Stories for July 2001

Monday, July 30

CyberBucks Nasdaq spurns local firm's listing application

It isn't often public companies tout quarterly net losses unless it's a positive, but that's exactly what Carlsbad-based NTN Communications did recently when it announced it lost nearly $1 million in its second quarter and $2.5 million for the first half.

Catering Whether home-style or fusion, quality cooking is key

The debate of quality vs. quantity often is debated in the business world. In the restaurant and catering businesses, quality almost always rules over quantity.

Entertainment Local duo keeps corporate America laughing

The local team has been performing stand-up comedy at conventions and trade association meetings throughout the nation for more than a decade.

Retail Retail development returns to village concept

The newest concept in retail development is actually very old: creating a neighborhood village.

Energy Rate hike stays despite reduced need by DWR

State regulators may have been congratulating themselves last week over an agreement averting a new rate increase on California's electricity customers, but that won't stop a rate increase already in progress for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ratepayers.

Lead Catering partnerships prove profitable for some restaurants

When local caterer Jerry Siegel compares the operations of a caterer and a restaurant, it sounds like he's talking apples and oranges.

Housing Home prices continue setting records

For first-time homebuyers and even those looking to move up, the sticker shock continues.

Small Business and Retail Brush off your business plans for 2nd annual VC contest

Got a hot idea for a business? If an audience warms to it, you could win some cold cash.

Productions Film studio works nationally, but stands out locally

With numerous awards on its shelves, including several Emmys, the in-house film and video production company is ready to take on the city.

Hospitality Restaurateur Bernard Mougel prepares for world championship dualthlon

For North County restaurateur Bernard Mougel, an Ironman triathlete for 16 years, the half-century mark is just a better racing category.

High-Tech More than half of Tech Fast-50 are from San Diego

Deloitte & Touche LLP recently released its list of local finalists in its 2001 Technology Fast 50 survey. This is the fifth year the big consulting firm has singled out local companies for recognition.

Retail Retail centers must reflect state's changing face

Retail: New Developments Must Consider Growth of Asian, Hispanic Populations

Software Presto Studios finds software success in the 'Myst'

They push pixels to create moody landscapes. Now they're getting ready to take the Continent.

Public Relations Shakeup at Stoorza highlights hard times for PR industry

The dramatic downsizing at Stoorza Communications, Inc. announced this month came as little surprise to the local public relations industry, which has faced a particularly tough time.

P.B. Film Store a Passage to India

Try naming the variety of things you can find along Garnet Avenue. Chances are your list will not include DVD copies of "Sholay" and "Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai."

City Staffers Offer Important Hints for Home Projects

The city of San Diego Development Services Department has issued a 22-minute video titled, "Remodeling, Do It Right," targeting homeowners who may be thinking about taking on major projects by themselves.

Manufacturing Gateway eyes restructuring company

With second-quarter earnings released and their stock price falling, executives at Gateway Inc. are mulling the future look of the company.

Letters

As a voter living in San Diego's 6th District, and as someone who has supported Donna Frye's efforts on behalf of Surfrider Foundation before she won election to the San Diego City Council, I am greatly disappointed by her stubborn refusal to consider the

Store Serves Search and Rescue Teams Near and Far

Search-and-rescue , or SAR , teams share a common motto: "So that others may live." Vaudois Handley could have his own motto: "Helping SAR teams so that others may live."

Editorial Embrace, don't block, food irradiation

Each year, millions of Americans become ill from food poisoning, and as many as 5,000 of them die.

Technology Losses continue to pile up for Qualcomm Inc

Qualcomm Inc. last week reported it lost $275 million for its third quarter, bringing its nine-month total loss to more than $354 million.

Profile Tom Turner inherits a dedication to practicing law locally as Procopio's new managing partner

Community Service: Former president of the San Diego League, Home Start (a child abuse prevention and family support agency), San Diego County Taxpayers Association; volunteers for Kids Korps; and coaches in the Solana Beach Little League

Sports Bob Vizas is all business as Padres' CEO

When Bob Vizas became the San Diego Padres' executive vice president of legal affairs two years ago, he wasn't expecting the legal battle the club was soon to endure.

Media Arbitron rates KOGO-AM tops in local market

KOGO-AM is again the highest-rated radio station in the general San Diego market.

