Stories for October 2001

Monday, October 29

Internet Technology shakeout reveals four 'survivor' characteristics

If we look at 2000, the communications industry was the fastest growing industry of its kind and we witnessed significant technological advancements. There was a tremendous increase in mergers and acquisitions and a constant shift of customer needs.

Software MP3.com's Robertson goes up against Microsoft

With Microsoft's marketing machine running at full tilt to promote a new version of Windows, San Diego's Michael Robertson is turning up the volume about a product of his own.

Commentary On this issue, California should watch, not lead

They might not have been the first, but with a messianic zeal worthy of a boatload of conquering converts, they certainly intend to be the best.

Technology Iomega relocating headquarters to San Diego

Iomega Corp. last week confirmed it will bring its 100-employee corporate headquarters to San Diego, leaving its home base of Roy, Utah.

Real Estate & Construction

Leasing agents: Bill Shrader of Burnham Real Estate Services represented the lessor. Linda Crowley of Urban Street Advisors represented the lessee.

Wireless Wireless industry finds source of innovation in consumer needs

We are experiencing a proliferation of wireless technologies, having created a multitude of opportunities for manufacturers, carriers, and developers.

Attorney Gets Kick Out of Delivering Self-Defense Message

Now he's selling local businesses on the importance of learning more about self-defense issues , both in theory and practice.

Wireless Wireless providers race to bring 3g, services to customers

Wireless communication not only offers mobility, it also offers personalization. Mobile Internet is becoming as personal to users as their wallets, appointment books and diaries.

Networking Telecom Council helps women define ever-changing industry

When Martha Dennis entered the telecommunications industry in 1976, it looked a lot different than it does now.

Biotech Will bio-warfare fears makes biotechs a hot investment?

Recent anthrax attacks and the looming specter of bioterrorism is drawing increased attention to biotechnology firms pursuing classified counter-biowarfare work, but that doesn't mean those firms are necessarily good investments, analysts said.

It's 'USA All the Way' for Local Distributor of Olympic Headwear

The games are 100 days away, but smart marketers are already getting Olympic fever.

Sports Biz It's official: Soccer's Flash will kick no more

Despite Record Sales in '01, Callaway Reports a 6 Percent Loss During the Third Quarter

Japanese Restaurant To Open in Gaslamp District Landmark

A new Japanese-themed restaurant is being built in the Gaslamp Quarter, with plans to open in the early part of next year.

Sports Super Bowl panel, chamber join to promote minority business

The local Super Bowl Host Committee and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce want to make it easier for women- and minority-owned businesses to win contracts related to Super Bowl in 2003.

Editor's Notebook Living in two worlds in different orbits

Most days are spent in the offices of this newspaper, preparing the next issue for our readers. But every few days, I exchange my slacks, ties, dress shirts and loafers for dark blue Coast Guard utilities and boots.

Real Estate Prevailing wage issue an affordable housing concern

Affordable housing advocates and builders are concerned about amendments to the state's prevailing wage law.

CyberBucks Anacomp sees no choice but bankruptcy again

Anacomp's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing Oct. 19 was deemed the best way for the debt-ridden document management services firm to continue operating.

People On The Move

Greg Gardner has joined Keeton Construction as estimator. Salerno/Livingston Architects has hired Caryn Bailey as team project manager and Janice M. Reiboldt as director of administration and operations. RBF Consulting has appointed Scott Ritchie, Steve W

Technology Titan Corp. looks for a check in the mail

Responding to concerns about letters carrying anthrax, the United States Postal Service announced last week it will buy new irradiation equipment to sterilize mail.

Small Business and Retail Firms impacted by attacks eligible for SBA aid

Small businesses across the country are now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans as a result of the events of Sept. 11.

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North Park Spruces Up, Wins Award for Leadership, Revival

San Diego's North Park is looking better these days, but if you ask Jay Turner, the director for the neighborhood's Main Street Program, there's still a long way to go.

Retail Einstein Bagels launches major growth blitz

Einstein Bros. Bagels has launched a major growth campaign in its top 10 markets in the U.S. , including San Diego.

Lead Voice over Internet protocol claims spur disagreement

Reminders of seismic shifts seem to be all over the place in this classroom at La Jolla Country Day School.

