Member Spotlights

Interested in sharing exciting news about your company?

Members at the corporate level or above are invited to participate in our Member Spotlight, a program developed to highlight our members’ successes. The spotlight is featured via the Member Monday e-blast, newsletter, hosted on our website, and highlighted through our social media channels. If you are interested in being featured, we will ask you to provide a newsworthy article or press release, a brief paragraph about your company, a company logo, company or project photo(s), and why you chose Downtown as a location to grow your business.

Please select a date that falls on a Monday.






The San Diego Startup pioneering Chatbots-as-a-Service

BOTS is a startup based in San Diego looking to help companies integrate custom chatbots into their team. “Users want 24×7 support, meanwhile companies are more short-staffed than ever,” said Keren Douek, CEO and Founder of BOTS.

A chatbot is an A.I. greeter that pops up to assist users and answer questions, but can also handle a variety of tasks, like scheduling calls, leading demos, assisting with training, selling products, checking invoices, accepting payments, screening candidates, grabbing a live agent via chat…

The BOTS Platform offers the easiest way to build and script a sophisticated chatbot – or users can opt to upgrade and have the BOTS team build out a custom solution.

Building a chatbot with the BOTS platform requires no coding, and scripting is simplified with script templates, video tutorials, bot tours and troubleshooting, live agent support, and the BOTS platform’s proprietary Node Access for teaching a chatbot about a brand by simply answering questions to enable the chatbot to auto generate a script around the answers.

“By making the BOTS platform modular, with a core template that speaks to the most common user questions and nodes to activate other parts of a chatbot’s brain, we made it easy to customize chatbots at scale,” Douek said. “While other platforms are focused primarily on support use cases and a few key industries, like Healthcare, Telecom and Banking, we’re going after the outliers and scripting for all sorts of use cases. Our chatbots are helping with career training, health and wellness support, staffing, workout inspo, fashion consults, hotel reservations, tech support, cannabis recs, you name it. We love the process of learning the ins and outs of a company’s specific use cases and building a script around it.”

Users who select to have the BOTS team build a custom chatbot + live chat + Ai solution participate in an ideation process to explore use cases and learn all about the business, and brainstorm how a chatbot might best support the team. The BOTS team then delivers a completely custom Ai solution with a friendly chatbot front-end, and trains the team on the live-chat side of the platform.

BOTS chatbots are platform agnostic, meaning that they live wherever your brand lives, offering users a consistent experience interacting with your company. The chatbot can pop-up and interact with users on websites, Shopify pages, in apps, on socials, in Slack, via SMS; and installing the chatbot is as simple as pasting in a snippet of HTML code.

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SDSU’s Aztec Stadium Tops Out, Remains on Track for 2022 Grand Opening

SAN DIEGO, CA – The landscape at San Diego State University (SDSU) Mission Valley is rapidly evolving as construction progresses on the new state-of-the-art Aztec Stadium. On Wednesday,  July 14 Clark Construction Group joined SDSU leaders, city officials, and distinguished guests to celebrate topping out the multi-use stadium – one of San Diego’s most highly-anticipated projects. The topping out ceremony marks the completion of structural steel operations – a significant milestone achieved just 11 months after construction efforts began on site.

Designed as a hub for sports and entertainment, the new 35,000-capacity venue will provide a state-of-the-art home field for Aztec Football, as well as support professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts, and other cultural events. The facility, which is designed to meet LEED® Gold certification, is a part of the first phase of SDSU Mission Valley, a vibrant, mixed-use, medium-density development that is transit-oriented, and expands the university’s educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology transfer programs. SDSU Mission Valley will also include retail, housing, and the development of community parks and open space; it is projected to provide educational opportunities for up to 15,000 additional students and expand the university’s economic impact by an estimated $3 billion per year.

Clark Construction is leading design and construction efforts on the multi-purpose venue and nearby community river park, as well as performing site infrastructure improvements. Gensler Sports is the stadium project architect.

30,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured to support the 2,500 steel beams that shape the Aztec Stadium

“This is a thrilling milestone for the entire Aztec Stadium team,” said Albert Valdivia, Clark’s vice president in charge of construction operations for the project. “Despite an unprecedented year, our team and partners have risen to the challenge and moved stadium construction forward. Today’s ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the men and women helping us build for their dedication to their craft and to advancing this project safely during such an extraordinary time.”
During the project-wide celebration, craft workers and event attendees were treated to a special program involving SDSU President Adela de la Torre and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. To conclude the occasion, ironworkers set the last of the venue’s 2,500 steel beams in place atop the stadium’s scoreboard.

The Clark team celebrates the last steel beam being set at Aztec Stadium

Among the largest active construction projects in San Diego County, the stadium and related Mission Valley sitework are playing an important role in the region’s economic recovery. On average, 300 craft workers – representing 15 different trade partners – are working on site daily and collectively putting in place nearly $8 million of work per month. Combined, the stadium, park, and site infrastructure projects are projected to provide jobs for nearly 6,500 construction workers. In aggregate, local firms have been awarded $250 million in construction contracts, including 35 San Diego-based businesses. Additionally, six percent of contracts have been awarded to certified veteran-owned companies.

Once complete, the year-round sports and entertainment complex is projected to host more than 300 events annually. The facility will showcase luxury suites, loge boxes, and club and priority seating, and boasts clean sightlines to ensure patrons have premium views from any location within the stadium. Moreover, the venue’s wide-open concourses are designed to create connectivity to the field. Signature design elements, such as the venue’s concourse level “neighborhoods”, designed to reflect the city’s diverse communities, and unique standing-room-only “piers” that jut out over stadium seating and conjure a coastal vibe, all combine to create a venue that is authentically San Diego.

Construction workers, project stakeholders, and event attendees signed the last steel beam before it was hoisted into place

“This is the culmination of four-plus years of work to get to this point, a stadium for San Diego State and the community. The athletic department, and the University as a whole, are excited that we have made it to this point and we are really looking forward to September 3 of next year,” said John David Wicker, director of intercollegiate athletics for SDSU. “For anyone that has driven by Mission Valley in the last couple of weeks they have seen the stadium come out of the ground as the steel structure has gone in for the upper decks on both sides. Kudos to all the volunteers out there, the community members, our alumni, but also the architects, the general contractor, all our various consultants and folks on campus that have worked hard to get us where we are today.”

Aztec Stadium is on schedule to debut during the Aztec Football season opener against the University of Arizona Wildcats in September 2022.



Clark Construction Group is one of the most experienced and respected building and civil construction firms in the United States. Since 1906, we have been transforming the ideas and visions of our clients into award winning projects. We build with the intention of exceeding our clients’ expectations for safety, quality, functionality, and aesthetics, and deliver finished products that stand the test of time.

With a local office in downtown San Diego since 2009, Clark has become part of the fabric of the San Diego community, working closely with public and private partners to deliver some of the area’s most prominent structures. Downtown projects including Petco Park, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Pacific Beacon, and Marriott Hall pepper the San Diego landscape. Beyond the city limits, Clark has delivered Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, and multiple projects for UC San Diego and SDSU. Clark is also leading efforts to transform Mission Valley with the 160-acre SDSU Aztec Stadium Site Development program. When complete, the area will have a world-class 35,000 capacity stadium, 1.6 million square feet of innovation and research space, 4,600 units of housing, and more than 80 acres of parks and open space.

Clark’s growing local presence is a testament to our commitment to superior service and performance on each project –large or small. Clark is also passionate about making a difference in the community. We proudly support San Diego non-profit organizations like Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, Chelsea’s Light Foundation, and Father Joe’s Villages.

