Stories for November 2004
Monday, November 29
Jack in the Box may not have been the restaurant du jour for those who dined out on Thanksgiving. But its stockholders are giving thanks.
As a growing, profitable firm with a successful product in the hot space of e-commerce, Blue Hornet Networks Inc., got a whole lot of attention from both venture capital investors and larger software firms eager to acquire it. In the end, chief executiv
For 16 years, Joe Greenblatt has been with Sunrise Management, rising up from property manager to his current position as president and principal of the company. As the boss, Greenblatt is responsible for the 36-year-old company and its direction.
Libations, licentiousness and liability should be the watchwords of San Diego employers as they plan their holiday parties. Otherwise, they could get stuck holding the bag , and not the kind that comes with goodies.
Websense, Inc. provides employee Internet management products that enable organizations to analyze, report and manage how their employees use computing resources, including Internet access, instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing, network bandwidth a
While satellite radio may be gaining in popularity, the reality is that it's not stealing any market share, according to local radio executives. Officials at Clear Channel Radio San Diego, which has 11 stations, said concern over satellite radio is no
It's no secret that biotechnology companies and the Food and Drug Administration don't always see eye to eye in the drug development process. At the most recent breakfast meeting of Biocom, San Diego's biotech industry association group, Peter Pitts,
One of Downtown San Diego's newest entertainment venues , an on-again, off-again project for the past few years , appears to be preparing for a spring 2005 opening. According to Jeff Zinner, a redevelopment project manager at the Centre City Development
More mega-yachts are coming to San Diego , the 100-plus-footers that take on several thousand gallons of fuel at a sitting with galleys stocked with cases of champagne and caviar by crews who go to the airport to pick up the owners flying in on private je
While concerts have often been a source of revenue for radio stations, the holiday season has become a time for many local stations to do away with the bottom line in favor of benefit shows to support charities. Five concerts this year, sponsored by loc
The more I read the history of our forebears who scratched a living from barren ground, fought marauders and wild animals , and each other , the more I wonder what happened to their ilk. If our ancestors had to sit in the kind of traffic jams that some
The San Diego Association of Governments has an obsession with committees that rarely have any expertise on the subject at hand. The latest effort is to create a "stakeholder" committee. The goal is a stakeholder working group numbering
Asia is rising rapidly as a geopolitical force in the world, but you almost wouldn't know it from the U.S. media. With the notable exception of the elite news media here, especially on America's West Coast, Asia might as well be on Mars. From a marketi
UC San Diego, by its own recent count, has spawned 220 companies. The figure includes companies created by UCSD alumni, faculty and staff. More than 70 start-up businesses have used UCSD technology as a foundation. The university put out those figures i
With Thanksgiving dinner eaten and shoppers arriving en masse at malls around the nation, San Diego-based Postal Annex is ready for the busiest packing and shipping season of the year. The company's new president, Patrick Edd, said shipping a package is
Thanks to a technique called "fresh start accounting," adopted following Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Leap Wireless International Corp. converted its shareholders' equity of minus $893 million at the end of 2003 to plus $1.5 billion at the end of
Back in 1946 when Driscoll Inc. opened its first boat repair service in Point Loma, navigational devices consisted of compasses and sextons. At that time, the family-owned business leased 18,000 square feet of land and 39,000 square feet of dock space t
Like many moms, Kate Adams, inventor of the snap-saver, the no-brainer container, was searching through her cupboards looking for the lids to all her many plastic containers. Sitting on the floor of her kitchen, the Clairemont resident came up with the
Carlsbad-based Barratt American Inc. is moving forward with plans to develop Fanita Ranch in Santee as if there were no special election planned in February to determine the fate of the 2,600-acre property. "Everything we do now is at our risk and our c
On the surface it was a sale. But the event at Buck Knives' El Cajon factory earlier this month had the feeling of a farewell. Hundreds of San Diegans got a last look at the manufacturing plant during a factory clearance Nov. 19 and 20, as the company p
The owner and operator of a local jet-ski rental business, Kevin Boyd's business was based on the summer and spring seasons. Looking for something to do in the off-season, Boyd decided to start a service-oriented business and came up with the idea of ha
