Stories for December 2001
Monday, December 24
What can the business community do to address the funding shortage local charities are suddenly facing this holiday season, and may face in the future?
Many communities in the county have benefited from the high-tech and biotech boom, even though those companies tend to cluster in select areas, such as Sorrento Mesa and University Towne Centre.
CARLSBAD , If a business puts out waste through a smokestack or an outfall, chances are it's also generating paperwork for the government.
Local author David Vokac has become something of an expert when it comes to the subject of small towns.
The timing couldn't have been worse for the president's Commission on Social Security Reform and for House Majority Leader Dick Armey to reveal their proposals for revamping America's financial safety net.
D'lush, a locally based, self-proclaimed "deluxe beverage joint," is making plans to expand.
When Pauline White learned of an elderly couple who shared their food with the family pet, she thought there must be a better way.
California has all the electricity it needs from now until 2004. However, customers may have to pay more for that power, and there is a chance that the state could experience a shortage similar to the 2000 energy crisis starting in 2005.
Asking city hall to fix a pothole could one day feel like ordering a sweater from an online retailer, thanks to a San Diego company.
While many San Diego firms are either cutting back or eliminating year-end bonuses, this is still "the most wonderful time of the year" for some.
Companies are streamlining, merging and cutting costs. Recent economic developments are putting pressure on businesses nationwide to reduce expenses. Among the top controllable outgoings for a company is corporate travel.
If the California Department of Health Services misses its Jan. 1 deadline to set minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, some local nurses said they'll be disappointed.
San Diego will be part of a 20-city whistle-stop tour of the country when the National Federation of Independent Business comes to town.
Some customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. may see their bills rise by about 4 percent in the coming months after a vote by the San Diego City Council.
San Diego-based WiredRed Software reports the U.S. Department of Labor has purchased 18,000 seats of its E-pop Alert product for its headquarters.
Wrestling fans will soon be able to get their daily dose of SmackDown and up-to-the-minute World Wrestling Federation news through their mobile phones.
There is a healthy level of home sales activity in California, but a lack of affordable housing will limit job and economic growth.
Professor Robert Bohrer prides himself in giving his law students a good left-brain workout. Law school isn't about making lawyers as a means to an end, but rather strengthening one's analytical skills in the philosophical sense.
Trying to explain the various deals and complex workings of air ticket consolidators can be like comparing apples and oranges.
Qualmag Inc., a San Diego-based company, is taking advantage of a tax and trade option by locating its business in Ocean View Hills Corporate Center in Otay Mesa.
A new look proposed for a major San Diego shopping mall is part of a national trend to bring something new to the shopping experience , living quarters.
Nearly 30,000 boat enthusiasts are expected to take part in the 14th Annual San Diego Boat Show Jan. 3-6 at the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marina.
Business Volunteers for the Arts is looking to raise the profile of the arts in San Diego by recruiting new members into its program.
Bill Keller, co-owner of Le Travel Store in Downtown San Diego, knows exactly how the events of Sept. 11 affected his business this holiday season. Fewer people are traveling, and as a result he's lost customers.
In tandem with the merger of Active.com, the La Jolla-based online registration service, and Myteam.com, a Massachusetts online service for amateur sports teams, investors from both dot-coms pumped in an additional $11 million into the newly combined enti
Digital music has apparently been good to Rancho Bernardo-based Musicmatch Inc.
With Christmas and New Year's falling on Tuesdays, these next couple of weeks seem to be fitting culminations to a year that has been filled with uncertainties.
RAMONA , It's been nearly 90 years since Ramona had a bank to call its own. Last week, Ramona National Bank opened for business at 1315 Main Street, the same site once occupied by San Diego Trust & Savings Bank.
A holiday marketing campaign for local restaurants recently doubled to $50,000, with a donation from a major vendor in town.
Monday, December 17
When terrorists led by Osama bin Laden attacked the United States on Sept. 11, their first target was the nation's most prominent symbol of its industrial and economic might, the World Trade Center in New York.
Eco Soil Systems, a publicly traded local company that develops and sells biological and chemical products to the golf industry, is looking for a buyer. Failing that, it faces liquidation.
"If you want peace, work for justice." This adage is especially relevant today in the world rocked by global terrorism and the expanding retaliatory military response it has generated.
