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Daily Business Report — May 2, 2011

Alexander Salazar Arts Gallery Honored

Alex Salazar

The Gaslamp Quarter Association has nominated Alexander Salazar Fine Arts Gallery for its BID Business of the Year.The San Diego Chamber of Commerce will honor each of the BID Business of the Year nominees from the communities that make up San Diego’s BID Council at the Small Business Awards Luncheon & Business Exchange on June 8 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center. One BID Business will be selected from all of the nominees as an overall winner. Salazar began by renting a small display gallery space Downtownmand within months he began taking over adjacent properties to offer space for aspiring artists to develop and an auction house. He uses his venues to assist local charities with fundraisers and showcase all levels of artistic talents, including students and non-traditional artisans. His gallery took a dark corner of  Seventh Avenue and Broadway and created a micro-district for the arts. The Gaslamp Quarter Association said Salazar has been an avid supporter of the GQA for many years prior to his gallery opening: “He has shown Downtown San Diego innovation in his original concepts of an incubation space for fledging artists and creating an auction house from an empty storefront. Locations that others have ignored have blossomed into fresh and energized spaces for many to enjoy. The opening of his first eponymous gallery is a concrete example of his resilience as it was launched in an economic climate that closed two nearby galleries.”

Rubio’s Names New President and CEO

Marc Simon, the chief operating officer of Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. since September 2009, has been named president and chief executive officer following the resignation of Daniel Pittard. Pittard will remain on Rubio’s board of directors. Simon, a veteran in the industry, previously served as the senior vice president of operations at Rubio’s. From 1994 to 1998, he was vice president of corporate development at McDonald’s Corp., where he helped completed McDonald’s investment in Chipotle Mexican Grill. He joined Chipotle as a regional director. Simon also was chief executive officer of America’s 2 Incredible Pizza Co. and spent 16 years with Ernst & Young LLP.

Vista Apartment Building Sold for $4.1 Million

Pacific Sun Apartments

The Pacific Sun Apartments at 951 Taylor St. inVista has been sold for $4.1 Million to Judd RR Investments LLC. The seller was Kuhio Partnership. The property, built in 1989, has 24 one-bedroom, one-bath units and 12 two-bedroom, two-bath units. Each contains a one-car garage. Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial, which represented the buyer, said the sales price equates to $113,889 per unit or about $145 per square foot. The terms of the transaction were cash down payment to a new first loan provided by CJ Donovan and Andrew Gilligan of Chase Commercial Bank. The escrow officers were Kate MacAllister and Meg Kilfoil and the title representatives were Mike Venti and Jim Sardo. The Cassidy Turley representative was Ray Adams.

Autumn Terrace Goes Platinum

Autumn Terrace

Autumn Terrace, an affordable housing apartment complex in San Marcos, has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest Platinum rating for exceptional “green” measures that were incorporated into the development. “We worked hard to incorporate sustainability into its design from the very beginning,” said Ginger Hitzke, president and CEO of Hitzke Development Corp. “If you include energy saving measures and sustainable design techniques at the start, you can keep the costs down for the owner and the benefits up for the residents.” The 103-unit complex replaced dilapidated duplexes in the Richmar neighborhood of San Marcos, an older part of the city that is currently under rehabilitation. City officials have been working with affordable housing developers to improve the area over the last several years. The city, in fact, requires every affordable housing developments that receive city funding to achieve at least Silver certification from the Green Building Council.

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Autumn Terrace has a number of green features. Solar panels on the roofs of the building supply 17 percent of the total energy load for the project and special windows reduce solar heat gain in the apartments. Energy Star appliances are used throughout the complex, which also uses a high-efficiency irrigation system. The apartment buildings are designed to take full advantage of natural light and air with windows that open up. Drought-tolerant plants and non-toxicpest control measures are also featured.

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Families from the complex, the developer and San Marcos city officials spent Earth Day celebrating the Platinum certification and by having a planting activity for the kids. “The San Marcos City Council is committed to revitalizing older neighborhoods like Richmar with developments that not only provide quality affordable housing for our residents but also help us capitalize on efficiencies when we integrate ‘green’ features into them as this development does,” said Councilmember Kristal Jabara. “Autumn Terrace demonstrates that model green construction is possible not only in our city but across the country.” (Photos: 1. Albert Pilapil and daughter, Mykayla plant perrennials; 2. Priscilla Santana joins in the planting; 3. Autumn Terrace courtyard.)

