Stories for June 2003

Monday, June 30

Execs Ponder Ways to Make Mergers Work

Biotech: Annual BIO Conference Lets Industry Discuss 'What if?' Questions; Pfizer: Drugs for Malaria, Smallpox Show Promise

Small Business Help Line - Should a Business Consider Debt Financing?

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of debt financing?

Merger Puts Idec Among Top Bio Firms

Although the market didn't respond positively to the deal, Idec Pharmaceuticals' proposed marriage with Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen Inc. looks like a winner to several local biotech leaders.

Local Water Officials Await Federal Ruling on Imperial Deal

The federal government is due to weigh in this week on a decision that could take a valuable supply of water away from the San Diego region.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: JUNE 20 JUNE 26, 2003

Sempra Contract Upheld By Federal Panel

Energy: Agency Still Seeks Explanation for Energy Crisis. Federal energy regulators upheld long-term power pacts between California and electricity merchants, including Sempra Energy.

BUSINESS LEADS

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Real Estate Progress Report

Real Estate sales and leases

Lawsuits Are Shaking Down Businesses the Old-Fashioned Way

OPINION by RICK REIFF

Traveling Legislators Ignore Budget Mess

Editorial - Some random opinions that have been on our mind...

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Internet Upgrade Hits Defense Electronics Contractors

High-Tech: New Protocols Required for Companies Dealing With the Pentagon

Builders Wary of Limits With County's Development Plan

Builders Wary of Limits With County's Development Plan

Milberg Weiss Makes Its Case for Splitting in Two

Law: Division of New York Firm Started Over The Past Couple of Weeks

Monday, June 23

PEOPLE

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Meeting, Convention Spaces Report Steady Numbers

ABOUT THE LIST - MEETING & CONVENTION FACILITIES

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: JUNE 13 JUNE 19, 2003

Small Business Help Line - Keeping Records as a Sole Proprietor

Question: How do I form a sole proprietorship and start doing business?

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

"Budget Cut" Is Just Enron-Style Accounting

OPINION by SEN. TOM McCLINTOCK

Don't Be Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish

OUR VIEWS

BUSINESS LEADS

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Bill to Re-Regulate Energy Industry Draws Attention

Energy: State Chamber Contends SB 888 Takes Options Away From Business

Peregrine Execs' Fall Continues

Latest Plea Sheds Light on Firm's 'Parking' Maneuvers

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship to Call San Diego Home

Tourism: Ships Based Here Said to Generate $2M a Day

Tight Economy Poses Challenges for Business Events

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Water Supplier Is Accused of Blocking Transfer

Los Angeles' water agency may be trying to block a potential source of water intended for San Diego. PLUS: New Appeal Filed In Water Lawsuit

Unemployment Drops, Remains Lower Than State

San Diego's unemployment hit 4.1 percent in May, down from 4.3 percent in April

"Cultural" Tourism Pays Off for San Diego's Economy

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Venture Firms Give Mixed Message on Funding

Biotech: New Report is Gloomy, But Some Analysts See Positive News

Affordable Housing Task Force Reports to City Council

Housing: Suggestions Designed to Boost Supply

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Calendar of Business events and announcements

Expert Assistance is Key to Hosting a Successful Meeting

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Monday, June 16

Addressing Misconduct Needs Confident Response

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Air Canada Suspends Its Service to Lindbergh Field

Tourism: JetBlue Set to Take Off; Hawaiian Adds Service to Maui

Tax Hikes Make State's Budget Woes Worse

OPINION By GEORGE PASSANTINO

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

City OKs Increase For Parking Meters

New Rate Expected to Net City's General Fund $2.3M

Free Speech Should Protect Big Biz Too

OPINION By ROBERT GARMONG, writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine

Small Business Help Line - What to Know Before Expanding Your Business

Question: I've owned and operated a retail store for the last three years, and so far I've gotten the annual sales volume to $250,000. My loan of $20,000 has been paid down to $10,000, and the bank is willing to increase my credit. I want to expand, but w

Former Tenet CEO Will "Assist" Alvarado Management Team

Health Care: Move Comes in Wake of Federal Charges Against CEO Barry Weinbaum

Barone Galasso Purchases Historic Downtown YMCA

San Diego-based developer Barone Galasso & Associates will begin an $8 million renovation of the Armed Services YMCA building in Downtown San Diego next month.

