Stories for April 2001

Monday, April 30

Marketing Efficient tactics may lower PR costs

When the going gets tough, the tough get going , and during an economic slowdown, the tough usually get busy slashing budgets.

Developers Donate Heaters to Families

Jeff Phair and Tim Rhea saw Channel 8's news report about low-income families living with no heat during a cold spell and decided to do something about it.

Animal Walk to Be an Adventurous Fund-raiser

One of the main events of the year for the San Diego Humane Society will take place May 12 on Fiesta Island.

Finance First round of loans to assist about 100 businesses

Thanks to a new program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, local small business owners can now secure loans many traditional banks are wary of giving.

Law Survey says state juries generous with punitive awards

California juries awarded more than $64 billion in punitive damages during the 1990s, according to the Civil Justice Association of California.

High-Tech S.D. among top cities prepared for tech age

Metropolitan San Diego ties with Raleigh-Durham, N.C., as the nation's fourth-best-prepared area for the new economy.

Health New mental health director's goals include improving care

Mark Refowitz, the new director of San Diego County's beleaguered mental health services for adults, said he's aware many challenges lie ahead.

Energy Baja may play key role in easing energy crunch

As California remains entrenched in an energy crisis, Baja California is poised to be a major source of power in the future.

About The List VCs taking a cautious approach to investing

Venture capitalists were living a dream like a little child walking through Candyland.

Finance PinnFund case recalls Pioneer, J. David schemes

The latest alleged financial scam in San Diego, the collapse of PinnFund USA, described by federal prosecutors as "a typical Ponzi scheme," appears to have plenty of parallels to two of the area's most notorious investor frauds: Pioneer Mortgage and the J

Donated Phones to Handle Calls of Distress

Retired wireless phones are providing another voice to potential victims of domestic violence.

Networking Scandinavian professionals form new group

There is a new organization in town with a mission to foster relationships among Scandinavian professionals in San Diego.

People On The Move

Toby Fuller has joined Bank of Coronado as San Diego regional vice president. Thomas J. Saiz has been named managing partner for Calderon Jaham & Osborn Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. Lars Ekstrom, Lisa G. Goldman and Edward W. Villeneuve h

Dream of City Heights Urban Village Becoming Reality

Two local investment corporations, one a for-profit and the other a nonprofit, are looking back into the urban core of the city to revitalize low-income neighborhoods , easing the affordable housing crunch for many low-income families while refurbishing e

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Commentary Stakes are high in PG & E;'s bankruptcy filing

Slightly more than six years ago, Chapter 9 bankruptcy filings occurred for Orange County as well as the Orange County Investment Pools.

Energy Sempra's 1st quarter revenues soar to $3 billion

As Sempra Energy released its first-quarter earnings last week, the news is good , for investors. But buried deep in the report is a notice that San Diego ratepayers may end up paying more for electricity.

Enterprise U.S. Microbics hopes to land $5 million contract to clean oil

Revenues: $18,900 for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2000, at a net loss of $2.6 million

Editor's Notebook Of itchy palms and greed that blinds

Is money the root of all evil? Hardly. But greed , the "love of money" which is actually the often-misquoted line from the New Testament , certainly is causing some evil repercussions in our economy. And unless we get a grasp on our avarice, the love of m

Insurance Employers can budget for insurance rate increases

The workers' compensation insurance market in California is in big trouble. In 1998, estimates are that for every dollar the industry took in, it spent $1.47. That amount increased to $1.53 in 1999, and 2000 could be even worse.

Lead Pan Asian group guides refugee into setting up shop locally

For Kinh Lam, the confections at his soon-to-open Mira Mesa bakery are especially sweet. He was able to leave behind the turbulence and oppression of Vietnam to set up his own pastry shop and realize the American dream.

Trade Free-trade area plan hits home

Orbis Industries, Inc. pays 28 percent in duties and 21 percent in taxes on the typical cell phone it sells in Latin America.

Human Resources Small businesses vulnerable to losing staff

Besides the cost of replacing someone, a company's productivity declines during the interim until a replacement is brought up to speed. Today, it's even a problem finding a replacement in the first place.

