Stories for May 2006
Wednesday, May 31
Scripps Health has announced it will combine cardiac programs at its Scripps Memorial La Jolla and Scripps Green hospitals and build a multimillion-dollar building to house them.
Christopher Belaire, a waiter working at PinnFund USA, the now-defunct Carlsbad mortgage bank that morphed into the state's largest Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty May 30 in U.S. District Court to two counts of filing false tax returns.
Tuesday, May 30
The Monarch Corporate Center, a 112,404-square-foot, two-building office project in Scripps Ranch, has sold for $32.2 million.
The Carlsbad company formerly known as DJ Orthopedics, Inc. announced May 30 it had changed its name to DJO Inc.
Air Canada plans to add nonstop, round-trip flights from Toronto to Lindbergh Field beginning July 1.
The Copley Corporate Center, a 120,483-square-foot building overlooking the interchange of state Route 52 and Interstate 805, has sold for $41.5 million.
Breach Security, Inc., a Carlsbad maker of Web application firewall appliances, received $6 million in Series B financing from Sid R. Bass Associates and Enterprise Partners Venture Capital.
Monday, May 29
About this time last year, San Diego faced the Bay Area in a high-profile battle for the controversial stem cell institute. While San Francisco came out on top, claiming the coveted stem-cell hub as its trophy, San Diego will nonetheless play an important
Kirk Mulligan, president and chief executive officer, Clean Power Systems.
Question: I have limited resources when it comes to building and maintaining a Web site. When I see how sophisticated other sites are, I can't help but wonder: Why bother?
In an attempt to prove you can have your cake and eat it too , or in this case, your sexy Italian stilettos , one San Diego businesswoman is venturing into the animal-safe, eco-friendly footwear industry.
The post-Enron scrutiny on businesses might not be making them more honest, but many of them are taking great pains to police themselves. Giving them a seasoned hand is former U.S. Attorney Chuck La Bella, now in private practice.
Data from a new California law that requires hospitals to disclose their prices, shows San Diego facilities charge below the state average for nearly all of the most common procedures.
As the movie industry's most lucrative season gets under way, San Diego theater owners eager for that competitive edge are increasingly turning to a new form of attraction , digital projection.
The long-simmering debate over how to solve San Diego's housing affordability dilemma is raging again now that the city's controversial inclusionary housing ordinance has been shot down by a court ruling.
When the time arrives to replace the aging space shuttle, a Poway-based firm wants to be involved in its delivery. SpaceDev, Inc. was named one of six finalists to develop a replacement shuttle for NASA.
Big deals have been plentiful for San Diego's real estate industry of late. Among them: the sale of the Merrill Lynch Building in La Jolla.
Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. canceled a second public offering of common stock recently, citing "adverse market conditions."
The most recent bank acquisition of Escondido-based Community Bancorp by First Community Bancorp will probably not be the last bank deal in the county, although most local bankers say the field of possible targets is shrinking.
Would-be small-business owners looking for a place to set up shop or simply a change of scenery are being encouraged to consider calling South County home.
Discover Pacific Beach wants to improve that community's look and reputation by picking up trash, eliminating unsightly graffiti, deep cleaning the sidewalks and hiring some non-threatening security patrols to walk the beat.
Ramona National Bank, operating under a consent order from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for the past five months, continues to make mandated changes from its primary regulator.
Asking voters to approve the continued pursuit of a portion of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station to relocate San Diego International Airport from Lindbergh Field is likely to divide business groups and San Diegans, in general, into two camps.
One development that is changing the face of course work and becoming overwhelmingly popular at colleges is the creation of partnerships between local businesses and schools.
Army Brig. Gen. John Custer, director of intelligence for U.S. Central Command in Florida, was in San Diego on May 18 to advocate expanding intelligence and diplomacy efforts for the war on terror.
Friday, May 26
San Diego gasoline prices declined slightly during the week preceding Memorial Day weekend, to an average of $3.40 per gallon on May 26.
Qualcomm Inc. on May 26 announced plans for a new microchip: a modem that allows people to watch television on their mobile handset.
