Stories for July 2000

Monday, July 31

TECHNOLOGY--HealthScan Stands Behind Technology Despite Criticisms

La Jolla-based HealthScan doesn't expect its business to be hurt by a recent American Heart Association report that questions the mass screening of healthy adults for heart disease.

Local BFGoodrich Could Reap $1 Billion in New Work

CHULA VISTA , A new model of jet engine could bring $1 billion worth of work to BFGoodrich Aerospace's Southern California operations in the coming decades.

Power Rate Debate Begins To Heat Up

The battle over local electricity rates is heating up as local government officials declare a state of emergency and the California Public Utilities Commission prepares to discuss the effects deregulation has had on San Diego Gas & Electric Co. customers.

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INTERNET--Consumer-Driven Health Care Leads to eHealth Solutions

How many people have rushed to the doctor's office only to be delayed for hours, deluged with questions and paperwork and had greater concern shown for their insurance information than for their symptoms?

EDITORIAL--Franchisees Greased in Chevron Decision

Profits are still way up, which should come as no surprise when considering gas prices have yet to correct themselves after last spring's dramatic, almost-overnight 40-cent hike. If a correction does come, no doubt it will occur sometime this fall when sc

HOSPITALS--Mission Bay Hospital May Relocate to Carmel Valley

Mission Bay Hospital's top executive believes hospitals are investments in the future.

Impact of Sale Still Unclear for Local BAE Plant

BAE Systems North America has reached an agreement to buy Lockheed Martin's Aerospace Electronics Systems businesses.

CONTRACTORS--Defense Contractors Consider Adapting to Marketplace

"We're well-established, we've been profitable for years, but our stock is dead in the water with a low valuation and little prospects for doing any better. Yet, dot-coms and 'new economy' companies with no profits and very little revenues are trading at

Public-Private Consortium Eyes $6M in Funding

The House of Representatives has appropriated $6 million to fund a public-private consortium that would develop advanced technology for military, government and perhaps private use.

SERVICES--Business Tactics Offset Rising Health Care Costs

In Alvarado Hospital's rehabilitation institute, past the information desk, down the hall on the right, in Room 112, is the hospital's latest business venture. It's called the Community Health Resource Center , a free medical research library for laymen a

ENTERPRISE--The Shidler Group Continues Its Western Expansion

Ask Marc Brutten, managing partner for the Shidler Group's West Coast operations, the names and addresses of the company's local real estate and he can probably tell you the names, but the addresses will send him scurrying to a folder to look them up.

FINANCE--Halfway Point Finds Local Banks in Positive Mode

Three local banks are reporting positive financial results for the second quarter and first six months of this year.

CYBERBUCKS--BuyMore Is Bucking the Current Dot-Com Trend

Not all dot-coms are facing an uncertain future, desperately seeking cash and wondering if they can make this week's payroll.

LEAD--Defending the Country in the Face of a Local Energy Crisis

The deregulation debacle is hitting all San Diego businesses hard, especially the manufacturing sector.

GOVERNMENT--Experts Say Stallings Likely Tipped on IPO

San Diego City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings' purchase of stock in a public stock offering of a company headed by Padres owner John Moores last year could not have occurred without help from an inside source, and was questionable because of her casting v

Energy Panel Sets Public Workshop

As electricity rates climb locally, the San Diego Regional Energy Office is looking into solving the problem by bringing additional electricity generation into the area.

COMMENTARY--Saving: Securing a Nest Egg for Our Golden Years

Half of all private sector employees still do not have any retirement coverage. This is a major problem that needs to be addressed, especially in an economy as good as the one we are currently experiencing. When only 20 percent of all small businesses wit

PROFILE--Culture Empowers Renaissance Restaurateur

t's a warm summer morning in a bright, sparsely furnished office-apartment along India Street in West Mission Hills, and Su-Mei Yu is describing a lunch she'll prepare for herself that day. There will be rice, vegetables and a Thai, salsa-like sauce calle

Invitrogen Pact to Pay Off for Locally Based Diversa

San Diego-based Diversa Corp., which collects tiny organisms from exotic landscapes, is getting ready to collect royalty payments from the sale of three key enzymes.

BENEFITS--Health Insurance Option Gives Employees Choices

Ken Ravazzolo believes benefits are the key to attracting and retaining good employees in San Diego.

HIGH-TECH--Analysts Like Qualcomm's Spinoff Plan

Qualcomm Inc.'s plan to spin off its chip set business into a new public company follows a familiar strategy of creating new entities and shedding operations that don't prove profitable.

TOURISM--Revenues Place S.D. Among Favored Lodging Markets

San Diego is among the country's favorable lodging markets, according to New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers.

