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Region Still Making It in Manufacturing

Manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of the region’s overall economy, according to the results of a recent survey issued by National University System Institute for Policy Research.

County’s Roads Are Rough on Cars, Wallets

TRIP, a national transportation research group in Washington, D.C., releases a report about California’s horrible road conditions, and San Diego is among the counties included in the survey.

Rankings Paint a Picture Of San Diego

San Diego is in the spotlight, making a lot of interesting lists these days … Consumer rating website betterdoctor.com ranks our region No. 25 based on the ratio of primary care doctors to the population. Greenville, S.C., tops that list with a doc for every 377 residents.

Bill Aims to Keep Fishiness Out Of Fish Business

Senate Bill 1138, targeting the deliberate mislabeling of seafood, is one recent piece of lawmaking that could impact the local fishing industry, not to mention anyone involved in the food delivery chain.

Successful IPO Adds to Avalon’s Win Column

There’s a plethora of interesting news flowing out of San Diego’s very active entrepreneurial community in recent weeks ... First up, La Jolla venture capital firm Avalon Ventures was one of the big winners when portfolio company Otonomy Inc., a late-stage life science company developing sustained-exposure treatments for ear diseases, raised $100 million in an IPO offering on Wall Street Aug. 12.

Stone Gathers a Crowd and Funds With Beer Offering

The region is crazy with new business activities. As of early last week, Stone Brewing Co. had raised close to $1.9 million from about 11,160-plus funders at crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com to underwrite its inventive “Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations” pre-sale event.

Cardiff-based Raken Raking In Kudos for Latest Mobile App

Here’s another information technology success story with that unique San Diego twist. Friends who grew up with Kyle Slager in Ohio have two reasons to be jealous of the Buckeye native.

It’s ‘The End’ For Sony’s E-Book Efforts

Sadly, the news media is reporting the end of an era that has an impact on San Diego. Sony Electronics is closing its E-reader business which was orchestrated from its North American headquarters in Rancho Bernardo.

Correlation Ventures Invests In 8 Startups

La Jolla-based venture capital firm Correlation Ventures added eight new startup companies to its portfolio during the second quarter, Managing Director David Coats said. The investments included PowerVision, Soldsie, Splice Machine, SynthoRX and VigLink, plus three smaller seed deals.

Technology Drives Change in Model For Car Insurance

Big changes are ahead in how you pay for auto insurance in California. San Francisco startup Metromile launched pay-per-mile car insurance and has updated its connected car platform, which provides operational data that could have a huge impact on traffic patterns in San Diego and other metro areas in the state.

No Surprise, He’s Rolling the Dice On Home Auction

Las Vegas high-roller Billy Walters, who brags he’s wagered as much as $1 million on the outcome of a single hole of golf, hasn’t been able to sell El Milagro, his 9-acre, 21,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe estate, for a listing price of a tad under $20 million.

Two Locals Among Five Accused of Insurance Fraud

Two San Diegans were included among five men arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on multiple felony charges alleging a complex scheme to defraud insurers.

Manufacturing Among Binational Region’s Strengths

A new economic study from the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, along with the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Cali-Baja Mega-Region Initiative,

UC San Diego to Lead State Brain Research Initiative

The University of California, San Diego is taking the lead in a statewide initiative to drive research into the rapidly evolving area of neurotechnology, thanks to $2 million included in the new state budget just signed into law.

Tomorrow’s Titans Show Their Skills at UCSD Challenge

The University of California, San Diego’s annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, which promotes commercialization of student research, announced the winners of its recent competition.

Local Search Firm Lands Rare Google Partnership Status

CPC Strategy — a San Diego-based, retail-focused search agency that uses a proprietary optimization process to drive online sales — was named an official Google shopping partner, only the 10th business to be so recognized since the program was launched in 2012.

30 ‘COOLest’ Cos. Chosen for SDVG Venture Summit

A select few of the region’s startups have been chosen for the next gathering of venture capitalists.

VCs Add M2M To the Equation At Venture Summit

iego Venture Summit set for June 19 features “machine-to-machine” expert Daniel Obodovski, the former director of business development at Qualcomm Inc. and author of “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things.”

S.D. Honored as Good Home for Small Businesses

The National League of Cities included San Diego in a list of 12 cities with best practices for small business development. The league released a report, “Big Ideas for Small Business,” during Small Business Week held earlier in the month.

UTC-Based Bank’s Interest Rate Draws Some, Well, Interest

Financial literacy website WalletHub picked University Towne Center-based BofI Federal Bank’s rewards checking account as one of 2014’s “Best Bank Accounts for Small Businesses.”

Tech Startup Out To Teach Old Dogs A Few New Tricks

San Diego-based startup CleverPet LLC, which is developing a Wi-Fi-enableld device to help entertain, train and feed your pet when you’re not home, launched a 33-day crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter.

S.D. Crime Rates Drop, According To Sandag Report

Crime rates dropped in 2013 after an uptick in 2012, regional planning agency Sandag reported. For example, the 2013 rate for violent crime — 3.66 incidents per 1,000 residents — was 5 percent less than 2012.

No. 2 National Ranking Shows S.D.’s Solar Flair

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and some local solar energy industry leaders held a news conference to unveil a report that ranks San Diego No. 2 in the nation behind Los Angeles for the amount of solar panels installed and No. 4 for installations on a per-capita basis.

Panel Spotlights Corporate-based Venture Funding

Increasingly, the corporate world is moving in to reflate the funding ranks left behind as the number of venture capital firms continue to shrink.

They’re Back: 33 Million Tourists Visit S.D. in 2013

The number of visitors to this region surpassed 33 million in 2103, the San Diego Tourism Authority reported, reversing a downward trend over the past three years due to the recession.

Healthful Dining Directory Gets Some B-Day Cake

San Diego-based website HealthyDiningFinder.com celebrated the seventh anniversary of its nationwide directory with the release of an updated listing featuring 1,000-plus participating restaurants and thousands of new menu choices.

S.D. Rated No. 1 By Forbes for Launching Cos.

Move over Silicon Valley, there’s a new champ in town. Forbes magazine ranks San Diego as the best place to launch a new startup out of the 50 largest metro areas nationwide.

