San Diego Business Journal


Qualcomm Takes Hits, Says It Will Fight Back

TECH: Revenue, Net Income Down for Q4 and the Year

Call it a transition year. That’s a message CEO Steve Mollenkopf offered financial analysts about Qualcomm Inc.’s fiscal 2016, which is only several weeks old.

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Promoting Veterans

ECONOMY: Nonprofits Help Service Members Find Their Fit in the Workforce

Employment prospects for post-9/11 veterans were grim just a few years ago. About 15 percent were out of work in early 2011, compared with roughly 9 percent of the general population.

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Getting With The Programs

TECH: Code-Writing Boot Camps Are Popping Up As Students Seek Opportunity to Join the Tech Sector

The recruits wear shaggy beards and it’s laptops, not rifles, that have become their new best friends.

EVoucher System Simplifies Process in Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court, some quip, exists to reverse the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Not even the land’s highest court would grant cert to reverse this item: Court staff from the circuit have received national recognition for their work in developing an electronic voucher-processing system that is improving how the federal judiciary manages spending for indigent defense.

This Chicken Should Soar In Popularity

Talk about a recipe for success: fast casual in a high-traffic, trendy spot with a menu that fills a void in the in the guilty pleasure/comfort food category.That would be The Crack Shack, a walk-up fried chicken and eggs restaurant opening next week in Little Italy. Mike Rosen and chef/partner Richard Blais are opening the restaurant at Juniper Street and Kettner Boulevard. There is no shortage of people willing to indulge in a well-prepared, freshly cooked piece of fried chicken;the Crack Shack will be a huge hit.

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S.D. Gets ‘Crafty’ In Drawing Tourists

TOURISM: Beer Week, Other Similar Events Bring Visitors

As the craft-beer faithful converge for the annual San Diego Beer Week — actually 10 days filled with countywide beer breakfasts, geek tours, ale marathons and “tap takeovers” – the local region is expected to get a significant economic buzz in the form of tourism benefits. If past years are an indication, this year’s seventh annual event, organized by the San Diego Brewers Guild and scheduled for Nov. 6-15, should create a steady flow of hotel room bookings, brewery tours, and increased sales at local stores, bars and restaurants.

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Designer’s Career Is Colorful Journey

FASHION: Zandra Rhodes Practical Side Shines, Too

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, known for flowing chiffon dresses, occasionally fantasizes about other mediums that could benefit from her trademark bold colors and patterns. “I’d love to have a go to do carpets in Las Vegas,” the British-born Rhodes said. “You could do anything mad and be in charge of doing a mad hotel.”

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Generic Drug Route Had Learning Curve

PHARMA: Company Opts to Build Distribution Network

For the past three years, an office building owned by Carlsbad Technology Inc. sat empty, awaiting enough growth from the generic drug manufacturer to force an office expansion. The moment has come: Carlsbad Technology moved into its new offices last month to accommodate an additional 33 employees over the past nine months, for a total of 136 employees.

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Gaining Experience

ECONOMY: Startups Find Good Guides In Accelerators, Incubators

In a global world with increasingly complex problems, it’s not a surprise that a successful startup no longer consists of one person armed with one idea. “Nobody innovates on their own,” said startup guru Greg McKee, CEO of San Diego’s longest-running business accelerator CONNECT. “The concept of the solo inventor working out of his garage is the myth of invention.”

JetPurple Puts S.D. on Its Flight Path

JetPurple Airwayz announced plans to begin regularly scheduled luxury flights between San Diego and the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning in April.

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Craft Brewer Takes Giant Step: Files for IPO

FINANCE: Ballast Point Would Be First Local Brewer on Nasdaq

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Inc. is planning to take the plunge with an initial public offering (IPO) of stock.

Proposing A Virtual Toast To Virtual Galas

Charitable donations have remained at about 2 percent of the U.S. GDP for decades. This presents the nonprofit sector with a classic dilemma — attempts to do something differently to grow overall giving come with a risk of losing share of market.

VC Funding Provides The Juice Locally in Q3

FINANCE: Suja Mega-Deal Part of Big Money Quarter

After a dismal start to the year, San Diego’s venture capital investment surged in the third quarter, marking the biggest quarterly haul in the region since 2008. The third quarter brought in nearly $434 million, up from the 7-year record-low $122 million raised just last quarter, according to a recent MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.

Mortgage Lending Changes Arrive

FINANCE: Some Say Devil Is In too Many Details, Delay

The home mortgage industry is grappling with recently implemented lending rules aimed at simplifying and consolidating the information borrowers receive, making it easier for prospective homebuyers to compare offers, but potentially adding delays to the process.

