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Bar Foundation Giving Aims To Promote Justice for All

The Business of Law ColumnBrian Funk is president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and would like to remind you that the foundation supports access to justice, in a big way.

By Randy Frisch February 20, 2015 8:59 a.m.   $$ Share

SDG&E Gets FAA Approval to Fly Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted San Diego Gas & Electric permission to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to conduct aerial inspections of the public utility's electric and gas facilities, including emergency response damage assessments throughout its service territory.

Nominations for the 2015 General Counsel Awards Now Open

The San Diego Business Journal is now accepting nominations for the 2015 General Counsel Awards, which recognizes excellence in the In-House counsel community.

Firm’s Legal Presence in San Diego Proves Short-Lived

LAW: Covington & Burling Shutters Outpost; to House SoCal efforts in Los Angeles

Washington, D.C., law firm Covington & Burling had high hopes for Southern California when it opened a San Diego office by snagging a group of patent litigators from a struggling firm in 2008.

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Entrepreneur Tosses His Snack Into the Health-Food Ring

FOOD: Salad Bites Look for Market in Changing Grocery Scene

La Jolla entrepreneur Keith Mullin is an idea man.

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Betting on Blue

RESOURCES: Leaders Push Blue-Tech Plans as Region’s Next Cluster

A proposal to create a regional “blue-tech” incubator with a related “center of excellence” that would support early-stage companies, cutting-edge research and development of water-oriented technologies has won the backing of city and council officials.

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Manchester Selling Majority Stake in Grand Del Mar Resort

Private equity firm Blum Capital and the parent of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are acquiring a majority stake in Carmel Valley’s Grand Del Mar resort for a reported $230 million.

City, County Teaming to Explore Regional Stadium Options

San Diego city and county government leaders have announced plans to work collaboratively, including sharing consultant costs, in order to devise a new regional stadium plan to retain the San Diego Chargers.

Sloan Foundation Expands Minority Ph.D. Program to UC San Diego

UC San Diego is one of three institutions selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a partnership to support under-represented graduate students in STEM fields.

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San Marcos Resort Gets New Eatery, Revamped Golf Course

Locally based hospitality property operator Eat.Drink.Sleep plans a March 26 opening for its new restaurant and renovated golf course at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos.

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Johnny Rockets Restaurant Coming to Boomers in Vista

A new location of the Johnny Rockets hamburger restaurant is set to open this spring at the Vista location of Boomers family entertainment center, according to center operator Palace Entertainment.

Sempra Energy Submits Port Arthur LNG Facilities for Pre-File Review

Sempra Energy announced its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

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Bold Fusion

EDUCATION: UCSD Taps a Top Talent to Form Its Design Lab

Don Norman — electrical engineer, psychologist and design guru for Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other businesses — has been coaxed out of retirement to start the University of California, San Diego design lab.

Firm’s Partner Gets a Title That Honors Her Civic Achievements

Vickie Turner, a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, has been named “Woman of the Year for the California 79th Assembly District.” Turner lives in the district, which includes Chula Vista, San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City.

State Supreme Court to Review SANDAG Case

LAW: Appellate Ruling Said to Have Left Some Unresolved Questions

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court’s decision calling on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to make long-term transportation plans better comply with revised state pollution-reduction goals.

Legislation Would Cut Civic S.D. Power

LAW: Some Call for More Localized Input on Projects

Legislation proposed by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would effectively strip the nonprofit Civic San Diego of its current role as final arbiter on downtown development projects.