San Diego Business Journal


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Behind the Controls

WEALTH: Linden and Neal Blue Quietly Steer GA And Other Business Pursuits

Their Predator aircraft flies high enough to avoid detection, but J. Neal Blue and Linden S. Blue seem to prefer the opposite approach. The low-key industrialists fly under the radar.

S.D. Needs to Trade Up Reputation, Export Intensity

TRADE: Initiative Calls for Local Action On Exports, Investment

San Diego’s emergence as a mecca for biotechnology and wireless communications has primed the region for economic success, but the city isn’t up to national standards when it comes to foreign investment and exports.

How Region Can Trade Up Reputation and Export Intensity

TRADE: Initiative Calls for Local Action On Exports, Investment

San Diego’s emergence as a mecca for biotechnology and wireless communications has primed the region for economic success, but the city isn’t up to national standards when it comes to foreign investment and exports.

Why Mission Valley Stadium Site Looks Better 12 Years Later

DEVELOPMENT: Politics Might Align With Nearby Projects

Two members of the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group, each of whom is an expert on land-use or construction matters, say they’re confident that Mission Valley will be the place that ultimately keeps the San Diego Chargers in town if the financing is right.

As Patient Demand Grows, Sharp Rees-Stealy Plans Expansion

Continued population growth in the North County inland region has motivated Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center in Rancho Bernardo to announce plans to move to a new facility, nearly doubling the size of the existing medical center.

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Diagnostic Device Gives You Picture Of What’s In That Produce

TECH: Through Crowdsourcing, the Results Can Be Shared

Whether it’s worry over pesticide residue or concerns about toxins leaching into the soil, consumers want to know what’s in their food.

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Roosevelt’s New Homeport Will Be S.D.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on March 5 for a world deployment and then a trip to its new homeport of San Diego.

State Supreme Court to Review SANDAG Case

LAW: Appellate Ruling Said to Have Left Some Unresolved Questions

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court’s decision calling on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to make long-term transportation plans better comply with revised state pollution-reduction goals.

For Their Primary, The Romneys Vote Utah, Not La Jolla

Our package on Wealthiest San Diegans, which begins on Page 10, does not include part-time residents who own estates in and spend considerable time in La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and other areas.

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County’s Population to Exceed 4 Million by 2060

GROWTH: Forecast Shows Region’s Market Over 50-Year Period

Statistics from Sacramento’s bean counters offer an estimate of how big a market San Diego will become over the next 50 years.

Legislation Would Cut Civic S.D. Power

LAW: Some Call for More Localized Input on Projects

Legislation proposed by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would effectively strip the nonprofit Civic San Diego of its current role as final arbiter on downtown development projects.

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Whiskey Hits Market With Right Hooks

BEVERAGE: Endorsers, Herbs And Name Target Millennials

Over the past decade, San Diego has become known far and wide for its craft beer industry.

Redesigning the Philanthropic Business Model

America was built on the ideas and innovations of great risk takers. Their leaps of faith stimulated our economy, created jobs, and made our nation a world leader.

Building Leadership Is Goal of Gift to San Diego State University

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman and Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera, along with a group of student leaders, gathered recently to honor Jeffrey Glazer at the naming of the Jeffrey W. Glazer Center for Leadership and Service.

More Businesses Recognize Need for Cyber Liability Insurance

SECURITY: Even Small Companies Must Protect Information, Client Data

Local carriers say one of the biggest trends in property and casualty insurance is an increase in the purchase of cyber liability coverage.

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Innovative Insurance

Employers Finding Alternatives to Traditional Employee Benefits

Unable to offer traditional retirement and health benefits following the recent recession, many small businesses in San Diego County are finding alternative ways to maintain the loyalty of employees.

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Vision for Dealership Destination Was on Mark

RETAIL: Jones-Cone Looks to Add Concerts To Escondido Centre Mix

Not everyone was quick to understand how a Lexus dealership, a restaurant and several retail shops could succeed as part of the same complex, but time has proven that owner Judy Jones-Cone’s idea for The Centre in Escondido was sound.

M Ship’s Stiletto Cut a Fine Figure With Its Innovative Design

M Ship Co. never had the distinction of building a massive supercarrier or cranking out Liberty Ships by the hundreds. The San Diego company did not even build watercraft; it designed them. But boy, did it design a mean-looking vessel.

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Assay Depot Builds a Biotech Research Bridge

BIOTECH: Company’s Platform Matches Up Entrepreneurs With CROs

Making a drug used to fall to Big Pharma, costing a billion dollars and requiring resources and lab space to boot.

Local Biotech AltheaDx Backs Off From Its IPO Plans

FINANCE: Recent IPO Withdrawals Said Not To Be Cause for Concern

AltheaDx Inc. has withdrawn its plans to file an initial public offering (IPO), citing unattractive terms in the public marketplace, according to a regulatory filing.

Bitcoin Wallet Helps Users Boost Their ‘Exchange Rate’

SOFTWARE: App Provides Convenient Way to Spend Currency

Saying that Paul Puey is upbeat about bitcoin is kind of like saying Babe Ruth is OK at baseball.

Fresh Healthy Signs Deal With UNFI

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a San Diego-based healthful foods vending franchisor, announced its signing of a new three-year deal with United Natural Foods Inc.

Kidder Mathews Acquires StepStone Real Estate

PROPERTY: Firm Expanding After Recent Entrance to S.D. Market

Commercial real estate services provider Kidder Mathews has acquired StepStone Real Estate Services, a San Diego-based asset and property management firm, for an undisclosed price.

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Port Has $4.4 Billion Annual Economic Impact

ECONOMY: 2013 Data Shows Impact Is Up 8% Since 2011

The Port of San Diego has an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion, according to a study commissioned by the agency and issued March 10.

Midtier May Be Finding the Recovery Elusive

February was the third consecutive month in which corporations nationally laid off more workers than the year before. The most impacted sector is energy.

North County Clusters Spur Property Demand

REAL ESTATE: Health Care, Other Sectors Seek Out Space

Growth in North County’s key “cluster” industries — including health care, biotech, clean-tech and sports-related lifestyle companies — is creating jobs, and also raising demand for commercial real estate space.

Crowdfunding Moves Into Real Estate

FINANCE: Commercial Sector Opens Up to Small Investments

Online crowdfunding has already made its mark in the financing of technology startups, movies and philanthropic giving, and early indications are that it could make its next big splash in the world of commercial real estate investment — led by sites such as Realty Mogul, CrowdStreet and Fundrise.

Net Neutrality Act: The ‘Fix’ Is In?

TECH: Critics Cry Power Grab; Backers Cite Fairness

The federal government’s decision to treat the Internet like a utility is akin to a blockbuster movie that people love or hate.

Positive Energy

GREEN: State Policies Power Clean-Tech Sector Gains

California performed extraordinarily well in the clean energy industry last year, nearly tripling the number of jobs created in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to a recent economic report.

Time to Give Millennials an Innovative Handout

We often hear about the tremendous amount of student loan debt that young professionals are burdened with.