We received the letter below from Santa Ana LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and they are demanding Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez make a public apology for her bigoted and anti-semitic comments directed at Irv and Ryan Chase.
Alvarez made apologetic statements to the LA Times, the Voice of OC and some TV stations in the past 12 hours, but has yet to issue a formal apology to the public or to the Chase family personally.
Here’s the letter:
August 25, 2011
Hon. Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez
City ofSanta Ana
20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, California 92702
Re: Reported Comments of Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Dear Councilwoman Alvarez:
Santa Ana LULAC Council #147 was founded in 1946 during our Latino community’s search for justice against segregation within our county’s educational system. We have fought and continue to fight to end racial discrimination and prejudice that can linger within our society through the years of progress and advancement. To this end Santa Ana LULAC has endeavored to fully cooperate with various community groups and associations to establish “a mutual exchange of concepts, an understanding and recognition of an appreciation for the dignity, worth and potential of the individual.”
As a representative of LULAC, I have personally worked to establish the initial foundation of the Jewish-Latino Roundtable by the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach (ADL). We have made great strides in the development of close ties, understandings and respect for each other.
Members of our council were astounded to read in numerous reports of the statements made by you as an official of the City of Santa Ana at a public meeting.
Santa Ana LULAC stands in full agreement with the call by ADL Regional Director Kevin O’Grady, for you to issue an immediate public apology to the Chase family in particular and to the general public. LULAC stands firm in our mutual agreement as stated by Mr. O’Grady, that “There is no room for anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind in civil discourse.”
It is requested that this public apology be immediate to assure the integrity of respecting any and every individual within our society.
cc: Santa Ana City Council, Mr. Kevin O’Grady, ADL Regional Director