Stories for October 2000

Monday, October 30

Banking---Local banks report successes so far this year

La Mesa-headquartered Borrego Springs Bank reported unaudited net earnings of $479,000 or 49 cents per share for the nine months ended Sept. 30. That compares with earnings of $97,000, or 10 cents per share for the same 1999 period, said Frank V. Riolo, p

Letters

Fuzzy Math Alert: The politicians of Santee are claiming that Proposition Z does not raise taxes.

Media---Local radio stations in the running for radio awards in Vegas

Several San Diego stations are among nominees for the MegaBlast Awards, which were created to go along with the Radio Music Awards that will take place in Las Vegas on Nov. 4.

Merger---Honeywell Staff Waits As Merger

A mega-merger between Honeywell International Inc. and General Electric Co. has implications for more than 1,300 Honeywell employees in San Diego and Tijuana, but what those are have yet to be determined.

Small Business---Watch out, Bill Gates. A 12-year-old entrepreneur may be catching up with you

Look out, Bill Gates. A 12-year-old entrepreneur known to peers and family as "The Gumball" may be giving you a run for your money in the near future.

Small Business and Retail---Small biz optimism dips, but indicators are still good

Small-business optimism decreased slightly last month. But signs indicate the economy is very solid for small businesses, with a few signs of a "soft landing" ahead.

Marketing---A little sleight of hand gives the term 'marketing magic' a whole new meaning

The cartons of Halloween candy a few feet away had no allure for a group of kids in a Vons in Carlsbad last Sunday. Their eyes were on a can of Chef Boyardee , a prop in local magician Jeff Smith's trick. Smith may have been performing for children that d

Health Care---The city's needle exchange task force will report to the new council

Since the City Council opted to pursue a clean needle exchange program in San Diego, the task now is how, when and where to implement such a plan.

Editorial---A look at the mayoral candidates' business platforms

San Diego's next mayor faces a multitude of issues, from the ballpark construction to airport expansion.

Profile---Doug Yeagley turned a Downtown lot into a mecca for classic movie lovers and other dreamers

Doug Yeagley is a hair stylist by trade. However, his newest love is film, and his most famous business venture is a movie theater that itself resembles the plot of a movie.

Health Care---Agency lines up insurance for working poor

For Joseph White, who supports his wife and two children with an annual income of $16,000, luxury items are hardly on the shopping list. Neither is health insurance.

People On The Move

Samuel Jeppson has joined San Diego National Bank as executive vice president and chief credit officer. Debbie Clow has joined Point Loma Credit Union as branch manager, Kearny Mesa branch. North American Mortgage Co. has named Cathy Wookey loan officer,

Editor's Notebook---Honoring those who also serve

Fleet Week, San Diego's annual weeklong tribute to the area's military men and women, has come and gone. Once again, the city and its business community has gone "above and beyond" in displaying its gratitude to those who serve their country.

Law---Attorney general boosts aid in local drug war

Thomas Jefferson Professor Ventures to S. Africa With National Law Contingency

Trade---PacketVideo seeks financing in Europe

PacketVideo, a San Diego-based developer of software that enables both audio and video transmissions to wireless devices, is capturing the attention of a lot of notable telecommunications firms in Europe.

Government---The Board of Supervisors eyes selling county surplus in online auctions

Because of new technology, residents can take care of county business online instead of in line at the County Administration Center in Downtown.

Technology---Cisco likes what CAIS has, so it buys the firm

A San Diego software business acquired by San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc. is expected to retain nearly all of its employees, with the remainder staying with the company's Washington, D.C.-based parent.

Construction---New shopping centers attract big-name retailers

But as home to one of the biggest eyesores in the county this year, that was how the San Diego Architecture Association chose to recognize the retail center's Edwards Theatres.

Environment---City gears up for battle over record sewage spill fine

Environment: City Stands To Lose Local Projects if Courts Rule Against Appeal

Technology---L-3 Communications gets wired up to fight the local worker attrition rate

A flat market for a product line might be reason enough for Frank Lanza to keep an eye on San Diego. But the New York City-based executive has an extra concern here.

Tourism---The San Diego Grand Prix could spur a demand for a racing complex

Earlier this year, Ray Rubio's first exposure to becoming the major investor in the San Diego Grand Prix was a business relationship with the contractor who was designing the race course.

Real Estate---Burnham keeps properties after deal falls apart

GMS Realty LLC of Carlsbad has decided not to proceed with the $305 million purchase of 19 strip shopping center properties from Burnham Pacific Properties Inc., its president said.

Technology---Trade Service Corp. gains turf-hold on Internet

A maturing Internet marketplace has business people trying to stake out some choice territory , the middle ground between online buyers and sellers.

