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Vista: ProSource Striving to Floor Its Competitors

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, a St. Louis flooring retailer, is opening a store in Vista. The grand opening at 1070 La Mirada Court was set for Jan. 24.

The new ProSource store is managed by David McCowan, and the second franchised store in the county. The other, under separate ownership, is in the Miramar area of San Diego. ProSource has 150 showrooms nationwide.

, Mike Allen

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Jamul: Sweetfields Hopes to Enjoy Sweet Success

Sweetfields Inc., a family-owned business with a 33-acre flower farm in Jamul, announced Jan. 15 that it has created an edible, candied flower that can be dusted with precious metals.

SweetDust flowers can be covered with sterling silver, 24-karat gold or other requested metal, and retain edibility while also being waterproof, staying afloat in a champagne flute.

Diane Richards, vice president of customer relations for Sweetfields, said that customers enjoy being able to float a SweetDust flower in a glass of champagne or a martini.

Shanna Johnson, one of three partners in Sweetfields, said the company foresees more growth in the near future, including acquiring a warehouse where metallic finishes will be applied.

“Currently we work from home in the Carlsbad area,” said Johnson. “Soon we’ll have offices, but first we’re getting the warehouse developed,” adding that they would like to have a storefront soon as well.

, Andy Killion

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Chula Vista: Mall Works to Be Center of Attention

Chula Vista Center announced new hours that extend the mall’s shopping times on Fridays and Saturdays.

The changes, which took effect Jan. 16, were made to accommodate the desires of its customers, said Susan Lipp, the center’s marketing manager.

“We recently surveyed our shoppers at malls we operate across the nation and they told us they wanted us to be open more hours,” Lipp said.

The center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Chula Vista Center is owned and managed by Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. and features about 100 stores, including Macy’s, Sears, JCPenney, Mervyns and Ultra Star Cinemas, a Vista-based chain. The center is at 555 Broadway in Chula Vista.

, Mike Allen

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La Mesa: City Needs Three Commissioners for Panels

The city of La Mesa is seeking to fill three vacancies on two of its boards: the Community Services and Human Relations Advisory commissions.

The seven-person community services panel advises the La Mesa City Council on parkland acquisition and policies for parks and recreation and has one available seat. The deadline for filing an application for community services commissioner with the city clerk is 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.

La Mesa’s Human Relations Commission, with two open seats, advises the council on programs and projects and develops activities to promote positive human relations in the city. There is no application deadline for these seats.

Commissioners receive $50 per month for attending meetings, held on the second Wednesday of each month at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. Applications are available on the Web at www.cityoflamesa.com or at La Mesa City Hall.

, Andy Killion

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San Diego: Firms Getting Fired Up About Makeover

La Jolla Fire Station 13 is getting a $450,000 face-lift.

Work was set to begin Jan. 25 on the renovation of the station at 809 Nautilus St.

The remodeling effort, with contributions from local businesses and community members, is scheduled to be finished by spring, according to the office of San Diego City Council President Scott Peters.

, Pat Broderick

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Oceanside: Coffee Cart to Perk Up City Employees

Good news for sleepyheads in and around Oceanside’s City Hall: A coffee cart will soon be coming your way.

Espresso impresarios, bean brewers and java jockeys have until Jan. 31 to bid for that coffee concession.

The lucky Joe , or Jane , then will negotiate a lease agreement with the city.

Extra foam, anyone?

, Pat Broderick

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Coronado: Loews Looks to Gross Out Guests

The people at Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa have put together a family tour package centered on the “Grossology” exhibit going on at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park through April.

The package includes a one-night hotel stay for two adults and two children, admission to “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” and prepackaged snacks. Those checking in will receive the “Grossology” book as well as some unconventional welcome amenities , slime and whoopee cushions.

The package starts at $289.

Nigel Nose-It-All, billed as one of the exhibition’s most popular costumed characters, makes guest appearances at the hotel on two Saturdays, April 7 and 21.

, Brad Graves

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Imperial Beach: Council Seeks Counsel on Zoning

Imperial Beach leaders have set aside money to review commercial zoning within the city.

The City Council voted Jan. 17 to hire Edaw Inc., a San Francisco design firm with an office in San Diego, to perform the review at a cost not to exceed $250,000. The goal is to get the most out of commercially zoned land, city officials said. The work is estimated to take a year and will include three public workshops, officials said. Any final product must be OK’d by the California Coastal Commission.

, Brad Graves

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Del Mar: City Is Seeking Committee Commitments

Del Mar has vacancies on its Design Review Board, which reviews the design applications of all projects and evaluates proposals for their consistency with the city’s general plan and within zoning ordinances.

Additional vacancies include positions on the Airport Advisory, Parks and Recreation, Rail Transportation, Traffic Parking Advisory and Communications Technical Advisory committees.

