Stories for June 2002

Monday, June 24

Downtown Land Scooped Up for New Apartment Project

Local residential developer Intracorp San Diego LLC has purchased 50,000 square feet of land in Downtown San Diego...

Assemblyman Calls for Regional Tax Agencies

Government: Move Would Localize State Taxation; The solution to many of the state's planning woes may lie in strengthening regional government. However, that might mean toppling some longstanding California institutions , including Proposition 13, the ant

Sempra Acquires New Power Plant in Texas

Sempra Acquires New Power Plant in Texas

Report: S.D. Biotechs Slip Nationwide

Still, Local Publicly Traded Firms Report Increase in Revenues

TV Series on Local Crimes Attracts Strong Audience

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

HouseRebate.com Dispute With Homes.com Ends Without Legal Decision

HouseRebate.com Dispute With Homes.com Ends Without Legal Decision

Talks Over Escondido Arts Center's Budget Continue

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

SAIC Reports Major Income Increase

Graviton Called 'Sexy' Tech Firm By Fortune

Editor's Notebook: The Chargers Need to Stay Put

The Chargers Need to Stay Put

Human Cloning and the Virtue of "Playing God"

OPINION by Alex Epstein, writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Marina del Rey.

Senomyx Predicts Genomics Will Make Food Taste Better

ENTERPRISE: Biotech; Envision a future where people can buy soy that tastes like red meat and milk that even lactose-intolerant people can stomach.

Local Biotech Firms Vie for Business at BIO 2002

Pfizer Ends Corvas Deal for Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Analysts Split on Peregrine's Future

Recent Cuts in Firm's Work Force May Signal Alignment for Its Sale

Lawyers Shying Away From Drawing Up Prenups

Law: New Spousal Support Law Exposes Attorney's to Suits

Ethical Career Counselors Provide Valuable Services

OPINION by Denise Lidell, owner of Career Crossroads in San Diego.

Carlsbad Project Among the Last of a Rare Breed

Development: Access to Beach and Coaster Creates A Lucrative Combination

Joint Aqueduct Plan Is Promising

Editorial by Martin Hill

Shoe Chain Opens Chula Vista Store

Shoe Chain Opens Chula Vista Store

Official: WTC Mission Back On Course

Guy Tozzoli survived the Sept. 11 attack on New York's Twin Towers thanks to a traffic accident that made him late for work.

BIA Seeks to Honor New Housing Developments at Annual Awards Event

BIA Seeks to Honor New Housing Developments at Annual Awards Event

Understanding What Makes the Consumer "Click"

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

Japanese Electronics Firm Sells Building in Oceanside

Investors Spend $50 Million for 440-Unit Apartments in Carlsbad

XETV Is Big Winner at the Local Emmys Awards

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

Binational Aqueduct Being Considered

Aim Is Improving Reliability of Water Supply for Border Area; Officials from the United States and Mexico are considering a joint aqueduct as a more efficient way to bring water from the Colorado River into San Diego and Tijuana.

Public Radio Evolves Into a Primary News Provider

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

For the Record

Calendar of Events

Fairgrounds Earn First-Ever Recycling Award

Fairgrounds Earn First-Ever Recycling Award

Employment Figures Drop During May

Retail and Service Industries Added More Than 1,000 Jobs

Borrego Springs Bank Exec Frank Riolo Named CEO of Viejas Enterprises

Borrego Springs Bank Exec Frank Riolo Named CEO of Viejas Enterprises

Superior Court Judge Draper Retires From Bench

Corporate Board Member Names Five Local Firms As Best to Work With

Final Plan Drawn for Park-to-Bay

A plan to build a major roadway to connect San Diego Bay with Balboa Park, almost a century old, will soon come to fruition.

SDSU Taps Biotech CEO For College Of Business

A local scientist and biomedical executive will head San Diego State University's College of Business Administration.

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Profile: A Player On the Bench

Judge Janet Kintner Has Presided Over Women's Growing Influence in the Field of Law

Effects of "Weighting" Hispanic Demographics Up in the Air

SPECIAL REPORT: Media

Local Entrepreneurs Honored by Ernst & Young

IBM Offers Internet Portal for Women Small Biz Owners

East County Makes a Push for More Visitor Spending

Tourism: Motto Claims Area Is 'The Way California Used to Be'

High Court's Patent Ruling May Be Costly, But Effective

Patents: Two-Hurdle Test, Doctrine of Equivalents Allows for Interpretation

Monday, June 17

Don't Idle One of the Engines of U.S. Innovation

OPINION by William H. Rastetter, chairman and CEO of Idec Pharmaceuticals.

