San Diego Business Journal

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

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Bank Employees Lend a Hand to Operation Homefront

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Torrey Pines Bank employees and executives from Western Alliance Bancorporation, the bank’s holding company, gave back to the community by volunteering at Oceanside’s Operation Homefront Village.

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The San Diego Foundation Awards $2.1M in Scholarships

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The San Diego Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarships to 800 recipients. “We are committed to ensuring a quality education is within reach of every San Diegan, and we are grateful for the generous donors and volunteers who share that conviction to make it happen,” said Bob Kelly, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation.

Wine Classic Raises Glasses and Funds in Support of USD

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The University of San Diego raised more than $50,000 at the 5th Annual Wine Classic. The funds raised will benefit the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports USD students. More than 750 people attended the event, which featured USD-affiliated wineries, gourmet food stations, live music and a silent auction.

Right Ingredients Come Together to Support Military Families

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Phil’s BBQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County raised more than $77,000 at the 5th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark recently. Phil’s BBQ donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Operation Bigs, a mentoring program for children with a deployable parent in the military.

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SDG&E’s Initiative Helps Put Safety First for the Community

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San Diego Gas & Electric donated $800,000 through its Emergency Preparedness and Safety Initiative to support safety partners and emergency responders including 2-1-1 San Diego, The American Red Cross, Burn Institute, local fire departments, San Diego Police Foundation, Tribal CERTS and the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.

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Jacobses’ Generosity Is Again on Display at the New Library

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Joan and Irwin Jacobs are committing to a $10 million matching gift for the San Diego Public Library Foundation... in the KUDOS/GIVING Column by Emily Pippin

Beach Ball Draws Supportive Crowd for Heart Association

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The American Heart Association’s 2013 San Diego Heart Beach Ball raised more than $600,000. The event, held at the Hotel del Coronado, featured local philanthropist Darlene M. Shiley as the keynote speaker.

Local Restaurants Help Make a Wish Come True for Child

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San Diego Panda Express restaurants raised $7,000 through fundraising efforts to fulfill a local boy’s Make-A-Wish dream of meeting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Between April 19 and May 2, Panda Express donated $1 of every Samurai Surf & Turf food purchase to the cause.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Cushman & Wakefield announced the sale of 6179 El Camino Real in Carlsbad for $1.8 million. Bob Willingham and Ron King of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller, As If Holdings LLC. The buyer, He Jaamms Holdings LLC, was represented by Steven Field of Cassidy Turley.

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Gift Gives UCSD $18.5M to Take Department to New Heights

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The department of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego received an $18.5 million anonymous gift. The funds will be used to overhaul the department’s undergraduate education curriculum.

Initiative Gets Some ‘Green Energy’ in the Form of a Grant

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The San Diego Foundation received a $425,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation. The funds will be used to support The San Diego Climate Initiative: Regional Climate Adaptation Leadership project.

Bank Gives Veterans, Military Groups Well-Deserved Support

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Wells Fargo announced the company will donate a total of $120,000 to six local nonprofit organizations that serve active duty military, their families and veterans. Grant recipients include Occupational Training Services, $50,000; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Military Mentorship Program, $30,000; Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASYMCA), $15,000; Veterans Villages of San Diego, $10,000; American Combat Veterans of War, $10,000; and Semper Fi Fund, $5,000.

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Fashion Event Outfits Local Hospital for Breast Cancer Fight

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Tri-City Hospital Foundation raised more than $136,000 at the second annual “Fashion That Heals” champagne luncheon and fashion event. The event, held at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, featured local fashion retailers and health and beauty tips.

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Art Gala Brings a Wave of Enthusiasm for Surfrider Causes

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The San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation held the 13th Annual Art Gala at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, which raised more than $25,000. The funds raised will be used to support local programs offered by the foundation.

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Jack in the Box Plays Charity Golf for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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The Jack in the Box Foundation donated $325,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The funds were raised at 23rd annual Jack in the Box Charity Golf Tournament held in April. More than 350 Jack in the Box employees and vendors attended the tournament held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

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Institute Gives Beysters a Place of Honor for Their Support

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J. Robert Beyster and Betty J. Beyster will donate approximately $2.5 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute. The funds will be used to support the completion of the J. Craig Venter Institute sustainable laboratory that is currently under construction at UC San Diego.

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Gift of $3M Made to Salk Institute in Honor of Francis Crick

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Michael Crick, the son of the late Nobel laureate and Salk faculty member, Francis Crick, will donate approximately $3 million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The funds come from the sale of a letter that Francis Crick wrote to his then-young son Michael describing his discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA.

