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San Diego: Sanders Looks to Pave Way for Road Funding

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders was scheduled to address a special meeting of the California Transportation Commission in Sacramento last week to push for more than $500 million in additional funding for what he considers to be critical local transportation projects.

Sanders was scheduled to speak Feb. 20, as of early last week, in support of a San Diego Association of Governments’ request filed this year.

Sandag, a regional planning agency, is seeking $350 million for projects to reduce traffic congestion along Interstate 15; another $146 million to extend the car-pool lanes from Interstates 5 and 805 to Manchester Avenue, as well as major work on Carroll Canyon Road to help ease congestion in San Diego’s Golden Triangle area; and $19 million to support construction of auxiliary lanes near state Route 54, which is in the South Bay area.

Among those scheduled to accompany Sanders to Sacramento was City Councilman Jim Madaffer, 7th District, chairman of Sandag’s transportation committee. In his recent newsletter to constituents, Madaffer said, “Our region is ready to roll if they simply give us the funding.”

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, Pat Broderick

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San Diego: Product Advanced To Market By BioHealing Inc.

La Jolla-based Advanced BioHealing Inc. has begun selling and shipping its Food and Drug Administration-approved Dermagraft product, the company announced Feb. 15.

Advanced BioHealing acquired foot-ulcer treatment Dermagraft in June and intended to have the artificial skin tissue product ready for market in the first quarter of 2007.

The company has manufacturing operations based in La Jolla and a research and development office in New York City. Advanced BioHealing expects to increase its sales force throughout 2007, depending on revenues.

, Andy Killion

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El Cajon: Grocers Group Praises Police Department

The California Independent Grocers & Convenience Stores trade group presented the El Cajon Police Department with the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award during its 11th annual banquet this month.

The president and chief executive officer of IGCS, Auday Arabo, said in a press statement that the award was to thank the police in El Cajon for “excellent work” in the investigation of the murder of two people during a robbery at Granada Liquor Store in El Cajon in March.

, Katie Weeks

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La Mesa: Get a Sense of Style for Less Than $1,500

While based in a city known for its antique stores, one merchant in La Mesa is competing with designer and high-end retailers by going online.

EStyleSense.com is offering handbags from established labels such as Prada, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Gucci, as well as promoting lesser known brands on its Web site , www.estylesense.com , at prices discounted from retail.

Partner Dale Guidicci said the company wants to be able to offer “designer handbags, accessories and eventually, sunglasses, apparel and other items at sensible prices” to customers who “can’t justify paying $1,500 for a handbag.”

, Andy Killion

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Chula Vista: Using Public Services Just Got Easier

Chula Vista’s Public Services Building has been remodeled as part of a makeover for the entire Civic Center that began in 2004.

The recent remodeling allows customers to the city’s Planning and Building departments to obtain assistance from several departments at the same time. Another improvement includes an automated check-in system that relies on pagers to summon people to their appointments.

The remodeling includes the addition of 1,000 square feet to the building, which now measures some 30,000 square feet. Cost for the project was nearly $13 million, 80 percent of which was paid by development fees, according to a city spokeswoman.

As of early last week, the newly upgraded building, originally opened in 1979, was scheduled to be dedicated Feb. 20.

, Mike Allen

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Vista: E-World Strives to Keep e-Waste Off Landfills

Residents of North County looking to get rid of their old televisions or computers can find what they’re looking for at E-World Recyclers LLC in the southeastern part of Vista.

The business that opened in September accepts all manner of electronic waste, which is not permitted to be discarded in landfills.

Lyle Destigter, E-World’s chief operations officer, said the business accepts anything with a cord attached, except for large appliances such as washers or refrigerators. Fees are based on the weight, and run 20 to 30 cents per pound, depending on volume disposed.

California residents discarding televisions and monitors aren’t charged because they were assessed $6 fees when they purchased the televisions.

, Mike Allen

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Lemon Grove: We’re Turning 30, So Let’s Party All Year

The city is celebrating its 30th anniversary with dozens of festive and educational events this year, including several community functions in March.

The Lemon Grove Historical Society presents “Women in the Labor Force,” a lecture at the Lee House at 7 p.m. March 1. The Little Miss, Junior Miss, Miss and Teen Lemon Grove Princess pageants are set for March 17 at Lemon Grove Middle School.

On March 23, the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce plans to install new officers and grant leadership awards. The Friends of Lemon Grove Library hosts a book sale March 31 at the Lemon Grove Public Library.

, Michelle Mowad

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Santee: Piece of Hollywood Proposed for Heart of City

A 12-screen movie theater might be headed to central Santee.

Portland, Ore.-based Hollywood Theaters is proposing a movie theater north of Trolley Square at a vacant site.

City Planner Mark Brunette said it could be four to six months before the City Council considers the proposal.

, Katie Weeks

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Escondido: Kragen to Help Steer Folks to Cruisin’ Grand

Kragen Auto Parts has been named the title sponsor for 2007 Cruisin’ Grand.

The downtown Escondido event is set to run from March 30 through Sept. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays along Grand Avenue.

