Press Release

Mayor Newsom Honors Community Leaders & Organizations with Latino Heritage Awards

10/12/10- In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, which kicked off September 15th , Mayor Gavin Newsom today honored community leaders and organizations for their important social, cultural, and economic contributions to the Latino community and to the entire City of San Francisco.

“I’m honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these community leaders and organizations and salute their enduring contributions to the Latino community and to the entire City,” said Mayor Newsom. “Their achievements and dedication make our diverse City healthier, safer and stronger every day.”

With support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS) and the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Latino Heritage Awards recognize individuals for their significant contributions, innovation, and leadership in their respective communities in the fields of Business, Health and Science, the Arts, Education, Media, and Community Service. Honorees include:

Business
Ruben Santana – President, Rubecon Builders
Cruzita Cabezas & Paulo Cabezas – Founders, Mama Art Café, Excelsior

Health and Medicine
Barbara Garcia – Deputy Director of Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Dr. Sandra Hernandez – CEO, San Francisco Foundation

Education
Dr. Carlota Del Portillo – Former Dean, Mission Campus, City College of San Francisco
Nicky Trasvina – Coordinator, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, San Francisco State University

Media
María Mejía – Managing Editor, El Mensajero Newspaper
Marcos Gutierrez – Hecho en California : La Grande 1010AM San Francisco

Arts
Peter Bratt – Director and Writer, La Mission
Benjamin Bratt – Actor, La Mission

Community Service
Ana Pérez – Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Estela Garcia – Executive Director, Instituto Familiar de La Raza, Inc.

Dolores Huerta Lifetime Achievement Award
Luisa Ezquerro – Community Activist, City Commissioner, Educator (Awarded posthumously to the family)

The Mayor’s 2010 Latino Heritage Month Celebration & Awards Ceremony is presented by Comcast, PG&E, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Tropisueno, Orange Photography, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.