Gov. Schwarzenegger Congratulates Asbarez Centennial

SACARAMENTO–Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday congratulated Asbarez on its 100th anniversary.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your 100th anniversary,” said Schwarzenegger in a letter dated Sept 2.

“I applaud you outstanding history of delivering important news and information to the Armenian community in California and beyond. Your publication is a cherished part of our state’s proud journalistic legacy, and newspapers like yours provide an invaluable service by encouraging diversity and cultural appreciation. Thank you for your fantastic contributions to our Golden State,” added the governor.

“On behalf of all Californians, I offer my best wishes for a memorable anniversary,” concluded the governor.

Gov. Schwarzenegger joins tens of other federal, state and local officials to mark this momentous occasion.

From US Senators to House members, to State Assemblymembers and Senators, to state and city officials, the outpouring of congratulations for Asbarez’s 100th anniversary has been humbling and encouraging.

Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and George Radanovich (R-Calif.) each submitted statemen’s to the House Record. Schiff represents the current district of Asbarez, while Radanovich represents the Fresno district where Asbarez used to be. Representatives Brad Sherman, Ed Royce, Anna Eshoo and Dianne Watson are also among Members of Congress who have wished us a happy anniversary.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also sent us a greeting honoring our newspaper’s unique role in the ever-growing Armenian community. State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, State Senator Jack Scott, both of whom represent the Asbarez in the state Capitol, once again, proved that they are true friends of the Armenian community.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, State Attorney General Gerry Brown and State Controller John Chiang were joined by several members of the State Assembly, State Senate, Los Angeles County Board of Equalizers, Los Angeles City Council and other officials in local and state government in marking this momentous milestone.

We thank them and will feature their congratulatory messages in this issue, beginning with a message from US Senator John Ensign of Nevada. As we kick off our centennial year, we encourage others to join their colleagues.

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