Azael Martinez Sonoqui represents The Honorable Hilda Solis on the Oldest L.A. County Commission, The Probation Commission. Commissioner Martinez, also known by his close friends as “Sal or Commish” is an Active advocate at Resurrection Parish Neighborhood Watch since 2001. This civic engagement with father John and the RNW has led to appointments by the Honorable Jose Huizar CD14, to represent the Central Region (RVNOC) for Prop K Funds, a committee that is entrusted with land acquisition, improvements, construction and maintenance of City of Los Angeles parks. It’s no secret that his passion for Youth to have 2nd Chances is purpose driven and his role to rebuild the lives of youth once like him, has led to serve as a reviewer of proposals for both Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development.
Sal Martinez credits members from the RNW, like the late Ross Valencia, Mr Boyle Heights for mentoring him in Public Safety-Community Partnerships with law enforcement and currently serves as Vice-President of the Hollenbeck Police Business and Association Board of Directors and previously has serve as Hollenbeck’s Division Co-Chair of the Community Police Advisory Board with 3 distinguished Captains, and knows the importance of community involvement and the self-sacrifice that comes with that position, receiving the LAPD 2007 OCB volunteer of the Year Award and City Of Los Angeles True Angel Award in 2009.
As an author Sal Martinez modestly reminded us, in his 10/10/2010 L.A. Times Op-Ed there is something we all can do to help make an important difference in the lives of young people and the betterment of our Neighborhood..
“Mary,” the women he wrote about in his memoir Hidden Bars Shackled Dreams and mentor was honored in June 2011. Sal, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s help, was the person who worked the most relentlessly in renaming of the East Los Angeles Probation Office for the late and legendary Los Angeles juvenile probation officer and gang specialist, Mary Ridgway. Sal credits Ridgway as having saved his life and although he was born in 1970, he tells everyone that he didn’t start living till he met the Resurrection Neighborhood Watch faithful in 2001.
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