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Lane named Woman of the Year

San Ramon Valley advocate honored as year's best in 7th Senatorial District

Longtime San Ramon Valley public servant and community activist Beverly Lane was honored as the 7th State Senatorial District's Woman of the Year at a ceremony in Danville earlier this month.

Lane, who currently sits on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors, has remained dedicated to giving back to her community in a variety of ways, including serving three years as mayor of Danville, leading local historical organizations and helping spearhead the Iron Horse Regional Trail effort.

"Her public service has been rooted in environmental activism -- she got her start walking door-to-door to support the creation of the California Coastal Commission," State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said in announcing the award.

"She has been an ardent advocate for expanding parks and preserving local history. Beverly has been key in making the San Ramon Valley such a vibrant community," he added.

Lane was a member of the Danville's first town council after the town's incorporation, serving from 1982 to 1993. She also chaired the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority in 1988 and was president of California Elected Women in 1992-93.

Elected to the EBRPD board in 1994, Lane represents the district's sixth ward, which includes Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Blackhawk, Clayton, Concord, Diablo, Pleasant Hill, Tassajara and part of Walnut Creek.

As an EBRPD director, she has focused on enhancing, expanding and promoting East Bay regional parks and trails. She led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail and Sycamore Valley Open Space.

Lane is also a published author, columnist and curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in downtown Danville. She has been president of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the Contra Costa County Historical Society and the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House.

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