Stories for April 2020

Thursday, April 30

San Diego Sport Innovators Identify Best Practices

Helping Early-Stage and Mid-Size Cos. Navigate Uncharted Waters

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Co. Strengthens Its Information Offerings With Partnership

Health Economics And Outcomes Research Are In Demand

ResMed’s Revenue Is Up 16% in Q3

ResMed’s Q3 net income was $163.1 million

Sprouts Farmers Market Brings Grocery Pickup to San Diego

According to a press release, shoppers can go to to place their order and then pick up at local Sprouts stores.

Fashion Week Designers, Models Sew for Good

Local Participants Come Together to Make PPE For Healthcare Workers

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Co. Makes Big Advance in Coronavirus Antibodies

Biotech: Aim Is to Have Scalable Source of Recombinant Antibodies

Wednesday, April 29

Suja Juice Donates Over 7,500 Bottles of Juice to Feeding San Diego

According to Suja, it was challenged to donate through the Switchfoot Bro-AM foundation, which is dedicated to giving back to the San Diego community, through its #HomeFoodChallenge Instagram campaign.

Armstrong Garden Centers Donates Flowers to Healthcare Workers

According to a press release, more than 400 orchids and 100 hanging baskets were given to medical personnel at Primary Care Associates Medical Group in Vista and at Villa Monticello Assisted Living Memory Care Facility for Seniors in Escondido.

Evofem Biosciences Secures Potential $25M in Convertible Note Financing

Under the terms of the agreement, $15 million dollars was funded (initially)

CCC Aims to Be Key Resource In Pandemic

Health: New Center to Share Ideas, Information

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Kearny Mesa Office Park Sold For $15.3M

Park has three buildings

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Stos Partners Buys Temecula Property For $28.9M

Property fully occupied

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Medical Devices Under Development At General Atomics

Aim Is to Detect COVID-19, Other Respiratory Diseases

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Tuesday, April 28

Redevelopment Of Hospital Site To Start By Early 2021

RESIDENTIAL: Developers Expect Project Will Become Escondido Focal Point

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MEI Closes Deal With Japanese Pharma Co.

Cos. Finalized Agreement During Pandemic

San Diego Distillers Guild Members Produce 10,000 Gallons of Sanitizer

The San Diego Distillers Guild was established in 2014 and promotes artisanal distilled spirits production in San Diego County.

CliniComp Receives Military Hospital Tech Support Contract

Deal Could Be Worth Up to $429 Million and Last Until 2026

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CBD Sales Up Due to COVID-19

Data Shows Customers Purchasing More Cannabis Product

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Local Reps Ask For Economic Relief for Zoo, Safari Park

TOURISM: Parks Employ More Than 3,000, Contribute 14,000 jobs

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Accelerator-Backed Startups Find COVID-19 Opportunities

MEDTECH: More than 20 Nex Cubed Digital Healthcare Cos. Helping in Pandemic

Monday, April 27

San Diego Restaurants Ready to Redefine Iconic Bayfront Location

CONSTRUCTION: ‘Portside Pier’ Project Expected to Be Finished By July

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HP Uses 3-D Printers to Help in Crisis

TECH: RB Lab Leverages Additive Manufacturing

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Westcore Buys $10.8M Temecula Warehouse

Building was vacant

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LonoLife Bone Broth Partners with Blessings in a Backpack

According to a press release, LonoLife will distribute product to influencers nationwide to encourage them to spread tales of goodwill through its Goodwill Hunting campaign.

Spring Valley Industrial Building Leased

Office and warehouse space included

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New Parks and Fire Station Part of Millenia Project in Chula Vista

$15 Million of Improvements Turned Over to City

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Sunday, April 26

General Atomics Expands Colorado Satellite Facilities

Sees Opportunity to Build 20-30 Small Satellites Per Year

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GA-ASI Seeks Customers Abroad

Defense: Greece in Talks to Buy 3 Remotely Piloted Aircraft

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City of Carlsbad Gives Green Light to Touchless Traffic Signal Crosswalks

Signal technology that automatically flashes the walk/don’t walk sign at intersections

Sharp Rees-Stealy Accepting Donations for Patients, Health Care Workers

This week, Sharp Rees-Stealy began collecting cloth face coverings for use by its patients, as well as medical procedure masks (including N95 masks) for its health care providers.

