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Daily Business Report-Sept. 19, 2017

Daily Business Report-Sept. 19, 2017

The Del Mar Heights buildings were acquired by The Irvine Company.

Region’s Biggest Landlord

Acquires First Buildings in Del Mar Heights

The Irvine Company has purchased a two-building, 127,000-square-foot office project named Township 14 in Del Mar Heights. It is the company’s first acquisition in Del Mar Heights. Financial details were not disclosed.

Township 14 opened on six acres in the 1980s as Del Mar Corporate Plaza. In 2014, following significant redevelopment by seller TH Real Estate, an affiliate of Nuveen, it was renamed after the plot of land first established in the 1880s that later became known as Del Mar.

Part of the redevelopment involved replacing one of the original buildings with a new four-story, 70,000-square-foot, glass-sheathed building at 12760 High Bluff Drive for Latham & Watkins law firm. Next door, the three-story, 57,000-square-foot building at 12780 High Bluff Drive received new floor-to-ceiling glass, a refurbished lobby and other enhancements. Its customers include Experian, Citizens Bank, Edelman Financial and Energy Capital.

Other project features include a fitness center, the Come on In! Café, regular food trucks, floor-to-ceiling glass for maximum daylight and energy efficiencies that lower costs and more.

Eastdil Secured facilitated the transaction between TH Real Estate, the seller, and the Irvine Company.
The Irvine Company owns six Class A towers in Downtown: One America Plaza, 101 W. Broadway, 225 Broadway, 501 West Broadway, Symphony Towers and Wells Fargo Plaza. It also owns and operates La Jolla Gateway, The Plaza, Executive Square, One La Jolla Center and several other best-in-class buildings in La Jolla UTC, Sorrento Mesa and Mission Valley.


Aerial view of Poway acreage

Aerial view of Poway acreage

Large Poway Acreage Purchased for $1 Million

A 1.42-acre residential development site in Poway has been sold for $1 million to the G.W. Williams Co. The seller was the Harmon Family Trust.

The site is comprised of three separate parcels located at 13611-13615 and 13623 Agsten Lane.

“The new owner has acquired a prime infill opportunity for future residential development,” said Ciara Trujillo, senior vice president at Colliers International San Diego Region, which represented the seller. HFF represented the buyer.


General Atomics' Predator B/MQ-9 drone

General Atomics’ Predator B/MQ-9 drone

General Atomics Conducts First Flight

Test of Drone in New Testing Facility

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. flew its first test flight out of its new Flight Test and Training Center facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Aug. 30. The Predator B/MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flew a round-trip of approximately 1,075 nautical miles. This was the longest transit flown by a Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Class A civilian airspace under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization granted by the FAA.


City Wins International Award

for Nonprofit Education Program

The city of San Diego received a 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the Partnerships With Educational Institutions category for its creation of the Nonprofit Academy (NPA). The award will be presented at the IEDC 2017 annual conference today in Toronto.

Launched in August 2016 and held twice a year, NPA is a partnership between the city and The Nonprofit Institute at University of San Diego, offering free, two-day educational workshops to more than 100 local nonprofits that provide — or intend to provide — essential services to San Diegans.

NPA’s goal is to increase the quantity, quality and diversity of nonprofits applying each year for city service contracts worth millions of dollars in Community Development Block Grant and other economic development grant funding. There are more than 10,000 registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charities in San Diego.


City to Rehab Main Runway at Brown

Field Airport with $5.6 Million FAA Grant

The city of San Diego will complete the rehabilitation of the main runway at Brown Field Municipal Airport with a $5.68 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant funds will also be used to change the signage for the airport’s taxiways. The project is to begin this fall and be completed in spring 2018.

The runway was originally constructed in the 1950s by the Navy when Brown Field was still a military base. In 1962, the Navy deeded the airport to the city with the condition it continue to be operated and maintained for aeronautical purposes.

The grant is part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which helps fund airport infrastructure projects across the United States to enhance safety, capacity, security and environmental programs. AIP funds are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by passenger ticket taxes, user fees, fuel taxes and air cargo waybills.


Spy Catcher Eric O’Neill Sets Sept. 26

Talk at Cal State San Marcos

Eric O’Neill

Eric O’Neill

In February 2001, Eric O’Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Philip Hanssen. O’Neill will speak at Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, Sept. 26, retelling a thrilling story of espionage while weaving in what it means to be in the world of cybercrime and cybersecurity today.

The event is free for CSUSM students; $5 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for community members.

Hanssen, a former FBI agent charged with selling U.S. secrets to Russia for more than two decades, was sentenced to life in prison. O’Neill’s work in the case was depicted in the 2007 film “Breach” starring Ryan Phillippe as O’Neill and Chris Cooper as Hanssen.

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: USU Ballroom, California State University San Marcos

Cost: Free for CSUSM students; $5 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for community members.


Binational Agreement Renewed Between

Baja and County Public Defenders

An agreement with Baja California is making the work of County public defenders more efficient and safer when they have a case with ties to Mexico.

The agreement first implemented in 2014 was renewed Friday at the Tijuana office of the Baja Public Defender’s Office. San Diego Public Defender Randy Mize signed the document with Baja California dignitaries as well as representatives from the County Public Defender’s Office and the Alternate Public Defender’s Office.

“A top priority and benefit has been the increased safety of our investigators who must travel into Mexico, but this agreement has also saved the county a significant amount of money for reduced travel into Mexico to obtain documents and locate potential witnesses,” said Mize. “This has been a tremendous help for lawyers in the Public Defender’s Office on both sides of the border.”

The Baja California Public Defender’s Office assists San Diego County by using their own investigators to go out and locate witnesses and arrange a meeting in their offices, said Jesus Romero, supervising deputy with the Primary Public Defender.


SDSU Study: Women Remain

Underrepresented in Hollywood

Women are making only modest gains on screen and behind the scenes in television according to a new study released by Martha Lauzen, executive director of theCenter for the Study of Women in Television and Film  at San Diego State University.
Lauzen has been analyzing gender inequality in Hollywood for two decades and is sharing the 2016-17 results in her recently-released “Boxed In” report. The study provides the most comprehensive historical record available of women’s representation and employment in television.
“I am floored every year to see that programs are still more likely to identify the marital status of female characters than males, and more likely to identify the occupational status of male characters than female characters,” said Lauzen. “Age is another way that television continues to distort our perceptions of women. The majority of female characters are in their 20s and 30s. When television programs keep female characters relatively young, they tend to prevent those characters from aging into positions of power.”

Read more..

Click here to read the “Boxed In” report.


Personnel Announcements

Laura Vavrunek Appointed Director of Interiors

Laura Vavrunek

Laura Vavrunek

Laura Vavrunek has been appointed director of interiors at SCA Architecture. Bringing 13 years of experience in the architectural and interior design field, Vavrunek will lead the interior design teams on corporate tenant improvement projects, as well as maintain and grow existing client relationships. She also is charged with developing new business for the firm’s Interior Design Department, presenting the company’s capabilities to developers, owners, landlords, brokers and tenant representatives.

Prior to joining SCA Architecture, Vavrunek served as associate and senior project manager for AP+I Design, a full-service architectural design firm in Mountain View, where she was employed for over 10 years. There, she directed a project team in the design and construction of Mountain View’s first 14,000-square-foot zero net energy commercial office building. She also managed corporate tenant improvement projects for property owners Equity Office Properties, Ellis Partners, and Ford Land Company and end-users including Silver Spring Networks, Apple and Tenaya Capital. Vavrunek was the co-founder of MaxMin Marketing, a marketing services agency in Los Altos.


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