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Daily Business Report-Sept. 22, 2009

Santee School District modernizations completed

The Santee School District and contractor Barnhart Inc. announced the completion of $23 million in school modernizations across three school campuses in addition to adding three new junior high buildings valued at more than $16 million. The three K-8 schools that welcomed students to new classrooms and upgraded campuses earlier this month were Rio Seco, Carlton Hills and Carlton Oaks. The three newly built 10-classroom buildings will be used by junior high school students. Among the upgrades are new learning resource centers, libraries, technology centers, science labs, art rooms, restrooms, offices and an enhanced utility infrastructure.  Classroom features include new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with individual room controls that make each classroom more comfortable while saving energy. Classrooms also have built-in teaching walls with integrated cabinets and sliding marker boards, tackable wall surfaces, and state-of-the-art data wiring for computer and communications systems. Outdoor areas received new landscaping, sidewalks and lighting while being made more accessible to the physically disabled.

Voters approved a $165-million school modernization program in November 2006.  The schools had not received any major modifications since being built in the 1960s. Barnhart Inc. is providing preconstruction and construction services for $129 million in new building additions and modernizations of nine elementary schools in the Santee School District under this program and has completed $64 million in construction at five of those schools. Barnhart was awarded the contract for the program in February 2008 to deliver all schools utilizing the Lease Lease-Back project delivery system.

Barnhart staff working on the recent classroom additions and modernization programs include Anton Greenville, v.p. in charge; Michelle Reiner, project manager in charge and Carlton Hills project manager; Stan Streit, Rio Seco project manager; Andres Dolson, Carlton Oaks project manager; Joe La Grange, Rio Seco superintendent; Pat Anderson, Carlton Hills superintendent; and Tim Milam, Carlton Oaks superintendent.

Federal contracts awarded to San Diego County companies

(Source: Targeted News Service: www.targetednews.com)

Vantage Associates Inc. in National City won a $536,260 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Crane, Ind., for Band 2 direction finding receiving polarizing radomes for SLQ-32.

ZMT Associates of Oceanside won a $50,857.48 federal contract from the U.S. Army’s Contracting Agency, South Region, Fort Stewart, Ga., for the construction of a carport.

Romero General Construction Corp. Escondido won a $1,938,265 federal contract modification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, for the repair of badly deteriorated roads under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Place of performance will be at Eastman Lake.

(Source: Targeted News Service: www.targetednews.com)

San Diego law office adds six new associates

The San Diego office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear has added six new associates: Benjamin Anger, Richard Christiansen, William Evans, Brent Moore, Nicholas Transier and Jeff Tung. The law firm is based in Orange County and now has 260 attorneys in San Diego. Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Burnham Institute names v.p. for drug discovery

Burnham Institute for Medical Research has appointed Michael R. Jackson to the newly created position of v.p. for drug discovery and development. Jackson will oversee the chemical biology and drug discovery efforts of the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics at Burnham’s La Jolla and Orlando, Fla. campuses. He will lead Burnham’s efforts to identify drug candidates, developing promising chemical compounds into new medicines and creating partnerships for preclinical and clinical drug development. Prior to joining Burnham, Jackson spent 15 years with Johnson & Johnson holding positions of increasing responsibility.

Advocate of the Year honored

The California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates has named Michael Phillips, supervising attorney for the Jewish Family Service Patient Advocacy program, as Advocate of the Year. Phillips will receive the award at the organization’s statewide conference on Sept. 25. He is being honored for his work in ending the blanket denial of rights of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees while housed in San Diego acute psychiatric facilities. Phillips has been providing advocacy for mental health consumers since 2002. “My goal,” said Phillips, “is to help usher in a new era of patient advocacy in San Diego in which collaboration with all members of the mental health community results in a better environment for all parties involved.”

Restorative Remedies names Jackie Townsend as CEO

Restorative Remedies LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of natural supplements, has named Jackie Townsend to the position of CEO and has opened a new global operations center in San Diego. Townsend previously was a member of the Restorative Remedies board of directors and was most recently an executive v.p. at digital marketing agency JHG which, in 2007, acquired The Townsend Agency.

