Stories for September 2000

Monday, September 25

Environment---Pollution deal sets precedent for nation

San Diego will reap the benefits of a pioneering environmental agreement that will help bring a new power plant to Otay Mesa while at the same time reducing the amount of air pollution in the county.

Enterprise---VitroRobertson wins branding game with grace

Standing in a conference room where the walls are covered by remnants of a recent brainstorming session, VitroRobertson art director John Vitro was awash in details. He was explaining the strategy behind his advertising agency's already-published ad for A

Ballpark---The Padres management calls for a halt on construction of the Downtown ballpark

The Padres and San Diego city officials have entered a new round of negotiations to create an alternative financing plan for the ballpark construction, which will come to a halt Oct. 2.

Government---Manpower's Phil Blair is named to Barbara Warden's council seat

Already averaging 12- to 14-hour days running a business, newly appointed San Diego City Councilman Phil Blair won't have too much trouble adjusting to his new job's work schedule.

Salk---Salk awarded $2.5M to research cells via computers

A local research institute received millions of dollars in funding recently for an experiment involving biology and information technology.

Utilities---Uncertainty over deregulation downgrades utility stocks

The same bill that brought rate relief for San Diegans may spell trouble for San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

About The List---Energy expenses among biotech's many challenges

San Diego has one of the world's leading concentration of biotech industries. But with its growing popularity, biotech companies cite high costs, demand and competition as challenges that come with the territory.

Research---Binational research opportunities being discussed

Biocom's Joe Panetta had no idea a meeting with a Mexican science organization would lead to this.

People On The Move

Bob Stockwell has joined California Bank & Trust as vice president, corporate lending officer.

Finance---John Rebelo Jr. is honored with induction to the Pacific Coast Banking School Hall of Fame

John Rebelo Jr., former chairman of Peninsula Bank of San Diego and now San Diego market chairman of U.S. Bank, has been inducted into the Pacific Coast Banking School Hall of Fame.

Testing---La Jolla firm enters Phase III trials for lupus drug

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. has initiated a Phase III clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficiency of its drug, LJP 394.

Media---Free-lance writers are angered over the Union-Tribune's new contract

A conflict about electronic rights between the San Diego Union-Tribune and a group of its free-lance writers is awaiting its next step: the completion of a proposed pay system.

Government---RITA, with gender changed, waits for governor's OK

Senate Bill 329, legislation to look into combining several San Diego planning groups into one massive superagency, now goes by the rather facetious name of "Regis" , after "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" host Regis Philbin.

High-Tech---Two reports reveal the good and bad about San Diego's high-tech industry

The high-tech economy is San Diego's rose. The garden around it, though, is not that pretty. Those are the conclusions of two studies released by very different sources late this summer.

Letters

The false hopes and virtues of a needle exchange program are always promoted passionately. But as a wise man once said, "Passion often rules but she never rules wisely."

Health Care---Medical group closes in National City neighborhood

National City-based Paradise Valley Medical Group Inc., a network of 300 doctors, said it will close operations next month after an ongoing financial struggle.

Healthcare---Blood Bank, Red Cross To Pool Resources

Local hospitals are hopeful the recent affiliation between the San Diego Blood Bank and American Red Cross Blood Services will help reduce a critical shortage of blood.

Commentary---Taxing the Internet: Will it kill the golden goose?

Will California force E-commerce companies into an antiquated sales tax system or lead the way in creating a simple and fair tax system for the 21st century? California Gov. Gray Davis will decide in the coming weeks.

Profile---Fred Cutler prepares to unveil UCSD Connect's newest phase

At the end of his first day as the director of UCSD Connect, Fred Cutler's office still had the look of a recently vacated apartment. It was clean, but not pristine. The empty nail holes in the bare, white walls indicated where pictures once hung. It had

Dress-Up Thursdays Competes With Casual Fridays

In response to a trend toward more casual office dress, the Tailored Mens Clothing Group, a New York-based group of clothing retailers, is asking companies to promote a concept called Dress-Up Thursdays.

