Stories for May 2000

Monday, May 29

Bank Lends a Hand to Underserved Communities

Residents of low- and moderate-income communities often must travel some distance to get to their bank's branch office. Neighborhood National Bank plans to change the local banking trends by servicing these communities.

Taxpayers Association Honors Port Exec

Dennis Bouey, the Port of San Diego's executive director, has received a "Profiles in Courage" Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Technology --- Despite Hard Times, Anacomp Presses Ahead

POWAY , Anacomp Inc., the Poway-based document management company, lacks a permanent CEO but is sticking to its strategy, building its business while its stock takes a whacking from Wall Street.

Rebound Predicted for Community Bank Stocks

San Diego-based bank stocks could be poised for a rebound as the Federal Reserve System nears the end of its cyclical credit tightening, several stock analysts said.

Biotech --- FDA Official: New Drug Process Improved

Biotech firms throughout the nation, and especially in San Diego, have greatly benefited from increased speed and more efficient processes in getting drugs approved.

Proflowers.com Records Biggest Day Ever

Proflowers.com, a San Diego-based flower dealer, announced it had its biggest day ever as people went online for Mother's Day gifts.

Latest VC Figures Show Growing Interest in S.D.

Venture capital investment in San Diego County Internet, telecommunications, technology and biotechnology companies totaled more than $200 million in the third quarter of 1999, the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

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Media & Marketing --- MTV Launches Summer Programming at Belmont Park

Florescent lights against Mission Beach's cloudy skies marked the biggest day at the MTV "SoCal" summer shoot at Belmont Park.

Redevelopment --- Costs Escalating for Manchester Bayfront Hotel

San Diego Unified Port District commissioners are expected to review stakeholders' feedback on conceptual issues for the proposed Campbell Shipyard hotel this month.

Community Bank Prefers High-Touch Over High-Tech

While some banks may tout their high-tech services, one neighborhood bank prefers to tout its high-touch services.

Engineering Firm Offers Virtual Government Services

Berryman & Henigar, the engineering and municipal services firm based in Rancho Bernardo, has formed an affiliate company to market "virtual government" services and software to towns, small cities and special districts.

Newsmakers --- Locals Win

As an organization devoted to promoting diversity, it's perfectly logical that the San Diego chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice chose a diverse group of individuals to honor at its June 7 annual dinner.

Fitch IBCA Boosts City Bond Rating

The rating on the bonds issued to build the San Diego Convention Center expansion were upgraded by Fitch IBCA from AA minus to AA last week.

Government --- San Diego Awaits Transfer of NTC

Interrupted once by a court order, a transfer of 279 acres of former Naval Training Center land to the city of San Diego is again headed to the City Council.

Cohu CEO to Retire

San Diego-based Cohu, Inc. announced the retirement of CEO Charles A. Schwan. Schwan, 61, has worked for Cohu for 29 years in various management positions. He will continue as chairman of Cohu's board of directors after his retirement June 30.

Hight-Tech --- Navy Looking at Leaner, Meaner, Smarter Networks

The U.S. Navy is setting its sights on a new technology designed to save time and money.

Dudek Begins Information Systems Group for Clients

Encinitas-based Dudek & Associates, Inc. has launched an information systems technology and integration consulting group to serve its engineering and environmental sciences clients.

Survey Notes Hiring Is Expected to Rise in the County During 2000

Some 61 percent of San Diego County employers expect to increase their payrolls during the third quarter of 2000, according to a survey conducted by Manpower Temporary Services.

Editor's Notebook --- Ruth's Chris Rides Hurricane of Success

Louisiana is famous for a lot of things , jambalaya, the French Quarter, Al Hirt's trumpet , but one of the state's greatest natural disasters spawned one of its finest success stories.

Development --- Lennar Wins Approval for Mixed-Use Bayfront Project

Lennar Partners and Lennar Homes are drawing up plans for a mixed-use development on up to 176 acres of bayfront property in Chula Vista following a unanimous vote by San Diego Unified Port District commissioners.

Construction --- Convention Center Expansion Passes Milestone

When elected officials and tourism executives gather this week for a topping-off ceremony at the San Diego Convention Center expansion, the fact it's on time and within budget likely will be mentioned more than once.

Council Mulls Downtown Library Location Issue

In a decision that could change the complexion of Downtown real estate, the San Diego City Council will revisit the issue of where to put the city's main library May 30.

Retail --- Online Grocery War Is Heating Up in San Diego

Coming on the heels of an announcement Seattle-based HomeGrocer.com would be moving into the San Diego area, two other Internet grocers are aiming for local shoppers' pocketbooks.

Service Outranks Size as a Survival Strategy

In a world where the strong are most likely to survive, local banks might be concerned about being consumed by the larger banks.

Profile --- Ginger Hovenic

For 30 years, she immersed herself in the world of public schools. The farther she went along the road from teacher to principal to administrator, the more she became aware of the things that raise a red flag with one of the school's constituencies.

Transportation --- Amtrak Plan Could Speed Local Train Service

San Diego may see faster and more frequent service to Los Angeles and other cities by rail, thanks to a $3.9 billion five-year draft plan unveiled by Amtrak.

Commentary --- Does Ireland Offer a Solution to San Diego Traffic?

"I've found out that the freeways are a hallowed and sacred spot for people. I enter them with fear and loathing."

Technology --- Area Firm Helps Cops Put the Sting To Bad Guys

Forget the paint and fill the ball instead with a powder containing throat-tightening, eye-stinging oleoresin capsicum pepper , the stuff in pepper spray.

