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Daily Business Report — July 17, 2014

Daily Business Report — July 17, 2014

San Diego will soon have an open-air seafood market on the bay similar to Newport Beach’s Dory Fleet market, above.

Open-Air Seafood Market Coming to San Diego Bay

A new open-air fish market will open near Seaport Village on Aug. 2. There, fishermen can sell fresh fish such as crab, yellowtail and lobster — depending on the season — at tables set up on the dock.

Zack Roach Jr., 33, announced the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market at a press conference Wednesday with fellow fisherman Luke Halmay, port Chairman Bob Nelson and Supervisor Greg Cox, who represents the waterfront.

The market comes after more than a year of work to get the necessary permits. The fishermen had been selling from a boat that’s docked between the USS Midway Museum and Seaport Village, but wanted to move their makeshift market from sea to land. They formed a company called Tuna Harbor Dockside Market last summer, but ran into bureaucratic barriers.

Their struggles were documented on the online news site Voice of San Diego. When San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cos read the story, he decided to take action. He worked with San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health to get the fishermen a one-year permit to sell their fish, and with the Port of San Diego to get a permit to operate on a pier at 535 Harbor Lane, said Cox’s spokesman Luis Monteagudo Jr.

The next step is for Cox to bring a proposal to the county supervisors meeting on July 29 to find a more permanent solution for the market, Monteagudo said. As a temporary fix, the county’s health department gave the fishermen the same type of permit used by farmers’ markets.


The Poway building where Green Flash Brewing Co. will open another brewery.

The Poway building where Green Flash Brewing Co. will open another brewery.

Green Flash Brewing Co. to Open Brewery in Poway

Green Flash Brewing Co. has taken out a 10-year, $1.28 million lease on a 12,275-square-foot industrial building in Poway to operate its second brewery in San Diego County. It is scheduled to open in early 2015.

Green Flash’s main location in the Sorrento Mesa area of San Diego features a 4,000-square-foot tasting room, beer garden, gift shop and production facility. The new location in Poway will be used to expand production capacity and will also feature a small tasting room and tours of the facility.

The building was leased from the Rice Family Trust and the Hartman Family Trust.

Green Flash Brewing Co. was founded by Mike and Lisa Hinkley in 2002.

Cassidy Turley and Urban Real Estate Services Inc. were the brokers in the lease transaction.

From left: Matthew Braner, Enrique Camarena, Daniel Link, Selena Epley

From left: Matthew Braner, Enrique Camarena, Daniel Link, Selena Epley

4 Appointed to S.D. Superior Court Bench

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed two San Diegans and two Chula Vistans to the San Diego County Superior Court bench — Matthew C. Braner, Enrique E. Camarena, Selena D. Epley and Daniel F. Link.

Matthew Braner, 55, of San Diego, has served as supervisor at the San Diego County Primary Public Defender’s Office, Writs and Appeals Unit since 2009, where he has served as a deputy public defender since 1998.

Braner served as a felony trial deputy at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office and was a trial deputy at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. He was an associate at the Law Offices of Christopher F. Emley. Braner earned a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard G. Cline. Braner is a Democrat.

Enrique Camarena, 40, of Chula Vista, has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He earned a law degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Camarena fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John S. Einhorn. Camarena is a Republican.

Selena Epley, 46, of Chula Vista, has served as assistant supervising attorney for a central felony team at the San Diego County Primary Public Defender’s Office since 2012, where she has served in several positions since 1995, including deputy public defender and training director at the South Bay Branch Office. She was a law clerk at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. Epley earned a law degree from Stanford Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William H. McAdam. Epley is a Democrat.

Daniel Link, 38, of San Diego, has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since 2

001, where he was a law clerk from 2000 to 2001. Link was president of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2011. He earned a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard E. Mills. Link is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $181, 292.


San Vicente Dam

San Vicente Dam

Water Authority Dedicates ‘Supersized’ Dam

The San Diego County Water Authority on Wednesday dedicated its “supersized” dam at the San Vicente Reservoir, creating emergency storage equal to six months of water consumption by area residents, As a Navy brass band played, state and county officials gathered in a tent overlooking the reservoir to dedicate the $416 million project. The original dam, built in 1943, was raised by 117 feet. The resulting increase in storage gives the San Diego The dedication comes as the water authority considers a move to mandatory conservation because of the deepening drought across California.“We are in the driest three years on record,” said John Laird, secretary of the state Natural Resources Agency. “We have to view this as something that could be Water authority General Manager Maureen O’Connor described the dam as “supersized,” noting that the project was the largest raise of a concrete dam in the United States.

Downtown Building Sold for $1.75 Million

The two-story building housing The Lion’s Share bar and restaurant on Kettner Boulevard in Downtown San Diego has been sold to Kettner Investments II LLC for $1.75 million. The building is at 629-633 Kettner Blvd. and is fully leased. Residential space is on the second floor.

