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‘Field Goal’ Linked To Convention Center

TOURISM: 2 Proposals By JMI Include Chargers’ StadiumThe developer of Petco Park has joined the convention center fray with its own proposals for a downtown facility that could double as convention space and a new home for the San Diego Chargers, as city officials weigh their options to salvage the existing $520 million plan to expand the convention center.

By Lou Hirsh August 15, 2014 3:21 p.m.   $$ Share

Search Optics Acquires DigiGo

Search Optics, a digital marketing business based in San Diego, said it acquired KPA’s DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

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R.A. Rauch to Manage and Market Keating Hotel in Gaslamp Quarter

R.A. Rauch & Associates, a San Diego-based hospitality management and consulting firm, has entered into a partnership with locally headquartered Gotham Management, in which R.A. Rauch will manage and market Gotham’s Keating Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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Jamba Juice ‘Hiring Day’ Recruitment Seeks 1,000 New Workers

Emeryville-based Jamba Juice Co. plans to hold a National Hiring Day on Aug. 21, recruiting in several California cities including San Diego as it seeks to add up to 1,000 new employees.

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

LAW: Trade Secret Agreements Are a Must to Protect Assets

When it comes to protecting trade secrets, the biggest obstacle businesses often face is overcoming their employees’ inability to keep their work confidential. It’s human nature to share information, especially when you’ve learned something new and exciting, said Ned Israelsen, managing partner of the San Diego law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP.

Procopio Partner Elected to Lead San Diego Chapter of ACG

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP partner Dennis Doucette was elected board president of the Association for Corporate Growth. Doucette, who leads Procopio’s corporate and securities practice group, has been on the ACG’s board for five years and has chaired its programs committee for the past 18 months.

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Rita’s Italian Ice Joining Menu at Petco Park

Rita’s GP LLC, the San Diego-based area franchise developer for Rita’s Italian Ice, has reached an agreement with ballpark operators to begin selling the company’s ices and custards at Petco Park starting in late August.

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Iron Fist Brewing, Mariscos Coming to Mercado Del Barrio

Vista-based Iron Fist Brewing Co. and San Diego seafood restaurant Mariscos El Pulpo have joined the roster of commercial offerings at Mercado Del Barrio, a mixed-use development in Barrio Logan.

$283M Damage Award Favoring ViaSat Set Aside by Judge

A new trial to determine damages in breach of contract case is tentatively set for November.

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Suffolk Completes $13 Million Family Health Center

The opening of the 23,000-square-foot medical office building was celebrated with a public event.

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Pinot’s Palette to Pair Art Class and Wine Bar at Liberty Station

Houston-based Pinot’s Palette, which describes itself as a “paint-and-sip” franchise that combines art and wine, plans an Aug. 15 opening at Liberty Station in Point Loma, its first San Diego County location and 50th nationwide.

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Sempra's Q2 Net Earnings Up 9.8%

Sempra Energy reported second quarter net earnings of $269 million, up 9.8 percent from the net profit in the second quarter of 2013.

Bridgepoint Education Reports Q2 Results

Bridgepoint Education, the for profit operator of two colleges, reported second quarter revenue of $171.5 million, down from $193.5 million for the like quarter of 2013.

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Jack in the Box Reports Q3 Results for FY2014

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. reported net income of $24.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 6, compared with a net loss of $5.6 million for the like quarter of 2013.

Attorney Pairs His Legal Career With Other Tasteful Pursuits

San Diego attorneys are really interesting people with varied interests and pursuits, but Harold Small, you might say, takes the cake. He has been elected bailli délégué — or just president to us commoners — of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest international food and wine society.