Cheers West Edition


Martha Ruben, a Los Angeles resident, will celebrate her 100th birthday Oct. 2 at the Ports O’ Call restaurant in San Pedro.

The soon-to-be centenarian says her secret to longevity is “loving God, and good clean living.”

Ruben, a widow since 1960, was born Oct. 3, 1916 in Winnsboro, Louisiana. She is the mother of 10 children and her family has grown to include 36 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, 44 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren.

Ruben, whose favorite TV shows are “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Young and the Restless,” enjoys eating out, going for rides and sightseeing, along with picnics with her family and church members.

Several national, state and local dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, sent letters and certificates of proclamation wishing Ruben a happy 100th birthday.

Maxwell Sinclair
Maxwell Sinclair


Maxwell Sinclair, executive vice president and chief compliance officer of Pacific Mercantile Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Wiley Center for Speech and Language Development. The center provides services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs.

With more than 23 years of experience in the banking industry, Sinclair has held various positions in compliance, audit and risk management.

Before working at Pacific Mercantile Bank, he served as vice president and compliance manager at Zions Bancorporation, a subsidiary of California Bank & Trust.

Sinclair is a graduate of class six of the African American Board Leadership Institute.


Compiled by Billie Jordan.


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