CBRE represented the seller and buyer.

 Employers Association Hosts Leadership Series Event

San Diego Employers  Association will host the Summer 2014 Strategic Leadership Series event on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Mission Valley. Presenters will include District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman in a panel presentation moderated by Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The law enforcement executives will discuss their approach to leadership and their personal leadership philosophies.

Registration: $49 SDEA members; $59 nonmembers.

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San Diego Ranks 3rd in U.S. for Clean Tech Leadership

San Diego ranked third in the U.S. for clean tech leadership, and California was ranked the No. 1 state, according to American research and advisory firm Clean Edge’s 2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index.

Overall, San Diego ranked No. two in clean electricity and carbon management, No. four in advanced transportation, and No. six in the categories of green buildings and clean-tech investment, innovation, and workforce. Clean Edge tracks the clean-tech activities of all 50 states and the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S.

Click here for the complete 2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index.

San Diego CityBeat Takes 2 Top Journalism Awards

San Diego CityBeat, San Diego’s alternative newsweekly, took home a top national journalism honor on July 12 from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2014 AAN Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

 CityBeat’s associate editor, Kelly Davis, and former staff writer and current contributing writer Dave Maass won first place for investigative reporting for “60 Dead Inmates,” their series of stories examining the high mortality rate in San Diego County jails.

CityBeat competed against entries from newsweeklies across the country with circulations of fewer than 50,000.

 The AAN Awards honor superior journalism and graphic design among alternative publications across the United States and Canada.

Maass and Davis also received a first place award from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative/enterprise reporting in the non-daily category for their “60 Dead Inmates” series.

Fred Luddy Donates $200,000 to Rady School

Technology entrepreneur Fred Luddy has donated $200,000 to UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. The money will fund fellowships to help attract outstanding MBA students. The gift also will be matched with the $1 million matching fund donation made by the school’s naming donor, Ernest Rady.

Naval Base San Diego, Camp Pendleton

Receive $38 Million to Boost Base Schools

Schools connected with Naval Base San Diego and Camp Pendleton will receive more than $38 million in Defense Department grants for construction of new buildings or renovations on campuses, officials said.

The grants are part of $62 million the government is offering to California and Virginia. The other recipient is Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

San Diego schools will receive $34.1 million to renovate and expand Miller and Hancock elementary schools. The two schools serve more than 1,350 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

At Camp Pendleton, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District will receive $4.6 million for designs for new campuses – Mary Fay Pendleton and San Onofre Elementary/Middle schools – which are set to serve more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

At Fort Belvoir, about $23 million will be used at the on-base elementary school. The project will serve more than 1,590 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Pentagon’s Office of Economic Adjustment is administering the grants as part of the Public Schools on Military Installations program.

— Times of San Diego

Higgs Fletcher & Mack Hires Special Counsel

Matt Soskins

Matt Soskins

Higgs Fletcher & Mack has hired attorney Matt Soskins as special counsel.

He has transactional as well as litigation experience in the area, and is to expand the firm’s health care practice. Soskins draws on experience gained working in three separate health systems. He comes to Higgs from Tri-City Medical Center where he served as the compliance officer and vice president of legal affairs. Prior to that, Soskins worked for DiCaro, Coppo & Popcke LLP where he represented numerous hospitals and physicians in professional liability cases, medical board inquiries, medical staff privilege inquiries and civil litigation. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and also holds a Ph. D. in psychobiology from Northwestern University.

UC San Diego Ranked 20th Best University in the World

The University of California, San Diego, ranks as the 20th best university in the world, according to a report released Wednesday by the Saudi Arabia-based Center for World University Rankings.

The organization based its findings on the number of alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size; the number of alumni who currently hold CEO positions at top companies; and the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals, among other factors.

UCSD ranked fifth in the world for influence, defined as the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals.Harvard University ranked first overall, followed by Stanford. Other highly ranked California schools were UC Berkeley, seventh; the California Institute of Technology, 12th; and UCLA, 15th.

San Diego has Low Inventory of Unsold Homes

Despite slower home sales locally, the San Diego area still has one of the lowest inventories of unsold home in the United States, the real estate services firm RE/MAX reported. While there was a 4.1 month supply of homes nationwide, San Diego had only 2.6 months of unsold homes in June. RE/MAX surveyed the 52 largest metro areas in the United States. Only seven other metro areas had a lower supply of unsold homes than San Diego, and only one of those, San Francisco, was in California.

San Diego was one of eight metro areas reporting double-digit increases in the median sales price, with a rise of 11 percent rise from last June.

— Times of San Diego

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Appoints Executive V.P.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. has appointed Stephen Davis as executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief business officer. Davis has more than 20 years of executive-level experience, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Heron Therapeutics Inc., which he joined in 2013. Davis also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Ardea Biosciences Inc. and held several executive roles at Neurogen Corp.


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