Mail Order---Mail-order firm makes a business out of backing books

There are kittens with mittens, a pair named Jack and Jill, and Little Bo Peep and her harmless, wandering sheep.

In a Crisis, Fund Will Be Available to Aid Media, Ad Reps

The local advertising and media industries have just taken an extra step to help their own.

High-Tech---Network Harmoni promises to harmonize networks

San Diego-based Network Harmoni, Inc. is announcing its debut, and announcing the availability of its Harmoni Suite of computer system monitoring software.

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Florists---Flower shop thrives in competitive field

When John Ventura opened his flower shop, Great Roses!, in December 1989 in University Heights, he may have been looking at life through rose-colored glasses.

Defense---Defense and federal IT budgets are expected to creep upwards

Even in the face of inflation, the Department of Defense budget will creep up steadily in the new decade, while federal information technology budgets will grow, according to studies from an industry group due for release this week.

Straw Houses Stand Up to Test of Time

Building houses with straw bales will be the topic of a workshop next month at the Imperial Beach YMCA's Camp Surf.

Wireless---Qualcomm's CDMA grows in global popularity

More than 71 million people with cell phones and other wireless communication devices worldwide now use a technology with roots deep in San Diego , Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA.

Commentary---County General Plan 2020: vision or nightmare?

Of course not. You would probably set the table for 10 and provide enough extra food and table settings for any surprise guests. That's called good planning.

Real Estate---Carlsbad boards trend of mass-transit housing

CARLSBAD , Construction has started on the city's first mass transit-oriented residential development, the builders said, and more projects are in the planning pipeline across the county.

Enterprise---Next/Design Team moves in on home office trend

To tailor, according to Webster's New World Dictionary, is to "cut, form, or alter so as to meet certain conditions." A tailor is one who fits or provides, one who customizes.

Government---A commission says the Port District's travel and expense policies need to be dry docked

A task force assigned to examine the San Diego Unified Port District's current travel needs and practices said the move to adopt a more detailed policy is long overdue.

Construction---Downtown office buildings are on the rise again

Two developers said they would build office skyscrapers with retail and residential space in Downtown.

Lead---Putting in a good word for the competition

For some small businesses, the key to success might not be to trounce your competitors. Instead, the way to get ahead, oddly enough, might be to lend a helping hand to the people you consider your competitors.

Building Birdhouses: A Lesson in Art Appreciation

There's a common belief among local graphic artists, and perhaps artists as a whole, that without the creative skills developed in art classes, children have trouble solving life's complex problems.

Biotech---Isis enters three-year testing cycle for cancer drug

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. hopes a positive Phase II trial of its antisense drug in patients with non-small cell lung cancer will show success at the next stage.

Tea Is Served for Birthday Parties

AnaElvia Sanchez created a business plan that's all about little girls' fantasies.

Monday, October 23

Small Business---Used goods retailers face stronger police scrutiny

Well, not quite. But a redraft of a proposed law before the City Council could subject antique stores and used book stores to the same strict regulations currently being considered for topless bars, peep shows and massage parlors.

Lead---Software firms scatter their products as fast and far as possible

W. J. Kitchen, the CEO and president for San Diego-based Ameranth Technology Systems Inc., is feeling good these days.

Internet---MP3's 'landmark' deal is still no cure-all for its legal woes

MP3.com, Inc.'s multimillion-dollar "landmark" agreement with music publishers is being described as a significant step for the Internet music distributor, but not one that will immediately solve its legal problems.

Health Care---Area hospitals brace for another closure

Local health care leaders are worried the upcoming closure of Mission Bay Hospital will put a greater strain on local hospitals already plagued by their own financial woes.

People On The Move

Timothy G. Malott, a partner at Shoreline Partners, LLC, has been elected president of the Association for Corporate Growth/San Diego. Rancho Santa Fe has hired Lucinda Sanchez as first vice president/regional manager and Richard B. Hudson III as assistan

Energy---Power generators' earnings reports spark renewed anger

Amid reports that out-of-state generators have made record profits on San Diego's back, local leaders are repeating their calls for action.

Banking---Piper Jaffray makes move into San Diego

As part of U.S. Bancorp's push on the West Coast, the bank's brokerage division, Piper Jaffray, has opened offices in Newport Beach and San Diego.

Small Business/Retail---New SBA loan gives small biz more flexibility

A new loan program launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer more flexibility to both borrowers and lenders, which translates to more financing options for small businesses looking to sell goods overseas.

Tourism---An analyst says the potential for hotel development in 2001 still looks good

Potential for hotel development in San Diego in 2001 continues to look good, according to a local analyst's forecast.

