Daily Business Report — Oct. 28, 2011
2011 Orchids & Onions Winners
The San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions award winners:
• Craft & Commerce — Grand Orchid
675 Beech St., San Diego
• Sherman Elementary School — Grand Onion
301 22nd St., San Diego
• Fallbrook Branch Library — People’s Choice Orchid
124 South Mission Road, Fallbrook
• Pacific Highway non-activity — People’s Choice Onion
Pacific Highway between E and Beech streets, San Diego
• Centre Street Lofts — Architecture
• Centre Street between University and Robinson, San Diego
• Pier 32 Marina — Architecture
4980 North Harbor Drive, No. 200, San Diego
• San Dieguito River Park Headquarters — Architecture
18372 Sycamore Creek Road, Escondido
• Thomas Jefferson School of Law — Landscape Architecture
1155 Island Ave., San Diego
• David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge — Landscape Architecture
West Bernardo Drive, west of I-15 at Lake Hodges
• Art Produce — Sustainability
3139 University Ave., North Park
• Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant — Interior Transformation
2202 Fourth Ave., San Diego
• Co-Merge — Adaptive Reuse
330 A St., San Diego
• Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athlete’s Center — Adaptive Reuse
9591 Waples St., San Diego
• Snowflake Bakery Building — Historic Recognition
703 16th St., San Diego
• Sustainable North Park Main Street — Planning Policy
Main Street, North Park
• Thomas Jefferson School of Law — Programming & Planning
1155 Island Ave., San Diego
• Meshuggah Shack — Community Intervention
Goldfinch and Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego
• State Street Offices — Architecture
2534 State St., San Diego
• Harbor Point — Architecture
5055 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
• Hillcrest LED Sign — Historic Preservation
Fifth and University avenues, Hillcrest
San Diego County Economy
USD Index rises in September
The USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County rose 0.1 percent in September. The month was uneventful, with none of the six components changing significantly, according to economics professor Alan Gin, author of the report. Moderate gains in consumer confidence, help wanted advertising, and the outlook for the national economy outweighed smaller declines in building permits, initial claims for unemployment insurance, and local stock prices to push the USD Index to a modest gain after a sharp decline in August. “Movement in the USD Index has been erratic in recent months, with the Index alternating advances and declines in each of the last five months. “This is symptomatic of the uncertainty in the economy at this point,” said Gin. “The news has been generally positive. The local economy is poised to add jobs on an annual basis for the first time in three years, and the local unemployment rate fell below 10 percent after a surge in the summer.” But the good news, he said, is countered by possible negative developments, including continued weakness in the housing market, international economic concerns and fiscal problems at all levels of government. September’s decrease puts the USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County at 116.1, up from 116.0 in August.
Apple Co-Founder to Address Wind Energy Providers
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will give the keynote address at the American Wind Energy Association’s fall symposium Nov. 2-4 at La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Wozniak’s speech is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. The symposium will focus on industry trends and innovations along with communications techniques for addressing wind energy’s benefits. Program chair is Edward Zaelke from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. “Now more than ever, wind industry leaders and communicators must stress the importance of wind in America’s energy portfolio,” said Denise Bode, association CEO. “Wind’s importance to America’s energy supply cannot be overstated, but yet we still lack a stable, long-term federal policy that would allow the industry to flourish in the U.S., creating tens of thousands of jobs and as much as $20 billion a year in investment.”
Cubic Defense Applications Receives $16.8 Million Order
Cubic Defense Applications has received a new order worth $16.8 million for tactical vehicle system kits from the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. In August, the Army issued a $13 million order under the same contract. Cubic has been awarded about $36 million for far under the contract, which has a potential value of more than $100 million. The company is the defense systems business of Cubic Corp.
DLA Piper Adds Partner to San Diego Office
Darryl Steinhause has joined the real estate capital markets group of DLA Piper as a partner in the San Diego office. Steinhause previously was a partner at Luce Forward LLP. Steinhause focuses his practice on the structuring and private placement of real estate-related securities and taxation matters. He began his career with New York-based Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, has practiced in San Diego for the last 25 years and brings 30 years of real estate capital markets experience to DLA Piper. Steinhause earned an LLM from New York University, an MBA in finance and investment banking from the University of Wisconsin, a JD from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida.
Luce Forward Receives Corporate Diversity Award
The law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps has received the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association’s Award for Corporate Diversity, which is given to law firms that are leaders in their commitment to diversity in the legal community. Last year, Luce Forward funded three $5,000 scholarships administered through the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of San Diego and the John M. Langston Bar Association in Los Angeles. The scholarships were awarded to minority law school students.
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. 29 Business Basics 101 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; no charge please pre-register).
• Oct. 31 Financial Statements 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).
• Nov. 1 – Leasing Strategies – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).
• Nov. 2 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).
• Nov. 3 – 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).
• Nov. 4 – Women’s Networking Breakfast and Exhibits – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; attendees: $30 pre-paid registration by Nov. 1, $40 thereafter; exhibitors: $80 pre-paid registration by Nov. 1, $90 thereafter).
• Nov. 5 – 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).
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