Stories for November 2002

Monday, November 25

City Heights Housing Project Receives $18.8M Tax Credit

Metro Villas, a 120-unit affordable housing development in City Heights, received $18.8 million in tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

Alliance Lays Off 35, Reports Quarterly Loss

Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. said it let go 35 employees as the company reported its first-quarter net loss increased over last year's figure by 36 percent.

Local Lodging Looks Good as Holidays Near

A 71.6 percent year-to-date occupancy rate for San Diego's lodging facilities was off 2.3 percent from the year-ago period while the supply of rooms rose 2.4 percent to 50,799, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Convention Targets Telecom Industry

TECH TALK: Attendees Have a Keen Interest in What's Next For Cell Phone Networks

Mailbox Firm Relocates Headquarters to Mission Valley

Retail: Postal Store Likes Area's 'Talent Pool'

DONE DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases; Construction contracts

North County Hospitals Go To D.C. for New Boss

ESCONDIDO , Palomar Pomerado Health's new chief executive officer said he'll work hard to address the challenges of staffing needs, earthquake safety and rising health care needs at the two-part hospital system in North County.

Local Auto Repair Firm Under SEC Scrutiny

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission filed a temporary restraining order against an alleged telemarketing scam that was seeking to raise some $9 million in stock shares for a Carlsbad auto repair business.

CCDC Announces Winners of Advisory Panel Elections

A coin toss recently decided a little-talked-about Centre City Development Corp. race.

Corporate Boards Facing Increased Public Scrutiny

Corporate Boards Facing Increased Public Scrutiny

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Local Water District Gets Workplace Honors

Plus: KPBS Records Solid Financial Numbers for Year

Foley & Lardner Offers Time and Money to Seau Foundation

San Diego-based law firm Foley & Lardner has contributed $10,000 to the Junior Seau Foundation

San Diego Park Department Gets Electric Cars

Also: Entrepreneurs Get a Boost From Local Groups

Out-of-County Sites Offer Potential

Commentary by Rick Bell

Student Finds Help With Managing Debt After Charging $4,000 on Credit Cards

When Emily Feeney's monthly bills on two credit cards reached about $600, she knew she needed help. PLUS: Casino Kicks Off Its Holiday Toy Drive

Corporate Location Summit Offers Chance to Tout S.D.

While San Diego last week experienced warm, sunny Santa Ana-induced weather, economic development officials were in town trying to sell the cold climates of South Dakota, Canada and the like to executives.

State Asks Feds to Nix Power Utility's Exemption From Federal Act

The state Attorney General's Office has asked federal regulators to deny a Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. exemption.

BUSINESS LEADS

New business name listings

Election's Over. Now the Real Work Begins

OPINION by Jack Faris, president of the National Federation of Independent Businesses

Continuing the Investment in California's Schools

OPINION by Ted Lempert, CEO of EdVoice

Weighing Retirement Options: How Do You Benefit?

Weighing Retirement Options: How Do You Benefit?

ViaSat Shifts Focus From Commercial To Defense Work

Plus: Clear Channel Layoffs Part of Merger, Sale; 'Innovative Product' Awards Event Is Set

Trade Center Honors Founder at Annual Silver Jubilee Awards

San Diego World Trade Center founding member John Howard Norton was honored with a Lifetime Recognition Award as the agency celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual awards ceremony.

Commercial Projects Decline as Leasing Market Slows

Real Estate: Developers With Property Waiting to See How The Market Recovers

Expert: Give Staff Straight News About Layoffs

Workplace: 'Delivering Bad News for Good Results' Eases Stress for Both Sides

What to Look for When Shopping for a Home Loan

What to Look for When Shopping for a Home Loan

Homeland Security OK Puts S.D. Firms on Alert

There Are Questions Over How Department's Spending Will Fall to Small Business

Financial Guru Offers His Expertise on the Economy

Finance: Charles Schwab Predicts Stronger Market Ahead as 2003 Approaches

Monday, November 18

Report Finds Vacancies Up During Third Quarter

REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson

City Takes LEED in Green Buildings

The San Diego City Council decided earlier this year that municipal buildings should meet the silver level of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Jack's Quarterly, Annual Figures a Mixed Bag

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. reported a decline in net earnings to $14 million for the last quarter of its fiscal year ended in September from $20.7 million for the like period in the previous year.