Online System Updates Letters of Credit Processing

Improving communication can also improve business practices, as California Bank & Trust has found out.

Cell Phone 'Ear Set' Maker Jabra Corp. Draws Interest of Danish Firm

The trend of mobile cell phone users opting to use head sets, and more cities considering banning the use of cell phones while driving is making the folks at Jabra Corp. smile.

Real Estate & Construction --- Survey: Less Retail Space, Higher Rents Loom

Local retail tenants with leases expiring or looking to relocate will encounter fewer vacancies and higher rents in the coming 12 months, according to a recent survey by real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.

Local Firms Are Assisting Community Banks

With the repeal of a Depression-era federal law that prohibited banks from selling stocks or insurance, two new companies have commenced operation in San Diego to help community banks provide those products to customers.

Bilbro Construction Handles WebSideStory Contract

Bilbro Construction Co. of San Diego has been awarded a tenant improvement contract for the offices of WebSideStory in the Seaview Corporate Center, 10180 Telesis Court.

Health Care --- Forum Addresses African-American Health Issues

Local businesses and nonprofit groups recently stepped up to address health issues of importance to the African-American community in San Diego.

Commentary --- Is There Really Someone Listening About Health Care?

If you are like most people, you have wondered, more than once, "Do politicians ever listen to regular people like me?"

Proxy --- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. discovers and develops potential drug candidates for the treatment of metabolic disorders.

People On The Move

Joetta McNamara-Mihalovich was named manager at the USA Federal Credit Union, headquarters branch. Borrego Springs Bank promoted Kathy Williams to operations administrator. Imperial Bank recently appointed Walter Block senior vice president/commercial loa

County's Credit Rating Increases

The agency raised its rating on $148 million worth of outstanding certificates of participation in a report issued May 15. It gave the same rating to $18.87 million in certificates of participation sold this month. The county is using the new certificates

Business Council Connects Bank to Community

Perspective is everything. Stepping outside the box and looking at something from another angle reveals a whole new view of the same old situation.

Aerospace Hardware Firm Unveiled

San Diego-based Composite Optics, Inc., a provider of advanced composite hardware for aerospace applications, has launched a new subsidiary.

Easement Access Sought With Purchase of Deer Park Near Escondido

The successful bidder for the option to buy the county's Deer Park property near Escondido plans to record easements across it to benefit his other land in the area, then resell the former motel complex, he said.

Real Estate Section --- Area REITs Offer Contrasts In Quarterly Earnings Power

Two local real estate companies are reporting widely divergent first quarter financial results.

Odds Are 'Net Banks Will Work for Start-Up Capital

It used to be "location, location, location" would determine whether your business got off the ground.

Santel Federal Credit Union Introduces Online Bill-Paying Service

Union recently introduced its WebBillPay service as an addition to its other online financial services.

Cyberbucks --- Companies Not Always Forthcoming With Cyber-News

Bad news in the form of job cuts hit the local cyber-world recently, and it was interesting to see how some companies handled the situation.

Largest Area & Nonlocal Banks

Largest Area & Nonlocal Banks

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Gary Green of San Diego Commercial Real Estate Services represented the seller. Russ Sande and Randall Wood of The Sande Co. represented the buyer.

Restaurants --- Landmark Mr. A's Restaurant to Reopen

If Bertrand Hug had any doubts about taking over famed Hillcrest restaurant Mr. A's, they were put to rest late last month , with a piece of molding.

Enterprise --- SupplyPro Helps With Managing Supply Rooms

In 1997, three executive MBA students at San Diego State University stood up in front of their class and declared that their "idea" would be funded in 90 days.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Finalists Are Named

Ernst & Young have announced the finalists for San Diego's Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Law --- Borunda Leaving the Bench for College Deanship

Superior Court Judge Ernest Borunda, South Bay's first Hispanic judge, will leave the bench for academia June 5.

Editorial --- The Disheartening Truth Behind 'Son of 26'

Two months after a sound defeat at the March polls, the sponsors of Proposition 26 are back.

Monday, May 22

Venture Capital Fund Launched By Former SDSU Grads to Benefit College Foundation

A venture capital fund launched earlier this year by three former SDSU grads pledged part of its equity profits to the SDSU Foundation.

RETAIL --- Mail Boxes Etc. Founder Duplicating Success

In 1980, Tony De Sio opened Mail Boxes Etc. as a single store in Solana Beach. One store became two, then four, and by the time De Sio sold off Mail Boxes Etc. for health reasons in 1997, his operation had grown to almost 4,000 stores in 50 countries.

Soak City Begins Year With Promotion

In an opening promotion timed for Memorial Day weekend, Chula Vista waterpark Knott's Soak City U.S.A. is giving away signature beach towels for each paid admission of children ages 3-11.

Small Business & Retail --- State Senate Rejects Mandatory Sick Leave Bill

The country's largest small-business group commended the California state Senate for saving the state's small businesses from some "poisonous" legislation.

Unemployment Numbers Drop Locally for April

San Diego's unemployment rate dropped once again in April to 2.6 percent, the lowest its been since last December's 2.5 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.

NEWSMAKERS --- Blazing Saddles Sells Biking By the Bay Experience

"What we're doing is selling a bike-riding experience," said the president of Blazing Saddles, which had a grand opening of its first San Diego shop in April.

Commentary --- Tourism Dollars Stretch a Long Way in San Diego

May is tourism month in San Diego. This is the time of the year when our community officially celebrates the significant economic, social and cultural benefits tourism brings to our region, to the nation, and to the world at large.

