Banned Youth Football Team Defends Use of Park

Jason Kandel (NBCLA) | March 29, 2013

A youth football program that has called an East LA park home for nearly half a century is under fire after a fatal stabbing off-site prompted LA County officials to bar the team from using the park unless it provides security.

The East Los Angeles Bobcats say the restrictions to use Ruben F. Salazar Park are unfair. They say the many working-class, single-parent families can’t afford the $774 a day for added sheriff’s deputies.

“We need to come up with a solution on how we can keep our program going,” said Sylvia Romero, the president of the Bobcats, told “We will keep fighting until the Bobcat’s name is cleared and that the organization is not gang related.”

County officials, fearing retaliatory violence against the Bobcats, pulled the team’s permit to practice at the park and said that they could return only if the team provides security and changes its name and blue and white colors.

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2 Comments for “Banned Youth Football Team Defends Use of Park”

  1. cside

    sounds like nas on the spanish radio stations…….

  2. cside

    do not kidnap kids…

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