huizar1Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar of District 14 addresses supporters at a fundraising reception held at Far Bar in Little Tokyo on March 20.

huizar2 Huizar, whose district includes Little Tokyo, is up for re-election in March 2015. He was first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011.

One of the special guests at the event was Huizar’s third-grade teacher, Pauline Shirasu Griffith, who recalled signing up a young Huizar for Little League. “As a team, I would go to games and support him. I told him that he was going to go far,” she stated.

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Huizar has said that his educational journey began in 1972 at Euclid Avenue Elementary School in East L.A.

Huizar thanked supporters, vowing to continue his work for the Little Tokyo community. “All this work I do with a deep passion and care for what happens to Little Tokyo,” he said. “My focus is to continue to support economic development that also protects the history, so that Little Tokyo will be part of the downtown renaissance.”

Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

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  1. “SEX SCANDAL”… PEOPLE IN COUNCIL DISTRICT 14 NEED TO KNOW. Anyone with a sister or mother should read this. Yes…everyone. I have no political agenda…just stating the truth. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar is not telling the truth. He is trying to say his relationship with Francine Godoy was consensual to continue his career,as many politicians have done before him. If the truth came out, which is that he used his position to harass and torment this poor girl, his life/marriage would be over.The fact is, Francine Godoy was a victim and is now being portrayed as a home wrecker because huizar “admitted to an affair” which just isn’t true.

    People are just stuck on her salary…in the public sector, if a guy over 7 years worked his way up the corporate ladder, it wouldn’t be a big deal. When she was first brought on, she was hired well below her skill set. Once that was noticed, she was given more responsibility and pay to retain her. All this girl did was work hard and kept her honor the whole time. Anonymous posters on blogs who made up rumors years ago were just jealous of her and in competition.

    Don’t be fooled …Jose is a scheming politician. FYI Huizar’s poor wife (who is also a victim) knows the truth but is remaining silent because she needs him to work to support her and their kids. Sincerely-someone who knows