Stories for November 2000

Monday, November 27

Editor's Notebook Corporate neighbors carrying carpetbags

Noticeably quiet during these past few months of turmoil over deregulated electricity rates have been the "other" big energy companies in town.

Finance---Local bank announcing loans for three hotel construction projects

A local bank recently announced loans for three hotel construction projects in San Diego.

Technology---New economy dot-com offers old economy toss-offs

It's a place where the old American economy of heavy, industrial equipment meets the new economy of E-commerce.

Real Estate---News for local REITs appears generally upbeat

Two San Diego County retail real estate investment trusts have good third-quarter news for their shareholders as a third company proceeds with liquidation.

Insurance---Securing businesses with e-commerce insurance

Recent studies suggest the amount of commerce conducted over the Web will skyrocket from $2.6 billion in 1996, to $200 billion in 2001. Companies all over the world are taking measures to allow for E-commerce solutions.

Utilities---Ballot initiative possible to re-regulate energy industry

When Gov. Gray Davis spoke before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in San Diego on Nov. 14, he warned if ratepayers didn't get satisfaction soon, furor over "unjust and unreasonable" rates over electricity would spark a ratepayer revolt.

Small Business and Retail---Minimum wage hike goes into effect on New Years

The California Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses throughout the state that the minimum wage will be going up by $1, starting Jan. 1.

Law---Local professor participates in trade seminar in Cuba

Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor William Slomanson was recently part of a seminar on the law of international trade and investment in Havana.

Utilities---State Sen. Steve Peace proposes a $2 billion war chest to fight high energy costs

State Sen. Steve Peace wants to build a war chest to combat the high cost of electricity in California.

Retail---Pre-paid credit cards for retailers adopt phone card concept

It sounds strange this close to December, but one CEO swears the future of his e-tail-dependent firm doesn't teeter on the holiday season.

CyberBucks---Kissing a few frogs proves profitable for local firm

John Whalen freely admits his company's business strategy of buying profitable Internet companies may seem unrealistic to some, but he remains optimistic it's a winner.

Investing---Finance book covers aspects of making smart choices

No more cringing on the telephone as a salesperson pitches you a script-driven, get-rich-quick scheme.

Technology---Firms help in getting new 'nondotcom' domains

Internet addresses with the dot-biz suffix could arrive as soon as 2001, along with six more alternatives to dot-com and dot-org.

Trade---China's new venture funds present startup opportunities

The normalization of trade relations between the United States and China presents an opportunity of unprecedented magnitude for American high-tech entrepreneurs.

High-Tech---SAIC goes to aid of small telecom firms

Small-fry telecom carriers can easily spend tens of millions of dollars to build and maintain computer systems.

Editorial Vaccine shortage could cause a lot of headaches

In years past, by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend most of us had rolled up our sleeves and gotten a shot to ward off the flu.

equipment markets online, though Berlage said his company has 'critical mass,' with 10 times the product as its nearest competitor.

Michael Brower, the CFO of Keylime Software Inc., is a happy man these days since a venture capital investment has helped his company build business for its new computer program.

Lead---Borrowers take their chances on payday loans

en talking about the payday advance loan system that became legal three years ago, there seems to be a seesaw effect among many who take an interest in the industry.

Commentary County is rushing to where the wise fear to tread

In 1989, the county of El Dorado made a fateful decision to update their entire general plan.

Restaurants---Rubio's Restaurants to expand into Oregon

Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., a publicly traded company known for its fish tacos, recently signed its first franchise agreement, and a company official said there are more to come.

Economy---Sizzling economy cools for third straight month

San Diego's once red-hot economy is cooling down this year, but should hold steady through 2001, according to the latest Index of Leading Economic Indicators for the county.

Investing---Asset management for new economy millionaires

The growth of personal wealth among the young, driven by the New Economy, is affecting the nature of retirement planning.