Media XETV and XUPN to merge staff, operations

Combined news operations, aligned sales teams, and, yes, layoffs, remain among the possibilities as Entravision Communications Corp. prepares to take over management of local Fox affiliate XETV and merge it with the staff at XUPN, a San Diego station it a

Profile Chris Bitterlin tuned in to county's needs when he built Coors Amphitheatre

Education: University of Southern California, graduated 1975, with bachelor of arts in political science; graduated 1984 from Santa Barbara College of Law

Technology Economic storm sinks two more firms

The continued downturn in tech spending and investment caused the liquidation of one San Diego firm and the bankruptcy of another.

Retail Record stores report 'Anthrax' still sells the band, that is

Ironically, one thing that hasn't been affected by the recent outbreak of anthrax is sales of albums by the rock band Anthrax.

Enterprise Gordon & Rees keeps on growing, and growing

Zacher and Miles Scully came to San Diego 11 years ago, they didn't plan to stick around for long.

Multimedia Next generation networks poised to change communications

According to a recent PC Magazine article, streaming audio and video to portable devices will change the world as much as cellular phones have.

Holiday Lunch With Martha Raises Funds for Center

The woman whose name is synonymous with elegant foods, lifestyles and parties will be coming to town next month to help young San Diegans in need.

Tourism Survey shows leisure travel plans still on the calendar

Earlier this month, the Travel Industry Association reported that since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, there hasn't been a change in the number of Americans planning to travel.

Health Care Women First acquires rights to market antibiotics

San Diego-based Women First Health Care Inc., which markets health care products to middle age women, recently acquired exclusive U.S. rights to market a product line for certain urinary tract infections.

Education State restores partial amount for community college maintenance

Some is better than none, or at least that's the feeling from area community colleges that received some of the $11 million cut from the state budget by Gov. Gray Davis in July.

Workplace Local firms guarding against anthrax infections

Workplace: New Mail Room Procedures, Daily Briefings Are Being Implemented

Shipbuilding Nassco wins Navy contract for new line of combat cargo ships

Up to a dozen combat logistics ships will be built at San Diego-based National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. over the next 10 years under a new Navy contract.

High-Tech Verio hooks Urchin to report on Web traffic

Despite that, Verio has called in a local company in a bid to please its customers.

Real Estate Office leasing agents say the suburbs are holding steady

Vacancies in North City and North County suburban office buildings are inching up as the economy continues its downward slide, but some still call the percentages "comfortable."

Public Relations Bailey/Gardiner acquires Cooper Iverson Marketing

Whatever the number is, add one more, because a lighthearted comment more than a year ago sparked one of the newest mergers in the local marketing industry: Bailey/Gardiner, Inc.'s acquisition of fellow firm Cooper Iverson Marketing.

Editorial Agreeing on the airport authority

Gov. Gray Davis may not have signed a more controversial bill into law during a spate of 11th-hour legislation earlier this month than Assembly Bill 93.

Video Production Companies

Video Production Companies

Monday, October 22

Government Governor alters airport panel plan

A new regional airport authority will be created in San Diego County after a last-minute bill was signed by Gov. Gray Davis.

Tourism Locals urged to 'rediscover San Diego' venures

As local hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses grapple with the troubled economy, the industry has begun looking with new eyes on the market closest to home: their own back yard.

California Tower Identified With 2003 Super Bowl Logo

Images of the California Tower, home of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, will be synonymous with any image of the 2003 Super Bowl.

People On The Move

Donald A. Williams, a partner with Ernst & Young has been named Entrepreneurial Service Leader for the Pacific Southwest area. Dwanna Outlaw has joined Financial 21 Community Credit Union as manager, call center department.

Energy No energy shortages expected again until next May

California is expected to make it through the winter without any blackouts, but the next challenge may hit in May, according to a recent report.

Finance The sun rises on new president of startup bank

Randy Cundiff admits he didn't aspire to become the president of a bank, but that's exactly what he is, directing the baby steps of Sunrise Bank of San Diego, which opened in the University Towne Centre area in January.

