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Fast Forward to Produce Central Coast Culinary Event

San Diego-based Fast Forward Event Productions has been chosen by Visit San Luis Obispo County to produce “Sunset: Savor the Central Coast,” a culinary and wine event featuring celebrity chefs.

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Downtown Sheraton Suites Hotel Sells for $50 Million

An affiliate of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. has acquired the 264-room Sheraton Suites San Diego hotel in the downtown area for approximately $50 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

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Marketing Agency Piston Acquired by LEWIS PR

LEWIS PR, a global communications agency, has acquired Piston, a full-service digital agency based in San Diego.

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ResortCom International’s Chairman Steps Down

John E. Small, chairman of San Diego-based ResortCom International for the last 16 years, announced that he is stepping down effective May 1.

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Sempra Reports 2014 Earnings of $1.16 Billion

Sempra Energy, the San Diego-based energy holding company and parent to San Diego Gas & Electric Co., unveiled its 2014 financial results Feb. 26, reporting earnings of $1.16 billion on total revenue of $11.04 billion.

Sempra Investor Group Seeks OK to Expand Natural Gas Plant

Cameron LNG announced on Feb. 24 that it is seeking federal approval to expand its Louisiana natural gas liquefaction plant from three units to five.

Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Joins ecoATM Board

Former California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown has joined the advisory board of ecoATM, the San Diego company that produces and maintains a network of electronics recycling kiosks. Name Crisan to CIO Post, an e-commerce and wholesale auto parts distribution company, announced that Adrian Crisan has been appointed chief information officer.

Sempra Energy Increases Dividend 6 Percent

Sempra Energy announced that its board of directors has approved a 6-percent increase in the dividend on shares of the company’s common stock to $2.80 per share, on an annualized basis, from $2.64 per share.

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URBN Restaurants Opening Fourth Pizza Eatery in Encinitas

San Diego-based URBN Restaurants, led by longtime restaurateur Jon Mangini, plans to debut its fourth pizza-oriented concept restaurant in March. Operators said URBN Coal Fired Pizza will open at 764 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.

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$5 Million Renovation Underway at Downtown’s Hotel Palomar

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has begun a $5 million renovation of downtown’s Hotel Palomar San Diego, with 50 of its rooms on five floors being reconfigured and rebranded under a concept called Skyline Collection.

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AMN Healthcare Reports Q4 Net Income of $10 Million

The San Diego-based staffing company AMN Healthcare Services Inc. reported fourth-quarter net income of $10 million and net income per diluted share of $0.20. As a result, its stock increased nearly 14 percent to $22.96 per share.

It May Be Tax Time for Sites Offering Temporary Stays in S.D.

LEGAL: City Seeks TOT Revenue as Web Changes Tourism Paradigm

San Diego has joined the growing list of major U.S. cities grappling with fiscal and social fallout from rising use of sites such as Airbnb, where property owners rent out rooms or whole homes to vacationers and others on short stays.

Cupio: Saving Endangered Rainforests One Square Meter at a Time

GREEN: Program Develops Bonds Between Consumers, Businesses

Solana Beach-based Cupio enables consumers to buy products that fund the preservation of endangered rainforest and then go online to locate the land they’ve helped to preserve.

Bar Foundation Giving Aims To Promote Justice for All

The Business of Law Column

Brian Funk is president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and would like to remind you that the foundation supports access to justice, in a big way.