Stories for February 2000

Monday, February 28

ROAD TEST--BMW's New X5 Is Impressive But Expensive

The real once-over seems to come from BMW drivers who project a quizzical look asking whether BMW's answer to the sport-utility craze is really one of us , a real BMW , or is an attempt to cash in on the automotive trend du jour.

Businesses Raise Money for McDonald House Charities

Local businesses are participating in a three-month campaign to raise more than $300,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

REDEVELOPMENT--Ballpark Financing No Surprise To Experts

San Diego's plan to borrow up to $299 million for its share of the Padres ballpark may sound excessive to some, but it isn't surprising to municipal finance experts.

TOURISM--Theme Parks Spend Off-Season Gearing Up for Summer

Off-season lulls have slowed the pace at local tourist attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California. For now, their work has taken a different turn.

COMMENTARYThe Next Great Forum for Debate: E-Regulation

When I first opened the Sacramento office of the American Electronics Association a decade ago, state legislators and constitutional officers had little interest in technology issues.

ENTERPRISE--Environmental Firm Offers Growing Services to Builders

While most San Diegans don't give much thought to the topic of dirt, there's a group of people who don't consider the ground beneath them as being , well, beneath them.

Largest Communications Manufacturers

Largest Communications Manufacturers

Anacomp Loses $15M, Eyes Sale

Anacomp Inc., the Poway-based provider of document management services, reported losing $15.2 million, or $1.06 per share, on revenues of $101.8 million for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with losing $14.8 million, or $1.02 per share, on revenu

PUBLIC RELATIONS--Ziegaus Steps Down From Post at Stoorza

Alan Ziegaus, a partner and former president of local public relations heavyweight Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, announced earlier this month that he is leaving the firm as of Feb. 29.

TECHNOLOGY--Quantum Hailed for Land Mine Detector Called Breakthrough in Clearing Mines From Former Battlegrounds

San Diego-based Quantum Magnetics has played a key role in what is being called probably the most important technological breakthrough in land mine detection in decades.

Trigild Assumes Hotels' Operations

Locally based Trigild Corp. recently took over day-to-day operations for three hotels in California and one in Arizona.

INTERNET--Next Wave of 'Net Entrepreneurs Could Be Younger

As twentysomething cyber-tycoons make news in the business world, the idea of making millions on the Web has spread to an even younger crowd.

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK--'Big Rocks' Help Balance Priorities

The one variable that affects business in the new century is people. The definition of a successful company is one that has the best people on the job being treated the best by the boss.

Gateway Eyes Lofty Sales Figures

Gateway Inc. has set its sights on $30 billion in sales by 2004. The San Diego-based personal computer maker plans for most of its future profits to come from sales of items and services other than PCs.

Fotoball Reports Boost in Income

Fotoball USA Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of sports promotion items, reported year-end net income of $2.6 million, or 83 cents a share, on revenues of $28.6 million, compared with the prior year's net of $597,874, or 22 cents a share, on revenues

EDITORIAL--Prop. 13 Is Key to Ensuring Water Supply

It's not often you find business groups, environmentalists, farmers, labor unions, taxpayer associations and water agencies , not to mention the Republicans and the Democrats , agreeing on anything, but Proposition 13 on the March 7 ballot is just such a

REDEVELOPMENT--CCDC Troubleshooter Finds Solutions in Paradise

The Centre City Development Corp. has a list of more than 100 projects on its to-do list for the Downtown area this year , some as large as the proposed baseball stadium, and others as low-profile as fixing sidewalks along India Street.

INCUBATORS--Privately-Owned Incubator Opens

That day, the San Diego tech entrepreneur will be launching his Web site , , with the help of a new local high-tech incubator.

PROXY--Ashworth Inc.

shworth, Inc. designs, markets and distributes a full line of quality sports apparel, headwear, and accessories under the Ashworth label. Ashworth products are sold in golf pro shops, resorts, at better department and specialty retail stores, and internat


Kathleen Berry and Dennis Lacey were named senior executive managers at Imperial Bank.

BALLPARK--Anti-Ballpark Activist Vows to Continue Fight

Bruce Henderson said even if a Superior Court judge rules against an anti-ballpark initiative this week, he'll take the case to the federal courts, and all the way to the Supreme Court if possible.

BIO-TECH--Women Executives Learn Skills to Be Valued Employees

Hundreds of San Diego's female executive leaders recently completed a one-day course to sharpen their skills at the negotiating table.


What for years was a gaping hole festooned with rebar from an abandoned development Downtown is well on its way to becoming an apartment complex, said a construction professional working on the project.

LEAD--Balancing Online Health Issues

E-health companies are springing up on a daily basis. There are curently some 15,000 health sites from which people can get online prescriptions or learn about an HIV cocktail drug.

Internet Roundtable, UCSD Connect to Hold iLounge Conference

The San Diego Internet Roundtable and UCSD Connect will present the first iLounge conference and exhibition March 24 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

EDUCATION--Tech Leaders Look to Charter School to Fill Demands

San Diego's biotech and high-tech industry leaders are banking on High Tech High, a science-focused charter school opening this fall, to fill its future work force needs.

