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PETS: Pet Food Maker’s Premium Product and Its VC Funding Are Good Mix
The Honest Kitchen Inc. is taking the road less traveled, and seems to be getting someplace.
LAW: Bigger Landlords Ready; Data Come Up in Sales, Leases
Ready or not, California owners of commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet will need to begin complying this year with a state law requiring the disclosure of properties’ historical energy usage data to prospective buyers, renters and lenders.
Economic recovery accelerating? Staffing agency Manpower San Diego says new hiring will accelerate in the third quarter, based on its recent survey of employers. Nineteen percent of those surveyed plan to bring on more workers, while 69 percent expect to maintain current staff counts.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it could take an after-tax charge of between $30 million and $110 million related to its investment in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the utility and parent company Sempra Energy said in a recent securities filing.
LAW: Small Businesses Can See Hint of What Reform Is Bringing
The 13 insurers participating in the state’s individual exchange, Covered California, were recently announced — and business owners ought to pay close attention, said Diana Twadell, a principal in the small business unit of San Diego brokerage Barney & Barney LLC.
More than 8,000 UC San Diego students are all set to graduate June 14. Festivities include a dinner and fireworks, as well as official graduation rites June 15. The ceremonies feature speeches from such famous grads as actor Robert Buckley, who has appeared on CW’s “One Tree Hill” and NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle” and Lewis Black, a standup comic, social critic and guest commentator on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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Florida-based Red Lobster has completed a remodeling of two San Diego restaurants, as part of a nationwide program of site renovations and menu updates.
It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Erik Bruvold, the economic guru at National University System Institute for Policy Research, says in a just-issued report that out-of-town vacationers will spend more than $450 million through Labor Day — on items ranging from “sunscreen to sand shovels.”
The Business of Law
Robert Brewer is running for district attorney against the current officeholder Bonnie Dumanis. The Jones Day partner told a crowd at Cheryl Kendrick’s beautiful home in Point Loma, that he wants to improve the morale of the DA’s office and regain the respect local law enforcement organizations once had for the office.
Birthday wishes are in order. Restaurateurs Martin and Cindy Blair of Kansas City Barbeque held its 30th anniversary celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum with a private affair of several hundred invitees recently.
JPMorgan Chase is doing it; providing a pathway from poverty to careers for urban young adults as a corporate supporter, internship host and employer. Qualcomm, Google, and Intel are all doing it; using competitions to incite discovery and lower health care costs.
RETAIL: Appetite For Healthier Foods Spurs Growth of Chain
Sprouts Farmers Market LLC, the natural foods retailer whose origins go back to a fruit stand on El Cajon Boulevard in 1943, filed to go public earlier this month and raise about $300 million.
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Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, the San Diego Paralegal Association, and the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego are working together again this year on the Women and Men’s Suit Drive.
FINANCE: Hiring Is Across the Board, Salaries on the Rise
Always in fairly high demand, workers with accounting and finance experience are finding increased job opportunities as companies gradually expand operations, and competition for top talent ratchets up.