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Daily Business Report-Sept. 12, 2017

Daily Business Report-Sept. 12, 2017

The UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center (Courtesy of UC San Diego)

UC Cancer Consortium Takes on

California’s $14 Billion Killer

The UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and four other facilities have formed the UC Cancer Consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities.

The alliance of the UC centers, which all hold the highest designation possible from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, reflects a new model for cancer research and treatment that calls for the best minds to work together, regardless of where they are, to tackle cancer’s many problems.

Besides UC San Diego, the other centers that make up the consortium are the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This year alone, 176,000 state residents will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly 60,000 will die from it. The estimated cost burden of cancer in California is $14 billion annually.

Among the projects the consortium will undertake are precision medicine, clinical trials, population health science, best practices in harnessing big data to improve health and political engagement for public benefit.

The past decade has seen unprecedented progress in cancer research and treatment. But with its advances in collecting and analyzing large data and the new ability to look deeply inside the disease’s biology, this era has brought the cancer community to a crossroads. Advances will now come only through coordinated efforts among the most skilled people and institutions.

“This new UC Cancer Consortium represents a forward-looking partnership among leading academic cancer centers,” said the consortium’s inaugural chair, Alan Ashworth, fellow of the Royal Society, president of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Each institution has contributed significant advances to cancer research and treatment. Together, we can better serve the people of California and make even greater contributions to the field of cancer.”

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BAE Unit Gets $24.4 Million Navy

Contract for Littoral Combat Ships Support

A business unit of BAE Systems  has received $24.4 million in contract options to support post-shakedown availabilities for two U.S. Navy littoral combat ships.

BAE’s San Diego Ship Repair business will provide manpower, technical data, material, non-standard equipment and support services necessary to complete PSA work on USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Omaha.

The contractor will also help the Navy correct government-responsible trial card deficiencies, perform various activities identified between the custody transfer and PSA and incorporate approved engineering modifications into the LCS units.

The service branch obligated $21.2 million in shipbuilding, conversion and “other” procurement funds at the time of award.

Work will occur in San Diego through October 2018.


San Diego Legalizes Marijuana

Cultivation, Manufacturing

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego will have a fully legal and regulated marijuana industry including pot farms, factories making edibles and retail storefronts selling the drug to both medical and recreational customers. The City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to legalize local cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana when new state laws take effect in January.

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 Rendering of the future national headquarters for The Honor Foundation in San Diego.

Rendering of the future national headquarters for The Honor Foundation in San Diego.

Honor Foundation Breaks Ground

on San Diego Headquarters Building

The Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization created exclusively for Navy SEALs and the U.S. Special Operations community, held groundbreaking ceremonies Monday on its new 8,000-square-foot headquarters donated by Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.

The headquarters at 11055 Roselle St. in San Diego will not only house transition programs tailored for the U.S. Special Operations community, but it will also offer co-working spaces for SEAL entrepreneurs, executive coaching office hours, industry mentorship opportunities as well as other special business networking events for the Operators in Transition and the greater San Diego business community.

By December 2017 the Honor Foundation will have helped nearly 300 families from the Navy SEAL and Special Operations Forces community successfully transition through their 120-hour, 15-week transition program.


Artist’s rendering of the interior of the San Ysidro Public Library. (SVA Architects Inc.)

Artist’s rendering of the interior of the San Ysidro Public Library. (SVA Architects Inc.)

Design-Build Team Selected

for San Ysidro Public Library

Turner Construction Co. and SVA Architects Inc. have been selected as the design-build team for the new $10.3 million San Ysidro Public Library on 1.6 acres at 123 East Seawood Ave.

Rendering courtesy of SVA Architects Inc.

Rendering courtesy of SVA Architects Inc.

The 15,000-square-foot library will feature designated areas for children, teens, and adults; an event space; and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio/terrace. It will also showcase artwork by local artists, brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre.

The design-build team is assisted by consultants: KPFF Consulting Engineers, LPG Engineering, MA Engineers, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey Landscape Architecture, Brummitt Energy Associates, NORESCO and Michael Baker International.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2018, and be completed in spring of 2019.

The San Ysidro Public Library award comes shortly after the grand opening of the $143 million San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project, one of SVA’s signature educational communities in San Diego.


Surfing champion Bethany Hamilton will appear at OLP on Oct. 10

Surfing champion Bethany Hamilton will appear at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace  on Oct. 10.

Sony Electronics Executive to Facilitate Event

Featuring Surfing Champion Bethany Hamilton

Cheryl Goodman,

Cheryl Goodman,

Cheryl Goodman, Sony Electronics’ new head of corporate communications, will take part in an Oct. 10 Academy of Our Lady of Peace event featuring world-renowned surfer Bethany Hamilton, who survived a 2003 shark attack.

Goodman will serve as OLP’s Architects of Change facilitator at the all-day event.

“Like Bethany, Cheryl inspires, fosters community and serves as an excellent role model of what it means to be a ‘woman of faith, courage, heart, and excellence,’” said Dr. Lauren Lek, head of school for the all-girls school.

The special event is open to the public and will consist of four mini-sessions over the course of the day and evening.

Tickets may be purchased at


Phil Blair Named to Chair

Workforce Development Board

Phil Blair, executive officer of Manpower Staffing/San Diego, has been named new chairman of San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Development Board. The organization also announced five new members to the board.

The Workforce Development Board provides oversight and funding direction to the organization, receives input and recommendations from committees and the community, and reviews funding initiatives.

The five new board members are:

  • Mary Burton, vice president of human resources, Sea World.
  • Dennis DuBard, manager of public and government relations, General Dynamic NASSCO.
  • Shandon Harbour, president and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors.
  • Sandra Shuda, vice president of strategy and services, Watkins Wellness.
  • Mark Starr, director, Microsoft.


Barons Market Opens New Headquarters in Poway

Barons Market has opened its new home base at 12420 Kirkham Court in Poway, which serves as a central location between its four stores in San Diego and three in the Inland Empire. Twenty-five employees work at the 10,000-square-foot office space and aproximately 40,000-square-foot distribution center.

The new space provides room for the market’s weekly food-panel meetings, where 30-40 management staff get together to sample products before they make it to the shelves. The same space serves as the room where local breweries and the team at Barons sample all-natural foods with craft brews to determine a menu for the market’s quarterly Backroom Beer Pairings.


 Free Homebuyers Fair Sept. 23 in Vista

The North San Diego County Association of Realtors will host a Homebuyers Fair from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 23 at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive in Vista. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend the educational event, including first-time homebuyers. Information will be available in both English and Spanish.

Topics discussed will include information about the home buying process, benefits of ownership vs. renting and improving credit scores. Additional information will include special grants and down payment assistance programs to help homebuyers overcome affordability challenges and become purchase-ready.

Also available will be free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure at a health and wellness booth, as well as educational materials provided by Kaiser Permanente Center for Healthy Living and the San Diego Black Nurses Association. The Consulate of Mexico booth will offer consular services. Scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony will be Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. For more information, call NSDCAR at (760) 734-3971 or visit


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