Stories for January 2003

Monday, January 27

Plant Breeders Equity Act May Aid Local Growers

Local growers may benefit from a bill introduced into Congress this month.

Unclouding the Confusion Over the ADA Act

Unclouding the Confusion Over the ADA Act

City's Fiscal Health Among Concerns With Stadium Plan

The San Diego Chargers may be facing a challenge tougher than any posed by the Oakland Raiders, as the team's owner attempts to persuade city officials to support paying for half the cost of the new $400 million football stadium.

LETTER: The Chargers' Real Choices

Letter to the editor

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's listing of new business name filings

Be Proud San Diego Is a Military Town

Commentary by Rick Bell

Selling Hotel Rooms Online Cutting Into Daily Rates

Tourism: Decreased Corporate Bookings One Reason Hoteliers Resorting to Online Agencies

Overseas Safety Gains Visibility in Wake of Shooting

Most Assignments Include Security Preparations; San Diego got a lesson last week in just how close to home international news can be.

Governor's District Offices Remain Open While Others Close

At a time when Gov. Gray Davis touts job creation as part of the remedy to the state's roughly $35 billion shortfall, Davis has closed job agency offices around California.

S.D. Housing Market Starting To Feel Pinch of Deployment

OCEANSIDE , Anticipating their husbands' return from Okinawa this month, four Marine wives made cross-country moves to the Creekwood Villas apartment complex in December.

Is Green Design Economical in Today's R.E. Market?

Is Green Design Economical in Today's R.E. Market?

Local Unemployment Figures Expected to Climb

Jobs: New Casinos Open, But Holiday Hiring Figures Dropped From Past Years

Deploying Troops Guaranteed Jobs Upon Return

With the possibility of the nation going to war, it's good for employers to review the rights of workers under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Qualcomm Reports Big Gain Over Last Year

Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. last week reported that sales topped $1 billion and net income surged ahead in the quarter ending Dec. 29.

Future Worries Merchants as Sailors and Marines Deploy

Sailing Into Uncertainty; CORONADO , As local sailors and Marines continue to leave San Diego County, Katherine Mapes has two reasons to worry.

Investor Expects Public Firms to Own More Real Estate

Investor Expects Public Firms to Own More Real Estate

SDBJ FORUM: The Chargers' New Stadium Plan

the San Diego Business Journal asks: Is the Chargers' stadium proposal a workable solution that would benefit the team, the taxpayers and the city of San Diego?

CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Recent construction contracts, deals, and news

High-End Housing May Lure Executives to South Bay

Construction: Chula Vista Developers Surprised By Demand; Chula Vista has long been known as an affordable market for new homes in comparison to most other parts of San Diego County, but homebuilders are now throwing higher-end homes into the mix.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

What Drives Commercial R.E. Marketing?

What Drives Commercial R.E. Marketing?

PEOPLE

Businesspeople in the news, on the move. Plus: Award announcements

Monday, January 20

The Governor's Budget Plan

San Diego Business Journal Forum: the San Diego Business Journal asks:

Air Quality Plan Targets Mexican Power Plants

Energy: Cutting Off Access to Natural Gas May Have Little Effect; A proposed law blocking Mexican power plants from gaining access to U.S. natural gas will have little effect on business , either for good or ill.

Business Workbook Available in Spanish

The Service Corps of Retired Executives has put out a Spanish-language version of one of its most popular workbooks.

Irish Firm's CEO Chooses to Work Out of S.D.

TECH TALK: The just-named chief executive of Irish drug maker Elan Corp., plc plans to make the company's San Diego office his home base.

Buck Knives Finally Cuts Ties With San Diego

Manufacturing: Longtime Local Firm Moving to Idaho; Cites High Costs as Reason

Bad Timing Shouldn't Kill Stadium Plan

Commentary by John Hollon

A Couple Acres and a Ferrari Aid Hotel Acquisition

Tourism: Property's Revamp To Yield Staybridge Suites in Downtown

DONE DEALS / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

This week's Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts

Rental Assistance Uncertain While House Debates Bill

Real Estate: Landlords Worry About Tenants And 90-Day Notice

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Big Game Is Big Opportunity For Qualcomm

The company's name is right there, big and blue, on the stadium where the Super Bowl is to be played. With the game approaching, the marketing team at San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. is working to leverage that asset.

There Needs to Be a Renaissance in Science Education

OPINION by William H. Rastetter, resident of Rancho Santa Fe, and chairman and CEO of Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Chargers Put Stadium Plan On the Table

The San Diego Chargers are hoping to sell the idea of a new stadium with the argument that the project will generate new taxes for the city, rather than draining tax dollars.

In Brief ...

The Road to San Diego; When the Super Bowl was here in 1998, economic gurus said visitors and locals alike dropped some $295 million on America's Finest City. Compare that to the Super Bowl in 2001

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's list of new business name filings

Monday, January 13

San Diego Biotechs Merge, Plan Move to Rancho Bernardo

San Diego biotechs GeneFormatics, Inc. and Structural Bioinformatics, Inc. have announced plans to shed staff and merge. Also: Qualcomm Appoints Retired E & Y; Exec to Board

Employment Outlook Brightens for Tech Sector

Jobs: High-Tech Jobs in County Increased By 5,571 Over the Past 12 Months

Water Deal: It May Be Too Little, Too Late

San Diego and Imperial Valley seem to have reached an agreement in an ongoing feud that has cost the state 200 billion gallons of water so far. But the agreement could be for naught...

