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  California Preservation Foundation President's Award for "Legislator of the Year"
August 21, 2013

It has been announced that I will be the recipient of the California Preservation Foundation’s 2013 President’s Award for “Legislator of the Year” at the 2013 California Preservation Awards Gala Event on September 27 in San Francisco.

The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center will also receive a design award at the same event.

Although I am being named, the President’s Award really recognizes the dedication of Richmond City staff, especially Bill Lindsay, Richard Mitchell, Lina Velasco and Hector Rojas, and the support of the Richmond City Council, both past and present, to create a local preservation program recognized as perhaps the most successful in California. The hard working Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and Design Review Board have also made critical contributions to Richmond’s preservation successes.

In the past 15 years, Richmond went from a city with virtually no preservation program to being a recognized state leader in historic preservation. In the last few years, Richmond has reaped multiple state and national preservation awards for projects including East Brother Light Station rehabilitation, the Civic Center rehabilitation, the Plunge rehabilitation, the Ford Plant rehabilitation, Richmond Project Prism and the Heritage Homes Design Guidelines. In 2011, I accepted on behalf of the City of Richmond a previous President’s Award, not for a specific project, but instead for Richmond’s almost astounding ascendance into the top tier of preservation communities within just the last decade with multiple ward winning projects and initiatives recognized on a national level.

Partnering with the National Park Service to bring Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park to Richmond was a major accomplishment that helped bring Richmond to the forefront of the history and preservation community.

Richmond has also honored many its own with annual preservation awards to local organizations and individuals.

Richmond’s preservation program has resulted not only in priceless favorable publicity for the city but also in tens of millions of dollars in grants and tax credits and hundreds of new jobs. The business of preservation is no better recalled than when the Mechanics Bank opened its Point Richmond office in a restored railroad building and saw business triple almost immediately!



The event is a fundraiser, and as such is not inexpensive, but if you would like to attend, here is the information:


See http://www.californiapreservation.org/awards.html.
Friday, September 27, 2013
The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building 
465 California Street, 15th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Contact CPF at 415-495-0349 for information and to receive an invitation to the California Preservation Awards.
Cost is $165 for CPF members and $200 for non-CPF members.

6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception and Dinner
7:30 PM: Here Tomorrow presentation by author J.K. Dineen
7:45 PM: Presentation of 20 design awards and President’s Awards
8:30 PM: Dessert Reception


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