While many companies' decorative interior is limited to bland plants and paintings, the Starmack Group, based in La Mesa, is a little off the beaten path. The 2,000-square-foot building comes complete with an island theme lounge as the company's brains
The UPS Store has already reached its 2005 goal of opening 500 new U.S. stores. According to Stuart Mathis, the president of San Diego-based Mail Boxes Etc. Inc., the franchiser for UPS and Mail Boxes Etc. stores, the chain is on track to open 525 new U
In a dramatic departure from its tumultuous past, things are looking up at San Diego Community Bank in Chula Vista. For those not aware, the bank's former name, First International Bank, may trigger visions of inadequate capital, regulatory orders and n
San Diego , a hub of the biosciences and intellectual property issues , has provided fertile ground for lawyers with special know-how, particularly those highly prized scientists with law degrees. Looks like the county is on the cutting edge of a growi
Monday, November 22
I probably contribute more money every year to America's slew of non-governmental organizations and human-rights groups than most people on my block. Many NGOs do heroic work and raise vital international issues that might otherwise get lost in the shuffl
If the Centre City Development Corp.'s latest plan for Downtown San Diego is fulfilled, its residential population will triple from current levels and the number of people working Downtown will nearly double. The agency released its final draft of the com
There were signs during the fourth annual Commercial Real Estate Trends Conference hosted by the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego that the local market is starting to overheat. The good news is that San Diego continues
Residents living within the planned San Ysidro pilot village are getting an opportunity to become profit-sharing developers of their own land, slated for an ambitious $134 million mixed-use development in the core business district of Mi Pueblo. "We are t
Dr. Edward Holmes, UC San Diego's vice chancellor for health sciences, became the third San Diegan to be appointed to the 29-member governing board to decide how to spend $3 billion on human embryonic stem cell research.
Rancho Bernardo-based BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., which buys, leases and develops laboratory and office space for life science companies, recently bought the San Diego Science Center in Mission Bay for about $29.8 million in cash from a San Diego rival, Ph
Science Applications International Corp., the $6 billion, locally based research and engineering firm, announced the sale of its Telcordia Technologies subsidiary for $1.35 billion in cash to two private investment banks.
Justice Joan K. Irion, who serves on the 4th District Court of Appeal, Division One, might have a solid background in high finance. But ask her about her role as the newly appointed finance chairwoman of the National Association of Women Judges, and it's
Cost estimates for the Sprinter, the 22-mile east-west rail line connecting Escondido and Oceanside, are up a sign that has some project advocates questioning that the proposed North County rail may be too expensive. With a budget of $375.5 million, the
He's been an attorney, an executive with several major media corporations, and a partner in an investment banking firm. In March, Rafael Pastor's career took yet another interesting turn when he was named to head up TEC International, a for-profit organiz
Prospective business owners relish the thoughts of a more independent lifestyle and better control over their career and earning potential, but haven't really thought through the effort and planning it will ultimately take to turn their dreams into realit
L7 Creative Communications has created a new division. The L7interactive division will join L7Advertising, L7Recruitment and L7Entertainment as an independent function of the 3-year-old agency.
San Antonio-based SBC said it will offer voice-over-Internet telephone service to residential neighborhoods in San Diego and to other places in its service territory, beginning in early 2005. It has also inked a $400 million, 10-year agreement with Micros
San Diego-based General Atomics has begun work on a 32,500-square-foot factory in Tupelo, Miss., where the company plans to build high-power electric systems for Navy ships. Specifically, the northern Mississippi facility will build the electromagnetic ca
Members of the Collins family believe in treating their customers the way they would want to be treated. Collins Family Jewelers, owned and operated by siblings Bill and Sharon Collins, has a philosophy that has led the company to continually increase its
With the creation of the San Diego-based Amgen Ventures capital fund, biotechnology powerhouse Amgen Inc. recently jumped on the bandwagon of other drug makers hoping to supplement their pipeline of drugs by investing in startups with promising ideas. On
Manny, Moe and Jack have a new look in San Diego County. Pep Boys, a Philadelphia-based automotive retailer, recently completed renovations at its stores in the San Diego area. The region is one of the first markets in the country to open renovated shops.