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Stockdale Capital Partners Receives Esteemed WiredScore Platinum

Certification for Campus at Horton

Debuting in 2022, Campus at Horton is the First Development in San Diego to Earn Prestigious Best-in-Class Digital Connectivity Rating

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) July 15, 2021 — Stockdale Capital Partners (“Stockdale”) today announced Campus at Horton, one of the largest adaptive reuse and urban mixed-use tech and life sciences campuses in the western United States, has received a WiredScore Platinum Certification, joining an elite group of best-in-class buildings around the world to achieve this prestigious rating. Campus at Horton is also the only real estate development in San Diego to be recognized with the coveted Platinum certification.

Wired Certification, developed by WiredScore, is the global standard for digital connectivity, measuring five key components of a building including master planning, infrastructure, services, monitoring and innovation. Campus at Horton achieved Platinum certification—the highest-awarded recognition—indicating the million-square-foot development spanning 10-acres in the heart of downtown San Diego meets exceptional standards for wired infrastructure, resilience, and wireless networks.

Campus at Horton was awarded the maximum number of points possible for various categories including telecommunications access, usage and planning; tenant backup power availability and space; in-building mobile enhancement infrastructure planning and riser planning.

”Stockdale Capital’s goal to achieve a WiredScore Platinum Certification for Campus at Horton demonstrates our commitment to providing future tenants with leading-edge digital connectivity positioning Campus at Horton to thrive as technology and our reliance on connectivity continues to rapidly evolve,” said Leo Divinsky, managing director at Stockdale Capital Partners. “We’re looking forward to delivering a project that will embrace and support the innovation ecosystem creating a true technology hub Downtown with best-inclass connectivity in one of America’s smartest cities.”

Campus at Horton will feature 700,000 square feet of well-amenitized tech and life sciences office and lab space along with 300,000 square feet of curated restaurants, entertainment, wellness and experiential retail—creating approximately 4,000 high-quality jobs in downtown San Diego. In addition to the WiredScore Platinum Certification, the development is targeting a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its best-in-class sustainability initiatives as well as a WELL Platinum certification, the highest level of certification offered by the International WELL Building Institute recognizing spaces that advance human health and well-being.

About Stockdale Capital Partners Founded in 2010, Stockdale Capital Partners is a real estate investment firm focused on owning and acquiring assets in the western United States. The company is an owner-operator specializing in the redevelopment and repositioning of real estate assets in leading Southwest markets, with expertise in revitalizing urban properties of all types. Stockdale Capital Partners’ history of transforming failed shopping centers into desirable high-tech, mixed-use office hubs includes projects in Scottsdale and Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Contact Information

Marrissa Mallory
JPR for Campus at Horton
+1 619 255 7069

Leo Divinsky
Stockdale Capital Partners


San Diego Region is Drought-Safe This Summer
Strategic investments and water-use efficiency mean no shortages or mandates in forecast


Statewide drought conditions are highlighting the value of regionally and locally controlled water supplies in San Diego County, where the Water Authority has announced that the region is protected from drought impacts this summer despite continued hot and dry conditions.

While 50 California counties are under a state of emergency, three decades of strategic investments have created an aquatic safety net for San Diego County’s $253 billion economy and quality of life for 3.3 million residents. In fact, a recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the role of San Diego’s regional water supply portfolio of investments in protecting the economy from drought.

“Thank you to San Diegans for everything you have done to make sure that we have enough water to meet the region’s needs now and for decades into the future,” said Gary Croucher, Water Authority Board Chair.  “You have invested through your water bills and your water-smart practices, and those efforts are paying off in tangible ways. The key this summer is to stay water-smart.”

 “The Water Authority strongly supports the governor’s call for the public to voluntarily cutback water use by 15% in order to maximize the availability of limited water supplies going forward, through the investment of state funding and implementation of other provisions of the Governor’s Proclamation of a State Emergency and Executive Order N-10-21 calling for water conservation,” said Sandra Kerl, Water Authority General Manager.

“We are working closely with our member agencies and with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California over the coming weeks and months to design and implement strategies to maximize water supply development in collaboration with Governor Newsom and state agencies, in order to protect California.”

Established in 1944, the Water Authority has been the regional water planning agency for nearly 80 years, sustaining the economy and the quality of life through its multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. These strategies have created a diversified water supply portfolio and new water facilities that will enhance the reliability of the region’s water supply for decades to come.

That wasn’t always the case. In the early 1990s, the county’s economy was crippled by drought, suffering 13 straight months of 31% supply cutbacks from the Water Authority’s wholesale water provider. At the time, the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California controlled almost all of San Diego County’s water supplies.

Today, the picture is much different: The region’s diversified water supply portfolio includes highly reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof supplies from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant and the nation’s largest water conservation-and-transfer agreement, which provides high-priority, low-cost water from the Colorado River. The Water Authority’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan shows the region will continue to have sufficient supplies through the 2045 planning horizon, even during multiple dry years.

“Our region’s economy and quality of life is brought to you by water,” said Croucher. “The Water Authority and its 24 member agencies are committed to providing the fundamental water resources that keep the region strong.”

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Strategic infrastructure investments, such as the San Vicente Dam, help provide an aquatic safety net in times of drought.



Bank of America Report Indicates Small Businesses Primed for Rebound

Findings & Tips for Region’s Business Owners

By Jorge Ceballos and Maria Anderson; SVPs of Small Business Banking, San Diego Bank of America  

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant and diverse community with more than 4,000 businesses, 35,000 residents and 80,000 employees who work there. It’s the number one space for innovation firms and startup growth in the region. In fact, 98% of San Diego firms are small businesses. Yet the pandemic spurred the closure of nearly 40 percent of those small businesses, which can largely be attributed to inability to quickly pivot online.  After a challenging year, San Diego’s small business community is starting to regain its footing.

New research from Bank of America shows business owners’ economic confidence and revenue expectations have bounced back significantly since last fall. We found that 60% of small businesses expect their revenue to increase over the next 12 months, and one-in-five plan to hire.

Yet, the journey to full recovery can be a long one. Bank of America small business bankers are ready to help business owners navigate the path forward with some key insights:  

Reevaluate Goals

Business owners took advantage of many resources and programs throughout the last year. While only 16% said they would seek financing in 2021, consider these strategies: 

  • Prioritize your business plan. Sit down with your small business banker to assess your business’ current situation and plan, and set realistic goals as your business’ recovery continues.
  • Explore resources.The Bank of America team wants to ensure small business owners have access to needed funding based on new goals that may require financing.

 Hiring New Talent 

Last year, businesses were forced to reevaluate their budgets and make tough decisions around headcount. Now more than ever, it’s important to ensure your business is attractive for top talent.  

  • Create an application that is easy to navigate.As more job opportunities become available, it’s important to create an application process that is quick and easy, but still screens for the right experience level. Make your application mobile-friendly, too.
  • Get everyone to recruit.Tapping into your current employee base can be one of the most powerful and cost-efficient strategies to find and recruit talent. Consider offering bonuses to staff who successfully refer new employees. 

 Operational Shifts  

Business owners adapted their business for the health and safety of their employees last year. As the economy reopens, 62% anticipate that the operational changes they made in response to the coronavirus will continue beyond the pandemic.   

  • Consider a digital transition. Businesses have adjusted aspects of their operations, changing primary revenue streams and shifting to online sales. As we continue to adjust, consider digital banking to limit in-person interactions and increase client convenience.
  • Proceed with purpose. If you are a part of the 53% of business owners who indicated they are committed to advocating for social change through their business, be sure to set clear and attainable goals. Consumers are sharp and will be able to tell the difference between platitudes and substance.

Overall, we’re seeing encouraging progress for the small business community across San Diego and we’re looking forward to helping business owners thrive in 2021 and beyond. 

Integrity. Diversity. Passion.

Creative Builds Corporation is a valued general contractor that also provides construction management services for public and private clients. The boutique firm has the highest customer satisfaction, based on project completion assessments. They provide services for owners and landlords.

