SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Meeting The New Standard

Change in accounting rules brings about a new business to facilitate compliance.

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In a Job Seeker’s Market, Companies Turn to Search Firms

Need workers? Finding them could be tough.

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Look Ahead: Local Economic Forecast for 2018

The Event: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 to 10 a.m., Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Local economist Lynn Reaser of Point Loma Nazarene University will deliver a local economic forecast, and a panel of five experts will discuss what to expect in their respective sectors. The panel offers a preview of their talking points here.

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Defense, Tourism, Taxes To Be Economic Pluses

ECONOMY: Affordable Housing Problem Still Drag on Growth

Local economists say the year ahead looks strong for San Diego County, with expansion on par with the moderate growth seen in 2017.

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2017 Newsmakers: Brewer Effectively Calls the Shots for Callaway

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Callaway Golf Co. seems to be hitting its stride after five years of Chip Brewer as CEO.

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2017 Newsmakers: Cole Helps Cubic Take on Competitors

The lucky necktie must have done the trick. That and a whole lot of homework.

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2017 Newsmakers: Tocagen Advances Cancer Fight with IPO, Breakthrough Designation

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Tocagen brought on Martin “Marty” Duvall as CEO more than a year ago to commercialize its anti-cancer therapies. In 2017, the company marked several milestones on that front.

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2017 Newsmakers: Hemker Exits After Huge Changes at Palomar Health

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Robert Hemker, long an architect of Palomar Health District’s financial plans, retired in November.

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2017 Newsmakers: Startup Ambassador Recruits for Home Team

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Mike Krenn spent 2017 preaching the gospel of San Diego startups in town — and out.

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2017 Newsmakers: Martinez Guides Sycuan Through Key Hotel Project

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As the leader of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Cody Martinez has several things to think about. Economic development is one of them.

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2017 Newsmakers: Nervana’s Deep Learning Chip Holds Promising Potential

It has been a long road from a concept to a piece of silicon, but Naveen Rao seems to have successfully negotiated the turns.

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2017 Newsmakers: Sempra Leader So Far Plays Right Cards in Texas

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Besting Warren Buffett is a tall order. Under CEO Debra Reed, Sempra did just that.

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2017 Newsmakers: Acquisition Is Team Building Exercise for Seacoast Commerce

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Rick Sanborn, CEO of Seacoast Commerce Bank, has made a career of turning around struggling banks.

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2017 Newsmakers: Seals Are Businessman’s Bet On San Diego Sports Fans

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On the heels of the Chargers’ leave-taking, Alibaba billionaire Joe Tsai brought joy to some San Diego sports fans with the announcement that he would be bringing a professional indoor lacrosse team to town.

2017 Newsmakers: UCSD Intellectual Assets Continue to Pay Off

UC San Diego had a banner 2017, with prestigious prizes going to its faculty and major donations coming in to bolster the university’s already formidable academic offerings.

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2017 Newsmakers: Westfield UTC Crafts a Destination

No longer just a place to shop, Westfield UTC has become a place for people to work, wander and explore with its newest expansion — a $600 million undertaking.

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2017 Newsmakers: IDEA1 Creates Inviting, Inspiring Space

Downtown San Diego’s East Village got a building with a very different perspective with the November completion of the $91 million IDEA1 project that combines office space, apartments and retail space.

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2017 Newsmakers: High-End Properties Rise in Downtown

Downtown San Diego’s housing market headed for the stratosphere in 2017 with construction of Pacific Gate — dubbed by its developers as the city’s first “super prime” condo complex.

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S.D. Secures a Good Share Of Military Spending

From Contractors to Personnel, Region Reaps $50.1 Million in Impact From Defense Role

Every year, San Diego County brings in more U.S. Defense Department contracts than many states of the union. In 2017, San Diego’s $8.23 billion in defense wins were more than what the states of Washington and New York received individually.

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Region’s UAV Expertise Helps to Transform Military

DEFENSE: Role Has Been Expanding, More Civilian Use AlsoExpected

It was one more example of how the U.S. military is using unmanned aircraft to stretch its abilities.

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Asset Management Co. Gives Lessons in Team Building

Firm Taps Technology, Research and Vision To Serve Growing and Changing Clientele

Michael Johnson first became a manager at a relatively young age, inheriting oversight of his first team, at Moody’s Investors Service, when he was about 30, then other teams, and later another at Merrill Lynch & Co., in New York.

‘Genomics Evangelist’ Envisions Group Effort

Dawn Barry is a self-described genomics evangelist. But she’s not preaching to the choir.

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A New Day at the Office

Design and Construction Moves to Meet Millennials By Providing Open Space, Amenities And Office Options Rather Than a Set Space

Millennials, those younger workers between the ages of 18 and 34 who are seeking a different kind of workspace, are having a profound effect on the way offices are designed and built in San Diego County and elsewhere. And since millennials constitute a large percentage of the San Diego population, designers and builders are stepping up to accommodate their preferences.

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Alexan ALX Leads Way of Downtown Apartment Boom

PROPERTY: Alexan Targets Millennials; More Projects on the Way

Downtown San Diego is about to get the first in a series of new apartment towers — Alexan ALX — after a year of little activity

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Sempra Betting on Its Power of Persuasion

ENERGY: Acquisition of Texas Utility Likely to Depend On Convincing State’s PUC

It wasn’t the sort of regulatory memo the head of a large public company looks forward to discussing on an earnings call. But the timing left Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed little choice.

Independent Toy Stores Play to Their Strengths

RETAIL: They Focus On Customer Service, Create Community Feel

Say you were thinking of buying a new-to-market toy like the Zipes Speed Pipes Performance Pack, a hot item among the under-13 crowd. (The holidays are around the corner, after all.) Sure, this network of pipes that a toy car zips around at breakneck pace looks fun in YouTube videos.

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Hospitals See Harm in Insurer’s Imaging Policy Change

MEDICINE: Use of Centers Expected to Cut Costs

Anthem will no longer pay for outpatient MRIs and CT scans at hospitals, a decision that at least two San Diego hospital systems fear could chip away at care — and their bottom lines.

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Broadcom Aims Low With Qualcomm Offer

TECH: Its 5G Efforts, Other Tech Could Put Share Price Near $100

Is Qualcomm Inc. worth $70 per share? That simple question may be the beginning of a long negotiation process. Or it could be the key that determines whether Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) survives in its current form as a San Diego-based corporation.

Renovation Revs Up In Downtown

PROPERTY: Office Space Demand Seen Into 2019

Downtown San Diego is seeing the biggest surge of building renovations in years, driven in part by a shortage of new office space and a demand for more open work spaces and amenities.

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Origin Code Academy Moves Most of Its Curriculum Online

TECH: Access Cited In Move as Sector Looks for Right Model

Origin Code Academy, a local participant in the popular yet tumultuous industry of coding boot camps, is moving its curriculum online.

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