California celebrates the state holiday honoring Cesar Chavez Monday with speeches, proclamations and closures of many government offices, libraries and schools.

Cesar Chavez in 1974. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

San Diego County offices, libraries and animal shelters will be closed in observance of the holiday honoring the labor civil rights leader.

Many area cities will close their offices as well, including San Diego, Chula Vista and El Cajon.

Law enforcement and other essential services will continue through the holiday.

San Diego Unified and many other local schools are closed.

Chavez was a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded what became the United Farm Workers union.

In San Diego, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, will speak at the annual breakfast honoring Chavez.  Bonta is the son of farm workers who were active in the United Farm Workers.

The sold-out event at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside is arranged by the San Diego Cesar Chavez Commemorative Committee.

 

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.