Stories for April 2006

Friday, April 28

Dot Hill Stock Takes a Tumble

Shares of Carlsbad-based Dot Hill Systems Corp., a maker of computer storage gear, closed down 21 percent April 28.

Average Gas Price Pegged at $3.21

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego stood at $3.213 per gallon on April 28, up 9.7 cents from a week ago.

Thursday, April 27

Iomega Posts Loss

Iomega Corp., a San Diego-based maker of Zip drives and other data storage computer products, reported a net loss for its first quarter ended April 2 of $4.2 million on revenue of $59.1 million.

Vegas Mayor: We Want Chargers

Hard on the heels of Mayor Jerry Sanders' decision to abandon any negotiations with the San Diego Chargers for a proposed new stadium, the football team was contacted by the mayor of Las Vegas to talk about possibly moving there.

Grand Opening for Business College

The College of Business Administration at Cal State San Marcos has officially opened its doors.

SDG & E; Files Shelf Registration

San Diego Gas & Electric Co., a subsidiary of San Diego-based utilities operator Sempra Energy, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 26 to alert the market it may be issuing debt or refinancing.

San Diego Experiences a Condo Commotion

An effort by a San Diego City Council committee on April 26 to rein in condo conversions is "a small, but positive step, since developers put the kibosh on settlement talks," said San Diego attorney Cory Briggs. But a coalition of San Diego builders doesn

SeraCare Sends Lab Work East

Oceanside-based SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. has announced it is moving its Oceanside manufacturing operations, consolidating them with those it maintains in Milford, Mass.

Wednesday, April 26

Callaway Earns 33 Cents Per Share

Callaway Golf Co., the Carlsbad maker of golf clubs and balls, reported first-quarter net income of $22.9 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $302.4 million.

New Leader, Cash for PhotoThera

PhotoThera Inc., a Carlsbad company developing a laser treatment for stroke patients, will end the month with a new leader and a $30.5 million infusion of venture capital.

Anderson Named Director of Planning

William B. Anderson, 47, has been appointed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders as the city's new director of planning and community investment.

ConVis Names New Top Executive

The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau has named an Ohio meeting planner, David Peckinpaugh, to be its new president and chief executive officer.

Leap to Enter San Diego Wireless Scene

Locally based flat-rate wireless carrier Leap Wireless International Inc. will launch its Cricket service in San Diego later this year, or by early next year.

Judge Irving Joins Lerach

Judge Lawrence Irving will join the San Diego-based law firm of Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP as special counsel May 1.

Tuesday, April 25

New Ship Goes to Sea for Tests

General Dynamics Nassco sent the Lewis and Clark out to sea April 25 to test the capabilities of the new class of Navy resupply ships.

Websense Income Slips Under New Rules

Websense Inc., the San Diego-based maker of Web filtering and security software, reported net income of $8.2 million in its first quarter, down from the $8.6 million in the prior year's first quarter.

Chargers Await Council Decision

The San Diego Chargers hope to begin talking with interested cities in the county sometime by mid-May about building a new stadium, assuming the City Council approves a change in its current contract at its May 1 meeting.

Job Cuts for 120 Lab Workers

Quest Diagnostics, which makes tests for everything from HIV to heart failure, is cutting 120 workers in its San Diego laboratory, which currently employs 250 people.

Sanders' Borrowing Plan Gets OK

The San Diego City Council on April 24 gave the green light to Mayor Jerry Sanders' plan to beef up the city's pension system with an infusion of $100 million by June 30, the end of the city fiscal year.

Monday, April 24

Credit Union Replaces Its Chief Exec

The seemingly sudden departure of longtime CEO and President Linda Baughman from the University and State Employees Credit Union wasn't related to financial results, and wasn't so abrupt to the board of directors, said Chairman Tony Cherin.

Stress Can Limit Workers' Production

April marks Stress Awareness Month. Workers who are stressed cost employers about $600 more each year than those who have more balanced lives, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Draft City Budget Assumes Revenue Gains

San Diego's $3 billion budget for its 2007 fiscal year calls for spending $1.38 billion on its general fund, the pool of money allocated to most city services including police, fire and parks.

Controversy Shadows Bank's Annual Meeting in S.D.

