Stories for June 2000

Monday, June 26

Avanir Pulls Together in Hard Times

Gerald Yakatan believes there's something about trouble that brings people together.

Biotech --- Jury Still Out on the Promises of Gene Therapy

Experts in the field of gene therapy at a recent meeting sponsored by the local chapter of the American Heart Association said while the technology holds great promise, many hurdles remain.

Manufacturing Firm Eyes Alternative Fuel for Buses

But the Powerball that one San Diego company hopes to hit the jackpot with is actually a fuel source for the next generation of environmentally friendly city buses.

Redevelopment --- Tenants Wait as Port Mulls Shelter Island's Fate

Some gritty corners of America's Cup Harbor, where work crews pull yachts out of the water for heavy maintenance, will be dressed up under a San Diego Unified Port District plan that would turn more of the area over to parks and shops.

Media --- Union-Tribune Tabs Marketing Firm to Fulfill Branding

The Union-Tribune Publishing Co. recently hired Downtown marketing firm matthews/mark for a major branding campaign.

Senior Resource Group Forms Partnership

Senior Resource Group LLC of San Diego and Starwood Capital Group LLC of Greenwich, Conn., have teamed to build new retirement communities under the banner of Senior Resource Group.

Stoorza Defends Role In Quackenbush Fray

The difference between generating ideas and action taken with those ideas can make for hapless headlines.

Fed Official: Interest Rate Moves May Work

It's too soon to tell if interest rate increases have slowed the economy enough to curb inflation, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco said at a business breakfast meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel.

Small Business and Retail --- Software May Help Level Online Playing Field

One company is looking to make the Internet the ideal workplace for small business, allowing employees to collaborate, communicate and conduct business at anytime from anywhere, using the 'Net as their worldwide network.

Redevelopment --- City OKs Ballpark Area Site for Central Library

The San Diego city manager's office is poring over a schedule for putting a central library in East Village, following the City Council's decision to place it there.

CyberBucks --- SAIC Quashes Rampant Rumors of Its Pending Sale

Rumors that Cisco Systems was in the hunt to buy San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp. at a fat profit were so pervasive the local tech firm issued an internal denial earlier this month.

Letters --- Ross Will Be Missed

On behalf of the executive directors of the Council of Community Clinics, I am writing to wish Dr. Robert K. Ross best wishes in his new endeavor as the president and CEO of The California Endowment.

Proxy --- Protein Polymer Technologies, Inc.

Protein Polymer Technologies, Inc. engages in research, development, production and clinical testing of medical products based on its proprietary protein-based biomaterials technology.

Politics --- Layton Leaves Mayor's Office For New Post

Kimberley Layton, chief of staff to Mayor Susan Golding, quit the post she held for about two years to take a job with the San Diego Chargers.

People on the Move --- People

Community First National Bank recently named Sylvia Swenson vice president/compliance officer. USE Credit Union recently named Robert S. Newkirk vice president of information systems.

Real Estate --- Rents for Office Space Jump By 8 Percent in County

The program is the only one approved by the National Association of Realtors and was developed with the participation of the local firm and several other companies, said Scott Clyde, a company spokesman.


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High-Tech --- Qualcomm, SDSU Train Students to Be Entrepreneurs

The Qualcomm Social Entrepreneur Internship program at San Diego State University is linking MBA students with nonprofit organizations.

Internet --- Start-Up Web Site Connects Artists to Patrons

Art is in the eye of the beholder. At least that's the thought of one Carlsbad couple and the artists their venture represents.

Lead --- Machinist Molds Garage Shop Into Million-Dollar Outfit

Michael Brown knows what it takes to grow a company from a garage operation into a $1 million-a-year business in five years ,good, old-fashioned service.

Editorial --- Measuring the Price of Public Safety

The county's budget has been running in the black for several years now, thanks largely to the revamped mindset to use sound business practices when it comes to government financing.

Profile --- Grounded Globetrotter

Nour-Dean Anakar says he is one of those immigrants who comes to the United States believing you can achieve any goal you set.

Panel: Rental Shortage Affecting Labor Supply

As apartment construction reaches a high not seen in 12 years, a local trade group reported the residential rental housing supply in San Diego County remains tight.

Commentary --- Affordable Housing? For Who?

Want to hear an absurd concept? Tear down a 40-year-old neighborhood of single-family homes and uproot the middle-class families living there in order to build 91 very low-income apartments.

