Two vacant buildings on three parcels were demolished to make room for the hotel in the Downtown area. City officials said the land was sold to Marriott Corp. During the first five years of operation, Marriott will receive transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenues. From years six through 10, Marriott and the city will split TOT fees; and starting in year 11, the city will receive all TOT fees.
Santee Woman Wins `Epic 48 Hours’ from Z-90 Santee resident Melissa Hill was the winner of XHRM-FM Z-90’s recent “Epic 48 Hours” promotion held over Easter weekend, March 25 -27. The station said thousands of listeners entered the contest at the Z-90 website. The winner had to be willing to leave at a moment’s notice and be ready to go anywhere and do anything. The Santee resident took her friend Jamie Hanawalt of Pacific Beach. “The weekend was so jam-packed with so many incredible experiences, it’s nothing I will ever forget,” said Hill, 26. My phone has been blowing up for days with calls from my friends. I would have never had the chance to do any of it without Z-90.” “It was an adventure of a lifetime that neither of us will ever forget,” said Hanawalt, 27. “The word `epic’ doesn’t begin to describe the amazing things that happened.
There was always someone there to carry our bags and cameras everywhere. We hung out with many celebrities and never waited in line with one exclusive entry after another.” Their “Epic 48 Hours” began with a visit to Disneyland to experience the new Star Wars Space Mountain ride, courtside seats at a Los Angeles Lakers game, embroidered team jerseys personally delivered by Nick Jonas, admission to the Chairman’s Room before the game, VIP table at the Ohm Nightclub in Hollywood and a suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt. It continued with a private plane trip from Burbank to Las Vegas, watching a recording session with DJ Mustard, $1,000 shopping spree at the Miracle Mile Shops, soundcheck with X Ambassadors at The Foundry, ride on the High Roller at the LinQ Ferris wheel, dinner at Bally’s BLT Steakhouse, floor tickets to Pitbull’s performance at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater, a $1,000 chip to play roulette that was given to them by Pitbull before the rapper’s show (“He said, ‘Bet it on black, like my suit,’” said Jamie), admission to OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace, hotel room at the Planet Hollywood, Sunday morning full-body massage and return to San Diego. Melissa and Jamie shared their experience on Monday, March 28, with co-hosts Edina Macic and Rick Morton on the “Morton in the Morning” show. Randy Williams, Z-90 program director, said, “In my 23 years in radio, I have never been part of a promotion this massive. A huge thank you is due to every department at the station, our record label partners and valued clients. Wait ‘till you’ll see the next one.” Here is a 19-second video about the girls’ trip, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms6JhxkHHj8. Sycuan’s Adam Day receives eight-year term as CSU trustee Adam Day, assistant tribal manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to an eight-year term on the California State University Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment in February. He was originally appointed to the board in 2014 to replace a board member who had died. Day has a long history in government, politics and public relations. Prior to joining Sycuan, Day served as vice president and general manager for NCG Porter Novelli from 2000 to 20002. In that capacity he managed a number of campaigns for leading San Diego companies. He also worked at the Flannery Group from 1999 to 2000 and chief of staff in San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob's office from 1996 to 1999, and senior policy advisor from 1993 to 1995. Throughout his career, Day has served on dozens of boards and committees and currently sits on the Del Mar Fair Board, the San Diego County Planning Commission, Century Club of San Diego, Indian Gaming Local Benefit Committee, and the San Diego County Fire Mitigation Committee. Day, son of Thomas Day, former president of San Diego State University, most recently was chairman of the San Diego Citizens Stadium Advisory Group commissioned by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Lakeside Chamber Will Host Ribbon Cutting Saturday, April 2 The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at Crema Dolce Cannoli and Coffee, 9903 Maine Ave., Lakeside. Jerry Mosier, Lakeside Chamber ambassador chairman, is requesting ambassadors arrive by 9:45 a.m. Crema Dolce offers coffee and desserts, including cupcakes brownies and muffins, along with salads and sub and Panini sandwiches. For more information, visit www.LakesideChamber.org, or contact Moser, (619) 749-1102 or [email protected] Hospital Citizens Group Issues Report on Taxpayer Bond Expenditures The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2015 Annual Report to the Community. The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) consists of uncompensated, volunteer East County residents who are monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds to finance several construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital. The 2015 Annual Report notes the 10-year anniversary of bond-related construction at the hospital since voters approved Proposition G in June 2006. The Report’s timeline marks a chronology of major events in the history of Prop.
G, starting with the 2006 vote and the first ICBOC meeting held in October 2006. The timeline also gives an estimated timeframe of future construction activities. In addition, the Report offers an update of current construction projects and milestone events during the 2015 calendar year. In the Report’s cover letter to citizens, ICBOC chairman Kathleen Bute highlighted two major financial transactions that occurred in May 2015, including the final sale of $24.5 million in Prop. G bonds and the refunding of $200 million in existing Prop.
“This refunding of existing bonds, similar to refinancing, will ultimately save the taxpayers in the District approximately $29 million in debt service payments over the life of the bonds,” wrote Bute. Among the construction highlights during 2015, the Report contains construction progress information about the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center (H&V), a new Central Energy Plant (CEP) and renovation of patient rooms on floors two through five of the seven-story East Tower building, originally constructed in 1974. The Report said the H&V building is scheduled for completion in mid-2016, which will be followed by its surgery floor build-out, a project planned for completion in 2018.