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Daily Business Report — April 27, 2011

40 Under 40 Awards

The 2011 40 Under 40 Awards nomination period is in full swing. May 30 is the deadline for submitting nominations of people you believe are making substantial contributions to their community, their companies, organizations or institutions. You will find a nomination form on the front page of our Website (sandiegometro.com). Fill it out and submit. Editor’s Tip: Describe your nominee in depth. Give plenty of examples of major accomplishments.

Construction Jobs Decline in San Diego Region

The San Diego region lost 1,000 construction jobs between March of last year and March 2011, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America. Construction employment declined from 55,000 in March 2010 to 54,000 this past March, a decline of 2 percent. Construction employment statewide, however, showed an increase for the same period. State construction employment went from 549,300 in March 2011 to 551,000 in March 2011, a gain of 1,700 jobs, the association said. But association officials said that the industry’s five-year employment slump is far from over, and could worsen as public construction winds down. “Even with more metro areas adding jobs than in any 12-month period since November 2007, the fact is most areas are far below previous construction employment peaks,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “With federal stimulus, base realignment and Gulf Coast hurricane-protection projects slated to end soon, many areas are at serious risk of another downturn in construction employment.” Association officials said that private nonresidential and multifamily construction appear to be stabilizing or picking up in most markets, but that the gains are likely to be offset by pending drops in public construction.

Luncheon to Honor Napoleon Jones; State Attorney General Keynotes

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be the keynote speaker for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association’s tribute to the late Judge Napoleon Jones on May 24 at the U.S. Grant Hotel’s Presidential Ballroom. Tickets for the tribute are $50 each. Reservations can be made by May 20 via e-mail: earlbgilliamevent@gmail.com. Harris, the chief law enforcement officer in California, is the first woman, and the first African-American and the first South Asian American to hold the office.  Jones was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in 1994 by President Clinton. . He was the second African-American to be appointed to serve on the federal bench in San Diego (Earl B. Gilliam was the first). Jones died in December 2009. The luncheon celebrates his legacy and memory.

Construction Starts on Large Mission Valley Development

Circa 37 rendering

Groundbreaking will be held Friday for Circa 37, a 306-unit multiple housing community and part of the first phase of the Civita master-planned development in Mission Valley. Formerly known as Quarry Falls, Civita is a 230-acre  urban infill community, which may ultimately include 4,780 residential units, 480,000 square feet of retail, 420,000 square feet of office, a civic center with amphitheater, a recreation center and public parks/open space. The development site is west of Interstate 805 at 5723 Mission Center Road. HHF arranged a $59.5 million construction and mezzanine loan for Circa 37 on behalf of Sudberry Development Inc. The $47 million, three-year construction loan was through Wells Fargo Real Estate Group Inc. $12.5 million mezzanine loan was secured through a life insurance company. The Circa 37 project, which will be available for occupancy in April 2012, will have 11 buildings with 306 one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 948 square feet each. Amenities will include a clubhouse with fitness center, game room and roof terrace, a junior Olympic resort-style salt water swimming pool and an outdoor children’s play area. The HFF team representing the borrower, Sudberry Development, included director Aldon Cole and senior managing director Tim Wright.

BBB Sponsors Social Media Workshop

The San Diego Better Business will host a “Social Media Workshop,” with information on how businesses can grow using social media, from 8 to 10 a.m., on May 5, at the UCSD Extension campus, 6925 Lusk Blvd., in Sorrento Mesa. The speaker will be Becky Carroll, a social networking correspondent for NBC San Diego. Discussion topics will include: what information should be provided through which sources; Websites most critical to your business success; and, resources available through social media. Cost to attend is $30 per person, and payment can be made at the door. To reserve a seat, contact the BBB’s Rachel Newman at (858) 637-6199, or send an e-mail to rnewman@sandiego.bbb.org.

Supply Chain Management Symposium Scheduled for May 6

Cathy Rogers, vice president of global opportunities and business development for IBM Global Services, will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Green Supply Chain Management Symposium from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 6 at the Sheraton Mission Valley, 1433 Camino Del Rio South. The symposium, sponsored by World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD), is designed for supply chain managers, transportation managers, traffic and logistics managers, strategic business planners, export and import managers, operations managers, corporate counsels, accounting managers and academics. The event is designed to provide a greater understanding of government and industry initiatives related to carbon footprint accounting and reporting. Hands-on workshops will be given focusing on advanced carbon footprint modeling and triple bottom line sustainability strategies.
 Cost of the program is $150 for members of WTCSD and their employees and for those from partner organizations; $100 for students and interns; $115 for educators; and $195 for nonmembers. Interested parties can register at: wtcsd.org/events/wtcsd-calendar.

SCS Engineers Adds Two New Staff Members

Alissa Barrow has joined SCS Engineers as an associate professional in its environmental engineering practice and Alana Causey has been hired as the firm’s new technical editor and production coordinator. Barrow has previously worked in several environmental site assessments and subsurface investigations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCSD. Causey has an extensive background in editing and writing technical subject matter. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.

The Home Depot Foundation Joins House-Building Project

More that 250 volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot hardward departments and their vendors will join San Diego Habitat for Humanity on May 4 to build two homes in the Libby Lake community in Oceanside. The Home Depot Build Day will be at 338 Libby Village Way in Oceanside, kicking off at 7:30 a.m. The Home Depot Foundation has contributed $445,000 to the project. Volunteers will work on two houses at Libby Lake, doing construction and landscaping projects. The project begins the final phase of the Libby Lake Community, consisting of 20 single-family homes. Since 2008, four phases of construction have seen the completion of 15 homes.

WineRave San Diego Featured at FLUXX

Up to 25 wineries, craft breweries and other spirit purveyors will be featured at the June 23 WineRave San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter Downtown. Fast Forward Event Productions announced that tickets are now on sale for the event, set for the FLUXX nightclub. Tickets are $45 in advance and $65 at the door. 

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the event website at wineravesd.com or call (619) 312-1212. “WineRave takes traditional wine tasting to another level,” said Michelle Metter, co-owner of Fast Forward. “Today’s young up-and-coming oenophiles will have the opportunity to taste the hottest wines, craft beers, and spirits in the market while basking in the essence of San Diego nightlife at FLUXX’s upscale and ultra-modern venue.”

 Tickets include all-night access to FLUXX nightclub, a special tasting card which gives attendees 20 tastings of specialty wines, craft beers and spirits, a selection of appetizers, a DJ spinning beats over FLUXX’s sound system and discounts on hand-crafted cocktails specially concocted for WineRave.


SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• 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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