Stories for June 2020

Tuesday, June 30

Rent Moratorium Extended in San Diego; Relief Funds to Be Offered

San Diego City Council took two actions benefiting small businesses, renters and their landlords on June 30.

Jamul Casino Promotes Benjamin Petell to VP of Non-Gaming Operations

Prior to joining Jamul, Petell served as director of beverage at Pechanga Resort Casino.

Pacific Beach Apartment Building Sold For $2.9M

Building has eight apartments

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Connect All Hosts Second Annual Competition

Connect All at the Jacobs Center, a San Diego-based business accelerator will select three winners for its third annual startup competition.

NAVWAR Building Project Is on Track, Navy Officials Say

Old Town Redevelopment May Help Improve Transit

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COVID-19 Causes Spike in Plant-Based Food Sales

FOOD: Companies Say They’ve Seen Accelerated Demand in Certain Segments

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$103M Pacific Beach Project Opens With 172 Apartments

RESIDENTIAL: Leasing Started Virtually Because of COVID-19

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Barnhart-Reese, I.E.-Pacific, Burch In Line for Construction Projects

Aircraft Systems Among Other Recent Defense Contracts

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Monday, June 29

Cox Communications to Harvest Sun Power With EDF

Cox Communications plans to generate and store solar energy. The Atlanta-based company contracted with EDF Renewables North America for solar photovoltaic and battery storage infrastructure at Cox’s San Diego corporate office.

San Diego Women’s Foundation Grants $380,000 to Nonprofits

Since 2000, when it was founded, SDWF has granted over $4 million to more than 100 nonprofit programs that works with underserved communities in San Diego.

For Its Next Project, Viasat Thinks Small

TECHNOLOGY: Low Earth Orbit Satellites May be on Horizon

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Engrail Therapeutics Raises $32M in Series A Funding

BIOTECH: Investors Betting On Co.’s Potential Scientific Innovation

Carmel Valley Office Building Designed to Feel Like Home

ARCHITECTURE: Innovative Project Offers More Casual Environment

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$100M Fund Aids Diverse Entrepreneurs

INVESTMENT: Initiative Launched To Address Revenue, Job Growth Disparities

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Sunday, June 28

Custom Content: COVID-19 - Managing Wealth

Matt Hansen, CFP®, CEPA®, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services, offers his insights

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Convention Center Plans for Late 2020 Reopening

TOURISM: Facility in the Process of Achieving Third-Party Health Accreditation, Developing Safety Guide for Clients

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San Diego Tourism Marketing District Awards $32M to SDTA for Recovery Efforts

TOURISM: $11M Pulled from SDTMD’s Litigation Reserve

Pacific Beach Hotel Renovated

Ocean Park Inn Getting $8 Million Remodel

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Ramona Project Modeled After Pre-War Communities

HOUSING: Elliott Pond Community to Bring Back Older Neighborhood Feel

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SDBJ Insider: Motivated to Help

Insider news from SDBJ's Editor-in-Chief, Jay Harn

SD 50: Extraordinary Leadership

COMMUNITY: Effort Recognizes 50 Leaders for COVID-19 Response

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Friday, June 26

Ad Astra Graduates 15 From Spring Cohort

Ad Astra, a local business accelerator, announced it graduated 15 founders from its Spring research-based training program which focuses on female entrepreneurs.

Acadia Submits New Drug Application to FDA

Acadia Pharmaceuticals has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Artiva Biotherapeutics Launches with $78M Series A Financing

Artiva is advancing a pipeline of off-the-shelf, allogeneic NK cell therapies, including CAR-NK cell therapies

Carlsmed Raises $2.5M to Improve Spine Surgery

Carlsmed, Inc., a San Diego-based MedTech company, has closed an oversubscribed $2.5 million seed round.

Thursday, June 25

Westcore Buys Chandler Industrial Building For $38M

Building is 164,486 square feet

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Nanome Helps Scientists Tackle Virus from Multiple Angles

Startup Provides Software to Over 250 Universities and Top Pharmaceutical Corporations

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Local Hotels Should See Rapid Turnaround

Historically, San Diego Has Bounced Back Quicker Than Other Cities in the U.S.