U.S. Bancorp's annual meeting in San Diego contained a bit of controversy when a proposal to eliminate the staggered three-year terms of its directors was approved by a clear majority of shareholders, against the wishes of its current board.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones

Don't Let Volvo V70R's Clark Kent Looks Fool You

Don't Let Volvo V70R's Clark Kent Looks Fool You

For the Record

Business Events Calendar: April 25 - May 1

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Kudos; Executive Spotlight: Jonathon Allen

Proxy , Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Shake-Up at Jmar Puts Neil Beer in the CEO's Chair

Jmar Technologies Inc. is changing once again , this time it's the guys who are running the high-tech maker of laser equipment.

Redevelopment Takes the Plunge at Belmont Park

The Wave House has given the Plunge, a 1920s-era indoor swimming pool in Mission Beach, a $500,000 face-lift and plans a May 1 bash to celebrate its grand reopening.

Respect Our Relationship With the Military

Respect Our Relationship With the Military

Week in Review

Top Business News: April 14 - 20, 2006

Alliance Aims to Assist S.D. Tech Businesses

Instead of battling for defense contracts in a competitive arena, San Diego-based Chassis Plans, LLC is taking a strategic, cooperative approach.

Fake Drugs a Big Concern at U.S. Border

As California considers delaying safeguards for prescription drugs, San Diego's U.S. Customs office is increasingly concerned about pharmacists buying counterfeit drugs from Mexico and Internet sales of fake drugs.

Financial Work Force Needs More Minorities

Financial Work Force Needs More Minorities

Small Business How To

Question: The owner of a shop next to mine was in a horrible accident and as a result, he had to suddenly exit the business. How can I prepare myself in the event something like this should happen to me?

At Halfway Point, Forecast Is Bright for Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc. says it is on pace to top $7 billion in yearly sales, revising a forecast that sales could be as little as $6.7 billion

Getting Defensive

Holocom Networks teams up with an Eastern firm to produce hardware that allows better, but secure, access to classified and non-classified documents.

Rubio's Settles Langostino Litigation

Carlsbad-based Rubio's Restaurants Inc. admitted no wrongdoing in settling a class-action lawsuit stemming from claims of false advertising in connection with billing its langostino tacos and burritos as lobster fare.

Downtown Agency Hires Kaiser

Barbara Kaiser has been hired as the vice president of real estate operations for the Centre City Development Corp.

Sudden Tragedy Reveals Need for Road Map

Question: The owner of a shop next to mine was in a horrible accident and as a result, he had to suddenly exit the business. How can I prepare myself in the event something like this should happen to me?

New Columns Aim to Recognize Good Deeds

Beginning May 1, the

Letters

Surfing for a Cause

Hilton Hotels Become a Hot Seller in San Diego

If the transaction is completed, the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego will be the first major hotel to sell in the county this year. It's also the fourth Hilton property to sell in the last 16 months.

Luce Forward Partner Is A Rising Real Estate Star

Dirt. That's what Christopher H. Findley, a partner and member of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP's real estate and environmental litigation practice group, credits as a key to his success.

Progress Report

Sales and Leases

Investors Attracted to What Javo Is Pouring

Javo Beverage Co. isn't fighting the growing global domination of Starbucks Coffee. Instead, the Vista-based company that reorganized about six years ago is perking along, riding on the growing taste for lattes and iced coffee drinks.

ViaSat Secures $6.8M Awards for Military Work

Carlsbad-based ViaSat, Inc. announced its combined $6.8 million awards from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego on April 17.

Project Targets Low-Income Workers

Low-wage workers in San Diego often have a difficult time moving up the economic ladder, but thanks to an innovative public-private program being launched here, they may have a better chance to do so.

High-Water Mark

Owners of the Southbay Boat Yard in Chula Vista, which is undergoing a $6 million redevelopment, are gearing up to become a worldwide player, hoping to reel in all those multimillion-dollar mega-yachts now being serviced elsewhere.

Executive Profile , David A. Raspolich

David Raspolich had a rude awakening and a bit of a culture shock when he arrived in town some 20 years ago to open Dynalectric Co.'s San Diego office.

March Jobless Rate at 3.9 Percent

San Diego's unemployment rate dipped 200 basis points to 3.9 percent in March, down from 4.1 percent in February.

S.D. Firms Sponsoring Sharp Health Symposium

Businesswomen of all ages can find tips on staying healthy , advice on everything from meditation to menopause , at the 16th annual Sharp Women's Health Symposium May 13.

