Stories for July 2004

Monday, July 26

Harrah's-Caesars Merger Could Have Impact on Local Casinos

On a warm Nevada night, it's an easy walk from Caesars Palace to the faux Eiffel Tower of Paris Las Vegas.

Despite Cuts, Outgoing ConVis Chairman Optimistic

Budget Cutbacks Two Straight Years Likely to Have a Long-Term Effect, Says Joe Terzi

CEO Confident of Approval for Medical Center

Healthcare: Palomar Pomerado Board Must OK Ambitious $753 Million Plan

Linda and Arlo Sing a Similar Tune

EDITORIAL by Richard Rider, chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters.

Membership in S.D.'s Pension Board at Issue

Politics: Councilman Seeks to Keep Industry Experts Off the Panel

A Few Words of Wisdom From America's Management Guru

Peter Drucker Still Has A Lot to Tell Today's CEOs , Even at Age 94

Watchdog Groups Seek Fixes for "Legal Errors"

Energy: New Power Plants in Escondido, Otay Cause Concern

Biotechs May Benefit From Latest Bioterror Funding Bill

President Bush's signing of a bill on July 21 to guarantee $5.6 billion in the next 10 years in federal funding for companies to develop antidotes against bioterror attacks is welcome news

Small Business

Small business news briefs

Summer Season Puts Hotel Rooms in High Demand

Tourism: San Diego Still Ranks Among the Top Three Destinations

Firm Seeks Magic Potion for Supplement Line

Despite $1M Investment, Veteran Manufacturer Finds Industry Tough to Enter

SCORE Marks 40 Years of Helping Firms

Businesswomen Often Take Financial Risks, According to Study

Chamber: Hotel Tax Vote Would Hinder TransNet

Two Tax Measures May Be One Too Many For November Ballot

San Marcos Relents in Its Battle With SDG

City Declared Itself a Municipal Energy Utility, But Never Served Residents

POWER STRUGGLE

Chula Vista Attempts To Break Away From SDG & E;, Buy Energy For Firms, Residents

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, July 19

Costs Continue to Spiral in City-De La Fuente Case

Law: Record Judgment Headed to State Appeals Court By End of Year

Developers Discovering EIRs Not as Easy as ABC

Figuring Out if Project Needs Impact Report May Take Months, Years

Small Firms Purchasing, Not Leasing, Buildings

Owner-User Deals Are Changing the Way San Diego Business Parks Are Being Designed

Chargers, City Fold Up the Circus Tent

COMMENTARY by Jeff Taylor, from the Hit & Run Web blog at Reason Online

AMCC Splits Up Top Two Executive Titles

Lawsuit Settlement Also Calls For Two New Outside Directors

Construction Continues to Fuel Jobs

The area's construction boom continued to provide one of the largest contributors to the area's employment rolls, according to the most recent report from the state's Employment Development Department.

Solstice Looks for Shot in Competitive Botox Market

Biotech: San Diego Firm Pushing Myobloc as A Reasonable Alternative

S.D Area Opens Summer as a Top-3 Destination

San Diego's tourism season kicked off with a bang during the Fourth of July weekend.

Rotary Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Giving

Operation Opportunity Set for Later This Month

Environmental Reports Wield Maximum Impact

Development Battles Hinge on These Huge, Often Critical, Documents

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Labor Groups Are Fighting Reform Of Unemployment Insurance Fund

State of the State by Howard Fine

SBA HELP LINE - Business Plan Provides Road Map to Success

Question: How do I start and manage my own business?

SR-56 LEADS TO ROAD OF OPPORTUNITY

Completion of North County Highway Could Result in New High-Tech Corridor

City Mulls Options With New Hotel-Room Tax Plans

Tourism: S.D. Council Might Come Up With Own Plan for November

Offshore Lore Revisited

COMMENTARY by Jeff Taylor, from the Hit & Run Web blog at Reason Online

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, July 12

Business Groups Build War Chest to Battle Initiatives

With the November election four months away, business groups and allied interests have built a $17 million war chest to run campaigns on three key measures.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

What They Say About Ken Lay

There are many strong opinions about Ken Lay and Enron, especially in California. Here are a few of them compiled from various media sources:

Cookie Club Offers a Taste Of Patriotism

SBA Publishes 4 New Brochures in Spanish

Local Ad Agency Using $11 Million Campaign To Help Embattled Firm

Hungry for more sales, an embattled Metabolife International Inc. has spiffed up its packaging and launched a new advertising campaign to tout the latest of its ephedra-free products.

A Long Road to Completion

COMMENTARY by Richard Rider, San Diego Tax Fighters

Otay Mesa's Industrial Land Supply Tightens

Real Estate: Short Inventory, Stiff Approval Process Helping to Drive Prices Higher

Grant Enables College to Boost Small Businesses in Tijuana

The San Diego branch of Alliant International University has been awarded a $15,000 grant as part of a trans-border project between San Diego and Baja California.

PEOPLE

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Productivity Climbs With Trust in the Workplace

Question: What are the costs of low trust within an organization?

S.D. Firms Begin Coping With New Family Leave Act

April Bailey will be one of the first women in San Diego's biotech community to take advantage of a new state law that allows her to take time off to bond with her first child while still collecting a paycheck.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

WEEK IN REVIEW

Mayor Pitches Pension Plan: San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy proposed issuing $200 million in pension obligation bonds this year as part of a four-point plan to reform the city employees retirement system that's currently showing an under-funded liability of about $1.1 billion. The infusion of funds, planned for this year, would bring the city's funded ratio to about 70 percent of its liability, up from about 67 percent.

Ex-ConVis Chair Pushes to Keep Board Makeup

Tourism: Move to Load Up on Hospitality Execs Comes Under Fire

TriWest Set to Provide Health Care to Military Community

Company Has 5-Year Contract to Provide Service in California

Monday, July 5

Titan Looks to Future After Failed Sale

Analysts Mostly Bullish Following Collapse of Deal With Lockheed

Legislators Scrutinize Gaming Deals

Rincon Tribe Sues to Stop Pacts Signed By Three Local Tribes

In Our World, Winners Need to Keep on Winning

In Our World, Winners Need to Keep on Winning

Infinity Bringing Stern Back to San Diego Airwaves

Media: KPLN Set to Go Toe-to-Toe With Rock Heavyweight KGB

Nothing Fishy About This Restaurant's Success

Tin Fish Being Called a Downtown Gold Mine

Sale of Cuyamaca Bank Not a Complete Surprise

Finance: Purchase By Local Institution Driven By Solid Growth Numbers

City's EmTek Fund Is Joined By 2 New Programs

Elvis Will Be in the Building on July 5

Buyer Seeks to Pull Blindsgalore Out of Bankruptcy

Internet: Competitors Contend Online Firm Won't Sell Products

The Biotech Name Game

Figuring Out What To Name a Company Can Be a Management Team's First Big Test

SBA Delays Plan to Alter Small Business Size Standards

For two years, Lisa Greer has worked on government contracts for Technology Integration Group, a San Diego-based provider of information technology products.