Stories for April 2000

Monday, April 24

TRANSPORTATION--S.D. May Get $500M In Transport Funding

San Diego should expect to see almost a half-billion dollars out of $5 billion in added transportation money being spent throughout the state.

HIGH-TECH--Upstage.com Hopes to Upstage the Competition

If William Shakespeare's play "As You Like It" was written in the 21st century, Act II, Scene 7 may have gone something like this: "All the Web's a stage and all the men and women burgeoning artists."

PROXY--Invitrogen Corp.

invitrogen Corp. develops, manufactures and markets research tools in kit form and provides research services to corporate, academic and government entities.

TELECOM--Sempra Puts Energies Into Telecom Firm

Through a new subsidiary, Sempra Communications, the energy giant is participating in Denver-based Aerie Networks, which plans to lay more than 20,000 miles of fiber-optic cable across the country, linking almost 200 U.S. cities.

CONSTRUCTION--Major Rancho Santa Fe Developments Under Way

Grading is under way at two major luxury residential developments this month on the east side of Rancho Santa Fe.

LAW FIRMS--International Law Firm Opens San Diego Office

Although the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster LLP opened six months ago, the staff has already doubled and more growth is expected in the coming weeks.

LAW WEEK--Professional, Community Activities Set for 43rd Annual Celebration

Celebrating your freedom in the new millennium is the theme for this year's 2000 Law Week, which kicks off April 29.

ENTERPRISE--Internet Stock News Offers the Inside Scoop on Investing

When Chris Agarwal turned 21 and wanted to invest in the stock market, he contacted some local stockbrokers, seeking help in picking winners in an area he was familiar with: high-tech.

HOSPITALITY--Restaurant Association Hands Out Annual Awards

The San Diego County chapter of the California Restaurant Association unveiled the winners of its annual industry awards last week, naming long-time San Diego restaurateur Ed Moore as recipient of the "Special Achievement" award.

PROFILE--Joe O'Hollearn

Blending Interior Design Skills And Strategic Planning Among Joe O'Hollearn's Trademarks

Stock Splits a Good Time to Consider Buying

Dear George: I have noticed a lot of companies are splitting their stocks. Is it a good idea to buy shares before or after the split?

BIOTECH--UPT Gets Navy Grant For Combat Medical Aid

Donating platelets to help people who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment to restore their blood-clotting capabilities can be done rather simply in the civilian world.

TECHNOLOGY--City Tech Commission to Ensure Local Tech Growth

They're doing it in San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Austin, Texas and even in Ethiopia.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--Companies Keeping Employees in Mind

Now that the stock markets are correcting for reality, more and more of us are thinking about how to grow our company in the next four or five years to keep our stock prices rising.

San Pacifico Selects Manager for 464-Unit Development

San Pacifico Community Association in Carlsbad has selected the Walters Management Co. of San Diego to manage its 464-unit, master-planned development currently being offered for sale.

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Law Firms

EDITORIAL--Sit Back and Enjoy the Roller Coaster

Economists, brokers, traders and others who make their living pontificating on ways to make money in the stock market might say otherwise, but those four words sum up the basic objective in investing in the market.

COMMENTARY--Misuse of Coastal Act Does More Harm Than Good

at least one thing: We have to do something about traffic congestion , especially the completion of Route 56, which will divert some of the north and south pressure on Interstates 5 and 15.

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK--Gasoline Prices We Have Met the Enemy

Everyone is pointing fingers these days over the rocketing cost of motor fuel. Truckers caravan in protest to the nation's capital, while the Republicans blame the White House and the White House blames the Republicans.

San Diego Economy Climbs in February

San Diego's economic signals still showed an upward trend in February based on a rise of 0.6 percent in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

BIOTECH--Magnetic Drug Treatment Targets Cancerous Tumors

Like a targeted missile, scientists at FeRx Inc. in San Diego are guiding chemotherapy-carrying magnetic particles through the blood vessels directly to cancer tumors to kill them.