PROXY--Lightspan Inc.

ightspan Inc. develops educational software and online resources for school and home.

BENEFITS--Report: Military Maintains Model Child Care System

The U.S. military is more than just the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world, according to a recent report. Apparently, they're pretty good with the kids.

INTERNET--Permission Marketing: Targeting Information to Appropriate Audiences

For millions of chronic disease sufferers, staying abreast of recent findings on their medical issue has been as challenging as living with the disease itself.

HIGH-TECH---Subsidiary of Titan Corp. Hands Out Layoff Notices

Cayenta, the electronic business unit of San Diego-based Titan Corp., handed out layoff notices to 40 employees last week, including eight people in San Diego.

TRANSPORTATION--Brown Field Cargo Center Plan Hits Turbulence

A vote by the city of San Diego on whether to expand Brown Field into a proposed air cargo facility is still weeks, or even months away. But the county Board of Supervisors went on record July 26 with a 5-0 vote voicing serious concerns about the project.

HEALTH CARE--UC Regents Give Nod to School of Pharmacy

The UC Board of Regents recently approved a new school of pharmacy and the building of a cancer center at UCSD.

COMMENTARY--Caution With Emergency Care at Crucial Stage

Residents of San Diego County are fortunate to have a world-class emergency medical services system to assure that ambulances and highly skilled health care professionals are there when you need them. And hospitals and emergency rooms of the highest calib

FLEET WEEK--Miramar Air Show to Highlight Fleet Week Celebrations

Local servicemen and women in the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard and their families will be honored for their contributions to the community and nation during San Diego's fourth annual Fleet Week 2000.

NEWSMAKERS

It's a blank wall with a door in the middle. Nothing dangerous, only dull. Painter Linda Luisi's job is to transform it into something that will interest and delight the employees of BioQ.com in Carlsbad.

BIO-TECH--Avanir Eagerly Awaits Over-the-Counter Sales

San Diego-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals said the recent Food and Drug Administration approval for the first over-the-counter herpes drug marks a major milestone for the firm.

LAW--Local Attorney's Pro Bono Work Frees Woman

"If a San Diego lawyer hadn't read a newspaper to pass the time on a flight from Minneapolis to California odds are that Serena Nunn still would be sitting in an Arizona prison today."

REAL ESTATE--CCDC Eyes Overhaul

Downtown's long-vacant building at Fifth Avenue and Broadway may be redeveloped into a high-tech office building soon, said Centre City Development Corp. officials.

INTERNET--Local Internet Firm Working in New Domain

CARLSBAD , A local company with unique alliances is working to make the dot-ws suffix to Internet addresses as common as dot-com.

People on the Move

Banking and FinanceDottie Hart was promoted to vice president and branch manager of Community First National Bank's El Cajon office. Rancho Santa Fe National Bank welcomed Mark Christian and Morgan Miller to the position of senior vice president, Michael

SMALL BUSINESS AND RETAIL--Small High-Tech Firm Growth Exceeds All Others

The amount of growth for small high-tech firms in San Diego between 1990 and 1998 exceeded the total amount of business growth in the city during that same time period.

INFRASTRUCTURE--How Do You Spell Commuter Relief? 'Middle 56'

The "freeway without a middle" is $25 million closer to getting a center. State Route 56 will connect Interstate 5 and Interstate 15 by the year 2004.

Area Design Firms Announce New Contracts

Several local design and construction firms have been awarded contracts in recent weeks, their principals said.

TRAVEL--Maintaining Health and Safety While Traveling Abroad

Remaining safe and healthy can be an achievement all in itself for busy executives traveling abroad.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--Saluting a Diversified Work Force

The backbone of any successful company or organization is without question its employee base.

Monday, July 24

Biotech --- Idec's Faith in Cancer Drug Bolstered By Stock Surge

Shares of Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. started rising in May amid whispers that second-quarter sales of the firm's cancer drug Rituxan would exceed Wall Street's expectations, said a biotech analyst.

Ballpark --- Pads Eye Financing Entire Ballpark Project

Faced with escalating obstacles, including potential criminal charges that may invalidate past ballpark votes, San Diego city officials are talking to the Padres about financing the Downtown stadium through a private bond issue.

Profile --- Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Marla Shepard started work as a teller at Santel Federal Credit Union in August 1972 and within a couple of months on the job, she decided that she'd like to be president and CEO of the then-small credit union.

Commentary --- Microsoft Ruling: Foreboding Message to Business

As most people now know, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has issued his ruling in the Department of Justice antitrust suit against Microsoft.

