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St. Paul’s Villa is one of the facilities of St. Paul’s Senior Services that benefited from Phil Klauber’s philanthropy.

Longtime Donor to St. Paul’s Senior Services

Leaves Legacy of Hard Work and $200,000

For more than 30 years, Phil Klauber worked as a board member and donor to St. Paul’s Senior Services, the San Diego nonprofit that operates a number of senior care facilities in the region.

Phil Klauber (1915-2014)

Phil Klauber (1915-2014)

“Phil’s service to our mission spurred our growth to become a prominent leader in senior care,” said St. Paul’s CEO, Cheryl Wilson. “His care and diligence as a board member was a delight.”

Klauber’s daughter, Janet Klauber, has fond memories of how her father shaped St. Paul’s. “Dad wanted to ensure that future funding was available for organizations he believed in,” said Janet.

Klauber, who died in 2014,  cemented his legacy to St. Paul’s with a $200,000 estate donation through the San Diego Foundation to be gifted to St. Paul’s.

“This planned gift to St. Paul’s is a prime example of his philanthropic vision and leadership,” said Janet Klauber.

Klauber’s philanthropy touched many of the programs of St. Paul’s, including the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and St. Paul’s Villa. PACE serves low-income, frail seniors in their homes through comprehensive health and social services. Located in Bankers Hill, the Villa is home to 125 seniors in need of assisted living and memory support.

“Phil’s endowment is really an investment in the future of senior care in our community,” says Todd Kaprielian, executive director of St. Paul’s Foundation. “I think of those original visionaries who donated to St. Paul’s Manor back in 1962. A gift of $100 to serve 64 residents is now paying out dividends as we serve over 850 persons every day. I can only imagine how many lives Phil’s generosity and legacy will touch in the years to come.”

St. Paul’s Senior Services has been serving seniors in the San Diego community for 55 years and include PACE located in Chula Vista and Downtown, residential communities in Bankers Hill including Memory Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Independent Living, with a new assisted living community to open this summer in Chula Vista. The Senior Day/childcare Intergenerational Program is also located in the Bankers Hill area.

 

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

$6 Million Gift to Birch Aquarium

Will Fund Education Program

Because of their passion for changing the way education is delivered to students living in underserved areas, Robert and Allison Price, through Price Philanthropies, have donated $6 million to UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“One of the real shortcomings for children in communities like City Heights and other areas is the lack of opportunity to have exposure to cultural institutions as well as museums and science resources,” said Robert Price, who with his wife Allison leads Price Philanthropies, a private family foundation.

The gift will establish the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, an education outreach program in ocean and earth science. The program will expand access to the aquarium’s current outreach programs and support development of an innovative new education program for students throughout San Diego County.

It is the largest gift made to Birch Aquarium since the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation (headed by Patrick and Rose Patek of San Diego) gave $6 million in 1986 to fund a new 31,000- square-foot aquarium and ocean science center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“Our primary interest in our philanthropy is supporting families, and particularly youth, in disadvantaged or challenged communities,” Price said. “So the gift is really intended to make it possible for children to take advantage of this wonderful Birch Aquarium resource, hopefully to become excited about marine biology and protecting the environment … and get a bigger picture of the world.”

Allison Price added, “Children are the future stewards of our land and our oceans. The more educated our young people are, the better chance we have of maintaining our environment. You never know who’s going to be the next scientist that’s going to discover something. It makes us feel so good to see young people getting excited. It’s worth so much just to see their faces, and see the excitement.”

Joint Task Force Formed to Improve

Safety of Metropolitan Transit System

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has formed a new joint task force with five agencies to improve safety and security for San Diego’s transit system through a $1 million federal grant.

Working alongside MTS security personnel will be officers from the Sheriff’s Department and police departments from San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon and La Mesa.

The grant is from the federal Transportation Security Grant Program through the Department of Homeland Security.

The task force will operate as a mix of plainclothes and uniformed officers using unmarked and marked vehicles. Task force members will conduct fare inspections, look for suspicious activity and help ensure a safe environment for passengers.

