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Regional Roundup



Encinitas: Declining Sales Produces Taxing Situation

The city saw a 2.6 percent decline in first-quarter sales tax receipts to $62,987, compared with the same year-ago quarter, according to Darlene Hill, finance manager.

In a communiqu & #233; with the City Council, Hill blamed the decline on automobile sales, and the sale of a dealership, Mossy Chevrolet, to the city for a public works facility, as well as sluggish sales in home building materials.

By contrast, first-quarter sales tax receipts for the county as a whole were up 1.6 percent.

The shortfall in receipts in Encinitas would not have an effect on city services or programs, Hill said.

, Connie Lewis

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Carlsbad: Event to Help Businesses Gain Exposure

The Chamber of Commerce plans to present its 17th annual Business Expo, featuring 100 exhibiting companies from an array of industries, from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the parking lot of the Westfield Plaza Camino Real mall.

This year’s event will include specialty pavilions that highlight the latest trends, knowledge and equipment in a variety of sectors, with local professionals manning each vendor’s booth.

The pavilions will be devoted to technology, health and wellness and home products and services. From 5-7 p.m., the chamber will host a “sundowner” mixer at the shopping center to give attendees a chance to mingle after the proceedings.

For more information or to become a vendor, contact the chamber at (760) 931-8400.

, Connie Lewis

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Coronado: Strategic Hotel Decision Paying Dividends

The joint venture that owns the Beach Village development at the Hotel del Coronado closed sales on 11 of its 36 hotel condominium units during the quarter ended June 30, according to Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc.

Strategic, based in Chicago, is a part owner of the hotel and disclosed the information as part of its second-quarter earnings press release issued Aug. 1.

The sales generated $46.7 million. The average price was $2,300 per square foot.

, Brad Graves

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Del Mar: Murphy Dental Sinks Teeth Into Building

Patricia Murphy DDS ARC signed a lease for 1,500 square feet of office space in the Del Mar Building at 14th Street and Camino del Mar from DMEO LP. The property was leased for 120 months at $702,000. It will be used as a dental office.

The lessee was represented by Michael Dyer of San Diego’s Burnham Real Estate and the lessor was represented by Katie Anderson of University Towne Center-based Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial.

, Michelle Mowad

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San Diego: ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ Award-Winners Say

The Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University plans to present the Dealmaker of the Year awards from 7 to 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at The Dana on Mission Bay hotel.

The awards, celebrating a high standard of business ethics and sense of community, highlight the achievements of individuals, firms, events and deals of the past year.

Scheduled speakers include Jessie Knight Jr., executive vice president of Sempra Energy; and Bob Brower, president of Point Loma Nazarene. Students, faculty members and alumni will get an opportunity to network with local business professionals.

Reservations are required. For more info, visit www.pointloma.edu/dealmakers.

, Pat Broderick

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Imperial Beach: $21K to Help City Protect, Serve

The City Council has opted to spend $21,300 on three computer file servers. The contract, approved Aug. 1, went to CDW Government Inc., based in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, Ill.

The servers will replace a 6-year-old server at City Hall and a 5-year-old server in the Public Works Department. The third server will be used for security.

, Brad Graves

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Oceanside: Need a New Lease on Life? Tackle This

If you’ve been trolling for a spot to operate a bait and tackle shop, the city has just cast a big net.

The city has issued a request for proposals for the lease of space on the Oceanside Municipal Pier for just that purpose. The property, which consists of a 160-square-foot building space at Pier View Way and North Pacific Street, has been operating as a bait and tackle shop since 1987.

Submissions should be sent to Julie Cook, program specialist with the city, at the following address: Property Management, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside 92054. The deadline is Aug. 30.

, Pat Broderick

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Solana Beach: What a Waste Not to Vote on Fee

On Aug. 3, the city mailed out ballots for the solid waste fee to all local residential and commercial property owners.

