Commerce fue incorporada debido a la amenaza de anexión por Downey,” él dijo. Mientras que la incorporación del Este de Los Ángeles no se basa en la misma lógica, Delgado dijo que los residentes deberían de estar prestando atención.

“El orgullo Chicano es una parte de la discusión acerca de por qué queremos incorporar, pero se trata más de cómo el gobierno puede ayudar a la gente,” él dijo a EGP.

Pero la Cámara de Comercio del Este de Los Ángeles pregunta: ¿qué hay para los residentes y empresas locales? La respuesta es “Nada,” escribió Eddie Torres en los comentarios de la cámara que él presentó recientemente para su inclusión en la versión final de un Análisis Fiscal Exhaustivo (CFA) sobre la viabilidad financiera de la ciudad propuesta.

También hay demasiados residentes que no entienden lo que está pasando, o no entienden que no se trata de formar parte de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, León dijo a EGP.

La versión final del CFA del Este de Los Ángeles fue programado para ser dado a conocer hoy. El informe incluye información actualizada sobre si el área puede sostenerse como una ciudad, así como los comentarios del público sobre el borrador del análisis.

Las observaciones presentadas por la Asociación de Vecinos del Este de Los Ángeles (ELARA)—los partidarios de la incorporación de la nueva Ciudad del Este de Los Ángeles que también pagaron por el estudio—afirman que elevarse a ser una ciudad todavía es posible y que el déficit no es tan grande como sugiere el borrador CFA.

El borrador con gastos municipales propuestos y proyectados muestra que la “Ciudad del Este de Los Ángeles,” tendrá un déficit inicial de $17,6 millones (incluyendo la pérdida de cuotas de licencias de vehículos debido a la legislación recientemente aprobada, SB 89), mientras que el condado tendría una ganancia $27 millones. Para cerrar el déficit, los consultores del estudio proponen aumentar el Impuesto al Usuario de Servicios (UUT) de 4,5 por ciento a 10 por ciento y reducir el contrato propuesto por el Departamento del Alguacil del Condado de LA.

Los comentarios de ELARA presentados a la Agencia Local de la Comisión de Formación de Los Ángeles (LAFCO) fueron preparados por Beverly Burr de Burr Consulting y Michael Williams, de CM de Crinis & Co., Inc., y firmados por Julie Hayward Biggs de Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP.

El grupo sostiene que hay $20 millones en ingresos no contabilizados que se derivan de una variedad de áreas, incluyendo:

—$4 millones en UTT, más otros $2,5 millones en honorarios, basados sobre ciudades comparables

—$6.5 millones en subvenciones Community Development Block Grants, HUD y otras concesiones, licencias y permisos, y honorarios y gastos.

—un exceso de $3,5 millones calculados en el propuesto contrato con el Alguacil, basado sobre contratos con las ciudades comparables con índices de criminalidad comparables, población y dimensiones geográficas (Norwalk, Carson, Compton, Lancaster y Santa Clarita).

—$750,00 dólares en ahorros si el Condado continúa gestionando Belvedere Park

—$3 millones si otras medidas para ahorros de costos se toman en otros parques y centros recreativos

—$45.000 en ahorros si la ciudad contrata un tesorero y secretario municipal de medio tiempo

En sus comentarios, recibidos por EGP antes que el CFA se publicó hoy, ELARA reconoce que aumentar los impuestos no les ganará un voto popular para la propuesta ciudad si la medida es sometida a votación.

“El análisis CFA se basaba también en solo un año, el año base fiscal 09-10 a fines de la recesión más larga desde la Gran Depresión… La mayoría de las ciudades de California han realizado recortes presupuestarios significativos y han agotado sus reservas para hacer frente la recesión, y las muchas ciudades propuestas que buscan la incorporación serían erróneamente determinadas no viables si se analiza estrictamente en este año base,” escribió ELARA.

Sin embargo, puede que muchos residentes que están luchando con sus finanzas no encuentren consuelo en las estimaciones revisadas de ELARA.

La Cámara de Comercio del Este de Los Ángeles, uno de los más ardientes oponentes a la incorporación, dicen que transformar la zona a una ciudad no es factible porque los residentes no pueden pagar aumentos de impuestos y la comunidad no puede tolerar una reducción en la seguridad pública.

El borrador CFA demuestra una reducción al presupuesto del Alguacil por casi una tercera parte, “para una comunidad ya ampliamente conocido por la violencia y pandillas, graffiti, vendedores sin licencia en las calles y la venta ilegal de automóviles en las calles, etc, esta reducción de un 30 por ciento sería muy perjudicial para todos los negocios y comunidades residenciales del Este de LA y se sentirá de inmediato si esto se produce,” escribió Torres.

Sin embargo, ELARA dice que los costos del Alguacil son exagerados y otras ciudades con contratos pagan un promedio de $136 por habitante, en comparación con los $166 por habitante que se propone que el Este de Los Ángeles debe pagar. Ellos también ponen en duda el número de oficiales que únicamente dan servicio a la zona no incorporada del Este de Los Ángeles.

La Cámara de Comercio del Este de Los Ángeles esta “de acuerdo” con las conclusiones del borrador CFA, pero también cuestionó la falta de información sobre los servicios de la Patrulla de Caminos de California (CHP). Sin embargo, durante las presentaciones de la comunidad, el consultor del estudio Richard Berkson de Economic & Planning Systems Inc., dijo que el Alguacil tomará posición de las responsabilidades del CHP bajo el contrato con la ciudad nueva.

Torres señala que el condado obtendrá beneficios económicos si el Este de Los Ángeles se convierte en una ciudad, y toma nota de la ley estatal sobre la neutralidad de los ingresos: “No hay impacto negativo en el Condado de East Los Ángeles… la zona no incorporada del Este de Los Ángeles esta “subvencionada” por el Condado con una suma de $27,3 millones de dólares…,” escribió Torres.

ELARA también hace mención de los aspectos de neutralidad de los ingresos de la incorporación y sugiere que el déficit—que ellos estiman que en realidad es alrededor de $ 7 millones—podría ser asumida por el Condado a través de las negociaciones de neutralidad de los ingresos. La página 3 del borrador del CFA y la página 1 del Resumen Ejecutivo, mencionan brevemente la neutralidad de los ingresos como un proceso donde el impacto fiscal puede ser mitigado.

Neutralidad de los ingresos no incluye LAFCO, si las discusiones se producen serán entre ELARA y el Condado de Los Ángeles, de acuerdo con el director ejecutivo de LAFCO Paul Novak.

El lunes, 12 de septiembre, los residentes de ambos lados del debate se pueden hacer preguntas y dialogar acerca de su visión para el Este de Los Ángeles. ELARA en colaboración con el líder de la mayoría de la Asamblea Charles Calderón presentará una reunión comunitaria acerca del CFA y el esfuerzo de la incorporación. La reunión será en la cafetería de la Preparatoria Garfield a las 6 pm.

Más tarde esa semana, el 14 de septiembre, la Comisión de LAFCO está prevista a recibir el CFA final que será hecho público durante la reunión. Aunque no es una audiencia pública completa, se le permitirá a los residentes hablar acerca del tema.

La fecha de la audiencia pública no se ha fijado, Novak dijo a EGP por correo electrónico. Sin embargo, eventualmente, la comisión decidirá si recomendará a la Junta de Supervisores que la medida sea puesta en una papeleta o detener el proceso de incorporación.

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