Stories for August 2002

Monday, August 26

Valley Corporate Center Sold for $24 Million

Valley Corporate Center Sold for $24 Million

Law Firms Remain Strong Despite Economic Slump

Law: Down Times for Other Businesses Make More Work for Attorneys

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

ICN Withdraws Offer to Buy Genetronics Unit

Maxim to Test New Drug Aimed at Cancer Therapy Side Effects

Connect Calls for Innovative Technology Entries

UCSD Connect has called for entries in its Most Innovative New Product Awards, setting an entry deadline of Sept. 13.

Marketers Take Look at Text Messaging

Wireless: Message Service Used to Promote Businesses; For now, the marketing potential of two-way text messaging appears to be promising if somewhat unexplored territory.

Zoovy.com Doing Groovy, Thank You

Peregrine Systems Gets Second Delisting Notice

Metabolife Probe May Chill Diet Pill Industry

A federal Justice Department investigation into whether Metabolife International, the nation's leading seller of ephedra products, lied about the safety of its dietary supplement could have a chilling effect on the industry...

Flights Unchanged In Wake of Airlines' Financial Woes

Special Report - Transportation

Downtown's Little Italy Strives for La Dolce Vita

There's an Italian renaissance going on in Downtown San Diego and it has nothing to do with Michelangelo.

Citibank, Cal Fed Bank Merger Faces Obstacles

Banking: Reinvestment Commitments Scrutinized; Citigroup's proposed acquisition of California Federal Bank is supposed to be wrapped up by the end of this quarter, but the deal may be in jeopardy...

Carbite Golf Halts Most Operations, Announces Major Layoffs

Carbite Golf, a San Diego-based maker of wedges and putters, laid off 40 employees, nearly all its staff, and suspended operations after its largest creditor demanded payment on its debt.

Use Incentives to Solve California's Budget Woes

OPINION by Jack M. Stewart

Vons Offers 24-Hour Online Grocery Delivery Service Throughout County

Vons has opened an online version of its grocery store in San Diego.

The Rise and Fall of the American Labor Movement

OPINION by Eric Christen

Local News Short Stories

Companies Sought for State Energy-Financing Program; San Diego Unified Sells $275 Million in Bonds; Apartment Construction Reaches Halfway Mark; Local Groups Earn Energy Awards

Landmark Property, One America Plaza, Up for Sale

CCDC Clears Downtown Site, Seeks Housing

Boom Spurred By Manufacturers' Incentives, Low Interest

Special Report - Transportation

Index Gives Modest but Positive Signal

Commentary by Rick Bell

Business Groups Fighting New Family Leave Law

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce said a pending state senate bill that would give California employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or ailing family member would place a huge burden on already financially strained small b

Planners Eye Road Impact From Casinos

The nine Indian casinos of San Diego County have created approximately 12,000 jobs and generate more than $270 million in annual payroll.

Room Tax Use Inspires New Advocacy Group for Hoteliers

Frustration over the handling of proposed increases in hotel taxes last fall was the final impetus for some local hotel owners to form their own advocacy organization.

Proposed Bill Could Save Water Project

A proposed law would save the state of California from losing 260 billion gallons of Colorado River water next year by relieving San Diego of liability over the Salton Sea. But the bill is getting mixed reviews from local water experts.

FOR THE RECORD

News announcements and Calendar of Events

BSA to Software Purloiners: Nevermore

HIGH-TECH by Brad Graves

A Learned Speech Appropriate for Sept. 11

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Jasmine Bistro Features Pan-Asian Fare, Antiques And Upscale Dining

What's On The Menu by Jack White

Co. Fined $5M for "Junk" Faxing; State Ban Proposed

Business in Russia Initiative Gets A Financial Boost

Annual Fleet Week Parade Moves to the Weekend

Construction of Cruise Ship Terminal Balcony Under Way

Monday, August 19

Businesses See Homeland Security Needs

Hoping to land anti-terror business soon after it becomes available, executives gathered in San Diego last week to hear about the nascent Department of Homeland Security.

Academics Wary, But Corporate Partners Fill Gap

Biotech: UCSD Set to Open $37M Bioengineering Hall

Titan Revenues Drop $11.8M

Titan Corp., the San Diego-based technology company that is leaning increasingly toward government work, last week reported a net loss of $11.8 million during the quarter ended June 30.

American Residential's Shareholders Vote to End Company's REIT Status

Burnham Lands Mitsui Complex Leasing Contract

San Diego's Future in the Hands of Its Residents

OPINION by Gary Gallegos, executive director for Sandag.

Unemployment Ticks Up Slightly

San Diego's unemployment rate increased by a tenth of a point in July to 4.2 percent.

Longtime Banking Veteran to Head Up First National

Landmark National Bank Accumulates $11.6M as Its Initial Fund-Raising Ends

City's Housing Plan a Race to Become Poor

OPINION by Fred Schnaubelt, real estate broker and former San Diego city councilman.

