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Daily Business Report — Oct. 6, 2011

Court Orders Nine Marijuana Dispensaries Closed

Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager has signed orders closing nine of 12 marijuana dispensaries that were the target of complaints by the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. The other cases were continued to Oct. 13 and 17. The City Attorney’s Office plans to file another group of complaints today seeking injunctions against additional marijuana dispensaries that are in violation of federal and local laws. The city bans marijuana dispensaries in any zone. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the city has shut down about 40 marijuana dispensaries in the past 12 months. The office of U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy has sent letters to the original 12 dispensaries that the city sued last week, notifying them they are in violation of federal law and demanding that they shut down. Duffy gave the dispensaries 45 days to close. They face potential criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions. Duffy said real and personal property involved in such operations are subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States. That means landlords who rent to marijuana facilities are in danger of losing their buildings.

The nine dispensaries that were ordered to close are: Herbameds at 4724-4760 Federal Blvd.; Trichomes Inc at 4009 Park Blvd.; Healing Arts Cooperative at 4009 Park Blvd.; All Green Health Cooperative at 3740 5th Ave.; West Coast Wellness at 6956 El Cajon Blvd.; Absolute Collective Inc., 2801 4th Ave.; Green Hope Dispensary, 5971 El Cajon Blvd.; MediMart, 6787 El Cajon Blvd.; and Medical Miracle Collective, 4009-15 Park Blvd. #12.

Four cases have been continued: Redwood Collective at 1516 W. Redwood St.; Ocean Beach Wellness Center at 4851 Newport Ave.; Oasis Herbal Center at 3441 University Ave.;and West Coast Wellness at 6956 El Cajon Blvd.

Mission Valley Crossroads Sold

Massachusetts-based Brookwood Financial Partners, a real estate investment and asset management company, has acquired Mission Valley Crossroads, a 139,727-square-foot, Class A multi-tenant office building located in Mission Valley. The property, which was constructed in 1979, consists of a seven-story office building with 475 surface parking spaces. The building is 79.1 percent leased to a mix of national and regional credit tenants including T.Y. Lin International, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care Corp., Resortcom International LLC, Regents of the University of California and Hilton Hotels.

Ryan Spradling joins Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial

Ryan Spradling, formerly of Cushman & Wakefield, has joined Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial as a leasing and sales specialist in its industrial division. Spradling spent eight years as an industrial specialist at Burnham Real Estate, now Cushman & Wakefield, representing landlords, tenants and investors in sale and lease transactions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Spradling is a member of NAIOP, a Commercial Real Estate Development Association.


USS La Jolla Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Sub visits namesake township

By Ensign Jacob R. Davis

After more than 30 years of service, USS La Jolla arrived at Naval Base Point Loma on Wednesday for a namesake port visit and to celebrate the anniversary of her commissioning. USS La Jolla, which is currently homported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was commissioned Sept. 30, 1981. Since then, the submarine has been under the command of 15 commanding officers and has had more than 1,000 sailors call her home. “We are honored to be able to celebrate the ship’s 30th anniversary in her namesake township,” said Cmdr. Jeff Bernard, commanding officer USS La Jolla. “The crew is looking forward to participating in the many events that have been organized for this visit.”

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While in port, the crew will participate in several community relations events in La Jolla to give back to the township that their submarine is named after. Members of the crew will visit schools and a veteran’s hospital. “I am excited to participate in the community relations projects,” said Lt. j.g. Dom Rinaldi, who has been to San Diego several times. “I will be visiting students at La Jolla High School, and I’m interested to see what questions the students have and what they will think about submarines.”

In addition to these events, the crew will attend a luncheon hosted by Shirley Wilson, the ship’s sponsor, who started working with the boat before its commissioning and still looks out for the crew today. “It’s been three years since the ship last made a port visit to San Diego,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Moran, who is finishing his service aboard USS La Jolla this week. “I am glad I will get one last chance to visit La Jolla as part of the crew. We had an awesome time during our last visit.”

La Jolla’s current crew is quite diverse, with members coming from 39 states and two U.S. territories. Fourteen members of the crew are Californians and are looking forward to returning to their home state. “It’s going to be great to see my family and friends again,” said Lt. j.g. Travis Dziubla, who attended La Jolla High School. “I always love to return home.”

Other members of the crew have never been to La Jolla and are excited to experience some of what their shipmates already have. “I’ve heard lots of stories about what the other guys have done, and I’ve heard great things about Sea World and the zoo,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brendan Deuby.

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For the past 30 years, USS La Jolla has been instrumental in supporting national defense missions of the United States.  Just before pulling into San Diego, La Jolla was involved in exercises in the Southern

California operations area to train the crew for its next deployment. “Having a well-trained crew is one of the most important aspects of submarining,” said Bernard. “La Jolla would not have been so successful over the last 30 years had her crew not been on top of their game.”

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La Jolla is a Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine. This class of submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. In March 1982, La Jolla transited the Panama Canal, transferred from Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet and commenced operating under the cognizance of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. La Jolla measures 360 feet long and displaces more than 6,900 tons of water when submerged.

(Photos: 1. USS La Jolla enters San Diego Harbor and makes preparations to tie up to the pier at Naval Base Point Loma. 2. Staff from Submarine Squadron 11 welcome the submarine to San Diego. 3. Line handlers prepare to tie the La Jolla to the pier at Naval Base Point Loma. Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon Warner.)


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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