Stories for January 2001
Sunday, January 28
Customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could face higher bills if the utility has its way.
While working for an artist, a gift arrived that charmed Penny Young , and ultimately changed her career.
Soon after an earthquake shattered El Salvador earlier this month, killing thousands and leaving many more thousands homeless, several San Diego-area companies and a locally based health organization sprang into action.
A replacement will be named in upcoming weeks for SeaWorld San Diego General Manager Bill Davis, who will be heading to Busch Entertainment's St. Louis headquarters for a newly created position.
San Diego-based Orincon Corp. is working to mix image and sound data to one day give the Navy a better look at near-shore areas likely to hide mines.
Steven Escoboza Is More Than Ready to Take Charge of the Region's Healthcare Association
With the market for new IPOs nearly shut, local startups are turning to original investors for additional money, occasionally finding those doors are closing as well.
Sony Electronics Inc. said last week it will cut 500 employees , nearly 14 percent of the existing 3,600-person staff , at its technology center in Rancho Bernardo within the next 60 days.
A process started more than two years ago to give a stronger voice to the cities, county and other agencies outside the city of San Diego that use its wastewater system has taken a significant step forward.
With all the talk about inflation and recession looming around the corner, some industries may be leery of what lies in store for 2001.
When Mike Gotfredson started Road Runner Sports 18 years ago, it was a matter of necessity.
New San Diego-based recruiting venture ConstructionJobs.com is helping connect members of the construction world to top-name companies seeking candidates for mid- to executive-level jobs.
The state's energy crisis continues to spiral out of control. If we are to believe the power industry, the cause of this debacle is entirely the fault of us Californians.
The recent departure of president Nancy Higgins is one of several changes churning the offices of Downtown ad firm Corsi Chapman Warwick.
Now that President George W. Bush has completed his first full week in office, small businesses and entrepreneurs are looking forward to a new administration with a more business-friendly agenda.
When Kevin Krause's vigorous daily exercise routine took a toll on his body, he fought the pain by exercising some more.
Redevelopment: Opponents Said to Be Interested Only in Delaying the Project
It has all the elements for a riveting read: greedy power companies, powerful lobbyists, near-sighted cause groups, out-of-state exploiters, incompetent bureaucracies, and plenty of small guys getting ground under the collusion of big forces.
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UCSD political science professor Steve Erie recently offered his perspective on the local water industry and how he says the Metropolitan Water District subsidies have encouraged urban sprawl in San Diego.
A recent report by a coalition of trauma experts said the dwindling number of high-level trauma care units is reaching crisis proportions in California.
Everyday this week when I read the daily papers and listen to the radio, the message I hear is an instant flashback to l995. I alluded to that fact in an earlier column two weeks ago. People are beginning to fall back into the thought process that the do
Building a business model by licensing technology is "a recipe for disaster" unless you are Microsoft Corp. or Oracle Corp., said Mariana Danilovic, CEO of the venture and advisory firm Digital Media X LLC.
That may change this week if the local software firm makes the right impression at the Sacramento Golden State Entrepreneur Expo and Venture Capital Conference.
The average price of a single-family house sold through the San Diego Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service rose 14.2 percent in December when compared to the same period 12 months before.
Alliance Pharmaceutical Inc. said it will lay off 20 percent of its work force because of a suspension of the clinical trials of its flagship product Oxygent, a blood substitute used during surgery.
Progress continues on the San Diego Convention Center Corp.'s search for a naming rights sponsor for the center's Sails Pavilion and the Civic Theater.
San Diego officials have changed their minds about appealing a $3.4 million fine against the city.
Selling agents: Jim Spain, Brian Strange and Josh McFadyen of Colliers International represented the seller. Louay Alsadek and Rick Reeder of Business Real Estate represented the buyer.
Burnham Pacific Properties of San Diego, which is liquidating its portfolio of strip shopping centers before going out of business, has announced the sale of 19 properties.
Small businesses in targeted low-income areas of San Diego and Imperial counties will benefit from the $225,000 recently awarded to the Connectory.com, a Web site developed by the East County Economic Development Council.
