Stories for October 1999

Monday, October 25

Record Week for Cargo Tonnage Bodes Well

"The record amount of cargo tonnage that moved through local docks last week gives Martin Collins something to boast about.

How Much Is Your Business Worth?

The first step in valuing a business is determining which standard of value is appropriate under the circumstances. Failure to do this can lead to totally inappropriate value conclusions.


"I would like to submit a rebuttal in response to an article published in the San Diego Business Journal on Oct. 11, titled "Not One of Jerry's Kids: The Trouble With Telethons." I realize it is not the goal nor the purpose of the Business Journal to get

Optimism High Over Pending Water Park Purchase

CHULA VISTA , City and tourism officials are predictably bullish about Knott's Berry Farm's Ohio-based parent company buying a local water park.

ISO 9000 Certification

By now, almost everyone has heard of ISO-9000 , if they're in the business of manufacturing. Not that ISO is relegated to just manufacturing enterprises , it isn't. It's a profit-maker no matter what business one may be in.

Siedsma Toth Brown Webb Rodrigues Allen

San Diego Business Journal staff writers collectively won 12 awards in the San Diego Press Club's 26th annual journalism competition.

Planners Seek More Detail on SeaWorld Proposals

SeaWorld San Diego's request to build taller structures recently moved forward when the city's planning commission initiated environmental studies and project proposals.


"A local company is offering a new Internet-based insurance certificate delivery system that's been endorsed by the Independent Insurance Agents of America, the nation's largest organization of independent insurance agents.

San Diego, Imperial Closer to Water Transfer Deal

San Diego is one step closer to bolstering its water supply with reclaimed water from Imperial Valley, a project it's been working on for over a year.

Alliance Submits New Drug Application

"San Diego-based Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. submitted a new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration for its ultrasound contrast agent, called Imagent.

KPBS Converting to Digital

In a $1.2 million project, KPBS will convert its public TV station to digital broadcasting.

Supervisors Challenge Banks Over ATM Fees

"ATM surcharges, the fees levied on bank customers using automatic teller machines outside their own bank's system, are under attack in San Diego.


- Judith Copeland, Legal Specialist in the area of Probate and Estate Planning Law.

Expert: Health Care Is Exploding

When a member of the tekkie community meets with members of the medical community, the meddies are bound to feel the "fud-factor" , shorthand for fear, uncertainty and doubt.

Summer Was Strong

The weather may have faltered, but summer remained a strong season for the local tourism industry.

No Bull; Stock Analyst Sees End to Bear Market

The stock market's current situation indicates a bear market is ending, not starting, says a top market strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons.

State Budget Includes Local Environmental Projects

"This year's $81 billion state budget contains some $16 million for San Diego projects, according to Assemblywoman Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego.

Roberts, Warden Lead Financial Race for Mayor

With the state's primary election more than five months away, Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Diego Councilwoman Barbara Warden have amassed the most campaign contributions in the race for the next mayor of San Diego.


Swimming with the sharks is not always the primary objective for a small business in a burgeoning information technology marketplace. Awash in a choppy sea of larger competitors, just keeping your head above water can be a major accomplishment. To manage

Exposing the Risks at Industrial Operations

Although most every manufacturing company conducts compliance audits of industrial operations, mere regulatory compliance is a passive means of managing risk. The most effective way to reduce risk is through a proactive risk management program that encomp


"While most people are content to trace their ancestry a couple of generations, Toni Michael has written an entire book on family trees.


"The San Diego Business Journal's editorial staff is now accessible by E-mail. Addresses for the editorial department:


Lisett Di Donato-Young joined Prudential Securities as a financial advisor. Harry Shank joined Southwest Community Bank as vice president, business banking manager. Maureen Thielen, a paraprofessional, and Brian Evart, a staff accountant, joined Grice, Lu

Merging Cancer Centers:

Scripps' move to integrate two existing cancer centers into one , the Scripps Cancer Center , and partner with the renowned Scripps Research Institute is another move to achieve its "systems of excellence."

