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Daily Business Report — Aug. 8, 2011

Starlight Theatre Files for Chapter 11

The San Diego Civic Light Opera Association — Starlight Theatre — has suspended its 65th season after filing for legal reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. “Although this was an extremely difficult decision for Starlight, filing for reorganization is an important first step toward securing a financially sound and sustainable future for a beloved San Diego treasure,” said John Redman, Starlight adviser and president of the Horton Plaza Theatre Foundation. “It is our expectation to rapidly emerge from reorganization to once more offer the best of American musical theater to family audiences.” Starlight Theatre began in 1946 at the Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park. In recent years, poor economic conditions have crippled the organization’s financial resources and hampered its ability to attract sponsors and grants.

Since its inception, Starlight has presented 64 seasons of musical theater productions for more than 4 million San Diegans and visitors. These seasons have encompassed nearly 1200 productions of 136 different musicals, ranging from the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan and Jacques Offenback, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classics “Carousel” and “South Pacific,” favorites of the ’50s and ’60s such as “West Side Story,” “Guys & Dolls” and “Peter Pan” and the contemporary Broadway blockbusters as “A Chorus Line,” “Dreamgirls,” “Follies” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

Public Can Weigh In on Seaport Village Remake

The Port of San Diego will hold a public workshop on Aug. 18 to inform the community and seek its input on proposed plans for Seaport Village. It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the board room of the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway. It will be the third public workshop seeking input on ongoing planning efforts for the Seaport Village property. Information collected will be incorporated into a study for the potential redevelopment of the property. The study is to be presented to the Board of Port Commissioners in early fall. Officials said the redevelopment may also incorporate adjacent property such as the Harbor Seafood Mart, the old police headquarters, Tuna Harbor and Embarcadero Marina Park North. Seaport Village is operated under a port lease by Terramar Retail Centers. In November 2010, port commissioners approved a process that called for it to work with the port and a consultant to develop design parameters for the redevelopment of Seaport Village.


Small Business Workshops

• Aug. 10 ­ Internet Marketing 303: Social Media for Small Businesses ­ 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).

• Aug. 11 – Effective Marketing: Identify and Target Your Customers ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 12 ­ Import/Export ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 13 ­ QuickBooks Basic ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 15 ­ 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).

• Aug 16 ­ 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).

• Aug. 17 ­ Internet Marketing 304: Cost-Effective Internet Marketing Tools ­ 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).

• Aug. 18 ­ Good Governance for Nonprofits: Effective Board Performance ­ 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).

• Aug. 19 ­ 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).

• Aug. 20 ­ 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 Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• Aug. 20 ­ Introduction to Starting Your Own Business ­ 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Aug. 23 ­ Financing Your Business ­ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; 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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