15th Annual Pat Brown Institute Awards Dinner


Contact: Margie Yu, CSLA Public Affairs Assistant,
(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- April 1, 1996 -- On Wednesday, April 17, 1996, The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI) at California State University, Los Angeles will honor the outstanding public service contributions and achievement of individuals and organizations at its 15th Annual Pat Brown Institute Awards Dinner. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., at The Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles.

This year's event includes a special tribute to the Institute's namesake and former California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, who died on February 16, at the age of 90. The tribute to the legacy of "Pat" Brown in "Building Partnerships for California's Future" will be given by Charlie Casey, Governor Brown's grandson, followed by a toast by Assemblyman John Vasconcellos.

Former U.S. Congressman Norman Y. Mineta, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Transportation Systems Services, Lockheed Martin, will be honored this year with The Pat Brown Legacy Award. The Ethnic Coalition of Southern California will receive the Horizon Leadership Award.

In addition, Public Service Awards will be presented to the Honorable Delbert Wong, Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles County; Thomas S. Sayles, Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Pacific Enterprises; Southern California Gas Company; The MultiCultural Collaborative; David and Carol Sickler, Region IV, AFL-CIO & LA County Federation of Labor; and Lillian Kawasaki, General Manager of Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs.

For more information and reservations, call The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3770.

The Pat Brown Legacy Award

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who recently retired as Congressman representing California's 15th Congressional District, is the 1996 honoree of the Pat Brown Legacy Award for his decades of public service reflecting the public policy ideals of former Governor "Pat" Brown. Now Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Transportation Systems Services for Lockheed Martin, Mineta was successively elected to Congress from his Santa Clara and Santa Cruz district, which included much of the city of San Jose, from 1974 until his retirement from the public sector last year.

As chair of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation during the 103rd Congress, Mineta was the first American of Asian ancestry to chair a major committee in Congress. Overall, his wide legislative expertise in Washington included transportation, high-technology industry, trade, NASA, federal budget, civil rights and issues of importance to Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

A member of the Board of Regents of Santa Clara University, Mineta has been a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution since 1979. He is also on the Kennedy Center's Board of Directors. Mineta is married to Danealia Mineta. He has two sons, David and Stuart, from his previous marriage, and two stepsons, Bob and Mark Brantner.

Horizons Leadership Award

The Ethnic Coalition of Southern California (TEC), an organization founded in September 1988 by 25 African American, Asian American and Latino leaders, will be the recipient of the Horizons Leadership Award, given by the Institute to recognize Los Angeles' new generation of emerging leadership. Created to fill a void of underrepresentation in the decision-making process by people of color at formal and informal regional governance levels, TEC actively engages in the formulation and restructuring of urban and regional policies that impact and shape the quality of the Southland's physical, economic and social environments.

The Horizons Leadership Award will be accepted by The Ethnic Coalition's three co-chairs: Joanne Kumamoto, Marilyn Morton and Diane Pasillas de Araujo.

Lifetime Community Service Award

Receiving the Lifetime Community Service Award will be the Honorable Delbert E. Wong, retired Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles County. When he was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1959 -- by newly elected Governor "Pat" Brown -- Judge Wong was the first person of Chinese descent to serve as a judge in the entire continental United States. After elevation in 1961, he served on the Superior Court bench for more than 20 years, including five years in the three-judge Appellate Department.

Aside from serving on many Superior Court committees, Judge Wong has been active on the boards of community organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Boy Scouts of America, Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the Optimist Boys Home.

Together with his wife, Dolores, Judge Wong participates in numerous other community organization activities.

Corporate Public Service Award

Thomas S. Sayles, Vice President of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs for Pacific Enterprises, and the Southern California Gas Company, of which Pacific Enterprises is the parent entity, will be jointly honored with PBI's Corporate Public Service Award.

Prior to joining the Southern California Gas Co. in 1994, Sayles had been a deputy attorney general in the California attorney general's office, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Commissioner of Corporations in the Wilson administration. On September 22, 1994, Sayles was appointed by Governor Wilson to the University of California Board of Regents.

Sayles and the Southern California Gas Co. have demonstrated model corporate citizenship in the L. A. Metropolitan Region.

Community Public Service Award

The Community Public Service Award is being presented to the MultiCultural Collaborative (MCC), which was founded in the aftermath of the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when a cross-section of multiethnic civil rights organizations came together to create a collaboration which would develop strategies to eliminate intergroup conflict by promoting collaborative actions geared towards achieving social and economic equity and justice for people.

Among its current activities, the MCC is helping to develop several community-based partnerships, including the Community-School Initiative, a parent organizing project geared toward cooperative school restructuring efforts, and the Community Conflict Resolution Network, which involves local and national mediation programs engaging in joint activities and coordinated crisis intervention.

Executive Director Joe Hicks will accept the Community Public Service Award for the MultiCultural Collaborative.

Labor Public Service Award

David and Carole Sickler, respectively Director of Region VI, AFL-CIO, and Legislative Liaison for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, are the joint honorees receiving the Labor Public Service Award. Going to work at the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado at the age of 19, Dave Sickler spent ten years as shop steward and organizer before being elected business manager of Brewery Workers Union, Local 366. He has been Director of Region VI, which covers California, Nevada and Hawaii, for the past ten years. He has been in the leadership, over the previous 20 years, in promoting and creating unique labor-community partnership, which have gained national recognition.

Carole Sickler was no stranger to organized labor when she first came to the labor movement at the age of 17, as she went to work for the Los Angeles Cooks Union, Local 468, after graduation from Montebello High School. Her grandfather was an officer in the United Mine Workers union in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the original staff of the AFL-CIO Los Angeles-Orange Counties Organizing Committee. In 1979, she became the program coordinator for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and, in 1993, legislative liaison was added to her responsibilities.

Carole is married to David Sickler. In addition to a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, Dave and Carole consider the labor movement their family.

Environment Public Service Award

Lillian Kawasaki, an alumna of Cal State L.A. and General Manager of the Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Department, is recipient of the PBI's inaugural Environmental Public Service Award. Formerly Director of Environmental Management for the Port of Los Angeles, Kawasaki was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), which advises the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on national management policies and programs. She also serves on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project and is the Environmental Chairperson for the Los Angeles Sister Cities, Inc.

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