Thursday, May 25
A local utility watchdog group responded to the conviction of former Enron Corp. Founder Kenneth Lay and Former CEO Jeffrey Skilling on May 25 with a call for stronger patrols of corporate malfeasance.
Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co., a San Diego-based mortgage bank specializing in non-prime mortgages, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aames Investment Corp. in a stock and cash deal valued at $340 million.
If officials running San Diego International Airport expect local politicians to persuade federal officials about annexing part of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station as a spot on which to relocate the airport, they'd be wasting their time knocking on San Di
Petco Animal Supplies Inc., a San Diego-based pet retail chain, reported net income of $11 million on revenue of $521 million for the first quarter.
Construction to repair a damaged, untreated water pipeline at Mission Trails Regional Park could take several weeks, according to the San Diego County Water Authority. Repairing pipes and installing the bypass pipeline will cost about $860,000.
Wednesday, May 24
San Diego drivers were ranked the second safest in the nation among cities with more than 1 million people, according to a report done by Allstate Insurance Co.
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has been named the top San Diego trademark law firm for the second year in a row by
The San Diego Workforce Partnership, a regional job-training agency, launched its 2006 summer jobs and internship program May 24, calling on local businesses to help youths prepare for their futures.
Attorney Nora L. Smyth has been nominated to serve on the San Diego Civil Service Commission by Mayor Jerry Sanders.
Visiting San Diego on May 22, Rodney Hood, the vice chairman of the National Credit Union Administration, told a group of credit union executives they "can't let the banking community chart our destiny."
Longtime McClatchy newspaperman Francisco Mata has been chosen to lead Enlace, a weekly published in Spanish by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Now that the city of San Diego has officially given its blessing to the San Diego Chargers to talk to other cities in the county, the team plans to meet with two elected county supervisors May 25 to explore possibilities.
The San Diego Superior Court on May 24 ruled that the city of San Diego's inclusionary housing ordinance is unconstitutional.
San Diego-based wireless firm Qualcomm Inc. is suing cell phone manufacturer Nokia Corp. in the United Kingdom for alleged patent infringement.
Tuesday, May 23
San Diego's Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has acquired Alamo Pharmaceuticals, gaining Alamo's recently approved drug for schizophrenia.
San Diego will be home to the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 53rd annual meeting June 3-7.
Genentech, Inc. announced it is resuming patient recruitment for testing a cancer drug despite 18 deaths of enrollees , including some sudden fatalities and some among young patients.
Instead of saying yea or nay on a specific site, voters may be asked to decide if it makes sense conceptually to pursue using a portion of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station for an international airport.
Monday, May 22
The Department of Justice , arguably the world's largest law office , has signed up to use graphics software created by the local company SmartDraw.com.
Maritime Industry Contributions Need to Be Recognized
Advanced Marketing Systems has hired its fourth president since FBI agents raided the company's Sorrento Mesa headquarters in 2003.
When they aren't running multi-billion-dollar companies or hearing federal immigration cases, several San Diego professionals are saving lives by volunteering on the Sheriff's Department's Search and Rescue team.
High gas prices and inflation fears may have local tourism officials fretting about the summer visitor count, but the situation apparently hasn't dampened the desire for San Diego hotel properties.
A dedication ceremony for the recently completed Eastlake Greens water pump station in Chula Vista was held in mid-May.
A proposed large-scale desalination plant in Carlsbad has suppliers lining up to offer their new technologies and equipment.
Tribal First, an insurance company, has found itself a niche serving American Indian governments and their business enterprises.
Donald and Darlene Shiley donated $65,000 to the Alzheimer's Association's seventh annual Memories in the Making.
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, or C-3, will hold a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. May 25 on the subject of "Water for Future Growth: Where Will It Come From?"
Sometimes timing is everything, and that appears to be the case in the sale of Escondido-based Community Bancorp to Rancho Santa Fe-based First Community Bancorp, the parent firm of First National Bank in San Diego.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau will spend $2.9 million on an advertising campaign that was launched in April and runs through June. The TV spots will air on national cable channels as well as regional cable stations in nearby markets.
