Stories for May 2002

Monday, May 27

Majority of Palomar Medical Center Nurses Approve Strike Vote

Majority of Palomar Medical Center Nurses Approve Strike Vote

Tech Workers Struggle Despite Jobless Figures

San Diego's economy seems to be doing fairly well these days, enjoying an unemployment rate below both state and national averages.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events

Study: Red Tape Bogs Down Women Entrepreneurs

Government: Legislators Tend to Make Laws for Medium, Large Businesses

Multi-Disciplinary Approach Adopted for Senior Housing

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

Early Returns Don't Predict a Sizzling Summer

Tourism: Still, Hotel Occupancy in July and August Looks Strong

Botox May Find More Popularity With FDA Approval

Health Care: Market for Trendy Wrinkle Remover Expected to Expand

Obstacles Still Face Planned East-West RR

Smuggling, Crime Among the Problems

Reports Indicate Merger of Real Estate Brokerages

Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis Services Inc. is reported to be in discussions with Illinois- and New York-based Grubb & Ellis Co. to buy the company.

It Appears the Governor Has Lied to Us Again

OPINION by Sen. Ray Haynes

Architect-Designed Homes Attract Sophisticated Buyers

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

Upgraded Verizon Net Now Online

Eric DeMarco Named New President of Titan

PROFILE: A Real (Estate) Charity Case

Political Passions Leads Chase Magnuson to Bring Charities And Real Estate Together

Gen-X Homebuyers Want Options, Convenience

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

LETTER

Letter to the Editor

Predatory Lending Threatens Dream of Ownership

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

Century 3 Citizen Panel Hands Out Honors

Century 3 Citizen Panel Hands Out Honors

When Purchasing or Selling an Architect-Designed Property:

When Purchasing or Selling an Architect-Designed Property:

Apprenticeship Program Faces "Derecognition"

Local Construction Firm Celebrates Its 90th Year

School May Be Out for Several Years

Commentary by Rick Bell

Mold, Water Damage Crisis Plagues Builders

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

Residential Market Is Moving on Up to Downtown

SPECIAL REPORT - Residential Real Estate

Encinitas Signs Firm to Treat Urban Runoff

Encinitas Signs Firm to Treat Urban Runoff

Biotech Faces Cash Shortage, Explores Funding Options

Immune's CFO Resigns, Research Revenue Down; Immune Response Corp. said its auditors have questioned whether it will be able to stay in business and Howard Sampson has resigned as chief financial officer...

Sempra, CalPeak Named in Energy Contract Suit

Energy: AG's Office Also Suing Some of the Same Firms Named in Suit

Marines Holding Their Ground at Recruit Depot

The idea of moving the Marine Corps Recruit Depot from its spot on Pacific Highway to a surplus base in Orange County has lost all momentum. With the Marines staying put, Lindbergh Field boosters have lost an opportunity to expand the crowded airport.

Orfila Vineyard's Wines Are Now Available in Cuba

ESCONDIDO , Orfila Vineyards' products are now being sold in Cuba, by way of an American law allowing the exporting of certain agricultural products if they are requested from within the country.

Leap Wireless Seeks Cash Infusion

Wireless: Telecom Firm Needs to Raise $225 Million by Dec. 31, '03

Low Prices Push Gas Stations to Top Of Consumers' List

Mohsen Arabshahi didn't know anything about gas stations when he bought one in 1995. The Oceanside entrepreneur and his wife, Susana Arabshahi, own Prop-Expo, a real estate and mortgage firm then located in Del Mar. When a small gas station on the corner

Bubble Tea Popularity Is Popping Out All Over

Asian Drink Catching on Locally; SAN MARCOS , For people who know what the name means, they can't get enough of James Wu's signature product.

Firm's Program Aids Regional Real Estate Agents

Firm's Program Aids Regional Real Estate Agents

Biotech Awaits Approval of Agent, Blood Substitute

Nobel Laureate Signs Pro-Cloning Petition

Remec Buying Sunnyvale-Based Spectrian for $160 Million

Remec Buying Sunnyvale-Based Spectrian for $160 Million

JNI Revises Figures, Fires Its CEO

NTN Communications Set to Acquire Rhode Island-based Maker of Pagers

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Clear Channel Acquires Two Long-Coveted Stations

KPRI Returns to Airwaves As 'Authentic' Rock Station

Carlsbad Company Stores Helps Needy Women

SBA, IRS Offer Small Business Tax Help On Free CD-ROM

First Community Adds Billions to Growing Portfolio

Board of Miramar Federal Credit Union Opts to Retain Federal Charter

Placing Blame No Way to Win a War

Editor's Notebook by Martin Hill

ASID Remodel Tour Showcases Dream Homes

The San Diego chapter of American Society of Interior Designers will kick off its first-ever ASID Remodel Tour on June 22.