Real Estate Commercial real estate summit eyes '02 trends

The University of San Diego's Real Estate Institute will examine local, regional and national commercial real estate trends in a first-ever event.

Construction Open communication an essential part of successful retail builds

The incredible amount of details and variety of tenant needs involved in retail projects can cause frustration to become the common theme. That's why it's crucial to bring a general contractor on board early on , as soon as the pre-construction phase of t

Publisher's Notebook Defeat fear, and you defeat terrorists

Just when the economy seemed to be taking a turn for the better, terrorism struck on Sept. 11.

Trade German contingent likes local telecom industry

With a collective eye on telecommunications partners, business and political representatives from D & #252;sseldorf, Germany, visited San Diego recently to drum up trade between the two regions.

Public Relations Stoorza shutters L.A. office, lays off staff

Locally based public relations firm Stoorza Communications, Inc., which downsized significantly this summer by spinning off two of its four offices and its political consulting practice in San Diego, recently closed its Los Angeles office.

Technology Local firms aim at putting more light in tight places

Smaller dimensions and higher wavelengths are big deals to San Diego area laser-makers, as they work to help their chip-making clients pack more into semiconductors.

Editorial Zero tolerance extends to administrators

There's a reason our schools enforce a zero-tolerance policy in regards to violence.

Small Business and Retail SBA to help for reservists and their employers

There's yet another way the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could hurt small business nationwide. But, the U.S. Small Business Administration already has a solution.

Technology Tech firms eye $3.5 billion GovNet proposal

Call it a parallel Internet. The federal government is taking initial steps to set up Govnet, a secure computer network dedicated to government business , and separate from the public Internet.

Profile Pitching contracts for stars like Tony Gwynn just a portion of John Boggs' job as a sports agent

Community Service: Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, Diamonds in the Ruff Youth Organization

CyberBucks Oak attains higher stake in Wireless Facilities Inc

HNC Software Inc. cut 75 people from its staff, including 22 in San Diego, "in response to deteriorating economic conditions."

Commentary Small biz stands firm on economy's front line

The American small business community stands firm in its support of the president and the nation's political and military

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Phil Monroe, Adam Edwards and Mark Wayne of Burnham Real Estate Services represented the buyer and the seller.

Media Marketing agencies tighten belt amid ad market uncertainty

Attributing it to the slumping economy and clients' decreased budgets, for the most part, local marketing firm McQuerter laid off eight employees last week.

It's a 'Sentimental Journey' as the Armed Services YMCA Moves

After nearly 80 years at its Downtown location, the San Diego Armed Services YMCA is saying goodbye to 500 West Broadway.

Lead Consumer confidence deciding force behind holiday sales

The tourist boutique Mistletoe sells Christmas-related items year round, but this year it seems the store at Seaport Village may be looking for its own holiday wish.

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Enterprise Local ad firm seeks success in the numbers

Executives: Jim Tindaro, president; Kathy Cunningham, executive vice president

Commentary U.S. appears to have a strong ally in Uzbekistan

I went there on a tour with a very small group of aging Cold Warriors, including the former No. 2 in the CIA for 40 years. We were there to witness the final throes of the old Soviet Empire. Uzbekistan at the time was part of the old Soviet Empire.

Biotech Amylin gets nod from FDA for drug candidate

Amylin Pharmaceutical Inc.'s approvable letter for its lead drug candidate Symlin for Type I and Type II diabetes marks a major turnaround for the biotechnology firm.

Biotech Local researcher seeks clues to new anthrax treatment

Local researcher Robert Liddington of the Burnham Institute in La Jolla is on his way to unraveling the secret behind the protein that makes the bacterial disease anthrax so lethal.

Government City ready to appeal multimillion dollar award

San Diego apparently isn't ready to surrender to Roque De La Fuente, and has directed its attorneys to appeal the largest civil judgment against it in the city's history.

Family Theatre Days Offers Kids Free Admission

The San Diego Performing Arts League is gearing up for its 11th year of providing Target Family Theatre Days, which the organization said it hopes will bring more families to local plays and musicals.

Chipotle Challenges Trick-or-Treaters

As the time for ghosts, goblins, princesses and witches lurks once more, a Colorado-based chain is asking for a new favorite: burritos.

