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Planned Hotels Would Be Boost for Oceanside

TOURISM: City Will Get Much Needed Meeting SpaceA $150 million resort development being planned in downtown Oceanside includes what would be that city’s first full-service hotel, as it seeks its share of a growing influx of North County coastal visitors and related economic benefits.

By Lou Hirsh September 5, 2014 3:06 p.m.   $$ Share

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Said to Be 65% Complete

The Carlsbad Desalination Plant that began construction last year, and claims to be the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, is 65 percent complete, said developer Poseidon Water.

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Organic Restaurant Café Gratitude Coming to Little Italy

Café Gratitude, which operates organic and vegan restaurants in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, plans an early 2015 opening in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy.

UCSD Installing Large Energy-Storage Battery System on Campus

The University of California, San Diego announced that one of the largest, most environmentally friendly battery-based storage systems in the United States will be installed at the university’s campus.

SDBJ General Counsel Awards Nominees Are an Impressive Bunch

I just completed my judging form of the San Diego Business Journal’s General Counsel of the Year Awards.

Judge Tosses Out NuVasive Inc.'s 'Neurovision' Trademarks

A California federal judge on Sept. 24 canceled trademark registrations held by San Diego-based NuVasive Inc., a company developing medical devices for spine disorders, for the word “neurovision” after the company was found to have infringed its rival Neurovision Medical Products Inc.'s trademarks.

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Rubio’s Remodeling, Rebranding Some of its Restaurants

Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. plans a redesign of 60 of its California restaurants, with a rebranding of those locations under the name Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

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Blaze Pizza Plans Two Local Openings in October

Pasadena-based Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a fast-casual restaurant chain that makes custom-made pies baked in high-temperature ovens, plans two San Diego County openings in October, bringing its total to three locations in the region.

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Garden Fresh Names 2 New Top Execs

Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. announced that David Carr and Julie Derry are joining the company as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer, respectively.

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National University Announces Opening of Sanford Education Center

National University, a nonprofit institution of higher education, recently announced the grand opening of the Sanford Education Center and the national expansion of research-based initiatives aimed at empowering nonprofit leaders, educators and others serving the public good, the university said.

Covario to Sell Its Search and Content Marketing Agency Business

San Diego-based Covario has agreed to sell its search and content marketing agency business to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network, the businesses announced on Sept. 17.

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Peregrine Semiconductor Sale Draws a Crowd of Lawyers

LAW: Threat of Shareholder Lawsuits Is Business as Usual For Acquisitions These Day

When San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. announced its decision to sell the company for a 63 percent premium above its market value, at least eight law firms announced investigations into the chip maker’s business the same day, alleging its shareholders were getting short-changed on the offer price.

Groups Joining the Battle Over Proposition 46

LAW: Measure Said To Increase Cost of Care by $9.9 Billion

Local government organizations and business coalitions are banding together to oppose a health care ballot initiative they say is fiscally irresponsible and damaging to taxpayers.

UC Board of Regents Approves Creation of $250M VC Fund

Aiming to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in San Diego, University of California has announced plans for a venture capital fund to finance startups created on campuses, offering financial backing to the university-housed projects of which VC firms often steer clear.

Median Household Income Falls to $61,426 in County

If you think you’re coming up short in the never-ending effort to make ends meet, you’re not alone, looking at a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

UC Regents to Consider Establishing VC Fund

The University of California Board of Regents is set to hear a proposal that would establish a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund to back startups founded on student and faculty research.