Tourism --- Attendance Higher Than Expected at Legoland's 'Kidvention'

Legoland California's first-ever convention for aficionados of the plastic toy bricks was a hit, said park representatives.

Insurance --- Local Firm Lessens Risk of Online Auction Purchases

Insurance: First to Offer E-Marketplace Internet Fraud Protection Policies

Real Estate --- Roel Begins $80 Million Indian Casino Project

Roel Construction Co. Inc. of San Diego has started work on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' new $80 million Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.

Law --- Longtime Judges Step Down From Superior Court

The weeks when July turns to August bring two retirements from the San Diego Superior Court bench.

About the List --- Caterers Go With the Flow in Unpredictable Industry

The San Diego Business Journal's List of the Largest Independent Caterers is ranked by the gross catering sales for 1999 in San Diego County. In 1999, the combined gross catering sales for the top 15 caterers amounted to $37.8 million, an increase of 10 p

Biotech --- Diverse Firms Feel Pinch of Dot-Com Cash Woes

The financial difficulties faced by an increasing number of local high-tech companies is affecting a range of service providers, from law firms to accountants and other consultants.

Nonprofits --- Corporate Functions Plugged Into Downtown Restaurants

Every month a northern California company calls Katherine Faulconer to make dinning arrangements for their monthly sales team meeting in San Diego.

Lead --- Exhibit Designers Displays Reflect Image-Conscious Industry's Ingenuity

Dean White talks in such detail about storage and access fields in cellular phones, product launches, hush-hush developments, millions in funding , the whole high-tech industry buzz , you'd think he was a tekkie himself.

People On The Move

Banking and FinanceSherman E. Palmore was named USE Credit Union's community outreach officer. Southwest Community Bank appointed Dan Vuksanovic to head its new East County branch in El Cajon. Elana Cooper joined Grice, Lund & Tarkington, LLP, CPAs of Enc

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Editor's Notebook --- Looks Like Our Kids Are Passing the Stanford 9 Test

If you, like me, are befuddled by the graphs and charts associated with the Stanford 9 exam, we can at least be assured of one thing as we fumble through the numbers: Our kids are doing better in school.

Trade --- San Diego Presence in Hong Kong Closing Shop

A Hong Kong office intended to boost trade, investment, and tourism to San Diego will close Aug. 15, barring some last-minute change.

Small Business & Retail --- Economic Slowdown: Soft Landing or Bad Dream?

A chill wind is blowing through the nation's economy, according to a report released July 17 by the National Federation of Independent Business. The Small Business Economic Trends report stated the Small Business Optimism Index fell 2.6 points in June, to

Sails Pavilion Upgrades Completed

San Diego recently celebrated enhancements to one of its landmarks , the San Diego Convention Center Sails Pavilion.

Editorial --- Another Look Needed at Power Deregulation

The state Public Utilities Commission decided last week to put off making any decision on controlling skyrocketing electric rates. Commissioners said they didn't wish to be rash in responding to what could become an economic emergency.

Newsmakers

Decorating Tips Offered at Online Bed & Bath StoreMarion WebbStaff WriterIf you're a cash-strapped college student looking to breathe life into your dorm or a homeowner looking to mix and match colors in your bedroom and bathroom, why, just ask Jean.

Small Business --- Tips for Nonprofits Seeking to Cultivate New Donors

As more nonprofits have introduced special events in recent years, the fund-raising market has quickly become saturated with 5K runs, golf tournaments, auctions and gala dinners.

Utilities --- 'Profiteering' Probe Possible In Electric Rate Controversy

Investigatory hearings into "outrageous profiteering" by electricity providers and a look into the "dysfunctional" structure of the market could top some of the moves made by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) when it meets next month to di

Proxy --- Gateway, Inc.

Charles Carey, 46, has been a director since March 1996. He is chairman and CEO of Fox Television Division of Fox Inc. and co-COO of News Corp. and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.

Infrastructure --- Colorado River Plan Holds Local Risks

A plan to reduce California's dependence on the Colorado River has overcome one major hurdle. But another obstacle remains , and San Diego's major source of water could be at risk.

Enterprise --- BFGoodrich Breathes New Life Into Waning Aerospace Industry

Thirty months have passed since a $1.3 billion stock transaction folded Rohr, a Chula Vista-based aerospace contractor, into a much bigger company, BFGoodrich.

Hot Deals

Selling Agents: Robert Trinen and Peter Andrich of Cushman Investments represented the seller. The buyer represented itself.

Media & Marketing --- Yukon's Sinking Captures Media Attention

A couple weeks ago, Canadian destroyer-turned-dive-spot Yukon's premature sinking did, well, blasted some media plans.