They have built several marquee hospitality projects in San Diego. Their work includes several projects in Downtown that have helped revitalize certain areas and have provided a creative approach to how people live in the Downtown Community.  

Creative Builds has been in operation in San Diego since 2012 serving the US Navy, Fox Restaurant Concepts (The Henry’s and Flower Child), Port of San Diego, Protea Properties, US Air Force, General Services Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, Cross Border Express, Jacobs, Suja Juice, BNIM, MAC, Lennar, Fit San Diego, RMD Group, Kettner Exchange, IDS Real Estate, JLL/Seritage, CBRE, and Non-Profit San Diego based MAAC; amongst others.

Their strength lies in their diversity of ideas and combining those idea with a very technology-oriented management approach. This approach includes software, such as Procore and Sage 100; among other applications.

 Creative Builds is a valued client partner thanks to their proactive nature and ability to prioritize owners’ needs while creating a collaborative work environment for all project stakeholders.

With the recent completion of several projects for both federal agencies and private owners, Creative Builds has supported several agencies with the development and successful implementation of progressive design/build delivery. Due to this integrated approach, safety and quality are of the utmost importance and major areas of focus in every aspect of delivered projects.

Creative Builds is currently supporting local entrepreneurs in several projects in Downtown San Diego. They are also supporting several projects in southern California and Arizona supporting projects for Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Air Force, General Services Administration, and NAVFAC Southwest. Their involvement in all projects is a value-added and money/time-saving experience. Contact them for any project in your area. From a ROM Budget, Design/Build, or direct General Contractor services, Creative Builds got you covered!

Creative Builds has worked with clients in several Downtown projects that have revitalized certain areas, from East Village (Comun, Salvucci’s, Fit) to Little Italy (Kettner Exchange) to Coronado (The Henry) and La Jolla (Herringbone).  Regardless of the area, they can work together with you to create your next vision.

Rodolfo Farber is the President and Founder of Creative Builds. Rodolfo has managed a large amount of projects in California, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. Rodolfo is a Civil Engineer that graduated from Mexico and attended UC Berkeley for his Masters in Construction Project Management.  Rodolfo attended the Stanford Entrepreneurship Initiative in December 2020 and collaborates, on a personal capacity, with the Latino Equity Council to promote equality in Prime Contracting and opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs in the San Diego area.


Collaborate. Innovate. Elevate.

OCMI, Inc. is a valued leader of quality management solutions for the built environment that takes ownership of a client’s needs and values their resources. They provide services for owners, contractors, and design professionals.

They have been in operation in San Diego since 1982 serving the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Port of San Diego, San Diego Airport Authority, San Diego County Water Authority, City of Chula Vista, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Community College District, San Diego State University, and the University of California, San Diego. Beyond San Diego, OCMI maintains their corporate headquarters in Irvine, with offices in Oakland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, Omaha, Charlotte, and Washington, DC. Their strength is in every aspect of program, project and construction management, cost and schedule control. OCMI is a valued client partner thanks to their proactive nature and ability to prioritize owners’ needs while creating a collaborative work environment for all project stakeholders.

With the recent completion of two simultaneously built fire stations for the City of Chula Vista, they supported the City with the development and successful implementation of progressive design/build delivery. Due to this integrated approach, both fire stations were completed early and under budget, allowing for funds to be returned to the City for future projects.


OCMI is currently supporting San Diego State University with owner’s representation services for the new $660 Million Aztec Football Stadium and Site Development in Mission Valley. Their involvement with the project began at the most conceptual levels and continues today. Future developments include P3 development opportunities such as an innovation campus, retail, residential, and a river park.


OCMI has been a contributing partner to SDSU’s $1 Billion Capital Improvement Program over the last 20 years. They have supported the successful completion of projects at over 100 campus facilities. OCMI provides expert cost, schedule, and construction services to improve campus development. Their efforts have led to the award of 8 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) awards. In support of SDSU’s sustainability goals, OCMI has completed 6 LEED certified campus projects including the LEED Double Platinum Aztec Student Union, which is an honor bestowed on less than two dozen facilities around the world.

Neil Murphy is the Executive Vice President of OCMI and has managed Southern California and the firm’s CMPM operations for over 20 years. Neil has experience in all phases of the construction process with expertise in contract negotiation, contract administration, project quality control, budget constraints, and service as an owner’s representative. As an owner’s representative, he effectively communicates and manages projects efficiently and he is committed to providing the highest quality work by ensuring that quality control guidelines are met.


Alison Murphy has been a leader in the OCMI team on and off since 2005, delivering expertly written proposals and developing client relationships across multiple market sectors. As the Director of Business Development & Marketing, she oversees proposal development in 10 OCMI offices across the country. She manages personnel training, skill development, and assists in developing goals for the marketing team and ensures they are met.



City Wide Protection Services is proof that the American Dream is alive and thriving. City Wide Protection Services was founded by Tom Tamar, a refugee from Iran. Tamar arrived in California in 2003 and soon after began working at different corporations. He has always had a deep passion for his adopted country and wanted to give back by offering services that would help keep San Diego communities safe. Tamar put all the knowledge he had learned while working in the security industry into opening up City Wide Protection Services in 2012.

Since then, CWPS has grown from a one-man operation working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week for over a year into a company with over 200 employees. This was achieved by building the company with amazing teammates such as co-founders and fellow immigrants Lukas Zareba and Sam Malik. Since opening their doors in 2012, CWPS has become the largest privately owned security company in San Diego County, including the county’s largest patrol fleet with 34 vehicles. All this growth couldn’t have been achieved without CWPS’ amazing sales team consisting of Scott Staples, Robert Preciado and Thomas Henderson.

Tamar is committed to civic engagement to better understand how CWPS can meet the changing needs of the San Diego community. He serves as Vice-Chair for the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown San Diego Partnership, California Rental Housing Association and at the Lincoln Club of San Diego. This commitment to the community has also resulted in several award recognitions including the Mark of Excellence 2017 Industry Partner/ Service Provider of the Year, 2020 third place Industry Partner of the Year, 2020 first place Industry Partner of the Year for Robert Preciado, and second place for Tom Tamar and Scott Staples for Industry Partner of the Year 2020. No matter what your needs are, City Wide Protection Services will be there to ensure your community, business or property is taken care of. And as always, “Serving with Integrity.”

City Wide Protection Services is proud to provide security services throughout San Diego County. They accommodate each customer’s needs by offering the flexibility of having onsite Security Officers, Vehicle Patrol or a mix of both, and responding quickly when action is needed. They offer a mix of armed and unarmed Security Officers to help secure residential or business properties. With the framework provided by Tamar and his team, they have been able to provide a sense of security for many communities throughout the county. Their best-in-industry vehicle patrol fleet was also the first in southern California to go green with eco-friendly Hybrid Ford Fusions and Explorers.

Along with the eco-friendly vehicle fleet, CWPS has also made strides in helping the environment by going paperless. Employees use an electronic reporting system to keep clients updated on the status of their properties. The system was built and developed by CWPS’ in-house I.T. department with the guidance of management staff, who have over 70 years of combined experience in the security industry. CWPS also maintains its own state of the art dispatching center that operates 24 hours a day. No matter the need they can dispatch an officer to service a property anywhere in the San Diego area.



City Wide Protection Services

9320 Willowgrove Ave. Ste. F | Santee, CA  92071

Tel: (619) 938-2333 | Fax:(619) 938-2341








Big mission, small budget? No problem. Intesa Communications Group proudly offers Seas the Day, a new suite of public relations (PR) packages designed to help small businesses and nonprofits make a splash with their news.


