SAN PEDRO (CNS) – Southern California philanthropists Richard and Melanie Lundquist announced today that they provided $5 million to AltaSea, a nonprofit organization that operates at the Port of Los Angeles, so it can conduct ocean-sustainability programs.
The Lundquist’s gift was made in memory of their friend, Leonard Aube, former executive director of the Annenberg Foundation. Aube, who died in 2015, was the “driving force” behind the creation of AltaSea, according to the nonprofit.
AltaSea’s business center, located at City Dock No. 1 in the Port, is scheduled to be completed next year. The site will make use of converted warehouses as well as newly constructed buildings to house research facilities and a science center, and will provide connections to entrepreneurial start- ups.
AltaSea began with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation to conduct a visioning study for the new home of the Southern California Marine Institute, which will be relocated from its Terminal Island headquarters. That led to a 50- year lease with the city of Los Angeles, a $46 million grant from the Los Angeles Harbor Department and the creation of AltaSea in 2014.
In February 2015, just before Aube died, AltaSea supporters and friends of Aube gathered at AltaSea to celebrate the renaming of a street as “Leonard Aube Way,” the avenue that leads to AltaSea.