Daily Business Report — July 18, 2011
Asian Heritage Society to Bestow ‘Diversity Pioneer’ Award
The Asian Heritage Society will present its first-ever “Diversity Pioneer” Award on Aug. 20 to Rear Adm. Ron McLaren in honor of an illustrious naval career and his efforts to recruit more Asian Americans to flag officer ranks. McLaren, who runs the Navy’s Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office, is the first Korean American to reach admiralty status. The award will be presented during the eighth annual Asian Heritage Awards at Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, in Mission Bay. Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. The dinner, entertainment and awards program begins at 7 p.m. Honorees in 14 categories also will be announced, along with the Special Recognition Award, the highlight of the ceremony, given to McDonald’s entrepreneur C.C. Yin, founder of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. For reservations, call the Alarus Agency at (619) 235-4542.
In 2009 McLaren was chosen to come out of retirement to run the Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office, which synchronizes, coordinates, and manages all contract operations supporting the Navy during peacetime and during combat. MacLaren had also pursued a civilian career as a hospital administrator, rising to the position of chief executive officer. He retired from that career in 2004 but two years later became the health director for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., until recalled to active duty. MacLaren began service as a supply officer on various assignments and ships, including the USS Enterprise, and on land served as supervisor of shipbuilding conversion and repair in Jacksonville, Fla.
Kaiser Permanente to Break Ground on New Medical Building
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday to mark the start of construction of Kaiser Permanente’s new state-of-the-art medical office building in San Marcos. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 400 Craven Road. The three-story, 71,000-square-foot facility will house 34 specialty care providers, a four operating room ambulatory surgery center, nuclear medicine and a four-room gastroenterology procedure suite.
The $60 million project is part of Kaiser Permanente’s expansion plan to provide more access to care throughout San Diego County and will create nearly 200 new jobs in San Marcos.
The new facility will be adjacent to the current medical office building, which also will undergo a $4 million renovation. The future medical office building will be equipped with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, the largest civilian electronic health record in the nation, according to hospital officials.
Officials from the hospital and city, state and business leaders are expected to attend the groundbreaking. The new building will provide care to more than 135,000 San Marcos residents.
Career Techology Center Wins Green Honor
The Career Technology Center at San Diego City College has been honored by the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for its environmentally friendly design and operation. The five-story, 88,000-square-foot building houses the expanded nursing, cosmetology and photography and digital arts departments. It holds a LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. “Sustainability is one of the top priorities of the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Constance Carroll. “This award recognizes our success in carrying out this priority in a major construction project that also provides a phenomenal learning environment for students. We are really pleased by this honor.”
The building makes extensive use of recycled matgerials. Steel remnants left over from the exterior are used as interior design elements. Solar panels are installed on the roof and parking structure’s south façade. The solar energy generated will provide about 8 percent of the building’s energy needs. Other features:
• 100 percent filtering of storm water to reduce impact on San Diego’s sewer system.
• The development remediated 8,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil left from previous industrial uses.
• Use of water-efficient landscaping and synthetic turf created a 57 percent reduction in irrigation water demand.
• State-of-the-art plumbing fixtures reduces potable water usage by 55 percent.
• 63.7 percent of construction waste was diverted from local landfills which equates to 558 tons of material.
Gail Filter Joins San Diego Coastkeeper
Gale Filter joins San Diego Coastkeeper today as its new executive director. A lifelong environmentalist, Filter started his official environmental work in California in 1991 when he was a prosecutor in the Imperial County District Attorney’s office. Along with prosecuting murder and serious felony cases, Filter took on environmental crimes and prosecuted people responsible for harming the environment. His most recent job was deputy director of enforcement and emergency response for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.
SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops. Fees range from $29 to $109, depending on the program. To register online, visit score-sandiego.org. For more information, call (619) 557-7272.
• July 19 – Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales through Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).
• July 20 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).
• July 21 – Hot to Start a Non-Profit – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).
• July 22 – Intellectual Property: Promise and Practicalities – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).
• July 25 – Customer Service: The Key to Business Success – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).
• July 26 – Internet Marketing for Nonprofits – 9 to 11:30 a.m. The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).
• July 26 – Business Basics 101 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; no charge – please pre-register).
• July 27 – Internet Marketing 302: Develop a Winning Email Marketing Success Strategy – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).
• July 28 – Marketing & Contracting with the Federal Government – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).
• July 29 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).
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