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CardioDynamics International Corp. announced June 14 its stock has been added to the Russell 3000 and Russell 2000 indices starting July 1.

Financing Elusive for Film Studio

Building a movie studio in San Diego? It's more a "Risky Business" than a "Field of Dreams."

Technology Bills Moving Through Congress

Federal anti-spam legislation is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives after a bill was approved last week by the House Commerce Committee.

Law --- Local Firm Aids in Interest Rate Swap Pact Ruling

Amounts owed to a bank under a "swap" agreement may not be recharacterized in bankruptcy as interest on a conventional loan, making the payments uncollectable in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

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Employees Should Stroll Through 'Health Care Mall'

A Kaiser Family Foundation study released earlier this week revealed nearly half of the 2,500 adults surveyed reported "some kind of problem with their health plan." This, despite the rash of new laws recently enacted to "protect" the consumer as well as

Small Business --- Auto Enthusiast Applies Skills to Third-World Project

This pickup truck, parked in front of the El Cajon plant where it was made, is stripped to the bare essentials. No radio, no heater and no carpeting. No frills here.

Burnham Pacific Postpones Shareholders Meeting as New Buyers Are Sought

San Diego County office tenants seeking to rent new space or renew lease agreements in the coming year will be looking at higher rates, according to a recent study.

SDG & E; Plans $390M Refund

Customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will see a refund of $390 million cash this summer , usually the time when utility bills are the highest.

Recycling Zone Expands to Chula Vista

The South San Diego Recycling Market Development Zone has expanded to include Chula Vista, following approval by the California State Integrated Waste Management Board.

High-Tech --- Walker Digital Finds Creative Solutions From Local Base

That's also the philosophy behind the company he works for, Walker Digital, which recently established its West Coast headquarters in San Diego.

Small Business --- Chef Turns Buck Churning Out Heart-Healthy Meals

With assistance from the Personal Chefs International Organization of San Diego, an association of about 30 local chefs, Chef Valerie Anastasi-Renzoni has earned such nicknames as "The Goddess of Cuisine" and "Chef Delicious."

Media --- Agency Greased With $3M Account for 76 Lubricants

A local agency may not necessarily be a squeaking wheel, but it will be getting the grease.

Business Journal Staffers Take Home 12 Awards

A half-dozen members of the San Diego Business Journal's editorial staff were recently recognized for journalistic excellence with a dozen industry awards.

Biotech --- FDA Indicates Ligand's Lymphoma Product Has Merit

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it received an approvable letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for another form of its already approved lymphoma drug.

Small Business --- Artist Spreads Passion for Creating Embossed Images

Spend five minutes with Catherine Newhart, and her big, bold entrepreneurial spirit will fill your mind with a plethora of words that describe her so well: passion, artistry, beauty and vision, to name a few.

New Developments Are Under Way in 4S Ranch

Three homebuilders have been selected to build neighborhoods in the grand opening home collection at 4S Ranch, a new 2,900-acre master-planned development west of Rancho Bernardo.

Real Estate --- San Diego REAL ESTATE

Buyer: Pacifica Enterprises LLC purchased 27 residential units for $2.29 million.

Commentary --- Transit Solutions Are Needed for the Region Now

The transit needs of our region are enormous. We will never move forward with backward thinking about relocating rail corridors that have served the region since the 1880s. There's a reason the railroad tracks were put along the coast; the grade changes a

Technology --- Qualcomm Projects Digital Cinema Success

It may not have been an overnight sensation, but Qualcomm Inc.'s digital cinema technology is now poised to take the motion picture industry by storm.

KNSD Emphasizing Olympic Effort

Local NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 39 recently announced a slate of programming that will usher in the network's 2000 Olympic coverage from Australia.

Entrepreneur --- Gwynn Scores With Church's Chicken Deal

San Diego's bat man will soon become known as its bird man , Southern fried bird, of course.

Monday, June 19

McMillin, City Close in On Inking Pact for NTC

Hidden for nearly a year behind a curtain of negotiation, a developer's deal to complete a massive, $500 million overhaul of a former Navy base on Point Loma is out in the open.

Technology--Airborne Satellite TV Antennas Certified By FAA

Technology has enabled some travelers to watch television on aircraft equipped with special antennas and systems. While many executive business jets offer passengers this luxury, it has not quite taken off in the commercial sector.

