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Chula Vista: Goodrich Plant to Help Unit Soar

Goodrich Aerostructures Group, the city’s largest employer with 2,000 workers here, broke ground Aug. 23 on a manufacturing facility in Mexico.

The 350,000-square-foot facility in Mexicali, Baja California, called Goodrich Aerospace de Mexico, will produce and assemble parts for existing aircraft programs, including Boeing and Airbus. Goodrich cited the relative proximity of Mexicali, 100 miles from the unit’s headquarters, as a key factor in building the plant there. The company didn’t reveal the investment in the new plant, which will have 100 employees at the outset.

Another unit of Goodrich Corp., based in North Carolina, operates a plant in Guaymas in the Mexican state of Sonora.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: Bejeweled Theater to Get $6M Worth of Polish

Moonlight Amphitheatre, a venue for musicals for 32 years, will be getting a $6.1 million makeover.

The project will include a 70-foot-tall stage house with a fly loft, rehearsal room, prop workshop, dressing rooms, and an orchestra pit that can accommodate 35 musicians.

The design-build process is set to begin in October with construction starting in September 2008, after the close of the ’08 summer season. Construction is slated to be completed in time for the start of the 2009 season.

In addition to expanding and upgrading the theater, the project will permit it to offer more shows and extend its season from four months to seven or eight months.

“The Moonlight Amphitheatre is a crown jewel for the city of Vista,” said Mayor Morris Vance in a news release distributed Aug. 29 after the city unveiled the conceptual stage house model and architectural renderings for the project.

, Mike Allen

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Solana Beach: Speaker Looks to Persuade Guests

The Shared Vision Network plans to host persuasive speech coach Arvee Robinson on Sept. 12.

Robinson will discuss how to use public speaking as a marketing tool for businesses. The lunch event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

Started in 1991, the Shared Vision Network is a professional development organization for entrepreneurs. It has members in 43 countries, with chapters in Del Mar and other cities in the western United States, according to its Web site.

The cost of the event is $50 for members or $55 for guests. For more information, visit www.sharedvisionnetwork.com.

, Jaimy Lee

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San Diego: Alliant MBA Program Manages to Grow

Alliant International University’s Scripps Ranch campus has added a sustainable management concentration to its MBA program at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, it announced in August.

The sustainable management program has been developed to prepare business practitioners to understand and manage the new triple bottom line, profit, people and the planet, and take advantage of the opportunities this time of change provides.

Three courses , sustainable management, sustainable marketing and environmental management reporting , have been added to the fall 2007 class list, according to a news release. The program will be led by three professors, David Bainbridge, Ute Jamrozy and Greg Lorton.

The program will also be offered at the university’s Mexico City campus this fall.

, Jaimy Lee

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Carlsbad: Don’t Get Teed Off, Give Crossings a Shot

Some locals have panned The Crossings at Carlsbad as too expensive a golf course for a municipality to build, but a blog written by golf reporter Larry Olmsted on usatoday.com couldn’t say enough good things about it. In two paragraphs, that is.

In the late August posting, Olmsted called the links an addition to the list of “high-end public courses that gives preference in tee times to Southern California residents that makes everyone living outside the area jealous.”

He goes on to say that Carlsbad, home to such brands as Taylor Made, Callaway and Titleist, is the “epicenter” of the U.S. golf industry, where there are ample high-priced resort courses.

He said The Crossings, owned by the city on a 400-acre stretch of land that offers ocean views, is a “wonderful exception,” where he managed to get an early Saturday tee time at the “reasonable” nonresident rate of $95.

Sometimes, the locals can’t see the forest for the tees apparently.

, Connie Lewis

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Coronado: North Island Salutes Admiral’s Memory

North Island Naval Air Station dedicated its new main gate Aug. 30 to the memory of local resident James B. Stockdale, who ascended to the rank of vice admiral.

Stockdale, who died in 2005, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. In 1992, he went on to become the running mate for presidential aspirant H. Ross Perot of the Reform Party. Perot, Navy officials and Mayor Tom Smisek attended the dedication.

, Brad Graves

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Imperial Beach: Council Attached to Housing Plan

The City Council approved plans Aug. 15 to build six detached houses at the southwest corner of Emory Street and Elm Avenue.

The applicant, Lando Rose LLC of National City, plans to demolish five houses on the 18,000-square-foot property.

The recently approved houses would have two stories and include garages, which are accessible from Emory or the parallel alley. Plans submitted to the city show Spanish-style architectural elements such as arches and tile roofs.

, Brad Graves

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Carlsbad: City Manager Plans to Retire This Year

City Manager Ray Patchett, 59, who has served the city for more than 20 years, beginning as assistant city manager in 1985, announced in late August that he will retire by the end of the year.

