Stories for February 2001
Monday, February 26
CARLSBAD , Document Sciences Corp., a Carlsbad-based software firm whose majority owner is Xerox Corp., has embarked on a stock purchase plan to reduce Xerox's stake.
A local video production company that made infomercials featuring dozens of San Diego businesses ceased operations recently without telling many of their clients.
Selling agents: Phil Monroe and Adam Edwards of Burnham Real Estate Services, and Jay Borzi and Steve Silk of Secured Capital Corp. represented both the buyer and the seller.
When Robert Burkett and Frank Wong struck out on their own as structural and civil engineers in 1971, their first big project required innovative design, Burkett said.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy, the parent firm of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., recently received approvals from the Mexican government to construct a $350 million power plant near Mexicali in Baja California.
While the races to fill seats in San Diego's 6th and 8th City Council districts likely won't match the drama of last November's elections, they nonetheless will complete the roster of this fledgling group.
Year-end statistics for the local tourism industry revealed 2000 as another record-breaking year, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Local broadcaster George Chamberlin knew he wanted to be in radio even before he graduated from high school. And aside from a few "side trips," Chamberlin has stayed the course.
The area's No. 5 Internet service provider, ranked in the San Diego Business Journal 2001 Book of Lists, has been sold.
The County Water Authority is pinning its hopes on litigation to settle a years-old dispute over how much water it's entitled to from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. But what that lawsuit would do is not clear.
I sat in on an energy discussion with our editorial board and two members of senior management of San Diego Gas and Electric Co. last week.
As if energy woes aren't bad enough, California businesses are being saddled by massive red tape and other factors that are taking the "luster" off the Golden State.
San Diego's beaches could be cleaner and freer of pollution over the next two decades , which is good news for tourism and beach-based businesses.
Union Bank of California and KPBS honored Dr. Rodney Hood, William D. Jones, Sandra Foster-King, Walter Kudumu and Dr. Shirley N. Weber for distinguished accomplishments in honor of Black History Month. San Diego National Bank promoted Karen Brassfield to
Imagine New Yorkers asking for the Statue of Liberty to be moved elsewhere, allowing condos to be built on Ellis Island (which developers attempted to do), or telling the United Nations that New York is the wrong place for their headquarters.
CARLSBAD , Over the past several years, numerous high-tech startup and established companies have opened offices here.
Officials of a new La Jolla bank have filed an application with federal banking agencies and expect to begin operation later this year.
One week after an heir to a family that originally owned 135 acres of the Naval Training Center sued the city of San Diego to stop redevelopment plans on the former Point Loma base, opponents of the project filed a second lawsuit with the same plans.
Apartment rents are continuing to rise around San Diego County, according to a recent report by Hendricks & Partners.
When Laura Coe Design Associates was asked to create packaging for TaylorMade Golf's player's glove, the firm made a dual-purpose carrying case.
Government: Commission Focuses on Airport Issue, Other Transportation Topics
An officer of BioPulse International Inc., the controversial Tijuana cancer clinic recently shut down by Mexican authorities, said the firm is considering selling its interest in the clinic to the Mexican doctors who run it.
Alcatel, the giant French telecom network builder, will distribute broadband communications equipment made by RC Networks of San Diego, the local company announced earlier this month.
WASHINGTON , Chula Vista-based BF Goodrich Aerospace Aerostructures Group, formerly Rohr, Inc., has found itself with an $85.3 million problem.
For the second time in five years, California has adopted Few rules to restructure the electricity industry.
San Diego-based biotech firm Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. said net loss for the year ended Dec. 31 fell by 8.9 percent to $54.7 million from a year ago, reflecting restructuring efforts and revenues from patent sales.
With the request for proposal process taking longer than expected, Diane Powers' operation of Bazaar del Mundo will continue several months past the end of Powers' current contract with the state.
A residential developer with several other San Diego County projects will start construction in June on a 389-unit, 18-story twin-tower apartment building in Little Italy.
City Access, San Diego's government cable television channel, recently debuted a new magazine show, "Cityscape."
Webmasters, graphic artists and scientists looking to move large files over the Internet frequently have to choose between the complicated road or the indiscreet road.
For some women, the workplace is a haven , not because they are workaholics, but because they don't want to go home for fear of being beaten.