If you have a specific business goal, announcement, event, leadership change, or milestone on the horizon, Seas the Day gives you just the right amount of PR and media relations support, right when you need it. These four- and eight-week packages are delivered at a budget that works for you and are backed by Intesa’s award-winning team.


Intesa’s Seas the Day packages for small-to-medium-sized organizations include:


Make a Splash!

A four-week partnership — when all you need is an effective, one-time boost. This includes messaging strategy, one press release drafting and distribution, pitching/outreach to local media, communications planning, announcement timeline, and spokesperson media training.


Ride the Wave

An eight-week partnership — when you could use someone to help build momentum. Intesa takes PR to-do items off your plate while arming you with strategies, templates, and tactics to communicate with savvy and purpose long after our work together is complete. You’ll receive all the swell offerings of Make a Splash, plus a website performance audit, stakeholder relations strategies, and additional supportive communications collateral and trainings.


The best part: (besides the right-sized Seas the Day PR budgets) These packages drive results! From churches and b-corps, to long-standing nonprofits and COVID-prompted startups, our clients are as happy as clams and saying things like this:


“This is great service for all those times you think ‘if only I have some PR help on this one thing…’” – Mission Driven Finance


“Make a Splash was the perfect fit for the PR pieces and person-power we had no bandwidth for.” – First United Methodist Church of San Diego


We know that not everyone needs — nor can afford — an immersive PR engagement. Intesa is thrilled to offer these new time-bound, right-sized products that enable smaller organizations to dip a toe in the PR waters. And, as you’ve probably noticed, we’re also giddy about the endless opportunities to use water-related puns! 


Ready to dive in with Intesa? Contact Margie Newman at, or 619-995-3078.





Procopio’s Local Land Use Experts

Procopio’s Land Use Practice Group, led by Partner Justine Nielsen, represents local and national real estate developer and business clients providing a full range of services including land use analysis and due diligence, entitlement project management, CEQA regulatory compliance, lobbying and appearance at public hearings, land use & CEQA litigation, and post-approval implementation of entitlements.

Our specialized experience in zoning, land use, planning, entitlements, and CEQA for all product types including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use projects, as well as project advocacy before local, regional and state agencies provide substantial benefit for our clients to navigate the entitlement process.

We also frequently represent developers and landowners in connection with disputes arising out of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, State Density Bonus issues, the Housing Accountability Act and other development issues unique to the ever-changing regulatory landscape of the Golden State.

Procopio’s Land Use Practice Group also provides land use planning specialists who can provide entitlement project management services, including coordination and management of the development team, preparation and coordination of permit application packages at the inception of a development project, through the entitlement process including coordination of public outreach, and negotiation with local, regional and state agency staff and decision makers, to defending hard-won project approvals in court. We frequently work as an integral part of development teams of architects, engineers, and other consultants to successfully implement our clients’ goals.

In addition to broad experience and legal and technical expertise in environmental and land use issues, our attorneys have trusted working relationships with regulators, key legislators, city officials, community activists, and non-governmental organizations—all of whom influence environmental and land use policy and enforcement.

Our Land Use attorneys are part of the firm’s robust Real Estate team. Procopio has had a real estate practice since its founding in downtown San Diego seventy-five years ago, and for the last several years we have been ranked the city’s largest law firm by The San Diego Business Journal. We’ll staff your needs efficiently and cost-effectively with a focus on your bottom line.


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Union Bank is a full-service bank with a rich history of investing in our clients, communities and colleagues throughout the West Coast for more than 150 years. Union Bank provides a wide range of personal and business banking products as well as wealth management services. With more than 300 branches in California, Oregon and Washington, Union Bank remains committed to serving the needs of its local communities. As a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Union Bank holds our clients’ best interests to heart and remains committed to investing in their success.


San Diego Downtown News readers selected Union Bank as best of downtown this past year.

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Regional Strategies Group (RSG) is a high-performance public affairs and marketing consultancy run by Tomas and Frank Urtasun. The firm’s focus is on helping our clients implement high-level public affairs strategies, modern digital media communication programs, outreach, coalition-building, and results-driven marketing and lead generation efforts.

Established in 2019, RSG is proud to work with local nonprofits, governmental, energy, agriculture, construction, development, and other private companies. Through strategic partnerships with leading land use, branding, and creative specialists, we offer a professionally coordinated, full-suite of services depending on each client’s needs.

RSG brings each engagement a personalized, family-run touch. We have over 40 years of experience in developing governmental and local stakeholder outreach programs supported by years of work in the community through Sempra, San Ysidro Health, and numerous local organizations. We treat each client with an individualized, nuanced personal approach to achieving their goals.
Authentic Connections. Actionable Strategies.




As 2021 begins, the need for a business to keep their facilities clean is essential. Whether it be residential communities, commercial buildings, restaurants or construction areas, City Wide Cleaning Services offers many cleaning service options that allow us to customize our clients’ experience. Some of those options are turnover cleaning, janitorial services, power washing, day porter services, window washing, housekeeping services, carpet cleaning and COVID-19 sanitization. City Wide Cleaning Services has humble beginnings, starting in San Diego.



We have grown from a small operation to now include an extensive list of clients. City Wide Cleaning Services (CWCS) began in 2018 and is a part of City Wide Group of Companies, which also include City Wide Protection Services. The company was founded by Hojjat Tom Tamar, Lukas Zareba and Sam Malik. City Wide Cleaning Services is headed by Executive Vice President, Sophie Rosado, and Operations Manager, Siria Tafoya.


Sophie Rosado – Executive Vice President

Siria Tafoya – Operations Manager

Sophie and Siria have over 45 years of experience of property management combined, of which includes time spent at Pinnacle Property Management and Valor Property Management. Sophie started with CWCS in May of 2020 and Siria joined our family shortly after, in September of 2020. As the pandemic grew, Sophie recognized the need to help others with cleaning and disinfecting needs and swiftly jumped to action.



City Wide Cleaning Services played a vital role during the 2020 pandemic. As more and more businesses cleaning needs changed, CWCS adapted to accommodate the large influx of COVID-19 related disinfections. We immediately began to contact our clients in an effort to bring them peace of mind. We held weekly Zoom calls and assisted our clients in transitioning and adapting to the new cleaning needs and State Guidelines. For City Wide Cleaning Services, it is critical that we look at what is changing within the cleaning industry to adapt to the ongoing pandemic.


We re-assessed how we were to serve our clients. We immediately changed our products to include additional disinfectants and sanitizing equipment. We added training and additional cleaning supplies. It is important that CWCS adapt to the new “normal” to give our clients what they need. We are proud that City Wide Cleaning Services is one of the very first in San Diego County to use innovative UV technologies that eliminates 99.9% of viruses.


City Wide Cleaning Services was recognized by the Southern California Rental Association in 2020 with the Mark of Excellence award for Industry Partner of the Year. We are also proud members of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, East County Chamber of commerce and the aforementioned Southern California Rental Housing Association. As 2020 closes and 2021 begins, City Wide Cleaning Services looks forward to catering to your cleaning and sanitation needs.



Falck is excited to share it has been selected by the City of San Diego to move forward in exclusive negotiations as the City’s chosen emergency ambulance provider! After two competitive bidding processes for a five-year contract, Falck looks forward to bringing an enhanced level of emergency medical services to residents.


With proven success in large California 911 systems, Falck brings both the expertise and resources to meet San Diego’s unique needs. Falck is the Southern California leader in EMS services representing 80% of EMS service in Orange County and 40% of EMS service in Los Angeles County. The company covers 911 EMS service in Southern California for a population exceeding 5 million. Falck has a historic record of providing unrivaled service to all its service regions.


With approximately 1.4 million residents, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. Its 911 emergency ambulance calls total approximately 145,000 annually. As a world leader in emergency ambulance services, Falck is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of every San Diegan.


