Stories for March 2000

Friday, March 31

BANKING -- Banks Reach New Customers in Low-Income Areas

It is estimated that 12 million households in the United States do not have bank accounts. Often they are immigrants wary of banks or don't have the money for a minimum checking account deposit.

NEWSMAKERS -- Home Garden Supplies Natural Soap Business

It all boils down to chemistry, and Nancy D. Geiser has come up with her own winning business formula.

AMS OKs Stock Repurchase

Advanced Marketing Services Inc., the San Diego-based distributor of books in warehouse stores, said it authorized the repurchase of 350,000 shares of its common stock.

EDUCATION -- SDSU Team to Compete in Financial Planning Contest

A three-person team from San Diego State University has been selected as a finalist for a financial planning competition.

ENGINEERING -- Berryman & Henigar Firm Gets La Mesa Sewer Contract

LA MESA , San Diego-based Berryman & Henigar, a municipal professional services firm, was awarded a design engineering services contract to assist the city of La Mesa in preparing plans and construction documents for the city's sanitary and storm sewer im

BENEFITS -- Owning Company Stock Can Be a Dream Come True

The fairy tale used to be about a princess who finds her prince by kissing a frog.

CashPile Is Building a Name for Itself By Playing the Middleman

When local, successful Internet entrepreneur Paul Trubey was looking for another exciting E-company to create last year, he came across one that was already in the works: CashPile.

ROAD TEST -- Competition Is Catching Up With Lexus ES300

The Lexus ES300 is and should be on most shopping lists for a mainstream entry-level luxury sedan. Yet despite a number of enhancements for the 2000 model year, the old reliable standard is beginning to slip in favor of a number of new models that recentl

ENTERPRISE -- Step Into the Living Room for A Cup of Java

In the Living Room Coffeehouse production facility, several antique chairs , some broken, some newly repaired , sit between sacks of coffee and a walk-in refrigerator.

TECHNOLOGY -- SpaceDev, Wireless Future Build Satellite Transponder

Stay tuned for a new space radio being developed by Poway-based SpaceDev, Inc. and Wireless Future, Inc. of San Diego.

REAL ESTATE -- Real Estate Firms Announce Mergers

A trio of real estate industry members active in San Diego County has announced a merger and two strategic alliances.

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Burnham's Terry Jackson represented the seller. Ken Switzer of Switzerland Co. represented the buyer.

Gas Costs Push Public Transit Ridership Up

There's at least one sector of the economy that's benefiting from high gasoline prices. Use of public transit is up.

SMALL BUSINESS/RETAIL -- SBA, ABA Join Forces to Assist Asian Firm Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Asian Business Association announced March 23 they're working together to assist small businesses in San Diego.

ROLLOVERS -- IRA Rollover Considerations When Leaving a Job

Are you changing jobs or retiring in the next several months? If you're like many working individuals, you may be covered by your employer's 401(k) plan or other retirement plan.

CHAMBERLAIN ON MONEY -- The Bond Market Can Be a Volatile Investment

Editor's note: Due to technical difficulties, the Chamberlin On Money column wasn't available this week. This is a reprint of an older column.

INVESTMENT -- Book Offers New Ideas for Planning Retirement

Financial success in 2000 and beyond can be hard to come by , unless you have "the book."

NEWSMAKERS -- Tech Center to Advance Private School's Instructional Capabilities

Santa Fe Christian Schools is going interactive with a new, state-of-the-art technology center and library.

ENVIRONMENT -- Companies Using Balers to Tighten Recycling Load

Eric Michelson, owner of National City-based A-1 Hydraulic Service, sells recycling balers, which compact recyclables, reducing the volume of waste for businesses. Sales are strong and are expected to continue.

COLLECTIBLES -- Sales Project a Safety Net for NFL Hall of Famers

t would seem that once an athlete makes it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a lifetime of success is guaranteed.

People on the Move

Robert North was named member of the Neighborhood Bancorp board of directors. Southwest Community Bank welcomed Bob Fouts as vice president and manager of the mortgage lending division. Bank of America named Denise Yaeger as one of the company's top mortg

SPORTS -- Chargers Backtrack On Spanos Comment

The bomb dropped by Chargers owner Alex Spanos on San Diego last week probably didn't come as any surprise to elected city officials, who knew about Spanos' desire for a new stadium five years ago when the city negotiated the team's current contract.

Media--DNA Has Digital Marketing in Its Genes

Genes are usually associated with biotech companies. But this company, MediaDNA, is all about marketing and managing digital content.

WIRELESS -- WebSideStory Enters Wireless Market With Tracking Tools

San Diego's WebSideStory, Inc., known for its Web tracking and analysis tools, is entering the mushrooming wireless market.

TECHNOLOGY -- Tech Conference Spotlights Hot New Companies

For, the Internet represents a lustrous nugget of wealth. Hence the Internet start-up's name, which has Asian roots and loosely translates to "mountain of gold."

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LOANS -- Partners Apply Job Experience to Online Brokerage

That's where Gary Miller and Dave Zeller, CEO and president, respectively, of the San Diego-based E-finance brokerage originally met.

Chicken of the Sea Lands Seattle Firm

Chicken of the Sea International, based in San Diego, has agreed to purchase the assets of CI Seafoods, Inc., based in Bellevue, Wash., for an undisclosed price.

BIOTECH -- Dura Pharmaceuticals Attempts to Buy Back Spiros

Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy back its Spiros Development Corp. unit for $100.8 million, or $15.75 per share of Spiros common stock.

COMMENTARY -- Federal Environmental Rules: Worst Still to Come

Now that the votes are counted and the heated rhetoric of the recent election is behind us, the topic of taxes still tops each businessperson's list of priorities for the general election this fall.

CAREERS TODAY -- Should You put Term Limits on Your Career?

