SD SERVICES

Weight-Loss Wellness Device Raises Funds, Skepticism

BIOTECH: Co. Gets $1.4M in Seed Funding, $1.53M in Crowdfunding

A company that recently released a headset that claims to facilitate weight loss through brain stimulation has brought in $1.53 million via a crowdfunding campaign. It’s also raised skepticism, and highlighted the difference between medical products and wellness devices.

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Labs Prepare for the Pot Pipeline Opening

LAW: Legalization Brings Testing Requirements

In a sprawling industrial park just outside of Vista, inconspicuously tucked in a tan, nondescript building is Coastal Analytical, one of San Diego County’s few marijuana testing facilities.

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UnitedHealthcare Announces Medi-Cal Health Plan for San Diego

UnitedHealthcare is now offering a health benefit plan to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in San Diego County.

Redevelopment Planned after $9.5M Downtown Hotel Purchase

An affiliate of San Diego-based Hotel Investment Group has acquired the 157-room Marina Inn hotel in downtown San Diego for $9.5 million.

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Ad-Juster Names New CEO

San Diego-based Ad-Juster has named Dennis Clerke as its CEO.

PICO Holdings to Explore 'Strategic Alternatives'

La Jolla-based PICO Holdings Inc. has hired a financial advisor and legal counsel to explore “strategic alternatives to further enhance shareholder value,” an announcement which typically signifies interest in a merger, sale or other significant transaction.

Group Launching SDSU-Focused Drive to Redevelop Stadium Site

A group has announced plans for a ballot initiative aimed at redeveloping the current Mission Valley stadium site into a western campus of SDSU.

UCSD Joins IBM-Led Initiative Working to Use AI for Healthier Living

UCSD is joining IBM-led consortium of universities working to use AI to enable healthier living.

Cooley Puts Serving Both Clients and Staff as Top Priorities

Cooley opened its San Diego doors 25 years ago, becoming the first Silicon Valley law firm to operate here. What started with seven founding lawyers in 1992 — four of whom are still with Cooley today — has evolved into an office with more than 200 lawyers and staff. Home to firm leaders for business litigation, capital markets, compensation & benefits, M&A, real estate finance and securities litigation, the office has become one of the most respected players in the San Diego market and a key driver of Cooley’s national and global growth.

Pirch Retreats From Its Rapid Expansion

RETAIL: Store Closes Out-of-State Sites in a Strong Furniture Market

San Diego’s formerly fast-growing retailer Pirch recently announced that it was closing six of its 10 stores — all of them outside of California. But the abrupt downsizing came as the overall economy continues to be quite friendly to sellers of furniture and related home furnishings including several national chains now in the midst of local expansions.

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Regulations Proposed For Short-Term Rentals

PROPERTY: Council Measure Includes Fees, Fines and Permits

Faced with continuing complaints from local residents about noise and other nuisances created by vacationers using home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, the San Diego City Council later this month will tackle a proposed multipronged approach, including new registration fees and steep penalties for noncompliance by property owners.

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Chick-fil-A Opens in Sorrento Valley

Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has opened its 12th restaurant in San Diego County.

Tyson & Mendes Expands to the East Coast

San Diego-based law firm Tyson & Mendes has expanded to the East Coast with a new office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit To Open At SDSU

Dallas-based restaurant chain Dickey's Barbecue Pit plans to open a location Sept. 28 at San Diego State University.

Strong Summer Boosts San Diego Hotel Metrics For 2017

The San Diego region’s hotels continued to demonstrate post-recession resilience in the first eight months of 2017.