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Labor union members march for Cesar Chavez Day

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of labor union members marched through downtown San Diego Monday to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.

The annual Cesar Chavez Day March has become largest of the year for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, according to the umbrella organization that represents the region's unions.

Marchers rallied at Spanish Landing Park, then marched to Lindbergh Field and around county and state buildings, before winding up on the Community Concourse next to City Hall.

Chavez, who championed the rights of farm workers in California and other states, would have turned 86 years old on Sunday.

"He was an incredibly committed person, but he did it with an aura -- like maybe Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela -- of a calmness, of sweetness, of love that just brought people together," San Diego Mayor Bob Filner told CBS 8.

Chavez died in 1993.

San Diego Unified School District trustee Richard Barrera and Labor Council CEO Lorena Gonzalez, who is running for the open Assembly seat in the southern part of San Diego County, also took part in the march.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Most local government offices will be closed Monday in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

In the City of San Diego, the closures will affect all administrative offices, along with city recreation centers, swimming pools and libraries. The Tecolote Nature Center will also be closed.

Parking meters, time parking restrictions and yellow zones within city limits will not be enforced Monday, but red, white and blue parking zones will, according to city officials.

Balboa Park will be open, and so will museums that usually operate on Mondays. Municipal golf courses and starter booths also will be open, with holiday rates in effect.

The Miramar landfill will operate during its normal hours, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., but the city's "refuse/recyclables" container sales office on Miramar Place will be closed.

City officials said trash, yard and curbside recyclable collection service for customers of the Environmental Services Department would be delayed by one day.

In the County of San Diego, offices, libraries and animal shelters will be closed.

The Spring Valley Community Center will be closed for regular business, but will open for Monday Night Bingo at 4 p.m.

The 4S Ranch Sports Park office will be closed, but adult hockey activities, the gym and all fields will remain open.

The Lakeside Community Center will be closed, but the preschool will be open.

The Spring Valley REC Club/ Teen Club will also be closed.

County parks, campgrounds, neighborhood parks, the Fallbrook Community Center, the Spring Valley Gym and the Lakeside REC Club/ Teen Club will be open for normal business hours, county officials said.

In Chula Vista, city offices and most other facilities will be closed in observance of the holiday. The closures extend to recreation centers, pools and libraries.

Public works services including streets and sewer work will be available on an emergency basis, city officials said.

Trash removal services in Chula Vista will run on its regular schedule.

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