Pacific Bell Donates $1.6M to Charities

United Way/Combined Health Agencies received a $1.6 million contribution from Pacific Bell.

COMMENTARY--Businesses Must Aid in Recognizing Teachers

In his January 2000 State of the State Address, California Gov. Gray Davis said, "After parents, teachers are California's greatest force for social good. They are exceptional people doing extraordinary things. Good teachers are vital to all of us."

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS--Candidates Square Off Over Trade With China

Delegation From China Spends Time in San Diego Seeking Trade Opportunities

WIRELESS--Prices Decreasing for S.D. Cell Phone Customers

Cell phone service prices are falling and consumers can expect more for their money, according to a study and providers.


Dear George: I heard an analyst on television say investors should wait until after the "lock-up period" before investing in a company that has recently held its initial public offering. I don't quite understand what that means. Please explain.

The Digest Business Briefs

The Titan Corp. has signed an agreement with Kraft Foods, Inc. to research using Titan's SureBeam technology for electronic pasteurization on processed foods. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

PROFILE--Jim Price

One of Radio's Best and Brightest Visionary Reflects on More Than Four Decades of Good Times in Broadcasting

TRANSPORTATION--City Heights Projects May Be MCTIP of Iceberg

A series of ambitious projects planned for the area immediately surrounding El Cajon Boulevard and 40th Street could change the look of the neighborhood and not only revitalize some long-underachieving real estate, but also transform the way area resident

EDUCATION--Program Opens IT Training to East County Students

East County students might be getting a jump on their college and career plans through a new information technology training program.

ABOUT THE LIST--Internet Stretches Limits of Video Production Capabilities

If video killed the radio star in 1981, several members of this year's List of Largest Video Production Companies hope the Internet kills the old-fashioned video production company in 2000.

REAL ESTATE--Tenants Begin Signing

ENCINITAS , For Brent Jacobs, senior vice president at Burnham Real Estate Services of San Diego, a leasing agent, the past several months have been very busy ones in meeting prospective tenants for the proposed Paul Ecke Agricultural Research Park in thi

Saturday, February 26

About The List Newspapers adjust to fickle attitudes about advertising

According to a recent advertising forecast released by the Newspaper Association of America, dollars spent on advertising for 2001 will increase, but at a rate lower than the previous year.

Lead Arbitron: A premier, although imperfect radio ratings system

Having been in the business for about 10 years, media buyer Melody Epperson doesn't even remember the first time she heard the word "Arbitron."

Energy County may expand use of landfill generators

Last summer, San Diego County was being swamped by the high price of electricity.

Monday, February 21

DIGEST--Business Briefs

Andrew J. Viterbi, co-founder and vice chairman of Qualcomm, Inc., will retire next month. Viterbi, who will remain a member of Qualcomm's board of directors, intends to devote more time as an adviser to government, academia and the investment community.

HIGH TECH--Verance Offers Watermark Copyright Protection

All the recent hubbub about Internet music has many digital media firms scrambling to find a solution to protecting copyrighted content.

Largest Software Co.

Largest Software Co.

REAL ESTATE--REIT Hopes to Aid Shop Owners With Online Service

Pan Pacific Retail Properties Inc. of Vista has created an Internet alliance designed to benefit its tenants and boost the cash flow from its 58 strip shopping centers, the company's president said.

Newsmakers--Pure Oxygen Cafe offers a breath of resh air Downtown

One of the newest inhabitants of the Gaslamp Quarter has entered as, you could say, a breath of fresh air.

DEVELOPMENT--Smithsonian Documents High-Tech History

A museum piece often is defined as something that is out of date. That's not the case at the Smithsonian Institute.

People On The Move--Up and comers, awards and more

Wells Fargo appointed Kevin Dyerly and Ted Buchan to vice president and financial consultant in the San Diego Private Client Services office. Carol Beres was appointed to serve on Southwest Community Bank's board. RSM McGladrey Inc. added Stan Sewitch as

ROAD TEST--Oldsmobile Silhouette: Just What the Children Ordered

The Silhouette Premier Edition is the first minivan to offer a factory-installed video system that can keep youngsters occupied with videotapes, games and a multitude of audio formats.

LEAD STORY--Digital Bridge creates a technologically rich environment in an underprivileged neighborhood

Geppert noted this isn't about good public relations for Cox and the other companies.

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY--Culligan Bowl Generates $23M for Local Economy

The Culligan Holiday Bowl, which took place Dec. 29, generated $23.2 million in San Diego, according to an annual impact study commissioned by the bowl's executive staff.

GAMING--Prop. 1A May Impact More Than Reservations

The 3-year-old club is hosting a $200,000 free-roll card tournament. It's said to be the largest free-roll tournament in gambling history.

INSURANCE--Insurance Program Gives Small Builders a Chance

Insurance: Owner-controlled Program Becoming Popular With Government Agencies

County Building's Restoration Complete

The county celebrated its 150th birthday last week with the completion of the renovation of the historic county administration center.