Real Estate Del Mar community honored at builder's conference

Taylor Woodrow Homes' Fairbanks Highlands was named Detached Community of the Year at the Pacific Coast Builder's Conference.

Securities Firms

Securities Firms

Banking Huntington Capital occupies unique financing niche

It's neither a bank, nor a venture capital firm, yet Small Business Investment Companies such as the one recently formed in San Diego called Huntington Capital can perform functions of both entities.

Profile Susan Lew has a world of trade experience

Education: Associate's degree from San Diego Community College; attended San Diego State University

Small Business Tribute to small and emerging businesses set

Good news for small business owners: One bill that would have paved "the path to economic hell" has stalled in committee, leaving that road "one good intention short."

Technology Gateway continues shakeup with Poway move

POWAY , Computer maker Gateway Inc. is drawing up plans to move its corporate headquarters here before the year is out.

Advertising Tough times breed tough small businesses

Managing a small business can be challenging in any economic climate, but today's environment poses several tough issues for smaller companies.

Accountant Just Keeps On Giving

Jeanne Mann, a partner at the San Diego accounting firm of Wither, Mann & LaManna LLP, may have cut back a tad on her volunteer time lately, but it's still far and above what most people would consider.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Nick Psyllos of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. Jim Spain of Colliers International represented the buyer.

Editorial Ballpark suits: When will they end?

San Diego's attempt to build a baseball stadium Downtown continues to be mired in a swamp of litigation. In recent weeks, foes of the redevelopment project have filed three more lawsuits aimed at stopping construction of the ballpark, bringing the total n

Tourism SeaWorld cancels Vancouver stop upon whale's departure

SeaWorld San Diego's traveling promotional campaign, based on VW Beetles rebuilt to look like killer whales, won't be heading to Vancouver, which has become a sensitive market in recent weeks.

Monday, April 23

Technology Industry keeps growing by adapting to technology

Are the predictions of a paperless office coming true? Are we approaching a time where paper and printing are pass & #233; and everything must move to a monitor or cellular phone or Palm Pilot screen? Not yet.

Cheeseburger Purists Get More of What They Want

Cheeseburger purists. According to marketers at Jack in the Box, Inc., they crave meat, cheese and not much else.

Distinguished Engineer Tops In His Field

IBM San Diego, the local office for the computer manufacturer and retailer, recently welcomed Larry Larson into its Class of 2001 Distinguished Engineer program.

People On The Move

Southwest Community Bank has appointed Tim Dewan as vice president, business development officer.

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Publisher's Notebook Taking action is more than just a book

While the economy is running in neutral right now, many of us are saying to ourselves, "What can I do to be ready for the time when it gets put in gear and moves forward once again?"

Enterprise Mysterious name, but Z57.com's success is clear

Having learned hard lessons with two failed Internet companies, Steve Weber knew what not to do when setting up a Web site design business.

Commentary Supporting a fair and responsible national tax cut

What is the first thing most American families would do if suddenly , pleasantly , faced with extra income? Would they spend all of that extra income on a Caribbean cruise or a brand-new Lexus? Not if they have been putting off needed repairs on their hom

About The List Printers keep a busy schedule when economy slows

Sometimes a slow economy can be a good thing. Ask Brant Vigil, principal and vice president of Loft in Web Graphics, No. 8 on the San Diego Business Journal's List of Commercial Printing Companies.

Real Estate Parking-retail building completed in Downtown

Nielsen Dillingham Builders of San Diego recently completed construction of the $7 million Centre City Development Corp. parking structure, "Park It At Market," in Downtown San Diego.

Technology Traffic cam cases may put kink in program

The cameras that photograph motorists allegedly breaking the law in San Diego intersections are also producing legal hurdles for the camera contractor.

Athena Honors Local Executives' Leadership Skills

Two local executives and an educator have been singled out for praise by the Athena organization of UCSD Connect.

Education Student business meet offers real-world competition

Wisconsin-based Imago Scientific Instruments was one of 19 companies that traveled to San Diego recently to get feedback on its business plan and possibly secure seed money.

Technology JMAR acquires high-grade lithography firm

CARLBAD , JMAR Technologies Inc., a Carlsbad-based maker of laser systems used in the manufacture of semiconductors, said it signed a letter of intent to purchase Semiconductor Advanced Lithography, Inc. in an undisclosed cash and stock deal.