UCSD Student Takes Top Honors For Elevator Pitch

The local startup scene is generating lots of activity, so let’s jump right in. Daniel Lee, the student entrepreneur behind Hush Technology, won the University of California, San Diego’s 2014 Entrepreneur Challenge Elevator Pitch competition, which was held on campus. Lee also took the audience choice award for “most improved pitch,” as well as $500 for his prize-winning pitch.

Software Startup Taps DPO for Raising Capital

San Diego software startup Tower App Development said last week it is conducting a direct public offering, or DPO, at its website to raise the working capital it needs to complete development of its first mobile app, which CEO Tony Silva claims will revolutionize users online experience with social networks. Silva said the little-used DPO, limited to high net-worth investors residing in the Golden State, allows the company to sell shares directly without brokers and underwriters. Meanwhile, the SEC is set to announce this summer rules that will allow any investor anywhere to purchase shares in new companies through equity crowdfunding as part of the JOBS Act of 2012.

Big Data Makes For Big Forum Topic at UCSD

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Members of the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego will examine the impact of the big data phenomenon when they gather March 12 at the University of California, San Diego.

Economist to Address Housing Outlook for 2014

Selma Hepp, a senior economist with the California Association of Realtors, will offer an outlook on housing for 2014 at the San Diego-area trade group Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ next meeting March 6 in Chula Vista.

Weather Draws Conference of Climate Experts

The lack of frigid conditions locally — while more than 80 percent of the U.S. was covered in snow and ice in late January — might be one reason why organizers are holding the Climate Leadership Conference here Feb. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.

Panel to Discuss Crowdfunding Phenomenon

Come this spring, the “above-average Joe” investor will be able to invest modest sums through equity crowdfunding and online Web portals, just like VC firms, thanks to the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act.

No Bites for FitDeck’s Pitch To ‘Shark Tank’

SDBJ Insider

For the past couple of weeks, the Insider has been following the exploits of former Navy SEAL Phil Black, the entrepreneur behind FitDeck, a brand of exercise cards sold at his website.

Former SEAL Tests Investment On ‘Shark Tank

Last summer, the Insider wrote about Phil Black, founder and CEO of Coronado garage-based startup FitDeck, which sells exercise playing cards to fitness buffs via its website.

UPS Store Ready To Deliver Good Business Advice

San Diego-based franchise operator The UPS Store teams with the nonprofit counselors at SCORE to offer guidance to small business customers about finding a mentor. The campaign at UPS’s 4,300 stores is part of National Mentoring Month.

$1.4B Expected From Convention Business in 2014

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Happy New Year! The convention business is on a nice growth curve after a five-year lull due to recent economic turbulence.

Technology Gives Palomar Lifesaving Link

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This announcement shows the changing doctor-patient relationship: North County’s Palomar Health — including its $1 billion Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, which it touts as the “hospital of the future” — has deployed a 21st century wireless network from Silicon Valley-based AirStrip that enables doctors and other providers to access patients’ near real-time clinical data from mobile phones, iPads and other digital devices.

Default Rate on Student Loans Prompts Survey

SDBJ Insider

With the two-year federal student loan default rate touching 10 percent, San Diego financial literacy website iGrad decided to survey college and university administrators nationwide to see if their students have the skills to survive the expense of higher education.

Three Still Vying To Be the Last Startup Standing

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The three finalists in San Diego Venture Group’s annual PitchFest have been selected from a list of more than 90 contestants: student housing search service OnMyBlock, “focused ultrasound” medical device startup Sonrgy Inc. and trust fund service provider TrustEgg.

Local Supplement Retailer Pleads Guilty to Charge

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News from the police blotter. Local dietary supplement retailer Ultimate Fitness Nutrition Inc. pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors, including the selling of dietary supplements stuffed with steroids and caffeine and questionable advertising practices, according to a news release from the city attorney’s office.

PitchFest Top 10 To Make Startups A Spectator Sport

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The San Diego Venture Group released the names of the 10 startups that will battle for $25,000 in cash at its annual PitchFest set for Dec. 12 in La Jolla. The semifinalists were chosen from more than 90 applications.

Catering Company Readies for Role At Winter Games

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Here’s a local angle to the upcoming Winter Games. Behind the Scenes Catering, a Sorrento Valley-Mira Mesa-based catering firm, will be cooking meals for 5,000-plus members of the U.S. broadcast and international media, as well as corporate sponsors and athletes, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, come February and March.

Website Brings Accredited Investors, Startups Together

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Startups in need of angel funding have a new source to possibly tap here in San Diego. Michael J. Kinkelaar, senior partner in the downtown office of Procopio Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, has been working with Orange County investment bank Roth Capital Partners plus member organizations Connect and Orange County’s Octane to launch a new website, openround.com.

This Lecture Is A Life-Changing Experience

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What is life? One famous San Diegan might have the answer, if you attend his upcoming book party. J. Craig Venter, the scientist who first sequenced the human genome, will be on the University of California, San Diego campus Oct. 28 to promote his new book “Life at the Speed of Life: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.”

Panel Explores Ways To Find Funding Off the VC Path

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As the number of venture capital firms continues to decrease, some local entrepreneurs are in a quandary about where to find much needed cash.

US Grant Still Something to See At 103

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The US Grant hotel, a grande dame of local hostelries, turns 103 years old this month, with a series of tours scheduled Oct. 15 to celebrate the anniversary.

Study Estimates SDCC’s Economic Impact in Billions

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The San Diego Community College District’s three campuses generate $4 billion in overall activity, which accounts for 2.3 percent of the region’s economy, according to the district’s recently released economic impact study.

Chinese Hackers Reportedly Target U.S. Drone Makers

SDBJ Insider

Could San Diego’s drone-building defense contractors be under a hack attack?

For Entrepreneurs, Time Is Money On Kickstarter

SDBJ Insider

Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has apparently emerged as the go-to source to raise capital for small San Diego businesses. The latest is watchmaker Original Grain, which used the $390,000 raised from 2,200 people in 30 days to launch a new line of wood and stainless steel watches using a Japanese quartz movement.

Crowdfunding Could Put Butlers In Many Homes

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La Mesa product designer Curtis Micklish — creator of “The Butler” organizer used to stash cellphone, glasses, keys, wallet and other personal items — is nearing his goal of raising $25,300 at crowdfunding website kickstarter.com.

