San Diego Business Journal

Back to the future? On Nov. 15, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. managers and guests presented the utility’s one millionth smart meter to David and Leilani Ross in Paradise Hills, the very same folks who received a gold plated spinning meter for being customer No. 500,000 way back in 1971. What are the chances of that? The 39-year-old workhorse will be mounted on a plaque so the couple can admire it on their living room wall ... Happy Birthday! To celebrate year No. 3 in business, the South Bay Expressway donated $1 from each toll collected Nov. 19 to charity, and said it wanted to raise $30,000 from the one-day event. The expressway also donated 25 cents per toll to the San Diego Police Officers Association fund for the family of Officer Chris Wilson, who was killed in the line of duty Oct. 29 … Update: High-profile entrepreneur Neil Senturia, who most recently headed up the now-defunct online media site San Diego News Network, publishes “I’m There for You Baby, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy.” In it, he talks about his experience in funding and running startups. The book is due out in January … San Diego North Chamber of Commerce CEO Debra Rosen and her workmates shuttered the offices for a day of remodeling and repainting. Rosen doesn’t believe in spending membership dollars on such projects, so it was decided to have the volunteers do the grunt work for the price of paint … Cultural doings. Cygnet Theatre reprises “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the fifth year in a row starting Nov. 26. Billed as a live radio play, the production runs through the end of the year. Call: 619-337-1525 for dates and ducats … Seeking something a bit more classical for the holiday season? The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus performs Beethoven’s rarely heard “Missa Solemnis” Dec. 4-5 in the Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. For tickets to this masterpiece from the master composer, browse on over to lajollasymphony.com … Put this on your calendar for 2011. Naval Air Station North Island, with bragging rights as the official birthplace of naval aviation, kicks off a yearlong centennial on Feb. 12. Browse mwrtoday.com for the latest details ... Justice does the serving in cleanup. On Nov. 13, the San Diego County Bar Association along with Superior Court judges and I Love a Clean San Diego scoured the sands at Playa Pacifica beach in Mission Bay. In just two hours of effort, the 140 volunteers collected 450 pounds of debris … Finally! Feeding America San Diego receives a $120,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to combat child hunger during after school. The funds donated by the Wall Street investment bank will be used to expand and strengthen Feeding America San Diego’s backpack program. Happy Thanksgiving!

Contributing Editor Tom York pens the SDBJ Insider. You can reach him at tom.york@gmail.com.