Ballpark Ballpark lawsuits bring the count to 11

Litigation against the Downtown ballpark increased by three new lawsuits when opponents answered a validation lawsuit filed by the city last month intended to resolve all litigation concerning the project.

Graphic Design Biotech assigns annual report design to Downtown studio

La Jolla-based Advanced Tissue Sciences has selected Tyler Blik Design, a graphic design studio in Downtown San Diego, to create its annual report for the fourth consecutive year.

Government The San Diego County Taxpayers Association announces its annual Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards

Annual Golden Watchdog And Golden Fleece Awards Point Out Best, Worst in Spending

CyberBucks Nextec puts on its Sunday best to secure funding

Nextec Applications makes what it calls "smart textiles," or intelligent fabrics that are a step up from GoreTex. The latter is the breathable and water-resistant material used in outdoor sportswear.

Profile Kurt Burkhart's travels land him in Carlsbad, where he dives into his duties as tourism director

Kurt Burkhart's Travels Land Him In Carlsbad, Where He Dives Into His Duties as Tourism Director

Largest Commercial Printers

Largest Commercial Printers

Small Business Downtown library offers entrepreneurs capital ideas

Small Business: Resource Center Caters to Small Firms; April 23 Seminar Set

Construction SDSU undertakes $14 million fraternity project

Members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at San Diego State University congregate at a 50-year-old converted single-family home near the campus.

Media Buyout enables local radio broadcasts to reach Temecula

As is common practice in the radio industry, the imminent closing of Clear Channel Communications' purchase of KTMK-FM in Temecula has not kept the new owner from already affecting its new station's marketing and programming.

Biotech Biopharma heads into second phase of hepatitis C study

Maxim Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of a Phase II study testing its experimental hepatitis C drug in 300 patients in nine clinical centers throughout Europe.

Electricity State could prevent direct access buys of power

At the height of California's energy crisis, Paul Aube found a way around high electricity prices. But now he worries the state may move to stop other businesses from getting similar deals.

Letters

With the eventual increase of rolling blackouts during the upcoming summer season, we must look for some short-term solutions.

Small Business and Retail Target honors local firms with Excellence Award

Three local businesses were honored this month when they were given the Target Stores Award of Excellence. The award is given by the Minneapolis-based retailing giant in recognition of outstanding performance in helping Target reach its in-store and onlin

Biotech First-quarter report: Biotech boom is a bust

An index analyzing the biotech industry's first quarter of 2001 confirms the boom of 2000 is over.

Lead Printers reliant on power search for a backup plan

While some can easily absorb the productivity lost to a rolling blackout or purchase a generator to keep the lights on and computers running, it isn't that easy for the printing and graphics industry.

Marketing Gas stations install tech marketing system as ticket to higher profits

Marketing: Stations Install Tech Marketing System as Ticket to Higher Profits

Editorial Utilities are singing a sorrowful tune

While energy firms across the rest of the nation report bloated earnings, two of California's power companies are singing the blues.

High-Tech Wireless Knowledge overcomes the 'MLs'

San Diego-based Wireless Knowledge, Inc. sees a market in the markup language blues.

Clothing Company Enters Plus-Size Market

One of the nation's hottest stores for teen apparel is now moving into the plus-size market.

Media Construction begins on KNSD's new Downtown studios

With its future home gutted and plans under way for new studios and offices, KNSD Channel 7/39 continues to make tracks for Downtown.

Sports Biz Chargers, Padres set to square off over stadium date

When the new Downtown ballpark finally is constructed, one thing the Padres won't have to worry about is butting heads with other tenants.

Technology Verance makes its mark in radio

Chances are if you live in a top 100 media market, San Diego-based Verance Corp. is tuning in to the local programming.

Sports Local minor league franchises cast into limbo

In recent weeks, San Diego has seen two minor league sports teams basically call it quits.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Kent Moore of Business Real Estate Brokerage Co./NAI represented the seller. Ick Cohen of Business Real Estate Brokerage Co./NAI represented the buyer.

