Senator Wieckowski to honor local activists at annual State of the District Ceremony

SunPower to host Thursday night's event highlighting volunteers in Alameda, Santa Clara counties

October 27, 2015

SAN JOSE -  State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will discuss the 2015 legislative session and honor local activists and volunteers throughout the 10th State Senate District during his annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony, at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 29 at SunPower, 77 Rio Robles in San Jose.

“This session included some landmark legislation on a variety of topics and action on two of the biggest issues facing our country – climate change and income inequality,” said Wieckowski, chair of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee.  “There are several major projects and developments in the 10th Senate District, including BART to San Jose, and many challenges ahead for next year.  I will focus on these topics and also recognize the outstanding work done by local residents to improve our overall quality of life.”

The 10th Senate District includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.

The 2015 10th Senate District honorees are:

  • Santa Clara – Sister Cities Association
  • San Jose – Judy Santiago
  • Milpitas – Eric Emmanuele
  • Fremont – Lori Stokes
  • Newark – Rebecca Gomez
  • Union City – Helen Kennedy
  • Hayward –Kari McAllister
  • Castro Valley – Castro Valley Matters
  • San Lorenzo – Betty Moose
  • San Leandro – REACH Ashland Youth Center
  • Community Partner – Shop With a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Non-Profit of the Year – Ruby’s Place
  • Unity Award – NAACP – Southern Alameda County Chapter


Santa Clara Sister Cities Association – Brings together different cultures through people to people relationships and cultural exchange programs.

Judy Santiago – Co-founder of Santa Visits Alviso Foundation, which works in partnership with the Alviso community, and Library and Youth Center on its annual Christmas program and promotes community activism.

Eric Emmanuele  – President of the Milpitas Police Officers Assoc., the California Conference of Arson Investigators and the Milpitas Rotary Club.  He continues his 25 years of service to his hometown.

Lori Stokes – Founder of StarStruck Theatre, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of youth through theatre arts education, performance opportunities and musical productions.

Rebecca Gomez – A Newark leader in cancer awareness events, she serves on the Board of Directors of Drivers for Survivors,  a non-profit that provides free transportation and supportive companionship for cancer patients in the Tri-Cities.

Helen Kennedy – The executive director of New Haven Schools Foundation, she is a business owner active in numerous local organizations and enjoys promoting fundraisers and community events.

Kari McAllister – Manager of the Chabot College Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center, and a member of numerous community and city committees in Hayward.

Castro Valley Matters – A community organizing group, advocating for more local control of Castro Valley affairs and transparency in local government. 

Betty Moose – A long-time community activist, who has served on the school board, and has been advocating for shoreline preservation, the Bay Trail extension, and domestic violence prevention for decades.

REACH Ashland Youth Center – Provides a variety of educational, health and artistic services and programs for local youth. 

Shop With a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley – Offers a multi-faceted approach for developing relationships with the community through bereavement support, education and crime prevention.

Ruby’s Place  – A non-profit agency, since 1972 it has provided support services and shelter for women and children who experience domestic violence, homelessness and, more recently, human trafficking. 

NAACP – Southern Alameda County Chapter – Has built a decades-long legacy for fighting injustice, and promoting tolerance and harmony through a number of events, including this year’s Action Readiness Summit at Mount Eden High School.