Stories for December 2002

Monday, December 23

Other Regions, States See Chance to Entice Local Firms to Move

Ads running in San Diego's business press, placed by the city of Riverside, boast of "affordable and reliable municipal electric and water utilities, substantial land and labor cost advantages."

Northrop Merger Creates a Big Local Employer

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. took on the employees, debts and businesses of TRW Inc. this month, and in doing so took on the title of San Diego's 16th largest employer.

Construction Starts on $100M Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Construction is under way in La Jolla on the $100 million Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center on the school's campus.

Union Bank Parent Co. Buys Burnham Insurance

San Diego-based John Burnham Insurance Services has been acquired by UnionBanCal, the San Francisco-based parent company for Union Bank of California.

State Panel Rejects SDG & E; Transmission Line

Energy: Commissioners Say Waiting Would Allow Pursuit of Alternative Energy Solutions

Unemployment Rate Down a Little Locally

Also: County Water Authority OKs New Conservation Plan

ConVis Wants Its Visitors To Get Back to Nature

Marketing: Agency Planning To Spend $600,000 for Its 'Nature/Nurture' Campaign

A Merger With Positive Spin for San Diego

Editorial by Rick Bell

California Picks Uncle Sam's Pocket & #711;Again

OPINION by Ronald Fraser, who writes on public policy for the DKT Liberty Project, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties organization

AMS Adds Two New Distributors

Also: Career Training Program Draws Hundreds

Memo to Self: Remember NextMail

TECH TALK: Busy Execs Have a New Way to Remember Crucial Information; Pacific DataVision, Inc. looks to 2003 as the year it takes its message service national.

Instead of Revving the Engine, Drive in 2003

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Cost of Doing Business Here Keeps Climbing

Power, Water Issues, State Budget Deficit Cloud Area's Future; C.J. Buck figures it costs his company between 20 percent and 30 percent more to do business in Southern California vs. Washington or Idaho.

Smallpox Inoculations Could Be Given in January

Health Care: Cost of Initial Doses Will Be Covered By Federal Government

It's Time for Californians to Face Up to the Quiet Crisis

OPINION by Dan Beal, manager of policy and programs for the Automobile Club of Southern California

NTC Foundation Receives $300,000 Renovation Grant

Also: Barnhart Finishes $1.9M Cruise Ship Access Project; NDIA Announces New Officers and Directors for 2003

DONE DEALS / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Real Estate sales and leases; new Construction contracts

Organic Farmers Puzzle Over Mexican Fruit Fly Dilemma

Agriculture: Certification Could Be at Risk if Pesticides Used

Too Commercial? Christmas Isn't Commercial Enough

OPINION by Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Irvine-based Ayn Rand Institute.

Monday, December 16

Innovation Steals Show: Connect Awards Highlight Promising Technologies

UCSD Connect honored the forward thinking of eight San Diego companies last week during the organization's 15th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards.

Bowl Game Organizers Foresee a Green Holiday

It doesn't matter to people at the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau whether the oddsmakers are favoring Arizona State University or Kansas State University in this year's Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.

Santarus Seeks a Spot in a Highly Competitive Field

Santarus Inc. is still a small specialty pharmaceutical firm, but company leaders hope its ulcer drugs will soon find a niche in this highly saturated and coveted marketplace.

Gateway, HP Sets Furloughs For the Holidays

Employees of Gateway Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Cos. were told to take more time off this holiday season as part of a continued strategy to save the companies money by cutting back on labor.

Cubic Announces Sales Hit All-Time High

TECH TALK

U.S. Microbics' Process Passes Field Testing

The Mexican subsidiary of a Carlsbad-based company released positive results for a field test of its process to improve crop yields without commercial fertilizer.

City Opts to Not Meet With Chargers

Given the vote by the San Diego City Council last week, the Chargers will likely use a triggering clause in its lease that could result in the team leaving the city.

