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Descendants of Pobladores Join Fight Against LA Plaza Excavation

By Lauren Mattia
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 10:30AM
El Pueblo Campo Santo Excavation Robert Garcia

Descendants of some of L.A.'s original founders join other Native American and religious groups in calling for cancellation of excavation of LA Plaza.

Relatives of the 44 Pobladores who originally founded Los Angeles joined American Indians and the Roman Catholic Church in outcry against the excavation for LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, stating that LA Plaza officials "should show proper respect to the deceased."

On Friday, LA Plaza's CEO Miguel Angel Corzo formally announced that excavation was halted for LA Plaza's garden. "We believe it is in the best interest of both LA Plaza and the larger community to put this section of our project on hold," he said.

But descendants of Pobladores want their relatives' remains left alone. In addition, they requested permission to visit the site of excavation.

The Pobladores as well as the Gabrielinos will speak at today's Board of Supervisors meeting.


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