Multifamily Market May be Rebounding From Downturn

Investors Show Renewed Interest and Optimism

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Wednesday, June 24

Westcore Building Arizona Industrial Project

Team project with The Opus Group

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Mission Valley Apartments Sold For Nearly $4.2M

Complex has 16 apartments

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Sony Names Organizations to Receive Pandemic Funds

Funding will be provided by the “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19” and will be contributed globally.

Aculon’s Move Solves Production Bottleneck

TECHNOLOGY: Firm’s Chemicals Help Clients’ Goods Stay Dry, Look Sharp

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Local Campgrounds Betting on Summer Road Trips

TOURISM: Operators Already Seeing Uptick in Reservations

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Rethinking the Workplace as Employees Return

HEALTHCARE: Company Offers Roadmap for Businesses to Return Safely

Cue Collects $100M in Venture Funds; COVID-19 Test Approved

BIOTECH: Sorrento Valley Co. Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization

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Tuesday, June 23

Plans Progressing for 1,266-Home Otay Ranch Development

Project Covers 579 Acres With an Additional 968 Acres Set Aside as Open Space

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Harper Construction Gets $65.2M Deal To Design, Build Hangar at North Island

Project Will House the Navy’s Own V-22 Ospreys

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Kratos Defense to Sell Stock, Buy Antenna Maker

$200M Follow-on Offering Announced June 17

Monday, June 22

I-15 Corridor a Thriving Market For Commercial Real Estate

PROPERTY: Demand So Strong Some Developers Moving Ahead on Spec Projects

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Attractions Get Support From Locals

Operators Say Early Interest Looks Promising

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Cobra Golf Partners With HP For 3D Printing

MANUFACTURING: Co. Working to Push the Envelope On Equipment Innovation

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Pandemic Brings Changes to Everything from Offices to Apartments

Focusing on Health, Safety and Flexibility

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Playable Worlds Closes $10M Series A Funding to Bring Cloud-Based Gaming to MMO

Will Expand Team and Build Next Generation Game

Loans Offer a Needed Lifeline to Small Businesses

FINANCE: PPP Loan Applications Close on June 30

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Sunday, June 21

Classy Partners With Facebook to Broaden Reach

NONPROFITS: Social Media Giant Boosts Co.’s Fundraising Options

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Cue Collects $100M in Venture Funds; COVID-19 Test Approved

BIOTECH: Sorrento Valley Co. Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization

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Dr. Bronner’s Continues Activism Through Pandemic

RETAIL: David Bronner, CEO, Fights for Drug Policy Reform, Donates to Immigrants Affected by COVID-19

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Visitor Strategy Adapts as City Opens Up

Tourism: Marketing Targets Locals and Those Within Driving Distance

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Qualcomm Launches 5G Platform for Robotics and Drones

TECH: Co. Doubles Down to Accelerate Growth in Enterprise, Industrial and Professional Service Applications

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Friday, June 19

Bumble Bee Makes $40 Million Commitment to Accelerate Sustainability Efforts

“Our sustainability journey started many years ago and we’re proud of our past accomplishments, but now is the time to accelerate our actions,” said Jan Tharp, president and CEO of the Bumble Bee Seafood Company.

Thursday, June 18

Congress Takes Up Pentagon Spending Plan for 2021

Stopgap Bill With Limited Funding May Be in the Cards

Navy Construction Funds Released for Burch, I.E.-Pacific, Barnhart-Reese, Bilbro.

Other Deals Involve Shipyard Work and Aircraft Software

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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Reopen

Thank Community Members With a Private Pre-Opening For Their Support During Closures

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Golf Courses Continue to Put Safety First

SPORTS: After Reopening, San Diego’s Golf Courses Enforce Strong Safety Protocols

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Padres Summer Blood Drive Yields More Than 350 Units

More than 350 units of blood were collected over three days at the Padres Summer Blood Drive, presented by Sycuan Casino. The fourth annual event benefited the San Diego Blood Bank.