DESIGN--Logos Seen Around Town and on Political Literature

There are a dozen or more design trophies in the conference room of the Hansen Associates office on the corner of Third and Fir streets. There are silver microphones and Oscar-shaped statues on two shelves reaching to mid-thigh. Most are a dozen years old

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Corporate Benefit Solutions & Retirement Solutions, LLC hired Karen Barba as an administrative assistant. San Diego National Bank promoted Michael Wastilla to associate credit administrator/corporate officer and Denyee Hubbard to investment services offi

CYBERBUCKS--Gateway Exec's Pay Is a Fascinating Study

Last week Bill Gates, the world's richest man, lost more than $12 billion in one day. Given the way the stock market was battering Microsoft stock since a federal judge ruled it was a de facto monopoly, that loss is probably a lot higher today.

MEDIA AND MARKETING--Former Stoorza President Opens Own Firm

Alan Ziegaus, a former president and partner of local PR powerhouse Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, recently announced he's launching his own firm.

NEWSMAKER

When Gary Sams finishes consulting local biotechnology firms on how to market their drugs, his focus shifts to a cause for which treatments are many, but success is rare: troubled teens.

TOURISM--Animal Park Plans New Condor Exhibit for Summer

The Wild Animal Park's new lure for this season's visitors is a $3.48 million attraction featuring an endangered member of the vulture family: the California condor.

PROFILE--Steve Bimson

Steve Bimson's Ability to Look at Things Differently Has Earned Him Many Titles

REAL ESTATE--Home Prices Climb Nearly $100K Over '99 Figures

The average price of a resale detached home in San Diego County was 31 percent higher last month than in March 1999, the San Diego Association of Realtors said.

SMALLl BUSINESS-- Federation Staging Tax Protest

Taxes are due today. Having difficulty understanding your 1040 forms? You're not alone.

CHAMBERLAIN ON MONEY--Chaotic Market May Be Time to Adjust Your 401(k)

Dear George: I just received my 401(k) statement for the first quarter and, for the first time in a long time, the balance went down. Is this a good time to make some serious allocation adjustments?

ABOUT THE LIST--Upgrades and Price Wars Drain Revenues

There are many pressing issues on the minds of the local commercial printers as they readjust business strategies to increase profit margins.

COMMENTARY--Effects of Mergers Run Deep Into Community

The news of another merger or acquisition has become commonplace as companies around the world combine in an effort to expand market potential and benefit from the economic efficiencies of consolidation.

TRADE--Tech Show Highlights Mayor's Mission to China

The importance that San Diego officials place on trade relations with China was underscored last month when Mayor Susan Golding led a group of 18 people on a two-week trade mission to Hong Kong, Beijing and several other Chinese cities.

PROXY--RF Industries, LTD.

RF Industries, Ltd. has two operating divisions, the RF Connector Division and RF Neulink Division, both of which are involved in the design, manufacture and sale of communications equipment.

USIU Honors Peter Q. Davis As Alumnus of the Year

The alumni of United States International University have named Peter Q. Davis, chairman of the Bank of Commerce, as alumnus of the year, and will honor him at a dinner this week.

PRINTING--Lithographix of L.A. Buys Smurfit Press of Carlsbad

Los Angeles-based Lithographix, Inc., recently acquired Smurfit Press in Carlsbad.

LEAD STORY--Challenge Is to Keep Up With Changing Roles

That was the hesitant reaction Mires Design Inc. partner John Ball remembered from about six years ago , the first time his firm was asked to work on an Internet page.

Wylie Secures Pendleton Sewer Contract

C.E. Wylie Construction Co. of San Diego has been selected by the U.S. Navy to modify seven sewage treatment plants and an associated pump station at Camp Pendleton.

COMMENTARY--Ensuring the Right to Know Your 'Credit Scores'

The purchase of a first home is a true defining moment in life for Americans. Homeownership is the quintessential American Dream. Yet, for too many hard-working Californians, home ownership represents a pipe dream, not the American dream.

HIGH-TECH--HipMoms.com Offers Help, Service to Cool Moms

One of San Diego's latest cyber-entrepreneurs plans to establish an online resource center for moms across the county.