Time for Drivers With Cells to Hang Up

Commentary by Rick Bell

Encinitas' Lumberyard Site of New Restaurant Run By Sbicca Family

WHAT'S ON THE MENU by Jack White

Nationwide Business Census to Be Mailed Next Month

Acci & #243;n Trumpets Success Providing Small Biz Loans

Labor Figures Forecast Slow Recovery; Local Unemployment Still Fairly Low

San Diego's unemployment remained a relatively low 4.2 percent in October, the same rate as September, but prospects for a turnaround to last year's record low levels aren't evident.

No Man & #711; or Firm & #711; Is an Island

This is the last column I'll write as editor of the San Diego Business Journal...

Agencies Unveil Border 2012 Pollution Program

Environment: Support, Input Sought From Public and Industry; Environmental regulators are inviting business leaders to participate in a new program that may relieve pollution-related problems in border cities like San Diego.

DONE DEALS

Real Estate sales and leases

ViaSat Secures Antenna Contract With Air Force

Plus: Joe Craver Heads List of Appointees to Airport Authority;

Silicon Valley Biotech Buys Maxia Pharmaceuticals

Maxim Reports Hopeful Results for Cancer Drug

Energy Marketer Makes Peace With Water Districts

Nine water districts in San Diego County will get $4.8 million from a settlement with a Tulsa, Okla.-based energy marketer.

President's Initiative Strives to Aid the Uninsured

President's Initiative Strives to Aid the Uninsured

Investors Putting Together New Bank in Escondido

Temecula Valley Bank Jumps to 12th In SBA Loans

Study Tackles Economic Impact of Cross-Border Traffic

State Plans Trade And Investment Office in Armenia

County Tightens Grip on Strip Club Proliferation

OPINION by Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Consumers Will Lose With New Mortgage Regulations

OPINION by Ted Grose, president of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers

S.D. Program a Funding Option for New Firms

Finance: EmTek Has Made Loans to 13 Companies Totaling More Than $2M

Seaport Village Gets New Manager; GMS Realty LLC Takes Over Sublease

GMS Realty LLC has taken on the sublease for Seaport Village and hopes to be involved in the expansion of the tourist attraction in Downtown San Diego.

Long-Term Care Insurance: Planning for Your Future

Long-Term Care Insurance: Planning for Your Future

Deadline Looms for S.D., Imperial Water Deal

San Diego could face a devastating water shortage if the state fails to meet a fast-approaching deadline.

Analysts Blast Ligand-Elan Agreement

Biotech: Shares Fall More Than 26 Percent

Stock Sale: Qualcomm Chief Says Not to Worry

Middle East Venture Pays Off for SureBeam

Brobeck, Phleger Attorney Assists in Bluelight Sale

Local Firm Secures a Multimillion-Dollar Win For Homeowners in O.C.

Tech Industry Salaries Continue to Drop

Casualties at SourcingLink.net Inc. Include New CEO Dan Rawlings

BUSINESS LEADS

New business name filings

Monday, November 11

DONE DEALS / Construction Journal

Real Estate Sales and Leases; new Construction Contracts

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Announce Breakthrough on Gaucher Disease

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute may have found a potential treatment for Gaucher disease, the most common genetic disorder affecting Jewish people of eastern European ancestry. Also: USD Shiley Center Drawing Donors

Energy Reliability Called Key To Growth

County Called a Power Cul de Sac

Nevada Joins California Cities, Firms in Sempra Lawsuit

Nevada is suing several energy companies , Sempra Energy and two of its subsidiaries among them , for overcharging consumers for natural gas and electricity.

BUSINESS LEADS

New Business Name Filings

Real Estate News

Five Stories: National to Open Two North County Centers; Local Casino Already In Expansion Mode; Propulsion Purchases C & J; Marine, Absorbs Staff; S.D. National Reports 19 Percent Hike in Quarter; Office Building in Mission Valley Sells for $24M

Philanthropic Support Increases at SDSU

Also: Book Distributor Reports Upswing in Earnings

Wireless Facilities Earns $2.5M in Recent Quarter

Also: SureBeam Loses $11 Million in Recent Quarter; Technology Firm Passes Muster for State Contracts

Navy-Marine Intranet System Gets Added Boost

Defense: Pentagon Budget Contains Nearly $2 Billion in Funding

Councilman's Name Pulled From Regional Airport Panel

Less than two weeks after San Diego City Councilman Byron Wear was appointed to serve on the new regional airport authority board, Wear withdrew his nomination.