LEAD STORY --- Training Programs Play Catch-Up to

he local high-tech boom has created thousands of technical jobs, but a lack of qualified workers is causing some companies to curtail expansion plans and amend growth projections.

Cunningham Agrees on Internet Tax Moratorium

The U.S. House of Representatives recently signed a bill that would extend the current Internet tax moratorium for five more years.

Northwest Offers New Airline Service to JapanA new option in daily, one-stop airline service to Japan begins June 1 from Lindbergh Field, the San Diego Unified

A new option in daily, one-stop airline service to Japan begins June 1 from Lindbergh Field, the San Diego Unified Port District has announced.

Largest Temp Staffing & Employers

Largest Temp Staffing & Employers

MOTIVATION --- Book Tells How to Make Work a Fun Place to Be

Imagine this: It's an average Monday morning. You arrive at your boring, lifeless job only to perform repetitive duties and watch the clock for time to pass by so you can go home. Sound familiar?

PROFILE --- Time Is a Treasured Commodity

t's a little before 7:30 a.m. on a Friday, and Christine Shimasaki, telephone to ear, is checking her E-mail. She's on hold.

Redevelopment --- North Embarcadero Plan Headed to State Coastal Commission

A plan to remake the North Embarcadero , adding a broad walkway along Harbor Drive, mooring a decommissioned aircraft carrier there and redeveloping the waterfront from Laurel to G streets , is on its way to the state Coastal Commission.

New Board Member Named to La Jolla Pharmaceutical

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. announced May 15 it added a new member to its board of directors.

TOURISM --- Tourism Is Up Despite Convention Slowdown

With a much-needed boost in March, the health of San Diego tourism is rosy so far in 2000, despite a decrease in convention business.

UTILITIES --- Cox Communications Error Publishes Unlisted Phone Numbers

What officials at Cox Communications referred to as a "software glitch" led to 11,400 unlisted numbers being published in the new edition of the phone book. More than 400,000 phone books were sent out before the error was discovered.

Salerno Secures Parking Structure Bid

Salerno/Livingston Architects of San Diego has been selected to design a 1,000-space, mixed-use public parking and retail structure Downtown.

San Diego County Stiffens Agricultural Inspection Policies

San Diego County will contract with the state of California to provide more than $1 million for high-risk pest inspection and enforcement.

Construction --- El Cortez Rebirth as Apartments Nears

After sitting vacant and heavily vandalized for more than 20 years, the El Cortez Hotel is fast approaching a new career as a luxury apartment building.

Choosing Career Not Easy for Biologist Clothes Designer

Marshall Madruga may not be a Van Gogh or Monet, but his work definitely makes an impression.

FINANCE --- Local Banks Announce Record First Quarters

Three local Red Wing Shoes outlets are finding a new way to get new customers to try their work boots , by bringing the shoes out to where the customers are.

HIGH-TECH --- Meat Treated With Titan Technology Goes on Sale

Besides lettuce, pickles, onions and cheese, technology can now be added to one of America's favorite food pastimes , hamburgers.

RECRUITING --- Strategies for Attracting Star Employees

In these times of stock options and dot-com millionaires, it's tough for smaller businesses to attract and retain top-quality staff.

S.D. Resident Author of Career Guide for Women

As an expert in career transitions, San Diego resident Sandy Anderson has written a career guide titled "Women in Career & Life Transitions."

Real Estate and Construction --- Target Date Set for New Sorrento Mesa Project

An August completion date is set for the Pacific Technology Center in Sorrento Mesa.

Enterprise --- Rubber Duckies Help Firm Float Its Way To Marketing Success

DEL MAR , A rubber ducky and one mouthful of a word form the basis of one of San Diego's most unusual companies.

Local Shoe Stores to Start Trucking Boots to Customers

Three local Red Wing Shoes outlets are finding a new way to get new customers to try their work boots , by bringing the shoes out to where the customers are.

TOURISM --- New Hilton at S.D. Bay Built as 'Intimate' Alternative

More than a century before the San Diego Convention Center and Harbor Drive were built atop a landfill, San Diego Bay lapped the edge of a property that now holds Downtown's newest hotel, the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.

PROXY --- HNC Software

NC Software Inc. is a business-to-business software company that develops, markets, licenses and supports predictive software solutions for various service industries, including insurance, financial services, telecommunications, commerce and retail indust

Health Care --- Scripps' CEO Stays the Course Pappelbaum Refuses Demands to Resign

Scripps Health's chief executive is not backing down from his plan to reshape the health care organization, despite a call for his removal last week.

ABOUT THE LISTt --- Talent Pool Is Shrinking for Temporary Agencies

Finding and retaining qualified employees has become a challenge for local temporary employment agencies.

Technology --- Digital Pictures May Be Worth More Than 1,000 Words

San Diego-based PhotoJet LLC plans to help further develop the photography market with a new line of wireless digital cameras.

Carlsbad Firm Completes Albertsons

Grant General Contractors of Carlsbad has finished a new Albertsons grocery store in Rancho Penasquitos, a company spokeswoman said.

The Truth Is Out There SomewhereYou have to give Alan Greenspan credit. No matter how often critics accuse him of being an economic Chicken Little, he sticks to

You have to give Alan Greenspan credit. No matter how often critics accuse him of being an economic Chicken Little, he sticks to his guns.

National University Building Tech-Equipped Library

National University's new central library, under construction at the San Diego Spectrum business park in Kearny Mesa, reveals important clues to the future of information warehousing.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK --- SeaWorld Makes a Big Splash Locally

May is national tourism month across the nation, but here in San Diego we celebrate tourism every month, as it's our third largest industry at nearly $4.5 billion.

