2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker Awardees Announced by Councilman Andrews
2016-01-19 · By Editor
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews Announces the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker Awardees. As a part of Peace Week, six award recipients will be honored today, January 19th, at 5:00 pm, at the Long Beach City Council meeting, located at 333 West Ocean Blvd.
Each candidate was chosen based upon their background of volunteering in the community, as well as, promoting messages of community engagement, nonviolence, and unity. The Peace Maker Award recognizes the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who brought innovative strategies in spreading compassion and love among all people, as well as, utilizing nonviolence as the means to transform communities. “The City of Long Beach values its diversity and multiculturalism. We must continue spreading Dr. King’s message among our neighbors, especially our youth”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. “I am truly honored to have this years’ extraordinary honoree’s serving our community and our great City”, continued Councilman Andrews.
This year honorees include Community Youth Honoree – Stacey Zaragoza, Community Male Honoree – Mike Gipson, Community Female Honoree- Janice Hahn, Community Group Honoree- Popeye Toy Run, Community Corporation Honoree- CA Resources Corporation, Community Business Honoree- Midtown MBID. For more information contact the Office of Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrew (562) 570-6816.
Community Youth Honoree – Stacey Zaragoza
Stacey is a Sixth District resident and an extraordinary youth on the move up! She enjoys giving back to her community in any way possible. Before graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in June 2015, she was a part of the Yellow Ribbon Club that hosted a yearly assembly, and was secretary of the club for one semester. She also juggled being secretary for the Anti-Human Trafficking Club. During her senior year she later became President of the club where she guided the student members to make a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that was later posted on 4th District County Supervisor Don Knabe’s website “I AM NOT FOR SALE”. The PSA aired during the Youth Exploitation Safety Symposium (YESS) event in January 2015. While performing those extracurricular activities she also helped her church with holding banquets for the 5th Battalion, 1st Regime Marines of Camp Pendleton, and is a core volunteer at many of Councilman Andrews’ events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Breakfast, and Thanksgiving Banquet. Since 2012 she has been a member of the “Inner Beauty Gems” mentoring club. She currently volunteers at YMCA first friendships pre-school while attending Long Beach City College.
Community Male Honoree – Mike Gipson
Mike A. Gipson was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. He represents the 64th Assembly District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.
In various capacities, Assemblymember Gipson has been serving the people of the 64th District his entire life. As a peace officer, legislative staff, elected official, and labor organizer, Gipson’s dedication to the residents of the South Bay is a testament to his heart and enthusiasm for helping others. As the son of a labor activist, Gipson learned the value of hard work, solidarity, leadership and the importance of community. These lessons have continued to lead him throughout his life. Assemblyman Gipson is a devoted husband, and still lives in Carson with his wife, LeCresha and their two sons, Devon and Jordan.
Community Female Honoree- Janice Hahn
Congresswoman Janice Hahn represents North Long Beach and the other communities that make up California’s 44th Congressional District, including Carson, Compton, Lynwood, San Pedro, South Gate, Rancho Dominguez, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, and Wilmington. She was first elected to Congress in a special election held in July of 2011. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. Congresswoman Hahn is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional PORTS Caucus, a bipartisan organization that now includes more than 90 Members of Congress. She is a leading advocate for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together are America’s busiest port complex and the economic engine for Southern California and our nation’s ports in general. Congresswoman Hahn is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles County and lives in San Pedro. She is the daughter of the late Ramona Hahn And Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. Congresswoman Hahn was greatly influenced by her father’s career in public service. In 1962, during the Civil Rights movement, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, not a single local, state or federal public official was willing to go to the airport to meet Dr. King except one, Kenny Hahn. Ignoring all the warnings of ‘political cost,’ he went to the airport to welcome Dr. King to the City of Angels. That day Janice learned a lesson she would never forget: that she must never let anything stop her from standing up for justice.
Community Group Honoree- Popeye Toy Run
The Popeye Toy Run was started by the Just Us Motorcycle Club in 2008 in memory of the club’s Road Captain, Mark “Popeye” Matulin, who died while escorting club members on a run. Co-hosted by Just Us and Chosen Few Motorcycle Clubs this event brings motorcycle clubs, social clubs and individuals together to give back to the community. Its success is only due to the generosity and commitment of many. Last year’s Toy Run served over 200 children in the Central area of Long Beach.
Community Corporation Honoree- CA Resource Corporation
California Resources Corporation (CRC) is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company focused on high-growth, high-return conventional and unconventional assets exclusively in California. CRC provides “Energy for California by Californians.” California homes, farms, businesses and communities need ample, affordable and reliable energy. CRC’s dedicated workforce of approximately 5,000 California employees and contractors develop dependable local crude oil and natural gas reserves that help to reduce our state’s chronic dependence on imported energy.
CRC is the largest oil and natural gas producer in California on a gross-operated basis and they believe they have established the largest privately-held mineral acreage position in the state, consisting of approximately 2.4 million net acres spanning the state’s four major oil and gas basins.
Community Business Honoree- Midtown Business Improvement District (MBID)
The new Midtown Business Improvement District (MBID) is comprised of property owners within the proposed boundaries along East Anaheim Street between Raymond Avenue and Alamitos Avenue. The purpose of the MBID is to implement services within the community that will enhance public safety, beautification, marketing, and economic development programs such as clean, safe, beautiful programs that deals with crime prevention and inappropriate conduct; enhanced safe program deals with walking & bicycle patrol. It also includes enhanced clean and beautiful programs with sidewalk sweeping and pressure washing, graffiti and sticker removal, trash removal and landscape programs. In addition, marketing communication for website, banners, social media, business retention, customer recruitment and community events. These board members are all volunteers that are working together to improve our midtown area.