OFFICE--Companies Embrace Modern Ways of Communicating

When companies are small, workers and managers share information easily. The cubicle, coffee room and production line become places where new ideas emerge about how to do things better, cheaper and faster.

POLITICS--Vargas Charges Warden Played Politics, Derailed Project

Given that three members of the San Diego City Council are running for mayor and two others are running for state Assembly seats, it's no wonder the rhetoric at City Hall is getting rather muddy.

HEALTH CARE--Firm Launches Device for Detecting Glaucoma

For eight years, Andreas Dreher and his team of scientists had been working to perfect a machine to be on the leading edge of glaucoma detection.

Your Personal Business

Dear George: My financial adviser has suggested I buy an annuity with the money in my IRA. Is this a good idea?

E-COMMERCE--Building an E-Business Customer Relations Strategy

While the ability to interact and dialogue with customers on the Web is still in its infancy, formulating the right back-end integration strategy for E-business solutions is the key to successful customer relationship management.

EDITORIAL--Small Businesses take another hit

You've worked for decades making your business a success. The sweat equity you and your family invested over the years is about to pay off. You are going to sell off a major portion of your life , your identity for oh-so many years , and with good reason

PROXY--Maxim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

axim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. develops drugs, therapies and vaccines for cancer, infectious diseases and topical disorders.

INTERNET--Reasons for Registering Copyright in Your Web Site

You've just founded the hottest new Internet start-up company based on a brilliant idea for selling toothpaste over the Internet.

Radio Stations Win Awards

Two stations whose fates are up in the air were the big winners at the local industry's Achievement in Radio awards on Feb. 15.

Pool Company Takes Honors at Awards Ceremony

Mission Valley Pools and Spas won several awards at the 1999 International Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by the National Spa and Pool Institute, a company official said Feb. 10.

COMMENTARY--Feds Should Keep Their Noses Out of Business

Few people would point to the federal government as the impetus behind the great shape of our economy, complete with its low unemployment, low inflation, and increasing wages.

INFRASTRUCTURE--Water Authority Studies Changes in Rate Structure

The San Diego County Water Authority is taking a long, cold look at how much it charges for water in the county.

TRANSPORTATION-- Agencies Consider Proposal for Hydrofoil Ferry

As traffic worsens along San Diego freeways, could a 21st century solution be a fleet of high-speed commuter boats carrying hundreds of people to work?

ENTERPRISE--4th & B Owner Takes Chances on Downtown Entertainment Scene

If you ask Bob Speth what he does for a living, he might jokingly say that he's a professional gambler. And he'd be half right.

REDEVELOPMENT--Henderson Files New Suit Against Ballpark

Former San Diego city councilman Bruce Henderson filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Libertarian Party activist who challenges the City Council's approval of up to $299 million in bond financing for the Padres ballpark.

HEATH CARE--Web Site Collects and Distributes Health Information

CARLSBAD , Carlsbad-based Internet health care company iMetrikus Inc. is launching a second Web site aimed at people with chronic diseases and their health care providers.

San Diego Unified Speeds Up Its Computer Systems

The San Diego Unified School District Educational Technology Center recently added high-speed data storage system allowing all schools in the district access to programs to enhance education in the classroom.

EDUCATION--Disadvantaged Students Gain Access to Technology

LEMON GROVE , Imagine someone using a digital camera to photograph a piece of artwork. He hops on a computer and puts together a Microsoft PowerPoint slide presentation. The project showcases the artwork, text he wrote and typed into the computer, and a v

ENERGY--Gas Prices Expected to Climb Again Oil Prices, MTBE, Seasonal Demands Add to High Costs

Drivers in San Diego and San Francisco, accustomed to paying higher prices at the pump than most of the nation, can expect to pay even more for gasoline in the upcoming months.

PROFILE--Dean Spanos

Bleeding Blue And Gold Forget Ticket Guarantees or the Latest Ryan Leaf Saga; Chargers' President Just Wants to Win

GOVERNMENT--City Urged To Change Form of Government

The way the city of San Diego is governed and run is outdated, doesn't work and needs changes, said the chairman of a citizens committee attempting to amend the city's charter.

ABOUT THE LIST--Software Companies Cash in on Internet Opportunities

Recent news stories have highlighted how Internet companies are taking advantage of the new economy.

COMMENTARY--WTO's Seattle Summit Reveals New Age of Activism

When almost 40,000 working families and environmentalists, human-rights activists, students and people of faith joined together in the streets of Seattle during the meeting of the World Trade Organization in the closing weeks of 1999, they forced critical

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LETTERS--Citizens of the Ballpark speak out

Your article on the recent real estate conference at the University of San Diego ("Conference Focuses on Redevelopment of Downtown," Jan. 24) quoted several speakers, including the former mayor of Seattle, as saying the business community must tell the st

Saturday, February 19

High-Tech licenses One Voice technology is licensing voice command technology from a San Diego company, letting customers buy roses and daisies by speaking instead of typing.