Big Vote for Small Biz Nears in U.S. Senate

Big Vote for Small Biz Nears in U.S. Senate

Hoteliers Hold Their Breath as Gas Prices Soar

A recent spike in gasoline prices and the expectation that they will go even higher in the coming months has some local innkeepers predicting a downturn in summer travel, while others are optimistic that tourism will remain strong in 2006.

Small Business Spotlight: Architectural Concepts, Inc.

Margit E. Whitlock, principal and creative director, Architectural Concepts, Inc.

Chamber Sets Up Small-Biz Success Center

Small-business owners in Carlsbad have a new one-stop resource center at their disposal.

Friday, April 21

Backlog Builds, Earnings Fall at Cohu

Cohu Inc., the Poway-based maker of test handling equipment for the semiconductor industry, reported first quarter net income of $3.4 million on $58.3 million in revenue.

Gas Price Approaches Record

Gasoline prices rose an average of 12.6 cents in the week leading up to April 21, the Automobile Club of Southern California reported.

Rampage Stores Hold Back Charlotte Russe

Second-quarter sales are up a seemingly healthy 34.7 percent at teen fashion retailer Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. But all is not well for the San Diego-based company.

Texas Deal Was Good for Sempra

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, will be cashing in on the lucrative sale of a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Texas.

Wescoe Gets Retirement System Post

David B. Wescoe of La Jolla has been tapped as the new administrator for the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System board of administration. He replaces the embattled Lawrence Grissom, who retired on Dec. 31.

Eateries Warned of Sweeps

An unannounced visit to a Hillcrest restaurant by the state Economic and Employment Coalition could be part of a statewide sweep making its way into San Diego, said a local hospitality official.

La Costa Center Sold

La Costa Towne Center in Carlsbad has sold for $38.5 million to La Costa Tower Fund, LLC, an entity controlled by BlackRock Realty Advisors, Inc.

Thursday, April 20

City Attorney Questions Bond Plan

San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre is opposing Mayor Jerry Sanders' proposal to issue $674 million in pension obligation bonds, saying the idea requires a two-thirds voter approval

Geico Honors 60-Year Customer

Customer loyalty can be tough to achieve these days, but auto insurer Geico in Poway has one that goes back all the way to 1946

Escondido Power Plant Dedicated

The 550-megawatt Palomar Energy Center was unveiled April 19 in Escondido by Sempra Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

B Street Deal Benefits Equastone

Equastone, a real estate investment firm, on April 20 announced the sale of 925 B St., a 66,000-square-foot office building in Downtown San Diego, for $13.1 million.

'Solid Profits' for Imperial Capital

ITLA Capital Corp., the San Diego parent company of Imperial Capital Bank, reported net income for its first quarter of $6.3 million, compared with $5.6 million in the prior year's first quarter.

Wednesday, April 19

Qualcomm Earnings Rise

Qualcomm Inc. reported net income of $593 million on second-quarter revenue of $1.83 billion following the close of the market April 19. The quarter ended March 26.

Cushman Acquires Corporate Unit

Cushman & Wakefield has acquired San Diego Corporate Real Estate Advisors, previously a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance.

Downtown Agency Hires Kaiser

Barbara Kaiser has been hired as the vice president of real estate operations for the Centre City Development Corp., which oversees redevelopment in Downtown San Diego for the city.

Tuesday, April 18

Xenonics Gets Private Placement

Xenonics, a Carlsbad-based maker of high-intensity spotlights for military and law enforcement, announced April 18 that it had raised $1.65 million through a private placement.

High Price for Prospect Street Shops

The two-building, 7,384-square-foot International Shops, at 1237 Prospect St. in La Jolla, has been sold for $6.2 million.

Eisner to Help Steer Veoh

Veoh Networks, Inc. said it raised $12.5 million in Series B venture capital financing and added Michael Eisner, a former Disney chairman and CEO, to its board of directors.

Cymer Earnings Jump

For the quarter ended March 31, Cymer reported net income of $20.6 million, up 283 percent from the net income of $5.4 million in the like period of 2005.

Monday, April 17

Franchising a High School Graduates to Reality

The first franchise high school is about to break ground locally and will soon fit the norm of a typical franchise.

Meters of the Future No Longer Just a Pilot Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is installing new gas and electric meters to save energy and cut its customers' energy costs.

