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Regional Report

LEMON GROVE/LA MESA

Caltrans Selling Historic Home in Public Auction

The California Department of Transportation plans to sell a historic home that it owns in Lemon Grove, known as the “James House,” in a public auction.

A Caltrans statement said the home at 8336 Golden Ave. was purchased by the agency as part of its right-of-way acquisitions for improvements to state Route 125. It will be sold Nov. 8 along with two vacant lots in La Mesa and Spring Valley, in an auction at the Caltrans District Office at 4050 Taylor St. in San Diego.

The 2,770-square-foot James House, built in 1931 and designed by noted San Diego architect Frank Hope Sr., qualifies for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Caltrans will hold an open house tour on Oct. 16, with more information available at dot.ca.gov/property.

— Lou Hirsh

SAN DIEGO

Qualcomm Signs Technology License With Brazilian Firm

Qualcomm Inc. said recently that it has signed a license agreement with Semp Toshiba, a Brazilian electronics manufacturer.

Specifically, Qualcomm has granted Semp Toshiba a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G and 4G LTE wireless communication devices. Semp Toshiba will pay Qualcomm’s standard worldwide rates.

Qualcomm stock trades on the Nasdaq as QCOM.

— Brad Graves

SAN DIEGO

Kratos Helps Educational Institution Get More Secure

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said recently that it received a $2.8 million critical infrastructure security contract. The client, which was not named, is a higher education institution. The project involves an access control system that secures approximately 700 critical entry points.

The deal covers the first of what is planned to be a multiple-phase project.

Kratos says that some 20 percent of its business comes from its public safety and critical infrastructure security business, adding that the area does not depend on U.S. Defense Department contracts. Kratos stock trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol KTOS.

— Brad Graves

CHULA VISTA

Hotels Petition to Eliminate Tax

The city council holds a public hearing Oct. 16 to consider dissolving a tourism and marketing district that was established in 2009.

The district and its added tax on visitors to downtown hotels were set up as a way to fund increased marketing of the area to boost tourism. But a county grand jury report found the bulk of the funds collected from the taxes went to pay for staff expenses.

Subsequently, 12 of the hotels within the area petitioned the city to eliminate the district and the added tax that is imposed on visitors staying at the hotels.

— Mike Allen

OCEANSIDE

Firm Gets Contract For Pendleton Water Project

The San Diego office of CH2M Hill Inc. has been awarded a contract of approximately $76.7 million to design and construct a new advanced water treatment plant and conveyance system at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

A U.S. Defense Department statement said work includes building a new potable water line with pump stations, a treatment facility and reservoir.

The contract contains one option and one planned modification which, if exercised, would increase the cumulative contract value to approximately $80.7 million.

Work will be performed in Oceanside and is expected to be completed by January 2016.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego received nine proposals for the project via the Navy’s ecommerce website, the statement said.

Colorado-based CH2M Hill has 120 U.S. offices, including one in downtown San Diego. It provides engineering and construction services for government and private-sector projects, according to its website.

— Lou Hirsh

SANTEE

Bike Rental Vendor Opens Outlet

Visitors to the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve can rent bicycles by the hour or day after new vendor, Wheel Fun Rentals opened an outlet there last month.

The company founded and based in Ventura, rents cruiser bikes for $10 an hour or $15 for four hours. It also has double surreys for $30 an hour, and deuce coups at $20.

Wheel Fun Rentals also operates outlets at the Hotel del Coronado and Oceanside Pier.

— Mike Allen

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