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Daily Business Report — March 23, 2010

La Costa Resort and Spa Sold

La Costa Resort and Spa

KSL Capital Partners has acquired La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad from an investment group that had purchased the property in 2007. Financing was not disclosed. The new owner intends to make substantial improvements, including upgrades to the guest rooms, spa, restaurants, pools, meeting space and golf courses, according to Bernie Siegel, KSL principal. KSL Resorts, which has managed La Costa since 2001, will continue to operate it. The resort has 474 guest rooms and suites and 136 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. It has two golf courses and a tennis facility. Later this month, La Costa will host an LPGA tournament, the KIA Classic, and in August it will host a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tennis tournament, the Southern California Open.

Bachelor Quarters Completed at Camp Pendleton

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly completed wounded warrior bachelor quarters will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday behind the Wounded Warrior Battalion West headquarters near Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. The $24.56 million barracks project is the first in a series of three construction projects totaling $54 million that will complete the Wounded Warrior Battalion West campus. The barracks, at the heart of the campus, includes 100 two-person rooms designed to accommodate wounded, injured and ill Marines and sailors. Future projects for the campus include a resource and recovery center, a new headquarters facility, an outdoor amphitheater, therapeutic gardens and nature trails throughout the campus landscape. The facility is a LEED Gold certifiable project and was designed by Cass, Sowatsky, Chapman & Associates of San Diego. Construction was managed by Barnhart Balfour Beatty based in San Diego.

Federal Contract Awards

(Reported by Targeted News Service)

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Inc. in San Diego was awarded an $8,284,783 federal contract modification by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for the accomplishment of the post-shakedown availability for the USS Wayne E. Meyer.

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Sygnos Inc. in San Diego won a $1,677,000 federal contract modification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, for the replacement of stacks on three boiler plants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Ultratech Imaging Inc., San Diego, won a $125,000 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsNational Acquisition Center for professional and allied health care services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Sound Technologies in Carlsbad won a $76,700 federal contract modification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., for the purchase of a mobile digital radiography system under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, was awarded a $7.5 million federal contract modification by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for platform system engineering agent services for the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS).

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Advanced Electromagnet Inc. in Santee won a $466,375 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Crane, Ind., for anechoic chamber refurbishment.

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Kevcon Inc. of Escondido won a $266,525 federal contract modification from the U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsSouthern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, White City, Ore., for the construction of a telecommunications closet climate control under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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X&D Supply of Carlsbad won a $125,000 federal contract from the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, Kansas City, Mo., for hand tools.

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Recon Environmental of  San Diego, won a $62,965 federal contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, Moreno Valley, Calif., for the restoration of a border habitat under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Security Business Bank Hires Real Estate Lender

Security Business Bank has hired C.W. Southwick as senior vice president of real estate lending. Southwick hass more than 35 years of business banking experience. She spent seven years at 1st Pacific Bank of California supervising the real estate lending department. She also worked at First International Bank, Peninsula Bank, Grossmont Bank and several other local as well as out-of-state financial organizations throughout her career. Southwick received a bachelor’s degree in real estate from San Diego State.

Sustainability Seminar to be Staged April 7 in Balboa Park

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s Sustainability Seminar will be held April 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hattox Hall at The Old Globe in Balboa Park. Two workshops will be offered. The first will explore the most time-efficient and cost-effective approaches to identifying energy-saving measures for buildings; how San Diego Gas & Electric’s rebate and incentive programs can reduce up-front costs and may improve a project’s return on investment; and, how properly evaluating the costs and benefits of proposed upgrades can help get the projects approved. The second workshop will address the pros and cons of various Energy Star benchmarking techniques, tips for optimizing Energy Star scores and best practices for improving the score over time. The 2010 Sustainability Workshop Series is sponsored by SDG&E in partnership with the city of San Diego

Activewear Garments to Move to Chula Vista

Activewear Garments Inc. has signed a five-year, $187,615 lease for 4,508 square feet of industrial space in Southrail Business Park at 664 Marsat Court in Chula Vista. With the transaction, the 128,000-square-foot industrial park is 93 percent leased. Activewear, a contract sewing company that produces sportswear clothing and accessories with a specialization in four-way stretch fabrics, will relocate from its current location in National City to the new Chula Vista facility in April. Nick Price and Michael Mossmer of Voit Commercial represented both the lessee and the lessor, Westcore Properties. Other tenants at the site include LGB Inc., Delphinus Engineering and Sammy’s Kitchen & Bath.

Beauty Kliniek Signs $1.1 Million Lease

Lindav U.S.A. Inc., dba Beauty Kliniek, a beauty and hair salon, day spa and wellness center, has signed an 84-month, $1,120,261 lease renewal for 6,616 square feet of retail space in Marketplace in University City at 3264 Governor Drive. The lessee represented itself. The lessor, UC Marketplace Partnership, was represented by Rob Ippolito and Kam Walton of Cushman & Wakefield.

Film Festival Stages Screenwriting, Filmmaking Workshop

The San Diego Christian Film Festival will hold a two-day screenwriting and filmmaking workshop April 24-25 at Point Loma Nazarene University. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Instructors will be Richard Krevolin and Alan Hueth, who have five decades of experience between them. The workshop is designed to explore story structure, character development and other necessary elements to visual storytelling. Early-bird cost for two days is $245 until April 4. After April 4, the price is $295. To register or for more information, visit sdchristianfilmfestival.com/program/seminars.

Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery opens

Alexander Salazar, a Harvard graduate and La Jolla art dealer, will open the Alexander Salazar Fine Art studio March 26 and 27 at 640 Broadway (at Seventh Avenue). The gallery will feature the works of emerging artists and well renowned painters and sculptors from the United States and abroad.  Salazar holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a second master’s degree from Boston College. Salazar said 15 percent of all sales on the two nights will be a benefit the “It’s All About The Kids.”

Business Datebook

March 23

LUNCHEON: Asian Business Association holds its March Rice Club Luncheon with guest speaker Ron Roberts, member of the county Board of Supervisors. noon to 1:30 p.m., San Diego Hall of Champions, Balboa park. Cost is $25 for ABA members, $30 for nonmembers, $35 at the door. To reserve, visit abasd.org.

March 24

EMPLOYMENT LAW: Brown Law Group will present an update on 2010 employment law, including latest court decisions, legislative amendments and proposed bills employers must be aware of to properly manage their businesses. 7:45 to 9 a.m., University Club, 750 B St., Downtown San Diego. To reserve space, e-mail Valeina: jack@brownlawgroup.com. Or call (619) 330-1700.

April 2

COFFEE WITH CCDC: Staff of the Centre City Development Corp. hosts “Coffee with CCDC,” an informal session to discuss upcoming projects and new developments Downtown. Topics include parks, open space and recreation opportunities, waterfront revitalization, affordable housing, business attraction programs. 8 a.m., Downtown Information Center, 193 Horton Plaza, above CVC Pharmacy.

SEMINAR: National Association of Women Business Owners San Diego continues its monthly seminar series. Angie Swartz of Square Martini Media will present “Using LinkedIn as a Marketing Tool.” Noon to 1 p.m., Brandman University, 7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego. NAWBO San Diego members free, nonmembers $25. Box lunches provided. Online reservations at nawbo-sd.org.

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman. (619) 906-4104.

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