The first half of 2013 could be described as a period of self-identification for San Diego. The city had a new mayor -- the first Democrat to hold the office in two decades. He brought a blunt style of leadership on issues, butted heads with some, and drew praise from others. Already knee-deep in controversial plans for a major Convention Center expansion and a tourism district, the city grew aflame in opinions when halfway through Filner’s first year in office, he was accused by several women of sexual harassment. As he refused to resign, recall efforts sprang, and the city may soon again be going to the ballot box to choose to stick with Filner or replace him. And as sports can be as identifying for a city as its politicians, the Padres entered their 10th season of play Petco Park, where there were hopes for a changing direction for the team under its new ownership.
San Diego’s construction industry seems to be a mixed bag of cement with no solid foundation yet of whether it is improving as indicated by backlogs, employment and housing construction. There was also significant news outside the actual building of structures: an iconic architect passed away, and pleas were entered in the South Bay corruption case.
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San Diego’s hospitality and retail sectors are gaining their footing in the new economy with a combination of entrepreneurship and revitalization. The first half of 2013 saw the continued emergence of a local brewing industry, big changes at the airport and Balboa Park, a rebranded water park, and renovated shopping centers regionwide. Among the big stories in San Diego’s hospitality and retail sectors so far this year:
San Diego’s leading economic indicators rose for every month this year. High-tech firm Cymer, banks and life-science real estate firms were among those that merged, the “too big to fail” bank bill faces opposition from different quarters and more small businesses are investing in commercial real estate.
In the first six months of 2013, California’s public schools got a boost when state lawmakers reached a budget deal in June, the University of California, San Diego, created a center for brain mapping, local college campuses continued to work on increasing student body diversity and recent college graduates find that the price tag for their degree is worth the student debt they incurred, as it pays off in finding stable employment.
Automatic spending cuts under sequestration became an unfortunate reality in early 2013 and initial ripple effects appeared soon after. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), which employs about 5,000 people in San Diego, went on a hiring freeze and many Navy ship repair and maintenance workers were warned of potential layoffs.
In the first half of 2013, the health care industry continued to face uncertainty and change brought about by rising costs, an aging population, reimbursement issues and health care reform. But county hospitals continue to expand and renovate, and health care remains a bright spot for the construction industry in San Diego. The medical marijuana battle rages on in the city, and Scripps Health took over the assets of bankrupt San Diego Hospice. Here are some of the top stories in health so far this year.
The real estate industry is slowly coming back with the economy. Among the big real estate stories in the first half of 2013 were:
Two forces were at work in the first half of 2013 influencing San Diego’s biotech and technology sectors: venture capital and sequestration. While a slow revival in venture capital funding brought jobs growth to the region’s tech and biotech companies, budget cuts implemented by the U.S. government affected federal research funds and contractors working in the defense technology sector. Following are some of the big stories in biotech and technology so far this year.
The local community lost three legal giants in the first half of 2013 while Thomas Jefferson School of Law found a new leader and the San Diego County Bar Association moved into a new home.
July 31, 2013
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