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Daily Business Report-June 4, 2014

Daily Business Report-June 4, 2014

 District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wins re-election

San Diego County Primary Election

Dumanis Wins Re-Election

After running unopposed in the past two elections, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has staved off a bid by two opponents to force her into a November runoff election. Dumanis had 55 percent of the vote. Veteran attorney and former federal prosecutor Bob Brewer had about 35 percent, with former county prosecutor Terri Wyatt with 10 percent.

Zapf A Winner; Cate and Kim in Runoff

San Diego City Councilwoman Lori Zapf had to shift to District 2, but won  re-election to the City Council anyway. But taxpayer advocate Chris Cate apparently will square off in a November runoff against educator Carol Kim in District 6. Zapf, who needed to shift from District 6 to District 2 because of redistricting, had nearly 54 percent of the vote. Ex-federal prosecutor Sara Boot was second with nearly 38 percent. Two other candidates collected about 9 percent between them.

Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio Head for November

Rep. Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio gained the top spots in the 52nd Congressional District primary election, a race targeted by the national Democratic and Republican parties and one certain to see massive spending and intense campaigning in the fall. The results showed Peters wil 42 percent and DeMaio with 36 percent with most of the votes tallied.

County Supervisor Bill Horn Pads Lead

Supervisor Bill Horn was in a dogfight today in his effort to continue a two-decade run on the county of Board of Supervisors, leading Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood by 1,200 votes with nearly 53,000 cast. The two Republicans in the nonpartisan race are vying to represent the coastline from Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad, along with Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos, and several unincorporated communities. With 82.1 percent of precincts counted, Horn led Wood 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent. Earlier, he led by only 500 votes. Horn, 77, a former Marine officer and Vietnam veteran, is seeking his sixth term. The avocado and citrus grower was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1994.

Ron Roberts was unopposed for re-election to represent the majority of the city of San Diego on the board.

Barrio Logan Plan Update Defeated

In a triumph for San Diego’s shipyards, voters rejected a 20-year community plan for Barrio Logan that the business community had aggressively fought.

Propositions B and C, as they appeared on the ballot, would have paved the way for the update of a land use blueprint that had largely been unchanged since 1978.

– Compiled from KPBS, U-T San Diego and City News Service reports

The Aztec Student Union was named in honor of Conrad Prebys, who gifted $20 million to The Campaign for SDSU. (Photo/Pablo Mason)

The Aztec Student Union was named in honor of Conrad Prebys, who gifted $20 million to The Campaign for SDSU. (Photo/Pablo Mason)

SDSU Fundraising Campaign Honored

For the second year in a row, San Diego State University — which has raised more than $494 million toward the $500 million goal of The Campaign for SDSU — has been recognized for its exceptional development program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

SDSU is one of three schools to be honored with the 2014 Educational Fundraising Award for overall performance for public research and doctoral institutions with endowments under $250 million. Stony Brook University and Colorado School of Mines were also recognized in this category.

 Northrop Grumman Wins $13M

Contract From Air Force

Northrop Grumman has won a $13 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, to cover flight tests for the Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance drone. This contract will allow the company to complete flights tests that are part of an effort to replace a timing and control module and associated software on the drone’s enhanced integrated sensor suite. The scheduled testing is a modification of a broader engineering and manufacturing project worth $2.3 billion. The work is expected to be completed by June 2015.

Airport Development Plan Focus of Open House

The future Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 1 and what to develop on the former Teledyne-Ryan property will be among topics discussed at a June 12 open house sponsored by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. It will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Orville and Wilbur Wright Conference Rooms at the Commuter Terminal at the airport. Focus of the open house is the Airport Development Plan, the next master-planning phase for the airport, which is designed to identify improvements that will enable the airport to meet demand through 2035.

Also under discussion will be SANDAG’s plan for transportation facilities and the creation of new non-airline revenue opportunities.

CrossFiber Names New President and CEO

CrossFiber Inc., a manufacturer of photonic switches, has appointed Mike Decelle as its next president and CEO, following the announcement of retirement plans by Hus Tigli, who led CrossFiber from its early founding.

Tigli will remain an adviser to the company.

Decelle was most recently CEO of Sun Catalytix, a Cambridge, Mass., venture-backed startup developing grid-scale storage systems for the renewable energy industry. Decelle also was the CEO of several other companies commercializing advanced photonics technologies, including LumenZ, NoblePeak Vision, and Apogee Photonics.

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