Katie Callahan

Reporter

Email: kcallahan@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-634-4636

Recent Stories

BYE, DESIGN

Architectural Style Often Takes Back Seat to Practical And Price Considerations, Creating Buildings That Blend in Rather Than Stand Out

Increased focus on volume, cost and function over style and appeal has led to a less regionalized architectural style in San Diego and other cities.

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Wayfinding Does More Than Direct You to a Destination

TRAVEL: It Offers Options That Bring A Sense of Place

Signs have directed people to public attractions and businesses for decades, but now the companies who create them and the entities that benefit from them are recognizing the value of a cohesive wayfinding strategy.

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Endurance Sportswire Partners With PR Newswire

Solana Beach-based Endurance Sportswire announced a partnership with commercial news distribution company PR Newswire.

Chamber Hires VP of Public Policy and Economic Research

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired Jaymie Bradford to be its vice president of public policy and economic research. Bradford previously was deputy chief of staff and policy for Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Latitude 33 Aviation to Handle Jet Source Inc.'s Charter Requests

Jet Source Inc. selected Latitude 33 Aviation LLC, a Carlsbad-based jet charter company, as its exclusive private jet charter operator.

Betting On Biotech

Life Sciences’ Need for Space Spurs Developers to Pursue Spec Projects

The high demand for biotech office space in San Diego is boosting the confidence of traditionally cautious landlords. Rather than waiting to build a project until a tenant is lined up, life science construction companies are building sprawling campuses based on speculation alone.

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Energy Efficiency Standards Create Several Compliance Issues

ENERGY: Some Say Intent to Reduce Costs, Complications Failed

California’s building energy efficiency standards continue to create concerns due to misinterpretations and coordination issues among electrical contractors, manufacturers and utility providers.

Oncternal Therapeutics, Tokalas Merge and Form Biotech Company

San Diego-based companies Oncternal Therapeutics Inc. and Tokalas Inc. have merged and created a clinical-stage oncology company with two pipeline products.

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Noble Group to Sell San Diego-Based Noble Americas Energy Solutions

Trading firm Noble Group announced the resignation of its chief executive officer and said it will sell San Diego-based Noble Americas Energy Solutions.

Cognitive Medical Systems Partners with Accenture on Deal Worth Up to $22.3B

Cognitive Medical Systems, a San Diego-based company specializing in health IT software, announced May 31 that it will partner with Accenture on a multiple-award federal technology contract worth up to $22.3 billion.

BNBuilders Begins Remodel at Scripps La Jolla

BNBuilders, a general contractor with a San Diego office, announced the start of the remodel of the obstetrics unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla May 31.

Phoenix House California Names New Executive Director

Phoenix House California named Shawna Morris its executive director over the nonprofit's California locations, including Phoenix House San Diego.

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Jackie Robinson YMCA Breaks Ground on New Facility

The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA celebrated the groundbreaking of its new $31.5 million, 50,000-square-foot community center in southeastern San Diego on May 20.

‘Passive House’ Designed for an Active Role in Sustainability

ENERGY: House Has Wind Turbine, Intelligent Energy Monitoring

Builders of a new house in Ramona are trying to change the future of the residential housing market by building green, ultra-low energy homes at a lower cost.

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Want to Buy a Home in S.D.? Need to Earn $104,486, Study Finds

A salary of $104,486 is needed to buy a home in San Diego where the median price sits at $554,300, according to a study by HSH.com, a mortgage information site, which looked at data from the first quarter of 2016.

Claire Long Named CFO at BlueHornet

BlueHornet, a San Diego-based email marketing software and services provider, announced Claire Long as its new chief financial officer.

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North San Diego Business Chamber Names Its Board of Directors

North San Diego Business Chamber announced Keith Wilschetz will be the chairman of its board of directors for the 2016-2017 term.

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Yogurt Franchisor Prepares Smooth Transition for Growth Plans

VENDING: Co. Takes New Name, Begins to Seek Other Markets

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc. is renaming itself and splitting its franchises in advance of its release of its latest product, a frozen yogurt robotic kiosk.

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New Grads Have We Got a Place for You: San Diego

San Diego ranked fourth in the western U.S. as a place for new grads and 19th nationally, in a recent study by Zumper, an apartment search site.

Vista-based Glacier Water Announces Q1 Results

Vista-based Glacier Water Services Inc. announced its first quarter results May 19 with 2.8 percent revenue growth to $31.8 million and a jump in operations income.

Glacier Water Reports Q1 Results

Vista-based Glacier Water Services Inc. announced its first quarter results May 19 with 2.8 percent revenue growth to $31.8 million and a jump in operations income.

Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings Announces Quarterly Dividend

San Diego-based Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings, the parent company of Seacoast Commerce Bank, announced the company’s first regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share.

Alaska Airlines Adds Three More Daily Stops in San Diego

Alaska Airlines announced it will add more stops in California between San Diego, Sacramento, Burbank and San Jose.

San Diego Ranks Third Nationally for Clean Tech Leadership

San Diego ranked third in a national clean tech leadership index released May 17 by Clean Edge Inc.

San Diego’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces New CEO

The nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County announced that S. Wayne Kay will be its new chief executive officer and president.

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Irvine’s Synoptek Opens New San Diego Location

Synoptek, an Irvine-based IT managed services provider and cloud solutions firm, announced it is expanding its presence in San Diego and opening a new office.

Bilodeau Joins Board of Maxwell Technologies

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc., an industrial scale energy storage device firm, announced May 12 the addition of Steve Bilodeau to its board of directors as a new independent director.

Family Grading Business Paved Way for Opportunities

BUILDING: Company Expands as Members Build Its Reputation

The family business was it for Cliff Smith Jr. and Steve Groves growing up. By ages 8 and 13, respectively, the brothers worked with their father, Cliff Smith Sr., at his self-titled Cliff Smith Equipment Rentals within their neighborhood and on construction sites.

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Building Plans Don’t Look Good on Paper

CONSTRUCTION: Industry Sees Benefit in Electronic Copies

Paper plans and blueprints are becoming a thing of the past. With technology and new software, construction companies are finding a new way of doing business, one that results in fewer errors, greater collaboration and less cost.

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Turtle Beach Corp.’s Headsets Drive Q1 Earnings

Turtle Beach Corp., a San Diego-based video game headset maker, reported net revenue of $24 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 22 percent from the same time last year, much of which the company attributes to headset sales.

DJO Reports $278.9 Million in Net Sales for Q1

DJO Global Inc., a medical device company based in Vista, announced its first quarter results, ending April 1.

CIM Inc. Opens Houston Office

La Jolla-based Cornerstone Integrated Marketing (CIM) Inc., a luxury hospitality and lifestyle public relations and marketing agency, announced the opening of its Houston office.

Apricus Biosciences Releases First Quarter Results

San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company Apricus Biosciences Inc. reported total revenue of $626,000 for the first quarter of 2016, with a net loss of $2.5 million.

MWH Announces New Global Dams Practice Leader

MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm, announced that San Diego-based Michael Rogers will be its new global dams practice leader.

Tour of California Cycling Event to Start in San Diego

The Tour of California, a cycling event covering almost 800 miles of California terrain, will start in San Diego May 15.

PriceSmart April Sales Increase 9.2%

PriceSmart Inc. reported May 6 its net sales rose 9.2 percent for April to $226.6 million. The company reported $207.5 million in sales April of 2015.

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf to be Sold by Adidas Group

Adidas Group announced that it will look for a buyer for local golf equipment brand, TaylorMade-adidas Golf.

Drizly Launches Alcohol Delivery Service in San Diego

Drizly, a technology company that provides an on-demand alcohol delivery service, announced its launch in San Diego May 5.

Marketing Moves Put Co.’s Sunglasses On Some Familiar Faces

RETAIL: Knockaround’s Style Options, Online Sales Click With Its Demographic

When Matthew McConaughey was seen wearing Knockaround sunglasses while playing football with Brad Pitt across their balconies, Adam “Ace” Moyer knew he’d made it, or at least found his start.

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Can-Do Attitude Sells Coconut Water

RETAIL: High Volume and Low Pricing Create Opening

Three surfers went to lunch, put together a business name, designed their business cards and then knocked on the doors of national retailers asking them to carry their new product.

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Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl Dates Set

Officials with the San Diego Bowl Games announced the dates for the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl for Dec. 27 and Dec. 21, respectively.

Raphael’s Party Rentals Outfits Warehouse With 560 Solar Panels

Raphael’s Party Rentals, a local full-service, event rental company, has completely fitted its warehouse with 560 solar panels.

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Bridgepoint Education Reports Q1 Results

Bridgepoint Education, a local provider of postsecondary education services, reported May 3 its results for the first quarter of 2016, ending on March 31, with revenue down from $142.5 million in 2015 to $133 million in 2016.

MedOptions To Acquire San Diego-Based Vericare

MedOptions announced a definitive agreement to acquire San Diego’s Vericare, a behavioral health clinical care provider.

Wisconsin-Based Wonderist Agency Expands Into San Diego

Wisconsin-based Wonderist Agency recently announced the opening of its new office in Point Loma.

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Finistere Ventures, International Farming Corp. Launch Willow Hill Ventures

An agricultural technology and life sciences venture capital investor, Finistere Ventures, LLC, partnered with International Farming Corp., an institutional farmland owner in North Carolina, to launch Willow Hill Ventures.

Maxwell Technologies Inc. Completes Sale of Product Line

Maxwell Technologies Inc., a San Diego-based energy storage firm, announced the completion of the sale of its microelectronics product line to Data Device Corp., a subsidiary of ILC Industries Inc.

San Diego Region Construction Jobs Increase 6 Percent

The San Diego region gained 4,000 construction jobs from March 2015 to March 2016, according to an analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

SLANTRANGE Secures $5 Million in Series A Round

SLANTRANGE, a local agricultural drone sensor and analytics company, announced April 28 it has secured $5 million in a Series A round of funding.

The Sights and Sounds of Many S.D. Locations Are Co.’s Work

TECH: Audio-Video Co. Is Hands On and Subcontractors Off

Walk into any large public venue in San Diego and it’s likely Pete Spencer had a hand in designing and installing its audio-video system.

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