Business --- Virtually Black Business Weekend Set for August

VirtuallyBlack.com will hold its fifth annual Virtually Black Business Weekend from Aug. 25-27 at various locations throughout San Diego.

Health Care --- Orthopedics Firm Acquires Johnson & Johnson Technology

VISTA , In 2002, when freestyle aerialist Mariano Ferrario hopes to leap for gold at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he'll brace himself , literally.

Defense --- Titan Secures $48 Million Contract With the Navy

A Navy contract renewal means San Diego-based Titan Corp. may gain more than five years of work and more than $48 million, the company announced.

Retail --- Seaport Village Tenants Likely to See Rent Hike

The San Diego Unified Port District has increased the rent for one of its tenants, Seaport Village, which now is deciding how to pass those rents along to its own tenants.

Venues --- Museums Leave Doors Open for Corporate Events

The standard hotel ballroom just won't do anymore. Groups, organizations, and corporations in particular, want fun and elegant locations to host wedding receptions and awards banquets in San Diego.

Real Estate & Construction --- Local Firms Win Best In the West Honors

Three San Diego area construction industry members have won awards for their work in recent weeks.

Biotech --- FDA Approves In-House Blood Testing System

Qualigen Inc. won its first governmental approval for a blood testing system that monitors the risk of prostate cancer.

Themes --- Preparation Key Ingredient for Managing Themed Event

One of the best ways to increase the success of your next catered event is to have a theme. Problem is, most clients don't know the ins and outs of getting the most from a caterer for a "themed" event.

Nonprofits --- Nonprofits Participate in Shopping Center Fund-Raiser

Westfield Shoppingtowns across San Diego County will host a major fund-raising event for nonprofit organizations later this year.

Monday, July 17

People on the Move

Banking and FinanceDottie Hart was promoted to vice president and branch manager of Community First National Bank's El Cajon office. Rancho Santa Fe National Bank welcomed Mark Christian and Morgan Miller to the position of senior vice presidents, Michael

TURNOVER --- Minimizing Economic Loss From Employee Turnover

Every business knows that staff turnover is one of the greatest profit drains to a company.

SMALL BUSINESS & RETAIL --- Newgen President Honored By Ernst & Young

Gerald Benowitz received the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for the San Diego region last month.

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REDEVELOPMENT--Jack McGrory Will Also Have Role With Price Group

Jack McGrory, former San Diego city manager and executive vice president and COO with the San Diego Padres, will leave that job next month to move into the president's chair at the ballclub's new real estate arm, Downtown Development, Inc.

FINANCE --- Imperial, S.D. National Actively Expanding

Imperial Bank has created a new Southern California life sciences group headquartered in San Diego, said Chris Woolley, senior vice president.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK --- San Diego's World-Class Status Grows

Amazing is the only word I can think of that describes the continued growth of America's Finest City, the first great city of the 2lst century.

CYBERBUCKS --- Turbulent Market Causes Firm to Hold Off on IPO

Yet another San Diego high-tech firm that intended to go public has decided to withdraw from a planned $75 million stock offering.

PROFILE --- Pinning Down a Successful Career

Mark Fackler learned an important life lesson after barely losing a high school wrestling match in the final seconds, but it took a little while to sink in.

REAL ESTATE --- 'Jackson's Hole' Project Is Well Under Way

Construction crews have reached the 40 percent complete mark on an apartment complex at the Jackson's Hole site in Downtown, a once-abandoned construction project.

ABOUT THE LIST --- Executive Job Candidates Scarce in a Robust Economy

On the vast employment spectrum, upper management positions are at one end and entry-level positions are at the opposite end.

LEAD --- Focused Firms Hand Over HR Workload to Specialists

Companies big and small face a minefield of potential litigation in employee relations, statistics on court judgments and government sanctions show.

HEALTH & SAFETY --- Alliance Forms for Online Program Aimed at Preventing Work Injuries

An alliance between CorpMed.com, a Boulder, Colo.-based online provider of employee health and training programs, and Kemper Insurance/NATLSCO Ergonomics Consulting Unit, a Chicago-based company with a San Diego office, is expected to decrease workers' co

EDITORIAL --- We often talk about competition as being the benchmark of a free-market economy.

While the best products may not always win out, consumers usually benefit when companies are pitted against one another.

COMMENTARY --- Fetal Tissue Research a Health Not Abortion Issue

There's never a dull moment at Life Dynamics, Inc., a Texas-based anti-abortion group. These are the folks who in past years mailed anti-abortion joke books to intimidate medical students who might consider providing abortions, and more recently, produced

UTILITIES--Alternative Power Producers Hampered By ISO Regulations

Even as the cost of conventional electricity skyrockets, the market's structure has prevented a San Diego-based producer of alternative power from fully taking advantage of the increased demand.

