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Carlsbad: 25 Years Later, Life’s Good on the Islands

Islands Restaurants, a chain based here with 60 eateries in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Hawaii, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of promotional events running through August.

A commemorative craft beer, Islands Golden Ale, will be featured in its Southern California restaurants, and 25 Islands Restaurants gift cards valued at $25 will be given away each week to guests at all of the restaurants.

Additionally, “Free Lunch” days will be held randomly Monday through Friday throughout the chain. All guests dining for lunch that day will be treated to a free lunch.

The company is also offering a grand prize trip with free airfare and free hotel accommodations for two to the Hawaiian Islands. For more details, visit www.islandsrestaurants.com.

The company was founded in 1982 in Los Angeles.

, Connie Lewis

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Chula Vista: Family Hopes Fruits of Its Labor Pays Off

Frutas del Sol, a family-owned restaurant and art gallery, recently opened for business at 217 Third Ave. The business is owned by Gustavo and Lisa Nava. The Navas, along with partner Jerry Guerena, own Little Angels Boutique, also on Third Avenue.

Frutas del Sol’s menu emphasizes healthy dishes and drinks, such as fresh fruit salads, smoothies and homemade soups, as well as gourmet coffees. Besides the restaurant, the business also offers catering and party services.

, Mike Allen

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National City: Classic Car Day Drives Traffic to Park

The 16th annual Automobile Heritage Day, celebrating the city’s long history with the automotive industry, is set for Aug. 5.

More than 200 antique and classic cars, as well as other vehicles , including race cars, trucks and motorcycles , will be displayed in Kimball Park behind City Hall at National City Boulevard and Civic Center Drive.

A vintage-car parade begins at 9 a.m. and winds through the city. For the parade route and more info, call (619) 477-9339 or e-mail thechamber@nationalcitychamber.org.

, Pat Broderick

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Vista: City, Caltrans Not Taking Safety for Granted

The city received a $445,500 grant from the California Department of Transportation for safety improvements at the North County Transit District bus stop at the intersection of West Vista Way and Grapevine Road. The project consists of building a concrete protection barrier around the bus stop to shield riders and pedestrians from vehicles traveling on westbound state Route 78.

The remainder of the project’s total cost of $495,000 will be supplied by the city through its capital improvement budget.

, Mike Allen

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Oceanside: Sun to Speak, Enlighten at Aug. 16 Event

Professional merrymaker Sarito Sun believes in the healing powers of laughter, and has been sharing her happy hints with businesses, local governments and health organizations throughout the United States and Europe.

On Aug. 16, the Carlsbad-based maestro of mirth will be the featured speaker at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Building Breakfast,” scheduled from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, in Oceanside.

Sun’s techniques include group exercises, visualization, music and relaxation. For more info, e-mail scott@oceansidechamber.com, mary@oceansidechamber.com or briana@oceansidechamber.com, or call (760) 722-1534.

, Pat Broderick

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El Cajon: Sandag Delivers Transit Planning Workshop

The San Diego Association of Governments’ board of directors plans to hold a workshop July 26 here to gather public comment on the 2007 regional transportation plan.

A draft is available for review at www.sandag.org/2007/rtp.

The plan describes how people and goods will move around the region through the year 2030, according to Sandag, a local planning agency that involves city and county government officials.

The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center. Call Joy De Korte, public information officer for Sandag, at (619) 699-1950 for more information.

, Katie Weeks

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Escondido: PPH System Makes Industrious Move

Palomar Pomerado Health moved into the city’s industrial park this month.

The public hospital system that runs Palomar Medical Center here and Pomerado Hospital in Poway moved its central supply warehouse from the Carmel Mountain Ranch area of San Diego to the park. PPH is the largest hospital district in California, covering an 800-square-mile area in inland North County.

The warehouse is on Enterprise Street and measures 19,401 square feet.

Palomar Pomerado Health owns the site and is planning to relocate Palomar Medical Center to the area.

, Jessica Long

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San Marcos: Pita Store Extremely Happy in Plaza

An Extreme Pita franchise is now open here.

The Canadian-based system has only two other locations in the county: Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa.

The San Marcos location is at 137 S. Las Posas Drive in the Grand Plaza shopping center, off Highway 78.

Extreme Pita is a fast-food shop that serves everything in pita bread.

, Jessica Long

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Santee: LeTips Generated at LeGroup’s August Mixer

LeTip International Inc. plans to hold a mixer here Aug. 16.

The mixer, to be held at the Cuyamaca Animal Hospital, 8802 Cuyamaca St., is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Kim Marie Branch-Pettid, LeTip’s San Diego regional director, at (800) 255-3847.