Profile---Mohamed Moustafa suits up to place fledgling CSU San Marcos among elite business schools

ver the past four months, CSU San Marcos' new dean of business administration discovered many locals knew little of the campus nestled in the hills of North County.

Media & Marketing---'On the Money' radio show syndicated nationally

A different kind of volume will be pumped up for local talk show "On the Money with Ray Lucia."

Management---San Diego startups are attracting more big talent to their management teams

It happens more often than you think , a CEO of a much larger corporation gives up his inflated salary, bonuses, and all the perks to take over the top job at a startup. This month it happened in San Diego when graviton, a high-tech firm formed last year,

How To---Match retirement plans to company goals

Providing a retirement plan is becoming an important differentiating factor for business owners seeking to attract and retain high-quality employees.

Enterprise---Firm's future revolves around a wristband that offers relief from nausea

One Carlsbad-based medical device maker prides himself in having raised more than $30 million in venture capital money, during a time when others in the same field were struggling.

Energy---Reports differ on state's energy status

Does the Golden State have enough electricity to make it through the summer? The California Energy Commission thinks so. The California Independent System Operator doesn't.

Biotech---Aurora buys Wisconsin firm in $86 million stock deal

Aurora Biosciences Corp., a San Diego-based biotechnology firm, bought a Wisconsin-based firm with complementary technology for about $86 million in stock.

Health Care---Combining the county's pediatric resources moves closer to fruition

Negotiations over the proposed merger between children's health care providers at UCSD and Children's Hospital are expected to be complete by January 2001.

How To---Common mistakes to avoid when selling a business

The things that make a business owner successful when launching and building a business , healthy ego, self-confidence, strong will and keeping their own counsel , can be his or her downfall when selling the business.

Real Estate & Construction---R.G. Petty Construction secures contracts on Kearny Mesa projects

Several San Diego construction firms have been awarded contracts in the past few days, officials said.

Monday, November 20

About The List-- Hospitals continue care under financial pressures

As if scrambling to obtain ample supplies of flu vaccines during flu season isn't a physician's worst nightmare, the bad dream plays on as a lack of funding for adequate health care continues to put a strain on hospitals throughout San Diego County.

Finance-- Niche market proves successful for ITLA Capital

ITLA Capital Corp., one of San Diego's biggest financial institutions, made 18.2 percent more money in the third quarter than in the same period last year, its chief financial officer said.

Energy-- Governor warns of ratepayer revolt over power costs

Inaction by FERC Could Lead to Prop. 13-Type Ballot Initiative in the Future

Tourism-- High-tech firm's sponsorship boosts playgoers series

Expect a couple of changes when the curtain rises on the 25th anniversary season of the San Diego Playgoers Series , A Nederlander Presentation this March.

Restaurants-- Taco Bell franchise firm files for bankruptcy

Thirty-four Taco Bell restaurants owned by a San Diego company went into default late last month. At the time, creditors were reportedly owed $33 million.

Law --Trial lawyers hit the campaign donation trail

During this past election, trial lawyers throughout the state took their negotiating skills from the courtroom to the campaign trail.

Real Estate-- Resale home prices climb to new construction range

The average price of a resale detached house in San Diego County hit $386,172 in October, a 25 percent increase above the $308,402 recorded in October 1999, statistics from the San Diego Association of Realtors show.

Government-- The Port District sets new guidelines for business travel

San Diego Unified Port District commissioners agreed first class is not the only way to travel.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Brian Driscoll and Eric Northbrook of Colliers International represented the seller. Towne Centre Resources represented the buyer.

Publisher's Notebook-- It's Tuesday, and the election is still going?

Well, so much for the opening line of my last column, which stated, "It's Tuesday and the elections are over."

Investment-- Uncertainty over the presidential elections staggers tech stocks and others

Did the outcome of this year's presidential election catch you by surprise? You're not alone.

Transportation-- Employers look for immediate traffic relief

The region's transportation plans have been the topic of many debates and public meetings for months, if not years.

