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Lining Gives Old Pipes A New Lease on Life

SERVICE: Cos.’ Solutions Save on Cost, ConstructionTwo San Diego pipe repair and replacement firms — Nu Flow and Bill Howe — have no shortage of business as private companies and public officials strain to modernize an aging infrastructure that some estimate could cost at least $1 billion to fix.

By Kathrine Connor September 15, 2016 2:41 p.m.   $$ Share

Local Realtors Fall Victim to a Different Kind of 'Identity Theft'

Two innocent San Diego Realtors have gotten caught up in an apparent venture capital scam exposed in an intriguing story published online at

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Del Taco Restaurants Inc. Signs Franchisee for Five Upcoming San Diego Locations

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. has signed an agreement with Rancho Cucamonga-based franchisee Bajwa Group, which plans to open five new San Diego County locations by 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed, and locations have not been announced.

Sempra Subsidiary Ienova Given Official Clearance to Buy Interest in Mexican Company

Sempra Energy said Sept. 21 its Mexican subsidiary, Ienova, has received antitrust clearance to buy a 50 percent equity interest in pipeline builder and operator Gasoductos de Chihuahua.

Attorney’s New Role Will Help Guide eDiscovery Training

Joseph S. Leventhal, local office managing partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, has been selected to join the ESI (Electronically Stored Information) Roundtable San Diego Charter Panel.

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Vistage Gives Leaders Useful Perspective and Peer Interaction

LEADERSHIP: It Offers Coaching In a Confidential And Challenging Format

It can be lonely at the top. In April, Torrie Inouye became president of San Diego-based alternative lender National Funding.

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Tasty Business Model Was Just Part of Recipe

FOOD: Cookie Co. Makes Each Step a Successful Step Up

A San Diego cookie company that got its start at local farmers markets has opened a second store, an expanded version of its first, small-scale store in Point Loma.

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KCD PR Acquires Wall & Broadway

San Diego-based public relations and marketing agency KCD PR has acquired Wall & Broadway, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in clients in the fintech sector, the company announced this week.

San Diego Hotels Post 3.7 Percent Revenue Rise in First 8 Months

San Diego County hotels saw total revenue rise 3.7 percent from a year ago in the first eight months of 2016, topping $1.86 billion, even as occupancy dipped 0.3 percent to 79 percent, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

AMN Healthcare Subsidiary Announces $300 Million Private Offering

A subsidiary of San Diego’s staffing giant AMN Healthcare Services is making a private offering of $300 million in senior notes, according to an AMN news release.

Appeals Court to Review PUC Approval of Carlsbad Power Plant

California’s First District Court of Appeals has agreed to revisit the state Public Utilities Commission’s 4-1 decision last year allowing construction of a 500-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad.

Commerce Secretary Appoints UC San Diego Chancellor to Innovation Council

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which recommends policies and programs to increase the global competitiveness of U.S. communities, companies and workers.

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Thomas Lee Named General Manager at Cape Rey Carlsbad Resort

Thomas Lee has been named general manager of the 215-room Cape Rey Carlsbad, operators of the upcale Hilton-branded resort announced.

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Case May Strengthen Trademark Protections

Perhaps during your last jaunt through Trader Joe’s, you noticed a man filling his cart with a surprisingly large number of groceries — and perhaps you even noticed that he was wearing a disguise as he shopped next to you. Maybe you’ve seen his advertisements looking for people who are willing to shop for him, at least until they are banned from Trader Joe’s as well.

Ballot Box Planning Often Runs Into Wall of Political Realities

Development: It Can Be A Costly, Uphill Battle To Change Status Quo

“The majority of ballot initiatives fail,” Brian Adams, a political science professor at San Diego State University, told attendees at a recent forum on “ballot box planning.”

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Poizner Named Entrepreneur in Residence

EDUCATION: Role at Rady School Will Include Work With Accelerators

Serial entrepreneur and former California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has been named the inaugural entrepreneur-in-residence at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego.