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Jensen’s Big Move Will Still Keep the Company in County

Jensen Meat Inc., the Vista-based beef wholesaler, is finally relocating to Otay Mesa within the San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone after months of wooing from an out-of-state suitor. The family-owned business decided to remain local once the city received word from Sacramento that the zone would be able to continue offering tax relief and other benefits to businesses. A source said that local officials came up with a relocation package that convinced Jensen to stay put, and keep its 170 jobs in the county … Shashi Pottahil, founder and owner of the Yoga and Meditation Center on Black Mountain Road, celebrated his 12th anniversary recently with a day-long seminar of guest speakers and demonstrations sponsored by the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego campus. Pottahil runs one of the most successful instructor training programs in the county, and has produced dozens of teachers in the dozen years he’s been in business … San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and other officials held a news conference to announce the rollout of a bike sharing plan in the East Village. Residents in other distant cities such as Amsterdam have enjoyed sharing of its famous yellow clunkers for decades … As noted in this column recently, the Gaslamp’s 35-room The Keating hotel hosted cable TV’s always-irritable chef Gordon Ramsay as he tore through the hostelry remaking the menu and redesigning rooms for “Hotel Hell,” a new series that premiered this summer. Well, apparently all’s well between the chef and management, as The Keating has named a new suite after the irascible Ramsay …. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation sponsored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher dissolving the taxing agency responsible for maintaining those outdated yellow emergency call boxes alongside our freeways and highways. The new law gives funds to the San Diego Association of Governments, Sandag, to operate the boxes while redistributing $8 million back to local governments. To the dismay of many disgruntled officials, not to mention a few enraged taxpayers, the agency had continued to levy taxpayer money for the system, even though it had horded sufficient cash to operate the boxes for eight years into the future … Finally. Kids’ Turn San Diego has scheduled its 11th annual wine event fundraiser Oct. 19 at the El Cortez in downtown San Diego. The nonprofit that helps family members navigate separation or divorce is one of a handful nationwide that works with both parents and children at the same time. For more info, visit kidsturnsd.org. Until next week!

Contributing Editor Tom York pens the SDBJ Insider, and you can reach him with column tips and tidbits at tyork@sdbj.com.

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