Dear Joyce: After working seven years in what most people consider very good jobs, with a child in day care, a 45-minute commute each way and putting my husband through his MBA program, I want to slow down a bit. Catch my breath. Not quit and stay home, j

TAXES -- Avoid Common Small Business Tax Mistakes

It's that time of year again. Time to pull out the receipts and calculator and sit down to calculate your expected tax bill.

NEWSMAKERS -- Locals Will Be Honored April 5 CHAD Recognizes '2000 Health Heroes'

Combined Health Agencies, a nonprofit organization known as CHAD in United Way, will be recognizing 23 local businesses, celebrities, and media and medical people for their outstanding contributions to CHAD's member health agencies this month.

LEAD STORY -- Venture Capitalists Eager To Close Deals In Competitive Environment

cross San Diego County, dozens of start-up Internet, telecommunications, technology and biotechnology companies are getting vital infusions of cash to help drive their businesses forward.

COMMENTARY -- Give Small Business a Chance for Health Care

Our health care system is in trouble; we can all agree on that. We can also agree that having over 44 million Americans without any form of health insurance is simply unacceptable.

Report Offers Positive Outlook On S.D. Economy

San Diego's economy is still growing strong based on the 0.09 percent rise in January's USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

INSURANCE -- Business to Have Say in New Workers'-Comp Bill

The state Legislature is once again working its way through a bill on workers' comp that opponents have said could dramatically increase premiums.

S.D. High Schools Eligible for Hispanic Youth Contest

All San Diego County high school students are eligible to submit applications to participate in the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation's search for America's top Hispanic youth.

WORKWISE -- Audio Is One Way to Personalize E-Commerce

Most Web sites, products of technical genius, create a buying experience that almost thumbs its nose to relationship selling.

REAL ESTATE -- Kensington Park Project Is Well Under Way

Construction is complete at Kensington Park Plaza, and most of the residential and commercial space at the project has already been leased, the developer said.

EDITORIAL -- Let Fairness Prevail in Workers' Comp

Last year, the state Legislature approved SB-320, a workers' compensation "reform" bill that was pushed through the legislative process with virtually no input from California businesses. Under SB-320, workers' comp benefits would have increased $2.1 bill

ENERGY -- Truckers and Freight Forwarders Feel Gas Pains

Local truckers are feeling the heat from high fuel prices , and some of them worry they may be put out of business.

ABOUT THE LIST -- Stocks Reflect Enthusiasm for High-Tech Trends

Even Nostradamus couldn't have predicted the stock market reaching record levels at the turn of the second millennium.

PROFILE -- Still on a Mission

Ex-Fighter Pilot Paul Speer Begins His Tour of Duty As Port's Board Chairman

DEFENSE -- Navy IT Contract Is Largest Yet

Four tech industry giants are vying for what is being called the largest technology procurement contract in U.S. Navy history.

Dudek Expands in Encinitas

Encinitas-based Dudek & Associates, Inc. celebrated its 20th anniversary April 1 with the opening of its new and expanded offices at 750 Second St.

TRADE -- Enforcement of Mexican Trucking Law Takes Effect

San Diego-based trucking companies and companies operating warehouses near the Otay Mesa border crossing are the short-term beneficiaries of a law barring Mexican trucks from transporting goods beyond a prescribed commercial zone.

MARKETING -- VitroRobertson, Tyler Blik Win in Ad Awards

Stand-out work was in relatively short supply for last weekend's local advertising and design industries' awards, said some of this year's judges.

RETAIL -- College Grove Sam's Club a Boost to Local Firms

The opening last month of a new Sam's Club here is expected to benefit small businesses in the area , some of which will be buying from the new store, while others will be selling their merchandise there.

401(k) PLANS -- Business Owners Can Boost 401(k) Deferrals

Looking for a simple way to increase how much compensation the IRS allows you to contribute to your 401(k) retirement savings plan? Simply enroll all your employees in your firm's 401(k) plan automatically, unless they say not to.

Students Prepare for Venture Challenge 2000

SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center said its annual international business competition will run March 30 to April 1 at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley.

MEDIA/MARKETING -- San Diego Plays Host to 'Further Adventures'

Old Town's Casa Guadalajara restaurant, a University of San Diego dorm, and an Ocean Beach apartment all could be coming to a remote control near you.

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK -- Car-Pooling a Breeze Until Express Lane Ends

I rarely have to fight traffic, I don't have to take out a second on the house to fill up the family van, and I normally arrive at work in a relatively sane frame of mind.

Monday, March 27

TECHNOLOGY--Competition Grows for U.S. Tech Dominance

Besides driving the economy here at home, the U.S. high-tech industry is also making significant contributions abroad in an attempt to keep its tech eminence.

GOLF--Golf Courses Blend Into Residential Neighborhoods

Living the suburban dream these days could mean owning a home in a residential community surrounding a golf course.

Launching a Truly High-Tech Hotel

For local real estate developer Rob Lauer, eHotel, Inc. started as just another deal.

Cubic Defense Systems Enhances Air Force Contract

San Diego-based Cubic Defense Systems, Inc. was awarded a $3 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to expand air combat training capabilities at the Air National Guard's Combat Readiness Training Center at Alpena, Mich.

TRADE--Tech Conference Offers International Flair

Qualcomm Tells Shareholders Kyocera Wireless Phone Deal Worth $235 million


Gerry Veal was named senior vice president and real estate manager of Rancho Santa Fe National Bank. Claire McDonald was named senior exchange coordinator and assistant vice president of the Southern California division of North American Exchange Co. Grea

ENTERPRISE--Firm's Designs Are Pleasing to the Eye And to the Client

When Doug Austin started out on his own as an architect in 1976, his first design project was a 2,850-square-foot, all-redwood house in Del Mar.