He makes an annual salary of $220,683 and controls a city administration with a staff of 1,000 people.

The City Council is charged with hiring the city manager.

, Connie Lewis

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Escondido: Attend Event if the Eyes Don’t Have It

Escondido Premier Eyecare plans to offer a free workshop Sept. 12 at its office.

Dr. Norman Rose, the office’s practicing developmental optometrist for 20 years, is set to host his annual vision and learning workshop at 5:15 p.m. as an interactive consultation for prospective clients.

Escondido Premier Eyecare, at 1299 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite B, analyzes the eyes and brain and treats patients whose vision has been affected by head trauma, whiplash, stroke or birth defects. At the workshop, visitors will have an opportunity to take part in vision therapy exercises, says Marcia Maire, vision therapy coordinator.

“Individuals who have headaches from work or have difficulty in reading or learning are encouraged to attend,” said Maire. “We offer a lot of relief for people suffering vision problems related to looking at up-close text on a computer screen all day.”

For reservations, call (760) 743-6540.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Oceanside: Trainer Hopes You’re Motivated to Listen

If you’re looking to improve your business skills, locally based motivational speaker and trainer Joe Pergolizzi wants to help.

He plans to present a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in the community room of the library at 3861-B Mission Ave.

He will cover salesmanship, telephone etiquette, communication techniques and motivational skills.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more info, call (760) 435-5640 or visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Del Mar: Pair of Lessees Feeling at Home in Plaza

Two tenants signed on for five more years in Del Mar Plaza on Camino del Mar near 15th Street.

Arya Cleaners signed a $136,000 lease for 490 square feet of retail space to continue offering dry cleaning and alterations.

Gerhard, an upscale women’s clothing boutique, signed a $332,000 lease for 900 square feet of retail space.

Both lessees and the lessor were represented by Pete Bethea and Rob Ippolito of San Diego-based Burnham Real Estate’s retail advisory team.

, Michelle Mowad

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Lemon Grove: With Deal Complete, Changes Coming

Grove Office Supply and sister company Del Mar Office Products have merged with Seattle-based Complete Office for an undisclosed sum.

Grove Office Supply on Lemon Grove Avenue is a full-service office products company that sells items such as computers and maintenance supplies.

Grove General Manager John Tiffany said the company is in the process of changing its name to Complete Office. He added that Grove and Del Mar Office Products, based in Del Mar, are looking to occupy one office. The two offices could move to a new location as early as the end of the year.

, Michelle Mowad

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El Cajon: Downtown to Become Easier to Navigate

Downtown’s two primary roads, Main Street and Magnolia Avenue, will soon undergo major improvements as part of a multimillion-dollar initiative.

Redevelopment efforts include new streetlights, crosswalks and paved sidewalks. Trees and flowers will line some walkways, along with new benches and chairs.

Construction is set to begin in January and the majority of the work should be completed by the spring, according to the city.

Funding for the project stems from the city’s decision to issue up to $15.8 million in bonds.

The initiative derives from years of talks between the city and the El Cajon Community Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that tries to increase public and private investment locally, according to its Web site.

, Heather Chambers

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National City: Event Seeks Firms With Hunger to Help

Local eateries will be turning out for the 16th annual Taste of National City, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 140 E. 12th St.

The Chamber of Commerce is trolling for sponsors. For more info, e-mail thechamber@nationalcitychamber.org or call (619) 477-9339.

, Pat Broderick

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La Mesa: Kids to Enjoy Healthy Doses of Fun

The Grossmont Healthcare District and the city’s Park & Recreation Foundation will host the sixth annual Kids Care Fest featuring free health screenings and entertainment for children younger than 12.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St.

Children will receive free dental, podiatrist, chiropractic and hearing and vision screenings from health care professionals. More than 50 booths will distribute free medical advice.

Other activities include arts and crafts, rock climbing, pony rides and demonstrations and displays from police and fire officials. Children will be able to take home free books and crayons. Lunch will be served to children while supplies last.

For more information, call (619) 825 & #8209;5050 or visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.

, Heather Chambers

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Escondido: Technology, Art United on Web Site

Mingei International Museum has launched a Web site that features e-commerce functionality, making online purchases possible.

Items available for sale are the museum’s 35 documentary publications, which display the exhibitions, as well as the digital video discs, or DVDs, that accompany them.

V’Anne Cornelius, Web sales manager, says the publications are in color and can be delivered in about a week.

Designed by San Diego-based Teneleven Interactive and funded by a grant from The Parker Foundation, www.mingei.org is expected to offer items from the Collectors’ Gallery in the next year, says Cornelius.

The museum, which features folk art from all eras and cultures of the world, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

, Liz Wiedemann

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