Hank Nordhoff has been waiting a long time for Gen-Probe Inc. to carry its own weight. A recent announcement by Gen-Probe's parent company, Tokyo-based Chugai Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., of its merger with the Japanese unit of Swiss drug maker F. Hoffmann-L
State Panel Approves Construction of two hotels expected to serve the San Diego Convention Center was approved last week by the California Coastal Commission.
Debate Over Voice-Over Internet Protocol Benefits. Among the newest, most talked-about technology innovations these days is the use of Internet-type networks, local and wide area networks to make telephone calls. This way of making telephone calls is refe
Only seven shopping days left until Christmas! Wow, where has the year gone?
Cost-Effectiveness Figures in Move to Outsource Security
10 Years After First United States Web Site, Internet Set for Upgrade
Alan Gordon said his business-school friends couldn't see why he didn't want to follow them into the lucrative world of high finance. But he had the shoe industry in his sole , er, soul.
Invitrogen Sells $500M In Convertible Notes
Fixed Income Securities Closes Merger With Sterling Resources
Most notices of class-action lawsuits or product recalls are either tossed out, filed away or ignored.
'Finest' Awards Handed Out to Industrial and Office Properties
The San Diego County Water Authority's 23 member agencies will receive part of an $8.7 million refund as credit for water rate overcollections by the Metropolitan Water District.
CARLSBAD , Like the other military or police organizations that have seen it, the Army's 101st Airborne Division liked the NightHunter searchlight.
Israeli Telecom Firm PacketLight Networks Sets Up U.S. Headquarters Here
When you hear that a new version of an "Arrogant Bastard" is being "released" soon, you might automatically think "incarceration." In a recent media announcement, Stone Brewing Co. pointed this out itself.
Media Company To Purchase F2 Broadcast Network
Health Care: Computerized Program Watches for Administering Errors
SBA Launches Web Site to Help Firms Cope With Regulations
The latest lawsuit filed against the Downtown ballpark project didn't come as much of a surprise to anyone at City Hall , least of all City Attorney Casey Gwinn and Padres President Bob Vizas.
When San Diego finally issues $166 million in bonds to pay for its share of the Padres ballpark, the price paid on the funds will be much higher than usual.
Co-Location Facilities Provide Internet, Data Protection
Filner Request of $20M To Boost U.S./Mexico Border Staff Rejected By House Republicans
Computers: Restructuring Left Parks With Duties That Overlapped Waitt's
Southern California could lose a key supply of water in 2003, forcing local businesses to make "draconian cuts" that would make last year's energy crisis "look like a picnic."
Tadpole-Cycle Enters Appliance Arena With Finnish Software Firm
Monday, December 10
The closure of Mercy Physicians Medical Group East County may be a problem for patients who want to continue seeing their primary care doctors or specialists.
'Tis the season to give and to receive. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the San Diego Food Bank is hosting a food drive to ensure those less fortunate benefit from the gifts of others.
When the University of Washington Huskies meet the University of Texas Longhorns at the Culligan Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28, the pregame coin flip won't be the only toss-up.
As Regional Technology Alliance's CEO, Tyler Orion Has Helped Startup Firms Put Two and Two Together.
Six months ago, California state Attorney General Bill Lockyer drew heat for suggesting Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay should be locked in a prison cell with an amorous inmate named Spike.
The ripples change everything: The wake of the Sept. 11 atrocities is now threatening to undo several important real estate and business projects along the San Diego-Tijuana border.
Six months ago, California state Attorney General Bill Lockyer drew heat for suggesting Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay should be locked in a prison cell with an amorous inmate named Spike.
While the value of high-priced homes continues to increase, local real estate agents are noting luxury home sales have slowed since the third quarter.
Five of the biggest players in the San Diego County commercial real estate community have come together to share their property information.
Travelers passing through San Diego's Lindbergh Field can feel a little safer after automated external defibrillators were installed there last month.
With a new exhibit that involves a 65-million-year journey back in time, early February could mark a new milestone for the 90-year-old San Diego Museum of Man.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has reiterated its threat to sue the California Public Utilities Commission over how it can collect additional money it's owed by its ratepayers.
When Nick Parks, owner of Active Graphix printing company, needed an accountant, he didn't rely on a newspaper advertisement to find applicants.
Some may call it shameless promotion, but for Lee Silber there aren't many boundaries in self-promotion. Silber, who is the author of "Self-Promotion For the Creative Person," said whenever he scouts local bookstores for his own books, it's a chance for a
Enrique Morones, a key player in the San Diego Padres' relationship with the Latino community on both sides of the border, recently left the club.