Law San Diego's Morrison & Foerster help win biotech case

The San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster recently logged a significant victory for Carlsbad biotech company Syntron Bioresearch Inc.

Area Shopping Centers

Area Shopping Centers

Health Care Supervisors OK $8.75 million for ERs, bio-terror preparedness

Some local health care leaders, doctors and firefighters are scrambling to offer ideas on how to spend more than $6 million that remains from the county's share of a nationwide tobacco lawsuit settlement.

Redevelopment Park Boulevard takes a turn toward Downtown

Redevelopment: Planned Connector of Balboa Park to Bay Beginning To Take Shape

Restaurants Restaurants branching out with 'fast casual' dining

Today's "fast casual" dining is more than a buzzword being used by the restaurant industry.

High-Tech Cingular and VoiceStream join forces

VoiceStream Wireless will make its California debut in 2002. A subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, VoiceStream will come into California and Nevada using the Cingular Wireless network.

Monday, October 15

Defense Locally designed and built arms used in air strikes

Cruise missiles and unmanned spy aircraft with San Diego pedigrees were among the first weapons used in last week's air strikes on Afghanistan.

Commentary Innovation is the key to our economic revitalization

There is no question that the tragic events of Sept. 11 have touched our lives in ways we could not imagine.

Banking First National taps Ex-Imperial president to head local bank

First National Bank named Dan Mathis, who has three decades in banking, as its new president and CEO.

Golf Manufacturers

Golf Manufacturers

Health Care Doctors say more funds needed for emergency care

Health Care: Money Needed To Bolster ERs, Provide Education in Bio-Warfare

Lead Golf manufacturers stay the course, focus on future

Consumers in the golf industry shouldn't be expecting any surprise moves in how manufacturers approach them this year.

People On The Move

T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc. has hired Sarah Moshirian as a business development associate, and John Taub and Bruce Haeger as project development associates. Brian Haworth has been hired as a customer relations representative for Knight & Carver YachtCenter.

Commentary Don't let war make us forget economic recession

The public focus is on the military action in Afghanistan, but we must not neglect the very real problem of economic recession.

Security Devices finger the new face of high-tech security

Some companies and property managers are taking another look at devices that can control access to their buildings in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States.

Wireless Analysts disagree on Qualcomm Inc

Analysts can't seem to agree on the prospects for San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., whose stock price is dipping and bobbing like apples at a Halloween carnival.

Online Site Helps Students Find Best Deal on Textbooks

He isn't Barnes & Noble nor Amazon.com, but Alex Neal's company, CampusBooks. com, counts those two Internet behemoths as partners in his fledging business. The site that once resold textbooks now collects commissions whenever customers purchase their boo

Layoffs Advance notification advised for work force reductions

Manufacturers who face the prospect of a continuingly sluggish economy need to consider several issues when contemplating a potential reduction in work force.

Editor's Notebook How much are we going to sacrifice?

Stories have appeared both in print and on the Internet concerning our willingness to endure the pain and sacrifice of a prolonged war.

Environement Bajagua looking for boost for sewage project

A San Diego company looking to treat Mexican sewage before it ends up on local beaches expects to get a major boost this month.

Sports Biz Annual golf tourney raises record amount for charity

This year's Buick Invitational PGA golf tournament netted a record $852,000 in charitable funds , the largest amount raised in the event's 49-year history.

Tullamore Taps Memories of War to Tell 'A Veteran's Story'

It's only fitting that a company has chosen this place to hunt down more and record it for posterity.

Cell Phone Users Sign Up for Service and Good Cause

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego and Easy Wireless, a local wireless service provider have teamed up with a goal of raising more than $350,000 to assist children and families who benefit from the local charity.

Real Estate Dyson, Coldwell merge to corner lucrative market

The San Diego and Orange County offices of Dyson & Dyson Real Estate Associates has merged with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Defense Senate, House consider another round of base closures

So it will be compromise legislation , now being cooked up in Washington , that will give local leaders their next hint of whether San Diego County will feel a new wave of base closures.

