Stories for September 2008
Tuesday, September 30
Web Editor Brad Graves provides highlights from the Sept. 29, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal. Or listen to archived podcasts from as far back as January 2007.
AT & T; rolled out a new product in its U-verse TV line for the San Diego market on Sept. 30 that allows viewers to play back recorded shows from a single digital video recorder on up to seven connected TVs in the home.
State Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, said Sept. 30 she will introduce legislation to stop the type of redevelopment funding transfers that recently occurred in the Grantville neighborhood of San Diego.
Eleven Maric College campuses in California celebrated their name change Sept. 26. The new name, Kaplan College, reflects the campus' association with the Kaplan Higher Education group of academic institutions.
A day after settling an acrimonious lawsuit, Leap Wireless International and MetroPCS Communications entered into a 10-year agreement to exchange wireless spectrum and share national roaming services to give their customers access to each company's market
San Diego's economy continued a downward spiral in August, according to an economic index released Sept. 30 that registered its 10th consecutive drop.
Monday, September 29
Dave Carey is vice president and general manager of the Kyocera Wireless consumer products group.
Leap Wireless International expanded its cell phone services, which doubled its number of wireless service subscribers from 2005 to 2007, and is poised to double its reach again by 2010.
While Qualcomm chips were making their debut in Google's new Android G1 cell phone, San Diego's wireless giant was bestowing praise on 10 San Diego technology startups for innovation in the wireless space.
Vinculum Communications of San Diego isn't a household brand, but chances are good that anyone placing an international call could be routed onto its VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) network.
Median home prices are down; sales are down and so is the number of new home projects in the county.
Back-to-school sales slumped nationwide, and retail analysts are saying that Wall Street is the new Christmas Grinch.
Tests that allow individuals a sneak peek at their genetic predisposition for everything from baldness to breast cancer have fueled dozens of startups, including one that says it can predetermine the likelihood of a successful romantic relationship by ana
Progress Report: BioMed Realty Trust is nearing completion of a multimillion-dollar building improvement program at the University Science Center in Torrey Pines.
The barrage of negative news surrounding the nation's financial markets is causing some customers to withdraw deposits from large institutions that appear to be tottering and put their money into smaller community banks.
Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the former executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency and co-defendant in the Duke Cunningham bribery scandal, pleaded guilty to a single count of defrauding taxpayers of honest services, a charge that carries a maximum sent
Until recently, power plants had to be located on California's coast because they needed seawater for cooling the massive turbines that kept our lights on and the economy humming. It was a decent trade.
PowerMetal Technologies of Carlsbad, which uses nanotechnology to build components for consumer sporting goods, has partnered with DuPont Engineering Polymers to develop a super strong polymer plastic used in hand-held electronics casings and other device
Leading off this week's compilation of news from around San Diego County: SeaShell Awnings USA has begun operations in the Gray Hawk Court industrial complex.
Developer OliverMcMillan purchased a quarter of an acre on the northwest corner of 15th Street and Island Avenue in downtown San Diego from Escondido Property Managers LLC for $6.75 million.
Bill Hoffman has been through a few economic cycles in his career, but the current financial morass has this veteran executive stumped.
Somewhere along the recent timeline of fast-moving events, those wonderful folks in Washington (and Sacramento, and many state capitals in between) decided that the government is the economy, and the economy is the government.
While downtown's restaurateurs bemoan the lease rates that building owners charge, particularly as they see patronage declining, demand for space created by a continual stream of operators coming on line means those rates will keep going up.
The 778-point Dow Jones freefall on Sept. 29 shocked most in the financial services industry including a few who were around for a much larger decline when measured in percentage terms in 1987.
Mark Fangue and Liz Allen run Exotic World Gifts, a Web-based wares dealer that connects customers with talented artisans in developing countries by selling their art online.
The cataclysmic economic events of the past two weeks cause me to think about the recovery phase of the market.
With a total economic impact of $24.6 billion and 27 percent of all jobs in the region tied to the Department of Defense, San Diego is the No. 1 county recipient of military spending in the nation, according to a San Diego Military Advisory Council study.
Anti-Bioterrorism Research? Last week, about a dozen "analysts" from the U.S. Army's secretive Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah were out and about visiting companies in San Diego's biotech sector to learn about how to set up labs that can make potentially d
AT & T; has reduced staffing in San Diego County by 300 workers in recent weeks, including shifting two units to other parts of the company, a spokesman said Sept. 26.
