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Santee: New $18M Park to Span More Than 50 Acres

Construction on Town Center Community Park facilities is scheduled to begin this summer and open in mid-2008.

Funded through redevelopment bonds and developer impact fees, the $18 million project required no new taxes or fees, according to the city.

During the last nine months, the city graded the park, at Riverwalk Drive and Cuyamaca Street, which included revegetation and realignment of Woodglen Vista Creek, and construction of three creek crossings.

When complete, the park will cover more than 50 acres and include a sports complex with a restaurant, softball and baseball fields, arena soccer, and batting cages.

Other park features include an entertainment venue, both grass and artificial turf soccer fields and football fields, as well as covered picnic areas, playgrounds and trails.

, Katie Weeks

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Imperial Beach: Ecologists Ride Wave of Show Popularity

Wildcoast, the environmental advocacy group based in Imperial Beach, is riding the waterlogged coattails of HBO’s “John from Cincinnati” drama series.

The group notes that Wildcoast signs, shirts and staffers appear regularly in the surf-themed series, set in Imperial Beach and airing Sunday nights. For example, Wildcoast’s “Clean Water Now” signs show up in the first two episodes.

Serge Dedina is Wildcoast’s executive director.

, Brad Graves

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Oceanside: Bookmobile Rolls Out With ‘Net Access

The Oceanside Public Library plans to dedicate its new bookmobile from 2 to 4 p.m. June 22 in Rancho del Oro Park at the corner of College Boulevard and Mesa Drive.

The 40-foot-long bookmobile features five public computers, free high-speed Internet access, and an early learning computer station loaded with interactive educational software for youngsters.

On June 25, the bookmobile will begin it new summer schedule, with stops that include Temple Heights Elementary School, Rancho del Oro Park, Capistrano Park, Libby Lake Park, John Landes Recreation Center, Palm Tree Plaza, Kohl’s Department Store at the Quarry Creek Shopping Center, Luiseno Park and Alamosa Park.

For more information, visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Poway: $4.2 Million Later, Poway to Hold Block Party

Named after the street across from Old Poway Park, Aubrey Park is completed, and the surrounding community has scheduled a block party.

The park includes four softball fields, T-ball and picnic areas, a playground and parking lot.

Since its 2005 debut, $4.2 million has gone into the 8.5-acre facility, say city officials.

The block party, set for June 16, was described as a perfect way to express the community’s satisfaction with the way the facility turned out, said representatives of the Poway Girls Softball League, one organization that uses the fields.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Vista: Voters OK New Charter With Greater Flexibility

Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure June 6 to adopt a new city charter, a decision elected officials say will provide them with more control and flexibility over how the city is managed.

With 100 percent of the special election ballots counted, the measure was approved by 67.3 percent of those voting, which was only 20 percent of those eligible.

Vista joins four other cities in the county that have their own charters: San Diego, Chula Vista, Del Mar and San Marcos. The rest are governed under a general law charter overseen by the state’s Legislature.

As a charter city, Vista now has more power in awarding contracts and is not required to pay “prevailing wages,” or union scale, for its public works projects. The latter was a major reason for the change as Vista has more than $100 million in capital improvement work planned.

, Mike Allen


Coronado: New Admiral To Command SEAL Base

Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan relieved Rear Adm. Joseph Maguire as commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Command during ceremonies in Coronado on June 12.

The command, based in Coronado, oversees the Navy’s special operations forces, including its sea-air-land, or SEAL, commandoes.

Maguire gets a promotion to vice admiral. His new assignment will be deputy director for the Strategic Planning Directorate at the National Counter-Terrorism Center in Washington, D.C.

Kernan has been deputy commander of the special warfare command since October.

, Brad Graves

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Carlsbad: Chamber to Network at La Costa Resort

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at the La Costa Resort and Spa from 5 to 7 p.m. June 20.

The so-called poolside sundowner costs $5 for members and $15 for prospective members.

Guests will have the opportunity to hear about a culinary series that will be held at the resort in June and new Legends Trail experience on the resort’s golf courses.

For information, call (760) 931-8400.

, Jaimy Lee

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Chula Vista: Off-Road Trucks Return for Big Race

A national off-road truck race that came to the city in 2005 returned to a temporary track June 8-10, drawing thousands of avid motor enthusiasts.

