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Good Times Article: Why the 30th Anniversary of the Disabilities Act Matters



This year the Commission on Disabilities presented Kudos Awards to five community members that have had a significant positive impact on the Santa Cruz County disabilities community. Additionally, we presented two Kudos Lifetime Achievement Awards postumously to the families of two community members who demonstrated a lifelong commitment to advancing the interests of people with disabilities. Awardees are as follows:

Ernestina Saldaña, Former Chair, Commission on Disabilities

Commission Chair John Daugherty presents a Kudos Award to former Commission Chair Ernestina Saldaña












Tom Blaich, Volunteer, Shared Adventures

Commission Chair, John Daugherty presents a Kudos Award to Volunteer Tom Blaich












Cece Pinheiro, Executive Director, Special Parents Information Network

Commission Vice Chair, David Molina, presents a Kudos Award to SPIN Executive Director, Cece Pinheiro

Masood Madani, Business Owner, Masood’s Liquor & Deli

Commission Vice Chair, David Molina, presents a Kudos Award to Ruth Madani, wife of business owner Masood Madani










Kevin McClish, Former Fire Chief, Boulder Creek Fire District

Commission Vice Chair, David Molina, presents a Kudos Award to Bob Locatelli, accepting the award on behalf of Former Fire Chief, Kevin McClish














Angelica Victoria, Former Intern, Commission on Disabilities

Commissioner Janet Crosse presents a Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award Angelica Victoria, accepted by her children Lily and Mitchell











Felipa De Leon, Former Commissioner, Commission on Disabilities

Commissioner Brenda Gutierrez Baeza presents a Kudos Lifetime Achievement Award to Former Commissioner Felipa De Leon, accepted by her family.













Nominations for our next Kudos Awards are accepted year-round!

If you know a local person, organization or program
that goes above and beyond to make accessibility a priority,
please nominate them for a Kudos Award! 

Click Here to download the nomination form.

Previous Awardees are listed here.

Thank you for your interest in the Commission on Disabilities. 

For more information, please contact the Commissions Office at
(831) 454-2772, TTY/TDD: 711 or email 


Commission Internship Opportunity!

If you are interested in applying for a Commission on Disabilities Internship, you can find out more about it at the Volunteer Initiative Program here


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Public Participation

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  • If you need special accommodations, please call 454-2935 or TDD: 711 (California Relay Service) at least 48 hours before the meeting.