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Calendar of business events, announcements

Port Must Take Its Time With N. Embarcadero Plan

OPINION by Stephen P. Cushman, chairman, and Jess E. Van Deventer, vice chairman, of the port commissioners.

Prevailing Wage Laws Deter Affordable Housing

OPINION by George W. Hawkins, executive vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego chapter.

Today's Business Meetings: Face-to-Face or Virtual?

Today's Business Meetings: Face-to-Face or Virtual?

Local Officials Brace for State Cuts

Plan to Slash $10 Billion Headed for Special Session; From highways to classrooms, every corner of San Diego County will in some way feel the bite of the governor's proposed $10 billion budget cut.

Developer Halts Project to Listen to Community Input

Development: Pacifica Cos. Rethinks Mid-Bayfront Design

Deadline Looms as Imperial Pulls Plug

During San Diego's recent energy crisis, other cities sent flashlights to local high-tech companies to entice them to relocate.

No Holiday for Bowl Game's Committee

Editorial by Rick Bell

DONE DEALS / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Real Estate sales and leases; new Construction contracts

Isis, Glaxo To Collaborate On GeneTrove

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares rose slightly in trading after the San Diego-based biotechnology firm said it signed a collaborative agreement with the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline.

Idec Gets Positive Feedback on New Cancer Drug

Biotech: Analysts Find Test Results Promising for Stock; Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced promising data from a 22-patient study testing a new candidate for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

In San Diego, W Stands for on Time and Under Budget

Tourism: New Downtown Hotel Opens Doors in a Neighborhood Setting

Home-Schoolers Shouldn't Be Targeted

OPINION by Sen. Bill Morrow

Local Firms Land School Construction Contracts

Plus: Insurance Agents, Brokers Can Phone in Renewals

BUSINESS LEADS

New business names listings

Monday, December 9

Officials Quick to React to Fruit Flies

Editorial by Rick Bell

State, DoD Sign Anti-Pollution Pact

The Department of Defense signed an agreement with the California Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent pollution in the state. ALSO: Ex-Assemblywoman Gets Airport Authority Post

Airport Passenger Numbers Dip Slightly So Far in 2002

Also: Insurance Group Honors Owner of Chula Vista Agency

Choosing a Build-to-Order or White Box Computer

Choosing a Build-to-Order or White Box Computer

Peers, Patients Honor Kaiser Doctors for Work

Kaiser Permanente in San Diego recently honored two physicians voted by their peers and health plan members as providing exceptional care.

Research Firm Posts Stats for Brokers Online

CoStar Group Inc. is taking its commercial real estate research product live on the Internet.

Local AIDS Research Grant Targets Border Area

The University of California's systemwide AIDS research program has given the Center for Latino HIV/AIDS research at SDSU a three-year, $425,000 grant to study the presence of HIV/AIDS among Latinos at the California-Mexico border.

Stadium Vote At Center of Chargers' Offer

Sports Panel Unveils Renderings of Plan Using Qualcomm Stadium Site

BBB Passes Out Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

Also: New Members Named to International Affairs Board

Developers' Plans for E. Village Square Come Under Fire

Construction: Buildings Grow Taller, as Real Estate Market Gets the Blame

Two High-Level Execs Leave Port District's Ranks

Maritime Services Director, Attorney Jobs Have Yet to Be Filled

Defense Bill Offers Several Bright Spots for San Diego

The federal government put the wraps on the fiscal 2003 Pentagon budget last week as President George W. Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act.

Hotels Slowly Adding Energy-Saving Devices

Even though the so-called energy crisis is on hold, San Diego hoteliers are making conservation a matter of course, which for some includes the possibility of retrofitting to new and more efficient power systems.

