Stories for March 2003

Monday, March 31

LEGACY

A look back at what was bring said in the San Diego Business Journal seven years ago this week

Federal Panel Agrees Energy Refunds Due

Sempra Contends Agency Will Find Its Deals Were Legal; Federal energy regulators have finally sided with California.

Local Firms Make Contributions to the War Effort

Food, Heat Relief: Aid Comes in All Shapes and Sizes; Helping in the fight against terrorism and the war in Iraq means more than building missiles and equipping the soldiers.

Fox Sees S.D. As Setting for New TV Series

Crews from 20th Century Fox Television plan to be in San Diego in early April to shoot a pilot for "Splitsville," the working title of a drama about a pair of writers who continue to co-author an advice column, despite ending their romantic relationship.

There's No Good Reason For Boosting the Car Tax

Opinion by TOM McCLINTOCK, a Republican who represents the 19th state Senate District

California, Baja Leaders Tout Cross-Border Relations

Mexico remains California's largest trading partner, accounting for more than $19 billion in exports during 2000.

Local Iraqi Business Owners Contend War Is Necessary

Local Chaldean Community Says Situation Is Desperate; LA MESA , In a few years, Raad Shammas will get to see what few of his childhood friends will ever have , his 50th birthday.

Eight Applications Received for City Program

Eight applications have been received for the City of San Diego's Pilot Village program.

Executive Profile: JESS VAN DEVENTER

Chairman, Port Commission of San Diego Unified Port District; also president of three companies, J & S; Investments, Vancon Corp., and JDM Properties involving commercial property development and management.

Stand-Alone Properties Are a Tasty Niche For Investors

Net-leased retail properties are hard for investors to come by, at least in San Diego County, but investors like the stability they provide.

Why Can't Brown Act Get Any Respect?

Editorial by John Hollon

Tourism Officials Push Benefits Industry Offers to State

'We Are an Investment, Not an Expense,' Says One Official; With the war in Iraq expected to be a further drag on hotels and restaurants, Gov. Gray Davis' proposal to eliminate California's division of tourism is raising howls of industry protest.

Stations Say Advertisers Slowly Returning to Airwaves

Media: There Are Mixed Messages, But Amount of Ads Depends on Product

Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Gen-Probe Wins Funding, FDA Approval

TECHNOLOGY - NEWS AND FINANCE

Ailing Workers' Comp System May Add New Wrinkle

Workplace: Employers Seeking Coverage Would Have to Prove They Couldn't Get Coverage Anywhere Else

Small Business Help Line

What Is Meant By 'Essential Job Functions'?

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events, announcements

Company Attorneys Experience an Increased Workload

Law: Sarbannes-Oxley Adds New Layer as Lawyers Find Themselves Counseling On Corporate Governance

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Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: MARCH 21 27, 2003

Monday, March 24

LETTER: Hedge Funds, Stock Shorts Acceptable Investment Tools

Letter to the Editor

"Branding" Is All the Rage With Marketing Pros

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Report: If Chargers Bail, New Team Will Be Costly

Sports: Some Contend Team Helps Define City's Image as 'Major League'

Small Business Help Line

Can I Carry Over Business Loss From One Tax Year to Another?

Bird Illness Has Devastating Effects

What makes exotic Newcastle disease so dangerous is the fact it is so contagious and fatal. The disease spreads rapidly among birds and has a death rate of nearly 100 percent. All species of birds are vulnerable.

San Diego Firm Brings Technology to Fruit Fly Fight

Agriculture: SureBeam's Irradiation Process Helps Bring Fruit to Market

Soaring Gas Costs Could Have Long-Term Local Effects

Energy: Feds May Dip Into Petroleum Reserve To Help Stabilize Prices

How Can Colleges Market Higher Education?

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Verizon Launches New Wireless Network in San Diego

A little-publicized, high-speed wireless network that now slings data among a few users will open to business customers here in the third quarter of 2003.