Rokenbok Stocks Up on Mobile Construction Toys

Other descriptions of the product are just as interesting , "Lego meets Nintendo," "Rube Goldberg meets Tomorrowland" and "radio controlled vehicles get vertical."

High-Tech --Polexis, Titan and TRW receive Spawar contracts

The Navy is set to deploy some of the patent-pending technology developed by San Diego's Polexis, Inc. under a five-year, $22.5 million contract between the company and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (Spawar).

How To-- Quality management a key to improving health care

By its very definition, a nonprofit organization like a community clinic differs from a profit-driven business.

Land Use -- Former city architect calls for fundamental changes in land-use planning

and Use: Transportation, Land Use Must Be Linked, Says Architectural Expert

Enterprise-- NStor Technologies provides a way to store all that digitalized data

In offices across the nation, it's multiplying at warp speed, growing as if it's an alien life form.

Lead-- Water, water everywhere. But is it all it's said to be?

San Diego-based firms are tapping into one of the country's fastest-growing markets in the nation , water. But their pursuit of profits may be a bumpy ride. According to the Beverage Marketing Corp., a research and consulting firm based in New York, Ameri

Trade --Applied Membranes of Vista is named exporter of the year

Unless you're in the water reclamation/ purification industry, chances are you haven't heard of Applied Membranes Inc. in Vista.

Small Business and Retail-- Small biz group offers E-commerce package

A Washington D.C.-based small business advocacy group has announced an Internet solution for businesses looking to set up an E-commerce site.

Technology-- Hospitals convert from film to digital technology

In a matter of weeks, film-based X-rays and related projectors and dark rooms will disappear from Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Health Care-- Mission Bay Hospital closure's impact is magnified by flu season

Mission Bay Hospital will close it 128-bed facility Nov. 30, two months earlier than projected amid a decline in staff.

People On The Move

Temecula Valley Bank promoted Kelly O'Donnell to senior vice president, branch manager of the bank's Fallbrook office. Valerie Spicer joined Borrego Springs Bank as vice president and general manager of Indian gaming services. Bair Financial Group welcome

Profile-- Vicki Marion led micro-headset builder Jabra Corp. from startup to a multimillion-dollar success

Vicki Marion Led Micro-Headset Builder Jabra Corp. From Startup To a Multimillion-Dollar Success

Restaurants-- A rising local chef expected to shine at James Beard House

A week before an appearance at a prestigious New York culinary hub, local chef Amiko Gubbins was in the midst of a hectic Monday morning.

Ballpark- -Entrepreneur considers taking over city's ballpark rol

If the city of San Diego can't finish the Padres ballpark, there's at least one guy out there who's interested in stepping up to the plate and taking a swing at it.

Technology-- MP3.com stock climbs as legal accord is reached

Internet music provider MP3.com, Inc.'s stock took a welcomed jump following the announcement last week that it had resolved its legal fight with Universal Music Group.

Finance---Equipment donations to charities provide potential tax relief to businesses

Executives looking for a 2000 tax deduction for their companies might do well to consider donating excess inventory or equipment to charity, officials of two local organizations said.

Biotech-- Biotechs struggle to find suitable San Diego locations

It probably comes as no surprise to local biotech executives that land for manufacturing plants is in short supply and rapidly becoming pricey.

Construction-- Junior-senior high school completed at UCSD campus

Nielsen Dillingham Builders Inc. has finished the Preuss School at the University of California, San Diego campus, an executive of the San Diego-based contractor said.

Commentary-- Death of housing is birth of permanent poverty

Conservatives like to say the best anti-poverty program is a job. But that's not really true, is it?

Media-- The new publisher of the Los Angeles Times sees the convergence of newspapers, TV and the Internet

One reporter's story taking on many forms , a breaking story online at 11 a.m., a print story with a 5 p.m. deadline, and a series of television updates.