Shorter FHA Foreclosure Time Could Hurt Some Homeowners

The shortening of the foreclosure period on FHA-insured home loans from 111 days to just 21 may have a catastrophic impact on some homeowners, a San Diego foreclosure reporting service owner said.

PROXY --- Epimmune Inc.

Epimmune Inc. develops novel vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer, building on the field of T-cell recognition and activation.

COMMENTARY --- Boom Economy Creates Boom in Charitable Giving

If your good fortune in business or the stock market has you thinking about giving more to nonprofit charity, you're not alone.

Viejas Enterprises Recruiting New Workers

Viejas Enterprises, owned by the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians, has launched a recruitment drive to hire 200 new employees for its casino in Alpine.

INTRANET --- Online Systems Provide Communications Link

The boss is coming back from an extended assignment out of town. The plan is a noontime Friday barbecue in the parking lot. All employees invited.

INTERNET --- Self-Service Application Has Full-Service Features

Local companies are hailing a new Internet program as the human resource savior for small- to medium-sized businesses.

HIRING --- Interviews Separate the Duds From the Dynamos

It's still the first year of the new millennium, but we can already sum up the theme of the 21st-century job market.

WORKER'S COMP --- Insurance Firm Expands Workers' Comp Coverage

The Arrowhead Group's Contractors' Choice product will expand to include workers' compensation coverage for all commercial and residential general contractors and subcontractor programs.

LABOR --- Surveys Show Workers Interested in More Than Money

Over the past few years, a booming economy and tight labor market drove the focus to money and benefits as employers competed for talent. Today, it seems to have come full circle, as our employee opinion surveys show that money isn't the key issue anymore

LAW --- Cooley Godward Move Reveals 'Extraordinary Growth'

An impending move is not just a sign that a law firm is growing. It is "a reflection of the extraordinary growth in the San Diego technology community."

HEALTH CARE --- Panel Honors Subsidized Health Plan for Business

The success of a local subsidized health plan for small businesses has gained national recognition.

TOURISM --- Soccer Tournament to Draw U.S., International Teams

Ranked among the top three youth soccer tournaments in the United States, the San Diego Surf Cup will be taking place at the San Diego Polo Club from July 22-24 and July 29-31.

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Monday, July 10

Media & Marketing --- Awards Recognize Locally Produced Campaigns

Big Bang Idea Engineering in Del Mar and Bob Hughes of adult favorites FM station KXST "Sets 102" won a prestigious Radio-Mercury Award for "Nose Bank," a public service announcement they created for the San Diego Blood Bank.

ENTERPRISE--Lyon & Associates Roaring Into New Area of Marketing

In the feast-or-famine business of image-making, two Lyons are gorging themselves on the meaty advertising needs of emerging companies.

Maquilas --- Maquiladoras Work Harder to Retain Employees

Executives in Tijuana's maquiladora region say it's harder to find and retain employees.

Board Members Join International Sports Council

Five new board members were recently added to the San Diego International Sports Council.

Manufacturing --- Mexico Expansion a Profitable Turning Point

With one foot in San Diego, the other in Tijuana, and an arm in Mexicali, one might think that businessman Tom Plein is playing a game of Twister.

Health Care --- Padres Owner Donates to Mexican Pediatric Center

Expansion is under way at the Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, the only pediatric medical facility in the entire northern region of Mexico.

HIGH-TECH--High-Tech Retooling San Diego Economy

So says an assessment of San Diego's successful transition from an economy based on defense and aerospace to one based on high-tech.

Editorial --- Time to Put That Money to Work

That we have played witness to a renaissance in education these past couple of years would be an understatement, especially in light of Gov. Gray Davis committing a whopping $30.8 billion of the state's 2000-01 budget to schools.

Tourism --- Street Scene Festival to Operate Under New Conditions

Local business owners are upbeat about the new five-year contract negotiated between the city of San Diego and Street Scene promoter Rob Hagey Productions.

BIOTECH--AIDS Vaccine Researchers Report Having Initial Success

While advances using a mix of drugs have helped keep HIV infection in check, many researchers remain skeptical about the prospects of ever killing the deadly virus and a breakthrough has yet to be made in the $5 billion market for AIDS therapies.

Soccer Talk Debuts in S.D.

Soccer Talk 2000 Radio Show, a new weekly soccer radio program, debuted July 8 on KCBQ-AM.

Business Magazine Ranks Sempra Energy Among Best Firms for Workplace Diversity

San Diego-based Sempra Energy has recently been named as one of the top 10 companies in the country for minorities.

