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Bar Foundation Giving Aims To Promote Justice for All

The Business of Law ColumnBrian Funk is president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and would like to remind you that the foundation supports access to justice, in a big way.

By Randy Frisch February 20, 2015 8:59 a.m.   $$ Share

City, County Teaming to Explore Regional Stadium Options

San Diego city and county government leaders have announced plans to work collaboratively, including sharing consultant costs, in order to devise a new regional stadium plan to retain the San Diego Chargers.

Sloan Foundation Expands Minority Ph.D. Program to UC San Diego

UC San Diego is one of three institutions selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a partnership to support under-represented graduate students in STEM fields.

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San Marcos Resort Gets New Eatery, Revamped Golf Course

Locally based hospitality property operator Eat.Drink.Sleep plans a March 26 opening for its new restaurant and renovated golf course at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos.

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Johnny Rockets Restaurant Coming to Boomers in Vista

A new location of the Johnny Rockets hamburger restaurant is set to open this spring at the Vista location of Boomers family entertainment center, according to center operator Palace Entertainment.

Sempra Energy Submits Port Arthur LNG Facilities for Pre-File Review

Sempra Energy announced its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

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EDUCATION: UCSD Taps a Top Talent to Form Its Design Lab

Don Norman — electrical engineer, psychologist and design guru for Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other businesses — has been coaxed out of retirement to start the University of California, San Diego design lab.

Firm’s Partner Gets a Title That Honors Her Civic Achievements

Vickie Turner, a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, has been named “Woman of the Year for the California 79th Assembly District.” Turner lives in the district, which includes Chula Vista, San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City.

State Supreme Court to Review SANDAG Case

LAW: Appellate Ruling Said to Have Left Some Unresolved Questions

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court’s decision calling on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to make long-term transportation plans better comply with revised state pollution-reduction goals.

Legislation Would Cut Civic S.D. Power

LAW: Some Call for More Localized Input on Projects

Legislation proposed by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would effectively strip the nonprofit Civic San Diego of its current role as final arbiter on downtown development projects.

Bridgepoint Appoints Christopher Henn as Executive VP/COO

Bridgepoint Education Inc. said on March 19 that it appointed Christopher Henn as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective April 13.

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Solana Beach Firm Buys 2 Nevada Hotels for $20 Million

Solstar Investments LLC of Solana Beach has acquired the 120-room Marriott SpringHill Suites and 108-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotels in Henderson, Nev., for a total of $20 million, according to Nevada public records.

San Diego Firms Buy Arizona Hotels for $8.65 Million

Hospitality management and consulting firm R.A. Rauch & Associates Inc. and investment firm PacVentures Inc., both of San Diego, recently acquired two Arizona hotel properties for a total of $8.65 million, the companies announced.

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Mission Valley Hilton Completes $12 Million Renovation

Operators recently completed a $12 million renovation of the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley hotel, with a new outdoor event deck and pool area expected to open this spring.

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Coco’s, Carrows Restaurant Operator Getting New Owner

Carlsbad-based Catalina Restaurant Group Inc., which operates 149 Coco’s Bakery and Carrows restaurants in three states, has been sold to an affiliate of Texas-headquartered Food Management Partners (FMP) for an undisclosed price.

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Grocer Haggen Opens First Local Store in Carlsbad

Washington-based grocer Haggen Inc. recently opened its first San Diego County store in Carlsbad’s La Costa neighborhood, the first of 25 local debuts planned through May at former Vons and Albertsons locations.