The Championship Off Road Racing series featured a variety of trucks and all-terrain vehicles driven over a two-mile dirt track located at Rimrock Mountain Quarry, located at Heritage Road next to the Otay River Valley.

The racing series, owned by San Diego home builder James Baldwin, returns to the site for another three-event on the weekend of Sept. 28-30.

, Mike Allen

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La Mesa: Classic Auto Show To Run Till Late August

La Mesa’s downtown classic car show has started and will continue every Thursday from evening until 9 p.m. until the last Thursday of August.

La Mesa Village Merchants’ Association Chairman Stan Young said that the events draw between 2,500 to 4,000 people to the downtown area, depending on the week.

Businesses and in particular restaurants experience a big boost from the extra traffic.

“The warmer the weather, the more the margaritas flow,” said Young. “We just are continuing the tradition since we were the first in the county to have a classic car show.”

, Andy Killion

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Escondido: Two Thumbs Up for Church Expansion

Escondido staffers gave a church addition the thumbs up this month, while suggesting that a proposed delicatessen not be allowed.

The Escondido Planning Commission was scheduled to review both requests June 12.

A city staff report shows that a one-story multipurpose building at Escondido United Reformed Church at 1864 N. Broadway would be OK, but a request to build a deli in the Citracado Medical Center at 625 W. Citracado should be rejected.

, Jessica Long

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Oceanside: Health, Wellness Fair Sets August Debut Date

Health-related businesses in San Diego will have another opportunity to show their wares at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Second Annual Health & Wellness Fair scheduled on Aug. 23 at the Oceanside Civic Center.

The event, free to the public, is presented by Genentech, Tri-City Medical Center and the North County Times, and sponsored by Sharp Mission Park Medical Centers.

For sponsorship information, visit www.oceansidechamber.com.

, Pat Broderick

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San Diego: DriveCam Wins Government Award

DriveCam Inc., which monitors driving behaviors to assess risk, announced June 7 that the state Department of General Services awarded the company a multiple award schedule contract, making it easier for DriveCam to sell its services to state and local government agencies.

Representatives from the company would not disclose the potential dollar value of the contract.

DriveCam, based in San Diego, will have the contract through the end of 2011.

, Andy Killion

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San Marcos: Council Voting On Drive-Through Drugstore

The City Council was scheduled to vote this month on a request for the municipalty’s first drive-through drugstore.

The vote was scheduled to take place June 12.

The drugstore would be built as part of a larger 19-acre new retail center project proposed on vacant land at San Marcos Boulevard and Twin Oaks Valley Road.

The retailer that would run the drugstore has not been named.

City staff had recommended approval, according to the council’s publicly posted agenda.

, Jessica Long

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Carlsbad: Sub Surface Waste Business Beefs Up Board

The Environmental Tec International, S.A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sub Surface Waste Management of Delaware Inc., is beefing up its board of directors.

ETI intends to increase the number of members from three to five, and add new directors with financial and business development experience in Mexico to oversee current business and the development of new commercial and governmental business opportunities.

Board members will include Bruce Beattie, chief executive officer of SSWM; and Robert Brehm, CEO of Carlsbad-based U.S. Microbics Inc., parent company of SSWM. ETI has nominated two additional candidates: Fernando Serrano, managing principal of Irvine-based Perla Capital Group, LLC; and Ricardo Lorden, who was instrumental in helping craft the North American Free Trade Area environmental regulations.

He presently consults with governors and federal officials to attract foreign capital and technology companies to help build Mexico’s employment and economy.

The nominations are subject to ETI/SSWM board approval, and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for subsidiaries operating in foreign countries.

, Pat Broderick

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El Cajon: Alley Cat Art Walk Set for July 6-7

Downtown El Cajon businesses will hold the second annual Alley Cat Art Walk July 6-7.

The event, which includes a juried art show, is to be held 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown El Cajon’s Arts Alley , a walkway between East Main Street and Rea Avenue.

The event is organized by El Cajon restaurants, arts groups, museums, and other businesses to promote the arts. The art walk will include live music; brats and beer sold by the German American Society of San Diego and margaritas from Por Favor Mexican restaurant.

, Katie Weeks

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