STUDIO CITY – The Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) awarded Palmdale resident Gary Cohen as its 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Cohen was also honored Saturday during the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley’s annual Truman Awards luncheon.
Truman honorees embody President Harry S. Truman’s legacy with their principled activism, courage under fire, and personal integrity.
“Gary is the definition of what it means to be a Democrat, a tireless advocate. He has an unshakable belief that anyone can work to build a better community,” said DCHD 1st Vice-President Veronica Fields, last year’s Truman honoree. “Our organization would not have been nearly as successful this year without Gary.”
This year’s Truman Award recipient was Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He was recognized for his bold leadership, back-to-basics approach to city government, and problem solving ingenuity. The mayor’s focus on problem solving and regional job creation for Los Angeles County has earned him praise from many Antelope Valley residents, said DCHD representatives. Garcetti recently brokered a resolution to a labor dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 union and light-rail manufacturer Kinkisharyo to save more than 250 jobs in the Antelope Valley.
At the Truman Awards ceremony, Fields and DCHD 2nd Vice President Brandon Zavala presented Garcetti with a special memento on behalf of Antelope Valley residents, a photo of Garcetti and his father taken by Fields during the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral campaign.
“Mayor Garcetti demonstrates that protecting mortgage-paying jobs and growing our economy are things Democrats can accomplish,” Zavala said. “The DCHD is proud to support such a pragmatic leader for Los Angeles.”