hilda solisA meet-and-greet with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, was held April 30 at Little Tokyo’s Far Bar. Solis is running in the June 3 election against El Monte City Councilmember Juventino Gomez and Long Beach school police officer April Saucedo Hood for the seat being vacated by Gloria Molina. If elected, Solis, who has also served in Congress, the State Senate and the State Assembly, will represent a district stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the San Bernardino County border. Her priorities include expanding the base of local good-paying jobs and small business growth. The host committee for the event consisted of Dennis Arguelles, Tim Dang, Kerry Doi, Far East Café/Far Bar, Tom Iino, Leslie Ito, Joel Jacinto, Jon Kaji, Greg Kimura, Alan Kosaka, Vivienne Lee, Chanchanit Martorell, Dean Matsubayashi, Alan Nishio, Henry Ota, Amy Phillips, Bruce Saito, Johng Ho Song, Jan Tokumaru and Evelyn Yoshimura.

matsubayashi-solis-nishioSolis with Dean Matsubayashi (left), executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and Alan Nishio, LTSC board president and former associate vice president for student services at CSU Long Beach, where he worked with Solis more than 30 years ago.

Photos by Mike Murase

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