SD FINANCE

Sempra, Activists Agree on 2 Board Members

Sempra Energy, working in conjunction with an activist investor group, named Cynthia L. Walker and Michael N. Mears to its board of directors on Oct. 11.

Planet Home Lending Opens in Chula Vista

Connecticut-based Planet Home Lending LLC announced on Oct. 11 that it has opened a branch office in Chula Vista’s Eastlake district.

Ohio Co. Casts Its Vote for Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts, a San Diego company for voter registration and online voting, was acquired by Cleveland-based Votem Corp. on Oct. 3 for an undisclosed amount.

Moss Adams’ Open House Honors Veterans

Philanthropy

Moss Adams’ San Diego office announced that it hosted its 4th annual Miramar Air Show open house recently in honor of the local veteran and active-military community.

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Spreading Word on Need For Wildlife Refuges

Philanthropy

The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, announced that it received an $89,150 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project.

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School Makes Its Mark With Educational Excellence

The San Diego Jewish Academy Golda Meir Lower School was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. SDJA GMLS was awarded for being an Exemplary High Performing School.

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Playing an Instrumental Role in Music Education

Classics 4 Kids, a nonprofit founded in 1994 to fill the gap in music education in the nation’s schools, recently kicked off its 25th anniversary season with a fall garden party in Rancho Santa Fe.

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San Diego Seeks Startups for Smart City Projects

San Diego is looking for startups to build everything from parking apps to a hazard alert system.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Closes Acquisition of Vernalis

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals closed its acquisition of Vernalis Plc in a deal that Ligand said will add “shots on goal” to its portfolio.

Kratos Expands Military Training Projects

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said Oct. 11 that it received more than $30 million in scope increases on multiple existing military training contracts.

Report: Mitek Rejects Takeover Bid from Florida IT Company

Mitek Systems reportedly rejected a takeover bid from ASG Technologies, a portfolio company of Elliot Management Corp.

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Institutes Take Cues From Business for Funding

FINANCE: Quest for Private Money Brings New Models, Partnerships

UC San Diego’s drug research arm in recent years took a new tack with investors and pharmaceuticals: Tell us what we’re doing wrong.

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Qualcomm Adds Two Board Members to Appease Shareholders

Qualcomm added two independent directors on Tuesday

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Jamul Casino Names New President

Mary Cheeks was named new president and general manager of the property.

S.D. Sustainable Chemical Manufacturer Raises $90M

Genomatica, which manufactures plant-based chemicals, raised $90 million in an equity offering.

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