Chamber Welcome Lettet

The officers, directors and members of the

I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce proudly present the 2004/2005 Community Profile and Membership Directory.

 

We’d like to welcome you to the North City area of San Diego. Whether you are a visitor,

newcomer, business prospect

or resident, we invite you to enjoy and explore the wonderful communities represented by

the I-15 Chamber — Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Rancho Penasquitos, Sabre Springs and Scripps Ranch.

 

Located just a few miles north of downtown San Diego, these communities offer you the best of both worlds — the convenience and friendly feel of strong, local community bonds combined with the cosmopolitan amenities of San Diego, “America’s Finest City.”

 

The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce offers information about local events, acts as a reference to area businesses and provides help in times of need. The Chamber’s vision statement is “to be the Chamber of choice for the I-15 corridor,” and we take this statement very seriously.

 

The “Community Profile and Business Directory” is designed as a single, comprehensive source of information about the I-15 Diamond Gateway’s six communities. This publication lists Chamber members, who take pride in bringing you top quality products and services. These businessmen and women make a positive statement through their Chamber membership, and they are participating in the future of San Diego, North City.

We chose this publication as a way to provide access to information you need, whether using the hard copy version or the Internet via our website or VillageProfile.com. Please use both to ensure the maximum benefit for the next two years. The hard copy version is a great reference when you’re on the go, and the Internet sites will be updated periodically.

 

In 2004, the I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 16th year of service to the North City area of San Diego. Over these years, the Chamber has been a consistent voice in advocating for business in the communities it represents and at all levels of government. The Chamber works hard to keep on top of issues and strategies through membership, participation and/or partnership with

various organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce. We continually strive to meet our mission: “To enhance business through advocacy, education and community involvement; to provide a dynamic, supportive environment for business growth and develop.”

 

The Chamber needs the support and involvement of the business and residential community to fulfill its goals. As evidenced by the aftermath of the terrible wildfires that tore through the region in 2003, cooperation between all aspects of the community is a vital component in making the North City area truly a place to call home.

We welcome you to join us.

 

 

Nancy Brokaw

Chairwoman, Board of Directors

 

 

Community Introduction

Welcome to the communities of the North City Area of San Diego where residents truly enjoy the best of both worlds.

The six communities

represented by the I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce

lie within the San Diego city limits, so residents enjoy easy access to all the amenities you’d expect in the nation’s sixth largest city. Yet, each community has its own personality

and the friendly feel of a small town with distinct neighborhoods, carefully preserved natural

landscapes and a thriving business climate.

 

San Diego’s “City of Villages” philosophy has allowed it to develop while retaining its natural beauty, giving each neighborhood its own personality and flavor. For example, the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization team works with communities to enhance streetscapes. These efforts benefit businesses and residents alike, improving the quality of life and enhancing the atmosphere for business to promote a thriving,

successful economy.

 

San Diego is the second largest city in California, with a population of 1.2 million and 101 distinct communities within the city limits. The communities of the I-15 Diamond Gateway — Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa and Miramar — are located in the northern part of the city, about 15 miles north of downtown.

Careful planning has ensured orderly development of the area while respecting and preserving this coastal region’s natural treasures for the enjoyment of generations to come.

 

The Diamond Gateway communities have a combined population of 177,000, with distinctive neighborhoods nestled amid beautiful mesas, hills and canyons. The size of individual communities range from 6,500 in Miramar to about 72,000 in Mira Mesa.

 

As a city, San Diego prides itself on its ethnically diverse population. In the Diamond Gateway communities, roughly one-quarter of the population is Asian, and other ethnic groups also are well represented. This rich mixture of cultures and

traditions greatly enhances the quality of life for residents of the I-15 Diamond Gateway. U

 

History of Diamond Gateway

When the world traveler Alonzo Horton first visited San Diego in 1867, he declared it “the prettiest place for a city I ever saw.” With its excellent, natural harbor and breathtaking beauty, it’s no surprise that San Diego

captured his imagination. Mr. Horton’s

subsequent real estate deals helped begin the development of the San Diego we know today.

 

Indigenous people lived here for centuries before Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo “discovered” the area in 1542. Cabrillo named it “San Miguel,” and claimed it for Spain. Sebastian Vizcaino followed in 1602, and renamed the area San Diego de Alcala, in honor of a Spanish saint. Vizcaino mapped the coastline north, to what is now Oregon, and provided place names that are still in use. A member of his expedition is believed to have conducted San Diego’s first Christian service on Nov. 12, 1602, the feast day of St. San Diego.

