December 6, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.