Stories for December 2000
Monday, December 18
It seems that about this time every year we anxiously anticipate the bottom dropping out of our economy as soon as the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31.
A lawsuit field earlier this month in federal court by a Gateway, Inc. shareholder alleges the San Diego PC-maker purposely misled investors and gave rosy financial projections that its top executives knew were false.
Just to the east of the San Diego city limit in Otay Mesa sits between 3,300 and 3,900 acres of flat, vacant land its many owners would like to see become an extension of the busy industrial development within the nearby city limits.
Stellcom, Inc. has been named company of the year by the San Diego Software and Internet Council.
Move aside, zebra stripes. A major West Coast airport is planning to tag its baggage with radio frequencies, thank you.
Homer Simpson would probably utter his famed cry of exasperation while waiting to get into this doughnut shop , people tend to queue up in lines that go clear out of the store.
Dozens of businesses are contributing to the local Toys for Tots campaign. Each is doing something special for the holiday season.
It seemed like only yesterday we were counting down to the day the Y2K bomb was going to explode. Now we end the year with the presidential election being more prominent than Christmas.
The Fingerhut Gallery of La Jolla made a Christmas gift of a framed limited edition lithograph by Dr. Seuss to Children's Hospital of San Diego.
From High-Rises to Synagogues, Doug Austin Gives a Fresh Look to Each New Project
Peregrine Buys Suite of Products From Tivoli Systems Of Austin for $105 Million
Amid the screaming and finger-pointing over California's power crisis, major industrial companies , the original force behind deregulation of the electricity market , have remained strangely silent.
Worried your Web site isn't safe? You're not alone. Most small business owners are concerned their company's Web site will fall victim to unwanted intrusion, according to a recent survey of more than 700 small business owners nationwide.
Starting next month, refugees living in San Diego who aspire to own their own business can begin making the dream a reality through an innovative program organized by the International Rescue Committee.
For the fifth year in a row, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear was named the No. 1 intellectual property firm in the West by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
The Kearny Mesa-based production company, known for series such as "Silk Stalkings," "Renegade" and "Pensacola: Wings of Gold," has begun soliciting parties and other events to be held at its 11-acre site. The site has six sound stages.
Palomar Pomerado Health System officials said they will lay off about 50 people, and cut working hours and programs to curb a $12 million annual loss in operations.
Nuclear medical imaging, microwave broadband connections and other ways to expand our limited senses of sight and sound won Most Innovative New Product awards from UCSD Connect this month.
Cell phones, electronic calendars and laptops accompany today's business people like stethoscopes around doctors' necks.
Internet: Program Provides Funding for Development Of Online Wireless Devices
It's always interesting to hear how local firms promote goodwill among their employees.
Just as a person of modest income might find a way to live within sight of the breakers on La Jolla's Coast Boulevard, businesses with limited resources are finding a way to harness sophisticated, high-priced software applications.
Selling agents: Kevin Mulhern and Dick Schneider of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller and the buyer.
Two analysts criticized San Diego-based biotech firm Maxim Pharmaceuticals' management team for misleading investors by not following the drug testing guidelines dictated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Never mind that San Diego has just two independently owned computer game design firms: Angel Studios and Presto Studios, Inc.
Los Angeles business owners Ashraf and Susan Farah had long dreamed of owning a professional basketball team.
William Tudor doesn't expect his company to be the next Microsoft, nor does he want it to be. He is a respected and successful businessman in his own right, having started and sold several businesses. But Tudor, CEO of EdVISION.com Corp., said he measures
Gail Gotthelf has joined California Bank & Trust as vice president, corporate banking. Paul Thomas has joined San Diego Funding as a retail production manager.
The county Board of Supervisors took the first step toward its use Dec. 12 by asking Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard to explore the option and seek state and federal funding.
Leasing agents: James G. Clifford of Montgomery Advisors represented the lessee. Mark Wayne, Dan Runyon, Steve Wolf and Geri Lascano of Burnham Real Estate Services represented the lessor.
It's a surprising scenario: Businesses that thrive on a free-market system are questioning the value of energy competition and are calling upon the government to remedy the problem.
These days it's hip to be computer savvy. Even 10-year-olds have their own Web sites.
The county's newest local bank has successfully completed an initial stock offering and is now open for business, its president said.
San Diego County home prices continued their upward climb in November, statistics from the San Diego Association of Realtors show.
With the University of Oregon Ducks and the University of Texas Longhorns coming to the 23rd annual Culligan Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29, officials are gearing up for a promising match , not only for the contest itself, but the attention and visitors the even
Over the past 18 months, Downtown business advocates have made a concerted push to attract high-tech firms by highlighting the 70,000 strand-miles of fiber-optic cable located there.
The more California's electricity crisis continues, the more it seems state officials and electricity experts are moving toward solutions that would amount to re-regulation , while trying to avoid saying the word.
Monday, December 11
Editor's note: The following is an open letter to the readers from the Corky McMillin Cos., master developer for the redevelopment of the Naval Training Center.
