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Regional Roundup



Oceanside: Web Site Is a Fresh Recycling Resource

North County’s business and residential communities now have access to a new Web site filled with information on waste disposal, recycling, community events and other local service offerings.

The site , http://northcounty.wm.com , was launched Nov. 17 by Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management.

The new site provides service information for commercial, residential and recycling customers; environmental fact sheets with suggestions on how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste; postings for special events and a press room; and a children’s section.

Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management serve Oceanside, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Rancho Santa Fe and Valley Center, and portions of Escondido and Fallbrook.

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“We also want to create a resource for others who may not reside in a city serviced by Waste Management, but who are looking for information on environmental topics,” said Ken Ryan, district manager. “The region is full of many active communities, and it is important that residents are able to have complete access to timely, targeted information through the Internet.”

, Pat Broderick

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San Marcos: Chick-fil-A Opening Outlet This Week

Atlanta, Ga.-based fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A plans to open Dec. 6 at 587 Grand Ave. with a promotional event that promises to award the first 100 patrons a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A combo meals. The stand-alone store is 4,000 square feet in size and will employ 60 people.

To date, Chick-fil-A has opened 1,290 locations in 37 states, including outlets in Chula Vista, Oceanside and San Diego. The addition of San Marcos brings the number of locations in San Diego County to four.

Chick-fil-A, which first entered the local market in 2004, is a family-run operation that reported sales of nearly $2 billion last year.

, Jessica Long

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Carlsbad: Poinsettias a Perennial Holiday Favorite

It may be too early to tell whether holiday shoppers will keep pace with their spending habits this year. But the Sacramento-based California Farm Bureau is confident they won’t waver from the Christmas tradition of buying poinsettia plants.

According to the bureau’s news service, more than 60 million poinsettia plants will be sold nationwide through December, and at least one in-state grower , California is the nation’s largest producer , is betting they’ll go for fresh-cut this year.

Paul Ecke III, owner of the Encinitas-based Paul Ecke Ranch, one of the state’s largest growers who is introducing fresh-cut poinsettias for use in bouquets this year, said he expects demand to be high.

“Most florists we talk to need something to put into flower arrangements at Christmas,” Ecke said. “Obviously, poinsettias are a perfect match because they are the Christmas flower.”

, Connie Lewis

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San Diego: Bike Shop Picks Up Momentum

B & L; Bike and Sports opened its second location at 3603 Del Rio W. in San Diego.

The Solana Beach-based bike shop is known for its high-end bicycle services similar to that found at the retail store Nordstrom, which strives for top customer service.

The average price of a bike sold at B & L; is $1,800, but the Solana Beach store sells bikes anywhere from $100 to $14,000.

“Bikes have gotten better, but the service hasn’t,” said Scott Rittschof, 43, owner of B & L; Bike and Sports.

Rittschof said most of his customers are professionals, both “blue collar and white collar,” who are serious about biking.

The company’s expansion into San Diego is a strategic one.

With more than 1 million people within San Diego’s city limits and downtown’s large concentration of people, the store sees an opportunity to offer specialized bicycle services to a large population.

, Amy Yarnall

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Poway: Frank Promoted to Sheriff’s Captain

Todd Frank was named captain of the Poway sheriff’s station on Nov. 24, replacing Charlie Campe.

He will be responsible for all law enforcement operations in the city of Poway. Most recently, Frank was a lieutenant serving as director of the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy. During his career he has also served as lieutenant in charge of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Administration unit of the Sheriff’s Department, and as a patrol lieutenant for the Vista sheriff’s station.

Campe will serve as captain of the Emergency Services division of the Sheriff’s Department.

, Stacey Bengtson

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Chula Vista: Council Continues Search

The City Council extended the deadline to Dec. 5 for accepting applications for a new city manager, allowing newly elected Mayor Cheryl Cox to take part in the process.

The county’s second largest city in population has been operating without a city manager since June when former City Manager Dave Rowlands abruptly resigned.

According to a settlement agreement with the city, Rowlands, who had been the city manager since February 1998, resigned because of differences with the council. He accepted a severance package of a year’s salary, plus benefits. He was earning about $230,000.

To assist in finding a qualified replacement, the city retained Bob Murray & Associates, a Roseville firm that has identified about 30 candidates, said acting City Manager Jim Thomson, who is not among those seeking the job.

, Mike Allen

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Coronado: Land-Use Vote In Photo Finish

The fate of the Coronado land-use measure from the Nov. 7 ballot will be determined soon, if it hasn’t been determined already. The official tally was not available by press time.

Unofficially, Proposition J, which prohibited certain residential lot splits, won by a scant three votes. The unofficial tally, issued Nov. 22 by the county Registrar of Voters, showed 3,384 people voted yes, 3,381 voted no.

County officials were working to finish the official tally by this week.

The measure landed on the ballot because many Coronado residents objected to the trend of tearing down one house to build two.

The measure applies to certain areas where zoning allows 12 units per acre. If successful, it would rezone those areas to eight units per acre.

, Brad Graves

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San Diego: Tool Converts Paper Docs to E-Files

Del Mar Database of San Diego recently launched a new electronic document management solution, DocumentTrac Standalone, which allows lenders to manage all documents associated with a loan file.

Del Mar Database, a unit of Brookfield, Wis.-based Fortune 500 Fiserv Inc., markets the new program as a tool that can be integrated with a lender’s existing mortgage banking system to increase overall efficiency and profitability by converting typical paper loan files into electronic files.

John Walsh, president of Del Mar Database, said DocumentTrac has been one of the company’s most successful solutions during the past couple of years.

Fiserv reported more than $4 billion in total revenue for 2005.

, Michelle Mowad

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Imperial Beach: Council OKs Condo Conversion

The Imperial Beach City Council approved a landlord’s proposal to convert a five-unit apartment building into condominiums.

Gordon Smith and LCB Enterprises Inc. plan to renovate the 1961-vintage structure at 234 Daisy Ave. Improvements include landscaping and a fountain. The council made its decision Nov. 15.

, Brad Graves

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