Falck’s leadership team has ties to San Diego and is excited to begin operations. Dannie Wurtz, the Director of Clinical Operations, is an alumna of Southwestern College and began her career in EMS as a paramedic in San Diego. She has led courses as an instructor at her alma mater and San Diego Miramar College. Even Falck USA’s CEO, Matt Gallagher, has roots in San Diego! The team looks forward to providing care for their hometown.


Falck gives back to its service communities and is already busy making an impact throughout the region. In September, Falck donated ambulances to both Southwestern College and San Diego Miramar College to enhance their accredited Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedic programs. By investing in the education and development of the future EMT and paramedic workforce, Falck helps ensure that students are trained on the latest equipment and are prepared to address patients in the San Diego region after graduation.


In June, Falck contributed to several San Diego nonprofits aimed at tackling growing food insecurity in the region. In March, the Lundbeck Foundation, the majority owner of Falck, pledged $4.4 million toward research projects targeting the coronavirus outbreak. Falck’s move into San Diego will allow them to build and expand partnerships like these to support the city’s diverse communities.


Falck’s leadership team is looking forward to connecting with other members of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and additional organizations throughout the region. To learn more about Falck, visit their website and like their Facebook page for news about their recent and upcoming activities.


Work from Anywhere Trend Good for Business at Downtown Works

San Diegans tired of living at work (aka working from home) find flexible alternative with modern coworking options in Downtown San Diego and Carlsbad

As we move into seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies throughout San Diego County to shutter offices and professionals to commute on foot to work at their home office (or dining table), many are feeling isolated and craving a safe place to work away from home. Downtown Works seized the opportunity to demonstrate how it is possible to create an inspiring and safe office environment that provides the space, community and amenities today’s professionals need to do their best work.

Constructed to model a tech campus with state-of-art technology, art and furnishings that encourage creativity, dynamic problem-solving and productivity, Downtown Works’ two locations – one in Little Italy San Diego on West B Street and its newest location in Carlsbad on Palomar Airport Road – give professionals flexible office options, enabling them to rotate between home and office in a safe physical-distancing environment. Still other members choose to lease a private office at Downtown Works fulltime where they can enjoy quiet solitude while feeling the buzz of an office around them.

“For some on our team, their living situations didn’t support work from home, whether it was having kids simultaneously homeschooling via Zoom or roommate challenges. So, we looked to Downtown Works to provide flexible office spaces we could rotate among those team members,” said Mercato CEO Bobby Brannigan.  “It’s working even better than anticipated. And we have access to some incredible amenities, including contemporary meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art A/V that support our video conferences throughout the day.”

When the pandemic started, Downtown Works quickly made changes to ensure its members felt safe and comfortable. It put in medical-grade air purifiers; cold plasma generators to kill viruses and bacteria, and health and safety measures such as touchless doors for restrooms, keyless entry, limited seating capacity and mandatory masks in common areas – measures applauded by San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer last May.  This approach, coupled with a variety of flexible office options, has many San Diego-area companies and solo-preneurs looking to Downtown Works to provide an alternative to living at work.


Downtown Works in Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy provides an airy, comfortable and quiet place to focus and create.




Downtown Works in Little Italy San Diego has about 33,500 square feet of private offices, open desks, lounge areas and meeting rooms. Carlsbad has 20,000 square feet and plentiful outdoor space.  Both are dog-friendly, too.





Team collaboration and meetings are easy and relaxed at both Downtown Works locations with kitchens, tables, and complimentary snacks, coffee, and craft beer.





Downtown Works in Little Italy San Diego offers private offices, open desks, and meeting rooms throughout its approximate 33,500 square feet of creatively designed space, and has become a hub for creatives and successful startups including Mercato, Boomr, Times of San Diego and Startup San Diego, among many others.

Downtown Works Carlsbad has about 20,000 of coworking office space on 4.9 acres. The space is contemporarily designed, features 43 furnished offices with flexible, stand-up optional desks, numerous plexiglass-separated workstations, a video/podcast studio, and plentiful outdoor workspaces.

Both Downtown Works locations provide flexible options – including virtual memberships – for those looking for a workspace other than, or in addition to, home. Offices, desks and outdoor workstations and meeting areas can be rented by the month, week, day, or hour. Downtown Works is dog-friendly, too.

“We’re clearly moving to a ‘work from anywhere’ culture – you might work from home one day, a coworking space the next, and then plan an all-hands Zoom conference by end of week,” said Downtown Works Managing Partner Wolf Bielas. “When COVID-19 hit we pivoted to create a tech-rich environment for professionals who crave the convenience and community of an office. We also incorporate strict safety protocols to instill peace of mind so they can do their best work.”

For more information about flexible coworking spaces in Downtown San Diego and Carlsbad visit


AMR teams up with the Padres for Special Showing of “Minions” for Families of Rady Children’s Hospital

It was a special night just outside Petco Park on Sept. 3 as AMR and the San Diego Padres teamed up to transform the Premier Lot at Petco Park into a movie theater. There they hosted a FREE Drive-In Movie Night for more than 120 Rady Children’s Hospital families and friends, including children who have been treated at the hospital.

“AMR was excited to give back to the community by sponsoring this wonderful drive-in event Downtown,” said Madeleine Baudoin, Government and Public Affairs Manager for AMR. “With social distancing measures in place, we’ve had to get creative. Bringing everyone together to make it happen for these families was a very special thing.”

“Minions,” an animated comedy, was released in 2015 and features the voices of Sandra Bullock, John Hamm, Michael Keaton, and Allison Janney. Before the show, a few popular “Minions” characters roamed the parking lot, entertaining the children in attendance.


American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and has been serving the San Diego region for more than 70 years. The company is the largest ambulance provider in the region, employing more than 1,100 local AMR paramedics, EMT’s, RNs and other professionals who provide emergency and non-emergency medical transport to the local community, as well as providing service to four major hospital systems across the region. Over the course of several months, AMR operations have been hard at work dedicating countless hours to providing quality patient care, medical aid, and support to the community in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to their diligent 9-1-1 service, AMR has been a strong community partner in Downtown San Diego. AMR paramedics and EMT’s work hand in hand with the DSDP Clean & Safe team and help support the Resource Access Program (RAP), a strategic social arm of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department that provides outreach and resources to vulnerable residents, including the homeless. AMR also supports several other community engagement activities and social programs which benefit the Downtown community, including Yoga in the City and the All Black Lives Matter banner program.

For more information about AMR, visit and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.


U.S. Bank Named “Most Essential Bank” During the Time of COVID-19

Company continues to power human potential across San Diego amidst pandemic

As Southern California attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19, U.S. Bank continues to provide essential services in branches and online, while also supporting the local business and nonprofit communities.



U.S. Bank was named among the “2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies” and The Most Essential Bank Amid COVID-19, the latter according to the Harris Poll which ranked U.S. Bank the No. 64 company overall, and No. 1 amongst all banks due to the company’s “resolve, trustworthiness, responsiveness and overall positive performance” during the pandemic.

Responding to the needs of San Diego during the public health crisis in a variety of ways, U.S. Bank is helping customers, employees and communities, including modifying personal and small business products for customers; instituting a premium pay program for front-line employees; expediting community giving programs; and conducting community service activities where the need for support is the greatest within the region.

An extremely active corporate philanthropist in Southern California, U.S. Bank has contributed both team member volunteer hours and grant funding in order to meaningfully help the region’s community-focused organization and nonprofit network.

One such recent initiative includes Curbside San Diego with the Downtown San Diego Partnership which reflects U.S. Bank’s commitment to helping small businesses by facilitating economic growth while supporting a creative social distancing solution.

The bank team has also spearheaded several efforts to deliver fresh food boxes and care kits during COVID-19. Donation and volunteerism with the USO of San Diego at their mobile “drive through” food distribution; working with Support The Enlisted Project to provide active duty military and veteran families with fresh produced boxes and family care items; and delivering food and personal care boxes to home-bound Serving Seniors residents.