Mentor Leaves a Lifelong Legacy

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

City Secures $93M in Bonds

City Secures $93M in Bonds

Businesses Urged to Rally Against New Regs

Businesses Urged to Rally Against New Regs

Local WTC Gets Boost for Exploring Asian Deals

Trade: County Kicks in $100K for Asia Desk After Supervisor's Visit to China

Aquaculture Promoters Hope to Save Fisheries, Harvest Net Profit

SPECIAL REPORT: Environment

Carrier Museum Sets Sights on July 2003 Opening

Tourism: Decision Nears On Navy Pier's Future

Law Firm Hammers Away for Habitat For Humanity

S.D. Judge Fines Tobacco Firm $20M for Ads

Developers Facing Sea of New Storm Water Regulations

SPECIAL REPORT: Environment

Profile: Finding Success In the New Economy

Running a Small Firm Gives Dave Ness a Unique Outlook On Region's High-Tech Future

Magazine Rates U.S. Labs as "Hot Company"

Magazine Rates U.S. Labs as 'Hot Company'

Peregrine Facing More Than 40 Lawsuits

NStor Technologies Acquires Texas Software Firm for 27M Shares of Stock

Fiber Optics Play Role in KUSI's Trial Coverage

Fiber Optics Play Role in KUSI's Trial Coverage

Lawmakers: Let Businesses Survive

COMMENTARY by Martin Hill

Chrome Plater Ordered to Improve Waste System

Environment: Injunction Tells Master Plating to Improve Waste Handling

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events

Task Force Will Consider New Stadium Proposal

Task Force Will Consider New Stadium Proposal

Upswing in Biotech Stocks Predicted

Renewed investor confidence and a surge of new capital will give biotech stocks a boost during the second half of this year, according to a report released at the BIO 2002 conference in Toronto.

Workers' Comp Rates Threaten Businesses

Escondido Honored as Inexpensive City to Conduct Business

City Council Votes on TOT Distribution

With the San Diego City Council's approval last week, the decision was made on how the city's hotel tax revenues would fund local organizations in the next fiscal year.

Honored for Work: Civil Engineers in Town

The San Diego section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave out awards for local projects representing excellence in engineering.

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Proposed Cuts to Arts Council Budget May Be Reduced

Tour Company Packages Multi-Day, Multi-Sports Combos

Websense Keeps Internet Usage Strictly Business

ENTERPRISE: Software; The company's flagship product, Websense Enterprise, prevents computer users from getting into certain Internet sites. It's a sort of filter.

You Should Decide What to Drive & #711; Not the State

OPINION by Assemblyman Jay La Suer

Make Online Privacy a Selling Point

WebSideStory Receives Patent On Internet Use Tracking Technology

Child Care Accounting Goes High-Tech

Fallbrook Firm's Accounting System Wins Enthusiastic Endorsement of Citicorp

Methane Ordinance Causes Concern for Developers

SPECIAL REPORT: Environment

Large Energy Users Get a Little On-Site Help

TECH TALK: Firm's Technology Called a 'Security System for Energy'

Workforce Partnership Presents Hire Ground Seminars

Workforce Partnership Presents Hire Ground Seminars

Business Is in Session

Westerfield Trial Creates a Flurry of Activity as Media Descends on San Diego

Recyclers Find Market for Old Concrete, Asphalt

SPECIAL REPORT: Environment

Coldwell Sees Added Value in Architects' Design

Real Estate: Marketing Plan in Works for Division Focused on Home's Designer

Lease Rates Decline in Some Local Submarkets

Ribbon Cut for Gateway Chula Vista Complex

Proposed Law Won't Affect Sempra Plant

A Mexican power plant being built by Sempra Energy would not be affected by a proposed U.S. law attempting to control electricity generation on the other side of the border.

