first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Six political and civic leaders were honored by retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian in his eighth annual awards luncheon Thursday. Arabian, a longtime San Fernando Valley resident who was among the nation’s best-known and most-influential jurists, recognized the recipients during a luncheon at the Hilton Woodland Hills. The honorees included former Los Angeles Mayor and California Secretary of Education Richard Riordan and former state Assemblyman and San Fernando “Valley cityhood” leader Dr. Keith Richman. Community leader and 2007 Fernando Award recipient Gloria Pollack also was honored, along with LAPD Deputy Chief and Valley commanding officer Michel Moore. The award also was given to former California Lt. Gov. and record-company owner Mike Curb and Marlene Bane, an active volunteer. “The award appreciates the efforts over a lifetime of leaders who don’t have to give as much as they do. They make a difference in the world, and for that they’re honored,” said Arabian. The honorees all could claim years of political and community service in the city and state. Pollock, a relative newcomer who moved from New York state 13 years ago, said her activities – including on local chambers of commerce boards – have made her feel like a “Valley woman.” Bane, long active in Democratic campaigns with her late husband, Tom Bane, who chaired the Rules Committee in the state Legislature, joked that the selection committee needed one Democrat among the winners. And Riordan, now a partner in a law firm, ended the awards ceremony by saying the Valley “has the best and greatest people in the world.” A $1,000 scholarship was given to Tripti Gupta, a Van Nuys High School graduate currently majoring in biomedical engineering at USC. [email protected] (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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