Self-Employed Get an Assist on Affordable Care Act

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The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for the Self-Employed says the arrival of the Affordable Care Act portends dramatic changes ahead for San Diego County’s 238,000 self-employed starting Jan. 1.

Business Forecast Aims to Bring Future into Focus

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Health care, technology and business consulting are the three fastest-growing industries in the region, according to a new business forecast launched by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Silvergate Bank.

Stone Brewing Ranks 2nd in National Poll

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Hoist one for San Diego’s craft brewing industry. Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 15 craft beer makers in the U.S., according to a tabulation of 11,500 voters asked to choose from a select field of 72 brewers by a USA Today poll.

Farming Acreage Increases in The County

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Agriculture, already an important activity in the region, has been growing, so to speak. The county’s crop values increased 4 percent to $1.75 billion, according to the annual agricultural report released by the county Farm Bureau and the county’s agriculture commissioner.

Domain, Rusano Put Big Money Behind ReVision

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In partnership with RusanoMedInvest, a Russian government agency focused on commercializing nanotechnology, local VC firm Domain Associates has participated in a $55 million investment in OC-based private biotech concern ReVision Optics.

Entrepreneurship Meets Seamanship In 1st VC Regatta

SDBJ Insider

Well, looks like I I missed this final tidbit involving the annual San Diego Venture Summit held July 11, which featured more than 100 venture capitalists. A 41-foot sailboat owned by yacht retailer Rick Day — he’s also a San Diego-based limited partner in local boutique venture capital firm Moore Venture Partners — took first place in the inaugural VC Regatta held on San Diego Bay following the summit.

Local Company Sees a High-Tech Harvest in Future

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Sorrento Valley-based Vision Robotics Corp. is mentioned in a recent Associated Press story as part of the ongoing revolution in the use of robots to work the country’s orchards and farms. The ag-tech business is perfecting a robotic lettuce thinner, which can also be used in vineyards that produce wine grapes.

Venture Capitalist Finds a Way to Bottle Success

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Kevin Kinsella, founder of La Jolla-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures and arguably one of the San Diego’s most successful VCs, especially in the biotech arena, has been spending a lot of time of late at his Kinsella Estates Winery in Sonoma County directing the bottling of 600 cases of cabernet grapes harvested from his vineyards in 2011.

Survival Will Be On the Itinerary At New Resort

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Del Mar businessman Robert Vicino has been the focus of national media coverage of late for a very unusual project. The news stories detail his purchase of a former military storage facility in Atchison, Kansas, which he and a partner are transforming into a survivor complex where as many as 5,000 people can ride out a nuclear war or deadly virus pandemic in their RVs.

Is Tony Robbins Leaving Us For Florida?

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Is the celebrity-level peak-performance guru and San Diego resident Tony Robbins moving to new environs on the East Coast and taking his world-famous seminar with him? Several publications are reporting that Robbins has purchased a new home in Palm Beach, Fla., where he might also relocate his high-priced “Date with Destiny” seminar held each December in the desert.

Manpower Survey Finds Many Firms Planning to Hire

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Economic recovery accelerating? Staffing agency Manpower San Diego says new hiring will accelerate in the third quarter, based on its recent survey of employers. Nineteen percent of those surveyed plan to bring on more workers, while 69 percent expect to maintain current staff counts.

8,000 Caps To Fill the Air Over UCSD

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More than 8,000 UC San Diego students are all set to graduate June 14. Festivities include a dinner and fireworks, as well as official graduation rites June 15. The ceremonies feature speeches from such famous grads as actor Robert Buckley, who has appeared on CW’s “One Tree Hill” and NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle” and Lewis Black, a standup comic, social critic and guest commentator on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Tourist Season Bring Bodies and Bucks to Town

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It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Erik Bruvold, the economic guru at National University System Institute for Policy Research, says in a just-issued report that out-of-town vacationers will spend more than $450 million through Labor Day — on items ranging from “sunscreen to sand shovels.”

Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary Is Something to Savor

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Birthday wishes are in order. Restaurateurs Martin and Cindy Blair of Kansas City Barbeque held its 30th anniversary celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum with a private affair of several hundred invitees recently.

Entrepreneurs Will See If They Are Up To the Challenge

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Entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the region if if the number of events on the horizon is any indication of a hubbub of activity. Two deadlines are approaching for the seventh annual UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, sponsored by the Rady School of Management.

USD MBA Student Wins National Stock- Picking Competition

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Congratulations are in order for one very impressive University of San Diego MBA candidate. Daniel McAllister wins the first-ever All-America Student Analyst Competition, sponsored by Institutional Investor magazine and portfolio tracking software distributor Mark My Media.

Seating Concepts Moves to a New Seat in San Diego

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Family-owned fixed auditorium seating provider Seating Concepts LLC, which was started in Mexico with just 5,000 in pesos in 1926, and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s, has announced that it has relocated its global corporate headquarters near Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

VC Firm Announces Final Close of Fund

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Terry Moore, founder and principal of local boutique venture capital firm Moore Venture Partners recently announced the final close of MVP, a $10 million fund. Moore also said he’s already closed his fifth deal from the fund, an investment in Savara Pharmaceuticals, located in Austin, Texas.

Monarch School To Dedicate New Campus

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Come April 24, the Monarch School, San Diego’s school for homeless kids, is set to open its new 2.2 acre campus in Barrio Logan just south of Petco Park. The usual panoply of elected officials are scheduled to attend, including Mayor Bob Filner and county Supervisor Greg Cox.

Men’s Roles In Workplace Engender Debate

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End of men in the workplace? Well not quite yet, writes Mary Blair-Loy, an associate professor and director of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions at UC San Diego.

Awards Luncheon Will Honor Entrepreneurs

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Spring is here, and the upcoming business events are starting to line up through the summer months. So mark your calendars. The local office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Council set June 12 for their annual awards luncheon, which will fete entrepreneurs who’ve not only survived, but thrived in this challenging environment.

Lessons on Dealing With a Workplace Bully

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Yes, it’s April 1, but let’s not be foolish. There is a lot of news to report. Famed North County business guru and writer Ken Blanchard writes the foreword to “Back Off!” written by San Diego resident Catherine Mattice.