Grossmont Community College and two local health care organizations pooled $162,500 in funds to buy a state-of-the- art-patient: A life-sized mannequin that can mimic real-life health problems.
Michael Senoff isn't in business to give money away, but he knows a good idea when he sees it.
Profile The military precision of fighting fires honed Steven TeSam's skills as Viejas tribal Chairman
The Military Precision of Fighting Fires Honed Steven TeSam's Skills as Viejas Tribal Chairman
Monday, February 19
New technology and shifting customer preferences make constant, incremental changes in the wireless telecom world.
In a matter of months or even weeks, a department store that has been in existence for more than a century will close its doors forever.
A recent study from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation on how low-income California parents view two government-funded health care programs for children may give rise for concern.
NASA scored two historic firsts: one when astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis successfully attached the command and laboratory module Destiny to the international space station, making it the world's largest orbital spacecraft; and again when the
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I was in my mother's kitchen the other day, and sure enough, there was the cutting board I made for her some quarter-century ago in my seventh-grade wood shop class.
EL CAJON , The city and a developer are still working on details of a development agreement for a two-acre site Downtown, officials of both sides said.
After two months of play, the San Diego WildFire pro basketball team finally was officially welcomed to the city of San Diego.
Many local software companies integrated Internet platforms to offer improved services, customer relations and new product offerings.
When it comes to historic rehabilitation, few can claim the credentials of San Diego architect Milford Wayne Donaldson.
For German-born Toni Schuh, the recently published interpretation of the human genome sequence ushers in a new era of biotechnology.
As careful as I usually am, I didn't think before trying to open what I thought was an electronic picture of a 19-year-old female tennis star. Before I knew it, my mail server sent e-mails with the picture to every person in my address book.
Carlsbad-based Think Outside Inc.'s award-winning Stowaway Portable Keyboard has been selected for the Workspheres exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
There were many causes of California's energy crisis, but whatever the solution, it's not going to come without pain for local ratepayers.
Fox TV and Pasadena-based PetSmart are sponsoring a local telethon inviting people to make a pledge to help cats, dogs and even rabbits in San Diego's animal shelters.
Tennis enthusiasts will have the chance to learn the basics of the game from top professionals at Tennis Fest 2001 this spring.
According to local executives and independent industry analysts, the voice-over Internet protocol is the most misunderstood niche in the telecom industry.
FALLBROOK , Timely Technologies is lending its services to help the environment.
Profile Michele Haines set out in life to lend a helping hand. Now in the building trade, she does just that
Michele Haines Set Out in Life to Lend a Helping Hand. In Building Trade, She Does Just That
A lawsuit filed by an heir to an original owner of land on the former Naval Training Center is not expected to delay development of the former base.
Several local banks said 2000 was a great year for them, as their assets and incomes grew while loan losses fell.
Resale residential real estate prices are continuing their double-digit annual price rise, statistics from the San Diego Association of Realtors show.
Four residential development companies active locally have made contributions to the community in recent weeks.
The confusion, accusations, and counter-accusations of the 2000 presidential election revived the call to abolish the Electoral College. Some polls indicate 61 percent of the people want direct election of the president.
The first months of the year are especially valuable for small-business owners to look at tax liabilities for the last year, with a view to reduce taxes and enhance profits for 2001.
Reorganizations, restructurings, and/or consolidations are cropping up among many San Diego high-tech firms, but whatever phrase is used, it usually means there are job cuts.
In a move that's becoming common, another San Diego company operating in the Internet industry laid off employees after failing to secure additional capital investment.
Selling agents: Timothy Vaughn of CB Richard Ellis represented the buyer. Nick Psyllos, Bret Gossett and Ty Moffat of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller.
With a new editor at the helm and a new management team at its parent company's headquarters, there is a new sense of excitement at the Star-News in Chula Vista.
"Amphibious" sightseeing? It's a combination of land and water tours, and it's heading this way.
Telecom: Japanese I-Mode Technology Offers Glimpse Into Future of Hand-Helds
Monday, February 12
As rolling blackouts threaten power shut-offs to millions of individuals, families and businesses, Californians are turning to everything from candles to mini-generators to help keep the lights on.
