Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, will honor Millbrae Mayor Marge Colapietro and Beverly Upton, an advocate for victims of domestic violence, as “2012 Women of the Year.”
Yee chose Colapietro for her strong commitment to the community and dedication to volunteerism.
“Whether it is serving on various committees or standing up for important causes, Marge is always there for her constituents,” Yee said in a statement. “She is the epitome of what a public servant should be.”
Colapietro moved to Millbrae in 1972, and has served on numerous committees, including Friends of the Millbrae Library, MCTV, Crime Stoppers Board of Directors and the Committee to Save Millbrae Fire Services.
“My favorite thing about volunteering is that I hope that when my task is complete, that the community is better for what I have done,” she said.
She is especially proud of her work in ensuring passage of two fire assessments in 2004 and 2009.
“That was something that impacted the health and safety of our community,” she said.
Senator Yee chose Upton because of her resolve to end family violence and her help in passing tough domestic violence laws in California.
He has been giving out this award during Women’s History Month to two women every year since 2003.
Former women that Senator Yee has honored include: Zoe Dunning of San Francisco, Hene Kelly of San Francisco, Emily Murase of San Francisco, Lisa Jovick of San Francisco, Karyl Matsumoto of South San Francisco, Annette Hipona of Daly City, Tess Manalo-Ventresca of San Francisco, Marie Brizuela of Broadmoor, and Libby Denebeim of San Francisco.
Senator Yee has yet to schedule the ceremony to recognize Upton and Colapietro.