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Daily Business Report — May 5, 2010

40 Under 40 Nominations

Nominations are now open for San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 11th annual 40 Under 40 awards. The nomination period ends May 31. The honorees will be feted at our annual luncheon on Sept. 9 at the San Diego Convention Center and profiled in the September issue of the magazine. Visit for a nomination form.

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Trolley Extension

San Diego Trolley

The proposed 11-mile extension of the San Diego Trolley from the Old Town Transit Center to University City, University Towne Centre and UCSD will be the subject of “scoping” meetings today and May 11, 12, 20 and 25 sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The meetings are to allow the public and agencies to learn about the proposal and make comments and suggestions. SANDAG staff will present the three routes being studied for the new light rail line and potential station locations.

Today’s meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the SANDAG board room, 401 B St., seventh floor, in Downtown San Diego.

Future meetings:

• May 11, 3 to 6 p.m., Price Center East Ballroom, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, University City.

• May 12, 4 to 7 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, University City.

• May 20, 4 to 7 p.m., Clairemont High School cafeteria, 4150 Ute Drive, Clairemont.

• May 25, 4 to 7 p.m., Caltrans District 11 headquarters, Gallegos Conference Room, 4050 Taylor St., Old Town.

There are several ways to submit comments to SANDAG regarding the project. A court reporter will be on hand at each of the scoping meetings to take down verbal comments. Forms also will be available for those who wish to submit their comments in writing. In addition, written comments may be mailed to Mid-Coast Comments, 401 B St., San Diego, CA 92101, or sent via e-mail to For more information, call (619) 595-5620.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Hosts Forum

Alan Bersin, newly appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will host a public forum on Thursday (May 6) to discuss the agency’s vision for improving the secure flow of legal goods and people through the region’s ports of entry. The forum will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ellipse Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Loma Land Drive, San Diego 92106.

Chicano Federation Holds Unity Luncheon on Friday

Jeffrey Davidow, president of La Jolla-based Institute of the Americas and a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela, will be the keynote speaker at the Chicago Federation of San Diego County’s annual Unity Luncheon Friday (May 7) in the Pacific Ballroom of the Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive, in Downtown San Diego. The luncheon will honor Raymond Uzeta, president and CEO of the Chicano Federation, who is retiring on May 14. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and the program is at 12:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $50. For reservations, call (619) 285-5600, Ext. 308. The Institute of the Americas, located on the UCSD campus, seeks to improve the economic, political and social well-being of people in the Americas by bringing together industry leaders, policymakers and academics for frank and open discussions about business opportunities in the Western Hemisphere.

Mayor Appoints Chair of International Affairs Board

Cath DeStefano

Cath DeStefano, executive director of the Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego, has been appointed chairperson of the International Affairs Board by Mayor Jerry Sanders. The purpose of the civic board is to foster and promote friendly relations and better understanding between people of San Diego and the people of foreign nations. In her work with the Citizen Diplomacy Council, DeStefano partners with the U.S. State Department and U.S. AID to bring leaders to San Diego to meet with local citizens and experts. In the past year more than 600 leaders from throughout the world have visited San Diego under the auspices of CDCSD.

Seven Condos Sold at Cabrillo Medical Center

Cabrillo Medical Center

Seven medical office condominiums totaling 7,623 square feet have sold at Cabrillo Medical Center in Kearny Mesa, bringing the units

sold to 70 percent. No financial terms were disclosed by the seller, Fenway Properties V LLC. In each of the sales, the seller was represented by Matthew Carlson and J. P. Huntington of Cushman & Wakefield. The property is at 7695 Cardinal Court, San Diego 92123.

EN Med Center LLC purchased three office suites totaling 3,888 square feet (Suites 3-6, 3-7, 3-8). The buyer represented itself and will use the space for dental-related services.

Elite Ortho Center LLC purchased four office suites totaling 3,735 square feet (Suites 3-9, 3-10, 3-11, 3-12). The buyer represented itself and will use the space for dental-related services.

Fenway Properties acquired the building in 2005 and rebuilt the current 31,222-square-foot, three-story, Class A facility which was completed in 2007.

Three suites totaling 9,708 square feet remain available for sale. The listing agents are Carlson and Huntington.

Betterlife America Buys Into Carlsbad Raceway Business Park

Betterlife America Inc. has purchased a 7,751-square-foot building at The Collection at Lionshead project, formerly The Opus Collection project, in the Carlsbad Raceway Business Park. The seller, Wells Fargo Bank, was represented by Gary Williams and Chris of Colliers International and the buyer was represented by Dan Tate and Conor Boyle, also of Colliers International. The Collection at Lionshead consists of 7 freestanding office buildings in a garden setting. Each building is divisible into individual condo units ranging in sizes from 3,806 square feet to 12, 176 square feet. Three and a half of the seven buildings have been sold.

MIR3 Appoints 2 Vice Presidents

MIR3 Inc. has appointed Clifton McLellan to vice president of engineering and Robert Fink to vice president of platform technologies. McLellan will oversee the firm’s software development and network operations teams. He has more than two decades of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to MIR3, he held numerous executive-level positions for companies including Glynlyon, Inc., GeoMark, and Enosys Software.

Millennium Laboratories Names New President

Howard Appel

Millennium Laborabories, which provides therapeutic drug monitoring to physicians treating chronic pain, has appointed Howard Appel, former chief financial officer, to president of the company. Appel has more than 25 years of experience in executive positions. Prior to joining Millennium, he was CEO of a boutique financial advisory and served as CFO of Laffer Associates for 17 years. He has sat on the boards of several publicly and privately held firms including Millennium. Appel received a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from California State University, Chico.