SAN MARCOS , "Tools," the forms around which plastic parts are made, weigh down a big crate in the warehouse of Trident Products, Inc.
Transportation: Production And Design Center Will Make Emission-Free Motors
From Real-Time Metering to Performance Monitoring, Devices Designed to Increase Efficiency
Realty Income Corp. managed to increase its monthly dividend last year by 2.8 percent, as the company continued to buy single-tenant retail properties across the United States.
SOLANA BEACH , A Solana Beach firm has come up with a new insurance program for commercial loans that may make more money available to small businesses, a company executive said.
Relations on the Job at Cox Communications and as New Head of Taxpayers Association
New legislation that raises the number of foreign workers admitted to the United States through the H-1B visa program and eases restrictions on job transfers is welcome news for the local biotech industry as well as job applicants.
Businesses are having mixed feelings about a new state law that will allow the state to buy electricity through long-term contracts.
Leasing Agents: Dave Steffy of BRE Commercial/NAI represented the lessor. Martin Alfaro of Award Commercial represented the lessee.
The company that gave us CDMA is trying to lay a new cornerstone , one for running computer programs on wireless phones.
With increased charges for changing bookings and multiple layoffs indicating a possible recession, business travelers will have to become increasingly organized and savvy about their arrangements.
ENCINITAS , Four downtown Encinitas businesses devastated by a fire late last year have reacted to the blaze in different ways.
Three San Diego women entrepreneurs have been selected from among 100 of their West Coast peers for running businesses of excellence, according to Working Woman magazine.
La Jolla-based eHelp Corp., a designer and manufacturer of software that makes Web sites easier to use, recently laid off 14 staffers, including CEO Christopher Calisi.
A business traveler or vacationer's worst nightmare can be needing emergency medical attention in a strange city or country, only to find that their employee benefits don't cover them more than 100 miles from home.
Now that the long-awaited district attorney's report is out on the Valerie Stallings issue, it is time to put the ballpark project into overdrive and get on with the construction.
Then San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment Inc. wants to test you with a recent addition to its online gaming site, The Station (www.station.com).
Cubic Transportation Wins $20 Million 'Touchless' Transit Ticketing Contract
One analyst said Maxim Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s decision to lay off an undisclosed number of salespeople resulting from a failed drug approval is not a sign of fiscal trouble.
Compared to almost every other market in the country, San Diego was particularly attentive to this year's lackluster Super Bowl and the post-game, much-hyped premiere of the second season of "Survivor," both of which aired Jan. 28 on CBS.
We have no one to blame but Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and the majority Democratic state Legislature for our energy crisis.
In separate actions, the state has extended tax incentives to companies in two very different areas near San Diego Bay ,Point Loma's Naval Training Center and certain South Bay neighborhoods.
In June, fourth-year UCSD medical student Kendal Hamann will be one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming an internist.
President George W. Bush wasted no time in attempting to make good on his campaign promise of massive tax cuts. In the few weeks he's been in office, Bush has concentrated his efforts on promoting his $1.6 trillion tax cut package. He's even been able to
Two commercial construction contractors finished up large projects recently, while smaller jobs kept their competitors busy.
San Diego city officials are considering an alternate finance plan for the Downtown ballpark involving a private bond placement that would circumvent the project's litigation problems.
Local designers of all kinds now have a chance to get together and network and discuss industry trends , while banging on drums and playing pool.
Christopher L. Phelps has been named a partner of Rowling, Dold & Associates LLP.
But is it a non-contact sport? Hardly, according to an official with the World Indoor Soccer League. And it definitely isn't a non-contact sport on artificial turf, where the playing surface has less "give."
Try sipping good wine and watching the sunset while having dinner for two on this special day.
In an industry that's never been known for high profit margins, the rising cost of energy and the state's minimum wage policy for wait staff have proven potentially devastating to local restaurants.
Judging from the latest Occupational Outlook report, the San Diego region has little to worry about when it comes to future job growth.
With the recent resignation of City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings and former Councilman Juan Vargas' election to the state Assembly, two seats on the San Diego City Council are vacant for the first time in more than 10 years.
The latest report by Pennsylvania-based Jury Verdict Research shows juries across the nation awarded nearly $342,000 to plaintiffs in business-negligence cases , that's a 37 percent increase from 1998, and 128 percent since 1994.
Monday, February 5
Much has been written about the new millennium and the promise it brings. In terms of health care, there is much to be encouraged about in San Diego County. We also have much to do.
The new leaders at Gateway Inc. looked out on a landscape of stunted earnings and organizational storm damage last week, and said a proper assessment of the San Diego-based computer-maker would take a month.
With education on the minds of parents and politicians, many local private schools look forward to expanding their programs and facilities to meet those needs.
Stopped in thick traffic on Torrey Pines Road, a commuter taps into the Net on his wireless computer-phone and starts a ticklish financial transaction.
Most people agree that in order to be successful in business, a person should be well-educated in business administration, finance and his or her area of expertise.
The most infrequent beer brewed at Stone Brewing Co. in San Marcos is once again available, just like it is for the first quarter of every year.
In her only public statement following her Jan. 29 resignation, former San Diego City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings said she decided to give up her seat "to conclude this matter for all of us."
Low-income communities will soon benefit from San Diego's Faith Based Community Development Corp., a nonprofit credit union that will provide service and information to underserved populations.
The developments at San Diego City Hall last week could not have been more emphatic: It is time to get beyond the squabbling, bickering and petty political games and build the new Downtown ballpark.
Palomar Pomerado Health System officials said they will turn to the county Board of Supervisors to provide funding for its trauma-care center.
When students enrolled at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside start applying for jobs, they'll have a heads-up in how to manage and use business applications.
Attempting to eliminate any possible taint related to former city councilwoman Valerie Stallings' plea bargain and resignation, the San Diego City Council is scheduled to take another vote on the Padres ballpark plan.
For the last three years, Golf Fest has been held at the San Diego Sports Arena in July and attracted between 8,000 to 10,000 people.
Timed for Valentine's Day, County Television Network has produced an all-chocolate edition of its program, "The County Cooks! With Chef Larry."
The stage is set for the fifth annual Silver-Tongue competition, hosted by the McAlister Institute.
In a move that could affect ships that dock locally, the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to establish tougher emission standards for large seagoing vessels such as oil tankers, cruise ships and cargo vessels.
American Residential Investment Trust Inc. lost money in the fourth quarter of last year, its president said.
Sid Gowdy, owner and designer at North Park-based Gold 'N West, measures his success on a slightly different scale.
After seven years of explaining America's criminal court system with a video made in the early 1980s, federal magistrate Judge Leo Papas decided he needed new material.
Weeks after its third developer abandoned the project, the possibilities for a water park in Poway are still afloat, said Deborah Johnson, director of redevelopment services for the city.
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There was a time when you pulled into a California gas station and an attendant filled your tank. It was nothing special. It was just the way they did things.
As prospects for the Padres ballpark begin to take shape once again, the hotel that has been integral to plans for paying for the ballpark remains caught up in infrastructure and development issues.
Weeks after its third developer abandoned the project, the possibilities for a water park in Poway are still afloat, said Deborah Johnson, director of redevelopment services for the city.
We know by now California's experiment with deregulating the electricity industry is an unmitigated failure, making a handful of corporate energy giants rich at the expense of our economic well-being.
As Silicon Valley's high-tech community suffered through rolling blackouts last month, scientists in San Diego's biotech cluster watched anxiously, knowing they soon could be the ones left in the dark.
A San Diego-based wireless telecom carrier left the recent federal spectrum auction committed to spend $350 million on wireless operating licenses in 22 markets nationwide.
In its first-quarter results last month, Qualcomm Inc. used the words "pro forma" quite a bit, and for good reason.
More than 177 applications have been submitted via an Internet-based pilot program that seeks to facilitate enrollment for children of low-income families into two public health insurance programs.
It was clearly a study in contrast. In one of the most neglected communities in San Diego, the chief executives from two local technology firms joined their counterparts from the area's largest public university and school district to announce a joint pro
In a ratings period buoyed by post-election drama, news-talk outlet KOGO-AM continued to reign as the top-rated radio station among general listeners in the San Diego market last fall.
Alan Greenspan's support for tax relief will help small businesses survive the challenges of the new economy.
Callaway Golf Releases Clubs While Joint Venture Debuts Graphic Alloy Shafts