Leadership Association's Conference for Women to Feature Motivational Speakers

The San Diego Conference for Women 2000 will be held at the Marriott Mission Valley from July 31 to Aug. 1. Presented by the National Businesswomen's Leadership Association, a sector of the National Seminar Organization, this career-building event will h

Health Care --- County to Match Grant for Indigent Health Plan

San Diego's Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy, a pilot program to help the local indigent population obtain health care, has gotten a financial boost.

Lennar Paves Way for Spectrum Development

The roads and other infrastructure have been completed at Lennar Partners' San Diego Spectrum industrial park on the site of the former General Dynamics facility in Kearny Mesa.

Shipping --- Pilot Air Goes Where the Competition Can't

For Rich Fore, district manager of the San Diego branch of Pilot Air Freight, the secret of success comes from doing the things his competitors can't do.

Tax Strategies for Reducing Business Travel Expenses

Have you been fantasizing about exotic destinations lately during your commute to the office? You're not alone.

Small Business & Retail --- Congressional Drug Debate Could Hurt Small Biz

A small business advocacy group is warning that the prescription drug benefits before Congress are a prescription for disaster.

Real Estate --- Newland Joins With OC Firm to Buy Genstar Land

Irvine-based Institutional Housing Partners Inc. has joined with San Diego's Newland Communities and the California Public Employees Retirement System to purchase Genstar Land Co. for $223 million, acquiring one of the biggest land portfolios available in

PUBLIC RELATIONS--Acquired Agencies Anticipate Brighter Futures

The Corsi Agency, a San Francisco-based company that bought a local ad firm earlier this month, is looking to buy another marketing company in San Diego.

Enterprise --- Design Studio Puts New Face On Everyday Things

CARLSBAD , Time was, if you bought a computer, you could get it in any color you wanted, just so long as it was beige.

Lead --- Cubic Corp. Operates in China for the Long Haul

The news that China was granted permanent normalized trade relations may encourage more local firms to consider the world's largest market but it didn't mean all that much to San Diego-based Cubic Corp., which has been doing business there since the mid-1

Real Estate & Construction --- Redevelopment Project to Revitalize Neighborhood

A redevelopment project in downtown National City that includes a mixed use project featuring educational, retail and residential facilities will revitalize 4 & #733; blocks, said one of the consultants on the project.

Established S.D. Marketing Agency Expects New Owner

In a deal expected to close July 19, 33-year-old San Diego marketing firm Chapman Warwick will be purchased by a San Francisco company.

UTILITIES--UCAN Calls For Immediate Rate Cap

Depending on who you talk to, a July 12 meeting to stabilize the price of electricity was either a success or it wasn't.

Commentary --- Brown Field Project Has Lengthy List of Problems

Thorough analysis of the proposal to expand Brown Field from a small private airport to a large commercial air cargo port reveals that it will degrade the quality of life for thousands of residents in the South County region including Chula Vista, South S

Development --- Port, S.D., Imperial Beach Mull Salt Pond's Fate

A South Bay salt pond next to Imperial Beach's main commercial street could one day yield redevelopment revenue.

Tourism --- Sunken Ship's Hidden Gem: Tourism

When divers scope out a submerged ship, it's often hard to see anything beyond 30 feet.

Utilities --- Electric Rates Rise; More Hikes Expected

First came the announcement that San Diego Gas & Electric Co. customers would be seeing a refund of $390 million cash this summer , a spot of relief from the usual high electricity bills during the summer.

RETAIL--Retailers Get on Track for Premiere of Children's Train Movie

As almost every toddler knows, Thomas the Tank is a "useful engine." And in Rob Freeburn's case, he believes the popular blue choo-choo will be extremely useful for his business this month.

Hot Deals

Property: Cabot Plaza, 8120-8182 Miramar Road; Cabot Industrial Park, 8350-8372 Cabot Drive; Foremost Business Park, 8515, 8525, 8535 and 8545 Arjons Drive; Black Mountain Commerce Park, 9580 and 9630 Black Mountain Road and 9360, 9380, 9400 and 9420 Acti

Largest Tijuana Industrial Parks

Largest Tijuana Industrial Parks

American Residential Investment Trust Starts Mortgage Firm

As the investment community has appeared to lose interest in mortgage REITs, Del Mar-based American Residential Investment Trust is poised to enter the loan-making business to enhance its profitability, a company official said.

Business in Brazil

Investors eyeing the South American market should consider visiting the "Business Opportunities in Brazil" seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at the Institute of Americas, 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road, in La Jolla.

Real Estate --- Excel Sells Properties in Repositioning

Excel Legacy Corp. has been busy selling real estate recently to pay off debt, buy back stock and raise money for future acquisitions, a company official said.

