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December 3, 2013 > Mayor Jose Esteves recognized for service to library

Mayor Jose Esteves recognized for service to library

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

The Honorable Jose Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas, was recently recognized as the 2013 Elected Official for Outstanding Service to a Local Library by California Public Library Advocates (CPLA). Mayor EstevesÕ contributions to the Milpitas Library and the Santa Clara County Library District were honored at the California Library Association annual conference in Long Beach, California on Monday, November 4, 2013.

ÒOur Library District is very fortunate to count on so many friends for support, and Mayor Esteves has been a true champion for the Milpitas Library,Ó said Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. ÒThis is well-deserved recognition for his commitment through the years.Ó

CPLA recognized Mayor Esteves for eleven years of unwavering support for the Milpitas Library and the Santa Clara County Library District. Mr. Esteves was the Mayor of Milpitas from 2002-2008, and has served in this position since 2010. Beginning in 2002, Mayor Esteves was instrumental in overseeing the funding and construction of a new library in Milpitas, which was completed in 2009.

In 2008, the Filipino Memorial Project began raising public awareness about the role Filipino Americans played during the 1960s Labor Movement. Early on, Mayor Esteves recognized the significance and importance of this project, and was an avid supporter. ÒWhen people view this mural, they will have conversations about thefact that the brave leaders depicted in it pioneered and initiated labor struggles to benefitallfarm workers,Ó Mayor Esteves had noted.

The Filipino Memorial Project was completed earlier this year. The mural is featured in a prominent location at the Milpitas Library, where it will inform and educate the public for years to come. The unveiling of the Filipino Memorial Project was held at the Milpitas Library on October 12, 2013. Mayor Esteves, along with other state and local dignitaries, and community leaders celebrated this noteworthy achievement.

ÒThis honor provides even more encouragement for me to continually and strongly advocate for our libraries,Ó said Esteves upon receiving this prestigious award from CPLA. ÒI also want to recognize those individuals that work for the Santa Clara County Library District; their service to our communities should be commended.Ó

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