One Pico Rivera man is volunteering to give seniors like himself a voice in Los Angeles County. Manny Guerrero, a Pico Rivera resident for 42 years, retired from his position as a parks and recreation sectional manager in 2003, after 38 years on the job. It wasn’t long before Guerrero, 69, was on the job for the county again, this time as a volunteer for the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging. Guerrero is president of the commission, established by the county Board of Supervisors in 1949 to report back on the needs of seniors living in unincorporated areas of L.A. County. Commissioner Domingo M. Delgado of El Monte has known Guerrero through their jobs at Parks and Recreation for more than 30 years. “Manny is very knowledgeable about how the county works,” Delgado said. “He’s friendly, outgoing and he’s a very accomplished person.” Guerrero’s position allows him to work with older people in the community, he said, giving them much-needed help with everything from recognizing fraud to deciphering Medicare. “They show a lot of appreciation for what we give them, as far as information,” Guerrero said. Elected in July, he will serve as president until the end of June 2008, when he expects to return to his previous position as a commissioner with the group. Relatively new to the commission, Guerrero served for a single two-year term before being elected president by the 45 members of the group. Cindy Skovgard, lead commissioner for the 4th District, said she has known Guerrero for about three years. They met through their work for older people in Los Angeles. Despite Guerrero’s short history with the group, Skovgard said she sees him as a strong leader who keeps divisions within the commission at bay. “He’s very much a uniter,” Skovgard said. “He likes to bring people together.” Skovgard also commented on Guerrero’s compassion for seniors in need of help. “He’s very compassionate towards the people we serve on the commission,” she said. According to Guerrero, his unpaid position with the commission is an extension of his longtime commitment to volunteerism and to Pico Rivera. Guerrero’s wife, Margaret, died four years ago. The couple raised four children, two of whom still live in Pico Rivera. Guerrero also has two granddaughters. Guerrero said he volunteered while his children were in school, but has been able to participate more in recent years. “I’m retired now, so it’s easier for me,” Guerrero said. “I would say that I’ve got to be involved at least 20-25 hours a week.” In addition to his work with the commission, Guerrero participates in PanAmerican Club and Whittier Optimist Club, two community service organizations. This October, Guerrero will take on the position of district governor for the Optimists, overseeing about 50 clubs in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Carlos Rodriguez of the San Gabriel-Mission Valley Optimist Club has known Guerrero through volunteer work for about eight years. The two have been working together to prepare for Guerrero’s role as district governor. Rodriguez said Guerrero is a generous and loving man. “He’s the kind of guy who would not only take the shirt off his back but give you a few bucks to buy another shirt,” Rodriguez said. “If he were getting paid for his volunteer work, he’d probably be a multi-millionaire.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Steven Whittaker has returned to Hibernian on a three-year deal after being released by Norwich.The 33-year-old left Hibs to join Rangers in 2007 after coming through the Edinburgh side’s youth ranks.Whittaker, who has 31 Scotland caps, was released by Norwich in the summer after the club failed to gain promotion to the English Premier League.The Edinburgh-born defender won the Scottish League Cup with Hibs in 2007. Following his decision to return to the club, Whittaker said: “I am delighted to be back at Hibernian.“When I decided to return to Scotland, Hibernian was the club I hoped to come to.“While the discussions have taken a while, they have always been positive and I am very pleased to be back playing at Easter Road for the Hibernian fans, and I hope I can play my part in ensuring a successful return to the top flight.”
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