LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster has appointed two new members to its Human Relations Tapestry Commission – Ed Galindo and Denise Latanzi. The Tapestry Commission oversees a number of programs, which bring together various strands of Lancaster’s culture in a spirit of cooperation and understanding in order to improve the entire City.
“The work this commission has performed thus far has been exemplary in bringing our community together,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The nature of this ongoing work requires that we bring in as many diverse opinions as possible in order to better serve our City. In that spirit, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Galindo and Denise Latanzi to the Commission.”
Since its inception in 2011, the Commission has launched several ongoing programs to help foster growth and community throughout the City. The first is the WEAVERS program. This outreach effort, conducted by the Commission, continues to bring together a wide array of solutions to a number of issues facing the City. The Tapestry Commission invites representatives from organizations which serve diverse memberships or clients to present the purpose of their organization at a Lancaster Human Relations Tapestry Commission public meeting. The organizations then share their ideas for partnering with the Tapestry Commission. Also ongoing is the Expungement Program, which facilitates the filing of expungement applications. The Commission’s Voluntary Mediation program resolves disputes among citizens who desire a settlement without litigation, thus further promoting a spirit of cooperation and neighborliness throughout Lancaster.
The Commissioners have also worked alongside local schools, as well as faith-based business and community organizations, to raise awareness concerning themes such as celebrating diversity and preventing bullying. They have also coordinated and participated in multiple community events, including the recent Cinco de Mayo festivities, the annual Antelope Valley International Heritage Festival, and the Not in Our Town program. The Tapestry Commission has already begun preparing for this year’s “Bridge to Empowerment Season,” which will begin in September.
“The City of Lancaster is fortunate that these resourceful, focused individuals have committed to our mission of diversity, unity, and growth. As we enter our Bridge to Empowerment Season this fall, we will rely heavily on each of the Commissioners. Tapestry will provide supportive resources to both organizations and individuals as they raise awareness and plan events on the monthly themes,” said Tapestry Commission Chair, Sue Dell. “Commissioners Galindo and Latanzi bring years of experience in the Antelope Valley both as professionals and as community organizers. Their generous hearts make each perfect to contribute to the representation of our community’s needs.”
Denise Latanzi is a Southern California native, born and raised in the Coachella Valley, and a proud Antelope Valley Resident since 1997. Latanzi has been very active in the local charitable community, and is passionate about building a vital nonprofit community in the Antelope Valley, while keeping local money in the hands of community based groups. She has spearheaded programs like Operation Bless You, which has delivered more than 10,000 boxes of tissue into local schools.
Latanzi was also instrumental in establishing a nationwide, and later worldwide, nonprofit organization that supports patients with the rare genetic disorder, Nail Patella Syndrome. In 2001, her involvement with this organization had her hosting individuals, their families, physicians and researchers from around the world at the Nail Patella Syndrome worldwide medical conference held in Palmdale.
Commissioner Latanzi is currently the Executive Director of United Desert Charities, and serves as President of the League of Women Voter’s Antelope Valley.
Ed Galindo, also an Antelope Valley resident since 1997, is a retired lawyer, businessman, and veteran of the United States Air Force.
Galindo served as the Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse for 27 years, after which he opened his own law practice, Galindo & Fox. When he retired, Galindo relocated to Mexico where he conducted an import/export business.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of San Fernando; Law Degree, University of San Fernando College of Law; Fellows, Court Administration, University of Southern California; and Post Graduate Studies, Alcohol/Drug Studies, North Hollywood Medical Center. Galindo also served as a technical advisor for the original “The People’s Court” with Joe Wopner, and as a guest lecturer at U.C.L.A regarding “Courtroom Demeanor for the Media.”
Galindo served during the Korean Conflict, as part of the 15th Air Force, Strategic Air Command, the 3rd Aviation Field Depot Squadron, The Peacemakers, and Keepers of the Bomb.
Commissioner Galindo is a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Democratic Club of the High Desert, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He firmly believes in the importance of helping those less fortunate than himself. He currently resides in the Antelope Valley and produces “Café Con Leche,” a bilingual community-oriented radio program in the Antelope Valley.
The Tapestry Commission consists of seven members: Sue Dell, chair; Dr. Miguel Coronado; Ed Galindo; Denise Latanzi; Dr. Mark Marshall; Jeanine Militello; and Dr. Arisah Muhammad. The Commission has also benefitted from the involvement of former members, Arturo Castanon, Matthew Himlin, Vivian Komori, David Paul, and Kevin VonTungeln.
For more information regarding the Tapestry Commission, its Commissioners, and resources available through the Commission, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/tapestry.