San Diego Regional Chamber Offers Legislative Update for Mid-April

The following was issued April 16 by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Home Lenders See Rush to Refinance as Rates Fall

Finance: Borrowers Step Up Requests For Payment Relief

AristaMD Gets $18 Million In Series B Round

Health: Platform Brings Specialists’ Perspective to PCPs

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Downtown Multifamily Housing Market to Stay Strong in 2020

Demand Predicted to Bounce Back After Pandemic

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A Sense of Normality


SockGuy Makes Fun Socks For Healthcare Workers

Company to Donate Thousands of Socks To Local Hospitals

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San Diego Regional EDC: Message from President and CEO, Mark Cafferty

A Message from President and CEO, Mark Cafferty

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KinderUS Connects Neighbors During Crisis

Early Startup Sees User Growth Increase By 70% Since March

Friday, April 24

East County Industrial Buildings Sold For $10.6M

Buildings are in Santee and Lakeside

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Thursday, April 23

Arcturus Announces Summer COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Vaccine Trial Company Developed Very Low-Dose Treatment

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San Diego Colleges and Universities Receive $137M COVID-19 Funding

EDUCATION: Funds Are Aimed to Help Students, Campuses Cope With Coronavirus.

San Ysidro Affordable Housing Project Completed

Proximity to Trolley Station Opens Up Opportunities For Residents

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North San Diego Business Chamber: Message from President And CEO, Debra Rosen

A Message from North San Diego Business Chamber's President and CEO, Debra Rosen, on COVID-19

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San Diego Food Bank Receives Foster Farms Donation

Foster Farms was scheduled to deliver more than 35,000 servings of frozen poultry to the San Diego Food Bank early April 24, bolstering local efforts to help families impacted economically by COVID-19.

Historic Sherman Heights Building Sold For $7.3M

The Sterling was built in 1908

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‘Teddy Bears’ Provide Comfort During Crisis

Local Hospitals are Requesting Comfort Cubs For Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

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New Chief Revenue Officer Named at Spa Girl Cocktails

In coming weeks, Spa Girl Cocktails will release its 200 ML ready-to-drink sparkling canned cocktails, as per the company.

Wednesday, April 22

Innovation Keeps Susan G. Komen in Spotlight

Nonprofit: Foundation Will Hold Its Upcoming Annual Event Online

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Tech, Medical Industries Hunt For Talent

Resource: Group Compiles List of Cos. Hiring During Crisis

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One Paseo Shifts to Virtual Offerings

Retail: Tenants Have Turned to The Web To Stay Relevant

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Moving Forward


Tuesday, April 21

Recovery and Resiliency (Not Reopening)

A message from President and CEO of the San Diego Regional EDC, Mark Cafferty and President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Sanders

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Company Brings Actionable Data To Health, Wellness Table

Program Taps Testing Kits to Draw Inquisitive Customers

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Six Shipyards to Maintain Littoral Combat Ships Under Contract Extensions

Each Gets Up to $550M of Maintenance Work

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Educational Institutions to Remain Virtual

Local Universities and Colleges Decide to Continue Distance Learning During Summer

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Software Startup Has $180B Industry to Work With

Trust & Will Tries to Get Out the Word on Estate Planning

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Beach Boy Mike Love's Home For Sale

House has eight bedrooms

Monday, April 20

Stos Partners Buys San Marcos Building For $18.9 Million

The seller was a private investor whose identity wasn’t disclosed.

Timelines May Differ But Downtown Office Demand Will Be Back

Slowdown May Linger, But Rebound Is In the Cards

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Otay Mesa Amazon Project Underway

Project Expected to Spur South County Growth

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Cubic Recognized For Board Diversity

Co. Applauded For Having Board Comprised Of 44% Women

Virtual Village Brings Connection, Community and Exploration

SMALL BIZ: Goal Is To Keep Interest and Investment in Area

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Feeding San Diego to Address Hunger of Military and Veteran Families

According to a press release, new drive-thru distribution sites of pre-packaged, prepared meals include Dewey Elementary and Armed Services YMCA and will be held every Monday at 11am.

Hazlewood Earns Design-Build Certification

A firm principal since 2008

Sunday, April 19

Horton Plaza Redevelopment Ready to Go

Development: Downtown Office Project To Include 300,000 Square Feet of Retail

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Grolltex Joins Fight Against Pandemic

Biological Sensing Transistor Made Available for COVID-19 Testings

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Escondido Apartments Sold For $34.7 Million

The 86,748 square-foot complex was undergoing renovation, which the new owner plans to continue.