Prize-winning office building managers say services to help tenants and property management staffs excel at keeping things clean and working were crucial to their successes in a recent local Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) competition.
Nancy Scull had every intention of joining a litigation practice when she graduated law school in 1982 from the University of Southern California.
Energy---Former energy commissioner cites flawed deregulation law, misleading facts from utilities as cause of crisis
Former Energy Commissioner Cites Flawed Laws, Misleading Facts From State's Utilities
Kyocera America, Inc. has cut back production and idled some workers at its San Diego plant because the state's electricity crisis has cooled some of its furnaces.
Traditional industrial firms will win the war with trendy start-ups over the region's industrial buildings, said local commercial realtors, but they won't win the battles in the high-tech clusters.
Sunday, January 21
The Gospel message predates the spoken word recording by something like 1,875 years.
The past few months have been particularly difficult for the stock market and in particular the technology stocks.
If the San Diego economy is contracting, you wouldn't know it from last month's unemployment rate.
Cuyamaca Bank hired Beverly Stewart as senior vice president and manager of its Small Business Association (SBA) loan department and Dick Dziezyk as senior vice president and manager of its El Cajon location. Leo Spiegel joined Mission Ventures as general
In the early 1990s, Sharp Cabrillo Hospital offered its specialized gastric bypass surgery to Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc.
San Diego's exports during 1999 reached nearly $9 billion, or about 4 percent better than the previous year.
Poway-based Aldila, which makes high-performance graphite, wood and iron shafts, recently put its HM-40 Tour Gold wood shaft back on the market. The company also released two new HM-40 models.
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Local officials are proud of a pact that will keep Colorado River water flowing to San Diego while also formalizing a previous agreement that will make an additional 200,000 acre-feet of water available here.
Within a six-day period earlier this month, two San Diego-based biotech firms managed to add significant value to their technology pipelines.
The upcoming election of the board of directors for the Automobile Club of Southern California is drawing a lot of interest these days.
Experts predict that in 30 years America's 65 years and older age group will double from roughly 35 million today to more than 70 million. In San Diego County alone, there will be more than 1.29 million people over the age of 65.
Downtown Chula Vista celebrated its heritage by dedicating its "Walk of History" on Jan. 12.
Bureaucracy likely is the last thing on a person's mind when they take a trip to the dentist.
The days leading up to Qualcomm Inc.'s first quarter earnings report featured a sign from the sky: Globalstar Telecommunications Ltd., a satellite telephone company that uses Qualcomm technology, missed a debt payment.
President-elect George W. Bush's tax plan would greatly help small businesses and the entrepreneurial sector, as it helps boost a sagging economy.
Transportation: Refurbishing Rail Line Would Facilitate Local East-West Commerce
Bring the bagels and shmear. The 11th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival is coming to town in February.
If you regularly read San Diego's largest daily newspaper and haven't heard about The Auld Course, a South Bay public golf course, you're not paying attention.
At 75, B.W. 'Stoney' Stone Has Forged a Legacy in the El Cajon Business Community
For the second time, the San Diego Unified Port District extended an option agreement with hotelier Doug Manchester to arrange financing for a 750-room tower called the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Crews from San Marcos-based Lusardi Construction Co. have poured the floor slabs on a two-story office building on Aston Avenue in the Carlsbad Research Center last week.
With the plummet in stock prices last year leaving many investors a lot poorer , at least on paper , two local investment advisers stress the importance of staying invested because they foresee a better year ahead.
Energy: State Purchase of Power in Crisis Expected to Be Followed By Legislation
Growing up, Tyler Blik was a left-brain kind of guy. He excelled in math and science, entering Arizona State University with plans to become an architect.
When Temecula-based FFF Enterprises Inc. sought assistance in finding new business ventures in the vaccine industry, they called on consultants from California State University San Marcos.
Classic supply-and-demand economics maintain that demand increases prices, and increased prices increases supply, while reduced demand lowers prices. Somewhere along the supply-and-demand curve, everything balances out.
An ironic measure of goodwill created this past August is still going strong at a community center in Balboa Park.