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USAopoly's Scrabble Has A Golf Spin

The Encinitas-based company that gave the world the special Simpsons edition of Clue and the Harley-Davidson edition of Monopoly are back with yet another new release , Scrabble Golf.

High-Tech---MP3.com, Inc. finds itself ending September facing several more lawsuits

Having begun the month with a setback in court, MP3.com, Inc. finds itself ending September facing several more lawsuits.

Editorial---Airport study confirms what we already knew

t's no secret Lindbergh Field is too small to service the needs of the nation's sixth-largest city.

Shipbuilding---NASSCO sets sail on $630 million BP tanker contract

With a new $630 million contract in hand, the San Diego company will begin construction in early 2002 on the first of three tankers for London-based BP Amoco p.l.c.

Palomar Mtn. Memorial Honors Fireman

A monument reminiscent of a New Mexico Native American pueblo sits in an unlikely spot on Palomar Mountain because of a series of events one year ago.

Law---Survey reveals law salaries in San Diego and beyond

Buildings are taller and hills are steeper in other cities, and an associate at a law firm can make more money than in San Diego.

Publisher's Notebook---Barona's gift exudes community spirit

A decision by the management of Barona Casino changed the entire life of a Lakeside woman.

Dolls Comfort to Consumers in Times of Grief

But that hasn't stopped the Coronado resident from making her mark on the world by helping others who are experiencing a loss.

Lead---Medical research at a crossroads turns toward proteins

Now that scientists have determined the complete sequence of human DNA, research teams are preparing for a follow-up project many say will be even more ambitious.

CyberBucks---AMCC's Rickey driving firm's successful ride

To paraphrase that bluesy Sinatra song, it was a very good year for San Diego's Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and CEO Dave Rickey.

Small Business and Retail---Wal-Mart tops list of world's 100 biggest retailers

The list of the world's 100 top retailers is out, and once again, Wal-Mart is on top. This marks a trend toward the global emergence of U.S. retailers, with seven American companies in the Top 10.

Tourism---County's hotel taxes are generating more revenues

San Diego County's hotel tax revenues saw a 7 percent increase between July 1999 and June 2000, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Construction---Rapidly growing biotech market challenges developers

Driven by its world-renowned research centers , including UCSD and the Salk, Scripps and Burnham institutes , the number of new biotech firms entering the San Diego market each year now outpaces the growth rates of traditional markets like Boston, the New

Construction---Poway's land shortage symbolizes hot market

POWAY , There are no more large vacant lots available in the South Poway Business Park, a fact real estate executives said highlights an industrial land shortage in the county.

Labor---Career fairs are on the rise even with low unemployment

Faced with the tightest labor market in recent history, employers are reaching out for new hires at career fairs that are occurring with greater frequency.

Real Estate

The steel frame for a six-story office building near Interstate 15 and Aero Drive has been completed, said a spokeswoman for Ninteman Construction Co. of San Diego.

Monday, September 18

Enterprise---Nielsen Dillingham continues to build its reputation

Employee-owned Nielsen Dillingham Builders is the largest local commercial construction company, according to the San Diego Business Journal's latest Book of Lists, a fact its executives attribute to everyone at the company watching the bottom line and tr

Government---County supervisors look deeper into possibly forming a public utility

County supervisors want some professional advice on how the county can beat high electricity prices , including whether it could become more like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

How To---Ten common traps to avoid in making presentations

Organizations competing for federal and other customer contracts have seen a major shift in the procurement rules.

Health Care---A San Diego City Council subcommittee votes to adopt a clean needle exchange program

A San Diego City Council subcommittee vote to adopt a clean needle exchange program marked a victory for local activists after years of discouraging results.

How To---Preparation and protocol are key to a successful meeting

"When you want to avoid taking action, hold a meeting." The experience of a bad business meeting is universal. You've probably been there , trapped in the corner of the conference room with no hope of making a graceful exit, surrounded by people who enjoy

Sharp Health Symposium to Address Women's Issues

Starting Oct. 7, chances are many San Diego women will dare to make a change. Some women may start keeping closer track of every penny spent, rearrange their financial portfolio or establish a will.

