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Trash Can Vote Part of Village Upgrade Project

Carlsbad residents are choosing from among six trash-can designs, via text message voting, in a program being coordinated by planning firm Urban Place Consulting Group Inc. as part of a larger village revitalization project.

Receptacle prototypes have been placed between State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive, each with a placard telling pedestrians how to text in their vote through Nov. 30, according to a statement from Urban Place Consulting Group.

The city of Carlsbad in April began a revitalization effort spanning several blocks in the city’s central village district. The planning firm obtained the cans, which were either donated or loaned by various street furniture manufacturers, and the city’s parks department installed them.

Officials want to boost local investment and foot traffic in the village area by enhancing the visitor experience.

— Lou Hirsh


Retail Center Gets $12 Million Refinancing

Operators of the College Plaza retail center in Oceanside have obtained $12 million in refinancing, according to the San Diego office of capital services firm Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, also known as HFF, which arranged the financing.

Owner HP Investors secured a new fixed-rate loan through Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance, HFF said in a statement.

College Plaza, at 3514 College Blvd. near Highway 76, was built in 1975 and renovated in 2006. The 92,538-square-foot center is 97 percent leased, with tenants including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Grocery Outlet, Starbucks and Verizon Wireless.

— Lou Hirsh


Coles Outlet Opens Inside a Jerome’s Store

Coles Fine Flooring opened its eighth location in the county inside the Jerome’s Furniture at 775 Plaza Court earlier this month.

The two businesses, both family-owned, are teaming up to bring a one-stop shop for interior decorating needs, the companies said. The first Coles store opened in 1947.

— Mike Allen


Hot Dog Eatery Opens At Simon’s Ontario Mills

Carlsbad-based HDOS Enterprises has opened its seventh outlet-mall location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Ontario Mills, a regional mall in San Bernardino County owned by Simon Property Group Inc.

An HDOS statement said the Ontario location is the company’s 70th in California and 46th in Southern California.

“We have wanted to be a part of Simon’s Ontario Mills mall for years, but previously never had the opportunity,” said Laurie Sonia, an executive vice president with HDOS Enterprises.

The company opened its first Hot Dog on a Stick in 1946 in Santa Monica, and now has more than 100 locations nationwide, selling items including hot dogs, corn dogs and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

— Lou Hirsh


Event to Help Vets After Fire Destroys Shop

Vets Cruzin for a Cause have a mission to assist fellow veterans with support after a fire burned their hotrod shop in San Diego to the ground.

In the early morning of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 a fire burned down the uninsured hotrod shop to the ground; a total loss of $150,000.

Vets Cruzin for a Cause will sponsor a Fundraiser Car Meet/Show that will raise money to help them rebuild. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 6th, 2013 at Custom Graphics, 9420 Activity Road, San Diego from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All active-military, veterans and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. The event is free. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the two veterans.

For anyone who is not able to attend, but would like to make a charitable donation to this cause, PayPal information connected to this event is: jacobratliff96734@yahoo.com. When making your donation please put VCC Car Meet Donation in the subject heading.

—Stephanie R. Glidden


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