James Sly, East County Economic Development Council, joins hospital construction monitoring citizens group

James Sly, vice president and chief operations officer of the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), has joined the volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from th...

Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s new Central Energy Plant is up and running, hospital is off the electrical power grid

The lights are staying on for patients and medical staff at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa thanks to a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. And, the hospital’s normal electric bill to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) of about $180,000 per month is now zero. “The hospital’s CEP is now fully operational and the hospital is officially off the electrical grid,” said Robert “Bob” Ayres, GHD 2016 board president. “Taxpayers can be assured t...

Grossmont Healthcare District recognized for `best practices’ and transparency from state association

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has recognized the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) with its “Best Practices in Governance” certification, indicating GHD’s commitment to open and transparent government.  The designation signifies that GHD is compliant with ACHD core standards for demonstrating open and transparent business practices for the benefit of the communities served, said ACHD officials. The compliance relates to transparency in several areas, including re...

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 TripAdvisor.com, 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 ...

Big Wins in Cal Competes Round One

The East County EDC is proud to announce that in the 2014-15 round of Cal Competes, three East County Companies received a combined leveraged investment of $138.6M, a cumulative tax credit of $3.03M, and a net increase of 783 jobs over the next five years. Want to know how these companies took advantage of these tax credits? Go-Biz will be hosting a series of California Competes Tax Credit Technical Assistance workshops throughout the state. You can attend one of these workshops or contact...