People On The Move

Paige Simon has joined Resources Connection as director of client service. Robert Half International has promoted Zinat Hooman to branch manager. KPMG LLP has promoted Stacy N. Brown, Catherine L. Hastings, Lisa D. O'Brien, Shawn C. Swaney and Matthew K.

Independent Caterers

Independent Caterers

Education CSU San Marcos dean breaks down business barriers

Education: Three Disciplines Set to Be Replaced By One Interdisciplinary Organization

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Enterprise Arena Pharmaceuticals is becoming a major player in the biotech arena

Earnings report in 2000: $7.7 million in revenues; net loss of $6.4 million

Law Roles of law firm's staff, office continue to evolve

The law firm of the future could be one with paperless work environments, redefined roles and responsibilities of partners, and associations and mergers between law firms and financial consulting businesses.

Commentary The forest vs. the trees on 'patients' rights'

"Patients' rights" legislation is once again taking center stage in Washington, D.C. The new leadership in the Senate is making the curbing of the HMO industry a priority, and the nature of the subject overall is making it news.

WWII Vet Launches Memorial in Little Italy

Gaetano "Tommy" Avila has had a decades-long dream: a World War II memorial in Little Italy.

Monday, July 23

Tourism Many surrounding businesses like SeaWorld's expansion plans

As SeaWorld San Diego prepares to take its expansion plans to the California Coastal Commission this fall for final approval, businesses in nearby communities are considering how the Mission Bay theme park's plans , aimed at increasing attendance , will a

Small Business and Retail Retail surviving slowed economy, energy crisis

Retail business in Southern California is surviving the challenge of a slow economy. But new challenges lie ahead , in urban redevelopment and in the energy crisis.

Recent Donations Help Get Gym Back on Its Feet

In the movie "Girlfight," actress Michelle Rodriguez gains self-worth and strength in the boxing ring.

Technology Mitsubishi Wireless, OMM lay off personnel

Handset-maker Mitsubishi Wireless Communications, Inc. plans to close down its engineering facility in San Diego and lay off the majority of its 62 full-time employees.

Lead Investors sift through the rubble of failed startups

It may be summer but for an increasing number of high-tech startups, this is the winter of their discontent.

Energy Energy crisis sparks investment opportunities in Baja

Baja California could be a "window of opportunity" for investing in major energy projects for the cross-border region. But many challenges lie ahead.

High-Tech Oracle joins Wingcast in telematics venture

Oracle, the Redwood Shores-based software giant, will soon have more of a presence in San Diego. It is working with locally based Wingcast Inc. to develop and test telematics services, then put them into place.

Banking Mexican bank purchase may empower U.S. Hispanics

The recent purchase of Mexican bank Grupo Financiero Banamex-Accival by U.S.-owned Citigroup has several implications for the economic landscape south of the border, but also holds promise for businesses here in the San Diego region as well.

Firms Honored for Making an Impact

There once was a child who stood on a beach surrounded by hundreds of beached starfish.

Lawyers Get 'Down and Dirty' at Mud Run

Attorneys with the San Diego law firm of Gordon & Rees faced a different challenge recently when they traded in their tailored suits for muddy shorts and T-shirts.

Banking Converting the masses to convenient bank services

Remember having to hurry to the bank before it closed so you could get cash for the weekend? I don't either.

Profile A brush with death gave Susie Spanos the inspiration she needs to be the local blood bank's chief fund-raiser

The long list of organizations she has volunteered for includes the St. Germaine Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, Las Patronas, and the Huntington's Disease Society. Spanos has helped organize Art Alive, a fund-raising effort for the San Diego Museum of

Energy Controversial agreements between the state and SDG & E; begin to raise questions

Already controversial agreements between the state and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to buy the utility's transmission network and reduce future ratepayer payments are becoming even more controversial with revelations SDG & E; stands to make additional profit

Bankruptcy Benefits of inflationary changes to bankruptcy code

A section of the Bankruptcy Code provides for automatic adjustments for inflation every three years to some of its provisions.

