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Chula Vista: $220K What Bolts Pay on Where to Play

A study of possible locations for a new San Diego Chargers’ football stadium revealed the two best sites to be in the eastern part of the city near the Olympic Training Center, and a bay front site now occupied by a power plant.

The City Council accepted the $220,000 site study, which was paid for by the Chargers, Sept. 18, leading to questions about the proposed structure’s cost and its impacts on the South Bay city. One elected official asked the team to pay for that study as well.

The Chargers are looking at Chula Vista and one site in Oceanside, where it is also paying for a stadium site analysis.

The Chargers say the stadium’s estimated cost is $800 million, and are seeking some type of private/public arrangement.

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The team said it wants to have a site selected by the end of this year so it can put the issue to a public vote in November 2008.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: Fruits of Hard Work May Produce Better Market

The city has put out a bid request for a contract to manage and publicize a farmers market that operates every Saturday morning, and is considered one of the most successful in the state.

Operating for more than 20 years, the farmers market offers fruits, vegetables, plants and other products for sale. The market is set up at City Hall, but it will relocate to a spot that has yet to be determined next spring, the city says.

Proposal packages will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 8.

For more information, call Rachel Whitley Beld at (760) 726-1340, ext. 1303.

, Mike Allen

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National City: Workshop Drafted for Bookworms

The Chamber of Commerce’s Business Book Club Workshop continues Oct. 9 with “The Black Swan , the Impact of the Highly Improbable,” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

The event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the public library at 1401 National City Blvd.

For more info, call (619) 477-9339 or e-mail the chamber@nationalcitychamber.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Oceanside: Wescom Has Fair Amount of Openings

Wescom Credit Union is hosting a job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at its branch at 2224 S. El Camino Real. Wescom is seeking tellers, membership service representatives and managers for branches in North County and downtown San Diego.

Pasadena-based Wescom is one of the largest credit unions in the country with $3.9 billion in assets. It serves more than 300,000 members at 51 branches throughout Southern California, according to its Web site.

For more info on the job fair, call (888) 493-7266, ext. 8286, or e-mail atahiri@wescom.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Carlsbad: NRG Looking to Bring Energy to Project

NRG Energy Inc. announced Sept. 19 that it has filed its plans with state officials to increase power output by 200 megawatts, enough additional power to supply more than 160,000 homes, by the summer of 2010 at the natural gas-fired Encina Power Station.

Three units built as early as 1954, each with a capacity of about 100 megawatts, will be retired and replaced by newer, more efficient gas-fired units, NRG said. But two other units, built in the mid-1970s, will remain in operation. Together, the existing units can produce about 630 megawatts of power.

The plant is being renamed the Carlsbad Energy Center. Emissions from the upgraded plant will be substantially lower than the state’s newly imposed greenhouse gas standard, Princeton, N.J.-based NRG said.

NRG said it anticipates a 19-month construction schedule to complete the project, which will create more than 350 construction jobs in the San Diego region.

NRG’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NRG.

, Connie Lewis

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Del Mar: Luxury Houses Attracts Sotheby’s to Area

An international brokerage is scheduled to open this week on Camino del Mar near 15th Street to sell luxury homes and properties in San Diego.

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, a division of Sotheby’s auction house, announced it acquired Dyson & Dyson Real Estate Associates on Sept. 20 to further expand into the western United States. The new office will employ 17 agents.

Dyson & Dyson is a luxury real estate company with offices in Las Vegas and Coachella Valley in the Palm Springs area. It will do business as Dyson & Dyson Sotheby’s International Realty in the Las Vegas and Coachella Valley offices and as Villa Sotheby’s International Realty in Del Mar.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network has more than 8,000 sales associates in 400 offices. Listings from Villa Sotheby’s International Realty will be marketed at www.sothebysrealty.com.

, Michelle Mowad

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Carlsbad: Arkeia Product Helps NASA Centers Soar

Arkeia Software’s flagship product, the Arkeia Network Backup, has been deployed throughout nine of NASA’s major flight and research centers. Arkeia provides data protection software and appliances for networked storage.

The nine centers include the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, and the United Space Alliance in Houston, which is a contractor responsible for managing the International Space Station.

Arkeia Software protects more than 100,000 networks for 5,000 customers in 50 countries, according to a news release.

, Connie Lewis

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La Mesa: Oktoberfest to Roll Out Barrel for 200K

The 34th annual Oktoberfest, an event fashioned after the widely celebrated Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is set for Oct. 5 to 7. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday and concludes at 6 p.m. Sunday near Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard.

Beer sales will be halted by 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More than 400 booths will sell arts and crafts, commercial items and food. A parking lot will be transformed into a German-style Lowenbrau beer garden. Admission is free.

The largest three-day Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi, the event is expected to attract 200,000 people, according to the event’s producer, the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.

For more information, call the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at (619) 440-6161.

, Heather Chambers

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Lemon Grove: Plan to Apply for Commission Seat

The city is seeking applicants to fill three Planning Commission vacancies. The terms of Commissioners Jay Epstein, Laura Hook and Lewis Zollinger expire Oct. 1.

The commission reviews and receives public input on local land-use projects; advises the City Council on municipal code and general plan amendments; and approves conditional-use permits, minor subdivisions, variances and development plans requiring a planned development permit.

The deadline to apply for a seat on the Planning Commission is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Interviews are set for Oct. 30.

, Michelle Mowad

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Solana Beach: Mix Before the Sun Goes Down Oct. 3

The Chamber of Commerce is set to host its monthly “Business After Five” mixer Oct. 3 at the Brigantine Seafood Restaurant at 3263 Camino del Mar in Del Mar.

The two-hour event begins at 5 p.m. and costs $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Interested parties can purchase showcase booths for $50.

The next mixer is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.solanabeachchamber.com/sundowners.htm.

, Jaimy Lee

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La Mesa: Sharpen Your Ability to Identify Cancer

Sharp Grossmont Hospital plans to host “Learn & Live,” a breast cancer awareness seminar, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2.

Participants will listen to experts share health information and advice, including self-exam instruction. They will also learn about the latest in detection and treatment, including information about the hospital’s state-of-the-art services. The event is free to the public and includes food and giveaways.

To enroll, call (800) 827-4277 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or sign up online at www.sharp.com.

, Heather Chambers

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San Diego: Biz Travelers Get Day Off to Fast Start

New York-based City Running Tours has opened its fourth division here.

The company, which was founded in 2005, provides guided running tours at a cost of $60 per person for the first six miles and $6 per person for each mile after that. It is the only company to offer guided running tours of some of the country’s top tourist destinations , Chicago, New York City, San Diego and Washington, D.C. , allowing runners to explore hidden parts of cities on foot with a trained guide and runner, according to its Web site.

Runs are scheduled for 7, 8 and 9 a.m., and 5, 6 and 7 p.m. seven days a week to better accommodate business travelers. Runners can choose from seven different tours or sign up for a customized run.

, Jaimy Lee

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Escondido: New Chapter Coming in Library Project

A report from an 11-member task force concluded that the city needs a dramatically larger public library, and city leaders agreed.

There is not a consensus about where to build a new library, how much money to spend and where the money should come from.

The library task force advocated moving the main library to Grape Day Park in an attempt to transform the area into the city’s cultural hub. The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, is also in the area.

According to city studies, moving the library to Grape Day Park would inflate the cost of a new facility from $40 million to about $60 million and delay construction by at least a few years.

After much debate in recent weeks, the City Council decided to focus its efforts on doubling the size of the existing library, which opened in 1980 at a downtown site on Kalmia Street.

As the population has increased from 64,000 to more than 140,000 residents since 1980, the average number of daily visits to the library has increased from 870 to 2,600, according to the task force report.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Poway: Increased Water, Sewer Rates Flow to Firms

Effective Jan. 1, higher water and sewer rates will kick in for commercial and residential customers under a three-year plan the city announced Sept. 24.

The increase is necessary to offset the escalating cost of providing reliable water and sewer services, according to the city.

For many single-family residential customers, the average monthly cost for combined water and sewer service would increase anywhere from $6.50 to $9.50 the first year, with similar increases in 2009 and 2010.

Commercial rates would vary depending on water usage, but the city estimates an average increase of 7 percent to 8 percent.

The city also is proposing a change to its storm water fee. Residential water bills currently include a $4.20 monthly fee to offset costs of meeting unfunded federal and state mandates to reduce storm water pollution. For most residential customers, the fee would be reduced to $3.37 per month. Similar percentage increases would apply to businesses.

The City Council will be considering these changes at public hearings set to begin Nov. 13 at the council chambers.

, Liz Wiedemann

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