County building celebrates 75th anniversary

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SAN DIEGO — Officials Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of the County Administration Center, which was dedicated in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt.

“Time has passed and San Diego has changed with more and larger skyscrapers dotting the skyline, but 75 years have not dimmed the luster of the shining beacon on the waterfront,” board Chairman Greg Cox said. “Today the County Administration Center remains as a testament to the good work and noble causes that American ingenuity can undertake and that Americans can build.”

Cox also recognized a handful of county residents who as children attended the building’s dedication by Roosevelt.

“They were eye witnesses to history and to have them here today makes the celebration more special,” Cox said.

The Board of Supervisors, at its 9 a.m. meeting, also adopted an updated comprehensive energy plan, which will be in effect through 2015.

A noon picnic in the East Plaza Courtyard was also scheduled to celebrate the County Administration Building’s anniversary. County employees who work in the building were invited, along with those who attended the building’s dedication 75 years ago.

“For my colleagues on the board and the many county employees who work at this building, this is our second home,” Cox said. “Each morning as we pass through the doors we are reminded of our purpose here by the county motto above the west entrance `The Noblest Motive is the Public Good.”’

Thirty-five members of the Aaron Price Fellows program were expected to attend the events. The program offers San Diego-area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at San Diego government, cultural, nonprofit and business institutions.


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