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Mayor, Be a Hero! Open the Miguel Contreras Pool Now!

Open Letter to the Mayor — Please write to the Mayor too!

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: Be a Hero! Open the Miguel Contreras Pool Now!

Dear Mayor:

The Olympic size pool at the new $168 million Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is filled with water and ready to provide a place to swim and play during the long hot summer for the children and the community. The only thing missing is lifeguards for $13.08 an hour. The money for the lifeguards is available because the principal found volunteer groups to provide recreation programs on the school fields that the City otherwise planned on paying for. The City has 700 lifeguards and 54 pools. You can reassign 6-10 lifeguards from several other pools to work at Miguel Contreras. Yet neither the Recreation and Parks Department nor the Los Angeles Unified School District have provided the lifeguards to open the pool.

This story has received extensive media attention. ABC 7 broadcast the story on the July 5 6:00 p.m. news. Warren Olney’s Which Way L.A. (podcast) did a 20 minute show on July 2 featuring City Controller Laura Chick calling on the City to open the pool. The Downtown News ran an Editorial on July 2 and a long story on June 25. The Warren Olney show and Downtown News materials are available on the web at, and the ABC TV segment is on YouTube at

The Downtown News Editorial concludes: “Find the funds. Open the pool. Stop the excuses. Give the community what it deserves this summer.”

We agree. Don’t wait until the children have lost another summer with nothing to do in this park-starved community. Please be a hero – cut through the red tape and open the Miguel Contreras Olympic pool to the children and the community before this weekend.

Thank you!

Very truly yours,

Raul Macías
President and Founder
Anahuak Youth Association

Robert García
Executive Director and Counsel
The City Project

Cc: Speaker Fabian Nuñez
Senator Gil Cedillo
City Controller Laura Chick
Councilman Jose Huizar
LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia
Warren Olney
Downtown News