ENERGY--Sen. Boxer Calls for Moratorium on Oil Mergers

Due to high prices at the gas pump, Sen. Barbara Boxer has called on the Federal Trade Commission to declare a moratorium on all major oil industry mergers.

GOVERNMENT--Taxpayers Group Backs Regional Infrastructure Plan Government: Proposal a 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Opportunity for Area

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association boarded the "Peace train," supporting a proposal by state Sen. Steve Peace to consolidate at least six regional government agencies into a single super-agency.

ROAD TEST--MBz S500 Captures Top of Ultra Luxury Class

The new totally redesigned Mercedes-Benz S500 has retaken the top of the ultra luxury class for the German carmaker.


While the Prop. 26 election to increase property taxes was close overall (51.2 percent voting "no"), closer examination reveals that support was limited to only 11 of the 58 counties that voted "yes" on Prop. 26. These were the ultraliberal counties of Sa

INFRASTRUCTURE--ReWater Signed to Design Home Graywater System

CHULA VISTA , A Chula Vista company is cresting the wave of the future of water conservation in San Diego County.

MEDIA--Golf Show Airs in Local Markets

A locally produced golf show hit the airwaves recently, spotlighting what is becoming an increasingly popular business and leisure activity.

EDITORIAL--With Homes Sales So Brisk, Why So Few Homeowners?

According to local developers, new home sales continue to be strong, a sign of our bustling economy. Yet a very different picture of the real estate market is being drawn by a recent industry study.

CONSTRUCTION--Douglas Allred Co. Nears O.C. Deal

A San Diego-based developer interested in building a $60 million office campus has reached agreement to buy nearly 20 acres in South Orange County. Takes to the

Locally based Inc. is taking its marketing to the skies in a multimillion-dollar campaign that the company expects to launch this week.


Imagine doing five push-ups. Then, imagine drawing them out, taking perhaps 10 seconds.

Chamberlain on Money--Placing a Stock Sell Order? Go for the Fractions

Dear George: I recently gave my broker an order to sell 100 shares of a particular stock at $15 a share. The stock did trade at that price later in the day but my order was not completed. Why didn't my stock get sold?

Rancho Bernardo Inn Offers Evening Golf Package

The Rancho Bernardo Inn recently announced a promotion to celebrate the longer days.


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Careers Today--Seeking Services Offering Online R?sum? Privacy

Dear Joyce: I am interested in getting my r & #233;sum & #233; out on the Internet, but I absolutely, positively do not want my present employer or just anyone to see it. Advice?

DESTINATION--Desert Shows Warmer Side of Local Tourism Industry

Visitors Attracted to Leisure, Business Although San Diego County tourism might seem one-dimensional, there's more to it than that.

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PROXY--Overland Data Corp.

verland Data, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports magnetic tape data storage automation solutions.

Want Cheap Gas? Go East, Young Person

According to the most recent posting from, a gallon of gas costs an average of $1.812 in San Diego County, up from $1.699 the week before.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--Spring Sows the Seeds of Time and Wisdom

Spring is upon us and I thought it was time to sow some words of wisdom for the remainder of the year. In my many readings I find neat little tidbits of information that can help us all get along better.

Murphy Receives Rival's Endorsement in Race

Former Bank of Commerce president Peter Q. Davis, whose own bid for mayor of San Diego ended earlier this month, has endorsed Superior Court Judge Dick Murphy for the post.

HOTELS--Hotels' Marketing Strategies Change With the Seasons

The tides of tourists might make some hotels seem like sandy beaches , crowded one season, deserted the next.

Hoteliers Spend Their Off-Season on Upgrades

For many hotels, the off-season is a time to prepare the hotel and staff for the busy periods ahead.

ATTRACTIONS--Ship to Draw Tourists After It's Sunk This Summer

San Diego should have a new attraction for divers, marine life and possibly tourist dollars off the coast of Mission Beach this summer.

Plan Urges Conservation, Maintains Rate Structure

The Metropolitan Water District moved ahead March 14 with a plan to enroll businesses into conserving as much as 2,000 acre-feet of water every year , water that could meet the yearly household needs of 4,000 new families.

Workwise--'Heroes' Find Solutions When Chips Are Down

Last month, for example, my computer lost its memory the day before my column deadline. Hours on the telephone with the manufacturer's technical support staff didn't help. Luckily, I found my personal hero.

PROFILE--Dr. Bud Beck

Rallying Around Quality of Life Dr. Bud Beck Continues His Crusade for a Healthy San Diego

EMPLOYMENT--National Cap on Foreign Hires Is Maxed Out

San Diego companies using foreign-born nationals to fill highly skilled positions may have to look in their own back yard or leave those positions unfilled now that a national cap for the special visa program was enacted last month.

Profile of World Tech Market

It's no secret high-technology now drives the global economy. While the United States remains one of the dominant countries in high-tech manufacturing, there are several other key players.

Outlook Is Rosy as Apartment Sales Continue

Rising rents and declining vacancies made the county's apartment sales market vigorous last year, two real estate brokerages report.

Record-Setting Stakes Expected for Racing Season

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will begin its 43-day race season July 26 with record-setting stakes.

LEAD STORY--Hotels Venture Into Unknown Internet Territory

Will the imminent presence of Internet access in hotel rooms soon become a high-tech re-creation of the gunfight at the OK Corral?

TECHNOLOGY--Titan Soars Toward The Billion Dollar Club

Last year, Titan's 60-year-old founder, president and CEO Gene Ray, predicted his company would hit the $1 billion revenue mark in the next five years. Now, he says, the company could reach that goal in the next one to two years.

ABOUT THE LIST--Different Approaches to the Business Side of Golf

This week's List of Largest Public and Semiprivate Golf Courses is a mix of pristine fairway locations and out-of-the-way greens.

