Planning consultant Bob Scott is the winner of the annual Fernando Award for volunteerism and leadership in the San Fernando Valley, it was announced Friday evening.
"It is the most distinguished award someone can get for volunteer service in the Valley," said Pat Kramer, spokeswoman for the Fernando Award Foundation, which has bestowed the tribute every year since 1958.
Scott, whose Calabasas company CivicCenter Group examines public policy and planning issues, was a founding chairman of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. He served 10 years on the Los Angeles Planning Commission and chaired the Valley Transportation Committee. He has been active in local charities and about 50 community organizations for the last 30 years, Kramer said.
Scott was among five nominees honored during a banquet at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills attended by 400 people, including Mayor James K. Hahn. The othes nominees were Stanley E. Bryant, Jill Banks Barad, William F. Powers Jr. and J. Richard Leyner.
Bryant, owner of an insurance firm, has been active in community programs aiding the developmentally disabled.
Barad, a political consultant, has volunteered her time for more than 30 years on projects to improve schools, services for the elderly and conditions on Skid Row.
Powers, a real estate broker, is known for spearheading youth causes such as holiday toy drives and scholarships.
Leyner, vice president of a commercial real estate firm, has been a fund-raiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles and is a former chairman of the United Chambers of Commerce.
The recipient is selected by the foundation board, past winners, area chambers of commerce and foundation sponsors.