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Daily Business Report — Nov. 11, 2010

MOVERS TO WATCH

SD METRO will identify 25 Movers to Watch in 2011 in our January issue and you are invited to submit nominations through Dec. 2. You’ll find a nomination form on our Website (sandiegometro.com). Tell us why you think your nominee will make outstanding contributions in his or her chosen field or community next year and accomplishments so far.

Donna Jones Appointed to CCDC Board

Donna Jones

Land use attorney Donna Jones has been appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to serve on the Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) board of directors, serving a three-year term as the board expands to a nine-member body. Jones has practiced land use law in San Diego for almost 20 years, specializing in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Currently, she is a partner at the law firm of Sheppard Mullin.

Jones was chair of the Downtown San Diego Partnership in 2008 and continues to serve on the organization’s executive committee and board of directors. She also serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and is vice chair of the Chamber’s public policy committee and previously chaired its infrastructure and legal committees. Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her law degree from the University of Texas.

The appointment of Jones is part of the recent revision of CCDC’s bylaws. The City Council approved the expansion of the board from seven to nine members, with the mayor appointing one director and the City Council appointing one director. When her term ends in 2013, she is eligible for an additional term.

Oak Ridge Vista Purchases Carlsbad Industrial Building

Oak Ridge Vista LLC, a California limited liability company headquartered in Vista, has purchased a 25,599-square-foot industrial building at 5861 Edison Place in Carlsbad for $2,872,340. The seller was Dickinson Cameron Development, a general partnership. Dickinson Cameron was represented by Lannie Allee and Roger Carlson of CB Richard Ellis. Oak Ridge Vista was represented by Tucker Hohenstein and Conor Boyle of Colliers International.

Anti-Harassment Training Offered by Fisher & Phillips

Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the largest national firms in the field of labor and employment law, will present a seminar, “Legally Required Sexual Harassment Training,” on Nov. 16 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Westin San Diego, 400 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego.

 Anti-harassment training for supervisors is now required by law. AB 1825 (now Government Code Section 12950.1) mandates that all California employers with 50 or more employees provide at least two hours of harassment avoidance training to all supervisors every two years. New supervisors or newly promoted supervisors must receive the required training within six months of hire or promotion. 

The seminar, which includes a continental breakfast, will be delivered by attorneys from the San Diego office of Fisher & Phillips who specialize in this area of law. The seminar costs $95 per person or $85 per person for two or more individuals from the same company. A “Train the Trainer” session for $250 will follow the morning program from 10:45 a.m. to noon for human resources professionals experienced in the area of sexual harassment training and investigations and will provide attendees the necessary tools to personally conduct sexual harassment training within their respective organizations. 

To register for either seminar or for more information, visit laborlawyers.com or call (866) 644-5610.

Ronald Maudsley Named President of Corinthian Title Insurance

Ronald R. Maudsley has joined Corinthian Title Insurance Co. in San Diego as president. Maudsley has more than 30 years of title industry experience. Prior to joining Corinthian, he spent 17 years with a large national title insurer where he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. His background also includes nearly 12 years as a regional title operations manager with several national title companies. Bob Romano is Corintian’s chairman and CEO.

Amgen Foundation Awards UCSD $1 Million for Science Training

The Amgen Foundation has awarded UCSD a $1 million grant to provide hands-on laboratory experience to 100 undergraduates through the Amgen Scholars program. The grant will be distributed over the next four years. It is the second phase of the program, which was launched in 2006 to advance science learning. In addition to the Amgen Scholars program, the university offers undergraduates a variety of hands-on research opportunities to prepare them for advanced degree programs. “The students who have conducted faculty-supervised research in our labs have increased their own knowledge and helped to advance the important work of their mentors,” said David Artis, dean of undergraduate research initiative. 

Applications from undergraduate students are now being accepted for the 2011 Amgen Scholars program. Thirty students majoring in fields related to biotechnology will participate in summer research, seminars and a symposium where students will share their own research projects and meet leading industry and academic scientists from throughout the region.

AMB Property Corp. CEO to Speak at USD

Hamid Moghadam, chairman of the board and CEO of AMB Property Corp., will speak Nov. 30 at the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s distinguished lecture series, Breakfast at the BMC. Dennis Cruzan, chairman and principal and co-founder of Cruzan │Monroe will serve as event moderator. The event will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the USD campus. The event is open to the public for a $35 registration fee, which includes breakfast. To reserve a seat, register online at sandiego.edu/breakfast.

Borrego Solar Systems to Install $36 Million in Energy Projects

Borrego Solar Systems Inc. of El Cajon, a designer and installer of commercial and public sector solar electric power systems, has closed its second fund with U.S. Bank and East West Bank to finance new solar energy projects valued at $36 million, including a 1.2-megawatt system at Matera Community Hospital and a 1.8-megawatt system at San Diego County Water Authority. This was on the heels of Borrego’s first solar fund in July for $20 million for a solar installation for the San Diego Community College District. U.S. Bank and East West Bank were involved in the financing of this project as well.

Gemological Institute’s Journal Editor-in-Chief to Retire

Alice Keller, editor-in-chief of the Gemological Institute of America’s quarterly scientific journal Gems & Gemology, will retire on Jan. 1, 2011, the institute announced. Richard T. Liddicoat, GIA’s leader and patriarch for more than 60 years and editor-in-chief of G&G for 50 years, hand-picked Keller to oversee GIA’s flagship publication in 1980. She became its third editor-in-chief, after GIA founder Robert Shipley and Liddicoat, in 2002. “Alice has been the stalwart guardian of G&G for more than 30 years and has left an indelible mark on GIA’s history and the importance of gemological intelligence,” said Donna Baker, president and CEO. Keller holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. She had extensive experience working with professional journals before she joined GIA, including the Journal of Marketing and four major medical publications produced by Houghton-Mifflin Co.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• Nov. 12 – Women’s Networking Breakfast & Exhibits – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; pre-paid registration $35 by 9/14, $45 thereafter; exhibitor rate: $85 by 9/14, $95 thereafter)

• Nov. 13 – 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).

• Nov. 15 – Professional Selling – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 16 – Legal Issues: Organizational Structure – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 16 – Restaurant 201 – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 17 – QuickBooks Basic – 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).

• Nov. 19 – Internet Marketing 101 – 9 a.m. to 3 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).

• Nov. 19 – QuickBook Basics for Non-Profits – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 20 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3 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).

• Nov. 22 – Good Governance for Non-Profits – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Nov. 22 – Restaurant 101 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 23 – Internet Marketing 201: SEO – 9 a.m. to 3 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).

• Nov. 23 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; FREE! Please pre-register).

• Nov. 30 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 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).

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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