09.16.10

Schiff Statement in Recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Contact: Maureen Shanahan (202) 225-4176

Schiff Statement in Recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 every year:

“Each year, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, we honor the Hispanic community and celebrate the history, culture and extraordinary contributions that Hispanic Americans make to enhance our communities and our nation.

“As the fastest growing ethnic group in our country, the more than 48 million-strong Hispanic community is a critical part of the fabric of our society, breaking new ground economically, socially and politically in California and across the nation. 

“The demographics of the 29th Congressional District are a true reflection of Southern California – people from all corners of the globe live in the district and enhance the rich diversity of the region. 

“I am proud to represent one of the most diverse congressional districts in the country.  One in four of my constituents is of Hispanic heritage – many of whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

“They have distinguished themselves as entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, educators, and members of our armed forces, and the 29th Congressional District boasts of an impressive list of Hispanic civic leaders who are strongly committed to our community, including:
 

·         Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education Member Adele Andrade-Stadler;

·         Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education Member Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh;

·         Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education Member Ramon Miramontes;

·         City of Alhambra Councilmember Luis Ayala;

·         City of Alhambra Councilmember Steven Placido;

·         City of Burbank Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes;

·         City of Glendale Councilmember Frank Quintero;

·         Glendale Community College Board Member Anita Quinonez Gabrielian;

·         City of Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo;

·         Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education Member Ramon Miramontes;

·         City of San Gabriel Councilmember Mario De La Torre;

·         City of San Gabriel Councilmember David Gutierrez;

·         San Gabriel Unified School District Board of Education Member Denise Menchaca;

·         City of South Pasadena Councilmember David Sifuentes;

·         Temple City Mayor Fernando Vizcarra;

·         Temple City Mayor Pro Tem Tom Chavez; and

·         Temple City Unified School District Board of Education Member Rachel LaSota.

“The contributions of Hispanic Americans to our community, our state and our nation are not limited to these individuals. 

“The generations of brave Hispanic men and women who have come to our country, came seeking new lives for themselves and their families.  In their pursuit of the American Dream, they have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

“As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I urge us all to reflect upon and celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic community to our history, our way of life, and the future we will share as citizens in this great nation.”

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Rep. Schiff will host a breakfast roundtable meeting with John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to discuss issues related to fair housing and the Latino community.  Assistant Secretary Trasviña will provide an update on initiatives his office has been working on and will also be seeking input from community stakeholders on issues facing the local community.

The roundtable will be held on Monday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Yvonne Hsu in Rep. Schiff’s Pasadena District Office at (626) 304-2727 or Yvonne.Hsu@mail.house.gov.

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