What's open, closed on Cesar Chavez Day

SAN DIEGO - Many state, county and city offices will be closed Tuesday for Cesar Chavez Day. In the city of San Diego, that includes administrative offices, libraries, recreation centers and pools.

The Tecolote Nature Center and Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center will also be closed. However, the municipal golf courses, Chollas Lake and the Miramar Landfill will be open. There will be no delay in curbside trash service. Parking meters in the city of San Diego will not be enforced.

County of San Diego offices, libraries and animal centers will be closed in honor of the late civil rights leader.

All county teen centers and community centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley will be closed. County parks and campgrounds will remain open.

Buses, trains and trolleys operated by the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District will operate on their normal schedules.

Then-Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation in 2000 creating the state holiday honoring the late labor leader credited with improving work and quality-of-life conditions for immigrant farm workers in central California.

Chavez, an advocate of nonviolence, is remembered for spearheading a grape boycott in 1965 that went nationwide in 1968 and lasted until 1978, resulting in higher wages for farm workers and focusing national attention on their plight.

Born March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona, Chavez dropped out of school after the eighth grade to help support his family by joining them in the fields as a migrant farm worker, witnessing the many adversities migrant workers faced daily.

Chavez joined the Latino civil rights Community Service Organization in 1952, urging Latinos to register to vote.

In 1962, Chavez joined Dolores Huerta in co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

Chavez and the UFW played an instrumental role in the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act in 1975, which made California the first state to give farm workers the right to seek union representation and bargain collectively within an established legal framework.

Chavez died in 1993 at age 66.

In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 of each year as Cesar Chavez Day nationally, although it is not a federal holiday.

In this year's proclamation, Obama recalled that after Chavez "fought for higher wages, he pushed for fresh drinking water, workers' compensation, pension plans, and protection from pesticides. He strove every day for the America he knew was possible."


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