Although the city has collected the fee since 2005, a settlement with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association requires that property owners must vote whether or not to continue the fee after Sept. 30.

The solid waste fee is used to pay for programs that prevent pollutants from entering the local storm drain system, according to the city’s Web site. The annual cost to maintain national pollutant discharge elimination system programs is $319,322. The solid waste fee generates $244,245 annually, with franchise fees, construction plan checks and inspections, as well as other fees making up the difference.

Ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. Sept. 20. If a property owner does not receive a ballot by mail, he or she can contact the city clerk’s office to receive one, said the city’s environmental specialist, Danny King.

, Jaimy Lee

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Lemon Grove: Vet Hopes Hospital Goes to the Dogs

Veterinarian Lisa Labrecque recently reopened the San Diego Pet Hospital on Broadway near Harris Street. The animal hospital had been closed for several weeks following the death of longtime owner and veterinarian Michael Clark this year.

Labrecque, formerly with the South Bay Veterinary Hospital in Chula Vista, said the East County facility was a family business opened by Clark’s father 42 years ago. She said the Clarks and the San Diego Pet Hospital have been fixtures here for generations.

“This is exciting because this is one of the oldest veterinarian hospitals in all of San Diego,” she said.

The San Diego Pet Hospital employs 10 people, including two veterinarians.

, Michelle Mowad

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San Diego: Go North to Make Your Business Thrive

For $5, attendees can spend an afternoon at the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s business expo. Sporting the theme “Business Thrives in San Diego North,” this year’s event will feature booths from 200 vendors and include the chamber’s monthly “Business After 5” mixer.

It is set for 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 on the sixth floor of the Kilroy Building, at 13520 Evening Creek Drive in the Sabre Springs area.

The chamber encompasses 1,500 square miles that is home to 12 communities, including 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Scripps Ranch.

For information and to register for the event, call (858) 487-1767 or visit www.sdncc.com.

, Jaimy Lee

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Vista: If Best Things Are Free, Series May Be a Hit

The city hosts its first Citizens’ Leadership Academy starting next month. The free program is designed to give residents an insider’s view of their local government and foster stronger relationships between them and the city, according to a press announcement.

The series runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Among the issues to be discussed are public safety, development, traffic, growth and finances. Participants will learn how municipal decisions are made, how public funds are allocated and how departments are operated. Also, they will meet elected council members and department heads, and tour city facilities and development projects, according to the announcement.

For more information, call (760) 726-1340, ext. 1411.

, Mike Allen

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Escondido: May You Live, Er Survive, in Flat Times

Angelo Damante, founder and president of Mercedes-Benz of Escondido, is set to speak at the kickoff of a new Chamber of Commerce luncheon series.

“How to Survive in Difficult Times” will serve as a how-to for local businesses during what some are calling flat times.

According to the chamber Web site, the city’s sales tax receipts are 8 percent less than they were a year ago.

Damante, whose firm is one of the top 25 sales tax payers in the city, plans to speak in the chamber’s Angelo Damante Board Room at noon on Aug. 15.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Poway: BH & Sons Seeking Solid Return on Investment

Shamrock/Poway Investors I LLC has sold the Parkway Technology Centre for $9.65 million.

The 37,627-square-foot office building is at 12365 First American Way. Burnham Real Estate’s Mickey Morera represented the seller, and Rick Putman of Cushman & Wakefield Alliance represented the buyer, BH & Sons LLC.

The center was built in 2001 by R.G. Petty Construction and designed by San Diego-based KMA Architecture and Engineering.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Chula Vista: Pizza Garden Gets Beautiful Makeover

La Bella Pizza Garden, a fixture in the downtown part of the city at Third Avenue and G Street for 53 years, reopened last month after an extensive remodeling and construction of a new building next door that houses La Bella Caf & #233; and Games. The new building has 10,000 square feet and includes an arcade room with 40 games.

, Mike Allen

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