John Schlicher, newly ensconced as a partner in the San Diego office of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, wonders why some lawmakers think it's necessary to keep reinventing the wheel.
Tony Aquila, a California native, went from early work in his uncle's body shop to being a serial entrepreneur , in businesses that dealt with making wrecked cars whole again.
Small-business owners who often feel out of place at social networking functions are invited to attend "Walk the walk, talk the talk," a fund-raiser at UC San Diego.
Don't look for chef Marc Cummings' face on a bottle of marinade, not for a while anyway. But his cooking show, which could be characterized as a veritable moveable feast, may soon take off in a new direction.
Question: I want to organize my finances, but where do I start?
In a recently released poll, nearly 70 percent of California business owners surveyed reported a decrease in workers' compensation rates from 2004 to 2005.
The San Diego Association of Governments and the California Department of Transportation on May 25 plan to unveil plans for the long-anticipated expansion of state Route 52.
San Diego's roller coaster real estate market is enough to make investors queasy, as they feverishly hunt for a relatively safe place to put their money these days. But some of them have found the REIT stuff.
Patience may be a virtue to some, but for Jamie Sutton, being impatient has been the key to success.
Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur owner of several media and Internet companies including HDNet, is an angel investor in Goowy, a Downtown San Diego-based maker of a computer desktop application device.
Military veterans around the county are finding promising career prospects with the building trades industry, thanks to Carlsbad-based Helmets to Hardhats.
It's not often that management will invite outsiders to take control of company operations. But that's exactly what happened this month at 91X when hometown rock celebrities were given full content control for seven full daytime hours.
Jo Anne SawyerKnoll has been appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to serve as his designee on the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System board of administration.
Pfizer, Inc. said it won't cut its relationship with San Diego's Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., even though federal regulators gave the sleeping pill the firms co-developed only a lukewarm response.
Friday, May 19
San Diego's unemployment rate declined again in April, to 3.7 percent from March's 3.9 percent, according to the latest report from the state's Employment Development Department.
Relief is in sight for drivers as gas prices began to level off this week after nine weeks of increasing prices.
The Merrill Lynch Building in La Jolla has been sold by KC 7825 Fay Ave. for $28.4 million to PERA 7825 Fay Avenue, Inc.
Thursday, May 18
The San Diego County Bar Foundation is scheduled to induct seven attorneys to the Distinguished Lawyers Memorial on May 24 in a ceremony at the Bar Center in Downtown San Diego.
a San Diego maker of telecom equipment used for voice-over Internet networks, was recently acquired by AudioCodes Ltd., an Israeli public company that is in the same business.
Those brave souls who are minding the store, and those other folks who are fleecing the public coffers, all got their due May 17, courtesy of the San Diego County Taxpayer's Association.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed San Diego's life sciences community May 18 at the 13th annual CalBio conference, encouraging companies to keep operations in San Diego.
announced May 18 that the Hoffman Agency will serve as the Carlsbad-based company's public relations agency of record.
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition and NRT Inc. parent company Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage San Diego/Inland Empire announced May 16 what they are calling an unprecedented alliance to promote best fair-housing practices in more than 35
., a San Diego-based provider of wireless telephone equipment mainly to Third World countries, appointed Marv Tseu as its new chief executive officer and director, replacing Mike Kwon, the company's founder, who becomes honorary chairman.
The Huntington Hospitality Group has paid $6.5 million for the right to develop two hotels at Liberty Station, the former Naval Training Center site in Point Loma.
Wednesday, May 17
San Diego-based Gable-Cook-Schmid Public Relations announced May 17 that it hired award-winning business journalist and author Larry Edwards to serve as the 4-year-old firm's senior writer.
Tenet Healthcare Corp. must sell Alvarado Hospital Medical Center by February, or the facility faces closure.
In an effort to publicize a strategy of investing locally, the county's investment pool announced it is depositing $1.7 million into 17 different local banks in equal, $100,000 one-year certificates of deposit.
Many tourism officials have characterized San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders as a politician who "gets it."
Tuesday, May 16
Sempra LNG, a unit of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, announced May 15 increased expansion plans for its liquefied natural gas terminal in Baja California, Mexico.
