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SPORTs Biz: Padres Improve Petco’s Roster Of Amenities, OptionsUpgrades this year to Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres and seemingly always getting tweaked in places, may be the most extensive in the ballpark’s history — all geared toward making the experience in the stands a more enjoyable complement to the action on the field.

By Mike Allen March 21, 2014 12:19 p.m.   $$ Share

Rubio's to Hold Job Fairs to Fill Numerous Positions

Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Restaurants, now in five states and about 200 stores, said it needs to fill about 3,000 positions as it enters the busy summer season, and is holding job fairs next week to find the right team members.

F.A.I.T.H. Resources Merges With Irvine Recruitment Firm

F.A.I.T.H. Resources, recruitment and staffing firm originally formed in San Diego, said it merged with Advantage Placements, an Irvine recruitment firm, and moved its corporate headquarters to Newport Beach.

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National University to be San Diego Padres Education Partner

The San Diego Padres and National University struck a multiyear partnership that makes the private university the franchise’s exclusive education partner.

Local Co. Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at UCSD

Carlsbad-based Alternative Energy Systems Consulting Inc. is installing intelligent electric vehicle charging systems at University of California, San Diego.

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Harrah’s Project Adds 200 to Staff, Additional 80 Jobs Expected

Harrah’s Resort Southern California said it added 200 jobs with the completion of its ambitious construction project, and is up to 1,600 employees at its hotel and casino.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against SeaWorld Parent Company

A U.S. appeals court has ruled against the parent company of SeaWorld San Diego, affirming a federal labor agency finding following the 2010 death of a whale trainer at the Florida park operated by SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

Sheppard Mullin’s 10 New Lawyers Have Something in Common

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP pulled off one of San Diego legal community’s largest coups to date, enticing 10 top lawyers from McKenna Long Aldridge LLP to its ranks.

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E-Cigarettes Are Not Really a Burning Issue

LAW: Cities Move on Bans; Businesses’ Policies Vary

San Diego County and several cities in the region have moved to add electronic cigarettes to policies banning smoking in public places. But the business impact — if any — has yet to materialize.

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Petco Plans New Headquarters Site in Rancho Bernardo

Petco Animal Supplies Inc. plans to establish a new headquarters and support center in Rancho Bernardo, as the San Diego-based retailer consolidates operations currently located at sites in Miramar and Scripps Ranch.

EcoATM Names Stipp President

EcoATM, the maker of automated kiosks for trading in unwanted cellphones which was acquired by Outerwall for $350 million last year, named Maria Stipp as new president.

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El Cajon Store Will be Ninth Locally for Grocery Outlet

Discount retailer Grocery Outlet plans an April 17 opening for its new store at 350 N. 2nd Street in El Cajon. It will be the ninth San Diego County location for the Berkeley-based company.

Former Exec Pleads Guilty to Bilking Investors, Tax Evasion

Sven Erik Ulsteen, pleaded guilty to using forged and counterfeit securities to fleece more than $2 million from California investors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

New World of Mobile Advertising Spurs Business Unit Creation

Marketing: Digitaria Hoping Big on Mars Will Make Big Impact on Clients

Digitaria, a digital marketing and advertising agency based in San Diego’s East Village, is developing a business unit that will specialize in software applications for mobile devices.

Fresh Healthy Vending Reports Sales Bookings for 187 Machines at Q3

Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a San Diego franchisor of vending machines filled with healthy snacks such as organic coffees and health bars, said it finished its fiscal third quarter ended in March with sales bookings for 187 machines expected to generate $1.87 million in future revenue.

Vistage Survey Finds Firms Planning to Hire

Fifty-eight percent of businesses surveyed for the first-quarter Vistage CEO Confidence Index plan to hire in the year ahead.