The sold-out Alonzo Awards will host more than 650 of San Diego's community leaders, including Mayor Jerry Sanders, for an evening to honor downtown San Diego's metamorphosis over the last 50 years.
Downtown San Diego Partnership President Kris Michell said the honorees for this historic half-century milestone bespeak a community dedicated to the prosperity and vitality of downtown.
“Our beautiful city thrives today because visionaries over the last 50 years believed in downtown San Diego's potential," Michell said. "The vital investment of time, money and brain power transformed our downtown from decades of decline to decades of boom."
The Alonzo Awards begins with a 5 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive in San Diego.
The 2012 Alonzo Awardees:
Alonzo Awards – The Alonzo Award is presented in recognition of those efforts that have contributed significantly to the enhancement and enrichment of downtown San Diego during the past year.
• Civic San Diego: Prior to the elimination of redevelopment, Mayor Jerry Sanders and CCDC Leadership came together to establish Civic San Diego to implement the long-term goals of CCDC, while exploring new economic development throughout the City of San Diego.
• Westin Gaslamp Quarter San Diego:. The Westin Gaslamp Quarter San Diego completed a $25 million renovation in June 2012 marking the start of the Horton Plaza revitalization. The first phase included a full eco-friendly redesign of all 450 guestrooms and suites, while the second phase of transformation tackles meeting and event spaces.
• McClintock Warehouse Loft: The historic McClintock Warehouse Lofts are the latest trend in urban living. Trilogy Real Estate Management, Inc. has spent the last 8 months and over 4.5 million dollars on the newly renovated building offering 40 new Live/Work Lofts and 15,000 square feet of commercial mixed-use space. Named after the original intent of the circa 1925 building, the McClintock Warehouse Lofts have gone to great measures to retain and expose the original concrete architectural elements and storage unit details which make for an interesting contrast to the modern minimal interior.
Chairman’s Award – Ron Fowler
The Chairman’s Award is presented at the discretion of the Downtown San Diego Partnership chairperson in recognition of exceptional service to the downtown community during the past year.
When Ron Fowler, a San Diegan since 1974, announced the sale of the San Diego Padres to the ownership group he controls, he stressed three priorities: winning, fan experience and community. He became the first locally-based control person and executive chairman of the Padres since founding owner C. Arnholdt Smith. Fowler was an owner of the San Diego Sockers, an indoor soccer team, on the tail end of its run of 10 championships in 11 years.
The Founders Award is presented in recognition of career-spanning visionary leadership in downtown San Diego.
• Joan and Irwin Jacobs: The Jacobs have donated their time and treasure to move many community projects forward. When the New Central Library lacked the funding necessary to break ground, the Jacobs’ contributed $20 million to the effort. They've also lead the charge on rebuilding Plaza de Panama and committed to raising $31 million of the $45 million necessary. Philanthropy aside, the Jacobs give time and voice to projects they believe will enhance the quality of life for our community.
• Jerry Navarra and Rob Lankford, East Village: Jerry Navarra and Rob Lankford have shown dedicated leadership and pioneering in their respective careers. Their collective experience sets a bold foundation for a visionary approach to the future revitalization of the upper east village neighborhood.
Lankford and Navarra care deeply about much more than a project or development, but rather leaving a legacy in East Village that will have a positive and meaningful impact for future generations and the region as a whole.
Vic Kops Humanitarian Award – IPS
The Vic Kops Humanitarian Award is presented in recognition of humanitarian efforts that have contributed significantly to downtown and the entire San Diego region.
For 15 years, IPS Group has manufactured state-of-the art parking technologies in San Diego. The design and engineering firm donated 25 of its low-power solar parking meters as part of the Downtown San Diego Partnership Foundation’s "Movin’ Home" campaign. The retail cost of the donation stations total more than $25,000. Proceeds from the IPS Group meters help fund move-in kits, job-interview resources and bus tickets home.
Sustainable Business Practices Award - The Alonzo for Sustainable Business Practices is awarded to a company, individual, building or program that has gone above and beyond local, state and federal regulations in creating best practices in sustainability.
• Navy Region Southwest: In fiscal year 2011, Naval Base San Diego listed more than eight significant environmental accomplishments including the construction of new facilities certified LEED Silver. The projects diverted more than 20,000 tons of solid construction and demolition waste, and reduced the amount of contamination flowing in San Diego Bay by collecting more than 32,000 pounds of floating trash and 30,000 pounds of land trash. Naval Base San Diego Recycling Center saves approximately 15 tons of solid waste daily, cutting removal fees by more than $500 a day. Additional steps have been made to educate engineers about tracking costs, resulting in savings of over $2 million in utility costs.
• Car2Go: Car2Go's zero-emission car sharing program makes a great fit for the City of San Diego's sustainable and clean technology goals by working hand-in-hand with the city's electric vehicle charging stations. With locations throughout downtown, this all-electric car sharing program offers a convenient, environmentally friendly alternative for mobility. As the pilot city, San Diegans enjoy the first all-electric car sharing program in North America. Because of this unique business model, Car2Go fills in the transit gaps making commuting hassle-free and affordable.
As the "Voice of Downtown," the Downtown San Diego Partnership aims to advance Downtown San Diego as the leading economic, cultural and governmental center of the region through leadership, advocacy and education. Learn more at www.downtownsandiego.org, Facebook or Twitter.