Mexican journalist murdered while under federal protection

first_imgIn August 2018, after the murders of two other journalists in Playa del Carmen – Rubén Pat and José Guadalupe Chan Dzib of Semanario Playa News (an online weekly) – Romero requested protection from the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Journalists, which gave him a “panic button” and four police bodyguards who followed him whenever he went out. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that Francisco Romero Díaz, a freelance crime reporter who was receiving Mexican government protection, was murdered today in Playa del Carmen, in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo. He was the fifth journalist to be slain this year in Mexico, now the world’s deadliest country for the media. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico News RSF_en The other journalists murdered this year in Mexico were Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, Jesús Eugenio Ramos Rodríguez, Rafael Murúa Manríquez and Santiago Barroso. Romero’s death means that Mexico is now the world’s deadliest country for journalists. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionViolence to go further Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more But he was not being escorted at the time of his murder. Rubén Pat was also receiving protection from the Federal Mechanism when he was killed. Organisation MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionViolence “The Quintana Roo authorities must quickly identify the perpetrators and instigators of this shocking execution-style murder and bring them to justice,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. RSF has been told that Romero received a phone call at around 5 a.m. today urging him to go at once to a nearby bar called La Gota to cover an important event. His lifeless body was found a few meters from the bar an hour later. He had been badly beaten and then shot in the head. A freelance crime and court reporter, correspondent for the regional daily Quintana Roo Hoy, who had founded a local news page on Facebook called “Ocurrió Aquí,” Romero had often received death threats in connection with his reporting. Help by sharing this information Reports News Receive email alerts Mexico is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Source: Facebook “Francisco Romero Díaz is the fifth journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico. The government must take bold decisions and completely overhaul the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Journalists, whose effectiveness is constantly being called into question.” April 28, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2019 Mexican journalist murdered while under federal protectionlast_img read more

