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Daily Business Report — April 13, 2011

Design for New Horton Plaza Park to be Presented

Centre City Development Corp. is hosting a public open house on April 21 to gather public input on the design for the new Horton Plaza Park adjacent to the Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center in Downtown San Diego. Officials said the new Horton Plaza will be the size of an entire city block and will host more than 200 civic events and community celebrations each year. The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the former Robinsons-May building at Fourth Avenue and Broadway Downtown. Presentations by a design team from Walker Macy will be made at 5:45 p.m. and at 7 p.m. The project is the result of a partnership between CCDC, working on behalf of the city of San Diego Redevelopment Agency, and Westfield Horton Plaza. The San Diego City Council in January approved a plan to demolish the former Robinsons-May building and to use the property to enlarge the existing Horton Plaza area. According to the plan, the Redevelopment Agency would build the park and it would be maintained by Westfield for the next 25 years. The 1.5-acre park is estimated to cost $8 million to build. The park could produce at lease $310 million in economic activity over the 25 years and provide the city with $37.6 million in new revenues from added property, hotel and sales tax, according to Eri Bruvold, president of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. (Photo: Horton Plaza Park as it might look under a plan to demolish the former Robinson’s department store, retain the historic park and fountain and add a new public open space.)

40 Under 40 Advisory

SD METRO Magazine is asking persons who have submitted nominations online for this year’s 40 Under 40 Awards to resubmit their nominations. A glitch in a software program resulted in the loss of some of the nominations. The form is on the Website at sandiegometro.com.

C.W. Driver Names Senior Project Manager

Andy Kirby

Andy Kirby has been named senior project manager for C.W. Driver in its San Diego office. Currently, Kirby is overseeing C.W. Driver’s federal joint ventures and will focus on pursuing federal/military work for the company. He is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves and has spent time as a Civil Engineer Corps officer and resident officer in charge of construction for the Navy at Point Loma Naval Base. Before joining C.W. Driver, Kirby served as vice president of operations for Suffolk Construction’s government division. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America.

Silvergate Bank Hires Senior Vice President

Silvergate Bank in La Jolla has hired Micheal Stoudt as senior vice president and chief credit officer. Stoudt has more than 39 years of commercial banking and credit management experience, including 26 years with Bank of America, the last 15 as a senior vice president, chief credit officer of the business banking division and other senior management positions. More recently he was a senior vice president of Greater Bay Bancorp prior to its acquisition by Wells Fargo Bank.

Brookfield Homes’ The Foothills Gets High Listing

The Foothills, a development of Brookfield Homes, has been listed as the best selling detached new home neighborhood in Carlsbad for the first quarter, according to The New Housing Monitor of San Diego County. With 11 sales, the builder sold an average of nearly one home per week, exceeding the second top-selling builder by 37 percent, according to the report. Brookfield will release a new phase of four homes on Saturday. The homes are priced from the high $500,000s and range from 2,116 to 3,875 square feet with three to four bedrooms.

MiraCosta College Schedules Education Fair

MiraCosta College and the San Diego Education Consortium will present a free college and graduate education fair on April 28 where students can learn about college educational opportunities in San Diego County. The program will be presented in two time slots — from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. — at MiraCosta College’s main campus fountain pavilion. Workshops will include “Choosing the Right School,” “Earning a College Degree and Marketing Yourself to Potential Employers” and “Affording a Private Education. Programs and class schedules are designed for full-time students, working adult and those in military service,  Financial aid is available for those that qualify.

Deputy District Attorney Honored

Dominic Dugo

San Diego Deputy District Attorney Dominic Dugo has been named “Prosecutor of the Year” by Llorente SIU (Special Investigative Unit), a company that investigates fraud for the insurance industry. The award recognizes prosecutors who do an extraordinary job fighting insurance fraud. Dugo established the first Premium Fraud Task Force for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office’s insurance fraud division. He provides specialized training in the area of premium fraud identification, enforcement and prosecution. At Llorente SIU’s request, Dugo shared his program with several law enforcement agencies in Hawaii, where a similar task force is being developed. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis attended the presentation, along with Deputy Commissioner Rick Plein of the California Department of Insurance, and the Chairman of the California Fraud Assessment Commission, Don Marshall.


SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• April 14 – Effective Marketing – Identify and Target Your Customers – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• April 14 – 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).

• April 16 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• April 19 – Internet Marketing 304 – Cost-Effective Internet Marketing Tools – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• April 20 – Buying and Selling a Business – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• April 26 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• April 26 – Financial Statements – What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Good Governance for Nonprofits: Effective Board Performance – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• April 29 – 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).

• April 29 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

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. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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