San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp. will support more military customers with the opening of a facility in Dumfries, Va.
Scripps Ranch-based SmartDraw.com signed a licensing agreement May 16 to provide its graphics software to 25,000 legal professionals at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. received news from federal regulators that it will likely be able to sell its sleeping pill, Indiplon, but only in low doses , causing its stock to drop more than 60 percent May 16.
With the city of San Diego on the hook for more than $100 million resulting from a 2001 case it lost to developer Roque De La Fuente, the City Council devised a strategy to recoup some of its legal costs.
A state environmental registry recently listed San Diego Gas & Electric Co. as a "Climate Action Leader."
Monday, May 15
Break out your writing utensil of choice; penning a 500-word essay could be worth $10,000 in cash to one lucky San Diego business owner.
Despite an optimistic forecast for summertime travel, several local hotel operators said they will offer gas cards and other perks , which essentially lower room rates , to lure visitors.
While the market for home loans nationally has started to slow, several mortgage banks are still enjoying healthy increases in business.
Wachovia Corp.'s proposed blockbuster purchase of Golden West Financial Corp., the Oakland-based parent of World Savings Bank, probably won't have much effect on San Diego's smaller community banks, but will certainly be noticed by the larger mortgage len
A recent survey by the San Diego County Medical Society reveals that trends among small physician practices here are creating a Catch-22 for doctors and patients.
Downtown San Diego has been the site of some serious sales activity in the past 12 months, with seven high-rises changing hands for a combined value of $1.1 billion.
San Diego County could be facing the fifth closure of a local hospital in the last 10 years.
A huge influx of federal funding for the Department of Homeland Security since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 has boosted the fortunes of companies such as Mattman Security Vehicles.
San Diego city officials announced the settlement of a junk-fax lawsuit against Orange County-based Fax.Com, Inc. on May 15 for $428,000.
A federal grand jury has indicted a La Jolla attorney and two other men, alleging their involvement in a Ponzi scheme.
In Sorrento Valley, Qualcomm holds the keys to the county's two largest construction projects under way.
Mack Barclay Inc., a San Diego accounting firm specializing in damages analysis and forensic accounting analysis, was sold to LECG LLC, a public accounting firm based in Emeryville, for a package valued at $22 million.
Question: How do you recognize a natural-born salesperson?
One key to the concept of new urbanism is narrow streets with parking on at least one side. James Hagey compares wider streets, like those now found in today's suburbs, to 'sewers.'
San Diego County's office and industrial vacancy rates continue to decline, driven by healthy supply and demand in both sectors.
Auto manufacturers aren't the only companies accommodating the demand for modified vans. San Diego-based Ability Center, Inc. has been installing adaptive equipment on vehicles for a dozen years.
Carlsbad-based Black Eagle Imports, LLC, which has exclusive rights to import Costa Rica's No. 1-selling beer in California, announced this month that Imperial Cerveza is now available in 10 Southern California counties.
With $10 million in hand, Imagine Communications looks to create personalized television.
James Albert "Jamie" Ogle III, president and chief executive officer of Lloyd Pest Control.
Rodney Lanthorne is leading the charge to steer San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp.'s technology through a global expansion.
The Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association is holding its fifth annual bio-pharma conference, titled "Challenges to the 21st Century Medicine," on June 10.
The greater San Diego area received a "D" grade for nurse ratios in a recent study that looked at 24 metropolitan areas in California.
The sale of San Diego Community Bank to St. Louis-based First Banks Inc. had been in the works for about a year. San Diego Community, which has three offices and $92 million in assets, was acquired for $9 per share in cash, or about $25.5 million.
San Diego County's foreclosure rate rose by 59.7 percent during the first quarter of 2006, according to a new report by DataQuick Information Systems, while San Diego's home values increased by 4.8 percent.
James Hagey has plans to bring "new urbanism" , a housing and commercial real estate development trend that replicates historic neighborhoods , to San Diego County.
Not many companies in California can claim the distinction of a century-old reputation, but Swinerton Inc. can.
It hasn't taken Voit Development Co. long to amass $100 million in assets in San Diego County.