A local consortium is on track to break ground in January on a $115 million stem cell research facility to be built atop Torrey Pines near the Salk Institute and the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
It's that time of the year when companies start planning holiday parties. Or it certainly was before the economy went south.
A conversation with Rudolph A. Johnson III, president and CEO of Neighborhood House Association.
Remember the TV series "Touched by an Angel"? Talk about your happy endings. Well, a generous bunch of angels is headed this way.
Texas real estate developer Hines has earned the gold for environmentally friendly and sustainable building design with the completion of its University Towne Center office tower earlier this month.
Average rent prices ticked up 2.5 percent, or $33 a month, to $1,344 a month in the last six months in San Diego County, according to MarketPointe Realty Advisors, which tracks real estate trends in Southern California.
The San Diego State University Library received a $1 million donation from Christopher and Karen Sickels to fund an endowment to help support its collection of children's literature.
Numerous local information technology and engineering services companies are benefiting from the increase in government spending earmarked for improvements to IT systems and services.
To the untrained eye, the metal-hulled craft tracing a figure 8 course in the waters off Harbor Island looked like a standard, 36-foot motorboat.
Following a breakdown in merger talks with multiple suitors and a string of partner defections, law firm Heller Ehrman has struggled to find its footing in a muddy economy.
Sales and Leases: Las Terrazas and Bougainvillea apartment communities, at 1440 Oak Drive and 1466 Bonair Road, respectively, in Vista, were sold for $9,747,500 and $10,515,000.
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly stirred some "oohs" and "aahs" from the local life sciences industry last week when it announced it had signed a 10-year lease on a 125,000-square-foot lab facility in the University Towne Center area.
Cardinal Health, the Dublin, Ohio-based maker of medical and surgical supplies and technologies, said Sept. 29 it will spin off its clinical and medical products unit as a separate public company headquartered in San Diego.
Los Angeles-based Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman said Sept. 25 it's opening an office in San Diego, bringing its total number of offices in California to three.
Scientists at UC San Diego are using a five-sided virtual reality cave with surround sound to plunge into the extreme edges of reality , from nanoparticles to galaxies.
A pest no bigger than a drop of water is alarming local citrus growers, who fear the insect could wipe out crops much like it did across Florida.
The Wall Street tumult is being felt locally with fewer loans made, including those guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
Friday, September 26
The San Diego Convention Corp.'s board of directors voted 6-0 to acquire a lease option on 8.5 acres of land and water adjacent to the 2.6 million-square-foot downtown facility for a proposed expansion that could add up to half a million square feet of ex
Heller Ehrman LLP provided its attorneys with a 60-day notice of employment Sept. 26, signaling the end of more than 100 years in business.
Boeing said Sept. 26 that it acquired San Diego-based defense contractor Tapestry Solutions.
Thursday, September 25
The folks who put on the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl said Sept. 23 they have arranged to have the U.S. Naval Academy play in their 2010 game, providing that Navy wins at least six of its 12 games in that season.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions said Sept. 24 that its Madison Research Division, based in Huntsville, Ala., received a one year, $2.9 million deal to provide integrated logistics and field engineering technical support to the Army.
Verimatrix, a San Diego-based firm that makes security software for the pay television industry, said Sept. 24 it closed a third round of venture capital investment of about $20 million.
Following a breakdown in merger talks with multiple suitors and a string of partner defections, law firm Heller Ehrman has struggled to find its footing in a muddy economy.
Qualcomm has suffered a setback in the patent infringement case brought in 2005 by fellow chipmaker Broadcom, which competes against the San Diego chipmaker in the wireless communications market.
Nextwave Wireless Inc., a San Diego-based provider of wireless broadband and mobile multimedia products, laid off 67 people from its local work force effective Sept. 24, according to the firm.
Wednesday, September 24
San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc., developer of the painkiller Avinza, said Sept. 24 it would buy Pharmacopeia of Cranbury, N.J. in a stock deal valued as high as $70 million.
Interwest Capital Corp., a privately held commercial real estate investment firm headquartered in La Jolla, purchased a downtown property of three buildings for $20.6 million from CIM Group Inc. of Los Angeles.
