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Regional Roundup

Del Mar: Mar Group Sets Up New Base of Operations

The Mar Group signed a 36-month lease valued at $113,000 for 1,500 square of office space. The income property investor with a focus on urban infill projects moved from its High Bluff Drive office in Del Mar Heights to new headquarters on Camino del Mar near Ninth Street.

The Mar Group is developing projects in Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Jolla, National City and San Diego.

Darlene Praderelli of La Jolla-based Capital Growth Properties Inc. represented the lessor, BMR International II LLC, and Katie Anderson of University Towne Center-based Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial represented the lessee.

, Michelle Mowad

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Escondido: Site Urges Folks to Experience City

The city, in collaboration with 10 other local organizations, has launched a new Web site called the Escondido Experience.

The site is designed to show all that the city has to offer, including restaurants and outdoor recreation. Those involved hope the site will attract more attention to the area, said a city representative.

Contributing partners include the Escondido Arts Partnership, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the Chamber of Commerce and the Escondido Children’s Museum.

Escondido Experience was officially launched July 23. Visit for more information.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Chula Vista: Vector Seeks Increased South Bay Sales

Vector Marketing opened a sales office at 1031 Bay Blvd., run by Jesse Long, district manager. The office is used for recruitment and training of sales staff.

Vector Marketing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcas Corp., based in Olean, N.Y., and a marketer of cutlery and accessories that are sold directly to consumers.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: 1st Velo Newsletter Races to Local Computers

The city’s first issue of Velo, an e-mailed newsletter and short for “velocity,” came out this month. It contains an interview with Redevelopment Director Bill Rawlings, explanations of the state’s redevelopment law, and how the city is using it to improve blighted areas.

Rawlings cited the Vista Village retail area as a prime example of effective redevelopment. The city is working to secure two or three more high-end restaurants for the village to join California Pizza Kitchen and Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, Rawlings said.

Two other areas that are slated to be redeveloped are South Santa Fe Avenue and a mixed-use project at the intersection of Vista Village Drive and Santa Fe Avenue.

, Mike Allen

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Oceanside: Businesses to Say Here Comes the SUN

The city is partnering with corporate sponsors, residents and volunteer groups for the sixth annual Oceanside SUN , Supporting Urban Neighborhoods , project Sept. 22.

SUN 2007 will make improvements to homes on Calle Mariposa, Calle Las Positas, Calle Solimar, Calle Los Santos and Calle Vallecito in the Libby Lake neighborhood. The project will include house painting, fence replacement and trash removal.

Local businesses have been contacted to participate. For more info, call Brendan Mangan of the Neighborhood Services Department at (760) 435-3385, or e-mail

, Pat Broderick

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Encinitas: Sports Complex Plan Not a Hit With Some

Some residents who object to the city’s proposal of a sports complex along Interstate 5 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea staged a mini-protest recently to have the project scaled back.

Some members of an organization called Friends of the Hall Property passed out Scale Back the Park fliers and spoke to people at several locations around town to voice their fears about how the project could negatively affect the neighborhood.

The proposal calls for three baseball diamonds, five multiuse grass fields and other attractions on 44 acres formerly owned by a flower grower, Robert Hall. The property sits west of I-5 and south of Santa Fe Drive.

While some residents say the complex is needed for the city’s growing recreational programs, the protesters contend that 419 proposed parking spaces would be inadequate for the 1,500 cars that would come in and out of the park on a daily basis. They also object to 90-foot-tall lighting fixtures.

The protesters want to see a scaled-back version of the park that would have only four fields and no 90-foot lights.

The fate of the proposed park rests with the City Council, which plans to take up the matter in the fall.

, Connie Lewis

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San Diego: Ethical Firms Get Chance to Torch Rivals

The Better Business Bureau has set a deadline of Sept. 7 for its 2007 Torch Award entries.

Every year, the BBB honors companies that demonstrate ethical business practices. BBB members and nonmembers, including for-profits and nonprofits, are eligible to enter this year’s awards competition.

This year’s event, sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union, is set for Dec. 4.

Entry forms are available at the BBB Web site, The entry fee is $25, with proceeds earmarked for scholarships awarded to high school students who write winning essays on the importance of marketplace ethics in the community.

, Pat Broderick

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N. County: Caltrans Lists Possibly Troubled Bridges

An Interstate 5 bridge across Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad and the bridge between Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar on the old U.S. 101 are on the California Department of Transportation’s list of priority repair needs, according to an Aug. 12 report.

The list was released following the collapse of a major bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis that killed at least nine people this month.

Caltrans has proposed repairs to the deck and substructure of the I-5 lagoon crossing in Carlsbad, according to the list of high-priority bridge projects.

Caltrans Director Will Kempton said the state’s 25,000 bridges “are safe,” and those in Southern California are in better condition than those in the northern part of the state.

, Connie Lewis

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Solana Beach: Qualified to Improve Park? Tell City

The city is accepting requests for qualifications from firms interested in submitting design renderings and construction plans for La Colonia Park and La Colonia Community Center, according to the city Web site.

An advisory committee plans to hire a design consultant for improvements to the park and center, as well as safety improvements. The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

For more information, go to & #173;tentID=136.

, Jaimy Lee

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El Cajon: Ramona Firm Paves Way for Students

The first day of class offers a clean slate , and in the case of Grossmont College, a new parking lot. Ramona Paving & Construction Corp. pulled up, graded, repaved and re-striped the 590-space Lot 1 as part of a $443,000 campus entrance face-lift.

In addition to removing potholes, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District improved the lot to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Grossmont also plans to renovate the parking lot on the campus’s east end and put up a multilevel parking structure. The project will provide the college with 800 more spaces.

Funding for the projects is coming from the $207 million Proposition R construction bond, passed in 2002.

Classes begin Aug. 20.

, Brad Graves

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Coronado: Tee It Up, Help USS Ronald Reagan Crew

Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan will be the beneficiaries of a golf tournament set for Sept. 10 at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

The Reagan Golf Classic & Legacy Dinner will raise funds for the Michael and Colleen Reagan Scholarship Fund for sailors serving aboard the North Island-based aircraft carrier. Proceeds will also benefit the San Diego Navy League and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

Golfers will have a chance to play with a Navy participant. They will also be treated to an exclusive tour of the aircraft carrier.

The dinner is set for Sept. 9 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

In addition to radio talk show host Michael Reagan, event sponsors include Mercedes-Benz of San Diego, the Sullivan International Group, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Viejas Entertainment and Production, and Capital Gold Group.

For information, visit

, Brad Graves

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San Diego: Ortiva Wired About Speedier Servers

La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless Inc. will replace its Dell rack servers with IBM BladeCenter servers.

The change will let the majority of Ortiva’s business run up to 500 percent faster, according to a news release from IBM, regardless of varying wireless networks.

The company manages mobile video to give service and content providers the ability to improve control, quality, and efficiency of media content delivery. Because wireless networks can distort media content, Ortiva’s software adapts to individual streams.

, Jaimy Lee


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