Tuesday, November 8, 2022, San Diego Metro Magazine

How can California improve its water supply?

By Rachel Becker | CalMatters

Again and again, the drought puts California in a well-known mess to provide enough water. Cities and municipalities are demanding nature conservation and are preparing for bottlenecks. Breeders broke up fields and ranchers sold cows. And thousands of people are finding they can’t squeeze a drop out of their wells.

So where can California get enough water to last through the last dry stretch—and the next, and the next?

Can it pump more water out of the salty Pacific? Treat waste from toilet flushes and flushed drains? Catch runoff flowing from roads into storm drains? Towing Antarctic icebergs to Los Angeles?

The Newsom government presented a roadmap to strengthen the state’s water supply. But the plan – which has few details, distant deadlines and sparse plans for farming – has drawn criticism.

Each time another drought rolls by, a number of suggestions surface. We take a look at the strategies that might work — along with the fancier ones — and the obstacles they face.

Photo above: Pipelines of the Poseidon water desalination plant in Karlovy Vary. (Photo by Mike Blake, Reuters, via CalMatters)

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Rejuvenate Bio’s new San Diego office
Rejuvenate Bio opens new office in San Diego

Rejuvenate Bio announced the opening of its new San Diego office, which will help advance and accelerate the discovery and development of gene therapies for human and animal health. The office will support all functions including business development and clinical operations functions.

“Opening our new office in this leading biotech hub allows us to aggressively continue our business development efforts and leverage the talent and expertise that San Diego offers,” said Daniel Oliver, CEO and co-founder. “This will help us in our recruitment efforts as we begin our first human gene therapy clinical trial next year.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on November 18 at the site, 3560 Dunhill St., San Diego 921221.

Medvantx launches pharmacy platform
and appoints five key executives

Medvantx, a San Diego-based healthcare technology and services company, on Monday launched Medvantx Insights, a fully integrated, non-commercial pharmacy platform, and announced the expansion of leadership to support its mission of providing access to medicines and healthcare for individuals improve across the country, including those who are underinsured or uninsured.

Medvantx Insights combines the company’s decades of experience with advanced technology solutions to leverage its 99.98 percent accuracy of prescription orders, extended deliveries and accessibility. The platform provides manufacturers with operational, compliance and financial insights through advanced analytics and leverages API-based integration across technology platforms for seamless access.

Medvantx has restructured its operations led by CEO Prasanna Parthasarathy, who was appointed in May 2022. Key leadership roles include Joy Neely as Chief Commercial Officer, Micah Benford as Chief Medical Affairs Officer, Evan Brugger as VP of Strategy and Business Development, Jennie Metenosky as SVP of Customer Experience and Courtney Ray as VP of People and Culture.

UC San Diego Health Awarded
Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery

UC San Diego Health has earned the Joint Commission for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery (ACSS) Gold Seal of Approval by meeting or exceeding the highest national performance standards. The Gold Seal represents a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare facility’s proven ability to implement outcome-based processes and improve patient outcomes. The certification was achieved through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health.

“More than 100 individuals came together as part of our spine care teams to prepare for this certification process,” said Susan Bukata, MD, orthopedic surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health. “The team-based approach ensured the coordination of best practices and brought together diverse perspectives and expertise to provide the best possible care for patients with spinal disorders.”

Tony Chung called Chief Information
Officer for Cal State San Marcos
Tony Chung

Cal State San Marcos has named Tony Chung as its next chief information officer, effective January 1, 2023. Chung joins CSUSM from San Diego State, where he serves as Associate Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems.

In this role, he oversees the strategic direction and management of SDSU’s enterprise information systems ecosystem.

He has been with the university for more than 14 years and has a diverse portfolio spanning technical and programmatic units in information technology, student affairs and academic affairs.

Before joining SDSU, Chung served as Senior Technology Manager for Student Affairs at UC Riverside.

He brings over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, including the last 17 years in higher education at major public universities, serving a diverse geography and student body.

An entrepreneur and professional in business and technology, he has worked with clients ranging from Major League Baseball to Carnegie Hall.

Beyond King Tut Exhibition
Beyond King Tut exhibition is coming
to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on January 27th

San Diego Community Newspaper Group

Exactly one hundred years to the day since the historic discovery of King Tut’s tomb, Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience, a new exhibition created in partnership with the National Geographic Society, recreates the magic and mystery of ancient Egypt San Diego area, opening at the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a limited run beginning January 27th.

The multi-sensory exhibition with several galleries takes guests on a journey through time to ancient Egypt. With nine galleries to explore, Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience unveils the 3,300-year history of King Tut – his reign as a child pharaoh, his family, the discovery of his tomb, and the mysteries surrounding his untimely death and journey to the afterlife. Tickets are a sale at beyondkingtut.com.

Realtors Group honors military veterans in real estate

The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors will host a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate this year’s Veterans Day to honor local real estate professionals who are military veterans. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at SDAR Corporate Headquarters, 4845 Ronson Court, San Diego 92111. The event, open to the public and all SDAR members, will recognize the honorable achievements and selfless service of the men and women who helped keep our freedom and security. All participating veterans will be presented with a flag as a token of gratitude, and a complimentary breakfast will be served after the ceremony.

Sempra appointed trendsetter for 7th even year

For the seventh consecutive year, Sempra has been recognized as a trendsetter in corporate disclosure practices and accountability in the 2022 CPA Zicklin Index. The Index is published annually by the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. It measures political disclosure and accountability obligations and practices for election-related spending by S&P 500 and Russell 1000 companies, including political spending policies and board oversight. Companies that achieve 90 points or more in the index are considered trendsetters.

IT TechPros Inc. introduces Jeff David, President and CEO

IT TechPros Inc., a provider of IT managed services in Escondido, introduces President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff David.

David has over 20 years of IT experience including a decade in project management and finance. David served as the Technical Director for San Diego County’s Refresh Project in 2000.

He managed all aspects of the hardware refresh project from planning, testing, implementation, planning and coordination.

He also successfully managed the deployment of over 15,000 end user devices across San Diego County. He then became an IT manager at Genetech, a biotechnology company.

In 2006 he founded IT TechPros.

Procede Software is a partner of DocuPhase

Procede Software, a heavy-duty vehicle dealership management system and solution provider, has partnered with DocuPhase, a business process automation (BPA) and document management solution provider, to provide end-to-end document management and workflow automation for Procede’s heavy-duty on-duty truck customers . Companies have built an integration between their solutions that allows users to not only capture, sort and store documents digitally, but also to automate the workflows associated with many of their most common processes.

Northwest Pipe Company supplies more
Water line for the city of San Diego

Northwest Pipe Company, a manufacturer of water-related infrastructure, including engineered piping systems and prefabricated products, has been selected by Sukut Construction and the City of San Diego to manufacture engineered steel pipe for the Pure Water Program Morena Conveyance South and Middle project. The Pure Water Pipeline includes 11 distinct projects that purify recycled water to produce 30 million gallons of high quality purified water daily. The city uses proven water purification technology to turn recycled water into safe, high-quality drinking water while reducing the amount of treated water discharged into the ocean.

Webb Foodservice Theme
acquires Dieli Murawka Howe

Webb Foodservice Design Consultants has acquired Dieli Murawka Howe (DMH), a foodservice design company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas. An industry leader and innovator in the highly specialized field of foodservice design, DMH has provided award-winning services to projects across the country and in several international markets for the last 45 years. DMH specializes in K-12 school design, large centralized production kitchen design, culinary arts design, and healthcare design. As a result of this transaction, DMH is expanding Webb Foodservice Design’s K-12 and Healthcare divisions.


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