CEO's Challenge: Building on Foundation

TECHNOLOGY NEWS & FINANCE

Redevelopment Shifts Outside Downtown S.D.

Skyrocketing Land Costs Drive Builders Beyond Borders; Communities like Bankers Hill, Mission Hills and Hillcrest are urban like Downtown San Diego, but on a smaller scale.

Mind Your P's and Q's: Ten Tips for Terminating Employees

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Sometimes, a Great Notion

Sometimes, we have lots of opinions and it's hard to limit the discussion to just one. Here are a few that have been on our mind.

Job Satisfaction Demands More Than Just a Paycheck

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Supervisors OK New Plan To Reallocate TOT Funds

Tourism: S.D. ConVis Sees Cut, While North County ConVis Gets More

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: JUNE 6 JUNE 12, 2003

Monday, June 9

LEGACY

A look back at one of the issues being discussed on the Opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal 11 years ago this week

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Calendar of Business events and announcements

Business Journal Staff Garners Eight SPJ Awards

This year's Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter's annual awards on June 5 recognized several staff members of the San Diego Business Journal.

Suppliers Make Bid for Business In Reverse Auctions

Government: County Among Entities Seeing a Savings Through the Process

S.D. Area Newspapers Tout Rising Circulation Figures

ABOUT THE LIST - San Diego Newspapers

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Paying More to Park Draws Fire From Small Businesses

Government: City Addressing Meter Hikes To Shore Up Deficit

Time For a Refresher Course

OUR VIEWS; EDITORIAL by John Hollon

Small Business Help Line - Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting Up a New Business

Question: I'm thinking of starting a business, but I read that most small businesses fail within three years. What steps can I take to make sure that I'm not one of them?

Inclusionary Housing Concept Not New in Northern S.D.

Construction: With Land Prices Skyrocketing, Builders Turn to Condos to Meet Housing Needs

Group May Push to Increase San Diego's Hotel Tax

Two lodging-industry groups are eyeing an increase in the hotel room tax, which helps to fund city services and market San Diego as a tourist destination.

Spanish-Language Media Consolidation Steams Ahead

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Local Firms Get Lift From Biotech Rally

TECHNOLOGY NEWS AND FINANCE

MWD Claims Water Plentiful for Two Decades

Infrastructure: San Diego Officials Warn of Problems Should a Drought Occur

$30 Million at Risk in Latest Water War With State

Infrastructure: Agency's Agreement With San Diego Authority Also in Peril

Publications Tap Into Niche Markets That Appeal to Advertisers

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Spam on Cell Phones Emerges as a Costly Annoyance

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Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: MAY 31 JUNE 6, 2003

Monday, June 2

How L.A. is Attacking Workers' Comp

COMMENTARY BY HOWARD FINE

Small Business Help Line: Paying Your Taxes When You're Self-Employed

Question: I'm self-employed. What do I need to do to be sure that I'm taking care of my income tax obligations?

How to Fix State's Kafka-esque Workers' Comp System

COMMENTARY - Other Viewpoints

LEGACY

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

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First International Opts to Expand Board Members

Finance: Troubled Bank Talking to a Number Of Possible Investors

New Scanner Seen as the Cat's Meow

Technology: Though a Costly Procedure, PET Imaging Technique Can Detect Cancers Earlier; Genetronics Teams With Bay Area Firm for Research

Building Industry Airs Concerns Over Prevailing Wage Issue

Construction: Offsite Pay Rates Ruling Adds to Confusion; Construction Completed for UCSD's Bioengineering Facility

Advertisers Heed Call of Local Radio

Revenue Growth Puts S.D. Among Nation's Top Markets

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

ConVis Slashes Jobs as Funding Cutback Looms

Facing a $1.4 million budget cut for the upcoming fiscal year, the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau eliminated 12 positions and made cuts in operating expenses.

Camaraderie Only Goes So Far

EDITORIAL - Our Views by Rick Bell

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: MAY 23 MAY 29, 2003