Smart Growth Fund Helps Two Projects

The San Diego Smart Growth Fund, established last year to build urban infill projects, announced its first two projects.

Copley Press Wins Pulitzer Prize

The staff of two affiliated news organizations, Copley News Service and the

A Pair of Patents for Nanogen

San Diego's Nanogen, Inc., a medical device company, has been granted patents for two of its technologies.

Executive Profile , Ed Netzhammer

Last summer Ed Netzhammer found himself in a situation he'd never been in before, and one he hopes will never be repeated.

San Diego Institutes to Receive Stem Cell Grants

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine dispersed its first grants , $12.1 million , for stem cell research recently despite lawsuits that are fighting the distribution of $3 billion in funding approved by voters in 2004 as part of Proposition

Business Leaders Get Behind International Event

Some of the world's most brilliant people are in San Diego to be honored for their contributions to mankind by some of the region's most well-known businesspeople.

S.D. Still Aids Small Firms Despite Financial Morass

Despite formidable obstacles in borrowing money for itself, the city of San Diego is providing credit to businesses through three small-business loan programs.

For the Record

Business Events Calendar: April 18 - 24

DA Must Sink Her Teeth Into Predatory Lawyers

DA Must Sink Her Teeth Into Predatory Lawyers

More Democracy? How About Better Government?

More Democracy? How About Better Government?

Passing the Smell Test With Employee Issues

Question: One of our employees has a terrible hygiene problem. Another is a good worker who also happens to be chronically late. What's the best way to bring up these issues to each employee?

San Diego Registers First in California Hotel Sales

A survey of hotel sales for 2005 shows 36 transactions in San Diego County represented a 24 percent increase from the year before.

V-Enable Likes the Sound of Your Voice

Searching for data on a wireless phone can be a button-pushing headache. V-Enable is perfecting the voice-controlled search.

Immigration Protests Can Be Teachable Moments

Immigration Protests Can Be Teachable Moments

Survey: Local Job Growth Expected to Continue

San Diego's relatively healthy economy in recent years has boosted the region's job growth, a trend that appears certain to continue this year, according to the results of a recent survey done for the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Kudos; Executive Spotlight: Mark Kagan

Draft City Budget Assumes Revenue Will Go Up

San Diego's $3 billion budget for its 2007 fiscal year calls for spending $1.38 billion on its general fund, the pool of money allocated to most city services including police, fire and parks.

Line of Clothes Only a Mother Could Love

Motherhood doesn't have to be dowdy; just ask Andrea Jarrell, co-founder of Hot Mama Ink.

New Local Red Cross CEO Looks to Future

The new leader of the local American Red Cross chapter is focusing on increasing awareness of the Red Cross message and promoting preparedness.

San Diego Extends Contracts With Its Lead Bankers

San Diego extended contracts with two of its banking providers and plans to extend a third contract with its primary banker this month.

Cable Legislation Draws Fire From Local Providers

A recently introduced bill in Sacramento is drawing staunch opposition from local cable TV providers who view the proposed legislation as an attempt by the nation's largest telecom company to supersede federal powers.

Street Fests Add Value to Small Businesses

To the dozens of small-business owners in San Diego's Little Italy district, a festival such as ArtWalk can be just as healthy for the wallet as it is for the soul.

Trio Garners Kyoto Prizes for Lifetime of Work

An electronics engineer, ecologist and musician will be honored with prestigious Kyoto Prizes this week in San Diego.

Why Arnold Sells Well on More Than Sunset Boulevard

Why Arnold Sells Well on More Than Sunset Boulevard

A Secure Future

Two cable industry giants, Comcast Corp. and Motorola, Inc., have formed a combined business unit locally to develop security technology for a media-savvy retail market.

Biz Leaders Join Forces to Help Mend Neighborhoods

It's been a busy few months for some of San Diego's real estate pros and other business folks who have been investing , and are about to invest , their time and money in various charities.

Hollis-Eden Pushes for Update to BioShield

Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Inc. pressed federal officials during the world's largest gathering of biotech companies in Chicago to revamp Project BioShield.

Invitrogen Issues Earnings Warning

Invitrogen Corp. is learning from the past, and as a result , so far , the company has not seen as sharp of a drop in its stock when missing analysts' expectations.