A high-speed train proposed to run from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco and Sacramento could create 45,000 jobs in San Diego alone, according to a study released Sept. 24 by the San Diego Institute for Policy Research.
Tuesday, September 23
Qualcomm said Sept. 23 that its microchip sits at the heart of T-Mobile's G1 handset , a cell phone that has the distinction of being the first powered by Google's Android software.
Inovio Biomedical Corp. said Sept. 23 that it received a $933,000 contract from the Army.
UC San Diego has signed a 10-year lease for research space valued at more than $19 million in Torrey Pines, according to a Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial announcement Sept. 23.
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. has signed a 10-year lease on a 125,000-square-foot laboratory facility in the University Towne Center area of San Diego, where it will combine local subsidiaries SGX Pharmaceuticals and Applied Molecular Evolution.
Web Editor Brad Graves provides highlights from the Sept. 22, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
Monday, September 22
The area code 760 debate gained a new dimension Sept. 4 at the Carlsbad City Council chambers when more than 300 business leaders, elected officials and residents gathered to address an administrative law judge representing the state Public Utilities Comm
Compared to the buying binge that peaked in 2005 when San Diego saw 36 properties exchange hands, local hotels have become a hard sell.
Seeking millions of dollars in new revenue, San Diego defense contractor AP Labs Inc. has formed a business unit to try to capture a slice of the $1.5 billion in-flight communications and entertainment market.
Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, known for shaking up the public firms he gains control of, raised his stake in Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Sept. 12.
The California Department of Public Health offers guidelines to companies and individuals involved in producing, transporting and treating medical waste.
Surprise! Surprise! Veteran U-T journalist Gerry Braun suddenly announces his departure from the paper after less than two years in his new role as hard-hitting metro columnist.
Design work at San Diego-based Domus Studio Architects is heating up as work continues on several new fire stations in Encinitas.
A $30 million gift from billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford will help fund the construction of a shared stem cell research facility on the Torrey Pines mesa, but fundraisers still have a ways to go before they collect enough money for the project'
San Diego's hoteliers may not be prepared to raise their room rates as much as they have in the past few years. However, they're still in positive territory, despite a summer season slowed by economic uncertainty and declining consumer confidence.
The Southern California Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in conjunction with the Fleet Week Foundation and San Diego Rotary Club, sponsored a luncheon Sept. 11 at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel & Marina.
California Coast Credit Union is joining forces again, this time with Financial 21 Community Credit Union, just a few weeks after completing a merger with First Future Credit Union , which was touted as the largest merger of credit unions with at least $5
Dr. David Shapiro is more grounded these days, working close to home while launching Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s new University City branch.
Digitaria Interactive, a San Diego-based online services and consulting firm, took four of the Web Marketing Association's WebAwards, which were presented Sept. 16.
Despite a bloodletting of historic proportions on Wall Street last week, veteran investment pros say the nation's financial system is still alive and kicking.
RF Industries, a San Diego designer and distributor of radio frequency cables and connectors, said Sept. 22 that its board authorized the repurchase of up to 100,000 shares of the company's common stock in the open market.
In March, as Texas and Ohio prepared for their historic presidential primaries, The Wall Street Journal contrasted the economic outlooks of the two states. The editorial graphically illustrated the opposite policies they had pursued and the results of suc
No matter how many hats, windbreakers and shirts they sold at the U.S. Open in June, it wasn't enough to staunch Ashworth Inc.'s red ink.
Leading off this week's compilation of news from around San Diego County: Southland Paving Inc. construction crews are set to begin widening Barham Drive from two to four lanes beginning next month as part of a $30 million improvement project shared betwe
Unlike cholesterol drugs or antidepressants, which can reach blockbuster status because of their potential to treat millions of patients, investment returns on drugs that treat rare diseases are minimal considering their small patient reach, often less th
This is a tale of two high-profile political candidates who don't simply happen to be women.
For local life sciences firms, in between the research and the results is the pesky medical waste, which has fueled an industry in San Diego dedicated to dealing with it.
With gas prices and airfares on the rise, tourism bureaus hoped to convince residents to economize by partaking in what their own cities offer.
State employment officials are bracing for layoffs from several high tech employers in the San Diego area.
Citing a need to stay competitive, owners of the Hotel del Coronado are pursuing an expansion that will add 144 condominium hotel rooms, underground parking and enlarged conference facilities to the complex, whose original structures date back to 1887.
