Stories for October 2003

Monday, October 27

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: October 17 - 23, 2003

Screwing San Diego One Last Time

Our View: Despite 32 Years of Success, a Locally Run Business Loses as Gov. Davis Sells Out to a Big-Money, Out-of-State Company

Soft Sales For Callaway Are Key to Q3 Earnings

CARLSBAD , The newly expanded Callaway Golf Co. reported net income of $2.3 million on net sales of $153.6 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30.

Wal-Mart Sues Over San Marcos Store

Local Manufacturer Eyes Consumer Market; Wal-Mart is challenging the validity of petitions supporting a referendum to appeal the San Marcos City Council's approval of its second store.

Small Business Help Line

How Do I Expand My Business Overseas?: Part 1

For the Record

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Mortgage Bankers Are Bullish on Future of the Economy

Finance: Market Still Hot for New Home Loan Originations; Refinances Drop From Record Highs

Strike Takes a Big Bite Out of In-Store Businesses

Workplace: Companies Shutter Many Locations Until Stoppage Is Settled

Council OKs Plan to Raise Local Hotel Room-Tax Rate

Tourism: Measure on March Ballot Would Secure Money To Promote San Diego

Union, Management Fight to Standoff in War of Words

Media: Experts Say Neither Side Portrays Message Very Well in Ongoing Grocery Strike

Companies Find Energy Alternatives to Their Liking

Before installing a solar electric generation system last year, Corporate Computer Centers, Inc. of San Diego paid between $900 and $1,500 a month for electricity.

LEGACY

A look back at an issue being discussed on the opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal eight years ago this week

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Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Workers Need to Cut a Deal and Get Back to Work & #711; Now

OPINION By MARK LACTER, editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Business Help Sought in Lobby Efforts To Save Bases

Civic leaders will likely ask private businesses to help fund the effort to keep San Diego's military bases from closing.

Biotechs Are Slow to Take Advantage of Recycled Water

City officials have offered San Diego's biotechnology industry recycled water from San Diego's North City reclamation plant at a discount rate of 50 percent per cubic feet.

Vista Firm Braces For Its Recovery

DJ Orthopedics Inc. may be among the biggest turnaround stories of the year. Except, it appears few have noticed.

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: LIGHTSPAN, INC.; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Monday, October 20

Westcore Drops "Industrial" While Diversifying Portfolio

Private Firm Branches Out Into Financial Services

LEGACY

A look back at an issue being discussed on the opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal 14 years ago this week

Developers Team Up to Help Renovate Marine Housing

A partnership of Texas and Maryland companies took over 4,629 Marine Corps housing units, including several thousand at Camp Pendleton, on Oct. 1.

More Bond Measures Are Coming, But Will Voters Approve?

The numbers in California's fiscal travails could keep getting higher and higher assuming state and local voters go along with the $45 billion in bond measures on the March and November 2004 ballots.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Study Finds Ways for Hospitals to Boost Efficiency

Limiting Ambulance Bypass, Transport to Hospital of Choice Are Key Factors

Contractor Wonders: What Does It Take to Win Iraq Work?

O.C.-Based Fluor Keeps Losing Big Projects to Bechtel and Halliburton

Key Appointments Next Step For Gov.-elect Schwarzenegger

3 Top Staff Positions Set to Be Named Within Next 10 Days

Bracing for A Showdown Over Car Tax

Bracing for A Showdown Over Car Tax

Initiative Urges Workers to "Take Back Your Time"

Workplace: Compared to Other Nations, Author Says Americans Work Too Hard

Canada Set to Open Local Trade Office

Canadian companies are hitching their wagons to a rising star , the San Diego economy.

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San Diego's Unemployment Rate Is at 4.1 Percent

JOBS: Auto Repair Chain Eyes Local Expansion; Titan Agrees to Assist Military's Drone Program

Hire Your Own Workers or Use a Staffing Agency?

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Business Journal Writers Honored By San Diego Press Club

Staff members of the San Diego Business Journal picked up seven awards Oct. 15 at the San Diego Press Club's 30th annual awards ceremony.

Why Not a Market-Driven Housing Solution?

Commentary by John Hollon

Why the World Is Watching California

If Our New Governor Succeeds, He May Also Help to Rejuvenate American Prestige Abroad

"New Navy" Means Changes for San Diego Businesses

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Local Defense Industry Benefits From Government Contracts

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MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: ARENA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: October 10 - 16, 2003

Community Braces for Next Round of Base Closures

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FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, October 13

Contractors Appear to Be Weathering Economic Storm

Contractors Appear to Be Weathering Economic Storm

Franchises Cooking Up Business, San Diego-Style

TIPS & TRENDS: Author Shows Small Biz How to Turn Expertise Into Profits; New Barrier on I-8 Could End Wrong-Way Crashes; Highway 125 Training Program Recognized

Squeezed on Two Sides, Mid-Sized Grocers Adjusting

Struggling to navigate between escalating labor costs and off-price competition, traditional grocery store chains have been forced to alter their strategies to maintain already narrow margins.

