Who’s News: 4/2/21 – The Coast News Group
BOTANICAL GARDEN HONORED
The San Diego Botanic Garden is honored to be named a 2020 winner of the prestigious environmental award program of the City of Encinitas Environment Commission. The city of Encinitas recognized the SDBG for its excellent environmental stewardship with non-profit organizations and stated that the garden is “the pre-eminent plant protection institute in the region and one of the most important botanical gardens in the country”.
BASICS OF THE YEAR
Jason Wexler of Grauer School, Kourosh Sadr and Payton Rosen of Canyon Crest Academy were named the prestigious San Diego-Hawaii Student of the Year and Woman of the Year, raising $ 119,607 for Leukemia & Lymphoma – Society – although this meant running a completely virtual campaign.
GRANT FOR NEW VILLAGE
New Village Arts, a performing arts theater that performs musical and dramatic productions by a local ensemble group at 2787 State St, Carlsbad, was awarded US $ 15,000 for our upcoming world premiere of Desert Rock Garden. Dollars awarded for scholarships for art projects. by Roy Sekigahama. This project is one of the projects that were selected in this first funding round of the 2021 financial year in the funding category “Grants for Art Projects”.
• Evita Woolsey of Encinitas, a student at the University of Iowa, was honored in 2020 for her continued advancement in research, science and innovation.
• Students who received the Dean’s Award with Honors at Colgate University included Caneel Young of Rancho Santa Fe, Gabriella Pacula of San Diego, Fabrizio Herrera Alfaro of Oceanside, and Reagan Whittle of Encinitas.
• Kyle Manwaring from Karlovy Vary was recently accepted into the Phi Kappa Phi Society of Honor.
• Lehigh University added Angela Ding of Rancho Santa Fe and Heidi Shen of San Diego to their deans list in fall 2020.
CLUB HELPS HOMELESS
The Icebreakers Club at San Dieguito Academy High School is taking a final step in its latest fundraiser to support International Women’s Month. They collect tampons and pads for the unsafe groceries and shelters of San Diego and Encinitas. If you want to support these generous students in their solidarity with the homeless community, consider sending a box of tampons or pads through this link. Amazon.com/registries/custom/WOHLTBCBJSD9/guest-view.
NEW FACE ON COAT OF ARMS
Crest ‘Backyard’ Homes welcomes project manager Lenska Bracknell. With decades of investment, construction, and real estate experience, Bracknell is ready, willing, and able to put on a tool belt, jump in the trenches, and get your hands dirty. She understands every aspect of the design and construction process from the ground up. Bracknell can cover any project, assist with planning, approval and the construction process right through to certification of ownership. As a licensed fixed wing and drone pilot, she has recorded hundreds of real estate advertisements and construction projects from conception to completion via video and photo.
GAIN WATER AREA
The Vallecitos Water District recently received two awards for its innovative use of technology to reduce algal blooms in the Mahr Reservoir. VWD received the national “Excellence in Action” award from the WateReuse Association and the state award “Innovation and Resiliency” from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.
LOCAL GUIDE P2K
The newest board member of Promises2Kids is Mia Park. Park is based in Encinitas, raised in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and attended UCLA for a degree in music. She helped kick-start the career of Grammy-winning rock act Switchfoot and became their daily manager. Park also serves on the Board of Directors of The Country Friends and has also helped organize galas for Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Kids Korps USA, and Shelter to Soldier.
YACHT CLUB YOUTH GRANT
Oceanside Yacht Club members received a scholarship from Newport Beach, West Marine to the Oceanside Yacht Club Youth Foundation, an organization that supports groups that educate children about the maritime world. The Oceanside Yacht Club Youth Foundation can use this scholarship for anything they need – educational programs, staff maintenance, new equipment, and more.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Soroptimist International is launching its one-year fundraiser, “$ 100 for 100 Years” inviting supporters and businesses to donate $ 100 ($ 1 for each year) by inviting Buy square in their online Giving Grid. Donate at soroptimistvista.org/100-for-100-years-fundraiser/.
GRANT FOR CSUSMUS
Cal State San Marcos has received a US $ 250,000 grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation to further expand the Innovation Hub, which was launched last spring. The gift is the first CSUSM received from the Conrad Prebys Foundation.
SCHOOL RECEIVES CAMERAS
The Vista Student Center at Springs Charter Schools in Vista received a technological boost with the addition of Owl-branded cameras with 360-degree cameras, microphones, and speakers in each of its classrooms to enhance distance learning.
SANDAG SAVES MONEY
SANDAG successfully refinanced its Series A bonds at lower interest rates in 2014, saving the region and taxpayers in savings of more than $ 22 million. At the same time, new bonds were issued to support projects under the TransNet Major Corridors program. SANDAG, serving as the San Diego County Regional Transportation Commission, evaluated the 2021 Series A Taxable Bonds for a total notional amount of $ 149.84 million at a total interest rate of 2.21% and the 2021 Series B Tax Free 2021 Bonds for a total notional amount of $ 116.15 million at a total rate of 2.71% resulting in a total of $ 130.4 million in project funding.