Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Olguin Monument Unveiling Saturday

Community pillar John Olguin will be honored at a ceremony Saturday to unveil a monument naming him “Citizen of the Century.”

Sponsored by the San Pedro Rotary Club, the event takes place on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Pt. Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar.

Here’s the background information from the press release:

Mr. John Olguin served the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department for 50 years in the Aquatics division. His many accomplishments include: Co-founder of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the establishment of the Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge, and past president and charter member of the Cetacean Society. He is considered the local “father of whale watching” and “Mr. San Pedro.” He was given a Lifetime Achievement award by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. For 55 years, he raised the funds and coordinated the Cabrillo Beach Fourth of July fireworks.

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this recognition from the San Pedro Rotary,” said Olguin. “The location of this monument means a lot to me. Many years ago I saw that this piece of land was collecting trash and needed attention. I got people involved to landscape and beautify it.”

The Rotary worked with local government for many years to find the right location for the monument. The small triangular median, noted for its large anchor, at the corner of Gaffey and Shepard Streets was selected. Considering the breadth and depth of Olguin’s community contribution, it’s no surprise that he was instrumental in improving this very spot.

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