Stories for December 2003

Monday, December 22

Reps Put Bases Ahead of New S.D. Airport

Congressmen Complain Panel Overstepped Its Authority

Cities Ponder New Policies as Condo Conversions Heat Up

With the trend of converting apartments to condominiums growing countywide, cities are grappling with how to promote home-ownership and protect renters.

Errand-Runner Finds Holiday Shopping All in Day's Work

Errand-Runner Finds Holiday Shopping All in Day's Work

Executives Find Downsizing Isn't Cutting Careers Short

Workplace: Management Firm Celebrating First Full Year in Business

Does Your Small Business Need to Hire a CFO?

Small Business Help Line - Question: I own a small business. How important is it for me to have a chief financial officer? Can't I just take care of the financial accounting myself?

Hospitals Appeal to Governor To Ease Nursing Ratios

Health Care: It's 'Impossible' for Hospitals To Comply Unless Rules Change

Firm Puts Its Best Feet Forward

Editorial by Rick Bell

New Burdens Face Business While Ringing in 2004

Workplace: Recall Overshadowed Bevy of Regulations Approved in Legislature's Final Hours

Executive Profile - REINT REINDERS

In 2001, Reinders made the national Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry list compiled by MeetingNews magazine.

What Would the Wright Brothers Think?

ANOTHER VIEW by Heike Berthol, the Ayn Rand Institute

$20M Shopping Center Set for Heart of Barrio Logan

Redevelopment: Project Is Anchored By Specialty El Tigre Grocery Store

FDA Action a Setback for Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Biotech: Agency Wants More Data Before Issuing OK for New Diabetes Drug

SMS Plans to Acquire Indiana-Based Firm

Technology News & Finance

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENT TRUST

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Offer Power to Corporate Fleets

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WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: December 12 - 18, 2003

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, December 15

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

It's a Wonderful Life & #711; Even for Bears

OPINION By Rick Reiff, Orange County Business Journal

Highly Touted Factory 2-U Chief Executive Resigns Suddenly

Retail: Stock's Tailspin Could Spell Bankruptcy For Apparel Discounter

Oceanside's Eastern Edge Sees Major Growth

Oceanside is directing much of its new retail and industrial investors to large parcels of land still available east of Interstate 5.

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: HOLLIS-EDEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

"Big-Box" Stores May Take Big Hit in County

Proposed Ordinance Could Limit Size of Large Combination Shops

Ex-PinnFund Exec Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A seventh defendant in the PinnFund USA case pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to multiple fraud and other criminal charges stemming from his role in the largest Ponzi scheme in San Diego's history.

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: December 5 - 11, 2003: Government Work Comp Costs Jump 18 to 55%; ConVis Says Visitor Spending Will Increase; Cushioning Terror's Blows; Layoffs at Zoo and Wild Animal Park

LETTER

Letter to the Editor - Too Much Influence Over The Legislative Process

Contractors Sting Leads to First Wildfire Arrests

The Contractors State License Board, the California agency that administers contractors' licenses, made its first felony arrests in the fire damaged areas of Southern California.

Strip Club Owner Appeals Denial of License Renewal

The owner of Cheetahs strip club in Kearny Mesa was denied a renewal of his club's license this month, setting up the possibility the club would have to close.

High Security Measures Need Not Hold Up Business Trips

From Take-Off to Landing , Tips for Today's Savvy Corporate Traveler

Small Business Help Line: Do's and Don'ts for the Holiday Office Party

Many employers celebrate the holiday season by sponsoring parties for their employees. While such parties often boost employee morale, they may also create liability for an unwary employer.

For California, a Bit of Holiday Cheer

Commentary by John Hollon

BUSINESS LEADS

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Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Consumers Get What They Pay for

People Seem to Want the Best of Everything and They're Angry When They Can't Get It Dirt Cheap

Monday, December 8

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: COMMUNITY BANCORP INC. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Local Mergers and Acquisitions Were Big News in 2003

Local Mergers and Acquisitions Were Big News in 2003

Firm Stance By Grocers Puts Brakes on Strike Progress

Retail: Negotiating For Themselves a Big Shift From Past Talks

Give Sandag Authority Over Energy

EDITORIAL by Rick Bell

Small Business Help Line - When Is It the Right Time to Open a Line of Credit?

QUESTION: What are the advantages to opening a line of credit when financing short-term business needs?

A Comfortable Fit: Combining Work Force Post-Merger

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Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Corporate Reform: "We Have to Give It a Chance"

Corporate Reform: 'We Have to Give It a Chance'

Local Tech School Eyes Public Merger

Deal Is Complicated By Holding Company Also Courting the Public Firm

Agency Lines Up Support to Power Area Energy Policies

Costs Expected to Peak at $730K in Its First Full Year

City, Chargers Disagree on the Value of Talks

As the Chargers and the city of San Diego head down the road to litigation over the team's lease at Qualcomm Stadium, clear differences concerning what was accomplished during 34 negotiating sessions between the parties are evident.

Navy Likes the Sound of the Hearing Pill

Locally Based American BioHealth's First Product Is Tabbed as a 'Nutraceutical'

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: November 28 - December 4, 2003

Executive Profile - GINA CHAMPION-CAIN

PROFILE: Title: President and CEO. Company: American National Investments.

BUSINESS LEADS

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Monday, December 1

Wall Street Wary as Gemstar Softens Approach

Under founder Henry Yuen, hardball tactics and patent litigation marked Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.'s approach to dominating the market for on-screen television program guides.

Business Group Wants to Reshape The Debate Over Workers' Comp

OPINION by Howard Fine, reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal

A Class Action Boondoggle

ANOTHER VIEW, by Rick Reiff, Orange County Business Journal

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"Buy American" Provision Diluted In Defense Bill

U.S. lawmakers compromised over language in the Pentagon budget that called on defense contractors to use American raw materials, components and machine tools.

Will Governor Call Legislature's Bluff on Workers' Comp?

Politics: Threat to Take Reform Package to Voters Seen as Bold But Risky Strategy

Refurbished Machines Fuels PC Mall Stock

Value Continues to Grow As Demand Also Rises

Small Business Help Line: Hire Smart When Adding Seasonal Workers

Question: I am considering hiring seasonal employees. What rules and regulations should I be aware of?

One Year Later, Port, Airport Officials Still Squabbling

Transportation: Lawsuit Filed Over Who Should Control Land Near Airport

Ethics Commission Finds New Executive Director

Stacey Fulhorst will be the new executive director of the San Diego Ethics Commission.

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: November 21 - 27, 2003

New Fire Tax? No Protection, No Payment

OPINION by JIMMY VALENTINE, producer of the Roger Hedgecock Show on KOGO-AM 600

Muni Bonds a First For Imperial Beach

Redevelopment was once a dirty word in Imperial Beach, but this week the beachfront community just north of the Tijuana River will issue its first municipal bonds.

Us Vs. Them. Why Have Americans Become So Polarized

OPINION by Mark Lacter, editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

IPOs Position for Another Run

Editorial by Rick Bell