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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2013

Media Contact:
Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
City of Redwood City
650.780.7305
scostabatis@redwoodcity.org

Redwood City Mayor Aguirre Receives "OHTLI" Award from the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME)

Mayor Alicia Aguirre to receive the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Mexican or Mexican-American community during November 4th City Council Session

Redwood City, CA - The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco is pleased to announce that on behalf of the Mexican Government, Mr. Francisco de la Torre, Executive Director of IME, will present the "Ohtli" Award to Alicia Aguirre, Mayor of Redwood City, during the session of the City Council on November 4th at Redwood City's City Hall at 1017 Middlefield. The "Ohtli" Award is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Mexican or Mexican-American community. This award acknowledges and celebrates the altruistic dedication and constant professional activities towards the empowerment and development of Mexicans abroad.

Alicia Aguirre is the first Mayor of Mexican origin in Redwood City, a city where one third of the population is Mexican, mainly from the states of Michoacán and Jalisco. The "Ohtli" Award is a symbol of appreciation for Mayor Aguirre's support and actions made throughout the years towards helping others and opening the path to progress for Mexicans living both within and beyond the frontiers of their home country.

Alicia Aguirre's career is emblematic of a new generation of Latina women participating in public life in California. In her various leadership positions, she has fostered the integration of Mexican and Latino communities and celebrated their cultural heritage. Aguirre was chosen for this award because as a politician, teacher and mother, she has empowered the community of Mexican-Americans, Latinos and other new Americans in a way that has allowed the significant Latino population of Redwood City to fully participate in the Redwood City community.

"As City Manager, it has been a pleasure working with Mayor Aguirre who is passionate about ensuring that Mexican-American and Latino families are represented in our City's policies and programs," states Bob Bell, City Manager, Redwood City. 

The word Ohtli means "pathway" in Nahuatl (language spoken by the Aztecs), and this is what this distinction signifies: to open the path to progress. The title honors and recalls the continued tradition of Aztec descendants who still bid farewell with the phrase "Cualli ohtli!" (Good trail/journey). The award consists of a medallion, a silver rosette, and a diploma.

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