CABLE--Daniels Cablevision to Be Sold to Highest Bidder

Daniels Cablevision is for sale following the death of its founder, cable television pioneer Bill Daniels.

County Celebrates Law Week

The local celebration of Law Week will include a variety of events from April 29 to May 5.

LEAD STORY--Consultant Walks U.S.-Based Businesses Through Foreign Deals

When doing business in Mexico, don't assume bribery and payoffs go with the territory, said a San Diego-based foreign legal consultant.

EDITORIAL--No Bummer of a Summer in San Diego

The warning signs normally would be blaring that this summer has all the makings of the genesis of a long recession for San Diego.

SMALL BUSINESS--Mentus Handbook Provides Clues to Finding Capital

Mentus Inc., a San Diego-based strategic marketing company, has released a handbook which will assist emerging companies looking for venture capital.

LABOR--Janitors Strike Grows; Union Files More Charges

Union officials representing striking janitors of 21 Downtown buildings plan to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board for what they said are clear violations by cleaning service contractors.

EDUCATION--Trends Create Shift in Educational Focus

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego announced the addition of three new centers to address the changing landscape of law.

INTERNET--FindLaw Inc. Creates a Resource for Business

Local small-business owners finding themselves with basic legal and business questions now have an extra resource to tap.

INVESTING--Steps Involved in a Legal Review Before Investing

Biotech start-ups require a large amount of capital to bring their products to market.

Budget Rental Cars Promotes Honda's Natural Gas Vehicle

Budget Rental Cars' latest promotion in San Diego will have some people seeing green.

REAL ESTATE--Modern Look Sought for Sorrento Office Project

The pier holes are drilled and foundation rebar installed for Sorrento South Corporate Center.

RELOCATION--Redevelopment Affects Businesses on the Same Block Printer, Graphics Designer a Step Ahead in Moving

With redevelopment plans moving ahead, a printer and graphics designer are in the midst of plans to relocate.

FINANCE--Dive in Tech Stocks Only Temporary

The recent plummet in tech stock prices, including San Diego companies like Qualcomm Inc., is only a temporary phenomenon and doesn't dim the bright prospects for the industry in the future.

TOURISM--SeaWorld Unveils Plans for Future

SeaWorld San Diego's next step to building structures taller than 30 feet was delivered to city officials earlier this month: a revised draft of the aquatic theme park's master plan.

ABOUT THE LIST--Recruiting Law Firms Compete Against Stock Options

From the Alley to the Valley and all Silicon centers in between, tech companies are raiding corporate law firms of their top associates.

TRANSPORTATION--Majestic Cos. Testing New Child Restraint for School Buses

OCEANSIDE , More than 24 million U.S. students ride school buses every day. At any given time, only a handful are wearing seat belts.

BIOTECH--Structural GenomiX Raises $32M in VC Financing

San Diego-based Structural GenomiX said it raised $32 million in a second round of venture capital financing.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION--Interior Resource Project Under Way

Several local building design firm officials said they are under way with major projects this month.

San Diego REAL ESTATE

Selling agents: Phil Monroe, Ken Satterlee, and Mike Conerty of Burnham Real Estate Services represented both parties.

ENTERPRISE--Friends Are 'Urchin' to Do Business

So, let's get this straight. Brett and Scott are brothers. Scott and Paul are best friends. And Brett and Jack are best friends.

TECHNOLOGY--AEGIS Broadband Expands Latin American Market

San Diego-based AEGIS Broadband plans to take its digital technology to Latin American and Caribbean households via the movies.

Association's Luncheon Features Legal Ethics Presentation

The American Corporate Counsel Association will host David Logan and Kim McDonnell of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro at an expanded lunch program on legal ethics.

REAL ESTATE--Contractors Reach Development Milestones

Several local building contractors said they have reached major milestones on industrial and office projects in the county.

HEALTH--State Investigates Kaiser's Psychiatric Prescription Policy

Kaiser Permanente, California's largest health maintenance organization, is presently under investigation by the state Department of Corporations for allowing its psychiatrists to routinely prescribe psychiatric drugs to mental health patients without hav

TECHNOLOGY--E-Mail, Laser Discs Become Necessities

Attorneys moving from city to city, needing to dig into the same repository of documents; a client with a midnight change to a patent application; employees doing simple research. They all lean on technology to do the work at hand.

