Stories for August 2001

Monday, August 27

Biotech Isis lands $200 million Lilly deal

CARLSBAD , A local biotechnology firm landed what one analyst described as a "landmark deal" in terms of financial commitment and drug development of "antisense" technology.

High Tech Recently sold Proxima is now closed

InFocus Corp., an Oregon-based manufacturer of multimedia projectors, said it has closed the San Diego office of a company once known as Proxima ASA, which it purchased last year.

People On The Move

Turnquist, Schmitt, Kitrosser & McMahon have hired Yali Yin as senior tax staff accountant, and Joe Demille and Josephine Wong as staff accountants. Cairns, Eng & Applegate, LLP has added Richard Ciner as a tax manager and Ellen Williams as a staff accoun

Enterprise Biotech firm aims to corner market with point-of-care tests

In 1988, Kim Blickenstaff scribbled out a business plan based on what he described as one "cute little product."

Real Estate & Construction

Selling agents: Steve Warfield of Business Real Estate Brokerage Co./NAI represented the seller. Larry Fox of Summit Properties represented the buyer.

CyberBucks Survey: Local economy is withstanding tech fallout

The dot-bomb fallout is still reverberating in the Bay Area, but its impact in San Diego has been overstated, according to a recent report from Alexander X Inc.

Publisher's Notebook Avoid 'Houdini Door' of FEAR

In that piece, I stated that it will only happen if we are prepared to pull it off ourselves; no government entity is going to flip a switch.

Restaurant Contest Digs for Local Flavor

A new Harbor Island restaurant is holding a promotion that explores the flavor in its target markets.

Technology Iomega says Orange County leads relocation list

Utah-based Iomega Corp., a maker of high-capacity diskettes, drives and other data storage products, is looking in the Orange County communities of Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita and Foothill Ranch to relocate its headquarters, a company spokesman sa

Telecom Leap Wireless continues expanding coverage despite stock slump

Coverage is expanding but shares are slumping at Leap Wireless International, Inc.

Rail Coastal commuters find smooth ride, no congestion

The Coast Express Rail, otherwise known as the Coaster, is holding its own as a successful mode of transportation for coastal commuters.

Jewelry From Machu Picchu Inspires New Venture

Julie Darling got help from the gods in starting her business. The owner of San Diego-based Talismans and Tokens frequently refers to mystical experiences that happened as she was setting up shop.

Profile Author and cyber-expert Michael Erbschloe sees danger ahead on the Information Superhighway

Education: Bachelor of arts, sociology, Webster College, St. Louis; master of arts, sociology, Kent State, Ohio

Construction Catellus, Lankford prepare Downtown office projects

Santa Fe, Broadway Will Be First Class A Buildings in Downtown in a Decade

Sports Operational costs may cause Flash to fizzle

For the past several months, the San Diego Nomads, part of the group that runs the La Jolla Nomads youth soccer organization, has operated the minor league soccer team the Flash.



Small Business and Retail California ranks in Top 10 of anti-business states

The sixth annual Small Business Survival Index is out, and once again, California is one of the least business-friendly states in the nation.

High-Tech Outlook is positive at InFlow Inc

Visitors to InFlow Inc.'s Sorrento Mesa office can see through the clear glass front doors but can't open them until the smiling receptionist sitting inside gives her OK and presses a release button.

Energy State FPPC denies port staff has conflict of interest over Duke Energy

The state Fair Political Practices Commission says six Port District employees currently investigating Duke Energy North America do not have a conflict of interest, as claimed by local news media reports.

Marketing The San Diego Chargers jumpstart the season with a new marketing campaign

With a theme created to reflect a rejuvenated team and management, the San Diego Chargers' marketing department is gearing up for what they consider a new beginning.

Law Brobeck avoids layoffs in economic downturn

Pfingst Mulls Re-Election, Still Gets Nod From D.A.'s Investigators Association

Lead Border gates ready to swing open for Mexican truckers

Some Americans fear them; others welcome them. Still others say they won't have that much of an effect. But thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican truckers are coming to America sooner or later.

Nonprofits Local Red Cross funding called into question

Money Raised for Alpine Fire Victims Added to Pool For Future Relief Efforts

Trade International markets opening to small businesses

Some San Diego businesses have entered into international trade with only a handful of employees at their disposal. Other companies may be small, but they have the support of a larger parent company.

Media Art of estimating made easier for photographic arts

When a client calls a photographer for a possible job, the photographer usually submits some sort of project cost plan detailing how much he or she would charge for the work. They're commonly known as estimates.

Fashion Awards Honors Sutter, Designers

Hundreds attended the 15th annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards gala last month at the Mission Valley Marriott recognizing San Diego individuals and companies for their contributions to the fashion industry.

Health Care Hospitals fear retrofitting may force more closures

Representatives of the Healthcare Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties recently met with local Assembly members in Sacramento to lobby for two bills that would ease the financial burden on hospitals in meeting stringent earthquake retrofitting r

Politics SeaWorld set to swim in new council district

If residents of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have questions about corporate neighbor SeaWorld San Diego and its expansion plans, they will have to call a different office.

