Ruby Awards

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Friday, April 24th, 2015
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101

The event is sold out!

Thank you to our generous sponsors, partners, and guests for supporting this milestone celebration. If you have registered for this event, we look forward to seeing you there! If your question is not answered on this page, please contact Katy Lillig.

We’ll be joined by Event Chair Frank Urtasun of SDG&E, Emcee San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria, Special Guest Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and nearly 400 community leaders on Friday, April 24 at the Westin Gaslamp (Horton Plaza) as we celebrate San Diego Housing Federation’s annual Ruby Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development and commemorate 25 years working to ensure all San Diegans have access to safe, stable and affordable homes.

Event & Program Details

Friday, April 24th, 2015
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter (in Horton Plaza)
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101

4:30 PM – Registration, Reception & Silent Auction
(Garden Terrace on 4th Floor)

6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Dinner and Program
(San Diego Ballroom on 4th Floor)

7:45 PM – 9:00 PM After-Party
(Garden Terrace on 4th Floor)

Parking & Directions: Valet parking will be available at the Westin for $15 per car. Guests may also park at the following garages which are a short walk from the Westin.

  • The NBC Building Garage (225 Broadway) is approximately $10 depending on your arrival time. Please read details here.
  • The Westfield Horton Plaza Garage is $8 per hour with the option to validate at the mall depending on your arrival/departure times. Please be sure to read this page for restrictions on validation; you may need to validate parking at the mall before you arrive at the event.

The America Plaza trolley stop on the Blue or Orange line is also a short walk from the venue. Click here for trolley maps and timetables.  Click here for map.

Attire: Celebratory cocktail attire. Wear ‘ruby’ if you have it! Note: the pre-reception/auction at 4:30pm and the post-dinner celebration will take place on the outside terrace overlooking the Gaslamp, so dress accordingly. Patio heaters (and dancing!) will keep us comfortable.

Program: This year’s exciting Ruby Awards celebration will kick off at 4:30pm with live music by Steph Johnson Band, a silent auction featuring spa and wine packages, and dance performance by local cultural groups. At 6pm we’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner and a dynamic awards program featuring San Diego dignitaries and celebrating the greatest achievements in affordable housing over the past year. We’ll continue celebrating with an after-party on the terrace, enjoying striking views of downtown and dancing to the live music of Bump N Brass.

Learn more about:

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our dedicated supporters – your support has already made this a record-breaking event for the Federation!

Special guests include:

Frank UrtasunEvent Chair
Frank Urtasun
Regional Vice President-External Relations, SDG&E
Board of Commissioners, San Diego Housing Commission

Todd GloriasmEmcee
Todd Gloria
Councilmember District 3

~and our very special guest~

Toni AtkinsToni Atkins
California State Assembly Speaker

Honorary Host Committee
Congresswoman Susan Davis, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Scott Peters, U.S. House of Representatives
Senator Marty Block, California State Senate
Senator Ben Hueso, California State Senate
Assemblymember Rocky Chávez, California State Assembly
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assembly
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, California State Assembly
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, California State Assembly
Vice Chair Dave Roberts, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Supervisor Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 1
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
Council President Sherri Lightner, San Diego City Council
Council Pro Tem Marti Emerald, San Diego City Council
Councilmember David Alvarez, San Diego City Council
Councilmember Chris Cate, San Diego City Council
Councilmember Myrtle Cole, San Diego City Council
Councilmember Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council
Mayor Mary Salas, City of Chula Vista
Mayor Bill Wells, City of El Cajon
Mayor Serge Dedina, City of Imperial Beach
Mayor Jim Wood, City of Oceanside
Mayor Jim Desmond, City of San Marcos
Mayor Lesa Heebner, City of Solana Beach
Mayor Judy Ritter, City of Vista

Host Committee
Evan Becker, Evan Becker Consulting
Jim Bliesner, UCSD Department of Urban Studies
Nico Calavi, San Diego State University
Ginger Hitzke, Hitzke Development Corporation
Richard Juarez, Housing Development Consultant
Matt Jumper, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation
Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Development Consultants
Arnulfo Manriquez, MAAC
Sylvia Martinez, Community HousingWorks
Sue Reynolds, Community HousingWorks
Ken Sauder, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Tom Scott, San Diego Community Land Trust
Jim Silverwood, Affirmed Housing
Anne Wilson, Community HousingWorks

 

About the Ruby Awards

Every year, SDHF’s Ruby Awards celebrate the best in affordable housing over the past year. With ‘Rubies’ recognizing achievements in affordable housing development; supportive housing; energy efficiency at affordable communities; resident services; and the advocates, elected and agency officials, and residents who make affordable housing what it is, this is an evening to remember.

Read more on the Ruby Award categories. Please note that nominations are now closed and before our independent selection committee. To all those who submitted a nomination, THANK YOU for helping us identify the people, organizations and projects that are worthy of recognition through your nomination!

In 2015, SDHF will also be celebrating our 25th Anniversary as part of our Ruby Awards. Join as for this milestone event as we honor 25 years fighting for safe, stable and affordable homes for San Diegans in need; celebrate the best in affordable housing over the past year; and envision the future of affordable housing throughout San Diego!

About the Nominees and Winners

Ruby Award Winners in the following 8 categories have been pre-announced and will be recognized in a special video presentation during the event on Friday, April 24th.