School Cameras Roll With New Video Van

With the assistance of Pacific Bell, students throughout San Diego County will take part in a learning experience unlike any other in the area.

Contractors-- Medical industry answers call for expanded nurse training

unding for six new faculty positions at the San Diego State University School of Nursing, the university announced last week.

Preventive Care-- Healthy children may produce a healthier bottom line

Protecting, preserving and promoting the health, safety and development of children is the right thing to do, but it can also directly contribute to a company's bottom line.

Workplace-- Stress: Workers attempt to escape its grip

A Houston couple told a television station last week their travel company is profitable because it specializes in relieving stress.

Headset Sturdy Enough for Drive-Thru's

Carhops once used roller skates to reach customers hungry for a burger. The grandchildren of carhops now wear wireless headsets to talk to customers in the drive-through line.

Technology-- Local firms are taking the Internet to the kitchen and elsewhere

The kitchen, the family room and maybe even the basement workshop are new frontiers for home computing and the Internet.

Writing Contest Seeks the Worst, Not the Best

Everyone's seen it, the knucklehead instructions to put something together or nonsensical or undecipherable instructions for operating machinery.

Editorial-- Fighting the bureaucracy once again

We should have figured once Indians gained their sovereignty to operate casinos upon tribal lands that new hurdles would appear.

Technology-- Qualcomm establishes a $500 million venture fund

Qualcomm Inc. will invest $500 million over four years in start-up companies that are involved in some way with CDMA technology.

Monday, November 13

Commentary---A bigger role for NAFTA's Development Bank?

The North American Free Trade Agreement , NAFTA , isn't just about trade, it's also about economic development.

Backwards Yacht Racers to Stop in San Diego

It's the likely hope of San Francisco-based organizers of a 10-month, 24,500-mile, round-the-world yacht race , in which the route is charted against prevailing winds and currents.

Energy---Electricity at half the cost? Enpex says 'yes.'

DEL MAR , Richard Hertzberg thinks he has the answer to San Diego's energy woes. He plans to build a power plant in San Diego and sell energy to local consumers at less than 6 cents a kilowatt hour.

Banking---First National acquires bank in Long Beach

San Diego-based First National Bank has signed an agreement to buy Generations Trust Bank of Long Beach, which specializes in trust fund management.

Redevelopment---Food Bank feeling squeeze of NTC redevelopment

Representatives from nearly 300 social service agencies make the trip to the former Naval Training Center each month to collect nearly 1 million pounds of food from the San Diego Food Bank.

Editorial---A bumpy ride for the next president

As this is written, we still do not know for certain who will be the next President of the United States. Vice President Al Gore slightly leads in the popular vote nationwide, but the race is still too close to call for Florida's key electoral votes. The

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Real Estate---Lesson from Punta Banda deal: do the homework

Buying and owning property in Mexico doesn't have to be a high-risk proposition or fraught with fear, said professionals in the local real estate industry.

Shopping Malls Host Holiday Fund-Raiser to Benefit Nonprofits

Local shopping malls throughout San Diego will join together for a special fund-raising event.

Transportation---California moves closer to high-speed trains

Transportation: Improved Rail Service Should Help Firms in Shipping Products

Law---State law adds responsibilities to federal ADA

Assembly Bill 2222 goes into effect New Year's Day. When it does, a new definition for "disability" will go into effect.

Media---Promotion ties Mail Boxes, Etc. to eBay auctions

With revenues from online auctions more than doubling this year, contacts and research done by Mail Boxes Etc.'s public relations firm made for a sun-soaked promotion. The focus: MBE's new marketing tie with eBay.

Trends---Cost and speed benefits drive design-build trends

Design-build is no longer an alternative to traditional design and construction project delivery , it is mainstream. No longer are projects limited to the traditional design-bid-build approach. The many tangible benefits of the design-build approach are d

Hotels---Plans for new Downtown hotel are unveiled

Developers of a proposed hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center said they are awaiting an environmental impact report from the San Diego Unified Port District due to be released next month. If the site passes the review, Fifth Avenue Landing LLC wi

Sports---San Diego Spirit, the new professional women's soccer team, kicks into gear with TV, stadium deals

The relationship with professional sports teams and San Diego officials has been anything but blissful recently.

