|Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. Abdul Mohamed also competed in the Citizen of the Year category. Both were recognized by State Senator Marty Block for the work the Mid-City CAN Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum Team has done. Mid-City CAN photo|
Several San Diego organizations recognized Mid-City CAN resident leaders and its advocacy work in late October. Circulate San Diego named Mid-City CAN resident leader Maria Cortez Citizen of the Year at its gala on Oct. 22. SDX, formerly known as San Diego Ad Club, named Mid-City CAN the Multi-Cultural Marketing Visionary Brand of the Year at its Brand Diego awards on Oct. 23.
Cortez, who is also co-chair of the Improving Transportation in City Heights Momentum Team, said she was gratified by the award but tries to keep her perspective.
"I don't do it to get awards," she said, while talking about her 35 years of advocating for transportation improvements in City Heights. "My award is seeing the community of City Heights getting what we fully deserve and what we need."