BIOTECH--Biotechs Weather a Mercurial Market

San Diego's biotech leaders have had much to cheer about lately. The Nasdaq Biotech Index, where most local biotech stocks are listed, has been sizzling hot.

Graywater a Win-Win for Everyone

Homeowners who install graywater would save money. In a typical household, slightly more than one-third of the water can be reused , almost the exact same amount that a typical garden requires.

AGRICULTURE--No Major Local Impact Seen From Vineyard Pest

San Diego County is largely free of the devastating effects of a tiny insect killing off grapevines throughout Southern California, but growers of other crops , including nursery products, avocados and citrus , could still feel some impacts.

Titan Faces Winning Over Irradiation Foes

Despite recent protests against irradiated meats, San Diego's Titan Corp. continues to move full steam ahead with its food pasteurization technology.

San Diego REAL ESTATE--Homebuilders Continue Building on Record Year

Some local homebuilders said 1999 was a record year for them, and government statistics reveal a healthy new-house market ahead this year as well.

COMMENTARY--Class Action Suits: You Need Not Be Present to Sue

Apparently you don't need plaintiffs or a courtroom to file a class action lawsuit. The envelopes consumers receive from the class action lawyers would be more appropriate if they just read, "You may already have sued a big company."

Leveraging Tourism Dollars for Maximum Reach

Are you hoping to benefit from the influx of this summer's tourism dollars, yet wonder how your limited marketing budget can reach beyond a regionally based sphere of influence? You're not alone.

Hot Deals

Buyer: Zlotoff Trust bought a 1,500-square-foot Arco/AM-PM station for $1.3 million.

Monday, March 20

Chamberlain on Money--Options for Your 401(k) When You Switch Jobs

Dear George: I'm leaving a job and want to roll over my 401(k) plan. Should I put the money into a regular Individual Retirement Account or a Roth IRA?

Hot Deals

Selling agents: Ben and Helen Acree of AWS Commercial Real Estate represented the seller. Arnie Friedman of Colliers International represented the buyer.

Careers Today--Keep Pushing the Search Despite Bounty of Jobs

In a hot job market where it seems the main characteristic needed to be hired in many cases is a measurable pulse, why bother to perfect job search skills?

Sunday, March 19

Lead Employee satisfaction becomes office designers' priority

The mantra for business etiquette usually is to please the customers. But these days, businesses are looking not only to put their customers at ease, but their employees as well. In creating positive and accessible work environments, businesses are turnin

Tourism Coastal Commission OKs the Midway carrier museum

In the wake of the California Coastal Commission's unanimous approval of the Midway Museum last week, a new chapter has begun for the organizations involved with the aircraft carrier project.

Real Estate Carlsbad homes offer convenient transportation access

Pacific View Estates in Olde Carlsbad Village is now past the 50 percent sold point, thanks to a significant number of potential homebuyers looking for travel convenience, according to Concordia Communities LLC, the Carlsbad-based builder.

Retail Step aside, Kinko's. Copy Club is expanding

There are those who believe taking on the copying service company, Kinko's, is like a battle between David and Goliath.

Health Healthy families dedicated to retaining enrollees

Prudential Managed Care Members to Lose Sharp's Services at Contract's End

Internet Data centers expand to keep up with demands

Despite what's happening on Wall Street , or perhaps because of it , more and more companies across the United States are now making use of Internet data centers.

Friday, March 17

COMMENTARY--Voters Turn Critical Eye to Trial Lawyers' Agenda

That is the fundamental story behind the public's overwhelming rejection of Propositions 30 and 31, the California trial lawyers' attempt to boost their fee income by allowing a new type of lawsuit against insurers. We can only hope the same kind of scrut

Southwestern Offers Series of Business Courses

Southwestern College will offer a series of free courses beginning in March to California business leaders and key personnel who have direct responsibility for increasing their company's trade with Mexico.


Jerry Robinson was named sales manager of Neighborhood National Bank's Residential Loan Division. Evelyn Lewis was appointed San Diego representative for State of Israel Bonds Field Representative. North County Bank named Ron Gilman senior construction lo

POLLUTION--Goal Is to Minimize or Eliminate Chemical

Recent news stories have warned of its peril: MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether.


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MARKETING--Advertising Agency Closes After 25 Years Here

One of the quieter forces in the local marketing industry, Kenneth C. Smith Advertising will be closing this month.

EDUCATION--College Program Bolstering San Diego Work Force

Now he's a manager in the city's water department, but about 20 years ago, Vic Bianes embarked on a journey that few in his neighborhood, and none in his family, had ever accomplished , graduating from college.

RETAIL--Mail Boxes Etc. Predicts Expansive Growth in 2000

Mail Boxes Etc. is expecting tremendous growth for the year 2000, thanks to a partnership with eBay and an aggressive investment plan.

LIABILITY--Reasons to Evaluate Environmental Compliance Programs

When one of your employees sues your company for wrongful termination, you call your attorney to handle the situation.

Paying for the Cleanup Expense

As cleanup efforts move ahead, the proposed ballpark still faces challenges in court.

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK--What's So New About the New Economy?

Internet stocks , the "dot-coms" of the so-called New Economy , are being described as the spoilers of the Old Economy, the brick-and-mortar standards that have survived for decades on such old-fashioned concepts as products and profits.

EDITORIAL--An Election That's Worth Watching

With the San Diego mayoral field now narrowed to two candidates, we're hoping November will shape up as an election based on merit and issues, rather than personalities and mudslinging.

PROXY--PriceSmart Inc.

PriceSmart, Inc. owns and operates merchandising businesses. The company's primary business is international merchandising consisting of membership shopping warehouses.