Biotech BIO 2001 predicted to draw record numbers

Biotech: Consumer Groups to Discuss Sensitive Issues Related To Genetic Alterations

How-To Telling is selling: Stories for the marketplace

Back when we had fewer choices and experienced change at a slower pace, people had more time to form loyalties to the products and services they used.

Monday, April 16

Infrastructure City sued by environmentalists over sewage spills

"We have failed to properly invest in our infrastructure, and that failure is now coming back to haunt us."

People On The Move

Point Loma Credit Union has hired Scott Balliet as manager for the Kearny Mesa branch. Shoreline Partners, LLC has hired Laura Stephen as office manager/executive assistant and Kristi Kotowicz as research director. Robyn L. Scherer, director of marketing

Small Business Franchise owner takes junk collecting to new level

For one local franchiser, describing his business plan as a lot of junk isn't an insult , it's a compliment.

Economy Economists differ on region's economic health

Depending on who one listens to these days, San Diego's economy will continue growing this year or is already in a downturn that is 2 & #733; years away from hitting bottom.

Electricity SDG & E; refuses Dynegy's order to close down power plants

In a preview of what may happen this summer, San Diego is in the middle of a showdown over whether 18 small generators , which collectively have the capacity to provide power to more than 250,000 local homes , will be turned off due to nonpayment.

Education Teacher recruitment programs getting under way

In 10 years, California is expected to be short some 300,000 new teachers. In order to stem the tide, state legislators and local educators started an ambitious recruitment program.

Lead Some teams show more success at raising private funds for new ballparks

Over the past few years, several of Major League Baseball's 30 teams have asked for and received support to build new stadiums.

CyberBucks Network Solutions transaction puts SAIC in red for first time ever

Science Applications International Corp., the San Diego-based research and engineering firm, lost $736 million in its fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, caused by a write-down of its shares in VeriSign, Inc., the Silicon Valley firm that bought nearly all of S

Tourism Children's Museum remodel features exhibit galleries, theater

Sometime in the next 10 or 11 months, the San Diego Children's Museum/Museo De Los Ni & #324;os San Diego will have a face-lift that could cost up to $12 million. The project will completely replace the museum's current building.

Health Care Two hospitals join SDSU's nurses training partnership

State Committee to Decide Fate of Health Insurance Program for the Uninsured

Credit Unions Credit unions plan to cut costs as merger unfolds

San Diego is witnessing one of the biggest credit union mergers ever seen in California.

Technology Tech park study worries Chula Vista

Technology: City Prefers to Keep 700-Acre Expanse Available for University

Developer Is Too Busy to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

This month, Del Mar-based health facility development firm Pacific Medical Buildings celebrates its 30th anniversary.

High-Tech Intuit sees peak use of TurboTax Web site

Particularly if you are Mountain View-based Intuit Inc., whose Turbo Tax product is in high demand. Turbo Tax grew out of San Diego-based ChipSoft Inc., which Intuit acquired in 1993.

Taxes How to save taxes on the new IRA withdrawal rules

Whoever said things don't change for the better hasn't heard about the changes made to IRAs this year.

Youths Gain Skills to Help Them Succeed

With the recent increase of violent shootings occurring in San Diego high schools, it's more important than ever to rectify all negative aspects youths perceive of today's society and replace them with positive ones.

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Investing Long-term strategies for retirement investing

When you review your returns on the investments in your 401(k) plan, you may be disappointed if you don't see the kind of double-digit gains that some investments in the stock market have been returning over the past few years.

Area Public Companies

Area Public Companies

Labor Brewery's pink slip party has a high-tech twist

In a different twist on the job fair concept, recently laid-off high-tech workers are invited to find a new employer in a setting not usually known for such activity: a local microbrewery.

Biotech Buyout puts firm closer to forefront of proteins research

In the proteomics game, San Diego-based Structural GenomiX is already a major player.

Profile Growing up in Israel, Wingcast CEO Harel Kodesh learned the art of making do with what you have

Education: Bachelor of science in computer engineering and master of science in electrical engineering, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa; MBA, Tel Aviv University

Enterprise GMS brings institutional money to revitalize local shopping centers

Revenues: $43 million in fiscal 1998, $50 million in fiscal 1999 and $81 million in fiscal 2000

Carlsbad Artist Creates, and Recreates, Works of Art

For those who like to grace their walls with original art, but find the prices a bit too pricey, Carlsbad artist Lynn Buettner has a solution.

