San Diego Business Journal

Supporters of SEAL-NSW Family Foundation Raise $1 Million

Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised recently at an event to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation.

If These Walls Could Talk, They Would Say, ‘Welcome Home’

Multigenerational housing has gotten a shiny new upgrade and caught the eye of some of San Diego’s most prominent homebuilders.

Donations Fund Weekend Camp For Grieving Children

Each year, more than 100 children and teens have the opportunity to attend Camp Erin San Diego, thanks to the generous donations from local philanthropic groups.

The Past Has a Strong Presence in Coronado Renovations

The decision to embark on a home renovation is by any measure a difficult undertaking.

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Inner Peace and Outer Beauty

Crashing waves and panoramic views define this house in La Jolla. Originally built in 1980, the beachfront home was completely remodeled in 2001 with exquisite attention to quality and detail. Oriented to capture the expansive views, the curvilinear architectural elements emulate the waves of the ocean below.

United Way Volunteers Share the Magic of Dr. Seuss With Kids

To inspire a love of learning and the written word, volunteers from United Way of San Diego County participated in the National Education Association’s 18th Annual Read Across America Day and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday by sharing beloved tales from the local literary legend with students at elementary schools across the county.

Game Changers Helps Run Up the Score for Local Food Bank

Union Bank partnered with the San Diego Chargers to raise funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank over the course of the Chargers’ 2014 season.

OceanLeaf Awards Honor Leaders in East African Communities

Somali Family Service of San Diego County recently celebrated San Diego’s Somali and other East African cultures and community leaders at the third annual OceanLeaf Awards Celebration.

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Home of the month: Spindrift Sea View Estate

Perched high on the sandstone cliffs in La Jolla Shores is one of San Diego’s most exceptional properties.

Former Exec Takes Leadership Role at New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum announced that former board member Rich Horner is shifting from volunteer to full-time staff member as he joins the leadership team as the director of development.

Building Leadership Is Goal of Gift to San Diego State University

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman and Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera, along with a group of student leaders, gathered recently to honor Jeffrey Glazer at the naming of the Jeffrey W. Glazer Center for Leadership and Service.

These Markets Offer Dream Homes in Diverse Styles, Settings

The top 10 residential real estate markets in San Diego County, as ranked by median price for 2014, range from Point Loma in the south to Cardiff in the north. As a group, 1,965 homes were sold during 2014 compared with 2,186 in 2013 — a 10 percent decline.

Company’s Employees Bring Boatload of Support to Food Bank

San Diego BAE Systems employees collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food and presented a $5,000 check to the San Diego Food Bank.

Company Comes Up With Good Recipe to Help Homeless Youth

Intelicare Direct, a leading call center service provider and customer service solutions company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas, hosted its second annual “Pancakes and Pajamas” day to benefit StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit that works to end youth homelessness.

Aviara’s Neighborhoods Provide the Perfect Place for a Stroll

A walk along the trail bordering the protected 610-acre Batiquitos Lagoon is to experience what it must have been like 1,300 years ago when Native Americans were the only inhabitants.

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Grant Will Fortify Food Pantry’s Efforts to Fight Hunger

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The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame Makes Room for 5 More Heroes

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego inducted five new members into the Escondido branches’ Alumni Hall of Fame during the recent Founders Day Luncheon ceremony at the group’s Lefty Mitchell Branch. The new inductees who joined the 56 current hall of fame members are: Vatei Ouy Campbell, fund development manager, The Elizabeth Hospice; Bill Martin, deputy planning director, City of Escondido; Katherine Longfellow Petersen, former house manager, Ronald McDonald House, Las Vegas; Garrett Ponder, staff coordinator, marketing, Qualcomm Inc.; and Kyle Ruggles, principal, Alamosa Park Elementary School.

Bird Rock Is a Picture-Perfect Perch for La Jolla Coastal Living

The Bird Rock area, specifically the area west of La Jolla Boulevard, is the southernmost part of coastal La Jolla bordering northern Pacific Beach.

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Home of the month: Santaluz Serenity

This ocean-view, single-story family compound is in the gated community of Santaluz in Rancho Santa Fe. The home is a masterpiece of indoor-outdoor living on the 17th green of the Rees Jones-designed championship golf course.

Foundation Delivers More to Coastal Communities and Causes

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego nonprofit, will kick off its 2015 Dental Clinics during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February to provide restorative and orthodontic dental procedures and preventative dental education to disadvantaged infants, children, and teens.

HP Donates Computers to Further the Success of College Institute

Barrio Logan College Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to helping disadvantaged families prepare their children for college, is receiving 25 desktop and 25 notebook PCs from Hewlett-Packard Development Co. L.P. as part of its continued seven-year partnership with BLCI.

The Bridges a Stunning Link to Community, Nature and Style

Recently, I was treated to a tour of The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe by Bob Jackson, who is the director of real estate for the 540-acre exclusive enclave.

At 25, the Jewish Film Festival’s Focus Is Still on Great Cinema

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is presenting the San Diego Jewish Film Festival’s 25th Silver Anniversary.

New Kitchen Will Help Urban Angels Feed the Homeless

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) in downtown San Diego recently recognized local nonprofit Urban Angels with a special kitchen and dining area dedication ceremony at Connections Housing.