U.S. Bank, along with foundation and corporate partners like the San Diego Padres, stepped up to support local black-owned businesses through the Central San Diego Black Chamber’s Black Business Relief Fund; provided a $25,000 Market Impact Fund grant to the San Diego Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund; and worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (San Diego LISC) to help City Heights businesses recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

U.S. Bank is also making “Community Possible” through online financial literacy workshops, mentoring and community service; and most recently demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community during PRIDE month, serving as one of 2020 Pride’s corporate sponsors and supporting the San Diego Equality Business Association, which provides resources and promotional support for local LGBTQ and ally businesses.

U.S. Bancorp has more than 70,000 employees and $543 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020 and is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States.

Blending its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools U.S. Bank allows customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner.

Additional information about how U.S. Bank has responded to COVID-19 is available at and more information about the bank at


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Wildfire Preparedness with SDG&E and COX


Wildfire Preparedness: How Our Members Work Together to Keep Communities Safe and Connected

Wildfire preparedness has become a reality for those of us who call Southern California home, and preparing for a potential wildfire is the first step in protecting your family, business and property.

For essential businesses like local utilities and telecommunications providers, preparing for the wildfire season is a year-round effort that includes close coordination with community members, local and state agencies, municipalities and first responders.

For DSDP members San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Cox Communications, wildfire preparedness and resiliency efforts are focal points of their businesses. Learn how the two are working to protect our communities during wildfire season.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

In California, one of the greatest challenges we face is the year-long presence of potentially devastating wildfires. Climate change and shifting environmental conditions have altered the severity of wildfires, and how we help protect our customers, employees and the communities we serve.

For over a decade, we have been working hard to address this new reality and enhancing our infrastructure to protect against escalating environmental changes and potential natural disasters. Since 2007, we have invested nearly $2 billion in electric system enhancements, weather technology and communications efforts to protect against infrastructure-related wildfires and keep our communities well informed and safe.  

In instances where weather conditions put our region at increased or extreme risk of a potential wildfire, we may enact a preventative measure known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). This last-resort tool is when we proactively shutoff power to a certain area to help keep our communities safe.

Turning off power isn’t a decision we take lightly – decades-long experience and multiple real-time factors go into the decision-making process. Whatever the circumstances, we will make every effort to communicate with our customers and the general public in advance.

If we anticipate the power to be off for an extended period, we will open Community Resource Centers (CRC) in affected areas where residents can get water and snacks, charge their phones, and get up-to-date information on outages. During this time, we also work closely with our transportation and telecommunications partners, like Cox Communication, to ensure our customers have the resources necessary to overcome the impacts associated with PSPS.

In addition to the work we are doing to help protect our communities, there are things you can do at your home or business to prepare for a natural disaster or power outage. Begin by putting an emergency plan and kit together for you and your household or business. To learn more about preparing an emergency plan and kit, preparing for the upcoming wildfire season and PSPS protocols, please visit

Cox Communications

Keeping our residential and business customers connected is always a top priority for us. We have a business continuity plan that we review and practice throughout the year in the event of a PSPS, wildfire or other natural disaster.

During wildfire season, when the power company may need to implement a PSPS, they notify business customers such as Cox so that we can plan accordingly, notify customers of a potential impact to their services, and keep our network up and running in a way that is safe for our employees, customers and community.

Throughout a PSPS or wildfire, Cox stays in close contact with SDG&E and public safety agencies to monitor the situation on behalf of our customers.

We encourage customers to download Cox apps prior to a PSPS or natural disaster in case they need to access their Cox services remotely. We’ll also post service updates and other important information on Twitter at @coxcalifornia. Visit for more information.





MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: San Diego International Airport (SAN)

During these unprecedented times, San Diego International Airport (SAN) has continued to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19. The airport has remained open as a critical piece of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, helping to move much-needed supplies and cargo, and assisting those with essential travel needs.

We want you to know that when you are ready to return to the airport, we are ready with a series of modifications and protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our passengers and employees.

Here’s what we are doing to keep you safe:

At SAN, we are constantly adjusting our operations to better ensure health and safety in light of COVID-19. We’ve implemented a number of health and safety measures including:

  • Plexiglass sneeze guards in certain public spaces.
  • Floor decals to queue the six-foot social distancing consideration.
  • Increased signage throughout the terminals that serves as a reminder to practice preventive health measures.
  • Per the San Diego County Health order, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
  • Continued increased cleaning of high touch points.
  • PA announcements throughout the terminals that remind everyone of the facial covering and social distancing requirements.
  • Per San Diego County Health, employees are required to do a personal health screening and cannot come to work if they have any of the listed CDC COVID-19 symptoms.

Here’s what you can do to travel safely:

  1. If you have an essential travel need, it is important to stay in close contact with your airline as the date of your flight approaches. Airline schedules have been fluctuating unpredictably, some airlines require facial coverings to board, and some airlines are conducting temperature checks on passengers. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your airline’s expectations are before arriving at the airport.
  2. Thank you for wearing a facial covering as it is a San Diego County health order and required on airport property. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information on what constitutes a facial covering. If you do not have a facial covering, some of our concession partners have them available for purchase.
  3. Although there are no crowds at the airport, please leave ample time to get to the airport and pass through security. Please visit the TSA COVID-19 webpage for more information about the security process and what is allowed.
  4. Concessions are limited – some have closed and others have changed their hours – so please plan accordingly. Dining facilities are open and all employees and patrons must comply with social distancing requirements.
  5. If picking up a friend or loved one, please note that the cell phone lot is temporarily closed, however, you can wait for 10 minutes at no charge in the terminal parking lots.


We’re here to support you on your journey through SAN

We are confident San Diego will always be a desirable place to live, visit and do business. When you’re ready to fly again, we’ll be ready to serve you. Let’s go safely.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cox Communications

How Cox prepares for wildfire season

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month, but for Southern California businesses and residents, protecting and preparing your home and business in the event of a wildfire is a daily reality.

The top priority for Cox during a wildfire or other natural disaster is to keep customers connected at home so they can stay informed, check in with family and friends, and have access to their shows and movies even when they’re away from home.

And we work hard to keep business customers, including hospitals, Offices of Emergency Services and first responders connected so they can continue to serve their customers and the public.

Wildfire season now begins earlier and ends later than in years past, so we prepare all year long, reviewing our business continuity plan and running through mock wildfire events so employees in all facets of our operations will be prepared and know their role and responsibilities during a natural disaster.

When strong winds and other weather conditions create an increased risk for wildfires, the local power company may notify their customers like you and Cox that they need to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). This means your Cox services may be interrupted if you’re in a neighborhood where power will be shut off.

Similar to powering devices in your home, Cox needs commercial power for our network to run. In some cases, when our network is without power, we will deploy a portable generator to power our network if we can safely do so. But if your home is without power or backup power to turn on your TV or computer, you may not be able to utilize your Cox service.

During a wildfire or PSPS, we work closely with the power company and public safety agencies to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of our network and facilities so that we can keep our residential and business customers connected. If our services are interrupted, we work diligently to restore service to first responders as soon as safely possible to make sure our emergency personnel are able to help San Diegans through this difficult time. This is all part of our Cox PSPS plan and how we ensure we can keep our employees safe and our customers connected.

In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff, wildfire or other natural disaster, Cox will post service outage updates and other important information on Twitter, so be sure to follow us at @coxcalifornia.

There are also some things customers can also do to help better prepare for an unexpected event, such as downloading Cox apps that will provide updates and notifications, and enable customers to access their Cox services on a mobile device while away from home:

  • Cox app – Manage your account; receive notifications from the app when there’s an outage in your area and when the outage is over.
  • Cox Contour app – Turn your smartphone or tablet into a portable TV; access programming available with your Cox subscription.
  • Cox Voice Everywhere app – Your home phone away from home.

