Vol. 6, Issue 31, August 1-7, 2008

By Jonathan Volzke

Phil Schwartze and  Kathy Holman were chosen by a committee of past winners of the award

Stables owner Kathy Holman and former Mayor Phil Schwartze have been honored as Woman of the Year and Man of the Year for 2008, with Independence Bank in Marbella Plaza picking up Business of the Year accolades.

The awards were announced earlier this month during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation dinner at El Adobe de Capistrano. Chamber volunteer Steve Freygang was also singled out for his tireless efforts on behalf of the business community.

As customary, Holman and Schwartze were chosen by a committee of past winners of the award. The Chamber of Commerce board of directors selects the Business of the Year.

Holman owns Ortega Equestrian Center off Calle Arroyo, and is involved in numerous charitable activities. She and the 4-H Rangers at the stables joined the city to launch a horseshoe recycling program and recently made a donation to an Orange County Fire Authority canine program. Holman also supplied about 20 horses for riders on the recent open space trail ride, as well as mounted guides.

Schwartze, an urban planner, served on the City Council for 12 years. He was first elected in 1978, when population was just more than 17,000; he served until 1990, when the population was more than 26,000. That was also the year voters passed the city’s first open space bond. Schwartze was also instrumental in a battle to keep the western ridgelines above the city undeveloped. More recently, he was a board member for Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort.


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