Local franchisees attend development workshops

Two local Maaco franchisees attended the chain’s convention, where industry and company authorities led educational workshops in crew development and customer satisfaction.  Local attendees were Steve Farage of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Montclair, and Ken Sibley of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Riverside.  Information: www.maaco.com

State on track for slowest homebuilding year on record

Housing construction in California continued to decrease in November and is on track to set a record for the least amount of homes produced in a single year, the California Building Industry Association announced late last week.  According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, homebuilders pulled permits for 2,540 total housing units in November, down 12 percent from October, and down 46 percent from November 2008.  CIRB expects to finish the year with 35,600 total units, which would be by far the lowest total since records began being kept in 1954.  The current record is 64,962 units, which was posted in 2008.

SB, Riverside counties included in affordable housing grants

The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco has awarded $35.3 million in Affordable Housing Program grants in the second round of the 2009 competition.  The AHP grants, awarded to 49 projects that address the needs of individual communities, will produce 3,458 affordable housing units in California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Among the California counties awarded grant money are San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

Four Corners economic summit scheduled for Jan. 28

The Four Corners Transportation & Economic Summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 S. Grand Ave.  The event will focus on the topic “Paving the Road to Recovery: Perspectives for a New Decade,” featuring author Joel Kotkin, who will present a landmark study, “Four Corners: From Periphery to Center of the Action.”  The event will include information from economists Wallace Walrod, Jack Kyser and John Husing.  Cost: $35. Information: www.fourcornerssummit.net

San Bernardino nonprofit slates financial education seminars

The Time for Change Foundation will present financial education seminars 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays between Feb. 3 and April 14 at St. John’s Center, 1407 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.  Topics to be covered include surviving the recession, buying your first home and investment strategies.  Free child care and dinner will be provided.  Information: 909-239-5232; 951-662-7474.

Transit-oriented development forum scheduled in Ontario

The Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire will host a forum to address transit-oriented development (TOD) in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties on Jan. 19 in Ontario.  Four Technical Assistance Panels, consisting of ULI members, studied selected TOD sites in Ontario, Corona, Riverside and Placentia. Panel recommendations for each TOD site will be presented at the event to help developers and city officials collaborate and build successful TOD projects.  The event will take place 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ontario Convention Center. Cost: $65 for ULI private-sector members; $85 for nonmembers in the private sector; $55 for public-sector members; $75 for nonmembers in the public sector.  Information: 800-321-5011; mention meeting code #81231035.

Former U.S. ambassador nominated to bank’s board

Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, which operates a banking center in Ontario, recently announced that George L. Argyros has been nominated to be a member of its board of directors.  Argyros’ election to the Bancorp board is subject to bank regulatory approvals.  Argyros was the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2001 to 2004, and is chairman and chief executive officer of Arnel & Affiliates, a West Coast diversified investment company. He is also a general partner in Westar Capital, a private investment company.

American Career College appoints new president

American Career College has announced the appointment of Al Nederhood to the position of president of the school, which operates a campus in Ontario. Nederhood has been promoted from his position as executive vice president of operations.  According to a news release, “He will be responsible for a wide range of traditional academic areas for the school’s three campuses in Southern California, including faculty and support personnel, accreditation, curriculum development, academic assessment, policies and procedures and budget management.”

Rancho Cucamonga industrial building sells for $1.43 million

A private buyer has acquired the industrial building at 9070 Rancho Park Court, Rancho Cucamonga, for $1.43 million, according to costar.com

The buyer plans to occupy the property after the seller, owner/operator of Northstar Systems, moves out.  Milo Lipson and Richard Schwartz of Grubb & Ellis represented the seller. Barret Woods of Lee & Associates represented the buyer.