SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

SD 500 - The Most Influential People in San Diego

San Diego’s world-class transformation has been driven by the vision and accomplishments of the leaders profiled in this year’s edition of the SD500.

What’s in a (Nick) Name?

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In 2022, what is the best nickname for San Diego, a city clearly on the rise and increasingly punching above its weight on the national and international stage?

New Theme Park Coming to Chula Vista

TOURISM: Sesame Place to Open in March

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is getting closer to opening its newest theme park under the colorful umbrella of its family of entertainment sites across the U.S.

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Special Report: Accounting

Accounting Has a Distinctive Flair in 2022

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World Lacrosse Championship Coming to SD

TOURISM: Prestigious Event Slated for Summer 2023

When the men’s world lacrosse championship comes to San Diego in 2023, regardless of which team prevails, area officials say the event will be a big win for tourism in the county.

Special Report: Hospitals

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Names New Managing Director

HOSPITALITY: Veteran Exec Randy Zupanski Takes Helm at Fabled Carlsbad Resort

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad has named veteran hotelier Randy Zupanski as its new managing director.

AMR Tabs Kevin Mercer to Lead San Diego County Region

HEALTHCARE: Will Oversee More Than 700 EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers

Kevin Mercer, who began his career with American Medical Response (AMR) as a field paramedic 27 years ago, has been named the company’s new director for the San Diego County/Imperial County region.

Former Marine Makes Boxing Accessible

RECREATION: Boutique Solana Beach Club Spotlights ‘Sweet Science’

Austin Steimle started boxing when he was a teenager on a high school boxing team in Cincinnati. A former Marine, Steimle never boxed professionally but has retained his passion for the sport.

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Hello San Diego!

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This is my first opportunity to officially introduce myself, at least in first-person, as the San Diego Business Journal’s new editor-in-chief.

Jensen Meat Donates 250 Tons of Plant-Based Patties to Feeding San Diego

NONPROFITS: End of Year Donation Largest Ever by SD Processor

Local nonprofit Feeding San Diego has received its largest food donation to date from San Diego-based Jensen Meat Co.

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‘Soft-in-the Center’ Cookie Co. Continues to Grow

Revenue at The Cravory Projected to Rise by 60% in 2022

The Cravory, a Poway-headquartered cookie company that has handcrafted over 5,000 unique flavors to date, continues to see sales surge.

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Nominate Now - Women of Influence in Engineering 2022

Publishing: February 21, 2022 | Nomination Deadline: January 27, 2022 @ 5pm

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Clique Hospitality Expands SD Footprint

HOSPITALITY: Joya Organic Kitchen to Open in La Jolla Next Month

Clique Hospitality, the Las Vegas-based restaurant and nightlife hospitality group, is expanding its San Diego footprint.

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San Diego Musical Theatre Announces 2022 Lineup

Shows to be Performed at New SDMT Stage Venue

The San Diego Musical Theatre, founded in 2006, has announced its 2022 lineup.

Kevin Ham ‘Made a Difference’

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SDNEDC Honors Retiring Development Director

Kevin Ham has worked as a grocery store clerk, owned his own computer retail store and sold insurance. “Those experiences really prepared me well for the industry I am very well-suited for, which is economic development,” Ham said.

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Austal to Spend $100M on National City Site

SHIP REPAIR: Company Moving In; Set to Hire More than 200 by 2023

Austal USA, which builds small surface ships for the U.S. Navy, has big growth plans for National City. The defense contractor expects to make approximately $100 million worth of improvements to a newly leased bayfront site south of the 32nd Street naval station.

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$1.79 Billion Sempra Deal

ENERGY: Abu Dhabi to Ink Infrastructure Pact

Sempra (NYSE: SRE) announced on Dec. 21 that it plans to sell a noncontrolling, 10% stake in its Sempra Infrastructure Partners business for $1.785 billion. The prospective buyer is the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

VitaCup to Reach Nearly $30M in Revenue in 2022

RETAIL: New Product Launches Responsible for Growth, According to Co.

VitaCup, the manufacturer of vitamin-infused coffee and/or tea pods, bags and instant sticks, continues to expand through new product development.

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Sheraton San Diego Completes First Phase of $88M Renovation

Work Focuses on Accommodating Hybrid Meetings

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a waterfront resort on the San Diego harbor, has completed the first phase of an $88 million renovation.

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Tourism Authority Announces First Cohort for Accelerator

Selection of 10 Participants Reflects Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The San Diego Tourism Authority has selected the first cohort for its diversity, equity and inclusion tourism accelerator.

Gator by the Bay Returns in 2022

EVENTS: Annual Festival to be Held in May

After a two-year hiatus, Gator by the Bay, the annual Louisiana-inspired four-day music and food festival, will return in 2022.

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Latitude 33 Continues Growth Amid Robust Demand

TRANSPORTATION: Private Aviation Co. Grows Charter Hours by 50%

The private jet industry is still booming. New research shows private aviation is set to emerge from the COVID-19 era as much as 10% stronger than it was before the virus.

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Regs to Reduce Methane Begin in 2022

ENVIRONMENT: New Law Mandates Food Waste Recycling

A new law requiring mandatory recycling of food scraps, yard trimmings and other organic waste kicks in across California on Jan. 1, 2022.

Ten Businesses Join Fifth Connect Fall Cohort

Applications Open for Spring 2022

Connect All @ the Jacobs Center, a local business accelerator program for low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs, has announced 10 new businesses have joined its fifth cohort for the fall of 2021.

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Coronado Brewing Co. Releases Hard Cider

First USDA-Certified Hard Cider Available in Cans

Coronado Brewing Company, a Coronado-based craft brewery, continues to reach new milestones.

Alastin Skincare Enters Next Growth Phase

HEALTHCARE: Acquired by Galderma, Carlsbad Firm Plans International Expansion

Alastin Skincare, Inc., the Carlsbad-based skincare company with more than $50 million in annual revenue, has entered its next growth phase - via acquisition.

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Coalition of North County Leaders Launch Workforce Initiative

JOBS: Effort Will Strengthen Regional Workforce Pipeline

The San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) is launching an initiative designed to connect industry and education partners – and bridge the crucial gap between job explorers and their future careers.

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Curebound Aims to Raise $100M for Cancer Research

NONPROFITS: Org. is a Partnership Bet. Padres Pedal the Cause and Immunotherapy Foundation

Curebound, a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has lofty goals in the name of a good cause. Founded in 2013 as Padres Pedal the Cause, the organization legally changed its name to Curebound earlier this year.

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Ingenium Acquires WSR to Expand Consulting Services

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Escondido Firm Handles Hazardous, Radioactive Waste

Waste management services provider Ingenium has acquired WSR Environmental and Safety Management (WSR) in a deal announced Dec. 2.

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