Tony Cagala

Staff Reporter

Email: tcagala@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359

Recent Stories

Shuttle Service Addresses Problems of Congestion, Climate

SERVICE: Company Set To Add Three More Vehicles By Next Month

FRED, the shuttle service that provides free rides around downtown, hasn’t seen any impacts to its ridership since the rise of the “dockless” bikes and e-scooters in the area since earlier this year.

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Gamer Momentum Puts E-Sports in Big Leagues

GAMING: Gear, Games And Player Participation Create Sector Worth Billions

Turtle Beach Corp., the San Diego company that provides gaming headsets and audio accessories for video game consoles, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Ruling on Independent Contractors to Affect All Businesses

LAW: Misclassification Could Bring Costly Penalties on Businesses

The California Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that is now changing the way employers classify independent contractors.

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Jerome’s Furniture Opens Second Riverside County Dream Shop

The store, which is located across from the Tyler Center at 10300 Magnolia Ave., in Riverside is the second to open outside of San Diego County.

Some Bookstores Are Able to Find Their Success Story

RETAIL: Creating Experience And Community Can Pay Off

“Location, location, location.” The adage is just as valid for the successes of some brick and mortar bookstores today as it is for selling property — that and a bit of community engagement, too.

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FMT Consultants Acquires Consulting, Solutions Company

Carlsbad-based FMT Consultants announces acquisition.

Viasat Posts Record Revenues

Viasat reports earnings

Maxwell Makes Big Auto Deal and Moves in Other Markets

PRODUCTION: Co. to Pursue System Solutions, Teams With SDG&E

It seems San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc., which develops and manufactures ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions, has both hands on the wheel when it comes to providing that technology to the automotive industry.

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Cubic Provides Canada’s First ‘Tap to Pay’ Feature

The first open fare payment system in that country allows passengers to pay for travel using contactless credit cards and mobile wallets.

Viasat, Honeywell Expand Relationship with More In-Flight Internet Service

Viasat, Honeywell Aerospace expand in-flight internet to more business aircraft.

Kratos Division Receives $38 Million in Contract Awards

Since 2013, Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) has been making funded investments in its Unmanned Systems Division program.

Big Data Will Be a Must for Troops on Battlefield

DEFENSE: Viasat Using Commercial Model to Bring Such Capabilities Forward

Big Data has become a major component in the civilian world.

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Cali Bamboo Promotes President to CEO

Doug Jackson moves into the top post. Company co-founders Jeff Goldberg and Tanner Haigwood continue to serve on the board of directors as stewards of the company.

Kratos Receives $18M Order

Work under these recent orders will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing facilities.

Cubic Forms Partnership With Stockholm Company

Cubic and 4C Strategies will explore opportunities to further integrate the companies’ complementary products, services and solutions.

Ashford Unveils New Degree Program

San Diego-based online education institution is launching a new bachelor of science in Computer Software Technology program.

Executive Q & A: Darrell Alford, Larry Deatherage and Sean Ciemiewicz, Retirement Benefits Group

There’s a two-pronged approach to the success and growth of Retirement Benefits Group (RBG), according to Darrell Alford, a company partner based in its San Diego office. T

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Petco Partners With Dog Food Kitchen Creators

San Diego-headquartered Petco announced on May 15 a partnership with the Los Alamitos-based JustFoodForDogs to open hundreds of “stores within stores.”

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DB Networks Announces Company Name Change

DB Networks, a privately-held predictive database data loss prevention company headquartered in San Diego, announced on May 11 it has changed its name to DB CyberTech.

Cubic Earns Contract to Support Navy Training

Cubic Global Defense business division earns $16 million contract to help train U.S. Navy

Firm Using Machine Learning To Build A Better Website

TECH: Carlsbad Co. Digs Deeper on Analytics, On High Growth Trajectory

In an industrial office space in Carlsbad, Ezoic’s machines are learning. They are learning what makes a good website.

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Bridgepoint Has Down Q1 as Business Transitions

EDUCATION: Earnings Fall as Company Becomes Online Program Manager

San Diego-based Bridgepoint Education, a for-profit postsecondary education services provider, said its revenue for the first quarter of 2018, which ended on March 31, came in at $118 million, down from last year’s first quarter revenue of $129.5 million.

Kratos Sees Q1 Revenue Increase

The company reported an 8.3 percent bump to $143 million.

Lume Cube Founder Sells Majority Interest

The sale price was $1.4 million.