What Comey’s testimony means

first_imgFormer FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that he believed President Trump was telling him he should drop the FBI’s criminal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during several private conversations between the two men. Comey testified that the president said he “hoped” Comey would “let this go,” asked him for his personal “loyalty,” and urged him to clear Trump’s name publicly from a broader probe into Russian election hacking.Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, also stated that he documented the private conversations in contemporaneous, detailed memos — notes of which he said he shared with a Columbia University law professor and friend in an effort to trigger appointment of a special counsel in the Russia case — because Comey was worried the president might “lie” about what the pair had discussed.In response to Comey’s testimony, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal attorney, denied that Trump had asked for Comey’s loyalty and said the president “never sought to impede” the FBI’s work or directed or suggested that Comey stop investigating “anyone.” Kasowitz accused Comey of being a “government leaker.”Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge in Massachusetts who is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues swirling around the matter.GAZETTE: Does the totality of Comey’s contacts with the president meet the legal standard for obstruction-of-justice or abuse-of-power charges?GERTNER: If what Comey said is believed, it could justify a further investigation into obstruction of justice on the part of the president. The matter certainly warrants an investigation. The elements of obstruction of justice include an act whose natural and probable consequences are to interfere with the administration of justice in some way.In the case of the president, the “act” can be “go easy on Flynn” or “lay off the Flynn investigation.” That clearly is an act that qualifies for obstruction of justice. And in addition, Comey said “I took it as an indication that he wanted me to lay off the investigation.” Here’s a sophisticated player, a former U.S. Attorney, FBI head, who said, “I understood what he was saying, and that’s what he was saying.” So concerned was he about it, in fact, that he did not share it with underlings for fear it would dampen the investigation. It does meet the legal standard for obstruction. The problem is that it’s Comey’s word against the president’s. So it’s not the kind of case that a prosecutor would go forward on without additional information. But in terms of an act that generically fits the standard? Yes, this is an act that fits the standard.The question is, what was the president’s intent? Was it an aside as they were walking into a meeting? Well no, it wasn’t. The president had talked to Comey about loyalty. It was at a meeting in which he asked everyone else to leave, which is an enormously suspicious thing. That was then followed by a number of conversations about the Russian investigation in general — and remember, Flynn is part of the Russian investigation — and then it ends with Comey being fired and the president says that it’s because of the Russian investigation. At first glance, it does look like there was the intent of shutting down the matter. So when I say these acts and the evidence fit into the category of obstruction of justice, would a prosecutor go forward with Comey v. Trump under these circumstances? No. You’d want to find out: Was this said to others? Hence, today’s testimony. You’d want to find out what else was going on. You’d want to find out what other calls the president made, those kinds of things. But generically, if believed, it certainly qualifies for concern over obstruction of justice.The difference between this and President Nixon in Watergate is that in Watergate there was a tape. Comey’s contemporaneous notes are very interesting. The FBI’s contemporaneous notes in criminal cases from one end of the country to the other qualify as good evidence of what the FBI agent said or heard. They’re technically hearsay, but they could be memory-recorded. In other words, if you do it the right away, they can come in as an exception to the hearsay rule. In addition, Comey said he spoke to senior leadership at the FBI, so those are people who likely would corroborate that “he said this to me hours after this meeting.” It would be his testimony, his notes, and what he said to others. In any other criminal case, that’s really good evidence. Is it enough when you go up against the most powerful person in the world? Maybe not yet; that’s why it requires further investigation. One other thing that was interesting: Comey said that the president was not then under investigation. But there’s no question that he is now. He is plainly under investigation for obstruction of justice.GAZETTE: What was your impression of what Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee?GERTNER: Comey is an amazing witness, in several respects. He’s a careful lawyer, so he knows what to say. But he’s also an incredible storyteller, an impassioned and clear one. So his account is not told in dry, legal language. He said over and over again that the Russian interference in our election is “a big deal.” That suggests that when Trump hopes to shut down the Flynn investigation, he’s wanting to shut down an important piece of an important investigation. Comey suggests that’s what he’s really saying. This is a major investigation, and Flynn is obviously an important player. And Comey suggests the president is communicating “shut it down.” I was on NPR just now with a Republican operative who kept on saying, “None of this will matter if we pass good legislation.” You have to pause about that. The integrity of the election was undermined? There’s no good legislation that can justify that. There’s no end/means analysis. That’s what Comey kept coming back to: This goes to the integrity of the democracy.GAZETTE: Did Comey break the law by giving notes of his memos to a friend in order to get them out to the public, as Trump’s attorney Kasowitz seemed to suggest?GERTNER: I don’t know exactly. They were not classified; he was a private citizen at that point. I don’t think he can be prosecuted for anything. The question of whether that is obstruction of justice is a question of context. The action of releasing this information was incredibly self-protective. I don’t think there is anything illegal. GAZETTE: Impeachment is, of course, a political procedure, not a legal one. Is there a legal remedy available if a sitting president is accused of a federal crime allegedly committed while in office?GERTNER: No is the answer. There are some scholars who might disagree, but the overwhelming position of scholars who study American constitutional law say that the only way of addressing presidential misconduct is through impeachment. That’s a structural reason, because if the district attorney of Brooklyn indicted the president — first of all, the district attorney of Brooklyn is a part of the executive branch, is part of the president’s tutelage — how disruptive could that be to the national order if individual district attorneys in different parts of the country could suddenly go after him? So, no, the best answer is the only mechanism is impeachment. Now, that doesn’t mean that the president couldn’t be doing things for which, after he left office and the statute of limitations was met, he could be prosecuted. But right now, the only remedy is impeachment. The only remedy for the obstruction of justice part is impeachment. There also are a whole lot of concerns about Trump’s business dealings and the dealings of his family. It’s entirely possible we’ll see cases against family members. There’s no bar under these circumstances.GAZETTE: Could the president intervene?GERTNER: This would be a constitutional crisis. The president could actually intervene and pardon his family members and pardon himself. But he couldn’t pardon himself for impeachment. He couldn’t stop an impeachment proceeding by pardoning himself. There are two political problems here. One is the House taking action on impeachment. By the way, as to the June 7 testimony, it’s also the case that the witnesses could arguably be in contempt of Congress. The witnesses had no basis to not answer questions. But contempt of Congress likewise takes a majority vote to charge them with it. So the political process here is a whole separate question.GAZETTE: If the special counsel finds that crimes were committed by the president himself, but Congress chooses not to take any action, is that the end of the matter?GERTNER: Yes, that is the end of the matter. There’s no mechanism to charge a sitting president, on the state or federal level. Former President Bill Clinton wound up with a civil case against him, which could continue. So the emoluments challenge is a civil case. Civil cases can proceed. But the president really is immune from prosecution except through the impeachment process, federal or state.GAZETTE: What role, if any, does the Supreme Court play if a president is found to have violated his constitutional oath of office or if, as the National Security Agency report published by The Intercept this week suggests, the special counsel finds that part of the 2016 election voting tally may have been tampered with by Russia? Does the Constitution address this at all?GERTNER: The Constitution doesn’t address that. That’s what Bush v. Gore was about. There are two things. In that situation, the Supreme Court would be obliged to look at the bona fides of the election. And that’s a very extreme step. There’d have to be a smoking gun of major proportions, which there doesn’t seem to be. But the Supreme Court has no role with respect to the president except, as with Nixon, they can deal with issues of disclosure of various kinds — should the president turn over this, should the president turn over that — those kinds of issues.But to challenge the election, there would have to be a smoking gun, like tampering in the voting machines in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. That’s the level it would have to be, and there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of that. If the integrity of the election is undermined because of fake news, there’s nothing we can do about that except to investigate how and why, and see if federal crimes were involved. If the vote was affected in a meaningful way, that would be different. But there’s no reason to believe that, not from what we know now. It would be an incredible deal to set aside the election. It’s very, very remote.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 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McIlroy set to watch with interest

