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URBN Restaurants Opening Fourth Pizza Eatery in Encinitas

San Diego-based URBN Restaurants, led by longtime restaurateur Jon Mangini, plans to debut its fourth pizza-oriented concept restaurant in March. Operators said URBN Coal Fired Pizza will open at 764 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.

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$5 Million Renovation Underway at Downtown’s Hotel Palomar

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has begun a $5 million renovation of downtown’s Hotel Palomar San Diego, with 50 of its rooms on five floors being reconfigured and rebranded under a concept called Skyline Collection.

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AMN Healthcare Reports Q4 Net Income of $10 Million

The San Diego-based staffing company AMN Healthcare Services Inc. reported fourth-quarter net income of $10 million and net income per diluted share of $0.20. As a result, its stock increased nearly 14 percent to $22.96 per share.

It May Be Tax Time for Sites Offering Temporary Stays in S.D.

LEGAL: City Seeks TOT Revenue as Web Changes Tourism Paradigm

San Diego has joined the growing list of major U.S. cities grappling with fiscal and social fallout from rising use of sites such as Airbnb, where property owners rent out rooms or whole homes to vacationers and others on short stays.

Cupio: Saving Endangered Rainforests One Square Meter at a Time

GREEN: Program Develops Bonds Between Consumers, Businesses

Solana Beach-based Cupio enables consumers to buy products that fund the preservation of endangered rainforest and then go online to locate the land they’ve helped to preserve.

Fresh Healthy Vending Awarded Contract With Largest Minnesota School District

San Diego-based Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a vending franchisor focusing on healthful foods, has been awarded a 1.5 year contract to place snack and beverage choices in Minnesota’s largest school district.

Institute for Evidence-Based Change Awarded $1 Million Grant

The Encinitas-based Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation to continue data support for Linked Learning schools and to provide data to research/evaluation partners and other stakeholders in the Linked Learning field.

Jack in the Box Reports Q1 Earnings

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. reported earnings from continuing operations of $37.1 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended Jan. 18, compared with earnings from continuing operations of $33 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

SDG&E Receives $5 Million Grant to Expand Mircogrid

San Diego Gas & Electric announced it has received a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to expand the Borrego Springs Microgrid.

Facing Less Funding, State Schools Must Get Creative to Survive

EDUCATION: Partnering With Other Entities Is One Way to Cover Costs

With public funding limited, state-supported universities in San Diego County are searching hard for creative ways to economize and to raise the money they need to continue their missions.

Program Graduates Military Members to Work in Solar Energy Field

A new program designed to train military members for work in the solar energy field graduated its first class Feb. 13 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County.

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New Platform Helps Smooth the Road for Clinical Trials

MEDICINE: Recruiting, Retaining Participants Are Made Easier

San Diego-based Parallel 6 Inc. has launched a mobile application that helps drug developers manage one of their greatest hurdles — patient recruitment and retention.

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University of San Diego Names New President

James T. Harris III will be the new president of the University of San Diego, school officials announced on Feb. 13. Harris will take over on Aug. 1 and succeed Mary Lyons, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

UCSD Launches Center for Business Analytics

SCHOOL: Cubic Subsidiary Is First Corporate Sponsor

The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego announced the launch of its Center for Business Analytics, which will serve as a platform for research and innovation in big data analysis for private businesses and public agencies.