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Oceanside: Construction Stops, Then Goes on Bridge

Construction on phase one of the $18 million Pacific Street Bridge project in Oceanside finished up April 17, while phase two kicked in with a traffic switch from Harbor Drive South to adjacent parking lots.

The lots , numbered six, seven and nine , are serving as the temporary Harbor Drive South, a switch that will last 18 to 24 months. According to the city, the completed bridge will provide a safer and more attractive crossing for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

, Pat Broderick

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National City: Soon, Living in Paradise May Be Possible

Groundbreaking for Paradise Village, a 497-unit senior living community adjacent to Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, is scheduled for June 5.

Planned in partnership with Portland, Ore.-based Generations Design and Construction Inc. and Roseville-based nonprofit Adventist Health, the $110 million, 12-acre gated community will offer affordable housing choices, services and amenities.

The 405 independent living units come in a variety of styles, from 748-square-foot, one-bedroom homes, priced at $2,600 a month, to two-bedroom units, measuring more than 1,000 square feet and renting for $3,600.

The 92 assisted living units range from 448-square-foot studios, priced at $3,100 a month, to 832-square-foot, two-bedroom homes for $4,900.

“We’re always looking for vendors,” said Debi Adams, marketing director for Generations LLC, the Portland-based parent company of Generations Design. “It will present employment opportunities to the area.”

Adventist Health operates health care facilities in the western United States and sold Paradise Valley Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services Inc. for a reported $30 million in February.

, Pat Broderick

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Encinitas: Door Maker Finds Business Partner

Avalon Doors LLC, a custom door manufacturer, has partnered with Kitchen En-Counter of Orange County to bring Avalon products to its showroom.

Kitchen En-Counter, which has a showroom in Huntington Beach, has been in the custom kitchen design business for 18 years.

Avalon Doors specializes in new construction and has a showroom on Encinitas Boulevard.

, Connie Lewis

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Santee: Condo Project on Council Agenda

The Santee City Council is set to OK construction of 235 condominium units on 11.3 acres.

CLB Partners is proposing the project for the south side of the San Diego River on undeveloped land between Cuyamaca Street and River View Parkway.

CLB has offices in Solana Beach and Dallas, Texas. The project would have about 20 units per acre.

, Katie Weeks

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Imperial Beach: City Council Raises City Manager’s Pay

Imperial Beach City Council on April 18 increased the salary of City Manager Gary Brown to $136,000, retroactive to Jan. 1. Brown’s previous salary was $130,000.

“Overall, even with the amended contract, Mr. Brown’s compensation is one of the lowest, if not the lowest for a city manager in San Diego County. We are fortunate to retain him,” said a memo to the council from Mayor Jim Janney.

Brown has been the city’s top administrator since December 2003.

, Brad Graves

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La Mesa: HR Consulting Firm Eyes Downtown Move

La Mesa-based Puente Consulting Inc., an employment law and HR consulting firm, announced its move to new digs in downtown San Diego on April 16.

The new larger headquarters at 225 Broadway will enable the firm to increase its range of services and trainings, according to a news release.

Puente has been in business since 2001.

, Andy Killion

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San Diego: SDG & E; Unveils Massive Solar Panel Arrays

San Diego Gas & Electric, the local unit of Sempra Energy, unveiled 10,000 square feet of solar panels atop the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, which will generate electricity , enough to power 65 homes at peak production , and serve as the centerpiece for an upcoming exhibition on alternative energy.

The solar panels are the result of a partnership between the San Diego-based utility and the museum. They generate a maximum of 100 kilowatts, said SDG & E.; Please turn to Page 25 for details.

, Andy Killion

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Vista: Ophthonix Envisions Bright Future in New Offices

Ophthonix Inc., a manufacturer of corrective eyeglass lenses, is in the midst of a tenant improvement project for a 75,000-square-foot, $2.3 million office at 1491 Poinsettia Ave.

The new office will accommodate the company’s current offices at 10455 Pacific Court in Vista. San Diego-based Johnson & Jennings is the general contractor for the project.

, Mike Allen

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Solana Beach: Entrepreneur Launches Online University

Brian Tracy, a local author, entrepreneur and business consultant, is lending his name to a private online university that launched last fall.

Brian Tracy University offers classes for would-be and established entrepreneurs and business owners, teaching them how to start, build, manage and turn around their business, according to a company news release.

The non-accredited university has registered more than 50 students, said spokesman Eric Berman. An average curriculum is $995 and includes 10 lessons; the entire curriculum (30 lessons) runs about $2,500.

“In doing our research, we learned that there are a lot of people who don’t want to go through the whole rigors of a university,” he said. “They want to immediately get results in their business.”

