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Daily Business Report — Dec. 7, 2011

SD Metro Daily Business Report — Dec. 7, 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.

Team Formed to Standardize Solar Installations

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) has been awarded $700,000 to lead 11 jurisdictions and five utilities across Southern California to streamline and standardize the installation of solar systems. The group will develop guidelines for the uniform permitting and connection of rooftop solar systems with the aim of reducing the cost of the installations and making solar installations competitive with other energy sources.

The CCSE team includes Los Angeles County and the cities of San Diego, Los Angeles, Chula Vista, Anaheim, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Palm Desert, Pasadena and Palmdale. It also includes members of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the University of San Diego School of Law who will provide support on legal issues.

The CCSE team will begin in January 2012 by reviewing existing solar policies and procedures of the 11 jurisdictions in conjunction with the utility companies servicing the areas — Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, Los Angeles Department of Power and Water, Anaheim Public Utilities and Pasadena Water & Power.

“While the Southern California rooftop solar market is robust and growing, there remain considerable ongoing barriers to scaling up solar even more aggressively, in large part resulting from inconsistencies among jurisdictions for project planning, permitting and utility interconnection,” said Andrew McAllister, CCSE director of planning and strategy. “Local governments have high goals for reductions in carbon emissions, but few dedicated resources. CCSE is thrilled to be able to support the build out of local plans for greater deployment of clean solar energy.”

Jeff Gattas Appointed to Centre City Development Corp. Board

The City Council has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Gattas to the Centre City Development Corp. He replaces Robert McNeely, former vice chair, who ended his term in May. Gattas is executive director of university communications and public affairs for UCSD. Before that, he was director of City Council Affairs and was chief of staff to Councilwoman Toni Atkins. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from San Diego State. Gattas was nominated by Mayor Sanders. Board members are each confirmed for a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term.

Humana Inc. Acquires Anvita Health

Kentucky-based Humana Inc. has acquired Anvita Health, a San Diego-based health care analytics company that was founded by  physicians in 2000. Anvita Health provides clinical analytics solutions for health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, personal health record and electronic health record companies, and health care providers. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Anvita Health will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of Humana, the company said.

WD-40 Shareholder Meeting Set for Dec. 13

WD-40 Company will hold its 2011 annual shareholder meeting at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (5998 Alcala Park in San Diego) on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.  The company will present its 2011 financial results. The meeting will be webcast by and can be accessed at WD-40’s Website:

Aztecs to Play in New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 17

San Diego State has accepted an invitation to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. The football game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., and will be televised on ESPN. The Aztecs are 8-4 and Ragin’ Cajuns are 8-4. 

Prior to 2010 and 2011, the Aztecs had never played in a postseason bowl game in consecutive seasons in the school’s Division I era. The only time the program has participated in bowl games in back-to-back years was in 1966 and 1967, when the squad advanced to the Camellia Bowl while competing in the College Division. Last season, San Diego State defeated Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium for the school’s first bowl victory since 1969. This will be the first meeting between the two foes and the Aztecs’ first against a member of the Sun Belt Conference since defeating Arkansas State 24-14 in San Diego in 1976.

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. 8 – How to Start a Nonprofit – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Dec. 8 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9:30 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Dec. 8 – Effective Marketing: Identify and Target Your Customers – 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. 9 – Import/Export – 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. 10 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Dec. 12 – Business Basics 101 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; No charge – please preregister to confirm space).

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.

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