Commentary Ideas for making 'smart growth' planning smarter

If God had given the Israelites a committee instead of Moses, they'd still be in Egypt.

Law Local law school grads win major Fen-Phen case

Taking on a major pharmaceutical company in a national lawsuit would seemingly be a challenge for any attorney.

Tourism Prospects for a water park in Poway look dim

After the park's most recent developer, Florida-based Alfa Smart Parks Inc., abandoned the project in early January, four or five companies contacted the city to express their interest in the water park.

Small Business and Retail 'Living wage' bill could kill small biz jobs

Watch out. Some state lawmakers are trying to gain support for their legislation simply by changing the name. But this "triumph of marketing" could spell trouble for small businesses in the state.

Biotech Local firm's technology used in breakthrough Alzheimer's treatment

A groundbreaking gene therapy experiment performed on an Alzheimer's patient at UCSD could translate into big rewards for the San Diego gene therapy firm holding the exclusive license for the technology, an analyst said.

Technology Gateway divulges executives' severance packages

Former Gateway CEO Jeff Weitzen walked away from the job in January with a severance package of more than $5.6 million in cash and nearly $2.5 million in stock options, according to the company's recently filed proxy statement.

Biotech Alliance Pharmaceuticals stock dips after stunning rise

Shares of Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. fell slightly following news that a Massachusetts rival beat the San Diego-based biotech firm to the market with the first blood substitute ever approved.

Wireless Datron says wireless antenna contract still valid

VISTA , Datron Systems Inc. still has a valid $3 million contract to build antennas for a halted airline Internet service, officials here said early this month.

Editorial President needs to reset his economic priorities

President George W. Bush has obviously set as his chief priority passage of his proposed $1.6 trillion tax initiative, hoping the combination of government spending cuts and tax cuts will kick-start a slow-moving economy.

Taxes Adjusting tax withholdings or estimated tax

Do you expect to receive a large income-tax refund from the IRS this year , or to owe a large amount?

Ex-Lawyer Honored for Goodwill in Field

What started as a simple goodwill effort to raise money for a nonprofit legal organization turned into much more for Al Walkoe.

Electricity SDG & E; continues talks with state over buyout of power grid

The head of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s parent firm says the utility will continue negotiations with state officials over purchase of its transmission lines.

Tourism Legoland launches Technic Coaster

CARLSBAD , Legoland California's new Technic Coaster ride, launched earlier this month, is an attempt to reach out to the older half of the theme park's 2- to 12-year-old demographic.

Investing Custom-designed retirement plans: One size fits all

When it comes to qualified retirement plans, one size does not fit all growing companies.

Editor's Notebook Better play ball if you want to buy a home

At 14, the world is his oyster. In his eyes, he still has a shot at the big leagues, or he could be the drummer for some rock group.

Monday, April 9

Environment A new dry cleaning chain is out to clean up the industry

Instead of using environmentally unsafe chemicals to clean clothes, he plans to do the same job with a "green" twist.

Energy The electricity crisis could send gasoline prices as high as $3 a gallon by summer

Local businesses are preparing for a summer that could send prices for gasoline and diesel fuel as high as $3 a gallon. West Coast energy consultant Phil Verleger said the $3 figure is a rough estimate, based on possible problems that could occur if Calif

Real Estate & Construction

Leasing agents: Doug Simpson of Coldwell Banker NCP represented the lessee. Todd Davis, Joe Anderson and Norm Kerlin represented the lessor.

Finance San Diego National plays a hunch in Las Vegas

San Diego National Bank recently opened a loan production office in Las Vegas, but it's not the first time the bank has done business in the fast-growing southern Nevada region.

Energy The scramble for relocation by Los Angeles area companies could be an example of what's in store for San Diego

Businesses in Los Angeles County and the Bay Area are scrambling to find sanctuary from high electricity rates imposed last month by state regulators, with many firms considering relocation to areas serviced by municipally owned power utilities.

Gaming Pala tribe opens its new $155 million casino

PALA , The Pala Band of Mission Indians has taken the wraps off its $155 million, 185,000-square-foot Pala Casino complex northeast of Escondido.