So now you have streaming video. What are you going to watch? Most likely it's going to be music and news, according to a forecast released by DFC Intelligence.
Selling agents: Eric Costa and Mike Seiber of Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate represented the buyer. Mike Jordan of Jordan Bueti represented the seller.
When San Diego City Councilman Byron Wear won two tickets to London in an opportunity drawing two years ago, he gave them back because "it didn't feel right."
The industry that's third-largest in San Diego is about to get some more attention on a national level.
Partly spurred along by media attention about board member- and staff-expensed meals, the San Diego Convention Center Corp.'s board of directors are revising the center's policies.
Rodger G. Lum has been appointed director of the county's Health and Human Services Agency.
Monday, January 15
Business incubators may be a viable way of launching start-up firms, but two local companies that used the model recently ran into financial problems.
For the fifth consecutive month, the University of San Diego index of economic indicators has declined. But according to those at a recent economic forum, there is little reason to worry.
Five months after the opening of a new Raytheon Co. building in Kearny Mesa, executives at the site said they're close to hitting full stride despite a few initial stumbles.
SPRING VALLEY , As fires raged through Alpine two weeks ago, firefighters mobilized heroically to save the countryside and rural residents. However, one fire-fighting tool was forced to sit idle in Spring Valley, even as flames were raging only a few mile
Even after recent recommendations against mooring a floating museum in San Diego Bay, the project is a little worn from battle, but still alive. In fact, a local executive who is leading efforts to establish the Midway Museum at Navy Pier along the Embarc
No one would disagree that safety is always a concern around any construction site. However, the Corky McMillin Cos., master developer for the redevelopment of the former Naval Training Center, have offended the public's intelligence by using safety as th
Leasing agents: Duncan Dodd of Grubb & Ellis represented the lessee. Justin Halenza and Rick Reeder of BRE Commercial/NAI represented the lessor.
Those who have always wanted to "own the town" now have a chance, since most of the East County hamlet of Jacumba is up for sale, complete with motel and mineral springs.
All that jogging, pumping iron and calorie-counting has paid off again: For the second consecutive year, San Diego has been ranked America's fittest city.
Local commercial tenants will pay more for new space in the coming year as high-tech companies migrating south from more expensive areas drive prices higher, a real estate brokerage predicts.
I predicted the economy was going to remain in a growth mode for the last eight years.
Just a few months after the Internet grocery war came to San Diego, the company that fired the opening salvo has changed hands.
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Technology: Sell-Off Will Allow Company to Focus On Its Commercial Projects
This summer, for the very first time, the United States International University in San Diego will make its debut as a SuperCamp.
When George Haligowski first learned Imperial Thrift & Loan Association was in trouble in 1992, the bank was getting administrative guidance from the federal government and was on the verge of being seized.
XO Communications' San Diego office has donated equipment to help residents of a San Diego Housing Commission project receive computer training.
Calling deregulation a "colossal and dangerous failure" that led to a "dysfunctional energy market," Gov. Gray Davis declared state ownership of power plants as a possible last-resort solution to high utility rates.
By 2002, Thomas Stone, vice president of San Diego operations for American Systems Corp., wants to see his company conducting business on the commercial side of things.
Publisher Dick High Reaches For the Stars in Growing a Thriving 'Underdog'
Several San Diego corporations have taken an active role in assisting those affected by the Alpine wild fire recently.
Apple computers, a plethora of help desks and the difficulty of jumping over multiple firewalls may soon be part of the Navy's past.
Buried in between the lumps of coal in the Christmas stocking the California Legislature hung out for small business were a couple of foil-wrapped candy kisses.
POWAY , The newest challenge to a water park in Poway could be the one that submerges the project for the last time.
For those who like getting the less appealing aspects of life out , like paying their income taxes , of the way quickly, a Carlsbad company has launched a site that may be of some help.
Faced with skyrocketing office rents and a competitive labor market that makes it tough to retain skilled engineers, some Bay area high-tech firms have pulled up stakes and moved their business south to San Diego.