Burnham Pacific Wrapping Up Company Affairs

Real Estate: REIT Will End Trading Late Next Month

Monday, May 20

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

COMMENT: FERC's Snarl Worse Than Its Bite

Commentary by Martin Hill

Three Restaurants Share Top Awards in Competition

Hardage Hotels Buys Back Minority Interest; Port District Agrees to Adopt Ethics Code; Indus, Department of Transportation Ink Pact

Skilled Tech Workers Hard To Keep

TRW Job Fair Draws 800 Tech Attendees

Firm Tapped for CalPERS Fund Management

Firm Tapped for CalPERS Fund Management

Tri-City, Blue Cross Agree to Continue Negotiations

New Blood Elected To CHI Board

Peregrine Stock at Center of Lawsuits

Proxy Reveals Ex-Iomega CEO Received

More Rate Hikes Not Needed for Sewage Repairs

San Diego businesses will likely be spared additional rate increases to fund sewer improvements, despite a recent federal ruling ordering the city to strengthen its efforts to clean up sewage spills.

UC San Diego Professor Named to FDA Panel

UC San Diego Professor Named to FDA Panel

Thai Representatives Promote U.S. Investments

San Diegans Among Attendees at Beijing Industry Conference

"Village" Offers New School Concept

Construction: Educational Campus to Be Used By Several Schools, Agencies

Small Business Finds Factors a Good Way of Financing

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

Pilot of Gas Pipeline Communications System Installed

Pilot of Gas Pipeline Communications System Installed

Miramar Air Show Again Set for Mid-October

Miramar Air Show Again Set for Mid-October

Draft Defense Budget Will Benefit S.D.

An early draft of the 2003 Pentagon budget spreads money to San Diego defense contractors large and small. The ship repair industry, meanwhile, says it needs more cash to make it through fiscal 2002.

Local Attorney Helps in Charter School Ruling

Fish & Richardson Tops For Patent Litigation Firms in Intellectual Property Magazine

Sellers Find Price Tied to Firm's Future Performance

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

JetSource Climbs to New Heights on a Wing and a Payer

ENTERPRISE: Air Transport; CARLSBAD , Richard McWilliam began JetSource almost as a sideline to his main operation. But now, his second company has become a strong business in its own right, generating $22 million in revenues last year.

Investors Urged to Examine Complete Financial Picture

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

How to Make Charitable Trusts Work for You

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

Synthetic Leases: Deceptive or Prudent Practice?

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

UC Nurses Give Administrators Notice of One-Day Strike

Health Care: UCSD Hospitals Would Be Affected; University of California health system nurses gave notice of a one-day strike May 29 after three unsuccessful days of negotiations with UC administrators.

Credit Union Moving To New Building

Credit Union Moving To New Building

Finalists Set for Top Local Entrepreneurs Competition

Finalists Set for Top Local Entrepreneurs Competition

Senate Vote Set on Human Cloning

Biotech: Reproductive Cloning Vs. Therapeutic Research Debate Continues

OPINION - Health Care: Victims Caught in the Line of Fire

Opinion by Dr. Larry N. Francis and Martyn Hopper

SAIC, Wingcast Ink Contracts With Ford, HP

A San Diego technology powerhouse is helping the Ford Motor Co. test a line of hybrid electric vehicles.

Proposed SEC Changes May Bolster Confidence

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

Forbes' Ranks San Diego Best Business City

Local Firm Helps Herd Seahorses for Birch Aquarium

Factory 2 U to Build Distribution Center Here

More Than 3,500 Buyers Turn Out for the Grand Opening of New Homes

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Events

Horticulturist, Philanthropist Paul Ecke Jr. Dies

Flower magnate Paul Ecke Jr. died last week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August. He was 76.

Restaurants Moving to Grocery Shelves

Product Lines Being Developed For Retail Ventures

NOTEBOOK: Find Ways to Adapt to "Radically Changing World"

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Energy Firms Defend Acts During Crisis

As the controversy over suspected market manipulation during the state's 2000-01 energy crisis heats up, producers and traders with operations in San Diego County maintain they operated on the up-and-up.