Sea Change Comes To Local Red Lobsters

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The 700-unit Red Lobster restaurant chain completes the remodeling of two local outlets, one at 3780 Sports Arena Blvd. and another at 8330 Mira Mesa Blvd. The two restaurants have been a fixture for the past 25 years, and are getting a renovation, according to a spokesperson.

Good Press Delivered to S.D.’s Doorstep

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San Diego’s been making national headlines of late. The Los Angeles Times reports that three regional ZIP codes made the Top 10 list of Southern California counties that have enjoyed nice recoveries in the residential real estate sector since the 2008-2009 downturn.

UCSD Plans To Amp Up Its Solar Power

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San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power is installing an additional 784,000 watts of solar power on the UC San Diego campus, bringing the campus’s total solar power generation capacity to 3 million watts. The university estimates the new project will save an additional $2 million over the next 20 years

East County Chamber Ousts Its President

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Just in case you haven’t heard the news. Scott Alevy, who headed the influential San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce as the president, has been ousted by his board of directors in a cost-savings move. In news reports, the board cited ongoing financial turbulence as a reason for the surprising change in leadership.

East County Hosts St. Patty’s Day Race

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A number of East County businesses are teaming up to hold a half marathon and 5K footrace on March 17, an idea originally sparked by the 2012 leadership class of the East County Chamber of Commerce. The race through parts of El Cajon and Rancho San Diego will give runners a whirlwind tour of the two communities, organizers said.

Cupid Must Work Overtime At This Plant

And now this bit of business-related news from “South of the Border.” For the past dozen years, Bay Area-based headphone maker Plantronics has hosted a mass wedding for employees of its Plamex manufacturing plant in Tijuana.

Feb. 14 ‘Mergers’ Should Officially Set the Date

Thinking of getting married on Saint Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner?

Fast-Growing Forum Of Inventors Files For Nonprofit Status

The San Diego Inventors Forum has officially filed nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, and there is talk among members that two local banks who are sponsors of the member group are willing to help fund promising new inventions that come before the organization.

Zagat Releases Annual Guide for San Diego Eateries

Popular consumer restaurant rating service Zagat’s has released its annual San Diego City Guide, with few surprises — and long list of places to eat in 2013.

Score Launches Forum for Peers To Talk Business

Nonprofit business adviser San Diego Score announces the launch of a new program to offer one-on-one assistance to entrepreneurs in search of advice on how to better run their businesses.

Ambassador to Japan Visits UC San Diego On a ‘Business’ Trip

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos arrived on the UC San Diego campus recently to drum up more commerce between the land of the rising sun and the U.S., now that several overseas air carriers have launched new nonstop direct service between Asia and the West Coast, including San Diego.

Station Proudly Broadcasts Its Age: 60

Television station XETV/San Diego 6 is looking for old photos and other bits of ephemera from current and former employees, friends and viewers to celebrate 60 years of broadcasting in the region.

Mass Transit In London Has S.D. Connection

America’s Finest City has a direct link to old London Town. Cubic Transportation Systems, a unit of San Diego’s Cubic Corp., said recently it’s equipped London’s fleet of 8,500 buses with electronic fare boxes, or what are better known as contactless card readers that automatically subtract fares from boarding passengers. The project is part of an ongoing effort with public agency Transport for London, or TfL, to equip that city’s entire public transit system to accept debit and credit cards.

Film Festival Hopes Crowdfunding Will Raise Event Funds

The San Diego Film Festival has turned to the new social media concept of crowdfunding to raise $75,000 that will help cover the cost of staging its 2013 event next fall.

Website Delivers Crowdsourcing For a Cause

San Diego-based Internet startup Allowance Manager, which creates money management education tools for the Web and mobile devices for kid

Benefit Show Aims to Ride To the Rescue

The Del Mar Fairgrounds is organizing a benefit show to help performers stranded when the would-be equestrian spectacular “Valitar” closed the doors to its landmark burgundy tent off Interstate 5.

Three Startups Compete for PitchFest Cash

It must be entrepreneur week in San Diego, given the spate of developments emerging from San Diego’s venture community. First up, three area startups — Blurtopia, which has developed a social media app for the iPhone that allows users to get feedback about any question they pose; Cypher Genomics, which is developing the technology to help clinicians and researchers delve into the nitty-gritty of a human’s genome; and GroundMetrics, which is developing new detection technologies for the oil, gas and geothermal industries — are competing as finalists in the San Diego Venture Group’s 2012 Pitchfest set for Dec. 13.

Bike Company Moves in the Right Direction

North County’s Electra Bicycle Co. recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its new headquarters and distribution center.

Refinance of U-T Headquarters Is Completed

San Diego commercial real estate finance firm HFF says it has secured $27.5 million in financing for the U-T San Diego headquarters

Top Corporate VCs To Share a Wealth Of Knowledge

Capital-starved local entrepreneurs — who are legion in the region — might want to attend the next breakfast gathering of the San Diego Venture Group on Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

Local Biotechs Bring Home The VC Bacon

San Diego life science startups Aragon Pharmaceuticals and Tandem Diabetes Care were big winners in raising capital during the third quarter, according to the most recent National Venture Capital Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree survey.

Give These Fine Furnishings A Good Home

Deeply discounted high-end model home furnishings, accessories, appliances, office furniture and construction/remodeling supplies, including a baby grand piano, go on sale Oct. 27 at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Ceremony Marks Major Chapter in Library Construction

City officials gathered recently in East Village to witness the topping out of the dome of the $185 million new Central Library under construction by Turner Construction Co.

Panel Puts Crowdfunding In Spotlight

Crowdfunding has emerged as a new source of capital for cash-strapped entrepreneurs. In fact, the JOBS Act signed into law earlier this year by President Obama allows emerging companies to use this innovative method of fundraising rather than tapping friends and family as well as dealing with the uncertainty of angel and seed investors.

On This Night, Old Globe Was an ‘Enterprise Zone’

Here’s a scoop for you! Already the hottest ticket in town, “Allegiance,” the Old Globe’s latest production is drawing Hollywood talent.

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.

