Stories for August 2003

Monday, August 25

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Biotechs Likely To Reopen the IPO Window

Several Local Firms May Follow CancerVax's Lead. Hale, the CEO of Carlsbad-based CancerVax Corp., took a big step forward when he filed on Aug. 14 to take his vaccine company public.

Cruz Bustamante's Budget Bomb

EDITORIALS - Our Views

Chargers Put Forth New Stadium Plan

The Chargers' amended plan for a new football-only stadium entails turning the Qualcomm Stadium site into the largest-yet City of Villages model

Local Developers Racing to Build Big Box Retail Centers

Retail: Construction Hurries to Maintain Pace. PLUS: New Furniture Store Takes Over Pyramid

California Extends COBRA Continuation Period

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Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Fed Executive Tepid on Quick Economic Recovery

Finance: State Budget Workers' Comp Costs Leave Negative Impact

Political Will Could Shape State's Major Reform

Politics: Recall Makes Even Skeptics Feel That Change Is Finally Possible

LEGACY

A look back at an issue being discussed in the San Diego Business Journal 11 years ago this week

Tech Exec Takes Peregrine's Reins

John Mutch, who engineered the sale of locally based HNC Software to Fair Issac & Co. last year, is the new CEO and president at Peregrine Systems, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month.

Contract Won for Navy "Trapping" Technology

San Diego-based General Atomics is working on new technology to launch and retrieve Navy aircraft from carriers.

Small Business Help Line: What Steps to Take to Finance Expansion

Question: How can I finance an expansion of my business?

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Onslaught of E-Mail Viruses Send Companies Scrambling

High-Tech: Paying For Protection Often Pays Off Down the Road

Wage-Hour Litigation Persists: Is There an End in Sight?

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Court's Decision Over Patents May Stifle University Research

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WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: AUGUST 15 21, 2003

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: Gen-Probe Inc. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

San Diego Makes It Six as Travelers Pour Into Town

Tourism: Officials Unsure Of Fall Numbers as Summer Season Nears End

College Hosts Contractor Workshops

TIPS & TRENDS

Monday, August 18

Judge Denies Arbitration In Port Suit

A Superior Court judge recently ruled against the San Diego Unified Port District's request for arbitration

Why Bundling Might Be the Future of Telecommunications

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Small Business Help Line - Plan Ahead When Applying for a Small Business Loan

Question: What sort of preparations should I take before applying for a business loan?

MARKETPLACE

San Diego Public Stocks; Proxy - Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

LEGACY

A look back at an issue being discussed in the San Diego Business Journal 13 years ago this week.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: AUGUST 8 AUGUST 14, 2003

Feds Give State a Month to Ink Colorado River Deal

Water: Wild Card Players Could Still Jinx Agreement; A water deal guaranteeing supplies to all of Southern California is closer to completion than ever before , but it could be scuttled by the attempt to recall Gov. Gray Davis.

Arnold Will Play to Business In Recall Run

OPINION by Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal

Local Tech Spinoffs Now Operating as Conexant

With 400 Employees in Sorrento Mesa, Firm Sees Signs of Rebound

UCSD Research May Help in Toxic Cleanup

Biotech: Bioremediation Is the Process of Using Plants in Cleanup Work

Interest in Visiting San Diego at Record Levels

Tourism: Inquiries About The City Hits 2.6 Million

Big News in a Slow Sports Season

Editorial by John Hollon

San Diego Unemployment Holds Steady; Still Less Than Either State or Nation

San Diego County's unemployment rate stayed at 4.5 percent in July, unchanged from June, the state Employment Development Department reported.

UCSD Joins Potent Biotech Consortium

UC San Diego scientist Dr. Thomas Kipps hopes to be among the first scientists to benefit from a new consortium aiming to move discoveries made at the school into clinical trials.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

"Big Box" Stores Draw Fire in North County

Neighbors May Complain, But Cities Reap More Revenue

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Qualcomm Still Head of the Pack for S.D. Telecom

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Global Survey Predicts Upswing in Teleworking

Biz Reports Enhanced Productivity Is Top Benefit. PLUS: Wireless Systems Integrator Releases Earnings

An Unlikely Symbol for the Postal Service

Armstrong Is a Champion; Sponsor and Spokesman Have Differing Values

Monday, August 11

Small Business Help Line: Choosing the Right Retirement Plan for Your Business

Question: As a small business owner, what is the best retirement plan I can offer my employees? How about for myself?

