Cedillo Honors Immigrant Contributions to Los Angeles

Cedillo Honors Immigrant Contributions to Los Angeles

June 23, 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Cedillo Honors Immigrant Contributions to Los Angeles
Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month with Mayor and Councilmembers

Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month along with Fwd.us and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office. The celebration began with a press conference, followed by a presentation in Council Chambers honoring one immigrant owned business per district.

“While the federal government continues to expend public resources to scare and intimidate immigrant communities, we choose to honor and celebrate their contributions to Los Angeles. This nation was built on the backs of immigrants. They have been an integral part of this nation’s history and will continue to play a vital role in shaping this country’s future. It is important to create a community where immigrants feel connected and included, a place where they feel welcome. The immigrant story is not a unique one, but it is a story that must be told. Although many of our ancestors came from different countries, the one thing that binds them together is the ultimate sacrifice that brought them to this country in search of a better life,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

"Today, we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month in Los Angeles and we recognize the contributions of nearly 3 million hardworking immigrants who help shape our city. This celebration also showcases our City's diverse tapestry and reaffirms our commitment to the inclusion of all people," stated Councilmember David Ryu.

Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM) is a nationwide effort to gather and share inspirational stories of immigration in America that kicks off in June. The month celebrates our country’s immigrant heritage--stories of individuals, families and communities who have contributed to the unique social fabric of a country whose greatness is fueled by its diversity. By highlighting the intersections of each unique immigrant experience, IHM dispels myths and illuminate how each individual journey has been instrumental to the formation, foundation, and ongoing strength of the United States of America.

The City Council honorees were:
CD1- La 27--Hernaldo Gutierrez and Yolanda Gutierrez
CD2- Lilit Bakery & Cafe--Sedrak Shishikyan
CD3- Vinh Loi Tofu--Kevin Tran
CD4- Mario's Peruvian Restaurant--Dennis Tamashiro
CD5- Baklava Factory--Adiss Harmandian and Lucy Harmandian/Norair Harmandian and Pega Harmandian
CD6- Mercado Buenos Aires--Paul Rodriguez
CD8- La Valentina Mexican Grill--Leandro Lopez and Iris Lopez
CD9- Viztango Cafe--Tito Rivera
CD10-Messob Ethiopian Restaurant--Berhanu Asfaw & Getahun Asfaw
CD11-Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant--Raul Sanchez
CD12-AYCE GOGI--David Chun and Nancy Chun
CD13-Jitlada--Sarintip “Jazz” Singsanong and Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee
CD14-Rice Bar--Charles Olalia and Santos Uy
CD15-Patio Heaven--Curtis Shin and Anthony Xepolis

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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