SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has selected community activist and housing innovator, Elvina Beck, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2022 “Woman of the Year.”
Ms. Beck will receive the award in recognition of Women’s History Month. She will be honored along other admirable women from across California who also being recognized by their State legislators for their accomplishments and broader contributions to the State.
“Elvina Beck is an exemplary woman who approaches issues she cares deeply about – housing, homelessness, and food insecurity – with compassion, heart, and fresh ideas. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to uplift others and is very deserving of this recognition as Assembly District 50 Woman of the Year,” said Assemblymember Bloom.
Ms. Beck has been President of the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council for the last six years, founded shared housing communities across Los Angeles neighborhoods, and is a founding member of Hollywood Harvest, which has delivered free groceries to at-risk seniors since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hollywood Harvest raises funds from local government, utilizes upcycled vegetables, and with a pool of volunteers, bags and delivers 16 tons of food every Thursday to serve over 700 seniors.
“I am grateful to be named Woman of the Year from a California representative whom I respect so dearly. Richard Bloom and his team have showed up for our community time and time again; locally and in Sacramento,” remarked Ms. Beck. “As the last honoree under his term, I will continue to serve those in need to my highest capacity.”
The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblymember Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblymember Sally Turner (D) in response to the California Legislature’s lack of events and recognition for Women’s History Month. The now-annual event, sponsored by the Legislative Women’s Caucus, allows each State Senator and State Assemblymember to select one woman from their district to be honored for their achievements.