SDG & E; Co-Sponsors Energy Workshops for Business

SDG & E; Co-Sponsors Energy Workshops for Business

PROFILE: Earth Angel

VC Vern Yates Has Made A Career of Unique Jobs; Retirement Won't Change That

Planning Ahead Helps Firms Deal With Emergencies

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

NEWSMAKERS

Entrepreneur Hopes to Score Big With Soccer Magazine ; Volunteers Pitch in to Give South Bay a 'Clean Sweep'; City's Earth Works Reception Salutes Recyclers of the Year; Local Firm Challenges Kids to Read With Literacy Kit, Stickers

Investors Sizing Up Realistic 401(k) Expectations

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

Cash Management Can Affect a Business' Credit

SPECIAL REPORT: Finance

Monday, May 13

Buck Knives Eyes Move Out of State

EL CAJON , Leaving California is still an option for Buck Knives as it seeks to reduce manufacturing costs by 30 percent, the company's president said last week.

Publisher Happy With Encinitas Newspaper's Progress

Horizon Marketing Opens Office in Los Angeles

PUC Grants New Baselines for SDG & E; Customers; Savings Add Up to $3 a Month

PUC Grants New Baselines for SDG & E; Customers; Savings Add Up to $3 a Month

Park Near the Park

Park Near the Park

New Energy Plant Won't Open on Time

At a time when state officials scramble for every new megawatt-hour, Calpine Corp.'s Otay Mesa Energy Center lags behind schedule.

SD Buildings Make EPA's Energy Efficient List

SD Buildings Make EPA's Energy Efficient List

Lure of L.A. May Be Too Great for the Chargers

Application Deadline Nears to Be 'Official' Super Bowl Event

Downtown Transforms Through "Smart Growth"

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Tourism Event Offers Mixed News for the Industry

San Diego Third in Leisure Market, Still Faces Challenges

Line Gets New Life

Line Gets New Life

UC Health System Nurses Vote to Go on Strike

Health Care: Action Would Affect UCSD Medical Center, Thornton Hospital

Solar Works to Create Shift Toward "Clean Energy"

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Local Labor Council Receives $900,000 Grant

Local Labor Council Receives $900,000 Grant

Stories Aren't All Bleak for Software Firms

Novatel Could Be Delisted on Nasdaq If Its Stock Doesn't Turn Around

A No-Nonsense Science Visionary

PROFILE: Isis CEO Stanley Crooke Overcame a Troubled Childhood To Lead the Charge Into a New Realm of Medicine

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business Events

Supreme Court Decision Makes ADA Murkier

Local Attorney Honored For Post-Sept. 11 Work

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Senomyx Cuts Flavor Deal With Nestl?

New $75M Late-Stage Biotech Venture Fund

Firms' Tracking Helps Companies Keep on Truckin'

ENTERPRISE - WIRELESS

OPINION: America's Love Affair With Small Business Grows

Opinion by Jack Faris, president of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Lawmakers Want to Lighten Load to Cut Emissions

Environment: Auto Dealers Face Tougher Sell on Popular Models

COMMENTARY: Time for The Q to Call It a Career

Editor's Notebook by Rick Bell

Dan Fouts and Billy Ray Smith Team for Chargers' Preseason Telecasts

Dan Fouts and Billy Ray Smith Team for Chargers' Preseason Telecasts

COMMENTARY: The Need for Ethical Business Practices

Commentary by Martin Hill

A Nigerian Plea for Help Rekindles Scam From the Past

Wireless Facilities Reports Quarterly Loss of $71 Million

OPINION: New Ballparks Contribute to Revitalization of Cities

Opinion by Douglas P. Wilson, president of the Douglas Wilson Cos., a San Diego development firm.

Mold Legislation Is Puzzling for Real Estate Industry

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Peregrine Accounting Woes Not Uncommon

Peregrine Systems' accounting inaccuracies regarding how it booked revenues is at the crux of its recent problems, but it's the same issue that many software and high-tech companies have been dealing with for years.

Property Once Bankrupt Now a Hub of Activity

Midway Home Entertainment Renews, Expands Lease in Its Sorrento Mesa Property

Clients' Needs Behind Current Architectural Trends

Solutions Include Design-Build and Sustainable Design

Proposed Bed Tax Split Draws Strong Response

Tourism: Districts Concerned About Hotel Tax Plan

South Bay Gears Up To Meet Demand for Industrial Space

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

SCORE Offers Tips on Upping Your Sales Score

Deutsche Optik Inks Deal With Morse Diving

Activists, State Resist Mexican Trucks

Trucking expert Stephanie Williams warns what a proposed move by the Bush administration would mean locally , less money, more pollution and deteriorating freeways.

