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Coffee Company Acquisition Seems to Be More of a Blend Than a Takeover

Local Businesses and National Players Plot Strategies For Coffee Scene, But For Now Coexistence Is the NormS ome people conduct business over coffee. Chuck Patton and Jeff Taylor just engineered a mutual career switch that both coffeehouse owners say came at the right time in their lives.

By Lou Hirsh March 23, 2017 2:04 p.m.   $$ Share
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UCSD Endowment Pays Price for Risky Approach

While a big haul of donations last year to the University of California, San Diego helped fund a new observatory in Chile to study the big-bang theory, a celestial feature of a different kind has opened up at the school’s endowment — a black hole.

March 23, 2017 2:18 p.m. share »
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Co. Aims to Advance Inventory Control

His CEO card gives pencil-fanatic Floyd Miller exclusive, unlimited access to his company’s office supply cabinet. But it’s useless on the vending machinelike dispensers in the downstairs training room he calls “The Museum.”

By John Cox March 23, 2017 1:08 p.m. share »
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New San Marcos Fairfield Hotel Will Have Service Robot

A 116-room Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel is scheduled to open in San Marcos in the second half of April, with features including the region’s first in-house service robot. The $21 million development is the first ground-up hotel project for San Diego-based operator RAR Hospitality Inc.

By Lou Hirsh March 23, 2017 12:57 p.m. share »

SDSU Seeks to Acquire Land For Its Own Projects at Stadium Site

Presenting what is now the third alternative plan for Mission Valley since the departure of the San Diego Chargers, San Diego State University is seeking to acquire 47 acres at the city-owned site of Qualcomm Stadium to build its own stadium and other university facilities.

By Lou Hirsh March 22, 2017 12:49 p.m. share »

Here’s How San Diego Hotels Are Performing in 2017

So far, so good.

By Lou Hirsh March 21, 2017 5:10 p.m. share »

Oceanside Staffing Firm Acquired by Michigan Company

Oceanside-based Impact Staffing has been acquired by Trillium Staffing, a staffing firm headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich.

By Sarah de Crescenzo March 21, 2017 2:21 p.m. share »
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Andaz San Diego Hotel Completes $4 Million Makeover

Operators of the Andaz San Diego hotel, in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, have completed a $4 million makeover of the property’s guest rooms and meeting spaces.

By Lou Hirsh March 21, 2017 11:20 a.m. share »

Former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Joins Procopio

The San Diego law firm Procopio has landed former two-term San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to serve as an of-counsel lawyer on its litigation team.

By John Cox March 19, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »

SDG&E Announces Four-Year Pilot Project With Sumitomo Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it has agreed to test so-called flow battery technology through a new, four-year pilot project with Sumitomo Electric.

By John Cox March 16, 2017 5:44 p.m. share »

Much at Stake to Ensure Public Trust in SANDAG

Competition for federal funding is more intense than ever. California faces increasing challenges with its aging infrastructure. How to meet the evolving local transportation demands is more complex than ever whether it’s highways, light rail, bike and pedestrian options or even driverless cars.

By Jim Desmond, Matt Hall and Steve Vaus March 16, 2017 3:32 p.m. share »

Additions Help Firm Build Up Its Construction Expertise

Erin Kennedy Clancy, Rebecca M. Soule, and Yaniv Newman have joined Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. Kennedy Clancy has joined the firm as a shareholder, and is a member of the firm’s construction, insurance, real estate, and commercial and business litigation practice groups. She has substantial experience representing businesses and individuals in multimillion-dollar residential and commercial construction defect claims, property damage and contract claims throughout California.

By Randy Frisch March 16, 2017 2:59 p.m. share »
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Advertising Platform Finds Perfect Host

f you run a restaurant in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, your hostess needs a podium as she converses with the crowd on the sidewalk. If you offer valet parking in the Gaslamp — or anywhere else — you need a podium.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »
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Member of President Obama's Cabinet Joins Sempra Board

A former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet has been appointed to Sempra Energy’s board of directors.

By John Cox March 14, 2017 5:20 p.m. share »

Developers Are Planning New Oceanfront Resort in Del Mar

Two Encinitas-headquartered development firms are in the process of acquiring 16 acres of prime oceanfront real estate in Del Mar for a proposed luxury resort.

By Lou Hirsh March 10, 2017 3:52 p.m. share »
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Dollars to Donuts: SBA Reform Equals Jobs

I walked through the doors of the Small Business Administration office in San Diego with a question: “Why can’t I get approved for a small business loan?” I left quickly with a glossy pamphlet of stock photos, a list of local banks I’d seen before and no real answer.

By Brad Keiller March 9, 2017 2:52 p.m. share »