SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
Here’s another information technology success story with that unique San Diego twist. Friends who grew up with Kyle Slager in Ohio have two reasons to be jealous of the Buckeye native.
TOURISM: 2 Proposals By JMI Include Chargers’ Stadium
The developer of Petco Park has joined the convention center fray with its own proposals for a downtown facility that could double as convention space and a new home for the San Diego Chargers, as city officials weigh their options to salvage the existing $520 million plan to expand the convention center.
TECH: Attendance Doubles at Qualcomm Life Industry Event
Qualcomm Life Inc., the mobile health-focused subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., drew nearly 300 leaders in mobile health care to its annual conference in San Diego last week aimed at brainstorming, collaborating and forming partnerships in a burgeoning industry.
Development: Concept Bringing Vacant Lots to Life
Slowly but noticeably, “tactical urbanism” is playing out in San Diego and other large cities where young people are flocking to high-density core neighborhoods in search of their desired quality of life.
RETAIL: Amazon’s New Delivery Service Gives Local Food a Lift
With retail giant Amazon.com Inc. now delivering goods to many of its loyal customers, San Diego-based Venissimo Cheese Inc. doesn’t need to depend solely on walk-in customers craving gourmet items such as the fresh goudas, cheddars and prosciuttos sold in its local stores.
We’ve all heard the news about companies fleeing California for greener pastures in more “business-friendly” states. It’s no different for our colleagues in the aerospace and defense industry. In recent years, several aerospace companies have picked up stakes and moved operations out of California.
The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills special requests for hospice patients and their loved ones, held its annual celebration of inspirational people recently at Old Poway Park.
Jim Malone is the chief administrative officer for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group — SCPMG — in San Diego, which consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 4,700 ancillary staff who provide care to more than 534,000 Kaiser Permanente members.
MEDICINE: Increasing Demand to Be Met By New Facility, Upgrades
Kaiser Permanente’s new 450-bed hospital in Kearny Mesa will feature cutting-edge technology and innovative communication strategies while relieving the growing pressure on its current facilities.
Walking through the old mansion-converted City Hall in Amsterdam, N.Y., a young Tim Moran climbed into the gated elevator and braced himself when the elevator shook and creaked to a halt — stalled between floors.
As the city of San Diego gets busy updating the community plans for neighborhoods such as Mission Valley, it will also be searching for its next top planning official.
This custom home, perched on a hill in southeast Escondido, incorporates all the luxuries of modern living.
Federal regulators didn’t approve the proposed acquisition of First Mountain Bank by First National Bank of Southern California, with four of its five branches in San Diego.
It’s Tuesday morning and Stan Ferdyn is holding his regular recruiting meeting in an office building off San Diego Mission Road. He meets a lot of potential employees here, trying to convince at least a few of them to climb into big-rig cabs and take freight across the United States.
BIOTECH: Interpreting Massive Genetic Sequencing Information Is the Challenge
A San Diego startup founded by human genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter has recruited Franz Och, former leader of Google Translate and expert in machine learning, to find new ways to crunch and interpret human sequencing data.
BREWING: North County Efforts Currently Skewed to Production
Craft beer is now a significant economic generator in North County, but more can be done to put the region’s “Hops Highway” — the nickname for Highway 78 — on par with the impact now seen in places like the city of San Diego’s 30th Street “Craft Beer Corridor.”
BIOTECH: Mapp Provided Its Experimental Serum to Infected Missionaries
Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., a San Diego-based company with only nine employees, made international headlines last week for its role in developing an experimental Ebola treatment that may save the lives of two American aid workers who contracted the virus in Liberia.
TECH: 3-D Printing Used To Make a Custom Product
A visual artist who spent the last eight years in New York City has detoured to San Diego and into entrepreneurship.
Aqua Sphere — a swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons — has formed a long-term strategic partnership with the Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman.
CIVIC: Proponents of Expansion Seek Plan B After Ruling Against Hotel Tax
Civic and tourism leaders were scrambling for a follow-up strategy after a state appeals court recently rejected the funding mechanism for the planned $520 million expansion of San Diego Convention Center.
ENERGY: Second-Quarter Net Income Up 9.8%; Key Project Gets Financing
Sempra Energy, San Diego’s second-largest company by revenue, is on track get bigger this year, both in sales and profits.
Sadly, the news media is reporting the end of an era that has an impact on San Diego. Sony Electronics is closing its E-reader business which was orchestrated from its North American headquarters in Rancho Bernardo.
TECH: China Challenges Affect Analysts’ Outlook
Shares of Qualcomm Inc. touched $80, slid more than 10 percent and have been trying to find their proper level since the company’s earnings call in late July, when executives spoke of the company’s inability to collect all royalties it says are owed by some of its Chinese customers.
FINANCE: Borrowers and Investors Find a Useful Tool
Peer-to-peer lenders are becoming more acceptable, both as a source of capital for consumers and as a legitimate place for investors to get a better return on their money.
ACQUISITION: Staffing Overlap May Bring Cuts
FTD Companies Inc.’s acquisition of San Diego-based Provide Commerce should yield $25 million in annual synergies within three years, according to the buyers. But how those savings will be achieved is difficult to discern.
Manufacturing: Rising Instrument Sales Are Music to Industry’s Ears
Thanks in part to the recent popularity of Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro — with an assist from pop stars Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and others — the miniature stringed instruments have become a big seller at San Diego-based Bertrand’s Music.
July 25, Colorado River Day, was recently celebrated as the day the river was officially renamed from the “Grand” to the “Colorado,” honoring the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions.
Employees of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. teamed recently with a group of consultants and subcontractors to give the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego what it needed most: a new STEM lab and outdoor garden area at its Ron Roberts Family Branch on East Jewett Street in San Diego’s Linda Vista area.
SERVICE: Business Signed First Franchise Agreement in April
San Diego-based Hera Hub, which provides women who work for themselves a working space where they can share ideas and meet with others, has signed its first franchise agreement.
PROPERTY: For Office Designers, Division Is Out as Shared Spaces Take Shape
If you’re wondering what the office of tomorrow looks like, two local office designers suggest looking at the trendsetters of today.