STOCK MARKET--Dot-Coms' IPOs Face Rigorous Scrutiny

San Diego investors were barely catching their breath last week from the steepest roller-coaster ride of falling and then fast-rising stock prices ever, when two local Internet firms came to the plate to issue IPO filings.

ENVIRONMENT--Solar Power Forms Joint Venture in S.D. Market

A team of environmentally conscious marketers has settled on San Diego as its place in the sun.

Civil Justice Ass'n Seeks Change to Competition Law

Calling it a danger to small or start-up businesses, notably when put in the hands of trial lawyers, a statewide group is pushing to change California's Unfair Competition Law.

E-COMMERCE--EyeVelocity Has an Eye on Customized Products

A revolutionary technology coupled with the financial backing of a prominent auto maker and several venture capitalists are expected to be driving forces of San Diego-based EyeVelocity, Inc.'s future success.

PUBLISHING--Photo Quality Aside, Time and Money Are Big Factors

Going digital is not always picture perfect when talking about cameras in the publishing industry.

Monday, April 17

PUBLISHING--Digital Cameras Making Impact on the Media

Going digital is not always picture perfect when talking about cameras in the publishing industry.

DESIGN--Trophies Are Only One Sign of Designer's Success

There are a dozen or more design trophies in the conference room of the Hansen Associates office on the corner of Third and Fir streets. There are silver microphones and Oscar-shaped statues on two shelves reaching to mid-thigh. Most are a dozen years old

ENTERPRISE--Internet Stock News Offers the Inside Scoop on Investing

When Chris Agarwal turned 21 and wanted to invest in the stock market, he contacted some local stockbrokers, seeking help in picking winners in an area he was familiar with: high-tech.

BBB to Present Fraud Prevention Seminar

The San Diego Better Business Bureau is presenting its fifth annual fraud prevention seminar May 6.

Southwest Adds Service to Austin and Kansas City, Mo.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines recently began offering daily nonstop service from Lindbergh Field and Austin, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.

Civil Justice Ass'n Seeks Change to Competition Law

Calling it a danger to small or start-up businesses, notably when put in the hands of trial lawyers, a statewide group is pushing to change California's Unfair Competition Law.

HIGH TECH--HipMoms.com Offers Help, Service to Cool Moms

One of San Diego's latest cyber-entrepreneurs plans to establish an online resource center for moms across the county.

CONSTRUCTION--Major Rancho Santa Fe Developments Under Way

Grading is under way at two major luxury residential developments this month on the east side of Rancho Santa Fe.

Census Runs Into San Diego Roadblock

San Diegans aren't too thrilled about giving data to the Census Bureau based on the results of a recent poll on the city of San Diego's Web site.

HOSPITALITY--Restaurant Association Hands Out Annual Awards

The San Diego County chapter of the California Restaurant Association unveiled the winners of its annual industry awards last week, naming long-time San Diego restaurateur Ed Moore as recipient of the "Special Achievement" award.

And the Commission Nominees Are

Here are the nominated members of the city's proposed Science and Technology Council:

E-COMMERCE--EyeVelocity Has an Eye on Customized Products

A revolutionary technology coupled with the financial backing of a prominent auto maker and several venture capitalists are expected to be driving forces of San Diego-based EyeVelocity, Inc.'s future success.

San Diego Millennium Festivities Continue

The third annual Buds 'n' Blooms Floral Fiesta in Balboa Park will be part of the city's millennium festivities, "Balboa Park Exposition 2000."

SMALL BUSINESS--Small Business Federation Staging Tax Protest

Taxes are due today. Having difficulty understanding your 1040 forms? You're not alone.

RELOCATION--Printer, Graphics Designer a Step Ahead in Moving

With redevelopment plans moving ahead, a printer and graphics designer are in the midst of plans to relocate.

