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PHOTOS: Art Snyder, Former Councilman, Laid to Rest

Hundreds bid a final farewell to one of L.A.'s most memorable politicians.

A host of people from the business and political communities, along with common constituents, paid a final farewell to former Los Angeles City Council member Art Snyder as he was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills Wednesday.

Snyder, who represented Council District 14 from 1967 through 1985, died in his sleep Nov. 7 at his home in Huntington Beach. He was 79—just three days short of his 80th birthday.

Click here to read our obituary of Snyder.

The memorial services and graveside service for Snyder was conducted by Rev. Rick Mandl from the Eagle Rock Baptist Church on Colorado Boulevard. Among those attending were the former councilman's staffers as well Eagle Rock community leaders.

Former Councilman Richard Alatorre, who succeeded Snyder, was in attendance with his wife Angie. Both are longtime Eagle Rock residents. During the memorial, business supporters and family members offered their eulogies of Snyder.

A U.S. Marine honor guard gave a 21-gun salute and played taps in honor of the late community leader, who was a Marine captain. Snyder's wife Delia was presented an American flag by a Marine dressed in blue—"on behalf of a grateful nation." The flag eventually draped the casket that carried Snyder.

Employees from Don the Beachcomber, the Huntington Beach restaurant that Snyder owned, traveled for the funeral in a chartered bus.

Snyder represented parts of Los Feliz as a Los Angeles City Councilmember.

Thomas "TK" Nagano November 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I first met Art Synder, over 25 years ago when the neighborhood was creating the non-profit “Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association” (LARABA) to address important resident and property owner issues such as homelessness, graffiti, work/live Los Angeles City codes, street maintenance among them. At one the meetings, Art Snyder brought up the issue of “in fill lighting” for the dark industrial area east of Alameda and west of the Los Angeles River. As Councilman, Art Snyder, learned that his low-income constituents were supposed to have so many street lights per mile. A survey was done, lights installed and crime immediately went down. A similar survey was done in what is now the Arts [sic] District and the street lights installed. A lesson Well learned by everyone that participated about the empowerment of just knowing the law and connections. Art Synder also rebuilt Lincoln Park, created Heritage Square, the Latino Monument at Mission and Valley Blvd among other accomplishments. He was loved by his constituents and he was a good man. RIP
Terry Marquez November 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Art Snyder also reach out to our Mexico border neighbors, I have pictures of him with VIPs from Mexico in a meeting to discuss commerce exports and imports. A good friend of his and about the same age, Alberto Limon Padilla born in Boyle Heights move to Mexico with his parents and become a very successful business man bringing export and import from China, Japan, Korea to Baja California and served as President of Commerce in Baja California Mexico. He was also a Republican and like Snyders for his work in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights, and caring for the people.

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