Sales and Leases: Oakdale Gardens, a 64-unit apartment complex on Oakdale Avenue in El Cajon has been sold for $6.7 million, or $105,000 per unit.
It's not exactly peas and carrots, but YoNaturals Inc. says its vending machine concept provides a healthier alternative to students who would otherwise throw their spare change and health away on Snickers and Cokes.
A conversation with Ed Martinez, CEO of San Ysidro Health Center.
Proponents for building a 40-foot deck above the 96-acre Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal say the project would generate increased taxes and create new jobs while maintaining existing maritime operations.
Federico Leff is director of operations for San Diego Valet Services, a dry cleaner that has catered to the local hotel and resort industry for more than 20 years.
In July, those who live and work along the coast may be able to breathe easier thanks to a new state regulation that will require all tankers, cargo and cruise ships sailing into California ports to use more expensive, cleaner-burning fuel within 24 miles
Progress Report: Hazard Construction Co. has been awarded a contract to build the new Viejas Boulevard Bridge over a tributary of the Sweetwater River in the unincorporated community of Descanso, located north of Interstate 8 at Route 79.
Pending state legislation would require California hospitals to reveal their antibiotic-resistant infection rates, giving rise to a new level of public scrutiny that state hospitals have become accustomed to in recent months.
The fight over the extension of state Route 241 continued with a public hearing before federal authorities Sept. 22 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Friday, September 19
San Diego's unemployment actually dropped a tenth of a percent in August to 6.4 percent, but that's because the state Employment Development Department recently revised its original 6.1 percent unemployment figure for July, according to an EDD report rele
Thursday, September 18
American Internet Services, which dedicated a new, 80,000-square-foot collocation data center Sept. 18, said Sept. 17 that it had been acquired by the New York-based venture capital firm Seaport Capital, and that its chief executive officer, Robert DeuPre
PowerGenix, which makes nickel-zinc rechargeable batteries designed for everything from scooters and power tools to military and light electric vehicles, has closed on a $30 million round of venture capital, the company said Sept. 17.
Wednesday, September 17
Bruce Hollingsworth, who held the president's job at the Port of San Diego for nearly six years, announced his retirement Sept. 17, effective the end of this year.
Sapphire Energy, the San Diego firm that is planning to convert algae into gasoline, got a boost from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' investment firm in its latest round of funding.
The Chula Vista City Council terminated City Manager David Garcia in a late-night session Sept. 16, the city announced Sept. 17.
Neighborhood National Bank said Sept. 17 it received a $675,000 Bank Enterprise Award from the U.S. Treasury based on its lending in areas underserved by other banks, such as low-income businesses and residents.
Adm. Gary Roughead, who as chief of naval operations is the Navy's top admiral, plans to make remarks during ceremonies to launch General Dynamics Nassco's newest Navy cargo ship Sept. 18.
The Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel has named 26-year industry veteran J. Peter Lynn to the post of general manager.
Tuesday, September 16
Billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has offered up $30 million to a consortium of San Diego researchers to hasten the pace of stem cell research.
Monday, September 15
North County business owners dreading a phone number switch may want to circle Oct. 16 on their calendars.
Leading off this week's compilation of news from around San Diego County: Encinitas City Council members are working on an ordinance to spur more ground floor retail and make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
This summer there has been an endless flow of news stories across the state that may have given many the mistaken impression that we are in the midst of a financial meltdown, centered on the faltering health of our banks.
Progress Report: McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has begun construction at Grossmont College on a 400,000-square-foot, three-level parking structure and adjacent 3,200-square-foot facility for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's Public Safety
San Diego fell five spots to rank as the 10th best apartment market in the nation for rentals, according to Marcus & Millichap's annual apartment report released this month.
Gary Cady is president and chief executive officer of Torrey Pines Bank.
Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., a San Diego-based developer of drugs to treat diabetes and obesity, according to a Sept. 12 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For the past several months, the one bright spot for the U.S. economy has been the export sector.
While Starbucks Corp. , still king of the hill when it comes to java joints , slated several of its underperforming shops for closure, and other coffee chains such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are gaining ground here, an East Coast entrant thinks it has
A San Diego developer plans to build the most carbon neutral project in the U.S. American Assets Inc. says it will submit plans for a $250 million environmentally friendly and energy-efficient development to the city of Novato in Marin County this month.