Enterprise Corvas pins long-term plans on drug therapies

In Randall Woods' vision for the future, his biotech firm will be collecting royalties from two drugs created from a bloodsucking worm.

Lead The sun sets, but also rises on high-tech's horizon

The high tech boom may be coming to an end for some local companies, but for others, it seems to be only beginning.

Monday, February 14

TOURISM--Activist Reacts to Convention Center Financial Report

A local activist whose lawsuit stalled the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center is criticizing a recent study done by the center's management.

COMMENTARY--Civil Justices Issues Will Impact Business in 2000

A March 7 primary election battle over insurance law, the plaintiffs' bar legislative attack on arbitration and protective orders, and reforming California's bizarre unfair competition law rank high as civil justice issues affecting the business community

Court to Hear Suit Against Anti-Ballpark Measure

Initial demolition work in the ballpark district began last week, but unless San Diego attorneys can obtain a favorable court ruling this week, the Padres ballpark project could be headed for extra innings.

LEAD STORY--Dot-Coms Surge Ahead in Marketing Game

For advertising and media circles, the surge of dot-com advertising was as much a story at this year's Super Bowl than the final, dramatic image of a receiver straining to reach the end zone, football in hand.

Padres, Sycuan Ink Sponsorship Pact

The San Diego Padres and Sycuan Tribe of the Kumeyaay Indians signed an agreement making the tribe the official presenting sponsor of the baseball team's 2000 season.

Sports Arena Enters Two-Year Booking Deal With SFX

Operators of the city-owned Sports Arena signed a multimillion-dollar, exclusive booking deal with the concert industry's top production and promotion company.

RADIO--Radio Keeping Up With Booming Technology

Technology is booming, yet some so-called "traditional" industries are more reliable and important than ever. Those that are most flexible in adjusting to marketplace changes are reaching new levels of success.

TOURISM--Marketing Campaign Gives S.D. a Fun Identity

The phrases, which ran on billboards in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, respectively, play on a theme that has proven successful for local advertising agency Di Zinno-Thompson Integrated Marketing and its client, the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

POLITICS--Davis, Roberts Lead Mayoral Pack

With about three weeks left until the March 7 primary, the San Diego race for mayor seems to be shaping up as a contest among a wealthy banker and two veteran politicians.

Regional Economic Panel Names Director Changes

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced several changes to its board of directors recently. Appointed as ex-officio members are Supervisor Dianne Jacob taking over the county seat; port Chairman Paul Speer taking over the seat for the

AGRICULTURE--China Opens Doors to Local Citrus Crop Exports

Local citrus growers are elated by an announcement that China will allow imports of San Diego's citrus crop to their country.

CENSUS--Census Bureau Seeks Thousands of Temps

The business of counting heads is rolling into high gear at the U.S. Census Bureau's San Diego office.

E-COMMERCE--Technology: Driving Force In Marketing Innovations

Innovations in technology continue to be the major driving force for creating new market opportunities in the 21st century.

COMMENTARY--Protect Indian Self-Reliance Once and for All

The future of Indians and Indian gaming is back in the hands of the voters. On March 7, Californians will vote on a matter of economic survival to California Indian tribes , Proposition 1A.

TRANSPORTATION--Sides Begin Forming in Brown Field Growth Debate

Transportation: Business Lauds Expansion; Others Fret Over Safety Concerns

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE--Up and comers, awards and more

Point Loma Credit Union welcomed Michael Alvarado as IT manager and Angela Haas as manager. Jeff Stites was named senior vice president at City National Bank. Richmond Boyce was promoted to corporate banking officer and Craig Nelson joined as vice preside

ABOUT THE LISTS--Deregulation Spurs Boom in Radio Advertising

Clear Channel Communications station manager Mike Glickenhaus first realized the power of the new radio medium, one of deregulation and consolidation, as 15,000 people strolled through muddy fields and wet park sidewalks in the middle of a midnight rain.

HEALTH CARE--Nursing Shortage Strains Systems

A local shortage of nurses has some San Diego County hospitals importing temporary health care workers from out of state.

PROFILE--George Pernicano

Editor's note: These stories are the first in an occasional series titled "Where Are They Now?" The stories will look back at the careers of former high-profile members of the business community and answer the question "Where are they now?"

PROFILE--Carleton Lichty

When thinking of landmark hotels in the county, there's little argument that the Hotel del Coronado stands head and shoulders above the rest.


The Barona Band of Mission Indians near Lakeside have opened the first Native American museum on an Indian reservation in the county.

PROXY--Avanir Pharmaceuticals

vanir Pharmaceuticals discovers, develops and markets therapeutic products to treat human diseases.

Landscapers Call For End to Ban On Leaf Blowers

The California Landscape Contractors Association is calling on the state's 20 cities that have enacted bans on leaf blower bans to overturn the restrictions.

HEALTH CARE--Site Aids Search for What Mammogram Overlooks

Dr. Larry Chespak, an experienced radiologist-turned Web entrepreneur, long ago developed an eye for X-ray precision.

