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Joe Banuelos

Tortilleria Lily

BID: City Heights Business Association

Tortilleria Lily began in 1988 with one 50 lb. tank of corn, one employee, and the owner Francisco Amezquita. Today it cooks twelve 1000 lb. tanks of corn per day and employs 30. Tortilleria Lily is run by a Mexican family that strives to produce a quality tortilla for its neighbors. Their tortillas attract customers from all of San Diego. In 2005, City Redevelopment Funds and the Storefront Improvement Program provided financial assistance for a major renovation of the factory. Today, Delia and Francisco Amezquita oversee the continuing growth of what began as a modest business and an improbable dream, as they prepare the next generation to take the reins.

Jackie Connelly

Woodstock's Pizza

BID: College Area Business District

Voted San Diego State's Best Pizza Place, Woodstock's Pizza has a total of five locations in California and has been in business for the past 20 years. Since Woodstock's has been in the College Area, they have increased their sales by 30% and maintain a great community partnership. Their mission is to earn loyal customers and team members who uniquely regard Woodstock's as the Ultimate Pizza Experience. In 2004, Woodstock's relocated, renovating the new site into a fun, sustainable, family-friendly environment where good food is served everyday. Woodstock's is a constant contributor to the many events and activities in the College Area and beyond.

Miguel Gonzales

Hill Steam Cleaning Service

BID: Diamond CDC dba: BID

Hill Steam Cleaning Service utilizes several technologies that support graffiti removal, concrete restoration and the cleaning of concrete structures, awnings, heavy equipment and machinery, and high rise buildings. It has clients throughout California, and has served the Diamond community for years. Hill Steam Cleaning has supported the Diamond BID in several unique ways. In addition, Mr. Gonzales has created opportunities for some of our young people by partnering with the BID to mentor potential business owners in the steam cleaning trade so that they can develop their own small business enterprise.

Heather Mitchell

School of Healing Arts

BID: Discover Pacific Beach

The School of Healing Arts is a non-profit, public-benefit vocational school that offers a diverse curriculum in holistic health education blending practical knowledge with intuitive understanding. Heather Mitchell, CEO of the school, has worked over the last two years to make the school financially sound and increasing customers and students. Heather is a Discover Pacific Beach board member and chairs its Promotions Committee. The school provides volunteers and resources to the association and participates in existing neighborhood projects including advertising opportunities, networking events, and neighborhood activities. In addition, the school is leading the planning efforts for a new health and wellness based event in June.

Ron Diemling

House of Blues

BID: Downtown San Diego Partnership

House of Blues (HOB is serving as a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of this area. Due to their investment in the area, Fifth Avenue Partners, LLC has decided to build a 21-story condo hotel next to HOB on Fifth and C Street, with more developments on the way. This will help to change the complexion of the C Street Corridor. In January 2006, the San Diego HOB introduced its International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF). IHOBF is dedicated to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that promote cultural understanding and creative expression. In addition to the IHOBF, The House of Blues is involved in many community and charity organizations in San Diego. The House of Blues is a truly exemplary business in our community.

Jay Levine

PIP Printing

BID: El Cajon Boulevard BIA

Jay Levine is the owner of PIP Printing, a family business that has had a presence on the Boulevard since 1971. Jay is looking forward to the positive changes that are being planned for his neighborhood including redevelopment and celebrates the diversity that he sees in his office on a day-to-day basis. He has served on the BID board for over 18 years and has been Secretary for 8 of those years, as well as serving on numerous committees. In addition, Jay has served on a variety of other boards of directors involving community activism and the cultural arts. El Cajon Boulevard has a long history of success and Jay plans to be a contributing part of its future success.

Mikki Neal

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

BID: Gaslamp Quarter Association

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is a shining example of the type of business that has made the Gaslamp Quarter so successful. Rock Bottom is an active member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, with leadership roles on our Restaurant Committee and Special Event Committee. The management has consistently supported the GQA's special events and fundraising efforts that serve to promote and improve the area. The fun and friendly Rock Bottom continues to offer a high-quality experience to their local and visiting guests after more than 5 years at their home on 4th Avenue. Their continuing effort to support our neighborhood has been inspirational to other businesses and their partnership with the Gaslamp Quarter Association has been significant yes, but more importantly enjoyable.

Michelle Burkart


BID: Hillcrest

Michelle Burkart the founder of TH!NKbusiness, provides affordable business coaching and advise for small business development, growth and profit; marketing action plans for more customers and more sales; and living business plans. Since 1998, she has served on the Hillcrest Business Association Board of Directors as an active member of the Marketing Committee, as Secretary; and currently, as Vice President. She has regularly promoted and volunteered at many of the BID sponsored events: City Fest, Mardi Gras, and December Nights, and the BID workshops. In addition, Michelle volunteers her time for other community organizations, among them SCORE, Greater San Diego Business Association and Community Mediation Services.

Steven Atlas


BID: Mission Hills

TheFrameMaker recently acquired and moved to a larger building in the Mission Hills business district and is celebrating their 30th Year in business. They have San Diego's largest collection of high quality art frame samples with over 8,000 on display in the spacious showroom.

