John Cox

Staff Reporter

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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.

Synergy, Right Symbolism Required for Proper Naming of Schools

EDUCATION: Institutions Often Have Guidelines For Transformational Event

Despite its youthful 27 years, California State University San Marcos can boast philanthropist names on five of its facilities, including the library, the field house and the home of the business school.

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Putting MBAs on Fast Track

Schools Consider Offering Accelerated Programs As Time and Career Concerns Weigh on Students

Nikhil Varaiya knows how to deal with students who complain it takes them too long to complete the Master of Business Administration program where he works at San Diego State University. “I’ve asked them, ‘Are you willing to go three semesters at 12 to 15 units a semester? That’s when they start to have some sort of hesitation,” said Varaiya, a finance professor at SDSU and director of its graduate business programs.

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Craft Beer Attorney Taking Her Pursuits to National Level

LAW: Knowing Intricacies Of Beer Industry Makes Her an Asset to Brewers

Not long ago a California craft brewer with more passion than business know-how opted to launch without the benefit of legal assistance, and ended up wasting $1,000 on a patent because — who knew? — federal law forbids printing the word “strong” on a beer label.

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Sporting Goods Co. Takes on Tech Support Role for Youth Leagues

RETAIL: Acquisitions Used To Build Digital Platform Which Tracks User Data

Inside a 16,000-square-foot space in downtown San Diego, members of a national all-star team are vying for the future of sporting goods retailing.

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Medical Transportation Taps Ride-Sharing Tech

HEALTH: Predictive Software Delivers for Routine Transport

Sometimes there’s a specialized industry so ripe for advancement that all an innovator has to do is adapt technology that has already proved itself in the wider market.

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Scripps, Qualcomm Prepare ACO Offering

HEALTH: Provider Invests in System; Partnership Is First for S.D.

Scripps Health’s recent agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to build and manage a customized medical network represents San Diego’s boldest step yet toward a Medicare-born model that holds health care providers financially accountable for lowering costs and improving care.

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Shift to Components Drives Nortek Growth

HOME SECURITY: Company Becomes Key Supplier To Industry

When the wireless revolution hit the home security and automation industry several years ago, Carlsbad-based Nortek Security & Control LLC was confronted with more than just disruptive technology.

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Recruitment Challenges Continue to Vex Innovation Employers

JOBS: Employees Have Leverage in Engineering, Skilled Manufacturing

The employer Matt Haver was recruiting for wouldn’t budge.

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New Hospital to Meet Challenges, Change

Facility Is Boost to Kaiser’s Standing, Came In Under Budget

Kaiser Permanente has christened its first new hospital in the San Diego area since 1975, an $850 million facility in Kearny Mesa it says will better integrate care for its 610,000 local members.

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San Diego County's March Median Home Price Hits $575,030

San Diego County homes sales rebounded in March, in line with seasonal patterns, as median closing prices for existing, single-family houses rose 2 percent month over month — or 5 percent from a year earlier — to $575,030.

County's March Median Home Price Hits $575,030

San Diego County homes sales rebounded in March, in line with seasonal patterns, as median closing prices for existing, single-family houses rose 2 percent month over month – or 5 percent from a year earlier – to $575,030.

Ligand Enters New License and Supply Agreement With Connecticut-Based Co.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to license one of its patented products for use in a Connecticut-based drugmaker’s intravenous medicine believed to helpful in controlling seizures and anxiety.

Initiative Would Give Nonprofit Role in Pursuing Productions

FILM: It Would Include Help in Production And Distribution

San Diego doesn’t easily double for other cities, but in the new Netflix series “Ingobernable,” Balboa Park’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and the tall shadows of downtown at night make for a convincing Mexico City.

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No Days Off for Tourism

Drawing New Visitors, Building New Properties and Attractions Are Part of Keeping, Expanding Market

Things were already going well at the USS Midway Museum — yet another year of record attendance — when someone there noticed a detail that may point the way to future growth.

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Sempra Updates Financial Outlook

Sempra Energy reaffirmed its 2017 guidance on earnings per share, while also projecting growth of 10 percent to 11 percent, on a compound annual basis, through 2021.

Petco Acquires Startup PetCoach

Petco has purchased Philadelphia-based startup PetCoach, a digital services company connecting pet owners with veterinary professionals, and hired its co-founder and CEO to be a senior executive at the San Diego-based specialty retailer.

WebMD Executive Named Chief Business Officer at Independa Inc.

Locally based remote engagement company Independa Inc. has hired a WebMD Health Corp. executive to serve as chief business officer.

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Tealium Hopes to Be It in Tag Management

TECH: Co.’s Data Dexterity Makes Real Time Connections

Tealium isn’t its own verb quite yet, but in an age when basic internet functions can eventually take on the name of their dominant service provider, the San Diego-based customer data platform company may have as good a shot as any of its competitors.

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LeanIn.Org Report Finds Women Paid 14% Less Than Men in San Diego

San Diego doesn’t have as far to go as the rest of the country to close the gender pay gap, according to organizers of a campaign aimed at bringing attention to pay disparities between men and women.

Promise Hospital of San Diego Is Closing; Mental Health Facility Planned for Location

Promise Hospital of San Diego, a long-term acute care facility that houses dozens and employs more than 250 people at 5550 University Ave., will soon close to make way for a mental health rehabilitation center.

Promise Hospital of San Diego to Close on April 30

Promise Hospital of San Diego, a long-term acute care facility that houses dozens and employs more than 250 people at 5550 University Ave., will soon close to make way for a mental health rehabilitation center.

Jack in the Box, DoorDash Expand Delivery Service

Locally-based restaurant company Jack in the Box Inc. announced the expansion of its partnership with tech-enabled delivery service DoorDash.

Economic Outlook Better Than Predicted, Survey Finds

In a welcome reversal, February gains in five of six local and national measures have prompted creators of a San Diego County economic index to throw out their earlier prediction employment will grow slower this year than it did in 2016.

Patrick Stuart Named President at Neyenesch Printers

One of San Diego’s largest family-owned printing companies, Neyenesch Printers, has hired an executive with software experience to be its new president.

Bay Area Nonprofit Leader Named CEO of Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego has appointed a former nonprofit leader from the Bay Area to be its new president and CEO, filling a position that had been staffed on an interim basis for more than two years.

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Sempra's Mexican Subsidiary Signs Contract For Solar Plant

Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary has signed a 20-year contract to finance, build, operate and maintain a 110-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant that would supply a privately owned steelmaker.

Crunching the Numbers

While it’s generally good news any time San Diego County’s official unemployment rate declines, as happened in February, the bigger picture tends to be more nuanced.

Two Veteran Businessmen Join Scripps Health Board

Two local businessmen, each with more than 30 years of professional experience, recently joined Scripps Health’s board of trustees.

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Loan Will Help Tri-City Make Key Changes

Tri-City Healthcare District has secured its first long-term financing package in more than a quarter-century, an $85.8 million, federally backed mortgage loan its leaders expect will allow it to begin initial phases of a hospital redesign and state-required seismic retrofits.

February Rebound Reduces Local Unemployment to 4.2%

San Diego County’s economy shook off post-holiday doldrums in February and posted what is, by one measure, its second-best showing in years, reducing local unemployment by 30 basis points, month-over- month, to a seasonally unadjusted 4.2 percent.

Loan Will Help Tri-City Make Some Key Changes

Tri-City Healthcare District has secured its first long-term financing package in more than a quarter-century, an $85.8 million, federally backed mortgage loan its leaders expect will allow it to begin initial phases of a hospital redesign and state-required seismic retrofits.

Loan Enables Tri-City To Make Key Changes

MEDICINE: Parking Is Priority; New ER Department a Possibility

Tri-City Healthcare District has secured its first long-term financing package in more than a quarter-century, an $85.8 million, federally backed mortgage loan its leaders expect will allow it to begin initial phases of a hospital redesign and state-required seismic retrofits.

S.D. Pending Home Sales Reportedly Declined 5.1 Percent

Pending home sales in San Diego County fell last month by 5.1 percent, as compared with a year earlier, as concerns mounted that California as a whole has too few units for sale, while those that are available are increasingly unaffordable.

Co. Aims to Advance Inventory Control

TECH: Cloud Software Ends Indirect-Item Guessing Game

His CEO card gives pencil-fanatic Floyd Miller exclusive, unlimited access to his company’s office supply cabinet. But it’s useless on the vending machinelike dispensers in the downstairs training room he calls “The Museum.”

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Local Company Plots Moves For ACO Expansion

MEDICINE: Program Creates Incentive for Medicare Savings

A local health care company formed a year ago to participate in a Medicare shared-savings program has big plans to expand as far east as the Mississippi River within three years.

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Salka to Sell Wind Farm

Salka LLC has arranged to sell a wind farm it is redeveloping in the Bay Area.

Medsphere Takes Electronic Health Record Product to Detroit

Carlsbad-based health-care IT company Medsphere Systems Corp. said it has implemented its cloud-based electronic health record system at two hospitals in the Detroit area.

How Many S.D. Companies Offer Health Insurance? The Answer Might Surprise You

No sooner has Congress taken up a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act than a local survey highlights how widely – or narrowly – San Diego County’s business community has adopted the legislation better known as Obamacare.

Robert Struble Appointed CEO of Vista-Based Directed

Former digital radio executive Robert J. “Bob” Struble has been appointed CEO of Directed, a vehicle security, remote start and connected car services company based in Vista.

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Robert Wechsler-Reya to Lead Rady's Genome Research Center

A professor at San Diego’s Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute has been appointed director of the Joseph Clayes III Research Center for Neuro-Oncology and Genomics at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

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Peregrine Semiconductor Acquires Arctic Sand Technologies

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has acquired Arctic Sand Technologies, a Burlington, Mass.-based designer and manufacturer of power converters seen as enabling smaller and more efficient smartphones and other products.

Former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Joins Procopio

The San Diego law firm Procopio has landed former two-term San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to serve as an of-counsel lawyer on its litigation team.

SDG&E Announces Four-Year Pilot Project With Sumitomo Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it has agreed to test so-called flow battery technology through a new, four-year pilot project with Sumitomo Electric.

No Craft Needed: Three S.D. Cos. Among Nation's Top 50 Beer Makers

Landing on a list of the nation’s top craft brewing companies is one thing, but three local brewers have pulled off an arguably more impressive feat by being ranked among the country’s top 50 overall beer makers, craft or no.

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AMN Takes Holistic Approach to Serving Health Care Clients

HEALTH: Acquisitions Extend Reach, Abilities of Co. to Provide Solutions

After nine acquisitions during the last two years, AMN Healthcare would probably be excused for slowing down to make sure the companies it bought are being properly integrated and contributing to the bottom line as planned.

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North County Founders Share Drinks, Thoughts

STARTUP: Biz/Social Meetups Offer Alternatives to Downtown

The crowd at this month’s North County Founder Drink Up was impressed by the Keurig-like prototype James Heczko brought in, especially when he tugged on a custom container and out popped one of the steel cylinders that warms soups and beverages through induction heating.

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Member of President Obama's Cabinet Joins Sempra Board

A former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet has been appointed to Sempra Energy’s board of directors.

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Orthopedic-Focused Urgent-Care Clinic Opening in Carlsbad

An urgent-care facility offering only orthopedic care is set to open March 16 in Carlsbad.

Imaging Co. Offering Advanced Brain Diagnostics in Encinitas

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has agreed to offer a new form of advanced brain diagnostics at its facility in Encinitas.

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