The San Diego Public Library’s I CAN! Center

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San Diego Public Library
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The founder, president, and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, Bharat Lall focuses on locating, acquiring, and regenerating underperforming hotels throughout the United States. A San Diego resident, Bharat Lall supports numerous city initiatives and entities, including the San Diego Public Library (SDPL).

In an effort to provide services that are accessible to those with disabilities, the SDPL created the I CAN! Center. Located on the central library’s first floor, the I CAN! Center offers a range of programs, services, resources, and professional help so people with disabilities can use the library in a comfortable environment.

Equipped with 16 computers, each with enlarged screens and assistive software, the I CAN! Center also hosts two private study areas. Moreover, it features not just a number of large print and Braille books, but also e-readers and digital talking books.

Service animals are welcome at the I CAN! Center, which also operates a free library-by-mail service for people with significant visual impairments that prevent them from traveling to the library.

The Four Points by Sheraton in San Diego, California

 

SDSU Climbs in U.S. News and World Report College Rankings

 

San Diego State University (SDSU)
San Diego State University (SDSU)

Bharat Lall serves as the president and CEO of San Diego, California-based Pinnacle Hotels USA. Outside of his work, Bharat Lall supports a number of local institutions, including San Diego State University (SDSU).

U.S. News and World Report placed SDSU at No. 74 among public universities in its latest rankings of colleges in the United States. As reported by the SDSU NewsCenter on September 13, 2016, the report also put the school at No. 146 among all universities (public and private). This ranking reflects an upward shift of 37 spots since 2011, when SDSU came in at No. 183 overall.

The U.S. News and World Report issue also highlighted a few of SDSU’s more successful programs, including its international business program and the overall undergraduate business program, which earned spots at Nos. 14 and 77, respectively. Further, SDSU claimed a spot among the top 20 national schools for students incurring the least amount of student debt.

San Diego Indian American Society’s Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Program

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San Diego Indian American Society
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Before Bharat Lall became president of Pinnacle Hotels, USA, he once worked as one of the staff at a motel. Today, Bharat Lall is a known figure in the hospitality industry. He is also an active member of the San Diego Indian American Society.

The San Diego Indian American Society was established in 1984, and one of its first projects was the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship program. Named after the Indian political leader, the scholarship program is awarded to students who exemplify academic excellence and active community involvement. Most past recipients have had a 4.0 general grade point average, and were nominated by their respective schools. The scholarship is given to deserving candidates irrespective of their race or ethnic origin.

To date, the San Diego Indian American Society has awarded scholarships to 350 students at the secondary level. These students were also given cash awards, funded through trust-fund interests and contributions of the Indian American community.

Pinnacle Hotels USA’s Move to Full-Service Locations in San Diego

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Bharat Lall, MD, was working as a medical doctor with a dream of getting into real estate for several years before he bought his first motel with just 12 rooms in 1989. Since then, Dr. Bharat Lall left his medical practice and founded Pinnacle Hotels USA in 1998, where he currently serves as CEO.

Pinnacle has bought and sold many hotel properties since then, specializing in transforming under-performing hotels through upgrades and renovations. From the first 12-room motel, the company grew to work with several larger limited service locations with brands like La Quinta Inn and Comfort Inn.

In 2011, the company bought a Holiday Inn property in San Diego and transformed it with a $3.5 million renovation into the popular Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown. The unique cylindrical building was built in 1970 and is now a full-service hotel with an updated fitness center and a restaurant and bar called C3.

The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown, along with Pinnacle’s other full-service property, the Radisson Hotel San Diego Rancho Bernardo, represent Pinnacle’s recent expansion into the full-service hotel industry. The company currently owns and manages eight hotel locations in San Diego, Austin, and Riverside from its headquarters in San Diego.

San Diego Public Library Hosts Glorious Graphite Art Exhibit

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San Diego Public Library
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Bharat Lall, MD, is based in San Diego, California, and serves as president and chief of Pinnacle Hotels USA. Dedicated to his hotel guests and local community, Dr. Bharat Lall contributes to charitable causes such as the San Diego Public Library.

The San Diego Public Library offers local artists opportunities to show their work and connect with the community. Its branch, the San Carlos Friends of the Library, will organize a pencil works showcase for local artists working with graphite. The artists will attend the reception to speak with the public and discuss their works. The award-winning roster includes Hazel Waters, Gary Dyak, Scott Trimlett, Drew Brandish, Marty Armstrong and Loretta Deczynski. The event will be held in the community room of the San Carlos Branch Library on October 15th from 12 to 2pm.

The San Diego Public Library’s Services for People with Disabilities

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San Diego Public Library
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Dr. Bharat Lall serves as the CEO and president of Pinnacle Hotels USA, Inc., a San Diego-based hospitality corporation that specializes in acquiring underperfoming hotels in strategic locations and helping them generate higher revenue. On top of his executive work at Pinnacle Hotels, Bharat Lall, MD, actively donates to the San Diego Public Library, a disability-friendly space.

Comprised of 35 branches, the San Diego Public Library caters to around 1.3 million people in the San Diego metropolitan area. To provide a safer, more comfortable and inclusive learning environment for all users, the library enables people with disabilities to use its resources through its OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center.

Located on the central library’s first floor, the OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center provides services, programs, and professional assistance to persons with disabilities. This includes two private studies and assistive technology that includes, but is not limited to, enlarged screens, disability-friendly software, and adjustable tables. Apart from these amenities, the center also provides e-readers, Braille books, and digital talking books for library visitors with visual impairments.

These services are available during the library’s operating hours. For more information on the San Diego Public Library’s services, visit www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services.