San Diego Business Journal

Out with the old and in with the new in this suddenly very wacky world of print journalism. As reported at our Web site, longtime publisher Gary Shaw has sold The Metropolitan monthly business newspaper to former Boston and Chicago newspaper publisher Bob Page. Shaw tells reporter Connie Lewis that he'll take a vacation, then write a book about business in San Diego Meanwhile, San Diego Social Magazine is set to launch June 24 with a 40,000 print run distributed via 600 locations countywide, says entrepreneur Chad Miller, who, by the way, is a mere 22 years old! The four-color slick magazine will focus on social events and related happenings. Another sign that old media is not yet dead, despite the Internet: The Vista Chamber of Commerce and Community Concepts Publishing have joined forces to publish Vista Magazine, a quarterly general interest pub with a bonus book of extras: a complete directory of all chamber members David Peckinpaugh, who surprised many in the local hospitality industry with his decision this year not to renew his contract as chief executive at ConVis, is headed to suburban Phoenix, where he'll handle business development for HelmsBriscoe, which locates meeting places for trade associations and large businesses. Best of good things to the always friendly Peckinpaugh, who spent three years luring tourists to America's Finest City Happy Birthday! Junior Achievement's McGrath Family JA BizTown in Mission Valley celebrates its second anniversary this summer, brags chief executive Joanne Pastula. JA uses the site to teach kids important lessons such as how to manage money and how to run a small business. "When we opened California's first BizTown two years ago, educating kids about money sounded like a good idea," says Pastula. "In the current economic climate, it has become a necessity" Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano tabs San Diego regional chamber executive Ruben Barrales to join Mayor Jerry Sanders on her Advisory Council Southwest Border Task Force. Barrales, a big advocate of increased trade between Mexico and the U.S., has been behind the scenes pushing for a second border crossing at Otay Mesa, as well as a passenger crossing to Tijuana's international airport A friend frenzy? A viral market campaign proves a big hit at Garden Fresh's Souplantation eateries. Red Door Interactive reports that the local chain has signed up more than 4,000 Facebook "friends" for its Pucker Up campaign, which encourages friends to submit photos depicting sour faces this month. The sourest sourpusses receive free meal passes. Go to souplantation.com for details Finally, PR man Tom Gable supplies this quote of the week from pool shark and best-selling author Robert Byrne: "There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on." Seeya.

Tom York, who pens the SDBJInsider column, appears Thursday mornings on KCBQ 1170 AM discussing business on The Mark Larson Show.