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Court Rules Convention Center Project Was Properly Reviewed

Government leaders have prevailed in a lawsuit that claimed officials approved an expansion of San Diego Convention Center without fully complying with California environmental review laws. However, officials have not yet devised a project funding mechanism to replace plans that were struck down by the courts in an earlier lawsuit.

By Lou Hirsh January 26, 2017 12:16 p.m. share »
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Report: County Saw 43 Percent Boost in New Hotel Room Development in 2016

San Diego County added more than 1,000 new hotel rooms to its inventory during 2016, an increase of 43 percent from the number added in 2015, according to the latest year-end California hotel development survey from brokerage and research firm Atlas Hospitality Group.

By Lou Hirsh January 25, 2017 2:24 p.m. share »

S.D. Bowl Game Association Ends Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego will host one, not two, bowl games in 2017, the San Diego Bowl Game Association board of directors announced Wednesday on its website.

By Sarah de Crescenzo January 25, 2017 2:05 p.m. share »
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Two Local Golf Cos. Land Big-Name Endorsement Deals

Two of the golf industry's major manufacturers, both based in Carlsbad, have signed two of the sport's biggest stars.

By Brad Graves January 25, 2017 1:05 p.m. share »

Several New Dining Venues Coming to Westfield UTC

Mall owner Westfield Corp. has signed leases with at least nine new dining-oriented tenants, slated to open in the company’s Westfield UTC in October 2017.

By Lou Hirsh January 24, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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Carlsbad Resort Opens New Restaurant, Spa

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara recently opened a new on-site restaurant and spa to the general public, as part of a $6 million renovation of the Carlsbad luxury resort.

By Lou Hirsh January 24, 2017 2:17 p.m. share »
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Investors Propose Privately Funded Soccer/Football Stadium at Mission Valley

A local investor group wants to acquire the 166-acre Mission Valley site that currently houses Qualcomm Stadium from the city, to develop a privately funded, mixed-use entertainment district that would include a new stadium for San Diego State University and potentially a professional soccer team.

By Lou Hirsh January 23, 2017 1:21 p.m. share »
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Southwest Airlines Adding Mexico Flights to Local Offerings

Discount carrier Southwest Airlines Co. plans an April 25 launch for new direct service between San Diego and Mexico’s San Jose del Cabo and Los Cabos.

By Lou Hirsh January 20, 2017 12:53 p.m. share »

Business Calendar for Week of January 23, 2017

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of January 23, 2017, and beyond.

By Steve Adamek January 20, 2017 12:44 p.m. share »
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Lessons From Inside View of Chargers’ Messaging

From my perspective there are two differing and opposing belief systems within the Chargers organization. One is the ownership perspective, which is focused on increasing the value of the NFL franchise. The other is the front office roles of branding, PR and marketing, which is charged with creating a loyal fan base and selling tickets for both the team on the field and the fan experience. The public has seen the Chargers’ value-system clash play out publicly through the events of the past several years.

By Steve Morris January 19, 2017 4:15 p.m. share »
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Herrmann Named GM of Downtown’s Marriott Marquis Hotel

Operators of downtown San Diego’s Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina have appointed Tim Herrmann as the new general manager, overseeing all operations of the 1,360-room hotel.

By Lou Hirsh January 16, 2017 4:55 p.m. share »

Business Calendar for Week of January 16, 2017

Some of the business events scheduled in the county for the week of January 16, 2017, and beyond.

By Steve Adamek January 15, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »
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Faulconer Proposes Hotel Tax Hike to Expand Convention Center

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed increasing the city’s hotel room tax via a public ballot measure in 2018, to finance a long-sought expansion of the San Diego Convention Center.

By Lou Hirsh January 13, 2017 4:18 p.m. share »
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Exit Planning San Diego Can Update Economic Playbook

It could hardly be called surprising, but the San Diego Chargers have now made it official: the football team is leaving for Los Angeles after more than a half-century in San Diego.

By John Cox, Sarah de Crescenzo, Brad Graves, Lou Hirsh, Brittany Meiling January 12, 2017 3:56 p.m. share »
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Convention Center’s Issues Expand

Operators recently launched $25 million in renovations to the iconic Sails Pavilion and other components of the San Diego Convention Center, but there remains no clear path to a long-sought expansion of the downtown waterfront facility.

By Lou Hirsh January 12, 2017 3:29 p.m. share »