Letters

A lot of people in Washington have been pushing for a government takeover of the pharmaceutical industry as a solution to the problem of prescription drug coverage for seniors. However, as history has demonstrated repeatedly , think of the airlines, telec

Tourism---Golf group embarks on acquiring courses nationally

Founded in November 1999, Heritage Golf Group claims it chose its name because it "signifies a respect for the game and its traditions." Its leaders are dedicated businessmen and golfers; two are PGA professionals.

Commuters Fight Traffic Battle Online

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to know exactly how good or bad traffic is flowing before walking out the front door in the morning or the office door in the afternoon?

Technology---Qualcomm's China ambitions rise from the ashes

China's hot and cold reaction to Qualcomm Inc.'s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless telecommunications technology appears to be in a warming trend , particularly over the last week.

Editorial---A salute with a little more snap

We often go weeks or months at a time without giving much thought to San Diego's military presence.

Health Care---Sunrise Medical to cut 15 units in massive restructuring

CARLSBAD , Sunrise Medical Inc.'s chief executive Michael Hammes, who is heading the firm's buy-out, said he'll initiate a major restructuring plan with 15 units closing.

Workplace Safety---Manufacturers reducing risk with proactive programs

Although most every manufacturing company conducts compliance audits of industrial operations, mere regulatory compliance is a passive means of managing risk.

Carveboard Is for Surf Training, Not for Cooking

Carlsbad-based Carveboard makes a special skateboard designed for "carving." The carveboard is about 4 feet long, with oversized 8-inch pneumatic tires.

CyberBucks---Ex-Websense CEO launches new venture

The former founder and CEO of Websense is now president of Merchandising Avenue Inc., a San Diego online merchandising provider.

Profile---Robert Horsman's gamble on fledgling bank turned out to be quite profitableabound in global network

Robert Horsman's Gamble on Fledgling Bank Has Turned Out to Be Quite Profitable

Education---High Tech High gets down to business

Mandy Ross is only 15 years old and already she's been through the most extensive interview of her young life , so far.

Health Care---Palomar hospital district plans to boost bond rating

Moody's Investors Service, a New York-based bond rating service, downgraded Palomar Pomerado Health Systems' bond rating one notch after it reported a $28.2 million operating loss for the fiscal year ended June 30.

Publisher's Notebook---Being a publisher has its awards

First, we just celebrated our seventh annual Women Who Mean Business awards program sponsored by Manpower Temporary Services and held Oct. 11 at the Town and Country Convention Center. Forty women were honored before a sellout crowd for being role models,

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Golf---Callaway announces plans for a new, nonconforming golf driver

CARLSBAD , Callaway Golf Co. announced last week the company would step away from the norm and make and sell a non-conforming driver in the United States.

Enterprise---Scantibodies drives a dusty road to success

SANTEE , It's 4 a.m. and business partners Tom Cantor and Phil Scarpace are off to San Diego's back country to see the goats again.

Law---Luce Forward beefs up office in Los Angeles

The San Diego-based law firm of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps recently increased its forces by acquiring a group of lawyers from Tuttle & Taylor of Los Angeles.

College Gives Artificial Turf an Endurance Test

The latest and greatest in artificial grass is on exhibit at Grossmont College where the two-year school recently installed FieldTurf at its football field in El Cajon.

Redevelopment---Manchester Resorts searches in silence for a loan for its bayside Hyatt project

Manchester Resorts, the developer of a 750-room expansion of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, declined to give any new details about its ongoing search for a lender last week, turning down a request by the San Diego Unified Port District to provide an update.

Nonprofits, Businesses Fund Computer Training

"HTTP" is one of those unpronounceable words ushered onto the national stage with the Internet. The string of letters that goes in front of Web addresses stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

Internet---San Diego experiments with online voting

If companies like VoteHere.net have their way, voters will no longer need paper ballots to cast their vote.

Finance---Treasury Department recognizes local bank

Several lenders active locally have been busy in community development efforts lately, including California Bank & Trust, which received an award from the U.S. Department of Treasury for its efforts to offer full-service banking in economically distressed

Wireless---Siemens AG opens its U.S. wireless headquarters in Rancho Bernardo

Germany-based Siemens AG debuted its U.S. mobile phone headquarters in Rancho Bernardo this month, saying recruitment at the year-old operation is "ramping steeply."

About The List---Golf manufacturers bounce back with fresh ideas

This year has been a good one for many of San Diego's golf manufacturers as they continue to bounce back from the recession that hit the industry two years ago. With higher revenues, new products and an increase in employee numbers, local manufacturers ar

Commentary---Health care reform that brings about chills

A true story: A little over one year ago, a friend of mine inadvertently overheard an interesting conversation at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. The conversation took place among a group of trial lawyers, most likely in town for some kind of meeting or

High-Tech---Denver-based Qwest prepares local fiber network

Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver is poised to put its own fiber-optic telecommunications network in the ground in San Diego.