Businesses Assured Border Traffic Will Continue to Flow

Security: Homeland Reps Suggest the Use Of Commuter Passes

Women First Eyes Merger Partner, Sale

Plus: Student Loan Firm Reports Losses for Year 2002; Web Developer Reports Higher Revenues

LEGACY

A look back at what was said in the San Diego Business Journal nine years ago this week

State's Unemployment Fund Dwindling at Rapid Rate

Workplace: Employers Picking Up Tab as Report Says Balance Will Drop to $1.7B By End of This Year

America Should Forget About the United Nations

COMMENTARY - Other Viewpoints

Wisconsin-Based Kohl's Has Eye on San Diego Sites

Retail: Oceanside Already Locked in as a Location; Las Americas Adds Buster Brown Store; $20 Million Escondido Retail Center Opens 90 Percent Leased

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: MARCH 7 13, 2003

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Market Researchers Flourishing Despite Down Economy

ABOUT THE LIST - MARKET RESEARCH FIRMS

French Air Shows Could Be Limited For U.S. Firms

In another sign of U.S. displeasure with France, a New Jersey congressman wants to bar the U.S. military from exhibiting in French air shows through 2007.

REAL ESTATE PROGRESS REPORT / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Real Estate sales and leases

Deep Sky Software Looks to Cut Costs

TECHNOLOGY NEWS & FINANCE

JetBlue a Welcome Addition to Local Skies

EDITORIAL - Our Views

Monday, March 17

New Bank Set to Revive a Trusted Old Name in Town

Finance: S.D. Trust Plans to Open With a Lineup of Veteran Bankers

With Mortgage Rates at Historic Lows, Buyers Eager to Invest

Luxury home sales have continued to do well in the face of a sluggish economy.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

State Water Officials Say Deal Is Close to Being Done

The resurrection of a lapsed water deal last week means that California , and San Diego , could have a more reliable water supply for businesses and residents.

OUR VIEWS: Caltrans Apology Gives Cause to Pause

Editorial by John Hollon

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: MARCH 7 13, 2003

REAL ESTATE PROGRESS REPORT / CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements

Small Business Help Line: How Much Sick Leave for Family Care Is Too Much?

Question: Are employers prohibited from disciplining employees for excessive absences that are taken to care for kin?

State of Biotech: Industry Leader Feldbaum Sounds Off

At last week's Calbiosummit here in San Diego, Feldbaum gave the "State of the Industry: 2003" address. Feldbaum offered more in-depth views during an interview with biotech reporter Marion Webb of the San Diego Business Journal.

Restaurant Chains Fatten Up Near Local Industrial Centers

OCEANSIDE , A housing boom that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon and a concentration of offices, with more under construction along two major traffic arteries, have fueled the expansion of several fast-food chains in the area.

Firms Feel Pinch As Workers' Comp Costs Skyrocket

With Lack of Insurers, Rates Increase Sharply

Qualcomm Sees More Demand for Microchips

Telecom: Local Firm, as Well as Nokia, Both Predict Upswing in Business

Monday, March 10

Competition Continues to Heat Up for Drive Market

Tourism: Local ConVis Continues Focus on Outlets Devoted to Niche Markets

Chargers Pull Trigger as City Leaders Stew Over Move

Sports: Spokesman Says Team Could Have Used Out Clause Last Year as Well

Literacy and Health Are Issues Linked In Many Ways

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Cooling Plant Downtown Moves Into Second Phase

Plus: Clairemont Town Square Focus of $2.9M Upgrade

New Magazine Aimed at Hispanic Community Launches In North County

VISTA , When Bogot & #225;, Colombia, native Rafael Cabrera immigrated to New York in 1978, his first job was sweeping floors in a print shop.

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Additive's OK a "Milestone" for Diversa

TECHNOLOGY NEWS AND FINANCE

LEGACY

A look back at what was being said in the San Diego Business Journal 15 years ago this week

Industry Exec Reports 2002 Posted Record Sales

Housing: 2003 Market is Off to a Good Start

State Fingers Sempra for Role In Energy Crisis

State officials wagged their fingers at electric generators and traders again last week, accusing them of gouging ratepayers during the energy crisis.

