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Chula Vista: Fees Won’t Take Toll on Landowners

A surplus of $1.8 million in developer fees collected from property owners here will be refunded in toll credits to the South Bay Expressway, which is nearing completion.

The city and operators of the state Route 125 toll road are still working on the notification to property owners, but once they receive notice, owners have six months to establish an account to collect their refund, said Frank Rivera, principal civil engineer with the city.

Refunds differ for each property, with commercial and industrial properties getting the most back depending on the amount of the impact fees assessed.

The impact fees were collected from 17,620 properties in a 10-year span.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: New Chamber Chair Seeking Changes This Year

Bret Schanzenbach started as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board this month.

He attended Vista High School, where he was the valedictorian for the class of 1986.

The 39-year-old residential real estate broker said the chamber is pushing for two projects this year: changing the traffic dynamics in the South Santa Fe redevelopment zone to make it more pedestrian friendly, and establishing a citywide Wi-Fi coverage area.

, Mike Allen

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El Cajon: It’s Safe to Say Meeting Will Inform Public

The city is holding a meeting to update the community on its proposed Public Safety Center, to be located at Magnolia and Park streets.

Officials will discuss the general design criteria for police facilities and design guidelines for the center. They will also accept public comment.

The meeting is to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

The city will seek construction bids in the spring. Workers are likely to move into the building in 2010.

Residents will pay for the station through a 10-year, half-cent increase in the local sales tax.

The increase is expected to raise $4 million, and will also help pay for a new fire station.

The current police facility is at 100 Fletcher Parkway.

, Katie Weeks

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Santee: Hey Now, They’re All-Stars and Ready to Play

With the support of several businesses, the city is set to host an evening of music Aug. 2.

The 80z All Stars, a band that plays 1980s rock ‘n’ roll, takes the stage at the Trolley Square Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

The program is sponsored by California Coast Credit Union, Daphne’s Greek Caf & #233;, Cox Communications, Allied Waste Industries Inc., Pacific Home Remodeling Inc. and others.

, Katie Weeks

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National City: Small-Biz Center Making Big Move

The Small Business Development & International Trade Center plans to move Aug. 6 to the Higher Education Center at 880 National City Blvd.

Upcoming events include an import/export seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 7; a two-day seminar about using the Web for business, scheduled for

Aug. 14 and 15; and an introduction to doing business with governmental agencies, from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

Founded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the chancellor’s office of California Community Colleges, and Southwestern College, the center provides business assistance at no cost to clients. The center’s current home is Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

For more info, visit www.sbditc.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Oceanside: Learn How to Creata Computer Network

The Chamber of Commerce’s Business Success Series continues Aug. 15 with a workshop on using technology to make small businesses more efficient.

Presented by Richard Peat-Hanna of the Creata Computer Network; Byron Leonard of SoftwareBlueprint.com, both based in Oceanside; and John Moore of Sonic Spider in Bonsall, the session will teach businesspeople about saving time by having computers networked, protecting and backing up data, and promoting companies online.

The workshop is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. at the chamber, 928 N. Coast Highway. For more info, call (760) 722-1534; or e-mail scott@oceansidechamber.com or mary@oceansidechamber.com.

, Pat Broderick

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Poway: Six-Month Search Takes Group to New Leader

The Chamber of Commerce has hired Luanne Hulsizer as its new president and chief executive officer.

Hulsizer, a San Marcos resident, is set to take an active role in heading the chamber’s four-member staff July 30.

Hulsizer’s appointment marks the end of a six-month search for new leadership to replace former chamber President and CEO Toni Kraft, who resigned this year to run a restaurant that she and her husband own.

Hulsizer, 51, is a former small-business owner who works as a geriatric home care case manager for Casa de las Campanas senior living community in Rancho Bernardo.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Solana Beach: Why Not Explore Wi-Fi, City Says

On Aug. 7, two private-sector companies plan to present their approaches to city officials for a municipal Wi-Fi network here and in Del Mar.

Azulstar Networks, a Grand Haven, Mich.-based company that has provided municipal Wi-Fi to seven U.S. regions, including Silicon Valley, is set to present from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The second vendor will be Go Networks, a Mountain View-based subsidiary of Carmel Valley-based NextWave Wireless Inc., set to present from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the council chambers at City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, according to Park Morse of the city manager’s office.

The presentations will be taped and played on the city Web site at www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us.

, Jaimy Lee

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San Marcos: First Pare It Down, Then Get Organized

A professional organizing business was welcomed here this month.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for pare it down inc. was held at the Chamber of Commerce last week. Owner Brita Bolane visits clients in their homes to help organize their personal schedules and spaces.

, Jessica Long

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Del Mar: City Manages to Schedule Interviews July 30

The city plans to start preliminary interviews July 30 for applicants for the city manager position. Lauraine Brekke-Esparza, who has served as city manager since 1993, announced her retirement in May.

