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Feb. 14 ‘Mergers’ Should Officially Set the Date

Thinking of getting married on Saint Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner? Well, if you’re thinking of doing the deed at the county administration building on the Pacific Highway, beware, reserved slots are filling up fast says Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. He’s urging couples to make reservations as soon as possible to secure a time. Last year, the county married 125 couples in a single day, and this year it has set aside 118 slots for ceremonies, said a spokeswoman. Marriage performances are available at the county’s offices in Chula Vista, San Marcos and Vista, too. Check in by calling 619-237-0502. You can still walk in on the spur of the moment. And keep in mind that Feb. 14 is also one of the busiest days of the year for florists and restaurants … The Chairmen’s RoundTable, a nonprofit group consisting of 40 former and current CEOs who provide pro bono advice to the local entrepreneurs, is teaming up with the Beyster Institute at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. The two groups will join forces in helping local companies build successful business models. Details at rady.ucsd.edu/beyster … And speaking of UCSD, the campus is No. 4 among large California schools on the Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges list, and achieved a No. 13 Ranking on the national list. The school says 70 graduates out of a total of 8,000 U.S. graduates are serving as volunteers in various countries around the globe … The San Diego Leadership Alliance announces the latest group of 20 fellows, or young professionals, who’ll undergo a five-month training program to obtain the skills and relationships necessary to make changes in San Diego. The curriculum features local experts who have volunteered to share what they know in communications, political organizing, fundraising and policy. Details at sdleadership.org … Finally! The Torrey Pines Rotary Foundation is holding a raffle March 13 for two passes to Comic-Con International 2013, which includes admission to preview night as well as the rest of the four-day event at the San Diego Convention Center July 18-21.

The group is selling 6,500 raffle tickets at $10 each and club members said they expect to sell out.

Comic-Con enthusiasts who don’t get tickets in the official mad rush set for Feb. 16 can purchase raffle tickets through the Rotary Club’s website, www.torreypinesrotary.org, or Facebook page. Proceeds help support local and international projects sponsored by the Rotary Club. Till next week.

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

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