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The People Speak Out About the Future

Alex Rodriguez

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21st century leaders: Veronica and Samantha Rodriguez      

21st Century Advice

"Whatever you do, don't get into the gangs.... All I can tell you guys is that you need to get an education."
(Bertha Sanchez; Member, Westside Coalition; 6/24/97)

"The only way you can make a difference is to get educated. You also should get involved politically."
(Margaret McKenna; President, Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association; 6/26/97)

"The biggest advice I can give you is to get involved with the community."
(Josť J. Ibarra; Councilmember, Ward I; 7/1/97)

"First of all, honor your familia....Honor yourself as well. Also, continue to progress in your life."
(Gilbert Jimenez; longtime resident, Westside; 7/7/97)

21st Century Fears

"My fears are the gangs...that they are going to get worse."
(Bertha Sanchez; Member, Westside Coalition; 6/24/97)

"Kids are losing their past. They don't know who they are, and they don't know where they are going. They also have a lack of unity."
(Josť J. Ibarra; Councilmember, Ward I; 7/1/97)

"I'm afraid that the economy will go down and that racism will go up."
(Bob Rodriguez; Member, Westside Coalition; 6/28/97)

21st Century Hopes

"I hope the Westside neighborhoods will bring in more money economically."
(Margaret McKenna; President, Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association; 6/26/97)

"I hope we connect the past with the future."
(Josť J. Ibarra; Councilmember, Ward I; 7/2/97)

"Preserve [the Westside's] cultural resources. Make sure there is no commercial development that would cover up the archaeological remains...These are world-class resources."
(Diana Hadley; environmental historian and Barrio Sin Nombre resident; 7/2/97)