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Daily Business Report — Nov. 30, 2010

1915 Expo Centennial Planning Begins In Earnest

A San Diego Tourism Marketing District (TMD) committee has recommended several steps that need to be taken immediately in planning the centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa    Park in 2015. Its recommendations include the hiring of an executive director for the centennial, establishing a  host committee, obtaining funds for the planning effort and negotiating an operating agreement with the city of  San Diego.

The committee also recommended that the duration of the event should be for one year — from Dec. 31, 2014  through Dec. 31, 2015. It also recommended that:

• Financing should be 66 percent contributed (philanthropic, sponsorship) revenue, and 34 percent earned income.

• The core programming will be the principal responsibility of the Balboa Park cultural institutions.

• The geographic focus of the event will be Balboa Park with selected other regional venues.

• The development and implementation of a comprehensive circulation, parking, bicycle/pedestrian access plan.

The recommendations are contained in the document, “Planning Framework, 2010-2015,” that was presented to the Tourism Marketing District board earlier this month. “This document represents the critical next step necessary in planning for a 2015 celebration of the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park,” said Lorin Stewart, executive director of the Tourism Marketing District.  “This is a road map for those who will take up the task of actually planning the Celebration.  It provides a clear mission, guiding principles, and specific objectives for the work that will come next.”

The “Planning Framework” is the result of the work of the TMD steering committee for the 2015 Centennial Celebration and was funded by a $50,000 grant from the TMD.

“While the vision for 2015 includes a festival atmosphere that will appeal to locals, we were reminded that the original Exposition in 1915 was to spur economic growth and we believe that to be a very worthy goal for this centennial event,” said Mike McDowell of the San Diego Lodging Industry Association and a member of the steering committee.

Schubach Aviation Names Director of Operations

Jerry Hansen

Jerry Hansen has been named director of operations for Schubach Aviation, the private air charter company based at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. Carlsbad. Hansen is a 22-year veteran of the aviation industry and is charged with directing the firm’s communications with the FAA, providing flight-line oversight, formulating company plans and policies,and overseeing the hiring of flight and maintenance personnel. Currently he is working on expansion of Schubach Aviation’s flight line, while requalifying as a line pilot and check airman for the company’s five Hawker Jets. Hansen previously was director of operations for West Coast Charter in Santa Ana. His previous career experience includes director of operations for four years with Jimsair Charter in San Diego and chief pilot for three years with Advanced Aviation in Long Beach. He was a carpenter, musician and actor before pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a pilot.

Ryan Egli Promoted to Vice President at CB Richard Ellis

Ryan Egli has been promoted from senior associate to vice president at CB Richard Ellis in San Diego. He specializes in leasing and sales of Class A and Class B office and biotech lab space. Egli joined the company in 2006 and has completed transactions totaling over $110 million. Last August, Egli received the NAIOP Developing Leaders award, a national honor bestowed on 15 up-and-coming professionals from across the country who have distinguished themselves in their profession. Before joining CB Richard Ellis, Ryan spent two-and-a-half years as a commercial real estate broker at Colliers International in San Diego.

Northrop Grumman Leases Buildings for $9 Million

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has leased The Point office building complex at 16765 West Bernardo Drive under a 65-month lease valued at more than $9 million. The space is 93,161 square feet. The Point is owned by institutional investors advised by Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI) and consists of two Class A office buildings and one R&D building. Brian Driscoll of Cassidy Turley, Tom van Betten and Brett Ward of BRE Commercial represented PREI in the transaction. Tony Russell of Jones Lang La Salle also represented PREI in the transaction. Tom Martinez of CB Richard Ellis represented Northrop Grumman.

Sorrento Mesa Building Leased Out

Final leases have been signed for a 48,404-square-foot office building in Sorrento Mesa, according to Janez Properties, which manages the property at 5405 Morehouse. New lease transactions at the property include:

• Zeebo, a San Diego-based consumer electronics company, signed a lease for 7,129 square feet of office space at. Zeebo was represented by Darren Morgan of Cushman & Wakefield. Christopher High, Jeff Oesterblad and Eric Northbrook, also of Cushman & Wakefield, represented Janez Properties. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

• STEC Inc., a provider of solid state technology, signed leases totaling 6,495 square feet of office space. STEC was represented by David Hazan of AWS. Christopher High, Jeff Oesterblad and Eric Northbrook of Cushman & Wakefield represented Janez Properties. Terms of the leases were not disclosed.