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Komen Shares the Wealth With Area Health Care Agencies

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego awarded $1.4 million to breast health programs throughout San Diego County at its annual Grant Award Ceremony recently.

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Fundraiser Delivers $1M on Mission to Support the Troops

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The Del Mar Country Club hosted the second annual fundraiser to support the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation, which raised more than $1 million.

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Art Auction Draws Good Crowd for Alzheimer’s Group Event

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The Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter held the 16th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction recently at the Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego. The event raised more than $150,000 to support the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Moores Gives $2M to Aid Scripps in Battling a Very Bad Bug

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Local philanthropist John Moores donated approximately $2 million to The Scripps Research Institute. The funds will be used for the development of a new field test for river blindness, a parasitic infection that affects tens of millions of people in parts of Africa, Latin America and other tropical regions.

Putting Puts Charities in the Winner’s Circle

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The Farmers Insurance Open’s Birdies for Charity program raised more than $420,000 for eight local charities. Farmers Insurance and the Century Club of San Diego presented the funds to all eight participating Birdies for Charity organizations. Participating charities asked for pledges and donations from individuals who support their organizations.

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Shiley Makes a Healthy Donation to Scripps’ Musculoskeletal Center

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Local philanthropist Darlene Shiley has donated $5 million to Scripps Clinic to support advanced orthopedic care and research. The Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center, on the first floor of the Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines Anderson Outpatient Pavilion in La Jolla, will provide patients with a range of medical services and centralized programs all in one place.

New Award to Give Head Start to Cognitive Research

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Former UC San Diego Chancellor Richard Atkinson donated $3.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences. The funds will be used to establish an annual $200,000 prize that will recognize the work of researchers in the fields of psychology and cognitive sciences.

Company Comes Through With a Big Check for the Cure

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Plaza Home Mortgage Inc. raised more than $99,000 during the company’s campaign to support breast cancer prevention and research. The funds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The company pledged to make a donation for every home loan closed from October production, raising a total of $99,472.37.

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Philanthropist’s Generosity Gets Some Heartfelt Thanks

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UC San Diego held the 16th Annual Heart of San Diego Gala at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort to honor local philanthropist Audrey Geisel. The event was held to celebrate Geisel’s support of improving cardiovascular care in San Diego and featured a silent auction, dinner and dancing.

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Grant Opens Door for Military Kids to Explore Environment

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista was awarded $25,000 from San Diego Gas & Electric to support the center’s environmental camp program for military children. In collaboration with the Armed Services YMCA and with SDG&E’s donation, military children will be able to participate in wildlife exploration, games, crafts, and learn about pollution prevention and energy efficiency, all at no cost.

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Community Support Backs Hospital’s Healing Mission

Rady Children’s Hospital raised more than $229 million through “The Campaign for Rady Children’s” between 2007 and 2012. The total received by the campaign, which was started in 2007 when the hospital needed to raise funds to build the Acute Care Pavilion, surpassed the original goal of raising $220 million and another goal of raising $5 million more by the end of December 2012.

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‘Flying for a Cure’ Brings More Funds to the ALS Fight

The “Flying for a Cure — Reach New Heights to Cure ALS” fundraiser, held recently at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, raised $90,000.

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Grant Will Help Give Youth That Priceless Second Chance

Second Chance, an organization providing job readiness training programs, received a two-year $820,000 grant from STRIVE through the U.S. Department of Labor-funded program, STRIVE for the Future.

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Event Attendees Make a Bid for a Cure to Multiple Sclerosis

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego raised $470,000 at its 26th annual MS Dinner Auction. More than 500 guests attended the event at the Loews Coronado Bay resort, making bids ranging from $100 to $25,000 on 700 silent and live auction items.

The Candlelight Ball Shines With the Glow of Success

The 83rd annual Candlelight Ball, chaired by local philanthropist Betty Knight Scripps, raised more than $2 million to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. More than 400 people attended the ball and enjoyed a gourmet dinner and ballroom dance performance.

Sempra Completes Solar Project

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, announced recently that it has completed construction of the first phase of a 92-megawatt photovoltaic solar power facility in Nevada.

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Regional Report

News and notes from communities around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

Real Estate Roundup

Projects, developments and other activity in cities in and around San Diego County

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SD Real Estate Roundup

NewSchool of Architecture and Design and selected professionals in the construction management industry