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Daily Business Report — Feb. 9, 2011

Future of the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The future of the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be the subject of a Feb. 11 panel discussion sponsored by the        Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana District  Council (ULI). At issue is the city of Del Mar’s proposal   to purchase the 400-acre fairgrounds, now under control of the 22nd Agricultural District, for $120  million. State Sen. Christine Kehoe, who authored legislation to provide for the sale, will be joined on the  panel by Sherm Harmer of Urban Housing Partners, the moderator; Adam Day, president of the 22nd    Agricultural District; Solana Beach Councilwoman Lesa Heebner; and Del Mar Councilman Mark Filnac. Kehoe’s bill is SB1. The panel discussion will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The University Club atop  Symphony Tower, 750 B St., in Downtown San Diego. The cost is $45 for ULI members, $55 for  nonmembers and $30 for students. To register, visit ulisd.org.

First Citizens Bank Branch Completed

Construction has been completed of the new 4,500-square-foot branch of First Citizens Bank located in The Towers at Bressi Ranch at 6088 Innovation Way in Carlsbad. The new branch office encompasses a lobby and reception area, teller areas, private offices, conference room, walk-up ATM and dedicated  parking. Mark Langan is vice president-in-charge for Smith Consulting Architects, which designed the project, with Brian Drache serving as project architect. The Ryan Companies was the general contractor for the Carlsbad branch. Smith Consulting Architects also designed the shell buildings at The Towers at Bressi Ranch and is designing First Citizens Bank branch offices in Encino and Glendale.

Pacifica Cos. Purchases Multi-Family Property

Pacifica Cos. has purchased 6.71 acres of multi-family property in Oceanside for $1.6 million. The approved senior project will be comprised of a large community resource “Club House” building, five residence buildings accommodating 332 total beds within 180 living units, a variety of community outdoor recreation areas including a pool and spa, meeting areas, pedestrian walkways, a putting green, water features and passive use areas. An underground parking garage is also part of the approved plan. The seller, Coastline Real Estate Holdings (Pacific Western Bank), and the buyer were both represented by David Santistevan and Ciara Layne of Colliers International.

Blue Angels to Fly in Naval Aviation Celebration

The Blue Angels will kick off the aerial Parade of Flight in celebration of Naval Aviation on Feb. 12 over San Diego Bay. The kickoff event and open house will be held at Naval Air Station North Island and will include Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircraft, from pre-World War I to the present Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet. The gates of the base will open at 8 a.m. and the Parade of Flight begins at 1 p.m. For more information about the centennial, visit public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial.

Cars, TVs and More to Go on Auction Block

Cars, televisions, laptops and other items from the estates of deceased persons will be auctioned on Feb. 19 by the county’s public administrator/public guardian. Viewing of items will be at 8 a.m. and bidding starts at 8:30 a.m. at the County Operations Annex, 5201-A Ruffin Road, in Kearny Mesa. The auction will feature items from numerous Superior Court-appointed decedent and conservatorship estates managed by the county. Customers are required to pay for and pick up their property by 2 p.m. the same day. Proceeds from the auction benefit the estates administered by the county. For more, call (858) 694-3500.

John Vaughn Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge

John D. Vaughn has joined the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge in San Diego as a partner. Vaughn is in the firm’s litigation practice and focuses on business and commercial disputes, securities litigation and intellectual property litigation. He received his law degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton. Vaughn is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of America, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association, North San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Bridget Moorhead Elected to Bar Association Section

Bridget K. Moorhead, of counsel in the litigation section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, has been elected to chair the insurance/bad faith section of the San Diego County Bar Association for 2011. Her responsibilities are to work to educate fellow lawyers and others in the community on substantive areas of insurance/bad faith law while leading discussions on common problems and issues that affect the law. Moorhead received her bachelor’s degree from Point Loma College and her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Bob Willingham Promoted at Coldwell Banker

Bob Willingham

Bob Willingham has been promoted to senior vice president at Coldwell Banker Commercial Almar Group in Carlsbad. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and former Navy SEAL, Willingham has earned several awards as a broker since he began working at Coldwell Banker in Oct. 2004, including Rookie of the Year, Circle of Distinction – Platinum Level, Most Transactions Companywide, and Top 40 under 40 (RESocal). Willingham specializes in the leasing and sales of industrial and office real estate in North County.

History Center Discovers Lincoln Document

San Diego History Center said it has discovered a document signed by Abraham Lincoln in its unprocessed archival collections. The document appoints San Diego resident Lewis C. Gunn to the federal post of Assessor of Internal Revenue for the First Collection Division of California. President Lincoln signed the appointment on March 23, 1865, only 23 days before his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. “I was reorganizing some collections when I came across a large box containing this framed certificate” explained Jane Kenealy, archivist for San Diego History Center. “I compared it to the writing on another document we have that we thought might also have been written by Lincoln and there were strong similarities.”

“It’s really a terrific find for us,” says David Kahn, the center’s executive director. “These are the sorts of fascinating things that emerge periodically from within any collection of the enormous size and scope of the one here at the San Diego History Center. Who knows, maybe we’ll find a copy of the Declaration of Independence if we’re really lucky.” The Lincoln documents will be on display at San Diego History Center through Feb. 28 and can be viewed as part of the regular museum admission price.

Small Business Workshops

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Feb. 10 – 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).

• Feb. 11 – Legal Issues for Small Business: 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).

• Feb. 12 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Feb. 14 – Customer Service: The Key to Business Success – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Feb. 15 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 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).

• Feb. 15 – Marketing for Nonprofits – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Feb. 16 – Internet Marketing 303: Social Media for Small Businesses – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Feb. 18 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Feb. 23 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• 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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