Stories for January 2003
Monday, January 27
Tourism: Decreased Corporate Bookings One Reason Hoteliers Resorting to Online Agencies
Sailing Into Uncertainty; CORONADO , As local sailors and Marines continue to leave San Diego County, Katherine Mapes has two reasons to worry.
Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. last week reported that sales topped $1 billion and net income surged ahead in the quarter ending Dec. 29.
At a time when Gov. Gray Davis touts job creation as part of the remedy to the state's roughly $35 billion shortfall, Davis has closed job agency offices around California.
OCEANSIDE , Anticipating their husbands' return from Okinawa this month, four Marine wives made cross-country moves to the Creekwood Villas apartment complex in December.
Construction: Chula Vista Developers Surprised By Demand; Chula Vista has long been known as an affordable market for new homes in comparison to most other parts of San Diego County, but homebuilders are now throwing higher-end homes into the mix.
The San Diego Chargers may be facing a challenge tougher than any posed by the Oakland Raiders, as the team's owner attempts to persuade city officials to support paying for half the cost of the new $400 million football stadium.
Is Green Design Economical in Today's R.E. Market?
Local growers may benefit from a bill introduced into Congress this month.
Jobs: New Casinos Open, But Holiday Hiring Figures Dropped From Past Years
Most Assignments Include Security Preparations; San Diego got a lesson last week in just how close to home international news can be.
the San Diego Business Journal asks: Is the Chargers' stadium proposal a workable solution that would benefit the team, the taxpayers and the city of San Diego?
Investor Expects Public Firms to Own More Real Estate
With the possibility of the nation going to war, it's good for employers to review the rights of workers under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Monday, January 20
Real Estate: Landlords Worry About Tenants And 90-Day Notice
Manufacturing: Longtime Local Firm Moving to Idaho; Cites High Costs as Reason
The San Diego Chargers are hoping to sell the idea of a new stadium with the argument that the project will generate new taxes for the city, rather than draining tax dollars.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives has put out a Spanish-language version of one of its most popular workbooks.
Tourism: Property's Revamp To Yield Staybridge Suites in Downtown
OPINION by William H. Rastetter, resident of Rancho Santa Fe, and chairman and CEO of Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Energy: Cutting Off Access to Natural Gas May Have Little Effect; A proposed law blocking Mexican power plants from gaining access to U.S. natural gas will have little effect on business , either for good or ill.
The company's name is right there, big and blue, on the stadium where the Super Bowl is to be played. With the game approaching, the marketing team at San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. is working to leverage that asset.
The Road to San Diego; When the Super Bowl was here in 1998, economic gurus said visitors and locals alike dropped some $295 million on America's Finest City. Compare that to the Super Bowl in 2001
TECH TALK: The just-named chief executive of Irish drug maker Elan Corp., plc plans to make the company's San Diego office his home base.
Monday, January 13
San Diego and Imperial Valley seem to have reached an agreement in an ongoing feud that has cost the state 200 billion gallons of water so far. But the agreement could be for naught...
Jobs: High-Tech Jobs in County Increased By 5,571 Over the Past 12 Months
San Diego biotechs GeneFormatics, Inc. and Structural Bioinformatics, Inc. have announced plans to shed staff and merge. Also: Qualcomm Appoints Retired E & Y; Exec to Board
Transportation: Mexican Trucks Allowed Past Commercial Zones; The U.S. government is now allowing Mexican trucks to carry cargo past commercial zones near the border.
Agriculture: San Diego County Hit With Second Quarantine
Redevelopment: With Airport Out of Picture, Tenants Move Into Top Money-Making Spot
National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., which has started to build the first of four BP oil tankers, is going after even more tanker business.
Development: Planning Department Swings Door Open for Applications
Expanding Office Tech in a Cost-Conscious Environment
Opinion by Ernie McCray, retired San Diego City Schools principal
Computers: Stock Price Suffers After Larger Than Expected Losses
Beverly Walker said she didn't want things to get this far, litigating an issue about disabled access to Qualcomm Stadium that should have been resolved last April.
This week's Real Estate sales and leases; new construction contracts
Energy: Small Businesses Likely to See 'Moderate Increase' in Utility Bills
Farmers Begin Treating Fruits; The quarantine of local poultry products due to Exotic Newcastle Disease is the second agricultural crisis to befall San Diego County in the past few months.
Monday, January 6
Biotechnology: Industry Expects 2003 to Be Better, Mainly Because 2002 Was So Bad
Retail: Despite Difficult 2002, Consumer Spending Continues to Grow
Manufacturing: Utility Costs, Steep Hike in Workers' Comp, Premiums A Big Concern for 2003; Nevada and China beckon as business-friendly and economical places to set up a manufacturing shop.
Trade: Concern Expressed Over Effects of Conflict in Iraq; With President George Bush and his advisers mulling a potential conflict with Iraq, the impact in 2003 on local companies that do business internationally is still being assessed.
Government: Road Projects, Public Services Face the Possibility of Cutbacks; All eyes are glued on California's looming $34.8 billion budget shortfall.
John Hollon, a 25-year journalist and newspaper veteran, was named the new editor of the San Diego Business Journal.
Finance: There's Plenty of Business, Though Much Will Come at the Expense Of Larger Banks
Defense: Companies Large and Small Expect Spending, Revenues Will Continue to Grow
Services: Federal Law to Create New Costs for Service Providers, Clients
Health Care: Industry Leaders Say That Substantial System Changes Are Needed;
High-Tech: Rather Than Fight Industry Woes, Firms Learning to Cope
San Diego business executives face the classic question as they ponder 2003: Is the economic glass half-empty or half-full?
Real Estate: Legislation Seen as Hindering Development; Home sales boomed in 2002, but the momentum may slow this year as housing prices continue to increase.
San Diego should do as well as 2002 with an additional influx of revenues from events like the Super Bowl. San Diego is still an attraction to those who don't like harsh weather.
Employment: Report Finds Areas of Growth Despite Electricity, Housing Concerns; San Diego employers remain nervous in a shaky economy, as about half do not expect to grow the size of their staff.
As San Diego moves to implement its City of Villages concept, it is conducting an informational meeting for neighborhoods interested in becoming pilot villages.