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Tide To Tap

RESOURCE: Desalination Plant Prepares For Big Role Locally And As Model Facility

San Diego’s vaunted $1 billion desalination plant, which will make water from the Pacific Ocean drinkable, is on the verge of pumping fresh water into the county’s water system for the first time.

Investment Needed for State Water Infrastructure

Every two minutes a water main breaks somewhere in the United States, resulting in billions of gallons of treated water being lost every year. Worse are losses from household leaks — approximately 1 trillion gallons annually, or enough to represent the annual household water needs of 11 million homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Bank Joins Operation Gratitude to Show Thanks to Veterans

Wells Fargo partnered with the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY San Diego) recently to host a “kitting” and letter- writing event for military families. The event was part of a larger effort by Wells Fargo and the nonprofit Operation Gratitude to show appreciation for our nation’s armed forces.

Latham & Watkins Team Represents BioMed In $8B Acquisition

Latham & Watkins advised local real estate powerhouse BioMed Realty Trust Inc. in its acquisition by Blackstone Group for a handsome $8 billion. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2016, is contingent upon customary closing conditions, including the approval of BioMed Realty’s stockholders.

Changes at Qualcomm Continue With the Sale of Vuforia

Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to sell its Vuforia business to PTC Inc., a $1.36 billion corporation from the Boston suburb of Needham, Mass.

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Opposing Forces

DEFENSE: The Pentagon Cash Flow Is Kind to Some Cos., But the Specter of Defense Budget Cuts Still Looms

How healthy is the region’s defense economy? In the short term, it’s great. In the long term, observers seem a little more guarded

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Co. Adds Civilian Training to Its Simulated Scenario Offerings

MEDICINE: It Aims for Wound Simulations to Be A Cut Above Others

Stu Segall Productions, once a television studio that filmed racy crime shows in the ’90s, is now home to all manner of disasters: active shooters, overturned vehicles, and building collapses, to name a few.

El Niño Could Bring Too Much of a Good Thing: Rain

ECONOMY: Tourism, Retail Sectors at Risk; Flood Damage a Concern

Meteorologists around the world are warning of a possible record-setting El Niño weather pattern this winter that could bring intense rain and flooding to Southern California, directly threatening nearly 5,000 San Diego businesses.

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Private Equity Firms Reportedly in Talks Seeking Petco Purchase

RETAIL: Company Holds Open House at New Headquarters

Leaders of Petco Animal Supplies Inc. recently welcomed visitors to the company’s new 300,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Rancho Bernardo. But officials at press time remained mum on reports that at least four private-equity firms are seeking to take over the pet products retailer.

Co. Gets Key Google Certification

Ezoic has scored a berth as one of the first Google Certified Publishing Partners. The Carlsbad software business serves small website publishers by figuring out which layout of a website attracts the most viewers.

Local Network to Be Used for Earthquake Alerts

TECH: Company to Deploy Sensors in Imperial Valley

A business that seeks to provide clients with several seconds of advance notice when an earthquake strikes is expanding in Southern California by buying capacity on a local scientific radio communications network.

Tri-City to Partner With UC San Diego Health

MEDICINE: Tri-City Patients Gain Access To Some UC Services

UC San Diego Health and Tri-City Healthcare District announced that they have entered an exclusive, long-term partnership that could boost the Oceanside hospital’s long-term viability while expanding the university’s reach into North County.

Did Mansion Have Popcorn Ceilings or What?

You don’t find bargains like this every day. A contemporary mansion perched atop Paint Mountain in Escondido recently shattered the city’s record sale price when it sold for $5.5 million. The previous high sale price in Escondido was $2.8 million. But the Paint Mountain home had been listed for as much as $12.5 million.

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Blackstone Sees What The Markets Missed

PROPERTY: BioMed Buy Gets Exceptional Portfolio

Pending shareholder approval, San Diego’s BioMed Realty Trust Inc. will soon join the growing roster of high-profile local entities now controlled by the private equity giant Blackstone Group, which analysts said has recently been taking parked money off the sidelines to diversify its U.S. and global real estate holdings.

Nonprofit Research Brings $4.6B Impact

BIOTECH: EDC Study Calls For More Support, Outreach

Work done at local research institutes makes a big impact on San Diego’s economy, according to a new report. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. pegs the local impact of nonprofit research institutes at $4.6 billion each year.

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Drought’s Impact Seen In Output

AGRICULTURE: Production Drops 2 Percent in 2014

The value of San Diego’s agricultural products fell slightly last year, declining about 2 percent to $1.82 billion from the year before, as avocado output dropped sharply amid rising water costs and a law requiring cage-free henhouses made raising eggs more expensive.