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Coronado: Landowners to Open Lodge Next Year

The original developers of Coronado’s Trant Manor lived in simpler times. The people who formed Coronado-based Trant Manor LLC , who live in the present day , might even envy them.

Trant Manor was built as a boardinghouse in 1906. The people who put it up didn’t have to fret about sufficient parking. The beach parking crunch would not start for decades.

One hundred and one years later, the people renovating the historic building at 1060 Adella Ave. (near Orange Avenue and the Hotel del Coronado) are going underground for parking.

They hope to open the property in the winter of 2008 as a hotel and call it the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach.

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The current owners acquired it in August 2004 for $2.3 million.

Sue Gillingham, a principal with Trant Manor LLC, won’t say what the business is spending on renovations, but says it’s several times the purchase price.

After raising the historic building on steel beams in December, the owners are adding subterranean parking, laundry, mechanical equipment and storage.

Four Coronado couples own the property. They are Dave and Sue Gillingham, Holly and Joe Jankiewicz, Pam and Mark Gould, and Rick and Maria Kenney. Encinitas-based Tekton Master Builders is handling construction.

, Brad Graves

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National City: School’s Beauty Project Completed

The remodeled Bay Vista College of Beauty , celebrating its 50th year in National City , reopened with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Jan. 29.

Students, who got to meet with financial aid officers and administration representatives, also had a chance to chat with salon industry pros on job opportunities, and learn what business and technical skills are required by employers.

The college’s $150,000 makeover is part of a larger neighborhood revitalization effort in the area.

, Pat Broderick

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Oceanside: Come on Get Healthy, Chamber Says

Local health-related businesses will get another opportunity to promote their products and services at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s second annual North County Health & Wellness Fair, set for Aug. 23 at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza.

The event will feature educational workshops, screenings and demonstrations.

The chamber is inviting businesses to reserve booths now.

, Pat Broderick

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San Diego: Center Sheds Light on State Solar Laws

The Energy Policy Initiatives Center, a nonprofit research center at the University of San Diego School of Law, recently released two papers to shed light on two of the state’s landmark solar access laws.

The papers examine the Solar Shade Control Act, which prohibits nearby trees and shrubs from shading solar energy systems; and the Solar Rights Act, which limits the ability of homeowners associations and local governments to restrict installation of solar energy systems.

“As more and more homeowners and businesses consider installing solar energy technologies in urban and suburban environments, understanding provisions of these existing laws will become increasingly important,” said Scott Anders, EPIC’s director.

The papers can be downloaded at www.sandiego.edu/epic.

, Pat Broderick

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Vista: City Getting Fired Up About 2 New Stations

The city has selected two sites for new fire stations, with construction set for later this year.

The sites are in southern and central Vista, and on properties owned by the city.

Planning officials have been negotiating since last month with an architect to lead an engineering and design team for the two stations. The intent is to have a contract ready to approve by the City Council at its Feb. 13 meeting.

The estimated construction cost for the two stations is $10 million, with engineering and design fees 10 percent of the total, or $1 million, said Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmermann.

Funds for the new stations along with several other projects would come from a planned bond issue later this year.

, Mike Allen

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Chula Vista: School Puts Emphasis on Environment

A new High Tech High School is on the way this year in the city’s planned University Park and Research Center campus.

The charter school’s emphasis is the environment, which may help it to fit in on the campus. The campus is also expected to feature the national Energy Center for Sustainable Communities.

The City Council approved an agreement Jan. 23 that authorized the city manager to enter into a 50-year lease with High Tech High Learning, a private, nonprofit organization that now operates seven other charter schools, including six in the county.

The school is scheduled to open in temporary facilities in September. A permanent building is slated to open next year.

, Mike Allen

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San Marcos: Scholarship Contest to Help Students

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce is looking for businesses interested in helping high school seniors afford college in the fall.

The chamber needs companies to donate $250 to $1,000 in scholarship money. In return, businesses will be invited to help set criteria for the scholarship contest and help present scholarships.

Scholarships will be given to graduating seniors at both San Marcos and Mission Hills high schools.

Interested businesses are asked to contact Steve and Anh Eggers at (619) 203-1079.

, Jessica Long

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Lemon Grove: Edco Has Concrete Plans for Facility

Lemon Grove-based Edco, a family-owned waste collection and recycling company, has expanded its services in its home city.

The company’s Lemon Grove facility is now operating as a drop-off location for demolition waste from construction and renovation projects, as well as individuals.

Founded in 1967, Edco offers services for residential homes, commercial businesses, industrial centers, construction sites and community events in Southern California,

, Michelle Mowad

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Solana Beach: Company Open to WaterEye’s Ideas

Solana Beach-based Open Energy Corp. has signed a contract to acquire Northern California-based WaterEye Corp. in an all-stock transaction worth $3 million.

Open Energy is a renewable energy company focused on the development of solar technologies that produce renewable energy, fresh water and related resources.

WaterEye is a privately held company that provides remote monitoring and diagnostic services to the water and wastewater treatment industries.

Shares of Open Energy are traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol OEGY. Shares were trading at 47 cents as of Jan. 29.

, Stacey Bengtson

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Escondido: Association Drives Address Changes

At the request of the Escondido Auto Park Association, the Escondido City Council voted 4-0 last month to change the names of four streets.

Vineyard Avenue, Citracado Parkway, Auto Park Way North and Auto Park Way South will all become part of Auto Park Way in six months. The streets are part of a single road that runs from Mission Road south of Highway 78 to Interstate 15.

Thirteen auto dealerships line that particular stretch.