Print

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TRANSPORTATION--S.D. May Get $500M In Transport Funding

San Diego should expect to see almost a half-billion dollars out of $5 billion in added transportation money being spent throughout the state.

San Diego Real Estate

The average price of a resale detached home in San Diego County was 31 percent higher last month than in March 1999, the San Diego Association of Realtors said.

CYBERBUCKS--Gateway Exec's Pay Is a Fascinating Study

Last week Bill Gates, the world's richest man, lost more than $12 billion in one day. Given the way the stock market was battering Microsoft stock since a federal judge ruled it was a de facto monopoly, that loss is probably a lot higher today.

People on the Move

Corporate Benefit Solutions & Retirement Solutions, LLC hired Karen Barba as an administrative assistant. San Diego National Bank promoted Michael Wastilla to associate credit administrator/corporate officer and Denyee Hubbard to investment services offi

TECHNOLOGY--City Tech Commission to Ensure Local Tech Growth

They're doing it in San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Austin, Texas and even in Ethiopia.

Checklist for Relocating a Business

Although there are many things to consider when relocating a business anywhere, a checklist can be helpful, especially for a first-time mover.

For the Record

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MEDIA & MARKETING--Former Stoorza President Opens Own Firm

Alan Ziegaus, a former president and partner of local PR powerhouse Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, recently announced he's launching his own firm.

BIOTECH--Magnetic Drug Treatment Targets Cancerous Tumors

Health Care: Early-Stage Trial Findings Reported at A Recent S.D. Conference

PROFILE--Steve Bimson

High Lord of Alternatives Steve Bimson's Ability to Look at Things Differently Has

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION--Interior Resource Project Under Way

Several local building design firm officials said they are under way with major projects this month.

LABOR--Janitors Strike Grows; Union Files More Charges

Union officials representing striking janitors of 21 Downtown buildings plan to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board for what they said are clear violations by cleaning service contractors.

Editorial--No Bummer of a Summer in San Diego

The warning signs normally would be blaring that this summer has all the makings of the genesis of a long recession for San Diego.

Hot Deals

Selling Agents: Dan Brennan, Dave Hagglund and Eric Tompkins of CB Richard Ellis' San Diego Central Office represented the seller. The buyer represented itself.

About the List--Low Profits Raise Printers' Competitive Ingenuity

There are many pressing issues on the minds of the local commercial printers as they readjust business strategies to increase profit margins.

Commentary--Misuse of Coastal Act Does More Harm Than Good

Every candidate in the last San Diego city election agreed on at least one thing: We have to do something about traffic congestion , especially the completion of Route 56, which will divert some of the north and south pressure on Interstates 5 and 15.

LEAD STORY--Graphic Designers Transcend the Limits of Paper

That was the hesitant reaction Mires Design Inc. partner John Ball remembered from about six years ago , the first time his firm was asked to work on an Internet page.

BIOTECH--Structural GenomiX Raises $32M in VC Financing

San Diego-based Structural GenomiX said it raised $32 million in a second round of venture capital financing.

Editor's Notebook--Gasoline Prices We Have Met the Enemy

Everyone is pointing fingers these days over the rocketing cost of motor fuel. Truckers caravan in protest to the nation's capital, while the Republicans blame the White House and the White House blames the Republicans.

CHAMBERLAIN ON MONEY--Stock Splits a Good Time to Consider Buying

Dear George: I have noticed a lot of companies are splitting their stocks. Is it a good idea to buy shares before or after the split?

Viejas Leader an Impressive Alumnus

It may be far from Hollywood Boulevard, but Anthony Pico is making his own celebrated imprints at Grossmont College.

PRINTING--Lithographix of L.A. Buys Smurfit Press of Carlsbad

Los Angeles-based Lithographix, Inc., recently acquired Smurfit Press in Carlsbad.

Proxy-- RF Industries, LTD.

F Industries, Ltd. has two operating divisions, the RF Connector Division and RF Neulink Division, both of which are involved in the design, manufacture and sale of communications equipment.