City Council appoints the city manager, who in turn appoints department heads for the city clerk, community services, finance, fire, information technology, planning and community development, and public works offices.

The city anticipates conducting interviews with the finalists Aug. 17.

, Michelle Mowad

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Coronado: Fire-Damaged Gym Gets $560K Makeover

The Coronado Unified School District is spending $560,000 to rehabilitate the gymnasium at Coronado High School, which was damaged by fire June 24.

The San Diego office of Belfor USA Group Inc. will do the bulk of the work under a new $460,000 deal. Belfor was the lowest of three bidders.

“It’s mostly a lot of cleaning that has to be done,” said Scott Buxbaum, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services. The cleaning work extends to the heating and air-conditioning systems.

In addition, the gym needs a new section of bleachers as well as a small amount of new flooring. Nearly all of the floor was salvageable, said Buxbaum.

Building Restoration Inc. of Lemon Grove got a $100,000 contract for initial cleanup work.

The district went through a streamlined bidding process because of the emergency.

, Brad Graves

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Encinitas: Ocean Works Floats Offshore Airport Idea

The argument that an offshore airport could not be built to replace Lindbergh Field apparently doesn’t hold any water, as far as Ocean Works Development, a company based here, is concerned.

The firm is proposing to build a floating airport on 40,000 square miles of ocean 10 miles off the coast and has filed a claim notice to the Department of the Interior, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Aviation Administration, among other agencies, as an initial step in the process. No cost or viability projections were given.

The plan was hatched in the fall after the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s proposed site, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, failed at the polls. In an early phase of a lengthy elimination and review of potential sites, the board overseeing the busy airport dismissed the notion of a floating airport on the basis of cost, among other reasons. Currently, no floating airports exist.

Ocean Works Development, which is dedicated to the concept of a floating airport, was founded as Euphlotea LLC in 2004.

, Connie Lewis

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Lemon Grove: Folks Not Flocking to Community

Residential sales are down here. The San Diego Association of Realtors reported only seven single-family detached home sales in June compared with 24 in June 2006. In addition, the average number of days on the market increased from 38 in June 2006 to 62 last month.

The association also reported the median home price in the city as $420,000 for June 2007 and $434,500 year to date. These statistics are down from $501,500 for June 2006 and $458,500 from January through June 2006.

Neighboring La Mesa saw a small decrease in the number of sales but an increase in median price from last year. The SDAR reported 48 sales in La Mesa in June compared with 50 in June 2006. In the southern part of La Mesa, the median price in June was $520,750 compared with $515,000 for the same time last year, and in the northern portion, the median price was $526,000 compared with $507,000 from a year earlier.

, Michelle Mowad

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Imperial Beach: Council OKs North Island Proposal

The City Council approved North Island Credit Union’s plans July 18 for building a branch at Palm Avenue and 11th Street.

Separately, the credit union applied to the city for building permits, which could come within a month, according to the planning department.

San Diego-based H2A Architects designed the 6,000-square-foot building for property owned by Palm LLC.

, Brad Graves

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La Mesa: New Restaurant Owner Has Gem of a Spot

The Village Garden Restaurant has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum, according to co-owner Sam Deeb.

Deeb said early last week that the deal is expected to close in one to two weeks.

La Mesa Village Merchants Association Chairman Stan Young has high hopes for the restaurant space under new ownership.

“It’s really a gem of an area,” said Young of the Village Garden’s location. “It just needs to be made more inviting.”

, Andy Killion

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San Diego: Kids Banking on Depositors’ Generosity

U.S. Bank, with 40 locations in the county, announced July 23 that it will be collecting school supplies for children of military families at all of its local branches through Aug. 8.

Last year, more than 10,000 items were donated to the drive. The Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank expects to surpass that number this year.

U.S. Bank had $219 billion in assets in the county as of March 31.

, Andy Killion

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Carlsbad: Mammoth Park Project Ready for Tenants

The multi-tenant Mammoth Professional Building has been completed near Palomar Airport Road by Mammoth Equities.

A three-story, steel-framed, 67,500-square-foot Class A property that was designed around a central courtyard with landscaping and water features, the building is on a corner lot at the entrance to the Carlsbad Oaks East Business Park. It is also across Palomar Airport Road from Bressi Ranch, a mixed-use commercial and residential development. The cost of construction was not announced.

Mammoth Equities operates in Arizona, California, Georgia, Nevada and Texas.

, Connie Lewis

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Escondido: Publication Set to Make Healthy Changes

The Downtown Business Association plans to revamp its monthly magazine.

Starting in September, the publication will include features on health and wellness, home and gardening, and wine and food, in addition to its standard business tips and event news.

The magazine is free to association members. Additional copies are sold for $1 each, or $10 for a year’s subscription.

The association is a nonprofit designed to promote business in the downtown part of the city, particularly along West Grand Avenue.

, Jessica Long

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