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Daily Business Report-Sept. 6, 2017

Daily Business Report-Sept. 6, 2017

Rendering of the 23-story residential tower. (Courtesy of Westfield)

Westfield Starts Construction on

New 23-Story Residential Tower

Opening set for 2019 in UTC

Westfield has started construction on a new 23-story residential tower located on UTC’s southwest corner at the intersection of Nobel Drive and Lombard Place. Scheduled to open to residents in 2019, the tower will hold 300 modern apartment homes —one- bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units.

The tower will also include:

  • A landscaped one-half acre pool and amenity deck with junior Olympic- size pool and relaxing spa, outdoor kitchens, grills, cabanas, lounges, and fire pits.
  • A high-end “sky lounge” on the 23rd floor with 360-degree views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes. The lounge offers private dining, top-shelf bar, and outdoor decks with fire tables.
  • A casual clubroom on the third floor featuring indoor / outdoor entertaining space, access to outdoor and catering kitchens, as well as a media room, sports lounge and billiards.
  • Fitness center with Matrix brand equipment, outdoor fitness deck, yoga and spin classes, steam rooms and spa.
  • Library, private workspace and conference room facilities equipped with top of the line audio/visual and IT infrastructure.
  • 24/7 concierge services along with private underground parking.

The beginning of construction on the tower comes as the culmination of a five-year planning effort undertaken between Westfield and Greystar, the largest operator of apartments in the United States. In addition to serving as development and construction advisers on the project, Greystar will professionally manage the community once the tower opens to residents.

Future residents of the tower will have access to all of the dining, shopping and other amenities available at Westfield UTC, which will complete the next phase of its renovation this fall.


 Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

Cal State San Marcos Hosts

Women’s Leadership Forum

Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 ACE Women’s Leadership Forum hosted by Cal State San Marcos on Friday, Oct. 13. The theme for the event is “Moving the Needle Toward Change.”

CSUSM President Karen Haynes is the Presidential Sponsor for the event and will participate in the forum’s Presidential Panel, which will be moderated by CSUSM Vice President for Community Engagement Patricia Prado-Olmos. Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson and Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake have also been confirmed as Presidential Panel participants.

Tickets are $109 if purchased by Sept. 14 and $139 after that date. For an additional $20, participants can attend a private reception hosted by Haynes at CSUSM’s McMahan House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Shlain has received more than 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being named “one of the women shaping the 21st Century” by Newsweek. She has premiered four films at the Sundance Film Festival, including her acclaimed feature documentary “Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology.” The U.S. State Department has also selected four of Shlain’s films to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for its American Film Showcase.

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Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego

Fifth Best University in the World

UC San Diego has netted the No. 5 spot in the Times Higher Education ranking of the globe’s best public universities. The campus was named 31st overall among universities worldwide and the nation’s 20th best college based on quality of teaching, knowledge transfer, international outlook and research influence.

The annual report by the Times takes into account a variety of indicators. UC San Diego was able to climb 10 spots in the overall international rankings this year because of three research metrics: reputation, income and output. In addition, the campus ranked higher due to a rise in the amount of industry income it received per staff.


Sara Vogel (Photo by Joe Kendall/The Daily Aztec)

Sara Vogel (Photo by Joe Kendall/The Daily Aztec) 

SDSU Creates New Title IX Position

By Jasmine Bermudez | The Daily Aztec

Sara Vogel, former Cal State San Marcos associate director of residence life, has joined San Diego State University’s Title IX team  as the new Title IX and student conduct investigator.
SDSU Title IX Coordinator Jessica Rentto said the new position was created because additional time and expertise was needed to focus on students seeking Title IX resources.
“Over the past few years, I think due in part to the increased dialogue nationwide about issues of sexual violence on college campuses, we have seen a lot more people who are aware of the issue and so more people are coming forward and seeking resources,” Rentto said.
She said Vogel’s position allows sexual assault complaints by students to be addressed by one individual who can provide additional time to support prevention and outreach efforts.
Faculty and staff ultimately report to her regarding Title IX complaints, and she reaches out to students to check in with them.

Students are also able to visit her office to get more information on the rights and options they have based on the California State University system’s executive orders.

Vogel will connect with the sexual assault victims and their professors if they need academic accommodation. If victims decide to take it into an investigation, she speaks with all people involved.
“Ultimately, I make sure that they have what they need,” Vogel said.
Rentto said Vogel was hired because she demonstrated a devotion to serving students and their education.
“Her commitment on student development and student success was evident and she demonstrated it through her prior professional experiences,” said Rentto.
Vogel is a graduate of University of the Pacific, where she worked as a resident advisor. She went to graduate school in Florida and transferred to North Carolina State, where she earned a master’s degree of education in counseling and student development.
Since moving to San Diego in 2013, Vogel has dealt mainly with on-campus residential life. She was UC San Diego’s assistant director of Residence Life before working at CSU San Marcos.
Former Interim Director at CSU San Marcos John Capaccio said Vogel was an amazing colleague. “She is very insightful and has a ‘get it done’ type of attitude,” he said. “She looks at the big picture and her strength was making connections with the intent of collaborating.”
Vogel said she hopes to continue to streamline services for SDSU’s Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. “I want more and more students to know about us through orientation, advocacy across campus and a strong online presence,” Vogel said. “This material can be really tough to understand but we are making it easier to access.”
Vogel said she encourages students to reach out to her and know that there are people who want to help them. “I am excited to be here,” Vogel said. “I am really happy that this position was created in that we can outreach and positively affect the community here at SDSU.”
This article originally appeared in The Daily Aztec..


Former United Way Executive Chosen

to Lead Susan G. Komen San Diego

Shaina Gross

Shaina Gross

Susan G. Komen San Diego has appointed Shaina Gross, a former executive with United Way of San Diego, as its new president and CEO. Gross, who spent 11 years at United Way, was selected after a national search to succeed Laura Farmer Sherman, Komen San Diego’s president and CEO for over a decade. Gross will lead the organization in its goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

Gross holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career working in the areas of women’s health and health access for low-income communities. As senior vice president and chief impact officer at United Way of San Diego, Gross demonstrated philanthropic l
adership by convening nonprofits, businesses, and the government to create change for underserved populations.

Gross conducted a number of community assessments, and has led United Way’s grant making programs of up to $2 million annually.

Farmer Sherman, breast cancer survivor and top fundraiser for the organization will stay on in an advisory role to ensure a seamless transition until her reti,rement on Dec. 31, 2017.


National Conflict Resolution Center

Receives $50,000 Gift to Assist At-Risk Youth

The Gerald T. and Inez Grant Parker Foundation has made a $50,000 pledge toward the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative to help at-risk youth out of the juvenile justice system. The award includes a $30,000 outright gift and a $20,000 one-for-one challenge matching grant. To meet that fundraising challenge, NCRC will turn to “THE 100,” a new coalition of leaders from San Diego’s legal community who support NCRC’s restorative justice and community building efforts. Members of the local community can donate to NCRC by calling (619) 238-2400 or visiting


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