Founded in 1978, LeTip International, based in the Kearny Mesa area, is the world’s largest privately owned, professional business leads organization. LeTip employs 16 regional directors who oversee more than 650 chapters throughout the nation and Canada, according to its Web site.

, Katie Weeks

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Del Mar: Auto Club Heads Farther West, Opens Office

The Automobile Club of Southern California’s local office relocated this month from Pointe Del Mar Way to 2666 Del Mar Heights Road in the Del Mar Heights Village shopping center west of Interstate 5.

Sher Cardone, local office manager and board member of the Del Mar Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the new office provides convenience for members because of location and extended hours. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the office now offers Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Auto Club offers insurance, travel and auto services. The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of AAA, formerly called the American Automobile Association, has been serving members since 1900, according to its Web site.

, Michelle Mowad

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Coronado: First Bank Has Sub-Par First Half of Year

Coronado First Bank reported a net loss of $461,000, or 33 cents per share, for the first half of 2007. Net interest income for the period was $933,000. The company made its announcement July 16.

For the same period one year ago, the bank reported a net loss of $715,000, or 52 cents per share. Net interest income was $450,000.

The bank, based on Orange Avenue, trades over the counter as CDFB.

, Brad Graves

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Imperial Beach: Credit Union Looks to Branch Out

North Island Credit Union’s proposal to build a branch on Palm Avenue at 11th Street was scheduled to go before the City Council on July 18.

H2A Architects of San Diego designed the proposed 6,000-square-foot building.

The property owner is Palm LLC, represented by Dean Goldman.

, Brad Graves

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Solana Beach: Don’t Let Sun Set Sans Schmoozing

The Chamber of Commerce presents its next monthly sundowner and networking event Aug. 1.

The “Business After Five” event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott at 717 S. Highway 101. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

For more information, call (858) 792-8200.

, Jaimy Lee


La Mesa: Nobody Walks in L.A., But How About Here?

The city announced July 11 that it will be conducting a survey of residents to determine their desire for more sidewalks.

The so-called “walkability project” will make the city as safe and walker-friendly as possible, according to a press release.

Mayor Art Madrid said the project’s efforts are twofold: increase infrastructure while maintaining the rural atmosphere of some areas; and promote wellness in the community.

To install sidewalks on city streets that don’t have them would cost $12 million, but only $200,000 per year is allocated to repairing sidewalks and pedestrian ramps.

, Andy Killion

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Carlsbad: New Biz Group Focuses on Redevelopment

An umbrella group called the Carlsbad Village Improvement Partnership that will include representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the city and the Carlsbad Village Business Association is being formed with a focus on business redevelopment.

The village encompasses an area east from the Pacific Ocean to Interstate 5, and north from Carlsbad Village Drive to Buena Vista Lagoon.

The move follows the desire of some merchants and property owners to see more redevelopment. Plans are in the formative stages, according to officials, but one of the group’s first tasks could be to get a parking structure built.

, Connie Lewis

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San Diego: Total Tech Strives to Conquer Spam

Network security company Total Tech LLC announced recently that it would be offering an anti-spam solution from Irvine-based Sendio Inc. to small and midsized businesses. The companies did not disclose terms of the deal.

Total Tech President Ken Hamilton said that Sendio’s product relies on e-mail sender authentication as opposed to filtering, keeping non-spam e-mails from getting caught in spam filters.

Total Tech also utilizes network security products from local companies Websense Inc. and Eset LLC.

, Andy Killion

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Lemon Grove: BDS Seeks More Engineering Work

A civil engineering consultant based here may be selected by the city to design a sewer main upgrade. The City Council was scheduled to vote July 17 on approving a $72,800 contract to BDS Engineering Inc. to increase capacity in the existing line, which currently transports 70 percent of the sewage generated within the city.

BDS Engineering also has offices in Temecula.

, Michelle Mowad

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Poway: Leaders Trust Their Decision on Facility’s Name

Scheduled for a late 2007 opening, the women’s health center at Pomerado Hospital will bear the name of a late Rancho Bernardo woman whose husband set aside a $4 million charitable trust for the facility, hospital officials say.

Dana Dawson, executive director at Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, said that the facility will be called the Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center for Health and Healing, in honor of Matthew McLaughlin’s late wife.

McLaughlin’s trust will allow him to live off interest earned on the money, and the principal amount will go to the foundation, Dawson said.

“We’ve had the McLaughlins’ support for a number of years,” said Dawson. “It’s a very fitting tribute to a couple who have been charitable and philanthropic in the community.”

, Liz Wiedemann

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