SDG & E; Signs Renewable Energy Pact

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. recently diversified its electricity portfolio. The company bought enough energy from renewable sources , wind and biomass , to power about 100,000 homes.

News Briefs

Six Stories: Second Quarter Apartment Sales Hit New Level; Online Benefits Program Boosts Hawthorne Revenues; Carlsbad Office Building Construction Set for Spring; Civil Engineering Firm to Occupy Carlsbad Facility; Beyster Institute Names Entrepreneurshi

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events, announcements

Recovery Continues for Local Hospitality Industry

Tourism: ConVis Exec Says Business Stronger Here Than in L.A. Or San Francisco

Proposition Successes a Business Boon

Editorial by Martin Hill

State ISO at Odds With PUC Over Duke's Energy Role

Energy by Rene'e Beasley Jones

How HOAs Protect Home Investment, Property Values

How HOAs Protect Home Investment, Property Values

High-Rise That Houses Mr. A's Ready for New Look

Home Depot Signs $54M Lease for Kearny Mesa Site

Inclusionary Housing: A Band-Aid With No Bactine

OPINION by Dan Holbrook, president of the AtVantage Group

Local PR Firm Signs One-Year Deal With L.A. Firm

Also: Magazine Touts Merits of Two Local Universities; AMN, Countrywide Team for $250 Million Loan

Chamber Event Examines Mexican Economic Forecast

Also: Binational Conference Set to Spotlight Business-Education

Water Costs, Scarce Land Don't Hamper Ag Figures

ESCONDIDO , Ben Hillebrecht, who grows oranges in North County, got squeezed in 2001. That year, he chose not to harvest his crop because he'd get paid less for the oranges than it cost to pick them.

Pressure Grows to Improve Port as Volume Increases

Maritime: 10 Percent Increase in Shipments Expected This Year

Napa Valley Grille Offers Wine Country Fare With View of San Diego

What's On The Menu by Jack White

Online Survey Encourages Small Biz to Set Up Web Sites

SCORE Execs Offer Entrepreneur Workshops; Yellow Cab Offers Free Ads to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Medicare's 2003 Budget Climbs to $18.7 Billion

North County Firms Boost the Number of Automated Defibrillators

Qualcomm Beats Analysts' Predictions

Wireless: Tech Giant Tops $3 Billion in Sales; San Diego tech stalwart Qualcomm Inc. ended its fiscal year by topping the $3 billion sales mark and doing better than analysts had predicted.

Report: Commercial Real Estate Here Attractive to Investors

Commercial real estate investors still like San Diego County's demographics enough to continue buying local properties.

Plasma Puts Gateway's Stock on the Big Screen

Telecom's Woes Force Layoffs at OMM

Bridge Medical Bought for $82 Million

Palomar Technologies Acquires Axsys Technologies' Fiber Automation Division

Companies Lining Up for Super Bowl Contracts

SPORTS by Mike Allen

Heart Device to Be Offered By Sharp Memorial Hospital

Plus: Federal Agency Honors Local Labor Practices; Grant Money Available For Areas Near Airport

Desalination Plant Whets Appetite of Thirsty County

The San Diego County Water Authority will discuss a proposal this week which could give the region access to a new source of fresh water , more than 18 billion gallons of water a year.

Venture Capitalists Should Address Product Development

OPINION by Larry Gach, managing member for Redpoint Engineering, LLC.

Defense, Crops Fueling Local Economy

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Monday, November 4

Fisher Science Donates Lab Equipment to Preuss School

Fisher Science Donates Lab Equipment to Preuss School

County Sets Right Example for Business

Editorial by Rick Bell

Local Firms Anticipate New Defense Spending

On San Diego Bay, shipyard executives anticipate the arrival of $350 million to $400 million in federal funds so they can perform another year of Navy ship maintenance.

Expletus Buys Glass Doctor Franchise

A San Diego investment company has acquired the existing local franchise of Glass Doctor.

Venture Funding Tumbles in San Diego Market

Finance: Downward Trend Is Part of National Phenomena That Is Likely to Continue

Titan Sales Up, But Losses Remain

Technology: Loss Due To Discontinued Unit; Titan Corp., the San Diego technology company that of late has focused more closely on defense, reported an increase in sales during its third quarter.