Collaboration Key to Successful Development

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Monday, May 6

Fair Isaac Scores With HNC Deal

TECH TALK: Merger With Credit-Rating Firm Likely to Bolster Growth

Firm's Warning System Fights Off Shuteye

ENTERPRISE: Health Care

Escondido Realty Income Corp. Posts First-Quarter Revenue Gains

Escondido Realty Income Corp. Posts First-Quarter Revenue Gains

Celebrating Accomplishments of America's Quiet Heroes

OPINION by Hector V. Barreto, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

Haynes Stepping Down as Head of Arts Center

John Haynes' upcoming departure from his post as president and CEO of the California Center of the Arts, Escondido was announced late last month.

Health Care Heavyweights Hope to Cure S.D.'s Ills

Supervisors Instrumental in Upgrade of Emergency Services Network

Intelligent Sensor Technology Shows Way to Safety, Savings

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

McMillin Ready to Set Sail on Liberty Station

Construction: $500M Project Is Targeted for 2007 Completion Date

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Gains Federal Support

San Diego REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson

HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales

Mobile Text Messaging Next for Wireless Operators

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

FOR THE RECORD

Calendard of Events; Announcements

Banks Note Problem Loans Continue Upward Trend

Businesses Like Wells Fargo's New Online CEO

Assembly Panel Mulls Frivolous Lawsuit Bill

Firm Offers Signing Bonuses Of $50,000 to Recruit IP Attorneys With Electrical Engineering Degrees

Panel: Rent Control Not The Answer

After emotional testimony from both renters and apartment owners, a San Diego City Council committee opted not to study a rent stabilization policy.

Identity Theft Harms Customers and Business Alike

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

D.R. Horton Tops List

D.R. Horton Tops List

Construction Begins on Hotel/Condo High-Rise

Gaslamp Generates Almost $5M in Tax Revenues

Power Struggle Ensues Over Revamps to Sandag

Government: County, City Officials Object to Structure of Panel Voting

Electronics Industry Returns to Business as Usual

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

Northrop's New Fire Scout Poised for Flight Tests

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

Phone Systems Reap Benefits of PC-Based Technology

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

Women Entrepreneurs to Host Venture Capital Dinner This Month

Women Entrepreneurs to Host Venture Capital Dinner This Month

CYBERBUCKS:Qualcomm Insists Junk a Good Investment

First Quarter VC Investment in San Diego Firms Climbs to $387.5M

Planners Seek Help With Downtown's Future

Luis Acosta likes Downtown San Diego. Since 1996, Acosta has managed trendy Dobson's Bar and Restaurant at 956 Broadway Circle. Compared to other large inner cities, San Diego is clean and green, he said.

Port Nears Choice on Builder for Shipyard Hotel

A developer for the 1,200-room hotel on the Campbell Shipyard site could be decided this week by San Diego Unified Port District commissioners.

Balancing His Life - PROFILE: Eric Lund

San Diego East Visitors Bureau Chief Eric Lund Works Hard at Staying Busy

Germans Pitch Summit Attendees on Joys of Frankfurt

Biotech: Nation Hopes To Lure Companies, For Investment

Kyocera Subsidiaries Recently Honored for Recycling Efforts in '01

Kyocera Subsidiaries Recently Honored for Recycling Efforts in '01

Bosa Development Begins on Its Fourth Downtown Condo Project

Bosa Development Begins on Its Fourth Downtown Condo Project

Junior Achievement Goes IPO

Junior Achievement Goes IPO

Tourism Month Highlights San Diego's Recovery

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Local Small Business Gets a Boost From Bank

Hispanic Chamber Hits $6M Mark in Providing City Contracts for Small Business

AirFiber Touts Reliability in New Telecom Technology

SureBeam Reports Loss in Latest Quarterly Report

Acquisition Puts Bank Over $1B

First National Bank agreed to be acquired last week, but its name and franchise will continue, at least for a while.

California's Small Businesses Feeling Beleaguered

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

Port Tenants Seek More Input on Panel Appointees

Government: Commission Now Has Three Vacancies After Peter Janopaul's Resignation

National City Yacht Company Recognized By Magazine

National City Yacht Company Recognized By Magazine

Wireless Operators Face Competition In Marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: High-Tech

Silence Is Golden & #711; to Big Oil

COMMENTARY by RICK BELL