— The honors and recognition continue to roll in for Irma Cota, who is retiring as president and CEO of the nonprofit North County Health Services.

Cota was feted in mid-February at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa in an event entitled: Celebrating the Legacy of Irma Cota. The SDBJ also honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Health Care Heroes event.

Cota led the NCHS for more than two decades, growing it from a budget of $12 million to more than $80 million and a staff of 700 and 13 clinics.

Cota’s replacement, Barbara S. Kennedy, started last week. Kennedy previously was CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare Verde Valley Medical Center in Arizona.

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Brian Malarkey is putting his celebrity culinary touch on two more restaurants in the region. Puffer Malarkey Restaurants have announced Herb & Sea is coming to downtown Encinitas.

Yes, it’s a little sister concept to Little Italy’s Herb & Wood Restaurant. Herb & Sea aims to open in early 2019 in a 6,500-square foot art deco building, located on D Street.

Only days earlier Bosa Development announced its new downtown luxury condo tower, Pacific Gate, would be home to Animae, an upscale Asian American restaurant from the Puffer Malarkey group.

It will anchor the 15,000 square foot ground floor retail space in the 41-story tower.

Malarkey and business partner Chris Puffer also have pending trademarks on Unholy Doughnuts and Creamery, We’re Putting the Hole Back in the Doughnut and Gochujang.

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Halozyme CEO Helen Torley will deliver a fireside chat April 19 for Athena. The event is part of the Life Science Special Interest Group series. Torley for a time was the only woman in a CEO position at a publicly held life science company in San Diego. She also is chair of Bio’s Committee on Workforce Development, Diversity and Inclusion. Bio is the world’s largest trade organization for the life sciences.