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ESCONDIDO: ’07 Revenue Decline Puts City in Taxing Situation

Newly released city data shows that the city received nearly $2 million less in sales taxes for 2007 than it did in 2006.

The 6.4 percent decline has reportedly forced cuts in city-provided services and a dip into its reserve fund.

Because 18 auto dealers surrounding the Westfield North County mall generate the majority of its sales tax revenue, the city is experiencing a harder hit than other parts of the county during the current economic downturn, officials say.

City data shows that sales tax revenue decreased to about $26.5 million last year, compared with $28.3 million in 2006.

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, Liz Wiedemann


ENCINITAS: Proposed Budget Expects Revenue to Rise Next Year

The city has maintained a steady stream of revenues largely unaffected by falling home prices and rising foreclosures seen in other areas of the county.

Treasurer Jennifer Smith on April 23 submitted a $48 million budget for fiscal year 2008-09, beginning July 1, a $3 million increase from the previous year.

The city is forecasting a 2.6 percent increase in property tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year and a 2 percent decline in sales tax receipts.

“Property taxes and sales taxes make up 90 percent of our revenue,” Smith said.

The city is one of only a few areas where property values increased in February, along with Ocean Beach and La Jolla.

The council can adopt the budget as early as May 21, or wait until the alternate adoption date of June 25, Smith says.

, Ned Randolph


DEL MAR: Chamber Members Set to Network at Red Tracton’s

The Chamber of Commerce plans to host its May networking lunch at Red Tracton’s restaurant on Via de la Valle across from the racetrack.

The event is scheduled for May 15. For more information, visit delmarchamber.org.

, Michelle Mowad


SAN MARCOS: Palomar College Teachers Finally Get New Contract

Palomar College trustees have approved a new contract for the institution’s 1,100 teachers, officially ending more than a year and a half of labor negotiations.

The three-year contract, which is retroactive to July 2006, includes lump sum payments to teachers equal to 1.58 percent of their 2006-07 salaries, a 4.53 percent cost-of-living increase for the current school year, and a clause promising instructors 40 percent of any money that the college gets from the state for increased enrollment this year and next year.

The terms were approved unanimously by the governing board at a special meeting April 29, according to a school representative.

, Ned Randolph


NATIONAL CITY: Wermers Wraps Up Work On Senior Housing Units

San Diego-based Wermers Corp. recently completed an 80-unit apartment complex on Plaza Boulevard.

The project is an affordable living senior housing complex with community space and a computer room. Joseph Simon Associates Inc. of Carlsbad served as the architect and RBF Consulting as the civil engineer.

, Michelle Mowad


EL CAJON: Score Some Valuable Info At Small-Business Event

Score plans to host a seminar for small-business owners from 9 a.m. to noon May 14 at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, 201 S. Magnolia Ave.

The event will teach owners about negotiating contracts and leases, how to effectively deal with employees, how to become Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and how to avoid common mistakes.

Tickets cost $49 in advance and $59 at the door. For more information or to register, call the chamber at (619) 440-6161.

, Heather Chambers


CARLSBAD: Historic Diamonds Would Be Museum’s Best Friend

The Gemological Institute of America Museum is launching a campaign to build a historical collection of jewelry, objects d’art and gemstones from all time periods and cultures worldwide.

The museum currently has some prized pieces, such as a late 18th century diamond flora brooch and a corsage ornament featuring a pink topaz and diamonds from about 1905. The hope is to increase the number of pieces in the collection and to acquire examples from many different eras.

For more information, contact Kimberly Vagner, project manager of in-kind donations, at (760) 603-4150.

, Connie Lewis


CHULA VISTA: Taxpayers Board Develops Aversion to Proposition E

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s board of directors voted last month to oppose a proposed ordinance that would require voter approval to any new development greater than 84 feet that was located outside of three designated urban areas, which have already been designated for high-rise development.

The association, a business advocacy group, says the measure, called Proposition E on the June 3 ballot, would impose unnecessary costs on the city for the public vote, and delay projects that may have to wait until the next general election to obtain approval.

, Mike Allen


POWAY: Pacific Scene Homes Plan Generates Great Interest

More than 400 people interested in buying a home in the city’s first affordable, for-sale housing development entered their names into a lottery that closed May 1, according to city officials.

A random drawing has been scheduled for May 20, and those qualified will be eligible to purchase one of the 33 houses in The Meadows development.

San Diego-based Pacific Scene Homes is the developer on the project and plans to break ground this summer, building 30 houses on the east end of Metate Land and three houses on York Avenue.

City redevelopment office officials say the homes should be move-in ready by mid-2009 and priced between $136,000 and $287,000.

, Liz Wiedemann


SANTEE: Generating Business Leads Doesn’t Stop at 5 O’Clock

Hungry Howie’s Pizza plans to host the Chamber of Commerce’s after-hours networking event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 15.

Hungry Howie’s is located at 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd., Suite 18-19. Cost to attend the event is $6. For more information, call the chamber at (619) 449-6572.

, Heather Chambers


CORONADO: Hotel Del Seeks Changes To Master Expansion Plan

The Hotel del Coronado wants to revise its 2002 master plan, which calls for more guest rooms, an expanded conference center and other changes.

The City Council planned to set aside part of its May 6 meeting to hear a presentation on the plan, which modifies the plans for facilities to the south of the historic hotel. Additionally, there are changes to the proposed underground parking garages and the new main entrance from Avenida del Sol, on the hotel’s southern edge.

, Brad Graves


OCEANSIDE: Companies to Take Part in Tourism Week Festivities

The local California Welcome Center, in partnership with the city’s tourism council, planned to begin celebrating the 25th annual National Tourism Week on May 10.

During the event, which runs through May 18, businesses will offer special discounts to residents and join in efforts to clean up the city’s most valuable visitor asset, 3.5 miles of beaches, on May 16. Better Vacation Rentals and Vigilucci’s Osteria are among the businesses scheduled to offer deals to local residents.

For more information, call the center at (760) 721-1101.

, Connie Lewis


VISTA: Cardinal Medical Center Opens on South Santa Fe

Dr. Jeffery Newman opened a solo family medical practice and urgent care center at 204 S. Santa Fe Ave. recently.

Newman has worked as a medical doctor locally for 19 years, but the clinic called Cardinal Medical Center is his own business, says his wife Patricia, who serves as the office manager.

, Mike Allen


CORONADO: Village Pizzeria Figures to Be Rolling in Dough Soon

Village Pizzeria opened its second location April 29, at the ferry landing. The original location is near the Hotel del Coronado at 1206 Orange Ave.

David Spatafore owns both restaurants, as well as MooTime Creamery and Beach-n-Diner.

, Brad Graves

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