By Sandra Kulli, President, Kulli Marketing, Co-Chair joint ULI Orange County/Inland Empire and ULI Los Angeles TAP
Fresh watermelon, picked hours earlier from the Spadra farm at Cal Poly Pomona, was in attendance along with 13 hard-working ULI/OC/IE/LA members when they presented their findings for the August Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in Pomona. Food, farms, legacy and prophecy were centerpieces of the report. Team members included two farmer/ULI members— Daron Joffe aka Farmer D with The Leichtag Foundation and John Menne with Vista Grove LLC! TAP Co-Chairs Melani Smith with NextPhase and Sandra Kulli with Kulli Marketing, were joined by a smart, hardworking and creative team: David Barquist with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Richard Bruckner with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Leigh Christy with Perkins+Will, Tom Davis with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Jeff Enes with IHP Capital Partners, Roger Fricke with MATT Construction, John Given with CityBuild Advisors, Taylor Mammen with RCLCO and Brigitte Williams with Steinberg. Bonus immersion in campus life included a team dinner at the Innovation Brew Pub, run by CCP students.
The quality findings set a course for the faculty, administrative staff, students and the new President to embrace the 150-acre Spadra farm as a centerpiece for interdisciplinary academics and long-term stewardship of an exceptional Cal Poly Pomona asset. Spadra can pay off in jobs for graduates and a polytechnic “learn by doing” laboratory for the future. Team members were buoyed by the warm reception from the college leadership, faculty, and farmers alike. The final report will be delivered to the university in October.