San Diego Business Journal

You Really Don't Need the Sign to Know You're in Elfin Forest

Less than a mile or so from the densely populated community of San Elijo Hills is Elfin Forest.

Couple Receive Humanitarian Award for Service to Children

Project Concern International, a global health, development, and humanitarian nonprofit based in San Diego, recently honored a few San Diego businesspeople for their outstanding humanitarian work at its 26th annual Hands Across Borders Gala.

Credit Union and Its Members Rally to Support Rady Children’s

The San Diego County Credit Union recently supported Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego as a sponsor of two special events.

Heroes Honored During American Indian Heritage Month

Two local heroes were honored by KPBS and Union Bank for American Indian Heritage Month in November.

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Home of the Month: Music-Inspired Mansion on Mount Helix

This residence at 4625 Calavo Drive on Mount Helix in La Mesa was built for Charles Wakefield Cadman in 1930, a famous American composer in Los Angeles. Cadman was considered one of the top Hollywood film composers at the time, and was considered an expert on American Indian music.

EY Volunteers Plant Seeds of Hope in Conservation Garden

EY (formerly Ernst & Young) gave all of its 300 accountants and other professionals in San Diego the day off recently to volunteer and give back to the community as part of its annual “EY Connect Day.”

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Putting on A Fresh Face

DINING: Chain Is Emphasizing Ingredients, Key Role of Farmers

The newly appointed CEO of San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. knows the hard work involved to get to the top in his professional and personal life.

For Panoramic Views, La Mesa Is One of Region’s Top Spots

The dream started in 1903 with a vision and $11,500, half of which was financed by a local bank.

Program Is Helping Students Bring Out Their Inner Athlete

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and Activ8 Athleticism are providing a first-class athletic development experience to young athletes who participate in sports programs.

Chargers Look to Become 36-0 With Winning Blood Drive Effort

The San Diego Blood Bank is gearing up once again for one of the longest running community events.

Rural Charms Offer a Perfect Setting for Luxurious Living

What I love about San Diego County, unlike most large urban areas, is that it has pockets of hidden communities that were formed for an explicit reason.

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San Diego Girl Makes Some Giant Strides for Soles4Souls

Instead of going to the beach or hanging out with friends, 11-year old San Diego resident Trinity Barbera recently collected more than 2,000 pairs of shoes to help Stride Rite and the global nonprofit Soles4Souls.

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Home of the Month: Spectacular Sanctuary in Sky

On the far eastern edge of Rancho Santa Fe is the community of Cielo.

This Hornblower Benefit Cruise Is Scheduled to Go to the Dogs

Hornblower’s sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is holding a Halloween-themed brunch with Fido-friendly activities and a stunning ride around San Diego Bay.

Buyers Brought Their Own Tastes to Table Crafting Luxury Lots

Michael Gregory Builders hit on a winning formula for buyers of high-end real estate when they opened up shop in Rancho Santa Fe Farms in 2012.

Nonprofit Plans Campus to Serve the Developmentally Disabled

At 17, Cheryl Kilmer was on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Grant to Help Women Overcome Domestic Violence, Homelessness

The matter of domestic violence has been brought to light again recently as an issue that needs to be addressed and discussed openly.

Architectural Genius Is on Display in Historic Point Loma Home

Renowned San Diego architect Frederick Liebhardt’s final design cantilevers down a hillside overlooking the San Diego Yacht Club, Point Loma, the city of San Diego, and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge — it is the definition of timeless architecture.

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Covering Insurance Costs Part of the Plan for These Companies

Of the 100 companies featured in the Aug. 18 issue of the San Diego Business Journal named among the “Best Places to Work” in San Diego County, only ten pay 100 percent of an employee’s health insurance premiums.

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Working at Staying Healthy

BENEFITS: Wellness Programs Are Part of Employee-Health Strategy

Employer wellness programs have grown rapidly in recent years in part to tackle skyrocketing health care insurance premium costs, with a side goal of improving the wellness and productivity of the workforce. Biometric screenings are a large part of wellness programs.

Inaugural Golf Tournament Swings Into Action on Helping Front

Charity for Hope, a multipurpose nonprofit, hosted its inaugural Industry Charity Golf Tournament recently at Sycuan Golf Resort. At the golf tournament, Charity for Hope presented a $5,000 academic scholarship to Leuva Patidar Samaj of USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Indian culture and educational community advancement. Donations from sponsors and more than 80 attendees will fund future community contributions, including existing nonprofit charitable organizations such as orphanages, hospitals, disaster relief foundations and educational funds for the less advantaged.

BOMA Equips Foster Kids for Their Educational Journey

The Building Owners and Management Association, or BOMA, recently collected a total of 206 backpacks, nearly 1,400 school supplies and raised more than $500 to donate to Promises2Kids to help make the back-to-school season brighter for the foster youth of San Diego. Kudos to BOMA for a successful backpack drive.

San Pasqual Has a Perfect Fit for Our Mediterranean Climate

When my three kids were little we had annual passes to what was then called the Wild Animal Park, now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was a godsend, and some of our fondest memories were around our time there, especially at Christmas.

BOMA Equips Foster Kids for Their Educational Journey

The Building Owners and Management Association, or BOMA, recently collected a total of 206 backpacks, nearly 1,400 school supplies and raised more than $500 to donate to Promises2Kids to help make the back-to-school season brighter for the foster youth of San Diego.