Mark Troha has joined Shoreline Partners, LLC as an associate. San Diego National Bank has added Joe Flores as assistant vice president and branch manager of the Clairemont branch office. Union Bank of California has appointed Joseph Benoit, senior vice p
Summer may be over, but the surf is still up at North Island Financial Credit Union's new Chula Vista branch office, a company official said.
Small businesses are making headway against a scourge that costs U.S. employers $100 billion a year, thanks to the Small Business Administration.
Look for Big Bang Idea Engineering to try to revive locally based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. with a $4 million branding campaign in January.
The wireless telecommunications standard called code division multiple access (CDMA) comes in various flavors. AT & T; Corp. has always passed up the dish.
Construction projects are extremely complex , properly insuring them doesn't have to be.
Plush from the success of Websense, an Internet monitoring company he founded that went public earlier this year, Phil Trubey doesn't have to work another day in his life.
Projects, projects and more projects are what lie ahead for several of San Diego's architectural firms.
The executives at San Diego's Widcomm Inc. want some of the ubiquity promised by Bluetooth.
Analysts have long predicted a marriage between high-technology and biotechnology firms. In recent weeks, the wedding bells have been ringing.
For a couple of months, Arbitron ratings won't indicate the winner of the newest direct competitors in San Diego's radio market ,KBZT-FM and KMSX-FM, both of which became full-fledged '80s music stations last month.
Backers of the PromiseLand Ranch are a little closer to reaching the $1 million needed to make the facility for homeless children a reality.
A new state law requiring extended mental health coverage may be good news for employees struggling with mental illnesses.
It's called "spin." It's the way you portray an event to the media or the public so defeat looks like victory, failure like success, greed like benevolence.
In a group recently sworn in to help lead the city of San Diego for the next four years, there is an environmental attorney, a business improvement advocate, a business attorney and a one-time businessman.
For the past four decades, proponents of a new freeway in South Bay have been facing gridlock on two fronts , traffic congestion throughout the region and inaction from the state and federal officials.
As House of Blues made plans for its Downtown nightclub official last week, predictions of higher prices and complete corporate domination of San Diego's concert industry were turned up a notch.
Across Downtown San Diego, dozens of new buildings are under construction, and their architects said both tradition and innovation are part of the designs.
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It appears that after nearly two decades of service as both an appointed and elected public official, ex-San Diego mayor Susan Golding's lasting impression will be her love of football and baseball.
A national hotel chain with three hotels in the San Diego area has decided to franchise all future hotel projects.
The final verdict in a civil case against actor Clint Eastwood this year was supposed to reaffirm the validity of a wide-ranging federal law for the disabled.
San Diego ratepayers may benefit from two projects to bring additional energy capacity to the area , a new power plant in Otay Mesa, and plans to construct a 215-mile pipeline that may provide natural gas to the plant.
Although there's already an answer as to how KSWB-TV will be penalized for questionable marketing tactics during the November sweeps, the real response will play out in upcoming weeks.
Putting together a strong, solid project team is the key to any successful development project.
That is what Chairman and CEO Michael Robertson and his crew at MP3.com have decided to charge for storing music in an online locker.
Exports of goods coming from California rose 21.5 percent over this year's first three quarters, bringing the total to $94.5 billion, well ahead of last year's tepid rise in annual export growth of only a half-percent.
Stuffing ice-cold fish with vitamins. Preparing hundreds of pounds of animal food. Lugging fish buckets. Ah, the life of a trainer at SeaWorld San Diego.
Some 150 Bayview Hospital employees who were facing an uncertain future amid a bankruptcy filing received good news in time for the holidays.
The inevitable holiday parking lot horrors, pushy salespeople and crowded stores at shopping malls are enough to put any shopper in an online mood for the holidays , at least that's what online retailers are hoping, some desperately.
Proponents of a cross-border airport terminal in Otay Mesa were buoyed by a recent unanimous San Diego City Council vote in support of the project. The council voted last month to work with the operators of Tijuana International Airport should they move a
With a newly signed document from the Chinese government in hand, Qualcomm Inc. Chairman and CEO Irwin Jacobs said last week he is "optimistic" a code division multiple access wireless network will emerge in China.
Two local shopping malls owned by Westfield America Inc. of Los Angeles are getting face-lifts and new tenants.
An unconventional relationship between San Diego artists and architects has been forged to help bring a spirit of community and commonality to the Downtown area.
During her 21-year career as a rehabilitation nurse, Dorothy Zirkle has seen too many teen-agers ending up in wheelchairs as a result of high-risk behaviors, such as diving into unsafe waters or drunken driving.
ESCONDIDO , Palomar Community Bank's senior management said it has obtained an investor to buy the bank from its current owner, Community West Bancshares of Goleta.
If you have a knack for interviewing, fact-finding, report writing and computer skills, there could be a spot for you on the San Diego County grand jury.
San Diego City Councilman George Stevens recently asked city Treasurer Connie Jamison to hold off on approval of a contract with Wells Fargo Bank for basic banking services.
Monday, December 4
It is now nearly a month after the November presidential election, and we still don't know who will be the 43rd President of the United States.
Bank of Coronado and First National Bank officials said their business is booming so far this year.
By its own nature, Balboa Park's museums and other tourist draws have always encouraged visitors to spend their days with them. Now, in a new cooperative campaign, the park's various marketing representatives have teamed up to promote evening events at th
Two San Diego-based digital color reproduction companies have announced a merger, forming the largest digital color services company in San Diego County, and the largest such company south of Los Angeles.
If you said the people, you are right. If you wanted to see 35 companies that are successful because of their employees, then you should have been at the second annual Best Companies to Work For Awards luncheon held Dec. l.
Robin Calder has joined Community National Bank as vice president/branch manager.
Murphy's law couldn't fit any situation more perfectly than a corporate relocation. No matter how organized, capable or experienced you think you are, things will go wrong.
As evidenced by the presidential election stalemate, to "win" , by any means, at all costs, no matter what it takes , has become the prevailing strategy. But does the same apply to business?
When you hear about the 42.6 million uninsured, think about the people who work for me.
Conflicting economic surveys show this year's holiday shopping season may be merry or dreary.
In schools near and far, Internet connections are spreading, computer use is evolving and standardized testing is digging in.
Small business optimism is declining nationwide, indicating the beginning of a slowdown in the economy.
The Elizabeth Hospice said it is ending its 15-year affiliation with Palomar Pomerado Health System on Dec. 31, because it has finally gained the financial viability to exist on its own.
Tour the Internet, merely by talking. A pathfinder called IVAN, developed by a San Diego company, can lead where you tell it to go.
James Knox isn't an entertainer or a showman, but he knows how to make a grand entrance.
Ask the executives in San Diego's tourism industry. They face a major attack on market share in the upcoming year, as Disneyland prepares to launch the biggest expansion in its 45-year history.
Gateway Inc., the San Diego-based personal computer maker, alerted the investor community last week that it probably won't meet its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings projections, sending its stock tumbling past its 52-week low.
Residential developers active locally recently have released for sale several new subdivision developments in the county.
Profitable dot-coms are getting the cold shoulder in the acquisition and merger markets because of their bankrupt brethren, said local business brokers.
After doing theater in the Midwest for several years, moving to San Diego to raise her family, and then entering the local theater scene, Sandy Hotchkiss Gullans is enjoying her current role.
Linda Noda Hobbs said she was a little surprised, but honored to be selected as this year's Asian Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asian Business Association, San Diego.
Duke Energy's announcement last week of a long-term proposal to sell power to San Diego Gas & Electric Co. at a reduced price may have been an opening round in some serious negotiations , or little more than a publicity stunt.
Steve Groves, president of Cats Excavating Corp. of San Diego, and his half-brother, Cliff Smith, thought they were stuck in a rut.
Conflicting economic surveys show this year's holiday shopping season may be merry or dreary. In the week following Thanksgiving, one retail survey indicated consumer spending was up over last year, while another predicted consumer spending would be flat.
It's crucial after an airline crash. Reviewing evidence contained in such recorders helps people reconstruct events leading up to an incident.
Consumer demand has been exceptional in generating revenue and beneficial business this year, and companies on the San Diego Business Journal's List of Largest Area Private Companies predict Santa has more goodies in store for next year.
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State regulators couldn't do it. The state Legislature couldn't do it. Federal regulators couldn't give San Diegans long-term relief from skyrocketing electrical costs either.
While few have heard of its benefits to date, voice recognition technology could become commonplace in a few years, provoking cheers from the folks at San Diego-based Interactive Telesis.
With the investment market slowed by uncertainty, local biotechs contemplating initial public offerings are likely to wait until after the first of the year before making any kind of move.
Baseball fans have fantasy camps. Golfers play in pro-am tournaments. Football fans buy season tickets. Surfers have well they had nothing until now.
Profile---Will San Diego's newest Democratic representative be able to succeed in a sharply divided Congress?
he 2000 election has left the country sharply divided. The question of who won the presidency has not yet been settled, while Congress , nearly evenly between Democrats and Republicans , may face gridlock.
Imagine the average new home in San Diego costing $562,200, requiring $56,000 down and monthly payments of $4,850.
South Bay, already one of the fastest-growing regions in the county, is poised to become the most active development area soon, real estate analysts said.
Local Corporate Combinations Haven't Always Been Pretty, But They Seemed to Work Out in the End
Residential developers active locally recently have released for sale several new subdivision developments in the county.
San Diego-based EntrePort Corp., a developer of business-to-business e-learning portals, recently announced separate deals to acquire two companies: Oceanside's By Referral Only and University.com, based in Minneapolis.
In what's considered a season of traditions, San Diego's tourism industry is looking to break a longstanding one , in which the slowest visitor business of the year comes during the winter holidays.
The successful adoption of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED) by Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports has convinced Lindbergh Field officials to follow suit.
Bigger is better in the law profession these days. Firms across the board are merging faster and more often than in previous years. The prize for the big firms is an international presence. For the small ones, it's the opportunity to provide a full-servic