Enterprise Zone Expansion to Help Local Businesses

San Diego wins approval to expand a successful regional economic incentive program that has helped create 7,300 new jobs, Mayor Jerry Sanders says in a recent news release

Mitt’s Local Digs Could Double as White House West

Is there a Western White House in our future?

Vanity Fair’s Coverage Stretches To Encinitas Shala

The story behind the headlines.

Chef Ramsay’s Renovation Is On the Menu

On Aug. 27, the folks at the Gaslamp’s Keating Hotel are presenting a special screening of “Hotel Hell,” the Fox television reality show in which bombastic British chef Gordon Ramsay plays tough guy to hoteliers who want to improve their operations and their business.

App Invites You to Join The Parties

Progress report for a fast-growing tech business.

Extra Money in the City’s Pocket Goes To Popular Programs

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is crowing these days, as well he should be. He issued a news release noting that the city has now refinanced 11 bond issues over the past three years, thereby saving $13.3 million in debt payments each year.

The Paralympics Are A Team Effort for 2 Local Veterans

What with all the hoopla surrounding the 2012 Summer Games now under way in London, not many know about the Paralympic Games that follow on Aug. 29 and Sept. 9.

Local Teen’s Feel for Music Earns Recognition

A future startup in the making? The judges at the recent Google Science Fair in Silicon Valley declared Jonah Kohn, a student at the San Diego Jewish Academy, the winner in the 13-to-14-year-old age group for his entry, a project in which he converted sound waves into tactile vibrations, thereby, potentially providing a better experience of music to the hearing impaired.

There Is No Storybook Ending For Your Baby Can Read

Carlsbad-based Your Baby Can, which sold Your Baby Can Read kits to “teach” infants as young as 3 months old to read, has apparently read the handwriting on the wall — and shuttered its doors.

Jet Lands a Starring Role At Open House

Lots of business news in North County. California Pacific Airlines’ recent open house drew a couple hundred curious civic and political leaders, not to mention business folk to McClellan-Palomar Airport.

Walter Zable Was Also a Force on The Football Field

Walter Zable, the 97-year-old businessman who founded and ran Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp. for many decades, died June 24.

San Diego Startup’s Ear Buds Win Big By Just Showing Up

The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway in London on July 27, and San Diego-based startup Zipbuds will be represented on the court, so to speak.

Utility Player: Sunrise Powerlink Goes Online

Better late than never. Overcoming intense opposition, SDG&E has finally flipped the switch on its $1.9 billion, 500,000 volt Sunrise Powerlink transmission line connecting the solar energy rich Imperial Valley to power hungry San Diego.

Plane’s Arrival To Bring Airline Closer to Takeoff

Tom Morrow, a top executive for Carlsbad’s fledgling California Pacific Airlines, checks in with the SDBJ insider to report that the carrier’s first aircraft, a two engine, 70-seat passenger jet made in Brazil, will touch down at McClellan-Palomar Airport on June 30.

New Warship May Have San Diego Address as Home

San Diego due for next-generation warship? The Associated Press filed a story this week noting that the Navy’s superstealthy warship can evade electronic detection while closing in on an enemy’s coastline, and then pound its targets with “Star Trek”-like electromagnetic rail guns.

Drivers Wanted: Agency Lowers Toll on Road

The San Diego Association of Governments board voted to lower tolls on the underutilized South Bay Expressway. It’s most likely the first time that a public toll operator has ever lowered tolls in the U.S., according to a news release.

Popular Book Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

High-profile San Diego-based business guru Michael E. Gerber is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his New York Times perennial best-seller, “The E-Myth, Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.”

San Diego Thinks Globally While Outsourcing Its IT

Behind in local news? The San Diego City Council OK’d Mayor Jerry Sanders’ much touted IT outsourcing plan, awarding contracts to two vendors to manage the city’s computer and Internet networks. But elected officials didn’t stay local, or even stay technically within the U.S., when it came to finding vendors to help maintain the city’s high-tech equipment.

Panel to Reveal Secrets of Rapid Company Growth

University of San Diego business psychologist Sherry Nooravi has come up with seven ways CEOs can generate rapid growth over a short period of time, based on her research taken from the Business Journal’s annual Fastest-Growing Private Companies list.

Cirque Brings Cash To Town Without Accounting Tricks

The dazzling Cirque du Soleil is in town with its run of “Totem,” and the production is not clowning around when it comes to the impact on the local economy.

Get That Resume in Working Order for A Unique Job Fair

It’s that time of the year when college grads are scrambling for those hard-to-find jobs. Several local campuses are rising to the occasion.

Tap the Experts for Information on Our Water Situation

Will our future economy be green or brown? The San Diego County Water Authority — with the East County Economic Development Council and San Diego Law Library — has set May 1 for a forum on future water supplies, especially those coming from the Colorado River.

Entrepreneurial Efforts Make the Grade at University

A business plan written by graduate Nitasha Stiritz and seniors Arthur Cachero and Blake Harrison took top honors from Point Loma Nazarene University’s Student-Entrepreneur of the Year festivities.

Local Brewer Gets Statewide Business Honor

Will this entrepreneur win the national title next month?

What Could Padres Fetch With Dodgers Being Sold for $2B?

Now that a buyers group fronted by the legendary Magic Johnson has won the bidding to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from financially troubled Frank McCourt for a jaw-dropping $2 billion, many baseball gazers are wondering how much one might have to spend to acquire the San Diego Padres

New Site Will Take Stock of Your Portfolio

Del Mar-based Wall Street investment guru Arthur Lipper is launching a new website, portfoliocomparator.com, designed to help investors and investment managers compare and evaluate critical data on some 8,000 stocks that now trade, as well as stock indexes.

Local Butcher Warns Consumers Of Cattle Shortage

Where’s the beef, as the little old lady used to squawk on that famous TV commercial.

News Travels Far About Progress on $2B Civita Project

New York Times correspondent Morris Newman reported Feb. 28 on Civita, the massive mixed-use project rising up from the closed quarry in Mission Valley.

Free Burgers On the Menu At Diner’s Party

The Cohn Restaurant Group’s always popular Corvette Diner celebrates its 25th anniversary this month

Incubator Aimed at Student Engineers Launches at SDSU

The hum of increasing economy activity is in the air. The Zahn Center for Engineering Innovation, a new incubator at San Diego State University, will launch next month with five early stage ventures under its wing.

