In this town, strike or no strike, it's awards season; so any comparison to the entertainment industry is convenient and understandable.

With the Fernando Award, that honor annually given to an outstanding volunteer in the San Fernando Valley, the allusion is easy to make for the new president of Fernando Award Foundation: "It's the Oscars of the Valley for civic involvement," said Bruce Ackerman, noting that because this is the 50th anniversary of the award, this year will be different...

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