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Encinitas: Seaside Papery Doubles Its Store Count

Seaside Papery, a Coronado-based store specializing in wedding invitations, stationery, handmade greeting cards and similar products, opened a second location in this city in November. The stores also feature bath and body items.

Jori Jackman owns the business.

, Brad Graves

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Solana Beach: Work on I-5 Project Ramping Up

The California Department of Transportation recently released its construction update for the Interstate 5 high occupancy vehicle lanes and Lomas Santa Fe Drive interchange project.

The cost of the project is $66 million and it is scheduled to be completed in fall 2009. Construction started in October.

For more information, residents can go to www.keepsandiegomoving.com.

, Jaimy Lee

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La Mesa: Liberty Drive Would Not Tax Donors

Liberty Tax Service plans to host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at 6169 Lake Murray Blvd.

Donors will get their personal tax return prepared for free and lunch. For more information, call (619) 698-2937.

, Heather Chambers

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Poway: A Benchmark Deal for Landscaping Company

Benchmark Landscape Inc. announced Jan. 11 that it was awarded an ongoing, month-to-month contract with the Torrey Del Mar Homeowners Association, according to Benchmark Vice President Craig Mohns.

Overseeing the landscape activities on the project as account manager is Benchmark’s Amanda Bonney, who says that the Torrey Del Mar area includes about 10 acres, with 269 single-family homes in Carmel Valley.

“The value of the contract is in the high $7,000 per month range,” Bonney said.

Benchmark’s services will include ongoing maintenance of the area, including slopes, parkways, greenbelt areas, a small neighborhood park and the entry area, located at the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and Torrey Del Mar Drive.

, Liz Wiedemann

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Del Mar: Two Chambers Create Golden Partnership

The Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce will be teaming up with the Golden Triangle chamber to consolidate services and strengthen events hosted by the two organizations, which have many of the same members.

Del Mar chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Wasko says the chambers will maintain separate boards of directors, but a corporate board will be created during the next few weeks to govern both chambers. She says elections for the corporate board will be held by early February.

The two chambers have already planned events. They are co-hosting the Gala and Casino Night at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar on Feb. 8. The annual event honors the business, man, woman and community business of the year in Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Hills, Torrey Highlands, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Mesa and the Golden Triangle.

The Del Mar chamber has 350 members, while the Golden Triangle chamber has 80.

, Michelle Mowad

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National City: Watch Out for Falling Home Prices

The median sales price of existing single-family detached homes in the city decreased last month from December 2006. The median price of $329,000 was down from $434,000 just a year earlier, according to the San Diego Association of Realtors monthly report released Jan. 14.

The association also noted that the median price in the city was $400,000 in 2007 compared with $450,000 in 2006.

On the flip side, the median single-family attached home price in 2007 of $247,837 was higher than the median of $199,900 a year earlier, but the number of units sold dropped from 99 to 22 in 2007, according to the SDAR.

, Michelle Mowad

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Imperial Beach: Condo Building Proposed By Sea

The City Council planned to set aside time at its Jan. 16 meeting to hold a public hearing on IB3D By the Sea, a three-unit condominium building with sea wall proposed for 1008 Ocean Ave. As envisioned, the project would exceed the lot coverage limit by 10 percent and floor area ratio by 3 percent.

Harmon Nelson III owns the property. Janine Rocelle of San Diego-based Whitaker Architecture Inc. designed the building.

The council was expected to be asked for comments on the conceptual design, and to defer any action until the project’s environmental studies are complete.

, Brad Graves

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Vista: Store Opening Now Targeted for Next Year

A planned Target store in the southern part of the city scheduled to open in October has been delayed to at least the first half of 2009, following an appeal of the granted permit on environmental grounds.

Preserve Calavera, an Oceanside environmental group, appealed the permit on the construction of the store planned at the corner of Business Park Drive and Poinsettia Avenue, which would be the second in the city.

An appeal hearing is scheduled to be heard in February, says principal planner Elaine Blackburn.

Target has satisfied the concerns of the appeal and hopes to open the store of about 145,000 square feet in the spring or summer of 2009, says Target spokeswoman Anna Goeppinger.

, Mike Allen

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Carlsbad: Scorpion Bay Sauce Seeks Hotter Sales

Rob Burns, who founded Scorpion Bay Hot Sauce, which is based in this city and was a featured exhibitor for the first time at the Winter Fancy Food Show, held Jan. 13-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, says he saw the event as a way to gain worldwide exposure for his Baja-inspired product line of sauces.

The show, now in its 33rd year, featured more than 1,100 exhibitors from around the globe and offered more than 100,000 food items to sample.

The company’s sauces can be purchased at gourmet food shops, including Hot Licks, and via the maker’s Web site: www.scorpionbayhotsauce.com.

, Connie Lewis

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Carlsbad: Free Eats at Chamber’s Meet and Greet

The Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a free “Meet the Chamber” breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Feb. 28 to offer new and prospective members an opportunity to learn about the organization’s networking, education and professional benefits.

The event, set for the chamber’s offices on Priestly Drive, will give people a chance to meet the board of directors, staff and committee chairs, introduce and tout their businesses and learn about the chamber’s Small Business Success Center, which offers workshops and counseling. All those planning to attend should bring business cards and company brochures and R.S.V.P. by Feb. 18 to Jessica Fuentes at (760) 931-8400.

, Connie Lewis

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Chula Vista: AT & T; Helps Eagles Fly Into Spotlight

The AT & T; Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Nature Center to upgrade the center’s Web site, giving it greater ability to provide information and interact with the public.

In addition to broadening the Internet capabilities, the funds were used to install a second Web camera to feature the center’s pair of golden eagles.

The center is located at the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on San Diego Bay.

, Mike Allen

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