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Distillers Act Gives Craft Spirits an Opening

BEVERAGES: Changes May Help Sales and Expansion

With a little help from a crowdfunding campaign — and much more from California’s newly enacted Craft Distillers Act of 2015 — Michael Skubic is anticipating a turbo-charging of business for his small San Diego distilling company and upcoming cocktail bar in 2016.

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Officials Say Free Ride Program Should Pay Off

SERVICE: Downtown Service Addresses Needs

Civic San Diego, the city’s downtown project oversight agency, is finalizing details for a service that will use electric vehicles — big enough for five passengers and a driver — to transport riders among all of downtown’s neighborhoods within the city’s designated parking district.

San Diego a Pacesetter for Clean Energy Future

Clean energy is on a roll. This summer, President Obama launched the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to clean up America’s aging fleet of power plants, the largest contributor to our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Millimaki Eggert Acquired by CBIZ, Mayer Hoffman

Local tax firm Millimaki Eggert LLP was bought and split between Cleveland-based CBIZ Inc. and Kansas City-based Mayer Hoffman McCann PC effective Jan. 1, the companies said Tuesday.

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National University Names David Andrews Its New President

David W. Andrews has been named president of National University, effective April 1.

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Hal Dunning Promoted to President at Barney & Barney

Hal Dunning has been promoted to the additional role of president at Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC company, the firm announced on Monday. Dunning maintains his role as chief operating officer, which he has held since 2006.

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Bay Club Carmel Valley Completes $3.2 Million Renovation

The Bay Club Co. of San Francisco has completed a $3.2 million renovation of its Bay Club Carmel Valley fitness and spa venue, at 12000 Carmel Country Road.

San Diego Hotel Tax Hike Backers Switch Focus to November 2016 Ballot

San Diego supporters of an initiative to raise the city’s hotel tax, to fund potential projects including a convention center expansion or Chargers stadium, will delay submission of signatures in order to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot, rather than the previously targeted June 2016 election.

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Best Western Hotel in La Mesa Sells for $12.4 Million

Anaheim-based Fortune Hospitality LLC has acquired the 78-room Best Western Plus hotel in La Mesa for $12.4 million, according to CoStar Group and brokerage company Atlas Hospitality Group.

Vanorsdale Insurance Acquired by New York-Based NFP

San Diego-based Vanorsdale Insurance Services, Inc. has been acquired by NFP, a national insurance broker and consulting firm, the companies announced.

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McLean, Rotherham & Co. to Merge With Squar Milner

Orange County-based Squar Milner LLP is buying Solomon, Winnett & Rosenfield in Los Angeles and McLean, Rotherham & Co. in San Diego and plans to bring the accounting firms under Squar Milner’s name with headquarters in Newport Beach.

Attorney Worked to Shore Up a Tool to Help Resolve Cases

California Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 provides a mechanism to encourage pre-trial settlement by enabling parties to serve offers and demands which, if not accepted, hold penalties for a party not accepting the offer or demand if that party does not do better at trial.

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Craft Beer Scene Readies to Build on Its Successes of 2015

BREWING: Expansions, Acquisitions and Growth Brought Sector to Next Level

The California Craft Brewers Association recently announced that there are now more than 600 craft breweries across the state, generating $6.5 billion in annual revenue.

Sempra Energy Subsidiary Locates Leaking Gas Well

Southern California Gas Co., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, has successfully located the leaking well at its Aliso Canyon Storage Facility in Porter Ranch at a depth of 3,800 feet.

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Downtown’s W Hotel Rebranded as Marriott Renaissance

The owner of downtown San Diego’s W hotel has quietly rebranded the property as a Marriott Renaissance, following a change in management.