Downtown Residences Designed for the Urban Village. Residential design in Downtown San Diego has to meet several objectives; more residents have to be accommodated on smaller pieces of land, and pedestrians' needs have to be met.
While the slowing national and regional economies may have tempered some corporate expansions, San Diego County still does not have the land necessary to accommodate demand.
Since 1940, we have used as much of the earth's mineral resources as all of humanity's previous generations combined. Sustainable design is an approach to building that protects the natural environment and creates healthy indoor spaces. Although sustainab
Contrary to some public perceptions that energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings are the domain of aging hippies and so-called tree-huggers, green is going mainstream.
News of an attempted takeover of Discovery Partners International Inc. caused some excitement on Wall Street, which then tapered off as the week continued. Still, analysts remain sanguine about the future of the publicly traded biotechnology firm.
San Diego-based Peregrine Systems, Inc. has made homeland security the focus of a new software development effort.
Construction is already under way at San Diego State University for a one-of-a-kind fraternity housing project.
Short leases and flexible terms can be hard to come by, but one developer is offering an alternative in the University Towne Centre area for small biotech companies.
ESCONDIDO , Longtime hopes of having larger hotels built within city limits were pushed off for the time being.
Fashion students at Palomar College are stepping away form the norm and implementing technology into their design process. Yes, the students still use tape measures and sewing machines, but they are also taking advantage of software programs and computers
Businesses in San Diego County may feel a bit like their counterparts in England or Israel next year because their insurance policies may be subject to exclusions for terrorism coverage.
Does anybody save copies of political press releases anymore Republicans in the California Legislature spent all of last year refusing to work with Gov. Gray Davis on the electricity crisis.
Buzztime Entertainment Inc. could have the first phase of its roll-out to digital cable customers next February. The Carlsbad company, a subsidiary of NTN Communications Inc., recently signed its first deal to have a cable operator license Buzztime's triv
Less than a month after its initial public offering, dj Orthopedics, the maker of surgical appliances and orthopedic devices based in Vista, was the target of two class-action suits, including one by the San Diego law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Le
With the continuing development and expansion of the biotech industry in San Diego, architects and contractors have been jockeying for position in the race to design and build in this highly lucrative market.
Vanorsdale Insurance Services is settling into its new offices in Kearny Mesa after merging its two sister companies.
Infrastructure: Contingency Plans, More Security and Sheer Size Afford Protection.
Excite At Home Internet users got a reprieve last week as Cox Communications Inc. and other cable providers arranged for their high-speed service to continue through Feb. 28.
San Diego workers who lost their jobs due to the economic downturn caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can find some strategies for obtaining a new job from a free resource booklet, "Getting Back on Track," produced by Manpower Staffing Services.
UCSD recently won Drug Enforcement Administration approval to start two clinical studies evaluating smoked marijuana as a pain-management treatment for HIV and multiple sclerosis patients.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, consumers are more worried than ever about privacy.
Several weeks ago at a reception for the annual Cox Communications Salute to Teachers, I spent part of the evening reminiscing with a newspaper mentor of mine about a former colleague.
Monday, December 3
CHULA VISTA , Goodrich Corp. will build enclosures for the engines going on Airbus' mammoth A380 passenger plane.
Most consumers will see little or no change in their electric bills from a recent federal mandate that California's energy clearinghouse stop giving the state Department of Water Resources preferential treatment. However, industrial users that buy their e
After a four-month tenure as Stoorza Communications' president, John Spelich recently left the company for a position with San Diego City Schools.
A San Diego company has made a name for itself online by helping owners of classic Mustangs find spare parts for their muscle cars.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College governing board didn't have to look far for the new president of Cuyamaca College. They found their replacement about a half-hour northwest of the campus at Mesa College.
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said a new experimental therapy has shown to be safe in healthy individuals.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has just removed a 900-pound gorilla from the backs of acquisition-minded companies. But if those companies aren't careful or are unlucky, the gorilla could come back and attack with a vengeance.
WD-40, the San Diego-based maker of industrial lubricants and other consumer products, received a $75 million investment from Prudential Capital Group, the investment management business of Prudential Financial, and a subsidiary of Prudential Insura
The San Diego Association of Governments arguably is the county's most resourceful planning agency in the area. New executive director Gary Gallegos' plan is to change that focus.
Mergers and acquisitions have become more likely exit strategies for entrepreneurs, small businesses and even large public corporations in recent months because of the poor equity markets.