Wednesday, June 17

Will Food Halls Help Relaunch San Diego’s Food Industry?

HOSPITALITY: Experts Say Shuttered Restaurants Due to Covid-19 Might Want to Explore the Food Hall Model

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GA and Space Micro Plan to Let Lasers Do the Talking

TECHNOLOGY: Goal Is to Have Satellites Exchange Information Quickly

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Pandemic Brings Changes In What People Want In Housing

REAL ESTATE: Survey Shows Being Safe From Disease is Now a Top Priority

Making It Happen

Transportation: An Executive Q&A with Cart Mart CEO Brian Rott

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Mission Hills Apartments Sold For $16.5M

Complex has 121 units

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Tuesday, June 16

Pandemic Prompts Baldwin & Sons Food Fundraiser

$105,000 Raised For South Bay Community Services

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Hotels Target Local Leisure Travelers

As They Begin to Reopen, Many Hope to Gain Traction as Summer Rolls In

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Biotech Industry Stays Strong Through COVID-19

LIFE SCIENCES: Adaptability and Innovative Culture Brought Sustainability

Startup Taps AI Technology For Better Clinical Trials Sees Opportunity In Transforming Speed And Efficiency

Cyclopure Moves Towards Commercialization

Co’s Technology Purifies Water Through Absorption of Chemicals

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Small Business Loan Deadline Remains June 30; Some Ground Rules Change

As the deadline for small businesses to apply for federal relief draws near, requirements for the forgivable loan program called Paycheck Protection Program continue to change, as have applications.

Feeding San Diego Receives $120,000 From Calpine Energy Services

The donation will be used to help end hunger in the county as a result of COVID-19.

El Cajon Apartment Complex Sold For $3.5M

Complex has 14 apartments

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Monday, June 15

Sorrento Mesa Building Sold For $17M

Building is being converted for life sciences

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Mid-City Affordable Housing Project to Be Intergenerational

Complexes Being Built on Same Site for Both Seniors and Families

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Luxury Senior Apartment Tower Coming To UTC

PROPERTY: Costs Estimated to Be More than $100M

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Company Makes Heavy Lifting Look Easy

STARTUP: GoShare App Provides Access to Vehicles Needed for Hauling

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Experts See Vulnerabilities in Work From Home Arrangements

SECURITY: Residential IT May Need a Tune-Up, and May Present an Economic Opportunity

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New South County EDC Chief Sees Region’s Potential

ECONOMY: Growth Opportunities Plentiful In Border Communities

Pacific Beach Townhome Project Sold For Nearly $2.7M

Complex has four townhomes

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Spring Valley Apartments Sold For Nearly $3M

Complex has 14 apartments

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Chosen Foods Debuts Refrigerated Food Products

Founded in 2011, Chose Foods work with over 1,000 farmers in Central Mexico to grow more than 350 million avocados a year.

Sunday, June 14

Luna Grill Moves Forward With Growth Plan

Food: The Fast-Casual Mediterranean Restaurant Chain Plans To Open Smaller Stores by End of Year

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SDBJ Insider: Opportunities

Insider news from SDBJ's Editor-in-Chief, Jay Harn

Del Mar Fairgrounds Finds New Revenue Sources

HOSPITALITY: With 2020 Fair Cancelled, Self-Funded State Agency Focuses on Micro Businesses While Awaiting Emergency Aid

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Support the Black Business Relief Grant Fund

Letter from SDBJ's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Lawn Love Brings On-Demand Mowing Home

startup: Company Serving 120 Cities In 42 States

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OrPro Therapeutics Expands Platform to Treat Airway Diseases

BIOTECH: Co.’s Technology Could Help Cystic Fibrosis, COVID-19 Patients

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100-Room Hotel Opens in Imperial Beach

LODGINGS: City Officials Hope It Will Draw More Investment

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Friday, June 12

ChromaCode Receives FDA Approval for COVID-19 Assay

Carlsbad-based ChromaCode received Emergency Use Authorization of its SARS-CoV-2 PCR Assay.

