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.



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