A law spurring changes to the Consumer Product Safety Act has prompted local law firms to ramp up their related legal offerings, with some choosing to dedicate entire practice groups to serving clients affected by the new mandates.
Skillstorm, a staffing firm based in San Diego, relocated its San Marcos office to Carlsbad.
The nonprofit San Diego Capital Collaborative is offering up to $20 million to purchase foreclosed properties in the worst hit neighborhoods around San Diego County.
Web Editor Brad Graves provides highlights from the Sept. 15, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
The slumping housing market, which has fallen 30 percent since its peak in late 2005, should provide a boost to San Diego's traditionally tight rental market, according to Marketpointe Realty Advisors.
Younger employees at San Diego-based Anacomp Inc. are likely enjoying the benefits of a tax-deferred retirement savings program, but the same can't be said for all of its workers.
Last week's government takeover of the mortgage lending giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae matter more to the San Diego region and all of urban, coastal California than to other less dynamic regions.
Sales and Leases: Property West has purchased Cardiff-by-the-Sea Apartment Homes for $71 million.
The three-day tradeshow that drew 18,000 attendees, including 700 surf, skate, swim, snow, motocross and apparel brands, 400 media members and 6,000 buyers has been a Convention Center mainstay since it first came to town in the winter of 1990.
Volcano Corp., a maker of medical devices and technologies that allow cardiologists a clearer picture of the coronary arteries, announced the departure of board Chairman Olav Bergheim on Sept. 15.
A drop of 504 points on the Dow Jones Industrials index was the biggest since a similar drop right after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but in terms of percentage declines, the 4.4 percent fall wasn't close to the 22 percent plummet the Dow took on
Stania Rensberger is amazed when she looks at many of her clients' offices.
Last week an online service one-upped Google Maps by launching a virtual 3-D replica of San Diego called EveryScape, in which visitors explore not only neighborhood streets but also Balboa Park and San Diego beaches.
The 42-year-old San Diego Sports Arena is in for a makeover following the signing of a joint venture agreement between the lease holder, Arena Group 2000, and AEG, a Denver-based entertainment and sporting conglomerate.
The San Diego Foundation granted $62 million this past year to support nonprofits that carry out missions spanning a spectrum of causes.
More woes? The San Diego Union-Tribune's live radio programming at SignonSanDiego.com apparently has been suspended in the wake of the newspaper's ongoing decline, reports staffers and show guests.
The Forum at Carlsbad, a popular high-end shopping mall, has added two new stores and has another two coming on line this month as part of its new "re-tenanting" to attract more top retailers, said Ward Kampf, president of leasing for Thomas Enterprises,
Last month, College Loan Corp., a Poway-based student lender, said it ceased making loans, "due to an abrupt cancellation of our third-party financing facilities," according to a terse message on its Web site.
Local architectural firm Carrier Johnson has teamed up with Clark Design/Build of California, a unit of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Co., and won a $79 million design-build contract from UC San Diego.
Cindy White is president and chief executive officer of ParkerWhite Inc., a brand, design and public relations agency.
A cross-border terminal in South County has been a slow moving effort for more than a decade, but recently investors took a big step forward in ferrying air travelers from the U.S. into Tijuana's Gen. Abelardo L. Rodriguez Airport.
The rap against 401(k) plans for a long time was that too many employees were unfamiliar or uncomfortable with investing, they made far more conservative selections than they should have, resulting in tepid positive returns.
HotelPlanner.com touts itself as the largest online group travel service in a $30 billion to $45 billion market for group travel.
Friday, September 12
The San Diego Convention Center had its biggest ever fiscal year, and while the numbers themselves are impressive, so is the center's ability to provide a safety net under downtown's hotels and restaurants during a slumping economy, said spokesman Steve J
The city of San Diego was awarded about $4.4 million in attorney's fees Sept. 12 after prevailing once again in a remaining claim related to the multifaceted litigation surrounding developer/car dealer Roque De La Fuente, said City Attorney Michael Aguirr
State Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, has asked state Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate a decision by the San Diego City Council to transfer more than $31 million in redevelopment funds slated for the Grantville neighborhood to downtown proje
State Controller John Chiang, who has refused to follow Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to pay state workers minimum wages until a budget is passed, said in a Sept. 12 appearance that he has a constitutional obligation to make prescribed payments.