Editorial Energy crisis web of deceit continues to unravel

As the energy crisis deepens, the web of deceit woven by the energy industry and their cronies continues to unravel. The latest thread was plucked by a study released last week by the UCLA Anderson Business Forecast.

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Manufacturing WD-40's stock dips following its acquisition of a household cleaner manufacturer

News from WD-40 Co., including that of a major acquisition, sent the company's stock down roughly 9 percent near the end of March and kept it at that level in the week that followed.

About The List Security firms diversify into electronics, entertainment

In order to accommodate growth in business, local security systems companies are broadening their spectrum of services and products to go beyond security systems and into areas of entertainment and technology-oriented products.

People On The Move

San Diego National Bank has promoted Fulberto Rodriguez to vice president and branch manager, Joan St. Clair to vice president and branch manager, Darlene Mera to vice president of business development, Eric Larson to the senior management team and David

Sports Biz Michael Jordan heads to the board room of Upper Deck

Since Michael Jordan traded in his basketball shoes, he has walked a pretty successful path in the business world.

Media U-T bulldog edition takes a bite out of circulation woes

Like many papers across the country trying to boost their Sunday circulation, the San Diego Union-Tribune recently launched a Saturday edition of its Sunday paper.

Profile Charlotte Kobey keeps Monte Kobey's legacy alive, both at the office and in her philanthropic endeavors

Charlotte Kobey Keeps Monte Kobey's Legacy Alive, Both at the Office and In Her Philanthropic Endeavors

Sports Cox Communications makes 10-year commitment to the Padres

There may not be any physical work taking place at the Downtown ballpark site, but for Padres executives it's business as usual.

Construction Welk Resort Expands with 21-building timeshare project

Roel Construction of San Diego is progressing on construction of the Welk Resort's new Villas On the Greens timeshare project.

Commentary Small business is threatened by uncontrolled suits

Like Odysseus's trip home from Troy after the battle, the journey to the land of solvency and security for California's small-business owners is fraught with lotus-eaters, cyclopses, cannibalistic giants, sirens, and various underworld ghosts.

Tourism Remodeled Natural History Museum embarks on exhibits campaign

Having reopened to the public April 6 after three months of full-blown construction, the San Diego Natural History Museum is poised for a new era of its own.

High-Tech Firm launches Internet ads from its front porch

As the grandson of a small-town newspaper publisher, Zach Britton knows the money to be had in selling advertising. Specifically, advertising targeted to highly specific markets.

How To Designing office space to tame work rage

We all experience stress on the job. Long hours, cramped work space, and job competition are known contributors to stress in today's work environment.

Technology Software raises security level of entry gates

Surprisingly in today's security-conscious world, the systems being used by many businesses to protect access to their property have not kept pace with changes in technology.

Enterprise Spice of life makes for 'extraordinary' dessert experience

It's a bustling Friday afternoon at Hillcrest bakery and caf & #233; Extraordinary Desserts. As owner Karen Krasne takes a break to talk shop, elaborate, flower-adorned confections are being served.

Sunscreens Packaged for Maximum Portability

A Solana Beach-based company has come up with a novel concept in sunscreen , shrinking the package.

Small Business and Retail Sports stadiums are strikeouts for small business

Just in time for baseball season, the chief economist for the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Small Business Survival Committee published a report saying that small business leaders are "misguided" if they support taxpayer subsidies for building big

Wireless Employees file claims with state against Indiqu

Former employees of Indiqu, a 3-year-old San Diego wireless content firm that laid off its entire staff March 13, filed claims with the state Labor Board in an effort to obtain back wages and vacation pay owed them.

Online Parts Company a Lifesaver for Old Phones

His client can't bear to part with his dear, old PBX. Now the machine needs an oddball part that was probably last manufactured during the Carter administration. Your job is to find it.

Security Guard Companies

Security Guard Companies

Editor's Notebook Salk Institute is a jewel in the community

One of the most famous international organizations in San Diego is nearly invisible to the public. It's the Salk Institute on Torrey Pines Road.

Groups Organize Hall of Fame for Women

By this time next year, several local groups hope to have a San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame up and running.