To entice shoppers to spend money in their stores as they run from work to holiday parties to the mall, retailers will have to make holiday shopping as convenient as possible this year. While the 2004 holiday shopping season officially beginning Nov. 26
As the old saying goes, for every cloud there's a silver lining. So before I plop a third helping of yams on my plate, here are some thoughts of thanks for being in San Diego.
Ed Plant, the owner of Harborside Refrigerated Service, declined to cite a revenue figure for bringing 25,000 tons of cantaloupes to Harborside's 300,000-square-foot dockside, cold-storage warehouse at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal between December and
Founded in 2000, PowerGenix has designed a smaller, more powerful, and lighter nickel zinc battery that company representative Joe Yeagley said generates more power in a shorter amount of time. The rechargeable batteries are well-suited to the growing mar
While 2004 has been a record-breaking year for new-home sales in San Diego County, the market seems to be cooling. However, since the fourth quarter is usually the slowest period for housing sales each year, it remains to be seen how much of the slowdown
Farming in San Diego County might be the Rodney Dangerfield of local industries, but it continues to thrive , logging more than $1.3 billion in agricultural value in 2003, with an economic impact of more than $4.7 billion.
Nolte recently appointed Bill Miller vice president for the Southern California region. Miller currently serves as the managing director of the civil engineering firm's San Diego and El Centro offices.
San Diego Assistant City Attorney Les Girard has announced plans to leave his job Dec. 3. "It's time for me to move on and do something different," he said. "Mike Aguirre has the right to move forward with a new management team." As of Nov. 18, Aguirre wa
The county's farmers enjoyed a boom year in the value of their goods in 2003, jumping 4 percent to $1.3 billion , the highest ever reported here , with an estimated economic impact of $4.7 billion.
Condotels, a trend that could make it easier to finance hotel construction and purchases and turn average individuals into hoteliers or at least hotel room owners appears to be making its way to San Diego. At least half a dozen developers apparently a
California's biomedical industry remains at a pivotal crossroads. Threats still loom. Countries and other states staking their 21st century economic development on biomedical innovation are increasingly inviting California's biomedical companies to establ
San Diego's unemployment dipped in October to 3.6 percent, the third consecutive month the rate has been below 4 percent a surprise to some economists.
WordsOut! Communications, a Del Mar-based marketing communications firm, is aiming its services at local small businesses. David Woodruff, who runs a one-man shop, said that as a small businessman himself, he does not have the expenses that larger firms d
Panelists at the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum gave a glimpse into what they perceived as "the next big thing" in their industries, with predictions ranging from fanciful to fearful. Among the more exciting prospects in the near term are cell phones carr
Kontron AG, which has 205 employees in San Diego and is based in Germany, has come to market with a specialized product for processing digital video, adding that the Navy uses the electronics bundle in an unmanned aircraft.