Perhaps the real story of the Fish Market Restaurants, Inc. is best seen in the hallway leading to each of the restaurants' "heads."
Smokestacks, storage tanks and other landmarks loom in the distance as a helmsman navigates the entrance channel to the Port of Palm Beach. In reality the ship doesn't exist. And the port, though it is laid out like the real thing in Florida, exists only
The San Diego City Council's approval of a one-year pilot program is a win for clean needle exchange proponents who are now faced with the task of getting it started.
Remember Monday mornings up until a few months ago? Those were the days that, with our morning coffee and newspaper and/or televised business report, we would learn about the players in the latest episode of "Monday Morning Merger Mania." With the overal
Companies often have a vision of how to maximize long-term shareholder value, but may not realize strategic acquisitions can play a key role in achieving that vision. The first step in developing an acquisition plan is to identify both your company's stre
VISTA , Like many other cities, officials here are gearing up for a revitalized downtown. The city is working on transforming a 45-acre area into an $80 million entertainment district with retail, restaurants and a theater.
In the hours and days following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941, Americans were reeling in shock and horror. Many feared an invasion by enemy forces. Rumors ran rampant. Families shivered with the uncertainty of impending war and the busi
Shopowners must have let out a small sigh of relief as they pensively drove to their stores the day after Thanksgiving.
The California Chamber of Commerce has a free service to alert small businesses of the many changes in the state labor code that may affect them starting Jan. 1.
San Diego-based Michael Mihos Construction Inc. is working on extensive renovations at the Julia Liffreing house in El Cajon for Shea Homes San Diego.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is selling its 11 compressed natural gas vehicle-fueling stations to Seal Beach-based ENRG.
A free, all-day festival planned for Saturday, Dec. 8, promises to be San Diego's largest-ever salute to the military.
New technology for metering water use is attracting the attention of investors and apartment owners.
A San Diego-based business is now providing environmentally responsible electricity to customers in Wyoming.
County officials and state Sen. Steve Peace are still trying to hammer out what a proposed superagency for San Diego County would look like. The parties will revisit the issue some time after the new year.
Balboa Travel Inc. is in the midst of changing its computer reservation systems, a process that will cost close to $1 million.
In the current funding environment, many privately held companies are struggling to find the cash needed to execute their business plans. Many of these companies are finding that funding of any sort is simply unavailable.
Businesses that are finding themselves struggling financially or that want to grow and expand their market share sometimes consider a merger as a way to remain viable.
San Diego-based Project Resources Inc. has the potential to make $98 million in revenues over the next five years from two federal contracts announced this month.
In a few weeks, San Diegans enrolled in Medicare HMOs will pay more for doctor's visits and prescription drugs, and for the first time will be charged for hospital admissions.
Advanced Tissue Sciences Offers Hope for the Heart. San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. recently said it will begin late-stage studies of NBI-34060, an experimental long-term treatment for chronic insomnia in adults.
Managing energy costs and supplies has never been easy. But over the past year and a half, Californians have ridden a roller coaster unlike any in our history.
The Ellis' are one of three major benefactors who want to ensure other Sweetwater students have that chance.
Lawyers and clerks in the San Diego office of McKenna & Cuneo LLP have thrown away the paper and taken up technology for one of the firm's most time-consuming procedures , new client intake.
Denso Wireless Systems America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Denso Corp., said last week it was forced to cut 132 workers at its Carlsbad offices and Vista manufacturing plant.
The terrible events of Sept. 11, bringing as they did an end to our national sense of safety at home, raise some disturbing questions: How do individuals live in our midst while plotting the destruction of our country? How did they get here in the first p
San Diego-based Websense Inc. estimates the number of hate-related Internet sites grew by 70 percent during 2001. The company is in a position to know.
Startups Entice Outsiders to Look at San Diego or the most part, mergers involving San Diego companies have really meant out-of-town corporations acquiring smaller, local startups.
With the immediate threat of a hotel tax increase behind them, the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association recently reversed its position on a ballot measure that would also affect future tax increases.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co., warning that its customers could be facing a "huge and inequitable" rate increase, is blasting local ratepayers' advocates for their alleged inaction on the issue.
First National Bank laid off 12 employees, including a senior level executive, as part of an overall re-focusing of its business lines last month.
In 1985, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a blockbuster decision in Smith vs. Van Gorkom. In that case, the court held that directors were liable for the excess of the value of the corporation over the price received in an acquisition , a sum of many mil