Mexican Fruit Fly Infestation Appears Contained

Farmers Begin Treating Fruits; The quarantine of local poultry products due to Exotic Newcastle Disease is the second agricultural crisis to befall San Diego County in the past few months.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Experts Expect Natural Gas Prices to Jump

Energy: Small Businesses Likely to See 'Moderate Increase' in Utility Bills

DONE DEALS / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

This week's Real Estate sales and leases; new construction contracts

A Tale of Two Political Speeches

Editorial by John Hollon

Accessibility Suit Won't Delay Game

Beverly Walker said she didn't want things to get this far, litigating an issue about disabled access to Qualcomm Stadium that should have been resolved last April.

New Year Brings Struggles for Gateway

Computers: Stock Price Suffers After Larger Than Expected Losses

San Diego City Schools Constituents Deserve Respect

Opinion by Ernie McCray, retired San Diego City Schools principal

Is Your Business Safe From Computer Hackers?

Is Your Business Safe From Computer Hackers?

Expanding Office Tech in a Cost-Conscious Environment

Expanding Office Tech in a Cost-Conscious Environment

City Seeks Volunteers for "City of Villages" Pilot Projects

Development: Planning Department Swings Door Open for Applications

Nassco Eyes Pact On New Oil Tankers

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., which has started to build the first of four BP oil tankers, is going after even more tanker business.

New Tenant Deal Could Spur Spending at the Port

Redevelopment: With Airport Out of Picture, Tenants Move Into Top Money-Making Spot

Newcastle Disease Found at Ramona Egg Ranch

Agriculture: San Diego County Hit With Second Quarantine

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's new business name filings

Can High-Tech Ease Cargo Congestion at the Border?

Transportation: Mexican Trucks Allowed Past Commercial Zones; The U.S. government is now allowing Mexican trucks to carry cargo past commercial zones near the border.

Monday, January 6

Survey Peers Into Crystal Ball for Clues About Economy

Employment: Report Finds Areas of Growth Despite Electricity, Housing Concerns; San Diego employers remain nervous in a shaky economy, as about half do not expect to grow the size of their staff.

The Watchword for San Diego Area's Business Community in 2003: Cautious Optimism

Government: Road Projects, Public Services Face the Possibility of Cutbacks; All eyes are glued on California's looming $34.8 billion budget shortfall.

Business Journal Names New Editor

John Hollon, a 25-year journalist and newspaper veteran, was named the new editor of the San Diego Business Journal.

Defense Industry Busy as Potential Iraq War Looms

Defense: Companies Large and Small Expect Spending, Revenues Will Continue to Grow

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of business events, announcements

Survey: Although Issues Abound, Slow Economic Improvement Seen

San Diego business executives face the classic question as they ponder 2003: Is the economic glass half-empty or half-full?

Local Tech Scene Faring Better Than Most Areas

High-Tech: Rather Than Fight Industry Woes, Firms Learning to Cope

New Year Brings New Hope and Promises

OPINION: PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK by Ted Owen

Local Firms Eager for International Expansion

Trade: Concern Expressed Over Effects of Conflict in Iraq; With President George Bush and his advisers mulling a potential conflict with Iraq, the impact in 2003 on local companies that do business internationally is still being assessed.

Manufacturers Say View Isn't as Clear as in Past

Manufacturing: Utility Costs, Steep Hike in Workers' Comp, Premiums A Big Concern for 2003; Nevada and China beckon as business-friendly and economical places to set up a manufacturing shop.

Homebuilders Predicting Increased Prices, Fees, Costs

Real Estate: Legislation Seen as Hindering Development; Home sales boomed in 2002, but the momentum may slow this year as housing prices continue to increase.

BUSINESS LEADS

This week's new business name filings

Survey Respondents Sound Off on Outlook for 2003

San Diego should do as well as 2002 with an additional influx of revenues from events like the Super Bowl. San Diego is still an attraction to those who don't like harsh weather.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

City Sets Dates for "Villages" Meetings

As San Diego moves to implement its City of Villages concept, it is conducting an informational meeting for neighborhoods interested in becoming pilot villages.

Biotech Companies Hoping For a Happier New Year

Biotechnology: Industry Expects 2003 to Be Better, Mainly Because 2002 Was So Bad

Retailers Bullish on S.D., But Bearish on U.S. Economy

Retail: Despite Difficult 2002, Consumer Spending Continues to Grow

Plenty of Changes in Store This Year

OPINION: EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK by John Hollon

Community-Based Banking Continues to Thrive, Grow

Finance: There's Plenty of Business, Though Much Will Come at the Expense Of Larger Banks

New Law Brings Changes For Professional Services

Services: Federal Law to Create New Costs for Service Providers, Clients

Will State Deficit Aggravate Health Care Problems?

Health Care: Industry Leaders Say That Substantial System Changes Are Needed;