On Nov. 5, the county’s Board of Supervisors, led by 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, presented La Luz Center with the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing La Luz for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.” Twenty-nine organizations were nominated for the local awards; 10 were finalists and five awards were given. Front row, from left, La Luz Executive Director Juan Hernandez, La Luz founder Ligia Booker, board chair Claudia Mendoza-Carruth and Supervisor Susan Gorin. Back row from left,  La Luz board members Anna Pier, David Stollmeyer and Vicki Stollmeyer.