Profile---Luis Barrios listens and learns when running Catamaran Hotel and HMA

Walking along the sunny, manicured paths of the Catamaran Resort Hotel in Pacific Beach, courteously greeting guests and employees as he sees them, general manager Luis Barrios is explaining that his job sounds like running a small city.

Lead---Trade show visitors are tuning in on Internet

Scheduling a trade show is not a perfect science, and trade show director Court Overin understands not everybody can make it.

Retail---Dealerships and retailers take the Firestone tire recall in stride

Local tire dealers and Ford dealerships have not been greatly affected by the recent recalls of Firestone tires.

LETTERS

After nearly going through with a $50,000-plus bash for 250 friends of the Santee City Council at taxpayer expense, I am amazed they have the gall to attempt to raise the motel tax (Proposition U). Our Santee visitors shouldn't be saddled with taxes for f

7-Eleven Conducts Poll At Coffee Pots

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain is encouraging its patrons to make a political statement with their coffee.

Venture Capital---VC firm focuses on telecom, from top to bottom

The accounting books at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital were beginning to show a strong inclination to telecom companies even before the firm hired the top investment executive from an international telecom company.

Lead---Western Integrated Networks brings new cable technology

pieces are in place and the battle lines have been drawn. Three months after receiving a unanimous vote for a franchising contract from the San Diego City Council, the Denver-based telecommunications firm Western Integrated Networks (WIN) is moving quickl

Biotech---Artificial blood tests give Alliance Pharmaceuticals a good sign for European approvals

Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. announced first results from a late-stage trial of its artificial blood substitute, Oxygent, were encouraging enough to file for European regulatory approval next year.

Energy---Complete relief from high electricity costs is now up to the feds

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. customers now have a temporary reprieve from high electric rates. But whether the crisis has been averted or merely delayed depends on what the federal government does next.

Software Piracy---Microsoft accuses two local firms of selling pirated software

To crack down against software piracy, Microsoft Corp. and the San Diego Better Business Bureau jointly announced plans to take legal action against two San Diego computer resellers for software piracy.

Editor's Notebook---Blazing a trail through politics

Imagine you're a politician for just a moment (not an easy task, I must admit; just humor me for the sake of this column).

Real Estate & Construction---Burnham names firm to oversee liquidation

Burnham Pacific Properties Inc., the San Diego-based real estate investment trust whose board of directors voted last month to liquidate, is proceeding with employee layoffs and property sales, a company official said.

Law---Surveys find most attorneys prefer cash to time off

There is the kind of balance you need to walk a tightrope. Then there is the kind of balance you need to keep a law career and a personal life in proper perspective.

Retail---Swedish furniture retailer Ikea opens its first San Diego outlet

The European retailer of assemble-it-yourself furniture and home accessories has extended its reach to San Diego. Its 200,000-square-foot store on Fenton Parkway, off Friars Road just west of Qualcomm Stadium, opens to the public Sept. 20.

People On The Move

Bank of America has appointed Doug Sawyer as small business executive and Barbara Robinson as consumer executive for Southern California. Tatum CFO Partners, LLP has hired Brad Carss, Michael C. Gibbore, Gary W. Schwertly, Thomas J. Sweeney and William A.

Fund-Raiser an Easy Way to Shop for Kids

Wrap It Up for the Holidays, a benefit for the San Diego Center for Children, will soon offer those looking for Christmas items a chance to shop for them in a plush setting, its organizers said.

Government---A federal grand jury begins investigating Councilwoman Valerie Stallings

A federal investigation into questionable stock transactions made by San Diego City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings has moved to a higher level, with witnesses testifying before a federal grand jury, according to witnesses who have been called to testify.

How To---Optimize your Web site with a marketing perspective

The Internet has been hijacked. The propeller-heads stole it and we marketers let them right in the front door. We are the communications specialists, but there are a bunch of tekkies out there calling the shots in what is a very powerful communications t

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Real Estate---Burnham Pacific sells its Lake Arrowhead holdings

LAKE ARROWHEAD , Burnham Pacific Properties Inc. has sold the Lake Arrowhead Village shopping center as part of a $355 million portfolio sale to help liquidate the troubled real estate investment trust.

