CLUB GETS STREAM SUPPORT
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received $5,000 in funding from San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE) to support the STREAMing Ahead program during the summer. This program is designed to develop a greater interest and appreciation for the world of science, technology, research, engineering, the arts, and math (STREAM) in the lives of BGCO campers. The grant will enhance STREAMing Ahead with educational field trips and engagements with collaborating organizations.
HILTON EARNS TRAVEL AWARDS
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is kicking off the summer season with a trio of awards from Trip Advisor travel reviews. The resort was honored with both the Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels Award and the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The hotel’s neighboring Carlsbad State Beach also was recently recognized by the travel site as one of the top three beaches in San Diego County.
NEW PALOMAR PRESIDENT
Joi Lin Blake was sworn in as Palomar College’s 10th Superintendent/President at the College’s July 12 Governing Board meeting. Blake began in her new position on July 11, coming to Palomar from the College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District. She has 30 years of progressive administrative and leadership experience, has formerly served as a tenured Professor/Counselor. Blake replaced Adrian Gonzales, who was appointed as interim superintendent/president when former Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan retired in June, 2015. Gonzales returned to his previous position as Vice President, Student Services.
FACE MAKES 1,500TH SAVE
In July, a Spaniel-Retriever mix, named Emma, fell ill unexpectedly and Pet Emergency and Specialty Center determined that she had a life-threatening infection of the uterus in unspayed female animals. Emergency surgery was needed to save Emma’s life, but the cost was unaffordable for her owner. Emma was able to get her surgery thanks to the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE), aiding pet owners who cannot afford veterinary care. Emma marks the Foundation’s 1,500th life saved, which coincides with its 10 -year anniversary.
VOTE FOR VETERAN’S DISABILITY
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voted for legislation to increase veterans’ disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 (H.R. 5588) passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support. The bill would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and the clothing allowance for veterans based on the rising cost of living. Under the legislation, the cost-of-living adjustment will be equal to the amount of the adjustment given to Social Security recipients and determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index on a yearly basis. The alteration would take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
COLLEGE EARNS OUTDOOR CREDENTIALS
MiraCosta College’s Child Development Center earned the official designation as an Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site for its focus on teaching preschoolers in an outdoor classroom setting. The designation comes from The Outdoor Classroom Project, an initiative begun in 2003 by the Child Educational Center. Teachers took part in training on how to use the outdoors as a true learning center and a team from the organization evaluated the program. Training included lessons on the components of an outdoor classroom, lessons on the natural environment, and lessons on the philosophy of outdoor learning.
Palomar Health’s financial picture received a salute from two major bond credit rating services — Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings. Fitch has reaffirmed Palomar Health’s Revenue Bonds at BB+ with a stable outlook. Moody’s has upgraded Palomar Health’s outlook to stable on both the district’s Revenue Bonds and its General Obligation Bonds, while affirming its Revenue Bond Rating of Ba1 and its General Obligation Bond rating of A2.