Many older baby boomers remember growing up in areas that had busy downtowns with a variety of businesses. But gradually, with the increasing migration to the suburbs, malls started springing up outside city limits. Now, the trend seems to have come full
Monday, November 15
When the Internet bubble burst, John Carter did what he had to do to make it through the decline: He cut his staff to the bone. "It was brutal," said Carter. "It was a bummer." But letting go nearly half of the 35 people at his high-speed Internet service
Barnhart Inc. is the construction manager for the 43rd school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
Faced with yet another case of inadequate service to the small sales firm he worked for, Raymond Hivoral figured there had to be a better way to obtain quality information technology services. His solution was a franchised IT services business that would
Gary and Wayne Johnson, owners of Rockaway Records in Los Angeles, started out buying and selling old records at swap meets, then graduated to mail-order and compact disc sales. Then came a dual assault. EBay eviscerated their mail-order business and onli
In the days following City Councilwoman Donna Frye's stunning write-in campaign for San Diego mayor that put her atop incumbent Dick Murphy and challenger Supervisor Ron Roberts, pundits and media personalities reminded us that the race wasn't over until
Urban condominium developer Intracorp San Diego is diversifying its business by adding suburban projects. The move comes at a time when most big builders are looking for ways to expand their largely single-family detached housing lines of business by gett
Liberals seem to revel in public items that cause embarrassment to conservatives. Liberals like language in music that is specifically designed to shock the more prudish public, they support the shocking wearing of clothing in public, and they love to twe
Leon Santoro has been the general manager and winemaker at Orfila Vineyards and Winery since 1991, when it was the Thomas Jaeger Winery. During his tenure, Santoro has changed the emphasis of the 70-acre Escondido plot from chardonnay to red grapes. His e
Laura Trice read countless biology and chemistry textbooks while training to become a medical doctor. But books on cookie mogul Mrs. (Debbi) Fields and ice cream duo Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have meant more to her current career, making all-natural
Four more years of George W. Bush is what the North Koreans are about to get. If they think their utterly foolish endorsement of his opponent put the president in a better mood regarding the third member of the infamous "axis of evil," they have a huge an
Circa a.d. specializes in selling unique furniture and accessories for the home and garden. Owner Rob Horby also imports furniture from Asia. The most important lesson learned in the trade? "Don't try so hard," he said. "It's the universe telling you to t
One way in which small businesses are increasing their credibility is by launching Web sites. An Internet site allows a small business to access not only thousands of potential customers, but also gives the company a professional image, said Brian Chernic
Leap Wireless International Inc., the San Diego provider of flat rate wireless services in smaller markets, announced last week plans to refinance $350 million in secured debt issued when it emerged from bankruptcy protection in August.
Marketers for the San Diego Zoological Society have chosen M & C; Saatchi, a Santa Monica-based ad firm, to replace locally based MeadsDurket, which has had the account for about 30 years. The society's marketing director said a primary thrust of the new cam
San Diego attorney John W. Howard , fielding a barrage of nasty phone calls and e-mails in recent days , wants people to know his legal challenge of San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye's write-in candidacy for mayor in the Nov. 2 election is not politi
Carlsbad-based Rubio's Restaurants Inc. reported a 70.7 percent increase in net income to reach a record $1.4 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 26, compared with $836,000 in the like quarter last year. Revenue rose 10.7 percent to $36.2 million vs
The San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UC San Diego campus will install an IBM eServer Blue Gene Solution computing system in December. That name might have a familiar ring to it. A version of Blue Gene recently took the mantle of world's fastest super
Jack Becker, formerly vice president of operations for Barratt American, has been named president of the company's new San Diego division.
The Food and Drug Administration's announcement that it will hire the government's top scientific review agency to address concerns about how the FDA handles safety problems may result in higher scrutiny and drug development costs for biotechnology compan
Relief is probably the best way to sum up the reaction of California business owners to the Nov. 2 elections, as voters generally sided with their interests on just about every important measure. Voters repealed employer-mandated health care, opted to fun
Billions of dollars in commercial real estate has traded hands in San Diego County during the last few years, causing more movement within the property management profession than usual. Area property managers say they are accustomed to the idea that if th
San Diego State University recently signed its largest licensing agreement for an invention that it hopes will eventually translate into new lifesaving antibiotics. SDSU said on Nov. 8 that it signed a $300,000 agreement with pharmaceutical maker Merck Ph
The growing regional economy has helped many community banks expand their loan portfolios in recent years, but along with the increased assets and profits comes a less desirable element: larger amounts of delinquent loans.
Those who fail to truly leverage diversity may miss out on their potential for increased productivity and morale, and decreased work/life imbalance, absenteeism, and turnover.
Mirjam Butz-Brown designs jewelry. She has been professionally crafting rings, necklaces and bracelets made out of precious gems for the last 21 years. But only in the last two years has she started to realize the importance of being both a jeweler and a
The conversion of rental apartments to for-sale condominiums in San Diego County has reduced the pool of business for multifamily property managers, except for those companies that have adapted to the shift in the local real estate market.
