SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Alaska Airlines Looks to Add Flight From San Diego to D.C.

Alaska Airlines has applied to the federal government for two new flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, including one that would enable direct service between San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Cooperation for Tourist Dollars

HOSPITALITY: Agencies Promote Lesser Known Attractions and Areas

More than 31 million visitors spent nearly $7.5 billion at San Diego County businesses last year, besting the 2010 tally by 5.7 percent, according to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as ConVis.

It’s Party Time Again For Local Caterers

HOSPITALITY: Top-Ranked Firms on List See Business Rise

The Great Recession has been hard on local caterers, but there are signs of life, according to the principal owner of the top-ranked company on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Independent Caterers.

Mobile Health, Genomics Change Doctors’ Role

INNOVATION: Tools Redefine Care Process; Patients More Involved

Dr. Samir Damani doesn’t want patients to dread visiting his office. He wants them to look forward to it as much as they’d look forward to a trip to an Apple store at the mall.

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Executive Profile: Neerav Jadeja

Neerav Jadeja has served as administrator for Paradise Valley Hospital since May 2011.

Biotechs Create Jobs Along With Innovations

TECHNOLOGY: Optimer More Than Doubles Staff To Advance Dificid Drug

San Diego County’s biopharmaceuticals sector is an important part of the local economy and as diverse as the 16 companies represented on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Biotechnology Companies for 2012.

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Bright Ideas Win Race For Cash

FINANCE: Local Biotech Leads Investment Pack Despite VC Challenges

Even amid a risk-averse investing environment, there’s always money available for the most innovative drug and medical device ideas, said Joseph Panetta, CEO of the San Diego-based life sciences trade group Biocom.

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Executive Profile: Douglas Bryant

Douglas Bryant is president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corp.(QDEL), a leading provider of rapid diagnostic tests and cellular-based virology assays.

Executive Profile: DeAnne Steele

DeAnne Steele is a managing director and Western Division investment executive at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and has more than 18 years of investment experience in California and New York.

Small Banks Have Their Own Story On TARP’s Chapter in History

FINANCE: Some Put It Behind Them, While Other Institutions Retain Debt

When Security Business Bank of San Diego obtained nearly $9 million in funding from the U.S. Treasury Department in July, the money allowed the downtown San Diego community bank to repay the debt it owed to the government through its participation in the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP.

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Valley View Rolls Out the Red Carpet

GAMING: Casino Raises Its Stakes With Additional Slot Machines, Newer Hotel

Joe Navarro leads a visitor over the gaming floor of Valley View Casino, past clanging, blinking slot machines, and talks about how crowds move.

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Dining Is Key Ingredient in Casinos’ Business Mix

GAMING: Food Purveyors Take Pride in Delivering Excellent Customer Service

Barona Resort & Casino, ranked No. 1 on the San Diego Business Journal’s Casinos list, views a wide range of dining options and excellent customer service as an essential part of the casino business.

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