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Construction KUSI finalizes plans for downtown office building

After three years of planning, McKinnon Broadcasting Co. has received final approval of the revised plans for its mixed-use project Downtown, which will house the broadcast studios and offices for KUSI-TV and 194 apartments near the San Diego Convention C

Trade Upcoming local trade missions set for tour of Asia

A delegation of 24 San Diego business and civic representatives will soon depart for a trade mission to Japan.

CyberBucks Remec sells off properties to aid acquisitions

San Diego-based Remec Inc. said it is selling off a portion of its real estate assets, including five buildings at its corporate headquarters in Kearny Mesa as part of an overall acquisition strategy.

Technology Semiconductor makers explore silicon wafer outsourcing

If the metaphor for the industrial age was the assembly line, then the metaphor for today's digital age must be intellectual property.

Health Care Cancer center to run trials for new targeted therapy

Next spring, Dr. Albert Deisseroth hopes to test 24 melanoma patients with an experimental therapy that seeks out cancer cells like a guided missile, then kills them.

Editorial Normality: Returning to old villains

President George W. Bush has urged Americans to get back to our normal lives. As if in response to that message, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has brought back to mind those who earned our wrath prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: the nati

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Geoff Keys of Keys Whiteside represented the buyer. Stan Tomer, Pat Kane and Dick Balestri of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller.

Energy UCAN, others file alternative SDG & E; debt plan

Energy: Consumer Activists Claim State Plan Provides Utility With 'Windfall Profits'

Trade China's role in World Trade Organization may open doors locally

After China is accepted into the World Trade Organization next year, San Diego companies should find that doing business there will be much easier than before.

Enterprise Active.com registers a big hit with online recreation programs

Revenues: $1.2 million last year; estimated $8 million to $10 million in 2001

Biotech Reports says biotechs are showing strength in down economy

San Diego's biotechnology industry is well-positioned to weather an economic downfall, according to a recent industry report by consultancy Ernst & Young.

Redevelopment Port seeking outside help for new hotel

Just several years ago, plans called for Downtown San Diego's waterfront to include an expanded Convention Center, a 1,000-room headquarters hotel for the expanded center, and ultimately a baseball park across the street.

Profile BOMA President Cybele Thompson is helping her members overcome one monumental crisis after another

Education: Bachelor of Science, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, N.Y.

Education SDSU takes new role in rebirth of City Heights

Education: College Operates Several New Programs in Heart of The Community

'Musicians for America' to Record Benefit Album

ENCINITAS , As the 18th century poet William Congreve once wrote, "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."

High-Tech HNC to use data scanning to flush out terrorists

San Diego-based HNC Software Inc. says it wants to harness its fraud-spotting technology to comb through airline reservation data and spot potential terrorists.

Monday, October 8

Enterprise Nereus searches oceans for hidden treasures

For centuries, the oceans have been a treasure trove for humankind. Now scientists believe they have unearthed evidence that will remap the ocean floors as the next major pharmacy, stocking drugs to prevent some of the most devastating diseases.

Transportation Supporters and opponents of Brown Field plan for the future

Now that the San Diego City Council has voted against the concept of placing a cargo airport in Otay Mesa, both opponents and supporters of the facility are pondering the next step.

Commentary Understanding terrorism the economic factor

Terrorist groups originating in the Middle East cannot be fully understood without examining the economic geography of that region.

Profile Coast Guard Cmdr. Stephen Metruck didn't expect to make a splash so soon in his new position

Titles: Commanding officer, Marine Safety Office San Diego, U.S. Coast Guard; Captain of the Port; officer in charge of marine inspection; federal on-scene disaster coordinator

Padres' Hoffman Challenges Kids To Describe 'Who's Your Hero?'

Youngsters between the ages 9 and 13 have the chance to write about their hero and possibly hang out with him , especially if their hero happens to be Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman.

Publisher's Notebook It's time to start living our lives again

There are signs the country is returning to normal , as normal as can be expected considering the uncertainty of what our country will do to bring the terrorists to justice. There is a feeling that when we begin the task of rooting out the criminals we se

Construction Lankford secures funding for 655 Broadway project

Leading the race to build the first Class A office tower in Downtown San Diego in more than a decade, San Diego-based Lankford & Associates Inc. has secured financing for Broadway 655.

