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Daily Business Report — Feb. 23, 2011

Mayor Acts to Protect City Projects

Mayor Jerry Sanders said he would ask the City Council next Monday to approve a list of projects that should be protected if Gov. Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies is successful. The list includes nearly $340 million to build or improve parks and libraries, $88 million for four new fire stations, more than $1.7 billion for affordable housing and $1 billion on public infrastucture like sidewalks and streets. “These are projects that citizens throughout San Diego planned for their communities — projects that make their neighborhoods safer, creates jobs and promotes economic vitality,” said Sanders… “Eliminating redevelopment will harm our neighborhoods and extinguish the flame of economic-development by depriving it of the fuel.  This will have serious, long-term consequences for our local economy and our job market.”

Councilman Todd Gloria to Review District 3

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria will deliver his second State of District 3 talk tonight at 6:30 at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. in North Park. District 3 includes North Park, South Park, Normal Heights, University Heights, Kensington/Talmadge, Golden Hill, Balboa Park, City Heights and Hillcrest.

Cyberterrorism Conference Set for May 3-5

Cyberterrorism is the focus of the National Cyberterrorism Conference scheduled for May 3-5 at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego. Presented by Foundry Conferencing and Facilitation LLC, the conference will cover threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure by terrorist organizations. Presenters will inform attendees how cyberterrorists can be caught, how hometown America is vulnerable to attack, how to respond to cyberterrorism and what preparations must be made for large events, such as the 2012 London Olympics. Speakers will include Charles Allen, Shaneen Rossmiller, and other intelligence professionals who have monitored or posed as cyber jihadists. The conference also will include specialists who have studied the attack on Iran by the Stuxnet virus, and analysts who have examined Al- Qai’da’s Internet radicalization and recruitment tool, Inspire Magazine.

MiresBall Finds Larger Space in Little Italy

Branding firm MiresBall is moving into a building that used to store coffins. Not an omen, considering the company has seen its revenue grow by 31 percent and full-time staff by more than 20 percent over the past three years. The firm has relinquished its old Little Italy offices to new offices at 2605 State St. — still in Little Italy. The new headquarters offers twice the floor space as the old office on Kettner Boulevard and was remodeled to suit the firm’s desire for bright, airy and dynamic space. It includes reclaimed barnwood, hot rolled steel and other unusual materials. “We wanted a space that will not only accommodate our growth, but will provide a creative setting that encourages the type of collaboration and principal-led involvement that’s made our work so successful,” said John Ball, principal and creative director. “Little Italy has been a great home for us for 20 years and it was important to stay close to our roots,” said Scott Mires, who founded the agency in 1986. “We look forward to maintaining long-time relationships with local businesses and design partners while building on our success in this exciting new time for our firm.”

Troy Zander Heads Feeding America San Diego

Troy Zander, a partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practice, has been elected chairman of the board of Feeding America San Diego, succeeding Christian Waage. Zander serves on the law firm’s U.S. Pro Bono Committee and is the pro bono coordinator for the San Diego office. He previously was a partner with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Zander holds a bachelor’s degree from UCSD and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Other new board members of Feeing America San Diego are Denise Wheeler, owner of the Naked Café, Jodi Hernandez, partner at Ernst & Young LLP, and Allison Marsh, supervising producer at “Larry King Live.”

Monarch School Hires Five New Staff Members

The Monarch School in San Diego, which was established specifically for homeless and at-risk youth, has hired five new staff members, including Laura White as vice president of development. White will be responsible for spearheading fundraising efforts for the capital campaign to build the new Monarch School campus at 1625 Newton St. in San Diego, just south of Petco Park Downtown. White previously was annual fund manager at Casa de Amparo and director of development at the Training, Education & Research Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Chico and a fundraising management certificate from Indiana University at Purdue.

Other new staff members are:

• Angela Curran, volunteer and events coordinator. Responsible for overseeing the school’s more than 200 volunteers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.

• Jeffra Becknell, history and language arts high school teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, a master’s degree from UCLA and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.

• Tara Barrows, second and third grade teacher. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts.

Karen Daley, math and science high school teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a teaching credential from Cal State San Marcos.

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Feb. 25 – QuickBooks Advanced – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Feb. 25 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; No charge – please pre-register).

• Feb. 28 – Restaurant 201 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 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:

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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