Grocers Employ Host of Tactics to Prevent Unionization

Retail: As Supermarkets Prepare for Strike, Others Look to Reap the Benefits

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: October 3 - 9, 2003

Toppan's New Plant Set to Enhance the Big Picture

Toppan Optical Products, a major supplier to the world's largest television manufacturers, opened a new plant in Poway expected to employ about 200 workers.

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LEGACY

A look back at an issue being discussed on the opinion pages of the San Diego Business Journal eight years ago this month

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Teachers Still Struggling to Find Entry-Level Homes

Housing: Employers Consider Various Loan Assistance Programs

Foreign Markets Closer for Small Companies

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Small Business Help Line - Balancing the Pros, Cons of Buying a Franchise

Question: What should I know about franchising before I take the plunge?

Now Comes the Hard Part: Making Change Really Happen

OPINION by Mark Lacter

Chula Vista OKs Auto Park Cluster

Chula Vista is clearing the way for seven new car dealerships in the southern part of the city, east of Interstate 805.

Public Projects Work Best With Collaborative Partnerships

When Developing Project Teams, Look for Proven Track Record

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

How to Write a Commercial Construction Loan Proposal

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MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: APPLIED MOLECULAR EVOLUTION, INC. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Tips for Selecting, Utilizing the "Right" Construction Software

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Insurers Making Mountain Out of "Mold" Hill for Contractors?

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Experts Predict the Floodgates Are Ready to Open on Biotech IPOs

Last week's initial public offering by Massachusetts biotech firm Acusphere Inc. is likely the first of what could be a dozen such stock offerings in the weeks to come.

Established Companies Seeing the Green

Venture Capital Firms Say They Are Putting Their Money on the Safe Bet

Ports Prepare for Holidays as Last-Minute Shipments Flow

Shipping: Retail Outlook Still Remains Tentative

Find Consensus for Hotel Tax Plan

Editorial by Rick Bell

SDBJ FORUM

The San Diego Business Journal asks: In the end, what do you think of the recall? What will the results mean to San Diego and California businesses?

Tribes and Schwarzenegger Strike Conciliatory Tone

Gaming: Two Parties Seen Headed Toward The Negotiating Table

Monday, October 6

Local Money Firm Looks to Go High-Tech

Finance: New Building Should Help to Compete With Global Companies

Executive Profile - RICHARD D. DIMARCHI

World-renowned chemist Richard DiMarchi was one of four Eli Lilly scientists to develop Humalog, the first genetically enhanced insulin that freed diabetics from insulin dependence as they knew it.

Small Business Help Line - Advance Planning Takes the Sting Out of Transition

Question: How can I create a business succession plan? And why do I need one?

No Deficit of Ideas for Reforming Budget in State

It's the most vexing financial problem facing California today and has been at the heart of the recall effort: how to bring more money into state coffers and not be so dependent on volatile income taxes?

Recall Likely to Spur Shift in State Politics

Sacramento's dysfunctional ways, so much a part of the recall campaign, could be put to more votes next year if a series of initiatives wind up on the ballot.

Controversial 17200 Legislation Dies Quietly in Assembly

Law: Trial Lawyers Helped To Write the Partner Bills; Bookstore Owner Sentenced For Tax Evasion

Local Survey Finds Majority of Firms Insure Full-Timers

Workplace: Part-Timers Experience a Big Drop In Health Coverage

WEEK IN REVIEW

Top BUSINESS NEWS: September 26 - October 2, 2003

Keep Rapid Growth From Straining Accounting Dept.

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California's Biz Climate: We're No. 46!

OPINIONby MARTYN B. HOPPER

Hotelier Vows to Fight Against Room-Tax Increase

If a compromise proposal between the San Diego City Council and a lodging industry association to raise the tax the city charges people to stay in area hotels goes to a public vote, a prominent local hotelier said he will campaign against it.

SDG & E;, FERC Settle on "Enron-Like" Trading Claim

San Diego Gas & Electric and federal energy regulators came to a settlement on matters related to the energy crisis of 2000-01; Sempra Secures Deal With New Jersey Hospitals

Health Care Legislation's Focus is Keeping Care Going

Governor Davis Signs Bills Aimed at HMO Members; Program Encourages Doctors to Prescribe Generic Drugs

Nassco Begins Work on New Class of Navy Ships

PLUS: Two Liberty Station Office Buildings Completed

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Vocational Rehab a Victim of Workers' Comp Revamp

Employment: State Claims It Will Save $1.2 Billion Annually With Voucher Plan

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: ASHWORTH INC.; San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Women-Owned Businesses Pack a Punch in S.D.'s Economy

Women-Owned Businesses Pack a Punch in S.D.'s Economy

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Recall Issue: Should the State Tax Indian Casinos?

Gaming: Despite Candidates' Claims, Tribes Say They Are Sovereign , And Exempt

Complying with Employment Laws as Companies Grow

Overlapping Federal, State Laws Can Create Headaches

New Women's Biz Center Opens at National U.

New Women's Biz Center Opens at National U.

S.D. Struggles To Implement Energy Strategy

Expert Says SDG & E;'s Interests Conflict With Area's Needs

Small Business Spotlight: John Morton

John Morton, president and founder of Baja Bound Insurance Services is profiled

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