 

The area wasn’t colonized until 1769 when Spain sent Gaspar de Portola and Father Junipero Serra to open missions and pueblos. Serra called the area “beautiful to behold,” and opened the first Spanish mission on Presidio Hill. By 1797, it was California’s largest settlement with 1,405 native residents.

 

San Diego became part of the United States when the Spanish-American War ended in 1847. In 1850, California was admitted to the Union, and San Diego became the state’s first county.

 

When Alonzo Horton arrived 17 years later, he bought 960 acres south of the old presidio, and began developing his dream city. Although development suffered several setbacks — the arrival of military installations, tourists and pioneer aviators fueled strong growth in the early 20th century. Charles Lindbergh built his Spirit of St. Louis here, and later lent his name to the city’s international airport.

 

Military installations boomed during World War II, and, after the war ended, many GIs remained — often finding work in the city’s growing aerospace industry.

 

Today, San Diego is California’s second largest city. The military remains one of the city’s largest employers, and tourism continues to thrive. High-tech fields, such as biotechnology and communications, further invigorate San Diego’s vibrant economy and ensure an exciting future. U

 

Communities of the Diamond Gateway

Carmel Mountain Ranch

Carmel Mountain Ranch, a community of 12,000 residents, is bordered by Rancho Bernardo on the north, the city of Poway on the east, Sabre Springs on the south and I-15 on the west. Easy access to State Highway 56, the Ted Williams Parkway and “fast-lane” exits on I-15 make this community of 12,000 very popular with commuters. Carmel Mountain Ranch is one of the newer communities in San Diego, with 97 percent of the housing stock constructed since 1980.

 

Like other communities of the Diamond Gateway, Carmel Mountain Ranch has a well-educated, ethnically diverse population. Among the adult population, more than half work in management or professional fields, and 65 percent hold college degrees.

Carmel Mountain Ranch has its own Community Council/Planning Group, which works closely with

the City of San Diego Planning Department to ensure orderly growth. A Community Service Center enables residents to obtain information and conduct city-related business without traveling far from home.

 

Other facilities for residents include a branch of the San Diego Library and a public Recreation Center, which is shared with the community of Sabre Springs.

 

Sabre Springs

Sabre Springs — a community of 8,000 — is nestled in the foothills between Carmel Mountain Ranch and Scripps Ranch. This inviting area is known for its rolling landscape, quiet neighborhoods and business parks. Residents enjoy the luxury of having endless recreational opportunities at their doorsteps — with Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve on the community’s western edge and lovely Miramar Lake to the south.

 

Homes in this community are among the newest in the Diamond Gateway, with 99 percent of the housing stock built since 1980. Like neighboring Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs enjoys an ethnically diverse population that adds to the rich quality of life. More than half of Sabre Springs’ residents (62 percent) work in professional fields or management, and 67 percent have college degrees.

Sabre Springs has its own Planning Group, which works in conjunction with San Diego city planners to ensure orderly yet vibrant development. Sabre Springs shares a Recreation Center with Carmel Mountain Ranch, and has its own branch of the San Diego Library.

 

Rancho Penasquitos

Rancho Penasquitos is a quiet, well-maintained community that covers nearly 10,000 acres of mesas and rolling hills west of I-15. Home to more than 50,000 people, this planned community is primarily

residential, though many new mini-malls are scattered throughout the community. A few acres still remain for development.

 

The community’s full name, Rancho de los Penasquitos — Spanish for “land of the little hills (or cliffs)” — refers to the rugged palisades that line the rim of Los Penasquitos Canyon, a 3,700-acre open-space preserve that offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails. The hilly terrain makes each neighborhood distinct from the next, giving residents a sense of privacy and peace.

 

Many young families are drawn here by the community’s reputation as one of the best places in San Diego to raise children. Students attend the Poway Unified School District, which boasts some of the highest test scores in San Diego County.

Activities for children abound in Rancho Penasquitos. The Little League organization here is one of the largest in the U.S., and there are numerous parks and YMCA programs. Family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year, from cultural offerings sponsored by the Rancho Penasquitos library to ethnic festivals and golf tournaments. Plans call for development of a skate park and a “banner district” to highlight community celebrations and events.