Editor's Notebook People who still just don't get it

That was how Vice President Dick Cheney chided Californians earlier this year for being angry at the soaring cost of energy in the state. Cheney accused residents of the Golden State of causing the energy crisis by using too much electricity and blocking

Sports Biz WildFire burns out as local pro hoops team

According to staff members at the San Diego Sports Arena, the flame has officially been extinguished on the San Diego WildFire basketball team.

Securities SEC provides defense to Exchange Act liability

Most investors are aware of Rule 10b-5 under Section 10(b) of the Federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act).

Commentary Bill threatens employer-contractor relationship

Senate Bill 1128, sponsored by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, has been circulating throughout both Houses and if approved, could create drastic changes in how California businesses operate. In effect, SB-1128 would make it almost impossible for b

Cubic Corp.'s Systems Put To the Test on Combat TV Show

The usual customers for the military defense training systems made by Cubic Corp. are national armies and air forces, but it's unlikely the firm will get more publicity for its equipment than it does this fall when the latest reality contest show, "Combat

Redevelopment City Council OKs changes in NTC plan

San Diego officials have decided to retain four historic officers' quarters on the former Naval Training Center as the California Coastal Commission recommended, but will not have to spend $3.2 million to do so.

Editorial Redistricting and politics go hand-in-hand

Redistricting and politics create winners and losers, and also brings about accusations of gerrymandering and retribution. The retooling of boundaries, done after the census every 10 years to equalize a district's population, also can cast the fate of pol

Technology High-tech entrepreneur Myron S. Eichen dies at 72

Myron S. Eichen, a Del Mar resident and entrepreneur who helped build several Southern California technology companies, died July 2 at age 72.

Tourism Legoland leader returns to run theme park

Look for Legoland California to become more closely aligned with its namesake toy company, as Carlsbad's kiddie theme park changes its leadership direction once more.

Technology Cubic technology helps bring telephony to maritime radio

Even after touchtone phones came into homes, a pleasure boater's ship-to-shore call required the intervention of an old-fashioned telephone operator.

Commentary Are the nation's drivers driven to distraction?

It's a fairly common scene. A man is seated talking to his wife, each drinking a cup of coffee. He's balancing a doughnut on his stomach and takes a call on the phone. The CD player is turned up and he's continually trying to quiet the kids and stop them

Money Mangement Firms

Money Mangement Firms

Health Care A study predicts a looming doctor shortage for California

A recent survey by the California Medical Association predicts an exodus of physicians within the next three years.

Government Supervisors approve new redistricting plan

Gerrymandering is defined as, "to divide so as to give one political party a majority in as many districts as possible."

Health Care Insurers skeptical of new test to detect breast cancer

At UCSD and Sharp HealthCare facilities women can now take a test to detect abnormal cells that put them at a higher risk for cancer when mammograms show up normal.

Banking Washington Mutual launches a new, more casual form of banking

For the past decade or so, the strategy for most banks was to push customers out of its branches to the ATMs, limiting the time tellers had to interact with them.

Internet MusicMatch, record association sign agreement

The Recording Industry Association of America and Rancho Bernardo-based MusicMatch, Inc. have patched up their quarrel over Web radio.

Finance Bank's 'buddy system' eases Orange County merger

Since it's been merging with other banks from the time it was born in 1998, California Bank & Trust has the process down pat.

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Biotech San Diego biotech joins forces with Aurora in $538 million stock deal

Aurora Biosciences Corp. is being acquired by Cambridge, Mass.-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Shareholders of both companies approved the stock deal valued at $538 million July 18.

Venture Capital Lawyers walk entrepreneurs through VC process

It is no revelation that entrepreneurs and early-stage companies are finding the fund-raising process difficult these days.

Telephony WorldxChange is sold in bankruptcy court

Telephony: $13M Price Tag for Company Once Investigated for 'Slamming' Practices

Enterprise Aer Travel finds profits and success by focusing on the mid-size market

In 1992, an airfare war sent prices plummeting, customers phoning and, essentially, overwhelmed airlines' and travel agents' booking systems.

Monday, July 16

Luxury Yachts Drop Anchor for Tours at YachtFest

It is luxury afloat, an experience enjoyed by royalty, presidents and top executives.

Commentary Inner-city needs development, not displacement

The choices the city of San Diego makes reflects its values. So far, it seems clear this city values a ballpark , and helping a ballpark owner , more than it values the families that will be impacted by its construction.