REAL ESTATE--High-Rise Condos Set to Be Erected in Downtown

An entire city block in Downtown will become the site of two high-rise condominium towers later this year, a Canadian development firm announced Jan. 28.

CAREERS TODAY--Creaking Bones and Making New Career Starts

Dear Joyce: I work as receiving manager at a large department store in a chain sold about four years ago. At the time of the takeover, I had four workers helping me unload trucks and related work. Now I have none and the work is assigned to part-time work

New Chair Elected for Convention Center

Fahari Jeffers was elected the chairman of the San Diego Convention Center Corp. for 2000.

IBM Finishes Trial Run Here for AlbumDirect

Five major music companies and IBM Corp. recently completed a six-month electronic music distribution trial called AlbumDirect.

WORKWISE--Over-Aggressiveness Can Be Business Detriment

You may not recognize all of the forms of overly aggressive behavior and their detrimental effect upon work.

SMALL BUSINESS--Proposed SBA Budget Holds Promise for Small Biz

Today's economic picture is just about the best it's ever been, both for small businesses and the country in general.

HIGH-TECH--Intervu Deal Good For Industry

Last week's mega-multimedia merger between San Diego's Intervu Inc. and Akamai Technologies Inc. has some Internet companies jumping for joy.

AGRICULTURE--Farmers Base Survival Plan on Marketing Strategies

San Diego County farmers, facing poor soils, increasing urbanization and the highest water prices in the nation, have long been under siege.

ENTERPRISE--UTC Brokerage Offers Personal Touch to Institutional Investors

When Michelle and Tom Schoeffel decided to start their own stock brokerage, they knew they would be giving up steady jobs for the uncertainties of self-employment.

Ryan Aeronautical Center Gets Unmanned Vehicle Contract

Northrop Grumman Ryan Aeronautical Center will take off with a $93.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy.

YOUR personal business--On Money

Dear George: My son is headed for college next year and it looks like we're going to need some financial aid. Where do I get started?

Publisher's Notebook--KSWB Shows Commitment to Community

One sign of a corporation's commitment to its customers is the quality of its service. The sign of its corporate commitment to the community is how involved it becomes with the wants and needs of the regions citizens. One company that walks the walk is KS

$6.8M Gaslamp Parking Structure is Under Way

The city of San Diego broke ground earlier this month on a 500-space parking garage at Sixth Avenue and Market Street. The $6.82 million project, which will serve the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village areas when it is completed this December, is funded fro

ROAD TEST--2000 Bonneville: Well Built But Poorly Styled

The Pontiac Bonneville underwent a complete revision for the 2000 model year and represents the luxury sports sedan side of General Motors' automotive lineup. The top-of-the-line Bonneville SSEi, however, with its excessively stylized front end and side p

TRADE--New Ownership Revives Hopes for Local Railway

Boundary Change Set for San Diego's Foreign Trade Zone Near Border Crossing

FDA Reviews Cancer Drug on Priority Basis

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Feb. 7 the Food and Drug Administration granted its cancer drug, Targretin gel, priority review.

HEALTH CARE--Insurance Deals Appeal More to Firms Than Brokers

PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. announced its new strategy to sell health insurance policies at discounted prices to small employers in California and reduced brokers fees.

Teen Magazine Presents Its Advertisers a Captive Audience

As youths spend more money, estimated to be more than a billion dollars, companies around the world hope to tap into this market.

SALES & MARKETING--Seven Ways to Increase Profits Through Marketing

Most marketers wonder from time to time if there is something they could be doing differently to improve their results.

INTERNET--Tips for Maximizing Online Business Presence

Here's a quick quiz about San Diego growth: What local community added 300,000 new people since 1997 and today has a total population of 1.1 million?

Editorial--A New Chance to Save Our Libraries

Last March, San Diego County voters killed off what appeared to be the last chance to improve the valiant but crumbling public library systems in this region.

FINANCE--Earnings Appear to Be Up for Some Local Banks

Several San Diego County banks recently noted they had better earnings in 1999 than in the previous year.

Retailer to Speak at Ad Club Luncheon

The San Diego Advertising Club is holding a luncheon Feb. 16 featuring Murray Dashe as a speaker.

PUBLIC RELATIONS--Invest In Being Newsworthy for Marketing Return

Advertisers, especially the dot-com companies, bet heavily on the Super Bowl this year. And lost, in my opinion.

Monday, February 7

Web Site Gives Insurance Agents Online Foothold

Insurance: Survey Notes Only 12 Percent of Companies Sold Policies Online in '99

Media--Legoland Matures Its Approach to Marketing

Legoland California, which is almost a year old, is stretching its marketing legs. The Carlsbad theme park recently hired a new advertising agency, Los Angeles-based Dailey & Associates.

Insurance--Web Site Gives Insurance Agents Online Foothold

San Diego's Arrowhead General Insurance Agency Inc. has launched an Internet subsidiary one of its officials said will help independent agents compete with big insurance companies selling policies online.

Letters--A DoJ vendetta against Microsoft? And support for the ballpark remains unwavering.

