Encinitas resident brings women’s only studio to city

This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Feb. 4, 2016.

The days of Billy Blanks and his wildly popular Tae Bo classes were what drew Liberty Harper into the fitness world. Harper, an Encinitas resident, was 17 years old at the time.

“I had already understood that fitness was important but once I started taking these cardio kickboxing classes, I knew it was my calling,” Harper said. “From there, I was asked to teach at a karate studio and I quickly went on to teach at different gyms throughout San Diego.”

As she was finishing her schooling at La Costa Canyon, she taught classes about 15 to 20 hours each week.

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General Assembly Rethinks Training for Next Gen of Coders

This story was reported for NewCo on Jan. 6, 2016.

“If you can do the job, you should get the job.” That’s what President Obama said in March 2015 when he announced TechHire, an initiative to fill tech jobs through accelerated training. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. companies say they have unfilled positions due to a lack of qualified applicants. General Assembly is one of the companies trying to address that.

“We’re ultimately solving the education-to-employment gap,” says Anna Lindow, general manager of campus education and operations at General Assembly. Founded in New York, the school has been around since 2011 and offers courses in fields such as user experience design, data science, and web development. It has trained more than 240,000 students.

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Brewery hops over obstacles to set roots in Vista

Brewery_hops_over_obstacles_to_set_roots_in_Vista_The_Coast_News_Group_-_2015-12-31_18.35.04This story was reported for The Coast News on Dec. 29, 2015.

It was 2005 when Terry Little tried his first craft beer. Little, who was serving in the U.S. Navy at the time, was in Imperial Beach when he had a Stone pale ale.

“I remember it so vividly,” Little said. “This was just when Stone was picking up, so that was 10 years ago. They have come far.”

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Discount store closure is sign of North Park’s changing demographics

Discount_store_closure_is_sign_of_North_Park’s_changing_demographics_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-12-05_08.41.36This story was reported for Uptown News on Dec. 5, 2014.

A local real estate expert said the closure of a long-time North Park discount store is a sign of the neighborhood’s growing affluence.

Discount International Fashion Company, located at 3002 University Ave., announced it will close its doors in December after more than 25 years in North Park.

“The area has changed,” said owner Rafee Zakir, who also previously owned two restaurants in the area. “Our customers have moved because they can no longer afford to live here and the new customers are not spending here.”

Zakir said when he first purchased the business in the heart of North Park, he paid $1,200 for rent. He now pays $3,500 for the 2,344-square-foot space, which includes a 400-square-foot storage area and a 550-square-foot mezzanine.

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Civita attracts new homeowners, families

Civita_attracts_new_homeowners,_families_-_Mission_Valley_News_-_2014-12-01_06.25.44This story was reported for Mission Valley News on Nov. 14, 2014.

As Mission Valley’s new Civita development rapidly transforms from architectural watercolor renderings into a living, breathing, brick-and-mortar reality, the neighborhood is attracting a variety of residents from all over San Diego.

The $2 billion master-planned development situated north of Friars Road will eventually offer more than 4,000 homes on 230 acres. The development, which began in 2011, will be complete in 12 years.

As of the end of September 2014, 143 homes had been sold, ranging in price from the high $400,000s to the mid-$700,000s.

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