Free to the public, Cruisin’ is a classic and vintage car and truck show that last summer drew more than 200,000 people.

The Downtown Business Association, organizer of the event, also schedules music and food offerings.

Kragen has three stores in Escondido.

, Jessica Long

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Solana Beach: Retail Center Fetches Selling Price of $3M

Burnham Real Estate/Oncor International announced Feb. 16 that the Solana Beach Market on South Coast Highway had been sold to Pacific Development Partners.

The 24,000-square-foot retail center, which houses Longs Drug Store and Solana Beach Surf Rentals, was sold for more than $3 million, according to a Burnham Real Estate spokeswoman. The property was originally built in 1958 and remodeled by Solana Beach Market as a joint development venture between the Solana Beach-based Orlando Co. and San Diego-based Sudberry Properties Inc. It reopened in December 2003.

Pacific Development Partners, based in Beverly Hills, has a Vista office.

, Jaimy Lee

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Del Mar: City Finds Water Board Decision Unappealing

The city of Del Mar plans to appeal a recent decision by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The decision approved by the board Jan. 24 imposes unfunded mandates on the city for waste discharge requirements, according to Del Mar staff reports.

The city said it would incur minor legal costs to appeal the decision and for potential litigation. The cost for attorneys is expected to be shared by all agencies and cities that appeal the board’s decision. Anticipated costs for the implementation and management of the new decision are estimated at $250,000 to $300,000, according to the staff reports.

, Michelle Mowad

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Imperial Beach: Council Addressing a Messy Situation

City officials are poised to ban feeding birds on and around the Imperial Beach pier, and in other public places.

The Imperial Beach City Council planned to revisit a proposed ordinance against feeding sea gulls and pigeons on city property last week and could make a decision on the matter in early March. A violation would carry a $100 fine.

The aim is to discourage the large flocks of birds, which, according to the city, create a mess that city crews need to clean up.

, Brad Graves

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San Marcos: Interface to See Chamber’s Huge Scissors

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 26 for the Interface Financial Group.

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce plans to host the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at 939 Grand Ave. in San Marcos.

Interface bills itself as a company that provides capital to small businesses, including startups.

The local branch is part of a larger franchise system based in Irvine.

, Jessica Long

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Coronado: City Seeks Federal Funds to Offset Traffic Woes

Coronado city officials are weighing the possibility that a third aircraft carrier might make its home port at Naval Air Station North Island , and are seeing whether any extra federal funds might come with it.

During regular talks with the federal government, the city has raised the issue of money to mitigate extra traffic, said Assistant City Manager Jim Benson.

More than 80,000 cars come over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge daily, Benson said, and a significant number of those go to the Navy base.

Coronado officials are thinking of going underground to solve their traffic problem. There is a proposal to put a tunnel under the residential streets that commuters currently use to reach the base. The proposed tunnel would run parallel to Third and Fourth streets, extending from the bridge toll plaza to the base entrance.

The Navy is expected to decide in the spring whether the USS Carl Vinson will make its home port in Coronado, along with the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz.

, Brad Graves

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Encinitas: Arts Alive and Well on City’s Roadways

Encinitas is now sporting custom-painted banners as part of an event called Arts Alive.

The handiwork of local artists, the banners range from 5 to 7 feet in length and hang from streetlamp poles along Coast Highway 101, on San Elijo Avenue and in the parking lot of Cardiff Towne Centre.

In conjunction with the display running through mid-May, there will be a silent online auction with bids starting at $150. For more information, visit www.encinitas101.com. The proceeds will be split between the artists and the nonprofit 101 Artists Colony, except in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, where artists will share the proceeds with the town’s Chamber of Commerce.

, Connie Lewis

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San Diego: Disasters Have Disastrous Impact on Firms

Did you know that more than 40 percent of businesses never reopen after suffering the effects of a disaster, and close to one-third of U.S. companies do not have emergency plans in place?

That’s the word from the U.S. Department of Labor. But the OSHA Training Institute at UC San Diego Extension wants to change all that. From March 19-23, it’s offering a Workshop Week in Disaster Response designed to benefit businesses in general industry and construction, as well as those who work in emergency-related fields.

“In the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, members of the construction industry played critical roles in recovery efforts,” said Jeff Beeler, instructor for the OSHA Training Institute. “These classes provide instruction in topics that are vital for construction trade-related workers and for the survival of businesses of all sizes.”

The workshops are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 404 Camino del Rio S., Suite 102, in San Diego. For more information, visit http://osha.ucsd.edu or call (858) 964-1054.

, Pat Broderick

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Poway: Chamber Tees Up Business Expo at Golf Club

The Poway Chamber of Commerce plans to hold the 16th annual Poway Business Expo on March 22 at the new banquet facility of Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

The chamber expects some 600 guests to attend the event, including city, civic and local business leaders.

Sponsors of the event include Jefferson Mailing Lists, Pomerado Hospital, Geico and San Diego-based USA Federal Credit Union.

The networking event will aim to provide product awareness and marketing opportunities through companies’ exhibits.

, Liz Wiedemann

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