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Mediation’s Pluses Add Up Versus Costs, Contention of Court

Things were about to get ugly fast. Paperwork had already been drawn up for a wrongful termination lawsuit pitting a former San Diego-area CEO against his privately held former employer. Both sides were bracing for a crush of negative publicity.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »

Talk of H-1B Changes Has Companies on Edge

Not just anyone could have filled last year’s opening at Genben Lifesciences Corp. Founder Li Shen was looking for a bioinformatics scientist capable of applying advanced mathematical analysis to the human genome.

By John Cox February 9, 2017 2:15 p.m. share »
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L’Auberge Del Mar Completes $4 Million Redesign

L’Auberge Del Mar recently completed a $4 million redesign of the luxury hotel’s guest rooms and meeting spaces.

By Lou Hirsh February 7, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »
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Alysse Cooper Promoted to President at ICE

Innovative Commercial Environments, a San Diego-based furniture dealership, has promoted Alysse Cooper to president.

By Sarah de Crescenzo February 6, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »

New Partners Bring Employment, Labor Law Expertise

Joanne Alnajjar Buser and Jeffrey P. Michalowski are new partners at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton. Buser worked as a labor and employment lawyer in New York City prior to joining the firm in 2014. She was named to the San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar in 2016. She is the chairwoman of the Labor & Employment Section of the San Diego County Bar Association. Her practice is focused on representing employers, providing advice and defending a wide range of employment-related litigation.

By Randy Frisch February 2, 2017 3:11 p.m. share »

Marketing Tech Co. Raises $3 Million in Equity Round

San Diego startup Empyr, a marketing technology company, has raised $3 million in an equity round, according to a regulatory form filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday.

By Brittany Meiling February 1, 2017 3:24 p.m. share »

SDG&E Partners With Israeli Fuel Cell Manufacturer

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is working with an Israeli maker of hydrogen-based fuel cells to install back-up power systems at some of the utility’s substations.

By John Cox February 1, 2017 3:16 p.m. share »
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Five Local Properties Make 2017 AAA Five Diamond List

Four San Diego County hotels are included in the annual AAA listing of the nation’s Five Diamond hospitality properties. The list also includes one local hotel restaurant.

By Lou Hirsh February 1, 2017 12:23 p.m. share »

Frontier Airlines Adding New Direct Flights from San Diego

Frontier Airlines is adding 10 new direct routes in 10 U.S. cities, including new nonstop flights that will connect San Diego with Austin, Cincinnati and Cleveland later this year.

By Lou Hirsh January 31, 2017 11:34 a.m. share »
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Ashlynn Ball Named Partner at RBTK LLP

Mission Valley-based CPA firm RBTK LLP has promoted Ashlynn Ball to partner.

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 26, 2017 5:22 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Stadium Service Vendor Laying off 1,130

The concession services firm for Qualcomm Stadium is laying off 1,130 workers at the end of March, according to a recent filing with the state Employment Development Department. The job cuts follow close behind the former San Diego Chargers’ recently announced departure for the Los Angeles market.

By Lou Hirsh January 26, 2017 4:52 p.m. share »

San Diego Joins Nationwide Program to Reduce Building Energy Usage

Several local companies have joined the city of San Diego and Cleantech San Diego to form a “2030 District,” pledging millions of square feet of commercial space to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

By Lou Hirsh January 26, 2017 3:27 p.m. share »
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New CEO Faces Relevancy Challenges in North County

It was Day Three of Mike Cully’s new job as CEO of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, and already his meeting calendar was packed.

By John Cox January 26, 2017 2:45 p.m. share »

DonationMatch Expanding to Canada

DonationMatch, a San Diego-based marketing platform for companies looking to streamline charitable giving, has expanded to Canada, CEO Renee Zau said this week.

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 26, 2017 2:41 p.m. share »
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Report: County Saw 43 Percent Boost in New Hotel Room Development in 2016

San Diego County added more than 1,000 new hotel rooms to its inventory during 2016, an increase of 43 percent from the number added in 2015, according to the latest year-end California hotel development survey from brokerage and research firm Atlas Hospitality Group.

By Lou Hirsh January 25, 2017 2:24 p.m. share »