Takano Legacy Fund Established to Honor Congressman-elect
A send-off event for Congressman-elect Mark Takano drew about 125 friends and supporters to the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties in December. Takano, who served on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees for 22 years, will represent the new 41st California Congressional District, which includes Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College. During his time as a board member, Takano was an avid supporter of the Center, which houses The Okubo Collection, an arts and humanities archive by noted Japanese American artist and RCC alumna Miné Okubo.
Joining him at the event were his parents and other family members and the guest speakers included Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, Moreno Valley Mayor Richard Stewart, Community College League of California CEO Scott Lay, and RCCD Trustee Mary Figueroa. Special messages from RCCD Chancellor Emeritus Salvatore Rotella and former U.S. Secretary Norm Mineta were read, and Takano was presented with his academic regalia, a formal resolution of appreciation from the RCCD Board of Trustees, and a commemorative photo display of some of Okubo’s paintings. Current RCCD Chancellor Gregory Gray presided over the evening.