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Coronado: Improve Naval Programs, Exercise, Sightsee

Pedestrians get a chance to hoof it over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and enjoy bird’s-eye views of the waterfront May 20.

That Sunday is the date of the Navy’s 21st original Bay Bridge Run/Walk. The 4-mile event raises funds for Navy recreation programs such as free movie screenings and seasonal festivals.

The run begins at 8 a.m. in the Gaslamp Quarter and ends in Coronado’s Tidelands Park. Entry fees include bus transportation from Coronado back to San Diego.

The cost is $32, with special rates for children.

Registration for the event is available on the Internet at www.active.com. A pre-race registration event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Drive in Kearny Mesa.

Organizers are also throwing in a ticket to the May 27 Padres game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

, Brad Graves

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La Mesa: Allison Ave. Hub May Get Civic-Minded Name

La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid proposed, at a March 27 City Council meeting, to change the name of a section of Allison Avenue to reflect the area’s new developments.

A motion was approved for city staff to make a detailed explanation of what it would take to change the name. In addition to Madrid, council members Dave Allan and Mark Arapostathis voted in favor, while Ruth Sterling and Ernie Ewin opposed.

According to Suzanne Strassburger, La Mesa’s economic development and communications manager, the street name would be changed to reflect the “civic center” nature of the area and would have the word “civic” in the name.

Allison Avenue, between University Avenue and Spring Street, will be the site of a new police headquarters, new library and new post office, said Strassburger.

Last year, La Mesa unveiled an upgraded fire station on the corner of University and Allison.

The remaining portion of Allison, between Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, would retain its name.

, Andy Killion

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San Marcos: April Event to Focus on International Trade

The San Diego World Trade Center plans to feature speaker Steven Zisser, a customs law attorney, in an event called “Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Compliance and Your Business.”

Zisser will discuss how to classify products and why classification is an important part of a successful international trade program, according to Casey Cleveland, programs manager for the SDWTC. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Cal State San Marcos’ Markstein Auditorium.

The cost is $45 for SDWTC members and $60 for nonmembers.

Zisser is principal of the San Diego-based Zisser Group, a professional service organization devoted exclusively to international trade. Established in 1997, the Zisser Group has provided work at all 352 U.S. Customs ports of entry.

Established in 1994, the SDWTC is a nonprofit corporation that provides international trade services and global contacts to facilitate and expand trade for regional worldwide clients.

, Jaimy Lee

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San Diego: Iomega Seeking to Drive Past Competitors

San Diego-based computer storage manufacturer Iomega Corp. announced March 29 the release of its new Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive.

The device is being touted as a solution for small businesses and professionals to store and back up large data and image files.

The hard drive is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems and costs $1,700.

“Small businesses and other professionals today need smart, cost-effective storage solutions that can meet their growing need for data storage, protection and archiving,” said Ashley Ettwein, a product manager for Iomega, in a news release. “The new Iomega Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive delivers on that need with up to two terabytes of storage capacity with true hot-swappable drives and data redundancy options that can save an organization’s data from being lost, as well as minimize downtime when critical files aren’t available.”

Established in 1980, Iomega bills itself as a global leader in reliable portable data storage. Company shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IOM. The stock closed at $3.75, up 7 cents, on March 30.

Iomega reported recently income from the quarter ended Dec. 31 was $4.9 million, or 9 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $76.2 million. For the same period of 2005, income was $1.9 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, on $70 million in revenue.

, Andy Killion

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Chula Vista: Otay Ranch Center Continues to Grow

Two more businesses opened last week at the Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista’s new shopping center in the southeastern section, King’s Fish House, and Illuminations.

King’s Fish House, with 8,000 square feet, specializes in fish dishes with a Creole slant but also carries New England clam chowder and sushi.

Illuminations, with 1,500 square feet, sells candles, mirrors, accent furniture and crystal.

The Otay Ranch Town Center, owned and managed by Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., has some 100 stores. It’s located at Eastlake and Olympic parkways.

General Growth is a publicly traded real estate investment trust, or REIT. General Growth has an ownership interest in or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 shopping malls in 44 states, as well as ownership in planned community developments and commercial office buildings. The company’s portfolio totals 200 million square feet of retail space and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide.

General Growth Properties, which has 4,700 employees nationwide, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. The stock was trading at $64.96, up 39 cents, in midday trading April 2.

, Mike Allen

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Del Mar: Race to Web to See Installation of Track Surface

Racing fans can watch the progress of the $8 million synthetic racing surface being installed at the Del Mar Racetrack via an online camera at www.dmtc.com.

The project is expected to be complete and available for testing by horses and riders in late April.

The track surface, which consists primarily of sand, fibers, recycled rubber and wax, makes Del Mar the fourth horse racing facility to install it. Already, Turfway Park and Keeneland in Kentucky have installed Polytrack, the brand of synthetic track surfacing being installed at Del Mar.

“The key to the future is safety,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President and General Manager Joe Harper. “Polytrack is going to make our racing surface a safer place for our horses and riders and we know if we do that, good things will follow. We are in the horse business and our top priority must be the horses and riders.”

When last year’s Del Mar meet ended in early September, the death toll of Thoroughbreds resulting from racing and training injuries numbered 18. That was only one more than the average toll of 17 during five previous years. However, the number of horses put down during the last meet garnered more media attention due to Barbero, the Kentucky Derby winner put down Jan. 29, eight months and several surgeries after he broke a leg racing in the Preakness Stakes.

