San Diego Business Journal


Formula Is New CEO, New Home, Old Drug

BIOTECH: Investors See Good Bet in Heart Drug

San Diego’s abundance of intellectual capital and venture investors with deep pockets has lured yet another startup from its snow-steeped home to sunny Southern California.

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VAVi Changes Field of Play With Events

SPORTS: Company Creates Winning Combo: Fun, Sports

VAVi Sport & Social, an organizer of adult sports leagues, is taking its nontraditional endurance events to a wider audience this year by partnering with Endemol North America, the producer of the obstacle course game show “Wipeout.”

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Back to Business For One Paseo

PROPERTY: Retail Leasing Is on Development’s Agenda

With the political battles set aside at least for the moment, Kilroy Realty Corp. and its brokers are proceeding to fill retail and office spaces at the company’s controversial $750 million One Paseo mixed-use development in Carmel Valley.

Stadium Work Should Not Be a Public Spectacle

Commentary: Editorials, letters, columns and other opinions

At the end of January, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed a nine-member task force to identify a site and develop a plan to pay for the construction of a new football stadium for San Diego and the Chargers.

Diversifying Fuel Sources Makes Good Sense

Commentary: Editorials, letters, columns and other opinions

Since President George W. Bush declared in his 2006 State of the Union speech that “America is addicted to oil,” our nation has seen a renaissance of its renewable energy industry.

Executive Q&A: Tory Nixon of California Bank & Trust

Tory Nixon is executive vice president of California Bank & Trust and heads the San Diego and Northern California divisions of the bank.

Banking on Confidence

Improving Economy Prompts Companies to Expand, Build or Buy

San Diego County banks are eagerly looking for borrowers in what’s become a highly competitive market.

It May Be Tax Time for Sites Offering Temporary Stays in S.D.

LEGAL: City Seeks TOT Revenue as Web Changes Tourism Paradigm

San Diego has joined the growing list of major U.S. cities grappling with fiscal and social fallout from rising use of sites such as Airbnb, where property owners rent out rooms or whole homes to vacationers and others on short stays.

Optimal Giving: Helping Nonprofits Keep More of the Money

TECH: Direct Debit Payments Eliminate Processing Fees

By teaching nonprofits about cost-saving payment-processing practices, San Diego-based Optimal Giving helps them keep more of the money they raise.

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Give the Change Makes it Easy to Be a Philanthropist

TRANSACTIONS: Debit Card Allows Consumers to Donate Change to Charity

The goal of Give the Change, a San Diego cause-based company, is to make charitable giving simple and convenient through the use of debit cards.

Cupio: Saving Endangered Rainforests One Square Meter at a Time

GREEN: Program Develops Bonds Between Consumers, Businesses

Solana Beach-based Cupio enables consumers to buy products that fund the preservation of endangered rainforest and then go online to locate the land they’ve helped to preserve.

Cubic Announces Restructuring of its Defense Segments

DEFENSE: Company Expects to Lay Off Less than 2% of Staff

Cubic Corp. announced Feb. 18 that it was restructuring, saying that it will fold together its two defense segments and lay off less than 2 percent of its worldwide staff, all in an effort to improve profitability and competitiveness.

Accretive of San Diego: Corporate Savings Go to Nonprofits

FINANCE: Corporations Cut Expenses, Share Money with Charities

Working in partnership with nonprofit organizations, Accretive of San Diego helps corporations find ways to save money and channel a portion of the savings to charitable causes.

Bar Foundation Giving Aims To Promote Justice for All

The Business of Law Column

Brian Funk is president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and would like to remind you that the foundation supports access to justice, in a big way.

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Grant Will Fortify Food Pantry’s Efforts to Fight Hunger

Kudos/Giving Column

The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

Proximity Beacons Find Themselves in More and More Locations

Technology Column

Rocco Fabiano says it’s time to shift gears. Time to go from evangelizing to commercializing.

Timing Looks Right for This New Life Sciences Campus in UTC

Real Estate Column

San Diego’s BioMed Realty Trust Inc. has not announced the tenants for its long-planned, $190 million life-science lab and office campus called i3, which recently broke ground at University Towne Center. But the trends in recent brokerage data suggest the company shouldn’t have much trouble filling up the 316,000-square-foot project.

Supreme Court Case Could Dismantle Health Care Law

Health Care Column

A looming Supreme Court case has put pressure on Congressional Republicans to design a new plan to replace President Obama’s signature health care law. But rather than develop new solutions, lawmakers seem to be producing more of the same. Out with the old, and… well, back in with the old.

Independent MIT Enterprise Forum Charts New Course

TECH: New Leadership Prompted Group to Break with CONNECT

MIT Enterprise Forum-San Diego and CONNECT have gone their separate ways after an 11-year partnership.

Online Reputation Management Can Cure Doctors' Web Woes

TECH: Being Aware Of Reviews Can Be a Lifesaver for Practices

Review Concierge LLC, a tiny communications group gone tech startup, is tapping into the new consumer-driven health care market by offering online reputation management to doctors and hospitals.

Virgin America Relocates to Terminal 2 West

Virgin America has relocated its local air operations to Terminal 2 West at San Diego International Airport.

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Small Drones

Aircraft: Public Comment Period Is Now Taking Place

Businesses might not deliver packages or pizzas by drone quite yet, but the Federal Aviation Administration is taking a step toward the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft.

Here Come Comic Books And Ninja Turtles

SDBJ Insider

IDW Publishing is relocating from Pacific Beach to the NTC Arts & Culture District in historic Liberty Station. IDW publishes comic books and graphic novels, but it’s no little Comic Center of Pasadena.

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Bastyr Fills Niche for Naturopathic Doctors

MEDICINE: Accredited School Is Seeing Increasing Enrollment

A new university in San Diego is training the next generation of primary care doctors in the state’s first and only accredited natural medicine school — Bastyr University.

Businesses Partner With a Cause

GIVING: Firms’ Actions Create Customer Loyalty

Some San Diego companies are finding success by creating business models that are built around charitable giving.

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Cymer Lights the Way To Smaller Microchips

TECH: Its EUV Technology Said to Have Bright Future

The huge, colorful video screens on the walls of Cymer’s new, $500,000 control room in Rancho Bernardo tell a story.

We Oughta Be in Pictures

TOURISM: Region Plots Ways to Woo Film, TV Productions

Discussions are underway to replace what was once the San Diego Film Commission — eliminated as a result of 2013’s tourism-related city budget squabbling — with a new regional organization aimed at making San Diego County a competitive hub for movie and TV production.

Time to Rally Around Sustainability Programs

San Diego’s weather brings new residents and tourists in droves, making it the best asset our region has to offer. Preserving our natural beauty while growing smartly presents ongoing challenges.

Defense Trade Show Is a Tour de Force of Technology and More

One minute, I’m on the show floor of the San Diego Convention Center. The next, I am in a valley in Iceland, amid green mountains and glaciers.

Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame Makes Room for 5 More Heroes

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego inducted five new members into the Escondido branches’ Alumni Hall of Fame during the recent Founders Day Luncheon ceremony at the group’s Lefty Mitchell Branch. The new inductees who joined the 56 current hall of fame members are: Vatei Ouy Campbell, fund development manager, The Elizabeth Hospice; Bill Martin, deputy planning director, City of Escondido; Katherine Longfellow Petersen, former house manager, Ronald McDonald House, Las Vegas; Garrett Ponder, staff coordinator, marketing, Qualcomm Inc.; and Kyle Ruggles, principal, Alamosa Park Elementary School.