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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rudy who? A new police station fails to honor the memory of a beloved Boyle Heights cop

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.

“According to a source who asked not to be identified, Huizar’s renaming motion never advanced past that initial meeting. “We are so upset that Rudy died without having his day,” the source said. “We don’t understand what happened. Did someone just forget?”

An official with Huizar’s office told EGP News that the council office is looking for a new way to honor De Leon in the future.


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