Harry Leon, who started his third term as president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council last month, has been appointed a commissioner on an L.A. County advisory board focused on consumer affairs.
On Friday, Leon was sworn in and attended his first meeting, where he was given an update on the department that handles issues dealing with consumer protection.
“This is the way I want to pay [it forward to] my country and my community,” Leon said.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose district includes the Crescenta Valley, appointed Leon to the board. The term lasts until November 2020, Leon said.
According to Leon, he is particularly passionate about protecting residents of his community from fraudsters who often target the elderly and those with language barriers. The Crescenta Valley’s population is made up of 35% senior citizens and 18% Armenians, Leon said.
One way to protect residents is to educate them about how to spot and avoid fraud, Leon said.
Another is to make sure they know the consumer affairs bureau has resources available for them to access, including investigators who can follow up on fraud complaints and identity theft.