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Group plans Maywood event honoring last Aztec ruler

MAYWOOD — The city will shut down a section of Cudahy Avenue between 52nd and 54th streets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 for the 10th annual celebration honoring Cuahtemoc, the last Aztec ruler.

It is conducted  by a private group based in Los Angeles to remind young people of their history and preserve their cultural heritage, said Judith Garcia of the Cuahtemoc Committee,

The group will pay the city a permit fee of $194.

A ceremonial walk will start about 9 a.m. at Pixley Park, 3226 E. 56th St.; and go to Maywood Elementary School, 5200 Cudahy Ave., for a free program of traditional Aztec dances, arts and crafts, Garcia said.

The program ends about 6 p.m.

In another park-related item, the City Council Feb. 11 tied 2-2 on a name for a new pocket park developed by the Trust for Public Land, an open space and park advocacy group, located in the 5500 block of Maywood Avenue. The issue will be discussed at the next council meeting March 11.

City Manager Lilian Myers said the tie is between Benito Juarez Park, suggested by a resident in honor of the man who served five terms as Mexico’s president starting in 1858; and Veterans Park. Councilman Thomas Martin was absent.

The park includes a small soccer field and a skateboard structure.

In other action Feb. 11, the council:

• Approved a five-year extension of its contract for security and patrols with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department out of the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. Myers said the new cost is about $2.8 million a year, down from the previous cost of about $3 million.

• Agreed to reduce its fee from $3,000 a month to $1,500 a month to the Latin and American Men’s Softball League at the Maywood Baseball Stadium, 4801 58th St. Parks and Recreation Director Aldo Perez said Arthur Padilla Jr., president of the private athletic group, has fulfilled his promise of August 2013, to start a youth softball league but adult softball registration has been below estimates.

• Sold $500,000 in Los Angeles County Proposition A funds (for parks and street improvements) to the city of Bell for $350,000, about 70 cents on the dollar. Myers explained that Maywood had accumulated $682,000 in Proposition A transportation funds, more than it needs. Those funds may only be used for specific purposes. The $350,000 will go to the Maywood general operating fund, she said.