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Council marks Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: September 26, 2012 6:20 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2012 6:20 p.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council officially recognized Hispanic Heritage Month during its Tuesday night meeting, noting as it did the city’s population is nearly 30 percent Hispanic and more than 12 percent of all businesses in the city are owned by Hispanics.

“The designation of Hispanic Heritage Month acknowledges the tremendous contributions from Santa Clarita’s large and diverse Hispanic community,” said city spokesman Evan Thomason. “These contributions include leadership in business, education, government and all aspects of what makes Santa Clarita a great place to live.”

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sept. 15 and runs until Oct. 15, was the ninth observed in Santa Clarita, according to Paul De La Cerda, a member of the Saugus Union School District board and a partner and consultant with the Clover Agency.

De La Cerda, who spoke at the council meeting, called the month a “great tradition” for the city that recognizes not only the large Hispanic population in the area, but the contributions of its citizenry as well.

Nine members of Santa Clarita’s Hispanic community, all leaders in politics, business and education, were invited to attend the council meeting for the announcement, but De La Cerda said the recognition was not just for them.
“This recognition is for everybody who embraces their culture,” De La Cerda said.
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