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NATIONAL CITY: Marina Gateway Plaza Has Groundbreaking Moment

The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians began construction of a $30 million bay-front project April 1. Marina Gateway Plaza, which consists of a 173-room Best Western Hotel and 16,000 square feet of commercial, retail and restaurant space, is located at Bay Marina Drive and Harrison Avenue near Interstate 5.

The developer, the locally based MRW Group Inc., and owner, Sycuan, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony March 17. The architect is Irvine-based Lee & Sakahara Architects; San Diego-based Davis Reed Construction Inc. is the general contractor.

The plaza could open as early as summer 2009.

, Michelle Mowad

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SAN DIEGO: SYS to Help Navy Training Program Become Shipshape

SYS Technologies Inc. received a $1.5 million order to provide engineering support to the U.S. Navy for one year, the local technology company said.

It will provide the Navy with support for its shipboard training systems, company officials said.

SYS said recently that it is being acquired by Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., another local company, for $53 million in stock.

, Jaimy Lee


SOLANA BEACH: Business Starts Heating Up at Open Energy Corp.

More than 300 contractors have completed Open Energy Corp.’s training program to begin installing the company’s SolarSave panels.

The solar panels, which are used for residential properties, are paired with Eagle Solar Roof, which was developed by Rialto-based Eagle Roofing Products, according to the two companies.

Since the partnership was launched in December, 125 homes and buildings have installed the roof tiles. About 2,000 additional contractors are expected to complete the SolarSave training program this year.

, Jaimy Lee


ESCONDIDO: Maaco Turns 15, Ready to Paint the Cars, Town Red

The local Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting shop celebrated its 15th year in business in late March.

Bob Dewalt, who owns the North County location, says that many local motorists are reluctant to disclose accidents to their insurance companies due to high deductibles and fear of rising premiums.

“About one in eight vehicles suffer physical damage each year, but only one in 16, about half, will file a claim,” said Dewalt.

, Liz Wiedemann


CARLSBAD: It’s Fair to Say Some 100K Will Attend Chamber Event

More than 100,000 people from throughout Southern California are expected to attend the Carlsbad Village Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4.

The event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, is in its 34th year and encompasses Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street. Roughly 900 vendors have signed up to sell goods such as clothing, plants, household products, art and home d & #233;cor. There will also be 50 booths in the food court.

For more information, visit www.carlsbad.org.

, Connie Lewis


OCEANSIDE: Council Puts Robertson’s Plant Plan in Concrete

A controversial concrete plant, Robertson’s Ready Mix, got the go-ahead from the City Council in late March despite an outcry of opposition from local residents regarding its possible negative impact on the environment.

The plant is proposed for a 3-acre site on Industry Street. Mitsubishi Materials Corp. of Japan is a principal owner of Corona-based Robertson’s Ready Mix Concrete Inc.

, Connie Lewis


POWAY: Refinancing Mobile-Home Park a Challenging Issue

The City Council said March 27 that it would rethink its refinancing plan for the city-owned Poway Royal Mobile Estates, based on the council’s vote the previous week.

Facing a pending legal challenge from local residents who are seeking to purchase the mobile-home park from the city, the council decided to redo its plan based on legal advice from an outside law firm representing the city in the lawsuit, according to City Attorney Lisa Foster.

Under the originally proposed refinance plan, the city would not be allowed to sell Poway Royal for at least five years, which residents have said complicates their three-year effort to purchase the park.

Foster said that the plan in question would save the city about $500,000 per year by lowering interest rates on the bonds.

, Liz Wiedemann


SAN MARCOS: Aerotek Soars Over to New Offices on Rancheros Drive

Aerotek Inc. plans to hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. April 10 in its new offices at 300 Rancheros Drive. The Hanover, Md.-based technical and engineering staffing agency is moving from East San Marcos Boulevard to accommodate its growth in the manufacturing, engineering and administrative areas.

The new location can also assist with placement in aviation and construction.

Aerotek, which has 150 non-franchised offices in the United States, Canada and Europe, has three locations in Mission Valley and Temecula with 150 internal employees. It’s owned by Allegis Group, which provides staffing services.

, Ned Randolph


SANTEE: Domo Sushi Spices Up Vons Shopping Center

Restaurant owner Edwin Hom recently opened his fourth endeavor, a Japanese restaurant, in the Vons shopping center at 9625 Mission Gorge Road. The restaurant, Domo Sushi, began serving customers March 3.

Hom also owns Taste of Szechuan, a Chinese restaurant in Hillcrest, and Clairemont restaurants Taste of China and Thai Caf & #233;.

, Heather Chambers


ENCINITAS: City Still Houses Many High-Priced Residences

While statewide and San Diego County home prices fell in early 2008 compared with early 2007, median home prices in this city rose faster than any other city in the state in February.

The price increased 25.7 percent to $842,500 compared with the year before, according to the California Association of Realtors. The Los Angeles-based organization collects information from more than 90 local Realtor associations statewide.

, Ned Randolph


IMPERIAL BEACH: Sterling, City Council Part of Developing Situation

The City Council was to consider, at its April 2 meeting, whether to tell La Jolla-based Sterling Development Corp. to go it alone when building on land that now houses a medical office and credit union branch.

City officials had considered a city-aided redevelopment project for three blocks on the south side of Palm Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets.

During the first quarter of 2008, city officials decided the options for the site would require too large a public subsidy and would not be feasible as redevelopment projects.

City Manager Gary Brown has recommended that Sterling pursue the normal development process on the two western parcels of the site, using the city’s eminent domain power if needed.

Sterling’s partner is former City Councilman Dan Malcolm of Lee & Associates.

, Brad Graves


LA MESA: Taking Tour May Be Plus For You, Your Kitchen

Kitchens Plus plans to host a free tour of recently completed remodeling projects between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 26.

Certified designers and vendors will be available at the home remodeling and kitchen tour to answer questions and provide educational materials.

For more information, visit www.kitchensplussd.com or call (619) 466-5100 or (858) 693-4000.

, Heather Chambers


DEL MAR: Chambers’ Business Expo to Tower Above the Rest

The Regional Chamber of Commerce based in this city, along with the Golden Triangle and Solana Beach chambers, plans to host the 2008 Business Expo on April 23 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Mission Tower.

The local chamber is accepting registration for member and nonmember tables.

The event is free.

, Michelle Mowad

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