November 13, 2012 > Sue Johnson honored by City of Newark
Sue Johnson honored by City of Newark
By William Marshak
Part of everyday lexicon is contained in city names, street signs, plazas and other identified places. Many of these are a remembrance of those who have made significant contributions and have been recognized by the community at large. This doesn't happen often; when it does, those honored are elevated to a status that transcends a lifetime. One of the pivotal citizens of the City of Newark was honored on October 19, 2012 as Bridgepointe Park officially became Susan Johnson Bridgepointe Park.
Mayor Alan Nagy spoke about her "highly devoted" service to the community since serving as a Newark Councilmember from 1985 until 2007. A long list of achievements includes service on the Alameda County Library Commission, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and Newark Senior Citizens Advisory Committee along with host of community organizations. Her contributions have not gone unnoticed as Sue has received many awards for her service: Outstanding Young Women of America, Business Achievement Community Service Award, Dumbarton Chapter ABWA Woman of the Year and Bay Area Women of Distinction Award.
Johnson was instrumental in forming a joint task force of the Newark City Council and Newark Unified School District on youth issues including drug abuse, latchkey kids and domestic violence. The social element of the City's planning process was also addressed by Councilmember Johnson as well as the addition of a Teen Center at Silliman Activity Center.
The mayor concluded his remarks saying, "This is only a handful of changes and actions Sue has been involved in. The council and I feel humbled that Sue Johnson and her family have agreed to have their prestigious name associated with the City of Newark. Sue really understands the value and importance of creating a community."
Following unveiling the new signage at the park, Sue said that she felt the honor was not only for her, but her family as well. The park has had a prominent place in their life and future visits would be a constant reminder of her love for the City of Newark. Although her career path has led to the Alameda County Superior Court, Newark is still her home and its place in her heart has not wavered. Speaking of family gatherings of children and grandchildren, she said, "Now, when we finish our family dinners, we can say, 'Come on everybody, let's go to Grandma Sue's park!'"