Wieckowski to Honor African American Community Leaders

The African American Heritage Leadership Awards will be held at noon on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont.

From the office of Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize four African Americans for their contributions to our community by hosting the African American Heritage Leadership Awards at noon this Sunday, February 26 at the Centerville Presbyterian Church gymnasium at 4360 Central Avenue in Fremont.

Among the honorees will be Arminta King, who is Assemblymember Wieckowski’s selection as the 20th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. King has served as a volunteer coordinator at the Centerville Free Dining Room for more than a decade and has dedicated her life to caring for the hungry and homeless.

“Arminta is a very compassionate activist who has directed the serving of hundreds of meals, week after week, year after year to people in the Tri-Cities community,” Wieckowski said.  “She is tireless in her efforts to help people, to make them feel comfortable and welcomed.”

In addition to King, Wieckowski will also honor:

  • Heidi Oatis founder of .  The clinic helps its patients cope with crisis, move on with dignity and regain their confidence.  It’s a one-of-a-kind specialty clinic, for men, women and children who are undergoing radiation treatment, chemotherapy, Burn Trauma or Alopecia.  All staff persons are licensed by the state or certified by the Board for Orthotist Prosthetist Certification. (BOC).  Among the services Oatis provides are a range of seminars and classes filled with techniques and knowledge on non-surgical hair replacement and non-stressful hair weaving systems.
  • Gene Daniels, the chairman of the Newark Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. A graduate of Cal State East Bay, Daniels is a State Farm insurance agent who is active in education and business issues.  As a charter member of the Fremont/Union City/Newark Rotary Club (F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club), he is a part of numerous community service projects.  Daniels is a Newark Memorial High School mentor and is on the Nishanti Advisory Board of Ohlone College. 
  • Anthony “Tony” Alexander is an active member of the San Jose Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).   Alexander is political director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, whose members work primarily in retail grocery stores and meatpacking and meat processing plants.  Every year UFCW 5 teams up with the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council for an annual toy drive that delivers hundreds of toys to children throughout the county.  Alexander has served on the board of the San Jose Conservation Corps, the Mayor’s Gang Task Force and organized a Solidarity Rally last year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination.
Summer Hemphill February 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Thanks Bob,for being an outspoken advocate of legalizing marijuana in California !!! If only the gutless members of the Newark City Council had your courage & foresight regarding "safe & legal access" for medicinal marijuana patients we'd still be able to acquire our medication here in town. Lets pass legislation that takes the issue of where dispensaries can be located out of the hands of meddling local politicians who impose their personal prejudices on their constituents once & for all !!!
Tim February 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
What does marijuana have to do with celebrating black history month? Have you seen the movie "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle"? Reminds me of you.... life revolving around weed. There's more to life than being stoned 24/7. And by the way, the state cannot dictate to a locality where it must locate a pot club or any other business. Zoning laws are a local issue, not state. If the state says they have to allow for a pot club or other questionable business, the city can use zoning laws to force it pretty much wherever they want.
Shimadog February 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Give it a rest, Ms Hemphill. You're a "dope."
Brash Brazen February 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Ask Cab Calloway what marijuana has to do with black history month ?!? If Harry Aslinger hadn't frightened white America with images of blacks crazed by "reefer madness" raping white women marijuana would still be legal today ! Like blacks & gays marijuana enthusiasts shall eventually overcome those opposed to their right to use this relatively benign substance (when compared to tobacco,alcohol,legal & illegal drugs). There has never been one documented instance of marijuana killing anyone ! We're not much for marching (what with the couch lock & poor sense of direction) we much prefer raising our level of enlightenment & casting aspersions toward our critics ! Blacks are arrested at a disproportionate rate for marijuana possession as are hispanics statistically speaking & their votes will be needed for legalization. This is a black issue & blacks will help make history when they join with the majority of California voters to legalize marijuana this year !
Summer Hemphill February 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The depth & breadth of your intellect is truly breathtaking,bless your little heart !!!
Tim February 25, 2012 at 02:00 AM
What happened the last time they tried a ballot measure to legalize pot? Didn't work out so well, did it?
ordinary joe February 25, 2012 at 02:25 AM
So Bob Marijuanaski is supporting the legalization of marijuana. I thought he is a decent guy. What happended to him? Is it the Sacramento air?
Summer Hemphill February 25, 2012 at 02:41 AM
