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National City: Chamber’s Site a Sight for Sore Eyes

The National City Chamber of Commerce’s upgraded Web site launched May 22 after much fine-tuning, according to Executive Director Colleen A. Alarcon.

“My predecessor, Carolyn Kruse, conceived the idea and design,” said Alarcon. “It would have been nice if it was ready for launch at the end of her tenure, but it was not meant to be. I am so grateful that she started this.”

The new site is a welcome sight, said Alarcon.

“When I applied for this position, I went to the old Web site and thought, ‘This really needs updating,’ not knowing that it was already in the works.”

Goals for the site, www.National & #173;CityChamber.org, include keeping members informed of current events and promoting business growth.

, Pat Broderick

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La Mesa: Fourth of July Comes Early to East County

The city held its 10th annual Flag Day parade down La Mesa Boulevard on June 2, attracting a few thousand spectators to watch local organizations, said Mayor Art Madrid.

“It’s a throwback to the old day of the Fourth of July parades,” said Madrid. “It’s the typical small community parade with kids walking dogs, marching bands, military groups.”

Stan Young, chairman of the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, said most spectators are East County residents, but noted that the event increases La Mesa businesses’ visibility.

, Andy Killion

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Oceanside: Island Staffing Has Room to Increase Staff

Island Staffing, a technology staffing firm, has expanded operations in Oceanside.

“The new facility more than doubles our headquarters and provides the much-needed space for Island Staffing to support the tremendous growth it has experienced,” said E.J. Conrad, founder and chief executive officer.

The new offices are located at 3156 Vista Way in the Tri-City Corporate Towers.

, Pat Broderick

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Chula Vista: Tenants Flock to San Miguel Ranch Center

The Shops at San Miguel Ranch, a retail center in the eastern part of Chula Vista, celebrated its grand opening last month. Developed by McMillin Commercial, the center at Proctor Valley and Mount Miguel roads is more than 90 percent leased.

Tenants include anchor Albertsons, Starbucks, Los Primos Mexican Restaurant, Sport Clips, Beasley Cleaners and USA Federal Credit Union. The center features upscale Spanish architecture, curved walkways, landscaping and fountains, and was designed by Benson & Bohl Architects.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: Alpha Studio Has Designs on School Project

Alpha Studio Design Group, which opened in March, obtained a contract to redesign and rearrange an adult education campus for the Vista Unified School District. Construction of the project costs $750,000.

The campus is at Vista Magnet Middle School at the corner of East Vista Way and Escondido Avenue. It now consists of seven modular classrooms, but two new ones are being added to the site.

Alpha’s principals are Paul Gallegos and Joshua Eckle. In addition to work on schools, the architectural firm works on residential and commercial projects.

, Mike Allen

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San Diego: Software Makes Global Gabbing Easier

The University of San Diego planned to host the TelepresenceWorld 2007 conference from June 4 through 6, with executives from international companies such as Cisco, Polycom and Teliris along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger scheduled to appear.

Speakers planned to discuss global business-to-business communications and videoconferencing, focusing on the Telepresence software developed by Cisco, which allows users to teleconference remotely across the world.

, Andy Killion

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San Marcos: 2-Chamber Mixer With a Twist

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce has added a twist to this month’s networking mixer.

Members of the Vista Chamber of Commerce have been invited.

The event is set to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14. It is being held at the Lake San Marcos Resort and Country Club, 1025 La Bonita Drive.

Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. No reservations are required.

, Jessica Long

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Escondido: Barratt Sports Grand Plan for Downtown

A grand opening celebration is planned for June 9 for a for-sale town-house project in downtown Escondido.

Carlsbad-based Barratt American Inc. has sent out invitations to celebrate City Square. The developer is ready to show model homes for the project, which includes two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 1,200 to 1,900 square feet.

Prices range from $385,990 to $545,990, according to Barratt’s Web site.

The project consists of 102 homes.

, Jessica Long

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Del Mar: City Might Seek Help to Manage Its Search

Del Mar city officials are considering a contract, not to exceed $23,500, with Peckham & McKenney, a Sacramento executive search firm, to assist with recruiting a new city manager.

City Manager Lauraine Brekke-Esparza announced her retirement in mid-May and has publicly stated that she would stay until a successor was appointed. The city anticipates conducting preliminary interviews with candidates between July 30 and Aug. 10.

Brekke-Esparza has served as Del Mar’s city manager since January 1993. Before joining the city, she served as assistant city manager of Ventura for seven years and spent seven years on the Seattle City Council.

, Michelle Mowad

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Lemon Grove: City Expects Budget Surplus Next Year

The Lemon Grove City Council anticipates revenues and transfers in the draft budget for fiscal year 2007-2008 to reach $13.7 million, with expenditures of $13.5 million, leaving a surplus of $172,000.

General fund revenues are anticipated to increase 2 percent and property tax revenues are also anticipated to increase. However, the draft budget forecasts a decrease in revenues generated from sales tax by 3 percent to 6 percent in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The staff is scheduled to adopt the budget June 19.

, Michelle Mowad

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Coronado: Folks Can Elect to State Their Case at Polls

Nov. 4, 2008 , the day the United States elects a new president , is also shaping up to be the day Coronado residents weigh in on the city’s beach construction plans.

The City Council was to decide June 5 whether to put an initiative calling for voter approval of beach structures on the November 2008 ballot. A citizens group wrote the initiative and gathered the required number of signatures to put it on the ballot, giving the documents to the city clerk March 26.

Organizers are upset that the city wants to build a lifeguard utility structure, including a garage, on an area of sandy beach. The city has been holding meetings on the lifeguard structure since 2000.

, Brad Graves

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Imperial Beach: Topic of Conversation Is Conversion

The City Council on June 6 planned to consider whether to approve a condominium conversion at the northwest corner of Florida and Donax avenues in Imperial Beach.

The complex consists of four buildings on a 42,000-square-foot parcel with 36 units. The buildings date from 1987.

Rancho Coronado LLC of Pacific Beach has requested the conversion.

, Brad Graves

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San Diego: BDI-III Looks to Perk Up Area Residents

San Diego-based BDI-III LLC is proposing 3,600 square feet of commercial space in Santee, including a drive-through coffee shop, said Mark Brunette, city planner.

The proposed center would be near Carlton Hills Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road. The project was submitted June 1 and will be given a recommendation by the planning department within three months, Brunette said. The center includes a future coffee shop and two other spaces that are each 1,200 square feet.

, Katie Weeks

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El Cajon: Collect Antiques at New Main Street Store

Main Street Collective, an antique store, opened May 12 at 104 E. Main St.

Patrons can find goods such as toys, clothes and furniture selected by owner Tricia Kamolnick and 12 other antique dealers. The downtown store also offers teas and homemade jams.

For more information, call (619) 441-9740.

, Katie Weeks

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Solana Beach: Swell Turns Perfect for American Wave

American Wave Machines Inc. announced May 31 that it developed a new wave generator called PerfectSwell that will be used at resorts and water parks worldwide.

The Solana Beach-based company delivered the first generator to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for a yearlong exhibition. PerfectSwell creates oceanlike waves.

American Wave Machines patented SurfStream, the world’s first standing wave machine, which is used in water parks, surf parks, resorts and wave-riding exhibitions, in 2006. The 7-year-old company focuses on research and development, of artificial wave technology, according to spokeswoman Valerie Chereskin.

, Jaimy Lee

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