 

Rancho Penasquito’s history dates to 1823 when the commandante of the San Diego Presidio built an adobe here. In 1862, the home was enlarged to accommodate its new residents, celebrated riverboat captain Francisco Maria Ruiz and his wife. The restored building is now part of the National Historic and Archaeological District in Los Penasquitos Canyon.

 

Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch was established in the 1890s when newspaper magnate Edward W. Scripps bought more than 2,000 acres of ranchland. Mr. Scripps had 25 eucalyptus trees planted, and then built a lavish home based on a design he’d seen in Italy. The estate, called Scripps Miramar Ranch, featured 47 rooms and 13 baths. From this base, Mr. Scripps controlled his publishing empire. Though the home was demolished in later years, the eucalyptus trees and legacy remain.

 

Today, Scripps Ranch is one of the most scenic communities in San Diego, boasting abundant hiking trails, lush parks, lovingly landscaped homes and business areas and gracious community facilities. The population of Scripps Ranch is about 28,000.

The community is bordered by I-15 on the west, the city of Poway on the east, Miramar MCAS on the south, and the Scripps Poway Freeway on the north. Many professionals live and operate their businesses in Scripps Ranch, where home values range from about $330,000 to over $1 million.

 

Scripps Ranch families are served by the San Diego Unified School District, which operates three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. A new elementary school and a new middle school are under construction. Scripps Ranch is also the home of Chabad Hebrew Academy and Alliant International University.

Scripps Ranch’s library, a branch of the San Diego Library, sits across from lovely Miramar Lake. The community also has four private clubs, a large recreation center and numerous parks and playgrounds. Family-friendly events, from symphony concerts to parades, are scheduled year-round.

 

Residents of Scripps Ranch are known for their community involvement. Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group meet monthly. The efforts of these organizations, and those of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, make Scripps Ranch the wonderful community its residents treasure.

 

Mira Mesa

Mira Mesa has grown from a handful of suburban tract homes in the early 1970s to a thriving family community of well over 72,000 residents. The median housing value in Mira Mesa is about $396,000, with 96 percent of its housing stock constructed since 1970.

 

Mira Mesa stretches from Penasquitos Canyon to the north to Miramar Road and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to the south and from I-15 on the east to I-805 on the west. In all, Mira Mesa covers roughly 10,500 acres.

 

While Mira Mesa lies within the San Diego city limits, it also offers residents access to the unparalleled natural beauty of California’s coastal area. The Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve boasts two large coastal canyons filled with rare flora and fauna. This riparian habitat is currently being restored. When complete, the park will cover 4,000 acres.

 

More traditional parks in Mira Mesa provide opportunities for athletics, recreation and picnicking. Parks in this community include Hourglass Field, Mira Mesa Community Park, Lopez Ridge, Mesa Verde, Mesa Viking, Sandburg and Westview.

 

Sports, fitness and various classes are offered at the Mira Mesa Community Center, also known as the Gil Johnson Recreation Center. The center is the site of a variety of programs and family-related events throughout the year.

Like other communities in the I-15 Diamond Gateway, Mira Mesa is a happily multi-ethnic community, with a substantial population of Filipinos, Vietnamese and other Asians (about 40 percent of its residents are of Asian descent), Caucasians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. About half the adult residents have college degrees, and 44 percent work in management or professional fields.

 

Over the last ten years, four local Mira Mesa schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools, and Mira Mesa High School received the highest award possible when it became a National Blue Ribbon School.

 

Mira Mesa has its own Community Planning Group and Town Council, which works in concert with city officials on local planning issues and other concerns. The Scripps Ranch Community Service Center also serves Mira Mesa, providing access to city services and information. Mira Mesa has its own library — a branch of the San Diego Public Library.

 

For more information about the

Mira Mesa community and current events, visit the Mira Mesa Town Council web site at www.miramesatowncouncil.org.

 

Miramar

Miramar, a community of 6,500, is the southernmost of the I-15 Diamond Gateway communities. It

is bordered by Miramar Road on the north and I-15 on the east.

 

The primary employer within Miramar is Marine Corps Air Station, also known as MCAS Miramar. The MCAS is the home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. More than 11,000 Marines are stationed here, along

with various air-control and support squadrons. MCAS Miramar is one

of the largest employers in the I-15 Diamond Gateway (roughly 80 percent of Miramar residents are members of the armed forces).  Miramar also has a thriving business district along Miramar Road.