first_img Press Association McIlroy holds a commanding lead of more than three million points over Sergio Garcia as he looks to win the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour money list titles for the second time in three years. However, the world number one is missing both the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions events in Shanghai in order to prepare for a court case with his former management company, increasing the admittedly slim possibility of being overhauled by the likes of Garcia and current European number one Henrik Stenson. Garcia and Stenson will not be at Lake Malaren either this week, with the Spaniard opting to compete in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on the PGA Tour instead, while Stenson withdrew following the birth of his third child on Sunday. Each event in the Final Series has a prize pool of 10 million points with 1,666,600 going to the winner, while McIlroy is guaranteed to earn at least the 27,170 points on offer for last place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. That will take the 25-year-old’s total to just over 5.4million, meaning his rivals will need to have reached at least 3.8million before Dubai to have a chance of overhauling the four-time major winner. For Garcia, who has committed to play in the HSBC Champions and the Turkish Airlines Open, that equates to a runner-up and top-five finish, while Stenson will need even better results to keep his hopes alive. With so many points on offer, all of the top 20 players have a chance of being within striking distance of McIlroy with a first and second place finish over the next three weeks, but eighth-placed Justin Rose has other goals in mind. The top 15 players after Dubai will share a bonus pool of 5million US dollars and Rose is also looking to move up from his current position of sixth in the world rankings. “I’m not sure I can catch Rory but the bonus pool runs deep down to 15th and I want to strengthen my world ranking as much as possible,” the 2013 US Open champion told a pre-tournament press conference. “If I can play well and maybe win a couple of tournaments between now and the end of the season, I could probably get up to second in the world, which would be a personal best. So there’s always something to play for.” Rory McIlroy will be an interested spectator as the first event of the European Tour’s Final Series gets under way in China on Thursday. Rose warmed up for the BMW Masters by beating Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter in a match to mark the opening of a course they designed in Hainan, continuing his excellent match play form after being Europe’s top points scorer at Gleneagles last month. Poulter is a lowly 64th on the money list after just one top-five finish on the European Tour this season, but is looking to continue his impressive record in the Far East. The 38-year-old was 15th at Lake Malaren last year and fourth in 2012, as well as having won in Shenzhen, Singapore and Hong Kong. “I’ve got a decent record here in Asia,” Poulter said. “I played very strong the back end of last year. I’ve played well on this golf course in the past, so I’m looking forward to getting going. “I’ve been close here. I like the layout, I like the way it looks, and if the weather holds off for us and is kind then it’s going to be a great week. “The success over here obviously means that I’ve got a good following, and hopefully that may long continue.” last_img read more