Water Customers Can Now Go With Information Flow

There’s now an app for that. San Diego County Water Authority customers can access current news releases, including a 24-hour water-related news feed, not to mention videos and links to other important information via smartphones, thanks to a mobile application recently completed by local IT design firm Bytes Inc., which is headed by founder and CEO Sanjiv Prabhakaran.

St. Valentine’s Day Time to Show Your Love for San Diego

For the past few months, the San Diego Foundation has been deeply involved in its “Our Greater San Diego Vision” campaign

CEO Offers Tips On Taking First Business Steps

Business expert Tyler Jensen, founder and CEO of Solana Beach-based Startup Garage, is scheduled to address a workshop sponsored by UC San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on Feb. 8 on campus.

Costa Concordia’s Sister Ship Pays a Brief Visit Locally

Did you miss it? The Costa Deliziosa, sister ship of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, which ran aground in Italian waters earlier this month killing at least 15 people

Padres Purchase Is Put Under Monetary Microscope By MLB

Foul Ball? Forbes magazine’s Sportsmoney columnist Mike Ozanian reports that Major League Baseball is holding up the sale of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad

TV Show Follows A Moving Journey To a Local Stage

One of the Cygnet Theatre Co.’s more successful productions in 2011 was “Little Shop of Horrors,” which featured 7-foot long, 6-foot wide puppet Audrey II

Contest Calls for Entrepreneurs to Be Fast on Their Feat

The UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge kicks off 2012 with an elevator pitch competition scheduled for Jan. 11. Aydogan Ozcan, inventor of the cellphone microscope

New Business Rules and Regs Ring in 2012

Well, Happy New Year! And may 2012 exceed all of our expectations in terms of sales and profits!

Donation Drop-Off Leads to Layoffs at Voice of San Diego

Nonprofit news outlet Voice of San Diego said Dec. 9 it laid off reporters Emily Alpert and Adrian Florido as well as photographer Sam Hodgson in the wake of dwindling donations this past year.

Leftist Magazine Blogger Writes Nice About Darrell Issa

A blogger at the very progressive Mother Jones magazine is saying some nice things about the very conservative North County U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

Forbes Finds 2 Local ZIP Codes Worth Attention

Hot zones for the rich, if not the famous. Forbes magazine recently came up with its list of the 50 most expensive ZIP codes in the U.S., based on the value of median home prices, and San Diego’s exclusive Rancho San Fe enclave makes the prestigious listing twice.

Turkeys Fly Off Stores’ Shelves During Holidays

Big birds, and lots of ’em. Locally owned Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Meats says it will sell up to 2,200 turkeys weighing a total of 50,000 pounds this holiday season, not to mention 14,000 pounds, or seven tons, of standing rib roasts.

Chris Reed’s Radio Show Demise Puts Politicos in a Funk

San Diego’s political junkies are in mourning now that local radio station KOGO has abruptly canceled Chris Reed’s weekday conservative talk show, along with Roger Hedgecock.

Board OKs $3.9M Study in Effort to Extend Toll Road

Hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here! Where did the year go?

Sarah Palin Saw a ‘Ghost’ Here, the Rest Is Her Story

In the spring of 2009, hotelier Bob Rauch hosted a very high-profile guest at his Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar in Sorrento Mesa above the I-5.

Boffo Box Office Series Launched in Rancho Bernardo

How ’bout this Halloween treat … In 2006, independent San Diego filmmaker Oren Peli spent a week filming “Paranormal Activity” in his nondescript Rancho Bernardo tract home.

Congo Abductors Can Run, But Not Hide From Digitaria

High-profile Web design and online marketing firm Digitaria Interactive, located in East Village, is making international headlines these days. The agency is working with Invisible Children, the San Diego human rights group, to help rescue kidnapped child soldiers in central Africa.

Think and Then Get Rich, Writes Local ‘Venture Catalyst’

Money, money, money,” as the master of ceremonies belts out in the hit musical film, “Cabaret.”

Local Doc Part Of Case Before U.S. High Court

Dr. Theodore Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor, along with the California Medical Association, is among those involved in a big ado before the U.S. Supreme Court this session.

FDA Clears Local Biotech Startup’s Testing Device

The Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to privately held True Diagnostics in Carlsbad for its TrueDX platform

Carlsbad Closer To Its ‘Poseidon Adventure’

Some big North County news took place recently worth noting.

Habitat’s Efforts Build Interest at Construction Site

San Diego Habitat for Humanity will frame a new home as part of a special “Habitat Off Broadway!” event taking place downtown at Horton Square next door to Horton Plaza Sept. 30 through Oct. 5.

2 Local Designers, Builder Honored For New Library

The new East County library building gets the gold for going green. Ramona’s new 21,000-square-foot public library building recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

Pay Dirt: Crops Up 7 Percent In the County

It’s time to check in with area farmers for an agri-business update. The county releases its annual report on crop statistics in mid-August.

Now Advertising ‘Crosses the Line’ In a Good Way

Welcome to America! But now that you’re here, buy American! Steve Wagner, owner of La Jolla-based Outdoor Insight

Funds Keep Transportation Projects Moving

A few rays of financial sunshine in a sea of gray.

Councilman Says Ad Is a Political Attack

Mystery spots? KFI 640 afternoon hosts John and Ken interviewed business-focused mayoral candidate, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio Aug. 4.

Green Solutions Could Be Cure for Economic Blues

Clean-tech to the rescue? The Census Bureau issued a report on the poor health of very small businesses in the nation from 2007 to 2009

Building Blitz: Program Provides Program Provides

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Swinerton Builders to construct two homes from the ground up in just five days

Poway Startup’s Business Plan Is Picture Perfect

Here’s an item demonstrating the drawing power of those Web-based deep discount coupons.

PechaKucha Night Event Like Haiku For the Eyes, Mind

The San Diego Architectural Foundation is scheduled to host PechaKucha Night San Diego Volume 12 in the courtyard of mxd830, a new mixed-use structure on 25th Street in Golden Hill, on July 20.

Vista CEO Seeks To Raise $1M for Monarch School

Lots of North County news happenin’ this week, so let’s get to it … Hal Tilbury, CEO of Vista-based technology company Bluepoint Solutions (which provides payment services to banks and credit unions) has taken on an unusual community fundraising project this summer.

