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Private-sector employment thriving in San Diego

It wasn’t too many years ago that San Diego County was saddled with a 10 percent-plus unemployment rate and we were losing far more jobs than we were gaining. Needless to say, we have experienced a sea change since then and today can brag about 5 percent unemployment.

May 20, 2015

A torchbearer of the American dream

In our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin: Nihil boni sine labore. It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite flashlight.

May 20, 2015

Perfidy among elected officials

Perfidy is defined in several ways. One definition is “an act or an instance of disloyalty.” Another is a “deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery.” Both definitions apply to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and to the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Trustees.

May 19, 2015

Beam us up, Scotty; drought spurs new ideas

Ideas come fast every time California endures a drought of several years. Each time, some of them are accepted and put into use, thus making the next drought a bit easier to handle.

May 19, 2015

Making friends with a telepresence robot

As a docent at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, I am familiar with technological achievements in aviation history. But last week I gave a tour actually using a new technology that is best described as a robot for humanity — or a telepresence robot. My job was to give two people far from San Diego a 90-minute tour of the museum.

May 18, 2015

Restaurants, patrons lead the way on recycling

San Diego’s restaurant community — which runs the gamut from small taquerias to fine-dining establishments — is committed to being a good steward of our neighborhood and city environment. We see ourselves as San Diegans’ extended family; we welcome you into our dining rooms and kitchens to celebrate milestone events and enjoy time with your loved ones.

May 18, 2015

Innovations in building and funding hardware tech

Hardware technology products have undergone a renaissance, with scores of new companies developing products ranging from drones to connected devices to gadgets of all kinds. It’s a big turnaround from the past 20 years or so, where investors took pains to avoid hardware investments, preferring to focus on software.

May 18, 2015

You’ve got debt: Verizon, AOL merger a risky buy

I'm sure by now you have heard that Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, wants to buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

May 15, 2015

Interviewing in the commercial real estate world

The commercial real estate industry is booming again. Many employees who hunkered down in their uninspiring positions during the recession are finally feeling comfortable enough to look for the next meaningful step in their career.

May 15, 2015

The goldfish ponders its existence

Ricky asked me yesterday, “How do you discover your own blind spots? I mean, you’re blind to them, right?”

May 15, 2015
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