Government---County Treasurer Bart Hartman refuses to step down

Bart Hartman, the county's treasurer/tax collector, was publicly censured last week and stripped of some of his managerial powers in an effort to get him to resign.

Commentary---City needs to set proper priorities at De Anza Cove

Perhaps it is finally time to lay to rest the misconceptions as to what really has occurred at De Anza Cove mobile home park during the past 46 years.

Real Estate

Construction will start in mid-December on a luxury twin-tower, 14-story condominium development on Laurel Street and Sixth Avenue across from Balboa Park, the developers said.

Catering---San Diego's desert offers unique catering options

When San Diego businesses consider catering options for meetings or special events, location should be foremost in the planner's mind.

Tourism---San Diego's International Visitor Information Center has heard it all

While this may seem like a strange question, it's merely one of the 1.9 million inquiries made at San Diego's International Visitor Information Center, the official visitor center of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau since its opening in 1985.

Business Travel---Children, spouses turn biz trips into working vacations

It used to be the term "working vacation" meant herding cattle on a dude ranch in Montana. Not anymore.

Cyberbucks---Entrada Networks

Entrada Networks, a new high-tech company specializing in making products for data storage, has a new home in San Diego.

Internet---Will MP3.com survive its latest setback?

Internet music service MP3.com, Inc. has strengths to carry it past a federal court ruling that threatens to cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars, according to both the head of the company and an outside analyst. Michael Robertson, chairman an

Biotech---No layoffs are expected in Elan-Dura Pharmaceuticals merger

Analysts said the $1.8 billion acquisition of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by an Ireland-based drugmaker is a good deal for Dura shareholders.

Exhibit Features Musical Photos

Henry Diltz, arguably the foremost photographer of the Los Angeles music scene in the late 1960s and early '70s, will launch a nationwide exhibit of his work this weekend in San Diego.

Energy---High gasoline prices are hurting independent stations

Energy: Fuel Costs for Unaffiliated Owners Are Higher Than Other Retailers

Internet---The number of corporate and event planners using technology is at an all-time high

Lex Lyon, CEO of Enjoy California Enterprises, a local destination management firm, described his company's technology upgrade as an "ongoing, non-ending expense."

Small Business & Retail---Small biz keeps up with corporate giants on the Web

It seems small businesses are doing just as well as the big guys in adjusting to Internet commerce , perhaps even better.

Media & Marketing---Baja film to show at museum's giant screen theater

"Ocean Oasis," a $5 million film on Baja California that was a joint project of the San Diego Natural History Museum, Mexican conservation organization Pronatura and locally based Summerhays Films, Inc., recently opened in Washington, D.C. It is expected

Editorial---No heroes in the electricity rate scandal

Last week's lukewarm response of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to San Diego's electricity crisis should not surprise anyone. FERC, after all, was one of the leading culprits in developing a deregulated energy industry that allows the kin

Broadband---Tech firm offers more bandwidth, quick connections

Technical Director Ray Teichman was standing atop the crushed gravel roof of a Downtown office building with two men last week when his cell phone rang.

Monday, September 11

Health Care---State may lose funding for indigent health plan

A local health care advocate hopes recent legislative approval of a bill that extends coverage to parents of children enrolled in Healthy Families will secure some of the federal funding California stands to lose by the end of the month.

Indy Winner Gives Thumbs Up to Electric Autos

Roger Ward, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, is now championing a new cause , electric vehicles.

Internet--- MP3.com stock reels after ruling

MP3.com, Inc.'s stock tumbled last week as it faced the prospect of paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in damages after a Manhattan federal judge ruled the Internet company "willfully" violated a record company's copyrights.

Renovated Grant Hotel Relives Its Glory Days

Joe Duncalfe feels a heck of a lot better about his workplace these days than he used to when he started working at the U.S. Grant Hotel in the early 1990s as its manager.

Public Relations---PR Firms build close relationships in telling stories

Communications, no matter what form it takes, is a skill that is both learned and practiced.

