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Daily Business Report — Jan. 28, 2011

Artist With A Big Canvas

Most actors like to see their names in lights. Illustrator Blair Thornley prefers big buildings, magazines and newspapers to demonstrate her gestural characters. The latest canvas on which Thornley’s illustrations are featured is the North Park Parking Garage at North Park Way and 30th Street. Thornley, a

Blair Thornley

North Park resident, answered a call for submissions in the spring of 2008 from North Park Main Street, which administers the North Park Business Improvement District. The effort to feature art on the building is part of the organization’s mission to promote art and culture in the neighborhood. The public art project is sponsored by the Redevelopment Agency of the city of San Diego.

Thornley is a nationally known illustrator. She has drawn her characters for such publications as The New York Times, Neiman Marcus, Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Atlantic Monthly and The Boston Globe. Her whimsical animations, based on her illustration style — both written and animated by Thornley, and produced by documentary filmmaker husband Wolfgang Hastert, has aired on the top European arts channel, ARTE/ZDF. The illustrations also were screened at the Krakow Film Festival.

Thornley lends the magic of her illustrations into paintings that showcase her quirky view of the world. She exhibited her car paintings in a show titled “Automobile” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Judy A Saslow Gallery in Chicago, and shows regularly at the Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, Mass. Last year she showed recent paintings at Coalesce Gallery in San Diego.

Locally, Thornley has done murals at Jet Rhys Salon in Hillcrest and  at  Albert Einstein Academy in South Park. She has painted transformer boxes Downtown and in University Heights. Sixteen of her drawings were blown up onto very large banners and installed on the four sides of the parking garage across from the North Park Theatre.

Thornley illustrates the monthly Expert Advice column in San Diego Home and Garden and teaches at UCSD Extension and at City College.

Hamann Cos. Purchases Oceanside Parcel

The Hamann Cos. has purchased a 27.96-acre land parcel in the Ocean Ranch business park in Oceanside for $8.8 million and plans to hold the property for future development as a build-to-suit or for industrial spec buildings in the future. Matt Weaver, Rusty Williams and Patrick Miller of Lee & Associates represented the seller, U.S. Bank. Hamann was represented by Ross Grano.

Integrated DNA Technologies Signs $4 Million Lease

Integrated DNA Technologies has signed a 126-month lease at BioMed Realty Trust’s property at 6828 Nancy Ridge Drive in San Diego. The lease value is more than $4 million. The space will house Integrated DNA Technologies’ West Coast operations. Jones Lang LaSalle’s Scot Ginsburg and Brian Cooper represented Integrated DNA Technologies. Chad Urie and Grant Shoneman, also of Jones Lang LaSalle, represented BioMed.

Chambers Group Adds Principal Environmental Planner

Kharol Stefanec Means has joined Chambers Group Inc. as principal environmental planner based in the firm’s San Diego office. Means has more than 20 years of consulting industry experience and provides expertise in the preparation of environmental compliance documents under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Means’ expertise includes project development and environmental evaluation; the permitting processes for transportation, energy, power transmission, pipeline, industrial, port, solid waste; and the legal and practical requirements of federal and state environmental compliance processes. She holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and is a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals.

Talk on the ‘Chronologically Gifted’

Some call it old age. Author and radio personality Richard Lederer calls it “becoming chronologically gifted.” An author of more than 35 books about language, history, humor — and age — Lederer will be guest speaker at the Feb. 13 luncheon meeting of the San Diego Woman’s Club. It will be at 1 p.m. at 2557 Third Ave. Admission is $25. Lederer’s talk is titled “The Lighter Side of Aging,” which will move from writing books about language to exploring the worlds of presidents, dogs and cats, and aging. He will sign copies of his latest book, “The Gift of Age: Wit and Wisdom, Information and Inspiration for the Chronologically Endowed.” To make reservations for the luncheon, call Marian McLachlan at (619) 265-8125.

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego has scheduled January workshops to help small business owners and those interested in starting a small business. Fees range from $29 to $109. For more information, call (619) 557-7272. To register for a workshop online, visit

• Jan. 31 – Intellectual Property: Promise and Practicalities – 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).

North County:

The Business & Entrepreneur Center and the Small Business Development Center at MiraCosta College will offer free upcoming workshops to help businesses succeed. The workshops will be held at Vista City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Feb. 1: Build a Basic Website for a Business in One Day: Participants will learn how to build a Website in one session including, how to insert videos, links, and pictures. Bring a laptop.

March 1: Increase Sales Using Social Media: Learn how to incorporate social networking into a business.

April 5:  Financing Options for Businesses: Direct lenders and the SBA will discuss financing options for a business.

May 3: Ways to Market A Business: Learn to identify the “right” customer for a business and easy ways to market your business to them.

June 7: Marketing A Business Using Google Tools: Learn how to use Google tools such as ad words, ad sense, Google trends and more.

Bring a lunch to the workshops. Drinks will be provided.

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman. (619) 906-4104.

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