FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - News Conference Advisory
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Contact: Randy Childs 310/869-6321 or Cres Vellucci 916/996-9170
Gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo to urge
LA Mayor to intervene Thursday on the eviction
of 350 families at South Central community farm
LOS ANGELES – Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Camejo – who has
announced he will run for Governor – will hold a major news conference
Thursday to comment on the pending eviction of 350 families who have been
sustaining themselves for 13 years on a 14-acre South Central community
farm, the largest U.S. urban farm.
The news conference is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the South Central
Community Farm (Alameda & 41st St.).
Camejo is expected to strongly defend the rights of the community farmers,
and publicly urge Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to intervene to
protect the interests of the community against for his decision to give in
to big developer Ralph Horowitz at the expense of those most in need in
The city allowed the South LA community to develop this land into a
productive farm in 1992. The city secretly decided to sell it to developer
Ralph Horowitz for about million dollars in a back-room deal without
public hearings. Horowitz is now demanding million from the 350 families.
The farmers were to be evicted March 6, but have vowed to remain and even
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