Health Care Kaiser facilities expand to improve patient services

Two local Kaiser Permanente facilities are undergoing reconstructive surgery priced at $28.6 million.

Technology GIS puts the world in your hands

The map on Charlie Fitzpatrick's laptop computer seemed to dance, changing colors then changing colors again.

Lead SDSU students learn how to improve communities

At age 40, veteran San Diego banker Daniel Scott traded job security and a lucrative salary to put a roof over other people's heads.

Tourist Attractions Old Town contract contains labor union clause

The process for putting the lucrative Bazaar del Mundo concessions contract up for bid has hit yet another snag.

Real Estate & Construction

A three-year renovation of the Hotel del Coronado is nearing completion this month. The 500,000-square-foot project was developed by Swinerton Builders of San Diego.

Law 'Aas case' plays role in construction defect ruling

After eight years in a new condominium development, some East County residents thought their community was "cracking up beneath their feet."

Energy State waits for FERC ruling on electricity refunds

It's now up to federal regulators whether the state will receive a multibillion-dollar refund for overcharges from electricity generators.

Enterprise Deal Management Systems puts the paper trail online

Business: Provides services and software to streamline corporate finance transactionsIn times past, doing a business deal was as simple as a handshake.

Agriculture Local farmers have bumper year in 2000

Local farmers had a good year in 2000, and agriculture will continue to do well here over the next few years. However, the county may no longer be home to certain crops in the future.

Sports Tony Gwynn contemplates life after the Padres, while the Padres contemplate life after Tony

Since Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn announced his retirement three weeks ago, there has been no shortage of fans grabbing tickets at Qualcomm Stadium.

CyberBucks Zoovy just groovy after first year

Starting at a time when the B2B Internet industry looks as inviting as a romp through a Bosnian minefield, Cardiff startup Zoovy says all is groovy.

Minority Businesses 10 local Hispanic firms on magazine's Top 500 list

Ten San Diego County-based Hispanic companies are ranked on the Santa Barbara-based Hispanic Business Magazine's Hispanic Business 500 list.

Energy Legislation moves forward for the public takeover of power utilities

If there's any indication as to whether deregulation of electricity has worked in this state, consider how many proposals are floating around pressing for state ownership of power plants.

Venture Capital Enterprise Partners portfolio tops the $1 billion mark

Enterprise Partners, San Diego's largest venture capital firm in terms of managed investment dollars, just got a bit larger, closing its sixth fund of $350 million.

Time Warner Supports Airtime for Nonprofits

Local nonprofit organizations and performing arts groups will be able to spread the word about what they do on television, thanks to Time Warner Cable's Operation Outreach program.

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Government City puts economic policy document online

San Diego's Community and Economic Development Strategy for 2002-04 is now available online at the city's Web site.

Anim? Fans Find Japanese Toys, Soundtracks Locally

Talk about niche marketing. Ed Sherman is selling a product he estimates less than 1 percent of all San Diegans have even heard of.

Small Business and Retail Expert: Poor customer service easy to provide

It turns out that it's not too difficult to provide bad service to your customers. Lots of high-profile firms are doing it already.

Media San Diego firms score at Apex awards for marketing work

San Diego was well-represented in the Apex Awards, which looks at marketing communications work nationwide.

Largest IPO's

Largest IPO's

Biotech Immune Response bears brunt of partner's pullout

CARLSBAD , Immune Response Corp. barely announced the withdrawal of its development and marketing partner when it was hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Editorial An end to the indifference

For the past dozen years, Baja California refused to march in political lockstep with Mexico City.

Sports New driving range offers different view of golf

Patrick Ahern's first memory of a golf driving range was an open dirt lot with pushed-up mounds as distance markers.

Playhouse Launches 'Page to Stage'

As Shakespeare said, all the world's a stage. At the La Jolla Playhouse, a new program will extend that set a little.

Biotech Epimmune to work with firm on disease treatments

San Diego-based Epimmune Inc. said it struck a research collaboration with a biotechnology firm in Palo Alto for vaccines to treat three viral diseases: hepatitis B and C, and the human papilloma virus, which causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

High-Tech AT & T; Wireless launches local network

AT & T; Wireless officially launched its San Diego network last week, on the same day the company formally split from AT & T.;

People On The Move

Resources Connection has added Wade Lindenberger as director of accounting and finance services. Delores A. McNeely has been promoted to regional manager of Union Bank of California.