Technology JNI sees silver lining in gloomy economy

Its stock has been battered along with practically every other high-tech company, but San Diego's JNI Corp. isn't acting like the end is near.

Flags Spread the Message of Child Abuse Prevention

Last year, 11 children under the age of 7 died as victims of physical abuse or neglect in San Diego. In order to prevent more senseless deaths of this nature, Nokia is teaming up with the San Diego Center for Children to heighten awareness for the fight a

Lead Medical industry addresses security in technology age

While idealists dream of a streamlined medical records system , with easily portable, electronic files taking the place of cardboard folders , a vision of hackers, looky-loos and opportunists easily spoils the dream.

Workplace Consultant offers training for a safe work environment

In describing workplace violence, the phrase "going postal" often brings to mind images of a crazed employee entering his or her workplace, brandishing a handgun and severely or fatally injuring fellow co-workers out of revenge towards an employer, or bec

CyberBucks Miva Corp. cuts its staff in 'resizing' move

A few weeks ago, Miva Corp., a maker of software aimed at helping small- and medium-size businesses conduct e-commerce, said it was laying off six people in a cost-cutting move.

Monday, April 2

Energy Summer blackouts threaten local economy

The rolling blackouts San Diego experienced last month have subsided. But more blackouts and higher energy bills are predicted for the summer, which could have a devastating impact on the region's economy.

Commentary Headlines are wrong; it's still a worker's market

It's hard to pick up a newspaper these days and not notice the increasing number of headlines about the huge number of layoffs that have hit the American work force. At first glance, the headlines are scary, making recent record-low unemployment figures a

Taxes IRS proposes changes to IRA distribution rules

Since 1987, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 401(a)(9) required that a taxpayer must take from their qualified retirement plans and IRA's minimum distributions as of April 1 of the calendar year following the later of the calendar year in which the ind

Small Business and Retail Keeping workers means coughing up more bucks

Businesses, large and small, may have to shell out more money to retain their brightest employees , and even that might not be enough.

How-To Tips for avoiding claims of false advertising

Good advertising is designed to capture the attention of consumers and motivate them to make a buying decision.

Trends Public-interest law wanes as corporate law reigns

Despite a seeming resurgence of interest in public-interest law, thanks to movies like the Oscar-winning "Erin Brockovich," in real life public-interest lawyers are on the run.

Editor's Notebook New energy tiger goes after gouging power firms

Less than a year ago, the California Independent System Operator , the nonprofit public-benefit corporation that oversees the state's energy transmission grid , was little more than a shill for the energy industry. With its governing board made up of ener

Marketing Stoorza Communications leadership enters a new cycle

The guard is changing once more at San Diego's largest-grossing public relations firm.

LAW FIRMS

LAW FIRMS

Technology Quantum Magnetics engineers work on a discreet weapons detector that could make our schools safer

In the wake of the two recent shootings on school campuses, a local company is developing a discreet weapons detector that could make neighborhood schools, corporations and public buildings safer.

Utilities A state agency accuses SDG & E; of padding electricity bills

Energy: State Agency Says Utility Illegally Overcharged Customers Millions of Dollars

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Franchise MBE's Jim Amos has his work cut out for him

Franchises: Chief of Local Chain Dealing With Merger, Heading Franchising Group

Eckes Profiled in Disney Display of California Farmers

The Paul Ecke Ranch has led the poinsettia industry worldwide for almost 100 years, and for the past 70 years has enjoyed local fame in Encinitas.

Employment Job prospects for law grads show signs of slowing

San Diego law firms continue to tap law schools for more entry-level associates, although the pace at which they do so has slowed, according to a recent survey.

Agency Supports Affordable Housing Projects

Finding affordable housing in San Diego may be like looking for that proverbial needle, but if not for agencies like the Local Initiative for Support Corp., it might be nonexistent.

Internet A perfect domain name is within a business's reach

You have the next great product or service. You have a great trademark or trade name. You have the drive, the ambition, and the financial backing to make it happen.

Sports The Padres and the Spirit prepare for their opening days

$37 million $825,000

Profile Where Harry Gruber goes, success seems to follow

Education: Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, and M.D., University of Pennsylvania; residency and teaching posts, UCSD

Enterprise TIG upgrades itself as it upgrades clients

Founded: 1983 as PC Specialists, then operated as MicroAge; took current name in mid-1990s

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Ted Cuthbert, Brent Wright, and Rick Sparks of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. Dave Marino of The Irving Hughes Group represented the buyer.

