Wieckowski to hold State of the District at CSU, East Bay

September 14, 2016

HAYWARD – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will honor the work of local activists in the 10th Senate District and highlight accomplishments from the 2015-2016 legislative session during his annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 15 at Cal State University, East Bay’s New Student Union, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard in Hayward. 

“The Legislature approved several landmark bills on climate change, Cap-and-Trade, workers’ rights, and education funding,” said Wieckowski, chair of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee.  “This event provides an opportunity to highlight some of these important achievements and my bills on arbitration reform, safe drinking water, accessory dwelling units, affordable housing and transportation.  I will also recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who are contributing to the quality of life in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.”

WHO:            State Senator Bob Wieckowski, local elected officials

WHAT:           State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony

WHERE:        CSU, East Bay New Student Union, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

                     Free Parking in Lots A-B (by the Student Union)

WHEN:          6 p.m., Thursday, September 15, 2016

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

The 2016 10th Senate District honorees are:


  • Marla Blowers
  • Billy Bradford
  • Rivermark Moms
  • James “Scotty” Scott
  • Kirk Vartan
  • Lila Bringhurst (In Memoriam)
  • The Village Method (Non-Profit of the Year)
  • Bay Area Electronics (e-waste) Recycling (Community Partner of the Year)
  • Aisha Wahab (Unity Award)


Marla Blowers – 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 – 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 – 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 “Scotty” Scott – 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 – 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) – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.