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Miguel Contreras Pool Open to the Community! Finally.

The Miguel Contreras Olympic pool is open for the children and their families and friends in the most park starved area in the state of California — more than one year after Evan George broke the story in the Downtown News; after more than 24 newspaper, television, radio, and blog pieces; and after community protests spearheaded by ACORN and The City Project.

The City Project applauds the tenacity of the journalists and community organizers who made this dream come true, despite the claims by public officials that there were no lifeguards, there was no money to pay lifeguards, the class rooms could not be secured, there were no showers, there were no lockers, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Si se puede!

Thank you:

Miguel Contreras School Pool a Squandered Opportunity Downtown News Editorial June 30, 2008

KTLA TV Jaime Chambers Open the Miguel Contreras Pool June 11, 2008

KTLA TV Jaime Chambers Open the Miguel Contreras Pool on Qik.com June 11, 2008

Contreras Pool to Remain Off Limits To Public This Summer
Ryan Vaillancourt Downtown News June 7, 2008

Miguel Contreras would not like this
Kevin Roderick LA Observed April 24, 2008

A Year of Firsts
Evan George, Downtown News, December 31, 2007

Pool ‘Solution’ Is Hardly Worth Cheering
Downtown News Editorial August 13, 2007

La Opinion: Inician transporte a piscinas/Swim Shuttles Begin
Jazman Ortega La Opinion 10 de agosto 2007

Persiste la lucha por piscina/The struggle for the pool goes on
Por Andrea Carrion Diario HOY 213.237.4572 acarrion@hoyllc.com 8 de agosto, 2007

Mayor takes steps to cool off pool dispute
L.A. Times August 4, 2007 From Times Staff and Wire Reports

School pool or people’s plunge? Residents living near the downtown-area Miguel Contreras Learning Complex would like to take a dip in the campus’ gleaming waters.
By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2007

Se esfuma la posibilidad de abrir piscina al publico
Por Andrea Carrion Diario HOY 213.237.4572 acarrion@hoyllc.com, 1 de agosto, 2007

Budget Problems Keep New Downtown Public Pool Unused
Community Group ACORN Protests Lack of Access to Pool
By Subha Ravindhran, ABC7, July 31, 2007

Failure To Open New Pool Makes Waves Among Residents
By KNBC.com and KNBC (NBC4 Los Angeles). July 31, 2007

The Mayor, the Kids, and the Absurd Politics of City Pools
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA, July 31st, 2007

Funds for Pool, But no General Public Use
News Brief, Los Angeles Downtown News, July 23, 2007

Concejal busca fondos para abrir piscina al publico/Councilman Seeks Funds To Open Miguel Contreras Pool
Andrea Carrion Diario HOY 213.237.4572 acarrion@hoyllc.com 19 de julio, 2007

Vecinos presionan para que se abra piscina
Andrea Carrion Diario HOY 213.237.4572 acarrion@hoyllc.com 17 de julio, 2007

Gran alberca al servicio de nadie/Great Pool Serves No One/ La comunidad pide que abran al publico piscina en Miguel Contreras
Agustin Duran agustin.duran@laopinion.com
La Opinion and MSNBC 13 de julio de 2007

Mr. Mayor, tear down that fence
Kevin Roderick LA Observed July 13, 2007

Open the Pool
KABC TV 7 Eyewitness News July 5, 6:00 pm

The Pool’s Full of Water but the Kids Can’t Swim/ Summertime Blues: LA Kids Locked Out of LA School Pools/ Which Way, L.A.? with City Controller Laura Chick, The City Project’s Executive Director Robert Garcia, and LAUSD Facilities Chief Guy Mehula
Warren Olney Which Way, L.A.? July 2, 2007

Open the Miguel Contreras Pool
Editorial Downtown News July 2, 2007

Summer Bummer
Cost of Lifeguards at Miguel Contreras School Keeps Olympic-Sized Pool Off Limits to the Community
Evan George, Staff Writer Los Angeles Downtown News June 25, 2007

Learn more at Open the Miguel Contreras Pool!

The official press release announcing the opening of Miguel Contreras and other pools appears below.

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MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA, LAUSD TO OPEN HIGH-PROFILE SCHOOL POOL TO PUBLIC

City and District to open Miguel Contreras pool to the community, after
signing MOU to open 15 school pools to LA residents

LOS ANGELES — Announcing an agreement to open the high-profile Miguel
Contreras Learning Complex pool to community members, Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa will join LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia and
Superintendent David Brewer to sign a Memorandum of Understanding
between the City and school district that sets a path to open 15 school
pools to community access in high-need neighborhoods at 9:30 AM, on
Monday July 7, at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Pool, 260 South
Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

The school’s Olympic-sized pool — closed to the public for security
reasons when it opened in 2006 — stirred community action and a
response from school and City officials.

The Mayor and District officials will also announce the start of a
summer swim program at the school, funded with a grant from the LA
County Federation of Labor.

The MOU will ensure that the community can access LAUSD aquatics
facilities outside of the school day in a safe and supervised manner. It
commits LAUSD and the City to plan and develop the additional facilities
needed at 10 existing school pools and 5 new pools for safe community
access, as well as to provide programming at all school pools for
student and community use.

The existing pools included are: Banning High School, Cleveland High
School, Fremont High School, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, Panorama
High School, Roosevelt High School, Santee Education Complex, Venice
High School, West Adams Preparatory High School, and Yosemite Recreation
Center at Eagle Rock High School.

The five new pools will part of the following schools now under
construction: Central Los Angeles New Learning Center #1, Central Los
Angeles High School #9, East Valley High School #1B, South Region High
School #12, and Helen Bernstein High School.

WHO:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
LAUSD Board President Mónica García
Superintendent David L. Brewer III
City Councilmember Ed Reyes
LAUSD Chief Deputy Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines
Local parents and children

WHEN:
Monday, July 7, 2008
9:30 AM

WHERE:
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Pool
260 South Bixel Street
(on the northwest corner of S Bixel and W 3rd Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90017

MEDIA PARKING:
On Bixel, just north of 3rd Street

VISUALS:
Ceremonial MOU signing, students jumping into pool.

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