Progress Report

Sales and Leases

Small Business Spotlight: A Fair Way Mediation Center

Richard M. Gordon, owner, A Fair Way Mediation Center.

Low-Profile Bank Seeing Its Total Assets Soar

La Jolla Bank keeps a low profile around San Diego, but its growth in recent years has been anything but below the radar.

Navy's Battle Readiness Gets Assist From Local Firm

The new generation of sailors , many of whom grew up with Internet access both at home and at school , has made for a smoother transition to Shiptrain, the Navy's new computer-based training system.

Week in Review

Top Business News: April 7 - 13

Proxy , ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc.

Bonds May Hold Key to City's Financial Recovery

City leaders plan to issue bonds as a key part of Mayor Jerry Sanders' financial recovery plan. It is a well-known strategy used by other government agencies, including San Diego County.

Tech Firms Are Striving To Retain Work Force

A labor shortage in many skilled high-tech jobs is causing companies to provide increased benefits.

Flexing Their Schedules

More companies are looking at ways of providing flexible work schedules to their employees as an effective way of recruiting and retaining top talent.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones

ConVis Financial Picture Brightens for Fiscal 2007

Officials of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, an agency that has been hammered by severe budget cuts in recent years, were relieved to learn that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to leave its city allocation intact for the upcoming fiscal ye

Friday, April 14

Seats at SDSU in Demand

San Diego State University anticipates 4,730 fall first-time freshman enrollees, compared to 4,069 in the fall of 2005, an increase of 16 percent.

Nuera Takes Its Tech to the South

Nuera Communications Inc., a San Diego designer and maker of equipment used in voice over Internet protocol telecom networks, said it recently won three purchase orders from new customers, all of them small regional cable companies.

Solera Deal Closes

San Diego-based Solera, Inc. has closed its $925 million cash acquisition of the insurance claims services business previously owned by Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Incentives, Costs Lure Olhausen Away

A Poway pool table maker says it's moving its operation to Tennessee to remain competitive by cutting business costs and to be in an area of the country where the company's workers will be able to enjoy a higher standard of living.

$3 Gas in Sight

Gas prices continue to spike in San Diego County, and signs indicate the price could reach $3 per gallon for regular unleaded within the next two weeks.

Thursday, April 13

Qualcomm Settles With Feds Over Acquisition

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on April 13, resolving "gun-jumping" allegations during one of its acquisitions.

Five Hotel Restaurants Make Zagat List

Travelers who customarily eighty-six hotel food in favor of more delectable offerings elsewhere will want to take note of Zagat Survey's recent list of top-rated hotel restaurants.

Alliant School Named After Goldsmith

Alliant International University has announced it will rename its business school after executive coach Marshall Goldsmith.

Leadership Shift at Jmar

Jmar Technologies Inc., a San Diego developer of laser technologies, announced April 12 it appointed Neil Beer as the company's new president and chief executive.

Dates Set for College Bowl Games

The dates for San Diego's two postseason college football bowl games have been set.

Wednesday, April 12

Callaway Shares Fall

Shares in Callaway Golf Co. were down 7.7 percent the day after the company said it expected first-quarter earnings, excluding charges, in the range of 34-36 cents per share.

ConVis Fiscal Picture Brightens

Officials of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, an agency that has been hammered by severe budget cuts in recent years, were relieved to learn that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to leave its city allocation intact.

Tuesday, April 11

Red Cross Promotes Wiemann to CEO

Jeff Wiemann has been promoted to chief executive of San Diego's Red Cross chapter, the organization announced April 11.

Sanders Lays Out Budget Priorities

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled his financial recovery plan to address the city's $1.4 billion pension deficit and other woes that have spurred investigations and criminal indictments, preventing the city from issuing new debt.

Clinton Speaks to Biotech Execs

Former President Clinton addressed thousands of attendees at the world's largest gathering of biotechnology companies and executives in Chicago this week.

Journal in Line for Honor

The

Smart Growth Fund Helps Two Projects

The San Diego Smart Growth Fund, established last year to build urban infill projects, announced its first two projects: a 75-unit condominium in the College area and a small office project in the Eastlake section of Chula Vista.

Stem Cell Funds Go to Local Institutes

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine dispersed its first grants , $12.1 million , for stem cell research despite lawsuits that are fighting the distribution of $3 billion in funding approved by voters in 2004 as part of Proposition 71.