Thursday, September 11
An investigation into Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has satisfied state health officials, who said the hospital can continue to qualify for government funding, according to a letter dated Sept. 10 and addressed to the hospital by the Centers for Med
The Dutch real estate investment firm Wereldhave said Sept. 8 it purchased DiamondView, a 15-story high-rise in the East Village overlooking Petco Park, for $161 million.
Winners of the 2008 Dealmaker of the Year awards sponsored by the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University will be announced at a Sept. 19 breakfast at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island.
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed an enforcement action and levied a penalty of $275,000 against LPL Financial Corp., an independent broker dealer with headquarters in San Diego as well as Charlotte, N.C. and Boston, according to a press statem
Legend Films, a Carmel Valley-based media firm, said Sept. 11 it obtained $5 million in venture capital investment with the lead investor Augustus Ventures Ltd. of New York and participation from Par Investments Partners of Boston.
The median price of existing homes fell 4.4 percent to $390,000 in August, which is nearly one-third lower than August 2007, according to Sandicor's Multiple Listing Service released Sept. 10 by the San Diego Association of Realtors.
Wednesday, September 10
Sempra Energy declared a dividend of 35 cents per share of common stock Sept. 9. The sum is payable Oct. 15 to shareholders of record Sept. 25.
San Diego-based genetic analysis company Illumina Inc. said Sept. 10 that shareholders approved a move to more than double the number of company shares, clearing the way for a 2-for-1 stock split.
A referendum that would permit the construction of hotels, restaurants, stores and possibly a football stadium at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, following a ruling from the state's 4th District Court of Appeal Sept. 10.
Tuesday, September 9
The average price of a four-bedroom single-family home in La Jolla is the highest in the nation in 2008, according to a survey released Sept. 9 by the real estate firm Coldwell Banker.
UC San Diego's School of Medicine said Sept. 9 it will lead a $60 million, five-year effort funded by the Department of Defense to study and treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Pyron Solar Inc., a San Diego developer of solar and optic technologies, has received a $1 million investment with an addition $1 million option by New Energies Invest Ltd. based in Switzerland, the company said Sept. 8.
Alan Kidd, president of the San Diego Hall of Champions, said Sept. 9 he's assumed the title of president of the San Diego International Sports Council following a July vote by both organizations' boards to consolidate the two groups.
Monday, September 8
San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre's ongoing effort to roll back retirement benefits granted to city employees years ago was lauded in a Wall Street Journal editorial in the Sept. 6 edition.
PowerGenix says its new nickel-zinc rechargeable batteries will revolutionize the $4 billion alkaline rechargeable market.
With an increasing demand for private and public sector construction of green buildings, contractors are responding.
Burnham Institute for Medical Research and Scripps Research Institute were the recipients of more than $180 million in combined National Institutes of Health money last week designed to fund research involved in identifying new drug targets.
Web Editor Brad Graves provides highlights from the Sept. 8, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
Progress Report: Sun Country Builders has reached the 50 percent completion point on the Villa Nueva Community Center in San Ysidro.
Sales and Leases: LB/VCC Otay Mesa LLC has sold Knapp Development LLC 2,907 square feet of industrial space located at 1574 Lancaster Point Way in Nestor.
Robert Scherer is president of TAG, an accounting consultancy that provides services and software to companies in various industries as well as affluent individuals.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego Inc. raised more than $120,000 at its annual golf tournament held Aug. 28 at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe.
Since 1985, when all Gary Shekhter had was a small El Cajon office, secretary and a will to succeed, he's managed to do just that - achieve the American Dream.
Dozens of local contractors, architectural and brokerage firms have committed their time and money to building and rebuilding homes for low-income families this summer despite a slow economy.
Construction of a sizable retirement community in National City hit the halfway mark this month.
New buildings designed with energy efficiency and environmental harmony continue to gain market favor as the smarter new model of how best to construct a building.
By some reports, the cost of gasoline knows no limits.
Groundbreaking for the delayed Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge can move forward with the Sept. 3 award of a $6 million grant from the California Transportation Commission.
As state lawmakers grapple with an overdue budget, local health care leaders are voicing discontent over proposed reductions to payments made by Medi-Cal, the public health insurance program that provides care to low-income individuals.