Employment Offices Push to Find Jobs for Veterans in May

In recognition of Veteran Appreciation Month during May, Employment Development Department offices across the state are making extra efforts to find jobs for veterans.

Law --- Barry Steps Down From Superior Court Bench

Judge Gerald L. Barry Jr., supervising family law judge of the San Diego Superior Court, retired May 15.

Office Pavilion Improvements Completed

Johnson & Jennings General Contracting has finished tenant improvement construction of the new office and warehouse space for Office Pavilion, a retailer of office furniture at 6920 Carroll Road in the Sorrento Mesa area.

Telecom --- PacBell Wireless Clients Able to Play With Wildfire

For harried San Diego executives and small businesses looking to expand, Pacific Bell Wireless is hoping its latest idea in personal messaging will catch on like Wildfire.

CTSnet Project Expansion Under Way

Jossy+Carrier Design Group Inc. has finished space planning and construction documents for the expansion of the customer service call center for CTSnet Internet Services.

TRADE --- Firms Already Normalizing Trade With China

Whether Congress approves permanent normalized trade status for China doesn't mean much to many local businesses who have decided the market is much too big to ignore.

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Technology --- Missouri Firm Buys Symitar Systems

Symitar Systems Inc., a San Diego-based data processing provider to the credit union industry, announced the sale of the company to Jack Henry & Associates for $44 million in cash.

Tourism --- Panel Eyes Zoo's Plan To Expand

After a failed attempt last summer, the San Diego Zoo's need to expand its exhibit area has prompted a search for space and parking solutions for Balboa Park.

Internet Firm: Corporate Employees Choose Their Benefits

In the future, employee benefits will be tailored to individual needs, according to the Web-based benefits firm RewardsPlus of Baltimore.

Commentary --- California Students Deserve Effective E-EducationCalifornia Students Deserve Effective E-Education

During an April press conference, Gov. Gray Davis and Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan gathered with other community leaders to launch a campaign that would notify taxpayers of how their tax money was being spent in local schools, while also creating gui

Monday, May 15

Costco Hosts Vendors to Benefit Children

All San Diego-area Costco Wholesale locations are hosting a "Kids Are Everyone's Business" show Saturday, May 20, to raise money for Children's Hospital.

Editor's Notebook --- The Market: Seeing the Future in the Past?

Investors were ecstatic. The stock market was showing unheard-of gains, driven by a new field of endeavor that few understood, but which many believed would create a new economy of widespread wealth.

Navy --- Navy Exec Continues Implementing Reforms

Just 2 1/2 years ago, Under Secretary of the Navy Jerry Hultin , the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Navy , had a vision of drastic business reform for the Navy.

CONSTRUCTION--Office Construction Continues at Record-Setting Pace

The San Diego County office market is on pace to surpass 1999's decade-high record in new construction.

LEAD STORY--Tech Revolution Catches Up To Commercial Buildings

There's a revolution under way in commercial real estate, and San Diego companies are leading the charge to sweep away the old paradigms.

City, County Release Plans For Budgets

With the new fiscal year set to begin July 1, chief executives at San Diego City Hall and the County Administration Center have unveiled budget plans for 2001.

Profile --- A New Level Of Success

ike a veteran coach of a team that's tasted some success, Dave Rickey isn't satisfied, isn't content to kick back and take it easy.

Overview of the Submarket Outlook

- Downtown: Total Downtown office vacancy is at an all-time low of 9.6 percent, down from 10.8 percent last year. The Class A vacancy rate of just 7.5 percent is one of the lowest rates reported by any of the county's major submarkets.

Proxy --- Quidel Corp

uidel Corp. develops, manufactures and markets point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests for the detection and management of a variety of medical conditions and illnesses.

ENVIRONMENT---Bonuses Include Greater Energy-Efficiency

The "green" building concept, which emerged in the early 1990s in response to growing concerns about the environment, is beginning to take hold for new developments and renovations alike.

People On The Move --- People

Fixed Income Securities named Daniel Dickherber as senior vice president for business development. Network Investment Corp. named Richard Carlquist as a member of the board of trustees. First Union Small Business Capitol appointed Robert Pedersen business

Involve the General Contractor Early in the Process

When construction costs are estimated based on the conceptual design of a commercial project, various contractor trade line items inevitably are going to be overlooked. Frequently, construction costs run dramatically over what was budgeted.

Influx of Knowledge-Based Firms Boosts Development

There are three things that make San Diego attractive to the people who live here: the surf, the sand, and the sun.

Meeting Aims at Cleaning World's Air

As countries throughout the Americas attempt to reduce vehicle emissions, U.S. companies can benefit from business opportunities in exporting smog-fighting technology and alternative vehicle fuels.

El Cortez Remodel Nears Completion

The scaffolding has been removed from outside the landmark El Cortez Hotel, and the owners anticipate completion of all construction on May 25.

Dentist Follows Family's Career Path Into Real Estate

Going from dentistry to real estate development may seem like quite a leap, but not if you know the story behind it.

Media --- Roller Coaster Makes a Summer Backdrop for MTV

San Diego will soon ride its own wave of fame when MTV makes roller coaster-famed Belmont Park the summertime answer to its home studio in Times Square.

Labor --- Janitors Back on the Job With New Contract

Some 300 unionized Downtown janitors are back on their jobs after unanimously ratifying a three-year contract that includes a health insurance plan for the first time.