All the more reason to register more black voters in time for the November election ! With more people supporting legalization on a daily basis & at least four competing efforts to place the issue on the ballot again this year, legalization at some point is a foregone conclusion. As polling shows those most opposed are the elderly & those most in favor are the young so I can't see this trend reversing itself anytime soon. The only question is how much we'll be allowed to antagonize you by flaunting our newfound freedom in your face ! Can I smoke on the sidewalk in front of your house ? Can you keep your adult children from running off & joining the circus ? As the first contact most young black men have with the legal system is when they are arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana this is in fact a very important lesson not only for blacks,but for everyone ! Let's take a moment to recognize & thank those whose lives are dedicated to improving the quality of life of those whose needs are greatest,the truly unselfish among us deserve our applause !!!
Summer Hemphill February 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
If you voted for him you'd know that & if you didn't he favors legalization & represents you anyway !!! America - where the majority rules until you realize you're not in the majority anymore !!! Some people probably thought you were a decent guy,what happened to you ? It's in the air alright & it's drifting in your direction,so be sure to inhale deeply !!! You settled too easily,strive to be an extraordinary joe !!!
ordinary joe February 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Summer Hemphill, Thanks for the reply. I will take a deep breath and relax. You amde me laugh!
Shimadog February 25, 2012 at 03:03 AM
You have my vote for "Miss Patch Pseudointellectual Marijuana Zealot."
Summer Hemphill February 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Once again I thank you for recognizing my greatness !!! And remember that one of the two greatest people in the whole universe,the big guy up there is thanking me while you're thanking me !!! You're constant support & shall I say witty comments are a source of inspiration to me on a daily basis. Really it's the little people like you that make it all worthwhile for me as I couldn't rail against the childish & misinformed if it weren't for folks like you ! Don't lose your tenuous grip on reality anytime soon,because as one of my greatest admirers losing your ill-conceived compliments would be most distressing to those in desperate need of laughter !!!
Shimadog February 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Do you need to get laid, Summer?
Ron February 25, 2012 at 08:34 AM
I'd guess that Assembly King Bob isn't really doing this to truly honor contributing members of our community, but rather to make himself look good for the upcoming election. Ask Assembly King Bob how this event got started. You may find that he "invented" it himself (or his staff). And, with all due respect to those identified, I'd bet that all of the "winners" were hand picked because they support him, so perhaps we shouldn't look for anything but Democrats/Flaming Liberals in his selection? I may be wrong, but isn't he supposed to represent all of us? Haven't we seen you before, Summer Hemphill, exposing yourself to other illegal and questionalble activities? Do you remember? If not, don't worry about it, life will go on. Remember, marijuana is a "gate way drug" which helps break down the defenses of people for bigger and more destructive drugs, but why should you or anyone else worry, right? Just what we need, more people doing less and becoming a drag on society. Sure hope those that are doing all the work (paying the bills) don't stop, otherwise a lot of "hanger's on" will be sunk, and maybe even our whole country?!
jerry February 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I wouldn't vote for King Bob for any elected office, not even dog catcher. Bob is a typical liberal lying Democrat. And if ms humpill wants to smoke some more weed ,I have a bunch growing in my backyard that I'll gladly pull out and send to her. Humphill has probably smoked so pot that she has destroyed some of her brain cells.
Brash Brazen February 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Apparently Bob didn't need your vote to get elected,nor will he need it to be re-elected ! If the majority of voters shared your myopic views Bob wouldn't have the job security he enjoys now. Fortunately no matter how much whine & complain this seat will always remain in the hands of a Democrat. As a supporter of medicinal & recreational marijuana use Bob is an advocate for the majority of his constituents. Republicans are out of touch & out of step with their neighbors in California & further losing their grip on reality on a daily basis. The contrast between my comments & yours just encourages more voters to reject your hateful & misguided agenda. You on the other hand couldn't get elected to any office,although you'd be a perfect fit for dog killer (too bad that's not an elected position,because you're a natural !!!
jerry February 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I lov trolling, I get to see all the morons on line and see their spiteful comments. Calif is going down the tubes because of the brain dead idiots you and humphill.
Ron February 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I love your comments Jerry about weed(s) in your backyard! Maybe after the "hemp" has done it's damage to Summer, she'll be interested in grazing in your backyard for anything to get "high" on? Bad choice to make if someone is serious about doing the best they possibly can with this one shot at life. I think Brash Brazen was talking about "stoned" voters. Unfortunately some of them may not be awake, know what day it is or be in condition to vote when the time comes. Hate is a pretty strong word to use regarding an issue which is pretty much oriented to a medical condition? Again, Bob is primarily interested in getting re-elected and like most politicians (both parties at times) he will say anything to make it happen. Yes, some folks are more concerned about how to get on the gravy train, but pay little attention to the danger signs along the track that says the "bridge is out!" I have forgotten who said it, but primarily the statement was.....evil will be successful only if good men/women standby and do nothing about it.


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