Finance---Nicholas Applegate is sold

San Diego-based Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management will be acquired by a German insurance company under terms of an agreement announced Oct. 18.

Small Business---Change is good for countertop business

Barely mid-morning and her second appointment of the day was late. Her attorney called about her former CFO; providing more information on the financial officer's embezzlement of almost $750,000 from her family's business, and his pending incarceration. Y

Telecom---Wireless industry sees benefit of contract manufacturing

Ericsson's recent decision to use contract manufacturing to build their wireless handset is an indication as to how competitive the wireless handset business has become.

How To---Customer satisfaction is key to increasing market share

To be successful in today's competitive market, a company must focus on developing innovative business strategies for increasing market share, customer loyalty and repeat business.

Infrastructure---The city eyes a mega-commission to oversee sewage and water issues

As the city looks to streamline government, one councilman is looking at creating a new committee that would have oversight of the city sewers.

Tourism---Summer attracts tourists, but conventions slip

The local tourism industry enjoyed a banner summer, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Real Estate

Selling agents: The seller represented itself. Diane Miramontes of Business Real Estate Brokerage Co. represented the buyer.

Monday, October 16

Government---Ballpark foe wins round over closed City Council sessions

A longtime ballpark opponent said he's not entirely satisfied with what appears to be a successful challenge to the way the San Diego City Council discusses matters in closed session.

High-Tech---Latest MusicMatch Jukebox learns user's preferences

Rancho Bernardo-based MusicMatch, Inc. introduced a beta version of its MusicMatch Jukebox 6.0 at a trade show earlier this month. The software not only lets a computer user play tracks from compact discs or MP3-format computer files, it also provides a "

Rancher Raises Emus for Skin Care Products

A Ramona rancher has found his niche with a business model worth emu-lating: Selling a natural emu-lsion for skin care known as emu oil.

Editor's Notebook---Finding the initiative to vote

OK, maybe it's not that bad in Poway, but almost. Two seats are open on the Poway City Council in next month's election and there are only two candidates , both incumbents.

About The List---Readers still prefer their news on paper

Online newspapers are moving ahead bringing local, national and world news to users, but many readers still can't resist the look and feel of paper and black ink on their fingertips.

Editorial---A chance for business to help save lives

Is it an example of misplaced values, or just a mercenary quest for the greatest bang per buck? San Diego , the city that can enlarge a sports stadium, build a football training facility, subsidize a sports team's ticket prices, and build a new baseball s

Biotech---Pesticides for crops to be developed in Diversa agreement

Diversa Corp. has signed a new agreement with Novartis Agribusiness Biotechnology Research Inc. (NABRI) to develop crop protection chemicals.

Infrastructure---City considers eight programs to ward off sewage spill fine

The Regional Water Quality Control Board met Oct. 11 to discuss how to assess a $3.4 million fine levied against the city of San Diego.

Lead---Community newspapers get wrapped up in their neighborhoods

Johnny's team won in Little League. Susie is on the honor roll. The Kiwanis Club is having its annual spaghetti dinner next Friday.

Radio---Careers are often launched at college radio stations

College campuses have long been thought of as a place for young adults to investigate the roots of potential professions.

Letters

When logic and reason prevail, the public is the winner. This best describes the recent decision by the California Air Resources Board in adopting its new environmental management program for diesel engines.

Defense---San Diego will be a hub for the $6.9 billion unified Navy-Marine Corps Intranet

San Diego will feel the effects of a multibillion-dollar contract to create a single, unified Navy-Marine Corps Intranet system spanning half the world.

Government---County, businesses commit to San Pasqual foster home

The county Board of Supervisors is pushing ahead with plans to create a boarding school for foster children in the San Pasqual Valley.

Enterprise---Four sisters offer 'typical' American success story

ENCINITAS , For these sisters, theirs is a typical American success story. A family got together to found a small online business, and industry giants have come calling. Encinitas-based DecorLine.com sells jewelry, tableware, glassware, and other boutique

Utilities---Consumer groups unite, and call for power reforms

Paraphrasing the famed slogan that helped get Bill Clinton elected president, ratepayer advocates are calling for a number of changes to the way electricity is bought and sold in the state.

Education---Students get a taste of college life at Preuss School

You won't find students in home economics or shop class at this school. Nor will there be any cheerleaders to root on a football or basketball team.