Jamul Casino Appoints Laurie South as VP of HR

Opened in 2016, the $430 million Jamul Casino is located in Jamul, California.

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Thursday, June 11

San Ysidro Health Expands to Southeastern San Diego

Careview Medical Group, a private medical practice on Euclid Avenue in Southeastern San Diego, is now part of San Ysidro Health. The two organizations merged June 1.

Arcturus to Present at Human Health Innovation Virtual Conference

Joseph Payne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcturus, will present at the Raymond James Human Health Innovation Conference.

Increased Donations, Number of Shoppers Give Secondhand Stores a Boost

Uptick in Drop-offs During Lockdown Makes Thrift Stores More Attractive to Customers as They Reopen

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Vessel Health Develops In-Home Detection For COVID-19 Antibodies

New App Test Enables Accurate Findings Within 15 Minutes

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Virus Forces Food Trucks To Shift Gears

Industry Pivots From Corporate Events To Working With Bars And Apartment Complexes

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Scripps’ Center For Coastal Studies Gets Renovation

Oceanfront Building Was Even in Need of Some Good Windows

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Wednesday, June 10

Escondido Industrial Property Sold For Nearly $8.3M

Property has 13 suites

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Escondido Industrial Building Sold For $2.8M

Building has three tenants

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Sorrento Mesa Big Draw for Life Science Companies

PROPERTY: Attracted By Lower Rents and More Available Space

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PriceSmart Forges Ahead on New Store, Q2 Revenue at $907 Million

RETAIL: Latin American Warehouse Club Chain Based in San Diego

Public Agencies Embark on Surface Water Purification Systems

UTILITIES: Programs Will Provide Cost Savings for the City and Possibly Bring Savings on Monthly Water Bills

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60 Companies Named ‘Cool’ By Connect Group

STARTUPS: Organization Helps Develop Relationships with Over 400 VC Firms

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Building a Better Supply Chain Is a Necessity

TRADE: Expert Says Coping With Pandemic Exposes Need to Reinven

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Tuesday, June 9

SENTRE Acquires Ocean Ridge Building in Carlsbad

Bulding was 86 percent leased

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Escondido Industrial Building Sold For $2M

Building is 10,998 square feet

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Temecula Office Building Sold By Stos Partners

Building was renovated prior to sale

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Fitness Centers Ramp Up Sanitizing, Distancing For Reopenings

EXERCISE: Maintenance Expenses May Increase By 25% to 50%

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BAE Systems Aids New Jersey Pandemic Response From Afar

Rancho Bernardo Office Builds Geospatial Software, Counts State as a Client

S.D. Apartment Rental Rates Hold Steady

Overall Monthly Rates Not Likely to See Any Large Drops

New Public Safety Training Center Coming To South County

Education: $19.2M SWC Facility to Be Built in Otay Mesa

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Co. Gets the Green Light for COVID-19 Test Kits

Widespread Testing Is Key to Understanding, Containing Coronavirus

Carlsbad Grocery Bag Company Prepares to Scale

RETAIL: Lotus Trolley Bag Reinvents Sustainable Grocery Gear

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ChromaCode Receives $38M In Funding

SCIENCE: Carlsbad Co. Sells Virus Testing Platform To Hospitals

Monday, June 8

Pentagon Contract Awards Include $75M Viasat Communications Deal

GA-ASI, Northrop Grumman Aircraft Programs Funded

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Deal Gives Vividion Therapeutics $135M Upfront

Biotech: Co. Sees Opportunity To Expand What Small Molecules Can Do

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$37M Downtown Office Building Rises on Bank Site

PROPERTY: Six-Story Building to Share Site With Existing Tower

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Restaurants and Retailers Go Touchless for Safety

TECH: Pandemic Makes New Technology a Necessity

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San Diego Housing Market Positioned Well as Region Reopens

Real Estate: An Executive Q&A With CEO Brian Arrington and COO Wendy Purvey of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

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General Atomics Sees Opportunities in Power, Space

Energy: NASA Exploring Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

Sunday, June 7

SDBJ Insider: Community

Insider news from SDBJ's Editor-in-Chief, Jay Harn

Thursday, June 4

Connect Group Adds 60 Startups to 2020 'Cool Companies' List

Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group on May 28 announced the latest batch of startups to make its “Cool Companies” list.