Iomega Beefs Up Its Zip Disks, Drives

TECH TALK - Expert Notes Users May Look at Price First When Considering Storage

BBB Puts Call Out for Torch Award Entries

Save-A-Lot Opens Limited Selection Grocery Store

Imperial Valley Businesses Wary of Fallow Plan

Agriculture: Current Proposal With San Diego Would Keep Colorado River Flowing Here

Report: 55 Hotels in Planning Stages in S.D.

San Diego County leads the state in the number of new hotels planned, according to a mid-year hotel development report from a Costa Mesa-based firm.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of events; announcements

Intel Spinoff Sprints Out of the Gate

Previo Continues Liquidation Process Started Last Month With Sale to Utah Firm

Sept. 11 Tributes Will Chart New Ground

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK by Rick Bell

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Builders Pay More for Condo Insurance, Get Less Coverage

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Contracting

Firm's Laser Will Zero in on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

UCSD Scientists Reveal New Statistics On HIV Infections

Let's Save Our American Dream

Commentary by Martin Hill

Biz Students Act as Consultants in "Real-World" Projects

Education: CSU San Marcos' Senior Experience Provides 'Meaty' Tasks in Business

Time Frame for Many CEOs Grows Much Shorter

Workplace: Model for Position Shifts as Firms Grow and Evolve

Making Staff Members Part of Design Team Ensures Success

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Contracting

NEWSMAKERS

Sperry West Wheels Out Video Camera to Scan Cars' Underbellies; Architect Advocates Use of Patient-Friendly Medical Design; Automated System Promises Cat Lovers They'll Never 'Litter' Again; Lung Association Hosts AsthmaWalk Around Mission Bay

PCS Vision Eyes Sprint, Qualcomm Link

Ex-IBM Exec Takes On Key Role at SAIC

Manchester Calls Incentive Credit for Hilton Hotel "Unfair and Not Consistent"

The San Diego Unified Port District's option agreement for a third headquarter hotel at the San Diego Convention Center included an offer of $46.5 million in rent credits if the hotel is built on time.

There's a Bit of Magic Going on at Mission Hills' The Gathering

WHAT'S ON THE MENU by Jack White

Feds Crack Down on Employing Illegal Immigrants

Pfingst Pushes Legislation To Give Prosecutors Tool To Fight Internet Predators

LifeScore Contract Tagged at $220K for Ad Firm

Miriello Grafico Lands MTDB 'Transit' Campaign

Monday, August 12

HNC Sale Price Drops $200 Million

Peregrine Sells Business Units for $12.5 Million

Allied Research Buys Second Local Company

Publicly traded Allied Research Corp. is raising its profile in San Diego County by announcing another acquisition here.

It Takes a Village ... or Two

'City of Villages' Concept Calls For Islands of Mixed Use; As San Diego comes to grips with traffic problems and a housing squeeze, the solution may be mixed-use development.

Internet Remains Major Tool in Marketing County

Tourism: ConVis Plans To Expand Market Range. After six years as a major consumer medium, the Internet continues to be the future for the tourism industry, used by visitors for finding deals more than booking them.

No Fear on the Faces of These Marines

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Chamber Fund-Raiser to Benefit E. County Students

Eat seafood, help a student.

FERC Judge Extends Deadline for Settlements With National Energy Companies

Eight power companies have until the end of August to reach settlement with California over billions of dollars in long-term power pacts signed during the height of the energy crisis.

Brobeck Staffers Take a Chance on New Opportunity

San Marcos Firm to Settle Claims Relating to Unlicensed Programs

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Council Adopts Inclusionary Housing Plan

The San Diego City Council declared a "housing state of emergency" and adopted an inclusionary housing plan in front of almost 1,000 San Diegans on Aug. 6.

Model School Project Addresses Housing Crisis

OPINION by Christine Kehoe, representative to the state 76th Assembly District, which includes City Heights.

Official Says Super Bowl Fund-Raising on Target

Sockers Begin Their Season in New League With New Rules

Sangart Gets Good Results in Blood Substitute Test

Hollis-Eden Prepares to Test Cholesterol Drug

Western States Oppose FERC Energy Plan

At least 15 state energy commissioners feel federal regulators want to steal states' authority and impose a detrimental rubber-stamp system with recently proposed rules to redesign U.S. power markets.

Local Broker Completes 7-Property 1031 Deal

Goodkin Mergers With Ackman-Ziff Group

Accounting Revelations Rock Formerly Staid Industry

SPECIAL REPORT - Accounting

Survey to Measure Doctor Shortage

The San Diego County Medical Society is surveying local doctors to determine how many plan to leave the county, contemplate changing professions or retiring early because of low reimbursement rates and the local high cost of living.

It's Time for Street Scene to Find New Quarters

Opinion by Jim Trageser, a free-lance writer living in Escondido.

Pacific Life Insurance Named New Holiday Bowl Sponsor

The Holiday Bowl announced its new title sponsor last week, ending a search that began in the spring of last year.

