California League of Latin American Citizens in collaboration with the National Brown Berets de Aztlan and the Brown Beret National Organization is assisting the ELA Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer organization to keep from becoming just like California Bobcats — an endangered species.
Since October 2012, the office of Supervisor Gloria Molina in collaboration with the LA County Sheriffs Dept and the County Parks & Recreation Dept have been trying to shut down the ELA Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer organization which has provided youth sports at Salazar Park since 1968. The pretext is because of a fight at a Shakey’s Pizza in Monterey Park in October 2012 between two adults (one of whom was from Bakersfield) that had nothing to do with the Bobcats organization or its program.
While that may be an implausible pretext, a more compelling “coincidence” is that on February 16, 2013 Gloria Molina and other politicians kicked off the grand opening of their long planned ELA Sheriffs “Youth Activity League Center” as a tool to allow the LASD to control youth after-school programs in the area and channel children into being law enforcement explorers and/or community snitches.
Sal Castro–teacher supporter of the 1968 ELA Student strike made famous by the movie “Walkout,” now represents the First Supervisorial District on the County Parks & Recreation Commission. Download our petition to him from the “Files” function at the above linked FB page or Email firstname.lastname@example.org (California League of Latin American Citizens) for a PDF copy of our petition to him which reads:
To: Sal Castro, First District Commissioner,
Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Commission
While we understand that the role of the County Parks & Recreation Commission is advisory only, we request that the Commission conduct an independent investigation into the revocation of the Bobcats Youth Football reservations for the use of Salazar Park, a facility we have used for decades. We want the Commission to investigate and publicly report on the following issues that we suspect are at the bottom of the actions taken against the Bobcats: (1) the racial, ethnic and class profiling of the youth and parent participants by the Sheriffs Department, (2) monetary motivation of the Sheriffs Department to have the parents pay for extra non-necessary security services, (3) monetary motivation to force parents to pay for new uniforms when none are necessary.