Commentary The time has come to pass a patients' Bill of Rights

Rebecca Morris, a breast cancer survivor from Virginia, was initially denied insurance coverage for her reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy, despite a federal law requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of this procedure. However, due to

Profile Spawar's Rear Adm. Ken Slaght brings to the job an intimate knowledge of the fighting sailor's needs

Education: Bachelor's degree, U.S. Naval Academy; master's degree, computer systems management, Naval Postgraduate School

Tourism SeaWorld expansion moves to state review

With the San Diego City Council's recent approval, SeaWorld San Diego's campaign to expand and build taller structures will face one last vote this fall by the California Coastal Commission.

Publisher's Notebook It's time to turn the economy around

The most asked question in the country these days is, "When will the economy turn around and put the nation on a solid economic foothold once again?"

Monday, July 9

How To Look for a partner when hiring a staffing agency

No longer the stepchild of the mighty corporate human resource department, outsourcing employment needs has taken the front seat , even the driver's side , and delivered welcome relief to today's over-burdened executive in search of a quick off-ramp to hi

Sports Biz The name is part of the game in ticket sales

For pro teams in San Diego, certain players become fan magnets. Quarterback Doug Flutie has created much fanfare for the Chargers. For the Spirit, San Diego's professional women's soccer team, the draw has been U.S. women's national team players Julie Fou

Technology Regional tech panel dancing over new leader

A former dancer, Tyler Orion is adept at moving quickly and effortlessly on her feet.

Editorial Don't leave SeaWorld high and dry

SeaWorld San Diego's expansion plans recently received the unanimous approval of the San Diego Planning Commission.

Sports Golf manufacturing legend Ely Callaway dies at 82

Though Ely Callaway, founder of Callaway Golf Cos., died of pancreatic cancer last week, many in the industry say his legacy will live on.

Tourism City collects on BIO 2001 and plans for repeat event

BIO 2001 attendees spent $13.8 million in San Diego last month, according to the San Diego Convention Center Corp.

Commentary What if SeaWorld can't improve its offerings?

SeaWorld San Diego is pursuing approval of its plans to refresh the marine theme park over the short term, and through the life of its lease.

Technology General Atomics makes a breakthrough in nuclear fusion

Researchers at General Atomics on Torrey Pines Mesa have announced a breakthrough in generating power through nuclear fusion.

Enterprise St. Bernard Software grows in size and products

Revenue: $9 million in 1999; $8 million in 2000; $13 million to $15 million expected in 2001.

Tourism Roles evolve for travel agents as airfares cut

The availability of reduced airfares two weeks ago made for an eerie kind of looking glass, said local travel agent Scott Borden.

Biotech BIO 2001 spawns hopes of new ventures

While many of the BIO 2001 out-of-towners are back home reminiscing over San Diego's "perfect biotech climate," the locals who courted visitors for days are left contemplating the payoffs.

CyberBucks Data storage firm replaces president, eyes investor

Sorrento Mesa-based nStor Technologies, a Nasdaq-traded maker of data storage equipment, has replaced president and CEO Larry Hemmerich and is in talks with an unnamed investor to buy 45 percent of the firm.

Biotech Journalists seek to bridge the media-biotech gap

When a reporter hears a biotechnology firm describe its research with superlatives such as "breakthrough" and "revolutionary" , or in extreme cases as "curing cancer" , to get attention, chances are the news will go in one ear, then out the other.

Personnel Oceanside human resources firm brings on software client

An Oceanside-based human resources company recently announced it had acquired an international software firm as a client.

Leadership Survey staff to find out what they really think

Organizations today are facing tough economic times. All indicators point to a challenging road ahead.

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Real Estate & Construction

Allard Jansen & Associates, Architecture & Planning has finished land use concepts for the San Diego community improvement district near Interstate 15 and El Cajon Boulevard interchange.