Real Estate---Downtown ballpark hotel project under way

Crews from San Diego-based Swinerton & Walberg are digging the foundation for the 34-story Westin Park Place Hotel and Condominiums on Harbor Drive next to the stalled Padres ballpark, a company official said.

Defense---New defense bill holds $200 million in contracts for San Diego firms

Some $200 million in work for local defense contractors received an approval from at least one branch of Congress last week.

Online---Moving traditional media to an online medium

The separation of traditional and new media are blurring to the point they are almost indistinguishable. Looking ahead, we will soon just have media, most of it delivered electronically.

Commentary---Seek market, not government energy solutions

Summer may be over and cooler temperatures may be on the horizon, but that doesn't mean California's energy crisis is a thing of the past. Quite the contrary.

Government---City nears ceiling in Chargers ticket guarantee

With a $5 million budget for purchasing Chargers tickets to satisfy a controversial ticket guarantee nearly exhausted, Mayor Susan Golding and Chargers President Dean Spanos met last week to determine if there's any possibility of renegotiating the contra

Profile---Seasickness sent AirFiber's Jim Dunn ashore and on a voyage through telecom

Employee No. 10 From Linkabit Seasickness Sends Jim Dunn Ashore and on A Voyage Through Telecom

Banking---Scripps Financial officers push U.S. Bancorp sale

La Jolla-based Scripps Financial Corp.'s board of directors urged company shareholders last week to approve its purchase by U.S. Bancorp, which itself is being acquired, and it appears the local bank's stockholders agree.

Media & Marketing---Quill writes new chapter in merger with Web-focused firm

Quill Communications Inc., a marketing firm based in Encinitas, was recently purchased by Wirestone of Emeryville, Calif.

Visitors Surf PB From the Keyboards

Local Web developer Adam Campbell has created and launched a Web site that showcases the best of one of San Diego's best-loved communities: Pacific Beach.

Construction---The Building Industry Association tries to get the gnatcatcher delisted

As the property value of 180,000 acres of vacant county land from the coast to the mountains hangs in the balance, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is reviewing new evidence the Coastal California gnatcatcher is not an endangered species, a building indus

Small Business & Retail---Governor kills three bills harmful to small business

California's small businesses can now breathe a "collective sigh of relief," as Gov. Gray Davis vetoed three legislative bills that would have combined to push many mom-and-pop companies to the edge of insolvency.

Real Estate---Downtown condo projects selling quickly

The developer of the Parkloft residential project Downtown has set up an early sales interest list, a spokesman said.

Outdoor Ice Skating To Benefit Hospital

Those from cold climates who lament the days of ice skating outdoors will have a chance to skate in Downtown San Diego starting Nov. 17.

Dr. Toy Hands Out Kudos for Kids' Game

Together, two brothers started their own children's game company four years ago. Only one of the brothers has children, although the other is expecting. The one with the kids designs the games. The other funds the company.

Government---The city's firefighters turn to business to help finance a fire/rescue helicopter

San Diego's emergency units are dispatched to every corner of the county for countless rescues and medical transport services.

Publishing---Publications provide seniors news they can use

As Debra Rosen sees it, there's a lot more information available on issues affecting the elderly today than ever before.

Biotech---Alliance Pharmaceuticals buys its biggest competitor

Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. said it has bought financially troubled Molecular Biosystems Inc. for about $10.4 million in stock to gain access to its contrast imaging agent, Optison.

CyberBucks---Boom in telecom-datacom lures Altera here

Most people won't have a clue what a PRD is, but San Jose-based Altera Corp. makes them, and by the end of this year, it will have a presence here.

People On The Move

Ricardo Huerta has been promoted to controller for Neighborhood National Bank. James B. Burnside has joined Online Asset Exchange as national general manager.

Law---Sculptor of 'Don Diego' wins suit against marketer

La Jolla artist Maher Morcos was recently awarded $180,000 in a lawsuit against Masterpiece Publishing Inc. of Orange County for not properly marketing his work.

Commentary---RU-486 gives doctors and women more options

In a long-awaited decision, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved mifepristone, more commonly known as RU-486 or the "French abortion pill."

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Monday, October 9

Attorney Practices Law and Music

It wants him to grow its relatively new San Diego office. It wants him to stand up for his clients in court. And it wants him to hold down the bottom line, preferably with all four strings in tune.

Redevelopment---The City Council approves final development plan for NTC

The stage has been set for National City-based Corky McMillin Cos. to transform the former Naval Training Center on Point Loma into something new with distinct traces of something old.

Commentary---Fixing schools and the way they spend money

California's business community has long made providing first-rate, quality schools a top priority and the upcoming November election is no exception.