Responding to complaints of a lack of liquidity in its stock, the majority shareholders of Borrego Springs Bank , the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians , is proposing to buy out all the remaining minority shareholders in a reverse stock split.
The passage of Proposition 71, which is expected to make San Diego a hub of embryonic stem cell research, also should have a substantial impact on its legal community. A few local law firms are anticipating new business spurred by the $3 billion bond meas
UC San Diego could nearly double in size during the next three decades, creating the potential for several million dollars' worth of new design and construction business.
UC San Diego said it landed a $30 million gift from the Skaggs Institute for Research to support its new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Douglas Allred Co. may not seem like a typical small business, due to the high-priced real estate projects the firm has worked on. But Douglas Allred said being a small-business owner has allowed him to provide quality service. "We have been trying to
Passage of Proposition 64, designed to limit so-called frivolous lawsuits, including class-actions, could be a boon for companies bombarded with questionable claims, or , ironically , a bane for smaller businesses.
Revolutionizing the way some people give speeches, San Diego businessman Brian Collins is hoping his services will soon help many local businesses. Collins, the president of Ovation Earprompter Training, a company that instructs people how to effectively
At present, two tents next to the B Street Pier are used to make up for a lack of counters and areas to process passengers within the terminal itself. Port District spokeswoman Rita Vandergaw said Holland America isn't alone in making complaints. Florida-
Monday, November 8
WD-40 Co. reported a slight increase in sales over the previous year but had a slightly weaker fourth quarter.
At 33, Adam Noah has all the ingredients to make a successful career in investment banking. While pursuing dual Ph.D.-M.B.A. degrees, Noah and his graduate student friends co-founded a consulting firm called OmniOmix in Del Mar. The relatively new he
Nov. 8 is the date San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment plans to ship EverQuest II to retailers in North America and Europe. Armed with this $50 piece of software, users can explore an online world reminiscent of "Dungeons and Dragons." Since many pl
Qualcomm Inc. wants to boost the appeal of next-generation wireless phones by creating radio- and television-like programming for them. To that end, the San Diego company has created a subsidiary, MediaFlo USA Inc., which will create a nationwide networ
Whether small businesses and consumers will get stuck subsidizing the bigger energy users is the big question raised by the California Public Utilities Commission vote Oct. 28 to build up the state's power reserves.
Surprise! This nation is politically divided, although certainly less divided than after the 2000 election when the narrowly elected president was called "illegitimate." This election was a resounding conservative victory that sent the message to the w
The old-school art of negotiation tended to be a sort of battleground, with adversaries trying to prove who was tougher. "Those types of techniques backfire, because they end up in an impasse," said Kimberlee Kovach, author of "Mediation: Principles an
Both the San Diego Convention Center Corp. and the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau are targeting corporate meeting planners in hopes of boosting tourism.
It seems like decades since California's business climate has been healthy and vibrant, when in fact it's been just four years. Yet, what a long four years it's been since the tech wreck and the energy crisis rolled across the state, followed by the ter
Financial results comparing two similar quarters during which the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority had control of Lindbergh Field are up and have exceeded projections.
Better accountability and responsibility, or gridlock and backroom shenanigans , these are the various takes on how a strong mayor form of government will shake out when it begins a five-year test period Jan. 1, 2006.
Now that California voters approved an unprecedented $3 billion bond measure to pioneer stem cell research, local scientific community leaders are swiftly jump-starting their efforts to try to make San Diego a hub for cutting-edge science. Proposition 71,
A new way of building homes is emerging as an option for a few area residents who lost their houses in the October 2003 wildfires that destroyed 2,722 homes in San Diego County. Only a handful of homeowners have hired contractors to rebuild with concret
Following news of disappointing study results of its lead cancer compound, Ceplene, and a 50 percent cut of its work force, San Diego-based biotechnology firm Maxim Pharmaceuticals announced last week that it pulled its application to seek marketing appro
Connect, the UCSD program in technology and entrepreneurship, is accepting applications from companies interested in presenting their technologies to capital providers at the Connect Life Sciences and High-Tech Financial Forum in mid-April. Online appli
Uncertainty surrounding the labor dispute involving nine Los Angeles hotels has resulted in canceled room reservations, banquets, catering assignments and meetings. The losses come even as officials of the workers' union, Unite HERE, have held off call
From Oct. 1 through 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved 6,215 loans in its 7(a) loan guarantee program.