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: AUGUST 1 AUGUST 7, 2003

EXECUTIVE PROFILE - GERALD R. (GERRY) DINKEL

San Diego-based Cubic Corp. has two major divisions. One, its Defense Applications Group, provides a variety of hardware and services to the U.S. military and allied militaries.

Chargers, City Push New Stadium Negotiations Into Second Overtime

After more than four months of negotiations, the city of San Diego and the Chargers agreed to talk some more about a new stadium for the football team.

A Bombshell From "The Terminator"

EDITORIAL

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: ITLA Capital Corp; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Entrepreneurial Spirit Fuels Dreams for America's Hispanics

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

Feds Drop Some Charges Against Sempra, Duke Energy

Utilities Cleared of Withholding Electricity During Power Crisis

K2 Acquiring Sporting Goods Maker Worth, Inc.

Sports equipment maker K2 Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire privately held Worth, Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. for cash, K2 stock, and the assumption of Worth's debt.

Agreement in Place for East Village Square

Redevelopment: JMI Realty Eager to Start Construction; Crossroads, City of Villages Pilots Are Examples of 'Smart Growth' Strategy

Prevailing Wage for City Projects Is a Hot Ticket Item

San Diego Waiting for State Supreme Court Ruling

S.D.'s Radio Stations Report Strong First Half of Year

Even With War in Iraq, Ad Sales Up 9% Locally

LEGACY

A look back at one of the issues being discussed on the Opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal 17 years ago this month:

Airport Passenger Count Shows Slight Signs of Recovery

A slight increase in the passenger count during the first six months of the year at Lindbergh Field has been viewed as sign that the local airport is rebounding from the post-Sept. 11 airline-industry slump.

Barona, Neighbors Address Sore Subject of Dry Wells

Water: Bringing New Supply To Area Might Be Solution

Diabetes Drug Results Drive Amylin Stock

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s shares leaped 13 percent to $24 in trading the morning after the San Diego-based diabetes drug maker announced positive results from one of three late-stage trials

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FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, August 4

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

EXECUTIVE PROFILE: PAM RICHARDSON

General manager, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island.

UCSD Viewed as Biotech Incubator

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REIT Prowls for Long-Term Commercial Investments

Equity Office Properties Trust has shed some properties from its local portfolio, but it plans to use the capital to buy more buildings in San Diego County.

LEGACY

A look back at one of the issues being discussed on the Opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal 10 years ago this month

Demand for Local MBA Programs Remains Steady

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Water Delivery System Strained By Increased Demand

San Diego could face water rationing this summer for the first time in a decade.

County Hopes To Head Off West Nile Virus

The county has taken a stance against West Nile virus before the mosquito-borne disease makes its way here.

Shopping Malls Will Need to Evolve to Ward Off Extinction

Retail: Luring Customers With High-End Dining, Wal-Marts, Housing

S.D. Companies See Bump in VC Funding

Finance: Though Quarterly Trend Is Up, Investments Fall Short of 2002 Total

Big Firms' Merger Doesn't Shake S.D. Commercial Brokers

Real Estate: Local Companies Have Their Own Niche

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Consortium's Goal is Getting Students Back to School

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Car Dealer Puts EDC Loan to Work in South County

Finance: Expansion Leads To Hiring 55 New Staffers

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: JULY 25 JULY 31, 2003

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State Tour Department Survives Budget Cuts

After months of lobbying to retain the state Department of Tourism following Gov. Gray Davis' recommendation that its entire budget be eliminated, industry officials were relieved to learn lawmakers last week allocated just enough to keep the department's

Program Offers Future Teachers Hands-On Experience

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Supervisors Add More Muscle to Catch Local Spammers

Law: Change Sought In State Law to Allow Use of Search Warrants

Educators Set Sights on Developing "Leadership North County"

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Silver Lining in State's Economic News

OUR VIEWS

Small Business Help Line: Do Homework Before Venturing Into Business

Question: I am in the middle of a career transition from corporate work to entrepreneurship. I'd like to buy an established small business in the North County area. Where do you recommend I start my research? Are most of the businesses for sale usually ha

Bill Seeks to Change Fuel Quality for Cruise Ships

Tourism: Nearly 120 Vessels Visited San Diego in 2002