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Daily Business Report — Aug. 11, 2010

Donovan’s Success Story

There was a time early in Dan Shea’s career when he had decided that he wanted nothing to do with the restaurant business and yet today he is the driving force behind the very successful Donovan’s restaurants. Shea and partner Don Wollan spent 18 months putting together the Donovan’s concept of making diners feel relaxed and at home. Read their story in the August issue of  San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

SkinMedica Helps Fund Skin Cancer Clinic

SkinMedica of Carlsbad has contributed $100,000 to UCSD to help launch a clinic that would provide specialized care for patients with melanoma or those with the potential for developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The Pigmented Lesion and Skin Cancer Clinic is directed by Richard L. Gallo, a scientist and physician. SkinMedica said it will also commit a $1 donation from the sale of every SkinMedica sunscreen product sold globally to fund skin cancer research and detection. “There is a great need for this service in San Diego and we are happy to bring this long-awaited project to our community,” said Gallo. “Melanoma, when caught early, is 90 percent curable. Dermatology is at the front line of this battle. It is our responsibility to diagnose early.”Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. More than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are found in this country each year. The American Academy of Dermatology said Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the U.S. and the world and the number of cases continue to rise due in large part to unprotected exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is the most common form of cancer in young adults (25-29) and the second most common form in adolescents and young adults (15-29) according to the American Melanoma Foundation. The facility would be the first pigmented lesion screening clinic in San Diego.

Coastkeeper Hosts Signs of the Tide Public Forum

San Diego Coastkeeper will host the quarterly Signs of the Tide public forum on Aug. 26 that will include a panel presentation and group discussions examining the likelihood of an oil spill affecting San Diego. The Forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, 8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, in San Diego. “As our nation witnesses impacts from the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s important we understand the vulnerability of our own shoreline and how individual and collective choices can make a difference,” said Bruce Reznick, executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper. KPBS Reporter and producer Ed Joyce will moderate the forum, which will include presentations from the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response; Steve Weisberg, executive director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project; and Debbie Cook of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas-USA. For more information about Signs of the Tide, visit Coastkeeper’s Website at

Bridgepoint Education Takes Over Another Building

Bridgepoint Education Inc. will begin operations later this month in its sixth San Diego building, an 80,000-square-foot office space at 5855 Copley Drive that will house more than 400 Bridgepoint employees. It will be used for administrative space to support Bridgepoint’s Ashford University and University of the Rockies online operations. The company also occupies three buildings at its Sabre Springs headquarters on Evening Creek Drive North, the Sunroad Spectrum building in Kearny Mesa and a location in Downtown San Diego at 600 B Street. Bridgepoint Education now occupies nearly 672,000 square feet of office space in San Diego and employs 2,900 full-time, non-faculty personnel in the San Diego area.

RGL Forensics Names New Chief Financial Officer

Angela MacPhee

RGL Forensics, an accounting and business valuation firm, has appointed Angela MacPhee as chief financial officer, overseeing global accounting and managing the financial strategies of RLG offices in 16 U.S. cities and in Australia, Singapore, Tokyo, England and Germany. Before joining RGL, MacPhee was vice president of the Timberline region of O’Neal Steel Inc., a $2.6 billion company based in Alabama. She received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees and degrees in accounting from the University of Colorado.

Capstone Advisors Receives LEED Certification

Capstone Advisors Interior

Capstone Advisors, a real estate services, investment and development company, announced that its corporate headquarters building in Carlsbad has achieved LEED Gold certification along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star designation for superior energy performance. It is the first existing Carlsbad building to achieve LEED certification, and the only San Diego County building to achieve certification in accordance with the newest (2009) LEED standards, according to the company. The 1545 Faraday location began its renovation and redesign following Capstone Advisors’ acquisition and relocation to the 14,194-square-foot office building. Specific environmental features include low VOC paint and carpet, bamboo flooring, energy efficient HVAC operating procedures, ultra efficient light fixtures, low flow fixtures and faucet aerators, a reclaimed water system for site irrigation and the use of green cleaning products, materials and equipment. Capstone Advisors now recycles more than 85 percent of building waste.

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort Completes Upgrade

Carlsbad Inn

The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort has completed its upgrade of 61 hotel rooms, corridors and outdoor furnishings and next will make changes to the library, lobby and common areas. “When we saw the bright and contemporary look of the corridors and sleeping rooms we just couldn’t contain ourselves. After an enthusiastic discussion with Jim Watkins, the original developer and owner of Carlsbad Inn, we decided to push ahead with work on the library and Sunset Terrace Room,” said David Brown, co-president of Carlsbad Inn’s management company, Grand Pacific Resort Management. The inn created a Premier Level on the third floor. Guest rooms include plantation shutters, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee brewer, iHome, flat screen TV, DVD player and plush robes.

Ad Club Presents Sports Marketers Forum

The San Diego Advertising Club will present “How Action Sports Marketers are Reaching Youth Demos,” a program featuring a panel of speakers from the Action Sports Retailers Marketplace, on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Bare Back Grill, 624 E St. in Downtown San Diego. Cost to attend is $25 for Ad Club members, $35 for nonmembers with reservations and $15 for students. Scheduled speakers include Dan Foote of Verb Network, Cedar Carter of O’Neill Girls, Dylan Slater of Rip Curl, PT Townsend of The ActivEmpire and Gregg Witt of Premise Immersive Marketing. For more information and reservations, visit or phone  (619) 255-2281.

San Ysidro Health Center to Renovate Clinic

San Ysidro Health Center has selected Pacific Building Group as contractor for renovation of 10,000 square feet in its main clinic at 4004 Beyer Blvd. in San Ysidro. Funding for the renovation comes from a $2,366,765 grant awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Clinic officials say the renovation is considered a priority project because of the high level of need to restructure and maximize space, improve patient flow, and increase access to care. SYHC’s main clinic provides primary care services to a low income and culturally diverse population. Small businesses, minority-owned firms, and women’s business enterprises are encouraged to apply for sub-contracts with Pacific Building Group by contacting Mark Irish at (858) 552-0600. “Our patients deserve the best clinic experience possible,” said Ed Martinez, CEO of SYHC. “This capital improvement project grant positions us to improve and expand our facility and will allow increased access to care and improved health outcomes overall for our patients.” The renovation will expand two key clinic areas: Walk In and Pharmacy Services. The current Adult Medicine Department will be expanded by six exam rooms, allowing for increased accommodation of walk-in patients, including urgent care services. The current pharmacy will be expanded to 2,000 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the existing pharmacy. The pharmacy renovation will allow for greater numbers of patients to be served while decreasing patient wait times to receive their medications.

Jose Melchor Joins McMillin Realty

Jose Melchor

Jose Melchor, a veteran real estate agent of 24 years, has joined the McMillin Realty team at its Terra Nova office. Melchor started his real estate career with Century 21 Mae West, later becoming Prudential California Realty. Melchor coached with the Tom Ferry Organization and the Success Strategies Institute. He was a President’s Circle member and earned the Chairman Circle credential for three consecutive years at his previous brokerage.

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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