Customers whose residential telephone service is impacted during a state of emergency declared by the California Governor’s Office or the President of the United States may be eligible to receive disaster relief protections such as a waiver of one‑time activation fee for establishing remote call forwarding, remote access to call forwarding, call forwarding features and messaging services. For information about these consumer disaster protections, click here.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Republic Services 

Republic Services is “Committed to Serve”

Frontline Workers Keeping Our Communities Clean

Republic Services, a proud Downtown Partnership member company, is helping its San Diego business customers and taking good care of its employees and their families through a $20 million company-wide initiative launched in April.  Republic’s “Committed to Serve” program recognizes its 28,000 essential frontline workers around the nation who have never stopped picking up trash, recycling and keeping our communities clean.  In the San Diego region, Republic has more than 370 employees who are being treated to lunch from local restaurants and small businesses, plus taking home family meals for employees every Friday.  In addition, $100 gift cards are being distributed bi-weekly to help cover family essentials and say “thank you” to workers who have an important role in community health and safety.

“Republic is very proud of our team members who are coming in every day to keep our neighborhoods clean, take that extra trash and recycling that everyone is generating at home, and also supporting the local businesses that are our customers and neighbors,” said Neil Mohr, Republic Services San Diego area General Manager.  So far, the company has spent nearly $20,000 at local businesses to provide weekly meals and bi-weekly $100 gift cards for its team members at the Sycamore Landfill, Otay Landfill and the waste/recycling hauling division.  Gift cards to local businesses are targeted to get money back in to help rejuvenate small businesses with local spending.  “We are part of this community, and it’s a win for all when we can show appreciation to our employees and their families, and help support our customers and local business through this challenging time.”

Trash, recycling and yard waste collection has shifted away from commercial to much more residential volume due to stay at home orders and business closures.  Republic’s essential employees have stepped up to manage the change while implementing strict health and safety protocols to protect themselves and the public.  The company is following CDC, State and local public health orders and OSHA guidelines, providing employees with necessary personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting trucks, equipment and facilities multiple times per day, and ensuring proper social distancing.

Nationwide, Republic’s Committed to Serve program is providing employees with a total of $11 million in gift cards and $6 million to local restaurants, and contributing $3  million to Republic’s charitable foundation to support the rebuilding of small businesses.  For more information, visit:  #CommittedToServe


We are a team of designers that specializes in creating custom murals for businesses. Working in a wide variety of mediums and methods helps us to tailor our work to any brand strategy, and accurately tell your company’s story. No matter the size of a business, we can spread your message via unapologetic, bold statement pieces. We’ve worked with companies such as Tillys, Visa, Target, the Minnesota Vikings, the Phillies, Lululemon, Visit San Diego, and we’d love to work with you! Have an interior or exterior wall that could use some pizazz? Feel free to reach out! Find us at or on social @pandrdesignco.

Aside from Pandr, we also run the 501c3 Ladies Who Paint. We are dedicated to empowering female artists and beautifying the city of San Diego. You may have seen some of the murals that are located in the East Village. Want to contribute to our 2020 event? Head to our GoFundMe!


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Kicks Off Third Year Program for Small Business Growth

Are you a business owner from San Diego and surrounding communities looking to build capacity, get access to capital and contracts, and hire more employees? Then you might be interested in joining the upcoming 2020 class of San Diego small businesses participating in this year’s Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program.

In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, ICCC is returning to San Diego for a third time in 2020. San Diego is home to 110 ICCC alumni, and since their participation they have averaged 73% growth in revenue and raised $2.8M in capital.

Growing a small business can be difficult, especially for entrepreneurs in under-resourced areas who cite lack of knowledge and relationships as key barriers to gaining needed capital. Beginning with the opening seminar, the ICCC program pulls together professors from esteemed institutions such as Harvard Business School, and executives from established companies like Bank of America, to provide the executive education. Personalized coaching sessions wrap up the more than 10-hour day.

But the learning doesn’t stop there. The small business participants receive another approximately 32 hours of coaching and webinars. A culmination event is held in the fall where these participants can network and make pitches to capital providers.

“This program is the marriage of socioeconomic growth and wellness in the San Diego community,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente San Diego County Area. “Health care is one component of the overall health in the community. For us to fulfill our mission of improving not only the health of our members, but also of the communities we serve, we must help our small businesses grow and create more jobs.”

2020 San Diego cohort is accepting applications

Kaiser Permanente San Diego has partnered with ICIC to encourage businesses to enroll in the 2020 Cohort. If you know of a business that might benefit, you can nominate them or small businesses can self-nominate by visiting the San Diego Nomination Website.  The in-person Education Session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19. Nominations should be completed by Friday, April 24.

When businesses thrive, more individuals and families can afford nutritious food, secure housing, obtain health care, and acquire a good education.


Suffolk has had the privilege of building the country’s most iconic and complex projects, from the first guitar-shaped hotel casino to a carbon-neutral high-rise research center, and the most luxurious resorts and residential projects on the West Coast. Now, Suffolk can harness what we’ve accomplished in construction to propel the company into the future as an iconic builder.  This month, Suffolk unveiled a nationwide diversification strategy, focused on leveraging its core competency of construction and expanding into additional service lines to create a fully integrated platform that adds value for clients across the entire building lifecycle. As part of the strategy, Suffolk launched a contemporary brand positioning and identity that reflects the company’s forward-thinking outlook, reflects its broader future ambitions, and differentiates the company and its unique business model and capabilities.

These new capabilities come during an important time for the San Diego market, where new development has been booming. Suffolk has recently completed a number of high-profile projects in the region including Palisade at UTC, Westfield’s first residential project, as well as Stella and Bluewater, San Diego’s newest affordable housing development. Currently underway is the Alila Marea Beach Resort, a luxury boutique hotel situated atop cliffs with stunning views of the Pacific.

Suffolk’s diversification strategy will focus on expanding services beyond its core construction capabilities into vertical service lines, positioning it as an end-to-end business capable of delivering on its value proposition: “Invest. Innovate. Build.” Suffolk’s knowledge of every project phase, proven constructability expertise and integration across adjacent vertical service lines will unlock synergies in each step of the construction process, delivering faster, better outcomes for clients.

Suffolk’s new vertical service lines include real estate funding, design, technology investment, and research and development:

  • Suffolk Capital, the company’s real estate funding service line, will invest alongside developers and draws upon Suffolk’s preconstruction design and estimating expertise to improve project feasibility and drive synergistic value for clients. Suffolk Capital will also strategically invest in sophisticated technology start-up companies and entrepreneurial ventures that will help fuel its innovation eco-system to drive the pace of change in the industry.
  • Suffolk’s design-assist vertical will leverage technology to incorporate cost and constructability insights into conceptual designs to create efficiencies in the design process and shorten the development cycle. This approach can be seen in-action at Suffolk’s Southern California CoLab in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Suffolk’s existing self-perform arm will continue offering general requirements, equipment rentals, concrete services and drywall services to projects and regions where the company can provide the most value and best outcomes for clients.
  • Furthermore, Suffolk plans to eventually launch vertical service lines including enterprise risk management and insurance, supply chain management and facilities management.

As a result of its diversification strategy, Suffolk will be positioned to add value across the entire lifecycle of a building, from investing at the earliest stages of development to design, materials purchasing, risk management, construction management and self-perform services during the design/construction stage and facilities management after the building is completed and operational.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Colliers International

At Colliers International, our urban team’s focus is enhancing and shaping Downtown neighborhoods through real estate services. From Luma and 2100 Kettner in Little Italy to Shift in East Village, our urban experts have helped Downtown San Diego evolve into the vibrant epicenter it is today. You can experience the impact of our work in San Diego when getting a coffee at Starbucks in Little Italy, viewing a beautiful new apartment at Luma, buying a pair of Vans shoes in Gaslamp, or breaking a sweat at The Boxing Club in East Village.

