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The San Diego Business Journal’s Week in Review page includes the Quote of the Week, a particularly insightful look into the events and people making news in San Diego. Here are some of the best from 2004:


Dec. 20:

‘So say you spent $10,000 a month and you used to get 100 spots and now you are getting 125 spots, but your message is cut in half. We are not buying it.’

, Rick Goodrich, media director, AM Strategies, on Clear Channel Radio’s ‘Less Is More’ campaign.

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Dec. 13:

‘It’s another reason Buck Knives has gone to Idaho. They weren’t the first to leave and they won’t be the last to leave.’

, David Cherashore, the executive vice president of Evans Hotels, on a Public Utilities Commission ruling that increases electricity costs in San Diego.

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Dec. 6:

‘They’re going after a very targeted niche. My 14-year-old has no interest in going to Legoland anymore.’

, Carl Winston, director of San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, on Legoland California’s plans to introduce a new ride in 2005.

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Nov. 29:

‘One of the biggest problems we faced was that nobody wanted to invest in us because they were fearful of Mr. De La Fuente.’

, Tom King, S.D. Community Bank’s chief executive officer, on new business the bank is now generating.

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Nov. 22:

‘The cows never get involved in a gangland shooting.’

, Avocado grower and county Supervisor Bill Horn, talking about San Diego County’s farming industry.

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Nov. 15:

‘Knowing the mentality of that industry, they don’t pull a gun out unless they intend to shoot.’

, John Hawkins, the chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, saying port commissioners should take letters from cruise lines seriously.

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Nov. 8:

‘I’ve not seen their final strategy, but I think, generally speaking, the Convention Center is there for meetings that require multiple hotels. If there is a meeting that needs 400 or 500 rooms, and it can be taken care of in one hotel, then why would the Convention Center be involved?’

, San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau Chief Executive Officer Reint Reinders, on the Convention Center’s new campaign to book smaller blocks of hotel rooms.

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Nov. 1:

‘The shareholders (complain) that they’ve spent too much money on auditing fees. But if the company doesn’t and it opens the door to fraud, then the shareholders turn around and sue them for fraud.’

, Michael P. McCloskey, partner at Foley and Lardner, on amendments to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

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Oct. 25:

‘We don’t want to discourage customers from coming in. We’ll try to save money in other areas like payroll, and we’ll try to promote better to bring in more business.’

, George Georges, Max Restaurant and Lounge, on coping with high gas prices.

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Oct. 18:

‘Community service is the only reason we got involved. There were thousands of houses burned and we’re a builder. We have an obligation to the community to help them out.’

, Hallmark founder and President Mike Hall, on helping to rebuild San Diego County homes in the wake of the October 2003 wildfires.

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Oct. 11:

‘It’s been going on for years. It’s not widespread, but more than a few companies were doing it.’

, Ken Bender, managing director, Software Equity Group, on high-tech companies padding revenues in light of the indictment of several top Peregrine Systems executives.

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Oct. 4:

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, we all get thirsty.’

, Ted Owen, the president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, on the politics surrounding a proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad.

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Aug. 30:

‘The market fundamentals , meaning the unaffordability of homes , is probably more intense in San Diego than in any other area of the western United States.’

, Jon Hammer, owner of home developer Hammer Ventures, on the housing market in San Diego County.

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Aug. 23:

‘You can’t build yourself out of traffic. You would have to put concrete over Balboa Park if you really wanted to make a difference in traffic. We would have to pave over paradise just so we can allow for more cars.’

, Metropolitan Transit System spokeswoman Nancy Irwin, on why she feels buses need to be more of a transportation option in San Diego County.

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Aug. 16:

‘I see our problems getting worse and worse and worse. I don’t see anything happening on the City Council or city level that will change this. Our housing problems will have to get so bad, voters will have to wake up and make a statement about this.’

, Mike Levesque, the 2004 president of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.

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July 19:

‘You have to get into business with a very humble heart. I would advise that you know yourself, know your customers, have a good sense of character, listen and communicate, be passionate, have fun and go for it.’

, Shaun T. Alger, the president of Carlsbad-based CompleteComm, on his advice for people wanting to go into business.

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June 28:

‘How can you afford to buy a house here anymore? If you pay someone $30,000 to $50,000 a year for an administrative job, you can’t find anybody.’

, Robert deRose of Educational Lending Group Inc., on why his company plans to hire 150 new employees in Cleveland rather than at its headquarters in San Diego.

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June 21:

‘It seems like a mall. It’s a pleasant place to visit, but to me, it doesn’t say anything about San Diego. And that’s what an historic district should do.’

, Craig Montgomery, the executive director of Pioneer Square Community Association in Seattle, on San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

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May 31:

‘The month of May will be the strongest month we’ve had for transaction bookings all year. As far as we’re concerned, summer’s already started.’

, Chris Naylor, the general manager of the DoubleTree Hotel Mission Valley, commenting on the strong outlook for San Diego’s summer tourism season.

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May 24:

‘San Diego is urban, diverse, high-tech, Pacific Rim, and Latin American. These are ingredients of the 21st century, and by immersing (SDSU) in San Diego, we immerse ourselves in the future.’

, San Diego State University President Stephen Weber, on the importance of SDSU to the region.

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