Cutwater Spirits Leases a Miramar Warehouse

Building is 48,000 square feet

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Industrial Building Sells for $2.1 Millon

It will become the new South Bay location of flooring wholesaler Rayo Wholesale Inc.

Spa Girl Cocktails Names New Chief Revenue Officer

According to an email from the San Diego-based company, McGee was formerly CEO and president of Osmosis Beauty.

Friday, April 17

Chula Vista Industrial Building Sold For $2.1M

Rayo Wholesalers taking space

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Escondido Apartments Sold For $34.7M

Complex has 137 apartments

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Thursday, April 16

Jack in the Box Names New CEO

Harris will also join the Jack in the Box Board of Directors effective on the start of his employment no later than June 15, 2020.

Robotics Startup Provides Platform For Security, Defense And Industry

Leading Way With Cutting Edge Drone Technology

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San Diego County Fair Postponed to 2021 Due to COVID-19

“The health and safety of our community takes precedence during this unprecedented time of crisis,” said Tim Fennell, CEO and general manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Chicago Firm Acquires Two Life Science Buildings In Sorrento Mesa

The Two Buildings Have a Total Of 234,000 Square Feet of Space

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San Diego Regional EDC: Message from President And CEO, Mark Cafferty

A Message from San Diego Regional EDC's President and CEO, Mark Cafferty, on COVID-19.

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April Will Tell Us More About Home Market

Real Estate Sales Listed As Essential Service During Pandemic

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Bumble Bee Foods Rebrands to Meet Consumer Needs

FOOD: Local Historic Canned Seafood Co. Moves Away From Turbulent Past

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San Diego Restaurants Open for Business

A list of the San Diego restaurants offering delivery, take-out and drive-thru options, during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Santee Auto Repair Property Sold For $5.7M

Property is occupied by Service King

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Westcore Buys Phoenix Industrial Building For $12.4M

Building is 148,689 square-feet

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Carlsbad Retail Condos Sold For $3.6M

Project has three retail units

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Wednesday, April 15

Alphatec Expands Its Operations

PROPERTY: Facility To Include Cadaveric Lab

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Cubic Tests Defense Product As Ventilator

tech: Pump Is Used To Maintain Pressure in GATR Satellite Antennas

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East Village Properties Sold For $9M

Site sold to Pinnacle International

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Encinitas Auto Center Sold For $13.8M

Center is on a 121,968 square-footlot

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Changes in the Industrial Real Estate Market May Increase Demand

Newport Beach Investment Firm Predicts Benefits Will Come From Pandemic

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Lenders Move to Get Cash In Hands of Small Businesses

Banks Are the ‘Railroad’ Delivering Government’s Forgivable Loans

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Loan of $7.7M Set For Imperial Beach Apartments

Deal was 10-year loan

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Loan Secured For Vista Project

Project has 45 townhomes

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Tuesday, April 14

Pentagon Orders New Lot of F-35s; Deal Includes $94M for San Diego Area

Lockheed Martin to Get $4.7 Billion for 78 Aircraft

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Aspen Neuroscience Gets $70 Million Series A Funding Round

Cell Replacement to Be Used In Parkinson’s Patients

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Company Sees Mask Manufacturing as a Way to Help People and Heal the Economy

Masks must be properly manufactured with an effective microbiological organism barrier

Highland Valley Vineyards Partners with San Diego Food Bank

According to a press release, the Escondido-based winery will donate 20% of its gross wine sales to the Food Bank to help with the supply of food for the underserved San Diego population.

Microbiome Targeted Therapeutics May Have Role in COVID-19 Fight

Persephone’s Research, Data Looking For a Few Good Microbes

Spa Girl Cocktails’ ‘Quarantini’ Caters To Women During Lockdown

San Diego-Based Cocktail Co. Launches Online Promotion

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Monday, April 13

Adaptability Keeps $8M Project On Schedule

CONSTRUCTION: Co’s. Work at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve Progressing

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Community Steps Up For Local Workers

HOSPITALITY: Companies Are Supporting Those Displaced in Pandemic

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Inovio Exec Puts All Efforts on COVID-19 Solutions

BIOTECH: Phase 1 Trials Underway, Next Step to Test Efficacy

Janitorial App Helps Cleaning Industry Keep Track of Operations

STARTUP: Floor Manager Streamlines Workflows, Schedules and Aids in Crew Accountability

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Diazyme Introduces Antibody Tests to Detect COVID-19

General Atomics Affiliate’s Tests Use Diazyme Light Emission Analyzer

Kitchens for Good Continues Operation During Pandemic

Since the start of its emergency response, according to a press release, Kitchens for Good has prepared 17,167 meals for families, seniors and displaced workers.