Skyecast Helps Cos. Navigate Multiple Tech Service Providers

TECHNOLOGY: Aims to Give Local Companies a Global Reach

Coworking Co. Sees Customers Slowly Returning

Cos. Trying to Give Customers Sense Of Safety, Connection

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‘Top Gun’ House Restored, Moved To Hotel Site

DEVELOPMENT: Interior Renovations Will Depend on the Commercial Tenant

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Stylists, Barbers Look to Reduce Risks When Opening

Close Contact Necessitates New Policies, Protocols

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With FDA Approval, Evofem Biosciences Turns Attention to Sales Efforts

Company’s Team Is Experienced In Women’s Health

Wednesday, June 3

San Marcos Apartment Portfolio Sold For $5.9M

Deal covered three complexes

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Cush Enterprises Buys Arizona Office Building

Project was built in 2006

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San Diego 50 to Recognize Local Leaders Making a Difference, Nominate Today

Special report to highlight leaders in our community who are leading their companies and making a difference during these unprecedented times

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Medallia Zingle Looks to Expand Its Offerings, Good Deeds

SOFTWARE: Company Finds a Good Fit in Curbside Service

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DermTech Offers Tele-dermatology Solution

Melanoma Biopsy Can Now Be Done Remotely

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Restaurants Alter Services and Set Up For Reopening

DINING: From Implementing QR Codes For Menu Reading to Outdoor Dining Only, Local Restaurants Make Changes to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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Longfellow Real Estate Partners Expands Into Sorrento Mesa

Main Driver for Company Is to Expand, Diversify

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CleverPet Sells Out Inventory, Prepares For New Product

Company Helps Keep Dogs And Cats Occupied With Tech

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Tuesday, June 2

El Cajon Apartments Sold For Nearly $4M

Complex has 16 apartments

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San Diegans To Soon Dine Al Fresco

DINING: Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Curbside Initiative Hopes to Kick Off Pilot Program at Six Sites

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General Atomics Gets $2.9M Contract to Support Aircraft Carriers

DEFENSE: Co. Builds Aircraft Launch and Recovery Systems; Deal Signals New Phase

Mount-It!’s Work From Home Product Sales Up 60% During Pandemic

Stand-Up Desk and Standing Desk Converters See Big Demand Spike

Startup Competition Taps the Power Of Community

Group Gives Diverse Entrepreneurs a Chance To Gain Funding, Support

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State Fund Now Accepting Applications For $50 Million Return to Work Safety Fund

REOPENING: Grants Being Offered to Nonessential Businesses

After RAR Sale, Rauch Focusing On His Properties

TOURISM: Founder to Continue to Operate Three San Diego Hotels

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Monday, June 1

Viasat Receives $1B Radio Deal From Pentagon

DEFENSE: Work to Be Performed in Carlsbad

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Architect Studio Recognized for Energy Synergy

AWARD: Miller Hull Wins Coveted ‘Living Building Challenger Petal Certification’

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Carlsbad Apartments Sold For $2.3M

Complex has six apartments

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Palomar Display Products Gets Sales In U.S., Overseas

U.S. Army Deal for Gunner Displays Has $89M Ceiling

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SubSeaSail Sees Multiple Uses for Autonomous Sailboat

TECHNOLOGY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Is Its Inaugural Customer

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Viasat Closes Out Fiscal Year With $2.3B in Revenue

Co. Considers Launching Satellite Constellation Into Low-Earth Orbit