CyberBucks---Nasdaq spurns local firm's listing application

It took about nine months, but Nasdaq rejected San Diego's e.Digital Corp.'s request to be listed on the high-tech-laden national exchange last month.

Researchers Review Youth Buying Trends

A recently released online marketing study hopes to provide retailers with the vital insight into youth lifestyle trends that has so eluded them for years.

Editor's Notebook---Can soccer finally capture San Diego's spirit?

Check out most any park in the county on a Saturday afternoon and you're likely to see a bunch of kids kicking a soccer ball around. And when the kids leave, adults get their kicks in, too.

People On The Move

Angelique "Angel" Lucero has joined MuniFinancial as vice president of planning and development. Stephen L. Wilkinson has joined Shea Mortgage as vice president of secondary marketing. Point Loma Credit Union of San Diego has added Laura de Jesus as manag

Lead---Location: The crux of a retail business

Retailers looking for a new business location need to know their site selection will be crucial to their success, several local retail real estate professionals said. Unlike major chain stores or restaurants, which might have an in-house department that s

High-Tech---ViaSat to supply terminals for Astrolink system

Business data beamed over a planned satellite system will travel with the help of terminals supplied by Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc.

Technology---GreyStone Digital Technology takes its virtual reality expertise to the commercial marketplace

Technology: Firm Expands From Military Simulations To Arcade Entertainment

Small Business and Retail---Small biz doing more with same size work force

While 74 percent of small- and mid-size business owners say they're having difficulty finding new employees, 82 percent of these companies are using existing staff to handle the increased workload in today's booming economy.

Market---San Diego County experiences its tightest commercial real estate market in history

An unusual third-quarter combination of record-breaking commercial developments and tenant demand has created the tightest commercial real estate market in San Diego County history, according to a report by Burnham Real Estate Services.

Real Estate---South Bay continues torrid construction pace

Development in South County appears to be ahead of last year's rate, according to the city of Chula Vista and a group of developers.

How To---A smart approach to commercial development

Commercial developers and builders will play a key role in meeting the demands of our growing region in the next 20 years. The San Diego region is expected to grow by nearly 1 million people and 350,000 new jobs by 2020. To ensure that commercial developm

About the List---Local building contractors busier than ever

Despite talks of an economic slowdown, local building contractors maintain they are busier than ever. In the San Diego Business Journal's List of the Largest Building Contractors, it ranked local building contractors by their gross revenues in San Diego C

Women in Construction Industry Band Together for Support

Women looking to break into the construction business or advance in the industry can get career help from a local club.

Tourism---Castle Creek Inn auctioned for $2.8 million

ESCONDIDO , The deal in which the Castle Creek Inn was sold at auction for $2.8 million earlier this month will likely close by the beginning of December.

Profile---Paul Ecke III takes poinsettia production in promising directions

For Paul Ecke III, the gift of giving takes on special meaning around this time of the year.

Utilities---The good news and bad news about November energy bills

Good news: Local utility customers will see some relief on their bills this month , up to $450 worth of credit.

Biotech---Immune Response shares dip in wake of study controversy

Shares of Immune Response Corp. continued to hover in the $4 range the week after publication of an unfavorable university study of its AIDS drug, Remune.

Elections---Murphy promises to bring confidence, vision back to mayor's office

Throughout his campaign to become San Diego's 33rd mayor, Judge Dick Murphy repeatedly emphasized he is not beholden to any special interest groups and can run the city with a clear vision.

Family Outfit Sells Outdoor Gear Online

Chances are when you think of an Internet start-up selling outdoor adventure gear you probably picture a 20-something dude with a skateboard glued to his sneakers.

