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Subject :

City Council Publicly Honors 15 Community Members for their Leadership & Service to San Leandro
Contact : Alice Kim    510-577-3372

SAN LEANDRO, CA: Last night, the City Council publicly honored fifteen local residents who have made meaningful contributions to the San Leandro community over the past year. As part of the annual district leadership and Mayor’s awards of excellence ceremonies, the City Council recognized ten individuals, including one from each of the six council districts, along with four Mayor’s award recipients who have made a significant difference in San Leandro.

The following awardees were presented with District Leadership Awards from each of the council districts:

  • Robert Caruso                         District 1 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Deborah Cox                               
  • Helena Straughter                   District 2 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Ed Hernandez               
  • Rick Solis                               District 3 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Lee Thomas  
  • Yan Zeng                                District 4 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Benny Lee     
  • Noel Moritz                            District 5 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Corina Lopez                
  • Terry Guillory                         District 6 Leadership Award                  Councilmember Pete Ballew  

The following awardees were presented with the Mayor’s Award of Excellence in each category below:

  • Tony Farley, San Leandro Academy for Multimedia                            Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Individual             
  • Tong Sengsourith, Noodles Pho Me                                                       Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Small Business    
  • Rachel Rendel, Columbia Cosmetics Manufacturing, Inc.                    Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Large Business
  • Delane Sims, Steps to Success                                                               “A City Where Kindness Matters” Award

Also at yesterday’s Council meeting, the following five individuals were recognized for five or more years of dedicated service on various City boards and commissions:

  • Michael Bolar                         Five Years                                               Recreation and Parks Commission
  • Justin Hutchinson                   Five Years                                               Recreation and Parks Commission
  • Corina Lopez                          Five Years (combined)                            Human Services Commission and City Council
  • Marguerite Mazzitti                 Five Years                                               Board of Zoning Adjustments
  • Louis Neira Heystek               Ten Years (combined)                            Youth Advisory Commission and Personnel Relations Board

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter expressed a sincere gratitude to all the nominees and their families for making San Leandro a better place for all. “As Mayor, one of the fun parts of the job is being able to tour different organizations and businesses that operate in San Leandro and learn about the countless ways in which residents contribute to our community,” said Mayor Cutter. “We know that San Leandro is a city where kindness matters because the people who live or do business here make it such a special place. As my colleagues on the City Council can attest, it is our pleasure each year to recognize the service of those who make San Leandro the city we know it to be today.”

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