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CHULA VISTA RECEIVES GOLDEN WATCHDOG AWARD
 
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association recently bestowed a Golden Watchdog award on the City of Chula Vista and General Growth Properties for the Otay Ranch Town Center Library Project. This unique collaborative partnership between the City and General Growth was the winner in the Public-Private Partnership category. The library has increased foot traffic at the Center and gives shoppers another reason to choose Otay Ranch Town Center. Over 130,000 visitors have been to the branch since it opened in April 2012.

“The partnership with the Library has opened up many new and exciting opportunities for Otay Ranch Town Center and has served as a model on many levels including unique design and use of space. We look forward to continued success as we celebrate this achievement,” said Janet Henderson, Senior General Manager at Otay Ranch Town Center.

General Growth Properties offered the City of Chula Vista a rent-free opportunity to open a new library branch in the Town Center’s Food Pavilion, allowing the library to remain open five days a week and provide the community with a close, convenient branch. The City obtained $250,000 -- mostly through grants -- for tenant improvements for the new library.

The Golden Watchdog Award is awarded to government programs/services that exemplify efficient use of tax dollars or good government practices. The group stated, “By capitalizing on grant opportunities and available space at the mall, this project met residents’ needs in a period when the city has consistently cut its budget. This partnership demonstrates how public and private organizations can come together to create innovative solutions for taxpayers, despite difficult economic times.”

At the May 28 Chula Vista City Council meeting, Henderson and Library Director Betty Waznis will be present for Special Orders of the Day recognition. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista.

Posted: May 21, 2013

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