Local Media San Diego (LMSD) LLC, operators of three Mexican-licensed FM radio stations in San Diego, has announced next year’s SoCal Taco Fest will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego. Headlining the musical entertainment will be recording artist Flo Rida, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His hits include “Low,” “Right Round,” “Good Feeling” and “My House.” The event, a day of tacos and concerts, will feature food from taco restaurants in Southern California plus Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua dog races and a beauty pageant. Proceeds will benefit Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego. LMSD operates XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, XHTZ-FM Z-90.3 and XTRA-FM 91X.
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Mixte Communications, a San Diego PR agency, has announced it has launched a new social enterprise PR agency to provide paid, training jobs for refugees and immigrants. The new company, called Tracks Public Relations, will bring diversity to the PR profession, said Jamie Hampton, founder and CEO of Mixte and Tracks. “Without an inclusive workforce, the industry of public relations simply cannot offer the creativity and services needed to help companies sync with communities across America,” Hampton said. Hampton said the idea for Tracks was discussed during a 2017 Mixte’s strategic planning meeting. She said staff members suggested that Mixte reinvest profits for the incubation of Tracks, which began last year. Tracks employees include Karim Bouris, director of workplace strategies, and Angela Rivera, director of people and creative.
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The MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego, a networking group for tech-minded business leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs, capital and service providers, will host a panel discussion on 5G from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the law offices of Knobbe Martens, 12790 El Camino Real, San Diego. Admission is free for members, $65 per person for nonmembers. Panel members will include: Cheryl Goodman, director, corporate communications, Sony Electronics; Abhijit Kudrimoti, senior manager, product planning, Verizon; Sudeepto Roy, VP, engineering, Qualcomm Technology Licensing; Chad Sweet, CEO, ModalAI. Moderator will be Mary Beth McCabe, associate professor, academic program director, marketing dept., National University. MIT officials said the panel will discuss 5G as a disruptor to traditional industries and a boon to new technology in the U.S and internationally. Goodman also will provide an update on Sony’s work on 5G, flying cars, robotics and STEM-focused education. 5G stands for 5th generation wireless system and promises a tenfold increase in speed from the current 4G. For example, a full HD movie can be downloaded with 5G in a matter of seconds. 5G technology is expected to enable a myriad of new applications and use cases, including connected smart devices, autonomous vehicles, smart cities and connected factories. For more information, visit http://mitefsd.org or call Karen Winston, chapter chair, (619) 884-6767.