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El Cajon: $1M Sale Centers Around Office Condo Space

Sissy H. McGill Inc. has purchased three industrial condo units in the Cuyamaca Commerce Center for $1 million.

The seller was Jackson Pendo Development Co. of La Mesa. The condos total 5,000 square feet in a 19,840-square-foot building at 1331 N. Cuyamaca St. The cost per square foot was $200. The facility was built in 1978.

, Katie Weeks

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Santee: It’s Hip to Be at Trolley Square in Summer

Several companies sponsor free concerts every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Trolley Square.

The July 19 concert features the band 145th Street, a “rocking energy blues band.”

The concerts, set to run through Aug. 23, are sponsored by San Diego-based California Coast Credit Union, Lakeside’s Marrokal Construction Co., Cox Communications Inc., Target Stores, Allied Waste and others.

For more information, call (619) 258-4100, ext. 201.

, Katie Weeks

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Oceanside: Boost Your Business in Five Minutes

The Chamber of Commerce here has invited compatriots in Vista to join its “5-Minute Networking” bash from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 31 at the Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, in Vista.

Chamber members will have the opportunity to meet up to 20 businesspeople for schmoozing, where they can exchange business cards and make referrals.

To register, call (760) 727-7700, e-mail scott@oceansidechamber.com, or visit www.oceansidechamber.com.

, Pat Broderick

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San Diego: Small Biz Has Big Shot to Support Navy

The Chamber of Commerce here is alerting its members about the Navy Small Business Opportunity Conference, set for Aug. 14 and 15, at the downtown Convention Center.

Presented by the National Defense Industrial Association’s local chapter, the event , also known as the Gold Coast Conference , is designed to educate, guide and assist businesses, especially small businesses, in working with the government.

The keynote speaker is Rear Adm. Steven L. “Smiley” Enewold, vice commander of the Naval Air Systems Command. Workshops include “Doing Business With the Government,” “Responding to a Request for Proposal,” “Contract Vehicle Changes,” “Marketing to Prime Contractors,” “Enhancing Your Win Percentage,” and “Legislative Updates.”

For more information, visit http://2007goldcoast.ndia-sd.org/.

, Pat Broderick

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National City: Don’t Blink Or You May Miss Meeting

The Chamber of Commerce here is presenting its next “Business Book Club” meeting July 25, featuring “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell, author of the seminal best seller “The Tipping Point.”

The event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the chamber’s conference room at 901 National City Blvd. For more info, send an e-mail to thechamber@nationalcitychamber.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Del Mar: Apartment Deal Nets Owners Hefty Profit

A 48-unit apartment complex sold for $15 million. The Stratford Beach Apartments on Stratford Court were sold by 510 Stratford Court LLC to Thomas M. Funke.

The complex consists of 24 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units and 42 garages on 1 acre. Most units have patios or balconies.

Dixie Hall, Rachel Hemingway, Kevin Mulhern and Dick Schneider of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. Greg Wagner of La Jolla-based Capital Growth Properties Inc. represented the buyer.

The property, built in 1969, was acquired by the sellers in 1992 for $4.2 million.

, Michelle Mowad

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Carlsbad: Rubio’s Swims to Trans-Fat Bandwagon

Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill plans to do a complete conversion to the use of zero-trans-fat canola oil for cooking all menu items at its 160 locations by mid-August, the company said July 9.

“Our goal in transitioning to zero-trans-fat oil was to continue delivering unsurpassed flavor and quality in all the foods we serve,” said Larry Rusinko, vice president of marketing. “We look at this milestone as an improvement to our menu and a way to enhance our guests’ experience by incorporating a more healthful cooking ingredient.”

Other food chains to announce they are in the process of studying or converting to zero-trans-fat oils include San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. and McDonald’s Corp.

, Connie Lewis

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Vista: ABA Striving to Develop Biz Class Hotel

The city could get its first business class hotel if negotiations with a Carlsbad development company lead to an agreement.

ABA Development LLC met with city staffers last month regarding a 3.4-acre parcel near the intersection of Melrose Drive and Faraday Avenue for a possible 151-room hotel, according to Scott Brown, chief executive officer of ABA Development.

The hotel would service travelers to the Vista Business Park and McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

, Mike Allen

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San Marcos: Mixed-Use Plan Yields Mixed Reaction

A controversial mixed-use project was set to go before the City Council last week.

Palomar Station, proposed for 14.32 acres east of Las Posas and south of West Mission roads, would include 29,000 square feet of retail space, a 9,800-square-foot office building and 333 condominium units.

Opponents argue that the site is environmentally unsafe for homes, but according to city documents, staff has recommended approval of the project at the council’s July 10 meeting.

