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Daily Business Report-Oct. 6, 2017

Daily Business Report-Oct. 6, 2017

A small visitor to the 2016 Maker Faire.

Maker Faire San Diego This Weekend

Balboa Park hosts the park-wide Maker Faire San Diego this weekend featuring fire-breathing robots, drones, kids activities, food trucks, innovative products, musicians and interactive art — all from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Over 250 local and regional makers display their creations. (2016 image)

Over 250 local and regional makers display their creations. (2016 image)

Over 250 local and regional makers display their creations — mostly inside participating museums. Visitors can plan ahead which amazing innovations they would like to visit by viewing Maker Faire San Diego’s schedule and map

Meet the makers.


The Courtyard I

The Courtyard I

Sorrento Mesa Office

Building Sells for $9.16 Million

The Courtyard I, a 50,405-square-foot office building in Sorrento Mesa has been sold for $9.16 million to Encinitas-based Plaza Del Norte Inc. The seller was Courtyard Mira Mesa. Cushman & Wakefield represented both buyer and seller in the transaction.
Located at 6480 Weathers Place, the three-story garden-atrium office building is situated on 2.28 acres. Built in 1989, the property features a high-image brick and glass façade.


The Stevens-Hartley Building

The Stevens-Hartley Building

San Diegans Urged to Vote for Funds

for Preservation of Historic Buildings

The Save Our Heritage Organisation and North Park Historical Society are encouraging San Diegans to vote in the national Partners in Preservation Program to obtain $150,000 in grant funds to help restore the historic Stevens-Hartley Building at 30th Street and University Avenue and the annex to the west in North Park.

The Stevens-Hartley Building is competing for the funds with 24 other historic building projects across the country.

“Restoring the building’s original features and revealing the annex architecture has been on the radar of the North Park Historical Society for years,” said Bruce Coons, executive director of SOHO. “The society is one of our city’s historic preservation forward organizations, and it would be very rewarding to see this long-held dream come to fruition for the community.”

“The three-story Stevens-Hartley Building established the heart of commercial North Park in 1913. The annex to the west, its arcaded Mediterranean facade now hidden, was built in 1926, creating one of the earliest multi-unit shopping centers in the community,” said Katherine Hon, secretary of the North Park Historical Society.

For more than 100 years, the intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street has been the “Busy Corner” where public transit meets and the Stevens-Hartley Building (now home to Western Dental) with its 1920s-era annex still reigns as the neighborhood’s first and tallest multi-use commercial building. The grant would help uncover this century of history for San Diego. The property owner will match the grant funding to ensure successful project completion.

Since 1980, communities participating in Partners in Preservation have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings.

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Torrey Highlands Plaza

Torrey Highlands Plaza

Torrey Highlands Plaza Sells for $10.4 Million

Torrey Highlands Plaza, a 14,042-square-foot retail center in San Diego, has been sold for $10.4 million to Santa Monica Property Investors. The seller was TH Plaza LLC, an affiliate of Paragon.

The property is 100 percent leased by 10 service-base tenants. The center is located at 13350 Camino Del Sur, near the 56 Freeway adjacent to Westview High School.

CBRE represented the seller and the buyer.


Governor Picks 2 County Residents for

Precision Medicine Advisory Committee

Jill P. Mesirov

Jill P. Mesirov

Hakan Sakul

Hakan Sakul

Jill Mesirov, 67, of Solana Beach, and Hakan Sakul, 55, of San Diego, have been appointed to the newly created Governor’s Precision Medicine Advisory Committee.

“California is a world leader in medicine and technology. This committee of experts will help us think through how precision medicine can improve health and health care for Californians,” said Brown.

The 14-member committee will advise the Governor’s Office on emerging precision medicine policy issues.

Jill Mesirov has been associate vice chancellor for computational health sciences and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine since 2015. Mesirov served as associate director and chief informatics officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard – formerly the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research – from 1997 to 2015, where she directed the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program from 1997 to 2015.

Hakan Sakul has been vice president of diagnostics at Pfizer since 2016, with responsibility for development of companion diagnostics across Pfizer’s pharmaceutical portfolio. He has held several positions at Pfizer since 2002, including executive director and head of diagnostics for Worldwide R&D; senior director of translational oncology in the Oncology Business Unit; senior director, global head of diagnostics and oncology leads for the Molecular Medicine Group and Clinical R&D; senior director of the Molecular Profiling Group and diagnostics lead for Clinical R&D; and director and site head of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Group.


Personnel Announcements

E Slody Joins i.d.e.a. Agency

E Slody

E Slody

E Slody has joined the i.d.e.a. agency as executive creative director. Slody will lead i.d.e.a.’s creative discipline, providing strategic guidance for clients and artistic direction for the team.

Slody brings more than 15 years of experience in the creative industry to i.d.e.a., having most recently served as global creative director of Grey San Francisco, where he oversaw global creative initiatives for Norton Security and Salt Institute. As a consultant, he developed creative marketing campaigns, including films, ads and digital experiences, for Samsung and New Balance.

One of Slody’s biggest accomplishments to date was the creation of the cybercrime documentary series, “The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet,” which held the top-viewed slot on iTunes and won three Cannes Lions.

Prior to Grey, Slody served as associate creative director for Riney where he led the creative team in designing the national brand look for T-Mobile and nonprofit Cool The Earth.

He has also garnered international recognition and top advertising accolades, including One Show, Effie, ADDY, Communication Arts Annual, Archive, Creativity Editor’s Choice, AdAge and Adweek.


An endangered Eastern Pacific sea turtle.

An endangered Eastern Pacific sea turtle.

Living Coast Discovery Center Celebrates

‘Animals on the Bay Day’ on Sunday

The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, will host its annual “Animals on the Bay Day” on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the only day of the year that the Living Coast offers free admission to all guests.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about local wildlife and conservation and participate in games, presentations, face painting, arts and crafts, prize raffles and more. Special guest presentations and activities will take place throughout the day, including Ms. Mallory Adventures (“The Curious Conservationist”), Zovargo (interactive children’s wildlife and conservation program) and musical performances by Banding Together. Guests can also enjoy up-close animal encounters and sea turtle, shark and eagle feedings. Additional event information is available on the Living Coast website.

“Animals on the Bay Day” is made possible by an Explore the Coast grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy, a state agency established in 1976 to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast. Since 2013, the Coastal Conservancy has provided over $4.2 million through the Explore the Coast program.

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