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Bonta to Present Woman of the Year Award to Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore

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Gilmore to be awarded during formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 10th

(Sacramento, CA) – During a special floor ceremony on Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will award Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore the Woman of the Year Award from the 18th Assembly District.

"I am honored to recognize Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore as the 18th Assembly District's Woman of the Year," said Assemblymember Bonta. "She has devoted over 15 years of her life to protecting and uplifting the quality of life for residents of Alameda.

"Mayor since 2010, Marie helped rally citywide efforts to increase funding for public schools and to maintain programs for children even in the midst of an historic economic recession.

"Mayor Gilmore led the City's efforts to secure ownership of the former Naval Base at Alameda Point at no cost to City taxpayers. She also helped create jobs, and brought new businesses to Alameda Point and Alameda Landing, increased retail variety and adding revenue to the City. She is actively involved in protecting Alameda's climate with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and the City's green initiative.

"Under Mayor Gilmore's leadership, the City of Alameda has expanded its Open Government Sunshine Ordinance and remained in strong fiscal shape with a balanced budget and rainy day reserves. She has fought to strengthen public safety, including acquiring a new fire boat, and ensuring that the Fire Department has trained staff to perform all necessary water rescues.

"From 2003 to 2007, Mayor Gilmore made her mark on the Alameda City Council through her work to restore and open the historic Alameda Theatre. Her efforts greatly enhanced the vitality of Park Street (one of Alameda's major commercial districts), helped renovate South Shore Shopping Center, and ensured the building of a brand new public library. Marie has also volunteered on the City of Alameda's Recreation and Parks Commission to improve the safety of Alameda's parks for her children. She was eventually appointed to the Alameda Planning Board, which she chaired for two of the eight years she served on that Board. I was honored to serve with Mayor Gilmore on the Alameda City Council prior to serving in the State Assembly," Bonta concluded.

Marie immigrated to the Bay Area from the Caribbean island of Dominica at the age of two and eventually moved to the Bay Area to earn a bachelor's degree from Stanford University. She met her husband, Rod, while attending law school at UC Berkeley and moved to Alameda in the 1980s. Marie practiced law before devoting her time to her family and community.

The Woman of the Year Ceremony will take place at the State Capitol at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014.

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