Elections Are On, and So Is a New Political Web Site

As major political races head for the home stretch, Encinitas-based InPolitics.com has debuted its politically themed Web site.

Publisher's Notebook---Finding, hiring and keeping good workers

The economy is running at a pretty even pace and in order to keep up with that pace, management today needs all the help they can get when it comes to motivating and retaining good employees.

People On The Move

Tana L. Cleaves has been named vice president and senior trust officer of Bank of America's private bank division. Mike Wiggins has been named regional vice president of International City Bank for San Diego. Santel Federal Credit Union has hired Nelda Pa

Transportation---Public transit seen as future family 'second car

As San Diego braces itself for massive traffic congestion over the next 20 years, the solution may lie in transforming public transit into a "second car."

Commentary---OSHA proposal makes more paperwork, less safety

Imagine this as the next "bold initiative" in the Administration's War on Crime: an executive order requiring all police departments to record and report to Washington each and every instance of jay-walking within their jurisdictions!

Marketing---Marketing keeps up with changing trends

That certainly holds true in the day-to-day world of marketing and promotions. Flexibility and the ability to "roll with the punches" , these are two key attributes needed to succeed in marketing and promotions.

Finance---Experts' picks fare well despite rough ride

Several San Diego-based publicly traded companies selected as best buys by three local stockbrokers last fall have gained in value despite wild price fluctuations since then.

Aspiring Pilots Learn to Fly Via Scholarship Program

Thanks to a new flight training scholarship program, underprivileged adults throughout San Diego will have a chance at an aviation career and a college degree ,absolutely free.

Biotech---La Jolla Pharmaceutical set to begin lupus drug testing

Next month La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. will start a 300-patient trial that is likely to determine whether its lupus drug candidate is poised for success.

Government---Supervisors seek censure of county treasurer

As if they hadn't made their feelings known already, Bart Hartman's bosses want him out.

Real Estate---a tenant firm's bankruptcy unlikely to hinder local REIT

ESCONDIDO , Realty Income Corp.'s portfolio managers have nearly finished re-leasing or selling the retail buildings formerly occupied by a bankrupt tenant, a company official said.

Profile---Pan Pacific Retail emerges as a major player thanks to philosophies of Stuart Tanz

When Stuart Tanz was looking for tenants to fill the first strip shopping center he developed, he stopped at a veterinarian's office to see if the vet might be interested in renting from him.

CyberBucks---Titan suit seeks to quash short sales of stock

In an effort to stop what it calls "unscrupulous short sellers" who have allegedly conspired to drive down its stock price in recent weeks, Titan Corp. filed a lawsuit against the unnamed group.

Sports---Chargers' past is not forgotten in anniversary year

One local company hoping to score a touchdown with its marketing plan this year is the San Diego Chargers.

Small Business and Retail---More job growth seen in final months of the year

Companies still have a strong need for employees, going into the final quarter of the year.

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About The List---Technology boosts local PR, ad firms up the food chain

While San Diego may be the little fish in the big pond of public relations and advertising giants such as New York and San Francisco, it is beginning to shed its inferiority complex and swim in a league of its own.

Internet---Promoting the green cause unconditionally

A Bay Area journalist is using his 25 years of reporting experience to benefit the environment and businesses through a free online resource site.

Lead---Creative teams seek new ways to captivate an elusive audience

In the 1945 science fiction story "Pi in the Sky," people were so saturated with advertisements that they were resentful and ignored them.

Ad+Public Relation Agencies

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Biotech---Scientists set to move onto Ecke farm for ag research

ENCINITAS , A La Jolla-based agricultural-biotechnology firm is likely to become the first tenant in the recently approved $27 million agricultural research park at the Paul Ecke Ranch flower farm, the two firms said.

Editorial---The foot soldier is forgotten in defense budget

On any particular day, at nearly any hour, if you surf the cable channels you'll find a rerun of "Weapons At War" or some similar documentary about America's high-tech arsenal.