Monday, June 10

Congress OKs Prescription Drug User Fee Act

LJP Names New VP Of Clinical Development

County D.A. Again Is Tops in Felony Conviction Rates

Fish & Richardson Win Telecom Case Against The City of San Marcos

Business Journal Staff Garners 12 SPJ Awards

Business Journal Staff Garners 12 SPJ Awards

Lavender Fields Seek the Sweet Smell of Success

Tourism: Entrepreneurs Focus on Growing Market Catering to Ag-Tourists

Editor's Notebook:

Editor's Notebook by Rick Bell

City Bond Rating Hiked to AAA Status

City Bond Rating Hiked to AAA Status

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

San Diegan Named Small-Business Man of Year

MiraCosta Offers Course In Self-Marketing Skills

Bill May Speed Commute for Cross-Border Drivers

Congresswoman Susan Davis has introduced a bill in Congress that would expand the popular SENTRI program.

Big Business Must Share War's Burden

Commentary by Martin Hill

Commuter Train Eyed for Downtown Ballpark

Transportation: Study Will Address Feasibility Of Extended Coaster Line

SAIC Part of $1B "NextGen" Contract for Defense IT

AMCC Closing Down Its Chip-Making 'Fab'

Palomar, RNs Sign Union Pact

After months of wrangling, Palomar Pomerado Health agreed to give registered nurses union representation.

NTC Redevelopment a Good Deal for San Diego

OPINION by Hank Cunningham, assistant executive director of the city of San Diego Redevelopment Agency.

Long-Term Power Contracts Ensure Needed Supplies

OPINION by Michael R. Niggli, president of Sempra Energy Resources.

Feds Promise a Kinder, Gentler OSHA Now

Businesses can benefit from working with federal regulators, according to a top government official who spoke in San Diego last week.

Irrigation Equipment Firm Honored for Exports

Irrigation Equipment Firm Honored for Exports

Film Production Means Big Bucks for San Diego

SPECIAL REPORT: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Alliance Hopes Product Approval Will Spur Financing

Biotech to Partner Launch of Ultrasound Imaging Agent; Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. hopes the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of its ultrasound imaging agent Imagent will open the door to additional financing for the cash-strapped local biot

Players Struggle With How to Keep Arts Center Afloat

SPECIAL REPORT: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Market Power Cost Energy Users Billions

Market strategies outlined in Enron Corp. memos accounted for a comparatively small percentage of soaring electric prices during the power crunch of 2000-01, some state experts say.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events

Office, Industrial Property Leasing Holding Steady

KMA Architecture Begins Design Work for Schwartz Federal Building

Peregrine Continues to Juggle Lineup

Three Local Venture Firms Make 'Most Active' List in Recent Report

Wingcast Falls; Ford Returns to Basics

A decision by Qualcomm Inc. and a back-to-basics push at Ford Motor Co. have sent their telecom joint venture to its demise.

State's Reliance on Natural Gas May Cloud Future

Energy: Push for New Pipelines, Conservation Key to Easing Crunch

Resisting Dot-Com Temptations Led to Firm's Success

It was early 2000, just before the dot-com bubble was about to burst. Jonathon Book was visited by a couple of hot-shot venture capitalists who arrived for the meeting in a sleek Ferrari.

PROFILE: Engineering the American Dream

Engineer Timothy Yeun Helps Shape San Diego's Look

Local TV Awards Ceremony Moved to U.S. Grant

Calvacade of Sports to Buy N.J.'s ChangeBridge

Local Firms Recognized For Diversity Efforts

Local Firms Recognized For Diversity Efforts

Port Opts To Can Gas Storage Tanks

Port Opts To Can Gas Storage Tanks

City May Hold Chargers to a Familiar Old Phrase

Sports BIZ by Mike Allen

Monday, June 3

Feelings Mixed Over Encinitas Civic Improvements

Small Business: Some Merchants Blame Work For Loss of Customers

Salvadoran Leader Makes Case for New Business

Trade: Dissatisfaction With Mexican Maquiladora Industry Could Spur Change

Agency's Demise Viewed With Sadness, Surprise

News of longtime heavyweight Stoorza Communications' closing rippled through San Diego's public relations industry last week, sparking reactions of sadness and some surprise.

Jenny Craig Signs $10.6M Lease for Carlsbad Site; HouseRebate Stays Online With TRO From Court

Plus: Grubb & Ellis-CB Richard Ellis Deal Off the Table

Career Counselors: Good Guys or Scam Artists?