Meet The Clerk of Scales, Steve Sousonis

first_imgAt time former Monmouth Park jockey Steve Sousonis feels like a hotel concierge or club manager, at others a fitness trainer and advisor/mentor and even, occasionally, like the fix-it guy.After a 14-year riding career, Sousonis moved to the Jockeys’ Room he knew well and worked as the assistant clerk of scales for 11 seasons. In 2013, Sousonis took over the head job and, despite the occasional frat house humor and ribbing he takes from riders and valets, he keeps everyone on their toes and ready to answer the call for the next race.The jockeys’ room is the home of Monmouth Park’s thoroughbred riders on race days and during the week when they train. It is a club with locker room, fitness equipment, a sleep room, pool and ping-pong tables, as well as a lounge with large screen TVs and a small restaurant that serves salads and other jockey-friendly meals.For many years, Monmouth Park was one of the few tracks that had a swimming pool for riders hidden behind privacy bushes next to the jockeys’ room. The pool was filled and the land used for tents as part of entertainment space needed during the 2007 Breeders’ Cup event at the track. “I cried when I saw the bulldozer filling the pool in with dirt,” Sousonis says. “It was something special and we all miss it.”Although Sousonis’ key job is confirming riders’ weights, he also gets the call when the AC doesn’t work, a toilet is clogged or there is a problem in the kitchen. He rolls his eyes when he says, “It’s just all part of the job.”But the tool for his real job sits front and center in the jockey’s room. It is a large Toledo scale calibrated often to read weights correctly. The scale will record weights in excess of what is needed because for riders, if the needle passes 114, they, and Sousonis, aren’t happy.As Clerk of Scales, Sousonis must verify riders’ weights to conform with what is allowed in a particular race and listed in the entries. Jockeys are weighed before they mount a horse in the paddock and as they leave the track after the race. “The weight a horse will carry as listed in the program,” Sousonis says, “is the combined weight of the rider, his silks and boots, saddle and cloth.”Weights vary by type of race but usually are between 117-122 pounds so it isn’t unusual on any given morning to see one or more jockeys in the steam room (called the box,) sweating off 
an extra pound, two or even three. “I know what they go through,” Sousonis says,” as I did it too. It isn’t easy. The scale doesn’t lie.”If a jockey is over weight on race day, Sousonis calls the trainer who has to OK the horse carrying the extra weight. And then the track announcer is called and he will relay the over weight or equipment changes to fans before each race.Sousonis tries to be proactive with all riders and looks at the entries two days before each racing day to see if there might be an issue. He knows every jockey’s weight – it’s written down as well as tattooed in his brain, he smiles. “I can see,” he says, “if the allowed weight for a particular race will be tough for a rider to make and I’ll make a point to say to him, ‘Are you going to be all right?’ If he says OK,” Sousonis stresses, “it’s his responsibility to meet that weight when he gets on the scale on race day.”Jockeys can be fined if they don’t meet their posted weights and if they are more than 5 pounds over the limit, pulled off their horse. That is an embarrassment for the rider and a hassle for trainers and agents who need to find a last-minute replacement, Sousonis explains. “Nobody wants that to happen but, unfortunately, at times, it does.”Many times a rider will not even face the scale but hop on and wait for an OK from Sousonis that he’s fine.The jockeys’ locker room at Monmouth Park. Photo: Art PetrosemoloOn race days as the time for the first race approaches, it gets very serious and busy in the jockeys’ room. Jockeys, valets and staff are moving from scales to bathrooms to lockers in a controlled rush. Louie Perricelli, the room’s color man, has already pulled the owners colored silks for all the horses racing that day and has given them to the jockeys’ valets. Valets many former jockeys – keep jockeys on schedule and in the right colors for each race. At times, riders will have mounts in seven, eight, nine races or more in one day.Jockeys have what is called “room time,” Sousonis explains, meaning they have to check in with the Clerk of Scales or his assistant Marland Suckie two hours before their scheduled race. “I need to know they are onsite,” he says, “but that’s not to say, I don’t get calls from riders on their way from out-of-state who get caught in beach traffic on Route 36 and are struggling to get here.”With only 20 minutes give or take between races, the pace can be hectic to say the least. The side door to the jockeys’ room opens onto the saddling area of the paddock when jockeys meet trainers and talk about strategy as they move to the walking ring a few yards away. There, jockeys get a leg up as they mount their ride and exit out the tunnel to the main track.Colorful silks are worn by jockeys to identify a thoroughbred’sowner. Photo: Art PetrosemoloBy the end of race day, there are piles of towels and laundry that need washing, silks to be re-hung, shoulder ID number re-hung and everything put back in place for another day. It’s what you’d expect in any pro sports locker room.“I really enjoy coming to work,” Sousonis says, “it keeps me close to the sport I love now that my riding days are over. I wouldn’t trade it for a job on Wall Street.”WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN JOCKEYS?Since Kathy Kusner received her jockey’s license in 1968 in Maryland, there have been a growing number of successful female riders on the thoroughbred circuit including Julie Krone (the first woman to win a Triple Crown race) who raced frequently at Monmouth Park. Recently Rosie Napranvik has been the face of women riders as she is the ladies leader in wins and earnings.At Monmouth, at the end of the paddock saddling area is a small room with a bath and a shower that was built exclusively for Krone when she raced at Monmouth and needed a place to dress.Thoroughbred tracks have had to adjust to accommodate the influx of female jockeys. At Monmouth Park, there is a separate dressing room for female riders equipped with lockers, showers, and a steam room. The women exit the facility through the door in the jockeys lounge and are weighed by Sousonis on a scale in Julie Krone’s former dressing room which now serves as the office for the Paddock Judge Cookie Jones.last_img read more

Saints move up the BCIHL charts after pulling off weekend sweep of Eastern Washington Eagles