We work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, developers, owners and investors. And we’ve got the Downtown San Diego success stories to prove it!

Shift Retail

In record time, Colliers International’s Urban Property Team fully leased the 18,840 square foot ground-floor retail space at LENNAR’s Shift, a residential tower in East Village. Despite a high vacancy in the neighborhood with nearby projects still in development, Colliers International was able to bring 100 percent of the retail space under contract within four months of completion of construction.


2100 Kettner Avenue

Colliers International’s Victor Krebs represented the sellers of a full city block to Kilroy Realty at Kettner Blvd & Hawthorn Street in Little Italy. The block had been previously owned by the same families since the early 1920’s. Colliers International worked with the three property owners to market all three parcels for sale together, enhancing the sale offering. As a result, Colliers International generated 15 offers and selected Kilroy Realty as the buyer. Kilroy Realty is currently under construction on a Class-A, 172,000 square foot office building that will be the first new office space in Little Italy in more than 20 years.

310 West Ash Street

Colliers International’s Victor Krebs represented LENNAR in acquiring a rare off-market site in Little Italy. LENNAR has since completed construction of its 220-unit Luma luxury tower and created a best-in-class residential community. Colliers International’s Urban Property Team was then selected by LENNAR to handle leasing for the ground-floor retail space, securing a more than 4,500 square foot Starbucks that will be opening later this year.


Fifth & G Retail

Colliers International’s Urban Property Team facilitated the more than $19 million sale of the retail corner on Fifth & G in Gaslamp in February 2018. Following the close of the sale, the team also secured Vans to join long-time tenants Ghirardelli Cafe and Urban Outfitters. Through their local expertise, the team was able to complete the leasing trifecta, capitalizing on the strong demand for high street retail and resulting in one of Downtown San Diego’s most active shopping corners.



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Over the past 10 years, SLP Urban Planning has been behind many of downtown San Diego’s most innovative projects and experiences, from Makers Quarter to this coming week’s Ocean Optimism Art Installations at Seaport Village. Each of these efforts demonstrates a tactical urbanism approach to optimizing city life, integrating placemaking, strategic activation, economic development, thought leadership, sustainability, and urban planning.

Started in 2006 by Stacey Lankford Pennington (SLP), the initial work involved traditional public and private sector projects, including the public realm and outreach efforts for Lane Field, which is now BRIC, as well as formerly CCDC’s Public Open Space Implementation Plan. Around 2011, through a process to conceptualize the future of Makers Quarter, a neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, SLP tested a new model for community engagement and urban evolution, inspired by the nexus between the traditional ‘top down’ development style of developers and architects and a rigorous ‘bottom up’ value system anchored by the site, the context, and the community. This model is the foundation for SLP’s current work.

One of SLP’s current efforts, together with the Port of San Diego, is an excellent example of the firm’s practical and academic yet creative approach: Ocean Optimism – Art Interpreting Science. From February 16th to 21st this ‘immersive art extravaganza’ will showcase a series of visual, performance, and participatory artwork created by artist Jessica Ling Findley with input from scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The art tells stories that can inspire us all to work together for a sustainable future and invites audiences to think about the future of our oceans in new and creative ways.

Given Seaport Village’s ideal proximity to the convention center and draw for tourists and locals alike, it is a great location for the programmatic confluence of science and art. 

It’s not just this week that Seaport Village is worth a visit. Over the past year, SLP Urban Planning has been at the center of a strategic activation effort to infuse new life and energy into this charming 1980’s meandering village by the bay. A new ‘urban beach’ with colorful chairs is now a mainstay for locals and tourists – it’s hard to find a free spot! The new Seaport Studio hosts the weekly Seaport Sessions podcast(tune in for a special Braving the High Seas series tied to Ocean Optimism programming), and the Oslo the Sardine Bar pop-up “combines performance art with seafood snacks.”


SLP Urban Planning’s signature project to date is the urban planning, activation and community engagement framework for Makers Quarter, a work/live/play district in Downtown’s Upper East Village. The Tactical Urbanism model that SLP has refined employs short-term interventions to test long-term ideas, at various scales. Makers Quarter is a great testament to the success of this approach, which works well when thoughtfully connected with the local community while balancing the longer-term goals for the development team. L2HP, which includes Lankford & Associates, HP Investors and Hensel Phelps, understood the importance of this unique approach for a neighborhood like Makers Quarter, which planted the seeds to gradually transition a somewhat neglected part of Downtown into a thriving one, anchored by Punch Bowl Social, 10 Barrel, Broadstone Makers Quarter, SPACES in Block D, BASIC Agency, Invictus, You & Yours Distillery and others.

Makers Quarter has also provided a case study for the importance of starting a neighborhood building and development process with a well articulated vision, planning principles and a strong communications framework, stitched together by a brand. In this case, BASIC Agency developed the brand for the neighborhood to celebrate makers of all kinds and establish an ethos that believes in the power of individuals and businesses to contribute to the evolution of the neighborhood. Bottom-up; inside-out, while also driven by market forces and land use.

Now, the Makers Quarter Neighborhood Association, a 501c6, has been established to further the evolution of the area.

The SLP Urban Planning team includes Stacey Lankford Pennington, Founder/President,  Ron Troyano, Director of Strategic Activation, Chloe´ Lauer, DIrector of Special Projects, Kathryn Link-Oberstar, Urban Planning Associate and Tiffany Hohnmann, Content Manager.





H.G. Fenton Company’s Vici Community and Piazza della Famiglia Honored as 2019 Building Industry Association Award Recipients
Outdoor space and web presence impress as Vici takes Community of the Year

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The Building Industry Association honored H.G. Fenton Company’s Vici Luxury Rentals and San Diego’s beloved public community feature, Piazza della Famiglia, with awards recognizing the value of the outdoor lifestyle amenity and the Vici website’s exceptional expression of the luxury Vici vibe. The Vici community also received the prestigious Community of the Year award, a recognition of the five-star living experience available at the Little Italy property which opened in 2018.

H.G. Fenton Company is honored to have received the following Building Industry Association Awards:

Best Outdoor Living Space
Piazza della Famiglia, H.G. Fenton Company


Best Website for a Company or Community
Vici Luxury Rentals, H.G. Fenton Company


Community of the Year
Vici Luxury Rentals, H.G. Fenton Company

The Piazza della Famiglia is a 10,000sf European-style piazza located in the heart of Little Italy. The Piazza anchors the development, which includes 125 apartment homes at Vici Luxury Rentals and Amo Apartments plus 16,000sf of retail space including eateries such as Little Italy Food Hall, Farmer’s Table, Morning Glory, and Frost Me Café and Bakery. The piazza also hosts popular weekly farmer’s markets, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to shop local. With beautiful bay views and a walkable neighborhood, it’s no wonder the development has received attention and accolades from the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the San Diego Business Journal, Circulate San Diego, and others.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch Vici and the Piazza become a focal point for the Little Italy neighborhood,” said John La Raia, Vice President. “H.G. Fenton Company is excited for the next phase of this project, as the Little Italy Food Hall grows in 2020.”

About H.G. Fenton Company
H.G. Fenton Company, a family-owned San Diego real estate company, has proudly entered its second century of service providing quality working and living experiences through responsible development and management practices. H.G. Fenton Company creates lifestyle opportunities where employees flourish, residents live well, and businesses succeed for over 1,100 businesses, and across 16 apartment communities totaling over 3,300 homes in San Diego County.  For more information, visit