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Thursday, November 5, 2009

East LA cityhood campaign makes some financial progress - one bowl of menudo at a time *

The most recent drive for East Los Angeles cityhood has attracted plenty of attention. Money, however, has been a different matter. The East Los Angeles Residents Association, which is backing the proposal to turn unincorporated East LA into a self-governing municipality, needs to raise about $134,000 to pay for a fiscal analysis. But, in July, the EGP News reported that cityhood boosters had raised only $25,000 from a combination of menudo breakfasts, tours and other events. Since then, the cityhood movement has raised more money - another fundraiser is planned for tonight - but it still has a long way to go

Francisco Cendejas, an association board member, said in an email that the group has now raised about half of the $134,000 needed to pay for the study. Another fundraiser is planned for next week but the group also faces a Nov. 20 deadline to raise the remainder. However, earlier this year, the group apparently was able to extend a previous deadline to raise sufficient funds.

Menudo lovers will have to wait until the next breakfast fundraiser to enjoy their favorite meal. Tonight's cityhood dinner is being sponsored by Tamales Liliana's.

Photo from Cityhood for East LA/Flickr

* Correction: A previous version of this post identified Francisco Cendajas incorrectly as director of the East LA Residents Assn. His correct title is board member. Benjamin Cardenas is the director.

1 comment:

  1. if they can't raise the money for an evaluation, how are they going to afford to keep up their infrastructure, pay for police protection, sanitation and all of the other expenses that will pile up? interesting though.