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Daily Business Report-Feb. 13, 2014

Daily Business Report-Feb. 13, 2014

The planetarium in the new Science Building at San Diego City College. A formal opening is scheduled for Feb. 19.

City College to Open New Science Building

The Science Building was constructed with bond funds.

The Science Building was constructed with bond funds.

San Diego City College will open its state-of-the-art Science Building on Feb. 19 — a four-story, L-shaped building that provides 98,000-square-feet of new construction for the astronomy, life sciences and physical sciences programs. It is the San Diego Community College District’s latest project funded by the $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program.

The building includes large labs, a planetarium, a teaching garden and a rooftop observation deck.

An opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19 featuring Lynn Neault, president of City College, district Chancellor Constance Carroll, physics and astronomy professor Lisa Will and other officials.

The project team for the building included Harley Ellis Devereaux, architect; Rudolph and Sletten, construction manager; Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, landscape architects; Thomas J. Fine, JE Moore Consulting, campus project manager; and Gafcon Inc., Propositions S and N program manager.

Spacious laboratories are a key feature of the Science Building at City College.

Spacious laboratories are a key feature of the Science Building at City College.

Photos: David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography



Fans entering Qualcomm Stadium

Fans entering Qualcomm Stadium

Chargers to Seek New Mayor’s Backing for Stadium

The San Diego Chargers are eager to resume their long, winding push for a new stadium now that Republican Kevin Faulconer has been elected mayor.

The effort to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium has been idled by upheaval at City Hall. Faulconer beat fellow City Council member David Alvarez on Tuesday in a special election to replace Democrat Bob Filner, who resigned Aug. 30 amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations. Faulconer is expected to be sworn in March 3.Attorney Mark Fabiani, who has led the Chargers’ attempts to get a new stadium since 2002, says the important factor “is that somebody is going to be in office and hopefully will be in office for quite a while.”

Fabiani says he hopes to meet with Faulconer once he’s in office and has assembled a staff.

San Diego North Chamber Offers Tour of Spain

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce will hold a travel preview on Feb. 25 to provide information on its planned tour of Spain and the Costa del Sol Nov. 3-11.  The preview will be at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber offices, 10875 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 104, San Diego. The event will give attendees the opportunity to see places the tour will visit and answer travel questions.

The tour will depart from San Diego for Costa del Sol, Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. Other cities on the itinerary include Gibraltar and Ronda with optional tours to Tangler, Mijas, Granada/Alhambra.

Tour price is $2,499 per person double occupancy and includes roundtrip airfare from San Diego, first-class hotel accommodations, 14 meals consisting of seven buffet breakfasts and seven dinners, professional tour escort, baggage handling and transfers, local taxes and service charges. An optional Madrid extension tour is also available.

Institute to Study Chemical Affects on the Brain

The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla has received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to research how chemicals interact with biological processes and how they may lead to altered brain development.  “This research will transform our understanding of how exposure to chemicals during sensitive lifestages affects the development of the brain,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “By better predicting whether chemicals have the potential to impact health and human development, these grants will not only advance the science necessary to improve chemical safety but protect the well being and futures of children in this nation.”


SpringHill Suites

SpringHill Suites

SpringHill Suites Open in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — The new SpringHill Suites Oceanside/Downtown, an all-suite hotel a block from Oceanside Pier, officially opened Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The hotel features stylish indoor and outdoor spaces reflective of a casual beach retreat.

John Dineen Elevated to Partner at Sheppard, Mullin

John Dineen has been elevated to partner in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s San Diego office. Dineen is a member of the business trials practice group. He has represented clients in claims involving breach of contract, unfair business practices, fraud, negligence, Truth-In-Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Acts and other causes of action. He received his J.D. from the UC Berkeley in 2002 and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University.

The Estates at San Elijo Hills to Hold Grand Opening on Saturday

A home at The Estates of San Elijo Hills.

A home at The Estates of San Elijo Hills.

SAN MARCOS — Davidson Communities will unveil six homes at 10 a.m. on Saturday during the grand opening of The Estates at San Elijo Hills, a gated enclave of 10 luxury custom and semi-custom homes.  With up to five bedrooms, 6.5 baths and three- or four-car garages, homes at The Estates range from 4,638 to 6,007 square feet on home sites measuring a minimum of 20,000 square feet. The homes represent Craftsman, Spanish, Prairie, Tuscan, Italian Renaissance and French Country designs. They are  priced from the low $1 millions.

Popular features include interior courtyards, outdoor decks, and casitas, while oversized rooms can accommodate a variety of special uses, such as a library, theater, retreat or tech zone.

The Estates at San Elijo Hills is located at 1059 Quartz Court. For information, visit

Hughes Marino Adds Staff to Orange County Office

Jeffrey Shepard

Jeffrey Shepard

Hughes Marino has added three new staff members to its Orange County operations as part of its efforts to provide exclusive representation to tenants and buyers seeking properties throughout Southern California.

The San Diego-based company hired Jeffrey Shepard as principal and senior vice president. Shepard was previously the chairman of the board and a co-founding partner of Cresa Orange County, a firm in the same industry. Shepard’s 25 years of tenant advocacy for clients across the United States includes managing and negotiating large office and industrial leases, property and land acquisitions and dispositions, and build-to-suit projects.

Hughes Marino has also hired Mike Lewis as a vice president in its Orange County office. Lewis, who was previously with Travers Realty Corp. in Newport Beach, has been advising clients on site selection, lease negotiations and project management since 2010. He earned the Irvine Company’s “Young Dealmakers of the Year” award in 2012 and 2013.

The third new staff member is Julia Myers, hired as client relations manager.

Tucker Hughes, director of Hughes Marino, relocated to Newport Beach and founded the Orange County office a year ago, after working for several years in the firm’s headquarters in San Diego.

San Diego Ad Club to Host Advertising Awards Gala

The San Diego Ad Club will announce the San Diego ADDY trophy winners at its advertising awards gala Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the U.S. Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego. Awards will be presented in more than 70 advertising and graphic design categories for both professionals and students. Cost to attend is $115 for members, $140 for nonmembers. Information is available at Local winners will be forwarded to a district competition, with district winners forwarded to the national American Advertising Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation.

SBA National Ombudsman Here for Small Business Forum

Small business owners, representatives of local economic development organizations, trade groups and community leaders are invited to join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Ombudsman Brian Castro to discuss federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses on Thursday, Feb. 20, in San Diego. The forum will be held at the Unified Port of San Diego’s Port Administration Building, First Floor Board Room, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, beginning at 10 a.m. The event will give the local business community a chance to voice concerns about unfair regulatory enforcement, excessive fines, retaliation, burdensome regulations and other regulatory issues involving federal agencies.

The San Diego small business forum is open to the public. Jill Andrews is the local SBA contact at (619) 727-4885.

Managing Director Named for CCC San Diego Campus

Russ McCallian, who has led the human resource division for several global companies, has been named the new managing director of the Center for Creativ

Russ McCallian

Russ McCallian

e Leadership’s San Diego campus. Since joining CCL in 2012, McCallian had served as a senior faculty member at CCL’s Colorado Springs campus. Prior to CCL, he was an executive in a range of industries, including mining, manufacturing, civil engineering and consumer products. In addition to his work in the corporate sector, McCallian is a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who specialized in the human intelligence and counterintelligence fields. He spent six years as a senior instructor at the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

McCallian replaces Debbie Zaleschuk, who recently retired from CCL. He holds a master’s degree in management and organization development from Regis University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University.

In San Diego, McCallian will direct a team of 70 faculty, researchers and staff who serve clients from around the world.

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