Redevelopment Trolley project shifts into high gear at SDSU

Cranes and hardhats will join spiral notebooks, economics textbooks and cell phones as common sights on the San Diego State University campus this fall.

Commentary Get the state out of the energy-buying business

If the Legislature fails to act on two key energy-related issues when it returns from summer recess later this month, California will have taken a major step toward establishing a government-run, statewide utility system. Given the complexity and politica

Builder Donates Queen Palms To Oceanside Neighborhood

After Sam Shanely moved into his home in Oceanside, he decided his street needed a little sprucing up.

Internet Cox plans to continue its Web service

Cox Communications plans to keep Internet service flowing to more than 100,000 residential customers in San Diego County , despite the problems of its exclusive service provider.

High-Tech Palm Pilot and GPS team up on golf course

You're on the 18th hole of the Mt. Woodson Country Club golf course and you're sweating. To salvage your game you must miss the lake, but not hit the ball too hard. You don't want to miss the green, too.

Air Travel Air travel industry faces turbulent times

The air travel industry undoubtedly has experienced a few rough patches in 2001, and it may be a while before skies are clear again.

Editorial Regionalization plan reaches the border

Officials pushing for the consolidation of several county agencies appear to be getting a dose of their own medicine.

International Trade Filner seeks clarity in international trade issues

In order to move ahead on border issues at the national level, there has to be a consensus on the issues at the local, state and national levels, according to Rep Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista.

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Monday, August 20

Commentary Governor slams community colleges with cutbacks

I am appalled at the governor's budget actions and his blatant disregard for community college students.

Defense Marine Corps commandant rejects the idea of merging MCRD and Camp Pendleton

San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot is not Camp Pendleton and the two bases should remain separate, the Marines' top officer told a San Diego crowd last week.

Trends Design use of alternative materials seen as building sustainable future

According to a recent study by the World Watch Institute, if the rest of the world used natural resources at the rate we do in the U.S., it would take two additional Earths just to meet the global demand.

Tourism State travel commission launches tourism campaign

Contending with a soft year, the California Travel and Tourism Commission recently launched a one-spot television campaign promoting the state's visitor industry.

CyberBucks Attorneys hang shingle as venture capital firm

Good news for all those struggling new tech firms looking for investor money. A new venture capital firm was created and should open an office soon in San Diego.

Health Care Sufferers of MS fear office discrimination

For many, the thought of interviewing for a job is enough to elicit sweaty palms, high blood pressure and that butterfly sensation in one's stomach.

Tourism Convention Center's $216 million expansion nears debut

As crews wash new windows, nurture young landscaping and clean up the last remnants of construction, the San Diego Convention Center continues to prepare for the grand opening of its $216 million expansion next month.

About The List Landscapers unaffected by slowing economy

Despite dark clouds of recession looming over the horizon, the sun still shines on the landscape contractors industry.

Web Site Spotlights Local Authors' Works

The growth of the Internet and desktop publishing may have expanded access to the written word, but the distribution and sale of books has become more limited.

Small Business and Retail Web site links small business owners, investors

The very same phenomenon that makes entrepreneurs want to start their own business is making it difficult for them to find funding for it. But a San Diego-based service is hoping to change all that.

'Light the Night' Walk Raises Money for Research

Some 2,500 cancer survivors, people fighting the disease, friends and family members will unite to raise awareness of cancer during The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Third Annual Light The Night Walk.

Transportation Caltrans sees the light for its freeway signs

Energy: San Diego Firm Helps Agency Ease Electricity Use With New Fixtures

Construction Developers fueling growth of high-performance homes

Local homebuilders are taking advantage of incentives to make new homes energy efficient.

Landscape Contractors

Landscape Contractors

Salaries Survey indicates this year's pay raise may be next year's pay cut

The good news is, merit pay raises for companies offering them are averaging 4.6 percent, according to a salary survey done by the San Diego Employers Group and the Epler Co.

Sports Biz Flutie Flakes make their way to local shelves

Flutie Flakes, which hit local store shelves shortly after quarterback Doug Flutie signed with the San Diego Chargers in March, have taken on a new look.

Energy SDG & E; says the state wants to raise electricity rates too high

Here's a switch: An electric utility that complains a proposed rate hike is too high.

Insurance Structuring real estate transactions with environmental liabilities

The presence or possible presence of environmental contamination complicates virtually every real estate transaction.

Technology Iomega CEO tempers rumors that firm will relocate to San Diego

Utah-based Iomega Corp., the company behind the Zip computer drive, has reportedly been searching San Diego for new headquarters space.

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People On The Move

Montauk Financial Group's affiliate office of Barrett Haynes has hired Anthony Lombardi as vice president, investments; Christopher Thomman, Sid Melero, Ziad Kizy, Fady Semann and David Hoke as account executives; Donald Haskell as vice president, retirem

Enterprise Golf firm now serves up more than tee times

In 1992, M & M; Tee Times, now called San Diego Golf Reservations, didn't have a mapped-out business plan, executive office or even an official name, for that matter.