Monday, April 10

Correction

For April 3, 2006.

Obesity By the Numbers

Obesity By the Numbers

Few Changes Seen as Radio Stations Are Part of Merger

Thanks to a recent merger, a Philadelphia-based company now owns five local radio stations, including San Diego's reigning No. 1 country station.

For the Record

Business Events Calendar: April 11 - 17

San Diego's Sailors Soon to Take on a New Look

Introducing new uniforms in the tradition-bound Navy is a slow, deliberate process that will finally make waves in the fall of 2007.

Pacific Gateway Hits Broadway

A new skyline for San Diego and the city's first 5-star hotel are among the glories being anticipated for the long-awaited redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex.

Direct More Traffic to Your Company's Web Site

Question: How can I get my small business's Web site to start showing up on search engines?

Manchester Set to Christen Its Latest Addition

An exact replica of the America , the yacht for which the America's Cup race was named in 1851 , was due to sail into San Diego Harbor this week.

New Luce Forward Attorney Touts Estate Planning

Entrepreneurs take heed: The time to start planning your estate and providing for your heirs is best done before you hit it big, sell your successful company or take the business public.

Who Follows 'Duke' Cunningham? Voters Will Decide

Voters in California's 50th Congressional District go to the polls April 11 to choose a successor to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Meth-Fueled ID Thieves Out for Receipts

Meth-Fueled ID Thieves Out for Receipts

San Diego Developers Heading to Irvine

Charles Black and Thomas Sullivan add local flavor to the Irvine Co., a firm with key downtown holdings.

Click Fraud Puts a Damper on Web Ads

If Internet marketing is the new frontier for a company's ad campaign, then the online world could be a harbor for lawlessness and plundering.

Manchester Boasts Long History in San Diego

A look at Manchester Financial Group, L.P., and the team that has been selected to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Navy for the redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex.

China's Motives With America Difficult to Unmask

China's Motives With America Difficult to Unmask

School Honors Longtime San Diego Entrepreneur

The countless contributions and years of involvement with Miramar College's diesel technology program have given Tom Hawthorne and his local firm, Hawthorne Machinery Co., an honor that students and the community will remember for years.

San Diego Leaders Push Feds for Anti-Terror Funds

At the request of local politicians, national defense agencies are re-evaluating the formula for awarding federal grant money to San Diego for homeland security.

New Look for Old Town Is Slow in Coming

A $12 million upgrade bogs down in Old Town, and a new concessionaire is on its third general manager in three years.

Proxy , RF Industries, Ltd.

RF Industries, Ltd.

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Giving; Kudos; Executive Spotlight: Stephen Hundley

Office, Industrial Development to Continue in North County

The limited supply of land for office and industrial development in the mid-San Diego County area is expected to generate continued construction, and improve net absorption in San Diego's northern sub-markets in 2006 and 2007.

Deception in the Classroom: The Real Cesar Chavez

Deception in the Classroom: The Real Cesar Chavez

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones.

Frivolous Lawsuits Are A Heavy Price to Pay

Frivolous Lawsuits Are A Heavy Price to Pay

New Lincoln Zephyr Would Make Its Ancestors Proud

New Lincoln Zephyr Would Make Its Ancestors Proud

San Diego Biotech Seeks Update of BioShield Plan

San Diego-based Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Inc. pressed federal officials during an April 10 session of the annual international Biotechnology Industry Organization conference in Chicago to make improvements to Project BioShield.

Smorgasbord of Seminars Set for Small-Biz Owners

From tax and marketing workshops to help with international contracts and intellectual property rights, Southwestern College's Small Business Development and International Trade Center appears to have something for every small-business owner this month.

SEC Subpoenas SeraCare Documents

SeraCare Life Sciences Inc. said it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting documents in relation to an ongoing investigation into the company's accounting.

Desalination Plant Draws a Little Closer to Reality

Conceptual plans for building a multimillion-dollar seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad are moving ahead following the release of a San Diego County Water Authority environmental report.

Excess Spending

An invisible robber works through the day and night, eating at companies' bottom lines. But few employers are aggressively defending themselves against the sticky-handed bandit , obesity.