 

About 13 percent of Miramar residents are college educated, and about one-third of the community’s civilian workforce work in management or professional fields. U

 

Location & Transportation

San Diego is located along the Pacific Coast of southernmost California, 120 miles south of Los Angeles and just north of the U.S./Mexican border. The communities of the I-15 Diamond Gateway are clustered around I-15 in the northern section of the city (about 15 miles north of the Center City).

 

All Diamond Gateway communities are located within minutes of the interstate highway system, providing effortless access to the rest of the city and surrounding communities. Diamond Gateway neighborhoods are bisected by I-15 (which runs north and south) and by the east/west State Highway 56 (also known as the Ted Williams Parkway). State Highway 56 provides a direct route to I-5, which follows the coastline to Los Angeles — California’s largest city.

 

To make travel even more accessible and economical, San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System offers numerous transportation options for commuters and visitors alike. MTS operates an extensive network of bus routes and the San Diego Trolley —

a light-rail transit system. Limousine, taxi and car rental services are available throughout the city.

 

San Diego International Airport, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003, is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the nation. Its 19 airlines serve approximately15  million passengers annually. For business needs, seven companies also provide airfreight services. The airport is just west of the Center City, and is accessible via I-5 and various forms

of public transit. U

 

Tourism San Diego

The San Diego area has a long-standing reputation

as a popular tourist destination, with numerous attractions to delight visitors of all ages.

 

The acclaimed San Diego Zoo, located downtown in Balboa Park, is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, including its beloved giant pandas. The new Absolutely Apes exhibit features orangutans and siamangs from Indonesia in a state-of-the-art tropical habitat. Tigers and other wildlife prowl the Tiger River exhibit, which is filled with the flora and fauna of an Asian rain forest. Exotic birds fly freely through two spectacular aviaries.

 

SeaWorld, home of Shamu the whale, has delighted more than 100 million visitors since opening on Mission Bay in 1964. Its extensive exhibits offer up-close glimpses of sharks, interactive tide pools, the snowy Penguin Encounter, a

virtual trip to an Arctic research station and much more. SeaWorld is one of only three locations outside Florida

where visitors can view the endangered manatee.

 

The Wild Animal Park, an 1,800-acre wild animal preserve, is home to more than 3,500 Asian and African animals. Located about 15 miles north of the I-15 Diamond Gateway, the park also features an acclaimed botanical garden.

 

LegoLand, 30 miles north of San Diego in Carlsbad, delights visitors of all ages with rides, hands-on exhibits and an endless array of life-sized (and larger) creations built entirely from Legos.

 

Closer to home, the Diamond Gateway sponsors numerous

festivals, ethnic celebrations and other events throughout the

year. Rancho Penasquitos’ Spring Fiesta de los Penasquitos

attracts thousands of people each year.

 

Dining is a special treat in the communities of the I-15

Diamond Gateway, with numerous restaurants offering delicious ethnic specialties. Whether you’re hungry for an exotic feast, hearty family fare or elegant fine dining, you’ll find it all in the Diamond Gateway. U

 

Chamber Events Calendar

The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts numerous meetings and events for members throughout the year. These events include mixers, committee meetings, networking luncheons, receptions to welcome new members and much more.

 

Regularly scheduled events include:

BSN Committee — first Tuesday of each month

Ambassadors Committee — third Tuesday of each month

Chamber Executive meeting — fourth Tuesday of each month

Chamber Board Meeting — first Wednesday of each month

Government Relations Committee — second Wednesday of each month

Business Success Network Lunch — third Wednesday of each month

Education Committee — last Wednesday of each month

After 5 Mixer — second Thursday of each month

Diamond Days  — April

Fiesta de los Peñasquitos — May

Member Appreciation Dinner — June

Tri-Chamber Mixer — August

Carmel Mountain Fall Festival — October

Holiday Mixer — December

 

Arts & Entertainment

San Diego offers endless opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment, from world-class theater performances to major-league sporting events.

 

Renowned Balboa Park boasts 15 museums — the largest such cluster west of the Mississippi — as well as arts and

culture groups and the famous San Diego Zoo. The park’s Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre is home to the

oldest professional theater group in California.

 

The Broadway/San Diego theater group stages productions year round, and the famed La Jolla Playhouse (founded by Gregory Peck) has won more than 300 honors for its innovative productions, including a Tony for Outstanding Regional Theatre. The Playhouse’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for

La Jolla Playhouse is scheduled to open in 2004.

 

Music lovers enjoy performances staged by the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Music Society and the San Diego Opera (considered one of the top 10 opera companies in the nation).

