Stories for March 2002
Monday, March 25
Matthews/Mark, a local public relations and advertising firm in Downtown San Diego, laid off five employees earlier this month.
"It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won."
Prudential California Realty, the largest residential real estate agency in the county, has sold a majority interest to HomeServices.com Inc.
What to Consider Before Converting a Building; San Diego has established itself as a hub for biotechnology companies.
Environment: Agency Rules Treatment Technology Meets Federal Standards
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted marketing approval of Irish drug maker Elan Corp.'s pain drug Avinza, for which a San Diego-based biotechnology company has U.S. marketing rights.
Travel: Agencies' Customers Face Increased Service Fees; The recent elimination of commissions on most airline tickets have San Diego's travel industry adjusting to a slightly different financial landscape, including higher fees and further emphasis on th
Workers' compensation expenses are increasing annually for California employers, so much so that some businesses, like a local automobile dealership, are turning to self-insurance to manage costs.
Biotech: Analyst Positive About Deal; Stock Jumps
Trade: State's Exports, Once at $745 Million in 1999, Dropped to $222 Million in 2001
Congress moved March 11 to restore the wind energy production tax credit, which expired Dec. 31. The credit runs retroactively to Jan. 1 and will last two years.
Health Care: Hospital Systems Cite Differing Factors for Decision
Investors Could Gain More Access to Financial Filings
San Diego's Software Industry Council Is the Latest Destination to Satisfy Bob Slapin's Wanderlust
Diversified Law Firms Maintain Advantage
Software: Seattle Judge Rules Against Microsoft In Use of Similar Name
Litigation Fallout Results in Increased Insurance Rates
California Strongly Favors Employees' Right to Compete
New $13 Million VC Investment in Varance Brings Total to $40 Million
Western Pacific Begins Work on East Village Condo Project
Outside Analysis Can Shed Light on Problems, Assets
Selling Isn't Easy, But Taking Precautions Helps Outcome
Monday, March 18
Construction: Cooling Plant Under Way in Ballpark District
PM Realty Is Awarded the Property Management Contract for Hazard Center
Marketing: Competition Increases as Agencies Jockey for Business
Union-Tribune Severs Ties With Its Ad Firm
Environment: D.A. Probes Alleged Pollution Near Homes in Barrio Logan
Biotech: More Funds Needed to Improve Drug Approval Process
The Helix Water District has recruited some of its customers as "eyes" to help combat terrorism.
Two Kmart stores in San Diego County will close this year as the giant chain retailer goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has helped local companies export their products, and it may play a role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, according to one of its board members.
Apparently realizing the urgency of San Diego County's transportation and housing needs, the state will fund the majority of the regional plan being put together over the next 18 months by the San Diego Association of Governments.
If analysts' projections are correct, Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. isn't just dreaming of a blockbuster drug.
PROFILE: With an 'Independent' Sound and 200 Vintage Cars, Art Astor Continues Living Out His Dream
Analyst Likes Idec's New Cancer Drug, Ups Revenue Estimate
The San Diego Unified Port District has embarked on a $20.3 million project expanding the 24th Street wharf.
Trade Show Exhibits Spread the Word on a Budget
Mini-CDs Joins Ranks of Innovative Marketing Tools
Inevitable. That's what both sides are saying about the prospect of litigation to decide the legitimacy of the recently approved Proposition F.
Banking: Scripps Premier Joins Increasingly Crowded Field of Community Banks
Companies Shoot for Increased Visibility Within Target Markets
Monday, March 11
Tech Talk: Employment: Former Dot-Com CEOs Rise From the Ashes
Health Care: Advocates Claim Ruling Leaves Consumers at Risk
San Diego County water commissioners have voted to appeal a decision which could theoretically force local water officials to pay for water that it will never receive.
Innercool CEO Dr. John Dobak Gave Up Being a Surgeon to Create Super-Cool Tools for Surgery
Tourism & Hospitality: Marriott's Kearny Mesa Courtyard Set to Open
Tech Talk: Machiavellian Ways of Business Must Change, Says Internet Executive
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: They appear regularly in our mailboxes, gaily colored with huge letters proclaiming that we can save money, get the credit we deserve and/or incur no interest charges for balance transfers...
Weather, Research Labs Still Lure Outside Firms
Four people have been charged with conspiracy to commit felony commercial bribery in an alleged North County title insurance rebate scheme.
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Banks, Mexican Companies Forging Financial Relationships
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Adapting to Changes in Technology, Consumer Preferences
The San Diego Water Department has announced it will begin building a pipeline at Black Mountain Road early next month.
