2010 Scorecard: La Jollans accomplished a lot in past year

Here’s a quick look at what those the Light kept an eye on in the past year accomplished.

Josh Billauer

, a 1998 UCSD grad now with Bryan-Billauer-Kozp Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in La Jolla, co-founded Life Rolls On, a nonprofit supporting an adaptive surfing program after a surfing accident left his brother a quadriplegic.

Billauer said the group thrived this past year.

“We merged with the Christopher Reeve Foundation though we continue to operate as a subsidiary and the West Coast headquarters of the joint foundation,” he said.

The group also added a new feature to its programming. “We started using surfing as a tool for our program and, in 2010, we added the first-ever wheelchair skateboarding program in which some of the same people in our adaptive surfing program participated,” he said. “In 2011, we’re actually going to have a wheelchair skateboard contest with actual prize money put up by a sponsor.”

Hugh Davies

, the David C. Copley Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, said the museum accomplished the “goal to continue a tradition of innovation with our programming … through a broad menu of exhibitions.”

In La Jolla MCASD focused on homegrown talent in the group show,”Here Not There: San Diego Art Now” that featured more than 50 emerging artists and examined the current state of art-making in our region. In addition, the museum hosted “Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective,” featuring the work of San Diegan Kim MacConnel.

Other efforts included commission work by four young artists working in a wide range of media and hosting a traveling exhibit at the downtown location by Tara Donovan.

MCASD took on what he called “a very different undertaking: ‘Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape’ … the first international museum exhibition of street art in the U.S.

Davies added, “It’s not just about the art inside the museum, but also the people in the community around us. During an incredibly difficult financial moment, we are deeply indebted to our extremely generous trustees, donors and members, who helped us not only keep the doors open but also offer a robust menu of exhibitions and programs…

All of this bodes well for the future, and we are optimistic as we head into 2011 and beyond.

Tom Jackiewicz

, who a year ago had just come on as CEO of the UCSD Health System, says he gives his senior management team “a solid “A” for 2010. “

The year started off which what he called “a transformational gift from Joan and Irwin Jacobs and family — $75 million to help us build a new medical center in La Jolla — that will truly change how health care is delivered in the San Diego region.”

In May, the system received a $15 million grant, one of only 15 “Beacon Community” grants nationwide, to lead a partnership of community health care providers in a collaborative effort aimed at improving patient care, safety and efficiency through use of novel information technology.

Then in July, they received $37.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand the Clinical and Translational Research Institute. As a result, they will be part of what Jackiewiczc labeled “an elite consortium of institutions … dedicated to improving biomedical research and transforming discoveries into effective treatments for patients.”

The key word for the year, he added, is “transformative.”

Ron Jones

, known as the “voice of La Jolla” for emceeing events like the Motor Car Classic at the Cove and the Village pet parade, started the year as executive director at The Riford Center but left there at midyear. Now president-elect of the La Jolla Rotary, he’s also active in Greater La Jolla Meals On Wheels face the challenges of a tough economy.

Listen for him throughout the year and watch for his leadership as he takes over the Rotary gavel in July.

Jay Kopelman

: With the war effort continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, support services are needed more than ever for children, spouses and widows/widowers of overseas servicemen. Enter ex-Marine and author Jay Kopelman, a La Jollan who began Little Warriors. The surf camp benefits military children and is an outgrowth of Freedom is Not Free, an organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members, their families and the families of the fatally wounded.

This past year the surf camp drew 100 children each of the two days and every family went home with a surf board.

Kopelman said the group held its inaugural golf tournament benefiting Freedom Is Not Free this year.

“We netted $50,000 in donations from that,” he said adding in 2011 the organization has a new fundraising venture, sale of America’s Heroes Calendars, featuring veterans from all military branches.

As president of the La Jolla Community Planning Association,

Joe LaCava

proved to be a voice of moderation during an extraordinarily busy year for land-use interests in the Jewel.

Under his watch, the planning group led a successful challenge to the Whitney mixed-use project in La Jolla Shores that sent the project back for further environmental review. The board also appealed the Children’s Pool year-round rope barrier.

LaCava cites the actions as examples of how “grass roots democracy” is flourishing under First District Councilwoman Sherri Lightner.

But grass-roots democracy is a slow and deliberative process that he said has resulted in efforts such as Torrey Pines Corridor improvements, including bluff stabilization, taking years to complete.

We haven’t heard the last of LaCava.

Tim Lucas

has been spearheading an update of the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance (PDO) that governs commercial and residential development, a document which hasn’t been revamped since 1975. He’s at the forefront of a small group of concerned citizens who are tackling the refinement.

Now studying how other California coastal communities like Del Mar and Carmel have restructured and updated their ordinancess, committee members are also painstakingly combing over past Shores land-use planning documentation attempting to consider all relevant community planning issues, like floor area ratios affecting density, which might impact future development.

The goal and long-range vision of Shores PDO revision: To prevent mansionization and preserve the small-town village character of the oceanfront neighborhood. Lucas is sure to stay in the mix.

Michael S. Rosenberg

: The managing director of the La Jolla Playhouse enjoyed a very productive year in his first full season in his new role. In March, he oversaw the institution's most successful annual gala, honoring Joan and Irwin Jacobs; in June he joined Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley at the 2010 Tony Awards to see the Playhouse-bred musical Memphis take home the statue for Best Musical.

Throughout the year he established a series of community partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations for each production, such as Playwrights Project, Sushi Performing and Visual Arts, San Diego Youth Symphony and the Alliance for African Assistance.

Additionally, Rosenberg worked with Ashley on producing three more Playhouse world premieres as part of the 2010/11 season, including “Little Miss Sunshine” by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn which begins previews in February.

He also celebrated the Playhouse being the recipient of a $900,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation to help fund the theater's innovative WithOut Walls program.

Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

: Memorable moments in 2010 for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus began in January with the 50th Anniversary Young Artists Concert, celebrating 50 years of competition with alumni musicians representing four decades of winners returning to La Jolla.

Audiences were delighted in February as pipa (Chinese lute) player Wu Man was joined by conductor Steven Schick on bongo for an impromptu “jam” as an encore to her concert performance.

In June, Benjamin Britten’s massive orchestra and choral work, “War Requiem,” received its San Diego premiere in a performance that required two conductors — Steven Schick and choral director David Chase — two orchestras, soloists, and chorus.

The fall concert season began in October with a light show inspired by the rock scene of the 1960s, projected on and above the orchestra and guest artist pianist Noriko Kawai, in a performance of Scriabin’s Prometheus.

And after an absence from San Diego concert halls of more than 20 years, Beethoven’s profound masterpiece Missa Solemnis was performed to sold-out crowds on Dec. 4-5.

Tresha Souza

: A Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church parishioner, Souza continued to advance in incremental steps toward her ultimate goal of creating a regional coastal homeless center serving the basic and rehabilitative needs of those out on the streets.

Souza has helped sponsor regular dinners and Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday celebrations at local parish churches collecting necessities like food and clothing for the less fortunate. She has created a nonprofit organization, So Others May Eat Inc., which recently began selling its own water bottle label and logo as a fundraiser.

“We have T-shirts, bottled water and getting licensed as a recycling company in the works so we can have revenues to fund and maintain the cost of a (homeless) building,” Souza said.



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