Manufacturing--BFGoodrich Debuts Wind Tunnel Facility at Chula Vista Plant

Pounding winds, 1,700-degree temperatures and 168 decibels of racket are a part of the testing environment at BFGoodrich Aerospace/Aerostructures Group.

Editorial--Making a Stand for the New Library Site

The San Diego City Council's decision to include construction of a new Downtown main library in the East Village Redevelopment Project was the right one.

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Law--Law Firm Adds 14 New Attorneys

Morrison & Foerster LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm which has been in San Diego since October, has spent the current year expanding. Since Jan. 1 it has grown from three to 25 attorneys.

Consolidation--Alliances Reduce Risk and Workloads

With competition in ticket sales flying high between the airline industry and Internet companies, travel agencies look for alternative solutions to maintain a long-term business plan.

Publisher's Notebook--Planned Initiative of Little Benefit to City

This is the political season, and there are so many candidates and issues it's hard to keep track of them all.

High-Tech--Gadgets Appeal to Productive Travelers

As more local companies look for meeting destinations, the demand for information technology also is expanding.

Development--Chula Vista Approves Huge Downtown Redevelopment Plan

CHULA VISTA , Gateway Chula Vista LLC will soon begin construction of a three-building, 300,000-square-foot office and retail complex near the South County Government Center.

Index: Local Economy Humming Along

San Diego's economy appears to be purring and shows no signs of slowing based on the 0.6 percent rise for the April Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

Social Tact Clears Path to Cultural Understanding

You're taking a trip overseas to present a business plan to your company's prospective international partners.

Finance--Analysts Offer Thoughts on Investing for Future

Many people who are investing strictly for retirement income need to extend their time horizon and plan to invest in growth for the rest of their lives.

Health Care -- LXN Develops Blood-Sugar Monitoring Device

UCSD professor Dr. Steven Edelman is convinced he has found a method for diabetics to gain better control of their health.

Proxy--Wireless Facilities, Inc.

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Garden Cabaret Theater to Debut at New Location

The Garden Cabaret "Cinema Under the Stars" will begin its ninth season at a new location: Westfield Shoppingtown UTC in La Jolla.

Forums Set For Sea World Expansion Plans

SeaWorld San Diego representatives are planning to meet again with residents to present further details of the park's expansion plans.

City Selects First Firm for Water-Guarantee Program

Water saved now in some miserly utility systems means a guaranteed supply of water for the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute in times of drought.

Lead--Travel Budgets Climbing With 'Skyrocketing' Airfare

Last Monday, local executive Philip Blair knew he would be taking an important business trip to Milwaukee later that week , a "powwow" with a potential client, he said. He just didn't know which day.

Bycor Starts Work on Medical Facility

Bycor General Contractors of San Diego has started work on 17,959 square feet of medical space in the Sorrento Mesa area for Southern California Physicians Managed Care Services Inc. of La Jolla.


Selling agents: Trent France of CB Richard Ellis' North Country office represented both parties.

Technology--Locally Made Marijuana Detector Soon on Duty

Finding a four-leaf clover may be a sign of luck, but detecting a marijuana crop may hash out to be big business for one San Diego tech company.

Tourism--La Jolla Radisson Adds on an Executive Wing

In a recent expansion, the Radisson Hotel La Jolla opened a new executive wing. The wing includes 12 suites, 39 business-class rooms, a 900-square-foot gym, and a hospitality suite with full kitchen, living room and boardroom facilities.

Health Care--PacifiCare Expands Prescription Division Here

CARLSBAD , Prescription Solutions, the pharmacy warehouse of PacifiCare, is opening a new facility in Carlsbad near Palomar Airport that will initially employ about 300 people and grow to a staff of 500 within the next three years.

Local Unemployment Figures Remain Steady

s 2.7 percent, the same level as April's revised rate, but well below the 4.6 percent total for California, and the nation's 3.9 percent for the same time.

International--Amenities Distributed to Prestigious Establishments, Locally and Abroad

Randall International, a Carlsbad-based manufacturer of custom-created guest amenities and retail products for world-class hotels, sweeps the competition once again.

International--Qualcomm's China Pacts No Guarantee of Success

When we last contacted Qualcomm Inc. regarding its framework agreement with China Unicom, the company said reports the nation's second largest telephone carrier was rejecting CDMA technology may not be accurate.