Media Local PR industry recognized for outstanding work

Bernie Rhinerson, Bill Trumpfheller, Allen H. Center and Juan Tintos were among the special award winners at last week's awards dinner for the local public relations industry.

Technology SeaSpace Corp. makes sense out of satellite data

POWAY , As they near their company's 20th anniversary, Buzz and Linda Bernstein have plenty to be thankful for.

CyberBucks Venture Catalyst facing doubts about future

Once business incubators were in favor, and companies like San Diego-based Venture Catalyst appeared to be headed for unparalleled good times.

How-To Personal relationships key to teamwork, success

As the old clich & #233; goes, "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Sidney Properties represented the buyer. Richard Lebert of Colliers International represented the seller.

Employment Report shows business services jobs gain locally

One of San Diego's biggest job clusters lost more than 20,000 jobs between 1990 and 1998, but another cluster showed a net gain of more than 30,000 jobs during the same time, according to a study done by the San Diego Association of Governments.

401(k) Market's boom/bust cycle teaches valuable lesson

By now the recent meltdown in the market has jarred most Americans awake. They can't turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper without hearing of how the Nasdaq lost still more ground today, or how economic reports are proving the pundits right the sluggish

Internet BMS teams with online provider to offer employee benefits

Benefit Management Systems of California, Inc. recently teamed with BeneTrac, an online benefits provider, to offer Web-based employee benefits and eligibility management to its clientele.

Real Estate Report: Number of qualified tradespeople dwindling

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 550,000 new construction jobs will be created in the United States by the end of 2008, according to Atlanta-based Hanscomb International Construction Consultants, which has an office in San Diego.

Retail Retailers gear up for major video game releases

November will be a busy month for video game fans and video game retailers. Both Microsoft and Nintendo will be releasing new video game systems within one week of each other, and both of these will be up against new titles for the already existing Sony P

Pensions Pension reform enhances sponsored retirement plans

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, contains many provisions affecting the administration and operation of employer-sponsored retirement plans. The changes in the law will enhance overall attractiveness of plans both for employe

Tourism Area travel agencies scaling back operations

Like other industries affected by a sluggish economy, local travel agencies had been grappling with a lower volume of business and an income to match it.

Small Business and Retail 'Investors' analyze companies in competition

Magazine Hosts Conference To Aid Small Business Owners on Surviving Economic Downturn

High-Tech Qwest beams up lasers by LightPointe

San Diego-based LightPointe says its technology is carrier-class. Now it can prove it. Denver-based telecom carrier Qwest Communications International Inc. announced last month it had started using LightPointe's laser-beam communications products in its n

Counseling EAP aids employees and employers after crisis

In the days following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, employee assistance programs have experienced an unprecedented convergence of issues affecting America's workplace. Grief, fear, anger, discrimination, and diminished productivity have caused employ

Tourism Manchester Resorts lays off two top execs

The fall-off in tourist trade in San Diego following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks caused several hotels to cut their staffing, including the layoff of two high-profile executives at Manchester Resorts.

Finance 'Two Rons' set to form one new local bank

Two Rons , Ron Bird and Ron Carlson , are joining forces to launch yet another community bank in the county, this one in Solana Beach.

Tourism The local tourism industry and city officials prepare for another round of debate on one of the few issues that divides them the hotel tax

A possible increase of hotel taxes has the local tourism industry and the city of San Diego readying for another round of debate over one of the few issues that divides them.

Biotech Doctors impressed with ATS product Dermagraft

La Jolla-based Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. said it will bring its treatment for diabetic foot ulcers to hospitals and doctor's offices starting next week.

Classrooms, Students Score With Donation

A local effort to bolster music programs in elementary schools throughout the county has taken on a new tone in the last couple of years.

Builders Celebrate Habitat's Anniversary With 'Blitz Build'

The San Diego divisions of D.R. Horton and Continental Homes, along with San Diego Habitat for Humanity, will build a four-bedroom, two-bath house in one week during a "Blitz Build," in celebration of Habitat's 25th anniversary.

Komen 'Race for The Cure' Raises Money for Breast Cancer

Well, if that happens to be Nov. 4, be advised that sneakers and fast feet are in order.

