San Diego Business Journal

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Grants Help Hospice on Its Mission to Comfort and Console

The Legacy Endowment Community Foundation presented The Elizabeth Hospice with a $10,000 grant to provide hospice care to uninsured patients and bereavement support to individuals and families. The Elisabeth S. Wilson Fund of the Legacy Endowment Community Foundation also provided the hospice with a $26,450 grant to support the continued efforts of providing medical, emotional and spiritual support to patients at the end of life and their families.

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San Diegans Put Their Heart Into Helping Those in Need in 2013

Kudos/Giving Column

Happy New Year! Even as 2014 is upon us, I would like to take a moment to look back at the 2013 holiday season and acknowledge the generosity of a few San Diego companies and nonprofit organizations.

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Viejas Team Members Give Santa Some Serious Competition

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Viejas Casino & Resort team members and guests gathered more than 12,000 toys for The Salvation Army serving eastern San Diego County.

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Rancho Santa Fe Home Prices Top Million-Dollar-Plus Market

Luxury Real Estate Column

Editor’s note: This week the San Diego Business Journal introduces a new column on the luxury residential real estate market by Senior Editor Stephanie R. Glidden.

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The ‘Smart’ Money Goes to the Police Foundation at Gala

Kudos/Giving Column

The San Diego Police Foundation hosted its second annual Gold Shield Gala at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club with a “Get Smart” theme hearkening back to the early 1960s when Maxwell Smart’s shoe-phone was the height of high-tech.

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Volunteers Raise $300K Walking Off Thanksgiving Day Turkey

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Father Joe’s Villages 12th annual Thanksgiving Day 5Krun/walk fundraiser drew more than 8,000 people. Presented by Wells Fargo, the event organizers reported a net of about $300,000 toward the outreach programs Father Joe’s makes to those in need in the San Diego community.

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Store Benefitting Orphaned Animals Opens in Time for Holidays

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The Helen Woodward Animal Center invites the public to support orphaned pets by shopping at the Orphaned Object Resale Store and newly revitalized pet supply boutique, Paws in the Ranch — now open at the center in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Country Music Star Shares Life Story to Promote Foster Care

Kudos/Giving Column

Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency, recently held its 10th annual Wine D’Vine Gala fundraising event, which raised nearly $300K to further the organization’s mission of providing care and support to foster children and families.

Big Data Delivers Solutions to Real Human Problems in Real Time

TECHNOLOGY: Tools Address Clean Water, Sanitation, Rogue Armies

A local digital marketing and engineering agency and one of the world’s largest information technology product makers are demonstrating that big data is about more than lofty concepts and ones and zeros without end; it’s about people.

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Supporters Take the Steps to Help Provide Hospice Therapy

Kudos/Giving Column

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, charitable arm of local LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care, held its fifth annual LightBridge Walk at the Naval Training Center Park in Liberty Station.

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Gala Helps Ronald McDonald House Build on Its Good Works

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Ronald McDonald House’s annual ROMP gala raised nearly $690,000 for the organization that provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill or injured children while they’re in the hospital.

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It Pays to Play at Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

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A terrific time was had by the 500 guests who attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s “Come Play With Us” Gala. A record $220,000 was raised at the black-tie event held at La Costa Resort and Spa’s Costa Del Sol Ballroom recently — a 30 percent increase over the previous year. All proceeds go directly toward operating funds for the Club.

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Junior Achievement Golf Classic Raises $138,000 for San Diego Kids

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Junior Achievement of San Diego County hosted its first JA Golf Classic presented by San Diego Fluid System Technologies. The sponsors plan to hold the event annually. More than 80 supporters of Junior Achievement’s mission gathered for a day at The Grand Golf Club. The participants raised more than $138,000 for JA’s financial literacy programs offered to more than 50,000 kids each year.

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Executive Profile: Valorie Seyfert

Valorie Seyfert is president, CEO and co-founder of CUSO Financial Services LP and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC. She has more than 25 years of experience in the securities industry and is a recognized expert on the structure and strategy of successful investment services programs in banks and credit unions.

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Local Volunteers From Federation of Health Nonprofits Honored

Kudos/Giving Column

The Combined Health Agencies, a federation of 23 local health charities, recently held its 20th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards to recognize outstanding volunteers nominated by each member agency. Every year, the members of Combined Health Agencies inspire more than 12,000 volunteers who impact the lives of 1.6 million San Diegans each year.

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Family Construction Co. Highlights Big Upward Movers on List

GROWTH: Private Companies Post Gains In Revenue for 2012

Lusardi Construction Co. is notable on the 2013 San Diego Business Journal’s Largest Private Companies list as the top 10 company making the largest leap in ranking from last year.

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

The San Diego Community College District held a groundbreaking recently for the new César E. Chávez Campus.

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‘Harvest Home’ Will Provide Healing Environment for Veterans

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Vista-based Wounded Warrior Homes is the recipient of a net-zero-energy home for military veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

St. Paul’s Memory Care Program Supporters Share the LUV

Kudos/Giving Column

St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services’ recent annual LUV Gala netted more than $125,000 for St. Paul’s Memory Care Program. Key sponsors included Sodexo and Secure Transportation.