Legal superstar Bill Lerach and prominent Judge Lawrence Irving, now colleagues in Lerach's San Diego-based firm, are mutually committed to slaying dragons in corrupt corporate kingdoms near and far.
Advanced Marketing Services Inc., a San Diego-based book distributor that works mainly with club warehouse chains, named Gary M. Rautenstrauch as its new president and chief executive.
San Diego National Bank reported net income for its first quarter of $7.4 million, down 8 percent from 2005's first quarter.
Friday, May 12
San Diego-based Cubic Corp. reported earnings grew by 32 percent on sales of $206.6 million for the quarter ended March 31.
Thursday, May 11
B of I Holding Inc., parent firm to the Bank of Internet USA, reported net income for its third quarter ended March 31 of $828,000, down 3.6 percent from the like period of 2005.
With talk of the San Diego Chargers possibly leaving San Diego, a May 13roundtable discussion at the San Diego Hall of Champions produced a number of new scenarios to explore.
Downtown San Diego has been the site of some serious sales activity in the past 12 months, with seven high-rises changing hands for a combined value of $1.1 billion.
First PacTrust Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Chula Vista-based Pacific Trust Bank, reported net income of $1.11 million for the first quarter, down from $1.15 million in the prior year's first quarter.
After posting monthly gains of 6 percent throughout most of 2005, the passenger count at Lindbergh Field eased up during the first quarter.
Just in case the agency responsible for recommending a new site for San Diego International Airport forgot what the Navy has been saying all along, its top official repeated the message last week: None of the county's military bases are fair game.
Wednesday, May 10
San Diego Community Bank, based in Chula Vista with $92 million in assets and three offices, is being sold to First Banks Inc., a St. Louis-based commercial lender with a single office in Downtown, for $9 per share in cash or an aggregate $25.5 million.
Leap Wireless International Inc., a San Diego provider of flat-rate wireless service mainly in middle markets, reported net income of $17.7 million for the first quarter, compared with $7.5 million for the like period of 2005.
A San Diego Superior Court judge has ordered an Oak Park flea market to curtail the sale of pirated music and movie products, and has ordered its owner to install 24-hour surveillance cameras in an attempt curb other criminal behavior.
Occupancy at San Diego's inns was off slightly during the 28 days ending May 6 versus the same year-ago period. Nevertheless, innkeepers charged higher rates.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors decided May 9 to compile a preliminary report to determine the scope and cost of evaluating the fiscal impact of illegal immigrants on county services.
Tuesday, May 9
Cubic Corp. said a recent consolidation within its defense applications division resulted in the layoff of 25 employees last week.
Monday, May 8
Question: An obviously embarrassed employee in need of cash fast came to me asking for a payday advance. While I feel for him, I'm concerned his money troubles could be affecting his productivity and I'm in no position to give him a raise. Am I right to b
Occupancy rates should remain high in San Diego County's apartment market, thanks to rising rental demand and a shortage of new supply, according to a forecast from Hendricks & Partners.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced May 8 that it intends to exclude Alvarado Hospital Medical Center from the federal Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs, which could cause the hospital to close.
Illegal Immigrants Aren't the Issue; It's Their Families
The patent system , called the "backbone" of drug development , may be in for its biggest changes in a half-century.
Wachovia Corp. agreed May 7 to acquire Golden West Financial Corp., the parent of World Savings, which has seven branches in San Diego.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum recently rescued a low-speed wind tunnel from demise at the hands of former owner Allied Aerospace of Newport News, Va.
Predicting the future is always best left to clairvoyants, but a proposal contained in Sempra Energy's May 4 annual shareholders meeting is about as close to a slam-dunk as it gets.
Matt Rimel, who has built a successful restaurant business focusing on fresh seafood, has found a way to work both sides of the food chain. Rimel and his wife, Jacqueline, recently launched Ocean Giant, a commercial fishing venture with a difference.
The Evans Hotel Group, an independent San Diego-based lodging company, has apparently placed the crown jewel of its three hotels, the Lodge at Torrey Pines that rims the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, on the block.