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Coronado’s Coastal Showhouse

Coronado was the recipient of a nationwide honor recently when Coastal Living Magazine selected a house at 100 Ocean Drive for its 2014 Showhouse.

25th Anniversary Is a Celebration of Community, Giving

Jackson Design & Remodeling decided to come up with a unique way to celebrate 25 years in business in San Diego.

For a Luxury Ride, Hang Your Saddle at Hacienda Elegante

The featured home in this week’s column is in Fallbrook, right on the edge of Bonsall, just 10 minutes from the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. The property, a horse lover’s dream, which the now retired horse breeder calls Hacienda Eleganté.

Children’s Museum Project Brings Art, Creativity to the Masses

The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego will continue its popular Mass Creativity project for a third year in 2015, supported by a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Museum announced.

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

These ‘Lights’ Are a Shining Example of Caring, Compassion

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills special requests for hospice patients and their loved ones, held its annual celebration of inspirational people recently at Old Poway Park.

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San Pasqual Paradise

This custom home, perched on a hill in southeast Escondido, incorporates all the luxuries of modern living.

Builder, Other Cos. Give STEM a Home At Boys & Girls Club

Employees of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. teamed recently with a group of consultants and subcontractors to give the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego what it needed most: a new STEM lab and outdoor garden area at its Ron Roberts Family Branch on East Jewett Street in San Diego’s Linda Vista area.

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Home of the month: Cortez Hill Victorian Redux

This home is on the National Register of Historic Places as the John Ginty House.

Efforts Help Preserve and Present the ‘Art of the People’

Even after many years in San Diego, there are things I learn about some of the city’s most beloved places that amaze me.

Find the Perfect View for Watching Downtown Luxury Develop

For this column, my goal was to get a true picture of the current market for high-end real estate downtown and to find out what it’s like to live in a thriving metropolis. The best way to do this is to talk to a real estate agent who has lived and worked in downtown for some time.

United Way, Volunteers Help Make Reading Part of Kids’ Summer

For the third year, United Way of San Diego County’s Day of Action helped San Diego families who cannot afford to buy summer reading books for their children.

ViaSat Thanks Firefighters for Keeping Its People, Property Safe

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc., through its community outreach program Vpartners, thanked firefighters for the great work they did in keeping the company’s 1,800 employees on its campus on El Camino Real safe from the recent Carlsbad fires.

San Marcos High-End Real Estate Is a ‘Sweet Spot’ In the Sun

When most of us think of San Diego County luxury homes, San Marcos may not be the first community to come to mind. But think again. This sleepy city that houses the relatively new California State University, San Marcos has several pockets of magnificent luxury homes, many with the best views in the county.

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Home of the Month: Beachfront Beauty

Shore Drive is one block west of Carlsbad Boulevard in a quiet neighborhood with no public beach access.

Chefs Challenge-Buccaneer Ball Raises $175K for Meals on Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego invited San Diegans to walk the plank at the Buccaneer Ball and fifth annual Chef Appetizer Challenge held recently.

81-Year-Old Still Sharing Lessons of Her 57 Years of Sobriety

At 81 years old, Jeanne McAlister still manages the day-to-day duties as founder and CEO of the McAlister Institute, a substance abuse and recovery center that has 150 staff members who help more than 2,500 adults and teens every month.

You Can Find That Connection to the ‘Soil’ … or Sand in Carlsbad

A sense of place. If you have never felt it, you won’t understand. It’s that sense of roots, of history, of landscape and connection, yet it is impossible to describe.

McCarthy’s ‘Heart Hats’ Outreach Spins More than Just Wheels

McCarthy Holdings Inc. is giving back to the communities it serves.

Women, Water Mix Well for Conservation, Education at Library

The San Diego Women’s Foundation’s Annual Grants Celebration was one of the most inspirational nights of the year.

Poway Packs Powerful Punch in Multimillion-Dollar Home Market

Poway, the aptly named “city in the country,” is home to some of San Diego County’s most spectacular luxury estates. Just 23 miles from downtown San Diego, it is truly world’s away when confronted with the views of the surrounding hillsides, and in some cases, out to the ocean.

Anniversary Is Rallying Point for Wounded Warrior Support

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP launched a yearlong twentieth anniversary celebration in support of Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and providing assistance to wounded service members and their families.

Company Gives Back By Giving Out Backpacks to Homeless

Instant Checkmate Inc. became the first corporate sponsor of the Arizona-based nonprofit reKindle by launching a companywide donation drive, collecting backpacks, food and other supplies in preparation for a unique, guerilla-style distribution event with the reKindle charity.

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Home of the month: Dazzling Downtown Dream

This residence occupies the entire 37th floor of the Harbor Club’s west tower. The 360 degree wrap-around views are incomparable.

A Place to Find Plenty of Property, Privacy and Panoramic Views

Fallbrook is a relaxed rural community spread over 127 square miles at the northern edge of San Diego County.

Petco’s 10th Anniversary Naturally Went to the Dogs and Cats

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Petco Park, the San Diego Padres and the Petco Foundation, a nonprofit serving as a voice for companion animals since 1999, donated $10,000 to the San Diego Humane Society during the pregame ceremony May 18.

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