LAW--Attorney Exodus Sign of Growth in IP Law Practice

The recent exodus of attorneys from the San Diego office of an intellectual property (IP) law firm in to the new, local department of a bigger firm is an indication that more law firms specializing in the IP field are expanding here, two law professors sa

Workwise--High-Tech Is Sprouting Up Amid the Cornfields

Although Silicon Valley dominates high- technology's world map, the state of Indiana offers a new model of high-technology growth. The Hoosier model blends entrepreneurism and government sponsorship.

HIGH-TECH--Clickey Corp. Makes Web Search a Click er, Snap

Searching for stuff on the 'Net can be a pain, having to weed through the hundreds of Web sites that come up after one keyword search.

REDEVELOPMENT--Padres Ballpark Project Charting New Territory

Larry Lucchino says he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, asking himself what he's doing.

LEAD STORY--Quest Continues for Solving the Traffic Congestion, Pollution Puzzle

First, the good news. Traffic congestion and air pollution in San Diego is actually expected to ease up over the next 20 years , even as more cars come into the area.

ENVIRONMENT--Beach Businesses Survive Massive Sewage Spill

Temporary beach closures from Ocean Beach to Mission Beach, including part of Mission Bay, due to a massive weeklong sewage spill, appear to have had little effect on coastal businesses.


Local businesses are working in stride to help adults with development disabilities gain job training.

E-COMMERCE--State Bill Would Make E-tailers Collect Sales Tax

A battle is brewing in California and elsewhere over whether and how the state should tax sales on the Internet. In this state, attention is focusing on a bill to tighten up on sales tax collections from E-tailers.

Latest Spill Could Cost City $360M

As San Diego businesses deal with a massive weeklong sewage spill, local wastewater officials are awaiting word from the state on whether they'll have to pay fines and penalties which could theoretically top $360 million.

Pacific Interior Lands Carlsbad Project

Pacific Interior Systems of San Diego has been selected as the tenant improvement contractor for Palomar Crest Corporate Center.

ABOUT THE LIST--Consultants Also Provide Information Over the Internet

San Diego County is deemed as one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation.

Unemployment Rate Drops in February

San Diego's unemployment rate dipped to 2.6 percent in February from the 3 percent reported in January, according to the state's Employment Development Department.

Miramar Wholesale Nurseries Receives Award

TruGreen-LandCare named Miramar Wholesale Nurseries as the Region of the Year for its performance in Southern California. The award was presented during a national manager's meeting in San Antonio in February.

What Businesses Can Do to Reduce Their Legal Exposure

The following is a list of small businesses and situations involving storm water enforcement and some practical tips toward compliance. In many cases, businesses can improve their maintenance by regular sweeping and employee education; some businesses wil

WASTE REDUCTION--Tech Company Ranked High on '99 Awards List

Reducing and recycling waste is not something commonly associated with tech companies , unless you are talking about one like Unisys Corp.

TOURISM--Holiday Bowl Teams Each Receive Record $1.96M

The Culligan Holiday Bowl recently paid out $1.96 million to each team in its game in December, according to a representative for the football game. The payout was the Holiday Bowl's highest ever, the rep said.

TELEVISION--'Cover Me' Another Boost for S.D.'s TV R?sum?

When scouting locations for "Cover Me," a series that began airing on the USA Network this month, producer Jim Michaels had to contend with a $1 million-per-episode budget that's lower than average.


Washington isn't the only place to find pork barrel projects. There are plenty in San Diego , especially in the area of transportation.

PROFILE--Anita Uqualla

Uqualla, Tribal Council treasurer for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, has steered the East County tribe's treasury department to success.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Reports Cut in Losses

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently reported it cut its net loss in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 by nearly half from the same period a year ago.

REAL ESTATE--Home Prices Continue to Soar in San Diego

The average price of a previously lived-in home in San Diego County climbed 28.6 percent in February over that month in 1999, the San Diego Association of Realtors said.

REAL ESTATE--Corporate Projects Continue Throughout the County

Ninteman Construction Co. of San Diego has finished a six-story office building and separate parking garage at Seaview Corporate Center in Sorrento Mesa, a company official said.

REGULATION--Environmental Policies and the Effect on Small Businesses

Although scientific support is lacking for precise measurements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates roughly 80 percent of the pollution in San Diego Bay is due to urban runoff.

CONSTRUCTION--Digs Uncover Area's Contamination History

As the environmental cleanup for the proposed Padres ballpark property moves ahead, workers have uncovered some good news, bad news and some history.

COMMENTARY--School Districts Are Not Upgrading Textbooks

Whether the economy is booming or has become depressed, education continues to rank as the number one issue for Californians and rightly so. California's commitment to improving education and bringing it back to its former glory has never been greater.

Monday, March 13

POLITICS--Murphy, Roberts Face Off For Mayor

He attributed his finish to the luck of the Irish, and called the 169-vote margin a landslide, but Superior Court Judge Dick Murphy knows well that it was grass-roots campaigning that helped him secure a runoff spot in the November race for San Diego mayo

House Trying to Repeal Small Biz 'Stealth Tax'

Small business owners are advised to pay attention to a fight in Congress over a bill which would repeal a particularly onerous tax on small business.

2001 NCAA Hoops Tourney Coming to S.D.

March Madness, the annual rite surrounding the NCAA men's basketball tournament now under way, is coming to San Diego next year from March 15 to 17.

ROAD TEST--Volcanic BMW M5 Ultra Sedan Is a Kick in the Gas

As a modestly sized automotive manufacturer slugging it out internationally with the industry giants, BMW has been the target of lots of idle , and sometimes well-informed , speculation.

S.D. City Services Praised By Residents

San Diego residents have few gripes about the level of city services they receive, according to a recently released survey by the city.

