Stories for March 2003
Monday, March 31
Mexico remains California's largest trading partner, accounting for more than $19 billion in exports during 2000.
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 have been received for the City of San Diego's Pilot Village program.
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.
Net-leased retail properties are hard for investors to come by, at least in San Diego County, but investors like the stability they provide.
'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.
Media: There Are Mixed Messages, But Amount of Ads Depends on Product
Workplace: Employers Seeking Coverage Would Have to Prove They Couldn't Get Coverage Anywhere Else
Law: Sarbannes-Oxley Adds New Layer as Lawyers Find Themselves Counseling On Corporate Governance
A look back at what was bring said in the San Diego Business Journal seven years ago this week
Sempra Contends Agency Will Find Its Deals Were Legal; Federal energy regulators have finally sided with California.
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.
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.
Opinion by TOM McCLINTOCK, a Republican who represents the 19th state Senate District
Monday, March 24
Sports: Some Contend Team Helps Define City's Image as 'Major League'
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.
Agriculture: SureBeam's Irradiation Process Helps Bring Fruit to Market
Energy: Feds May Dip Into Petroleum Reserve To Help Stabilize Prices
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.
Security: Homeland Reps Suggest the Use Of Commuter Passes
Plus: Student Loan Firm Reports Losses for Year 2002; Web Developer Reports Higher Revenues
Workplace: Employers Picking Up Tab as Report Says Balance Will Drop to $1.7B By End of This Year
Retail: Oceanside Already Locked in as a Location; Las Americas Adds Buster Brown Store; $20 Million Escondido Retail Center Opens 90 Percent Leased
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.
Monday, March 17
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.
Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements
Question: Are employers prohibited from disciplining employees for excessive absences that are taken to care for kin?
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.
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.
Telecom: Local Firm, as Well as Nokia, Both Predict Upswing in Business
Finance: S.D. Trust Plans to Open With a Lineup of Veteran Bankers
Luxury home sales have continued to do well in the face of a sluggish economy.
Monday, March 10
VISTA , When Bogot & #225;, Colombia, native Rafael Cabrera immigrated to New York in 1978, his first job was sweeping floors in a print shop.
State officials wagged their fingers at electric generators and traders again last week, accusing them of gouging ratepayers during the energy crisis.
Small Business: Firms Lend Helping Hands to Wives
Biotech: Artes Medical Closer to Winning FDA Approval After Panel's OK
San Diego has joined a coalition to raise the awareness of water desalination as a resource throughout the United States.
Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements
CARLSBAD , "Sports City" has beckoned K2 Inc., a diversified sporting goods maker that is pushing to put even more variety into its product line.
Question: How do I determine whether a potential worker is an independent contractor or must be put on the payroll?
San Diego Business Journal Forum: The San Diego Business Journal asks: How are the higher gasoline prices affecting your business?
Software: Overstatements Prompt Talk of Criminal Action Against Bankrupt Company's Ex-Executives
Finance: Ex-Chairman's Shares Cannot Be Exercised, According to FDIC Order
Plus: Border Pass Gets Extension From INS Before Congress Considers SENTRI Bills
Tourism: Local ConVis Continues Focus on Outlets Devoted to Niche Markets
Sports: Spokesman Says Team Could Have Used Out Clause Last Year as Well
Monday, March 3
Biotech: Experts Focus On Getting Through Economic Crunch
Biotech: San Diego Firm Will Be Bought by Vaccine-Maker Dendreon
Housing: Pent-Up Demand for Entry Level Properties Cited
Trade: One Company Sees Shipments to China Growing to 50 Percent of Its Deliveries in Near Future
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
Government: Survey Puts San Diego Among Low-Cost Cities While Philadelphia Ranks as Most Expensive
Construction: State Budget Crunch Could Affect Future Projects
Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts, announcements; McMillin Realty Reports Sales of More Than $1 Billion in 2002
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.
Health Care: Pressure Coming From Both Public Agencies, Private Industry
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.
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.