A developer for Palomar Station was not named on the council’s agenda. The applicant listed was Las Posas No. 1 LP.

, Jessica Long

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Chula Vista: Eastlake Pet Firm Not Sitting Around

Eastlake Pet Sitting, a service that includes dog walking and pet sitting, opened for business last month, serving the areas of Eastlake, Otay Ranch, San Miguel Ranch, Rolling Hills Ranch and Bonita.

In addition to the above services, owner Danny Ayres says his business provides cat visits, in-home overnight sitting, private boarding, and home care.

, Mike Allen

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Carlsbad: Phoenix Group Finalizes $40M Royal Sale

Phoenix Footwear Group Inc., a multi-brand footwear, apparel and accessories firm, said this month that it finalized the sale of its Royal Robbins division to Kellwood Co., an apparel and consumer soft goods marketer, for $40 million in cash.

Phoenix Footwear’s stock, listed as PXG, is traded on the American Stock Exchange.

The company expects to report a net pretax gain of $23 million on the sale. It acquired Royal Robbins on Oct. 31, 2003, for $11.7 million.

Jim Riedman, chairman of Phoenix Footwear, said the proceeds from the transaction would allow the company to pay down “a significant portion” of long-term debt and provide capital to pursue “our immediate growth initiatives.”

The company designs, develops and markets a wide selection of men’s and women’s dress and casual footwear, belts, outdoor sportswear and travel apparel, including such brands as Tommy Bahama Footwear, Trotters, SoftWalk, Strol, H.S. Trask and Altama footwear lines and Chambers Belts.

, Connie Lewis

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Solana Beach: Solar Pro Open to $4M Energy Deal

Open Energy Corp. said July 3 a $4.21 million purchase order from Solar Pro International, a Sacramento solar integrator.

Open Energy, a renewable energy company, will provide SolarSave PV Tiles to 350 single-family homes in Placer County. Two-kilowatt rooftop systems will be built on each new home, supplying half the electrical requirements, according to a news release from Open Energy.

The SolarSave product line includes roofing membranes, roofing tiles, custom architectural photovoltaic glass, and balance of systems equipment.

, Jaimy Lee

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Escondido: Area Market Producing Grand Move

The downtown farmers market has headed east.

Last week, the weekly market that showcases local produce growers, bakers and tamale makers moved one block east of its original location on Grand Avenue. The purpose of the move to the 200 block of East Grand Avenue, is to allow other small businesses in the area a chance to attract more foot traffic, according to the Downtown Business Association of Escondido, which operates the market.

The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

, Jessica Long

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La Mesa: Nothing Fishy About Brigantine’s Success

The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant here is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout July.

Open since 1997, the restaurant has served more than 2 million fish tacos, according to General Manager Chris Albright.

The restaurant has 100 employees and is part of The Brigantine Family of Restaurants, an 11-eatery chain that includes Miguel’s Cocina and Azul La Jolla.

, Andy Killion

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San Diego: The Salvation Army Makes Smart Move

SmartDrive Systems Inc. announced July 9 that its driver risk management system has been selected for deployment in The Salvation Army’s West Coast fleet of vehicles.

The Salvation Army fleet is the 13th largest fleet of vehicles in the country.

Financial consideration of the deal was not disclosed.

SmartDrive’s incident review service has been used by the charitable organization since mid-2006 and was chosen for this contract after a lengthy process, according to a company news release.

SmartDrive’s technology will continuously record driving activities and will be used in “box trucks,” which The Salvation Army uses to collect donations, as well as in passenger vans operated by the organization.

, Andy Killion

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Lemon Grove: Promenade Project a Main City Topic

The city is still discussing how to proceed with development of its Main Street Promenade district of the downtown village.

The Lemon Grove Community Development Agency was scheduled to host a special meeting to present a Main Street Promenade project update July 10 at the fire station and determine if it would extend a contract with a consultant for the project.

The contract with Tipping Point Partners, a national consultant that the city has worked with since August 2005, expired in May. The city will need to determine if it will extend another contract to Tipping Point or continue with development independently.

, Michelle Mowad

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Poway: The Show Must Go on, City Council Says

The City Council has approved a $228,300 subsidy for the Poway Center for the Performing Arts’ upcoming season.

Though the city is working with a relatively tighter budget than past years due to the age of its original infrastructure, says arts foundation Executive Director Henry Korn, it has not budged in its commitment to support local arts.

Assistant City Manager Penny Riley said the city offered the PCPA grant because of its cultural and educational benefits at a “cost effective” rate.

The center will be getting exterior upgrades, including a $45,000 paint job, this month, according to Pat Ryan, an operations manager in the Public Works Department.

, Liz Wiedemann

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