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Daily Business Report — Dec. 8, 2009

National Conference of State Legislatures Meets in San Diego

The National Conference of State Legislatures will stage its Fall Forum Wednesday through Saturday at the San Diego Marriott Hotel under the theme “New Ideas, New Opportunities.” An array of speakers will address state budgets and economic recovery, education reform, job creation and state innovation. The NCSL also will release reports on the condition of state budgets, immigration-related laws in the states and policy recommendations to reform America’s high schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the group on Thursday along with Ambassador Ron Kirk, U.S. trade representative, during atwo-part program that will provide a discussion of two different state-federal issues: education and trade.

“Although the national economy is on the uptick, many states won’t see any recovery for another year or longer,” said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound. “It’s during trying times like these that state legislators rise to the challenge to balance budgets while still providing essential services. The meeting in San Diego will highlight some opportunities and innovations for states as they move forward.”

Other notable speakers include Charles F. Bolden, the newly appointed administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and former astronaut, who will talk on Friday about the importance of science and math education and NASA’s short- and long-term plans for space exploration. Bolden, a retired Marine Corps officer, was once the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Christopher Thornberg, an economic forecaster from Beacon Economics in Los Angeles, will look at the prospects for economic recovery during his discussion on Saturday.  And a representative of the Obama administration will discuss new directions for federal programs that serve children and families.

During the meeting, state legislators serving on NCSL’s 12 standing committees will develop policy resolutions that guide NCSL’s actions before Congress and the administration. At the forefront are health care and education reform, immigration and REAL ID.

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. to Merge with Adamas

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. announced that it will merge with Adamas Pharmaceuticals Corp. in Del Mar. The combined company will focus on the development and commercialization of therapeutic products for a variety of viral diseases, including hepatitis and influenza. Adamas recently launched a pre-filled Epinephrine syringe and is seeking to generate revenue that can be used to support development efforts for product candidates representing larger market opportunities. The merged company will be named Adamas Pharmaceuticals Corp. and be headquartered in San Diego. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Adamas will be merged with and into a wholly-owned subsidiary of La Jolla.

The management team and board of directors of the combined company will be appointed by Adamas. Dennis Carlo, the CEO of Adamas, will serve as the CEO of the combined company after the merger. Carlo is a veteran of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He previously served as CEO of publicly-traded Immune Response Corp., vice president of research and development and therapeutic manufacturing of Hybritech Inc. prior to its acquisition by Eli Lilly & Co., and director of bacterial vaccines and immunology at Merck & Co.

Stockholders of the two companies must approve the merger. Stockholder meetings will be held in the first quarter of 2010.

Ben Hueso In For 2nd Term as Council President

Councilman Ben Hueso on Monday was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve a second one-year term as president of the San Diego City Council. The one-year appointment was created by the change to a strong mayor/strong council form of government, which was approved by voters in 2004. Responsibilities include scheduling items for consideration by the Council, chairing City Council meetings, and selecting committee chairs and committee vice-chairs for approval by a Council majority.


Cubic Awarded $6 Million From U.S. Pacific Air Forces

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., the defense systems business unit of Cubic Corp., will continue to provide full services and support for air combat training systems at U.S. bases in the Asia-Pacific region under a new $6 million contract option exercised by the Pacific Air Forces. The support includes more than 30 technicians who will perform training system mission planning, pod loading, maintenance and postmission debriefing support. The services will be provided at four U.S. bases in Japan and Korea as well as on various deployments in the region. PACAF originally awarded Cubic the contract in 2004 to provide management, labor, hardware, software, engineering and maintenance support to Misawa and Kadena air bases in Japan, and Kunsan and Osan air bases in the Republic of Korea.


Synergy Electric Awarded $9.4 Million

Synergy Electric Co. in  Santee was awarded a $9,367,117 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, for the installation of photovoltaic systems at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Place of performance will be in Oceanside.


BOMA California Selects Ray Magnussen as Vice President

Leaders from the eight metropolitan Building Owners and Managers Associations have selected Ray Magnussen of Paragon Services, San Diego, as vice president to help lead the statewide organization. Magnussen has been a member of BOMA San Diego since 2000, served as president in 2007 and previously served as vice president and a member-at-large. BOMA California is the statewide professional association representing each of California’s eight regional Building Owners and Managers Associations (Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, Sacramento, Oakland/East Bay, San Diego, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley), in statewide legislative and regulatory matters. Members of BOMA California represent all facets of the commercial real estate industry.


Chris Gwynn Takes Padres Job

Chris Gwynn, the younger brother of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and uncle of current Padres player Tony Gwynn Jr., has been named director of player personnel for the San Diego Padres. Former Padres outfielder Dave Roberts was named a special assistant to baseball operations. Chris Gwynn, 45, began his scouting career as an amateur scout for the Padres in 1998.  He was promoted to cross checker in 2004 and has served as a professional scout for the Padres since 2006. Roberts rejoins the Padres after spending the 2009 season as an analyst for the New England Sports Network.


S.D. North ConVis Hires VP of Sales

The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired hospitality industry veteran Larry Kaufman as vice president of sales. Kaufman will be responsible for overseeing the bureau’s seven-person national sales team based in Carmel Valley. He most recently worked for Noble House Hotels and Resorts in San Diego for six years as the area director of sales and marketing for the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, Hilton Mission Bay and Riviera Resort & Spa Palm Springs properties.  Prior industry experience includes Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the area director of sales and marketing for 11 years as well as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Hotels & Resorts.


