SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Blufftop Battleground

PROPERTY: Prime Coastal Spot in Del Mar Draws Developers With Reputation for Success

Two Encinitas developers — The Robert Green Co. and Zephyr — contend their track records with luxury projects in high-profile places, combined with some long-term patience, should guide them through an expected thicket of obstacles to completing their proposed oceanfront resort in Del Mar.

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Urban Winery Finds Sustainable Way to Serve Its Wines

WINERY: Using New Device, Reusable Growlers Are Filled From Barrels

One urban winery in San Diego has found success taking a page out of the craft beer industry’s playbook.

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S.D. Wine Sector Is Its Own Blend of Businesses

From Vineyards to Urban Wineries, Local Producers Cultivate Good Reputation

Bring up California wine, and few think first of San Diego. Well, some Southern Californians may. But the association is likely attributable to geographic confusion: Temecula, the wine region in southwestern Riverside County, is often mistakenly believed to be in San Diego County.

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Renovate Reorganizes, Reviews Its Practices

FINANCE: New CEO Among Changes at Lending Company

A major leadership reorganization is underway at Renovate America as well as an independent review of its business practices following a news account alleging a federal investigation into the company.

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Is S.D. a Contender For HQ2?

ECONOMY: Uphill Climb To Get Amazon’s Attention

Unable to find consensus over a convention center annex, or the next step for the big gray stadium in Mission Valley, San Diego leaders are faced with one more project of magnitude.

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Labs Prepare for the Pot Pipeline Opening

LAW: Legalization Brings Testing Requirements

In a sprawling industrial park just outside of Vista, inconspicuously tucked in a tan, nondescript building is Coastal Analytical, one of San Diego County’s few marijuana testing facilities.

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MiraCosta to Meet Cos.’ Demand With Biomanufacturing Degree

EDUCATION: Pioneering Community College Offering Is Employment Centered

A first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree at MiraCosta College is preparing students for the manufacturing side of biotech with the goal of bolstering the region’s homegrown workforce.

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Tech Tackles Growing Problems for Farmers

Farmer’s High-Tech Irrigation System Shows Necessity of Innovation to Compete

When Kurt Bantle bought a 12.5-acre avocado grove in 2011, he envisioned farming as a nice contrast to his day job as a wireless testing expert. He also saw business potential.

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Wave of Spec Development To Hit North County

Several optimistic North County developers have speculative industrial and office construction projects underway, though in most cases nobody yet knows who the upcoming tenants might be.

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Pirch Retreats From Its Rapid Expansion

RETAIL: Store Closes Out-of-State Sites in a Strong Furniture Market

San Diego’s formerly fast-growing retailer Pirch recently announced that it was closing six of its 10 stores — all of them outside of California. But the abrupt downsizing came as the overall economy continues to be quite friendly to sellers of furniture and related home furnishings including several national chains now in the midst of local expansions.

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Regulations Proposed For Short-Term Rentals

PROPERTY: Council Measure Includes Fees, Fines and Permits

Faced with continuing complaints from local residents about noise and other nuisances created by vacationers using home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, the San Diego City Council later this month will tackle a proposed multipronged approach, including new registration fees and steep penalties for noncompliance by property owners.

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With Key Intellectual Property, Qualcomm Positions Itself To Lead on 5G

TECH: Other Cos. Focus on Deployment of Small Cells

Engineers at Qualcomm Inc. are shaping a new, faster form of wireless communications.

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Taking a Shot at Vaccine Storage Innovation

BIOTECH: TruMed’s System Preserves, Protects And Processes Medicine

Big issues occasionally strike fridges full of vaccines. The power goes out. Inventory is incorrectly logged. Vaccines hidden in the back expire.

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Co. Aims to Put Spaces, Products in Best Light

DESIGN: Customization Skills Set It Apart; B2B Market Potential Big

Lighting typically represents less than 1 percent of a building’s cost, while it casts a much bigger impact on ambience.

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Compounding Practice At Center of Lawsuit

PHARMA: Allergan, Imprimis Trade Accusations in Dispute

A Goliath in the biotech industry is suing San Diego drugmaker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company is selling new drugs without regulatory approval. Imprimis said the claims are bogus and a move by the biotech giant to quash competition.