Five Steps to Increase

For example, that harmless-looking stapler sitting on your desk probably costs no more than $10 tops. Right?

Local TV Execs Tap Internet as Ad Source

The San Diego Television Marketing Council is initiating a new effort to increase the amount of advertising that Internet-based companies buy in the local market.

One America Plaza a Tower Among Skyscrapers

"Developing a sense of community among tenants and keeping on top of maintenance were crucial to One America Plaza winning an award for excellence at the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association awards luncheon.

Hurrah! Congress Has Not Forgotten Small Business

For most of the recent months-long health care debate in Congress, Washington ignored the real crisis in the American health care system: the problem of the uninsured.


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Business: Medical device firm specializing in products for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing

Multiple Projects Happening in Poway

The project is a joint venture of McMillin Commercial of National City and Hillwood Development Co. of Dallas. Smith Consulting Architects designed the 126,720-square-foot building at 14040 Danielson Drive while R.G. Petty Construction Co. crews are doing

ENTERPRISE: Medical Devices

"If Peter Farrell had his way, Americans wouldn't think only of koalas as Australia's most significant import. Instead, they'd also think of ResMed Inc.'s sleep-disorder breathing products.


Synbiotics Corp. provides rapid diagnostic and laboratory diagnostic products for the animal health care industry.


Services were held in Scripps Ranch on Oct. 21 for Ron McElliott, one of the original promoters of the Chula Vista Marina. He was 56.

AOL Invests $800M in Gateway

Popular Internet service provider America Online announced last week it will invest $800 million in San Diego-based PC leader Gateway over the next three years.

Coastal Agency Sets New Hearing

Less than two months after hearing a proposal on homeporting nuclear carriers in San Diego, the California Coastal Commission is scheduled the hear the same proposal again.


Military: Former Marine Corps captain; recipient of Purple Heart and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry

Low Bid Was Key Factor in IT Contract

"Making a bid that was much lower than its competitors and ensuring the highest service levels were key to Computer Sciences Corp.'s selection as San Diego County's information technology provider, said Darrell Issa, chairman of the county's selection com

Solutions Acquires EAT'M

Locally based Internet company Solutions Media, Inc. has acquired a Las Vegas music conference, showcase and festival in a multimillion-dollar cash and private stock transaction.


"Seven young cancer patients will get a complete makeover as part of the grand opening of four new Primo Salon and Day Spas in San Diego.

Right Information to Right People

"Computer System Connects Firm to Vendors, Suppliers and EmployeesImagine being able to simultaneously connect vendors, suppliers and employees at all levels to the heart of a company's essential database and information systems.

House Bill

"The San Diego tech community is closely watching a federal appropriations bill that could mean billions of dollars for information technology research.

Older Worker, Younger Boss: You Can Work It Out

"Dear Joyce: I am 52, and my new manager is 29. After working for this company for 15 loyal years, I resent having to follow directions from a kid supervisor. How long do you think it would take me to find a comparable job?

Padres Ink Ballpark Deal to Thwart Lawsuits

"In another action aimed at preventing potential litigation, the San Diego Padres brokered a legal agreement with the Environmental Health Coalition, the city and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., on a variety of environmental issues involving the proposed D

Runway Work Begins

"Work on the first phase of an airport runway improvement project at Lindbergh Field began last week, and is scheduled to be completed Dec. 10.

Recipe For Bigger Government:

On Sept. 30, President Bill Clinton signed a three-week continuing resolution for fiscal year 1999. During his remarks after the signing, the president referred to a renewal of the Superfund tax, which expired in 1995. Under this proposal, businesses woul


When College Grove Center in East County completes its renovation this winter, one of its first visitors , a permanent one , will be rather familiar.

Insurance Firm to Pay Settlement

"First American Title Insurance Co. was ordered to pay $2.5 million to the state in a settlement of an enforcement action.

