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Corporate Headquarters Moves to “Zero Net Energy” Status

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In keeping with H.G. Fenton Company’s commitment to sustainable solutions that add value to its customers and the community, the firm has implemented a number of retrofits at its San Diego corporate headquarters that will bring the facility to “Zero Net Energy” status. H.G. Fenton Company recently installed a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and implemented other equipment and operations updates as part of a pilot program to test the new technologies and prove their benefits before recommending them to their commercial building tenants. In addition to educating their tenants about rebates and incentives available through San Diego Gas & Electric, H.G. Fenton Company is now able to show them real numbers behind the energy savings options. “We are starting to work with our tenants to help them understand the benefits of energy efficiency and the installation of PV systems,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of H.G. Fenton Company. “Now that we’ve seen firsthand how these projects can significantly reduce energy costs, we are excited to help our tenants do the same.” H.G. Fenton Company’s new 160-kilowatt-AC PV system, along with a H.G. Fenton Company headquarters in Mission Valley complete energy-effiwill generate as much energy as it consumes each year cient lighting retrofit with its new 160-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. and an established employee commitment to energy efficiency, will ensure that its headquarters building at 7577 Mission Valley Road, generates as much energy through its PV system as it consumes each year. Half of the PV system is installed on the See Fenton, Page 7

Aztec Women’s Basketball Fall Recruiting Class Ranked 20th in U.S. San Diego State women’s basketball’s fall 2010 recruiting class has been rated 20th nationally, and first in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) according to’s HoopGurlz national rankings. The Aztecs moved up 11 spots from last year’s No. 31 final ranking, after inking five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Nov. 10-17. San Diego State signed three, four-star recruits according to HoopGurlz, including forward Chairese Culberson, who was the No. 7 rated wing and 46th overall, forward Deajanae Scurry (No. 31 forward) and point guard Ahjalee Harvey (No. 32 point guard). Forwards Khristina Hunter and Erimma Amarikwa rounded out the Aztec fall signing class. For more details on the 2010-11 Aztec Basketball signees, visit

Civita, from page 1 the principles of smart growth such as the redevelopment of infill sites, concentrating development with a mix of housing, retail, business and civic uses and creating a transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly community plan. . Planners and smart growth experts view Civita as one answer to curbing this city’s sprawl and reviving quality of life in the heart of San Diego, as evidenced by the development’s many awards including the 2010 Catalyst Project of the Year by the State of California. The Civita community is planned in four phases over a 12 to 15 year timeframe with each phase taking approximately three to four years to complete. The first phase includes apartments and townhomes. Additionally, there will be almost 1 million square feet of office and retail space for shops and restaurants in subsequent phases, providing the opportunity to live, work and play in Civita. “Civita will be a sustainable new community that fits with many of Mission Valley’s needs,” Sudberry said. “This includes attainable homes, new public parks from the San Diego River to the top of Civita, a civic center with heritage museum and urgently needed traffic improvements throughout the valley.” The quarry is located on land currently owned by the Grant family, who has a long and rich history in San Diego. Recognizing that the quarry was nearing the end of its life cycle, in 2002 they selected Sudberry Properties to help create a community within Mission Valley. “It was ingrained in us by our fathers and uncles that we should work to keep the land together, that it should always be managed in a manner that enhances the community,” said Pat Grant, whose grandfather Franklin first acquired the land in the late 1920s. “We have never wanted to put another isolated apartment complex or strip of shops on the land. Our own ethics drive a desire to make it sustainable, walkable and desirable. Civita is the embodiment of the best ideas emanating from all the vision meetings we had with the experts who soon joined our team.” The team was led by Sudberry Properties and included numerous architects and recognized experts in the fields of engineering, environmental protection and other disciplines. During the eight-year planning process, the team See Civita, Page 13

Late last month, a Good Samaritan found a one-month old male puppy in a dumpster of the Target store in the 1200 block of Camino del Rio North in Mission Valley and brought the puppy Abused puppy finds love and a to the Department of Animal Services. new name at the County Animal The puppy had his ears cruelly cut off Shelter. “Sunny” is recovering and was in urgent need of veterinary from surgery on his ears and will care. Since then, the labrador/shepherd soon be ready for adoption. puppy, named “Sunny” by the Department, had surgery and is recovering in foster care with the expectation that he will be adopted when old enough. The Department of Animal Services is currently investigating this case and is searching for any additional puppies that may have been similarly abused and left in dumpsters. The Department is also asking the public to be vigilant and listen for crying or whining around dumpsters and if they hear anything suspicious to call the Department of Animal Services 24-hour dispatch at (619) 236-2341. “Whoever did this malicious act needs to be brought to justice,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services. The Department is seeking any information regarding who may have committed this crime. If the public has any information, they are asked to contact Lieutenant Dan DeSousa at (619)767-2624. Callers may remain anonymous. A $3,000 reward is being offered by the San Diego Animal Advocates for See Puppy, Page 12

BANKS CONTINUE MASS EVICTION OF TENANTS AFTER FORECLOSURE: New Report Compares Banks’ Rental Policies Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights, released a report earlier today surveying bank policies toward tenants after foreclosure. The report, entitled “Without Justification: Banks Continue Mass Displacement of Innocent Tenants after Foreclosure” analyzes rental policies and actions of the major national banks that have acquired tenant-occupied foreclosed properties. According to the report, only Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and JP Morgan Chase have adopted any type of policy to move away from automatically evicting tenants after foreclosure. Tenants are innocent victims of a foreclosure crisis they did nothing to create. Tenants Together conservatively estimates that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California are rentals. As a result, over the last three years, over 500,000 California tenants have been directly affected. Most of these tenants have been displaced from their homes. In May 2009, President Obama signed the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, which made clear that banks acquiring tenant-occupied homes step into the shoes of the pre-foreclosure owner, inherit the terms of the existing See Banks, Page 7

Mission Valley News - December 2010  

The Mission Valley News is the local community newspaper that reaches all corners of Mission Valley, Hotel Circle, Old Town, Linda Vista, an...

Mission Valley News - December 2010  

The Mission Valley News is the local community newspaper that reaches all corners of Mission Valley, Hotel Circle, Old Town, Linda Vista, an...