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San Diego Begins Virtual Open House For 2 Valencia Business Park Proposals

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San Diego City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

The city of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

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The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this

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City of San Diego hosting virtual open house for 2 Encanto business park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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San Diego begins virtual open house for Valencia Business Park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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San Diego Startup Week Morphs into Month-Long Virtual Event

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San Diego’s popular Startup Week, which typically attracts thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers and investors, has morphed into a month-long virtual event for it’s 8th year.

Organizers said that making the event a month long will help support and nurture the local startup community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Startup San Diego is committed to keeping our ecosystem going and doing what we can to ensure our community’s unwavering strength, force, and resiliency,” said Neal Bloom, volunteer chairman of the sponsoring organization.

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, with a keynote, panel and virtual cocktail party.

Panels, mixers, pitch competitions, presentations, tutorials and similar events are scheduled daily through Oct. 30. A complete schedule is available online.

Attendees must download the free VirBella app and Run the World for the complete interactive experience.

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For second week, San Diego businesses, politicians rally for new reopening system

SAN DIEGO — A group made up of San Diego-area businesses and local politicians rallied Wednesday outside the County Administration Center to call for leaders to collaborate on a new reopening system separate of guidelines outlined by the state.

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond was among a group made up of San Diego-area businesses and local politicians who rallied Wednesday outside the County Administration Center to call for leaders to collaborate on a new reopening system separate of guidelines outlined by the state.

The group, which goes by “We Mean Business,” repeatedly has criticized California’s color-coded reopening system, arguing that it does not give them a fighting chance for survival.

“Basically, what we’re looking for is to be removed from the tiered system with a red to purple — all of that,” said Sarah Piha with Time Out Sports Tavern in San Diego.

Some businesses said they aren’t trying

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San Diego Startup Month gets reimagined with virtual worlds in 2020

San Diego Startup Week, a grassroots tech event that once drew thousands of young entrepreneurs downtown for its annual gathering, has been remade for 2020. Yes, it’s virtual. But organizers have an interesting plan to keep their networking spark alive.

The plan includes a special kick-off event in a virtual setting resembling the video game The Sims, with avatars wandering a San Diego-like environment complete with beaches and campfires.

Attendees can digitally wander a conference-like startup fair, interacting with other entrepreneurs or companies at booths. They can attend a beach party, where their avatars can dance while their real selves (plugged into microphones at home) can voice chat with other minglers.

“You’re fully immersed into a live world,” said Alexa-Rae Navarro, the executive director of organizing non-profit Startup San Diego.

Startup San Diego is using software made by VirBELA.

Startup San Diego is using software made by VirBELA, which makes virtual environments for event organizers, companies and teams.

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Educator, Consultant to Join San Diego City College Foundation Board

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Part of San Diego City College, in the East Village. Photo courtesy of City College

Officials named a higher education administrator and an ex-refugee in the nonprofit field to the San Diego City College Foundation board of directors, a spokesman said Friday.

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Gerald Ramsey serves as vice president of student services at Miramar College, while Yen Tu owns the firm Yen C. Tu Consulting.

The foundation assists students from underrepresented backgrounds.

A longtime community college administrator who grew up in the South, Ramsey attended segregated schools even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision abolished school segregation.

“(San Diego) City College is unique,” said Ramsey, who spent 28 years there as an administrator. “I love City. Being on the foundation board has given me an opportunity to stay involved with the college

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San Diego County avoids more business closures due to virus

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FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks on campus at San Diego State University in San Diego. A coronavirus outbreak of more than 700 cases reported at San Diego State University has put all of San Diego County, with more than 3 million people, at risk of having to close indoor dining and shopping, many for a third time under California guidelines.

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San Diego County has been spared having to close businesses under California’s revised system for reopening the economy.

An outbreak at San Diego State University has caused a surge of cases in the county. But the latest weekly figures released by the state on Tuesday showed the county still was able to keep its case levels just below a level that would have required new business closures.

San Diego State has nearly 850

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We Mean Business | San Diego businesses rally to remain open regardless of county’s tier

The coalition argues that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plans are unrealistic and that the color-coded metrics are flawed.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — The We Mean Business coalition held a rally Monday to urge the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to initiate legal action against the state to “take control of San Diego and create a real plan to reopen San Diego.” 

The rally began at 4 p.m. outside of the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Coast Highway. 

The County Board of Supervisors met for a closed-door session starting at 5 p.m. to discuss possible legal action against the state and other alternatives.

The group rallying claims Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plans are unrealistic and that the color-coded metrics are flawed. Many businesses across the county could be closed down for a third time if the county is moved to the restrictive purple tier on Tuesday.

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San Diego Artist and Business Owner Finds Renewed Creativity in Pandemic

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Joan Green hosted many of her mobile art classes at Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn Studio in North Park. Courtesy photo

San Diego artist and business owner Joan Green said she went from seeing 60 students a week in in-studio classes down to eight students via Zoom. That reduction has led to a 90% drop in revenue for her business, Green Art Labs.

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Despite this, Green said she remains hopeful for the arts industry.

“Artists have to create, so it comes through no matter what. I see the healing power of the arts, and I love seeing how the general public has connected to their own the arts during this time,” Green said. “Now with people having more down time at home, they are getting back in touch with their creative selves. I’m hopeful that

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