Erica Ortega is a longtime resident of the Florence-Firestone community.
Growing up in Florence-Firestone, Erica has seen many changes in the community over the years.
Erica vividly recalls the 1992 LA Riots with candor and humor. She is currently
a member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders where she maintains the
Florence-Firestone Community Leaders website.
Gloria Medina lives in the Florence-Firestone area with her family. Gloria is currently president
of the Florence Firestone Merchants Association. Gloria is a strong advocate for women entrepreneurs and has helped to organize the Business Expo for Women Only for the past two years. Gloria’s strong commitment to make the Florence-Firestone community a better place for both business and community makes her an everyday hero.
Celica Quinones family moved to the Florence-Firestone area in 1978. After graduating from college, Celica returned to Florence-Firestone community. She has many family and friends who currently live and work in the community. Celica works as Assistant Deputy to County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Arthur (Art) Jones is a longtime resident of the Florence-Firestone community.
Art is Past President of the Florence-Firestone Leadership Community Leaders and is
actively involved in community organizing. Art retired from the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department where he made lifelong friends. Art Jones story continues to inspire the next generation of community leaders. Member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders
William Allen moved back to Florence-Firestone and participates in local neighborhood watch programs and the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders. He is a Vietnam Veteran and uses his military training and skills to provide leadership within the community. Mr. Allen volunteers his time by mentoring local youth basketball teams. He is also helping to meet the needs of the community and address its concerns as a member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders. Florence-Firestone Community Leaders Community advocate Military Veteran Watch Full Interview
Grew up in the Florence-Firestone area
William Allen Video
“Change has to happen through people getting involved.”
Paula Trejo grew up in the Florence-Firestone community and returned to raise her family. She maintains an enthusiastic and positive attitude as a member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders. As the current President of the organization, Paula is helping to meet the needs and address the concerns of the Florence-Firestone Community by providing information and connecting services and resources to the local area’s residents and businesses. Grew up in Florence-Firestone Raised children within the community President of Florence-Firestone Community Leaders, Volunteer Advocate for community involvement Importance of education and the Florence-Firestone image
“It’s not where you live, it’s how you live.”
Grew up in Florence-Firestone
Paula Trejo grew up in the Florence-Firestone area. She attended Russel Elementary, Drew Middle School and graduated from Fremont High School.
Social media & Community Participation
“The goal is to involve everyone, so we have a bigger voice.”
Education & Outreach
“There is a lot of things we want to do but we can’t do it by ourselves.”
Rick Aldridge grew up in Florence-Firestone and over the years has continued to maintain vested interest within the community. Mr. Aldridge is a member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders and helps to provide assistance and representation for local concerns and to meet the needs within the community. Grew up in Florence-Firestone Florence-Firestone Community Leaders Actively involved in volunteer community work Advocate for education Watch Full Interview
In this interview Rick Aldridge discusses growing up in Florence-Firestone area, his parents early influence on him, the importance of education and the role of libraries within the community. Video 24 minutes
“I came from a family that was socially and politically active.”
Actively involved in volunteer community work
Rick Aldridge working with the Century Sheriff’s Youth Activity League to develop a safe place for local children to play.
Member of Florence-Firestone Community Leaders Rick has been a longtime member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders. He has seen firsthand how volunteer groups can make a difference in the community.
Rick being recognized by the Ford Motor Company.
Advocate for education Rick on the University of Southern California campus with students and volunteers.
Rick Aldridge Video
“Another misconception is that people don’t care about the com
Jonathan Pacheco Bell has been involved with the Florence-Firestone community since 2005. Beginning his career in Code Enforcement, Mr. Bell addresses local concerns in the Florence-Firestone area. As an active member of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders, Mr. Bell helps connect community members with government services and meet the needs of the community. Works in City Planning for County of Los Angeles Member of Florence-Firestone Community Leaders, Volunteer Community advocate
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and members of the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders at the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.
“The Florence-Firestone Community Leaders is the voice for the Florence-Firestone Community.”
On Saturday, October 9, Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke and Supervisor Gloria Molina joined the Department of Public Works (LADPW) and hundreds of volunteers in sending a strong message about keeping the streets clean in the Florence-Firestone community.
Supervisors Burke and Molina also helped paint the mural with young volunteers.
The Florence –Firestone Beautification Event. The Mural now decorates a wall on Nadeau and Maie Avenue, across from the Blue Line. The mural features residents doing their part to “keep the community clean and green,” and was designed by Arturo Gonzalez of the East L.A. Community Arts and Mural Program. October 9, 2004.
The Florence/Firestone Community Center is a multi-purpose facility designed to provide comprehensive human services in partnership with communities, business, and public and private agencies. It was remodeled and expanded for improved efficiency and modernization in 2010.
The beautiful mural by Artist Willie Robert Middlebrook inside the lobby of the Florence-Firestone Community Center.>> More Information
“I quickly realized there were a lot of stereotypes that the community bore.”
The Century Sheriff’s Youth Activity League was created in 1996 by using the former Florence-Firestone Park Sheriff’s station and transforming the building from a law enforcement facility to a community safe-haven for children.
Soccer field behind the Florence-Firestone Park Sheriff’s station.
“My history is in Montebello, my home is in Pasadena, but my heart is in Florence-Firestone.”