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Daily Business Report — Aug. 20, 2010

Join Us For Lunch

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 11th annual 40 Under 40 Awards luncheon will be held at noon on Sept. 9 in Ballroom 6 A&B of the San Diego Convention Center. Tickets are $75. Tables are $750. For tickets, contact Cyndi Meeves at (619) 906-4105. The awards honor 40 of the San Diego region’s best and brightest minds in a variety of industries. And read about the honorees in the September issue of  San Diego Metropolitan.

Lawsuit Challenges Sales Tax Increase Measure

A lawsuit was filed Thursday challenging five provisions of Proposition D, the city of San Diego’s half-cent sales tax initiative on the November general election ballot. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs are Richard Rider, chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, and Stephen Cicero, a political activist and member of the San Diego Libertarian Party. The lawsuit claims the five provisions are inconsistent with the Elections Code, the state constitution and the city charter. Attorney Edward Teyssier filed the suit on behalf of Rider and Cicero.

The five provisions challenged by the lawsuit:

• The proposition violates the ‘single issue’ rule.

• The proposition contains certain provisions that are beyond the power of the voters to adopt, in that those provisions are not legislative in character, but are instead administrative measures that lie within the sole domain of the city administration (for example, creating a managed competition guide).

• The proposition proposes what would be an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to the city auditor.

• Essential provisions of Proposition D are unconstitutionally void.

• The proposition’s ballot title and summary (“Ballot Title” or just, “Title”) violates the Elections Code because its language is “false,” “misleading,” or is not “impartial.”

Cracks in U.S. Trauma Care

Dr. Brent Eastman

Trauma care in the United States is so fragmented, overwhelmed and underfunded that the survival and recovery of those who suffer major trauma often depends on where they happen to be when they are injured, according to Dr. Brent Eastman, chief medical officer of Scripps Health and chair of the board of regents of the American College of Surgeons. Eastman’s conclusions are in his lead article in the latest edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. High death rates in rural areas, a growing shortage of trauma surgeons and a disconnect between existing trauma systems and regional disaster preparedness plans add to a bleak picture of the state of trauma care in the U.S., according to the article. “Coordinated, regionalized and accountable trauma systems are proven to get the right patients to the right hospital at the right time,” said Eastman. “For victims of major trauma, access to timely, optimal care during the first ‘golden’ hour has been proven to save lives, restore function and prevent disability.”

Eastman is one of the co-founders of San Diego County’s successful trauma system, which has reduced the percentage of preventable deaths in San Diego from 22 percent when it was deployed in 1984 to approximately 2 percent today. Scripps Health operates two of the county’s five adult trauma centers and treats more trauma patients than any other provider in the region.

But Eastman points out in his article that many areas of our country, especially rural areas, are not served by such systems. He showed that a combination of a shortage of surgeons and gaps in regional trauma systems has stymied access to timely, appropriate trauma care in many areas of the country. As a result, death rates due to trauma are unnecessarily high in those areas, contributing to the fact that trauma is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45 in this country and in developing countries around the world.

Better Business Bureau Mixer

The San Diego Better Business Bureau will host a business-to-business networking mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25 per person. For more information, contact Andrea McNelis at the BBB offices, (858) 637-6199. Program underwriters for the BBB’s mixers are Gaslamp Insurance of San Diego and AFLAC Insurance.

Real Estate Team Joins McMillin Realty

The husband and wife real estate team of Robert and Yvonne Cromer have joined McMillin Realty. The pair specialize in short sales and exclusive home listings. Robert Cromer has a master’s degree from USD and Yvonne Cromer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. They are based at the McMillin Realty Bonita office at 4210 Bonita Road, Suite B, in Bonita. The Cromers have volunteered with HomeAid San Diego, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit homes for the homeless.

Fairfield Properties Leases Tech Center Floors

Fairfield Properties has leased the first three floors at Morehouse Tech Center — 60,625 square feet — for $6 million from Broadreach Capital Partners. The center is at 5510 Morehouse drive in Sorrento Mesa. The company is involved in the new construction of luxury apartment, homes, university student housing, tax credit affordable housing properties and for-sale condominiums. Brad Tecca and Brett Ward of Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial represented the landlord in the transaction. Jeremy Dee of Corporate Realty Associates represented Fairfield Properties.

New Hillcrest Condos Under Construction

Bachman Flats Rendering

Two units have been sold in Bachman Flats, a detached eight-unit condominium project under construction at Bachman Place and Montecito Way in Hillcrest. Developed by Construczion, the condos offer 1,545 square feet in a tri-level configuration where no one lives above or below each unit. The condos have two bedrooms and a den, 3.5 baths and two-car attached garages. Prices start in the high $500,000s. Each condo has a balcony, laundry and a fireplace. A model home is open weekends from noon to 4 p.m. and during the week by appointment. For more, call McMillin Realty at (619) 254-2445 or go online to

Westcore Properties Joint Venture

San Diego-based Westcore Properties and Aliso Viejo-based CT Realty Investors have formed a joint venture that acquired the Cajon Distribution Center, a Class A industrial center totaling 1.4 million square feet in San Bernardino. The joint venture includes Westcore Properties; CT Realty Investors; PCCP, LLC; and Behringer Harvard. The seller’s information and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

New European Wax Center Opens

European Wax Center has opened its second San Diego location in the 4S Common Town Center in 4S Ranch at 10445 Craftsman Way, Suite 133. The center is offering guests free waxing services for first time visitors including bikini line, eyebrow or underarm waxing for women. Free services for men that day include eyebrow, ear or nose waxing offerings.

San Diego Rescue Mission Gets High Rating

San Diego Rescue Mission has earned the highest rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, a charity evaluator. Ken Berger, president and CEO, said San Diego Rescue Mission earned its 4-star rating through its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. The organization dedicates more than 85 percent of its revenues on program services, according to Herb Johnson, presiden and CEO.

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Aug. 23 – Financial Statements – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Aug. 24 – Internet Marketing 303: Social Media – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Aug. 25 –Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• Aug. 26 – Effective Marketing – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 27 – Internet Marketing 304: LinkedIn – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Aug. 28 – How to Start and Manage Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 31 – Import/Export – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit

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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