San Diego Business Journal

Read all about it! Staffers at the San Diego Business Journal take home 17 awards, including three first place plaques, at the June 25 annual dinner sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Staff reporter Heather Chambers took two of the first place awards, while production assistant Marta Klass took one during the hoopla at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island. The SPJ received 557 entries and handed out 169 awards at the event Get there early! Controversial British theoretical physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson speaks on "Nukes and Genomes" on July 21 at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. The free lecture is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series. Previous speakers in the series have included failed-presidential-candidate-turned-global-warming-doomsayer Al Gore, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Toni Morrison and playwright Luis Valdez. Browse on over to ucsdnews.ucsd.edu for details Happy Birthday. City National Bank, based in L.A., celebrates its 30th anniversary in San Diego and environs this month. No small accomplishment in this day and age. The bank, the SoCal region's largest, now has a regional center in La Jolla and three branch offices Giant puppets take to the streets in City Heights for the fourth annual Welcome to Middle School celebration set for July 14, which features San Diego Guild of Puppetry lead artist Felix Diaz. Drummers from Monroe Clark Middle School and Hoover High join 450 newly minted sixth-graders who'll carry puppets and banners, designed to welcome the kids to their new school San Diegan Renee Spencer wins $1.3 million in the fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego's fundraiser. This group sold 28,500 tickets , 5,000 more than last year, which is no small feat. Other winners were Angelina Lara from San Diego, who won $25,000, and Heather Bobo from Santee, who won $5,000. Proceeds benefit the spacious new 65,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House located atop the new garage at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego ... San Diego's largest annual business clothing drive is now under way, thanks to efforts from the Alpha Project for the Homeless. Underwritten by Time Warner Cable, the donated clothes give our fellow residents in recovery new duds for job interviews and new jobs, when they land them. For a list of drop-off locations and details on prizes, please visit the Web site at twcsd.com And this final item from PR man and resident SDBJInsider contributor Tom Gable. "President Obama told reporters that having tougher standards for fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs will help consumers save $4 billion a year on energy bills between 2012 and 2042. Next: Regulations to require bricks be put in every toilet to reduce water consumption. It will be called the POTUS Potty Plan." Some of us are "flushed" with embarrassment! Seeya!

Tom York, who pens the SDBJInsider column, is editor of the Business Journal. His views on business can be heard Thursday mornings on 'The Mark Larson Show' at 1170 AM KCBQ.