Cityhood for East L.A. is a project of the East Los Angeles Residents Association (ELARA), a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop the community’s social, educational, economic and structural resources through advocacy and civic engagement. Our objective is to incorporate our community and become the City of East Los Angeles. Please join our campaign, or learn more about Cityhood.

February Cityhood News Roundup

For a quick February update, check out the informative news update on our effort by Telemundo 52. Also this month, Cityhood volunteers Daniel Rodriguez and Jazmín Faccuseh tell their personal stories about giving back to the community in La Opinión.

El Este de Los Angeles busca convertirse en su propia ciudad (video)
Telemundo 52, February 18, 2009

Graduados buscan cómo retornar el favor
La Opinión, February 9, 2009

January Cityhood News Roundup

We did it! The Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) has reviewed and certified the boxes of petitions we turned in last month, and the verdict is amazing! One out of three East L.A. residents signed the petition for a Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, exceeding the minimum requirement by thousands.
Here's the recent media coverage on our community's bold step towards Cityhood:

East L.A. Moves Toward Cityhood
SGV Tribune, January 11, 2009

East Los Angeles takes major step on road to cityhood
LA Times, January 10, 2009

East L.A. Cityhood Study Gets Underway
EGP News, January 8, 2009

East Los Angeles Residents to Announce First Major Win for East Los Angeles Cityhood

Signature Gathering Petition Officially Certified and First Donation Kick-Starts $100,000 Fundraising Drive

View the Media Advisory. (PDF)
January 8, 2009

What: East Los Angeles Residents to announce the first steps for East Los Angeles Cityhood is a success! The L.A. County Registrar has officially certified the signature-gathering petition, and now East Los Angeles residents will receive their first donation to kick-off their fundraising efforts to raise $100,000 for the first detailed, in-depth analysis done on East Los Angeles since 1974.

When: 11:00 A.M. - Friday, January 9, 2009

Where: 5012 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022 (Front of Mission Furniture in the Historic Heart of East Los Angeles)

Who: East L.A. Residents, Business Leaders, and Elected Officials
East Los Angeles residents are facing the burden of paying for this comprehensive study, which is the next step for East Los Angeles Incorporation. A financial study of any kind on East Los Angeles has not been done in 30 years. East Los Angeles Residents were successful in asking for an initial study completed in 2007 that showed that a City of East L.A. is viable with revenues of $51 million and expenditures of $45 million.

See the January 7, 2009 letter from LAFCO (PDF), which deems the petitions submitted for the proposed incorporation of East Los Angeles to be sufficient.

December Cityhood News Roundup

There's been so much to report on in the last month: the East Los Angeles Residents Association finalized their petition drive for a Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis of East LA, and proudly turned in 16,500 signatures to the Local Area Formation Commission. And the media has taken notice! Here are several recent articles on Cityhood:

Counting of East LA Cityhood Signatures Underway
EGP News, December 17, 2008

Comienza Cuenta de Firmas Para Crear la ‘Ciudad del Este de Los Angeles’
EGP News, December 17, 2008

At the intersection of sacred, civics in East L.A.
LA Times, December 15, 2008

East L.A., Latino heartland, revives its dream of cityhood
Christian Science Monitor, December 8, 2008

Firmas para independencia
La Opinión, December 8, 2008

Be sure to check out the News section for more press on the Cityhood effort.

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