Vernon’s $1.5 million ‘Good Neighbor Program’ grant provides needed support for Legacy LAs $3.3 million facility renovation project in Boyle Heights
Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis, and Council Members Melissa Ybarra
and Leticia Lopez were honored on Friday, September 9 at a facility renovation project
groundbreaking ceremony in Boyle Heights by Legacy LA CEO Lou Calanche and her
nonprofit organization's board of directors for Vernon's substantial grant of $1.5 million
from the city's "Good Neighbor Program."
The funds granted by the Vernon Good Neighbor Program will partially fund Legacy
LA's $3.3 million facility renovation project at the L.A. City-owned Hazard Park Armory
in Boyle Heights. A similar Good Neighbor Program grant in 2014 funded the purchase
and installation of a state-of-the-art artificial turf soccer field at Huntington Park's
popular Salt Lake Park.
In receiving Legacy LA's crystal recognition award, Mayor Davis said, "Legacy LA is
taking this former military facility – now owned by the City of Los Angeles – and
transforming it into a place where Boyle Heights youth can explore the world around
them, thrive together in a supportive environment, reach their full potential, and achieve
their goals in life. This is a great day for Legacy LA and Boyle Heights. The City of
Vernon is proud to be a 'good neighbor' in this effort."
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, L.A. City Council Member Jose
Huizar, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis were
also honored for their efforts to secure an additional $1.5 million in state, county and
L.A. City grant funds for Legacy LA's facility renovation project.
Vernon's Good Neighbor Program was created in 2013 as part of the city's good
governance reforms. It was predecessor to the Vernon CommUNITY Fund, a municipal
philanthropic entity established by city ordinance in January 2014 to aid worthy nonprofit
organizations in the "Vernon Area" that has provided grants totaling nearly $1.5 million
to more than 30 local nonprofit groups serving seniors, teens, and working families. For
more information on the Vernon CommUNITY Fund, go to vernoncommunityfund.org.
Legacy LA is a nonprofit community benefit organization providing youth development,
mentorship, leadership training and educational support to young people living in the
Ramona Gardens community in East Los Angeles.