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Cathleen Galgiani speaks at Lathrop Chamber awards dinner on April 20
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LATHROP — The Lathrop District Chamber of Commerce is conducting is business recognition and installation dinner on Friday, April 20.

It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Chez Shari on the second floor of the Manteca Golf Course Clubhouse at 305 N. Union Road. The deadline to buy tickets is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Assembly member Cathleen Galgiani is the guest speaker.

Since her election to the State Assembly in 2006, she has worked to facilitate the fast-moving development of the nation’s first High-speed Rail project which will create 600,000 new jobs and put California’s economy on a fast-track to recovery. Galgiani also has worked to facilitate the creation and development of California’s newest University of California Campus, UC Merced, and is continuing her work to bring a “School of Medicine” to the campus.

She serves as Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

Galgiani authored AB 3034 which placed Proposition 1A, the California High-speed Train Bond Act of 2008 on the ballot. She worked with California’s Labor Community, the California Chamber, and the Sierra Club, in a collaborative effort to secure more than $3 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding for high-speed rail – more than twice the amount received by any other state. She is recognized in California and nationally as a major advocate, and has addressed national and International conferences on High-speed Rail as the transportation mode of the 21st Century.

Upon her election, Galgiani began working to persuade UC officials to start the planning stages for creating a “School of Medicine” at UC Merced. California is expected to have a shortage of 17,000 physicians by the year 2015. In the Fall of 2011, the first class of six medical students will enter the “UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME)” program. This first class will begin their medical education at UC Davis in August 2011, and clinical rotations in the Valley at partner institutions as early as 2013.

Tickets are $60 for dinner and entertainment. Dress is black tie optional.

Among the honorees are:

• River Islands as the Most Progressive Business of the Year.

• TJFIFF as the Most Supportive Business of the Year.

• Andy Kotecha as the Entrepreneur of the Year.

• Lathrop Lions as the Organization of the Year.

• Craig Heise as the Volunteer of the Year.

• Aldo Arila as the Board Member of the Year.

• Leanna McNabb as Ambassador of the Year.

• Norma Molina as Teacher of the Year.

For more information or tickets call the Lathrop Chamber at 858-4486.