 

Sports fans in San Diego enjoy rooting for their two home teams — the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

 

Within the I-15 Diamond Gateway, residents enjoy two popular annual events — the Fiesta de los Penasquitos and the Carmel Mountain Ranch Fall Festival. U

 

Homes & Residental Living

Communities of the I-15 Diamond Gateway are part of the city of San Diego, but offer their residents

the safe, quiet neighborhoods associated with other cities’ suburbs. All six communities offer pleasant, highly

livable neighborhoods with easy access to park and recreational facilities that enhance their small-town feel.

 

Most of the housing stock in the Diamond Gateway consists of modern suburban-style middleclass homes. Almost all the homes here have been built since 1970, and most were built since 1980.

 

The median home value ranges from about $330,000 in Mira Mesa to $406,000 in Sabre Springs. The discerning buyer seeking an executive home or estate can easily find elegant

residences valued at $1 million and up.

 

Most of the homes in the Diamond Gateway are single-family units, but apartments, townhomes and condominiums are also available throughout the area. U

 

Parks & Recreation

A near-ideal climate and an extensive parks system make the I-15 Diamond Gateway the perfect location for outdoor activities. Prevailing winds off the Pacific Ocean keep temperatures cooler in summer and warmer in winter, and a seasonal rainfall of about 10 inches ensures that almost every day is perfect for outdoor pursuits. Bicycling is especially popular in the Diamond Gateway thanks to an extensive system of well-maintained trails.

 

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, located between I-5 and

I-15, consists of two large coastal canyons that support rare flora and fauna. When restoration of its river habitat is complete, this resource-based park will cover 4,000 acres.

 

Other noteworthy Diamond Gateway parks include Black Mountain Regional Park in Rancho Penasquitos and Miramar Lake’s Chollas Lake Community Park, which

features a fishing lake reserved for children.

 

The San Diego Park and Recreation Department operates three recreation centers for Diamond Gateway residents. The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center offer basketball courts, softball fields and picnic areas. The Mira Mesa Recreation Center has outdoor athletic fields and basketball courts, picnic areas and a gazebo. All three centers offer a variety of classes and programs for all ages.

 

For golf enthusiasts, the Parks Department maintains two excellent courses — the award-winning Torrey Pines and Balboa Park, the oldest course in the city.

 

Careful planning has preserved San Diego’s beautiful open spaces for residents’ enjoyment. Some 337 parks sprawl over more than 36,000 acres citywide, including more than two dozen shoreline parks. Facilities include public pools, tennis courts and other amenities.

 

Just a short drive from the Diamond Gateway, downtown San Diego offers residents recreation opportunities at the renowned Balboa Park — home to the world-class San Diego Zoo, museums, historic buildings, art centers and gardens. Other attractions include rugged Mission Trails Regional Park (which offers a glimpse of the way this area looked centuries ago) and Mission Bay Park, the largest aquatic park on the West Coast.

 

San Diego’s waterfront is in a class by itself. Residents and visitors alike flock here to swim, surf, snorkel and soak up the sun. The three-mile boardwalk from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach offers lovely ocean views, and is a great place to cycle, walk, jog or skate. U

 

Shops & Boutiques

Great shopping surrounds residents

of every community in the I-15 Diamond Gateway. There are several mini-malls in Rancho Penasquitos, and Scripps Ranch has six distinct shopping areas. Residents throughout the region flock to the weekly Farmers’ Market.

 

Other popular shopping areas include the UTC mall in La Jolla and the North County Fair in Escondido. San Diego’s bustling downtown, just 15 miles south of the Diamond Gateway, offers a wide selection

of retail outlets, shops and boutiques.

 

Whatever you’re searching for, from well-crafted, handmade items to the finest in designer clothing and accessories, it’s all at

I-15 Diamond Gateway’s doorstep. U

 

Excellent Education

The Poway Unified School District, which serves most of the Diamond Gateway communities, is known for its excellent programs and teachers. More than half its teachers have advanced degrees, and five have been named San Diego County Teacher of the Year in the past five years. The district has a very low dropout rate (less than one percent in 2002).

 

More than 90 percent of Poway graduates go on to

college, and many take advanced courses to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2002, Poway graduates were awarded more than $5 million in academic scholarships, and 14 seniors were semi-finalists for National Merit Scholar awards. For more information on Poway schools, log on to powayusd.sdcoe.k12.ca.us.

