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Frank Gurulé Vice Mayor Rosa M. Diaz Council Member Osvaldo Condé Council Member
Juan Romo Council Member
A Community of Pride
A Message from George Perez, Cudahy City Manager
ummer has arrived in the City, and Cudahy is ready for you and your family with improved recreational facilities, safe parks, and family-focused events all summer long. At Cudahy Park, a brand new, modern basketball court is already a favorite with kids and adults, and a new bike path following the LA River now connects Cudahy with Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Cudahy is celebrating our Nation’s 232nd Birthday, Independence Day, on Thursday, July 3rd at Cudahy Park starting at 3PM with pony rides, jumpers, a petting zoo, game booths, and food. Then our fabulous fireworks display will begin at 9PM. But as always, Cudahy is constantly improving our city and bringing new shopping opportunities to our residents. I’m proud to announce that as part of our on-going public safety program, Cudahy will be installing state-ofthe-art flash warning lights in several crosswalks near our schools and parks. The flashing lights are installed just below the pavement and will signal to drivers over 100 feet away that pedestrians are crossing. Triggered wirelessly, all a pedestrian does is start crossing SEE MESSAGE, PAGE 3
YOUNG CUDAHY RESIDENT WINS FREE BIKE: Kids, Parents joined the Cudahy City Council along with Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office to officially open Cudahy’s section of the new “Waterfront Bike Path.” 4 bicycles were given-away to lucky winners.
Cudahy Dedicates and Opens New Basketball Courts and Urban Bike Path As Part of New City Initiative
Outdoor Recreation Area Developed In Partnership With Supervisor Gloria Molina’s Office and California Prop A Funds
Hundreds of Cudahy children and parents joined the Mayor and City Council to dedicate the new basketball courts at Cudahy Park and “Waterfront” Bike Path. Cudahy Park’s new basketball courts and Bike Path are part of the city’s effort to provide spaces that promote physical activity. As part of the celebration Cudahy kids, Ages 4-17 who attended were entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and
CUDAHY OPENS NEW BASKETBALL COURT: 7 basketballs were given away to Cudahy children at the Grand Opening of the new Basketball Court at Cudahy Park.
basketballs. Safety helmets were later interviewed by Channel 52. Representing Los Angeles given to bicycle winners. “I’m very excited that I won,” County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s said [name of winner] who was SEE PROGRAM, PAGE 3
Cudahy Family Firework Festival
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Residents Participate in Town Hall & Neighborhood Watch
Every Month, over a hundred Cudahy citizens, young and old, participate in the Town Hall & Neighborhood Watch meeting held at Clara St. Park. Conveniently held the 4th Thursday of every month, the meeting offers residents an informal opportunity to ask questions about their city and to get information. The City Council, city staff, and the Police Chief are always on-hand to discuss the needs of Cudahy residents. The May Town Hall meeting featured presentations from the Coalition for Clean Air, Latino Behavioral Health Institute, and the Los Angeles Vector Control District. As always, a raffle was held at the end of the meeting. Cudahy Police Chief and Officers meet with Cudahy kids at Town Hall meeting.
The Cudahy Youth Foundation is sponsoring two young men with part-time summer jobs. Residents will see Manuel Buenrostro Jr., 21, and David Contreras, 16, at city events and meetings as they assist city staff and work on projects throughout Cudahy. Just recently they repainted rooms at Clara and Lugo parks.
Cudahy Boxing Club Fights to Keep Kids Off Streets
“Woman of the Year”
Cudahy resident Michele Gessner was named 2008 Woman of the Year by State Assemblyman Hector De La Torre. At a luncheon hosted by De La Torre at the Downey Country Club, Gessner was recognized for her “outstanding work in the community.” “I was so surprised by the honor,” remarked Gessner, but anyone who knows here would not be surprised. A 48 year resident, Gessner has spent countless hours volunteering to make our city a great place to live. A Planning Commissioner, Parks & Recreation Commissioner, and Volunteer on Patrol, Michele Gessner can be seen at almost every city event. She’s a regular volunteer at the Food Distribution program, and has given her time to youth and senior programs thought the years. Most recently, Michele Gessner took on the responsibility for Cudahy’s senior programs. “I’ve never won an award like this my entire life,” said Gessner, “all of the awardees before me are great people…it’s such and honor to be included with them.”
Teaching kids discipline and hard work, Coach Daniel Cordon volunteers his time teaching the fundamentals of Boxing to Cudahy children and young adults. With over 20 years experience, Coach Cordon provides an positive alternative to gangs The Cudahy Boxing Club meets at Lugo Park Monday through Friday 4:30PM to 6:30PM and 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Anyone interested may sign up at Cudahy City Hall. Pictured: Cudahy residents Adrian Hernandez 18 and Raymond Diaz 16 spar at Cudahy’s Boxing Club located at Lugo Park.