How To---Attracting and keeping top performers

For example, in this year alone, more than 190,000 computer programmer and other information technology jobs will be vacant, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Finance---Bull or bear? Analysts can't quite agree

The stock market has been trading in a narrow range the past year and is getting ready to take a plunge because many stock prices are too high, one local investment newsletter editor contends.

Editorial---Politically wounded Valerie Stallings should resign

There was something Shakespearian in the way county Supervisor Ron Roberts recently suggested Valerie Stallings should step down from the City Council.

Labor---A comprehensive approach to reducing turnover

Retaining your critical employees has never been more of a challenge than in the latter part of this past decade.

Small Business & Retail---Growth rate for Latina-owned businesses soars

Telephone Joins Internet: Offers Retailers New Source For Reaching Customers

CyberBucks---Upstage.com owners lower curtain after short run

In the case of Upstage.com, it was about eight months. Incorporated in January, the San Diego company put up a community Web site for all types of artists, from musicians to dancers to filmmakers, with the idea of providing a free forum for these artists

Real Estate---Home builders economize by merging resources

CARLSBAD , A San Diego County homebuilder's recently announced merger with a Hawaiian developer is part of a national trend where construction companies join forces to get credit and materials cheaper than before, an industry observer said.

Health Care---Insurers weigh options in abortion pill coverage

Now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the hotly debated abortion pill RU-486, health insurers are evaluating guidelines to cover the drug.

Ballpark---Ballpark work stops as Padres hire high-profile attorneys

Construction at the Padres ballpark came to a halt last week but legal activity involving the project and a related federal probe kept the legal staffs for both the city and ballclub busy.

Tourism---More travelers expected to pack their bags this fall

Leaders in San Diego's convention industry are enthusiastic about the just-announced 2008 return of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) , a particularly influential group for choosing convention locations.

Lawyers---Surveys: Attorneys would prefer to work fewer hours

Sure, being a lawyer sounds good, but according to the professionals that isn't always the case.

Law---Religion in schools ignites debate among attorneys

Casey Gerry Attorney Helps Injured Worker Get $880K Out of Forklift Company

Utilities---SDG & E; looks to feds for rate relief

San Diego Gas & Electric Co., still reeling from the veto of a measure which would have given it some rate relief, is hoping its salvation will come from the federal government.

Internet---Pension bill holds promise for older workers and small businesses

A bill awaiting Senate approval before going to the White House would help small-business owners establish retirement plans for their employees and allow workers age 50 and older to set aside retirement funds immediately.

Internet---Domain name law attempts to rein in cyber-squatting

Los Angeles attorney Jeff Riffer is rather proud of himself. As the prosecuting attorney, he successfully litigated one of California's first cyber-squatting cases in the 1990s.

Finance---Estate protection strategies promoted following tax veto

Small-business owners need to plan their estates carefully since President Bill Clinton's veto last month of a Republican bill repealing the federal inheritance tax, two local financial planners said. Otherwise, their heirs could face a hefty tax bill.

People On The Move

Michael Patterson has joined Fallbrook National Bank as chief administrative officer.

How To---Attorney services: A proactive office resource

When a new business opens its doors, savvy entrepreneurs already have a Rolodex full of office resources. They start an account with the office supply shop. The telephone number of a temp agency is already on speed dial.

Lead---Fair disclosure: Will SEC rule slow information flow?

The final countdown to the implementation of a new Securities and Exchange Commission regulation is under way and local attorneys, corporate executives, and financial analysts are scrambling to identify acceptable compliance strategies.

Profile---Patti Roscoe networks her way into leadership ranks of hospitality

Sated in her office, facing a desk stacked with committee work folders and business papers, Patti Roscoe is explaining part of her philosophy.

For The Recor

Leasing agents: Dennis Visser and Todd Davis of BRE Commercial/NAI represented the lessee and the lessor.

Finance---Credit unions find state charters offer advantages

When the federal government approved rules broadening credit union membership in 1998, local credit union officials hailed the legislation.

Education---The financial impact of SDSU abandoning its Aztec logo

If San Diego State University officials decide to end a 75-year-old tradition and ban all references to Native Americans, the school could lose more than just a mascot and could easily spend between $200,000 and $250,000 to make changes. Last month, SDSU'

Environment---Solana beach restoration is the first on the West Coast

People walking down the hill to Fletcher Cove at high tide would find the water comes right up to the pavement. There's no place to set up beach blankets, beach umbrellas and ice chests.

Taxes---IRS scrutinizes functions, time spent at work

The IRS allows you to deduct costs for the business use of your home if you meet certain requirements. There is some complexity on this subject, which I hope to clarify here.

