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September 20, 2016 > Senator Wieckowski honors local activists

Senator Wieckowski honors local activists

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored the work of local activists in the 10th Senate District and highlighted accomplishments from the 2015-2016 legislative session during his annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony held September 15 at CSU East Bay, Hayward. The 10th Senate District includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.

These are the 2016 10th Senate District honorees:

Marla Blowers Ð A long-time former member of the Newark Planning Commission, she is very active in the Newark Optimist Club and is a former President and Lt. Governor of the Optimist.

Billy Bradford Ð A frequent volunteer for a variety of community events in Castro Valley, Bradford is a co-founder of Castro Valley Pride and has help grow its annual Pride Day into a celebration that includes arts and crafts vendors, local churches, musical performers, food trucks and more.

Rivermark Moms Ð Since it formed in 2003 to represent the Rivermark community in Santa Clara, the Rivermark Moms Club has grown to about 1,500 members and, in addition to hosting numerous fun activities throughout the year, raises money for charitable donations to assist people in need.

James ÒScottyÓ Scott Ð For more than 19 years, Scott has assisted people suffering from psychological and emotional problems through his work at the Life Reaching Across to Life Center in Fremont.

Kirk Vartan Ð A community activist, who serves as president of the Winchester Neighborhood Action Coalition and vice president of the Cory Neighborhood Association, Vartan is a strong supporter of the agrihood housing development on the site of the former University of California, Bay Area Research Extension Center in Santa Clara.

Lila Bringhurst (In Memoriam) Ð A former president of the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Bringhurst, who passed away earlier this year, was instrumental in several key historical preservation projects in Fremont, including Mission San Jose and the Saint Joseph Parish rectory.

The Village Method Ð (Non profit of the Year) Focusing on Union City and southern Alameda County, The Village Method creates a community that assists African American students to reach their full potential and creates a pipeline for students to progress to college, into careers and to give back to their community.

Bay Area Electronics Recycling Ð (Community Partner of the Year) Operating in Union City, Hayward and Milpitas, Bay Area Electronics Recycling restores computers and other electronic items and diverts almost two million pounds of e-waste every month.

Aisha Wahab Ð (Unity Award) An organizer and activist involved in many communities in the Bay Area, Wahab has served as chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, a board member of the Afghan Coalition, co-director of Little Kabul Stories, and attended an Afghan American Leaders Roundtable discussion at the White House.

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