SPECIAL REPORT - CAREERS

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events

County Water Authority's Bond Rating Now Could Save Thousands

County Water Authority's Bond Rating Now Could Save Thousands

Leap Revises Plan to Seek New Licenses

Leap Revises Plan to Seek New Licenses

LETTER to the Editor

LETTER to the Editor

$6M Aids in Product's Market Debut

HNC, Fair Issac & Co. Reveal in Joint Proxy Details of Execs' Severance Deals

Will Privatization Threaten Mom's Peace of Mind?

OPINION by Rep. Bob Filner

Property Rights: The Most Important Musical Note?

OPINION by Mick Pattinson, President of the California Building Industry Association

Chipmakers Told to Get the Lead Out

Technology: Lead-Based Solder Called Possible Environmental Hazard

"First Step" Taken in Bolstering Border Security

Plumbing Products Firm Signs $2 Million Lease in Tijuana Industrial Park

Specialized Education Opens Door to Jewelry Industry

SPECIAL REPORT - CAREERS

Workers Re-Evaluate Careers, Strive for Balance

SPECIAL REPORT - CAREERS

Water Authority Takes Honors for Energy-Saving Program

Water Authority Takes Honors for Energy-Saving Program

Unemployment Insurance Claims Ratchet Down San Diego Economic Indicators

Unemployment Insurance Claims Ratchet Down San Diego Economic Indicators

California HMOs Ranked Top Financial Performers

Sharp, Blue Shield Reach Agreement

Inner Circle Helps Ease Loneliness of Leadership

Westfield Shoppingtown Offers Family Restrooms

COMMENTARY: Sempra, State Must Address Bigger Issues

Editorial by Rick Bell

Area Colleges Take Steps to Address Nursing Shortage

There are currently 126,000 vacancies for registered nurses in hospitals nationwide, according to the latest assessment by the American Hospital Association.

San Diego Housing Commission Provides Money for Affordable Apartments

San Diego Housing Commission Provides Money for Affordable Apartments

NEWSMAKERS

Award-Winning Author Offers Tips to Getting Published; Entrepreneur's Painful Experience Pays Off With Adjustable Keyboard; Construction Tech Students Get a Head Start on Career

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Judge Lets County Redistricting Lawsuit Stand

Three County Bar Association VPs Seek The 2003 Presidency

Kyocera Exec Joins Zucotto Wireless

Cubic Corp. Developing On-The-Fly Wireless For U.S. Air Force

State Mulls Lawsuit Against Sempra Energy

Officials Claim Energy Firm Lied About Elk Hills Plant

Idec Breaks Ground for Oceanside Facility, Expects Up to 600 Hires

Idec Breaks Ground for Oceanside Facility, Expects Up to 600 Hires

Family Atmosphere Thrives in High-Stakes Insurance Industry

ENTERPRISE - INSURANCE

Padres Secure Bond Money for Ballpark Financing

Padres Secure Bond Money for Ballpark Financing

Work Is Wonderful, the Second Time Around

SPECIAL REPORT - CAREERS

PROFILE: The Play's Not Always the Thing

Managing Director Terrence Dwyer Steers La Jolla Playhouse Through Financial Woes, Sets Future Course

Publisher's Notebook: Mixing Ingredients for a Successful Business

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Local Wetlands Net Award for Environmentalist's Work to Preserve

Local Wetlands Net Award for Environmentalist's Work to Preserve

Vista Village Project to Include Lowe's Home Improvement

Vista Village Project to Include Lowe's Home Improvement

Peregrine on The Hunt Again for An Auditor

Potential conflicts from sales made to the consulting unit of KPMG caused Peregrine Systems Inc. to fire its second auditor in as many months.

Tijuana Convention Center May Spur Area Tourism

WineSellar & Brasserie Expansion Triples Size, Adds New Tasting Room

UC, Nurses Sign Pact to Avert Strike

UCSD and other University of California facilities have averted a one-day strike by reaching an agreement with nurses over work and wage issues that is expected to be ratified this week.

Survey Sniffs Out San Diego's Hottest Jobs

SPECIAL REPORT - CAREERS

Local BIA Hands Out Some BIG Honors

Local BIA Hands Out Some BIG Honors

United Defense Industries Buying Southwest Marine

Defense: Purchase Follows Trend of Shipyard Mergers