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Friday, June 19, 2009

Norco Council Appoints Zorro to LANTA

Last month, Northampton County Council derailed alternative transportation advocate Steve Schmitt's appointment to LANTA's board. They disregarded pleas from LANTA board member Paul Marin, community activist Dennis Lieb and Schmitt himself. But last night, all eight council members unanimously approved Lázaro Fuentes (with an á, damn it!).

I call him LáZorro, but he's really a venture capitalist who helped make the Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce a vibrant business voice. One of his latest projects is HipChicas.com, a virtual community with a focus on socially conscious, young Latinas, and an "eco-friendly" stance. He is also one of citizen-soldiers who has been honored with the Army Commendation Medal for his heroism and meritorious service during rescue efforts on 9/11.

When LANTA and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski ignored minority businesses devastated by routing changes along Hamilton Street, LáZorro is one of the civic leaders who peppered Pawlowski for a solution. He has asked The Morning Call to stop the bigotry and hate on its reader forums. He was outraged by the way Allentown police responded to the racial assualt of Kari Holmes.

LANTA is lucky to have this guy, and so are we.


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Anonymous said...

Fuentes is a moron, another of those community loonies with a fake sense of self importance.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:18, that makes him just like Stoffa. Stoff is the King of fake sense of self importance. Sounds like Stoffa's kind of guy.

I don't know him though, only Stoffa.

Bernie O'Hare said...

So you trash Fuentes simply bc Stoffa appoined him. I see.

Anonymous said...

One question: does he take transit? Is he a consumer of Lanta? Schmitt was the only regular user of Lanta. I believe this guy fits in the mercedes, cadillac driving cabal that continues to allow Armand Greco treat it as a personal kingdom. Such a joke. Except for the Lanta riders!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Fuentes will not be fawning over Greco. He does use transit in regular trips to NYC. He also adds more diversity to LANTA. I do not think you'll see him on a LANTA bus unless LANTA makes runs to NYC.

Anonymous said...

So he does not use Lanta and joins the entire board which does not use the service overwhich they have authority. really brilliant appointment! Diversity would be adding a Lanta consumer.