Renovation of main patient tower recently completed at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Grossmont Hospital lobby
Patients are now being treated in state-of-the-art, upgraded rooms on all five floors of the East Tower of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. Over the past three years, taxpayer-funded renovation has been underway on floors two through five of the seven-story East Tower building, originally constructed in 1974. The East Tower work was part of the hospital’s Facilities Master Site Plan. Renovation cost of $41 million was financed through Propo...

Final Judgment in Rate Case Secures Landmark Water Authority Victories

San Diego Water Authority
MWD owes Water Authority $235 million and rights to more MWD water supply A final judgment entered in San Francisco Superior Court late Wednesday affirms victories by the San Diego County Water Authority in both phases of two landmark lawsuits challenging rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The judgment also orders MWD to recalculate the Water Authority’s statutory right to MWD water supply – a right MWD had illegally under-calculated for more than a decade. ...

El Niño & Family Readiness

El Nino Ready
El Niño is a naturally occuring weather pattern characterized by warming sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, causing extremes such as scorching weather, droughts and flooding around the world. Meteorologists expect El Niño to peak between October and January and to be one of the strongest on record. As a result, 2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern. Fortunately, you can keep your family safe by preparing, plan...

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District receives $1.2M Education Grant

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District was awarded a $1.2 million grant to help foster youth reach their education and career goals. The funds will be used by both district campuses to expand support services for its students, including specialized counseling and tutoring services, workshops in independent living, basic skills courses during the summer, and help with transportation, meals and books, and housing referrals for homeless students.   For the full article clic...

Construction for East County’s First Up-Scale Hotel Could Start in January

Construction on a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown El Cajon could begin in January after necessary property sales were completed, city officials announced Thursday. The 120-room project on the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues will bring the East County its first upscale name-brand hotel. El Cajon’s top-rated lodging house, according to, is the Best Western Continental Inn on Mollison Avenue. A second major hotel could be built by Hilton near Parkway Plaza...

Airport Selects Design Concept for $2.2 Billion Terminal 1 Project

Alternative Airport Terminal
San Diego International Airport officials have chosen a design concept from among five alternatives for a planned $2.2 billion redevelopment and reconfiguration of the aging Terminal 1. The executive board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently selected what is known by operators as “Alternative 5,” which officials said can be built in the shortest period of time because it minimizes and streamlines pre-construction preparation work. An airport authority statement ...

5/1 Aerotropolis Arrival Fast-Approaching

ECONOMY: 2 Airports Prepare for Bigger Roles South and East County economic development groups are pressing ahead with efforts to turn two small local airports into big regional economic generators by creating the nation’s next “aerotropolis.” Armed with results of a $40,000 joint feasibility study funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the South County Economic Development Council and San Diego East County Economic Development Council will now pursue separate paths to spu...

4/24 3-D Printing Is Beginning to Spread Its Wings Locally

Katie Rast uses the word “powerful” when she talks about 3-D printing. In her eyes, the technology has all sorts of potential. The technology helps companies quickly build prototypes of products. Less often, it builds the finished products themselves. A Tennessee company called Feetz makes custom-fitted shoes on 3-D printers, and San Jose-based Align Technologies Inc. uses the process to make its Invisalign-brand dental retainers. The process — sometimes called 3-D printing and other times...

4/20 ‘Aerotropolis’ construction studied for Gillespie, Brown airports

By THOR KAMBAN BIBERMAN, The Daily Transcript A two-part report has been launched to promote industrial, office and retail development surrounding Gillespie Field in El Cajon and Brown Field in the South Bay. The South County Economic Development Council and the San Diego East County Economic Development Council simultaneously released reports on how to foster what has been called an "aerotropolis." The concept calls for the creation of concentrated economic hubs around airports to conn...

2/6 Taylor Guitars Stays Close to Home to Find Global Talent

WORKFORCE: CFO Leverages Connections With SDSU, UCSD, USD By Emmet Pierce In addition to having a reputation for making quality musical instruments, Taylor Guitars is known as a local company that has successfully embraced an international business strategy. It has developed relationships with the largest universities in the county and continues to cultivate talent through internships and staff hires. Barbara Wight, Taylor’s chief financial officer, oversees the El Cajon-based company’s...