San Diego Business Journal Agriculture is still a regional powerhouse as the recently released San Diego County Annual Crop Report shows. The county’s agriculture output topped $1.8 billion for the first time since 2014. Even with COVID-19, the total value of agriculture crops and commodities rose 0.8% − mainly pushed by bedding plants together with a 9% increase in avocados.
This was enough to move the total values from $1,795,528,573 in 2019 to $1,810,326,411 in 2020.
This is the third time since 1990 that total values topped $1.8 billion. Nursery and cut flower products accounted for 70% of the value with fruit and nut crops accounting for more than 19%. The full report may be found at www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/awm/crop_statistics/ .

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The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors has elected its board of directors for 2022. Elected were Max Zaker, president; Jason Lopez, president-elect; and Sam Calvano, secretary-treasurer. Ditas Yarnane is the immediate past president.
Board members chosen for 2022 were Mike Anderson, Merrie Espina, Rafael Perez, Amy Ruiz, Amber Tannehill and Andrea Martino as affiliate director.
Also elected to two-year terms for 2022 and 2023 were Anthony Andaya, Carmille Bruno, Paula Gonzalez, Dylan Graham, and Norma Scantlin.
Founded in 1928, the local association has 3,500 members.

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Jorge Rubio, deputy director of the City of San Diego Department of Real Estate and Airport Management was recently named president of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Rubio was elected by the members of the organization for the executive committee which led him to become president. SWAAAE serves more than 600 members and includes airport professionals from commercial and general aviation airports across California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.
Rubio currently oversees the operations, maintenance and development of Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport and Brown Field Municipal Airport.
“This will be an extraordinary year. As an aviation and airport professional, I have been a proud member of SWAAAE and its parent national organization, the American Association of Airport Executives for more than 15 years, Rubio said.
Combined, city airports support more than 1,500 local jobs and annually generate $199 million in economic activity.