Planning Is a Key Element for Holiday Parties

Planning Is a Key Element for Holiday Parties

Friends of the Compact Sponsor Sweetwater Scholarship

Friends of the Compact Sponsor Sweetwater Scholarship

Business' Right to Free Speech Imperiled

Opinion by M. David Stirling, vice president of Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest legal organization that defends free enterprise in the courts.

Reading Issue Poses Challenge for Business

Reading Issue Poses Challenge for Business

Three Analysts Fined, Suspended for Info Misuse

The National Association of Securities Dealers said it fined and suspended three Wall Street analysts for misusing confidential information in a research report on an experimental sleep drug developed by San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences Inc.

Water Authority OKs Key Points in IID Water Transfer Deal

PLUS: County Water Authority Mulls Getting Into Business of Water Treatment

Water Pollution, Transportation Subjects of Props 50, 51

Politics: Critics Fear a Lack of Control, High Cost; Two initiatives on the Nov. 5 ballot could bring a total of more than $1 billion to San Diego County for infrastructure projects.

Goal Is Familiarizing Consumers With Your Product

Goal Is Familiarizing Consumers With Your Product

Business Leads

New Business Listings

ITLA Goes Hollywood With Movie-Making Venture

Official Notes Regents Bank Operating 'Considerably Ahead' Of Its Projected Schedule

Qualcomm Exec Heads Wireless Knowledge

3E Co. Secures $25M to Buy Out Former Owner

Density Still Concern in "Villages" Plan

Russ Haley was shocked that the San Diego City Council approved the City of Villages plan , minus its controversial increased housing density projections.

Top Biotech Execs Converge at Annual Conference

Biotech: Executive Summit Emphasizes Growth, Marketing, R & D;

Older Adults Are Fueling Growth in Universities

Older Adults Are Fueling Growth in Universities

Cohu Appears to Be Surviving Tough Times

Wireless Firm Voyager Systems Gets $7.5M to Expand Customer Service, Sales

Printer Expands Facility, Receives ISO Certification

CPS Printing announced it has once again received the ISO 9001 certification.

Utilities Get OK to Again Buy Power

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is gearing up to buy electricity again.

Legislation Can Curb Ongoing Class Action Abuse

Opinion by Cher Gonzalez, counsel/legislative advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce.

Studies Reveal Colleges' Economic Impact on Area

Studies Reveal Colleges' Economic Impact on Area

Amylin Watches Its R & D; Costs Continue to Rise

Neurogenetics Secures $10M In Series B Preferred Stock

Local Firms Help Hammer Out UPS Settlement

CEO of Santa Clara Superior Court Named Executive Officer of San Diego Superior Court

Impact of World Events on Tourism Focus of Forum

The latest ConVis Forum will meet Nov. 14 to discuss "The Impact of World Events on the Meeting and Tourism Industry , The New Reality and the Foreseeable Future."

Bank Has Increased Income in Third Quarter

PLUS: Prominent Speakers Set For Accounting Confab

Southwestern Plays Host to Hispanic Business Fair

Staff WriterCarlsbad Mall Hopes To Raise Big Bucks for Charity

Done Deals / Construction Journal

Real Estate Sales and Leases; Construction Contracts

Qualcomm Joins Global Warming Reduction Effort

One of San Diego's biggest high-tech employers has joined a statewide effort to reduce emissions and fight global warming.

Access to Dental Care Still a Priority in the State

Opinion by Lee J. Harris, president of the California Association of Dental Plans, and Marilynn Belek, DMD, senior vice president of professional services and the chief dental officer for Delta Dental Plan of California.

Firm Proposes Building Salton Sea Desalination Plant

Environment: Plans Call For 'Lake Within a Lake'

Survey Finds Apartment Rents Inch Upward

Loma Business Center Sold for Almost $20.5M

For the Record

Calendar of business events, announcements, Real Estate leases

Thanks for the Memories: Nicolosi's Celebrates 50 Years of Food, Friends

What's On The Menu by Jack White

San Diego Strong Draw for Meetings, Conventions

San Diego Strong Draw for Meetings, Conventions

How "Sweet" It Is

How 'Sweet' It Is