The local chapter of a civilian Navy group is sponsoring a conference this month that the promoter hopes will open a dialogue between the defense industry and the military officers that use their products.
Monday, January 8
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I'm not a pack rat by nature, but I still have lots of boxes to unpack after our move last summer.
Portera Systems, based in Campbell in the Silicon Valley, acquired Maxwell Business Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of San Diego's Maxwell Technologies, for an undisclosed price that included cash and stock last month.
Analysts are applauding Germany-based Lion Bioscience AG's acquisition of a local biotech firm.
It's kind of like a family gathering over the holidays. Get 'em together and the comparisons are inevitable.
Even the owner of the showroom selling Ralph Lauren carpet had his misgivings about the collection.
When Ware & Malcomb Architects closed its San Diego office in 1996, it ended a 14-year-long presence in the county.
Some people look forward to the new year as a time to evaluate their goals and map out a strategy for achieving them.
San Clemente pharmacist David Mitchell rang in the second day of 2001 with a delivery of what has become one of last year's most sought-after commodities: flu vaccine.
San Diego has its share of tourist attractions, some of which reflect the city's history and culture.
Downtown property owners made their first assessment payments last month for a program they hope will keep city streets clean, while making the area safer for both visitors and residents.
Whether faced with the need to compete more effectively, increase employee productivity, or facilitate communications among multiple office sites, more and more San Diego companies are finding that the answer lies in an emerging business tool known as uni
Under a new Oregon-based owner, San Diego's Movie Trader, Inc. will soon undergo a rebranding that will have its two locations selling CDs as well.
When asked about his company's motivation for opening one of its Hawaiian-influenced Asian-Fusion Roy's restaurants in San Diego, Russ Bendel's answer was rather simple: the market.
Professional Service Industries, Inc. has hired Dennis Keich as business development manager of its environmental consulting and geotechnical engineering department.
Women First of S.D. Signs Up With Texas Supplier to Distribute Estrogen Product
The Web hijacking phenomenon that touched companies like Nike Inc. and Internet.com during 2000 may well have affected a San Diego publisher as well.
Well into his third year of running a high-tech start-up, Jim Carol sits in a new building with views of the Interstate 5-805 split and contemplates the notion of risk.
It may be a bit late to wish readers a happy New Year, but as 2001 begins, this may be the time to look ahead to what small business owners can expect in the coming year.
Hailed as "a new concept in duty-free shopping," the first duty-free mega-store in the nation opened last month in San Ysidro.
The fact the California electricity crisis has worsened since the summer can be seen in the extraordinary moves Gov. Gray Davis took last week to bring the state's rates back in line.
Called Pacific Community Bank, the newest financial institution in the making filed an application last month with the California Department of Financial Institutions to begin soliciting more investors for the project.
"San Diego Art + Sol," a campaign to promote San Diego to tourists as a cultural destination, has picked up national recognition and opportunities for more local exposure.
The first new Barrio Logan retail development in decades is scheduled to break ground later this year, pending approval of government bonds to help finance the project.
When Chris Otto bought an already existing mobile dog grooming business five years ago, she wasn't exactly sure about the name.
When the founders of Mohomine Inc. launched their Web site devoted to providing software code to programmers, they thought they might get some attention but were unprepared for the response it received.
Jose Barraza Jr. sits in his family's San Ysidro trailer home and considers the introductory line to Bill Gates' 1999 book, "Business at the Speed of Thought."
With the "true" commencement for the new millennium in 2001, San Diego may be in the strongest position the region has ever held for economic prosperity and growth. Combining the power and advantages of Baja California, along the Pacific Rim of the U.S. a
There have been nearly two dozen studies over the past 20 years to determine the future of the region's passenger and air cargo service.
With high television ratings, its second-largest crowd ever and a feeling of general success, the Culligan Holiday Bowl helped usher in 2001 on a celebratory note.
Professional indoor soccer has been around the United States for more than 20 years, yet many don't understand the fundamentals of the game.
Selling agents: Ed Rosen and John Chu of Burnham Real Estate Services represented the seller. The buyer represented itself.