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City, UCSD to Partner on White House Initiative

The City of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego said Monday they were founding members of a White House initiative to foster closer connections between cities and research universities attempting to solve civic problems.

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Sempra’s Executive VP of External Affairs to Retire

Sempra Energy has announced that Jessie J. Knight, Jr., executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy and chairman of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), plans to retire Nov. 1. Steven D. Davis, currently president and chief operating officer of SDG&E, has been elected to succeed Knight as executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy for Sempra Energy, effective Sept. 26.

Youngevity International to Open Singapore Office

Youngevity International Inc., a Chula Vista-based global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels, announced the planned opening of its office in the Republic of Singapore.

Sempra Energy Declares Dividend

The board of directors of Sempra Energy declared a quarterly dividend of $0.70 per share of common stock. The current dividend is payable Oct. 15 to shareholders of record on Sept. 25.

Hotel Del Owner Being Acquired For $6 Billion

Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns 17 high-end U.S. hospitality properties including Hotel del Coronado, has agreed to be acquired by affiliates of New York-based Blackstone Group, in a deal valued at approximately $6 billion.

UC San Diego Ranked 9th in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

The University of California, San Diego was named the ninth-best public university in the country Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report, tied with UC Irvine in the annual rankings.

Milikowsky Rebrands Law Firm as Tax Specialists

The Law Offices of John D. Milikowsky has been rebranded as Milikowsky Tax Law, founder John Milikowsky announced Sept. 8.

Federal Appeals Court Voids a Judgment Against Millennium Health

A federal appeals court voided a district court's judgment against Millennium Health Sept. 3, stemming from an earlier claim that the San Diego company violated laws against kickbacks by giving physicians free urine testing cups.

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BizAir Shuttle Halts Flights at Carlsbad Airport

BizAir Shuttle has ceased flight operations from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, citing a lack of passenger demand since the services began in mid-June.

Restoring Court Resources Must Be on All Our Dockets

I have heard attorneys say they hoped the local judiciary would be forced by the state budget cuts to grant more warranted summary judgments, with leave to amend, rather than “indicate” a likely outcome.

What Are Big, Scary and Could Cost Up to $15.7 Billion for the County?

San Diego could suffer nearly $15.7 billion in economic losses over the next decade if a host of man-made and natural catastrophes strike, including a stock market crash, according to a report Sept. 3 by insurance giant Lloyd’s of London.

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Grocer Haggen Sues Albertsons for $1 Billion

Northwest-based grocery chain Haggen Food & Pharmacy is suing Albertsons and its holding company for more than $1 billion, based on claims stemming from Haggen’s purchase and conversion of 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in late 2014.

SDG&E Names Shults VP of Electric & Fuel Procurement

San Diego Gas & Electric announced that Emily Shults has been named vice president of electric & fuel procurement for SDG&E.

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Town and Country's $80M Renovation Set to Start in Early 2016

Destination Hotels & Resorts is finalizing plans for a previously announced $80 million renovation of the landmark Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley, now slated to begin in early 2016.

SDG&E Reaches a Renewable Energy Milestone, With an Assist From the Weather

San Diego Gas & Electric marked a milestone last week when it generated a record 1,042 megawatts — more than the Encina power station in Carlsbad — from renewable energy.