Cosmetics Firm Inaccurately Described

An article in the March 6 edition of the San Diego Business Journal stated that makeup artist Dianne O. received "much of her support" from minorities. Although she does have minority clients, Dianne O. makeup is designed for all skin tones. Some of her p

Railway to Reduce Train Roadblocks in Downtown San Diego

One of Downtown's nagging headaches has been long freight trains, blocking major intersections for up to 20 minutes.

ENTERPRISE--Broadcasting Runs in The Family on Both Sides of the Border

In 1936, as a young man returning to his small town in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Victor Diaz's father understood the power of radio.

BIOTECH--S.D. Biotech Firm's Stock Dips; Experts Say Not to Worry

San Diego-based ResMed Inc. said it has no explanation for the recent 17.53 percent drop in company shares.

SMALL BUSINESS--State Loan Program Aims to Help Growing Firms

A state program of tax-exempt financing for private companies creating new jobs is making local manufacturers like Perry Sheth smile.

TECHNOLOGY--Apollo Sets Uncharted Course

Who would have thought five years ago that consumers buying a Big Gulp at 7-Eleven could also buy a pre-paid cell phone?

INFRASTRUCTURE--Prop. 13 Funds Boon to Local Businesses

California's recently approved Proposition 13 will be a boon for San Diego businesses, which over the next few years could see a large share of $1.9 billion in bond money to improve the state's waterways.

Sunday, March 12

Energy Energy Crisis Makes Wind-Generated Power More Attractive

When the energy crisis hit last summer, one Mission Valley-based producer of alternative power was neither helped nor hindered by the skyrocketing energy costs.

Energy Local Boatyard Helps Harness the Wind With

NATIONAL CITY , Here at the Knight & Carver Yachtcenter, the world no longer revolves exclusively around boats.

Air Travel Sharing jets another choice in air travel

Mention business jets and most people think of Cessna jets or private jets for the corporate elite.

Friday, March 10

Software Engineering Center Opens

El Cajon's new Software Engineering Center is being looked at to spur more tech growth in the region.

INFRASTRUCTURE--Private Firm Takes on South Bay Toll Road Project

A project to create a toll road to reduce congestion in the South Bay is moving ahead , but without the problems dogging another toll road in the state.

COMMENTARY--RITA Puts Transportation Planning on Right Track

The San Diego region has a great opportunity to stop talking and start acting when it comes to future transportation decisions and planning.

ABOUT THE LIST--Providers Adapt to Changing Health Care Industry

San Diego life and health insurance brokerages are stabilizing after spending the last few years in critical condition.

LEAD STORY--Employers Pay Heavier Price for Workers' Comp Insurance

ention workers' compensation insurance to San Diego carpet purveyor George Coles, and he'll unleash a torrent of criticism.

BALLPARK--Padres Rally, Win Two More Legal Decisions

A Superior Court judge ruled last week the city's environmental report for the Padres ballpark was legally sufficient and dismissed two lawsuits that stood in the way of the project's construction.

MARKETING--Port Prods Populace to Speak Out About Bay

The people who manage and work on San Diego's tidelands are asking others to tell them what they like about San Diego Bay.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--Wizard of Westwood an American Icon

Among the younger MTV population it would be a rock singer of some sort. In the computer industry, it could be the small devices that you click on to enter into cyberspace.

Commercial Contractors Report on Various Projects

Local building contractors said they have reached major milestones on their commercial projects.

INTERNET--Network Solutions Sale Initiates New E-Biz Model

Two Internet powerhouses plan to introduce a new E-business model and change the way E-commerce is done.

Westfield Aids in Tax Preparation

IRS representatives will be providing free tax advice and helping with tax preparation through April 15 at various Westfield shopping centers.


Homebuilders report their latest local developments are selling out within days of being released.

ELECTION--Prop. 1A a Win for Game Makers; a Loss for Card Clubs

What could become a jackpot for gambling machine manufacturers and distributors could create a losing streak for California card clubs.

PriceSmart's Revenues Jump in First Quarter

San Diego-based PriceSmart's revenues for the first quarter of 2000 increased to $54 million, a 145 percent increase over last year's first quarter results of $22 million.

EDITORIAL--Super Tuesday Was Super for Business

Overall, Super Tuesday was a super day for business , at least as far as the ballot propositions went.


Bill Clinton and Al Gore have conjured up an outrageous crisis in a desperate attempt to divert the nation's attention away from their own incompetence and corruption. They want us to believe global warming is a deadly predicament created only by greedy A

PERSONAL BUSINESS--Want a Better Job? You Can Just Try Asking for One

Dear Joyce: I work for a large bank. I was hired to do data entry. Everyone in my department is from a foreign country. I have a degree in accounting from my country, but my degree does not transfer to the U.S.

PERSONAL BUSINESS--Pink Sheet Stocks Could Leave You in the Red

Dear George: My friend says the best place to find good cheap stocks in on the Pink Sheets. Is that a smart thing to do?

ELECTION -- Roberts Clinches Spot in November Runoff for Mayor

Money can't buy love, and it apparently can't buy political office in San Diego either.

TOURISM--Venues Ride Convention Center's Expansion Coattails

Earlier this month, 432 conventioneers from the American Academy of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology attended a product launch party at SeaWorld San Diego for San Francisco-based

Contest Kicks Off

Shoppers at San Diego-based, have the opportunity to win free shoes as the Web site kicks off this month.

Firm's Team to Enhance Internet Access

It may be faster than a speeding bullet, but it's not another Superman remake. It's more technical than that.


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Local Company Expands Online launched what it claims is the "world's first online sign company" in February. Businesses can order dimensional letter and number signs for indoor or outdoor use.

