Second Annual Valley Community Leadership Awards
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel hosted a special awards ceremony recognizing the achievements and contributions of 13 individuals and organizations who have positively impacted the San Fernando Valley over the past year. Honorees include educators, activists, small business owners, and notable civic and community leaders. Honorees will be presented with special resolutions from the California Legislature acknowledging their service to the San Fernando Valley.
Dina Kimmel, Founder of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, 2022 Woman of the Year
Organization for Social Media Safety, 2022 Nonprofit of the Year
Cafe Aficionado, 2022 Small Business of the Year
Dr. Wendy Wooten, Teacher at Reseda Charter High School, 2022 Educator of the Year
Diana Weynand, Chair of the SFV Chapter of Climate Reality Project, 2022 Environmentalist of the Year
Mike Young, Political and Organizing Director of EnviroVoters, 2022 Environmentalist of the Year
Serena Oberstein, CEO at Jewish World Watch, 2022 Activist of the Year
El Proyecto del Barrio, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Planned Parenthood Health Center - Canoga Park, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) Shahmaghsoudi, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Dale and Monique Mascari, Owners of Grocery Outlet - Canoga Park, 2022 Businesspersons of the Year
Adnan Hamid, Board Member for the Dawoodi Bohra community of Los Angeles, 2022 Community Volunteer of the Year
Pierre Arreola, Co-Founder of GR818ERS, 2022 Mentor of the Year
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Presents $2 Million Check to Support Cutting-Edge Research and Innovation at the Warner Center
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel presented a novelty check to the West Valley Warner Center Chamber of Commerce symbolizing the recent appropriation in the state budget of $2 million towards the Transportation Technology Infrastructure and Innovation Zone (TTIIZ), a first-of-its-kind center to support transportation technology businesses and research cutting-edge transportation and mobility technology.
TTIIZ was first established in 2020 as one of the flagship programs of Urban Movement Labs and aims to transform the Warner Center neighborhood into one of Los Angeles’ mobility innovation and workforce development hubs.
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Presents $3.7 Million Check to ONEgeneration to Expand Childcare Services in the San Fernando Valley
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel presented a novelty check to ONEgeneration symbolizing the recent appropriation in the state budget of $3.7 million to support ONEgeneration’s childcare expansion and Intergenerational Activity Room project.
For over 44 years, ONEgeneration has provided vital community services to vulnerable residents in the San Fernando Valley, enriching and supporting the lives of older adults, children, and families. Assemblymember Gabriel recognized ONEgeneration as the 45th Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year in 2021 for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.