San Diego Business Journal

Some big North County news took place recently worth noting. Poseidon Resources says construction of its long-delayed Carlsbad desalination plant is apparently closer, now that the local City Council has approved a pact Sept. 13 with the San Diego County Water Authority. The agency will supply the city fresh water from the plant, once it’s up and running. The new economic mantra is jobs, and this project will supply those in spades, so to speak. The project would create 2,000 positions and generate more than $350 million in economic activity during its 36-month construction phase, say Poseidon officials. Moreover, once operations begin, the plant will require 400 permanent workers and pump $50 million annually into the regional economy … Got cash for that new venture you want to start? This bit of news might help you find a source of capital. The Tech Coast Angels, a loose-knit group of high-net-worth individuals who like to dabble in seed funding of new ventures, has teamed up with two like-minded groups to form a national angel syndication network. The Golden Seeds in New York City and the Band of Angels in the San Francisco Bay Area will join TCA in the new network, which will enable professional investors to place larger bets on entrepreneurs with great ideas along with very solid business plans. Though Orange County-based, the TCA, the largest angel investor group in the U.S., has a very active chapter here in San Diego. Details at techcoastangels.com … How ’bout mixing a bit of networking with a bit of professional pigskin viewing? High-profile law firm Mintz Levin is hosting the showing of Monday Night Football games at its offices on Carmel Mountain Road for anyone interested in attending. Free food and drink, and maybe a bit of free legal advice. For dates and details, mosey on over to mintz.com … Are women better at working social media, such as Twitter and blogging, than the guys? That’s what some studies have found, and if you want to know more, and how to take advantage of this phenomenon, then San Diego Ad Club has just the workshop for you. The gathering titled, “The Affect of Women Consumers on Social Media,” will be held Sept. 29 at Café Sevilla on Fifth Avenue, and will feature Margaret McAllister and Evelyn Olsen Lamden, both principals of Red Kite Business Advisors, a marketing firm. For details, browse on over to sandiegoadclub.com … Finally. Lullabies from Broadway. On Oct. 2, Orchestra Nova San Diego teams with a number of musical stars from New York to perform “Broadway Then … and Now!” at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Marquis performers who’ll be on stage singing those old show tunes under the direction of Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak include Susan Egan, Rachel York and Doug LaBrecque. Ducats at orchestranova.org. Till next week!

Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting items, send them along to tyork@sdbj.com or tom.york@gmail.com.