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Solana Beach: Opper Sports New Web Site

Opper Sports Productions launched its iTunes-compatible surf video Web site, www.thesurfnetwork.com, in July. The site offers more than 200 TV shows and movies that are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, Apple TVs and iPhones. TV shows cost $2.99 or $3.99; movies cost $9.99.

“It’s the only one of its kind in the surf community,” said company spokeswoman Joanne Forster.

The video-on-demand site also allows users to keep all purchases indefinitely, unlike other VOD sites that rent for a limited time.

Opper Sports Productions was founded in Solana Beach by Ira Opper 12 years ago. Thesurfnetwork.com is the company’s first Web venture, according to Forster.

, Jaimy Lee

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Oceanside: Party to Help Companies Work Smarter

The Chamber of Commerce will be joining its counterparts from Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook for what is being billed as the “smarter party/mixer/expo and networking extravaganza.” It’s set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Smarter Small Business office courtyard at 2382 Faraday Ave. in Carlsbad.

The event will feature refreshments, $15,000 in door prizes and a grand prize drawing for a $10,000 marketing package. Carlsbad-based Smarter Small Business Inc. hosts a Web site, smartersmallbusiness.com, to help businesses development strategies, and to give them opportunities to promote their services online.

For more info, call (760) 722-1534.

, Pat Broderick

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San Diego: Transit Panel Driven to Find Volunteer

The Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee is looking for an expert to help oversee the $14 billion TransNet program, the local half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.

The position, which will fill an open volunteer slot in the seven-member committee, calls for a licensed engineer with at least 10 years of experience in transportation project design and/or construction.

The committee monitors expenditures, makes recommendations, and is subject to the conflict-of-interest policies of the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning agency.

For more info, send e-mail to Sandag at pio@sandag.org, call (619) 699-1950, or visit www.sandag.org/notices. The deadline to apply for the position is Aug. 20.

, Pat Broderick

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Vista: Visionaries Wanted at 3 Community Sessions

The city is soliciting ideas and feedback from its residents in three community “visioning sessions” scheduled for Aug. 25, 27 and 30 at various sites.

Residents are being asked what they think about the city’s assets and challenges, and for their ideas about its future. The city said it will use the information to formulate goals for its general plan, the legal document that will guide development and redevelopment for the next 20 years.

For more information, visit http://www.cityofvista.com.

, Mike Allen

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Coronado: Conventioneers to Learn Why Ideas Die

Executives from the consumer electronics industry plan to converge here Oct. 14-17 when the Consumer Electronics Association hosts a four-day conference at the Hotel del Coronado. The program will include a holiday sales forecast and a keynote speech by Chip Heath, co-author of “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.”

Details on the conference are available online at www.CE.org/events.

The association is based in Arlington, Va.

, Brad Graves

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Lemon Grove: Decision Tips Against Developer

The city has decided not to continue exclusive discussions with developer Tipping Point Partners for development of its Main Street Promenade.

The city entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Tipping Point in August 2005. The agreement expired in May 2007.

City Manager Graham Mitchell said the city will have discussions with other developers. Several developers have expressed interest in redevelopment in the district between Main and Olive streets and between Broadway and Pacific Avenue, according to Mitchell.

“Developers need to get the dirt and then we can talk,” said Mitchell. “They need to show some commitment.”

, Michelle Mowad

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Del Mar: City Spending $8.5M to Safeguard Land

The Del Mar Union School District has agreed to sell a 5-acre parcel to the city for $8.5 million. The property on Ninth Street is home to the district’s administration building, the Winston School and baseball field. The agreement was approved at a July 25 school board meeting.

Mayor Carl Hilliard said by preserving this special part of the community, the city can safeguard it for the future.

“Everyone wins in this sale , the city, the school district and especially the people of Del Mar,” said Hilliard in a statement to residents.

School board President Annette Easton agreed that it is a win-win situation. She said it provides funds for the district while allowing the city to maintain a community resource.

The city has until Feb. 28 to close escrow, allowing it time to raise funds to complete the purchase.

City Manager Lauraine Brekke-Esparza said there is an active group of residents that has been poised to start major fund-raising efforts to finance the sale.

Brekke-Esparza confirmed that the city intends to extend lease agreements to the Winston School for the maximum allowed period of 55 years. The public school will also participate in funding.

, Michelle Mowad

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El Cajon: Smokers Won’t See Welcome Mat Here

The city has approved the strictest ban on smoking in San Diego County. Starting Sept. 13, people in the East County city will not be able to smoke at outdoor restaurants, outside the courthouse or while walking on a crowded street.

People can smoke in homes, back yards and patios. Smoking will be banned in areas at apartment and condominium complexes that are within 20 feet of a common area, such as a laundry room or pool. The City Council approved the ban unanimously late last month, saying it wants to protect residents from secondhand smoke.

Violators will face a fine of up to $500.

, Katie Weeks

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Chula Vista: City Official Manages to Become Leader

Scott Tulloch was named assistant city manager in charge of the Development Services Department on July 25. Tulloch had been the acting assistant city manager since March 12 and previously was the city’s director of engineering. He formerly worked for the city of San Diego’s Wastewater Department.

, Mike Allen

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La Mesa: Group Urges Folks to Walk Their Walk

East County residents have partnered with World Vision to hold a 12-mile walk to raise money for children living in Zambia, Africa.

Walk Their Walk is set for Sept. 29 at Lake Murray Regional Park in La Mesa.

The money will help children who walk 12 miles round trip to school get access to schools and fresh water.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice, according to its Web site.

For more information, visit www.walktheirwalk.com.

, Katie Weeks

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Imperial Beach: Work May Be as Easy as APC

The City Council planned to name a contractor at its Aug. 1 meeting to remodel the town’s fire station.

Gardena-based APC Inc., which has an office here, submitted the lowest qualified bid at $279,000.

The contractor will renovate the second-floor living quarters and remodel the customer service counter, as well as upgrade the fire alarm system.

, Brad Graves

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San Marcos: Become a Leader in Just 9 Months

A nine-month course in leadership is returning to Cal State San Marcos.

Leadership North County is slated to run from Sept. 20 through June 19. Applications are due Aug. 15.

The course offers information on city, county and state issues, including trial law, work force development, land use, housing, transportation and health care.

More than 400 people have graduated from the program, which started in 1986.

For more information, visit http://www.csusm-es.org/lnc.

, Jessica Long

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Escondido: Development Features 1890 Farmhouse

Developer Shea Homes recently restored a 117-year-old farmhouse in the eastern part of the city.

Located just south of Dixon Lake, the Hudson-Schutte Farmhouse sits within a 123-home development, Chaparral Ridge, after being moved 100 feet from its original location. The cost of the six-month restoration was not disclosed.

The farmhouse will eventually be put up for sale, along with the other homes, which are under construction.

, Jessica Long

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Carlsbad: Poseidon Plan Flows Closer to Approval

Poseidon Resources Corp. said in late July that its application for a coastal development permit, a necessary step in the process of developing a desalination project here, was deemed complete by the California Coastal Commission.

The decision clears the way for an approval hearing in November, when the agency plans to hold a meeting in San Diego County.

The proposed $300 million desalination plant would have the capacity to produce 50 million gallons a day of drinking water to serve 300,000 residents annually.

, Connie Lewis

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