 

Diamond Gateway communities are also served by the San Diego Unified School District, the state’s second largest. The district’s focus on improved student achievement through a renewed focus on basic skills has resulted in steady improvement in test scores.

The district is committed to supporting schools and enhancing learning by providing modernized facilities and resources. In 1998, voters approved Proposition MM — a $1.5 billion bond issue that is being used to build 13 new schools and upgrade existing facilities.

 

San Diego schools encourage and support community and parental involvement on many levels. One element of this effort, the Superintendent’s Parent Congress, gives parents an opportunity to work with district employees to advance reforms and improvements. To learn more about San Diego schools, log on to www.sdcs.k12.ca.us.

 

The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce contributes to educational excellence through the “Making a Difference” Education Project. This program supports educational needs from preschool through college, provides scholarships and school

supplies, and encourages partnerships between schools and business. U

 

Higher Education

For continuing education, Diamond Gateway residents have two excellent options close to home — Miramar College (in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area) and Alliant International University (Scripps Ranch).

 

Miramar College offers certificates, associate degrees and comprehensive transfer programs for students transferring to state and private universities. The 140-acre campus serves 10,000 students per semester, and includes a computer business center, library, police academy, child development center and digital media lab. The new 32-acre athletic complex will include the largest aquatic facility in San Diego County. A science/technology center and advanced transportation center also are planned.

 

Miramar College’s acclaimed vocational programs partner with business and industry to give students up-to-date job skills and internship opportunities. The college is nationally recognized as the transportation studies center of California, and has industry partnerships with Toyota, Daimler Chrysler, Honda, United Airlines, Caterpillar and Hawthorne.

 

Alliant offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a wide range of fields. While most students attend AIU full-time, part-time programs and online study are offered as well. Its extensive course offerings attract students from a wide geographical area, creating a diverse student body. About one-third of AIU’s students are from countries other than the U.S.

 

AIU offers an inviting 160-acre campus shaded by eucalyptus trees. Student amenities include computer labs, a sports center, dormitories and a performing arts theater. The campus’ Walter Library houses the largest collection in the AIU system, which also has campuses in Alameda, Fresno, Irvine, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Mexico and Kenya.

 

Other universities in San Diego include the University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. U

 

Business and Industry

The communities of the I-15 Diamond Gateway are well developed, offering a thriving environment for business and industry. Although most of the area is “built out,” openings for new businesses still remain.

 

The City of San Diego Planning Department is always available to help businesses with expansion, relocation or other needs. The department works closely with officials of each community in the

I-15 Diamond Gateway to ensure orderly growth and development.

 

Diamond Gateway employers enjoy the benefits of an exceptionally well-educated, well-trained workforce. More than half the communities’ residents have college educations, and the majority are employed as skilled professionals or work in management positions.

 

The Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar is one of the region’s largest employers, with 11,000 people working on base. The biotech industry is also well represented in the area, particularly in Mira Mesa. A few of the important employers in the Diamond Gateway include Hitachi, Intel and Mitchell Publishing — all of which have offices in Scripps Ranch.

 

Networking, development and promotion opportunities are provided through the I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce. By working closely with government officials, Chamber members remain well informed on matters of interest to their businesses,

and have a voice in issues that affect them.

 

Ongoing Chamber programs offer members the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. Members also benefit from member-to-member discounts, business referrals and Chamber-sponsored publicity. The Chamber is also an active partner in efforts to improve educational quality and student achievement, ensuring a well-trained workforce for the future. U

 

E-Commerce and the Internet

Information about business in the I-15 Diamond Gateway is easily obtained via the Internet. The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce lists upcoming events, Chamber

members and much more on its Web site — www.dgchamber.org. Member

businesses are listed in the Chamber directory, which includes links to member sites.

 

The city of San Diego also

maintains an extensive web site

to assist businesses with expansion, relocation and other concerns.

To find out more, log on to www.dgchamber.org. u

 

MCAS MIRAMAR

The Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar is one of the largest employers in the I-15 Diamond Gateway, with more than 10,000 service and 1,000 civilian members on-site. MCAS Miramar and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing support Marine and Naval aviation missions worldwide.

 

MCAS Miramar plays a vital role in the Diamond Gateway economy, but it’s much more than just a large employer. It’s also a good neighbor.

