Stories for January 2002
Monday, January 28
Sitting in his office a half-mile from the Mexican border, Richard Martinez described one of the secrets that helped his family-owned nursery survive where so many others have failed. His flowers may grow quickly, but not his operations.
The county's 14 Kmart stores are still open for business, despite the corporation's bankruptcy filing last week.
HIGH TECH: Cymer Technology Gets Record Intro Selling Price
TECH TALK: Technology: Sensor and Communications Firm to Be Bought in Stock Trade
SPECIAL REPORT - Commercial Real Estate: Savvy Investors Fend Off Litigation With Agreements
There's good news for those worried the current economic downturn will get worse. An annual survey of local employers done for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the regional job-training agency, found 52 percent plan to increase staffing this year. The
Rates May Be Lower With Higher Risk For Everyone Involved
When its master plan for future development goes before the California Coastal Commission next month, the future viability of SeaWorld San Diego as a tourist attraction will hang in the balance.
Six Local Firms Are Among the County's Leading Homebuilders
Technologies Produce Platform for Cell Phone Programs
Supervisors Give $4.3M to Upgrade Emergency Services.
Steve Zipfel Applies Years Of Experience in Turning Around Downtown Restaurant
Finance: Some Accountants Contend Off-Balance Sheet Accounting Has Increased
How did California go from a projected $9 billion surplus last January to a $12.4 billion shortfall in December? Opinion by Tom McClintock
Walk the grounds at Edgemoor Hospital in Santee, and if you're like me, you feel inspired by the courage of its patients and moved by the compassion of its staff. Opinion by Supervisor Dianne Jacob
Ballpark: Supervisors Willing to Listen, but Don't Want to Get Caught in Political Fray
PLUS: Kyoto Prize Winners Honored at Kroc Institute Symposium
Network Problems Avoided By Attention to Security
SPECIAL REPORT - Commercial Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Subleasing Market Shows Resilience
PLUS: Rotary Club Backs Volunteer's Mission to Aid Afghan Refugees
New leadership is on the horizon at KSWB-TV, the local WB network affiliate.
Government: Hike Would Boost Mayor's Salary to Over $100,000 By 2003
Holiday Retail Sales Were Not So Bad After All
Defense: Chenowth War Buggies See Action Again In Afghanistan Campaign
Survey: State's Public School Districts Spent $80M Annually on Liability-Related Costs
Local hospital officials said they already are near compliance with Gov. Gray Davis' proposed mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
Understanding the Competition Starts With Information
Power generators are once again being accused of gaming energy markets , this time forcing the state to pay suppliers not to produce power.
Intellectual Property, Data, and Identities Are All Vulnerable
Monday, January 21
Doctors Struggle to Meet Client, Business Demands; The last 10 years have been economically challenging for health care organizations such as hospitals, community clinics and private physician offices.
The state has plenty of agencies to deal with energy issues. The problem is, with all the overlapping duties, no single entity is in charge.
Developer Douglas Wilson, who is building his Parkloft condominiums in the East Village despite the suspension in construction of the ballpark, is doing what all real visionaries do.
Construction: Carmel Valley Project Gets Energy Star Tag; Pardee Homes is experimenting with environmentally friendly building materials and energy saving options in a new product line
The San Diego Unified Port District recently announced a new marketing campaign that will feature, as one general attraction, the various businesses located on the bayside properties the organization oversees.
Los Angeles County has joined an ongoing lawsuit against San Diego-based Sempra Energy.
The San Diego Sports Arena opened for its first event in November 1966 with the San Diego Gulls taking on the Seattle Totems. Thirty-five years later, the Gulls still play in the arena ...
Eight affordable housing initiatives in San Diego County have received $3.6 million in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Program.
HIGH TECH: The $120 million gift Irwin M. and Joan Jacobs have pledged to the San Diego Symphony has understandably grabbed a lot of media attention this month.
Physicians Find Savings Using Electronic Billing; Local private practice doctors are adapting to the wave of the future and saving a few dollars while they're at it.
Assembly Bill 181 promises the ultimate high , a permanent one.
The San Diego Planning Department will host a series of workshops to discuss updating the Otay Mesa Community Plan.
With the shouts of employees to one another, the clamor of trucks pulling in and leaving and the phone ringing throughout, the Friday morning at Balloonatics' office in North Park had an element of madness.
When the Winter Olympics take place in Salt Lake City next month, SeaWorld San Diego and the local Convention & Visitors Bureau will both be there to take part in another centuries-old competition , sales.
Construction: Trolley Square Already 90 Percent Leased; is expected to add another level of retail in the city of Santee.
Real-life lawsuits last year helped maintain California's image as a litigation wonderland.
There Are Fewer Bosses and More Tangible Benefits Now for CDC Small Business Finance Corp.'s Kurt Chillcott
Corky McMillin Buys Assets of Allen Homes In Imperial Valley
Ballpark: Refusal to Move Trial Over Facility's Financing Prompts Call for Removal From the Case
San Diego Called Perfect for Testing New Concepts. Geography, brain power and maybe even bureaucracy converge in such a way to make San Diego an ideal "test bed" for homeland security work.
Non-Invasive Health Exams With Virtual Imaging ; The line between business and the business of health care is blurry at best.
San Diego Firm Offers Weight Loss Plan on CD; Directors of the California of Commerce named a Coronado man as their 2002 chairman.
As the rest of the nation feels the effects of a recession, San Diego is expected to suffer as well , but only slightly, according to analysts.