Sempra Energy on Nov. 4 reported third-quarter 2004 earnings of $231 million on sales of $2.2 billion, compared with $211 million on sales of $2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2003. For the first nine months of 2004, Sempra Energy's earnings were $54
A longtime insurance industry practice has come into question because of two statewide investigations launched by the California Department of Insurance and Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Charges filed in New York against Marsh & McLennan Cos., the coun
After more than several weeks of speculation, Copley Press Inc., which publishes the San Diego Union-Tribune, is launching Today's Local News.
A small-business owner, Gayle Goldman understands the mindset of the small-business person. For six years, Gayle Goldman has owned and operated Gayle Goldman & Associates, Inc., a QuickBooks consulting and bookkeeping company, helping small-business own
When times get tough and companies tighten their belts, the public relations industry is often the first to feel the pinch. But now, as the economy begins to rise, many San Diego public relations companies are beginning to return to the business scene,
Question: About half of my restaurant customers pay by credit card, while the others pay with cash. Should I use accrual or cash-basis accounting to track my income?
Knight & Carver YachtCenter of National City has started work on an experimental, high-speed Navy ship under a $6 million contract. M Ship Co. of Downtown San Diego is the prime contractor and designer of the 80-foot ship, which rides on two main hulls.
The first half of the $150 million Gaslamp CitySquare may look finished to passers-by, but Bob Champion, the developer, is not satisfied with everything he sees.
Commercial real estate experts tend to look ahead only one year at a time, but a demographic shift emerging in the U.S. work force could slow new office development as baby boomers begin to retire, according to an economist and the country's biggest landl
California voters passed up a chance to change the rules on gambling in the state by rejecting two propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot. Had they approved Propositions 68 and 70, voters would have opened the door to roulette in tribal casinos, and slot machi
Qualcomm Inc., the supplier of microchips and related technology for wireless telecommunications, ended its 2004 fiscal year with revenue of $4.9 billion , a 27 percent increase from 2003. In tandem with the year-end results, the company announced an ac
After being defeated twice in one year , first in the March primary and again on Nov. 2, it's unlikely that a proposal to increase the city's hotel room tax by 2.5 percent to 13 percent will resurface anytime soon, says at least one lodging industry execu
Lately, we've been hearing people talk and seen articles about others cashing in on their home and making a run for it out of San Diego. While it may sound like an enticing adventure to start over someplace else, I have to ask, why would anyone want to
Monday, November 1
The first phase of a massive $100 million infrastructure improvement plan by San Marcos and Carlsbad and regional home developers has finally been completed , the culmination of a six-year process. A portion of San Elijo Road in San Marcos opened to traff
College buddies at UC Santa Cruz, Greg Otero and Dan Blumberg had a passion for board games. The two created and developed a game, similar to backgammon and Parcheesi, which they played with each other and their families for years. In January, noticing a
Here's a hot thought for you. It starts like this: "By 2025, or 2050 at the latest," according to French intellectual Roland Lew, "some experts predict that China may overtake Europe to become the United States' only rival." It's a hot thought because, ev
With a dwindling supply of land in the center of the region, office and industrial development is booming in North County. Developers have hundreds of acres in various stages, from entitlement to construction, according to local commercial real estate bro
In an attempt to increase efficiency and security at the border, truckers traveling between San Diego and Mexico will begin to change the way they operate. Regulations, which will be enforced by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and go into effect No
Property: 10505 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego. Seller: American Industrial Properties REIT.
After a year in business, the Profil Institute for Clinical Research said it is responding to a rising demand by clients to test its new experimental drugs for obesity and diabetes by opening up a second facility in Chula Vista. Profil, which specializes
Signing up with a global telecommunications company has given Mats Granryd a chance to see a good chunk of the world in a still-young career. Granryd, 42, is the local man-in-charge for Ericsson, a Swedish company with $16.26 billion in sales during 2003.
