May 5, 2000
Emphasizing a strong commitment to "Keep the Promise" to the state's veterans, a patriotic grand opening of the new Veterans Home of CaliforniaChula Vista is set for May 13. California Gov. Gray David, U.S. Congressman Bob Filner, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tojo West, State Senator Steve Peace, California Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tomas Alvarado, Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton, Veterans Home of CaliforniaChula Vista Administrator Thomas B. Arnold and other dignitaries have been invited to join hundreds of veterans and local residents to celebrate the completion of this $34 million facility.
"While our community, state and nation cannot begin to repay the debt we owe to the men and women who have defended freedom around the world, the opening of this veterans home will assist those who now need our support," said Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton. "It is with a great deal of pride and honor that we welcome these heroes to Chula Vista.
"We also want to recognize and thank the many veterans in our city and the San Diego region who worked diligently for several years to bring this home to Southern California," Horton added. "Leading the charge was Chula Vista's own Bill Ayers, who never lost sight of the goal of building this magnificent facility."
The Chula Vista site was chosen after a lengthy selection process because of the magnitude of community support, the nearby services and hospital, and extensive local veterans population. In addition, the City of Chula Vista donated the 30-acre site which was valued at $4 million. Construction was completed with $12 million in state and $22 million in federal funds.
Enjoying a spectacular view of Chula Vista, San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this veterans home is one of only three in California. It consists of six buildings, houses 400 residents and has 250 full-time employees. The facility has accomo-dations for 180 residents in skilled nursing and 220 residents in independent and assisted living environments. Also included are a main dining room, a multi-purpose room, lounge, chapel and retail store.
Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by the official program, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the facility and refreshments. The event is open to the public at the new facility which is adjacent to Sharp Hospital & Medical CenterChula Vista. To reach the site head east from I-805 on Telegraph Canyon Road to Medical Center Drive and turn south; follow the traffic signs to event parking.
Veterans applying for admission must be aged or disabled, honorably discharged and a resident of California. To date, more than 1,400 veterans have applied for admission. For further information about resident application procedures call (619) 482-6010. For information about employment opportunities, interested persons may call (619) 482-6027.