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints experienced its best weekend in school history as the Castlegar-based club swept a two-game weekend series against the Eastern Washington Eagles — and B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League rookie-of-the-month, Jordan Wood was right in the middle of the scoring.Wood had three points during the weekend to lead the Saints to a pair of identical 4-1 victories, Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Centre and Saturday at Eastern Washington.“It was a great weekend (for us),”  Selkirk Athletic Director Kim Verigin told The Nelson Daily.Scott Traverse, Castlegar’s Scott Jago and Sandro Moser, the latter two coming on the power play, scored in the second period to power the Saints to the win Friday.Eastern’s Bret Kellogg cut the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes.But Garrett Kucher padded the Selkirk lead in third Spencer Wong shutout the Eagles the rest of the way to bring home the two points.Selkirk out shot Eastern 46-37 as former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standout for the Spokane Braves, Jason Greenwell was busy in goal.Saturday, Wood, named the game’s first star, scored a power play goal in the first period to get Selkirk out of the gates on a positive note.The score remained the same until the third when the Saints exploded for three goals in a span of six minutes late in the frame to put the game away.Adam Makaroff, Kucher and Nithen Dhallwal scored for the visitors.AJ Saunders spoiled the shutout bid by Wong in the third, scoring at 19:01 of the final frame.The weekend sweep moves Selkirk, 3-5, into a three-way tie for third in BCIHL standings with Kelowna’s Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops.Simon Fraser leads the league with a 6-0-1 record. Eastern Washington is second two points ahead of Selkirk.Selkirk is back on the ice this weekend when the club hosts Trinity Western University of Langley.Game times are 7:30pm Sat and 1:30pm Sunday at Castlegar Rec Centre.MARCHING NEWS: Jordan Wood quickly emerged as the Saints’ go-to offensive option during a first month in the BCIHL that was highlighted by a hat trick in a 4-2 home ice win over the University of Victoria. The former Kelowna Chief and Westside Warrior then added another eight points over his next four games, including three assists in a narrow loss to Okanagan College and a pair of goals on the road against SFU. Wood closed out the month tied for second in BCIHL [email protected]last_img read more

Injuries slow Bombers during Rockers Field Hockey Tournament

first_imgSouth Okanagan scored snapped a 1-1 tie with a goal off a short corner in the final minute.LVR then edged Mount Bourcherie 1-0 as Noa Butterfiled hammered a low hard shot for the game’s only goal on a nice pass from Julia Burkart. Bomber keeper Rylee Zondervan recorded the shutout.The Bombers then played host Rockers to a scoreless tie.The Bombers had some hard luck in this game as midfielders Aimee Montpellier and Sianna Morningstar both ended up with leg injuries, shortening an already short Bomber bench. In the final game of the tournament, J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail scored a 3-0 win. “Even after getting help from Grade eight student Marisa Price, the short Bomber bench and a tired team just could not keep pace with a very organized and fast J L Crowe team,” Walgren explained.The loss came three days after Crowe defeated LVR 2-1 in West Kootenay High School League action Thursday at Pass Creek.Shianne Michalchuk, thanks to some great checking in the midfield by Noa Butterfield, Julia Burkart and a speedy run by Hanna Quinn, scored the only goal for LVR.”The team has made great improvements in defending and attacking play, some bright lights for the Bombers were forwards Shianne Michalchuck Aimee Montpellier, midfielders Pearl Velisek, Sianna Morningstar, Elissa Centrone, and Sydney Benson, and as always the entire back line of Burkart, Potkins, Curiston and Mclean and keeper Rylee Zondervan for her steady goaltendiing,” Walgren explained. Next up for the Bombers is a league game on Wednesday against Stanley Humphries. Injuries plagued the L.V. Rogers Bombers during the weekend Stanley Humphries Rockers Field Hockey Tournament at Pass Creek Park.The Bombers finished the event with a 1-2-1 record, the lone victory coming against Mount Boucherie of West Kelowna.”It was a tough weekend for the ladies they all played really well, we just ran out of gas on Saturday,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.”I was very proud of the way the ladies never gave up and kept working hard.”LVR opened the tourney with a 2-1 loss to South Okanagan of Oliver.Sianna Morningstar scored the lone goal for the Bombers, which lost forward Paige Miesner to an ankle injury as well as had several players missing for the weekend.last_img read more

Baffert to be Honored by Edwin J. Gregson Foundation

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 8, 2016) – The Triple Crown winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fund-raising and awards dinner.The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 15, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.“I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing,” said Baffert.Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to such industry leaders as Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper. Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community.“It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.” Tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has proven to sell out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to read more