Patrick Connolly joins American Mortgage Network as vice president, project standards. Connolly will be responsible for the company's initiative in cooperative and condominium lending. Connolly specializes in cooperative loan portfolio management and has
A description of the largest event in the history of the San Diego Convention Center might make a glowing chapter in some small city's financial report , 30,000 people generating a $102.7 million economic impact and producing tax revenue of $2.2 million
A surge in metal prices is washing over San Diego companies that manufacture big, heavy things that move. Shipbuilding and aerospace companies say they are indeed affected by increased raw material prices, though they are more reluctant to give specifics
If you're ever stranded in some foreign port , or even an unfamiliar state , and find yourself in a legal pickle, who are you going to call? If you're a client of Meritas, you'll have an international network of independent commercial law firms standing b
Question: I've just heard that a new law has been signed into effect requiring employers to conduct sexual harassment training. Can you provide more details regarding the impact of this law? Answer: Organizations of any size can be involved in a sexual ha
Masson & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering, land surveying and land development consulting firm based in Escondido, is expected to reach more than $4 million in revenue for 2004. A family-owned and operated business, Masson & Associates provides plann
For the second year in a row, Oster & Associates, a San Diego-based advertising agency specializing in brand development, is searching for a local nonprofit organization to help produce a premier advertising and marketing campaign for the organization. Th
In many respects, the 2004 presidential election has been a watershed in the annals of political advertising history. In sound bites of 30 or 60 seconds, TV commercials for the two presidential candidates have aroused hope, fear, anger, nostalgia, patriot
CryoCor Inc., a small medical-device firm in San Diego, said on Oct. 25 that it won pre-marketing clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market a surgical cooling device for treating irregular heartbeat to surgeons. But CryoCor isn't quite rea
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau is putting the finishing touches on a custom-designed software program that is expected to boost sales for area attractions and service companies that thrive on the meetings business. The pilot for iService, whic
The 2.6 million-square-foot San Diego Convention Center, which offers large groups ample space to hold meetings in contiguous rooms, is what appealed to the Emergency Nurses Association when it booked a four-day convention and trade show for about 5,000 m
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has outfitted one of its Predator drones with a heavy-fuel engine. In other words, it has turned out an unmanned aircraft capable of flying on diesel fuel or jet fuel. The company-funded experiment was to please
Fair, affordable health care for all workers is a concept that's long overdue in this state. For California's economic engine to continue running, businesses must keep their workers healthy and productive. Proposition 72, however, is not the solution. The
San Diego-based Titan Corp. reported net income of $15.8 million on revenue of $526 million during the third quarter. In the year-ago period, the defense contractor reported net income of $15 million on revenue of $468.4 million.
With hundreds of units sold, condominium converters developers who buy apartments then sell the units as condos were among the list of San Diego County's top 25 home builders in the third quarter. San Diego-based MarketPointe Realty Advisors compiles
The image on the Chevrolet TV commercial is bold, even shocking: One by one, new Chevy models are driven onto a moving car carrier to be transported , presumably to a dealership. The final vehicle, finished in a dazzling coat of yellow, is the 2004 Chevro
Bilbro Construction Co. renovated 4,200 square feet of laboratory space in the Powell Focht Bioengineering Hall on the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla. The contractor built a National Institutes of Health laboratory with cardiac systems, mechanical bioeng
Directors in some San Diego boardrooms complain that recent compliance regulations are taking precious time and money that could be used to stoke their bottom lines. Still others contend those rules are a "necessary evil." Either way, all boards of direct
After working apart for about 15 years, Richard McCann and Douglas Wheeler decided it was time to start working as a team again. Colleagues at Carlsbad's La Costa Resort and Spa in the late 1980s, McCann, 50, and Wheeler, 46, moved on from the hotel, form
Three San Diego-based biotechnology firms were among the 11 largest U.S. venture capital investments in the third quarter, despite a downward trend nationally in such funding, according to a quarterly survey released by VentureOne and Ernst & Young.