Yes, it’s April 1, but let’s not be foolish. There is a lot of news to report. Famed North County business guru and writer Ken Blanchard writes the foreword to “Back Off!” written by San Diego resident Catherine Mattice. The just-published book shows readers how to deal with bullies at work, says Mattice, who also serves as a faculty member at Brandman University. Mattice began studying workplace bullying while in graduate school at San Diego State University. “I worked with a bully,” Mattice said. “And not only did I experience the effects on an individual — me — but I saw the repercussions his behavior had on the whole office”… Former Pat & Oscars CEO John Sarkisian becomes chairman of the board for the nonprofit action sports business accelerator SD Sports Innovators. Sarkisian is a serial entrepreneur, and was one of the founding investors of Brightscope, which measures the performances of company 401(k) retirement plans … After two years in construction, Viejas Casino & Resort opens its five-story, 128-room luxury hotel, which cost $36 million to erect and which will provide up to 60 full-time jobs … The local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction holds its 54th Anniversary and Executive Night party April 9. The event will help to raise funds for UC San Diego’s new 60-bed Jacobs Medical Center Hospital for Women and Infants, scheduled to open in 2016. Details and tickets are available at nawicsd.info … The landmark Hotel del Coronado turns 125 this year, having been around since its opening in 1888. A hotel spokeswoman notes that the “Del” is the last of the seaside resorts in the U.S. that were favorites of guests before and just after the turn of the last century … The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and the SD Military Advisory Council have mounted a campaign to make the region a center of excellence for drone R&D. The unmanned vehicles are touted as the next big thing in civil aviation, as Congress begins to write the “rules of the road” for future deployment … And in related news, former Wired magazine editor-turned-entrepreneur Chris Anderson receives $5 million in venture capital for 3D Robotics, his new startup that designs small, unmanned helicopterlike craft in San Diego and builds them at a plant in Tijuana. They sell for between $250 and $750, a price that many garage-based tinkerers can afford. Till next week.
Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting tidbits or news worthy ephemera, send them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.