Ex-Offender Program Values Work Ethic, Second Chances

NONPROFIT: Cos. Find Good Workers, Tax Breaks

At Sheffield Platers’ 21,000-square-foot manufacturing center in Sorrento Mesa, employees haul, cut and inspect metal parts.

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Hard Times Brought Out DavisREED’s Best

BUILDING: Co.’s Revenue Grew 500% to more than $284M in two years

Seven years ago, Derek Davis was watching the world’s best golfers play on perhaps the world’s most beautiful golf course on a quintessentially California summer day in Pebble Beach.

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New Bank Waits… And Waits

With Risks in Mind, FDIC Takes It Time

Four letters stand between San Diego and the establishment of the region’s first new commercial bank in nearly a decade: FDIC. The proposed Endeavor Bank, which received state approval from the California Department of Business Oversight in March and approval for its stock offering circular in July, is waiting for the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission’s OK to open its doors.

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New CEO Carefully Picks Ingredients of Change

DINING: Eatery Reset to Combine Past Strengths With New Efforts

Announcing the arrival of the company’s newest CEO — the fourth to hold the post since 2011 — the current private-equity owners of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. described John H. Haywood as a veteran industry “turnaround specialist.”

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Beer Equipment Cos. Tap Into Craft Growth

BREWING: From Tanks to T-Shirts, Sector Is Thriving

Without brewing a drop of beer themselves, several San Diego County companies — such as dispensing-systems provider TapCraft and temperature-gauging tech maker Reotemp Instruments Corp. — are enjoying the spillover benefits of the region’s still-burgeoning craft brewing industry.

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Research Institutes Are Now Searching For Cures and Profits

BIOTECH: Commercial Focus May Slow Wider Innovation

As public funding for medical research grows scarce, academics in San Diego are increasingly turning to Big Pharma to help them translate science into dollars.

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Coca-Cola Helps Suja Pour It On

JUICE: Investment Boosts Co.’s Capacity, But Doesn’t Change Its Philosophy

Suja Life LLC’s first commercial juice press, a blue machine about the size of a minifridge, still stands on the floor of its Oceanside production facility. But nearby is the real powerhouse: a German-made Flottweg belt press with the ability to squeeze nearly all of the juice from the produce it mashes.

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Inertia Remains a Powerful Force

Despite Awareness of Importance, Exit Planning Elusive to Local Business Owners

Ashish Jariwala, managing director at San Diego-based investment banking firm PierCap Partners, wasn’t planning to join his family’s business, which made texturized dyed yarn.

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Investors Betting on HouseCall’s B2B Efforts

SOFTWARE: More Manageable Model Brings $11M in Funding

Local software startups don’t often score venture money, but HouseCall is bucking that trend after closing an $11 million deal late last month.

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Will Housing Crisis Open Door to North County Development?

PROPERTY: Newland Plan Will Test if Public Mood Has Changed

A 2,135-home project proposed just outside of San Marcos will go before the County Board of Supervisors in 2018, eight years after the board shot down another housing plan for the site.

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Co.’s Digital Parts Quickly Add Up

PRINTING: Component Maker Taps Into Robust Commercial Growt

The shop at Memjet’s Rancho Bernardo headquarters has a 19-inch rack that in most other places would hold computer servers. This one, however, holds something more: printer’s ink.

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Cool Perks Are Icing on The ‘Coworking Cake’

Now that we got the serious considerations out of the way, it’s time to give the perks some attention.

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Coworking: What Will Work for Your Startup?

This Checklist Can Guide You On Search for the Right Site

As local coworking spaces compete for new tenants, some facilities are offering sweet perks such as in-office hot tubs and kombucha on tap to help fill desks. But when deciding on a coworking space to call home, should perks be a determining factor?

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Millenia Makes Move To Bring in Business

PROPERTY: Office Complex Will Try to Crack Cluster Culture

Apartments, homes and retail elements are steadily coming into place at the mixed-use Millenia community in eastern Chula Vista, a project long seen as crucial to attracting young families and professionals seeking a walk-friendly, urban-style environment with affordable housing.

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NuVasive Expansion Aims to Be Catalyst for Innovation

BIOTECH: Training, R&D Programs Get More Space

San Diego-based NuVasive Inc. in January will begin expanding its headquarters, including creating an innovation center to showcase the company’s efforts in training surgeons in its latest spine surgery procedures and technology.

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