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‘I have nothing to gain. But I am for workers having fair wages and benefits, most specifically health care. I don’t know if that makes me pro-union or nonunion.’

, Port Commissioner Steve Cushman responding to charges he favors unionizing hospitality projects along San Diego Bay. Please turn to



Friday, November 4

Retailer Wraps Up Year:

Apparel retailer Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. reported net income of $6.1 million on net sales of $179.9 million during the fourth quarter, ended Sept. 24. The year-ago quarter brought net income of $3.1 million on net sales of $138.3 million.

, Brad Graves

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Back At Ya?:

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. and a subsidiary sued Nokia Corp., alleging the Finland-based company infringed 12 of their patents on second-generation cell phone technologies. The suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, seeks an injunction to halt Nokia’s sale of related products as well as unspecified monetary damages.

In a press release, Nokia said it would defend itself against the suit, but that it had not yet received a copy of the complaint. Nokia also noted the timing of the suit, which was filed just weeks after it and five other technology companies alleged anti-competitive conduct by Qualcomm.

, Rob Davis

Monday, November 7

Gulf Relief:

Manpower San Diego said it formed an alliance with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the regional job-training agency, to implement and manage a training program for call center and customer service operators aimed at helping Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in the area. A state grant and a matching sum from Manpower funds the training, which began in late October.

, Mike Allen

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Air Carrier Blues:

The parent company of a low-fare startup airline that served Lindbergh Field for about five months this year announced Nov. 7 that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Independence Air ended daily, nonstop, round-trip service from Lindbergh Field to Washington Dulles International Airport at the end of October.

, Connie Lewis

Tuesday, November 8

For Seismic Concerns:

The U.S. Veterans’ Affairs Department awarded a $52.2 million contract to Maryland-based Clark Construction to perform seismic upgrades at the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, who secured funding for the project in the fiscal year 2005 budget, announced the deal.

, Pat Broderick

Wednesday, November 9


A local dietary supplement company announced plans to file a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration following the agency’s denial of a marketing claim. The FDA denied San Diego-based American Longevity the authority to claim that lycopene, a substance found in tomato products, reduces cancer risk. The company said it will file the suit within 30 days, claiming that the FDA violated its First Amendment rights.

, Katie Weeks

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Leap Shares Rise:

Leap Wireless International Inc., a San Diego-based flat-rate wireless carrier, reported a net loss of $7.6 million on revenue of $20.5 million for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a net profit of $957.3 million on revenue of $206.9 million in the like period of 2004. The disparity was the result of Leap emerging from bankruptcy last year and benefiting from the “fresh start” accounting it used.

For the nine months, Leap reported net profit of $7.6 million on revenue of $685.7 million. The comparative nine months included the time when Leap was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The results pushed shares of Leap up by nearly $2 in Nov. 10 Nasdaq trading to about $35, close to its high for the year.

, Mike Allen

Thursday, November 10

Zucchet Acquitted:

Former San Diego City Councilman Michael Zucchet, who represented the 2nd District until his resignation in July, was acquitted on Nov. 10 of seven wire fraud and extortion charges in U.S. District Court.

Judge Jeffrey Miller handed down the acquittals, citing insufficient evidence, but ordered Zucchet to be retried on the two remaining counts of conspiracy and wire fraud.

Zucchet and Ralph Inzunza, the 8th District city councilman, who also resigned in July, were convicted on July 18, along with Lance Malone, a Las Vegas lobbyist, of corruption charges involving a scheme to repeal the city’s “no touch” ordinance governing strip clubs.

Miller denied requests for acquittals and new trials for Inzunza and Malone.

Charges against then 4th District City Councilman Charles Lewis were dropped following his death last year.

, Pat Broderick


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