Lake Elsinore Council honors resident, business

Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos congratulates Sal Rojas, general manager of Albertsons on Riverside Drive, for being named the Business of the Quarter for the city during the city’s Nov. 12, council meeting. Courtesy photo

The Lake Elsinore City Council honored resident Ashlee DePhillippo and Albertsons as the citizen and the business of the quarter during its Nov. 12 council meeting.

Albertsons general manager Sal Rojas was on hand to accept the award from Mayor Steve Manos who told those in attendance that his mother was one of the first employees to be hired at the store when it opened 21 years ago.

“She helped to open the store and has been working there ever since,” Manos said.

Albertsons was recognized for its reinvestment into the community following what Manos called a “major remodel” of the store located on Riverside Drive in the city.

“One of the things that I mentioned during the grand reopening of the store … sometimes what is more important than the initial investment by an organization is the reinvestment in the community by that organization,” Manos said. “Albertsons came through, not just on the inside but also on the outside.”

Rojas thanked Manos for the recognition saying that he thought it was important to support the community that supports the store.

“That’s why we are always willing to help,” Rojas said.

After a brief photo opportunity, Manos then went on to recognize DePhillippo as the city’s Citizen of the Quarter. She was recognized for her longtime service to the community of Lake Elsinore by assisting the city in many projects, including the Clean Extreme Program and recent Community Preparedness Fair.

“Ashlee has become a very familiar face at our local community events and regularly attends council meetings,” Manos said. “Most recently Ashlee volunteered to fill a critical role in our homeless efforts as the new volunteer coordinator for the social work action group.”

Manos said that DePhillippo was supporting the city and the community in the right way by “giving a hand up rather than a handout.”

DePhillippo said she was surprised by the award.

“I am truly stunned by this; I am honored and I feel very grateful,” she said. “I think there are so many people in the community that do so many good things. I have been so heart-warmed in speaking to the volunteers.”

DePhillippo said that the willingness to serve in the Lake Elsinore community was “mindblowing.”

“I am so excited to be working in this community, to be serving in this community and volunteering this community with so many amazing people,” she said. “I am truly honored that you would think of me.”

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