Pet Day on the Bay Brings Boatload of Support for Animal Center

Kudos/Giving Column

Staffers at San Diego-based The Control Group supported Hornblower Cruises’ annual Pet Day on the Bay and the Helen Woodward Animal Center by bringing items to donate for the animals at the center.

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Real Estate Round

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Cushman & Wakefield announced three new leases at 3548 Seagate Way in Oceanside. Ron King and Amy McNamara of Cushman & Wakefield represented the lessor, Rock-Sea LLC, in all three transactions.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

A grand opening was held recently for the new student services center and cafeteria/bookstore at San Diego Miramar College, the latest San Diego Community College District project funded by Propositions S and N.

Nonprofit Leader Rana Sampson Joins SDBJ

Kudos Giving Column

The San Diego Business Journal has long had a commitment to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in San Diego.

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Everyone Was On Board Supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

Kudos/Giving Column

Local surfers gave the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad $2,000 after raising the money from The State Beach Classic, an annual surf contest at Tamarack Beach.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

The structural steel framing is complete for Phase 1 of the Shire campus, consisting of a three-story, 239,000-square-foot technical operations building on Summers Ridge Road in San Diego. When complete, the building will include manufacturing, warehousing, technical operations, amenities and administrative areas. Shire, the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is expanding its capacity to meet future demands for its lead regenerative medicine product, Dermagraft, while offering additional space and infrastructure to manufacture additional products.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Cushman & Wakefield announced the sale of 1081 Poinsettia Ave. in Vista for $5,562,500. Joe McDermott of Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer, B Group Holdings LLC. The seller, Symphony Asset Pool XIV LLC, was represented by Henry Zahner and Jon Busse of Colliers International.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

T-Squared Professional Engineers Inc. of Vista provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design for the Transitional Living Center at the Margaret A. Cargill Door of Hope Campus for the Salvation Army.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has begun construction of the new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center at Grossmont Hospital, located at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Hotel Vyvant, a 23-room boutique hotel at 505 W. Grape St. in downtown San Diego, has been sold for $2.2 million, according to a statement from brokerage firm NAI San Diego, which represented the seller.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

The Gunter Family Trust has purchased a 15,877-square-foot fully-leased automotive property for $2,037,000. The building, which is located at 332 N. Johnson Ave. in El Cajon, has been leased to Caliber Collision Centers since August 2000.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Charles Dunn Co. announced the $3.85 million sale of Crosby Square, a 13,414-square-foot retail property with two second-story apartment units. Situated in the southern Downtown San Diego submarket, the property is located at 1879 Logan Ave., just off the I-5 Freeway and near the Coronado Bridge.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Lennar recently released a new community of multigenerational homes that allow extended families to live together in one home called Next Gen — The Home Within a Home. This floor plan allows extended family to live all together in one home — except with private and separate living spaces. The new floor plan is now offered in north San Diego at Sevilla and Estrella at The Lakes above Rancho Santa Fe.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Voit Real Estate Services announced that Jonathan Segal, a San Diego-based urban-infill developer, has acquired a 29,700-square-foot site near the northeast corner of Balboa Park in the community of North Park for $2,250,000.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Heritage on Ivanhoe is a community of new homes ranging from 2,103 to 3,032 square feet. The homes were released for sale in February and twelve of the fourteen homes released are now in escrow. The two remaining homes at Heritage on Ivanhoe are priced at $1,395,000.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Construction is under way in Encinitas, as home builder Brookfield Homes prepares Seaside Ridge, its new collection of 23 semi-custom homes set to grand open in late spring. The California coast-inspired community is located at 809 Dolphin Circle in Encinitas.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

The San Diego office of Colliers International announces that 67 residential lots located on 16.5 acres in Lakeside have sold for $6 million.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Hughes Marino Inc. was awarded LEED status for its new building at 1450 Front St. This status was based upon the building’s proximity to a variety of public transportation hubs, as well as other basic community services such as banks, dry cleaners, parks, restaurants and schools. Additional points were awarded for renovating an existing building with a “cool roof” and installing Energy Star rated equipment and appliances in the building.

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Real Estate Roundup: February 18, 2013

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Zephyr Partners — a San Diego-based real estate development and investment company with a focus on residential assets — has announced plans to build a new enclave of luxury beachfront condos in downtown Carlsbad.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Tenant Improvement Market Continues to Be a Challenge

BUILDING: Top Companies Keep Building on Reputation

The 13 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 Tenant Improvement list generated just under $324 million in projects in 2011, a 10.3 percent decline from revenues in 2010.

Home-Grown Law Firm Rises to No. 1 Spot on 2012 List

For the first time in the last five years, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is No. 1 on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Law Firms.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages List at a Glance

There has been a fair amount of movement among the 20 companies participating in this year’s San Diego Business Journal’s Property/Casualty Insurance Agencies, Brokerages list. Formerly No. 2, Barney & Barney LLC rose to the number one spot in 2012, reporting 155 local full-time employees.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Private Companies Are Diverse Resources for Revenue, Talent

ECONOMY: Top 50 Cover 10 Sectors, Bring In Billions of Dollars

The 50 companies on the San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 Largest Private Companies list generated an impressive $6.3 billion in revenue for 2011 and reported companywide employees of 27,674.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County