Stories for December 2002
Monday, December 23
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."
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 is under way in La Jolla on the $100 million Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center on the school's campus.
San Diego-based John Burnham Insurance Services has been acquired by UnionBanCal, the San Francisco-based parent company for Union Bank of California.
Energy: Commissioners Say Waiting Would Allow Pursuit of Alternative Energy Solutions
Marketing: Agency Planning To Spend $600,000 for Its 'Nature/Nurture' Campaign
OPINION by Ronald Fraser, who writes on public policy for the DKT Liberty Project, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties organization
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.
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.
Health Care: Cost of Initial Doses Will Be Covered By Federal Government
OPINION by Dan Beal, manager of policy and programs for the Automobile Club of Southern California
Also: Barnhart Finishes $1.9M Cruise Ship Access Project; NDIA Announces New Officers and Directors for 2003
Agriculture: Certification Could Be at Risk if Pesticides Used
OPINION by Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Irvine-based Ayn Rand Institute.
Monday, December 16
UCSD Connect honored the forward thinking of eight San Diego companies last week during the organization's 15th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION by Stephen P. Cushman, chairman, and Jess E. Van Deventer, vice chairman, of the port commissioners.
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?
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.
Development: Pacifica Cos. Rethinks Mid-Bayfront Design
During San Diego's recent energy crisis, other cities sent flashlights to local high-tech companies to entice them to relocate.
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.
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.
Tourism: New Downtown Hotel Opens Doors in a Neighborhood Setting
Plus: Insurance Agents, Brokers Can Phone in Renewals
Monday, December 9
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
Also: Insurance Group Honors Owner of Chula Vista Agency
Kaiser Permanente in San Diego recently honored two physicians voted by their peers and health plan members as providing exceptional care.
CoStar Group Inc. is taking its commercial real estate research product live on the Internet.
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.
Sports Panel Unveils Renderings of Plan Using Qualcomm Stadium Site
Also: New Members Named to International Affairs Board
Construction: Buildings Grow Taller, as Real Estate Market Gets the Blame
Maritime Services Director, Attorney Jobs Have Yet to Be Filled
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.
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.
Biotech: Plan Could Give Smaller Companies More More Flexibility in Structuring Collaborations
Biotech: Hopes Hinge on Bringing Researchers' Promising Compounds Into One Center Will Lead To Faster Treatment
Transportation: Ballpark, Downtown Congestion Prompt Consideration
OPINION by Martyn Hopper, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business
Several Valley Center Crops Are Vulnerable To the Mexican Fruit Fly
OPINION by Fred Schnaubelt, real estate broker and former San Diego city councilman.
Monday, December 2
Law: After Settling a Case With One Patent Holder, Firms Can Be Sued Again
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.
Sports: City Has Been Invoiced This Season for Over $5M in Ticket Buys
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.
Opinion by Allen P. Hemphill, a real estate agent in North County and an Escondido resident.
Law: Artificially Controlling Company's DSO Kept Analysts at Bay, States Plea Agreement
Opinion by Rick Snyder,president-elect of the San Diego County Apartment Association and a past president of the Resident Relations Foundation.
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.
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.
Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to rally Downtown this week in support of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed transmission line.
Opinion by Bill Horn, supervisor of the county's 5th District, which covers much of North County
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.
Biotech: Lymphoma Drug's Near-Term Growth Potential Is Uncertain
Biotech: Several Well-Known Firms Struggling, Though Survey Notes Industry Here Is Maturing
Online Consumer Sales for Week Ended Nov. 22 at $988M, Up 36 Percent From '01 Figure