Mitt Romney Is a Low-Profile Local, Charge Opponents

Is 2012 peripatetic White House hopeful Mitt Romney a stealth La Jolla resident? His Democratic Party foes apparently think so, and have blasted the news in a recent news release.

Genome Startup Seeks Holy Grail Of Life Sciences

Soon, we’ll all know what we’re made of for just $100, in a manner of speaking. BioNanomatrix Inc., which is moving its offices and lab to America’s Finest City from the City of Brotherly Love and featured elsewhere in this issue, has been on a five-year quest for the Holy Grail of genomics research, the ability to sequence the human genome for $100 or less in eight hours or less

Marconi Society Honors Two Area Research Pioneers

Two area business greats have been named as winners of the 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize.

Life Technologies’ Use of iPad App Draws Applause

Life Technologies Corp., one of the top public companies in San Diego as ranked by market cap, is named one of CIO Magazine’s 2011 CIO 100, a feature honoring the top large companies for their best use of IT.

Fear Not, June 8 To Be Just Another Day on the ’Net

Is June 8 doomed to be an Internet Armageddon? Jeremy Duimstra, who co-founded locally-based MJD Interactive and who teaches at the UC San Diego Extension, doesn’t think so, but says there could be a few hiccups on that fateful Wednesday.

Hotelier Bob Rauch Proves His Chops in Coronado Property

Del Mar area hotelier Bob Rauch (he runs the hotelguru.com website), whose firm has managed the boutique El Cordova Hotel in Coronado since Jan. 1, has performed a veritable miracle of sorts in difficult economic conditions.

There’s a Familiar Ring to Theater’s Phone Number

How ’bout this for a preview of a coming attraction? The 64-year-old Coronado Village Theatre, now being redone as a three-screen cineplex, has managed to recapture a bit of the past as it approaches a June reopening.

Tasty Kabobs Are Their Piece(s) of the American Dream

Kabob specialist Luna Grill is expanding to its fourth location, a site located at 350 University Ave. in Hillcrest. CEO Sean Pourteymour says the new site will seat 48 inside and 52 outside when the build out on the storefront is completed in July.

UCSD Grads Enjoy ‘Exceptional’ ROI, Says Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks UC San Diego as a top college for an exceptional 30-year return

Bread Stores No Longer Serve Role

The venerable San Diego Bread Co. in Mira Mesa closed March 26, according to an outgoing message left for curious telephone inquirers.

Entrepreneurs Use Russian Model for Office Supply Biz

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Keen Office Products, a new San Diego office supplies startup taking on the likes of Staples and Office Depot, is targeting small businesses with 10 to 250 workers.

Souplantation’s Balloon Artists Pump Up Fun

Rancho Bernardo’s Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. has come up with a twist on keeping customers entertained at its Souplantation restaurants in Clairemont Mesa, La Mesa and Point Loma. The chain has hired “balloon artists” to entertain the crowds while they are dining.

Fan’s Old Stub Proves to Be the Winning Ticket

He’s got just the ticket!

Soccer Site to Report on Feats At Firm’s Venues

An upcoming tournament gives new meaning to the term “kickoff.” Sportsplex USA, which operates amateur playing fields in Poway and Santee, signs a partnership pact with online sports reporting site SoccerNation.com.

Startup’s Pitch Is ‘Such a Deal,’ In Judges’ Eyes

San Diego-based Deal Current, which claims to be the nation’s fastest-growing private label daily deal software company, was judged No. 1 at the March 3 San Diego Software Industry Council Shark Tank competition.

Local Firm Links Relief Workers in Japan to the Net

A local angle on the Big Story. San Diego’s XCom Global Inc., which rents portable electronic devices to U.S. travelers headed overseas so that they can access the Internet wirelessly (and inexpensively), is offering free access to emergency workers in Japan helping with massive disaster relief efforts there. The company will ship units overnight to workers in advance of their departure.

Sober Analysis Is Strength of ‘Tequila Talk’

Mexico. So close, yet so far. And so fascinating, especially its struggling economy.

Facebook Legal Wrangle Has Local Connection

If you’ve seen “The Social Network,” Hollywood’s take on how Facebook got launched, you know all about the 30-year-old Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler.

Angels Bringing Bit of Cheer to Local Economy

Well, at least one local economic indicator is positive. The Tech Coast Angels, who invest in very early stage startups, say the economy is on the upswing based on the group’s placement activities during the past year.

Parking Valets To Compete in ‘Test of Wheels’

The Solana Beach-based National Valet Parking Association is sponsoring its 2011 Valet Olympics when members gather for their annual convention March 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From 10 to 15 teams involving 40 to 60 drivers will vie for supremacy in various events, and recognition back home at their place of employment.

Law Forum Features 20 Native American Women Leaders

San Diego County, with 18 Native American Indian reservations — more than any other county in the U.S. — will soon have another distinction in this realm.

Henry’s Purchase Apparently Smart, But Not So Final

It looks like Henry’s Farmers Market stores, which were started here in San Diego during World War II, could be changing hands for a second time.

New Challenge Is on the Plate Of Media Maven

Well, when we last checked in with new media guru Ron James — the genius behind San Diego Magazine’s pioneering Web site and a former key player at signonsandiego.com and the now defunct San Diego News Network — he was heading off to retirement in the Wine Country to write about his favorite wines and really good food

Midway Offers A Perfect Perch For Big Flyover

When more than 100 vintage aircraft fly over San Diego Bay on Feb. 12 to celebrate 100 years of U.S. Navy aviation, up to 1,000 civilian observers will have the privilege of watching the parade from the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.

IndyTrailers.com’s 3 Founders Get a Preview of Success

Looks like the City of Poway has produced another budding entrepreneur from the Gen Y crowd. Poway High School grad and San Diego State University student Jeff Groveman, 22, has teamed with two other students, brothers Josh and Alex Gottsegen, to launch IndyTrailers.com, which allows independent filmmakers to upload trailers to the Web site.

Rep. Darrell Issa Backs Proposal to Change Elections

Happy New Year! We’ve rung out the old, so let’s ring in the news. Vista’s irascible U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is backing a ballot measure that would change California’s winner-take-all system now used in presidential elections, according to Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain.