SDSU Building Named After Ron and Alexis Fowler

The San Diego State University Athletics building was renamed the Fowler Athletics Center on Saturday in tribute to Ron and Alexis Fowler, who have supported the athletic program for more than 30 years and who pledged $5 million over five years to SDSU’s Athletics Excellence Fund. To realize the gift, SDSU must raise a corresponding $5 million during those five years. The matching gifts can support any area of athletics, including scholarships for student athletes. The Excellence Fund has raised more than $2.2 million in challenge funds as of April 25.

Scripps Memorial Finishes New Parking Structure

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas has finished construction of a new parking structure, the first phase of a $200 million expansion of the hospital campus. The parking structure has 884 vehicle spaces on five levels, including underground and rooftop. Future work will include construction of a two-story, 60,000-square-foot critical care building housing 27 emergency department beds on the first floor and 36 private acute care beds on the second floor. Construction is to start next year. The hospital is seeking help raising funds for the expansion. A Rancho Santa Fe family has made a $5 million gift, bringing to $25 million the amount raised through philanthropy.

Yoga In The Dark

Yoga in the Dark, a program presented in darkness by Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach Inc., will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 14 at the Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley. Proceeds will support Silver Age Yoga’s classes at centers for the blind in San Diego County. The cost is $50 for advanced tickets and $65 at the door. For online purchases, visit http://silverageyoga.blog.com/about/experience-yoga-in-the-dark. Or call (858) 693-3110. Silver Age Yoga founder Frank Iszak said its style of yoga is new and based on geriatric science and research. it is designed so seniors can safely participate at their level of comport. “This unique program benefits many people on different levels.” said Iszak. “Seniors get weekly health-enhancing and life-enlightening yoga practices at no charge to them. As a result, they become more involved and engaged because they are feeling better.” The program will provide 1,450 yoga classes this year to hundreds of seniors at 29 San Diego locations, including four blind centers. Because these classes are offered free to seniors, Silver Age Yoga relies on support from individual and corporate donations. The cost of operating one weekly yoga class for one year in each location is $3,250. Currently, two of the 29 programs receive full support; 14 are partially funded.

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.


Small Business Workshops from SCORE San Diego

May 3 — Insurance — What You Need to Know to Protect You and Your Business. 9 a.m. to noon. SCORE Entrepreneur Center, 550 West C St., Suite 550, Downtown San Diego. Presenter: Bill Pope, a SCORE counselor who retired in 2006 after nearly 36 years with John Burnham Insurance Services. Registration fee: $49 pre-paid/$59 on-site. Pre-pay online at score-sandiego.org/workshops. Or call (619) 557-2011.

May 4 — QuickBooks Basic — Learn the bookkeeping software. A computer-based visual demonstration. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. National University Spectrum Academic Center, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego. Presenters: Tim Shortridge, owner of Shortridge Business Services; and Elaine Standring, certified QuickBooks consultant. $69 pre-paid/$79 on-site. Pre-pay online at score-sandiego.org/workshops. Or call (619) 557-7272.

May 5 — Intellectual Property-Promise and Practicalities. Covers trade secrets, patents, trademarks, copyrights, the cost to register, methods for valuing intellectual property and profit potential. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. SCORE Entrepreneurial Center, 550 West C St., Suite 550, Downtown San Diego. Presenter: Mark Wisnosky, a patent attorney who workd 20 years with Hewlett-Packard. $29 pre-paid/$39 on-site. Pre-pay online at score-sandiego.org/workshops. Or call (619) 557-7272.

May 7 — Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage. How to use every marketing strategy wisely. 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. National University, Building 705, 705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Presenters: John Bjeldanes, with over 30 years experience in owning and operating several small businesses; Earl Jacobsen, retired from the computer industry after nearly 43 years; and Larry Johnes, SCORE counselor with background in sales, marketing, strategic planning, product development and finance. $79 pre-paid/$89 on-site. Pre-pay online at score-sandiego.org/workshops. Or call (619) 557-7272.

May 10 — Marketing for Nonprofits. Effective target marketing explained, including how to market to two groups: those who need your service or product, and those who may contribute cash or time to help your cause. 9 to 11:30 a.m. San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200, in Point Loma. Presenters: Lin Holzinger, lengthy career in sales and marketing; Tom Nickols, former president and owner of Flex Metal Components; and Fred Schlaffer, president of a merchant processing company in San Diego that serves 400 merchants. $39 pre-paid/$49 on-site. Pre-pay online at score-sandiego.org/workshops. Or call (619) 557-7272.

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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