Being Scared By Your Dreams Is No Nightmare

"You have a dream. You have an idea of what you want. Sometimes this idea is so clear you can describe it in minute details. Other times, you have to work hard to bring it to the forefront of your consciousness.

Oceanside GlassTile Co.

That next bottle of soda or beer you drink may end up in a lavish Rancho Santa Fe or Beverly Hills home in the form of glass tile.

Local Firms Benefit From Big Jump

Placement of venture capital with San Diego firms more than doubled in the second quarter when compared to last year's activity.

Selection Process Should Be Methodical

Manufacturing software packages have traditionally focused on the basics of accounts payable and receivable, general

With the Spirit

When James Amos was in junior high, he fell in love with the girl who would later become his wife.

Unemployment Drops in September

"San Diego's unemployment rate dipped to 3 percent in September, benefiting from a large number of teachers and education workers returning to their jobs, according to the latest report from the state's Employment Development Department.

Hold Off On Making Those Fund Investments

Dear George: I know many mutual funds make capital gains distributions at the end of the year. So, is it a good idea to wait until after these payments to buy a fund, especially considering Y2K?

What Price Treason?

"It sounds like the beginning of a Tom Clancy movie. One of the largest defense manufacturers in the United States is caught smuggling sophisticated weapon manufacturing technology to a military plant that builds missiles and combat aircraft for a potenti

Flying High for Mother Earth

A skateboarder catches air wearing a Hempy's T-shirt. Downtown-based Hempy's, which makes surf and skate-related clothing and accessories from hemp and organic cotton, is one of a handful of local companies practicing green manufacturing. For more on env

Monday, October 18


That was the case at HotelParisi in La Jolla. At a friend's suggestion, proprietor Sami Ladeki added psychologist services to his establishment this fall.

A Slam-Dunk

Jim Sims knows he has an uphill battle selling professional basketball in San Diego, but he's on easy street compared to the time he spent coaching in Peru during the late 1970s.


A story in the Oct. 11 edition of the San Diego Business Journal reported Senior Flexonics, Ketema Division in El Cajon has 156 employees. The manufacturer of gas turbine engine components for turbine engines actually has 656 local employees. The Business

Supervisors Near Decision on IT Provider

Barring a last-minute protest, the county's Board of Supervisors is poised approve Computer Sciences Corp. as the contractor for its information technology needs.

Is City Hall a Slumlord? At Brown Field, Yes

For several years the small-business owners of Otay Mesa have complained to Mayor Susan Golding, Councilman Juan Vargas, and the city staff about the Brown Field airport. These complaints center on the fact that Otay Mesa has very stringent zoning for bus

Newspapers List Expands to Reflect Online Access

San Diego newspapers are forging ahead in the Internet frontier, fearlessly going online with their stories and advertisements.

Local Gas Prices High Despite Oil Price Slump

Despite a 16 percent drop in crude oil prices last week, San Diego gas prices are still higher than the national average.

Variety of Information Offered by Local Media

Here's what local magazines, newspapers and other media currently have to offer on the Internet.

Commission Cuts Anger Local Travel Agencies

Local travel agencies are decrying new commission cuts by several major airlines while trying to keep their businesses profitable.

DoD Budget is Big Win

Plentiful defense dollars are flying into Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Ryan Aeronautical Center, helping the once-troubled defense contractor get off the ground again.


Advanced Marketing Services, Inc. has acquired a 25 percent interest in Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd., of Vancouver, B.C.

Media Online: Wave of the Future?

Publisher Bob Loomis recalls the moment in 1994 that the San Diego Daily Transcript entered the Internet information age. It was during a staff meeting, and Bill Revelle, board chairman of the company that owns the local business daily, tossed a computer

The Bond Market Can Be a Volatile Investment

Dear George: What happens if I buy a U.S. Treasury bond and interest rates go up? What will happen to the interest rate on my investment?

Knott's Eyes Purchase of Chula Vista Water Park

Officials of an Ohio-based company that owns Knott's Berry Farm and other amusement parks has confirmed the company is buying White Water Canyon, the Chula Vista water park.

