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Escondido: Expansion Plans Brewing at Stone

Stone Brewing Co. announced plans Dec. 28 to add a 50,000-square-foot building to its campus, bringing its total to more than 100,000 square feet.

With revenue growth of more than 35 percent in 2007, according to Chris Cochran, marketing coordinator, the brewery aims to grow in like fashion this year.

“We had a lease option on the property south of us that expired in December 2007. We exercised the contractual option with Escondido Research and Technology Center developer JRM-ERTC LP,” Cochran said.

Cochran says the new building will be used primarily to house cold storage, dry storage, distribution, additional storage space and some offices.

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Stone Brewing distributes to about half the states in the nation and the District of Columbia. In 2007, the company sold more than 65,000 barrels of beer.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Coronado: Boaters to Get to Sit at New Dock of Bay

The spot on San Diego Bay is popularly known as “Peohe’s dock,” and Coronado Ferry Landing is building a new version of the boat tie-up.

Contractor R.E. Staite Engineering Inc. of San Diego demolished the old dock near Peohe’s restaurant in December in preparation of building a $1.1 million replacement.

Components for a new dock will arrive in February, and construction ought to take a few months, says a spokeswoman for the San Diego Unified Port District.

According to the port, the previous dock was installed in 1999, but it deteriorated because of constant wave action. It closed to boaters in 2006.

The old dock was made of concrete. Its replacement will be made of wood and steel.

In September, the port agreed to provide Port Coronado Associates, doing business as Coronado Ferry Landing, with rent credits in exchange for replacing the dock.

, Brad Graves

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Chula Vista: Buy License Soon or Pay More Later

Business owners have until Jan. 31 to pay for their annual business license before incurring monthly penalties. The fee varies according to type, location and size of the business.

The city is offering the convenience of paying the fees online via its Web site at www.chulavistaca.gov, and then clicking on Renew My Business License.

For each month the license fees aren’t paid, business owners would be assessed a 10 percent penalty.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: New Kite Sculpture Program Taking Flight

Artists seeking to get involved with the city’s new public arts program have until Feb. 1 to submit their ideas for a $750 commission. The city is asking for creative proposals with the chosen theme of “Kites” for a series of eight sculptures mounted on 12- to 15-foot poles and placed around downtown and the Vista Village shopping center.

The eight winning proposals are to be selected by the city’s Public Arts Commission, and would be erected this summer.

For more information, call the city at (760) 726-1340, ext. 1148.

, Mike Allen

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San Diego: Swiss Support to Help Pyron Solar Shine

Pyron Solar Inc. will begin production of its photovoltaic systems after receiving financing from a Swiss investment company. The companies did not disclose the amount of financing.

The locally based manufacturer also has plans to add to its staff after it announced Dec. 20 the closure of a Series A equity financing with New Energies Invest Ltd. Pyron Solar is working on pilot projects in Spain and China.

, Jaimy Lee

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Solana Beach: Funds to Help Add Artistic Touch

The city is working with the local community to raise money to match a $35,000 pledge from three patrons for the city’s Public Art Challenge. The city has received $10,000 in contributions and is seeking an additional $25,000.

The funds will be used for “permanent and temporary art exhibits, educational programs and cultural events,” according to the city’s Web site. The Public Arts Advisory Commission is working to establish signage at all city entrances.

For information, call (858) 720-2454.

, Jaimy Lee

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Del Mar: Bowtique Hopes Sales Grow at Flower Hill

A new pet boutique signed a five-year lease for 1,750 square feet of retail space at Flower Hill Promenade on Via de la Valle. The lease, signed by Buddy’s, a Pet Bowtique, was valued at $353,817. The space will be used to sell natural foods, holistic supplements and accessories for dogs and cats.

Carrie Bobb, Reg Kobzi, Matt Shope and Joel Wilson of Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis represented the lessor, Protea Flower Hill Mall LLC. Bobb represented the lessee.

, Michelle Mowad

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Imperial Beach: Panel to State its Ideas About Inn

The Seacoast Inn condominium-hotel project will go before the California Coastal Commission when the panel meets Feb. 6-8 in San Diego, a commission planner said last week.

Two commissioners appealed the beachfront project to the state level by the Dec. 28 deadline, according to Dianne Lilly, a coastal planner.

San Diego-based Pacifica Cos. plans to build the four-story, 78-room structure with underground parking on the site of the existing Seacoast Inn. The Imperial Beach City Council OK’d the project Dec. 5.

, Brad Graves

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Carlsbad: Upper Deck to Sport New Logo on Cards

The Upper Deck Co., a sports trading card maker, is changing its corporate logo to “better reflect the company’s varied line of sports and entertainment collectibles,” according to a Jan. 4 announcement.

Founded in 1988, the company is nearly 20 years old. The trademark green diamond has been modernized to sport a new blue shadowed background. The first product with the new logo will be Upper Deck’s 2008 Series 1 Baseball release, which is scheduled to launch in early February.

, Connie Lewis

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Poway: $179M Upgrade May Help Kids Up Grades

Parent volunteers from the Poway Unified School District sent 28,000 mailers to the homes of local registered voters Jan. 5, trying to raise awareness of Proposition C.

The proposition is a $179 million bond measure that would pay for technology enhancements, security upgrades and modernization projects at 24 schools. It is scheduled to appear on the Feb. 5 primary ballot.

Lorene Joosten, campaign co-chairwoman, says the 2,500 blue lawn signs that volunteers planned to distribute in front yards and the phone calls planned for the next month would inform the public about Proposition C.

To raise funds for the completion of a 24-school renovation and modernization project that the district launched in 2002, Poway Unified trustees voted in November to place the bond measure on the ballot.

, Liz Wiedemann

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