TRANSPORTATION--Majestic Cos. Testing New Child Restraint for School Buses

OCEANSIDE , More than 24 million U.S. students ride school buses every day. At any given time, only a handful are wearing seat belts.

BIOTECH--UPT Gets Navy Grant For Combat Medical Aid

Donating platelets to help people who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment to restore their blood-clotting capabilities can be done rather simply in the civilian world.

Monday, April 10

CONSTRUCTION--Manchester Resorts Projects Take Major Strides Forward

The construction fence is up and workers are starting site preparation for a second tower at the Hyatt Regency San Diego in Downtown.

EDITORIAL--Project Scripps Needs a Shot in the Arm

For all the good intentions Project Scripps may have, few under the organization's umbrella seem willing to work toward any immediate solutions to mend the growing rift between administrators and doctors.

LABOR--Janitors Negotiating Higher Pay

Ignacio Manuel Qui & #324;ones works five nights a week cleaning offices at Symphony Towers, a job he's held for about three years.

HIGH TECH--Orincon Taking Off With Airport Safety Technology

San Diego's Orincon Corp. is taking off with a new technology designed to make airport runways safer.

BIOTECH--Biotechnology Changes Affect Business Model

An expert on corporate strategy warned biotech leaders they'd better rethink their business model. If not, the companies won't be able to compete in a business environment marked by rapid scientific progress and fierce competition.

CHAMBERLAIN ON MONEY--When Estate Planning, Dig Deeper Than a Seminar

Dear George: I think the time has come to do some serious estate planning. However, I'm not sure how to find a good attorney to help me. Any suggestions?

FRAUD--Employees: Beware of Office Supply Scams

To the office workers who answer the phone, order the supplies, pay the bills and process the paperwork, beware!

TOURISM--State Planning to Bid Out Bazaar del Mundo Contract

It's now a successful tourism hub of 16 shops, five restaurants and several annual events, but Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo complex was very different when businesswoman Diane Powers first asked for the site's concessions contract in 1971.

HEALTHCARE--$3.2M Donated to Children's Convalescent Hospital

Children's Hospital and Health Center has just gotten a step closer to funding the construction of a new convalescent hospital for San Diego's terminally ill children.

LABOR--Security Guard Industry Experiences High Turnover

He had worked the graveyard shift at the docks the previous night and made it home in just enough time to shower, change, eat breakfast and leave for work again.

TOURISM--Competitor Buys Out Hotel's Owner

Ownership changes recently took place at the Hotel La Jolla. The hotel's owner, Seattle-based WestCoast Hotels, Inc., was purchased by a competitor, Cavanaughs Hotels in Spokane, Wash.

HEALTH CARE--Scripps Clinic Staff Absorb Cost-Saving Strategies

Doctors at Scripps Clinic agreed to take a pay cut last month to offset rising health care costs, but another round of cutbacks appears unlikely, said a Scripps spokeswoman.

BIOTECH--Insiders Provide Glimpse Into Biotech Mergers

Two former San Diego-based biotechnology chief executives offered an insider's look at the ups and downs of being acquired by pharmaceutical giants.

BEACH--New Law May Impact Beach Area Businesses

Still reeling from an earlier round of beach closures sparked by a late February beach spill, San Diego may be socked with additional shutdowns due to an increase in testing.

ABOUT THE LIST--Labor Shortage Hurts Booming Security Guard Business

They are everywhere. They're at sporting events, conventions, private housing divisions, shopping malls, hospitals, banks and industrial parks.

What Beach Posting Means

The tests measure the amount of coliform and enterococcus bacteria. A beach will be posted if a single sample at a beach measures a high level of either of these bacteria, said John Van Rhyn, water quality expert with the county's Environmental Health Dep

FINANCE--Two Local Banks Post Strong 1999 Numbers

Two San Diego County banks said strong net earnings growth fueled increased profitability.

ENTREPRENEURS--Two From S.D. Vie for Awards in Visa Start-Up

After working as marketing representative for a number of exporters, a job involving a great deal of travel, Boris Acosta wanted to settle down in one place.

