Stories for February 2003

Monday, February 24

Retail Brokers Transition Into Independent Contractors

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Budget Cuts May Pinch S.D. Tourism

A tourism advocacy group opposing Gov. Gray Davis' proposal to eliminate funding for the California Department of Tourism has appealed to a group of international tour operators for help.

OUR VIEWS: PETA Goes Overboard & #711; But What Else is New?

Editor's Notebook by John Hollon

Biotech Stock Falls After Poor Test Results

INTERFACE - NEWS FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD

Earnings Down, Though Jack in the Box Tops Forecast

Year-over-year earnings for Jack in the Box Inc. during the first quarter were down slightly, but the good news to investors was that the San Diego-based corporation beat its own earnings projection by a penny a share.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Gas Hikes Cut Wiggle Room For Business

Armando Freire has watched local diesel prices climb about 35 cents during the last couple of months. Freire, president and owner of Dimex Freight Systems Inc. of San Diego, hasn't passed on the price to patrons yet.

Effects of Avian Disease Spreading Across the County

Agriculture: Exotic Newcastle Disease Has Spread Across Southern California

La Jolla Company Set to Launch "Wrinkle Filler" in U.S.

Biotech: FDA May Approve Artecoll by Artes Medical This Week

How to Sell Your Company More Than Once

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OTHER VIEWPOINTS: How San Diego Would React to a Smallpox Threat

OPINION by John Hill, director of Disaster Preparedness for the Medical Society

Small Business Help Line:

How Can I Get Financing for a New Business?

REAL ESTATE Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements

OUR VIEWS: Recall? Voters Missed Their Chance Last November

Editorial by Rick Bell

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: FEB. 14 FEB. 20, 2003

Monday, February 17

Local Software Company Sales Are Surging

ABOUT THE LIST: Survey of 2002 Revenues Shows 40 Percent Sales Increase; Software sales are booming as companies have shifted positions on this year's San Diego Business Journal List of Top San Diego Software Companies.

New Chairman Urges Diversification of Water Supplies

Government: Proposals Include Desalination Plants, Water-Efficient Housing; If there's any lesson behind the federal government's recent move to cut Southern California's water supply by 200 billion gallons, it's that San Diego must diversify its water re

Impact of Iraq Conflict on San Diego's Economy

San Diego Business Journal Forum: SDBJ asks: How would a military conflict with Iraq impact the San Diego economy?

Avanir's Stock Soars on Word of Potential Anthrax Drug

San Diego-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals, best known for its over-the-counter cold sore medication, Abreva, believes it has created a viable drug to protect against a potentially deadly threat , anthrax.

Chargers Citizen Task Force Eyeing Several Stadium Plans

Redevelopment: Option Of Sales Tax a 'Tough Sell'

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events, announcements

Small Business Help Line

Question: What licenses, permits or legal obligations do I need to meet when starting my business?

Airport Authority Settles Down to Business, 18 Sites Get a Look

Government: Panel Already Has An Advocacy Group in ASAP 21

Qualcomm's First-Ever Dividend a Sign of the Times

Payout, Stock Buyback Show That Company Feels Good About Future

Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate Sales and Leases; Construction contracts and deals

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: FEB. 7 FEB. 13, 2003

Intrusion Detection: The Need for a Security Triangle

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Integrating Technology to Become "On-Demand"

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Monday, February 10

New Bayfront Hotel a Step Closer to Its 2006 Opening

Tourism: Port District OKs Design of Hilton at Campbell Shipyard Site

Failing Law Firm's Partners Vow to Stick Together

Brobeck's Money Problems Had Roots in Dot-Com Era

Ex-PinnFund CEO Fanghella Receives 10-Year Prison Term

Michael Fanghella, the former CEO of PinnFund USA, the Carlsbad-based mortgage brokerage that became one of the largest Ponzi schemes in San Diego history, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week by federal Judge Marilyn Huff.

Supervisor: "Every Citizen Will Suffer" From State Woes

Government: Cox Vows Safe Communities Despite The Budget During Annual State of the County Speech

Local Theme Parks Weathered a Rough Ride in 2002

Tourism: Attendance Was Flat Locally, While Disney Parks Saw More Severe Drops

Local Lending Firm Prepares For Its IPO

The stock market may not seem too inviting these days, but it's not stopping one San Diego firm from going ahead with a planned initial public offering this week.

LETTER - The Dirty Little Secret Of College Admissions

Letter to the Editor

Luce Forward Enters Into Merger Talks With Seattle Firm

Law: Even With Uncertainties, San Diego Still Seen as Lucrative Market

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: JAN. 31 FEB. 6, 2003; Demographic Shift: A study by UCLA researchers found that Latinos now account for the majority of births in California.

Two Services, One Unifying Message

EDITORIAL - OUR VIEWS by John Hollon

Cut the Budget, But Please, Don't Cut the Libraries

OTHER VIEWPOINTS by Anna Tatar, library director for the San Diego Public Library

Future of Brick-and-Mortar Stores Lies With Location

Despite the hype about online retail, local developers and real estate experts feel the Internet will have little effect on retail centers. But other demographic changes may transform the retail industry.

Invitrogen Buys Vertex Unit for $95M

HIGH TECH INTERFACE - NEWS FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD

Nomination Deadline Nears for Athena Awards

UCSD's Athena program for professional women has set a Feb. 11 deadline for nominations for its Pinnacle Awards.

State Job Freeze Adds to Workers' Comp Troubles

Governor's Action Has Hurt Both Employers And Injured Workers; Study: San Diego Not Producing Enough Skilled Workers for Area

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events, announcements

City Gives Thumbs Up to Funding for Affordable Housing

Sale of Bonds Would Provide Up to $55M for Projects; San Diego has announced a new pool of money for developers who build affordable housing.

Monday, February 3

Cymer's Quarterly Loss Matches Predictions

Cymer, Inc., which makes $700,000 lasers for microchip foundries, reported a $3.9 million net loss in its fourth quarter, following up on its executives' predictions of weakness during the period.

High Tech High Providing New Take on Education

High Tech High Providing New Take on Education

Private Schools Experience Surge in Popularity

Private Schools Experience Surge in Popularity

Commission Unveils Employer-Assisted Housing Plan

Real Estate: High Cost Of Homes Impedes Business Recruiting; The San Diego Housing Commission, along with secondary mortgage lender Fannie Mae, will help San Diego companies develop employer-assisted housing programs.

Biotech Program Feels Pain of State Cuts

OCEANSIDE , A future biotech manufacturing program at MiraCosta College , which would be one of only five in the nation , is feeling the pinch of state budget woes.

Local Designers Honored With ASID Awards

The San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has recognized local designers for their work.

San Diego Real Estate: Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate Sales, leases

Author Lectures From "Inside the Executive's Chair"

Author Lectures From 'Inside the Executive's Chair'

The Big Game Brought Lasting Benefits to Area

OPINION by Reint Reinders, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Some Leaders Eye Ordinance as Way to Patch Budget

Government: Trash Collection Has Been Free in City Limits; At a time when the city faces a $20 million dip in revenue from taxes and the loss of more than $75 million over two years from Gov. Gray Davis' proposed budget cuts, the 1919 People's Ordinance

LETTER: Who Are the Real Criminals in California?

Letter to the editor

Agencies Take A New Stab At Water Deal

Southern California officials continue to squabble over a deal to restore an important source of water to the state.

Super Bowl Week & #711; The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Commentary by John Hollon

Lemon Grove Connects Homes and School Via Intranet

Lemon Grove Connects Homes and School Via Intranet

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements