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Impressive Slate for the Upcoming Bar Association Elections

It’s time to vote for next year’s leadership of the San Diego County Bar Association, and you should do it. Mostly, because you’ll be able to say you did at the SDCBA’s excellent Holiday Party, where new leadership is sworn in, but there are probably other good reasons as well.

Sustainable Finfish Farm Planned Off San Diego Coast

San Diego-based Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and private equity firm Cuna del Mar LP have filed permits to develop an environmentally sustainable, 5,000-metric-ton finfish farm off the San Diego coast.

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Construction Starts on $100 Million Downtown Hotel

Encinitas-based developer The Robert Green Co. and Montage Hotels & Resorts of Laguna Beach have begun construction on Pendry San Diego, a new 317-room luxury hotel in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

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Cohn Breaks Ground on $10 Million Restaurant at Harbor Island

Cohn Restaurant Group of San Diego has broken ground on a new restaurant at Harbor Island, with an expected development cost of at least $10 million and set for a spring 2015 opening.

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BBX Capital Acquires Candy Maker The Toffee Box of Carlsbad

BBX Sweet Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida-based BBX Capital Corp., has acquired Carlsbad-based candy maker The Toffee Box LLC, for an undisclosed price.

SB Capital Partners Acquires a Local Lawn Care Company

SB Capital Partners, a San Diego private equity firm focusing on the home services and facilities space, said it acquired Aerations Only Inc., a local lawn care company that services some 10,500 household regionally.

Vista Company to Provide Key Equipment to Carlsbad Desalination Project

Poseidon Water has announced that IDE Technologies — Poseidon’s contractor and plant operator — has selected Vista-based Protec Arisawa and Dow Water & Process Solutions to provide the pressure vessels and reverse osmosis membranes for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.

Fresh Healthy Vending Adds 120 Machines to Network

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a San Diego franchisor of vending machines selling healthy snacks, said it closed September by adding 120 combo machines to its network through nine new franchisees.

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Bay Cleanup Tackles Heavily Polluted Site in Second Phase

LEGAL: Wrangling Over Who Pays Still An Issue With Parties

While the Port of San Diego touts its recent success in cleaning up a part of San Diego Bay at the Campbell Shipyards site, work on a more polluted site near the San Diego-Coronado Bridge continues as does litigation involving what the responsible parties will contribute to the project’s $75 million cost.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Said to Be 65% Complete

The Carlsbad Desalination Plant that began construction last year, and claims to be the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, is 65 percent complete, said developer Poseidon Water.

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Organic Restaurant Café Gratitude Coming to Little Italy

Café Gratitude, which operates organic and vegan restaurants in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, plans an early 2015 opening in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy.

UCSD Installing Large Energy-Storage Battery System on Campus

The University of California, San Diego announced that one of the largest, most environmentally friendly battery-based storage systems in the United States will be installed at the university’s campus.

SDBJ General Counsel Awards Nominees Are an Impressive Bunch

I just completed my judging form of the San Diego Business Journal’s General Counsel of the Year Awards.

Judge Tosses Out NuVasive Inc.'s 'Neurovision' Trademarks

A California federal judge on Sept. 24 canceled trademark registrations held by San Diego-based NuVasive Inc., a company developing medical devices for spine disorders, for the word “neurovision” after the company was found to have infringed its rival Neurovision Medical Products Inc.'s trademarks.

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Rubio’s Remodeling, Rebranding Some of its Restaurants

Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Restaurants Inc. plans a redesign of 60 of its California restaurants, with a rebranding of those locations under the name Rubio’s Coastal Grill.