John Craven Memorial Award
Winner: Karl Schwarm, City of San Marcos
Also Nominated: Melissa Peterman, San Diego Housing Commission

Outstanding Development Partner
Winner: North County Lifeline
Also Nominated: Wayne Davis, ArchitectsDGa

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: New Construction
Winner: Paseo at COMM22

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: Retrofit
Winner: Rio Vista Apartments

San Diego Housing Federation Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Bree Wong

“Housing Hero” Special Recognition Award
Winner: Councilmember Myrtle Cole and Former Councilmember Ed Harris

“Housing Hero” Special Recognition Award
Winner: Carlos Flores, Nathan Schmid, and Mike McSweeney for Independence Point

Outstanding Rising Leader
Winner: Megan Kirkeby, California Housing Partnership Corporation

Winners in the following 7 Ruby Award categories will not be notified prior to the event. We will announce the winners live at the event on Friday, April 24! We will also honor another “Housing Hero” Special Recognition Award winner and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, both selected by the SDHF Board of Directors. Congratulations to all our confirmed nominees:

Outstanding Service to Residents
Dennis O’Donovan
Hector Rodela
Jennifer Pankey
Jesse Stevenson
Juan Lopez
Liliana (Lily) Kuchinsky
Michelle Rocha
Sharon Ramirez

CSH Supportive Housing Award
25 Cities Design Team
Chula Vista Housing Initiative
Citronica Two

Outstanding Resident Leader
Barbara Nevarez
Joyce Roberts
Monique Falucho

Housing Project of the Year: New Construction
Building for the Brave (San Diego Habitat for Humanity)
COMM22
Fairbanks Commons & Fairbanks Square
Mesa Commons
ParkView

Housing Project of the Year: Rehabilitation
City Heights Ten
Del Prado / Delta Manor
Rio Vista Apartments

Outstanding Advocate
Dr. David Folsom
Karen Brailean
Virginia Angeles
Wayne Waite

Outstanding Government Agency or Elected Official
California Municipal Finance Authority
City of Oceanside
City of San Diego Department of Development Services (Expedite Program for Affordable Housing)
San Diego Housing Commission

 

For More Info

For questions, please contact Katy Lillig, Events and Membership Coordinator via email or at (619) 239-6693 ext. 301.

 

 

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Housing Project of the Year – New Construction  |  Recognizes Affordable Housing Developments completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014). Projects will be evaluated based on their overall design, neighborhood enhancement, promoting sense of community for residents, affordability levels, and overall project complexity (technical, political, funding, etc.).

Housing Project of the Year – Rehabilitation  |  Affordable Housing Developments that was an acquisition/rehabilitation project completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014). Projects will be evaluated based on their overall design, neighborhood enhancement, promoting sense of community for residents, affordability levels, and overall project complexity (technical, political, funding, etc.).

CSH Supportive Housing Award  |  This award recognizes an outstanding supportive housing project, organization, or individual leader in San Diego. Nominations are invited for housing developments completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014) that have a focus on supportive services to enable people to end their homelessness, especially special needs populations including:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Child welfare involved families
  • People with chronic health needs
  • People with substance use disorders
  • People with lived experience of mental illness

Nominations are also invited for individuals or organizations, including supportive housing tenants, advocates, and public or private partners that demonstrate innovation and leadership in the supportive housing movement.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: New Construction  |  Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to exceed the California Title 24 Energy Standard (Title 24 Part 6) by at least 15%., including third-party verified Home Energy Rating System measures (if any).

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: Retrofit  |  Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to achieve energy savings of at least 10% above existing (baseline) conditions and meet any green building certifications or utility program criteria.

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

Outstanding Development Partner  |  Lender, Architect, General Contractor, Engineer, Title Company, Consultant, Attorney or other entity that provided unique or outstanding support on an affordable housing development project. Please make sure to describe how they provided the support on a project or projects and what made them an excellent team member for the development team.

Outstanding Advocate  |  Individual or organization who has contributed time, energy, leadership, and dedication to the cause of affordable housing. If this individual or organization was particularly useful on a specific affordable housing development project, please make sure to describe in detail how they were helpful on that project. In addition, you can include their ongoing or career commitment to the cause of affordable housing.

John Craven Memorial  |  A public employee who has taken risks and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist affordable housing developers. Given in memory of John Craven, one of San Diego’s most prominent housing development officials. Award includes $1,000 donation from Craven family to non-profit organization of winner’s choosing. This category may include any local, regional, state or federal public employee (not just those based locally) as long as their work benefits the San Diego County region. Include a brief bio/career history of the candidate.

Outstanding Government Agency or Elected Official  |  Governmental agency or elected official that took unusual risk or initiative to support affordable housing and/or community development initiatives in the past year. Any local, regional, state or federal governmental agency or elected official is eligible (regardless of where they are based) as long as their work substantially benefited affordable housing in the San Diego County region.

Outstanding Resident Leader   |   This award recognizes an individual residing in affordable housing in our region who, over the past year, has played an important role in promoting the creation of more affordable housing and/or enhancing how affordable housing improves the lives of residents and local communities. This individual is someone who has promoted the cause of affordable housing through advocacy with elected or appointed officials or bodies; by educating and mobilizing neighbors; and/or by serving as a spokesperson for affordable housing with the media or other public outlets. Please be sure to describe what specific actions this individual has taken to become an exemplary resident leader.

Outstanding Service to Residents  |  Any individual employee (property manager, resident services coordinator, maintenance worker, landscaper, daycare worker, etc.), volunteer, team or program of an affordable housing complex who provides excellent service to residents. Please note this category is open to anyone in an affordable housing community providing excellent service to residents. This may include a volunteer, resident or other member of the community that provides excellent service to the residents. This award can apply to an individual or a team of individuals.

Please note that nominations are now closed and before our independent selection committee.  To all those who submitted a nomination, THANK YOU for helping us identify the people, organizations and projects that are worthy of recognition through your nomination!

For questions, please contact: Katy Lillig, Events and Membership Coordinator, (619) 239-6693.