June 2009

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Esperanza is proud of Community Health Promoter Gina Serrano! who graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College with a AA degree.

I believe I can be a college student. When Director of Community Planning Department, Benny Torres, opened the  door to college for all community health promoters,WOW! My opportunity was there!  Education is one of my values. 

Gina has two sons to model for.  Her little one, Pablo, stayed at the college’s childcare center while Gina attended class.  The first semester she remembers coming home after 10:00 p.m. tired and hungry but happy, knowing that “by taking one step per day” her goal of acquiring her AA degree was closer.

Gina attended classes for three years because she was able to take one class per semester because she works full-time as a Health Promoter/Case Manager for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and as health Ambassador with HEAC (Healthy Eating, Activity Communities).  Gina is also the President of “El Comité De Promotores” and Board Member of the Corridor Figueroa Community Land Trust.

My personal mission is to cultivate and integrate my expertise while demonstrating a growing life through love, education, healing and seeing the good in everyone”.  Gina works to promote multicultural community enhancement.   She says that  Esperanza and Los Angeles Trade Techinical Community College are her partners  in this mission.

Gina thanks all her teachers, mentors, administrators and classmates who supported her through this journey. 

Education is power.  This day is the result of hard work with dedication, loyalty, passion, and hope in my heart.  Expect the best in the future and hard work to achieve it.  My future is in my hands, I have the power to make my own decisions, and I choose the best  for me and for my family.  says Gina.

We are proud of  you, Gina!



Esperanza would like to thank “Create Now” for providing the staff with tickets to the Mariachi USA 20th Anniversary at the Hollywood bowl last Friday. Five hours of the finest Mariachis, beautiful ballet folklorico and romantic music of “Los Panchos”.  The event ended the night with an spectacular fireworks show and the marvelous “Son De La Negra”.

Thanks “Create Now”  for making this possible!


Congratulations Mo-Chica!    The new Peruvian Restaurant at Mercado La Paloma, which opened in the spring of 2009 has been making headlines for its unique and delicious food. 

MERCADO INTERIORS 4 UPLOAD 5_09-8558Ricardo Zarate remembers reading a 2004 article in the Economist magazine predicting that Peruvian cuisine was the Next Big Thing. The moment he read the article, he knew it was right: Peruvian was the next big thing, and he wanted, desperately, to cook Peruvian in his own restaurant.  The Peruvian community in Los Angeles is large but scattered, and Peruvian restaurants are mostly solitary creatures, with none of the visible concentration of Koreatown or Thai Town  – writes the LA Times.

I’ve been in Los Angeles for two years, and I still don’t know where the Peruvian community is,” Zarate says jokingly.

Full Story: LA Times: Hidden Peruvian Treasures.