Week in Review

Top Business News: March 31 - April 6

Businesses Encourage Workers to Get Active

Even the chef at Genentech, Inc.'s Oceanside campus has lost 20 pounds. The public company won't disclose the amount it spends on its posh wellness program for 400-plus local employees, but facilities manager David Broad, who has lost 10-15 pounds, is sur

New Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army Is a Gang

William Gang will carry a new badge of honor with him when he returns to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this fall for his 40th annual reunion. The San Diego businessman was appointed civilian aide to the secretary of the Army on Jan. 26.

Executive Profile , Carol Fuller

Carol Fuller, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ceyx Technologies, Inc., has watched the high-tech sector evolve.

Allen Group Names Edward Romanov As Its President

Edward B. Romanov Jr., a key player in Downtown San Diego redevelopment, has been named president and chief operating officer of the Allen Group.

Tenet Case Offers Little Clarity for Medical Field

A bribery lawsuit brought against Tenet HealthSystem Hospitals, Inc. has done nothing to clarify uncertainties in federal and state health care laws that govern physician recruitment policies, say legal experts and health care leaders.

Developer Finds New Market for Condotel Trend

Ensenada's first condotel project has attracted an 'A Team' of the San Diego construction industry.

Small Business Spotlight: Cannon Pacific Services, Inc.

Jonathan Lampitt, chief executive officer, Cannon Pacific Services, Inc.

Avanir Drug Garners Priority Status From FDA

San Diego's Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has received priority review from the Food and Drug Administration for its drug Neurodex.

Friday, April 7

Gas Prices on the Rise

Gasoline prices rose sharply this week, pushing the cost of unleaded regular gas in San Diego to an average $2.83 a gallon on April 7.

Dj Deal Closes, Tijuana Plant to Grow

Dj Orthopedics, Inc., a Vista-based maker of prosthetic rehabilitation devices, said it completed its acquisition of Aircast Inc. on April 7 for $290 million in cash.

Airline Mulls Las Vegas-Carlsbad Hop

Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines is considering launching service to Palomar-McClellan Airport with direct flights to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

ConVis Cited for Media Excellence

The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau took first place in three award categories at the 12th annual California Conference on Tourism hosted by the California Travel Tourism Commission.

Group Backs SDG & E; Plan

A coalition of business and labor groups announced its united support April 6 for San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed Sunrise Powerlink.

Thursday, April 6

Football Provides A Year-End Boost

San Diego's two post-season football bowl games generated a combined economic impact of $43.7 million to the local region, according to a report released April 6 by the San Diego Bowl Game Association.

Sales, Earnings Up at WD-40

WD-40 Co., the San Diego-based maker of the famous lubricant as well as 3-In-One Oil, reported net income of $7.2 million on revenue of $71.5 million for its second quarter ended Feb. 28.

Roth Tapped for Stem Cell Board

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Duane Roth, 56, of La Jolla to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Wednesday, April 5

Novatel Chairman Steps Down

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, Inc., which makes computer modems and associated software, announced April 4 that Chairman Mark Rossi had resigned from the company board of directors.

Bowman Bows Out

San Diego fire Chief Jeff Bowman, in an unexpected move, announced his resignation April 4.

Tuesday, April 4

$1M Sulpizio Family Gift Benefits Arc

The Arc of San Diego announced that Richard and Gaby Sulpizio recently gave $1 million to the organization.

Allen Group Names Romanov President

Edward B. Romanov Jr., a key player in Downtown San Diego redevelopment, has been named president and chief operating officer of the Allen Group.

Monday, April 3

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Awards and Recognition; Giving; Executive Spotlight: Richard Arroyo

First S.D. Kiehl's Since 1851 Comes to Fashion Valley

The first of four high-end retailers joining the list of tenants at Fashion Valley Mall this year is now open for business. Skin and hair product maker Kiehl's Since 1851 opened March 16.

Off-Broadway Show Takes Refuge in Old Town

Aside from the hilarity and entertainment value that the off-Broadway hit "Forbidden Broadway: Special Victim's Unit" brings in its 10-week run at the Old Town Theatre, it also brings a bit of irony.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones.

Women Are Taking Initiative in Moving Careers Forward

Women Are Taking Initiative in Moving Careers Forward

SAIC Lands Space Safety Contract From NASA

Former astronaut Frank Culbertson will lead a team of Science Applications International Corp. professionals in implementing a $148 million space safety contract.