, Jessica Long

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Del Mar: Residents Offer Cliffs Notes on Project

Developers for the Cliffs Del Mar, a mixed-use project proposed for the corner of Camino del Mar and 10th Street, hosted an open house Jan. 27 to seek community comment.

Because the development will encompass more than 25,000 square feet in the downtown commercial area, it is subject to voter approval in accordance with an initiative adopted by residents 20 years ago. Additional hearings and workshops will be held for added public comment, according to Mayor Carl Hilliard.

The developers include Bryn Stroyke of Vintage Properties Co. Inc. of Manhattan Beach.

The Cliffs Del Mar would be the first large construction project in many years to bridge the gap between the southern end of the business district up through 15th Street. The last projects approved by the Del Mar electorate include the Del Mar Plaza and Del Mar Hotel in the 1980s.

, Michelle Mowad

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Poway: SpaceDev Does Award-Winning Work

SpaceDev Inc. has received the Poway Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year Award for 2006.

The award recognizes Poway-based SpaceDev for bringing increased recognition to the city as well as its contributions to local community events and services. The award also included a Certificate of Special Recognition from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon. Hunter’s 52nd Congressional District covers cities and towns in northern and eastern San Diego County, including Poway.

SpaceDev is a space technology, aerospace company that creates and sells space products and mission solutions.

, Stacey Bengtson

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Encinitas: Avalon Doors Trumps Rivals With Deal

A local company has opened the door on a deal with celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Avalon Doors LLC of Encinitas has been chosen to supply elegant custom doors to the new home models at the Estates at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.

A total of 38 to 50 homes are planned.

“With their spectacular ocean views and the best golf course in California, where all 18 holes front on the ocean, these homes are sure to attract the most discerning buyers who are seeking both luxury and privacy,” said Trump.

Avalon Doors specializes in new construction.

David Fitzgerald, president of Avalon Doors, said the firm takes pride in being selected to provide a “luxury product that is synonymous with the name Trump.”

Terms of the deal were not announced.

, Connie Lewis

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Carlsbad: Cal-Bay Looks to Race Past Competitors

Carlsbad’s Cal-Bay International Inc., a publicly traded real estate development and investment company, announced Jan. 26 the completion of a sponsorship agreement for the MB3 racing division of the Daytona ARCA 200 Event, scheduled for Feb. 10.

The MB3 Motor Sports Dodge No. 14 ARCA racecar will be driven by Michael Faulk and televised live nationwide on cable TV’s Speed Channel.

Cal-Bay’s MB3 Motor Sports division is located in Mooresville, N.C.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Shares in Cal-Bay International are traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol CBAY. Shares were trading at 0.027 cents as of Jan. 29.

, Connie Lewis

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Santee: Sudberry Looks to Construct Retail Complex

The city of Santee has received a proposal from San Diego’s Sudberry Properties Inc. to construct a 71,500-square-foot retail complex that would include a grocery store and restaurant.

Developers want to demolish a strip mall, including a roller skating rink, on Mission Gorge Road east of Carlton Hills Boulevard. The planning office received the proposal last month, said Associate Planner Joshua McMurray.

He said developers will need to undergo an environmental review before a hearing date will be set with city planning officials, which could be a couple of months away.

, Katie Weeks

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Otay Mesa: Chamber Dinner Set for Feb. 16

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce plans to hold its annual installation of board members dinner and auction Feb. 16.

Out of 16 chamber seats, Alfonso Esquer and Karl Morgan are the only newcomers to be installed at the event.

Wendy Gillespie will take the reins as chamber president from current President Steve Zisser.

The event is set for the Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive in San Diego.

, Andy Killion

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El Cajon: Solymar Gives its Regards to Broadway

San Diego-based Solymar Inc. plans to complete a 14-unit office condo complex in El Cajon in the next two months.

The condos, to be called Regards to Broadway, are located between First and Second streets on Broadway Street. Prices begin at $399,000 and the condos will range from 1,032 to 1,522 square feet.

Three of the 14 have been purchased. Future tenants include a Filipino grocery store and a beauty salon.

The complex features 12 single-story and two two-story units. The developer is offering $25 per square foot discounts for tenants who want to finish walls and flooring. The space is ideal for offices, retail or medical-type businesses, though not restaurants, according to Solymar.

“It’s a good way for a small business to own their office space, which is unusual in San Diego,” said Solymar spokesman Brian Yui.

, Katie Weeks

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La Mesa: Residents Get Opportunity to Sound Off

The La Mesa City Council planned to hold a town hall meeting last week at La Mesa Middle School, fielding questions and suggestions from residents regarding current projects in the city.

Residents are being given a chance to let the city know how its resources should be used.

Assistant to the La Mesa City Manager Carol McLaughlin said that the information , gathered via survey and public address , will be given to the City Council at its strategic planning workshop in March.

, Andy Killion

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Imperial Beach: Lobbyist to Speak for the Sand

Sand on the beach, that essential component to Southern California tourism, needs a voice in Washington, D.C. , at least in the opinion of the Imperial Beach City Council.

The council voted Jan. 17 to spend slightly more than $40,000 on a Washington, D.C., lobbyist for a sand-import effort.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would provide the sand.

Several people attending the meeting questioned the quality and cleanliness of the sand the town might get, and brought up wider environmental issues.

Mayor Jim Janney said the hearing was about hiring a lobbyist and not about the merits of the project.

City Councilwoman Patricia McCoy expressed anger at the history of environmental degradation in the South Bay, yet said a public beach was “a major economic asset.” She said spending money on a lobbyist would allow the city to “stay in the game.”

Janney also said more federal money goes toward shore erosion in Chicago than to the same issue on the West Coast.

, Brad Graves

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