SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
Webroot Assembles Assets and Acquisitions Into an Effective Force For Cybersecurity
To hear Hal Lonas tell it, the choice was obvious. In fact, it wasn’t much of a choice.
LOGISTICS: Smaller Carriers Get More Access to Shippers
It’s a long road with nothing but prairie between Ogallala and North Platte, Neb.
TOURISM: November Dates Fill Void, Attract Good Mix
Hotel operator Elvin Lai knows first-hand that the annual San Diego Beer Week delivers a potent business kick to what is otherwise a so-so period for the local hospitality industry.
ECONOMY: Rankings Aim to Take the Measure Of For-Benefit Companies
A walk through the shared offices of local startups should be sufficient proof that “for-benefit” companies are a particular favorite of millennial entrepreneurs.
Contractors Look to Be The One to Land Lucrative Deal for Aircraft-Carrier-Based UAV
It’s a military aircraft project easily worth billions of dollars, perhaps north of $10 billion, with a good chance of going to a San Diego vendor.
Innovate 78 Brings North County Cities Together to Cooperate Rather Than Compete for Businesses
Michael Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s natural soap company, probably didn’t know it, but in 2013 he witnessed what passes for a minor miracle these days in city government.
Abnormal Wine Co. Finds Approachability Serves It Well in Brewing, Dining and Wine
L earning to appreciate the nuances and intricacies of wine can be daunting.
WORKFORCE: Hiring Site Serves Eateries and Employees
Cody Barbo looks uncharacteristically tired as we walk through the coworking space he calls home, settling at a table drenched in afternoon sun. The light casts shadows under his eyes and his hair — normally perfectly coiffed — is ever so slightly mussed.
MEDICINE: Expanding Access Is One of Her Passions
When Judith Shaplin and her family moved to eastern San Diego County, her grade-school principal noticed the little girl’s interest in medicine and put her in charge of cleaning up other kids’ playground scrapes.
SPORT: Aqua Lung Looks To Pass Competitors With The Help of Michael Phelps
Quick. Name one of the biggest French companies in San Diego’s North County. One that balances showy, high-stakes athleticism with the silence of military covert operations. One built on a legacy of undersea exploration.
INSURANCE: Cos. Need to Get Creative In Planning Coverage
Health insurance broker Deric Fernandez could see it coming: An 80-employee local manufacturing company he works with was about to face a double whammy.
New Rules Limit Reach and Rewards Of Some Employee Wellness Programs
For years, the promise of improved health wasn’t the only thing attracting workers to the wellness programs Xavier Serrano helped local employers set up. Cash was a big incentive, as well.
BUILDING: Blueprint for Healing Seen in Features
For a man who has spent the last five years of his life building one of the most distinguished works of architecture in La Jolla’s skyline, the sleekly curvaceous UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center set to open by year’s end, Michael D. Wolfe had surprisingly little to say about the hospital’s appearance.
PROPERTY: Hot Submarket To Be Commuter Friendly
When it begins service in about five years, San Diego’s extended Mid-Coast Trolley will significantly ramp up mass-transit access to coast-adjacent neighborhoods including University Towne Center.
The Port of San Diego sees its 10th Avenue Marine Terminal as an economic engine that could pick up a lot of steam between now and 2035.
Port district officials are still far from cementing the development vision for what the larger San Diego Bay area will look like 50 years from now despite a recent string of projects nearing approval at high-profile sites along downtown San Diego’s waterfront.
POLITICS: Chargers Agree to 8 Conditions, Including Cap on Costs
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has endorsed Measure C, the San Diego Chargers’ November ballot proposition to finance a $1.8 billion downtown stadium with convention facilities, after the team agreed to eight conditions including a cap on project costs.
TECH: Technological, Mechanical Abilities Shaped Off College Track
Behind a big roll-up door, in warehouse space at the back of Coleman University on Balboa Avenue, Rod Weiss, James Burns and several other technologically inclined people have put together a space called ENVI.
TransPower Converts Large Working Vehicles Into Electric-Powered, Fossil-Fuel Shunning Systems
If Mike Simon had his way, trucks in high-traffic areas might share a feature with San Diego Trolley cars. They would have pantographs. Pan-to … what?
Report: Forum Fleshes Out Ideas to Attract Good Jobs
Good-paying jobs may be in short supply around South County, but ideas for creating more of them abounded at an economic summit exploring ways to invigorate an area that is home to almost one in five San Diego County residents but only one in 10 of the region’s jobs.
SPORT: Chargers Release Study; Mayor Backs Measure C
The race to decide the fate of the San Diego Chargers’ proposed downtown “convadium” has reached its noisy home stretch — signaled by a wave of high-profile endorsements, media advertisements, opposing press conferences and dueling consultant studies.
TECH: New 3-D Printers Tap Into IoT, Functionality
Braydon Moreno has a thing for Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform was the catalyst for Moreno’s now-booming startup, Robo 3D. In 2013, the firm raised $650,000. At the time, it was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, and still ranks as one of the biggest crowdfunding hauls by a San Diego startup.
HEALTH: Co.’s Image Analysis Uses AI, Math and Other Tools for Cancer Detection
CureMetrix Inc. is not your typical software startup. Walking into the company’s headquarters, you can’t help but notice the lack of Ping-Pong tables and snack bars. No standing desks or sweeping downtown views, either. Walls are sparse. Keyboards are tapping. One employee sips tea as a complete hush envelops the space.
PROPERTY: Various Projects Add to Momentum for Change
With no major fanfare or grand-opening hoopla, home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware Outlet opened for business in mid-September at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa, filling a 55,000-square-foot space vacated by the bankrupt sporting goods chain Sports Authority.
POLITICS: Some See Lack of Oversight, City Ceding Control
After more than a year of discussions, San Diego officials are nearing agreement on standards expected to boost oversight and raise standards for the approval of projects currently overseen by Civic San Diego, the nonprofit that has the final say on many development projects downtown and elsewhere in the city.
SPORT: Culture, Cos., And Competition Create A ‘Cycling Capitol’ in S.D.
How did San Diego come to be a cycling powerhouse with an economic drivetrain of $547 million?
PRODUCTION: Access To Facility, Savings on Shipping Are Pluses
Ted Fogliani wasn’t quite sure what to make of the animated Australian sitting in his office.
PRODUCTION: Artisans Engrave the Headstones; Internet Vies for Business
A visit to Carol Parker’s office and workshop seems like a trip back to the days before World War II. The neighborhood is old and her buildings date from the 1930s. Some of the furnishings and religious statuary seem equally old. However, the computer-aided design hardware and the many California employment posters on the walls show this manufacturing business is very much a part of the 21st century.
Aerospace Cluster Gives Cos. More Resources, Bigger Talent Pool, and A Host of Opportunities
Carlsbad-based 5D Robotics Inc. learned the value of being located within an industry cluster a couple of years ago when, facing a two-week deadline on a land-mine-detection project for the U.S. Army, it suddenly discovered a $300,000 mechanical arm it had ordered from Germany wasn’t entirely reliable under adverse weather conditions.
TOURISM: Football Fails to Score for Local Sector
National Football League games had a net $77 million impact on U.S. hotel revenue in 2015 — on par with the average $75 million seen over the past eight seasons — although the impact in San Diego was slightly negative, the research firm STR reported.