Immigrant Heritage Month was recognized Friday by the Los Angeles City Council, which honored one immigrant-owned business in each district as part of the celebration.

“While the federal government continues to expend public resources to scare and intimidate immigrant communities, we choose to honor and celebrate their contributions to Los Angeles,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo.

“This nation was built on the backs of immigrants. They have been an integral part of this nation’s history and will continue to play a vital role in shaping this country’s future.”

Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort in June to recognize and celebrate immigrants.

“Today, we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month in Los Angeles and we recognize the contributions of nearly three million hardworking immigrants who help shape our city,” Councilman David Ryu said.

“This celebration also showcases our city’s diverse tapestry and reaffirms our commitment to the inclusion of all people,”

The City Council honorees were:

CD1: Hernaldo Gutierrez and Yolanda Gutierrez, owners of La 27

CD2: Sedrak Shishikyan, owner of Lilit Bakery & Cafe

CD3: Kevin Tran, owner of Vinh Loi Tofu

CD4: Dennis Tamashiro, owner of Mario’s Peruvian Restaurant

CD5: Adiss Harmandian and Lucy Harmandian/Norair Harmandian and Pega Harmandian, owners of Baklava Factory

CD6: Paul Rodriguez, owner of Mercado Buenos Aires

CD8: Leandro Lopez and Iris Lopez, owner of La Valentina Mexican Grill

CD9: Tito Rivera, owner of Viztango Cafe

CD10: Berhanu Asfaw and Getahun Asfaw, owner of Messob Ethiopian Restaurant

CD11: Raul Sanchez, owner of Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant

CD12: David Chun and Nancy Chun, owners of AYCE GOGI

CD13: Sarintip Jazz” Singsanong and Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee, owners of Jitlada

CD14: Charles Olalia and Santos Uy, owners of Rice Bar

CD15: Curtis Shin and Anthony Xepolis, owners of Patio Heaven

The 7th Council District, which does not have a City Council member representing it, did not have an honoree.

–City News Service

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