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Daily Business Report — Oct. 17, 2011

Harbor Island’s Marina Cove to Undergo Renovations

The Board of Port Commissioners has approved plans for the renovation of Marina Cortez, one of the first developments at Harbor Island that was builtin 1969. The plans include the renovation of the marina’s main and support buildings, construction of a shoreline promenade and construction of a new elevator tower. The board also approved an option agreement with Marina Cortez for a new 40-year lease. Marina owners recently invested $7.34 million to replace all of its marina slips. The work, which was completed in spring 2010, involved the removal of the marina’s concrete docks and replacing them with a hardwood deck float system. Twenty-one new marina slips were added, giving the marina a total of 545 slips.

Marina Cortez

The new improvement project entails renovating all of the buildings on the marina’s property, resurfacing the parking lot and adding new landscaping and lighting. Renovating the main building involves extensive exterior work, including removing existing exterior architectural arches, adding new windows, a new roof and new stucco. New utility systems, such as upgraded electrical and plumbing, will be required. The new elevator is to comply with ADA requirements. The new 6-foot-wide shoreline promenade will span the entire length of the property and connect to Harbor Island Drive. It will be open to the public.

City Employees Win Fleet Maintenance Work

City employees have won the bid to provide fleet maintenance services under the managed competition program initiated by Mayor Sanders. Their proposal will yield an annual savings of $4.4 million, or $22 million over the five-year life of the proposal, according to Sanders. The group that won the bid currently performs maintenance for the more than 4,000 vehicles used in city operations, including police, fire, trash collection, utility service and repair, park maintenance and general services. “Their proposal slashed costs for providing the service by more than 13 percent over the current budget for vehicle maintenance through such efficiency measures as rethinking the entire network in order to eliminate some facilities; use of automated systems as well as contracting out costly warehousing operations,” said Sanders. City employees have also won the bid to provide printing services to the city, a bid that will result in $1 million in annual savings, according to the mayor.

“We’re currently in the process of bidding out street sweeping, landfill operations and customer service for public utilities,” said Sanders.

Ad Club Hosts Word-of-Mouth Event

The San Diego Advertising Club will present an Oct. 20 workshop on “Lessons Learned in Igniting Word-of-Mouth Movements.” It will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the University Club on the 34th floor of Symphony Towers, 750 B St., in Downtown San Diego. The public is invited to attend. The main speaker will be Geno Church of Brains on Fire, a Greenville, S.C.-based marketing firm. Cost to attend is $50 per person for Ad Club members and $65 for nonmembers. Admission includes lunch. Church will be available to autograph copies of his new book,  “Brains on Fire.” For more information, visit or phone (619) 255-2281.

C-3 Sponsors Sustainability Forum

Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 will sponsor a Nov. 3 breakfast forum on achieving sustainability in the San Diego region. The focus will be on a 2011 report by the Equinox Center for Sustainability. Panelists on the program include Scott Anders of the USD Energy Policy Initiatives Center; Peter MacCracken representing the San Diego Foundation; Ann Tolch of the Sustainability Alliance of Southern California; Jim Waring of Cleantech San Diego. Larry Herzog of SDSU is panel moderator. The forum will be from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the Bay, 1355 North Harbor Drive.

Death Penalty Opponent to Speak at USD

Sister Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (Congregation of St. Joseph), the author of  “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” will give a talk on the issue at a Nov. 20 appearance at The Immaculata Church on the campus of the University of San Diego. Her talk will be at 12:45 p.m. Prejean’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of San Diego, several University of San Diego ministries, and The Immaculata. A donation of $15 per person is requested. A book sale/signing and a reception will follow her speech.  To register for the event, visit or call Margie Carroll, IVC regional director, at (619) 881-9509. An advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, Prejean has witnessed six executions. She counsels both inmates on death row and families of murder victims and educates  on the death penalty through worldwide lecturing, TV appearances, and writing.  She began her prison ministry in 1981 when she became a pen pal and spiritual adviser to a convicted killer sentenced to die in the electric chair

New Officers Elected for Project Management Institute


Jeffrey Smithson  of Lockheed Martin has been elected as the 2012 president of the San Diego chapter of Project Management Institute. The organization is dedicated to the training and certification of project managers and has more than 1,400 local members. Also elected were Joe Drammissi as vice president of professional development,  Phill Bradshaw as vice president of operations and Laurajean Rispens-Gaspard as vice president of membership.  The newly elected officers will begin their term on Jan. 1, 2012.

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of small business workshops. For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit

• 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).

• Oct. 20 ­ QuickBooks Basic for Nonprofits ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Oct. 21 ­ 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).

• Oct. 25 ­ 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).

• Oct. 26 ­ 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).

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News and the West Coast Craftsman. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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