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Daily Business Report — Dec. 5, 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.

Mayoral Candidates Job Growth Forum

On Dec. 6, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. has invited San Diego mayoral candidates to present their job growth plans to San Diego business leaders. This non-debate forum is in partnership with CONNECT, NAIOP, and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, from 7:30-9:30 am at The University Club.  Table of 10 is $400; tickets are $45 per person. Candidates presenting are Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Congressman Bob Filner was invited, but unable to participate. To register for the event, go to

SCS Engineers Assists with Brewery Site Redevelopment

Environmental consulting firm SCS Engineers has been contracted by AMCAL Mission Funding LP to assist with the redevelopment of the former Mission Brewery site into an affordable housing residential complex.

 SCS provided environmental consulting and construction services including mass grading and pad certifications. The services also included completing various environmental studies and a soil management and health and safety plan. The 

Mission Apartments is to provide 85 units of new affordable workforce housing. SCS assisted AMCAL’s entry into the county of San Diego’s Voluntary Assistance Program (VAP). The VAP provides staff consultation, project oversight and technical or environmental report evaluation on projects. The SCS team is led by Daniel E. Johnson, managing principal, and Christopher Spengler, project manager. Assisting are Sean Roy, Tracy Thompson and Robert Gutzler.

Qualcomm Forms New Subsidiary

Qualcomm Inc. has announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., that will operate the business formerly known as Qualcomm Wireless Health. It also announced the establishment of a $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund, an investment allocation that will be managed by Qualcomm Ventures, the company’s investment group. Qualcomm Life’s first offerings, the 2net Platform and Hub for use in connection with wireless medical devices, are now available in the U.S. and are designed  to interconnect wireless medical devices via cloud-based solutions so that biometric information is easily accessible by device users, their health care providers and caregivers. The platform and hub are intended to transfer, store, convert and display medical device data.

“Qualcomm Life was founded, in part, to assist medical device manufacturers who approached Qualcomm for help when their own wireless connectivity attempts became untenable due to technology selection errors, unscalable deployment models and prohibitively high operational support costs,” said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life.

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. 6 – Internet Marketing 201: Building Your Business Through Search Engine Optimization – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Dec. 7 – Hiring and Managing Employees – 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).

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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We Want Your Opinions on San Diego’s Big Issues In the coming months, Probosky Research (one of California’s leading opinion research firms) will continue its partnership with SD METRO to survey San Diego residents about topics of interest to our readers. We’d like to throw open the door for suggestions for topics. What do you want to know? What do you think you know, but aren’t sure? What are you certain you know, but want to prove it beyond doubt? Ideally, we’d like to see questions that have to do with public policy.

Some areas may include Mayor Filner’s first 100 days job performance, should the city be responsible for economic growth and the creation of new jobs, how important are infrastructure improvements to our daily lives (streets and bridges, etc.), how important is water independence, how satisfied are residents with public transit or how do city residents value Balboa Park and other open spaces? Do you believe the City Council should revive the Plaza de Panama plan for Balboa Park?

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