From the Desk of Chris Cate San Diego Councilmember District 6
There are 40 million Americans over the age of 65. Thanks to organizations, such as LiveWell San Diego, seniors living in Clairemont receive the support and services they need to live, learn, and thrive. Specifically, LiveWell San Diego has been providing senior services for more than four decades.
LiveWell San Diego had been operating at the North Clairemont Recreation Center under a month-to month lease. Due to internal operational challenges, LiveWell San Diego, along with my staff at the Council District 6 office, worked diligently to negotiate a long-term lease agreement with the City of San Diego’s Real Estate Assets Department and Parks & Recreation Department.
Despite our best efforts, the Real Estate Assets Department would not renew a long-term lease agreement with LiveWell San Diego and ultimately decided to explore alternative options and operators for the facility. As such, Livewell San Diego has decided to close their doors by end of September 2015.
My top priority throughout this negotiation process has been for seniors living in Clairemont to continue receiving resources and the support they need to maintain their quality of life without interruption of services. While I am extremely disappointed a solution was not reached with LiveWell San Diego, I remain committed to finding another service provider that can offer similar services.
We are currently working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that senior citizens that previously used the LiveWell San Diego facility for group events and programs will continue to have a space to do so at the North Clairemont Recreation Center. We are also making sure that seniors that used the LiveWell San Diego facility for casual recreation activities such as card games and social meet ups will also be able to continue doing so at the recreation center. Our goal is to have this space available as soon as possible following LiveWell San Diego’s closure at the end of the month. We will continue to move forward and keep the community informed with developments regarding LiveWell San Diego, their services at the North Clairemont Recreation Center, and alternative service provider options.
In the meantime, please call my office if you have been impacted by this closure and my staff will do whatever it can to help you during this difficult transition.
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