Another step taken to honor a beloved Boyle Heights cop

Councilman Jose Huizar took some heat last year when the new Hollenbeck police station opened in Boyle Heights without honoring the memory of Rudy de Leon, a highly regarded police officer who reached out to neighborhood residents and kids. An October story in the EGP News said that Huizar had promised residents as well De Leon that the new station house would bear the name of the former captain, who started a youth boxing program in the basement of the old police facility. But LAPD held a grand opening for the new station in September without De Leon’s name appearing on the building. He died a month later at age 85. On Tuesday, a city council motion by Huizar to rename the new police station the “Rudy de Leon/Hollenbeck Station” was referred to the council’s Public Safety Committee for consideration. It reads in part:

“I FURTHER MOVE that the dedication of the building as the “Rudy de Leon / HollenbeckStation” be executed in a manner that is consistent with the precedence established in naming and dedicating similar LAPD facilities throughout the City and in keeping with the preservation of the Hollenbeck name, which is of historical importance to the Boyle Heights community”

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