Environment--City Hit With State's Record Fine for Sewage Spill

Officials from the Regional Water Quality Control Board assessed San Diego's Metropolitan Wastewater Department almost $3.5 million in fines and penalties for its weeklong sewage spill, which started Feb. 21.

Development--Work Nearing an End on Prospect Square Face-Lift

The $2.4 million refurbishment of the 28,860-square-foot, upscale retail center, located at 1025 Prospect St. in downtown La Jolla, began in September and will be finished next month, according to officials. The project is a joint venture between Pacific

Small Business & Retail--Small Biz Panel Urges 'Death' of 'Tax Nightmare'

The Small Business Survival Committee is urging President Bill Clinton to sign important legislation winding its way through Congress, calling an end to what they call the "death tax nightmare."

Mission Valley Costco Nearing Completion

Collins General Contractors of San Diego has completed several large projects and is nearing milestones on others, a company official said.

Enterprise--Complexions RX Pores Over New Skin Care Concept

Beauty may be skin deep, but for one San Diego company, both beauty and skin care are big business.

Newland Communities Set to Develop in Washington State

San Diego-based Newland Communities, a developer of master-planned facilities, has closed escrow to purchase 217 acres of residential land in Kennewick, Wash.

About The Lists--Airlines' Online Ticket Services Add to Competition

One would think the Internet would benefit a service-based business like a travel agency.

Job Training Program Cuts Back Staffing

About 50 people now employed at the area's job training agency may soon have to use the services themselves following the elimination of their jobs next month.

Profile--Dr. John C. Reed

Shedding Southern Security--Scientist John Reed Worked His Way Out of Backbreaking Labor and Into Groundbreaking Research

Local Energy Firm Holds Online Auction

Just as the country braces for a long, hot summer and highly volatile energy prices, a San Diego-based company held the first-ever Web-based, retail electric energy auction in the Western United States.

Chargers Chip in to Aid High School Sports

The San Diego Chargers contributed $250,000 to the San Diego Unified School District this year to fund freshman boys football and girls volleyball starting this fall.

People On the Move

U.S. Bank promoted Steve Rice to San Diego market president. DSD Business Systems rehired April Holman as vice president of accounting systems sales. USA Federal Credit Union named Estella Cline manager of the new Temecula branch. Hokanson Capital Managem

Small Business--Maid Service Cleans Up Within the Community

For two local franchise owners of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Molly Maid, being in business is about more than just making a profit.

Commentary--Habitat Planning: No More Guerilla Wars, Please

Just when we thought we were out of the guerilla war over habitat planning in San Diego, they pulled us back in , threatening a fragile peace treaty that preserved hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat while protecting landowner rights at the same tim

Imaging Co. Encouraged By Equipment Purchases in Japan

San Diego-based 4-D Neuroimaging said it received an order for its imaging machine by the Hirosaki University School of Medicine in Hirosaki, Japan.

High-Tech--High-Performance Expert Lends Services to Entropia

San Diego's Entropia, which is creating the world's largest computing service, is recruiting some of the region's top industry leaders. Reneges on Its IPO

The tight finance market for high-tech start-ups caused the closure of one local firm and the pullback of another firm's IPO last week.

Law--McKenna & Cuneo Expands Its San Diego Presence

Downtown law firm Harrigan Ruff has merged, sending five attorneys to a large, multistate firm and a sixth attorney to another Downtown entity.

Health Care--Hospitals Continue Operating After Bankruptcy Filings

California Psychiatric Management Services said it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection of its two locally owned hospitals , VillaView Community Hospital in San Diego and Bayview Hospital in Chula Vista.

Sempra to Help Build Pipeline in Baja California

San Diego-based Sempra Energy has joined with two other natural gas providers in a deal struck June 12 to build a natural gas pipeline through to Baja California.

Real Estate--S.D. Home Prices Jump 28 Percent

The average price of a resale house in San Diego County hit $383,713 in May, the San Diego Association of Realtors said.

Molly Maid Putting Women Back to Work

As a woman who discovered religion, Dawn Brooks considers her job at Molly Maid quite literally a "godsend."

Monday, June 12

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Rick Sparks, Brent Wright and Chris Pascale of CB Richard Ellis' San Diego office represented both the seller and the buyer.

