Daily Business Report — Oct. 12, 2011
UCSD Libraries Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Marquis Estate
The estate of Alice Goldfarb Marquis, a writer, historian and alumna of UCSD, has donated $1.1 million to support the UCSD Libraries — the largest bequest ever to the Libraries. A portion of the gift will be used to augment the H. Stuart Hughes UCSD Libraries Endowment for Modern European History.
Some of the funds will be used to establish a new study area that will be open 24 hours, five days a week, in the Audrey Geisel Library. “Given the fact that Alice was a UCSD student who spent considerable time studying and tapping into the diverse resources in Geisel Library, I believe she would appreciate that we are using a portion of these funds to open a new 24/5 study facility that will enable students to spend more time in the library,” said Brian Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel librarian. Currently, the Libraries keep study space within Geisel Library open 24 hours during 10th week and finals. The new study area is expected to be open to students in fall 2012, and will help to compensate for study space that was lost with recent library consolidations.
“This generous gift comes at a critical moment when the library budget has been slashed dramatically,” said Pamela Radcliff, chair of the UCSD History Department and a historian of modern Spain. “In fields like history, access to physical books and manuscripts remains crucial to our scholarship and teaching.”
A journalist as well as a historian, Marquis earned her doctorate degree in Modern European History from UCSD in 1978, combining her passion for art, history and writing. She utilized the Libraries extensively in her doctoral studies, including her dissertation on artist Marcel Duchamp, which became her debut book. She went on to author a total of eight books on popular culture and the art world — some of which were reviewed by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Marquis died in 2009 at the age of 79. Her initial endowment was made in honor of UC San Diego historian Stuart Hughes, who was Marquis’ adviser when she was working on her doctorate.
Marquis was born in Munich, Germany. Her family escaped the Nazi regime and immigrated to New York City in 1938. Marquis wrote: “As a person saved from the Holocaust by lucky flukes … I find myself anxious to repay the world – and especially this country – for being spared from extinction.”
Bankers Hill Seniors Project is Completed
Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill, an 84-unit senior residential community at Second Avenue and Laurel Street, has been completed. Designed by Benson & Bohl Architects for Merrill Gardens Senior Living, the development includes 18 studios, 46 one-bedroom units and 20 two-bedroom units. SRM Construction was the builder. The terraced roof steps down from five stories to three stories at Laurel Street, ending in a large landscaped roof deck that offers residents views of Downtown and San Diego Bay. The Second Avenue entrance is accessed through a broad front porch and is connected through the ground floor community facilities to a linear patio landscaped with overhead trellises and water features. Dining facilities, a wine bar, a library, a salon, a fitness and wellness center and two levels of parking are among the amenities provided for the residents in the 131,000-square-foot building. Other members of the Merrill Gardens’ design team included DCI Engineering, Burkett & Wong Engineers, Schmidt Design Group, Gouvis Engineering, Fard Engineers and Marsha Wall of NAC.
Ocean Village Acquired by MG Properties Group
MG Properties Group has acquired Ocean Village, a 63,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Oceanside, for $11.75 million. Completed in 2009, the property is located at 401 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside’s redevelopment corridor.
The project includes 10,676 square feet of ground-level retail space fronting Pacific Coast Highway, served by street and tuck-under parking.
Thirty-three condominium units averaging 1,600 square feet sit atop the retail space, featuring individual rooftop decks. Because no units were sold when the project was originally completed, MG Properties Group intends to offer the remaining residential units and retail spaces for lease. Spokesman Justin Smith said a variety of upgrades will be made to the property. The seller of the property was 401 PCH Ocean LLC, represented by Mike Bouma, Rob Socci and Paul Caputo of Voit Real Estate Services. Part of the acquisition cost was financed by KeyBank National Association.
Cubic Combat I.D. System Measures Up
A combat identification system developed by Cubic Defense Applications exceeded expectations during a U.S. and Coalition forces assessment of technologies designed to reduce “friendly fire” casualties and increase situational awareness, according to the company. Cubic’s DCID-TALON, an acronym for Dismounted Combat ID with Target Location & Navigation, went through several tests during Bold Quest 2011, held Sept. 8-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The technology was tested in sun, rain, smoke, haze, through trees and windows and at a distance. It was tested on moving soldiers who were walking, riding in vehicles, and engaging in simulated dry-fire and live-fire combat scenarios. Brad Feldmann, president of Cubic Defense Applications, says the system has generated interest from the military because it has multiple functions without adding weight or requiring troops to carry and learn a complex new technology. DCID-TALON consists of a combat rifle scope integrated with multiple sensors plus an invisible two-way optical communications link to instantly identify friendly forces and determine target grid coordinates, which are displayed within the sight view of the scope. The modular, small, lightweight, power-efficient package has operational ranges from a few meters to far beyond the effective range of the weapon.
SKLZ Names Chief Financial Officer
Stefan Karnavas has been named chief financial officer of SKLZ, a Carlsbad company that develops athletic training products. Karnavas previously was chief financial officer at Semtek Corp. and held similar positions at Cobblestone Golf Group and Cricket Wireless. He held senior financial management positions with Leap Wireless and Horizon Cellular Group. Karnavas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree from UCLA. Karnavas replaces Jeff Slovak as CFO. Slovak retains his position as chief operating officer.
San Diego Foundation Announces Promotions
The San Diego Foundation has promoted Heather Back as associate vice president of marketing and annual giving and Jackie Lackenbacher as senior graphic designer. Back joined The Foundation in 2010 as director of marketing and annual giving. She will manage the Civic Leadership Fund to support the Center for Civic Engagement. Lackenbacher joined The foundation as a consultant in March of 2007, and permanently joined the team in July of 2008. She designed and developed the latest version of the Website.
Patti Zlaket Joins Casey Gerry Law Firm
Patti Zlaket has joined the Casey Gerry law firm as an associate in its pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice group. Zlaket concentrates her practice on personal injury, medical device and pharmaceutical products liability. She has worked for Casey Gerry since 2009, graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2008, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Lawyers Club San Diego, the State Bar of California, the American Association for Justice, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
Small Business Workshops
SCORE San Diego continues its series of small business workshops. For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit score-sandiego.org.
• Oct. 13 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).
• Oct. 15 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).
• Oct. 15 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).
• Oct. 17 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).
• Oct. 18 Restaurant 101 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).
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