“Having highly visible law enforcement officers will be a strong deterrent to inappropriate conduct, as well as criminal activity,” said MTS Chief of Police Bill Burke.

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday more than 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services. For more information on how you can use public transportation and save money, go to www.sdmts.com.

Faulconer Proposes Reforms

In Capital Improvement Projects

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday proposed a series of reforms in the way contracts for San Diego’s capital improvement projects — like road repairs — are issued by the city, in order to meet his goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets in the next five years.

Faulconer said he wants 300 miles of roadways to be fixed in the fiscal year that begins July 1, double that of last year. He said road repair is his top infrastructure priority.

“We’re doubling the amount of street repair we do annually as we tackle head-on what is the number one complaint of San Diegans,” Faulconer said. “It’s also paramount that we make significant changes to the city’s infrastructure program so that projects are done faster and taxpayer money is spent more efficiently.”

His proposed reforms include:

• Accepting bids online, which will reduce errors made while filling out forms.

• Digitizing the paperwork required to execute a contract, which city officials said could save $1 million annually.

• Streamlining environmental reviews for small projects.

• Combining small public works contracts into larger agreements to harness economies of scale and avoid duplication.

• Finishing underground projects with repaving instead of only applying slurry seal.

• Allowing for money slated for one project to be moved to another that’s moving faster toward becoming “shovel ready.”

— City News Service

MiraCosta College Launches News Center

Citing the shrinking pool of traditional news outlets, MiraCosta College has jumped into the water by launching its own “online news” website.

The Oceanside-based school follows the trail blazed by other local schools, including public-relations sites at San Diego State University and UC San Diego They also label themselves “News Centers.”

The new website —at miracosta.edu/news — highlights college news, events, award-winning publications and features links to the college social media directory, media assets, press clips and featured students and staff.

“As news industry has changed and local coverage has shrunk, organizations must be both content producers and content providers,” said Cheryl Broom, director of public and governmental relations, marketing and communications. “This is why we built this site — to ensure the community can continue to receive up-to-date information about the college.”

MiraCosta officials say the new site is designed to entice visitors to “explore” and encourage them to learn more about the college.

The center was created by the MiraCosta College Public Information Office in collaboration with Academic Information Services and launched in mid-February. The site is viewable through multiple platforms including desktop, tablet and smartphone.

Times of San Diego

Villa L’Auberge

Villa L’Auberge

Villa L’Auberge Awarded RCI

Gold Crown Resort Designation

DEL MAR — Villa L’Auberge announced that it has earned the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort designation by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

A select number of RCI affiliated resorts meet RCI’s requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. These resorts have attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality, and member experience ratings as measured by RCI.

David Brown, co-president  of Grand Pacific Resorts, the resort management company for Villa L’Auberge, commended the resort saying, “RCI has confirmed what we already knew — that the team at Villa L’Auberge is one of the best in the industry. From the warm welcome you receive at check-in to the rich activities program, our associates in Del Mar are going above and beyond to deliver memorable moments to our owners and guests.”

 

Photos from 2001 and 2014 show how Cal State San Marcos has grown. Courtesy of the university’s Facebook page

Photos from 2001 and 2014 show how Cal State San Marcos has grown. Courtesy of the university’s Facebook page

Aerial Photos Show

Cal State San Marcos’ Dramatic Growth

Aerial photos from 2001 and 2014 show how California State University San Marcos has grown in North San Diego County.

The photos, posted on the university’s Facebook page  Thursday, show a largely vacant site in 2001 that is now covered with educational buildings.

The university was the 20th campus to be established in the California State University system and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

More than 12,000 students attend the 304-acre, state-of-the-art in the foothills of San Marcos.

Personnel Announcements

Deane Manning, 63, of Fallbrook, has been reappointed by Gov. Brown to the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, where he has served since 2011. Manning has been a hearing aid dispenser at Superior Hearing Aid Service since 2012, where he was owner from 1997 to 2012. He was general manager at Destination Hotels from 1994 to 1996 and general manager and director of golf operations at JC Resorts from 1986 to 1994. Manning is a member of the International Hearing Society. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Manning is a Republican.

 

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