SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
What I love about San Diego County, unlike most large urban areas, is that it has pockets of hidden communities that were formed for an explicit reason.
Sempra Energy is proposing a surcharge on every customer — rich and poor alike — in order to raise $100 million for the installation of 5,500 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.
In this column last week I described the threats posted by cyber attacks on our key commercial and national defense infrastructure and the cyber theft of financial information and intellectual property as the “Ebola of business.”
Instead of going to the beach or hanging out with friends, 11-year old San Diego resident Trinity Barbera recently collected more than 2,000 pairs of shoes to help Stride Rite and the global nonprofit Soles4Souls.
DEFENSE: Total Said to Be $15.5B According to Study
San Diego’s active duty military personnel are “a force for good,” as the Navy says in a televised ad, and especially good for the local economy.
CONSTRUCTION: Shift Toward Pacific Region Strategy Brought Work
Military base construction projects remain a potent economic driver in San Diego County, but not with the same impact seen in the 2007-2012 period when the Defense Department completed $4 billion in enhancements to local installations, according to the San Diego Military Advisory Council.
HEALTH: Variety Of Treatments Used to Deal With the Disorder
Military health care organizations in San Diego are investing in research to help staunch undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers and veterans and to find out which treatments actually work.
ECONOMY: Group Can Be a Guide; It Can Also Advocate for Industry
Selling to the government is hardly simple, but by joining forces, contractors like Doug Ray make things easier for themselves and each other.
Achates Power Inc. expects to learn by the end of the year whether the U.S. Army wants to continue a relationship which — in the company’s view — is humming along nicely.
Companies Can Benefit From Learning How To Commercialize Their Military Innovations
Cubic Corp., SeaBotix Inc. and ViaSat Inc. have business models that other defense contractors might want to study — even emulate — as San Diego’s defense sector rolls into what promises to be some rollicking, budget-cutting years.
Two more high-profile, hospitality-related projects recently broke ground in San Diego’s downtown area, giving continued heft to its status as the region’s prime hot spot for new development.
If you’re a gas station owner looking for a loan, don’t bother visiting Neighborhood National Bank. It’s not that the San Diego lender can’t support anything connected to the oil industry. It’s just that it’s gotten hosed by a couple of problem loans to gas station borrowers.
BIOTECH: Process To Be More Efficient And More Expansive
The phrase “synthetic biology” might sound like an oxymoron meant for science fiction novels, but it’s not for Synthorx Inc., a small biotechnology company in Torrey Pines. Synthorx is developing a new — and a little bit scary — way to create and protect life.
Surf Air, a private-membership airline using small aircraft, plans to begin service to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Nov. 18.
Qualcomm Inc. said Oct. 15 that it has agreed to buy CSR plc, a British fabless semiconductor company, for $2.5 billion in cash.
WORKFORCE: City Council Can Act or Measure Goes to Ballot
Registrar of Voters has validated signatures collected by opponents of a recently approved hike in San Diego’s minimum wage, meaning enforcement will be delayed until the issue is decided by voters.
Carlos Nunez, chief medical officer of San Diego-based CareFusion, the medical device manufacturer being sold in a $12.2 billion deal, said on Manufacturing Day that all of their U.S. manufacturing facilities pale in comparison to its facilities right across the border, in Tijuana and Mexicali.
PROPERTY: Infrastructure Improvements Being Made
Pieces are slowly falling into place to turn the Otay Mesa region into a vibrant future hub of cross-border business activity. And if one recent high-profile deal is an indicator, observers say the border-adjacent region could become more attractive to those investing in residential projects.
EDUCATION: Reforms Keep Coming in Challenging Climate
It’s been two years since Richard Pattenaude was named president of Ashford University, and he’s still getting used to change that occurs much faster than at his past job.
BIOTECH: Local Companies Say Many Jobs Are on the Line
Last month the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act — a 2.3 percent medical device excise tax expected to generate $30 billion in 10 years. However, experts say prospects look bleak for the U.S. Senate and president to follow suit.
While the California Air Resources Board is an unelected regulatory body, the agency wields great power to create laws and impose taxes — virtually unchecked.
The Ebola epidemic in Africa has focused the world’s attention on pandemic threats to the health of mankind.
On the far eastern edge of Rancho Santa Fe is the community of Cielo.
Dr. Allyson Handley is the newly appointed executive director of the Sanford Education Center, which launched Sept. 18 at National University.
MBA Schools Offer Specialty Degrees To Meet Evolving Business Demands
The MBA, first introduced in 1908, remains the go-to degree for successfully advancing through the ranks into the corporate suite.
Hornblower’s sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is holding a Halloween-themed brunch with Fido-friendly activities and a stunning ride around San Diego Bay.
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.
Carlsbad semiconductor company MaxLinear Inc. said on Oct. 6 that it signed a definitive agreement to buy a second chipmaker, privately held Physpeed Co. Ltd., for $11 million in a deal that could close by the end of the year.
PROPERTY: Barriers To Entry Are Keeping New Construction Sparse
Growing payrolls and a steady influx of tourists have brought full recovery to San Diego County’s retail industry, though the region is still about a year away from pre-recession sales highs reached at stores and restaurants, according to a recent third-quarter report by the brokerage company Marcus & Millichap Inc.
Thanks to the Dodd-Frank banking reform law, consumers can’t be dinged as much on the rates banks charge on credit cards and other things like check overdrafts.