, Jaimy Lee

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Chula Vista: E-Mail Turning Into Snail Mail? Call Mimosa

The city upgraded its e-mail system through a contract with Mimosa Systems of Santa Clara. An increasing volume of e-mail to city workers and officials was experiencing some slowdown, especially with larger files such as PowerPoint presentations.

The city said it selected the Mimosa NearPoint Exchange Server program to provide a more efficient storage for its e-mail system and paid nearly $32,000 on the contract.

, Mike Allen

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Escondido: Business Group Urging Grand Workshops

The Downtown Business Association of Escondido is encouraging Grand Avenue merchants to host unpaid 30-minute workshops promoting their businesses between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

The workshops would coincide with Second Saturday, an unpaid event for art galleries along the downtown stretch of Grand Avenue between Centre City Parkway and Ivy Street. The galleries provide wine, cheese and other refreshments on the second Saturday of the month, with the hopes of attracting more shoppers in the area.

, Jessica Long

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San Marcos: Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses

Two new businesses were ushered into San Marcos this month with ribbon cuttings.

The first was Martinizing Dry Cleaning, a franchise located at 151 Las Posas Road in the Grand Plaza Shopping Center. It is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The business is closed Sunday.

The second was All City Storage, a large self-storage facility at 1750 La Costa Meadows Drive. The storage units, for both business and personal use, range in size from 5 feet by 5 feet to 10 feet by 30 feet.

Its gate is open to customers daily, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Office hours are daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

, Jessica Long

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Del Mar: Surf’s Up for Annual Art Fest

The San Diego Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is scheduled to host its seventh annual Art Gala at the Del Mar Powerhouse on Thursday, May 10.

The environmentally inspired events will feature silent and live auctions of ocean-themed artwork from local artists and other surf-related services, trips and packages.

The evening will also include awards for contributions to protecting the coastal environment, speeches by leaders, a slide show and music.

Proceeds from the art gala will benefit the foundation’s efforts, including advocacy efforts, beach cleanups, educational outreach, pollution monitoring and water quality testing.

Last year’s event raised more than $25,000.

Surfrider is a nonprofit dedicated to protection of beaches and oceans through activism, conservation, education and research. Tickets can be purchased online at www.surfridersd.org.

, Michelle Mowad

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Poway: Industrial Building Purchased for $26.5M

A 207,000-square-foot industrial building at 11906 Tech Center Court has been sold to Janez Properties Inc. for $26.5 million.

Disguise Inc., a costume manufacturer and wholesaler, occupies the structure.

“This sale signals the continued strong investment demand for well positioned assets along the I-15 corridor,” said Scott Henderson, associate vice president with Burnham Real Estate.

In the transaction, Henderson represented Janez, a real estate company. The seller, Harmony Grove Partners, was represented by Russ Grano of Hamann Construction.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Lemon Grove: Workshops for Property Owners

The Lemon Grove Sheriff’s station is hosting a Crime Free Multi-Housing Program May 30 and 31 to educate rental property owners, manager and tenants on ways to rid their rental properties of crime, drugs and gang activities.

The two-day program will be held at the Lemon Grove Community Center and feature topics aimed at reducing crime and creating a positive environment through enhanced physical security, tenant involvement and advanced management training.

Debbie Ramos, crime prevention specialist with the sheriff’s department, said the eight-hour program allows participating owners and managers of apartments to market their properties as crime free and thus attract more tenants.

, Michelle Mowad

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Carlsbad: Bottled Water Maker Appoints CEO

Penta Water Co., a Carlsbad bottled water maker, has appointed Dennis F. O’Brien as chief executive officer.

O’Brien most recently served as president and chief operating officer for ConAgra Foods Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in the packaged food and beverage industry.

Prior to his tenure at ConAgra Foods, O’Brien held positions at Campbell’s Soup Co., Nestle Foods and Proctor and Gamble. As vice president of Campbell’s he was instrumental in building and revitalizing the V-8 business, as well as extending the brand to other refreshment products.

Penta made the announcement in late April.

Penta is sold nationwide in 4,500 natural foods stores and more than 3,000 grocery stores.

, Connie Lewis

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Coronado: City Council OKs Lifeguard Building

The Coronado City Council voted April 17 to approve a new lifeguard service building for the beach near the intersection of Isabella Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.

A citizens’ group has opposed the project, taking the city to court over the adequacy of the environmental review the project received.

Following rulings by Superior Court and the state’s 4th District Court of Appeals, the council certified a final environmental impact report for the building on April 3.

The 2,800-square-foot building will stand 12 feet high and is expected to cost more than $1.5 million. Munroe and Orsa Architects Inc. of San Diego designed the building.

, Brad Graves

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