The wait is over for San Diego pet lovers; a monthly magazine devoted entirely to them and their furry, feathery or perhaps even scaly companions is back.
Mad as hell. That pretty much sums up how at least one local retailer is feeling this week after becoming one of more than 100 advertisers caught in the middle of a labor dispute at KGTV Channel 10.
A plan to boost tourism marketing by letting local hotels ante up a pot of funding and charge it off to their customers may soon make its way onto a San Diego City Hall agenda.
Global defense firm Northrop Grumman Corp. will compete against the Boeing Co. for a multi-billion-dollar Air Force contract that could bring thousands of jobs to San Diego during several decades.
Supply and demand was key to San Diego's industrial market during the first quarter of 2006, with demand rising, while vacancy continued to tighten.
Small-business owners in San Diego can face Internal Revenue Service penalties if they fail to properly pay their summer help.
Better than expected sales of Byetta, an injection to treat diabetes made from the saliva of a Gila monster lizard, have left Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. panting to keep up with manufacturing demand.
When Bill VanDeWeghe advises a government contractor or other defense-related firm on financial strategies, he often considers how the transaction would be affected from a tech standpoint.
The Navy's first four high-speed littoral combat ships designed to counter terrorist warfare close to shore will be home-ported at Naval Station San Diego.
Brent Altomare knows all too well that the downside of having grown up surrounded by success is that it can hide the many pitfalls on the bumpy ride to the top.
Viejas opens a casino expansion with a style all its own.
Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced that its merger with privately held SD Pharma is final.
To own or not to own, that is the question many San Diego businesses are asking themselves these days as they cope with rising rents and shrinking office space , especially Downtown.
Kelly Capital, a San Diego-based holding company, sold its Atlantic Envelope Co. to National Envelope Co. in a deal that netted the local firm about $70 million.
A sticky concoction of innovation, intellectual property, generic drugs and money is brewing in the biotechnology industry.
The former leader of an equity unit of San Diego-based Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, who said he was unable to obtain better compensation for his team, decided earlier this year to set up his own shop and took five of his team members with him.
San Diego Chargers management promises this season fans will see an improved parking situation at Qualcomm Stadium, but it'll cost more too.
Friday, May 5
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on May 9 is expected to consider a request by its chairman, Bill Horn, to authorize a comprehensive report on the fiscal impact of illegal immigrants on county services.
Thursday, May 4
Carlsbad's planning board on May 3 gave its wholehearted support for the construction of a large-scale desalination plant.
Biocom will hold its 13th annual Calbio 2006 biotechnology conference May 18 in San Diego.
Advanced Marketing Services Inc., a San Diego book distributor to large club warehouse stores such as Costco, announced CEO and President Bruce C. Myers resigned effective May 3.
Dj Orthopedics Inc., a Vista manufacturer of medical rehabilitation products, reported net income of $5.9 million on revenue of $82.6 million for its first quarter ended April 1.
Wednesday, May 3
Hotelier Doug Manchester has carved out another piece of the real estate pie on San Diego's bay front.
Five San Diego companies will share information about their technologies at the eighth annual AeA Micro Cap Financial Conference from May 7 to 9 in Monterey.
Veteran San Diego banker Ron Kendrick retired from Union Bank of California on May 1, ending a 47-year career at the lender.
Qualcomm Inc., which makes microchips and licenses technology for wireless communications, bumped up its earnings forecast May 3 in advance of a meeting with analysts.
Tuesday, May 2
Sempra Energy, parent to San Diego Gas & Electric Co., reported first-quarter net income of $255 million, up 14 percent from the first quarter of 2005.
Trizec Properties, Inc., based in Chicago, on May 2 announced that it has completed the acquisition of two Downtown high-rises and 11 other Southern California office properties from Arden Realty Inc. for about $1.6 billion.
Rodney Lanthorne, the president of Kyocera International Inc., has been appointed president of the firm's San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. division.
Are you ready for Chula Vista Chargers? It could happen after the San Diego City Council approved a measure May 1 amending the football team's contract to allow discussions with other cities in the county.
Monday, May 1
Eight San Diego technology and biotechnology firms are among 200 finalists in the annual Red Herring 100 North America competition.