Businesses and Groups Make the Holidays Happy for Many

San Diegans really turned out this holiday season for many good causes and events. My inbox was overflowing with news of individuals, businesses and nonprofits that gave generously of their time and money.

Young Architect of the Year Award Honors a Growing Talent

J. Antonio Garcia was named the 2014 Young Architect of the Year at the American Institute of Architects — San Diego Design Awards event held recently.

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Home of the Month: Exquisite Elfin Forest Estate

Perched at the top of Paint Mountain in Elfin Forest is one of the most unique and talked about homes in San Diego.

They Keep the Amenities Close and Style Closer in the Covenant

Within a few short miles of traveling east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive off of Interstate 5 is the west side of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant.

Thousands Generously Donate During Chargers Blood Drive

Thanks to the generosity of more than 3,500 San Diegans, an impressive 1,091 units of blood were collected by the San Diego Blood Bank at the Chargers Drive XXXVI presented by San Diego County Credit Union.

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Home of the month: Cardiff Backcountry Grand Estate

This exceptional property high on a bluff in eastern Cardiff-by-the-Sea provides all the sprawling grandeur of a luxury estate with the comfortable beach vibe of Cardiff.

Hale Tribute Raises a Hearty $145,000 for Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy announced that the tribute dinner honoring biotech pioneer David Hale of Hale Biopharma Ventures as the “Life Sciences Leader of the Year” raised more than $145,000.

You Really Don't Need the Sign to Know You're in Elfin Forest

Less than a mile or so from the densely populated community of San Elijo Hills is Elfin Forest.

Couple Receive Humanitarian Award for Service to Children

Project Concern International, a global health, development, and humanitarian nonprofit based in San Diego, recently honored a few San Diego businesspeople for their outstanding humanitarian work at its 26th annual Hands Across Borders Gala.

Credit Union and Its Members Rally to Support Rady Children’s

The San Diego County Credit Union recently supported Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego as a sponsor of two special events.

Heroes Honored During American Indian Heritage Month

Two local heroes were honored by KPBS and Union Bank for American Indian Heritage Month in November.

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Home of the Month: Music-Inspired Mansion on Mount Helix

This residence at 4625 Calavo Drive on Mount Helix in La Mesa was built for Charles Wakefield Cadman in 1930, a famous American composer in Los Angeles. Cadman was considered one of the top Hollywood film composers at the time, and was considered an expert on American Indian music.

EY Volunteers Plant Seeds of Hope in Conservation Garden

EY (formerly Ernst & Young) gave all of its 300 accountants and other professionals in San Diego the day off recently to volunteer and give back to the community as part of its annual “EY Connect Day.”

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Putting on A Fresh Face

DINING: Chain Is Emphasizing Ingredients, Key Role of Farmers

The newly appointed CEO of San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. knows the hard work involved to get to the top in his professional and personal life.

For Panoramic Views, La Mesa Is One of Region’s Top Spots

The dream started in 1903 with a vision and $11,500, half of which was financed by a local bank.

Program Is Helping Students Bring Out Their Inner Athlete

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and Activ8 Athleticism are providing a first-class athletic development experience to young athletes who participate in sports programs.

Chargers Look to Become 36-0 With Winning Blood Drive Effort

The San Diego Blood Bank is gearing up once again for one of the longest running community events.

Rural Charms Offer a Perfect Setting for Luxurious Living

What I love about San Diego County, unlike most large urban areas, is that it has pockets of hidden communities that were formed for an explicit reason.

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San Diego Girl Makes Some Giant Strides for Soles4Souls

Instead of going to the beach or hanging out with friends, 11-year old San Diego resident Trinity Barbera recently collected more than 2,000 pairs of shoes to help Stride Rite and the global nonprofit Soles4Souls.

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Home of the Month: Spectacular Sanctuary in Sky

On the far eastern edge of Rancho Santa Fe is the community of Cielo.

This Hornblower Benefit Cruise Is Scheduled to Go to the Dogs

Hornblower’s sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is holding a Halloween-themed brunch with Fido-friendly activities and a stunning ride around San Diego Bay.

Buyers Brought Their Own Tastes to Table Crafting Luxury Lots

Michael Gregory Builders hit on a winning formula for buyers of high-end real estate when they opened up shop in Rancho Santa Fe Farms in 2012.

Nonprofit Plans Campus to Serve the Developmentally Disabled

At 17, Cheryl Kilmer was on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Grant to Help Women Overcome Domestic Violence, Homelessness

The matter of domestic violence has been brought to light again recently as an issue that needs to be addressed and discussed openly.

Architectural Genius Is on Display in Historic Point Loma Home

Renowned San Diego architect Frederick Liebhardt’s final design cantilevers down a hillside overlooking the San Diego Yacht Club, Point Loma, the city of San Diego, and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge — it is the definition of timeless architecture.

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Covering Insurance Costs Part of the Plan for These Companies

Of the 100 companies featured in the Aug. 18 issue of the San Diego Business Journal named among the “Best Places to Work” in San Diego County, only ten pay 100 percent of an employee’s health insurance premiums.

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