Fishermen with nets
Fishermen with nets. Photo courtesy Bumble Bee Seafood Co.

The Bumble Bee Seafood Co. has added Leslie Hushka to its leadership team. She will be in charge of global corporate responsibility and head the 120-year-old company’s efforts to protect the world’s oceans.

According to a news release, her arrival underscores commitments to close gaps on some of the fishing industry’s critical sustainability challenges. Hushka will specifically manage initiatives set forth under Bumble Bee’s new $40 million Accelerator Fund–ensure the abundance of tuna, reduce fishing impacts on other species and remove plastics and other waste from the ocean waters.

Hushka has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders by a third-party agency. 

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Local tech startup Tealium recently announced the close of a $96 million venture round with participation from existing investors, the fintech company Georgian and venture capital firm Silver Lake Waterman. A spokesperson said the funds will help accelerate product innovations in real-time customer data orchestration. The pandemic has greatly impacted consumer behavior, placing more personalized experiences in higher demand. But the loss of third-party cookies has made this shift more difficult than anticipated. More than 850 customers use the platform, according to a news release.

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Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications’ California operations, will serve as the new board chair of the California Cable & Telecommunications Association. The San Diego-based Attisha will serve a two-year term. The CCTA is the industry’s largest state cable and telecommunications industry group. Attisha is currently serving on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.  And he is a board member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and serves on the Corporate Council for Make-A-Wish San Diego.

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Good Time Design, the local hospitality group responsible for such popular venues as The Presley, Moonshine Beach, and Moonshine Flats, opens its latest restaurant, Cerveza Jack’s Gaslamp Feb. 18. Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp, Cerveza Jack’s promises to be an oasis of food and fun with live music. Cerveza Jack’s menu will emphasize “Southern fusion,” designing comfort food inspired by a sister restaurant in Nashville, according to a news release.

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National University has launched a virtual reality training initiative to provide nursing students with hands-on experience in a simulated environment. The private, non-profit school was one of five out of 1,500 nursing programs nationwide to receive the $200,000 competitive grant. In addition, San Diego philanthropic agency Las Patronas gave the program $50,000 to purchase 70 costly virtual reality headsets, with the San Diego County Board ofSupervisors awarding $25,000 to cover software programming for the headsets. National University students will spend 120 hours in a simulated environment, performing such tasks as listening to lungs, assessing wounds, measuring blood-pressures and monitoring oxygen levels. An instructor will monitor each student’s progress and customize patient responses to ensure individual instruction.

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Air carrier Allegiant is adding seasonal nonstop service from five cities to San Diego International Airport this spring and summer. The cities that will have twice-weekly flights to SAN are Kalispell, Mont., Pasco, Wash., Bozeman, Mont. and Des Moines, Iowa. Allegiant was the only carrier to increase seat capacity out of San Diego last year, quite a feat considering the impact on traveling created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mark your calendars. On Feb. 26, local nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors will host an online screening of the documentary “Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will.”The film examines race and gender policies for the status of African American Women in the military during World War II. Admission to the screening is free, but the nonprofit asks for donations to help out the Foundation for Women Warriors. Show time is at 5:30 p.m..

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A local entrepreneur has launched Rescu, an app that connects users to emergency dispatchers when help is needed.  Unlike using 911, the app does not require voice contact with a dispatcher. The entrepreneur, Paolo Piscatelli, said he got the idea a few years ago after his father, Paul Piscatelli, found it difficult to talk when he had a medical emergency. His incapacity contributed to a 30-minute delay of an ambulance. The Rescu app eliminates important seconds consumed communicating address and personal information to a 911 operator. Instead, location and other data is pre-programmed into the app. Rescu also allows users to select the nature of the emergency, fire, police, or ambulance services, with just one click.

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Finally, this item of note. A true success story. Steve Mara opened the eponymous Ho Stevie! retail surf store in Pacific Beach on Feb. 14. Mara said the store will focus on providing high quality surf gear at an affordable price. Opening day featured tons of giveaways and prizes. Mara is well versed in the local surfing scene. He moved from a small town in Wisconsin, to PB 12 years ago after falling in love with surfing on a spring break trip, he says. He lived near Tourmaline beach and walked there every day to teach himself how to surf. Six years later, he started his business with a single product–a GoPro mouth mount. Next he sold board fins, leashes and then other products until busy enough on Amazon to make it a full time gig. You can catch him here, when the water is calm. He’s also on Facebook and YouTube.

Tom York is a Carlsbad-based independent journalist who specializes in writing about business and the economy. If you have news tips you’d like to share, send them to tom.york@gmail.com.