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Change Is Certain for Sempra, What Direction Is Question

2019 Look Ahead: TECHNOLOGY

Sempra Energy went through several changes in 2018 and could change some more by the time 2019 is over.

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WD-40 Grows Net Income 5 Percent

WD-40 Co., maker of the eponymous lubricant as well as a line of cleaning and lubricating products, reported net income of $13.3 million or 95 cents per share during its first quarter, which ended Nov. 30. Net income rose 5 percent from last year’s first quarter.

East County Aircraft Parts Manufacturer Acquired

Spring Valley-based Williams Aerospace and Manufacturing has been acquired by a Los Angeles area defense contractor for undisclosed terms. Williams makes parts for a variety of Lockheed Martin aircraft, including the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft and C-130 Hercules transport.

GA Satellite to Carry Argos Sensor to Space

General Atomics has received a contract to help launch a satellite for an international data gathering program. It is expected to play a role in ocean buoy tracking, wildlife and fishery monitoring, and maritime security.

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Achates Power Names New CEO

Achates Power, the Sorrento Valley business developing opposed-piston truck and military engines, has named David Crompton CEO. The business has set a goal of creating a low-emission internal combustion engine.

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Sempra Sells More Assets for $332M

Sempra Energy announced on Jan. 2 that it agreed to sell its non-utility U.S. natural gas storage facilities in Mississippi and Alabama to ArcLight Capital Partners for $332 million in cash.

FTC’s Antitrust Case Against Qualcomm Set for Trial

The FTC's case challenging Qualcomm's licensing practices will go to trial on Jan. 4.

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Accessory Co. Tries to Stay Step Ahead of Devices

RETAIL: Carriers, Cases Both Protect and Stylishly Promote Products

It was the combination of a padded postal envelope and a pricey laptop that inspired Ethan Nyholm, founder and global CEO of STM Brands, to design his very first laptop bag back in 1998 while attending college for business marketing in Sydney, Australia.

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Sempra Unit Acquires Transmission Infrastructure in Chile

Chilquinta Energía, the electric utility in Chile owned by Sempra Energy, has closed its acquisition of two major transmission lines for $225.5 million cash. The seller was a South American subsidiary of Virginia-based AES Corp.

Benchmark Brewing Signs New Distribution Contract

Thanks to its attorneys, according to Benchmark co-founder, Rachael Akin, the brewery will be able to remain in its headquarters, hopefully at least until the contract runs out in seven years.

Actions Needed to Control, Cut Emissions

It’s never been clearer. Our continued use of fossil fuels to power our lives will worsen climate change. The 4th National Climate Assessment warns of dire consequences by 2050 if climate-altering pollution isn’t drastically reduced.

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Polish Oil & Gas Signs Up for Sempra LNG Exports

Polish Oil & Gas Co. has signed a definitive agreement with San Diego-based Sempra Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Sempra’s proposed Port Arthur, Texas liquefaction and export facility. The pact could lead to 20 years of exports.

Local Strengths Like Genetics, Big Data and Talent Power Agbio Scene

Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong

Decades ago on North County farms, the Ecke family turned the poinsettia into a top-selling Christmas plant. From former Ecke land, Cibus again wants to put the region on the map.

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Farming Problems Get Tech Solutions as Cos. See an Open Field

Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong

Bright green avocado trees dot the hills surrounding San Diego County, while tens of acres of multicolored ranunculus flowers bloom each year in Carlsbad.

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Kratos to Ride Aboard 7-Year Space Vector Contract

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said on Dec. 12 that it is a subcontractor to Space Vector Corp. on a rocket project that may last up to seven years. The financial implications to Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) were not immediately clear.