PERSONAL BUSINESS--Older Job Seekers Can Overcome Age Bias

Some mature workers are finding the job market more receptive to them than ever before. Exec-U-Net, a Norwalk, Conn.-based Internet job-posting service, reports its survey of more than 800 executives age 51 to 55 found only 36 percent who believe age disc

MEDIA--Clear Channel Announces Sale of Radio Stations

The local radio industry is still buzzing from last week's announcement about the fates of local stations KYXY-FM and KPLN-FM, and the surprise sale of business-talk station KSDO-AM.

TRANSPORTATION--Businesses Eager for College Area Trolley Extension

Local business leaders and transit planners are looking forward to the extension of the trolley through Mission Valley, saying that it will not only relieve traffic congestion along the heavily congested Interstate 8 corridor, but it also will be an econo

ENTERPRISE--It Took More Than Smarts to Teach CFOs How to Draw

What does a contract software developer who's bored with his job do when he turns 40?


Thomas Page was named chairman of the board at Cuyamaca Bank. John Bartlett joined Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, LLP.


Selling Agents: Helen Acree of AWS Commercial Real Estate represented the seller. John Prazen of Century 21 represented the buyer.

LIABILITY COVERAGE--Various Policies Offer Protections

Insurance is necessary for just about everything these days , the car, health, life, home and business , but professionals sometimes need a little extra.

Taxpayers Association Seeks Nominees

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is looking for nominations for its annual Golden Watchdog and Golden Fleece awards, recognizing local government's saints and sinners.

FINANCE--Recommended Stocks Continue Upward Climb

The 18 San Diego-based, publicly traded companies recommended by three local professional stock watchers in November 1999 have risen about 90 percent in the three months since then, figures obtained from stock exchanges show.

Qtron Inc. Seeking Bigger Quarters

San Diego-based Qtron Inc., a printed circuit board manufacturer, is looking for new quarters because of increased business, a company official said.

COMMENTARY--Punitive Damages Awards From the Twilight Zone

"It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition "

PROFILE--W.T. 'Dub' Northcutt

Bracing for the Big One Dub Northcutt Is Making California a Safer Place When Earthquakes Strike

Digest - Business Briefs

The Titan Corp. has been awarded a Navy design and development contract with a potential value of $29 million.

Collaborators Write 'Managing Smart'

Two doctors with MBA degrees and a business graduate are hopeful they've filled a market niche by writing a comprehensive book on "Managing Smart."

LIFE COVERAGE -- Interest Rates May Affect Policy Performance

When's the last time you pulled out your life insurance policy and took a good, hard look at it? If the answer is seldom or never, join the crowd.

TRANSPORTATION--Coaster Celebrates 5 Years of Business Commuting

The Coast Express Rail , more commonly known as the Coaster , recently marked its fifth anniversary of getting people to work by holding a series of f & #281;tes at several of its train stations.

NEWSMAKER--Chefs Create Meals for Take-Out

Sounds like the stuff of r & #233;sum & #233;s, but they're also the ingredients to A la Carte on Sixth Avenue, a fledgling fine-dining take-out shop launched by local chefs Debi Stanton and Diane Biggwither.

ROAD TEST--Avalon: Your Dad's Buick With a Bit of Lexus

Toyota has introduced the second generation of its flagship sedan, the Avalon. The full-size model has been likened to a Japanese version of a Buick , and there is more than a little truth to that analogy. Buyers will also find that the new model features

PROXY - Anacomp Inc.

Anacomp, Inc. is a document-management provider, offering a broad range of document-management services and products.

Monday, March 6

RETAIL--Cosmetics Store Brings Hollywood Glamour South

SOLANA BEACH , With a client base that has included such diverse celebrities as Bea Arthur, Babyface, Spike Lee and Aaron Neville, you'd think that local makeup maven Dianne O. would have her hands full. But she had other ideas.

COMMENTARY--Investing in Our Schools Is Good for Business

Proposition 26 on the March 7 ballot is a common sense, businesslike approach to investing in our kids, revitalizing our state's school facilities and demanding even tougher accountability for local school bond funds.

People On The Move

Richard Arroyo was appointed vice president and CEO of Neighborhood National Bank. U.S. Bank appointed Cory Brazas senior vice president and manager. Cuyamaca Bank named Thomas Page as a new chairman of the board.

PROXY--Laser Power Co.

aser Power Corp. designs, manufactures and markets high-performance optics for industrial, medical and military applications.

Local Unemployment Shows Slight Rise

San Diego's unemployment rate rose to 2.9 percent in January, up from December's 2.5 percent, due primarily from the layoff of some 6,100 temporary workers in the retail sector, the Employment Development Department said.

ROAD TEST--VW Passat GLX Puts 'People's Car' in New League

Everybody thinks the life of an automotive reviewer is one sweet bed of roses. The reality is that you can spend week after week driving and trying to review intelligently a lot of lackluster automobiles. I was recently stuck with a succession of domestic

Employment Likely to Grow in Spring

San Diego employers plan to hire more workers this spring, according to a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc.

WORKWISE--Drive for Self-Realization Propels Many Older Workers

Will older workers ever feel they've maximized their potential, achieving self-knowledge and finding fulfillment on the job? The emerging group of older workers, clustered around the half-century mark, longs for the positive state of mind and personal dev

EDITORIAL--A Vote Again for Sovereignty

Over the past several years we have been among the staunchest supporters of Indian gaming.

Department of Labor Aids S.D. Agency

The San Diego Workforce Partnership was awarded a $7 million grant recently and will receive up to $28 million for its San Diego Youth @ Work program over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Bioremediation Lands Big Bear Lake Contract

ESCONDIDO , An Escondido firm announced its effort to clean a contaminated lake in San Bernardino County was so successful, it was awarded a contract to begin the second phase of the project.

Retail Complements Residential Projects

In San Diego's rapidly transforming Downtown, small businesses will have their place and shop owners will even be able to live above the store in property they own, those involved in developing the residential projects said.

LANDSCAPING--Landscape Firm Awards DesignGrants to Nonprofits

In order to jump-start community projects, one local agency is awarding its services in the form of grants.

MEDIA--SFX Buyout Portends Lucrative Advertising Deals

Clear Channel Communications, Inc.'s purchase of New York-based SFX Entertainment Inc. last week could tighten marketing ties in San Diego, where both companies have solid footholds.

ENTERPRISE--Airport Contracts Have Creative Host Services Flying Over Competitors

Looking for a way to boost revenues and gain more control over his company, Sayed Ali switched the firm's market from shopping malls to airports.

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REAL ESTATE--Local REITs Record Solid Numbers in 1999

Pan Pacific Retail Properties Inc. of Vista and Realty Income Corp. of Escondido reported increased revenues and dividends for 1999.

CAREERS TODAY--Cautionary Tale From a Jobless Executive

Dear Joyce: At 54, I am an ex-senior manager. My titles have included executive vice president and general manager, senior vice president of business development, and vice president of sales and marketing. In 25 years of management experience, I've had pr

RENTALS--Rental Office Door Opens For Bargain Hunters

Office and industrial tenants are facing higher rents in San Diego County this year, but there still are some relative bargains, leasing agents report.

REDEVELOPMENT--City Wins Round in Ballpark Dispute

No sooner did the city clear one legal hurdle concerning the Padres ballpark last week, then it began looking toward another on March 6.

CHAMBERLAIN ON MONEY--Investing for Child Easy With an UGMA Account

(Editor's Note: George Chamberlin is on vacation. This is a repeat of an earlier column.)

REMODELING--Recycling Process Transforms Older Homes

Whenever recycling comes up, people usually talk about paper or metals such as steel or aluminum. But ask Steve Jordan about it, and he will talk about residential and commercial property.

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TOURISM--Zoo Accepts $7.5M Grant for Endangered Species Center

The Zoological Society of San Diego recently received the largest grant in its 83-year history, officials said.

TRANSPORTATION--All Aboard for High-Speed Opportunity

California transportation officials believe a proposed $25 billion high-speed rail project will help maintain the state's economic growth and vitality, and they're looking to private investors as a possible source of capital for getting the system on trac

SALES--New-Home Sales Predicted to Be Marketing Driven

During the past decade, America enjoyed an economic boom that led to an explosion in new-home building. In this new decade, I'm predicting a continuation of the building boom.

Tourism Contributors Honored at Gold Key Awards

The Gold Key Awards held Feb. 23 recognized people who in some way improved the local tourism industry. SDSU president Stephen L. Weber received one of the night's major honors, the Gold Key Award, which is given to someone who is outside the tourism indu

City's Purchasing System Goes Online

The city of San Diego is the largest city in the nation to move its paper-based purchasing process to an electronic online system, reducing processing time by 10 to 30 percent, city officials said.

TRANSPORTATION--San Ysidro Transport Center Moving Ahead Again

An ambitious plan to revamp transportation at the San Ysidro border crossing is going ahead, now that one of its sources of funding has been restored by the San Diego Association of Governments.

LEAD STORY--Residential Real Estate

All across Downtown San Diego, construction crews are busy building hundreds of new condominiums and apartments, and more projects are in the planning process, according to those involved in the development.

Empowering Technology

Speaking recently at UCSD, Duncan T. Moore, associate director of the technology division for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the high-tech and education communities need to be empowered to work together to help shape America

ABOUT THE LIST--Real Estate Agencies Reap Economy's Benefits

Finding a pessimist among real estate agents nowadays is like trying to find a financial analyst predicting a downturn in the stock market.

MEDIA & MARKETING--Major Execs Enter the Local Marketing Scene

James Curry was a senior vice president at Chicago-based advertising giant Leo Burnett Co., Inc., about a month ago.

Qualcomm Stock Shows

A recent string of accords is expected to push Qualcomm Inc.'s widely used and publicized wireless digital phone technology further into the market.

Pacific Bell Ups Commitment to Chamber

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce got a boost last week when it signed up Pacific Bell to its lofty Emerald Plus level of membership.

Business Digest

As if we hadn't noticed, fuel prices at Southern California gas stations surged by as much as 10 cents a gallon in the last two weeks, according to a special survey by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

PROFILE--Omero Suarez

Leading the Way His Life Changed By a Farm Accident, Omero Suarez Has Blazed A Trail Through Higher Education

ASSESSMENTS--Downtown Businesses Commit to Area's Cleanup

Downtown property owners have put their money where their mouth is, increasing fees on their parcels to pay for a new type of business district they say will make the area cleaner and safer.

TECHNOLOGY--HNC Subsidiary Launches New Search Engine

San Diego-based eHNC kicks off a campaign Monday to enter the competitive search engine market.

COMMENTARY--Antitrust Relief Bill Is Not the Right Medicine

In the next few weeks, Congress is scheduled to consider antitrust legislation that would dramatically increase the cost of health insurance and negatively impact consumers.

Sunday, March 5

Enterprise Companies getting the point when it comes to information technology

Technology has become the underpinning of what a business is all about, says Kent Erickson, CEO for Pointivity, a San Diego-based information technology solutions provider.

Tourism U.S.-Mexico states unite to promote border tourism

With a to-do list that includes financial impact studies and promoting Spanish missions as a heritage tourism destination, tourism officials of California and states on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to shape an alliance.

Ballpark The San Diego City Council is set to consider a new ballpark financing plan

San Diego's City Council will consider a new financing plan for the Padres ballpark at its March 6 meeting, along with revoting on a series of earlier ballpark actions.

About The List Residential real estate agents revel in a seller's market

There are a few signs of a slowing economy, but the residential real estate industry is still speeding forward in a seller's market.