Friday, March 29, 2013


(San Diego)  In honor of Women’s History Month, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has recognized eight women from the 78th Assembly District who exemplify commitment to public service.  The women were honored at a reception in the Majority Leader’s San Diego district office.

“The women I am honoring today have worked tirelessly to improve their communities and the lives of others,” says Atkins.  “They are ideal role models for both young women and young men who aspire to make a difference through service.  I thank them all for helping to make the 78th Assembly District a vibrant, diverse, and outstanding place to live.”

The eight honorees are:

The Honorable Lee M. Haydu
Ms. Haydu’s service includes the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, Del Mar Heights Elementary Site Council, Vice President and President of the PTA.  She is currently serving on the Del Mar City Council.
The Honorable Mary C. Herron

Ms. Herron was mayor of the City of Coronado in 1988, after having first been elected a City of Coronado Councilmember in 1978.  She has worked to end homelessness.

The Honorable Carrie A. Downey

Ms. Downey has been involved in League of Cities, Village Elementary PATT, Coronado Lion’s Club, Coronado Junior Woman’s Club, and Coronado Chamber of Commerce. She also served 8 years on the Coronado City Council.
Ms. Sara F. Moser 

Ms. Moser is a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood and family planning.

Dr. Delores A. Jacobs 

As Chief Executive Officer of The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center, Dr. Jacobs manages one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic LGBT community centers in the country.

The Honorable Lesa Heebner 

A long-time resident of Solana Beach, Ms. Heebner worked to upgrade and revitalize the city and was involved in the Coastal Rail Trail, the Solana Beach View Assessment Committee and served on several Ad Hoc Committees for infrastructure improvements. She currently serves on the Solana Beach City Council and also served as Mayor.

The Honorable Patricia McCoy
Serving 12 years on the Imperial Beach City Council, this long-time IB resident played an integral role in the wildlife preservation movement and is credited with creating a refuge to protect some of the last coastal wetlands in California and ensuring the establishment of what is now known as the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Honorable Diane Rose
A long-time resident of Imperial Beach, Ms. Rose served 12 years on the City Council and as Mayor.  She also served on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG,) the Metropolitan Transit System, the California League of Cities, and the federal board advising President Clinton and Congress on U.S.-Mexico border issues.  Rose has been dedicated to the preservation and improved quality of life that transformed Imperial Beach.


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