It’s Showtime, Folks, for the Poinsettia Bowl

We all love a parade, but this one’s a doozy! Westfield Horton Plaza sponsors this year’s music march that kicks off the Poinsettia Bowl set for Dec. 23

Design Studio ‘Imagines’ Car Of the Future

North County nugget. Mercedes-Benz’s famed Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad has “imagined” what the “eco-car” of the future might look like.

UCSD Students Study Abroad In 52 Nations

UC San Diego ranks 10th in the U.S. among research institutions for the number of students who go abroad each year to study, according to a news release from the Institute of International Education

Landings at Lindbergh an Extreme Sport

The popular History Channel ranked the 10 “most extreme” commercial airports recently, and the San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field, touched down at No. 10.

Couple’s Meter Rates High With SDG&E

Back to the future? On Nov. 15, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. managers and guests presented the utility’s one millionth smart meter to David and Leilani Ross in Paradise Hills, the very same folks who received a gold plated spinning meter for being customer No. 500,000 way back in 1971. What are the chances of that?

Kensington Event Will Bring Back A Part of the Past

After a year of bickering, Kensington’s gateway sign is to appear again above Adams Avenue.

Lights, Camera Marketing Action Make This Movie

This time last year, Rancho Bernardo’s Oren Peli was setting the world’s record for Hollywood’s most profitable movie ever as his “Paranormal Activity” piled up a box-office record.

Small Stores A Big Change For Wal-Mart

If you can’t super-size ’em, then make ’em undersized. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to launch hundreds of smaller, food-oriented neighborhood stores, including an undetermined number of outlets here in San Diego, according to published reports surfacing recently.

Grim Statistics Tell the Tale of Economic Woe

Curious to know how hard the current recession has hit San Diego County residents?

‘Indiana Jones’ On Museum’s Honor Roll

Veteran Hollywood actor Harrison Ford, a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot, tops a long list of important personages in aviation to be honored Oct. 23 when the San Diego Air & Space Museum holds its annual gala celebration.

National City, Are You Ready for Some Football?

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Looks like my beloved California Golden Bears at UC Berkeley are getting a little competition in the football department.

Chargers’ New Season One of Its Last in San Diego?

The kickoff of professional football here has some fans worried about the old end-around.

Price of Rare Coffee Could Roast Your Pocketbook!

Jolt of Java! Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla purchases 300 pounds of one of the world’s most exotic coffees, a special varietal grown by a plantation in Panama. Esmeralda Special – Geisha varietal sells for $56 a pound, a bargain compared to the $130 retail price just a few years ago.

U.S. Trauma Care Facing Its Own Trauma, Doc Says

Physician Brent Eastman, Scripps Health’s chief medical officer who also chairs the American College of Surgeons’ board of regents, pens a study for the college that says trauma care is in big danger of expiring nationwide.

Voice of Padres: Get All You Can Eat Before Fasting

Eat, drink and then fast? Ted Leitner, the play-by-play voice of the first-place San Diego Padres, is often heard these days on the radio extolling the virtues of a quick weight-loss program in one commercial while urging fans to partake in the $28 all-you-can-eat special at Petco Park in another commercial, sometimes even running back-to-back.

‘Beautiful Little Film Noir’ Wins Honors at Fest

And the winner of the most recent San Diego 48 Hour Film Project is (the envelope, please!) …

Bits of Good News Popping Up for the Region’s Jobless

Well, there is some encouraging news here and there on the job hunting front.

Local Grower Ships Fresh, Ocean-View Strawberries ‘in 24’

San Diego-based grower Andrew & Williamson Sales Co. Inc., or A&W, is participating in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc.’s “Farm to Store in 24” program, which seeks to get fresh produce to customers in the shortest amount of time.

Big Networking Event Coming Up For Entrepreneurs

We’re rapidly slipping into those lazy, hazy days of summer. But not everyone is off to the beach, or on that annual road trip. Indeed, the big networking event of the summer is on the horizon for entrepreneurs.

Is State Governable? Panel of Politicos Addresses Question

Well, here’s something we can all vote for. Some insight into the current gubernatorial election, and the future of the state.

Tom Blair Leaves S.D. Magazine to Reprise Role as U-T Columnist

Tom Blair, who disappeared from the masthead as editor of San Diego Magazine recently, planned to return to his role as a classic three-dot columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune on June 27.

Executive Coaches Advocate Two-Year Marriage Contracts

Phyllis and Colle Davis, San Diego-area husband-and-wife executive business coaches, are co-authors of the recently released, “A Two-Year Marriage License: The Commitment Contract.”

Business School At USD Earns High Marks

Lest you missed the good news a few days back … University of San Diego’s business school does it again. Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine gives the school very high marks, especially in accounting, marketing and micro and macroeconomics, all in the top 20.

Anti-Tax Group Reveals Finalists For Fleece Awards

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is scheduled to reveal the finalists for its annual Golden Fleece Awards at a banquet May 20.

SanDiego.com on The Block By Former Owner

Mark Burgess, former owner of foreclosed Web site SanDiego.com, was shopping the struggling business ahead of a May 7 public auction to sell off the assets.

Former Magazine Owner Buys Back Local Publication

Jim Fitzpatrick, who was unceremoniously led to the door two years ago to abruptly end his tenure as publisher of San Diego Magazine, returns in triumph to lead one of the top metro magazines in the nation. Fitzpatrick, along with a very successful father-son magazine publishing team from Palm Springs, picks up the financially ailing publication from CurtCo Media Labs LLC, which publishes the Robb Report, among other titles.

Mitt Romney Leaves Snow Behind, Moves To La Jolla

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Did you hear? Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now a La Jolla resident, having purchased a $12 million home there that once belonged to Hollywood star Cliff Robertson.

U.S. Navy Jumps On Board Earth Day With Fresh Water Dispenser

With Earth Day on the horizon, the U.S. Navy got into the act early on April 14, unveiling a new environmentally friendly water vending machine at the Navy Exchange in the Broadway Complex.

Golfing Industry Takes Big Swing Through the Local Economy

In case you didn’t catch this item … a report from the National University System Institute for Policy Research says the county’s golfing industry (on and off the green) is as valuable as 10 Super Bowls or 37 Comic-Con International conventions.