Commentary---Teachers still critical even with wired schools

California's economy is booming. With state coffers full of cash, policymakers have rightfully prioritized education as an arena to direct much-needed resources for repairs and improvements.

Enterprise---RSF Technologies eyes future following top-level split

Rancho Santa Fe Technology Inc. began the year with a new focus , a sharper focus.

Tourism---Funding secured for new hotel in Carmel Valley

Interim funding for the $50 million Del Mar Marriott will come from New York City-based InterBank Capital Partners.

Real Estate---Keeton and Roel wrap up commercial projects

The steel frame has been finished for the 38,000-square-foot Quail Professional Building in Carlsbad.

Law---Luce Forward aids DaimlerChrysler pact in Mexico

DaimlerChrysler de Mexico recently enlisted the help of San Diego's Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP to negotiate an automobile distribution agreement with Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea.

Energy---The region's energy crisis is over, right? Well, not quite

When Gov. Gray Davis signed the energy relief bill Sept. 6, San Diego got immediate rate relief. The summer's energy crisis is over.

Tourism---North County's hot air balloon industry is being hemmed in on all sides

The sight of hot-air balloons floating above the freeways every evening has long made the commute a little more pleasant for people driving to their homes in North County. Unfortunately, major balloon companies in the area are slowly being driven out of b

Ballpark---Padres secure financing for Downtown hotel

JMI Realty Inc., the master developer for the $1 billion Padres ballpark redevelopment project in the East Village section of Downtown, said it obtained financing for the 512-room Westin Hotel next to the ballpark and will break ground later this month.

How-to---Trends, news and surveys makes PR easy

In a world where information is overwhelming, attention is limited and competition is fierce, shrewd public relations professionals are using new and innovative ways to capture the attention of the national media and secure their clients press coverage.

Monday, September 4

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Imperial Bank has appointed Tomas J. Schmidt to vice president of asset-based lending. Steve Harrington has been added as vice president, commercial lending officer at San Diego National Bank. Sue Johnson has joined Fallbrook National Bank's residential l

LEAD---Symbiotic Relationship

Like some highly adapted environment in the wild where unique plant and animal species lean on each other for help or for sheer existence, San Diego's law offices do their work with the help of specialty businesses.

ELECTRIC RATES---Public Utility Proposal Creates Buzz at County

The county will explore forming a municipal utility to enable it to buy power and then resell it, presumably at a savings over current rates.

ABOUT THE LIST

The Internet concept may not be working with dozens of virtual retailers this summer, but independent office supply dealers adopt the concept wholeheartedly.

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK---Mistakes of Power Dereg Must Be Undone

In Sacramento, politicians are scrambling to cover their political rear ends in the ongoing scandal over electricity deregulation. But none of the Band-Aid remedies being bandied about will be of much help to San Diegans, or to the state as a whole.

REAL ESTATE---Pan Pacific Pushes for King-Size Property Merger

VISTA , Pan Pacific Retail Properties Inc. will soon become the largest strip shopping center owner on the West Coast, if terms of a merger are approved, a company official said.

SECURITY---Security Resources Explain How to Defend Workplace

Two retired San Diego Police Department officers are teaching a pair of courses on criminal activity in the workplace at Grossmont College.

REAL ESTATE---Two Major San Diego Real Estate Firms Merge

Two of the largest Century 21 franchises in San Diego have merged, creating a major player in local residential real estate sales.

Local Schools Cash In When Shoppers Spend

Vons' pitch to swipe for savings has convinced many grocery shoppers to pull out their electronic membership cards at cash registers.

PROFILE---Cliff Numark

Leaving a Mark On Region's High-Tech Cliff Numark Brings an Impressive Background or a person with a strong background in both the sciences and communications, Cliff Numark couldn't have asked for a better job.

PRINTING---Guide to Effectively Managing the Printing Process

The printing industry is a world of relentless deadlines. Fast, good and cheap, the saying went , so pick any two.

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TRADE---Port Pays to Keep Hong Kong Office Running, for Now

Despite a vote this summer to close down a San Diego business development office in Hong Kong, the office remains open, with the San Diego Unified Port District picking up the full cost.