Biotech Immusol inks $150M alliance with drug company

San Diego-based biotechnology firm Immusol Inc. celebrated a historic moment when it signed a collaborative deal with Novartis AG valued at $150 million.

Human Resources Employers explore outsourcing HR services

Small businesses swamped by regulations, setting up retirement plans for their employees, or even looking to house new hires, can all benefit by turning over all or part of their human resources needs to outsiders.

Editorial TOT hike: wrong tax, wrong time

In 1951, Gen. Omar Bradley called Gen. Douglas MacArthur's plan to take the war in Korea into China, "The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy."

Lead Employers find low-cost ways to motivate, reward staff

When economic times are tough, companies may not rush to offer additional employee benefits , unless the cost is next to nothing.

Law Brochure offers helpful tips for hiring a lawyer

A local legal watchdog group claims to have a tool that will make it easier for local small business owners to find a lawyer.

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Finance Institutions react to lowest prime since the 1960s

Finance: Loans, Refinancing Easier to Get, But Banks Begin to Feel the Squeeze

People On The Move

Grice, Lund & Tarkington has hired Ashley Levy and Karen Angell-Mendez as systems engineers, Annie Massab as firm administrator and Natalie Richardson as a staff accountant. John C. Lechleiter, a CPA with Grice, Lund & Tarkington has been named to the Ame

Monday, October 1

How-To Business execs motivated to reach peak performance

Just as top-performing athletes excel through the efforts of superior coaching, senior executives and corporations can excel with the guidance provided by an experienced executive coach. As recently as 10 years ago, the concept of "executive coaching" was

Mergers Entrepreneurs eye M & As; as tool for company growth

If you are a business owner looking to increase the pace of your company's growth you might want to consider positioning yourself for a merger or acquisition. Riding the coattails of another's success is sometimes the best way to quickly and efficiently g

Profile Faced with early tragedy, Dr. Rodrigo Mu'oz took the advice he gave to others

Faced With Early Tragedy, Dr. Rodrigo Mu & #324;oz Took the Advice He Gave to Others

Trade Long border waits are hurting local firms and their employees

People who commute to work in San Diego County from Mexico are leaving a lot earlier these days in order to make it to work on time.

Hillcrest Assoc. Celebrates 80 Years of Representing Business

Back in 1921 when the Hillcrest Business Association was formed, the commercial district was fairly sparse. Hillcrest was really a suburb then, but a fast-growing one that offered plenty of good buying opportunities.

Biotech Structural GenomiX inks $2.5 million investment deal

San Diego-based Structural GenomiX hopes its $2.5 million investment in a cutting-edge computer system will give the company an edge in identifying protein structures and make it attractive to big drug companies.

Aviation Interest in private aircraft sees upturn in business

The image of two planes crashing into the World Trade Center , forever engraved into the national psyche , has scared many Americans away from commercial air travel. But not all aviation business is down in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack.

Entertainment House of Blues searches for local investors

As the construction process slows on the House of Blues' site in Downtown San Diego, the company has been trying to secure local investment for the project.

Energy PUC OKs rate increase for SDG & E; customers

The California Public Utilities Commission voted Sept. 20 to authorize a rate increase for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., starting Oct. 1. Business customers will face rate increases as high as 20 percent, while some residential customers will

Tourism ConVis set to launch 'Winter Values' campaign

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and dimmer prospects for the tourism industry as a whole, the local Convention & Visitors Bureau is in the midst of devising a new winter campaign.

Fast-Growing Private Companies

Fast-Growing Private Companies

Business Management Monitoring finances reduces risks during a down market

In business, as in life, there are only two cycles: the good times and the bad times. The key to successful business management is to develop methods of recognizing where a company is in the cycles and determining what course of action needs to be taken.

Sports Sockers' new season renews a blast from the past

After a five-year hiatus, the San Diego Sockers are back with new management and a new league structure.

Lead Rapid-growth companies succeeding despite dot-com woes

Sure, the Internet bubble has burst, and telecom is battered, but not all high-tech companies are hanging on by their fingernails.