COMMENTARY--Ensuring the Right to Know Your 'Credit Scores'

Home ownership is the quintessential American dream. Yet, for too many hard-working Californians, home ownership represents a pipe dream, not the American dream.

ENTERPRISE--Salon Chain Provides More Than Just a Haircut

Comedian Ray Stevens once sang a song warning his audience never to get a haircut out of town. You might end up with the biker barber, the logger barber, or worse, the born-again barber.

HOTELS--Recent Hotel Sales Affect Region's Market Values

Considering that in 1998, REITs were more active in the hotel market and a number of pricey hotel sales took place in San Diego, a big drop in the region's average price per room in 1999 was no surprise, according to a Costa Mesa-based hospitality firm.

People on the Move

Beverly Stewart joined Neighborhood National Bank as vice president and manager of business banking. Consumer Counseling Service of San Diego and Imperial Counties named Betty Hackett director and Lee Didier controller. Calderon, Jaham and Osborn, Certifi

Newsmakers

Athletes looking for that extra edge in competition may find what they're seeking at the Web site produced by a local consulting firm.

SMALL BUSINESS--U.S. Treasury Wants to Abolish Cash Accounting

House Small Business Committee Chairman Jim Talent is on the warpath over a Treasury Department policy that has taken away from entrepreneurs one of the best case management tools allowing them to succeed , cash accounting.

FOR THE RECORD

If you would like your business event that costs less than $50 to attend included in the calendar section, please make sure your press release arrives at our office at least 15 working days before the event. Send information to:

Buyer Interest High as Cortez Hill Project Begins

Construction has started at Discovery at Cortez Hill, a 22-story condominium project on Beech Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues.

San Diego Gets Tourism Boost From Magazine

San Diego was recently selected as the most family-friendly city in the Southwest by readers of FamilyFun magazine.

TECHNOLOGY--Few Local Ripples From Microsoft Case Ruling

A federal judge's ruling last week that Microsoft Corp. is a monopoly and violates antitrust laws, which could lead to a break-up of the software giant, was met with a collective yawn from many in San Diego's high-tech industry.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--Let's Examine Chargers Stadium Concept

We are now beginning the second quarter of the first year of a new century, and our leading emerging industry appears to be blowing things out of proportion.

A Price for Deferring Ship Maintenance

For example, the USS Detroit, a 28-year-old fast combat support ship homeported in Earle, N.J., was scheduled for a $20 million overhaul last summer. The Navy now has to spend an estimated $70 million to repair the ship because the maintenance was put off

COMMENTARY--Unemployment Insurance for the ... Employed?

The unemployment insurance system is a safety net. It's there for people who, through no fault of their own, become unemployed. It's for the folks who are able, available and actively seeking suitable employment. It's one of those ways in which government

PROXY- Callaway Golf

allaway Golf Co. designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, innovative golf clubs and golf balls.

PROFILE--Charles Bieler

Turning Fund-Raising Into 'Friend-Raising' Charles Bieler Takes a Personal Approach to

LEAD STORY--Strained Sea Power Threatens National Security

Colombia. Bosnia. The Middle East. Africa. The U.S. government's military support and presence continues to expand.

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Phil Monroe, Patrick Rohan, and Adam Edwards of Burnham Real Estate Services represented both parties.

PUBLIC COMPANIES--SEC Proposes Rule Changes and May Heighten Enforcement

Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed two sets of rule changes that may significantly affect public companies and their shareholders.

Two From S.D. Vie for Awards in Visa Start-Up

After working as marketing representative for a number of exporters, a job involving a great deal of travel, Boris Acosta wanted to settle down in one place.

Santee OKs Trolley Station Shopping Center

Work will start this fall on Santee Trolley Square, a 50-acre retail and entertainment center at Cuyamaca Street and Mission Gorge Road in Santee, an official of Vestar Development Co. said.

Monday, April 3

Largest Area Public Companies

Largest Area Public Companies

Awards: VitroRobertson, Tyler Blik Named Winners

at Santa Monica design firm PHD. Piercy judged the graphics design entries but had snuck a look at the advertising submissions. He described the VitroRobertson-Taylor posters as "beautiful."