TECH TALK: Lindows Founder Says He's Not Backing Down From Microsoft Suit
Education: The 582-Acre Site Is Near Otay Reservoir, Olympic Training Center
Effective Planning Can Save Money and Lives; The World Trade Center disaster underscored the need to have an emergency plan in place in the event of a security breach or catastrophe.
ENCINITAS , Oliver Storm's irrigation project not only benefits the environment, it also aids his bottom line as well.
SPECIAL REPORT: HEALTH CARE; Pharmaceuticals Urged to Adopt Bar Code System
Proprietors Find New, Affordable 401(k) Retirement Plans;
Monday, January 14
SPECIAL REPORT - OFFICE TECH: Streamlining Business Processes Key to Saving Money
According to the local law firm of Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP, 2002 brought far fewer and less significant changes to the employment law landscape than in years past, but there were several new legal obligations facing employers.
For years, San Diego's economy has ridden the currents of aviation and aerospace. Now, those industries face a tricky wind shift as 2001 turns to 2002.
SPECIAL REPORT - OFFICE TECH: Office of the Future Strives to Be Flexible, Interactive
San Diego County's energy future, with all of its possibilities and variables, is the subject of a $400,000 infrastructure study to be completed in the early spring.
SPECIAL REPORT - OFFICE TECH: High-Tech Meeting Rooms Address Demand for Accessibility
'Fun Card' Promotion Makes Return Visit To SeaWorld. Marine Room executive chef Bernard Guillas will soon make a return appearance to the James Beard House in New York City.
Controlling ownership of Hotel Parisi, a 20-room boutique property in La Jolla, was recently sold to two of its shareholders.
PROFILE: Kimberly Benson
The recent layoffs at San Diego's largest private law firm wasn't seen by legal experts as a sign that things are going south for the local legal industry.
During his annual State of the City address, San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy announced sewer spills were down by 34 percent in 2001.
Tarek Fouad is a guy who likes proving naysayers wrong. It's a trait the founder of SensCom Inc., a San Diego software company, has honed to a fine art and one he gets to practice in his effort to sell his company's service, wireless Internet banking.
A local wireless technology firm is part of a team developing an onboard aircraft security system aimed at stopping jet hijackings similar to those of Sept. 11.
As Legoland California moves to a shorter operating schedule, the children's theme park is giving its competitors a boost of sorts in an effort to maintain its own customer base.
SPECIAL REPORT - OFFICE TECH: Work Station Safety, Comfort Key to Productivity
Former port commissioner David Malcolm's controversial business dealings with an energy producer has sparked a wider investigation into conflict of interest allegations at the San Diego Unified Port District.
San Diego County parts suppliers and other local companies may benefit from the manufacturing plant Japanese automaker Toyota plans to build in Tijuana.
SPECIAL REPORT - OFFICE TECH: Office Environment Sends Message to Customers and Staff
Energy: CPUC Weighs Plan to Pass Costs on to San Diego Ratepayers
Good news for small businesses for 2002: The number of businesses allowed to use the cash accounting method has been expanded.
Arch-ballpark opponent Bruce Henderson got a taste of his own medicine when the San Diego Padres filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit against him.
San Diego REAL ESTATE: Almost 800 Fewer Homes Were Sold in November
Shares of two of San Diego's largest tech companies, Gateway Inc. and Peregrine Systems, took big hits this month following news that neither company will meet revenue or earnings predictions.
Monday, January 7
Reducing long waits to cross the U.S.-Mexico border is the top priority in 2002 for many San Diego County companies involved in international business.
With a slowing economy throughout the last year, service industry employees have felt the heat of some layoffs and lower wages.
Like the mythical Tantalus, who endured a vision of fruit he could never reach, the management at SYS recognized talent but found it beyond their grasp.
San Pasqual Academy, a newly renovated boarding school for foster children in the North County, is up and running, but there is more that needs to be done.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for indulgence in these tough times.
For the 12th consecutive year, the San Diego Business Journal teamed with the national accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLC to check the economic vital signs of the San Diego business community.
SeaWorld San Diego is a national, indeed international attraction, bringing tourists to San Diego and pleasure to tourists and residents alike.
S.D. Faces Familiar Issues as Regional Panel Begins Work.
Jerry Morrison, a local hotel analyst, offers some relatively upbeat numbers for how San Diego's hotel industry will fare in 2002.
The symptoms caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have added an extra layer of pain to San Diego's chronically ill health care industry, local experts agree.
It's yesterday's technology. It's Soviet-made. And believe it or not, it lies at the heart of a successful business banking relationship.
Local real estate practitioners and observers expect 2002 to be a modest year for business, similar to the mostly positive overall view of the region's economy uncovered by the 12th annual San Diego Business Journal/Deloitte & Touche Economic Outlook Surv
All indicators point to a promising year for San Diego's biotechnology industry, with some caveats.
First, the good news. Companies doing business in San Diego County are generally positive about increasing employee wages in 2002.
Executives expect a welcomed surge in San Diego's electronics and manufacturing business during 2002.
After a tumultuous 2001, San Diego retailers and wholesalers are cautiously optimistic about what this year may hold. All expect growth over the next few years; however, some are not as bullish on 2002.
President Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, "A rising tide lifts all boats." Yet with a slowing economy suddenly jarred by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., business executives in San Diego appear to be wondering whether the
While some parts of California, most notably Silicon Valley, suffered escalating unemployment and huge upticks in vacant office space last year from the "tech wreck," San Diego remained largely unaffected.
Editor's note: The following speech was recently made before Congress by Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista.
Two more new commercial banks were launched last year in San Diego, and combined with several startups from 2000 and a couple of others in the regulatory pipeline, the local finance landscape was resembling what existed here two decades ago.