Isn't it rich? The Department of Justice is out to destroy Microsoft's "monopoly" but hasn't said a word against the new mega-mergers planned by AOL and Time Warner and Time Warner and EMI.

Profile--Believing in Teamwork

Tim Buzbee Applies His Blue-Collar Ethics to His White-Collar Insurance Firm

Aerospace--Firm Edges Closer to Marketing Space

POWAY , As scientists struggle to detect signs of life from the Mars Polar Lander, lost in December after attempting a landing on the Red Planet, Jim Benson is celebrating the growing possibility that his company's plans for commercial deep space missions

With Audi's TT Coupe, Greatness Is Within Reach

Great sports cars must combine two elements: performance that stirs the senses, and styling that delights the heart and soul. With the addition of all-wheel drive Quattro technology to the sporty Audi TT Coupe, greatness is within reach.

Enterprise--ISE Research Takes Rocket Science To the Highway

For one San Diego company that bailed out of its fledgling space business to successfully pursue the electric and hybrid-electric vehicle market, it is all about rocket science.

Commentary--Bridging the Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots

Many people have come to take computers and, by extension, Internet access for granted. The Internet is as much a part of their daily routine as retrieving the newspaper from the front step, checking the mailbox and making a stop at the store.

Proxy--Mitek Systems, Inc.

Mitek Systems, Inc. develops and sells software products with a focus on intelligent character recognition and forms processing technology, products and services for the document imaging markets.


Ground has officially broken on construction for the extension of Nobel Drive to Interstate 805, with a new interchange to the freeway.

Lead Story--Adults Take the Online

eff Creighton says his company,, will do for the continuing education field what airline ticket portal Travelocity has done for the travel industry.

Community Newspapers Group Buys The Californian

East County Community Newspapers, Inc. purchased El Cajon paper The Californian on Jan. 26 for an undisclosed sum.

Technology--SDSU, USD Form Joint Education Doctoral Program

A training director with the U.S. Coast Guard, Terry Bickham earned a master's degree in educational technology from SDSU.

Contractor Sought For Carrier Project

The U.S. Navy is searching for a contractor to build a new $55 million aircraft carrier wharf at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado.

Biotech--Cuba a Potential Partner for Biotech Alliances

The 40-year political roller coaster ride characterizing official relations between the United States and Cuba may be leveling out.

Design Line Selected for Model Homes

Brookfield Homes of Del Mar has selected Design Line of San Diego as interior designer for the model homes at its Miro and Ravel developments in Scripps Ranch Villages.

Your Personal Business

Dear George: I am investing in an S & P; 500 index fund. However, I recently heard about something called "Spiders." Are they a better way to index?

WebSideStory Tests European Market

Europe or bust! In its first move outside North America, La Jolla's WebSideStory has opened an office in France in order to market its HitBox Web audience analysis technology throughout Europe.

Commentary--Props. 30 and 31 Threaten State's Small Firms

Owning and operating a small business is tough. And unless Propositions 30 and 31 are defeated at the polls in March, it will get a lot tougher.

Hot Deals

Selling Agents: Dick Schneider and Kevin Mulhern of CB Richard Ellis represented both parties.

Old Shopping Center Makes Way for New One

Redevelopment of the Valley Rose Shopping Center in the 1500 block of East Valley Parkway in Escondido has started, the developer said Feb. 1.

Biotech--EU's Biosafety Treaty Clouds Spirit of Industry's Boom Celebration

San Diego's biotech leaders are elated about Wall Street's new biotech boom, but they feel altogether differently about a new biosafety treaty allowing the European Union to reject the import of bioengineered foods.

Nonprofits--Businesses Contribute to Education and Other Causes

While that may be true in most instances, for nonprofits the saying might be that one must first receive, in order to give.

Real Estate--No Surprise Here: New-Home Prices Continue Climb

Across the price spectrum, housing across the county is in great demand and getting more expensive, several sources said in January.

Peace Wants RITA to Become Household Name

Citing the tremendous cost savings and greater accountability to the public, state Sen. Steve Peace hopes to make RITA a household name throughout San Diego.

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Infrastructure--Super Agency Would Replace Sandag, Port and MTDB

Citing the tremendous cost savings and greater accountability to the public, state Sen. Steve Peace hopes to make RITA a household name throughout San Diego.

Benefits--Survey: Employee Retention Plans Vary Among Firms

Employer-paid medical coverage and casual dress days are nearly ubiquitous benefits offered by San Diego employers, according to a recent survey by the Eastridge Group.

About the List--Private Schools Give Parents Educational Options

In the midst of debates surrounding the value of the public education system, many parents are looking to private schools as a more viable option.

Telecom--Qualcomm Deal Opens China to Its Technology Contract Pits CDMA Against Rival GSM

Qualcomm Inc.'s competitors say the San Diego firm's recently signed contract with a Chinese telecom giant won't hinder the growth of China's predominant cell phone technology, known as global system for mobile communications, or GSM.

Redevelopment--City Likes Latest Plan To Finance Ballpark

Despite the City Council's unanimous approval of an eye-glazing 1,000 pages of legal documents and a financing package for the Padres ballpark last week, the project is threatened by escalating costs, legal action and a new referendum.

Retail--Tobacco Retailers Fighting Prop. 10

Tobacco retailers , still fuming over 1998's Proposition 10, which enacted an additional tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products , are now looking to overturn the ballot measure.

Editorial--Davis' Goof Could Hurt Our Wallets

We've gotten used to it over the past decade, both in boom and bust years. As August turns into September, the politicians annually suspend all government services as they wage war in Sacramento over the state's budget.

Hospitality--Valentine's Day Makes for Profitable Love Fest

The inspiration for Valentine's Day dates back to the late 200s, to the martyrdom of a Roman priest executed for defying an emperor's order to ban marriages.

Adult Education--Computer Center for Parents Opens in San Diego

An estimated 60 percent of jobs in the United States require a working knowledge of information technology. Armed with this data and the technology goals of the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education has challenged state scho

Business Degrees--Business Plan Competitions Open Doors

It used to be MBA students wanted to graduate and become investment bankers for large firms on Wall Street. Things have changed.

Transportation--Sandag Traffic Plan Could Mean Hike in Gas Tax

San Diego is grappling with the addition of a million new people and half a million new jobs over the next 20 years , specifically, what effect that will have on the region's transportation system.

Saturday, February 5

Technology Rapid pace of e-learning offers competitive advantages

A new year traditionally inspires us to look into the future, from both a personal and business perspective. Resolutions are made, goals are set, and we evaluate what we do and the way we do it.

Lead Teachers becoming computer literate along with students

In most schools, blackboards and chalk have been replaced by interactive smart walls and pointers, while personal computers are nearly as important as a pencil and paper.

Tuesday, February 1

Two Solutions: Dental Insurance and Cafeteria Plans - Employers Find Creative Ways to Provide Benefits

In real estate, it's location, location, location. In employment, it's benefits, benefits, benefits. Employers grappling with the question, "What do employees want?" quickly realize the answer today is benefits.

DNA-Based I.D. System Verifies Authenticity

San Diego-based recently launched its Web site, which boasts the largest collection of online sports memorabilia.

Check 401(k) Fund's Documentation for Hidden Fees

Dear George: I contribute regularly to my company's 401(k) plan. However, I find it very hard to determine what fees and expenses are charged for this account. Where can I get more information?

SeaWorld Involves Public in Expansion Plans

SeaWorld San Diego's campaign to build structures as tall as 160 feet , which critics fear could include thrill rides , has become a roller coaster of its own.

Two Decades of Growth

The San Diego Business Journal celebrates its 20 years of covering the region's business growth in this special issue. On the front cover wrap, produced by Senior Designer Janet Klein, Downtown San Diego circa 1980 (courtesy San Diego Historical Society)

Kyocera Acquires Oregon Firm

Kyocera America Inc., based in San Diego, purchased VisPro Corp., an Oregon-based supplier of ceramic components, for an undisclosed price.

Lagging Bio Stocks Making a Comeback

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s chief executive said he's been energized by the warm air streaming through the window that's been reopened by eager biotech investors.

D?j? vu? Or Is Past Telling Us Something?

In preparing our special 20th Anniversary Issue, we were bemused , shocked is much too strong a word , to see how, despite great advances, some things never really change.

Health Care

Employee Assistance Programs Help Organizations Deal With Death and Mental Health Issues

Health Affects Office Productivity - Workplace Perks Include Wellness Programs

Stress in the workplace depletes more than the employees. According to a recent report issued by the International Labour Organization, job stress costs the economy more than $200 billion every year in lowered productivity, absenteeism, compensation claim

Ontro Inks Pact

Locally based Ontro, Inc., recently announced a new license agreement in which an England-based company will manufacture Ontro's self-heating containers in Europe.

Aquarium Firm Relocates Production Facility

West Coast Aquarium Industries has purchased a suite adjoining its showroom in Kearny Mesa, to be used as a production site instead of the Vista property WCAI acquired in June.

Tudor Publishing Becomes EdVision

Tudor Publishing Co. of San Diego recently changed its name to Corp.

Region's REITs Appear Headed for Healthy 2000

San Diego County real estate investment trusts are busy with property acquisitions, top executives said.



Start-up Focuses on Future of Photography On World Wide Web

Greg White got a charge from creating a Web site containing family snapshots, and sharing those images.

California Public Utilities Commission Starts Webcasts

The California Public Utilities Commission recently began Webcasting its bi-monthly business meetings.


Eric Washington joined Union Bank of California as business relationship officer. Imperial Bank promoted Kathleen L. Berry and Dennis J. Lacey to executive vice presidents and appointed members of the bank's management committee.

Radisson Changes Brand Identity to Include Resorts

Radisson Hotels Worldwide is launching a new brand identity and company name to reflect its leisure interests.

Sharp Purchases

The Sharp Rees-Stealy Mira Mesa Medical Group announced the acquisition of a $1 million Aquilion CT scan machine, one of only two in California.