The Cudahy News is published by the City of Cudahy. It is mailed to every residence in the City of Cudahy for free. Non Residents who wish to subscribe should contact We welcome comment, press releases, and community interest stories and will make every effort to include all appropriate material. For Comments and Story Ideas, please contact: City of Cudahy 5220 Santa Ana Street Cudahy, CA 90201 (323) 773-5143 Mayor David M. Silva Vice Mayor Frank Gurulé Council Member Rosa M. Diaz Council Member Juan Romo Council Member Osvaldo Condé City Manager George A. Perez Graffiti Hotline (323) 771-7867 Cudahy Police Department 4835 Clara Street (next to Turner Hall) 24Hr Emergency: (323) 562-5005 Cudahy Parks & Recreation Clara Street Park (323) 562-2660 Lugo Park (323) 562-5679 Cudahy Park (323) 773-5143 x233
countries. The Mexican chips “Takis” are very popular with kids said daughter Jasselyn Ramirez, while adults purchase International Calling Cards. The neatly arranged shelves offer products found in larger stores. Milk, eggs, cheese, bread, beans, rice, and many name brand products are just a short walk from home. Many customers stop by on their way home from work to pick up items for dinner. Ramirez is thankful for the “nice people” who shop his store and to the City of Cudahy for their support of small businesses in the city. orge Ramirez and his wife Estela have always wanted to open their own business in Cudahy, and a year and a half ago the Ramirez family took over C-Mart Grocery on the corner of Wilcox Ave. and Santa Ana Street. “Having lived in Cudahy for many years, we just wanted to bring convenience to local residents,” said Ramirez. And convenience is what you get. Open Monday through Sunday from 8:30 AM to 9:30PM to “accommodate our customers,” C-Mart offers products from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and many other Latin American
The C-Mart team is proud to serve.
Local Business Provides DMV Services in Cudahy
continued from page 1 when it’s safe to do so...the lights automatically flash. Tentatively we are targeting the warning light installations on Elizabeth Street, Santa Ana, and Live Oak. Providing our children excellent school facilities is important to our City Officials. Supporting the School District, Cudahy was on hand at the groundbreaking of a new Elementary School and Early Education Center at Live Oak and Cudahy. Set to open in several years, the new school will serve Cudahy children and promises to keep class sizes smaller…making for a better learning environment. Attracting new shopping and businesses is a City priority as well as improving and supporting our existing businesses. In the near future, the city is looking at a new 74 acre retail shopping development coming to the Atlantic Ave. and Patata Street area. And, a facelift for the shopping center on the corner of Atlantic Blvd. and Hartle Ave. will bring those existing businesses into the modern look developing along Cudahy’s Atlantic business corridor. Enjoy the summer in the City, and always come to your City Hall for any assistance. Our door is always open.
otor Vehicle Registration & Insurance Services is your one-stop for your driving needs. When Cudahy residents need DMV services, they don’t have to wait in long lines. A short visit to Motor Vehicle Registration & Insurance Services on Atlantic Boulevard will get them on their way. For over 11 years, Rosa and Adan Melendez have offered motor vehicle services for the convenience of Cudahy residents and out-of-town visitors. Auto registration, title transfers, VIN verification, and auto
insurance are just a few of the services they provide. With many commercial truck drivers living in Cudahy, the Melendez family specializes in truck permits, apportion plates, and out of state
truck permits. “We’re helping to keep the roads safe,” said Adan Melendez, referring to the truck services. When truck drivers come from out-of-state, they need permits in California, permits they can get at Motor Vehicle Registration & Insurance Services. Along with daughter Paulyna, the Melendez family makes it their business to help Cudahy residents. Located at 7910 Atlantic Blvd., Unit L, Motor Vehicle Registration & Insurance Services is open 9AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 3PM on Saturday. Phone (323) 773-5500.
said. “Cudahy is situated in one of the most densely populated sections of the county, where residents—especially apartment continued from page 1 dwellers—often rely on public Office was David Vela. parks to take the place of private “We’re proud to be partnering backyards. So it’s important that with the City of Cudahy on this we take advantage of opportuniriver revitalization project,” Vela ties like this one, where the county
and the city leverage each other’s dollars to create park space that is direly needed.” The City is supporting the community of Cudahy and its youth by creating spaces where children can play and be healthy. Other aspects of the City’s health initiative include new parks to be
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CUDAHY CITY CALENDAR For Up-To-Date Information, Please Call City Hall At (323) 773-5143. Every Saturday Swap Meet (except rain) Clara Street Park, 4835 Clara Street 7AM to 3PM Every Week Cudahy Lunch Program (18 & under) Monday to Thursday Cudahy Park, Bedwell Hall, 5220 Santa Ana St. Monday to Friday Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 12PM to 1PM Every Week Senior programs Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 11AM to 2PM Monday through Friday Senior Lunch Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 12 Noon to 1PM, Residents: $2.00 Guests: $3.50
4 year old Alexa and 2 year old Cristian Ceja enjoyed the thrills of Cudahy’s Spring Festival held at Lugo Park May 28th to June 2nd.
Cudahy Family Firework Festival July 3 @ 9pm
25 Cudahy Town Hall & Neighborhood Watch Meeting Clara St. Park, Turner Hall 6:45PM Cudahy Food Distribution Program Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 8AM—Seniors 10AM—General Public Community Excursion Los Angeles Dodgers v. Anaheim Angeles Cost: $10 per person Cudahy Park, 5220 Santa Ana St Arrive at 5:15PM for check-in Departure at 5:30PM Return at 11PM 26
3 Cudahy Family Firework Festival Cudahy Park 3PM start 9PM Fireworks Cudahy Town Hall & Neighborhood Watch Meeting Clara St. Park, Turner Hall 6:45PM Cudahy Food Distribution Program Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 8AM—Seniors 10AM—General Public Parents’ Day
27 Cudahy Town Hall & Neighborhood Watch Meeting Clara St. Park, Turner Hall 6:45PM Cudahy Food Distribution Program Clara St. Park, 4835 Clara Street 8AM—Seniors 10AM—General Public 28
1 7 11 15 Labor Day Grandparents’ Day Patriot Day National Hispanic Heritage Month Begins
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