The city of Vista recently broke ground on an environmentally friendly Civic Center made possible by a half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2006.
Talk about tuned in. John and Heather Hawthorne, owners of Hawthorne Tire in San Marcos, were recently chosen to be on "Peter Perfect," a reality television show airing on the Style Network.
It is for the rest of the world to judge whether educating leaders is something America does well.
The Active Network Inc., a La Jolla-based provider of online sports registration and related services, plugged $80 million into its 10-year-old operations with a sixth round of funding led by ESPN Inc. and participation from previous investors Canaan Part
Ted Bumgardner, principal at Gafcon, says his general contracting firm is not immune to the spiraling costs that have hit most industries.
DEMOfall 08, a tech conference billed as a launching pad for startups, got under way Sept. 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, with 72 companies in attendance.
Carlsbad satellite products company ViaSat Inc. won a $50 million contract to install land-based "gateways" to connect European broadband subscribers to the Internet via satellite, the company said Sept. 8.
Gerri Scott, general manager at Tivoli Bar, arguably the city's oldest since it was built in 1885, or at least the oldest in the Gaslamp Quarter, recalled that the downturn that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had less of an effect on bu
Leading off this week's compilation of news from around San Diego County: Grossmont College has completed renovations on its Exercise Science and Wellness Complex, a $9 million overhaul of one of the community college's oldest facilities.
Bressi Ranch Medical Plaza LLC has secured construction financing for its two-story medical office building at 6221 Metropolitan St. in Carlsbad.
Timothy Gendreau, chief revenue strategist, The Gendreau Group LLC.
High costs have hit just about every industry, and construction is no exception.
It's a privilege that costs a few thousand dollars, but when San Diego's barkeepers do it right, televised football changes the complexion of their operations.
John van Blerck is president of JVB Construction Management Inc., which manages the planning, design and construction of projects from inception to completion.
Shares of Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. rose 11 percent Sept. 3 following positive mid-stage results for elagolix, a drug candidate aimed at treating endometriosis.
Usually when an emcee introduces a warm-up act by saying he's appeared on various TV shows, it's because you probably haven't heard of him , as you wait to see the real reason you came.
Casa Cornelia Law Center, Carmen M. Chavez, executive director
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the first high-rise constructed in University Towne Center in more than 15 years.
In my last column, I remarked that the Carlsbad Desalination Plant was one procedural step away from final approval to begin construction.
Nightclub owner James Brennan has sold one of his venues, said another is for sale and, according to industry sources, is trying to sell two other high-profile properties, now that three lawsuits have been filed for unpaid bills.
Friday, September 5
Indus Technology Inc., based in Old Town, said Sept. 2 that it received a task order to provide "data cleansing" for the comptroller of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or Spawar.
The San Diego Rotary Club honored Yvonne Larsen, a longtime community volunteer, as 2008's Mrs. San Diego at a Sept. 4 luncheon held at Sheraton Harbor Island East.
Thursday, September 4
The estimated cost for a long-planned cruise ship terminal at the Broadway Pier jumped to $28 million, causing the Port of San Diego to include naming rights as a way to finance the project, the port district said Sept. 3.
A November ballot measure that would permit commercial development including hotels and restaurants at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal will go before voters following a ruling by Superior Court Judge Ronald Styn on Sept. 4.
TorreyPines Therapeutics Inc. named a new chief executive Sept. 3 to replace Neil Kurtz, who resigned effective the end of August to pursue the role of president and chief executive of Golden Living, an Arkansas-based provider of long-term care for senior
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. must pay $49.6 million to the families of four Marines who were killed in a 2004 helicopter crash at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, a San Diego Superior Court jury decided Sept. 3.
Wednesday, September 3
Gaylord Entertainment, still planning to build a $1 billion convention center and hotel in Chula Vista, said Sept. 3 it entered into a land purchase agreement for 100 acres at the Mesa Proving Grounds, next to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, to create an an
Callaway Golf Co. said Sept. 3 that it will pay a 7 cent per share dividend to shareholders of record Sept. 18.
PacWest Bancorp, the San Diego-based parent company of Pacific Western Bank, said Sept. 2 it is receiving a $100 million capital infusion after private equity firm CapGen Capital Advisors agreed to purchase new shares of the company.
