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Daily Business Report-Dec. 24, 2015

Daily Business Report-Dec. 24, 2015

Patty Carroll (left) is succeeding the retiring Mary Youngman at Allied Plaza, a commercial office building in La Mesa

Changes at East County’s largest

Commercial Office Building

For the second time in 25 years the new building manager

has succeeded the previous building manager in a job

The Allied Plaza building in La Mesa

The Allied Plaza building in La Mesa

The seven-story Allied Plaza, 7777 Alvarado Road in La Mesa, East County’s tallest and largest office building at 125,000 square feet, has a new building manager for the first time in 25 years. Mary Youngman, who arrived at Allied Plaza in 1990, is retiring at the end of December.

Allied Plaza’s new building manager is Patty Carroll. It’s the second time Carroll has succeeded Youngman in a job switch. In 1990, when Youngman left Great Western Bank to arrive at Allied Plaza, Carroll took Youngman’s job with the bank overseeing foreclosed commercial properties.

“Yes, there is a bit of irony with my retirement,” admitted Youngman. “Patty will do a terrific job while I spend my time on my golf game and sailing skills.”

A resident of Coronado since 1989, Youngman is a member of the Coronado Cays Yacht Club and served as its Commodore in 2012. She is currently serving as the club’s Staff Commodore. Youngman was recently feted by several hundred tenants and friends who attended her retirement party held in the Allied Plaza lobby.

Before her career in property management, Youngman, a native of El Paso, Texas, worked as a flight attendant from 1976 to 1989 for Continental Airlines and Fort Worth Airlines. She began at Allied Plaza soon after the Allied Insurance Co., which built the building in 1983, sold the property to Los Angeles-based HFH Ltd., which was affiliated with Great Western Bank at the time. HFH, a property management and commercial real estate investment firm, has remained the owner of Allied Plaza ever since.

Carroll, a native of Austin, Texas, moved to San Diego from Austin in 1990. She has 25 years of experience in property management. She spent the past 14 years as an asset manager managing two Mission Valley office buildings owned by The Colton Co., based in Irvine.

“I am thrilled to work at such a magnificent office building,” said Carroll, who lives in La Mesa. “Yes, it is ironic to be stepping into Mary’s shoes for the second time in 25 years. I am loving living and working in La Mesa.”

More than 600 people work at Allied Plaza. Tenants represent a variety of business sectors, including banking, investments, real estate, law, health care and marketing.


The Daily Business Report will return on Monday.

The Daily Business Report will return on Monday.



John Scherling Appointed Judge

Of the San Diego Superior Court

John Scherling

John Scherling

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed John B. Scherling, 56, of San Diego, to the San Diego Superior Court bench.

Scherling has been a partner at Sughrue Mion PLLC since 2008, where he was of counsel from 2005 to 2008. He was of counsel at Hahn and Adema from 2005 to 2007 and served as an assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California from 1990 to 2005.

Scherling was an associate at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher from 1986 to 1990. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.

Scherling fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol Isackson. He is registered without party preference.

The compensation for this position is $189,041.


Lindbergh Field Seeing More

Passengers This Christmas

City News Service

Terminals at San Diego’s airport were crowded Wednesday as travelers prepared to leave town for Christmas and New Year’s, or arrived for a holiday visit to Southern California.

Around 65,000 passengers were expected to walk through the gates at Lindbergh Field Wednesday, the airport’s Rebecca Bloomfield told City News Service.

“The next busiest days are going to be the Sundays after Christmas and New Year’s, when everyone returns home,” Bloomfield said.

She said passengers should plan to arrive earlier than usual for flights. Those who are taking gifts should leave them unwrapped, in case security personnel need to take a look, she said.

The large crowds at the airport are a sign of the times. According to Bloomfield, the passenger count this year so far at Lindbergh Field is running 7 percent ahead of last year.

The airport’s automated flight status board showed a handful of delays, but nothing unusual for this time of year.


SAIC Founder’s Papers Donated to

UC San Diego Library by Family

Papers of the late J. Robert “Bob” Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corp. and a business innovator who developed a successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies, are being donated to the UC San Diego Library by the Beyster family.

Beyster’s papers, which reflect his passion for entrepreneurship and employee and owner-enabled entrepreneurial practices, include correspondence, SAIC business records, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership, as well as records on a broad range of government-funded research and development, including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and many other transformational programs.

After the materials are processed, the Beyster Papers will be housed in the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers and educators.  The Beyster family has also provided funding to facilitate the processing of the archival materials to make them available for research and discovery online via the Web. The collection is expected to be made available to the public in 2017.

Dec. 22, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of Beyster’s death at age 90.


From last year's festival

From last year’s festival

La Jolla Festival of the Arts Gets New Name,

New Location for 30th Anniversary in 2016

Inspecting the mercandise (from last year)

Inspecting the mercandise (from last year)

Don’t call it the La Jolla Festival of Arts anymore. The festival, a tradition for the past 29 years, is getting a new name and a new location for its 30th anniversary in June 2016.

The event will become the San Diego Festival of the Arts and it will be held at the Waterfront Park in Downtown on June 11-12 — the first art event to be held at the site.

For three decades, the festival has showcased stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from world renowned artists. In addition to art displays, guests at the 2016 event will enjoy live music and entertainment, a craft beer garden and bites from San Diego’s top restaurants.

Tickets start at $11 with proceeds benefitting adaptive sports programs for San Diegans with disabilities. To date, the festival has raised nearly $2 million in support of more than 30 programs, through which more than 40,000 people with disabilities have participated. More than $90,000 was dispersed to 24 organizations from 2015 proceeds alone, benefiting over 12,000 individual San Diegans.

Tickets available Jan. 1, 2016 at:

A festival painter from last year

A festival painter from last year


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