Building --- Barnhart Completes Project For MCAS Miramar

Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. has completed two large construction projects in the past month, a company official said.

Biotech --- Biotech Beach to Spotlight Firms' Technologies

On May 20, investors, job seekers, researchers and students get a chance to put the magnifying glass on San Diego's biotechnology companies and learn what's new, what's hot and what's next.

Newsmakers --- Playhouses Under Construction

Several homebuilders active in San Diego County will soon lend their construction and design skills to benefit neglected and abused children.

Largest Commercial Developers

Largest Commercial Developers

Small Business & Retail --- Trade News Is Good News for Small Businesses

Good news for small business owners: As the number of exports expand, so do the number of small and mid-sized business owners who benefit from it.

Water --- Pioneer Water Reuse Program Starts

San Diego's business and civic leaders welcomed the pioneering effort of a local business to accept "reclaimed" water for use in industry, a move expected to help save local businesses money as they conserve millions of gallons of water annually.

Editorial --- Heads Don't Need to Roll Yet

We're a bit disappointed , frankly, we're dismayed , at state Sen. Steve Peace's call for San Diego Unified Port Executive Director Dennis Bouey's resignation.

Alternative Fuel --- Ford Moving Alternate-Fuel Cars HQ Here

The Ford Motor Co. is moving the headquarters of its alternative-fuel vehicle division from Dearborn, Mich., to San Diego County.

Seaview Corporate Center Fully Occupied

Two office buildings that comprise the Seaview Corporate Center in Sorrento Mesa have been filled to 100 percent occupancy, according to Brian Driscoll and Eric Northbrook of Colliers International, exclusive marketing representatives for the corporate ce

REDEVELOPMENT--Ballpark Area a Typical Reincarnated Site

With major metropolitan areas across the country facing land shortages, the redevelopment of depressed urban areas is becoming a fast-growing real estate trend.

Cyberbucks --- 'Love Bug' Took a Bite Out of Some Companies

Love hurts, as most of us who own or work on a PC know, especially if it comes with an attachment.

High-Tech --- Qualcomm Positions Itself for Future in China

Qualcomm, Inc.'s celebrated code division multiple access (CDMA) technology still has a chance to become the dominant wireless phone technology in China.

Media & Marketing --- Ad Campaigns Blossom on Schedule for Mother's Day

Roses weren't the only things en route for Mother's Day. Advertising campaigns bloomed for companies such as La Jolla-based Proflowers.com.

Law ---Pro Bono Legal Program Comes to Cal Western

The Innocence Project, housed at institutions like Northwestern University School of Law in suburban Chicago and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, has come to California and settled in the south, at San Diego's California Western School o

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Redevelopment --- Waterfront Park Eyed At County's Main Office

County officials will study transforming the grounds of their waterfront administration center from asphalt parking lots into a landscaped park.

MINING---Quarry Business on Solid Ground After Sale

Giving up the business his family founded and operated for 57 years, Mike Johnson recently sold National Quarries LLC in San Marcos for an undisclosed amount to see his vision realized.

Employee Management Strategies Conference Set

Attracting and retaining key employees is among the topics to be covered at the second annual Employee Management Strategies Conference set for Thursday, May 25, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Residential --- New-Home Sales Continue to Set Records

Homebuilders are reporting brisk sales at local developments as the national housing market continues to set new records.

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Opens New Office

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. opened a new office at 227 Rancheros Drive in the North County Corporate Center in San Marcos.

Industria lPark Plan May Be Dead

An official of a San Diego development company said plans appear to be on hold for the company's acquisition of industrial land near Escondido.

U.S. Microbics Sets Deal With Mexico

Sub-Surface Waste Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carlsbad-based U.S. Microbics, Inc., recently announced it's nearing completion of a license agreement in which its proprietary microbial products would be used to enhance wastewater treatme

Enterprise --- RealAge.com Links Advertisers, Customers

For Charles Silver of RealAge.com, it's all about E-mail. That's because every time you get E-mail through his company, Silver gets paid.

Health Care --- Equidyne to Launch Needle-Free Insulin Injector

A new method that deploys a powerful device the size of a pen to inject insulin painlessly and without a needle is only weeks away from being launched.

CONSTRUCTION---Development Under Way for Sharp Medical Offices

This month, Sharp HealthCare will break ground at the site of its future Sharp Rees-Stealy medical offices.

Local Nursery Receives Region of the Year Award

A nationwide commercial landscape management company recognized the performance of its Southern California operations during a national meeting in February.

Titan Reports Hike in First-Quarter Revenues

The local defense-turned-technology company reported $175 million in revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2000, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year.

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Tim Mills of Burnham Real Estate Services represented both parties.

School Sets Up Shop at NASSCO Shipyard

For seven years, South Bay high school students have come and gone from San Diego Naval Station, where they learned to weld and explored a variety of other careers.

Real Estate --- BIA Takes Aim at Charitable Cause for Children

Volunteers from BIA Cares for Kids, the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of San Diego, have started work on refurbishing the ramshackle clubhouse of a youth group.

Tourism --- Knott's Soak City Prepares for Opening Day

Renovation From Western To 'California Surf' Theme a Multimillion-Dollar Project

Monday, May 8

Critical Mission Bay Report Sparks Call for Special Fund

A report critical of alleged mismanagement of Mission Bay Park has generated a number of possible solutions, including creating an enterprise fund to pay for park improvements.

Fish Oil Supplement on Health Food Store Shelves

If salmon and tuna don't excite your taste buds, the notion of tasting fish oil probably brings tears to your eyes.