Sunday, April 12

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, ProduceGood To Help Food Insecure

According to a press release, once picked, the Rancho Valencia harvest will be divided and delivered to the Community Resource Center and Kitchen for Good in San Diego, who will then provide it to the food-insecure in the county.

Miramar Industrial Building Sold For $2.1M

Building is in the Carroll Canyon Business Park

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Former Prohibition Era Speakeasy To Become Hotel

Vacant Gaslamp Quarter Building Has Colorful History

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Philter Labs Raises $1M For Portable Smoking Filter

Device Is Used to Reduce Second-Hand Smoke in Vaping

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COVID-19 Effect on Real Estate Webinar April 16

David Marino a panelist

$150M UCSD Housing Project to Mix Cancer Patients With Grad Students

Effort to Create Interaction and Teaching Opportunities

Valley Center Co. Keeps Blooming During Pandemic

The Succulent Source Creates DIY Kits in Response To COVID-19

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VOLV Coaching Platform Helps Wellness Trainers During COVID-19

Local Startup Leverages AI Solutions

Fertilizer Startup Raises Second Capital Round From Angels

Local Company Secures Funding During Crisis

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Actions Speak Loudly


Grant From Gates’ Foundation to Create Consortium

Research: Antibody Library Will Be a Lifesaving Resource

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San Diego Brothers Get Innovative With Super Foods

Founders of Local Watch Co. Speed Up Launch of Supplements Business

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Friday, April 10

University Heights Apartments Sold For $2.7M

Complex has eight apartments

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Thursday, April 9

Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

It’s difficult to coax RNA into cells without the body destroying them first. So, Arcturus developed its own RNA delivery system.

Bumble Bee Seafood Donates $1M Worth of Products to Feeding America

Feeding America will distribute Bumble Bee Foods supplies to Feeding San Diego, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – three communities in which the company continues to operate daily.

Ocean Aero’s Unique Vehicles Have Government Buying

Tech: Department of Homeland Security to Test Swimming Robots

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San Diego Regional Chamber Offers Legislative Update for April 9, 2020

The following legislative update was issued April 9 by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Local Business Owners, Others Create Supply Chain to Help Out in COVID-19 Crisis

Tony Hall and Doug Gans of Torrey Holistics, have donated over 7,000 N95 face masks and over 10,000 hand sanitizers to various health centers, local organizations, customers and staff since mid-March.

Artisanal Food Businesses Get Crafty

Duo Creates Subscription Food Service Co-op For Small Businesses

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Wednesday, April 8

SeaWorld CEO Resigns

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has reappointed Marc Swanson as its interim CEO following the resignation of CEO Serge Rivera.

Chula Vista Apartments Sold For $20.7 M

Complex has 129 apartments

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U.S. Marines Tap RQ Construction For Big Projects

Five Contractors Will Split as Much as $975M Of Work on East Coast

Buying A Home Online

HOUSING: Pardee Program Allows Homebuyers To Do Almost Everything Virtually

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Local Attractions Launch Distance Learning Initiatives

Tourism: San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Others Debut Online Programs

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San Diego Blood Bank Calls for Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Donate Plasma

Thanks to community response to the plea for blood donation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply is currently stable both locally and across the nation. San Diego Blood Bank has issued a call for recovered COVID-19 patients, as they may be eligible to donate “convalescent plasma” to help treat patients fighting the virus.

Food Bank Giveaway Set for April 10 in South Bay

The San Diego Food Bank, in partnership with the City of Chula Vista, will host a large-scale “drive-thru” emergency food distribution event for low-income families in the South Bay on Friday, April 10 at Southwestern College.

Tuesday, April 7

North San Diego Business Chamber Calls for Property Tax Relief

The following is a letter sent by the North San Diego Business Chamber to its constituents on April 7. In our continued effort to advocate for much-needed property tax relief for those impacted by COVID-19, we are asking that everyone send an email letter directly to County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

HYLETE Announces Regulation A Offering

HYLETE is offering up to 12 million shares of the company’s common stock that will be available to investors at $1.00 per share, the release states, with a minimum purchase of 500 shares per investor.

