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Salinas wins All-America City designation

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Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2015

At an award ceremony Sunday evening in Denver, the National Civic League named the City of Salinas an All-America City

UPDATE: On their way by bus from Denver this morning, ecstatic, exhausted delegates are returning to Salinas triumphant. They are expected to arrive home to a well-deserved welcome between 8:00 and 9:00 PM tonight.

Reached by telephone on the bus, delegation member and organizer Laura Harris sounded positive and upbeat. Please see her video link below, when emotions run high as the moment of winning sinks in.

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED SUNDAY EVENING BY THE CITY OF SALINAS

Denver, CO — At an award ceremony this evening in Denver, the National Civic League named the City of Salinas an All-America City, and gave its national Youth Award to Salinan Luigi Manzo.

It was a nail-biter for the Salinas delegation, as their award was the last of the 10 to be announced. When it was, team members leapt to their feet, whooping with delight — a moment captured in a Facebook video posted by delegation member and organizer Laura Harris (facebook.com/CityOfSalinas/posts/1119564684723848).

“This community has taken a community-wide approach in reducing gang violence,” read the designation. “This community’s youth are taking the lead in changing perceptions and promoting health and well-being. This community takes an entrepreneurial approach to solving complex and critical challenges.”