Book Covers The Basics Of Retirement Planning

For those who just received a sobering Social Security retirement income statement and are floundering to figure out how to get enough money to retire, a San Diego-based financial advisor has written a book to help in planning for retirement.

LAW---Local Attorney Wins Landmark Asylum Ruling

A San Diego attorney has helped a gay man gain asylum in the United States, convincing an appeals court panel that his deportation to Mexico would subject him to abuse.

REAL ESTATE---Vacant Land Becoming Scarce and Expensive

The average sale price for a piece of vacant land in San Diego County hit $236,000 in July, figures from the San Diego Association of Realtors show.

COMMENTARY---Bolsa Chica Plan Makes Home-Ownership Impossible

Every movement needs a monument, a place where people decided their time for action had come. That place for the legal and housing crisis in California just might be in Huntington Beach.

AGRICULTURE---Good News and Bad: Ag Land Values Going Up

Good news for local farmers: Prices for agricultural land in San Diego County are increasing.

Budding Entrepreneur a Catalog Cover Girl

Before Taylor Crabtree sends out a teddy bear to a sick child, the stuffed animal gets hugged.

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION---County's Luxury Home Prices on the Upswing

San Diego County luxury home prices climbed in the second quarter, a bank specializing in financing the expensive properties reported.

BIOTECH---Alliance on the Home Stretch for Product Approval

Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. officials said the firm is on its final stretch to winning government approval for the ultrasound contrast agent, Imagent.

TOURISM---The Name Game

Convention Venues Search for Sponsors At first, corporate name sponsorship seemed to be a game for just arenas, stadiums and other sports venues, with major deals such as Federal Express Corp.'s $205 million sponsorship of Washington, D.C.'s FedEx Field f

SMALL BUSINESS & RETAIL---Energy Prices Will Continue to Hurt Small Biz

As if the high price of electricity wasn't enough, things are going to get worse.

LETTERS

Several lessons are clear from the present electricity rate crisis, even if meaningful long-term solutions remain to be identified. First, the deregulation of electricity rates in San Diego, the brain-child of Democrat state Sen. Steve Peace, was a comple

ENTERPRISE---Electricity Dereg Lets Sun Shine On Solar Firm

SAN MARCOS , Most businesses would love to have the problems SunChoice is experiencing right now , an "almost unmanageable demand" for their services.

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TECHNOLOGY---Merger Solidifies Local Tech's Position

Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s announcement last week to purchase Sunnyvale-based MMC Networks was a sign the region's technology industry is maturing and getting stronger, say industry observers.

ELECTRIC RATES---Quick Rate Relief Seen From State Bill

Electricity rate relief has come to San Diego , for now. The state Legislature approved a bill late Aug. 30 which will bring immediate utility rate relief to San Diego residents. But the relief may be short-lived.

EDITORIAL---A much-needed shot in The Arm

When one of the region's leading biotechnology firms decided last month to remain in San Diego County rather than move elsewhere following an extensive nationwide search, it emphasized two very important points.

MEDIA & MARKETING---Delimex Launches Multimillion-Dollar Campaign

Still savoring the success of its first-time advertising campaign this spring, San Diego company Delimex is about to offer a second course , a new 16-week, 13-city campaign expected to cost several million dollars.

LABOR---Firms Put Money Where Mouth Is to Keep Workers

San Diego employees are in line to receive their fattest pay hikes in recent history, based on the results of two recent salary surveys.

BIOTECH---Skin Care Trends a Positive for Dermatology Deals

Baby boomers' hunt for that ideal look is spawning a niche of new skin care products called "cosmoceuticals," or pharmaceutical-based cosmetics, and "neutraceuticals," or vitamins to improve the skin.

Painters Turn Shelter Walls Into Murals

What happens when you equip a company of artists, scores of volunteers and an art therapist with free art supplies and unleash them on the San Diego Humane Society animal shelter?

ENERGY RATES---High Electric Rates are Hitting the Printing Industry Hard

Printers Being Overheated By Utilities Bills Some Pass On, Others Absorb Cost of Energy-Intensive Labor