The "Great White Ghost" of CD 14 politics has spoken.
He was the enabler who gave special meaning to the "ins and outs" of constituent services, in a time when "cut and pasting" involved exacta knives, rulers, cardboard, and rubber cement.
His driving exploits, would of loaded the barrels of Top Gun DUI Attorney Miles L. Berman with gainful employment during those days of driving, weaving and dealing through the barrios and exclusive domains within CD 14.
Investigators, whether local, state, or feds, never fear of running out of shady dealings to investigate during his reign. Red Devil Fireworks, TELACU, and Enterprise Zones, brought an constant source of monetary deals that benefited the district, but invited investigated scrutiny, that in the end was the cause of one, Councilman Arthur K. Snyder's political demise
But unlike Huizar, who goes through staffers like Snyder went through "fifths and city own cars", Snyder valued his rapid "ins and outs" when responding to constituent concerns.
One of those responsible for that prompt response was the late Boyle Heights resident Ross Valencia, or simply, "Mr. Boyle Heights".
Valencia, was an civic institution in Boyle Heights for decades, his work on behalf of the Boyle Heights Community, prompted civic leaders to rededicate the former Lani Park on First and Chicago, as the Ross Valencia Community Park yesterday.
Ross was a good man. He served the community because he loved it, and he felt called to help it. That is why I hired him to represent me in Boyle Heights and to assist me in the creation and completion of the projects that raised the quality of life for its people and brought the community back into the mainstream of Los Angeles life. He spent the hours, days, years that are the currency of a life for the community that he and I loved. May the people not soon forget him, and may that memory continue to lift the community as did his life.
Art Snyder Member of the City Council, 14rh District, Retired
Indeed, Ross Valencia served his community with distinction and honor and is befitting of the honors accorded him.
And in closing, it would be wise for our current crop of political staffers in CD 14 to emulate Valencia in their role as public servants and remember the "ins and outs" of constituent services.
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