SAIC Inc. said Sept. 3 that it had second quarter net income of $109 million, or 27 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $2.5 billion. The quarter ended July 31.
Tuesday, September 2
A judge ordered Qualcomm on Aug. 29 to offer support services for many 3G cell phones and to pay the profits earned from its QChat walkie-talkie phones to Broadcom, ruling that revenue associated with version 3.0 of the software was subject to royalties.
Scripps Research Institute and Burnham Institute for Medical Research garnered a combined $180 million in National Institutes of Health grant money that will join their bicoastal operations with a nationwide network of researchers who will employ high-tec
Monday, September 1
John Ball is principal and creative director of MiresBall, a San Diego-based branding firm.
Ship ahoy, matey! The ninth annual YachtFest San Diego ties up at Shelter Island from Sept. 11-14 and will offer sea gobs , and gals , an insider's view of more than 30 mega-yachts.
SAIC Inc. said due to a previously undetected transcription error, it underpaid income taxes by $27 million.
Sales and Leases: SW1 LLC has purchased a 3,080-square-foot office building located in Scripps Poway Office Park West at 14259 Danielson St. in Poway for $910,000.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has appointed four new members to the board of directors of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp.
Is San Diego-based Cisterra Development looking to sell its Class A DiamondView Tower overlooking Petco Park?
Progress Report: Construction is nearing completion for the Terraces at Copley Point, which encompasses 530,000 square feet of Class A office space plus parking on a 25-net-acre site at 5887 and 5893 Copley Drive in Kearny Mesa.
Sales prices per unit in multifamily investment properties are coming down and welcoming investors to San Diego.
Web Editor Brad Graves provides highlights from the Sept. 1, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.
Nordahl Medical Centre is a Class-A, 55,450-square-foot building located on Nordahl Road less than one mile from Palomar Medical Center West.
In the obsessive media heat of the just-ended, youth-oriented Beijing Olympics, a once-famous Chinese political figure died at a ripe-young age of 87 , and he goes to the grave almost internationally unnoticed.
Three hospitals in San Diego County under state and federal scrutiny because of serious deficiencies in patient care are taking measures to correct their problems in order to maintain government funding.
Realizing one of their first attempts in business, retailing cell phones, was going nowhere fast, David Duong and Will Huynh began selling shoes online, which has resulted in record-breaking sales.
The Kress, Viscuso Entertainment Collection's newest nightclub in a renovated 1936 dime store on Hollywood Boulevard, is pure Tinsel Town.
A shuttle bus operation frequently falls under the umbrella of a casino's marketing department. The bus service works toward the broader goal of getting customers to the casino, explained Lee Torres, director of marketing for Harrah's Rincon San Diego Nor
Leading off this week's compilation of news from around San Diego County: An increase in complaints by beach-goers has prompted City Council members to consider tightening restrictions on surf camps and other commercial uses of public beaches.
Bird Rock is inviting visitors to slow down and stay awhile.
The county's inns experienced a decline in occupancy in July, but the numbers were still good, and owners and operators might have raised their room rates and made more money, instead of lowering them as they did to try to bring in more business, says one
To reduce energy consumption at information technology data centers, 200 technology firms in 2007 established The Green Grid, an international collaboration.
California has a three strikes law, but the San Diego Chargers might be tougher. They have instituted a two strikes policy regarding unruly football fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino donated a 4,000-gallon tanker full of gasoline to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc.
The proposed development of the 2 million-square-foot San Diego Civic Center project , which would include offices, retail, residential and hotel space , might be the most risky project ever conceived in downtown San Diego. It might be worth it.
If you're a human resources manager for a casino in the San Diego County region during an era when customers are spending less, you and your competitors could be shedding jobs by attrition.
It's a busy week for tech startups. Too busy, some say, because of competing conferences at opposite ends of the state.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, a law firm that employs more than 80 attorneys in San Diego, is the latest entry into the burgeoning video gaming business.
A casino needs wheels. Not just the roulette wheels, or the big wheels who give the high-stakes poker tables a whirl. A casino needs transportation.
The deteriorating U.S. dollar combined with upcoming patent expirations on some best-selling drugs have sent Big Pharma into a buying frenzy for biotech companies.
During a speech at the Hotel del Coronado in 1923, John Spreckels rhetorically asked, "Why does San Diego miss the train somehow?" He went on to say, "Three words: lack of cooperation."