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Daily Business Report — Dec. 12, 2011

METRO Movers to Watch

SD Metro is soliciting nominations for our annual Metro Movers to Watch awards, which will be published in January. Send your nominations to Rebeca Page at Nominate a man or woman you believe will make outstanding contributions in San Diego County during the new year. Nominations will close on Dec. 22.

South Bay Power Plant Contamination Study to be Sought

The Board of Port Commissioners will be asked by staff on Tuesday to approve an agreement with Tetra Tech Inc. to determine whether there is any contamination at the South Bay Power Plant site. Meanwhile, Dynegy South Bay Inc. is pursing a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission for the dismantling of the power plant. The permit is a precursor to the city of Chula Vista issuing a demolition order for the above-ground structures. In August, Dynegy began asbestos abatement at the plant, located at 990 Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista. Tenting is currently covering the plant’s structures. The asbestos abatement is expected to continue through May 2012.

Employment Law Update Scheduled

San Diego Employers Association will hold its Employment Law Update on Jan. 12 at the Manchester Conference Center at the University of San Diego. The event will feature John Sarkisian, CEO of SKLZ, chair of the board of Brightscope and former CEO of Pat & Oscars. The Employment Law Update begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. The program lasts from 8 a.m. to noon. A separate Strategic Leadership Series program will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost for SDEA members to attend both functions is $150. Nonmembers’ cost is $200.

Health Care Group Becomes ActivCare Living

Health Care Group has changed its name to ActivCare Living to reflect its decision to focus solely on its memory care platform for seniors with memory loss. The San Diego-based company said it intends to grow and expand its presence in Southern California with its residential memory care communities, including ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, which opened in Carlsbad in November adding 60 new jobs to the region, Long Beach-based ActivCare at Brittany House, which serves more than 100 residents with memory loss and a future community in east Chula Vista, which the organization is currently planning. “For the past 25 years we have cared for more than 4,000 individuals with memory loss through our ActivCare program at our various senior communities,” said W. Major Chance, founder and chief executive officer.  “This strategic direction allows us to focus entirely on what we do best, as well as address a growing need.  As the baby boom generation reaches 75 years and older, there will be a tremendous increase in the number of individuals who experience the different stages of memory loss.”

Clean Energy Rebates Offered

A program that rewards businesses, building owners, industry and homeowners for installing clean energy systems is taking applications for more than $10 million in rebates for the San Diego region, according to the California Center for Sustainable Energy. The Self-Generation Incentive Program, or SGIP, provides cash for a wide range of sustainable energy technologies that can save energy, shrink utility costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The SGIP is a statewide initiative of the California Public Utilities Commission designed to promote power generation by utility customers. Its purpose is to help achieve state energy goals of generating one-third of California’s electricity from renewable sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. CCSE administers SGIP in the San Diego Gas & Electric service area. For more information, visit


Landers and Woodell Join Wells Fargo



Wells Fargo & Co. has appointed E. Marie Landers as regional vice president of the San Diego commercial banking office and added Melinda Woodell as a wealth adviser for Southern California.  Previously, Landers held the same position for Wells Fargo’s Central Coast Commercial Banking Office in Monterey.  Before joining Wells Fargo in 2008, She worked at Bank of America in management and credit committee roles in the middle market and corporate banking groups. Woodell will specialize in working with high-net-worth individuals and families to assess their wealth management needs. Woodell joins Wells Fargo from Merrill Lynch. She spent 15 years at US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Carteron Hired by Seacoast Commerce Bank

Seacoast Commerce Bank in Chula Vista has hired Ken Carteron to expand its Homeowners’ Association Banking Division. Carteron is a 31-year veteran of the banking industry, starting his career at Bank of Commerce, which was later sold to US Bank in 1999. Carteron later worked at Palomar Community Bank and Community National Bank.

Francesa Penoncelli Returns to BICE Restorante

Francesca Penoncelli left BICE Restorante last year to work with Helping Hands in Cuzco, Peru, but she is back again as executive pastry chef and formaggiaio. She has revamped the restaurant’s dessert menu that includes “Gold,” a chocolate cake with coffee and peanut sauce, the “Crispy Meringue Nest,” a meringue cake with Grand Marnier curd and fresh mixed berries. Other seasonal selections include the “Creamy Pumpkin Budino,” a flan-style dessert topped with a light cinnamon whipped cream and fleur de sel sauce and “Chocolate Lava Pistachio Cake” with raspberry sauce and hibiscus ice cream. BICE is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Island at 425 Island Ave.

Small Business Workshops

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

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Dec. 15 – QuickBooks Basic – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Dec. 15 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Dec. 16 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $99, $109 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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