Health Care --- Advisory Board to Oversee Scripps Facilities

The president and chief executive of Scripps Health said the integration between the health system and Scripps Clinic is in full swing.

Editor's Notebook --- Congress Eyes Welfare Reform

This time, however, the target of debate isn't the poor and disadvantaged. This time the debate centers on some of the wealthiest corporations in the United States.

Travel --- Tips for Safe Corporate and Leisure Travel Abroad

Traveling for work can take one across the United States or to foreign countries.

TUDLA Celebrates First Anniversary With Ribbon Cutting

Technology User Database, Latin America celebrated its first anniversary June 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new calling center.

Profile --- Creating a Firm Foundation

The financial health of two San Diego institutions occupies Frank Ault at work and in his volunteer hours.

Proxy

iaSat Inc. designs, produces and markets advanced digital satellite telecommunications and other networking and signal processing equipment.

Golden Eagle Realigns Staff

San Diego-based Golden Eagle Insurance Corp. has realigned its staff to increase service to its agents throughout California, the company's president said.

Manpower Sets Up 'Job-a-thon' Event

Manpower Temporary Services of San Diego is promising to hire about 1,000 people during a 24-hour "job-a-thon" from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 11 to 12. The unique event is being held at Qualcomm Stadium.

Plaza's Expansion Draws Praise From Port

IMPERIAL BEACH , The Portwood Pier Plaza is a cause for celebration at the San Diego Unified Port District.

GOVERNMENT--Coastal Commissioner Accused Of Not Reporting Interests

Port Commissioner David Malcolm labeled a 48-count complaint filed last week alleging his failure to disclose all his financial arrangements "a deliberate character assassination to slow me down on my taking on wealthy developers."

BIOTECH--Biotech's $1.9B Deal Helps Open New Doors Invitrogen's Buy of Dexter Boosts Product Line, Opens Up Asia

Shares of San Diego-based Invitrogen Corp. fell 24 percent July 10 after the firm announced it would buy a major chemical company for $1.9 billion in a cash and stock deal.

People on the Move

Banking and FinanceScott Wilson was appointed vice president retail banking by Bank of Coronado. Community First National Bank appointed Christine A. Burgess as manager for invest. San Diego National Bank added Mikal Sabree and John Terwilliger as vice p

Biotech --- Recent FDA OK Contributes to Biotech's Turnaround

Analysts predict Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. is likely to turn profitable in the near future.

Law --- Cooley Godward Aids Environmental Settlement

Environmental protection on Forest Service lands, an issue seemingly a long way from San Diego's Golden Triangle, has kept attorneys at Cooley Godward LLC busy.

PUBLIC RELATIONS--Stoorza Name Change Part of Firm's Planned Rebranding

Reflecting several key personnel shifts in recent years, San Diego's top billing public relations agency, Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, Inc. officially changed its name to Stoorza Communications, Inc.

Monday, July 3

Publishing --- Magazine Showcases Local Hispanic-Owned Companies

A dozen local businesses have been included in the 16th annual list of the 500 largest U.S. Hispanic-owned companies in the Hispanic Business Magazine's June issue.

Commentary --- Reform Needed to Shed Light on Credit Scores

Californians interested in buying a home, refinancing or getting a second mortgage should pay close attention to a debate in our state Capitol.

Profile --- In a Jam Patty Segovia Found Success By Skating Through Life

Patty Segovia knows she has the ear of millions of teen-age girls and women between the ages of 18 and 35 , a hot market with more than $1 billion in disposable income annually.

Enterprise --- DNA Chip Technology: A Promising Future for Diagnosing Disease

Imagine you walk into your doctor's office and instead of a physical exam, samples of your cells are placed in a tiny biochip scanner, and your genetic code quickly is scanned to determine your risk for certain diseases.

Health Care --- County Appoints Interim Health/Human Services Director

Steve A. Escoboza was appointed interim director of the county's Health and Human Services Agency, the county announced June 19.

Marketing --- MADD Tailors Its Message to Latino Community

Juan Molina has told thousands of people his son was killed by a suspected drunk driver. He says the man's truck crossed the median and plowed into his son's motorcycle. Michael would have been 27 on July 11, he's told them.

High-Tech --- National Guard Hires Websense to Manage 'Net Activities

Internet surveillance company Websense Inc. has begun watching over the U.S. Army National Guard.

Real Estate

Five local minority- or woman-owned firms have won a total of $2.6 million in construction contracts for work at Market Creek Plaza in Southeast San Diego.