Biotech---Biotech heralded as the future at conference

San Diego-based Biocom couldn't have gotten a more upbeat keynote speaker than Graham Molitor to ring in its ninth annual CALBIOsummit meeting.

Technology---SAIC stays the course despite management changes

Don't expect Science Applications International Corp. to alter its course markedly with changes in its top management, said one of the people affected by those changes.

Enterprise---Baja's sunny side proves profitable for regional magazine

Such was true for Mayt & #233; Rodriguez-Cedillo, who owns and publishes Baja Traveler: Mexico's Ports of Call. Cedillo operates the annual publication, which has a circulation of 40,000 and sales last year of $325,000, out of her Chula Vista home.

Elections---New council members aim to restore public confidence

The four new members of the San Diego City Council won't take their seats until Dec. 4, but already they agree on one thing: They must restore the public's confidence in city government.

Monday, November 6

Profile---Local venture capitalist Robert Kibble on the hunt for his next big success

The managing partner and founder of Mission Ventures, a San Diego venture capital fund with more than $200 million under investment, says he usually arrives at his office by 7 a.m., and tries to get home by about 7:30 p.m. Then there are the hours he puts

Law---San Diegans are among state's most influential attorneys

Five San Diegans were named among the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the California Law Business.

Letters

The city attorney complains that if the ruling stands, the City Council would lose leverage dealing with the Padres if their negotiations have to be made public.

Defense---Navy Secretary Danzig calls tech industry to attention

CARLSBAD , With a panel including such business giants as the chairman of Compaq Computers and the president of Hewlett-Packard, some people attending Red Herring Communications' conference wondered why the keynote speaker came from outside the private se

Online Auto Auction Takes Off Running

A Rancho Santa Fe-based business has grown into a million-dollar enterprise by auctioning classic cars on the Internet.

Conventions---Small-scale conventions carry economic impact

When most San Diegans think of conventions, their first thoughts are probably linked to the high-profile trade shows and conventions held at the San Diego Convention Center.

Lead---Destination services crowd a full visitor industry house

he view from event planner Matt Robbins' Gaslamp Quarter office is an appropriately crowded sight.

Care Bags Offer Relief To Concerned Parents

You can easily call Karen Campbell an overprotective mom. As a new mother, she was wary about leaving her child in someone else's hands.

Commentary---Did Dr. Koop kill the Internet?

Even the Internet has its folk heroes. With his bow tie and folksy charm, Dr. C. Everett Koop arrived on the scene like Jed Clampett to reap his millions. However, in the same vein as the Emperor's New Clothes, the Street finally asked of his DrKoop.com t

Health Care---UCSD to house collaborative brain research facility

UCSD and the Salk Institute have joined forces to build the largest brain-imaging facility dedicated to research on the West Coast.

Banking---Comerica Bank of Detroit buys L.A.-based Imperial Bancorp

Following in the footsteps of other Midwestern banks seeking a bigger presence into the Southern California market, Comerica Bank of Detroit has announced plans to acquire Los Angeles-based Imperial Bancorp.

Real Estate---Golding insists the city has resources for ballpark redevelopment

Even without the taxes from a 1,200-room hotel at the Campbell Shipyard site, San Diego can still afford to pay its share of the Padres ballpark.

Utilities---Federal energy regulators say they have no evidence of price manipulation by electricity producers

A report from federal regulators on high electricity rates in San Diego has elicited cheers, disappointment and talk of possible legal action from local energy experts.

Copyright---Groups launch education campaigns to protect musicians' rights

The country's top music copyright protection firms are turning up the volume on enforcement policies for the unlicensed playing of copyrighted music at conventions and trade shows.

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Energy---SDG & E; warns consumers to expect high winter natural gas prices

As if the high cost of electricity wasn't enough, expect to pay more for natural gas, too.