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK--Do You Support the Guard and Reserve?

Does your company support the National Guard and Reserve? If it's like most of the companies I know of, it doesn't.

HIGH TECH--Datron Plans to Tackle Public Safety Radio Market

Vista-based Datron World Communications Inc. hopes to make waves in the land mobile radio market.

Region Looking Inward for Growth Potential

Like most things in the business world, the key to business development is keeping up with change.

LETTERS--A Childhood Epidemic

It is found in more than half of California's children between the ages of six and eight. It caused parents to lose 20 million workdays and children to miss 51 million hours of school. It is a crisis among children. It is oral disease.

Oceanside Revises Policies For Development Projects

In an effort to make the development process faster and more efficient, the Oceanside City Council unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate certain bonding requirements and to revise occupancy guidelines.

Hospital Closes After Financial Rescue Attempt Fails

As of midnight June 4, when the doors at Scripps Memorial Hospital East County officially closed, the three-month battle to save the financially plagued facility ended. Acquires Dozens of Campus Papers

Local "virtual campus" Internet company purchased the assets of wire service College Press Network from in North Palm Beach, Fla., for an undisclosed sum.

Intel Opens Local Office for Wireless Operations

Reinforcing San Diego's status as a center for wireless technology, Intel Corp. opened its newest division here aimed at researching and designing wireless network computer systems.

Viejas Gaming Cruises Come To Abrupt Halt

Last week, Viejas Enterprises, Florida-based Commodore Holdings Ltd. and a Mexican hospitality firm agreed to discontinue the gaming cruises they had founded two months ago. 'Staying Alive' as Suit Nears Settlement

For Michael Robertson, the popular '70's tune "Stayin' Alive" seems fitting for his La Jolla-based

Record Industry Not Opposed To Internet Music Web Sites

A lawsuit filed against digital music service provider doesn't mean the record industry is against using the Internet as a means of getting music out to the masses.

Developers Join Forces, Purchase Otay Property

Several large players in the San Diego County real estate market announced major transactions in the past two weeks.

New Cable Operator Starts Construction Plans

Following last week's approval of a 15-year cable television franchise agreement with the city of San Diego, Denver-based Western Integrated Networks is now developing detailed construction plans that will be submitted to the city for approval.

CYBERBUCKS--Venture Catalyst Continues on Its Diverse Path

Incubators, the kind that nurture fledgling businesses and not babies, are in these days.

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2000

You've been struggling to make it through finals, ready to finally put on that cap and gown.

ABOUT THE LIST--Oceanside and East County Primed for Growth

With names like Wireless Valley and Biotech Beach, the city of San Diego leads the county's economic success. Other cities in the county are trying to keep up, preparing their own economic expansions for creating and attracting new companies.

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American Mortgage Express named Rose Presser vice president of residential loan production. California Bank & Trust named Lorie Schulenberg manager of the Temecula Valley office. Ron Littlefield was named manager of the Chula Vista office of California Ba

COMMENTARY--Getting Quality Back Into Our Public School System

It's no secret to most people that there are major gaps between what an ideal public education delivery system should look like and what now exists in most of our region's communities.

U.S., Mexico Firms Sign On to Pollution Accord

Representatives from the United States and Mexico gathered June 5 in San Diego to discuss their continuing commitment to saving the environment.

City Hall Support Spurs Economic Development

That determines the best place to do business? People may point to the old real estate maxim: location, location, location. But then there are others who are adamant that location isn't everything.

Workforce Partnership At 25 Years

In 25 years, San Diego's economy, its major employers and the skills needed for its jobs have shifted.

Law Firms Finding Contingency Is the Way to Go

Ethical Issues Slated to Be Discussed at State Bar's Statewide Ethics Symposium

Torrey Hills Office Project Gets Under Way

Construction crews have started work on two large office projects in the Interstate 5 corridor north of the merge with Interstate 805.


About five years ago a study of San Diego's Downtown parking situation concluded there was a sufficient amount, at least for the next few years, but drivers had a difficult time finding it.

'Be a Manager, Go to Jail' Bill Moving Through Senate

The California Chamber of Commerce is warning small business owners that a new bill winding its way through the state Legislature could spell trouble for California.

PROXY--Trega Biosciences Inc.

rega Biosciences, Inc. is focused on accelerating drug discovery from disease targets to clinical candidates through its iDiscovery-TM-technologies.