Three Firms Shift Spots on Fortune 500

Fortune magazine's new list of America's largest companies includes a trio of San Diego firms. Two others landed on the Fortune 1000.

Blazing the Paper Trail a Lucrative Deal for Firm

San Diego-based masterDox has grown into a multimillion-dollar venture in little more than a year by managing documents online for the legal, insurance and construction industries.

Five Rules to Follow for Re-Branding a Company

Question: What's the best approach for managing an in-house re-branding of my company?

Group Is Changing Name to Vistage

TEC International, a San Diego-based association that helps CEOs and other executives become better at their jobs, is changing its name to Vistage International.

Small Business Spotlight: Pacific Refrigeration, Inc.

George Misleh, business division manager, Pacific Refrigeration.

Making Smart Growth Work

Making Smart Growth Work

Corrections

For March 20 and March 27, 2006.

Nothing Small About Local Nanotech Boom

Nanoparticles, or those with atoms arranged at the 1 to 100 nanometer scale, will forever be invisible to the naked eye, but an emerging local group fostering a nanotech boom here is exploding in plain view.

Judge Says San Diego's Insurer Must Pay

The city of San Diego's insurer, American International Group, is responsible for legal costs related to three cases involving plaintiff Roque De La Fuente and business entities he owns, according to a federal judge's ruling.

Nassco, Daewoo Join Forces

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., a San Diego unit of General Dynamics Corp., plans to work with South Korea-based Daewoo on unspecified shipbuilding projects for the U.S. market.

'Business as Usual' at Former Jefferson-Pilot Stations

A Philadelphia-based company now owns five local radio stations, including San Diego's No. 1 country station.

Manchester Adds European Touch at the Top

Tom Voss, who was recruited from Hyatt Hotels to become the managing director for Manchester Grand Resorts in the spring of 2005, was promoted to the position of president within a year.

Real Estate Investors Find Something In Common

Donald Trump-wannabes, taxes and tenants-in-common. Mix them together, and you get a trend that is heating up in the red-hot San Diego real estate market, where all those capital gains are running for shelter.

Proxy , JMAR Technologies, Inc.

JMAR Technologies, Inc.

Week in Review

Top Business News: March 24 - 30, 2006

Firms Look at Big Picture in Digital Photo Market

As the digital camera market exploded during the past decade, consumers were left with limited choices for printing their photos. Now major corporations like Hewlett-Packard are banking on the latest home and online photo development technologies to give

For the Record

Business Events Calendar: April 4 - 10

KPRI-FM Surprises Many, Hits Its 10th Birthday

In a radio market flooded with corporate interests, San Diego's lone independent rock station, 102.1 KPRI-FM, reached its 10-year anniversary April 1.

Local Biotechs to Head for Major Convention

Chicago hosts the 14th annual Biotechnology Industry Organization convention April 9-12. The gathering will be saturated by San Diego firms.

Scripps Discovers Method To Block SARS Virus

Scientists at Scripps Research Institute have discovered a way to block the SARS virus from replicating , partly by surprise.

Survey Reveals Small Biz Is Fretting Over , Infrastructure?

Health care, and more importantly, the cost of providing it, normally makes the list of issues small-business owners fret about most. But while health care remains a constant concern, a new worry has emerged , the state's faltering infrastructure.

Kearny Mesa Gets Top Billing in R & D;/Industrial Sub-Market

CB Richard Ellis' San Diego office brings glad tidings to Kearny Mesa, billing it as "San Diego's largest and most fundamentally secure R & D;/industrial sub-market."

Executive Profile ?Joseph Ram

Joseph Ram has multinational connections that translate into big profits for his local wireless handset distribution firm.

Fish and Poker Chips

As San Diego County's Las Vegas-style casinos expand, so do their patrons' dining options. Frequently expansion follows a pattern.

Wal-Mart Should Be Welcomed to Banking Business

Wal-Mart Should Be Welcomed to Banking Business

S.D. Book Distribution Company's Woes Mount

Since Advanced Marketing Services Inc. continues to be the subject of an ongoing federal probe into its accounting, things have been trending downward at the San Diego-based book distribution company.

Conventions Drive Year's 1st-Quarter Visitor Figures

Unlike last year, when hoteliers scrambled during the summer months to make up for a decline in occupancy rates that resulted from heavy rains in early 2005, this year is off to a better start, thanks to some citywide conventions.