April 30, 2004

Twin Honors: Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz to Receive the “2004 Latino Spirit Award” from the California Latino Legislative Caucus and the Cinco de Mayo Labor Award

Los Angeles -- Lalo Alcaraz, longtime LA Weekly editorial cartoonist and creator of the nationally syndicated daily comic strip “La Cucaracha” will be honored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus at the 3rd Annual Latino Spirit Awards at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California. Lalo will be recognized on Monday, May 3, 2004 for his contribution to Latina/o achievement in The United States. The Latino Spirit Awards serve as the main event during the State Capitol’s annual Cinco de Mayo festivities. Also, on May 6th, 2004, Lalo will also be honored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Annual Cinco de Mayo Awards Dinner at La Fonda Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

In Sacramento, besides participating in a VIP breakfast reception with Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and Latino leaders from across the State, Lalo and the other honorees, Edward James Olmos and Michelle Serros will be featured during an Assembly floor ceremony and will partake in a private reception hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Latino Spirit Awards recognize individuals who exemplify the true Spirit of the Latino community and who further the understanding and acceptance of Latino values, culture and traditions worldwide. Past honorees include: Carlos Santana, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist; Rita Moreno, Oscar Winning Actress; Andy Garcia, Award Winning Actor; George Lopez, Comedian & Actor; Vikki Carr, Award Winning Recording Artist; Gregory Nava, Award Winning Film Producer; and Derek Parra, U.S. Olympic Gold Medallist.

About Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is a chronic hate-letter generating editorial cartoonist and the creator of the political daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” which is syndicated nationwide by Universal Press Syndicate in over 55 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bilingual artist has drawn editorial cartoons for the Los Angeles Weekly since 1992, and continues to draw English & Spanish language editorial cartoons for newspapers nationally. Lalo is a 1987 graduate of San Diego State University (B. Art) and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. (Master’s in Architecture, 1990) and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and 3 furiously drawing children.

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