Internet Some dot-com firms survive despite ongoing layoffs

The shakeout continued at more local Internet firms last month with several cutting their payrolls, yet some in the same industry showed signs of surviving and even ramping up.

Tourism The stage is set for fund-raising efforts to renovate and reopen the Balboa Theatre Downtown

With last week's approval by the San Diego City Council, the stage is set for fund-raising efforts to renovate and reopen the Balboa Theatre in Downtown.

Energy Firms offer variety of energy-friendly technology

Many local firms hope to help California as the state prepares for another summer of high energy prices and potential rolling blackouts. They're offering products that will help large businesses, small businesses, and residential customers keep cool while

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John Bolger has joined Cuyamaca Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer. Community Bancorp Inc. has elected G. Bruce Dunn to its board of directors. Temecula Valley Bank has promoted Chris Burt to vice president and branch manager for the Fall

Energy Activist Harvey Rosenfield is in center stage of the energy crisis

As people's frustration rose during last month's rolling blackouts, there was consumer activist Harvey Rosenfield on the airwaves, blaming a "greedy cartel" of electric utilities and power generators for the mess and warning that the utilities, Gov. Gray

Real Estate Tech firms are moving to expanded facilities

Bay Area tech companies are plugging into San Diego real estate, while locally based counterparts are staking out space near Interstate 15.

Bankruptcy A graceful strategy for liquidating a business

It is inevitable that a significant portion of companies in new or emerging industries will come to a point where they are no longer viable and must pursue an ultimate disposition strategy.

Workplace Internet monitoring raises workplace privacy issues

In a series of recent ads, Earthlink played on consumer concerns over privacy. "They are watching you," the Internet service provider warned potential customers.

Energy Building managers seek ways to conserve power

Energy-hogging factories and power-hungry technology companies aren't the only ones in a quandary because of California's power crunch.

Intellectual Property Businesses apply in droves to patent their methods

Several years ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a patent could be issued on a method of doing business.

Trade Kyocera begins cashing in on smart phone technology

Smart phones, those gadgets that combine a cell phone and multiple computer functions in a single device, are becoming the rage among a select group of users, which is a good thing for San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp., whose parent is Kyocera Corp.

Bay Days a Draw for the Waterfront

The San Diego Unified Port District and the Port Tenants Association are hosting a first-time event, San Diego Bay Days.

High-Tech Giant SAIC partners with little Enosys

In a union of large and small, San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp., which has upwards of 41,000 employees, has teamed up with a 20-person San Diego software maker, Enosys Markets Corp.

Tourism Hilton remodels rooms, meeting facilities for $12.5 million

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines recently completed a $12.5 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting facilities.

Arbitration Objective communication key to defending a lawsuit

If you become a defendant, the bottom line, the productive life of key employees, insurance premiums, even the very viability of the business, can be impaired.

About The List Legal success rests largely on reputations

An attorney's career path often depends on the law firm's reputation inside and outside the industry. The prestige of a firm often can attract veteran attorneys from other law firms and newer recruits just out of law school.

Public Relations PR actions may jeopardize attorney-client privilege

Public relations professionals thrive on information dissemination. It's our currency.

School Upgrade Project Honored

The multimillion-dollar modernization of Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School in Chula Vista was recently honored by the Coalition of Adequate School Housing and the American Institute of Architects California Council for the design work.

Real Estate Developers report strong homes sales in Otay Ranch

San Diego's The Corky McMillin Cos. recently reported their Lomas Verdes community in Otay Ranch sold a combined 442 homes in 2000. This averages to over a sale a day for the agency.

Editorial No time to hem or haw about public safety

Is it mere irony the community that can rally around supporting multimillion-dollar sports facilities can be so slow in supporting a rescue vehicle that could save hundreds of lives and thousands of dollars in both personal and business property each year

Lead IPO downturn forces lawyers to change their tunes

ot more than a year ago, many San Diego law firms found themselves busier than ever with Internet companies looking to go public or raise millions in private funding.