Open University Summer Classes Begin May 27

Persons who want to attend courses at San Diego State but don’t want to go through the formal admitting process can do so through the College of Extended Studies Open University program. It allows individuals to enroll in courses (on a space available basis) without formal admission to the unviersity. Summer semester classes start on May 27. Participants can take classes to finish a degree, for career advancement or for personal enrichment. Certain restrictions apply. A free information packet and more information about Open University are available by calling (619) 265- 7378 or by visiting

Lawnmower Exchange Sets a Record

A record 785 gas lawn mowers were exchanged for rechargeable models during the 11th annual Lawnmower Trade-In event started by county Supervisor Ron Roberts. The rechargeable mowers, which normally retail for $399 plus tax, were available for $99.99 during the trade-in. Nearly 1,000 county residents took advantage of the exchange program. The previous exchange record of 600 was set in 2002. Contributing to the popularity of this year’s event was the record price, down $50.01 from the $150 of past events. Black and Decker was the winning bidder for the lawn mower contract negotiated by the county.

Business Calendar

May 6

NETWORKING MIXER: Sponsored by the San Diego Better Business Bureau. 4 to 6 p.m., the Paradise Grille, 2690 Via de la Valle, in the Flower Hill Promenade retail center, San Diego. Public is invited. Admission is $10 per person. For information, visit or call Andrea McNelis at the BBB at (858) 637-6199.

May 7

WORKSHOP ON HEALTH CARE: The Asian Business Association of San Diego presents a workshop on “The Impact of Health Care Reform on San Diego’s Business Community,” 11:30 a.m., Sheraton Mission Valley, 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego 92108. Includes lunch. Speakers: Ruben Garcia, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kamal Muilenburg, director of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage; Lambert Hsu, principal of BenefitPro Insurance Services. ABA members $20, nonmembers $30. At the door, $35. RSVP to (858) 277-2822, Ext. 102.

May 10

SEMINAR: San Diego Tech Coast Angels presents a full-day seminar on angel investing to the San Diego community. Seminar was developed by the Kauffman Foundation. Presenter is John May, chair emeritus of the Angel Capital Association. Topics: how angel funding fits in; angel portfolio strategy; due diligence; structuring the deal; valuation; the post-investment relationship. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., offices of Mintz Levin, 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300, San Diego 92130. Free to SDTCA members, $250 to members of any TCA network or CONNECT, $350 general registration. To register, visit For more information, call Laura Parsons at (858) 964-1302.

May 11

SEMINAR: Sales strategies and techniques for real estate professionals will be presented by motivational sales strategist Jeff Shore in a seminar hosted by the Building Industry Association of San Diego’s Sales & Marketing Council. Breakfast meeting, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mission Valley Doubletree Hotel, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. Tickets $55 for BIA members, $85 for nonmembers. Register before May 10 by calling (858) 450-1221, Ext. 101, or visit

May 12

SMART GROWTH AWARDS: The San Diego/Tijuana district council of the Urban Land Institute presents its 2010 Smarth Growth Awards to honor pioneers, entrepreneurs, trendsetters and fans of sustainable development in the region. 6 to 8 p.m., McMillin Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego 92106. San Diego Architectural Foundation will also presents its Community Vision Award for 2010. $45 for members and nonmembers, $25 for Young Leader members and $15 for student members. To purchase tickets, visit

May 13

GREEN PROGRAM: The Green Chamber of Commerce sponsors presentations by John Stein, CEO of Kirei USA, and Remy Meraz, area sales manager of ClearEdge Power, on “Marketing Green — Lessons from the Trenches.” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Speakers will discuss their experiences marketing green versus conventional products. Admission $10 if registered by May 12, $15 at the event. For more information, visit

May 14

SEMINAR: The National Association of Women Business Owners San Diego hosts a talk by Joon Han, founder of Better San Diego, speaking on “Get Ahead by Giving Back.” Noon to 1 p.m., Brandman University, 7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego. Han will share strategies to help entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses. NAWBO members free, $25 for nonmembers. Box lunches to be provided. Online registration and more information available at

May 19

WORKSHOP: San Diego Press Club sponsors “Life After Journalism,” a program presented by Joe Ames, former editor of the Orange County Register. Ames spent 30 years as a reporter and editor in radio, TV and newspapers and will discuss career options after journalism. 6 to 8 p.m., KGTV Studio, 4600 Air Way, San Diego. Free to Press Club members, $10 for nonmembers. To reserve, call Terry Williams, executive director, at (619) 231-4340 or visit

May 20

CLEANTECH PANEL: CONNECT presents a panel talk on “Cleantech & Renewable Energy Financing: From the Public to the Private and Beyond,” 9 to 11 a.m., AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, No. 100, San Diego 92130. Panelists will discuss federal and state programs and incentives for the renewable and cleantech industry as well as the private marketplace. Panelists: Nick Leibham, of counsel, Dirk Michels, partner, Sue Hodges, administrative partner and Greg Brucia, senior associate, all of K&L Gates LLP; and Andrew McAllister, program director, California Center for Sustainable Energy. Cost is $45 for CONNECT members, $65 for nonmembers. For more information, call Bethany Kraynack at (858) 964-1312. Register at

June 15

PRESENTATION: Michael Bergthold of Odyssey Strategic Advisory Services and J. Barrett Marum of San Diego Sheppard Mullin will cover legal issues faced by buyers and sellers of distressed businesses or assets; cover Section 363 bankruptcy purchases and sales; and buying and selling out-of-state and federal receiverships in a program sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth San Diego. Doubletree Hotel Hazard Center, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego 92108. 7 a.m. registration. 7:40 to 9 a.m., breakfast and program. Free for ACG members, $50 for nonmembers. Make reservations at or

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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