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New JCF CEO Takes Entrepreneurial Approach To Philanthropy

GIVING: Group Establishes Active Role For Donors in ProcessBeth Sirull, CEO of the nonprofit Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, is bringing new fundraising strategies to the post she assumed in March.

By Emmet Pierce May 25, 2017 2:27 p.m.   $$ Share

Internet-of-Things Data May Be a Bonanza for Marketers

Marketers and brands can learn a lot about their customers by watching their internet behavior.

By Brad Graves May 26, 2017 9:51 a.m. share »

Senate Bill Opens 2 a.m. Closing Time to Debate

As a liberal Democrat from Northern California and a conservative Republican from Southern California, the two of us don’t always agree. But both of us came from local government where we represented diverse communities, and we both believe that it’s important that local leaders have as much flexibility as possible to make decisions that are in the best interests of the people they represent.

By Joel Anderson and Scott Wiener May 25, 2017 3:03 p.m. share »

Founder’s Good Spirit, Good Works Are Missed at Firm

Michael J. Duckor died in March, as noted in a previous column. But there is more to say. Duckor, Spradling, Metzger and Wynne is working through the grieving process as happens to firms when one of their founders dies. Gary Spradling and Duckor had the courage to leave the security of their respective practices at Gray, Cary, Ames and Frye, one of San Diego’s largest and respected law firms in 1977.

By Randy Frisch May 25, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »
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Culture and Creativity Bring Marketing Companies Together

An acronym sprang to mind shortly after Aaron Gaeir, CEO of Grandesign, met Hadley Media founder Patrick Hadley: PLU.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 25, 2017 2:16 p.m. share »
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Shortage of Auto Mechanics Expected Down the Road

Auto repair shop owner John Eppstein noticed fewer job applications coming in the last several years, but the underlying problem didn’t hit him until he had to fire one of his four service technicians last year.

May 25, 2017 1:39 p.m. share »
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A Lean Approach To News

Robert Herring Sr. is a man on a mission. “What’s the breaking news?” he asked on a recent weekday as he ushered guests into a cozy, darkened room adjacent to One America News Network’s television studio floor where a handful of young men sat monitoring a series of televised news feeds.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 25, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »

San Diego Hotels See Continued Growth in Occupancy, Revenue

San Diego County’s hotels continued to post strong post-recession metrics in the first four months of 2017, with total revenue rising 7.4 percent from the year-ago period, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

By Lou Hirsh May 24, 2017 11:28 a.m. share »

Jack in the Box Mulling Options for Qdoba Division

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. has retained Morgan Stanley & Co. to assist the company’s board in evaluating “potential alternatives” with respect to its struggling Qdoba restaurant division.

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 4:08 p.m. share »
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Grocer Trader Joe’s Opening New Store at SDSU

Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s plans a May 19 opening for its new store at San Diego State University’s South Campus Plaza. The store at 5140 College Ave. is the 15th in San Diego County for the Monrovia-based retailer.

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 1:24 p.m. share »

SDSU Disengages from Talks on SoccerCity Project

San Diego State University has disengaged from talks on the proposed SoccerCity development in Mission Valley, a move that developers of the mixed-use project contend could negatively impact the university’s football program.

By Lou Hirsh May 17, 2017 2:59 p.m. share »
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Ricky Shabazz Named President of S.D. City College

San Diego City College has named Ricky Shabazz, a vice president with San Bernardino Valley College, as its new president.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 17, 2017 11:16 a.m. share »
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Roush Appointed Interim President of San Diego State University

California State University Chancellor Timothy White has appointed Sally Roush to serve as interim president of San Diego State University, starting July 1. University officials said Roush will serve in that capacity until a new president is selected by the CSU Board of Trustees.

By Lou Hirsh May 15, 2017 12:43 p.m. share »

Want More Jobs? Then Don’t Cut Job Training

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump appealed to working-class voters by promising to bring jobs back to the U.S. This is certainly an important goal, but job creation is only half of the jobs equation.

May 15, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »

Local Attorneys Stand Tall in Legal Battle With a Retail Giant

Local Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP attorneys earned a unanimous trial victory for leading San Diego digital agency Cuker Interactive LLC in a long-running case against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas — Fayetteville Division. After more than three years of litigation, an Arkansas jury found in favor of Cuker on numerous trade secret claims and awarded Cuker $12.4 million in damages.

By Randy Frisch May 15, 2017 10:09 a.m. share »
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These 3 e-Learning Companies Want You to Know…

Would-be CPAs studying into the night. Doctors wanting to keep their skills current. Corporate executives trying to turn mandated training into something palatable … maybe even entertaining.

By Brad Graves May 15, 2017 9:23 a.m. share »