• High Street Partners, a financial and administrative services company, signed a lease for 2,459 square feet of office space. High Street Partners was represented by Derek Hulse of Colliers. Christopher High, Jeff Oesterblad and Eric Northbrook of Cushman & Wakefield represented Janez Properties. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

• Island Pacific Solutions, a provider of merchandising and store operations software to the retail industry, signed a lease for 2,064 square feet of office space. Island Pacific Solutions was represented by Nick Bonner of CB Richard Ellis. Christopher High, Jeff Oesterblad and Eric Northbrook of Cushman & Wakefield represented Janez Properties. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

Development Sites Sold at The Crosby

Three development sites totaling 56 acres located at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe/Santa Fe Valley have been sold for $2.75 million. The buyer, TOR Investments LP, intends on building 30 homes on the sites. The seller was Starwood-Santa Fe Valley Partners.  Both parties were represented by David Santistevan, Ciara Layne and Gunder Creager of Colliers International.

Vector Planning and Services Signs Lease Renewal

Vector Planning and Services Inc., dba VPSI, has signed a seven-year lease renewal and expansion for 18,447 square feet of Class B office space in Valley Corporate Center at 591 Camino de la Reina, Suites 300, 1205 and 1210, in Mission Valley. Financial terms were not disclosed. The lessee was represented by Mitch Clawson and Dennis Hearst of Cushman & Wakefield. The lessor, THC Valley Corporate Center LLC, was represented by Richard Gonor of Jones Lang LaSalle.

Class Teaches How to Become a Farmers Market Vendor

Catt White, who runs farmers markets in Little Italy, North Park and Normal Heights, will hold a Dec. 7 class on how people can get started selling their products at farmers markets in San Diego. The class will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Gallery 680, 680 West Beech St., first floor, and costs $45. Called Market Vendor 101, the class will cover all the basics of getting crops or products to the shoppers. There are almost 50 farmers markets in San Diego County and the regulations and certifications required to participate can be daunting. The class helps walk people through that maze, advises them on how to write a winning application and how to make their products sell once they’re there.

 Call (619) 233-3901 to reserve a space.

Program Manager Sought by Golden Hill Organization

The Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corp. (GGHDC) is looking to hire a program manager for the Greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District, known as the Clean, Green & Safe Program. The program provides enhanced services beyond what the city provides, including graffiti and litter removal, weeding, sidewalk sweeping and infrastructure improvements, among others. The salary ranges from $34,000 to $37,000 annually. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in planning, management or related field and a minimum three years of supervisory experience in a program management-related field. The application deadline is Dec. 3. For more information, call Pedro Anaya Jr., executive director of GGHDC, at (619) 696-9992.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops in December.

Workshop fees range from $29 to $109, depending on the program. To register, visit score-sandiego.org.

• Dec. 1 – Leasing Strategies – 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).

• Dec. 1 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 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 $79, $89 at the door).

• Dec. 2 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Dec. 3 – Managing Grants & Contracts 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).

• Dec. 4 – 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).

• Dec. 6 – 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).

• Dec. 6 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

• Dec. 7 – 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).

• Dec. 8 – Internet Marketing 301: Pay-Per-Click – 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).

• Dec. 9 – Hiring and Managing Employees – 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).

• Dec. 10 – Internet Marketing 202: E-mail Strategy – 9 a.m. to noon Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Dec. 11 – 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).

• Dec. 13 – Buying and Selling a Business – 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 $69, $79 at the door).

• Dec. 14 – How to Start and Manage Your Own Business – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Dec. 14 – 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).

• Dec. 15 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a 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).

• Dec. 16 – Financing Your Business – Carlsbad – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Dec. 17 – 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).

• Dec. 18 – 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).

• Dec. 20 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Business Plan – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

For more information regarding SCORE San Diego’s workshop series and locations, call (619) 557-7272.

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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