Air Cargo Facility Sides Line Up for Council Battle

Advocates and opponents of the San Diego Air Commerce Center can agree on at least one thing , location is everything.

Firm Seeks Host Families for Foreign Exchange Students

American Intercultural Student Exchange, Inc., based in La Jolla, is seeking host families for international high school age students this summer.

INTERVIEW--Mission Accomplished

Michael Keel's Career Led Him Through the Cold War to The Closing of GenDyn's Convair

Suzuki Marathon Still Rocks as a Draw for Visitors

Although financial windfall from the Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon won't be known for more than a month, the event brought in a high number of visitors, organizers say.

County Health Director Announces Resignation

Dr. Robert K. Ross, director of the county's Health and Human Services Agency, announced his resignation last week.

Shift in Bank's Leadership Creates New Opportunities

There's a new management team at Santee-based Cuyamaca Bank that sees opportunity for its dramatic growth in the acquisition of two other East County banks by larger, out-of-town lenders.

BIO TECH--Stock Acquisition Deal Positions Maxim for Success

A recognized financial analyst said Maxim Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s recent acquisition of another San Diego-based biotech firm will position it for future success.

TOURISM--Hey, Dudes. Surf's Up Almost

There's a pool to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and foam-topped pieces of an enormous fiberglass wave machine being assembled before him.

Monday, June 5

High-Tech --- Barona Casino's Coinless Slots Called Wave of Future

Casino industry experts predict the introduction of Barona Casino's coinless Las Vegas-style slot machines is a hint of what's to come.

Software --- Customer Base Prods Software USA's Expansion

There's book-of-the-month clubs, CD-of-the-month clubs, and for those who are computer literate, there's Software USA, a San Diego firm that distributes software on a monthly basis.

New 'Megafirm' Still Working Through Its Growing Pains

Civil litigation on a national scale requires the strength to go up against some big , and big-name , law firms.

Tourism Warms Up For Summer

Forget June gloom. As summer rolls in this year, San Diego's hospitality industry is in a rather celebratory frame of mind.

Infrastructure --- Futuristic North County Water Plant Is Planned

ENCINITAS , The Olivenhain Municipal Water District has something in the pipeline that sounds like a pipe dream , tap water that is safer, cleaner and better-tasting than bottled water. All this from a futuristic plant that will cost less to build than a

Restaurants to Host Summertime Block Parties in the Gaslamp

In an effort to boost early Friday night business, the Gaslamp Quarter Association will hold free happy hour music block parties in June and July.

Real Estate Section --- Downtown Condo Project Sells Out Its First Phase

An urban infill condominium project Downtown has completely sold out its first phase of 22 units, prompting the release of a second group of 19 homes.

Profile --- Building Homes With Creative Angles Del Mar Developer Has A Knack for Detail on Both Large- and Small-Scale Projects

William Davidson can be found on weekends scouring antique shops for old building hardware and fixtures.

Commentary --- Scripps Closure: Could Be Matter of Life or Death

For residents of the back country, Scripps East County is their lifeline. The next closest hospital is an additional 15-20 minutes west.

More Communication Opening on the Internet

A local company is getting a step up in the telecommunications evolution by merging telephone with Internet technologies.

New Strategy Is Combining TV and Internet Capabilities

In 1998, Brian Kent came to the conclusion that a Web development company couldn't make money by just charging a high hourly rate.

Proxy --- Corvas International, Inc.

Corvas International, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical firm that is engaged in the design and development of therapeutic agents for cardiovascular, cancer and other major diseases.

Trade --- China's Implementation of CDMA Still in Question

Despite the House of Representatives' approval of permanent normal trading relations with China late last month, and its expected admission into the World Trade Organization later this year, an agreement between Qualcomm Inc. and China's second largest te

Technology --- Cohu's New CEO Is Still Looking Up From the Top

Jim Donahue is happy about reaching the top, but aware of the realities of the business world.

Creative Host Services Announces Dividends

Creative Host Services, Inc., a San Diego firm that owns and manages airport concessions, recently announced upcoming stockholder dividends.

Small Business & Retail --- Trade-Relations Vote Hailed By Small-Biz Group

Small businesses have won a major victory now that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved permanent normal trade relations with China by a 237-197 vote.