Waterfront --- Port Board Still Silent On Bouey

A state senator contends the San Diego Unified Port District's chief executive has lost the confidence of the people who employ him.

Courts --- Accolades Turn to Arrows For Chula Vista Firm

Three years ago, Laurel Engineering was riding a wave of adulation and touted as a shining example of what international trade can do for the region's economy.

Editorial ---Keeping Scripps Open Crucial to East County

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob made a keen observation recently when discussing the fate of Scripps Hospital East County in El Cajon.

Commentary ---New Economy Paradox: Mergers for Consumers

The business environment has always been a reflection of the world at large. As the world moves from the industrial to the informational age, as computing meets communicating, the business sector has become an even better barometer of change. The telephon

Blood Drive Scheduled

The San Diego Blood Bank will hold a blood drive May 15 at the Oscar's restaurant parking lot in Mission Valley.

University Study Finds Link Between Debt and Stress

Researchers at Ohio State University recently found a link between credit card debt and health.

Health --- UCSD Patrons Contribute $47M Toward Cancer Center

UCSD officials said its $47 million secured funding from private sources will pave the way for the construction of a new 270,000-square-foot cancer center on campus.

Proxy --- Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

eurocrine Biosciences, Inc. is a neuroscience-based company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for neuropsychiatric, neuroinflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders.

Escondido Gives the OK to Fenton Industrial Plan

ESCONDIDO , Plans for a new industrial subdivision in Escondido are moving ahead, with infrastructure construction anticipated to start early next year, an official of the development company said.

Finance ---When Stock Market Is Down, Look at the Big Picture

Those who may be laying in a supply of antacid medicine after April's wild gyration in the stock market need to relax and look at their long-term investment picture, a spokesman for the Financial Planning Association of San Diego said.

CHILDREN--Grant Funds Oral Health Project at San Ysidro Center

The state's largest health foundation awarded a three-year grant to the San Ysidro Health Center's early childhood oral health project earlier this year.

People On The Move

Donna Choy joined Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, LLP's tax department. Dallas Haun was promoted to executive vice president at City National Bank.

Melanoma Specialists Team Up for UCSD Research

UCSD is deploying an armada of scientists to battle one of humanity's deadliest types of cancer , malignant melanoma.

Starving Students Moving

The moving company once known as Starving Students of San Diego is now Peoplemovers. The company still has the same ownership and management team as it had before the name change.

Foundation Promotes Affordable Health Care Programs

Expanding access to affordable health care and improving the health of all Californians may seem like lofty goals, but The California Endowment works on this mission one grant at a time.

Small Business --- Trade Fair Offers Secrets of Government Contracts

Small business owners can learn how to gain access to millions of dollars in government procurement contracts at this year's Operation Opportunity Trade Fair.

Law --- Internet Liability Is Topic of Upcoming Seminar

Internet pioneers whacking back the brush and venturing into new territory can inadvertently open paths for litigation to follow.

Budget Now Renting Clean-Fuel Autos

An environmentally conscious San Diego business opened May 1 to kick off National Clean Air Month. Congressman Brian Bilbray lauded the company as he became its first customer in an opening ceremony.

Accounting Firms Diagnose Doctors' Financial Situations

Doctors may be able to diagnose their patients' health conditions, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can detect the health of their practice.

BIOTECH--Planning to Succeed in the Biotech Industry

The dynamics of the biotech industry have severely shifted from the late 1980s and early '90s. No longer is biotech the darling of the investment community.

ACCESS--Work Continues on Improving Health Care Access

Last year, the "Counties, Clinics and the Uninsured" statewide analysis of the health status of the uninsured ranked San Diego County dead last in California.

Nike Offers Traditional and Innovative Golf Lessons

The local concentration of golf manufacturers and courses notwithstanding, the number of regular golfers in San Diego and other cities hasn't grown that much from the booming 1980s.

Tourism --- Legoland Expansion Plans Stacked for Council Review

The building blocks of a $25 million expansion at Legoland California is expected to go before the Carlsbad City Council on May 16.

Harbor Drive Set To Reopen By June

Drivers again have a straight shot down Harbor Drive past the San Diego Convention Center.

Online Company Promotes Rewards Program

For consumers already familiar with supermarket rewards cards or Internet loyalty programs, the latest promotion will hit San Diego this summer like a ton of bricks.

Profile

Well, he may have the outdoor traits many San Diegans have, but Rear Adm. Frederic R. Ruehe's current job is less than typical.

HEALTH--Medical Group Teams With Senior Community for Services

Loved ones are often concerned about sending a family member to an assisted-living community.

EduPoint.com Secures Additional Financing

SOLANA BEACH , EduPoint.com has received $15 million in second-round financing from Sprout Private Equity Financing and Enterprise Partners, the company announced.

International Brands, Inc. Now 'Hayes Compatible'

The man who pioneered the PC high-speed modem is trying to bring a San Diego firm up to speed.

Electricity --- SAIC Eyes $600M Scottish Venture

The United Kingdom is about to become more E-enabled via a deal between one of the largest utilities there and Science Applications International Corp.

Disease Prevention Firm Offers Body Scanner

A local disease prevention company is now offering a way for patients to get a complete body scan that includes almost all of the body's vital organs.

Software --- Firm's Software Streamlines Cops' Workload

Michael Petruccelli has set a lofty goal for the company he now heads, but it's one he thinks is attainable, given the firm's product and his employees.

LEAD STORY--Small-Employer Groups Gain

When Peter Berk and his wife entered the world of self-employment by opening their advertising agency in Carmel Valley, they were looking forward to making all the decisions.

