Tuesday, May 12, 2009

LMU Community Recognizes NPP Martin

Two weeks ago, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) hosted a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)/ Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)/ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Appreciation Luncheon at LMU’s Collins Center.

This luncheon recognized emergency personnel who support the LMU and Westchester community.

Special recognition was given to members of LAPD’s Pacific Division, LAFD Station 67 and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Deputy City Attorney Claudia Martin was among those recognized at the luncheon for her work in the community as a Neighborhood Prosecutor. The recognition came from both LMU and Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office.

The first photo is Claudia with a plaque presented by David W. Burcham, the Executive Vice President and Provost of Loyola Marymount University. The second photo is Claudia with Mark Grant, Special Assistant to Councilman Rosendahl.

Congratulations Claudia.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Tamales de la Paz (Peace) Event

Last night, community leaders gathered in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park neighborhood for Tamales de la Paz (Peace), an event designed to underscore the neighborhood’s deep commitment to peace.

Tamales de la Paz (Peace) also serves to further the existing Rediscover MacArthur Park Campaign which is dedicated to revitalizing the neighborhood and surrounding areas through community partnerships that provide local health, safety, business, festive, educational, recreational, and social service activities.

The campaign has played a key role in transforming the community from a crime-filled "point of destination" into a thriving business and social/cultural "point of destination." The event also highlighted past and future community reinvestment activities.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented by Councilmember Ed P. Reyes to various organizations for helping reverse decades of disinvestment into neighborhood reinvestment within the MacArthur Park/Westlake District.

Sandi “Mama” Romero of Mama’s Hot Tamales, on behalf of the Rediscover MacArthur Park Alliance, presented awards to the “10 Top Hot Tamales of Los Angeles” - 10 community builders whose efforts have had a significant impact on the MacArthur Park neighborhood. Councilmember Ed P. Reyes and Police Chief William J. Bratton were among the award recipients.

A special note of recognition to Arturo Martinez, Deputy City Attorney here in the City Attorney’s Office, who received a “10 Top Hot Tamales” award for his work in the City Attorney’s Safe Neighborhoods Division focused on the MacArthur Park neighborhood.

The event closed with participants dining on a gigantic, 12 foot long “peace tamale” created by Mama’s Hot Tamales.