San Diego Business Journal

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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Wags for Warriors Weekend Event Honors Military and Firefighters

Helen Woodward Animal Center salutes our military Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26 with a Wags for Warriors Weekend Event — three special days of discounts, perks and pets available to those who protect our country.

A Passport Won’t Get You to These French Charms in Oceanside

St. Malo is a cluster of French Normandy Tudor homes on the north side of the Buena Vista Lagoon between Oceanside and Carlsbad. You can see the slanted roofs, decorative half-timbering, turreted towers and animal wind vanes of this distinctive community from Highway 101 and the beach.

Company Puts Its All Into Community Service on RED Day

The Helen Woodward Animal Center was visited recently by 47 volunteers from local Keller Williams Realty branches who extended their philanthropic paws to a variety of center programs.

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A Passport Won’t Get You to These French Charms in Oceanside

St. Malo is a cluster of French Normandy Tudor homes on the north side of the Buena Vista Lagoon between Oceanside and Carlsbad. You can see the slanted roofs, decorative half-timbering, turreted towers and animal wind vanes of this distinctive community from Highway 101 and the beach.

Company Put Its Fundraising Plans Into Motion for Diabetes Cure

The American Diabetes Association is the beneficiary of a fundraiser by Takeda California Inc. Employees rode their bikes, walked and ran around Fiesta Island to raise money in the fourth annual Tour de Takeda. They ended up completing 2,321 miles, which resulted in an $11,605 donation.

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Home of the Month: Historic Gem

This home was commissioned by Rear Admiral Uriel Sebree in 1911.

Five Teens Benefit From Mentoring Program at Crush Italian Cuisine

he Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and the team at Crush Italian Restaurant in Solana Beach have partnered to create a mentoring program for teens that combines shadowing and one-on-one mentoring techniques to teach teens skills in the restaurant industry.

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A ‘Rich History’ Is an Understatement for Bankers Hill Beauties

It must have been exciting to be in San Diego at the turn of the 20th century when there was little more than possibility and the power of ambition. Many of those who succeeded built homes on what is now known as Bankers Hill — a residential area on the hills above downtown, with sweeping views of the bay, the airport, Coronado and Mount Soledad.

Nonprofit Partners With Industry to Employ Adults With Disabilities

During a recent visit to Partnerships With Industry, known as PWI, in Santee, I was among a group of companies, community leaders, state agency officials and interested parents to learn more about this remarkable organization.

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Home of the month: The Crescent

The “Crescent” is a home designed by world famous San Diego-based architect Wally Cunningham.

Plaza Home Mortgage Turns Pink for Susan G. Komen San Diego

Plaza Home Mortgage Inc. raised $70,345 for Susan G. Komen San Diego during its October month-long campaign to support breast cancer services, bringing a two-year total donation to $169,817. The check was presented at the Plaza Home Mortgage San Diego headquarters.

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Market Forces and, of Course, Money Transform Solana Beach

Solana Beach was primarily farmland in the late 1800s when Col. Ed Fletcher bought 140 acres and began developing the town with his brother-in-law, Eugene Batchelder.

County’s Luxury Real Estate Market Hits Highest Levels Since 2007

PROPERTY: High-End Market Has Its Own Drivers

Luxury real estate has been a relative bargain in San Diego County since the market downturn in 2008. Those with the cash and the circumstances have been able to capitalize on the opportunity to buy property in one of the most desirable areas of the country.

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A Legacy of Luxury

PROPERTY: Quality, Core Values Contribute To a Century of Success

There are a handful of companies in San Diego County that have been here for 100 years and fewer still who have been family owned since 1914 — Willis Allen Real Estate is one of those few.

Superheroes of San Diego Thanked for Health Care Heroics

More than 1,000 attendees at the 2-1-1 San Diego Annual Connections Luncheon recently netted $250,000 to support the community health and disaster support service and to recognize the local heroes providing San Diegans with health care resources.

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With Some Big Help From Elephant, the Police Get Their Dog

Kudos/Giving Column

Underground Elephant is funding the adoption of a police K-9 for the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Police Department in honor of their service to the community. In addition to the police canine, adoption costs will cover the canine’s food, veterinary care and training equipment.

Diet and Exercise Tips Can Make Big Changes in Kids’ Lives

I was pleased and honored to be invited to participate in the third annual “Little Jumps…BIG Changes” campaign on Feb. 14 at the Roberts Family Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Linda Vista.

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Carmel Valley Housing Covers The Checklist of Amenities

A wealthy, coastal community, Carmel Valley is one of San Diego’s newest master-planned communities. It’s central location, award-winning schools, and nearby commercial offices, hotels, retail and restaurants make it an ideal location for working professionals and families.

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McCarthy Employees Are the Best Dressed for a Heartfelt Cause

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. employees and subcontractors wore red on the first Friday in February in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the number one killer of women: heart disease. McCarthy has been a strong supporter of the Association’s efforts since 2004.

Scripps Cardiologist Is Honored for His Efforts to Save Young Lives

Scripps Health cardiologist Dr. John Rogers was honored at the annual Parent Heart Watch Conference in Raleigh, N. C., for his commitment to sudden cardiac arrest prevention in nearly 10,000 teens. Rogers is also president of the San Diego Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, where he volunteers his time as medical director of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. The local foundation was established to honor the Steele Canyon High School teen who lost his life at 15 to SCA in 2009.

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Del Mar’s Varied Charms Come in Small and $18.75M Packages

There is something different about Del Mar. Arriving from the south or the north on Highway 101, this charming community looks like it could be a village in Canterbury, England, instead of a beach town in Southern California.

Filling Mama’s Pantry Will Help Fill a Need in San Diego County

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Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, celebrates 10 years of service to San Diego County. Every day, volunteers distribute nutritious food items to low-income county residents living with HIV/AIDS who can benefit from additional nutritional support to maintain their health and stretch their food budget. Clients make monthly trips to Mama’s Pantry to select their own perishable and nonperishable items.

Coronado’s Storied Past Leads to High-Priced Homes of Today

Luxury Real Estate

The drive to Coronado Island across the San Diego-Coronado Bridge has to be one of the most spectacular in America.

Foster Teens, Those Recently Aged Out Remembered in Gift Drive

Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency, collected $18,187 worth of gifts during its annual Southern California holiday gift drive for foster youth, the organization announced.

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Company Pursues Quality From Start to Finish In Repositionings

Home foreclosures are down and home prices are up — exactly the opportunity that Nick Sinatra and Anthony Nanula of American Coastal Properties LLC are in Southern California to seize.

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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.

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Supporters Take the Steps to Help Provide Hospice Therapy

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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.

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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Gala Helps Ronald McDonald House Build on Its Good Works


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

Kudos/Giving Column

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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Local Volunteers From Federation of Health Nonprofits Honored

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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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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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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.

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