S.D. Firm Joins With U.S. Semiconductor for Project

San Diego's Space Electronics Inc. is working to help commercialize Kansas City, Mo.-based U.S. Semiconductor's innovative wafer thinning technology and production thinning process for radiation hardening for commercial electronics.

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Many dental benefit providers are making adjustments in cyberspace and technology to offer improvements for convenience and savings directly to the companies, consumers and dentists.

Software Industry Takes Hard Stand Against Piracy

Richard Custard was in China five days after the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows '95.

E-Health Site Delivers Chronic Disease Information

On Feb. 22 a new local E-health company called iMetrikus Inc. will make its debut on the Internet.

Ample Jobs Seen for High-Tech

The local employment picture continues to shine, with plenty of job opportunities for those with limited experience in some fields and escalating wages for many high-tech jobs, according to the San Diego Workforce Partnership's 2000 Occupational Outlook.

Be Alert for More OSHA Rules for Telecommuters

We live in an amazing time. Technology has changed our lives in ways that people one generation ago could not have imagined.

Issues Include Health Impacts and Sales Profits - Businesses Face Conflicting Issues With Prop. 28

Smoking has once again become an issue at the ballot box and the outcome could have serious implications for those involved.

Volunteers Help Resolve Disputes

The long-running "Troubleshooter" consumer fraud series on KGTV Channel 10 regularly gets more requests for help than the station can handle on-air, said reporter Marti Emerald.


Jack in the Box Inc. operates and franchises Jack in the Box restaurants, a fast-food hamburger chain.

New Legoland President Has Big Plans

CARLSBAD,Seated in the head office at Legoland California, Mark Germyn talked about the difference between infants and toddlers.

Attorneys Handle Most Aspects of Law

For those who need an answer to a sticky legal question but cannot conceive of hiring a lawyer, the upcoming Law Day 2000 may be the solution.

Shipyards Issue Warning on Declining Sea Power

The Washington, D.C.-based industry group, which has been fighting for increased Navy shipbuilding the last few years, wants some answers and wants them now.

Antique Show Brings Bike Fans Together

Whether you are a dirt-bike warrior, everyday street biker or the dressed in leather Harley-type, the 8th annual Motorcycles in the Park event brings all motorcycle junkies under one roof.

Today Is the Day That Counts the Most

Many of us were blessed by terrific success in l999. It was our best year in 20 years of doing business as the region's award-winning business weekly newspaper. I hope to repeat that performance at the very least.


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Prevention Program Reaches Out to Health Community - Medical Facilities Are Common Targets of Fraud

The Wall Street Journal recently characterized this decade as the golden age of financial fraud. But the wave of phony gold mine investments, Ponzi schemes and high-ticket shell games doesn't surprise financial historians much.

New Area Code Dismays Consumers

As the owner of Minuteman Press in Sorrento Valley, Bruce Griffith has noticed that just about every one of his customers has been needing new business cards and stationery ever since the telephone area codes changed.

Could the Internet Be the Cure for Voter Apathy?

For more than 200 years, one of the hallmark rituals of American life has been Election Day.

Volvo Wagon Aimed at Young, Physical Buyers

Volvo has made its mark in the European luxury wagon market. In fact, until just the last year or two, Volvo was the only choice in this segment. Now to reach a larger wagon market, Volvo has launched a popularly priced wagon that is aimed at a younger mo

Wireless Facilities Buys The Walter Group

San Diego-based Wireless Facilities, Inc., recently announced its acquisition of The Walter Group for $10.5 million in cash and stock.

Format Helps Working Nurses Overcome Obstacles - Nursing Education Goes Online at National University

Time and geography are creating new challenges for today's nurses in an era of rising demands for nursing professionals with advanced degrees.

Bringing Accountability Back Into the Workplace

It takes more than the ability to turn out high-quality widgets to bring value to the workplace.

Earthquakes Are Only One Reason to Have a Backup - Emergency Power Systems Critical to Health Facilities

We all know that, sooner or later, the big one is coming. If you are a facility manager or company executive/manager, you need to be sure that your facility is equipped with the proper emergency power systems when it does.

Momentum Computer Opens

Carlsbad is home to another new high-tech company. Momentum Computer Inc. recently opened up shop there.

Profile: Rich Byer

Rich Byer was hard at work the second day on his first project as a general contractor when someone came by and said, "I know how to do that job in two hours."

Officers to Continue Studies From Offshore

Ahoy! San Diego-based Silicon Space is developing a long-distance learning program for military officers at sea.

Hot Deals

Buyer: The Shidler Group purchased 83,980 square feet of office space for $11.5 million.

Now Drug Testing Is Being Called Into Question

Dear Joyce: I'm one of those people who had to defend a false positive on a drug test. I read where the American Civil Liberties Union calls workplace drug testing a "bad investment" with "high costs, low dividends and junk science." And the ACLU says mos

Hundreds of False Impersonations Reported Locally Last Year

With identity thefts on the rise, it is no wonder a support group for victims has sprouted up in San Diego.