For more information, visit http://www.delmar.ca.us/News/CommitteeVacancies.htm.

, Michelle Mowad

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Encinitas: Oh Sandy, Are Beaches Drifting Away?

The beaches in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Imperial Beach are losing sand, and California Coastal Coalition Executive Director Steve Aceti is concerned that while the state has allotted funding for restoration, it won’t be enough. Aceti says he plans to contact Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials to get the budget for sand replenishment shored up.

Though sand is washed away and restored during the natural ebb and flow of the tide, urban development and flood control systems have blocked the flow in some places. Replacing the sand is inexpensive, he argues, weighed against the potential loss of tax dollars that tourists bring.

In San Diego County, the tourism industry represents $6 billion in direct spending annually, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The California Coastal Coalition, or CalCoast, is a nonprofit advocacy group comprised of entities including coastal cities, the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning agency and business associations committed to restoring California’s coast through sand replenishment, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery and improved water quality, according to its Web site.

, Connie Lewis

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Lemon Grove: Car Dealer Will Steer Taxes to City

A car dealership approved by the Lemon Grove City Council broke ground Jan. 12 just east of state Route 94 and Lemon Grove Avenue.

New Jersey-based DCH Auto Group anticipates sales to commence at the Lemon Grove DCH Honda in December.

Several buildings in the largely industrial area have been razed to make room for the project.

City Manager Graham Mitchell said DCH Honda is a good fit for Lemon Grove and will change the landscape of the city’s major entryway. Mitchell added that the dealership would be San Diego County’s only Honda dealership built from the ground up.

He estimated the business would generate between $500,000 and $1 million in new tax revenue.

, Michelle Mowad

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Poway: Starsys Goes on the Defensive, Lands Deal

Starsys Inc., a subsidiary of Poway-based SpaceDev Inc., in partnership with the University of Colorado Laboratory for Space Physics, has been awarded a $750,000 contract from the Missile Defense Agency.

Starsys will design and develop a nonsticking cover seal system for the exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, program. The EKV is the interceptor component that collides with a target warhead.

The contract has been awarded under the Small Business Technology Transfer program, which provides research funding for partnerships between industry and nonprofit research institutions.

Work is slated to be completed in 2008.

, Stacey Bengtson

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North County: Project to Bridge Commuters’ Gap

Workday car pooling through the Escondido/Rancho Bernardo area via Interstate 15 is one step closer to being easier.

The California Department of Transportation, along with the San Diego Association of Governments, unveiled the newly completed Pomerado Bridge on Jan. 20.

Sandag, a regional planning agency, plans to use the bridge to help run managed lanes, convenient for car poolers, from state Routes 78 to 163.

The bridge took nine months to complete and features four lanes, a pedestrian and bicycle path, a signalized intersection and upgraded seismic work.

TransNet, the local half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, is helping to fund the 20-mile project for car pools, buses and FasTrak customers, the Sandag Web site says.

, Jessica Long

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San Marcos: Workers Get Wired Up With Pirate Aid

Pirate Wire & Supply Inc. formally announces this month the opening of a new showroom and storefront operation in San Marcos.

The operation is located on Ryan Drive near the Las Posas exit and state Route 78.

Founded in 2002, Pirate Wire carries low-voltage wire and cable products for professional installers of communication and security systems.

, Jessica Long

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Carlsbad: Rubio’s Sales Going Swimmingly

Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. reported unaudited fourth-quarter revenue Jan. 22 that rose 19.7 percent to $41.3 million from the same year-ago quarter. Same-store sales were up 4.9 percent, while transactions declined 2 percent and the average check rose 6.9 percent.

The Carlsbad-based company opened five restaurants during the quarter ended Dec. 31, including the acquisition of a Fresno franchise, bringing the number of company-owned restaurants to 162.

For 2006, sales rose 8.1 percent to $152.2 million, compared with $140.8 million for the 2005 fiscal year. Same-store sales were up 2 percent versus 1.2 percent the year before. Transactions declined 1 percent and the check average rose 3 percent.

The company plans to open 16 to 20 more restaurants this year.

Rubio’s stock, traded as RUBO on Nasdaq, closed at $9.61 a share Jan. 22, down 8 cents from the Jan. 19 close. The company, which made San Diego the home of the fish taco, has restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

, Connie Lewis

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El Cajon: Complex Sale Generates $7M for Trio

An 81-unit apartment complex in El Cajon has been sold for $7.38 million to Rancho De La Luna Apartments Homes LLP.

The complex, called Shadow Wood Villas, is a few blocks from downtown El Cajon on Van Houten Avenue. The property on 3.3 acres features nine two-story buildings with 20 one-bedroom units and 61 two-bedroom units. The sellers, SW Villas LLC, THG & P; LLC, and Shadow Wood LLC, sold the complex for $91,000 per unit.

, Katie Weeks


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