Month: February 2013

Poll: Is Telecommuting Bad for Business as Yahoo! Ban Suggests?

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When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pulled the plug on telecommuting, San Diegans must have yawned—or wrinkled their noses. According to San Diego-based Telework Research Network, latest census data show that San Diego is the No. 2 metro area for telecommuting—just behind Atlanta. “But San Diego still has a huge lead when it comes to federal employees who work at home, about four times the national average,” the group said in April 2012.Critics are having a field day on the Yahoo! move, though. “In this day and age, where working professionals typically have a computer or laptop at home (and maybe a smartphone and iPad too), almost everyone telecommutes to some extent,” wrote Sara Sutton Fell of FlexJobs, who said she was “stunned” by the new policy slamming the door shut on

Are There Coronado Contractors That Could Be Hurt by Sequestration?

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A political deal struck in the summer of 2011 could begin to influence the economy in late winter 2013, unless feuding lawmakers can agree on a compromise by Friday. The sequester mandates significant cuts to the federal budget, with few if any government agencies immune to reductions in funding. Defense and domestic spending will be evenly slashed, and the impacts on local economies are far from clear. According to a 2011 list compiled from a federal database of government contracts, a number of businesses that claim a Coronado address hold such contracts – as large as $5 million – and could be affected:  Business Contract Tactical Air Operations Inc. $5.16 million Nathan Kunes Inc. $2.2 million Dr. George Luiken $751,000

Coronado Forecast: Warming Trend, Blue Skies for the Week Ahead

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Here comes the sun. The National Weather Service forecasts seven days of sunshine in Coronado through Sunday March 3. Look for some gusty winds Tuesday though – careful on the bridge. The temperatures will warm up throughout the week and hit a high of 75 by Friday. Friday and Saturday's warm weather and clear skies make them the best beach days.  The forecast for Coronado: Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 64 and a low of 49. Northwest winds of 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon with gusts of up to 20 mph. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67 and a low of 50. Northwest winds of 5-10 mph becoming milder in the evening. Thursday: Mostly clear, with a high of 71 and a low around 53. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 75 and a low of 58. Saturday: Sunny

Poll: Is Mayor Filner Off the Rails or On Track With Attacks on Agencies?

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Since becoming mayor of San Diego in December, Bob Filner has shaken the downtown establishment. Last week, he and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith—the former Poway mayor—argued over Tourism Marketing District revenues. Now U-T San Diego reports how Filner challenged the San Diego Association of Governments over a plan to spend $40 million on outside public relations. At a SANDAG board meeting Friday, Santee Councilman Jack Dale, the board chairman, “interjected several times to provide an opening for staff to answer Filner’s questions,” the U-T reported. The board took no action on Filner’s request for board intervention on the PR contracts — prompting the Democrat to say he was being ignored, the U-T said. “What happens to my request?” he was quoted as saying. “Can I put t

Navy Milestone: USS Freedom Soon to Deploy to Singapore

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The first deployment of a littoral combat ship overseas is scheduled to begin March 1, when the San Diego-based USS Freedom leaves for Singapore, the Navy announced. The new type of vessel is designed for fighting in coastal waters, and its modular design allows it to be configured in ways that meet mission requirements. Top speed is over 40 knots, according to the Navy. The 378-foot-long USS Freedom, the first in its class, was commissioned in 2008. Littoral combat ships took years to get off the drawing board and into active service because of problems with cracks, communications systems and hull corrosion. During its scheduled eight-month deployment, the Freedom will conduct maritime security operations, participate in international exhibitions and train with vessels...

Border Filmmaker: Look for ‘Good Stuff’ in Migrants Coming to U.S.

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While on a three-month tandem bike ride from Alaska to Cancun, Diego Joven said migrants often lent him and his girlfriend a hand."They would give me clothes, food and money when I would be traveling and be without money or run into a problem," he said. "They don't do it because they expect to get paid. They just do it because it's like a tradition and it's their culture."His experience led him to follow immigrants in Mexico and other parts of Latin America traveling north to cross the border into the United States and make his first documentary, A Dream Without a Visa."It's just documenting the human side and all the struggles that they go through, why they do it and the psychological, mental and physical journey they endure," he said.The film focuses on migrants, but Joven also intervi

City Declares ‘Jeffrey Felix Days’ in Coronado

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Jeffrey Felix, who recently was named Superintendent of the Year in San Diego County, received another honor Thursday when Mayor Casey Tanaka proclaimed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, as Jeffrey Felix Days in Coronado. The proclamation was an expression of the pride the city took in Felix’s honor, announced by the Association of California School Administrators and the San Diego County School Boards Association.  “There is nothing we cherish more than our students and our schools,” Tanaka said as he congratulated Felix on his leadership and the contributions he’s made to the community.  “It’s not easy for someone not from Coronado (to) sit in the middle of the cross streams and figure out this community,” he said of the Escondido resident. Tanaka said Felix got

‘Book of Mormon’ Coming to Broadway San Diego

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According to a KPBS article the award-winning Broadway show Book of Mormon will come to San Diego in May, 2014, but "Broadway San Diego has not set a date for when tickets will go on sale." Read the full article on KPBS. The show on Broadway often sells out of tickets five months in advance.  The season also includes:  Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which won a Tony Award for costumes, is about a trio of friends on a road trip through the Australian outback, opens Oct. 15. Evita, about former Argentine first lady Eva Peron, is set to start on Nov. 12. Million Dollar Quartet, opening Dec. 3, about a one-night recording session that included Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.  The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which start