Banking Employee incentives driving U.S. Bank's expansion

Finance: CEO Grundhoffer Hits the Road to Spread His Message to Bank's Staff

Redevelopment Manchester finally gets backing to expand Hyatt

The company announced July 5 it has the $230 million in place needed to complete the Hyatt Regency San Diego's 750-room expansion tower.

Ballpark Court ruling likely to spur projects near ballpark

The San Diego Padres apparently were right when they said the redevelopment project in the East Village was more than just a ballpark.

Energy Demands increase for takeover of power plant

Calls to revoke the lease Duke Energy North America has on a power plant in Chula Vista have been increasing, despite Duke's insistent denials of wrongdoing.

Camera to Aid Doctors in Detecting Child Abuse

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office said it bought a $60,000 camera that will provide evidence for prosecuting suspected child abusers.

Intellectual Property Amassing and retaining intellectual equity

Sooner or later you and everyone else will leave your organization , either through attrition, retirement or death.

Small Business and Retail U.S. Microbics signs 6-state exclusive agreement

A Carlsbad-based small business is taking its environmental cleanup technology to six Midwestern states.

High-Tech Qualcomm stock up on news of Nokia agreement

Qualcomm Inc. stock rocketed more than 8 percent in a single day last week, with some observers attributing its rise to a new deal with the Finnish wireless telecom equipment maker Nokia.

Memorabilia Recalls Shoeless Joe and the White Sox Scandal

For those baseball fans who love its storied history, probably the sport's strangest and darkest chapter has to be the Chicago White Sox scandal of 1919.

Insurance Temp agency finds comfortable niche in insurance

"I never thought I'd be an entrepreneur or business owner," said the president and founder of San Diego Insurance Staffing, a temporary to permanent insurance agency.

Profile Joining the biotech industry was natural step for German native Tony Schuh

Education: Studied pharmacy and obtained a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Bonn, Germany

Dollars for Scholars Benefits Six High School Students

Six Torrey Pines High School students will benefit this year from the "Dollars for Scholars" program with scholarships from Pardee Homes.

Tourism Coronado puts an end to its visitors bureau

CORONADO , Listen closely, and you might hear the whimper over at the Coronado Visitors Bureau, which will close its doors July 31.

Editor's Notebook Give our new 'Regis' the credit it's due

They pronounce it "Regis," as it seems all acronyms these days must have a catchy moniker that brands itself in people's minds.

Highest Paid Executives

Highest Paid Executives

Delightful D'Lush Store Opens Locally

D'lightful! D'lectible! D'sireable! These are the types of words Jeff Adler uses to describe his new store , D'Lush. The "d'lux beverage joint" recently opened its doors at the Fashion Valley Center to a refreshing welcome.

Lead Employers power up for blackouts

With much of California facing the prospect of rolling blackouts this summer, local employers shouldn't be in the dark about being in the dark.

Monday, July 2

Energy City launches 'poop to power' wastewater energy plant

San Diego's new method to create energy may not be the most pleasant of processes, but according to Mayor Dick Murphy, it works.

Jewish Singles Date on the Fast Track

In a hurry to find your soul mate? SpeedDating can set you up , in about seven minutes.

Biotech Confidence in heart monitor raises CardioDynamics' sales

San Diego-based CardioDynamics International Corp. reported more acceptance from doctors for its heart monitoring device, which boosted second quarter sales to record levels.

Law Local law firms honored for pro bono efforts

Many organizations and individuals need legal services on various issues, but a lot of people can't afford it.

Education Global peace gets a push from new Kroc Institute

The newly completed Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego could become a center for resolving international and domestic disputes.

Ballpark A court ruling opens the door for construction of the Downtown ballpark

A San Diego Superior Court ruling cleared the path for the city and the San Diego Padres to begin issuing revenue bonds on the Downtown ballpark.

Publisher's Notebook BIO 2001 brings the world to San Diego

The BIO 2001 conference was a huge success with more than 20,000 visitors spending between five and seven days here enjoying our wonderful city and leaving behind millions of dollars in cash.

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Commentary The fleecing of California spend now, worry later

No tax relief for California's hard-working families, no equalization funding for our neighborhood schools, no relief for local governments, and funding for badly needed local transportation projects taken away.

Internet Web company breaks down language barriers

The launch of the Internet has helped to remove nearly all geographical barriers for communication.

