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Corbett honors Blue Star Moms founder as 'Woman of the Year' in 10th Senate District

Former Mayor Hosterman, 13 others honored as East Bay women 'Trailblazers'

California State Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has honored the founder of a Blue Star Moms organization in Fremont as "Woman of the Year" in Corbett's 10th State Senate District.

The award to Fremont resident Julie Ramirez was presented last Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton along with Trailblazer awards to 14 other women in the district.

Ramirez is the Founder and President of Alameda Blue Star Moms' Chapter CA23. This non-profit has assisted hundreds of local military families with school supplies, toys for the holidays, and coats and bicycles for children since 2009. It has provided resources for parents of deployed soldiers, returning veterans and supporters of military families.

"Julie Ramirez has distinguished herself as an active community resident and supporter of military families, including her own," Corbett said. "Her leadership in founding the Alameda Blue Star Moms Chapter CA 23 is a testament to her commitment to East Bay families,"

Those who received Trailblazing awards were Jennifer Hosterman, former Pleasanton mayor; Susan Cota, former chancellor of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District; Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Merritt College President; Gari Browning, Ohlone College President; Sue Chan, Fremont City Councilwoman, and Emily Duncan, Union City Vice Mayor.

Also give Trailblazer awards were Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Union City Mayor; Pat Gacoscos, Union City Councilwoman; LaDonna Harris, Alameda County Chief Probation Officer; Susan Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator; Anu Natarajan, Fremont Vice Mayor; Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney; Sandra Spagnoli, San Leandro Police Chief, and Diane Urban, Hayward Police Chief.

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