Building --- Companies Wrap Up Large Commercial Projects

Two local construction companies have recently finished large commercial buildings in Sorrento Hills and Poway.

RANKING--Survey Ranks Sharp First

When a recent survey conducted by San Francisco-based Pacific Business Group on Health questioned members about their satisfaction with health care management services, San Diego's Sharp Community Medical Group ranked at the top.

Enviroment --- Businesses Rally Against EPA Sewage Mandate

David McKinley has two reasons to pay close attention to the latest Environmental Protection Agency position on the city's wastewater treatment plant , a position which could cost the city as much as $10 billion.

Energy --- Otay Plant Will Stabilize Local Energy Needs

A new power plant in Otay Mesa will not only help lay the foundation for increased investment in the area, but also may be a showcase for new technology that makes it the cleanest power plant in the country.

Largest HMOs & PPOs

Largest HMOs & PPOs

Joint Venture Lands Contract to Upgrade Schools

A pair of San Diego firms , PinnacleOne and Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc. , are handling initial project management for the Oceanside schools' $245 million school building project.

Enterprise --- Taking the Mystery Out of the Theater Business

At each performance of local dinner theater company Mystery Caf & #233;, a baffling character always appears, although it was never written into the plot.

Health Care --- Kaiser Abandons Psychiatric Prescription Policy

Kaiser Permanente, California's largest health maintenance organization, recently announced it abandoned its policy of allowing psychiatrists to routinely prescribe psychiatric drugs to mental health patients without having personally examined them.

Ballpark --- Padres Face Crucial Time For Ballpark

Jack McGrory sizes up May as a critical month for the San Diego Padres' ballpark.

International --- Rancho Bernardo Firm Speaking a New Language

MusicMatch Inc., a Rancho Bernardo music software company, said it signed an agreement with Sina.com, a Silicon Valley search engine company, to offer its product to those who speak and read Chinese.

ABOUT THE LIST--Consolidation Recurring Phenomenon in PPO Industry

One year it's competitive, the next year it's almost as if a monopoly dominates the market. Some years it seems everybody has insurance and some years, like the last several, it seems nobody has insurance.

Gateway Allies With Web-Hosting Firm

The San Diego-based PC giant recently formed an alliance with Verio, Inc., a Colorado-based Web hosting and E-commerce firm.

Letters

While it is encouraging to read a recent report citing some improvements in public health, a deeper analysis of the statistics reveal there are glaring racial and ethnic disparities in health status in San Diego County.

BENEFITS--LTC Insurance: An Optional Employee Benefit

As the U.S. population ages and the future of Social Security remains uncertain, financial planning becomes critically important for all American employees.

Publisher's Notebook --- Don't Duck; Instead, Follow the Geese

The economy is strong, the unemployment rate is under 3 percent, which means nearly everyone wanting a job has one, and there are signs of progress everywhere with new construction in every corner of the region.

Sales --- Quidel Reports Record Sales for First Quarter

San Diego-based maker of diagnostic products Quidel Corp. reported record sales of $22.4 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000, boosted by a strong demand.

Newsmakers --- Tourism Hiring Off and Running

As the days get longer and the weather warms up, the season for hiring summer employees comes upon the tourism industry. Among the hiring companies is Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which had 71 positions open this year. The hotel held a job fair April 29.

Monday, May 1

Retail - Flooring Firm Makes Strides With New Showroom

Looking down at the floor can be a sign of boredom, but that won't be the case at a new showroom in Miramar.

Transportation - State Announces Grants for Traffic Safety Programs

The state of California doled out $2.3 million to San Diego and Imperial counties on Tuesday as part of a special initiative to make state highways safer.

Law - S.D. Attorneys Find Fertile Ground in Silicon Valley

Add Hillyer & Irwin to the list of San Diego law firms with a presence in Silicon Valley.

Education - How to Start a Business Classes Designed for Marines

OCEANSIDE , The most pressing question for some soon-to-be-discharged Marines is what to do next. After four years for most, going from a steady income to no job can be tough.

Airline Eyes S.D.-London Direct Flight

It's not official, but San Diego passengers could be enjoying tea and crumpets aboard the first nonstop trans-Atlantic air service to London next spring.

Hospitality - Restaurant Row Expansion Nearly Completed

SAN MARCOS , Nestled between an 18-screen movie theater and more than a dozen restaurants, a series of small and often overlooked shop owners wait for construction to be completed.

Cyberbucks - NTN's Poor Stock Showing May Mean Delisting

NTN Communications Inc., the Carlsbad developer of interactive trivia and sports games, said it has been talking with the folks who run the American Stock Exchange about a possible delisting.

A New Wild Animal Is Prowling the Cyber Block

Across the U.S.A. from Miami to L.A., an E-commerce firm is taking a walk on the wild side.

LABOR --- Building Owners Hope to Quell Janitors' Strike

Janitors and union officials seeking a better contract from Downtown cleaning contractors were joined by the janitors' ultimate employers last week, the building owners, in an effort to end the nearly monthlong strike.

Largest Venture Capital/Securities

Largest Venture Capital/Securities

Editorial---Transportation Is Playing on Exec's Minds

Last week's announcement that the state is providing $2.3 million to San Diego County agencies for traffic safety enhancements may not sound like much of a business story until you read the results of the latest poll by the California Chamber of Commerce.

Redevelopment - Port Redevelopment Plan Leaps Hurdle

Downtown's North Embarcadero redevelopment plan lurched slowly ahead with two San Diego Unified Port Commission approvals.

