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Daily Business Report — Nov. 6, 2009

Clean Generation Program

Mayor Jerry Sanders staff is conducting a series of information sessions to present the city’s Clean Generation Program, which provides financing to property owners for renewable energy installations and energy-efficiency retrofits. The next meetings are scheduled Nov. 9, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 19.

All meetings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meeting locations are:

Nov. 9, Kearny High School Auditorium, 7651 Wellington Way, San Diego.

Nov. 10, Serra High School Auditorium, 5156 Santo Road, San Diego.

Nov. 12, War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park.

Nov. 16, Scripps Miramar Ranch Branch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego.

Nov. 18, Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library & Performing Arts Center, 5148 Market St., San Diego.

Nov. 19, Point Loma Nazarene University, Colt Hall Forum, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego.

For more information about the meetings, call (619) 236-6330.

Scott Peters Gets Coastal Commission Nod

Former San Diego Councilman Scott Peters, 51, a Democrat, has been appointed an alternate member to the California Coastal Commission by Gov. Schwarzenegger. He previously served on the commission as an appointee of the Assembly Speaker from 2002 to 2005. Peters has served on the San Diego Board of Port Commissioners since January 2009. Previously, he served on the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008, and also served as president from 2006 to 2008. Peters was a partner at Peters and Varco from 1996 to 2000 and deputy county counsel IV for the San Diego County Counsel’s Office from 1991 to 1996. Prior to that, he was an associate for Baker and McKenzie from 1988 to 1991 and for Dorsey and Whitney from 1984 to 1988. The position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

Michael Aguirre to Speak to San Diego Group

Former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 22 meeting of the San Diego Association for Rational Investigation. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Beers Community Center on Vermont Street in Hillcrest, between the Aladdin and Terra restaurants. Doors open at 6 p.m. Aguirre is expected to talk on the J. David Dominelli pyramid scandal of the 1980s. Last year, Aguirre partnered with Christopher S. Morris and Maria C. Severson to form the law firm Aguirre, Morris & Severson LLP. There is no admission to the meeting, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

San Diego’s Fishing Industry to be Explored in Talk

Co-authors Kimber M. Quinney and Thomas J. Cesarini will share stories of San Diego’s fishing industry at Save Our Heritage Organisation’s next Third Thursday Author Series program on Nov. 19. The program is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the SOHO-operated city museum, the Adobe Chapel, at 3963 Conde St. in Old Town. Advance tickets are $25 and includes the lecture and book. Admission at the door is $35. For tickets, call (619) 297-9327.

San Diego has always attracted a rich diversity of immigrant groups. Between the 1880s and 1970s, many of these groups helped to create a strong and dynamic fishing industry that became a key component of the city’s identity. Waves of varied immigrants continually refreshed the industry, adapting their traditional skills and technologies to San Diegan conditions. Innovations in boat design, nets, and baiting techniques reshaped the fleets that harvested tuna and sardines from the teeming waters. On shore, canning factories sprang up, seafood markets bustled with activity, and fish restaurants filled with hungry diners. The vivid stories and fascinating photographs in this volume recapture the energy and variety that were the hallmarks of San Diego’s fishing industry.

Quinney is adjunct faculty in the Department of History at California State University, San Marcos. Cesarini is the founder and executive director of Convivio, a nonprofit organization for Italian humanities. They are coauthors of “San Diego’s Little Italy” (Arcadia 2007). Book royalties will benefit Convivio and its affiliate, the Italian Historical Society of San Diego.

Families of Fallen Coast Guard Crewmembers Assisted

Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience, in association with the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will donate all proceeds from its Nov. 8 cruises and tours to the Coast Guard Foundation for its Family Disaster Relief Fund to honor the fallen crew members of CG-1705. The Coast Guard lost seven crew members from Air Station Sacramento who were aboard a C-130 aircraft that collided on Oct. 29 with a Marine helicopter off the coast of San Clemente Island. The Coast Guard Foundation’s Family Disaster Relief Fund assists families of the late servicemen in traveling to attend funeral and memorial services, among other services. “We are extremely proud to honor the sacrifice of these brave service members who lost their lives,” said Troy Sears, president of Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these fallen heroes.”

Open to the general public, Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience and the Maritime Museum of San Diego will offer visitors and boating enthusiasts the opportunity to ride on three yachts. The yacht AMERICA, a replica of the 19th century racing yacht that first won what is now known as the America’s Cup, will be available for sails on the bay along with an opportunity to participate in a race between Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra. Admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, including the Star of India, is also included with the donation to ride on the America’s Cup vessels.

Federal Contracts

Solpac Inc., dba Soltek Pacific in San Diego, was awarded a $6,496,350 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest in San Diego, for the design and construction of repairs to Bachelor Enlisted Quarters 210636 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Place of performance will be in Oceanside.

(Source: Targeted News Service)

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