JCC Wants To Keep San Diegans Mentally Healthy

Organization Reaching Both Members and Non-Members Via Online Efforts

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Ocean Beach Apartments Sold For $2.8 M

Cottage-style apartments

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BAE Systems Wins $200 Million Ship Repair Contract

USS Boxer Will Spend Time in New Dry Dock

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Local Cos. Pivot to Meet Crisis Needs

Pacific Coast Spirits, Rais Case, Others, Use Resources to Make Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks During Pandemic

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County Apartment Sales Booming At End of 2019

Sales Continue, But At Slower Pace Due to COVID-19

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Monday, April 6

Now May Be a Great Time to Get More Education

MBA, Other Options, May Open Up New Opportunities

Longfellow Putting $10M Into Renovations

Property: Boston Company Creating Life Science Campus

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Angels Know Innovation Often Wins in the End

Investing: Group Compiles List of Resources for Startups

Imperial Beach Apartments Sold For $3.4M

Complex has 10 apartments

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Carlsbad Land Sold As School Site

Property will be cleared

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Spring Valley Apartments Sold For $2M

Complex has 12 apartments

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Sunday, April 5

Palomar Medical Center to Get Field Hospital

The facility will occupy two floors in the medical center.

Lockdown Drives Big Increase In Online Education Software Use

CourseKey Hit 30% Of Annual Customer Acquisition In Two Weeks

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San Diego Regional EDC: Message from President and CEO, Mark Cafferty

A Message from President And CEO, Mark Cafferty

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Space Micro Wins Air Force Fast Pitch Event

North County Firm Tackles Laser Communications

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San Diego Nonprofits Partner with Lyft

Lyft will provide free ride credits to the above-mentioned organizations through LyftUp, the company’s effort to expand transportation to those who need it the most.

Health Systems Implement Plans of Action

Goal Is to Flatten Curve, Protect Hospitals’ Ability to Help Patients

TuSimple Partners With Automotive Supplier ZF

Self-Driving Startup Developing Autonomous Vehicle Technology On Commercial Scale

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National Demand Fuels Need for Travel Nurses

ER, ICU Nurses Are on Top of List of Needed Specialties

Some Good COVID News? Case Count Falling Short

Opinion: Government projections overstated

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Thursday, April 2

Company Makes Meeting Product Demands Top Priority

Sales of Bonafide Provisions’ Bone Broth and Soups Have Jumped 500% Since Coronavirus Outbreak.

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Brixton Capital Buys Texas Apartment Complex

Complex has 250 apartments

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San Diego Co. Brings People Together In Social-Distancing Era

Entertainment: Kast Sees Daily Growth As COVID-19 Limits Non-Essential Activities

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Researchers Hunting For Existing Drugs to Repurpose in Fight Against COVID-19

Already Proven Drugs Could Be a Quicker Way to Treat Virus

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Scaling Up Is Matter of Saving Lives

DEVICES: ResMed CEO, Team Take On Ventilator Needs

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SDBJ INSIDER: Innovative Times

SDBJ's Editor-in-Chief, Jay Harn, on how San Diegans are dealing with the coronavirus disruption.

San Ysidro Health Offers Telehealth, Expands Services to East County

During the COVID-19 pandemic, San Ysidro Health is providing telehealth services to anyone in the San Diego region including its expanded service area in East County.

First Round of Business Impact Survey Released

The San Diego Regional Chamber has released the first round of results from the business impact survey

Cue Health Awarded $13M for Rapid, Portable Point-of-Care Covid-19 Test

The test is part of the Cue Health Monitoring System

Wednesday, April 1

Mercato Enhances Platform,Helps More Independent Grocers During Crisis

E-Commerce Fulfillment Platform Has Teamed Up With A Wellness Focused Data and Tech Provider

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Everyday California Shifts Focus to Virtual Efforts

Retail: La Jolla-Based Ocean Adventure And Lifestyle Brand Will Launch Ocean Related Livestreams During Pandemic

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Joint Venture Moves Ahead on 100 Home Scripps Ranch Project

It Will Be Divided Into Two Neighborhoods, Each With Distinctive Design

Ocean Beach Apartments Sold For $5.4M

Complex has 16 apartments

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San Diego Regional EDC: Message from President And CEO, Mark Cafferty

A Message from President And CEO, Mark Cafferty

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Jewish Family Service Makes Sure Programs Take Holistic Approach

Nonprofit: Organization’s Experience, $32M Operating Budget Make It Force for Good