Workforce Partnership Secures Federal Funding

The San Diego Workforce Partnership, the regional job training agency, said it has received $4 million in federal funds from the county to finance a summer youth program to place students in paid internships.

Gaming --- Harrah's Branding Grows With Rincon

Branding is everything, especially in the increasingly competitive gaming market.


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San Diego-Based Tachyon Inks Deal With

San Diego-based Tachyon, Inc., the first company to bring high-performance, two-way, satellite-delivered Internet access to market, will provide a business-to-business venture aimed at farmers and growers.

Outsourcing: New Buzzword Among Electronics Firms

The word is out and it's paying off huge for all the local electronics companies involved , as if no one's heard.

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Commentary --- Lawmakers Debate Whether to Arbitrate or Litigate

The state Legislature is debating a measure that appears to give Californians more options when a dispute arises with their health care service plan. Unfortunately, this bill is a wolf disguised in sheep's clothing.

Sizzler Acquires Oscar's

Sizzler International Inc. is acquiring 82 percent of locally based Oscar's Restaurants for $16 million.

Utilities --- PacBell, Cox Fail to Communicate

To hear them tell it, the latest flap over San Diego phone books involves two communications companies having difficulty talking to each other.

Law --- PLNU Official Gets Inside Look at Supreme Court

Just what issues will land before the U.S. Supreme Court during its new term this fall?

People On The Move

The George Elkins Mortgage Banking Co. appointed Jim Nantais to vice president/branch manager. John Maguire was promoted to senior vice president and manager of the La Mesa branch of California Bank & Trust. Community First National Bank named Yvonne Jack

Finance --- Stocks Down, But Interest Rates Are Leveling Out

With nearly all of the domestic stock market indices down since the beginning of the year, the Federal Reserve's interest rate tightening is having its expected effect, two local stock market experts agree.

Letters --- 'Smart Growth' a Viable Solution

I disagree with the assertion in a letter in the May 15 issue of the San Diego Business Journal that "transit oriented development, a.k.a. smart growth, fails reality check."

Tourism --- City-Funded Arts Expenditures Up to $90M Annually

Last year, city-funded art and culture organizations collectively spent nearly $90 million in San Diego, says a report released by the city's Commission for Arts and Culture last week.

Moving Bricks and Mortar to Speed of Technology

Millionaires are made by the dozens as IPOs shoot for the stars, taking the Internet company founders with them.

Redevelopment --- City Gears Up NTC Plan

Predicting 7,700 new jobs and a renaissance off Rosecrans Street, San Diego city officials are moving ahead with the redevelopment of the city's latest acquisition: 279 acres of real estate at the former Naval Training Center.

Soltek Begins Restoring Historic Navy Buildings

Construction crews from Soltek Pacific of San Diego are working this week on renovating four elderly duplexes at the Point Loma Submarine Base.

Internet --- E-Commerce Site Kablink Goes Kaplunk Fast

San Diego-based kablink, an E-business company, officially launched only several months ago, was forced to shut its doors last week and lay off 18 employees, the victim of a much harsher investment environment for high-tech startups.

Winning Strategy Is Diversifying Services on Internet

Diving into the world of E-commerce requires more than just an idea , it requires a strategy.

Publisher's Notebook --- Elements of Leadership Are Key

Where the heck did the first half of this year go? It seemed like yesterday that we were released from the Y2K epidemic.

Analyzing Data to Minimize Defects in Production

Going for zero defects in almost any type of business process, from manufacturing to administrative operations, might not be realistic, but many companies, including several local ones, are striving for the next best thing , 3.4 defects per million.

Editorial --- The Name Game Can Be a Gamble

It appears the San Diego Padres have narrowed their choices as to who will receive the lucrative contract to name the new Downtown ballpark.

Web Developers Try to Stay Afloat in Evolving 'Net Environment

Dan Khabie describes the company he co-founded as an interactive agency, not a Web developer. Of course San Diego-based Digitaria does Web development and design, but that's not enough these days, Khabie said.

Enviroment --- Restaurateurs Find Being Green Makes Green

For Bill and Patty Tall, owner of City Farmers Nursery and the adjacent Nate's Deli in City Heights, going green is not just a way of being friendly to the earth. It's also good business sense.

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Selling agents: Bill Schofield of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller. Hugh Saracino of Colliers International represented the buyer.