Dear CWA District 9 Family, 

CWA District 9 is pleased to invite all Locals and their members to a very informative presentation on the COVID 19 vaccines.  The presentation has been put together by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and will be presented by our special guest, Dr. Christopher Colwell.

Please join us and have any questions you may have around the COVID 19 vaccines answered.  This will be a virtual presentation.

Date:  Thursday, March 25, 2021

Time:  5:00pm

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Look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday!


Funeral Service will be held on March 27, 2021


Daniel Felix

JANUARY 28, 1954 – JANUARY 17, 2021

Obituary of Daniel Felix

Daniel Felix was born on January 28, 1954 and passed away on January 17, 2021

and is under the care of Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Funeral Service will be held on March 27, 2021 at 9:00 am at Mission Hills Tent, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California. 

You may leave a message for the family by clicking here.

Funeral Service

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Whittier,  California 90601




In Memoriam Jackie Luk

Our dear colleagueJackie Luk, passed away in early March of this year. She was one of the few Chinese Interpreters who worked in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Jackie worked for the courts for more than 30 years and was assigned to Alhambra when she retired several years ago.

Classy, yet humble and easy-going, Jackie was gifted with a great sense of humor. Her deep understanding of Chinese and American cultures translated into a colleague who related well to all of us. 

Jackie was a major player on the national interpreter scene, serving on teams that developed certification exams throughout the country. She was the first choice of many states to rate exams since she was so reliable and easy to work with.

Jackie was an avid tennis player and loved to hike and be outdoors. 

She is survived by her husband, Kim, as well as her children, Stephanie and Eric, and two grandchildren.


For Immediate Publication


The California Federation of Interpreters, Local 39000 condemns the public statements made yesterday by Los Angeles Court CEO Sheri R. Carter at a Town Hall meeting.

Presented in the wake of the COVID-19 deaths of several court workers – two court interpreters and a Twin Towers bailiff – Ms. Carter's statements clearly had the intention of shifting blame for their deaths onto the court employees themselves. 

The statements were baseless and slanderous; additionally, they underscore the court's failure to seriously address the public health crisis still taking place in the county's courthouses. 

Local 39000 has documented a systemic failure by the court to implement policies to adequately safeguard language interpreters, court bailiffs, and other courthouse workers from contracting COVID-19. A particular failure being the lack of creating and adequately expanding remote court hearings and services, such as video remote interpreting for its language access to the courts, to keep to keep staff, public, and justice partners safe from infection during the pandemic.

The two interpreters, Sergio Cafaro and Daniel Felix, died of COVID-19 after infectious outbreaks in courthouses.  Court administrators neither recommended nor instructed interpreters to quarantine when the outbreaks first became known and denied requests for emergency paid leave when interpreters sought to self-quarantine. 

In the wake of these tragic deaths, Ms. Carter should have led a serious and sober discussion of this health and safety issue which is still ongoing and becoming even more acute with newer more virulent strains of COVID. It is unfortunate that court’s CEO instead degraded the Town Hall by launching spiteful personal attacks on court employees.

Local 39000 seeks a constructive dialogue with Ms. Carter and other court administrators, so that proper policies and work accommodations can be set in place, ensuring that court employees are provided a safe and healthy work environment during this pandemic.  

Begonya De Salvo
Local 39000 Steward
(323) 708-9902



In Memoriam Daniel Felix

Interpreter Daniel Felix, loving husband and father of two children, dies in isolation at age 66

Born on January 28, 1954 in Brawley, California. Daniel’s life was cut short after he lost his battle to COVID-19 this past Sunday, January 17, 2021. 

Daniel married his High-School sweetheart, María Elena, and together they raised their daughter, Massiel, and son Daniel. He had a passion for life. He was always smiling, invariably ready to dance, laugh and live life to the fullest. He would never miss a concert on Friday nights at the Music Center, and California Plaza where he would dance the night away with his wife and friends. He was a family man. His wife and children were the main purpose of his life and he was successful in having a strong and joyful family.

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