Thursday, June 29, 2006

Altagracia Perez, Presidential Appointee

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Reverend Altagracia Perez to the Neighborhood Council Review Commission (.pdf). The Commission will review and make recommendations as to how the city can better improve its neighborhood councils.

Altagracia has been an invaluabe asset to Los Angeles. In the congregations she has served, she's built bridges between her African-American and Latino congregants. She's fought for justice in Inglewood, where her parish is, working with the Coalition for a Better Inglewood to rally support to defeat an initaitive placed on the ballot by Wal-Mart in 2004. She has worked extensively in urban ministry and youth work, and fought for workers' dignity and justice in the workplace through Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE).

Her work in the community gives her the ideal background to work on the Commission. Neighborhood councils are vital in the city’s efforts to reinvigorate Los Angeles, and as we move forward, the Reverend’s energy and enthusiasm will help to bolster support for existing councils and imbue local residents with a sense of pride and participation in the city’s renaissance.