Ex-L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley postage stamp proposed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Perry said Bradley, the first African-American to be elected as mayor of a white-majority city, was a symbol of hope to people nationwide, and changed the face of local government by his appointments of women and minorities. “If it hadn’t been for Tom Bradley a lot of people, like me and Councilman Parks, would not have had the opportunities we have had,” Perry said. “To me, Tom Bradley set the standard.” The two were joined by longtime Bradley confidantes Bill Elkins, the Rev. Chip Murray and Bishop Charles Blake. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter next week. Parks said he will be pursuing support for the measure from officials in Texas, where Bradley was born, as well as from UCLA and other organizations with which he was involved over the years. In addition, he said he will be pursuing congressional support for the measure. Under federal law, a decision on a commemorative stamp is made by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Commission, which considers more than 50,000 requests a year. Officials said it typically takes three years for the commission to act. Former Mayor Tom Bradley would be honored with a commemorative postage stamp, as well as a separate stamp on city mailings, under a proposal announced Wednesday by two City Council members. At a news conference in the City Hall tower named for Bradley, council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry proposed honoring Bradley, who died in September 1998. Recent changes in federal law make it possible to submit a person’s name for a commemorative stamp five years after their death. “We are asking the City Council to endorse the idea of a commemorative stamp for Tom Bradley,” Parks said. “We believe it is appropriate to honor a man who meant so much to this city and who gave so much to this city.” Parks said he also wants to create a stamp bearing Bradley’s image that could be used on all city mailings. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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