Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA
Christopher Townsend secured more than $39 Million in state and federal funding for the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center. In March of 1998, he arranged for Vice President Al Gore to join with a bipartisan coalition of Orange County elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the facility. The Center then opened in December of the same year, and is Orange County’s largest nonprofit educational facility. The Center and its staff has since been dedicated to educating its 300,000 annual children, teachers, and adult visitors in the fields of science, math, and technology. Discovery Science Center is home to more than 120 interactive exhibits, and is ideally located just off the I-5 freeway with 108 feet solar cube and 85 feet Delta II Rocket that welcomes visitors. Click here to visit the Discovery Science Center’s website.
The Oakland Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
In 1996, the City of Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency purchased and began restoring the Oakland Fox Theater thanks to the more than $9.5 Million in funding secured by Townsend Public Affairs. The Oakland Fox Theater is a historic movie palace that was in operation from 1928 to 1962. Since its restoration, it now serves as a popular performing arts center for the City of Oakland. The multi-phase restoration process included a new roof, which was installed in 2000, and renovation of the spectacular historic marquee/neon sign in 2001. The renovation has not stopped there and the City continues to improve the historical landmark. As for the theater’s architecture both inside and outside, it is uniquely composed of a mixture of Indian, Morrish, Medieval, and Baghdadian. Click here to visit the Oakland Fox Theater website.