Owner Steve Atlas believes that charitable organizations should also enjoy the highest quality décor, and has selected: The Heart Institute of Children's Hospital, the Alzheimer's Association, St. Paul's Lutheran School, San Diego Master Chorale, San Diego Art Institute, and San Diego Historical Society among others. TheFrameMaker also offers show space at no cost to selected San Diego artists and is proud to provide free meeting space for non-profit community groups for their monthly meetings.

Rick Dieterle

The Bean Bar Coffee House & Drive-Thru

BID: North Bay Association

The Bean Bar, a successful coffee house and drive-thru since 2004, strives to also be a successful member of their local and global community by serving fair trade, organic coffees, participating in local charity events such as the Help Just One event and the Monte Kobey Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors, as well as showcasing local musicians and artists. The Bean Bar also encourages greater community and social awareness with open and candid discussions on the topics of the day in friendly and respectful ways. It's said that the American Revolution was born in a coffee house and if the Bean Bar can offer the same atmosphere for positive change in the North Bay and greater San Diego area, owners Rick and Lisa Dieterle will have accomplished one of their goals.

Claire Magner

Claire de Lune

BID: North Park Main Street

Claire de Lune is a business that personifies the North Park renaissance. It was founded in 1998 by Claire Magner and has since grown to become one of San Diego County's most well known coffee lounges. Claire de Lune participated in one of North Park's earliest and most successful Storefront Improvement Programs. The Odd Fellows building is still today one of the most attractive buildings in Downtown North Park. Claire, once again a leader in North Park's revitalization soon purchased the building. Claire contributes regularly to events in the community. On the day of the North Park Festival of the Arts, she donates coffee to the early morning volunteers. She has also donated meeting space for many community workshops, in addition to coffee.

Cordelia Mendoza

Cottage Antiques

BID: Ocean Beach Main Street BID

Cottage Antiques, a pioneer in establishing the antiques district in Ocean Beach, has had a strong presence and visibility in Ocean Beach since 1988. They have an excellent reputation and continually decorate and change their store windows for a fresh and professional look. They have also made great improvements to their building, located on an extremely visible corner. Cottage Antiques has strong involvement with several non-profit groups and is very active within the BID, Cordelia Mendoza chairs the Design Committee, is a OBMA board member, participates in other committees and she is always involved in community projects. Cordelia volunteers for all special events and takes a leadership role.

Jill Mesaros

Miracle Theatre Productions

Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce and BID

Miracle Theatre Productions, the award-winning company that operates The Theatre in Old Town, is one of San Diego's most popular theatres. In addition, it is very involved in the community and has an ongoing donation program to benefit various nonprofit organizations and other community groups throughout the year. Their cast members promote the arts in San Diego by making appearances on television and radio and at community events. Producing Director and CEO, Jill Mesaros an active Old Town BID Board Member since 1996 has received several awards as a volunteer and as an accomplished business woman over the years. Her hard work and dedication were instrumental in the success of the Old Town Saturday Market, which now nets over $50,000 annually for the community.

Michael Ullman

The La Valencia Hotel

BID: Promote La Jolla, Inc.

Often referred to as the "Pink Lady of La Jolla," the La Valencia Hotel will celebrate "her" 80th birthday this year! Since 1926, the hotel has served as a distinguished landmark for our community, serving guests with a finesse and style that makes everyone feel like a celebrity. Michael Ullman, General Manager of the La Valencia Hotel, works diligently to expand the hotel's traditional markets and to increase La Valencia's visibility, while working with our Board of Directors on new and creative ways to promote La Jolla as a world class destination. Through his work at the Hotel and on our Board, Mr. Ullman is committed to growth and innovation.

Roberto Lopez

Hermanos Lopez, Inc.

BID: San Ysidro Business Association (SYBA)

Leopoldo Lopez opened the first La Bodega grocery store in 1968 on Olive Drive in San Ysidro. Truly a family business, Leopoldo's 3 sons and 2 daughters have been involved from the start and now a third generation of the Lopez family has joined the business. Hermanos Lopez, Inc (dba La Bodega Market) now owns and operates six grocery stores with one hundred and sixty employees.

La Bodega markets have been at the heart of the explosive growth seen in the border region. They also have been a major financial contributor to several San Ysidro BID projects, and a leader in community involvement.

Joe Banuelos, Tortilleria Lily -- City Heights Business Association

Jackie Connelly, Woodstock's Pizza -- College Area Business District

Miguel Gonzales, Hill Steam Cleaning Services -- Diamond BID

Heather Mitchell, School of Healing Arts -- Discover Pacific Beach

Ron Diemling, House of Blues -- Downtown San Diego Partnership

Jay Levine, PIP Printing -- El Cajon Boulevard BID

Mikki Neal, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery -- Gaslamp Quarter Association

Michelle Burkart, TH!NKbusiness -- Hillcrest BID

Steven Atlas, TheFrameMaker -- Mission Hills BID

Rick Dieterle, The Bean Bar Coffee House & Drive-Thru -- North Bay Association

Claire Magner, Claire de Lune -- North Park Main Street

Cordelia Mendoza, Cottage Antiques -- Ocean Beach Main Street

Jill Mesaros, Miracle Theatre Productions -- Old Town BID

Michael Ullman, The La Valencia Hotel -- Promote La Jolla Inc.

Roberto Lopez, Hermanos Lopez Inc. -- San Ysidro Business Association

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