 

The air station’s “Hands Across the Fences” community relations philosophy contributes to the quality of life in Miramar and neighboring communities on a daily basis. Air station residents and employees participate in volunteer activities and provide speakers, displays and color guards throughout the area. The air station also offers tours for residents twice each month, and hosts a dozen Educators’ Workshops per year.

 

MCAS Miramar is an enthusiastic participant in the San Diego Unified School District’s Partnerships in Education program, which helps improve student achievement. Marines share their technical and leadership skills with students in a variety of ways — participating in exhibitions and interview panels, helping with sporting events and allowing students to “shadow” them as they perform their jobs.

 

The air station also offers educational opportunities for its own residents, providing on-site classes and testing. The Miramar Education Center also supplies information on

various college and university programs.

 

The excellent 3rd Military Aircraft Wing Band, composed entirely of combat-trained Marines, has delighted residents at home and abroad for years. It has performed dozens of concerts in the Persian Gulf, and accompanied the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing when it was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May 2003, the 3rd MAW Band performed in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces, becoming the first U.S. military band to perform in Iraq.

 

The air station also has an on-site aviation history museum,

and sponsors a popular free air show each fall. U

 

Community Government

As part of the city of San Diego, communities of the I-15 Diamond Gateway are protected by professionally trained emergency personnel around the clock. The Fire Department’s 1,200-plus personnel operate 44 fire stations, staff nine lifeguard stations and provide emergency medical services 24 hours a day.

 

The Police Department, in addition to providing emergency service, also employs Community Oriented Policing to improve residents’ quality of life. This program includes revitalized block watch programs and citizens’ patrol groups, which alert

officers to suspicious activity.

 

Community Service Centers in Scripps Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch and Rancho Penasquitos provide a variety of city services in convenient, one-stop locations. Residents can visit the centers to pay municipal bills, access city reports and obtain information on city parks and activities, bus and trolley schedules, municipal jobs and community events. U

 

Houses of Worship

The I-15 Diamond Gateway communities are blessed with an outstanding faith community that embraces almost every religious persuasion. These houses of worship represent a broad range of faith traditions, and services are conducted in several languages. Worship here reflects the diversity of our ethnic and cultural communities, and demonstrates the communities’ acceptance of all people and faiths.

 

The pastors of the Diamond Gateway welcome you, and invite you to participate in services at the church of your choice. U

 

Quality Healthcare

Residents of the I-15 Diamond Gateway have access to some of the finest medical care in the nation, from family-practice physicians to specialists in virtually every field of medicine.

 

Sharp Rees-Stealy has served San Diego’s medical needs since 1923, and was the first multi-specialty medical group practice in the city. It offers 15 medical centers throughout San Diego, including one in Mira Mesa. The staff includes more than 280 primary-care physicians and specialists.

 

Urgent care centers, including one in Mira Mesa, are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and free transportation is available between many Sharp Rees-Stealy locations.

 

Sharp Rees-Stealy is nationally known for its superior clinical practice and cutting-edge research, and is certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, an industry benchmark of quality.

 

Scripps Clinic and Centre for Healthcare offers medical centers in Rancho Bernardo and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Sharp Memorial Hospital is also available to our community as well as Pomerado Hospital.

 

Pomerado Hospital is operated by Palomar Pomerado Health, which serves an 800-square-mile area of northern San Diego County — the largest hospital district in the state. Located in Poway, Pomerado Hospital is an acute-care facility with 107 beds, a 24-hour emergency department, Birth Center, general medical/surgical services and cardiopulmonary care.

 

Other offerings at Pomerado include a partial-hospitalization service for seniors, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Wound Management Program. A 129-bed convalescent care center, also operated by Palomar Pomerado Health, is adjacent to the hospital.

 

Pomerado Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, ensuring the highest standards of excellence in patient care. U

 

Senior Living

Belmont Village at Sabre Springs offers assisted living in gracious accommodations with a lively, upbeat atmosphere. Amenities include an inviting library, a full-service salon, a boutique-style marketplace and beautifully landscaped grounds. Guest rooms are available for visiting friends and family members.

 

Villa Monte Vista in Poway offers long-term nursing care in a pleasant, home-like environment. Trained nurses are on staff 24 hours a day, and each patient is assigned a case manager. On-site services include physical, occupational and speech therapy — as well as dental, podiatry and hearing care.

 

Seniors living independently may utilize the services offered by the San Diego Park and Recreation Department’s Senior Citizen Office. This office provides referrals to senior centers and other programs, and serves more than 100,000 seniors a year. U