Office Design Floor plans change to reflect 'virtual/teaming' offices

The argument between open floor plans and closed offices has been a heated topic since the concept of the business-driven open plan originated in the mid-1960s, when the Quiekborner team, a group of German management consultants, coined the term Burolands

Real Estate Group celebrates 10 years, $100 million in housing funds

The Local Initiative Support Corp. will celebrate its 10th year in San Diego later this month.

Enterprise Family-run plastics firm continues taking its shape

Revenues: $7.85 million in fiscal year ended March 1999; $10.38 million in fiscal year ended March 2000; $10.48 million in fiscal year ended March 2001

People On The Move

San Diego National Bank has hired Raymond M. Simas as vice president and manager and Pamela Bogosian as assistant manager.

Editorial Dialogue on Brown Field expansion should continue

One of the sticking points all along on the proposed Brown Field expansion has been the lack of a detailed airspace analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Philip Buckley of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. The buyer represented itself.

Media XM Radio hits airwaves, modifies ad campaign

XM Satellite Radio's launch of services in San Diego and other cities was altered by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and more changes are coming to the campaign.

Port, Firms Still Assessing Impact of Shutdown

The San Diego Unified Port District won't know for weeks how much money was lost during the two-day closure of Lindbergh Field.

Small Business and Retail Salons advocate commitment to community

You won't find "social conscience" next to haircuts and facials on the list of services at most hair salons, but two local hair salons are being recognized for their commitment to the community.

Environment San Diego faces new major fine for sewage spill

The city of San Diego may once again have to pay a seven-figure fine for another sewage spill.

About The List Strong showing by area businesses despite slowing economy

The year 2000 might have drawn to a close the economic boom times for San Diego and America, yet many local businesses still are experiencing growth by leaps and bounds despite the current economic slowdown.

For The Record

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Defense Marine Corps Air Show is canceled; Fleet Week expected to be subdued affair

Marine Corps leaders have decided this is not the year to host a Miramar Air Show, and Navy brass has called off related October events, setting the stage for a subdued Fleet Week.

Biotech The threat of biological terror attacks put local firms in the spotlight

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon have created heightened attention on companies with technology to detect biological or chemical warfare.

Wireless The cellular industry studies the impacts on its industry from the terrorist attacks

The telecommunications industry reacted to the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes by doing what it could to help.

CyberBucks PeopleFirst becomes one with Fortune 500 firm

After a six-year run in the topsy-turvy world of lending money for cars over Internet, San Diego-based PeopleFirst Inc. decided becoming part of larger entity was better than going it alone.

Port Faces Big Losses If Airport Bill OK'd

If a new airport authority is formed to take over operations of Lindbergh Field, the San Diego Unified Port District could stand to lose more than $20 million.

Viejas Casino Gives $100,000 Anniversary Gift to Charities

ALPINE , Viejas Casino marked its 10th anniversary in September, and as you'd expect, there was plenty of celebrating.

Letters

The 2000 census has established California's population at 33,871,648 and has, therefore, allotted 53 Congressional districts to our state. This is an increase of one, over the last decade. This amounts to 639,087 persons per congressional district.

Festival Focuses Spotlight On Women in Science

Middle school girls will have the opportunity to learn about science first hand, from former astronaut Sally Ride at the San Diego Science Festival Oct. 6 on the University of San Diego campus.

Atomic Toys Scores a Goal With 'Finger' Soccer

Everyone knows that in soccer, you're not supposed to use your hands. Except this version is played on a tabletop with two competing sets of fingers.

Commentary Following the flight of customer-focused patriotism

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many American companies are realizing they need to rediscover "customer service" if they expect to rebuild their once-loyal base of customers. This is especially true in the airline industry.

SportsBiz Tony Gwynn is ready to take on his 'first real job'

When Tony Gwynn plays his final game as a San Diego Padre on Oct. 7, it will mark his retirement after 20 years in major league baseball.

Commentary Arm our pilots now: Air piracy is not going away

In order to immediately restore faith in our nation's air travel industry, it is time that the Federal Aviation Administration and air carrier certificate holders authorize the immediate carriage of side arms by all commercial airline pilots in the United

High-Tech Titan eyes acquisition of firm based in Virginia

It's up to shareholders of BTG, Inc. whether they want the Fairfax, Va.-based company to merge into San Diego-based Titan Systems.