Co. Bets Its Data Will Win Outside of Casino

SOFTWARE: New CEO to Push Sector Specific Solutions

VizExplorer, the San Diego-based operational intelligence solutions provider, is on the brink of transition.

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Poway’s Cohu to Acquire Xcerra

Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU), based in Poway will pay $796 million to acquire the Massachusetts-based Xcerra Corp.

Qdoba to Fill 100 Corporate Positions in San Diego

Qdoba Mexican Eats said on May 8 it will be adding roughly 100 full-time positions to its corporate team in San Diego

Sempra Energy Q1 Numbers Come in Low

The report showed earnings of $358 million, a $94 million drop from last year's first quarter.

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The Organic Option

AG: More Selective Market Leads to Demand For Co.’s Organic Produce

Growing organic bananas runs in her family.

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Stone Opens New Facility in Napa

Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. announced on May 7 the official opening of its 9,500 square-foot restaurant and 10-barrel brewing facility in Napa, California.

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Bridgepoint Education Releases Q1 Results

Revenue slides in the first quarter.

SDRC Gives Kudos to Small Businesses

The San Diego Regional Chamber awards five local business for their achievements.

Southwest Looks to Offer Nonstop Flights From San Diego to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines intends to offer nonstop flights from San Diego to Hawaiian Islands.

Sales Increase in Cubic’s Second Quarter

Cubic Corp.'s sales for the second quarter increased 12 percent to $278.6 million from $248 million in the second quarter of last year.

CPUC Judge Rejects Utility Request to Build New Natural Gas Pipeline in S.D.

The proposal orders the companies to pursue options for supply that may be needed in smaller amounts and for shorter periods of time in the coming years.

Defensive Technology Breaks Drones Chain of Command

DEFENSE: It Disables Link; Military Said to Have Deployed System

Citadel Defense, a counter-drone company based in National City, is gaining interest and attention for its proprietary drone targeting system.

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Furniture Sector Finds Money in the Mattresses

RETAIL: Jerome’s Expands Standalone Dream Shop Footprint

Everyone needs a mattress — and a recent report, along with announced expansion plans for one local company, are helping to prove it.

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Ballast Point, EDC Team Up to Support Fund, Sell A Beer

ECONOMY: Creation Of Specialty Beer Hard To Swallow for Some

Ballast Point Brewing Co., which got its start in San Diego more than 20 years ago with a small group of homebrewers, is looking to give back to the city that gave the company a chance to grow.

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VizExplorer Names New CEO to Company

VizExplorer welcomes new CEO to the company.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Announces Change in Ownership

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to be acquired by Altas Partners.

UC San Diego Receives $4.7M Gift for Medical Cannabis Research

New study will look at CBD as a treatment for severe autism.

San Diego on List of Landing Spots for New Army Command

San Diego is among 15 cities being considered for new Army command.

Some High Hurdles Separate Jacobs From Qualcomm

ACQUISITION: Price, Regulators Part of Obstacles to Going Private

Since Paul Jacobs said his goodbyes to shareholders and the board of directors during Qualcomm Inc.’s annual shareholders meeting in March, the company’s former CEO and chairman of the board has been relatively quiet.

GA Lab Opens Doors to Companies Looking for a Little Analysis

TECH: Services Include Material Science and Failure Analysis

For the past 20 years, General Atomics’ Inertial Fusion Technology (IFT) Analytical Services Lab has been a well-kept secret in San Diego.

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Layoffs To Come At Qualcomm To Cut Costs

Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) will cut 1,231 jobs in San Diego.

Qualcomm’s NXP Bid: Will Acquisition Happen?

Qualcomm Inc.’s $44 billion bid for the Dutch-based NXP Semiconductors NV continues to drag on. On April 19, Qualcomm and NXP agreed to withdraw and refile the notice of acquisition regarding the companies’ planned merger at the request of Ministry of Commerce in China (MOFCOM).

Cubic to Sell Training Services Business for $135 Million

The transaction is anticipated to be completed within 30 to 60 days, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Ballast Point Teams with EDC to Benefit Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs

Ballast Point said April 19 it’s crafting a specially-brewed beer to mark its partnership with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Qualcomm, NXP To Refile Notice of Acquisition

Qualcomm Inc.’s $44 billion bid for the Dutch-based NXP Semiconductors NV continues to drag on.

Ship Orders Put Co. On Hiring Course

DEFENSE: It Welcomes All Applicants for Career Slots

General Dynamics NASSCO is embarking on a hiring binge.

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