Self-guided kitchen tour scheduled for Oct. 10

The American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Kitchen Tour ’09, featuring nine newly completed kitchens in San Diego County, is Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour sites are located in Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and several San Diego neighborhoods.  Projects range from elaborate great room makeovers to cost-conscious remodels and from Old World to “cheerful modern” designs.  Two of the kitchens are designer-owned and there’s one home with two separate indoor kitchens. ASID designers will be on hand to discuss all phases of the design and construction process and answer questions.  The kitchens display the latest trends in sustainability, space planning, appliances and storage solutions.  Individual tickets are $25 each. Group tickets range from $20 (4-to 9) to $15 (10 or more).  For information, call the ASID Information Line at (858) 646-9896 or visit www.ASIDSanDiego.org.

SUSHI Center names new executive director

Patrick Stewart, executive director of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., has been named executive director of SUSHI, A Center for the Urban Arts, in San Diego. 

Stewart will be rejoining the San Diego arts community in January after finishing his tenure at the Washington, D.C. center. 

Stewart has extensive regional management and production experience in San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., including work with many of San Diego’s arts organizations. Stewart currently serves as a management consulting mentor to arts organizations via the Kennedy Center’s Office of the President, and lends expertise as a board or committee member to several organizations.

Archeology Center hosts Excellence in Archeology Awards

The San Diego Archaeological Center will host the third annual Excellence in Archaeology Celebration and Awards Ceremony from 4 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the center at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido. The event includes a social hour, seated dining, dancing, an Excellence in Archaeology awards ceremony, behind-the-scenes tours of the center and a live and silent auction. Four Seasons Catering will provide the food.  The event is underwritten by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Bonk & Cushman, CPAs, ASEG Inc., Shutler Construction Tierra Environmental Inc., San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and James W. Royle. Auction donors include Southwest Airlines, Disney Theme Parks, Pala Casino Spa and Resort, Valley View Casino, Lucas Films, Hornblower Cruises and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay IndiansElizabeth Shulter and Robert Case are co-chairs of the event. Tickets to Excellence in Archaeology are $75 for adults and $100 for Business donors. A Business Sponsorship of 10 tickets is available for $750. To request an invitation or to purchase tickets online, visit the center’s Website at www.sandiegoarchaeology.org. For information, call Marie Anderson, director of development, at (760) 291-0370.

Imaging Healthcare Specialists opens new South Bay facility

Imaging Healthcare Specialists, a family of independent, outpatient medical imaging centers, announced the opening of a new facility in South Bay. The new center, located in the Gateway Chula Vista Building at 333 H St., expands upon the services offered at the former location on L Street, where it operated for more than 10 years. The new center houses a 1.5 tesla, high-field MRI scanner as well as an open MRI scanner for large patients and those who may feel anxiety in the high-field system. By offering both types of MRI scanners, IHS can accommodate the MRI needs of all patients. The center also installed a new 16-slice CT scanner and offers full-field digital mammography and ultrasound. “With the addition of full field digital mammography, we are able to detect and diagnose breast cancers more accurately,” says Louise O’Shaughnessy, staff radiologist.  “Providing easier access to high quality digital mammography to all women in Chula Vista is an important goal of Imaging Healthcare Specialists.”

Small business workshops set for October

SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops in October, with fees ranging from $29 to $109, depending on the program. Upcoming workshops:

• Oct. 1 – Internet Marketing 303: Social Media for Small Businesses – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Oct. 2 – Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales Through Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Oct. 3 – QuickBooks Advanced – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 6 – How to Start & Manage Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door)

•  Oct. 6 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Oct. 8 – Small Business Marketing: Basics for Promoting Your Businesss – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 8 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Oct. 10 – Buying a Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 13 – Restaurant 101 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Oct. 14 – Business Plan 101 ­– How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

• Oct. 16 – QuickBooks Basic – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 17 – QuickBooks Basic – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 20 – How to Start a Nonprofit – 9:30 a.m. to noon at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Oct. 22 – Import/Export – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 22 – Legal Issues: Contracts & Leases – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

•  Oct. 23 – Internet Marketing 302: Develop a Winning E-mail Marketing Success Strategy – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Oct. 24 – How to Start & Manage Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino •  • Oct. 27 – Financing Your Business – Carlsbad – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Oct. 28 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

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