On Friday, March 22, 2013, the City Council of Los Angeles honored the Persian New Year, Norooz (also spelled as Novruz) with a group of the most distinguished Persian and Iranian residents of Los Angeles. The presentation of the City Council Resolution was chaired by Councilmen Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz, who replaced a long-time champion of Norooz, Councilman Tony Cardenas, now serving in the U.S. Congress. The speakers discussed the positive impact of the Persian community on the city, such as the revitalization of the heart of the city and its historic core, accomplished mostly through the efforts of Persian immigrants. Councilman Huizar also acknowledged the efforts of Iranian-born city staff, over 300 of whom work hard for the city they selected to love.
Pouria Abbassi, P.E., SVP and California Regional Director of Phoenix House adressed the City Council: “Last week, Norooz was celebrated in the U.S. Congress with Congressman Tony Cardenas. He previously led the City of Los Angeles in commemorating this event for over a decade and has been generous in embracing our culture. We truly appreciate living in the greatest city on earth. May you all be blessed with health, joy, love, and peace and may you always have the fortitude and strength to make a difference for good.” He then proceeded to express his best wishes in Farsi.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl focused his comments on Pouria Abbassi’s work in revitalizing the Convention Center and serving individuals urgently needing help at Phoenix House. Mr. Rosendahl discussed a conversation he held with Pouria several months ago about a homeless heroin addict whom he referred to Phoenix House: “A hundred and thirty days later this young man who had been a heroin addict for eight years is now on the road to recovery! After eight years of stealing from me, stealing from his parents and from everyone else, he is on the path to recover… He’s living in one of your homes and studying at East Los Angeles College, finishing up his degree, thanks to you! The difference you are making is so significant!”
Phoenix House is proud to be a part of the multi-cultural community of Los Angeles and to participate in Norooz celebrations. Our diversity is our strength!
You can watch the following video documentation of this event:
- The speech by Councilman Bill Rosendahl (see below)
- The wishes by Pouria Abbassi, P.E., SVP & Regional Director (see below)
- The whole Norooz Celebration at the City Council
Councilman Bill Rosendahl:
Mr. Pouria Abbassi: