Nels Jensen

Editor-in-Chief

Nels Jensen
Editor-in-Chief

Email: njensen@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6897 Extension: 3125

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SDBJ Insider: Marketer Drafts Brewers For Good Cause

How do you single-handedly organize a campaign to raise $100,000 for charity in San Diego? If you are Brandon Hernandez, you tap into your extensive network in the craft beer industry.

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SDBJ Insider: Standing Pat On Convention Space Is Losing Ground

Thoughts following a recent panel discussion on the impact of the convention center in the Distinguished Speaker Series at The University Club Atop Symphony Towers.

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Many Forces Driving Local Growth

FORECAST: Tax Reform, Low Interest Rates Fuel Capital

Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist for Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, delivered a local economic forecast Jan. 9 at an SDBJ event.

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Disasters, Harassment Claims Will Lead To Increases In Rate

INSURANCE: Many Companies Are Buying More Cyber Coverage

Trindl Reeves, Principal and Chief Sales Officer for Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC, spoke about record property and casualty claims, cybersecurity insurance, harassment claims and workers’ compensation rates.

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Lower Corporate Tax Rate Will Generate Free Cash Flow

REFORM: Cos. Have Incentives to Add Staff, Make Capitals Investments

Kevin Dusi, Senior Tax Manager with Moss Adams LLP,talked about many aspects of tax reform, including capital expenditures and rethinking trade.

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Employers Face Challenge In Attracting, Retaining Talent

WORKFORCE: Wage Growth Will Average 3%, More for the Tech Sector

Brett Good, Senior District President of Professional Staffing Services, Robert Half, Southern California and Arizona, talked about how the biggest challenge for companies in 2018 will be attracting and retaining talent. He also talked about work environments and perks and benefits.

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Push for Amenities Drives Up Rents, Reduces Vacancies

REAL ESTATE: Region Is Comparably Affordable To Other Cities, Tech Hubs

Tom van Betten, Managing Director/Tenant Representation for Cushman & Wakefield, talked about the office market conditions, construction, amenities and adoption of co-working spaces.

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Rising Premiums Continue to Drive Change in Health Plans

HEALTH CARE: Expect Wellness Programs to Increase in Popularity

Lynette Seid, Area Chief Financial Officer for Kaiser Permanente, spoke about trends in health care coverage, the future of the Affordable Care Act and how small group employers are under pressure to retain health care coverage as benefit while finding ways to minimize costs.

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Index: Optimism Abounds Among Business Owners

The findings come from the San Diego Business Journal-Cal State University San Marcos Business Confidence Index.

Local Input Played Part In New Drone Rules

Egbert Oostburg, founder of Drone Aviator, was among the authors of new regulations that now require all recreational drones to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The new rules require owners of drone and model aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to pay a $5 registration fee and provide information linking them to a unique drone ID number that must be on the device at all times.

Here's Where to Get the Latest Information on Wildfires

Below are sources for information on the fires.

Here's Where to Get Latest Info on Wildfires

Below are some information sites with news and updates on the fires.

Nonprofits TERI Inc. and Crimson Center to Merge

Local nonprofits TERI Inc. and the Crimson Center for Speech & Language say they are merging effective Sept 1.

Burwood Group Is Opening Operations Center in Scripps Ranch

Burwood Group, a consulting firm that bridges business strategy and information technology solutions, is opening a new operations center in Scripps Ranch that will employ 22 people.

Consulting Firm Burwood Group Is Opening Operations Center in Scripps Ranch

Burwood Group, a consulting firm that bridges business strategy and information technology solutions, is opening a new operations center in Scripps Ranch that will employ 22 people.

Huntley Paton Named Publisher of San Diego Business Journal

Huntley Paton has been named president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal effective Sept. 1. He will succeed longtime business journal Publisher Armon Mills, who will continue in a role as publisher emeritus.

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Huntley Paton Is Named Publisher of San Diego Business Journal

Huntley Paton has been named president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal effective Sept. 1. He will succeed longtime business journal Publisher Armon Mills, who will continue in a role as publisher emeritus.

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Randy Frisch Gets New National University System Post

National University System Vice Chancellor Randy Frisch has been named president of City University of Seattle, the school announced.

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If Only Winning Was As Easy As Making Money

Four years ago this month, Ron Fowler led the group that purchased the San Diego Padres and pledged to create an organization and team the community could be proud of. To their credit, they continue to improve Petco Park and the fan experience, and they have delivered superstar concerts and a great All-Star weekend.

Stalwarts and startups - San Diego's Wealthiest

Tracking S.D.’s Wealthiest Provides Reflection of Community

The list of the wealthiest San Diegans is dynamic and evolving, much like the community it reflects. It shows a cross-section of the county’s key industries and inspiring success stories, from executives at promising life science companies to fast-growing craft brewers. It includes individuals and families that helped build this community and its innovative tech companies. It’s a snapshot of prominent philanthropists, political donors and power brokers. There is no question that publishing a list of a community’s wealthiest individuals can be viewed as a crass, voyeuristic exercise that has more entertainment value than journalistic value. Fair enough; we understand the criticism. Some people have argued that publishing

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NBC 7 San Diego Leaves Downtown for New and Expanded Facility

NBC 7 San Diego (KNSD) has shifted its operations to its new facility in Kearny Mesa after about 50 years downtown.

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Hal Dunning Promoted to President at Barney & Barney

Hal Dunning has been promoted to the additional role of president at Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC company, the firm announced on Monday. Dunning maintains his role as chief operating officer, which he has held since 2006.

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Crawford Leaving United Way, Returning to City of Carlsbad

Kevin Crawford is leaving his position as CEO of the United Way of San Diego County to return to the City of Carlsbad as city manager, the city announced Wednesday.

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Two Thumbs Up For Innovative New Infrastructure

We need it, maybe we don’t No. 1: The Cross-Border Xpress in Otay Mesa opens Dec. 9.

Users Conserve Water But Will Still Get Soaked

While the term “PR disaster” often is applied to scandals or crisis situations, the most interesting public relations cases are the slowest-moving ones. Sometimes, they play out like the cruise ship heading for the iceberg — there seems like plenty of time to make course corrections, and sometimes a desperate move avoids disaster, but sometimes the obstacles below the surface are too vast to avoid or the captain isn’t up to the challenge of avoiding a collision. But enough about the Chargers.

Executive Pay At Tri-City May Be on the Ballot

The ongoing contract impasse between Tri-City Medical Center and the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West could lead to a first for San Diego County: A ballot initiative on executive pay.

Searching For a Creative Office Atmosphere

Observations from a recent panel discussion at Bosa Development’s Rethink Downtown exhibit: The topic was rethinking the way we work. Serena Bazzi, art director at tech company Zeeto, talked about how the company’s open office floor plan and numerous perks are designed to create a family feel. You name the perk, and Zeeto probably has it, from free meals to happy hours and even massages and haircuts in the office.

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.

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.

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.

A Little Mystery in Her Life Sciences Success Story

One of San Diego’s brightest life science stars has gone into stealth mode. Tina Nova has left her senior executive position with Illumina to become President and CEO of a new company in San Diego. She won’t divulge its name, only that it is focused on molecular diagnosis of organ-specific diseases in blood.

Hop Star Silva Left His Mark On Beer Scene

Sometimes the talent does leave San Diego. Brewmaster Chuck Silva, whose arrival in 2004 coincided with the beginning of Green Flash Brewing Co.’s growth to the fourth-largest craft brewer in the county, has resigned to start Silva Brewing Co.. He and his wife, Mary Jo, will be building an operation in or nearby his hometown of San Luis Obispo.

Sake Makers Hope Their Craft Will Catch On

Keldon Warwick Premuda and Josh Hembree have opened a craft brewery in Mira Mesa, but they are not making beer.

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New USFL Has Game Plan, But Can It Execute?

Many football fans remember the late WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85) and XFL (2001). RIP, the San Diego Riptide, which played in the AF2 from 2002 to 2005, and the San Diego Shockwave of the NIFL (2007).

Yoga, Meals And Mutts Are Perks That Work

Zeeto is a thriving downtown technology company that optimizes Web-based registration for lead generation and ad auctions.

SommCon Could Be Excellent Pairing With Food Festival

How much of a foodie town has San Diego become? So much so that San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival co-founders Michelle Metter and Ken Loyst are adding a “business of wine” conference for industry professionals.

Legal Community Learns Lessons of Lean Operations

If you aren’t convinced of the notion that businesses need to be agile and move quickly to adapt to a more segmented and specialized world, look no further than the fate of the iconic law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps.

Distribution Proves Key to Delivering Successful Growth

Suja Life’s new partnership with the Coca-Cola Co. is intriguing on many fronts (See Page 8).

Director Awards Again Shows Quality Of Health Sector

The Corporate Directors Forum continues its healthy trend with the upcoming 2015 Director of the Year awards.

Coworking Spaces Get the Creative Juices Flowing

This issue contains several stories about workplaces of the future, including how smaller companies have increasing access to contemporary office settings. In fact, individuals can be part of the trend, too.

Qualcomm Choices Speak Volumes About Priorities

Qualcomm Choices Speak Volumes About Priorities

An observation from Qualcomm Inc.’s second-quarter earnings report (though almost no one focused on their actual reported net earnings, which were $1.2 billion): Qualcomm is going to spend about $10 billion buying back stock in the next year.

‘Next MacGyver’s’ Engineering Feat Is to Inspire

Beth Keser of San Diego is one of 12 finalists in “The Next MacGyver” competition in Beverly Hills. The contest was created to introduce a new iconic TV series starring a female engineer and developed in conjunction with MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff and The MacGyver Foundation.

Receptos Sale Is a Familiar Story for S.D.

The tally is now 20. That’s how many of the largest companies in San Diego County in the past 11 years have been sold, relocated, went private or liquidated. Now another prominent, young biotech bids adieu.

‘Confidential’ Stadium Dealings: Read All About It

If you think Mayor Kevin Faulconer has a challenging task to get a deal done to build a multi-use stadium in San Diego, check out what Rancho Santa Fe’s Floyd Kephart faces in trying to get a stadium built for the Raiders in Oakland.

If Chargers Cool On S.D., There’s Always Hockey

Who in San Diego benefits if the Chargers bolt for Los Angeles?

She Breaks First Law of Thermodynamics

Physics Girl is going to be in the spotlight at the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference at the San Diego Convention Center on June 29-July 1.

Wage Debate May Show Intraparty Fault Lines

The bipartisan logic trotted out in 2010 in favor of Proposition 14 — which created open primaries — was that it would result in more moderate candidates being elected to the state Legislature.

In Digital Age, Disruption Thins the Herd

Has any industry been more quickly and thoroughly disrupted in the digital evolution than photography? (My somewhat rhetorical question was quickly answered in our newsroom with “Journalism;” I should have known better.)

Gonzalez Could Have Big Impact On State Politics

The state Assembly recently passed Lorena Gonzalez’s bill to protect grocery workers from being fired because of changes in ownership. Assembly Bill 359 protects grocery workers in stores of at least 15,000 square feet from being fired during a 90-day ownership transition. It also provides less onerous stipulations for longer term employment.

New Law Will Come as Unpleasant Surprise to Many

The indirect costs of water and the drought will become clearer to San Diego County businesses.

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