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Daily Business Report — Oct. 5, 2009

Pros and cons to be aired on Downtown projects

The Downtown San Diego Partnership will sponsor an Oct. 22 luncheon featuring a pro and con discussion on three major projects — a new civic center, expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and the Downtown library. The event will be at the Hilton Bay Front Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and the program is at noon. Panelists airing their views on the projects are Vince Mudd, Malin  Burnham, Richard Rider and a representative from the Public Library Foundation. Kevin Faulconer, president pro tem of the San Diego City Council, will moderate the discussions. The cost is $35 for Partnership members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling Sheri Snead at (619) 234-0201.

Social Media Symposium set for Oct. 23 at SDSU

The San Diego Social Media Symposium on Oct. 23 will bring together local business leaders with leaders in public relations, academia and traditional and new media to study and discuss the social media phenomena. The symposium is presented by Nuffer, Smith, Tucker and SDSU and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the new Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at SDSU. Register online at The fee is $99.

John Moore, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s chief evangelist, marketing strategist and social media enthusiast, is the keynote speaker. Moore operates the Brand Autopsy Marketing Practice, a consultancy.

Topics and panelists include:

• The Changing Media LandscapeTammy Carpowich, director of new media, KPBS; Rob Hopwood, Internet content producer and social media specialist, SignOnSanDiego; and Stacey Ross, founder,

Case Study RoundtableNatalie Malaszenko, e-commerce director, PETCO; Christine Morrison, social media marketing manager, Intuit; and Sukhjit Ghag, social media evangelist, Sony Electronics.

Playing it Straight – Ethical and Legal ConsiderationsAndrew Serwin, partner, Foley & Lardner; and Tim Wulfemeyer, journalism professor, San Diego State University.

Social Media in the WorkplaceRosanna Indie, community relations director,; and Adam Ward, Qualcomm.

Measurement – Showing ROIKimberly Parker, sales and marketing coordinator, The Pearl Hotel; Chalise Zolezzi, public relations manager, Taylor Guitars; and Ginger Anderson, Web and social media manager, Souplantation.

State transportation chief to speak at Rice Club luncheon

Randy Iwasaki, director of the California Department of Transportation, is the special guest speaker at the Asian Business Association’s Rice Club luncheon Oct. 27 at the San Diego Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, in Balboa Park. Registration is at 11:45 a.m. followed by networking and a buffet from noon to 1 p.m. and the program from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for ABA members, $30embers.  for nonmembers and $35 at the door for nonmembers.

Union of Pan Asian Communities gets SBA money

The Union of Pan Asian Communities in San Diego has received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to start, operate and grow their businesses. The funding is from the SBA’s Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act. All told, 58 nonprofit organizations from 32 states received grants under the program. The SBA received more than 400 applications.

Gillespie Field taxiways get a facelift

The county has completed the demolition and resurfacing of the taxiways at Gillespie Field using $1.9 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contract was awarded to ABC Construction. It took crews several weeks to tear up and reconstruct the 4,000-foot taxiways, which were scattered with weed-filled cracks and small bits of pavement. The airport has two other taxiways, but the reconstructed ones serve the majority of the traffic. “Our taxiways were about 40 years old and it showed,” said Roger Griffiths, manager of the El Cajon airport. “Now the pilots and passengers who use our airport get a better ride and they don’t have to worry about the danger of rocks and other debris getting caught in their engines.” The airport is used by private and business aircraft, with about 200,000 takeoffs and landings ever year. The Sheriff’s Department’s fleet of patrol and firefighting helicopters also is based at Gillespie Field. The county has received more than $66 million in federal stimulus funds so far. Track how the money is being used by visiting

Human resource center to be built at MCAS Miramar

RJC Architects and Straub Construction have been awarded a $16.6 million contract to design and build a Human Resource Service Center at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The work includes design and construction of a new 51,198 square foot two-story facility for administrative offices as well as conference and training rooms.  The project is scheduled for completion by March 2011. RJC Architects has worked on Navy and Marine bases throughout the region, including Camp Pendleton in North County and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

2009 Orchids & Onion Awards set for Nov. 12

The awards ceremony for the 2009 Orchids & Onions program will be staged Nov. 12 at the On Broadway Event Center, 615 Broadway, in Downtown San Diego. The awards are sponsored by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. An after-party with a DJ will be held at 10 p.m. in the Karma Lounge of On Broadway and is open to all attendees. Tickets to the awards program are $40 for SDAF members and $80 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, visit The awards consist of best and worst citations for projects for architecture, urban design and planning. Graham Downes, founder of Graham Downes Architecture, will be the commentator of this year’s program.

The People’s Choice Awards, those selected by members of the public, will be announced after the Orchids & Onions presentations.

Fashion show to benefit children in need

“Couture for a Cause,” a charity fashion show sponsored by eight of San Diego’s legal professional organizations, will be held Oct. 8 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include cocktails,  and hors d’oeuvres catered by The French Gourmet, a silent auction and a fashion show with fashions for men and women from Gracie’s Boutique and Jos. A. Bank. Models for the show represent the sponsoring organizations and local lawyers and judges. Retired Judge Leo Papas will be master of ceremonies. Tickets are $50 each and can be obtain online at

The sponsoring organizations are the San Diego chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Southern California chapter of the Legal Marketing Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, the San Diego Paralegal Association, the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association, the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association and Women in EDiscovery.

The benefiting charities are Voices for Children and Outdoor Outreach. Voices for Children works to ensure that abused, neglected and abandoned children who have become dependents of the San Diego County court will have a safe and permanent home. Outdoor Outreach empowers atrisk and underprivileged youth to make positive changes in their lives through outdoor activities.

Federal Contract Awards

R. A. Burch of Ramona won a $12,299,188 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, for the repair and modernization of a littoral combat ship.

Tanstaafl Construction Inc., dba KAJ Enterprises in Spring Valley, won a $35,143.80 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, San Diego, for the renovation of quarterdeck and carpeting in classrooms.

Vetrents, an Escondido company, won a $2,266 federal contract from the U.S. Army’s Contracting Agency, South Region, Fort Irwin, Calif., for forklifts.

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