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Daily Business Report — Dec. 29, 2011

Seminar Focuses on Builders’ Role in Development

“Master Builders of Mission Hills,” an educational seminar focusing on the builders who constructed many of the homes that still stand today in the century-old neighborhood, will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 4 pm. at the Francis Parker Lower School.

Presented by Mission Hills Heritage, the lecture series will explore important Master Builders and their role in the development of Mission Hills including Martin Melhorn, Nathan Rigdon, Cliff May and Morris Irwin.

“The contribution of builders in the development of Mission Hills has long been neglected in deference to the role of architects,” said Tom Roetker, events chairman for Mission Hills Heritage.  “This seminar focuses on the  major contribution made by Master Builders to the way Mission Hills looks today.”

In addition to talks exploring the work of several Master Builders, table top displays of vintage tools, photos and additional building information will also be featured in the school’s courtyard.

Tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for two. Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the Francis Parker Lower School, 4201 Randolph Street. For information, call (619) 497-1193 or email

Refreshments from Chism Brothers Painting will be served in the courtyard. Mission Hills Heritage is a nonprofit community organization whose mission is to preserve the character, charm and historic resources of Mission Hills, assuring that development projects harmonize with the established community and provide for community input into these projects. Photos courtesy of Mission Hills Heritage.

Crime-Ridden Hotel Transformed

Pathfinders of San Diego, with help from the city Redevelopment Agency and the San Diego Housing Commission, has turned a crime-ridden hotel on University Avenue into a residential apartment complex for homeless men diagnosed with substance abuse and mental illness. The Shelter Plus Care Facility celebrated its first year anniversary in November. The former hotel, which now houses 17 residential apartments, was known as a vice den before its transformation. Pathfinders secured $2 million in loans from the Redevelopment Agency and the Housing Commission to renovate the property. “By using redevelopment dollars to create a positive impact on a neighborhood, it opens up opportunities for private investors to follow,” said Janice Weinrick, deputy executive director of the Redevelopment Agency.

Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour to Stop in San Diego

A show fusing Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s creativity comes to San Diego on Jan. 21-22 at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) in the Midway area.

Sponsored by Sun Life Financial, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour is written and directed by Jamie King, a leading concert director in pop music, and features more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

“The Immortal World Tour,” says promoters, “unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.”

King has been called one of the most influential directors in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” by Variety. A multiple Emmy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours.

For the past 12 years, King has served as Madonna’s creative director and most recently directed world tours for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.

For more information on Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, visit Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at or (800)-745-3000.

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:

• Jan. 5 – Financing Your Business – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego, 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Jan. 6 – Insurance – What You Need to Know – 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).

• Jan. 7 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University – Kearney Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 7 – Internet Marketing 101 – Use the Internet to Successfully Market Your Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 9 – Restaurant 101 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National University – Kearney Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 10 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego, 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 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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