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Buyers Give Companies Billions of Reasons to Sell in 2013

ACQUISITIONS: Big Deals Dominate the Scene in 2013 As San Diego Is Sellers Market

A soaring stock market spurred a spate of San Diego company acquisitions this year, with six exceeding billion-dollar valuations.

Major Transportation, Water Projects Completed, Started in 2013

INFRASTRUCTURE: Carlsbad Desalination Project Gets Green Light

The San Diego region saw a $1 billion dollar project get finished this year, and another one for about the same cost get underway.

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Lines of Conflict Are Drawn Over Barrio Logan Zoning Issues

PROPERTY: Activist Groups Clash With Area’s Shipyards Over Changes

Homes and heavy industry have coexisted — often uneasily — in Barrio Logan for nearly a century; 2013 turned into the year that the simmering issue boiled into a citywide matter.

Road to Convention Center Expansion Is an Obstacle Course

PROPERTY: Lawsuit Challenges the Coastal Commission’s Approval

The long journey toward an expansion of San Diego Convention Center reached an important milestone this year, when the $520 million project received the blessings of the California Coastal Commission.

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Vibe, Vision and Commerce Make East Village the Hot Spot

PROPERTY: Developers See Housing, Retail and Sporting Opportunities

If one had to declare a single neighborhood as the current development capital of San Diego County, the clear front-runner would be East Village.

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TMD to Play Catch Up in 2014 After Tourism Ad Money Released

TRAVEL: Tourism Authority to Restart Some Marketing Efforts

2014 will be a time of recuperation for local tourism promotion programs, which saw funding lopped off by more than 60 percent in 2013 as a result of political and legal disputes over the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

City’s Political Changes Shift Some Priorities and Power Bases

GOVERNMENT: Labor Gains Power; Downtown Focus Fades for Both Parties

No matter who wins San Diego’s mayoral runoff election in early 2014 between City Council Members David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, it won’t change the noticeable shift in the balance of power on the council that has taken place the past five years or how it impacted the business community during 2013.

New Medical Facilities Add Jobs and Needed Services to Region

HEALTH: Scripps, Kaiser, UC San Diego Have Plans For New Facilities

The completion of the $456 million Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and the $225 million Scripps Proton Therapy Center highlighted a year in which several medical facilities, large and small, made strides toward opening.

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Qualcomm Continues to Innovate, Turns in 30 Percent Growth

TECH: Company Is San Diego’s Largest, Employs 31,000 Worldwide

Qualcomm Inc. — big and iconic and long past its splashy 25th anniversary in 2010 — continued to grow like a spry young company in 2013.