Editorial---Reading between the lines of FERC's ruling

The findings announced last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that energy producers were not cheating Californians should not come as any surprise to readers of the Business Journal. That, after all, was exactly what we predicted would happ

People On The Move

Leslie Rodes Monteath has been named a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

Ex-Pads Star Hustles at Music, Too

He may not have been the most talented Padres baseball player, but Tim Flannery's hustle made him one of the team's most popular stars.

Defense---Quantum Magnetics wins an $11.9 million contract to develop a land mine detector

Quantum Magnetics, Inc. will develop a backpack-mounted electronic device to locate metal- and plastic-clad mines, using an $11.9 million award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

About The List---Caterers go with the flow in unpredictable industry

The holidays are just around the corner, and caterers are definitely cooking up something for the season.

Media--- Arbitron ratings show a large radio audience is tuning into Top-40

KOGO-AM, XHTZ-FM, KGB-FM and KHTS-FM were the winners in the local radio market's summer rankings.

Tourism---San Diego ranks among Top 10 destinations in Conde Nast survey

With San Diego's first top-10 appearance in a major travel magazine's readers poll already cause for celebration, work is in motion to further boost the county's reputation.

Biotech---European biotechs come west in search of investment dollars and higher drug profits

Hamstrung by lower drug prices and too few European investors willing to fund homegrown biotechs, European biotechnology firms are looking to gain a foothold in the United States where higher returns on medicinal products and venture capital money reign.

Small Business and Retail---SBA publication helps get more bang per buck

A newly released business resource is designed to help small business with marketing in the new global E-economy. And it's free.

Commentary---State's fatally flawed HMO laws endanger women

reast cancer has become the women's health issue most commonly discussed by the media and the health care industry.

Trade Shows---Trade shows off to a good start with coaching

Although Susan Friedman is more than 3,000 miles away in New York, she has San Diego on her mind.

Web Site Keeps Track of Office Pool Bets

The Internet has touched everything from grocery shopping to dating, so it was only a matter of time before it touched the office sports pool.

Enterprise---Neighborhood National plays unique role in the community

Neighborhood National Bank's vein of profitability doesn't lead far outside San Diego city limits, in contrast to many other local banks.

Politics---Ballot measures seek increase in public disclosure

Two local measures on the Nov. 7 ballot call for more disclosure of gifts and contributions given to elected county officials.

Charters---Convention events boosting demand for chartered boats

A giant sigh of relief sailed through the Downtown office of Hornblower Cruises & Events on Oct. 30.

High-Tech---Retired.com targets aging Baby Boomer boom

Hoping to attract an estimated 12 million seniors who are already online, and 10 million who could follow in the next two years, La Jolla-based Retired.com has debuted its Internet site for Web browsers ages 50 and older.

Technology---As wireless matures, firms ponder business puzzles

Selling data by the packet? Wireless telecom industry leaders face several puzzles as the technology heads into what they call its third generation.

Facilities---Larger Convention Center to be the jewel in Gaslamp's crown

In just less than a year, the first phase of the San Diego Convention Center's expansion is scheduled to be completed.

Biotech---Sales and investment projections make biotech look bullish

A local Ernst & Young LLP health sciences partner is upbeat about the future of biotechnology in San Diego , and he isn't the only one.

Publisher's Notebook---Don't lose the current momentum

No more political blitzes every five minutes on television. The winners will take their places in our communities and begin the changing of the guard.

Events---Dixieland Festival jazzes up local economy

It doesn't have the high visibility of the Holiday Bowl or the sheer number of bodies found at Street Scene, but the annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is growing into one of this region's larger tourism draws.

CyberBucks---Advanced Marketing Services moves to the Big Board

It's not really a high-tech company, but Advanced Marketing Services Inc.'s financial performance in recent years merits high marks.

Tourism---Area hotels, eateries win prestigious Auto Club awards

Fifteen hotels and six restaurants in the county have gotten the Automobile Club of California's Four Diamond Award for 2001.