SEC Ruling Could Aid R & D; for Local Biotech Firms

Biotech: Plan Could Give Smaller Companies More More Flexibility in Structuring Collaborations

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Salk Institute Becomes AIDS-Knowledge Hub

Biotech: Hopes Hinge on Bringing Researchers' Promising Compounds Into One Center Will Lead To Faster Treatment

Understanding Consumers Unlocks Door to Marketing

Understanding Consumers Unlocks Door to Marketing

Laptop Computer Thefts: Guarding Against Loss

Laptop Computer Thefts: Guarding Against Loss

Experts Propose Revamping Freeway Access for I-5

Transportation: Ballpark, Downtown Congestion Prompt Consideration

California Small Business Looks Ahead to 2003

OPINION by Martyn Hopper, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business

Quarantine's Impact Worries Farmers

Several Valley Center Crops Are Vulnerable To the Mexican Fruit Fly

Version of CDMA Gaining New Markets

TECH TALK

Examine the Median When Calculating High Rents

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

DONE DEALS / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's new business name filings

Monday, December 2

Smaller Firms Becoming Targets in Patent Litigation

Law: After Settling a Case With One Patent Holder, Firms Can Be Sued Again

Lemon Grove Mayor Named to Airport Authority

PLUS: Factory 2-U Posts 3rd Quarter Loss

Downtown Hotel Gets Council OK

The possibility of infusing more tax dollars into a tight city budget, adding 450 hotel rooms to a lagging inventory, offset any negatives the San Diego City Council had last week when it approved construction of a luxury hotel at Horton Plaza.

Chargers, City Postpone "Phantom" Seat Payment Talks

Sports: City Has Been Invoiced This Season for Over $5M in Ticket Buys

Vintage Sports Programming Firm Finds Niche Stations

Cavalcade of Sports Media Inc., a publicly traded Del Mar firm in the market for low-powered television stations to air nostalgic sports and ethnic programming, announced it recently submitted offers on four such stations.

Overruling 9th Court Seems to Be Par for the Course

Opinion by Allen P. Hemphill, a real estate agent in North County and an Escondido resident.

Former Peregrine Manager Admits to Bank Fraud

Law: Artificially Controlling Company's DSO Kept Analysts at Bay, States Plea Agreement

Creating a Livable San Diego Begins With Housing

Opinion by Rick Snyder,president-elect of the San Diego County Apartment Association and a past president of the Resident Relations Foundation.

Little Fish Can Swim in a Big Pond

Editorial by Rick Bell

Builders Shift Attention South To Mexican Water Project

Infrastructure: Tijuana/Rosarito Master Plan Unveiled; Local builders are eagerly anticipating the potential to invest in Mexico as the cities of Tijuana and Rosarito work to develop a water and wastewater infrastructure proposal.

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's new business name filings

Building Owners Mull Terror Insurance Cost

Now that a bill guaranteeing terrorism insurance coverage has been signed by President George W. Bush, local insurance brokers and real estate owners are waiting to see how much that coverage is going to cost.

Quarantine Looms for N. County

Fruit Fly's Presence Prompts Temporary State of Emergency

Power Project Expected to Draw a Crowd Downtown

Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to rally Downtown this week in support of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed transmission line.

North County Needs Its Own "No-Fly Zone"

Opinion by Bill Horn, supervisor of the county's 5th District, which covers much of North County

Titan Secures $31M Contract With the Navy

San Diego-based Titan Corp. said it won a five-year Navy contract with a potential value of $31.6 million from the Navy's Coastal Systems Station in Panama City, Fla.

Making a Community Investment Can Save a Merger

Making a Community Investment Can Save a Merger

Idec Stock Recovers Slightly After Analyst's Downgrade

Biotech: Lymphoma Drug's Near-Term Growth Potential Is Uncertain

Biotech Industry Solid, but VC Funding Forecast Gloomy

Biotech: Several Well-Known Firms Struggling, Though Survey Notes Industry Here Is Maturing

Holiday Shoppers Again Turn to Web

Online Consumer Sales for Week Ended Nov. 22 at $988M, Up 36 Percent From '01 Figure

Done Deals / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts

Pitfalls Are Common When Selling Business

Pitfalls Are Common When Selling Business

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements