Stories for December 1999

Thursday, December 23

Local Printer Makes 'I Voted' Stickers

Local entrepreneur Rodger Price , a self-confessed political junkie , enjoys being part of the great American system without the arduous entrance process.

Feminist Credit Union Set for Y2K

In the '70s, this University Heights-based credit union opened its doors, vowing to offer equal credit rights to everybody.

San Diego RTA Takes National Honors

The San Diego Regional Technology Alliance has received the Vision 2000 Models of Excellence Award.

Many on Alert for Y2K Bugs

While many revelers will be popping the cork on New Year's Eve, an unusually large number of San Diegans are required to work to safeguard against possible Y2K problems.

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Throughout the 1930s and '40s, popular comic strip sleuth Dick Tracy fought off surreal villains with the aid of high-tech gadgets.

Downtown YWCA Gets A Face-Lift

Close to 80 Building Owners and Managers Association volunteers gathered last month at the Downtown YWCA to give the worn facility a face-lift.

Officials Mull Limits on Banks That Funded Holocaust

San Diego city officials are reviewing their policies covering cash investments to determine whether to impose restrictions on investing in banks involved in the financing of World War II concentration camps.

Lockheed Martin Division Transferred to NeuStar

The Federal Communications Commission approved the transfer of Lockheed Martin's Communication Industry Services division to Washington, D.C.-based NeuStar, Inc.

'Tis the Season

Holiday shoppers crowded the walkways of Fashion Valley Center in Mission Valley last week. A recent survey by Deloitte & Touche LLP reveals consumers remain optimistic about the economy and their job security, and are ready to spend more this year on hol


Selling agents: Richard E. van Wert of LaSalle Investment Management represented the buyer. Tom Moran, Mary Ann King and Mike Murphy of Moran & Co. represented the seller. ConAm Management Corp. will serve as leasing and management agent.


As the next millennium approaches, Carlos Vidali, president of San Diego-based Ocean Garden Products, is in an upbeat mood.

Ballpark Cost Jump Won't Delay The Project

The price tag for the Padres ballpark climbed last week, but a City Council majority maintains it was an expected hike, one that shouldn't delay the project.

Coastal Ruling Kills MSCP, and Dead-ends Projects

The Multiple Species Conservation Plan was a bitter pill to swallow for some San Diego environmentalists and property owners. But in the end, many accepted the MSCP because it was a tradeoff: In return for permission to develop property that some consider

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Battling for The Biotechs Industry Discovers It Has a True Ally in Patent Attorney Stephanie Seidman

Millennium Mania Fails To Appear For Hotels

As the turn of the millennium draws closer, local hoteliers continue to adjust their rates and packages for a market that's not as celebration-hungry as they hoped.

About the list Personal Service Provides an Edge

With competition like computer superstores on one side and Internet computer retailers on the other, it is a wonder that local computer resellers managed to maintain its edge in the industry.

Tenant Improvement Contractors Keeping Busy

Local Internet, insurance and real estate companies are moving into bigger quarters, providing more business for tenant improvement contractors, the builders said this past week.

Sound Investment Advice Be It 1999 or 2000

With the new millennium just days away, making and breaking New Year's resolutions soon will be a popular pastime.

NYSE Listing No Longer Holds the Same Prestige

Dear George: Why do some companies list their stock on the New York Stock Exchange while others continue to trade over-the-counter?

Wishing You a Final Happy Holiday

At first, I wanted to recap the century, recap the region, but settled on just noting that with the strength of the 1999 economy, all you can say is "What a way to go to the next millennium, having experienced the greatest economic boom in the century."

Scripps to End Hospital-Physicians Contracts

Scripps Health officials deny earlier press reports saying the hospital system is terminating all its contracts with physician groups.

Multi-Cultural Festival 2000 Seeks Vendors

The Centre City Development Corp. is seeking vendors to participate in Multi-Cultural Festival 2000. Vendors are expected to offer a variety of items, such as food, clothing, art, jewelry and books, that represent various ethnic groups.


John DeLong was promoted to business banking officer with North County Bank's business banking department. Southwest Community Bank appointed David Sowell as vice president and business banking officer. Capital Bank of North County appointed Robert H. Spo

Downtown Condominium Projects Get Under Way

Condominium developers say they are getting started on several large projects in Downtown as other homebuilders report land acquisition and grading activity in other parts of the county.

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Cancer Treatment

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is recommending approval of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s experimental cancer drug Targretin for patients with advanced-stage cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Marines Aim High on Toys for Tots Drive

As the 52nd annual Toys for Tots campaign kicks into high gear, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has already surpassed the halfway point of its collection drive goal for San Diego County.

Idec, Coulter in Race for FDA Drug Approval

The president of Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. in San Diego said the company is on track to take its experimental cancer drug Zevalin to the Food and Drug Administration in mid-2000.


Maxwell Technologies, Inc. applies industry capabilities in pulsed power, space applications, industrial computers and other advanced technologies to develop and market products and services for commercial and government customers.

It Is Possible to Find the Power of Trust at Work

One week in September, E-mails from three directions heralded a possible keynote speaking engagement from an organization outside my market.

Getting Around the Web in Weighty Ways

Dear Joyce: I've made two unfortunate job choices and want to avoid a third misstep. Before I take my next position, I'd like to check with present or former employees who would really open up with what it's like to work for a particular company.

Professionally, He's a Venture Capitalist

To borrow a quote from famed writer Oscar Wilde, "When bankers get together they talk about art and when artists get together they talk about money."

Award Signals Start-Up's Bright Future

A large glass trophy sitting atop a piece of paper with the exclamations of "Yeah, baby" and "Congratulations" greets visitors in the reception area of San Diego-based

BMW Sport Wagon Provides Classy Cargo Room

There's a new breed of station wagons that offers a luxurious alternative to the ubiquitous sport-utility vehicle.

PR Week Announces Year's Best and Worst Publicity

Local companies Metabolife International, Inc. and were among those noted when industry magazine PR Week released its roundup of the best and worst publicity of 1999.

Shopping for Work at the Mall

With unemployment rates at all-time lows in San Diego, it's no wonder employment agencies are getting creative in finding qualified workers.

Response to Tragedy Appalling, But Predictable

We've come to realize the opponents to the helicopters stationed at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station will stoop to just about any level to get their points across.

Reading Program Gives Gift That Keeps Giving

A couple weeks ago, I had occasion to chat with a friend of mine who was understandably puffed with pride over things he'd heard at a parent-teacher conference.

Let Industry, Private Enterprise Handle Traffic Issues

The Internet has fostered many innovations, almost all of them beneficial. Now, though, some newcomers to the Internet scene are suddenly coming in for strong criticism. These are companies that transmit audio and video content to consumers via a techniq

Unemployment Dips Again

San Diego's unemployment rate hit another new low, reaching 2.7 percent in November, two-tenths of a percent below October's previous all-time low, according to the most recent Employment Development Department report.

Local RTA Director Tapped By Governor

The leader of a local tech organization has been appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to a state technology position.

XETV Debuts Nightly News Show During Holidays

There's an upbeat vibe running through the new multimillion-dollar XETV news production building, home of a nightly newscast slated to start Dec. 27 on Channel 6.

Wednesday, December 1

Dental Industry Bites Into Brightening Smiles

Irvine resident Adriana Molina was on her way to work when she heard a disc jockey hype a new cosmetic dentistry center called BriteSmile Inc. that promises to deliver bright smiles in just an hour.

Firms Rate Efficiency

With the release of ratings from two independent companies, local new-media producers just got the most recent picture as to their Web sites' standing in the local market.

Selling San Diego

Yes, the city's known for sparkling weather, an airport close to Downtown, a waterfront convention center that will almost double in size when construction is completed, lots of hotels, and its destination feel.