Lead---Firms make concessions to recruit and retain staff

When executive assistant Laurie Asher insisted she'd have to work from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to beat the rush-hour traffic, her new employer Science Applications International Corp., bent the rules. Ken Wechsler, who hired Asher, said he frequently telec

Enterprise---Proflowers.com arranges delivery of arrangements

At times the thundering backwash from Marine jet engines will interrupt conversations at the headquarters of Proflowers.com in Sorrento Mesa.

Technology---SAIC sells its first stolen car scanner

Science Applications International Corp. has made its first sale of a low-resolution, low-cost scanning device that lets inspectors spot stolen cars and other contraband inside locked shipping containers.

Labor---Workforce summit draws business, education leaders

At a time when labor shortages are reaching a crisis point for certain industries, a group of local public officials and business leaders met recently to devise some solutions.

Upgraded E-Mail System Monitors Spicy Messages

Eudora 5.0, long regarded as the premier E-mail software system and a product of San Diego's Qualcomm Inc., has a few features that are creating a buzz in the Internet world.

Musician Breaks Into the Business in Classrooms

It's called "Ice Cream Songs," a CD recently released by Ocean Beach resident Lionel Baptiste.

High Tech---Berryman & Henigar license government software

The influence of Sunnyvale city hall drops off at the borders of Cupertino, Santa Clara and other Silicon Valley towns. But now the far-off city hall and a San Diego company are in each other's orbits.

Real Estate---Westcore eyes R & D; after business park buys

Westcore Industrial Properties LLC will upgrade its recently purchased portfolio of industrial buildings in the Miramar and Sorrento Valley areas for new research and development tenants, its chairman and CEO said.

Local Student To Attend D.C.

ConferenceMolly Maloy of San Diego has been selected to attend the National Young Leader's Conference in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 14 to 19.

Education---Grossmont college district says current budget falls short

Education: Chancellor Says Grossmont-Cuyamaca Still Underfunded By the State

Letters

Several media outlets, along with several members of the City Council have called for Valerie Stallings to resign. That's missing the forest for the trees, and worse. It's a blatant attempt to focus the public exclusively on Councilwoman Stallings' Neon S

Publisher's Notebook---Candidates would do well to heed Abe

As the debates begin between presidential aspirants George W. Bush and Al Gore, we need to brace ourselves for the onslaught of comments, slams, commercials and so on about each one by the other one.

Health Care---Kaiser staff to get raises in five-year union pact

Kaiser Permanente, the largest health maintenance organization in California, agreed to a five-year contract with a coalition of unions representing 64,000 union members , 4,100 of which are in San Diego.

Infrastructure---The battle over a proposed North County landfill is expected to continue

PALA , Both supporters and opponents of a proposed landfill in North County are gearing up for the next step now that it has cleared a major legislative hurdle.

Monday, October 2

Software---Software firms dominant among high-achievers

Although public investment interest in technology waned after April, private San Diego software companies continued to forge ahead.

Law---Attorneys exchange points on shareholder lawsuits

William Lerach responded with a series of short, punchy sentences when asked how a company might avoid a securities class-action lawsuit.

Public Companies---Public firms are sweating out the SEC's latest disclosure ruling

A hint here, some direction there. It's a game company officials and analysts play when they talk about future earnings. Analysts call it "guidance," and it's what they use to formulate projections on companies they follow.

Health Care---StatScript/Fifth Avenue Pharmacy in Hillcrest caters to a select clientele HIV-infected patients

Late last month, StatScript/Fifth Avenue Pharmacy in Hillcrest reopened with a fresh new look and touting new services to its primary clientele , HIV-infected patients.

Commentary---Conservation development is a winner for everyone

He who keeps the hills burns the wood; he who keeps the streams drinks the water.

Utilities---Will natural gas prices skyrocket like electricity rates?

Could local utility customers be facing a massive increase in the cost of natural gas next year, the same way they saw electricity prices shoot up this year?

Small Business and Retail---Women are getting a larger share of venture funding

A recent report from the National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO) and Wells Fargo & Co. shows that a new generation of women entrepreneurs is tapping into the equity markets, including venture capital and private investment.

Technology---Local Kyocera exec steps down

David Grooms, the president of two Kyocera Corp. entities in Kearny Mesa and Tijuana, resigned his position last week, triggering the promotion of longtime Kyocera executive Bob Whisler.

Banking---Local investors buy back Palomar Community Bank

ESCONDIDO , In contrast to the long-term trend of San Diego County-based banks being bought by outside financial firms, a group of local investors has announced plans to purchase Palomar Community Bank from its out-of-town owner.

Biotech---Advanced Tissue Sciences reaches pact on investment and licensing deals

San Diego-based Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. received $20 million in a private placement from the state of Wisconsin Investment Board to fund research development.

