Here’s a scoop for you! Already the hottest ticket in town, “Allegiance,” the Old Globe’s latest production is drawing Hollywood talent. The first-run musical, which revolves around the story of a Japanese -American family caught up in an internment camp during World War II, stars George Takei, as well as Broadway superstar Lea Salonga. Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series had a couple of his old Enterprise crewmates in the audience during one of the first the performances recently: Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the series, as well as Walter Koenig, who played Chekov. The show runs through Oct. 21, with details and ducats at theoldglobe.com … And speaking of the namesake space voyager on that famous TV series of the ’60s … Navy officials have announced that deactivation of the 51-year-old aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is set to take place in Dec. 1 at Norfolk Naval Station, in Virginia. Navy brass said the venerable carrier called the West Coast home for many years and noted that there are a large number of USS Enterprise veterans living in Southern California … Gov. Jerry Brown has inked a new piece of legislation that should help benefit two San Diego companies SmartDrive Systems Inc. and DriveCam Inc. The measure, AB 2477 authored by Assemblyman Martin Garrick, who represents the 74th district, brings California state law into conformity with federal standards regarding so-called video event recorders in commercial and public vehicles. According to Garrick, the technology can improve driving habits by recording unsafe behavior like texting or talking on a cellphone. He says that the in-cab technology is currently deployed in well over 200,000 vehicles nationwide, such as in the public buses in San Francisco. The rate of accidents fell 50 percent in the first year of use after that city’s public transit agency installed cameras in the buses, trolleys and streetcars, he said …Garrick is also behind new legislation signed by Brown that eases current restrictions on large yachts entering California ports, an important measure that comes as the America’s Cup, which is getting under way in San Francisco Bay, draws luxury boats worldwide. The signing of AB 2005 benefits such small businesses as Marine Group Boat Works of Chula Vista, which was losing business due to restrictions on those high-end vessels of more than 300 tons. Owners were refueling and resupplying in Mexico instead of San Diego Bay, which meant lost business … Finally. The University of San Diego is again launching an eight-month program in online marketing strategies for small business owners. The program begins Oct. 11 with an online marketing boot camp and includes courses in integrated marketing, search engine optimization, social media and Web analytics. The program has practical information as well as immediate benefits, says Jason Lemon, the campus’s dean of professional and continuing education. Details at sandiego.edu/onlinemarketing … Till next week!
Contributing Editor Tom York pens the SDBJ Insider, and you can reach him with column tips and tidbits at firstname.lastname@example.org.