PROFILE --- A Self-Made, All-American Venture Capitalist

Andrew Senyei of Enterprise Partners Crossed a Medical Bridge Between Hungary and San Diego

About The List: Venture Industry Takes Chances in Stock Market Frenzy

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word "fever" is defined as a sickness or intense nervous excitement.

Retail - Online Supermarket Set To Debut in San Diego

HomeGrocer.com, founded in the Seattle area in June 1998, will debut in San Diego in late May or early June.

Money-Making Scenery

San Diego County's many attractions , some seen here , along with its sunny and hospitable climate has made tourism the region's third largest industry, generating nearly $5 billion in local revenues each year and employing 150,000 residents. This year Ma

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION --- DPR Construction Starts Work on Research Facility

DPR Construction Inc. of San Diego has started work on the new, 16-acre West Coast campus facility for Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics that will have 350,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in six buildings when it is completed.

Award - California Chamber Seeks Support for China Trade Relations

Local small business leaders will be honored in an awards luncheon May 25, in honor of Small & Emerging Business Week, May 21 through May 27.

Lead Story - VC Firm a Financial Father Figure to Start-Ups

omasz Johannsen is a young man with an idea for a new product , a browser that pulls just snippets of information from a Web site rather than requiring the customer to download the entire page.

Insurance Firm Offers Policies for Home Offices

Golden Eagle Insurance Corp. has begun offering an endorsement on its homeowner's insurance policy to help protect home-based businesses , something many entrepreneurs mistakenly think they don't need, according to a recent survey.

Editor's Notebook---Flash Kicks in With a Modest Proposal

Three major league baseball teams opened new stadiums this season in Detroit, Houston and San Francisco. Seattle blew up the cavernous Kingdome a few weeks back and in two years will open a new stadium for the NFL's Seahawks on the heels of last year's op

Enterprise - Peterbuilt Brings Construction Into a High-Tech World

When Peter Lasensky decided to start a new construction company 15 years ago, his very first purchase was a Sperry 8088 computer.

Banking - Local Financiers Prepare to Launch Two Banks

Local financiers are preparing to launch two new banks, one of them a traditional brick-and-mortar thrift, while the other is based on the Internet.

Technology - Newgen Producing Results for Local Auto Dealers

Gerald Benowitz says auto dealers are slowly catching on, realizing what good customer relations can do for their bottom lines.

People On The Move ---Upcomers, award winners and more.

Carnevale's Construction Management, Inc. named Dennis Keich, business development manager. Koll Construction, L.P., appointed Jeff Evans vice president of operations.

Environment - City Practices The Green It Preaches

When the city of San Diego needed a new building for its Environmental Services Department, city officials decided to practice what they preached.

Investors Provide Resources for Alternative Fuel Development

Carlsbad-based Metallic Power is looking to power a fleet of vehicles with the fuel of the future , zinc. And now they have backing.

Idec Stock Tumbles on News of Earnings Setback

Shares of Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. stock continued to tumble last week after the San Diego biotech firm announced lower than expected earnings and said it halted studies on a new lupus drug.

PROXY --- Cymer Inc.

ymer, Inc. supplies excimer laser illumination sources, the essential light source for deep ultraviolet (DUV) photolithography systems used in the manufacture of semiconductors.

Tourism - Curtain Rises on New Cultural Tourism Drive

Yeah dudes, the thought of San Diego's tourism is undeniably awesome , sparkling beaches, a world-famous zoo and the much-celebrated climate.

Government - City Mulls Alcohol Ad Ban

A plan being studied by the San Diego City Council would outlaw alcoholic beverage billboards within a few blocks of schools or other areas where children gather.

CEO Plans Makeover for San Diego-based Derm Tech

Lash, whose appointment to CEO and president of San Diego-based Derm Tech, formerly known as California Skin Research Institute, was announced March 23, and will be responsible for implementing the firm's new business plan.

Qualcomm Puts Up $25 Million to Aid Schools

College students and their counterparts in the K-12 system will get some help leaping the "digital divide" when their campuses start spending a multimillion-dollar donation from Qualcomm Inc.

Port Likes Idea of Aircraft Carrier Museum

People who envision the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway next to Navy Pier alternately describe it as an economic engine and a tribute to San Diego's military heritage, or an environmental mistake and a big, gray eyesore.

Finance - Bank to Open Eight Small Business Lending Offices

provided more than $100 million in Small Business Administration loans nationwide... .

Letters---Proposal Not a Grant

Your issue of April 17 reports on the governor's budget plans for transportation initiatives for the next fiscal year.

Environment - Businesses Stand to Save Green By Going Green

The city of San Diego is participating in the federal Climate Wise program, which offers businesses economic incentives to use green building techniques, reduce waste or save water, according to Nicole Hall, public information officer with the city of San

Marketing - Sister Ad, Marketing Firms Combine Creative Forces

Shared services are on the drawing board for local advertising giant Phillips-Ramsey and a Cambridge, Mass.-based sister company focused on E-business marketing.

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Eric Comer of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. The buyer represented itself.

Media & Marketing - Local Fox Affiliate Restructures Nightly Newscast

Slug this one "Tweaking at 10." Focus groups and other research are having an impact on the set of XETV Channel 6's 4-month-old nightly newscast.

Real Estate - Chamber: Soaring Home Prices May Stall Growth

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders reveals that San Diego has the eighth most expensive housing market in the country.

Commentary---Vocational Education Decline Hurting Students, Firms

In the film "Field of Dreams," the inspirational mantra was: "Build it and they will come."