Lead --- News Staffs Reflect Distorted Image of Population Diversity

Poised and professional, a white woman and a white man, an Asian woman and a woman with a Latin surname take their turns before television cameras to deliver the late night news.

Biotech --- Trade Group Honors Local Bioengineering Pioneer

Gail Naughton, who admitts she is consumed by "cells on a scaffold," was named "Inventor of the Year 2000" last week.

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People On The Move --- PEOPLE

DSD Business Systems named Bill Herde manager of information systems. University & State Employees Credit Union hired Robert Newkirk as vice president of Internet strategy. Guaranty Bank promoted Reagan K. Vidal to senior vice president of the Real Estate

Real Estate --- Apartment Association Flaunts 'Net Tools at Convention

Faster and more comprehensive credit reports at a lower price were one bit of evidence at the San Diego County Apartment Association's convention the Internet is making its impact on the apartment industry.

Largest Area Women-Owned Businesses

Largest Area Women-Owned Businesses

Law --- Microsoft Wins Court Battle At Least Locally

Its other, out-of-town legal matter has been making a bigger splash in the media, but Microsoft has also been squaring off with a North County firm in San Diego federal court.

Contractors --- Contractors Group Lays a Foundation for Diversity

Over the past few years, numerous projects from housing complexes to shopping centers have had a growing presence in minority neighborhoods throughout San Diego County.

Publisher's Notebook --- On Being a Winner: Examples to Learn From

A winner says, "It may be difficult, but it's possible." A loser says, "It may be possible, but it's too difficult." Two San Diegans , Kim Doren and Charlie Jones , have just written a book titled, "You Go Girl , Winning the Woman's Way." It's full of win

Editorial --- Padres: Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You

An ancient proverb warns us never to bite the hand that feeds us. Professional ball players are rarely considered the kind of men taken to reflection on ancient proverbs. Stereotyping that may be, but recent comments by the management of the Chargers and

Utilities --- Sempra Prepares to Enter Local Phone Service Industry

Earlier this year, Sempra Communications, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, announced it was entering the telecommunications industry through a strategic partnership with Denver-based Aerie Networks. Now Sempra is embarking on the next phase

Retail --- Local Book Outlets Are Gearing Up for H-Day

Bookstores throughout San Diego County are gearing up for one of their biggest days ever this Saturday, as Harry Potter comes to town.

Finance --- Financial Institutions Donate to Charitable Organizations

A bank and a credit union organization have made sizable charitable donations to local organizations in recent weeks.

Tourism --- Revamped Hotel Del Gives New Meaning to Fast Food

The expectation may not sound all that appetizing: 1,500 meals a day. It's the commitment that the Hotel del Coronado's executive chef, Joe Giunta, made when plans to remodel the kitchen and restaurant were being finalized, according to the hotel.

Redevelopment --- Council Approves $10M in Interim Ballpark Funds

Work on the Downtown San Diego ballpark and associated redevelopment will continue until autumn with a $10 million infusion of city money.

Development --- City Heights Urban Village: A Catalyst for Change

In a perfect world, urban residents and developers work together to create a community so unique that when the last construction fence is removed everybody is happy.

Ballpark --- Sycuan Denied Stadium Naming Rights

These are some of the adjectives being used to describe the apparent rejection of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation as a possible naming-rights sponsor to the prospective San Diego Padres ballpark.

Banking --- Scripps Buyout Expands USB's Local Presence

U.S. Bancorp, which already bought two local banks in the past two years, has made an agreement with Scripps Bank's parent company to buy the La Jolla lender for $155 million in stock.

Small Business and Retail --- Allen Group CEO Named R.E. Entrepreneur of Year

Richard S. Allen, chief executive officer of the San Diego-based The Allen Group, was selected June 21 as the San Diego Real Estate Entrepreneur Of The Year by Milwaukee, Wis.-based Ernst and Young. The award honors individuals who have achieved outstand

Proxy --- Vical Inc.

Vical Inc. develops biopharmaceutical products based on DNA gene transfer technologies for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening diseases.

ABOUT the list --- Entrepreneurs Forge Ahead in Age of Acceptance

Operating a female-owned business in San Diego is evolving just like the economy. Last year, the National Organization of Women Business Owners ranked San Diego as the ninth fastest-growing market in the nation for women-owned businesses.

Commentary --- Schools Leader Like the Emperor With No Clothes

It's easy to understand why the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the business community in general support City School Superintendent Alan Bersin. According to the businessmen and women I've met, Bersin's "top-down" management style appeals to t

Public Relations --- Businesswoman Strong as Ever After 15 Years

Or at least that was the case for Micki Stockalper, owner of Stock/Alper & Associates, a marketing communications agency based in San Diego.