Chefs Cater to a Variety of Tastes

Feast on This, Inc. plans on bringing a new twist to the San Diego catering scene.

Environment---Record sewage spill fine may be spent locally

San Diego's Municipal Wastewater Department will soon find out how much of a $3.4 million fine recently levied against it can be spent locally, and how much of it will have to go to Sacramento.

People On The Move

Washington Mutual has hired Art Rivera for its community economic development activities. Bob Tjosvold has joined Bank of America as commercial market executive for the Inland Empire. Shelley Hasskamp has joined Dwyer-Curlett, Inc. as a partner and a shar

Profile---Hospital leader Blair Sadler joins his twin in promoting health care causes

Hospital Leader Blair Sadler Joins His Twin in Promoting Health Care Causes

For The Record

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$70K in Grants Go to Anti-Poverty Groups

Four San Diego anti-poverty organizations received a combined $70,000 from the Catholic Church last month.

Real Estate

Selling agents: Nick Pysllos and Chris Pascale of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. Kathleen Howard of Capital Commercial represented the buyer.

Lead---Ecocrete creates high-tech, low-cost classrooms

One Chula Vista company was able to do all of the above. Privately held Ecocrete, Inc. hit the jackpot in fiscal 1998 when it changed its strategy and began marketing its unique building products to schools and school districts.

Shipyard---DoD plan that threatened shipyards dies

A Pentagon proposal that would have torpedoed a major portion of a local shipyard's business died a quick death last week.

Trade---The China trade bill's OK should spur local entry to Chinese marketplace

The Senate's passage of the China trade bill last month should spur more interest, and eventually more business for many San Diego companies , some of which are already there.

Source Book Becomes a Web Resource

What started out as an online extension of a book has turned into a complex Web site for financial professionals, its developer said.

Technology---Local firm tops Deloitte & Touche Tech Fast 50 list

According to the Wilton, Conn.-based accounting and consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche, more than half of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Orange and San Diego counties reside within San Diego County's borders , including the No. 1 company

How-To---When the time is right, sell the business

At some point, every business owner will contemplate selling his or her company and wonder whether the time is right. So when is the right time to sell a business?

Editor's Notebook---State's 'power' brokers seek more than electricity

It truly sounds so simple, so logical. California has a shortage of electrical power plants. So just build more , fast , and all our energy worries will go away, right?

Editorial---Soaring diesel prices are no classical gas

California's truck drivers are feeling the sting of high energy prices more so than colleagues from neighboring states.

Management---Creating management teams of outside consultants

Webster's Dictionary defines entrepreneur as one who assumes the risk and management of a business.

Economic Development---Banker Fred Baranowski is appointed head of the Downtown San Diego Partnership

When Fred Baranowski accepted the head position at the Downtown San Diego Partnership, he left behind more than 26 years of banking experience.

Real Estate---Sales begin at several new-home projects

Several residential developers said they've started sales at new neighborhoods, while others report their developments are just about sold out.

Venture Capital---Local venture community prepares for rebound

The San Diego venture community , including the institutions, venture capital firms, investors, attorneys, accountants, entrepreneurs and others who are involved in the process of starting and financing businesses , has shrugged off the gyrations in the f

Technology---SAIC reports earning more than $4.5 billion off the sale of Network Solutions Inc

An investment in an Internet company that registers Internet domain names resulted in more than $4.5 billion in profit for San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp.

Politics---Mayor candidates Ron Roberts and Dick Murphy duke it out over economic development

San Diego's mayoral candidates met leaders of the city's technology and biotechnology community last week, giving views on everything from growing an economy to moving cars through Sorrento Valley.

Vet Combines Alternative and Conventional Care at Pet Clinic

At Dr. Bob Smatt's pet clinic, pets seldom receive the standard prescription of pills to regain their health.

Media---Downtown News survives the rush to publish

The only one left standing is Downtown News, which was started three months ago by San Diego Community Newspaper Group.

Letters

Your article about the work stoppage on the Padres ballpark detailed some of the work already done, including the 1,243 precast concrete piles for the stadium foundation, that 20 percent of the concrete has been poured and 29 percent of the steel has been

Tourism---Upbeat projections about San Diego's hotel industry all come down to numbers

Upbeat projections about San Diego's hotel industry come down to two numbers: 75.6 percent and $108.60.

Enterprise---Qualcomm spinoff Cricket is growing by leaps and bounds

Jenipher Lancaster wasn't all that thrilled with her cell phone service provider and monthly bills averaging between $200 to $300, so when her two-year contract expired, she was ready to go sans cellular. That soon changed after she heard about Cricket, t