LA Dedicates Intersection to Iranian American Philanthropist
July 09, 2009
Source: Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2009 – Leading members of the Iranian American community in Los Angeles gathered today at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway to celebrate the dedication of the first city intersection to be named after one of their own: real estate magnate and noted philanthropist Ezat Delijani.
For many of those attending, the event offered a brief respite from days of worry about family and friends in Iran, which has been rocked by the worst unrest in 30 years.
“In the midst of sadness and tragedy and bad news, we need a shining moment like this,” said Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering professor at USC.
Although the timing of the event was a coincidence, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked for a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the days of protests against a disputed election, which saw hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returned to power.
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