Operation Homefront Aids Military Spouses Left Behind

Small Business: Firms Lend Helping Hands to Wives

New Wrinkle Remover May Hit the Market This Fall

Biotech: Artes Medical Closer to Winning FDA Approval After Panel's OK

Water Authority Taps Into National Desalination Group

San Diego has joined a coalition to raise the awareness of water desalination as a resource throughout the United States.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements

K2 Acquiring Rawlings, Moving To Carlsbad

CARLSBAD , "Sports City" has beckoned K2 Inc., a diversified sporting goods maker that is pushing to put even more variety into its product line.

Small Business Help Line: Are They My Employees or Independent Contractors?

Question: How do I determine whether a potential worker is an independent contractor or must be put on the payroll?

Impact of Higher Gas Prices on San Diego Business

San Diego Business Journal Forum: The San Diego Business Journal asks: How are the higher gasoline prices affecting your business?

Disclosures Finally Arrive From Peregrine

Software: Overstatements Prompt Talk of Criminal Action Against Bankrupt Company's Ex-Executives

Tips for Financing Your Children's Education

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Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: FEB. 28 MARCH 6, 2003

For the Record

Calendar of Business events and announcements

EDITORIAL: Get Beyond Name-Calling and Address Stadium

OURVIEWS by John Hollon

Stock Sale Gives Bank Long-Awaited Chance to Grow

Finance: Ex-Chairman's Shares Cannot Be Exercised, According to FDIC Order

Venture Challenge 2003 Benefits More Than Students

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Lindows Civil Lawsuit Delayed, Postponed Until December

Plus: Border Pass Gets Extension From INS Before Congress Considers SENTRI Bills

Monday, March 3

8 San Diego Area Companies Win CCAT Awards

Eight San Diego County companies will receive money, in-kind services, or both as part of the latest award round from the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology.

Annual Meeting Feels Like a Version of "Survivor"

Biotech: Experts Focus On Getting Through Economic Crunch

Small Business Help Line

What Do I Do When Employees Are Recalled to Active Duty?

Industry Consolidations Bite Corvas

Biotech: San Diego Firm Will Be Bought by Vaccine-Maker Dendreon

Commercial Brokers Spotting a Condo Conversion Trend

Housing: Pent-Up Demand for Entry Level Properties Cited

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: FEB. 21 FEB. 27, 2003

Local Firms Continue to Court China as Trade Partner

Trade: One Company Sees Shipments to China Growing to 50 Percent of Its Deliveries in Near Future

Airport Panel Eyes Enhancing Lindbergh

Third Terminal a Possibility Until New Site Is Picked; The panel charged with overseeing Lindbergh Field and recommending a site for a new airport has first been asked to look at making tens of millions of dollars in improvements to the existing facilitie

Doing Business Here Not as Pricey as Some Contend

Government: Survey Puts San Diego Among Low-Cost Cities While Philadelphia Ranks as Most Expensive

Roadwork Continues as Funding Becomes a Question

Construction: State Budget Crunch Could Affect Future Projects

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FOR THE RECORD

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REAL ESTATE: Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements; McMillin Realty Reports Sales of More Than $1 Billion in 2002

ConVis Concerned Allocation From City Could Be Cut

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY by Connie Lewis

National Natural Gas Prices Show Extreme Volatility

Natural gas prices rocked and rolled last week. On Feb. 25, the price at the Southern California border jumped 44 percent, from $5.75 to $8.30 per million British thermal units.

Secretive Hedge Funds: Unseen Enemy of Economy

EDITORIAL - OTHER VIEWPOINTS

Flurry of Legislation Set to Overhaul State's Health System

Health Care: Pressure Coming From Both Public Agencies, Private Industry

Sempra Faces Probe From Utility Agency

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 to investigate San Diego-based Sempra Energy's compliance with state rules regarding affiliates and their holding companies.