CyberBucks OAE execs on leave during management review process

Online Asset Exchange is taking a hard look at its current business model and says it's shooting to reach profitability in 16 months.

Airport New airport authority plan gets panel OK

One piece of a proposal for regional governance has been pulled from the puzzle and will be sent separately to the state Legislature.

Wireless Kyocera Wireless lays off nearly 200

Last week, Kyocera Wireless Corp., a San Diego subsidiary of Japan-based Kyocera Corp., said it laid off 190 staffers "because of a slowdown in the wireless industry."

Energy Power crisis gives spark to alternative energy companies

California's continuing electricity crisis makes this a good time to invest in alternative energy companies, but investors need to study the investment opportunities closely before plunking down their money.

Real Estate Real estate awards to promote equality in home ownership

A partnership of real estate associations is sponsoring a new industry program, the Home Ownership Participation for Everyone awards.

Media Freelancers' lawsuit bolstered by high court ruling

A Supreme Court decision upholding freelancers' electronic copyrights will likely propel a class-action lawsuit with a similar argument against the San Diego Union-Tribune and related parties, said one of the plaintiffs.

Lead Women stretch for the legal brass ring

Some would argue it's not fair to consider women as minorities in the field of law.

Real Estate & Construction

Nielsen Dillingham Builders has been given a contract to provide construction management services for the construction of Del Rio Community School and Valley Community School in Imperial County. The cost of construction for the two new continuation school

Women Owned Businesses

Women Owned Businesses

Tourism Tennis tournament, organizers continue to hone skills

As this month's Acura Classic draws closer, organizers are looking forward to matching the performances of top tennis players with technological interactivity.

Energy Port eyes options on Chula Vista power plant

San Diego Unified Port District officials may revoke a lease to run a port-owned power plant due to accusations the operator deliberately created shortages in order to increase the price of electricity.

Editorial FERC price caps: Too little, too late. By Martin Hill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent reversal on price caps on electricity in California and the West is little different from FERC's previous actions on the crisis: Too little, too late.

Local Plant Growers, Just Like Brand, Are Proven Winners

Forty million "liners" are the fruits of a year's labor for John Rader and Jerry Church.

Profile San Diego market feels like home for KNSD-TV exec Phyllis Schwartz

Education: Bachelor of arts, radio/television journalism, San Diego State University

People On The Move

Comerica Bank has named Mike Berrier as senior vice president of the San Diego region. Lisa Jennings has been promoted to head of operations of First National Bank's trust and wealth management group.

Small Business and Retail Carlsbad Company Stores begins final expansion

A major shopping center in North County is expanding to a total of 300,000 square feet , just in time for the holiday season.

Enterprise EBS finds green in Downtown's brownfields

As president and co-founder of Environmental Business Solutions, Inc., Johnson handles everything from leaking stormwater pollution prevention to potential contamination on the site of San Diego's Downtown baseball park.

Workplace Speaker offers her inspiration to women in a book

As an employee of Bristol-Myers during the 1980s, Mary-Ellen Drummond was often critiqued on her job performance.

Commentary Online tax plan threatens privacy and businesses

That's right, the state Legislature is considering this invasion of taxpayer privacy in SB-415, now under review in the Assembly. Though noble in intent, the bill is flawed and poses a great privacy risk to Californians choosing to file their state income

Biotech Consumers unaware of the pervasiveness of bio-foods

Judging by the moderate number of protesters opposing genetically modified foods outside of the San Diego Convention Center, one could deduce the issue concerns few American consumers.

Technology Titan Corp. in bidding war for Datron Systems?

Acquisition Plan By Titan Deemed Fair, But N.Y. Firm Also Makes Lucrative Bid

Lawyers Embrace the Arts On a Professional Level

Gary Laturno, a longtime board member of the San Diego Performing Arts League and a partner at local law firm Laturno, Graves & Gillaspey, had wondered why more lawyers weren't involved in the organization.

Wall Honors Holocaust Victims and Survivors

New Life Club and Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Jacobs Family Campus completed the Holocaust Memorial wall panel project last month in La Jolla.

Biotech Biotechs will need to work harder for money

Life-sciences financier Steven Burrill put it on the line with biotechnology executives: The last 18 months of unprecedented financing is over.