Stories for September 2004

Monday, September 27

Develop a Tax Strategy to Improve Finances

SMALL BUSINESS HELP LINE - Question: How do I go about developing a tax strategy for my business and what are the benefits?

SAN DIEGO PEOPLE

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Women Accepting Bigger Roles at Law Firms

Kimberly Greer Is the Latest to Join Small Sorority of Managers

Analysts Say Bankruptcy No Option for City

San Diego's financial condition may appear dire, but filing for bankruptcy protection is a drastic move that probably isn't in the cards, some finance professionals contend.

Bargain Hunter Revamps Web Site

Carlsbad Company Helps Firms Send Direct Mail Easier

Failed Skin Cancer Tests Prompts Maxim Stock Drop

Biotech: Shareholders File Class Action Suit

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS: SEPTEMBER 17 - 23, 2004

Consumer Champions: S.D.'s TV "Troubleshooters" Stand Up for the Little Guy

The situation involved unhappy investors , people who said they had not seen a return, or even what they perceived as acceptable follow-through, from the business they poured their hard-earned cash into.

California's Budget Gets Lift From Tax Income

Finance: Wall Street Boosts State's Bond Rating After Seeing Economic Recovery

Crisis Passes, But Unemployment Fund Issues Linger

Workplace: Benefit Increase Is Set for Jan. 1

State Energy Re-Regulation Plan Stumbles

Governor Shopping Idea to Create Energy Reserve By 2006

ESPN Joins Time Warner's High-Definition Team

San Diego Marketing Firm Chooses New Ad Director

It's Nonstop Exasperation For Business Travelers

COMMENTARY by James McDonald, partner and manager of the Irvine office of law firm Fisher & Phillips.

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Monday, September 20

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Small Business Help Line - Can't We All Just Get Along in the Office?

Question: How can I get everyone in our office to get along?

Unemployment Drops as Shift in Hiring Continues

Workplace: Firms Express Confidence in Economic Turnaround

TransNet Backers Face Uphill Battle

With about six weeks to go before the November vote, the debate on Proposition A, the county's half-cent sales tax funding transportation projects throughout the region, is heating up.

SAN DIEGO PEOPLE

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Attorneys Feted for Work On Behalf of Farm Workers

Three Law Firms With San Diego Offices Rank In American Lawyer List

Is Prop. 72 the Remedy for State's Health Care Woes?

PRO: Small Business Has Much to Gain With Measure's Approval

WEEK IN REVIEW

WEEK IN REVIEW

Cut the Public Employee Pay and Pensions in San Diego & #711; Now

COMMENTARY by Richard Rider, a Scripps Ranch resident and chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters.

Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections & Clarifications

Tenuous Financial Status Delays City's $1.2B Sewer Bond Plan

Government: Audit, Legal Issues Bring Timing Into Question

County Property Sales, Leases on Record Pace

Deals Boosted By Low Interest Rates, Low Unemployment

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

ConVis Looks Ahead Following City's Audit

Tourism: Restoration of Pared-Down Budget May Be Agency's Next Task

Pension Reform Likely To Be Painful Process

Government: Panel Member Says It's Unfair to Blame Current City Leaders

Working Through the Pain

Employees Learning Value Of Ergonomic Products

Got Junk? This Man Sure Does

Guide Provides Info on Acquiring Franchises

San Diego Still Growing v Crops, That Is

County Tops Nation in Several Areas, But There Are Limitations

Take Breaks, or Your Body Could Suffer the Consequences

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Back Woes Force Many Employees Out of Work

Monday, September 13

Memo to Buyers: Deal Me Out

Darren R. Cecil teaches techniques for making sales and growing a business to salespeople, sales managers and business owners at the University of San Diego.

Tourism in '05 Likely to Be Strong, But Could Be Better

More Funding of ConVis Called for to Boost Next Year's Numbers

Research Reveals Differences Between Coastal, Inland Leaders

East County Residents Purchase American Cars; La Jollans Prefer Benzes, According to Marketer

Despite Reduction, "Job-Killer" Bills Still Lurk About

COMMENTARY by Howard Fine, reporter who covers statewide business issues for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Pension Issue Draws Attention Both Locally And Nationally

San Diego is finding itself in the harsh glare of the national media spotlight these days with much speculation over the city's financial fortunes. Malfeasance? Politics as usual? The debate goes on.

Navy's Intranet Slowly Gaining Ground

Customer Satisfaction A Key Component For Civilian Contractors

Week in Review

Week in Review

A National Disgrace

Editorial by Rick Bell

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Ten Reforms Offered to Make City Efficient

The Performance Institute, a San Diego-based think tank, has thrown down the gauntlet to the city with 10 recommended reforms:

Plan Strategically to Form an Industry Niche

Small Business Help Line

S.D. Consultants Working to Be Catalyst for Firms

Paint Edger Sells Out in 5 Minutes

Westgate Hotel Gives Chocoholics a Fresh Taste

Lindbergh Field Numbers Surpass Pre-9/11 Totals

Attractions Push Summer Tour Season to New Heights

Local Lodging Industry Tops the Nation's Leading Destinations

Ivy Leaguers Riding High in Unstable Financial World

VIEWPOINT by Tom Plate, a UCLA professor, former editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Why the State Needs to Get an Honest Budget

VIEWPOINT by Jon Coupal, an attorney and the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association , California's largest taxpayer organization.

S.D. Transit Project Finally Turning Corner

Transportation: Plan Is for People to Work, Play, Live in One Area

A Sad Passing in the Business Community

It was with great sadness that, over the long Labor Day weekend, San Diego lost one of its truly great business leaders.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

SAN DIEGO PEOPLE

EY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Monday, September 6

Hotels Caught Up in InterContinental-Expedia Flap

Tourism: Some Applaud Hotel Chain's Stand to Take Back the Industry

Small Business Help Line - Firing Relatives Offers Tough Challenges

Question: How do I tactfully fire a relative?

Microsoft Adviser Looks to Create Secure Computer Networks

His employer has changed, but Mitch Dembin still provokes laughs when he announces whom he works for.

Advertising to Grow at Accelerated Pace in 2004

Weekly Spanish Newspaper To Be Available This Fall

Backers of Room-Tax Hike Gird for Uphill Battle

Tourism: Proposition J Proponents Expect to Be Outspent This Fall

Group Seeks Opinions From Small Businesses

An advocacy organization is looking to small businesses that serve the Department of Defense, hoping to collect the top three concerns they have about doing business with Uncle Sam.

Attorneys Make Financial Pitch for Kerry Campaign

Law: California Is Kerry's Top Contributing Region at $23 Million

Internet Phone Maker Aims to Link U.S., Vietnam Callers

Twister Networks Inc. is looking to hook up callers from Vietnam and the United States via phones that use the Internet.

Civil Behavior: It's Good For Business

OPINION - Incivility in the Workplace Isn't Just Rude, It Impacts Business Where It Hurts Most , on the Bottom Line

Word on the Street: Scene a Boon for Biz

By scratching the oldies, Zydeco and blues to focus on bands such as AFI, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Social Distortion, Rob Hagey Productions Inc.'s Street Scene 2004 was not your parents' concert.

Broker Says Downtown Hotel Is Up for Sale

While many San Diego hotels displayed "no vacancy" signs during the Labor Day weekend, at least one property also posted one saying "for sale."

Why Are We Still Clueless About Energy?

OPINION by Mark Lacter, editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Unique Project Partners SDG & E; With Builder

Construction: Mixed-Use Plan Still in Approval Stage

Anticipation Rises for Padres' Postseason

Ballpark Businesses Planning for Possibility of October Playoffs

Wow! Check Out This Approach To Coaching

Kidsville Playland 'Edutainment' Center Opens Doors in Poway

Avanir Reports Promising Test of MS Drug

If All Goes Well, Drug May Get Approval for Other Neurological Disorders

Home-Based Businesses Turn Virtual Space Into Hub

Many Small Companies Using Virtual Offices To Improve Credibility