Hike in Mike Prices Causes Shock in Retail Market

The price of milk has gone up again, and the 42-cent per gallon jump is causing sticker shock ,and confusion , for some consumers.


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Port OK's Manchester Bid for Downtown Hotel

Doug Manchester entered into a term sheet agreement with the Port District last week to develop a key bayfront hotel, but the port is keeping its options open.

'Digital PR' Is the 'New PR'

Some say the Internet has forever changed the way we manage public relations. But the Internet hasn't changed public relations , brands have. Moreover, the Internet hasn't changed the way people communicate. Rather, people have changed the way they commun

Cynthia Trudell a Woman Who Means Business

On Oct. 6, more than 1,000 San Diegans poured into the Town and Country Convention Center's ballroom to celebrate the San Diego Business Journal's sixth annual Women Who Mean Business Awards program.

No Bull; Stock Analyst Sees End to Bear Market

The stock market's current situation indicates a bear market is ending, not starting, says a top market strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons.


Local experts say the passionate debate in Europe over the safety of genetically altered foods hasn't affected San Diego's burgeoning ag-biotech development.

Exchange Offer Between Excel, Price Under Way

Excel Legacy Corp. of Rancho Bernardo has commenced its exchange offer for Price Enterprises.

Neighborhood House Pitches In to Help Out

While the growing San Diego economy has created dozens of new millionaires and raised the net worth of many, not everyone is sharing in the largess.

Taxing Disaster Reserves Is Disastrous

A constant refrain from opponents of tax cuts is the federal budget surplus should be "invested" in programs such as Social Security, Medicare and education. Planning responsibly for the future, they insist, requires that government spend the surplus rath

County TV Has Big Plans for the New Year

County Television Network is gearing up to for what its management considers a new step in the station's evolution , launching a couple of new programs and standardizing program time slots.

Getting an Editor's Attention Is Important

Thousands of press releases flood the media each day, but only those with the "write stuff" stand a good chance of gaining the ever-valuable free publicity. How do some companies (small business and corporations alike) succeed in getting media attention w

Bonding Schools and Business

In a little more than two weeks, residents in the Poway Unified School District will be asked to approve Proposition A, a special election that seeks $149 million to improve and enhance facilities and education.


Mayor Susan Golding and Julie Meier Wright, president of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., will accompany local biotech executives on a trade mission to London and Switzerland this week.

Commercial Real Estate Goes High-Tech

Inside a modern office building on a Mira Mesa cul-de-sac, Christopher A. Crane and employees of Comps.Com are beginning a revolution in the marketing of commercial real estate.


Former Gov. Pete Wilson has joined the Los Angeles financial firm of Pacific Capital Group as a managing director.

It's a Fact: Beals Finds Success In Finderbinder

Twenty-five years ago Gary Beals opened his own advertising agency in San Diego, Beals Marketing Tactics.

Web Is Fun, Interactive, Colorful and Creative

Ten years ago, the main way that the general public learned about issues was to read books, newspapers or magazines, listen to the radio, or watch television. The importance of these media must not be undermined. Indeed, they have been the primary distrib

People on the Move

James H. West of West & Associates Certified Public Accountants and Consultants was selected to serve as a member of the board of directors for the Support Center/Executive Service Corps. San Diego National Bank promoted Janet Colucci as assistant vice pr


Steve Aceti makes some good points in his opinion column, "Regional Transportation Plan Needs More Work," in the Aug. 30 issue of the San Diego Business Journal. Commenting on Sandag's North County transportation study, he recommended adding an entire new

County Eyeing Plan to Insure More San Diegans

A regional council of health experts believes it may have found a remedy to overcome San Diego's rising health care woes.

La Jolla's Prospect Square Face-lift

Crews from Keeton Construction Co. Inc. of Vista have started the renovation of Prospect Square, a three-level retail, restaurant and office building in downtown La Jolla.