Rudy de Leon is remembered for reaching out to Boyle Heights residents as commander of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division, where he started a boxing program in the basement of the old station in the early 1970s to help keep kids out of gangs. His legacy was to be honored by having part of the flashy, new Hollenbeck station on First Street named after him. But when the LAPD threw a grand opening celebration for the station in mid September, De Leon’s name did not appear on any part of the building as Councilman Jose Huizar had proposed, according to a story in the EGP News. About a month after the grand opening, De Leon died at age 85 with his name still missing from the building or, as later proposed, from a community room inside the complex.
That has some Boyle Heights residents mad and pointing fingers at the council office, people told EGP News.