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San Marcos: Inspection By SDG & E; Can Be a Lifesaver

Following a carbon monoxide poisoning of a local family in the early morning hours of Jan. 30, residents may want to contact San Diego Gas & Electric Co. for an inspection.

A malfunctioning gas furnace led to the poisoning, prompting city fire officials to remind the public about checking heating devices in the winter months.

Two adults and three children were rescued after an emergency call by a family member who felt disoriented. The family was treated at UC San Diego Medical Center.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can produce flulike symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, confusion, nausea and dizziness. It can be lethal at high levels.

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To schedule an SDG & E; inspection, call (800) 411-7343. For more information, visit www.sdge.com or call Rick Vogt, fire battalion chief for the city, at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

, Ned Randolph

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Lemon Grove: Larger Lot May Steer Buyers to Toyota

Bob Baker Toyota has completed its expansion into the adjacent lot on Federal Boulevard that was owned by the former McClellan Buick-Pontiac-GMC.

The dealership, owned by El Cajon City Councilman Bob McClellan, closed in July.

Bob Baker Toyota is using the new space to expand used car sales operations and to add a Toyota truck center, says General Manager Dan Giordano.

, Ned Randolph

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Escondido: Proprietors Try to Help Stop Crime Spree

Vandals have caused an estimated $20,000 in damage by breaking the windows of at least 61 vehicles and seven businesses in local neighborhoods since Jan. 12, according to the police.

Concerned downtown business owners and police have pledged up to $2,500 in rewards for information on the citywide car break-ins and vandalism.

Though four arrests have been made, Lt. Tom Albergo told downtown business owners at a Jan. 30 City Hall meeting not to assume the problem is solved. He said that the groups should work together, taking on “dual ownership” of the issue.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Coronado: Island Marriott Gets $2 Million Renovation

R.D. Olson Construction said Jan. 29 that it completed a $2 million renovation on the Coronado Island Marriott Resort.

The Irvine-based construction firm renovated the hotel’s lobby, lounge and primary restaurant. The 6,300-square-foot lobby now has a whimsical, oceanic flavor, according to the construction company.

Bethesda, Md.-based Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. owns the hotel.

, Brad Graves

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Imperial Beach: More Condos May Come to Coast

The City Council last week was to consider awarding permits for a two-building condominium conversion on Seacoast Drive, the community’s main street parallel to the beach.

The two buildings at the corner of Seacoast Drive and Ebony Avenue were built in 1971. They contain 37 apartments in 19,060 square feet.

Following a public hearing at the council’s Feb. 6 meeting, the council planned to consider an administrative coastal permit and a tentative map for the conversion.

, Brad Graves

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Solana Beach: Companies Open to $2M Energy Deal

Open Energy Corp. received a $2.3 million purchase order for nearly 12,000 SolarSave roofing tiles, the renewable energy company announced Jan. 28.

The order came from Petersen-Dean Inc., a roofing, waterproofing and solar energy company based in Newark, in Northern California, according to a news release. System equipment and related inverters will also be included in the order.

, Jaimy Lee

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N. County: Seven Chambers to Help 120 Firms Shine

Seven chambers of commerce , Oceanside, San Diego North, Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad and Fallbrook , are planning a networking event that will put the spotlight on products and services of 120 local businesses.

The North County Business Showcase is set for 2-7 p.m. on March 6 at 3524 Seagate Way in Oceanside. There will also be two free educational workshops. Food and beverages will be available from 4-7 p.m.

The event is open to the public. The cost of attendance is $10 per person via Web site registration or $15 at the door. For more information, call the Oceanside chamber at (760) 722-1534 or visit www.NCBusinessShowcase.com.

, Connie Lewis

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San Diego: Dixieline to See How 3 Blind Mice Sales Run

Dixieline Lumber and Home Centers are now carrying 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings Inc.’s full line, the two locally based companies announced Jan. 28.

The window coverings will be available for purchase at 11 Dixieline locations throughout the county. The stores are a division of Redmond, Wash.-based Lanoga Corp. and owned by Denver-based ProBuild Holdings Inc.

Dixieline was founded in 1913, while 3 Blind Mice opened its doors in 2003.

, Jaimy Lee

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La Mesa: City Newsletter Coming Into Focus Online

The online version of the city’s Focus newsletter, produced and distributed quarterly to local residents and businesses, debuted Jan. 31. The online format was in response to a growing demand for computerized access to up-to-date information.

The city says it expects significant savings related to the elimination of postage and printing costs. The online edition comes on the heels of the city launching its updated Web site at www.ci.la-mesa.ca.us.

, Heather Chambers

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Santee: Going to Chamber Event Might Be Sharp Move

The Chamber of Commerce plans to host its monthly networking breakfast from 7:25 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at HomeTown Buffet, 265 Town Center Parkway.

The guest speaker will be Janet Hoy of Sharp Health Plan, a subsidiary of Sharp HealthCare. The cost of admission is $6. For more information, call the chamber at (619) 449-6572.

, Heather Chambers

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Poway: Cohu Conducting Plenty of Semiconductor Biz

Cohu Inc. announced Jan. 31 that net sales were $57.1 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 29, compared with $76.6 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 30, 2006.

Cohu, a supplier of test handling, burn-in and thermal solutions used by the global semiconductor industry, also reported third-quarter net sales of $65.5 million for the period ending Sept. 29.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $2 million, compared with $5.3 million for the same period in 2006 and $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2007.

Cohu President and Chief Executive Officer James Donahue said that fourth-quarter net income benefited from better than expected results at each of Cohu’s three businesses. The three segments are semiconductor equipment, TV cameras and microwave communications.

“We are encouraged that orders in our semiconductor equipment business were nearly the same as in the third quarter, considering the cautious approach that customers are taking with capital equipment purchases in our current business environment,” Donahue said.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Carlsbad: Breach Security’s WebDefend Secures Praise

Breach Security Inc. announced Feb. 1 that its WebDefend product was given kudos by SC Magazine in its February edition for detecting and blocking attacks, as well as identifying flaws in Web application design and implementation.

Peter Stephenson, technology editor for the New York City-based publication devoted to Internet security, described WebDefend as a “one-stop shop for managing Web application security in the production environment.”

“If you are using active Web content, such as online banking applications, you cannot afford to be without this product,” Stephenson added in his review.

, Connie Lewis

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S.D. County: The Big Top Is Back at Malls, Parks

Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City is hosting Circus Vargas through Feb. 11. The Tabares Entertainment Inc. show features flying trapeze artists, clowns and jugglers.

The circus is also coming to Westfield Parkway in El Cajon from Feb. 14 through 18; Guajome County Park in Oceanside from Feb. 21 through 25; and Mira Mesa Community Park from Feb. 28 through March 3.

, Michelle Mowad

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Del Mar: Auto Club Office Eager to Keep You Rolling

The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Del Mar Heights Road office planned to host a grand reopening celebration Feb. 7. The office was previously on Carmel Valley Road.

Sher Cardone is the manager of the office, which offers travel planning, plus Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance services.

, Michelle Mowad

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