California State University, Northridge teamed up with the Valley Economic Alliance and others to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake at “The Valley of the Stars: Reaching New Heights” event on Jan. 17.
Colin Donahue, CSUN’s vice president for administration and finance, gave the morning welcome followed by several preparedness workshops. The university was also honored with an award for its transformative efforts in overcoming the earthquake’s devastation while continuing to serve its students and community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended and gave his thoughts on the anniversary of one of the largest natural disasters to hit the city.
A luncheon at the University Student Union’s Northridge Center honored “the magnificent seven,” a group of individuals and businesses that were critical to Southern California’s recovery from the earthquake. The honorees include former Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan; former California Gov. Pete Wilson; retired Los Angeles Public Safety Field Deputy Jim Dellinger and Catherine Dellinger; former Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Frank Borden; and Richard Andrews, former director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES).
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