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Daily Business Report — May 8, 2012

40 Under 40 Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for SD METRO’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards recognition program. Nominate a man or woman you think has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession, industry or to San Diego County as a whole. We will announce the winners in September. Either fill out the nomination form at or send your nomination to Better get crackin’! The deadline is May 31.

Burlingame’s Centennial Home Tour Set for June 2

San Diego’s historic Burlingame neighborhood presents its Centennial Home Tour on Sunday, June 2, featuring six homes built in the unique development’s first year. Begun in 1912 during the boom that preceded the Panama-California Exposition in nearby Balboa Park in 1915, the Burlingame “Tract of Character” has become known for the pink sidewalks that follow its maze-like streets and the diversity of its early-California architecture. The six two-story houses open for the home tour are designed in Craftsman, Mission Revival, American Foursquare, Prairie and other styles. Antique and classic cars also will be on display.

Burlingame, bordered by 30th and 32nd streets and Kalmia and San Marcos avenues, was ahead of its time in environmentally sensitive innovations, making it green by today’s standards.

Twenty-eight homes were built in the tract’s first year, but the rapid pace of construction stalled with an economic downturn. The community experienced a renewed building boom in the 1920s. Nowadays, the neighborhood consists of 180 homes.

The home tour. which includes interiors, is being organized by the Burlingame Club, founded in 1913 as the Burlingame Women’s Club. Homes will be open on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the website (click Centennial at the top of the page) or at 3117 Laurel St. on the day of the event. Proceeds go to area charities. To mark the centennial milestone, the City of San Diego has declared 2012 “The Year of Burlingame.”

New Medical Office Building Opens at UC San Diego

A new medical office building designed as a gateway to UC San Diego’s Health Sciences and Medical Center has opened. Located behind UC San Diego’s Thornton Hospital, the $25 million, 75,000-square-foot building features office and meeting space on all three levels. The main floor includes exam rooms and a café. The new medical office space will hold a first floor Clinical and Translational Research Institute consisting of exam rooms, pharmacy, treatment rooms, blood draw rooms and related support areas including waiting rooms, restrooms, a reception area and more. The center was built by C.W. Driver. Gensler was the architect and Miyamoto International was the structural engineer.

Contractor Selected for Power Plant Structures Demolition

Dynegy South Bay Inc. has selected Oakland-based demolition contractor Silverado Contractors Inc. to demolish the above-ground structures of the South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista. Dynegy South Bay Inc. received 11 proposals for the work. The Port of San Diego has been working with the city of Chula Vista on the expedited removal of the power plant. Dynegy is continuing the removal of asbestos from the plant, a project to be completed in June.

PERSONNEL MOVES ____________________________________

San Diego — Mark Olson has joined Nuffer, Smith Tucker as a government relations and public affairs specialist. Olson has eight years of experience as a public spokesman and staff member for elected officials. Prior to joining the agency, he worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, and most recently as a policy adviser to San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, San Marcos, and a master’s degree in communications from San Diego State University.

San Diego — Mark Donnelly has been named manager of business intelligence for Red Door Interactive. Donnelly has more than a decade of financial and operational analytics experience. Prior to joining Red Door, he worked at Sony Electronics as the financial reporting manager for business intelligence. He previously served as the manager of business analytics at Vista Staffin Solutions Inc. Previous employers include American Express, Callaway Golf, Alaris Medical and U.S. Marine Corps. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Utah.

The Daily Business Report is produced by SD METRO. 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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