Market Del Mar Signs Lease in Bankers Hill

Market Café & Bar Inc. has signed a lease for 3,900 square feet of restaurant space in the former Modus Supper Club located at 2202 Fourth Ave. in Bankes Hill. The 1- year lease is valued at $1,017,000. Michael Spilky of Location Matters, Restaurant & Retail Brokerage represented both the landlord & Market Café & Bar.  Other project tenants include the California Department of Consumer Affairs, National University, Security National Mortgage Co. and Fidelity Information Systems.


Empire Group Renews Lease

Empire Group renewed its lease for 9,306 square feet of warehouse space at 8825 Rehco Road, San Diego. The 36-month lease renewal is valued at $295,932. Dean Asaro of CB Richard Ellis represented both Empire Group and the lessor, Hazard Commercial Complex LLC.


Two Leases at Bernardo Executive Center

Two leases totaling $1 million have been signed at Bernardo Executive Center, a three-building, 173,745-square-foot office project in Rancho Bernardo. Nemo’s Bakery leased 7,332 square feet for 65 months and Coradiant Inc. leased 5,932 square feet for 25 months. Jeb Bakke, Scott Kincaid and Mike Corbosiero of CB Richard Ellis represented the lessor, TA Western. Gary Williams of Colliers International represented Nemo’s Bakery. Brian French of Studley represented Coradiant. Other project tenants include State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, National University, Security National Mortgage Co. and Fidelity Information Systems.

Jewish Family Services Honors Jill Borg Spitzer

Jill Borg Spitzer is celebrating her 25th anniversary with Jewish Family Service and 23rd year as CEO of the organization.  “Jill’s deep commitment to helping people in need has been instrumental in JFS’s phenomenal growth during the last 25 years,”” said Steven Levine, president of the JFS board. JFS has 15 sites in San Diego County and Coachella Valley, employs about 265 staff, and has an annual budget exceeding $12 million. JFS has more than 50 programs that provide a range of social services for the very young to the very old.  The agency serves more than 30,000 per year. Spitzer has a master’s degree from Columbia University.

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1 Comments on “Daily Business Report — Dec. 8, 2009

  • Next year Americans had better be on their guard against fraudulent voter registrations and the possibility of illegal immigrants voting in the 2010 Senate elections. Sen.Harry Reid (D-NV) comes up for re-election and if you didn’t know already, the great state of Nevada is overwhelmed by foreign nationals of the illegal kind. Be aware that under current voting law, a–UTILITY BILL– is officially identified as a legal document as identification in Nevada. In states that are heavily involved with illegal immigrants and the product of welfare fraud, Nevada and California specifically should be under the eye of the election authorities. As of now only contractors and subs are required to use E-Verify, which is very loosely audited. E-Verify must be enacted permanently as its success rate is progressively moving forward. E-Verify could be introduced to identify drivers license applicants, car registration, health care and even voter registrations. Then organizations that facilitate in suspicious activities would have a major obstacle to contend with, including fraudulent documentation.

    During this ACORN controversy these two Western states have very large apportionment’s of political illegal immigrant sympathizers and–MUST–be removed from their career seats. ACORN and its big brother SEIU. ACORN and SEIU are the lead organizations behind Health Care and Comprehensive Immigration Reform known in truth as AMNESTY, which is the principle entities aggressively shoving for the passage of these very serious issues. ACORN is better known for hiring people with questionable backgrounds, to be engaged in fraudulent voting registrations. Sen.Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi can be attributed to the near destruction of E-Verify, the federal verification program that a growing number of nationwide employers are beginning to use. As a pro-illegal immigrant incumbent he must be ejected from his Senatorial seat, because he is directly involved in the 2010 Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.These are the worst of the worst with a grading of ( F ) – as according to NUMBERSUSA.

    They have been adamant conspirators against any immigration enforcement and readily agreeable with another BLANKET AMNESTY. WE NEED TO MAKE EXAMPLES OF THEM AND THROW THE IDIOTS OUT OF OFFICE NEXT YEAR? These individuals are just part of the political conspirators who don’t mind illegal aliens settling in our nation and stealing AMERICAN JOBS.
    Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) ,Bennett, Robert F. – (R – UT),Dodd, Christopher J. – (D – CT),Feingold, Russell D. – (D – WI),Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY),Inouye, Daniel K. – (D – HI),Leahy, Patrick J. – (D – VT),Lincoln, Blanche L. – (D – AR), Mikulski, Barbara A. – (D – MD), Murray, Patty – (D – WA), Reid, Harry – (D – NV), Schumer, Charles E. – (D – NY), (R – AL),Wyden, Ron – (D – OR), Michael Capuano – (D-MA)

    Statement from Gov. Jim Gibbons “Our voting system is very simply the greatest in the world and is the basis of what makes this country great. The allegation that an organization that’s main purpose is to register new voters was doing so fraudulently is very troubling. I believe that requiring a photo ID to vote is a very reasonable protection for our voting system and should be enacted as law by the 2009 Legislature.”

    We should endeavor to recruit high echelon tradesman and intelligencer who have grand offerings to America in sort after skills, but not people who are desperate to infiltrate the welfare entitlements and become a public burden. There are estimates of over 8 million foreign nationals in the job force, that would be swallowed up expeditiously by those here legally and citizens.

    Those who believe in America’s survival, without OVERPOPULATION as stated by the US Census bureau better read facts at NUMBERSUSA not the lies spawned by open border entities. Those who want details of corruption in WASHINGTON and state government go to JUDICIAL WATCH. Overpopulation, traffic chaos, infrastructure erosion should go to CAPSWEB. Other sites of interest on Immigration enforcement is ALIPAC and AMERICAN PATROL. We the people have the ultimate power to throw out anti-sovereignty incumbent politicians. Call and command these do-nothings to–STOP–this travesty at 202-224-3121.

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