The Thoroughbred Club operates the horse racing meet, which featured on-track attendance of 716,000 in 2006, down 2.1 percent from the 2005 meet. The total handle for on- and off-track betting was $582 million, down 4.3 percent from 2005, but the second highest in the track’s history.

The 2007 season at Del Mar is scheduled to run from July 18 through Sept. 5.

, Michelle Mowad

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Vista: City to Park Tax Money on Kids Play Area

The city issued a request for qualifications last month for architectural and design services for a new sports park that will be accepted up to the close of business April 19. The city will interview prospective candidates and award the contract in June.

The 16-acre park is planned for northern Vista, next to Guajome County Park in Oceanside.

The sports park will be funded from a half-cent sales tax increase passed by city voters last year. City officials say the increase should generate $6 million annually for 30 years to help pay for such projects as fire stations, parks, and a new city hall. Vista has not built a new park since 1997, according to its Web site.

, Mike Allen

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Solana Beach: Armor Drives Home Vehicle Deal

Armor Electric Inc., a Solana Beach-based company that creates electric battery power drive systems for land and water vehicles, has made a new agreement to partner with Electric Propulsion Systems to develop, manufacture and sell several electric vehicles, it announced March 29.

One vehicle in particular , a three-wheel taxicab , will be distributed in Mexico and other countries, according to Cheryl Schertzer, vice president of operations and director of Armor Electric. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Formed in 1998, Armor manufactures and markets several new electric vehicles worldwide. Armor stock is traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol ARME and was trading at 8 cents on March 30.

, Jaimy Lee

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Poway: Wal-Mart Store Gets New Look, New Boss

Shoppers can now experience the recently remodeled Poway Wal-Mart store, which wrapped up renovations in late March.

The store features a larger home entertainment center, new bathrooms, paint, lighting, and a more spacious apparel section.

Along with the reopening, Art Gladue was named the Poway store’s new manager. Gladue is a 12-year associate, joining the Poway team after serving in management at the San Marcos Wal-Mart. Family and community are important to Gladue, who wants to continue Wal-Mart’s collaboration with organizations and individuals within the Poway district in need of support.

The Poway store has donated more than $773,000 to the community in the past 11 years. Since 1992, the 18 San Diego County Wal-Mart stores have donated more than $10.8 million to the local community in the form of grants, scholarships and awards.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Encinitas: Tweeter Group’s Song Is Fading in County

Canton, Mass.-based Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. announced late last month that it plans to close all 12 of its California stores, including those in San Diego, Encinitas, Escondido and Vista, as well as a San Diego distribution center.

In all, 49 of the company’s 153 stores are slated for closure in the next two months and 650 workers will be laid off. The corporation cut 70 jobs this year at its headquarters.

, Connie Lewis

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Lemon Grove: Warehouse of Guitars Awaits Buyers

Guitar Warehouse, a Lemon Grove online retail business, has expanded its virtual business with the completion of two Web sites for electric guitar players and drummers.

The first site focuses on Gibson Les Paul guitars as well as Gibson’s other electric, acoustic and bluegrass guitars, and can be found at www.gibson-les-paul.com.

The second site, www.drumsetsandsticks.com, was designed to provide drummers and percussionists with a large selection of drum sets, kits, cymbals, electronic kits, drumsticks, world percussion and more.

Guitar Warehouse also upgraded its main Web site, www.guitarwarehouse.com, and added more than 2,000 products to its online store last month. The online retailer provides consumers with more than 40,000 musical instrument products and online lessons.

The retailer is owned and operated by McRea Site Development.

, Michelle Mowad

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Santee: RollerSkateLand Takes Turn for the Worse

Customers were expected to take their last spin at Santee’s RollerSkateLand on April 7.

The 30-year-old business is closing due to the proposed construction of a 71,500-square-foot retail complex. The Santee City Council plans to consider the matter April 25, Mark Brunette, city planner, said.

San Diego’s Sudberry Properties Inc. wants to build a Henry’s Farmers Market and a restaurant where an aging strip mall stands now along Mission Gorge Road east of Carlton Hills Boulevard.

, Katie Weeks

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Imperial Beach: Much Has Changed in Last 34 Years

The year was 1973. C. Arnholt Smith owned the San Diego Padres. In Imperial Beach, Ream Field was a full-fledged naval air station. And $12,500 went a lot further in real estate development than it does today.

That year, the Imperial Beach City Council passed an ordinance saying people who make property improvements of $12,500 or more have to put their utility cables underground.

The rules sat unchanged until last month, when the City Council voted to raise the threshold amount to $50,000. The council was expected to give final approval to the plan at its meeting last week.

Building owners may ask the city for permission to defer the work.

Currently, property owners who do $50,000 of work need to make street and sidewalk improvements.

, Brad Graves

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El Cajon: Flessix Complex Fetches $13.7M in Phoenix

El Cajon-based Flessix 2 LLC has sold a 216-unit apartment complex in Phoenix for $13.7 million to Desert Wind Apartments Arizona LLC.

Desert Wind Apartments is at 4140 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix, and was built in 1987 on 7 acres.

The property features a playground, picnic area, laundry centers, covered parking, two pools and two spas. The complex, sold for $63,000 per unit, includes 128 one-bed/one-bath, 56 two-bed/one-bath and 32 two-bed/two-bath units.

, Katie Weeks

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