San Diego Business Journal

SD BUSINESS JOURNAL DAILY ENEWS

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.

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General Atomics ASI Gets $141.4M Air Force Deal

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway received a four-year, $141.4 million U.S. Air Force delivery order for work on the Block 50 ground control station for unmanned aircraft.

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.

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California Legislative Panel Tables Bill Banning Orca Shows

A state legislative committee has tabled a bill that would have banned the use of performing orcas at SeaWorld San Diego.

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Airport Green Build Project Earns LEED Platinum Status

The newly expanded terminal and related upgrades at San Diego International Airport, completed last year in the $907 million Green Build project, have received Platinum certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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New PepsiCo Deal Boosts Senomyx Inc.’s Stock

Stock for San Diego flavor maker Senomyx Inc. rose after the company signed a new deal with PepsiCo to develop chemicals that will “restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt.”

'Best of the Bar' Nominations Being Accepted

The San Diego Business Journal has opened nominations for its inaugural supplement — Best of the Bar 2014 — which will showcase the top San Diego attorneys in private practice who are chosen by their peers.

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FDA Puts Clinical Hold on Halozyme’s Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Trial

The Food and Drug Administration has halted the study of Halozyme Therapeutics Inc.’s pancreatic cancer treatment trial, just few days after the company voluntary stopped patient enrollment in the drug’s clinical trials.

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La Jolla Retail Building Housing CVS Sells for $8 Million

Investor QWN Ltd. of Hong Kong has purchased the leasehold on a La Jolla retail building housing CVS Pharmacy for approximately $8 million, according to brokerage company Lee & Associates, which represented the seller.

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WD-40 Reports 9% Increase in Net Sales for Q2

WD-40 Co., the San Diego-based maker of household products, reported fiscal 2014 second quarter net sales of $94.2 million, up 9 percent from the like quarter of the previous year.

Five San Diego Construction Companies to Compete for Navy Task Orders

Five San Diego County construction companies stand to collectively gain up to $99 million in contracts over five years, following a decision by the U.S. Navy’s facilities command.

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Palomar Health Facing Possible $250,000 Fine for Data Breach

The California Department of Public Health could fine Palomar Health up to $250,000 in connection with the theft of flash drives containing patient data.

San Diego City Council Appoints Member to Fill Mayor's Vacated Seat

The San Diego City Council appointed a longtime lifeguard to complete the term of former council member and now Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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Qualcomm Boosts Dividend 20 Percent

Semiconductor maker Qualcomm Inc. authorized an increased dividend as its stock flourishes.

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Sorrento Mesa Office Complex Sold for $9.4 Million

A Boston company has bought an office complex in Sorrento Mesa.

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San Diego Apartment Complexes Included in $2.6 Billion, National Portfolio Sale

Two San Diego County properties are part of a $2.6 billion, 51-property sale of apartment and industrial buildings.

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Airgain on the Move

Antenna technology firm Airgain Inc. has traded its North County space for a more centrally located headquarters.

San Diego Housing Prices Increase in March

The median price of a single-family house in San Diego rose in March.

Barrio Logan Zoning Issue to Remain on June Ballot After Lawsuit Fails

The legal effort to take a disputed Barrio Logan zoning plan off of the June ballot failed late last week, so voters living in San Diego city limits will still be asked to make a decision about the neighborhood’s future.