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DINING: Tom Ham’s to Make Better Use of Scenic Location
Locally based restaurant operator Shelter Island Inc. is in the midst of a $3.5 million makeover of its landmark Tom Ham’s Lighthouse at Harbor Island, aiming to pay homage to its history while better capitalizing on its waterfront location.
The Business of Law Column
Ken Turek won the annual Lawyers Are Funny (LAF-Off) competition a couple of weeks ago. Turek, of the firm Endeman, Lincoln, Turek & Heater LLP, deserved to win. He acknowledged John Gomez should have won last year’s competition, and then cleverly ripped Gomez + Iagmin and its advertising. It was good fun, for a good cause. LAF-Off is the primary fundraising event for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to thousands of disadvantaged clients every year.
MANUFACTURING: Local Craft Breweries Find The Recipe for Success
Creative, competitive and highly independent, local breweries have placed San Diego County at the center of the growing market for handcrafted beers.
Yes, it’s April 1, but let’s not be foolish. There is a lot of news to report. Famed North County business guru and writer Ken Blanchard writes the foreword to “Back Off!” written by San Diego resident Catherine Mattice.
The 700-unit Red Lobster restaurant chain completes the remodeling of two local outlets, one at 3780 Sports Arena Blvd. and another at 8330 Mira Mesa Blvd. The two restaurants have been a fixture for the past 25 years, and are getting a renovation, according to a spokesperson.
Fifty-three percent of companies in the United States reported spending $1 million or more on litigation in 2012, the same as the prior year. Attorneys and clients can find good news in that. Ten percent fewer companies reported using alternative fee arrangements, though, more than half the companies used them.
The Andaz San Diego hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter has been sold for approximately $53 million, according to financial data provider Real Capital Analytics.
San Diego’s been making national headlines of late. The Los Angeles Times reports that three regional ZIP codes made the Top 10 list of Southern California counties that have enjoyed nice recoveries in the residential real estate sector since the 2008-2009 downturn.
LEADERSHIP: 1,500 Member Companies Give Group a Wealth of Talent
Carlsbad is a place for business: upstart businesses such as California Pacific Airlines, deep-thinking firms such as Life Technologies Corp. and ViaSat Inc., and vacation resorts.
ADR Services Inc., a full service dispute resolution provider, began in 1994, sub-leasing a couple of rooms from a law firm and handling cases on an ad hoc basis for a handful of retired judges who agreed to work through its panel. Today, ADR’s panel consists of more than 150 retired judges and attorneys throughout California. Now with headquarters in Century City, the company also has locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Orange County, San Diego and Las Vegas.
San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power is installing an additional 784,000 watts of solar power on the UC San Diego campus, bringing the campus’s total solar power generation capacity to 3 million watts. The university estimates the new project will save an additional $2 million over the next 20 years
Lawyers must hide their sense of humor. It’s part of the job, and arguably the most important component of getting a decent hourly rate. But not on the evening of March 21. San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Inc. (SDVLP), a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to thousands of disadvantaged clients every year, will hold its seventh annual LAF-Off (Lawyers Are Funny) event on that night at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego.
Denise Pirrotti Hummel is the CEO and chief strategist for Universal Consensus LLC, a cross-cultural management consulting firm in San Diego, serving Fortune 100 companies, government, military operations, and global organizations worldwide.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power said it completed the sale of a 625-megawatt block of its 1,250-megawatt Mesquite Power plant in Arizona to the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District for $371 million.
The Grand Del Mar resort in Carmel Valley has received three Five-Star awards in the latest Forbes Travel Guide. The 5-year-old property was the only one in San Diego County and one of just six nationwide to receive the highest award in three categories for 2013.