New Law Mandates Execs Certify Financial Statements

SPECIAL REPORT - Accounting

Zip & Zack's Ready to Fill Up North County Diners

Globe Theatres' $90,000 Grant to Enhance Web Site

Premier Inc. Announces Changes in Business Conduct

Health Care: Decision Follows Senate Hearing On Buying Groups

Wakeboard Firm Unveils Kampus Wakeskates

A Carlsbad-based company unveiled a new product earlier this month designed to combine skateboarding with water sports.

Most Area Accounting Firms Experiencing Growth

SPECIAL REPORT - Accounting

Admissions Down, But Arts/Culture Spending Up

Although admissions were down, spending from local arts and culture organizations grew, according to a recent report.

Anti-Hijacking Technology Being Eyed By Qualcomm

SAIC to Run Audio, Video Nerve Center For OnStream Media

Government Helps With Sept. 11-Related Disaster Loan

SDSU Business Program Provides Interns, Consultants

Diesel Rules Level Road for Local Truckers

New federal rules covering diesel emissions may be good news for California truckers and even better news for San Diego , but it could hurt the trucking industry in other states.

AT & T; Rings In With Local Service

Telecom: PacBell Plans Long Distance Service; AT & T; last week began offering local phone service to San Diego County households.

NEWSMAKERS

Nice Guys Pays Tribute to Robert Horsman for Community Work; Reading Project Unites Separated Parents, Kids; Museum Tours Expose Photography Enthusiasts to New Vistas, Near and Far; Skills Program Gives Foster Youth a Helpful Glimpse of the Business World

Calls Increase for Tighter Auditing Controls

SPECIAL REPORT - Accounting

Traditional Tapas Take On a World Beat at Caf? W An Urban Bistro

What's On the Menu by Jack White

Accounting Misdeeds Prompt Improved Curriculum

SPECIAL REPORT - Accounting

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events, Announcements

This Marriage Has Strings Attached And Makes Beautiful Music

This Marriage Has Strings Attached And Makes Beautiful Music. By making instruments in a range of prices, Greg and Janet Deering have built up sales at Deering Banjo Co.

Instead of More Power, Pull FERC's Plug

Editorial by Martin Hill

Monday, August 5

Genicon, German Firm Market DNA Nanochip

Biotech: Nanoparticles Replace Traditional Means Of Tagging Gene Material

Emergency Declared For Local Agriculture

Local farmers were hit by drought, high winds, freezing conditions and fire this year. Each of these conditions alone would have a limited effect, but this year they combined to create a $12 million disaster countywide.

SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center Celebrates 15 Years of Chasing Dreams

SPECIAL REPORT- Education

Group Seeks New Airport & #711; ASAP

Local civic and business groups have banded together to accelerate development of a new international airport for San Diego County, and the new coalition is planning to remain neutral on the topic of site selection.

Airport Panel Maneuvers a Tricky Takeoff

Editorial By Rick Bell

Nanogen Lowers 2002 Forecast Due to Delayed Shipment

Nanogen Inc. recently lowered its 2002 revenue forecast due to a delay in the planned June shipment of its cystic fibrosis test to additional beta-test sites.

Report: State Policies Enabled Energy Market Abuse

Upside-Down System Allowed For Inflated Last-Minute Sales

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events, Announcements

Office Vacancies Off Slightly As Biotech Leads in Leasing

Family-Owned Roel Construction Turns 85

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

New Magazine CityBeat Set to Launch This Month

Gavin & Gavin Is Named as Maritime Museum's Ad Agency

Author Applauds Biosite's Heart-Failure Test

Digirad Expects New Heart Disease System To Rival Existing Products

SAIC Adds New Board Member

SAIC Adds New Board Member

Paid Family Leave Bill Would Hurt Small Business

OPINION By Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Otay Ranch Construction Stalls Over Land Deal

A disagreement over the value of land in Otay Ranch has stalled new development within the 23,000-acre master-planned community in eastern Chula Vista.

Cubic Boasts 34 Percent Earnings Jump

Websense Reports Hike In Income Over the Same Quarter Last Year

Commerce Department Awards Export Certificates

Export Insurance Policy Key to Orgil's $1.8M Greenhouse Deal

Construction Booms as Schools Upgrade Facilities

SPECIAL REPORT- Education

Issa Co-Sponsors Small Business Rider to Homeland Bill

FranNet Matches Up Franchises and Entrepreneurs

Taking One Step Toward Homes We Can Afford

OPINION By Elizabeth C. Morris, CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission.

Telecom Kin Report Quarterly Losses

Investments in Leap Drag Qualcomm Inc.'s Numbers Into the Red

JNI Corp. Closes in on Its New CEO

Peregrine's Board Down to Five Members as Ex-Exec Larry Garlick Resigns

Section 529 Plans Offer Improved College Savings

SPECIAL REPORT- Education

Savory "Abruzza" Cuisine Comes Alive at North County Venue

NEW COLUMN! - What's On the Menu by Jack White

Business Education Holds Key During Troubled Era

SPECIAL REPORT- Education

Pro Sports Striking Out With Gen X

Editor's Notebook By Martin Hill

Clifford Chance Descends on the West Coast

Hecht, Solberg Adds David Watson to Firm