There is three-piece-suit law, and then there is blue-jeans law. Jeffrey A. Isaac subscribes to the latter. San Diego's famed "lawyer in blue jeans" and prodigious author has released his latest book, "Blue Jeans Law: Guide to Winning in Small Claims Cour
For small-business owner Mike Khodaey, basic business ethics are a matter of civic pride.
It was literally a life or death scenario that led small-business owners Antonio Gomez and Ofelia Nieto, his wife, to seek refuge in the United States.
The acquisition of Carlsbad's Southwest Community Bancorp announced in February is on the fast track and should happen by June 9.
A successful executive leaves a company he helped take to new heights to run a tourism bureau that has been embroiled in a political tug of war and suffered significant revenue cuts. The money is good, but it's average compared with a cross section of bur
Lia Woldu, who legally emigrated from Ethiopia as an adult, holds a special, empathetic place in her heart for children.
Leap Wireless International Inc., the locally based flat-rate wireless carrier primarily offered in middle market cities, is rolling out its low-cost service called Cricket in San Diego.
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.
AmNet Mortgage Inc., the San Diego-based mortgage bank that was acquired by Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia Corp. in December, discontinued its subprime lending unit and eliminated about 100 positions earlier this year.
Question: What are my options for financing the growth of my business?
Homeownership, a prospering small business and his only daughter about to graduate from college; refugee Will Deretic knows he could not ask for a better life.
Kashi executives Jeff Johnson and Greg Fleishman are convinced that the best way to grow their business is by using one of the ad industry's trendiest new buzzwords , massroots.
Science Applications International Corp., a San Diego-based research and engineering firm, reported net income of $144 million for its fourth quarter that ended Jan. 31, up 7 percent from the previous year's fourth quarter.
Is the Small Business Administration Overdue for an Overhaul?
Callaway Vineyard & Winery, which had one of its brands on major retailers' shelves, is going back to its roots.
Jimsair Aviation Services, which has been trying unsuccessfully for nearly a decade to get approval to build a new terminal at Lindbergh Field, has alleged that the agency running the airport is discriminating against it and has asked the federal governme
Come the morning of May 1, more than a few San Diego businesses could be short-staffed because of a planned economic boycott to dramatize the need for immigration reform.
San Diego could be one of about a dozen American cities selected for a federal project to make more health pricing information public.
Sales were flat but net income was up during the first quarter at Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co.
Historic federal health care insurance legislation to be considered as early as next week would have a major impact on California's small businesses. The type of effect depends on whom you ask.
Raisa Annenkova runs Sunbeam Cleaners in Oceanside, a business she chose to start after a language barrier stopped her from reviving the electrical engineering career she once had in her native Ukraine.
While the luxury home might stay on the market longer these days, many well-heeled homebuyers seem to be insulated from San Diego's softening real estate market.
At an age when many American youths are pushing away from their family ties in search of their own independence, 21-year-old Kamse Karie is a devoted player in his family's budding catering business.
Internet and the law will be the topic in an upcoming free, two-hour seminar designed specifically for small-business owners interested in beefing up their online operations.
Skittish customers could pose a serious threat for San Diego-based Jack in the Box, which introduced several chicken dishes recently as part of a five-year plan to fatten its bottom line.
A partnership with Great Britain being launched in San Diego holds potential for local researchers and businesses to develop technology for commercial markets.
Whenever Richard P. Rojeck tells people he's been working at the same place for more than 25 years, they're more than a bit surprised.
Prognostications and first-quarter reports continue to trickle in. Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial reports that, during the first quarter of 2006, San Diego's office market experienced a strong demand for space.
Resources are available to store and manage millions of gigabytes of data being produced in the private sector, as well as government, public and academic institutions.
Escondido-based Community Bancorp had another nice quarter, improving its net income to $3.6 million in the first quarter compared with $2.5 million for the same period of 2005.
The San Diego office of the International Rescue Committee is an unlikely contributor to the county's small-business community.
The judge hearing the lawsuits to repeal $3 billion for stem cell research in California has sided with voters.
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