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A Day for Salazar

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, April 21, 2008, at 09:02AM
City Council Ed Fuentes

Times publisher David Hiller (right) stands with a trio of Councilmembers and the family of Ruben Salazar as the city council declares Tuesday to be Ruben Salazar Day.

Last Friday saw David Hiller, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, join Councilman Richard Alarcón, Councilman José Huizar and members of Ruben Salazar family to hear City Council President Eric Garcetti announce that April 22 will be Ruben Salazar Day––coinciding with the issuance of the US Post Office stamp honoring the Latino journalist.

Coming this week, I'm looking forward to those who will write eloquently about Salazar, the Los Angeles Times reporter / columnist and news director of KMEX who died after being struck by a tear gas projectile while out covering the 1970 Chicano anti-Vietnam War Moratorium rally. The Los Angeles Times lobby will have a commemorative exhibit on Salazar, and is will be open to the public April 22nd to April 24th.

When looking through the names of those who have been honored with commemorative postage stamps, it's easy to find Hollywood stars or sports icons that have passed through L.A. Salazar, though, has a real Downtown connection through his work and coverage. That's something quite a bit more rare.

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