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Interest in Community Banking Behind Formations
Energy: Research Could Lead to Using Wave Action To Produce Electricity
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Don Schempp Moves From Capital Bank to RSF National
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Servicing Clients' Needs: A Tale of Two Customers
When the national media calls, most people wouldn't know what to do. When it happened to the van Dam family in Sabre Springs, who were coping with the then-recent kidnapping of their 7-year-old daughter, Danielle, local public relations professionals off
The Integrated Systems sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. is starting work on two versions of a cigar-shaped, unmanned, jet-powered Navy target.
SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Success Hinges on Niche Market, Cost Effective Delivery
Cyberbucks: Peregrine Cuts Back Staff to 'Focus on Core Software Product'
A merger of personal computer-makers Hewlett-Packard and Compaq will only help Gateway Inc., the Poway company's chief executive told a crowd here last week.
San Diego REAL ESTATE: January Existing Home Sales Outdistance Total From Last Year
SOLANA BEACH , The city of Solana Beach is considering a plan to turn its train station into a mixed use retail, residential and transit center.
Plus: Best Buy Opens New Location in Mira Mesa; Small Business by Lee Zion
As the possibility of a lawsuit looms, it appears San Diego voters have narrowly approved Proposition F, the city's countermeasure to the tax-limiting Proposition E.
High Tech: Telecommuting Continues to Grow, According to Survey
Between attendees and the teams who took part, last year's bowl game resulted in the rental of 21,500 room nights at local hotels and direct spending of $10.8 million ...
Monday, March 4
Four local performing arts organizations will participate in the American Express National Arts Marketing Project in Chicago beginning later this month.
Newsmakers: A Carlsbad-based company is helping to bring a popular Japanese card craze to America.
Media & Marketing: Clear Channel Names Program Director For KMYI-FM
SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel. Process Emphasizes Agents' Role as Travel Managers
SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Charters Seen as Alternative to Commercial Travel
Chamber Hosts Meeting With State Lawmakers. The county assessor has made it easier and more convenient for some small businesses to file their business property statements using e-filing.
Travelers boarding through Terminal 2 East at Lindbergh Field are greeted by the spirit of patriotism when they pass a wall that pays tribute to the American flag.
Enterprise - Manufacturing: Howard Hill and his partners thought they had it made, selling a new contraption called the cellular telephone at their small San Diego company, Celltronics.
Though the number of commercial real estate projects completed countywide in 2001 dropped from 2000's totals, local experts still have a positive outlook for this year.
Women First HealthCare, Inc. said Feb. 25 it signed a deal with a major pharmacy benefit manager to market its lead pharmaceutical product Esclim, an estrogen patch for menopausal women.
SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Several regional airports provide options for the corporate aircraft that help sell meeting planners on San Diego.
Finance: Despite Lots of Cash, Funding Unlikely To Come Easy. Venture capital funds raised a record $5.3 billion for health care in 2001, but biotech leaders will be in fierce competition to attract funding.
California's energy bureaucracy is in dire need of an overhaul.
Technology: Volume of Chip Production Will Be Close to 100 Million This Year
Sending video by Internet is the specialty of Path 1 Network Technologies, a 55-employee company with principal offices in University City.
Government: Newly Formed Panel Seeks Passage of City's Prop. B. Charlie Walker, the first executive director for San Diego's Ethics Commission, says the vast majority of elected officials are honest, but he's not na & #271;ve.
SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Cost-Cutting Innovations Gaining Advocates; Corporate travel can be one of the most costly expenditures for many organizations.
Sleepless Nights Appear to Be Over For Doug Wilson as Construction At the Ballpark Cranks Up Again
Exec at HouseRebate.com Claims Company Had First Profitable Month in January
South Korean delegates got a warm reception from local venture capitalists, public relations executives and community leaders who could benefit from that nation's planned $7 million investment in a biotechnology park in Carlsbad.
San Diego-based Gen-Probe Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Procleix blood-screening system for HIV and hepatitis C.
As the most publicized sporting event of the year heads to San Diego in January, plans for its framework have begun. Expected to bring in thousands of visitors, Super Bowl XXXVII takes place at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 26.
Electric: Projects Slated for Completion in 2003 Could Cost Close to $58 Million
Cypress Launches Phase II Tests for Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Two major hotel organizations in town held their annual awards recently, and gave accolades to several individuals involved in the visitor industry.
Titan Announces Albuquerque Firm As Third Acquisition of the Year
Congressional Hearing Provides Glimpse of SWATH's Effectiveness
Newsmakers: To hear him tell it, 24-year-old Teddy Torbati is getting ready to take San Diego nightlife by storm.