Tourism Water park finds risk of promotions pays off

State's Tourism Commission Begins $250,000 Campaign To Combat Energy Myths

Investments Self-storage units become a specialty investment

Practically everybody has a horror story about investments in the stock market. Everyone has probably met more than their share of ex-millionaires lately.

Tourism Airlines hope to stimulate corporate travel market

Cutting out a longtime stay requirement on certain Chicago airline routes isn't expected to affect the travel budgets of many companies in San Diego.

Profile One of Dr. Edward W. Holmes' goals is to change UCSD's school of medicine's educational agenda

Title: Vice chancellor for health sciences and dean, UCSD School of Medicine

Biotech Scientists puzzle over Bush's stem cell decision

President George W. Bush's decision to limit funding for stem-cell research leaves one UCSD scientist puzzled and another one disappointed.

Commentary Old laws funny or bad for small business?

Throughout the history of this great country, elected officials have occasionally passed laws that are relevant to society at that point in time but are totally irrelevant years later.

Tourism Hotels show slight drop in occupancy

So far this year, San Diego County's hotel industry has seen a slight slip in occupancy and an increase in average room rates, according to a Los Angeles-based firm.

Development Large parcels becoming a rarity in North County

Land for industrial development in North County appears to be rapidly dwindling, particularly for companies looking to build facilities on large tracts of land.

Real Estate Urban Land Institute celebrates two firsts

The San Diego District of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) is celebrating two firsts with the appointment of its new chairperson.

Editor's Notebook Deregulation Texas-style: Where's John Wayne when you need him?

Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. I suspect that holds true for buffoons, too.

Lead High-tech Sorrento Valley and Mesa near build-out

Hoping the market will eventually embrace 40,000 more square feet of office and lab space, Chris Loughridge and his partners are planning to build on a piece of vacant, private land wedged between Interstate 805 and Sorrento Valley Road.

Technology UCSD to host part of 'Teragrid' network

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD will be one of several nerve centers for a multicampus computing system designed to process huge amounts of data.

Greyhound Advocates Seek More Corporate Sponsors

LA MESA Greyhounds with their racing days behind them and uncertainty ahead still have a couple of things going for them.

High-Tech Sony Online takes TV's 'Dating Game' to the Web

San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment has already brought out Internet versions of game shows like "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

Finance Arbiters aid day traders in recouping losses

Finance: Seeking to Capitalize On Hot Market, Clients Lost Large Sums With Local Firm

Value of Reading Stressed With Personalized Books

DPR Construction, the San Diego Police Department and McGruff, "The Crime Dog," recently distributed more than 200 books to 12 kindergarten classrooms at Hamilton Elementary School.

Editorial Thanking San Diego's other Mr. Baseball

As the season winds its way from the dog days of summer to fall's pennant chase, San Diegans will get a last chance to offer a tip of the cap to the city's Mr. Baseball, Tony Gwynn.

Monday, August 13

Ken Blanchard Services to Be Auctioned for Charity

Blanchard is donating his services for a one- or two-hour speaking engagement for any company, which retails for $60,000.

Public Companies SEC action addresses corporate accounting practices

On July 18, in the latest crackdown on accounting tricks, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had obtained consensual judgments in civil and criminal cases against American Bank Note Corp. (ABN), a subsidiary, a customer, and ex

Local Chefs Concoct Scholarship Fund-Raiser

Eleven of San Diego's top chefs are planning to combine their talents for a two-day fund-raiser this fall.

Finance Criminal charges are filed against PinnFund USA's CEO

Finance: Investment Exec Accused of Masterminding $300 Million Ponzi Scheme

Telecom The Navy and Marine Corps celebrate the launching of its multibillion-dollar intranet

CORONADO , The Navy and Marine Corps celebrated completion of the second hub in their new, worldwide $7 billion computer network here last week.

Lead Pro forma reporting becoming the norm on earnings statements

When Qualcomm Inc. announced its third quarter results last month showing operating profits had exceeded by a penny per share the consensus estimate from stock analysts, its stock surged more than $3.50 on the day's trading. That made a lot of investors h

Law Local attorneys contribute to anti-stalking book

Lois Kosch and Regina Petty, partners with the Downtown law firm of Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner, are having their say regarding stalking crimes and victim protection.

Health Care Rising costs to drive up Kaiser premiums

Kaiser Permanente recently said rising health care costs is forcing the HMO to boost health insurance premium rates by 11.6 percent in 2002 for Southern California.

Media and Marketing Categories change for local public relations awards

The three-ring binder industry might never forgive the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Editorial California's vanishing middle class

Besides the obvious problems of excessive housing and energy costs, traffic congestion and smog, California is now becoming a class structured society divided between the haves and the have-nots, with little in between.

CyberBucks Gateway closes some European operations

Gateway Inc. is considering shutting down its European operations, a move affecting 1,000 workers.

Commentary Customers deserve the right to choose electric providers

If the California Public Utilities Commission votes to end "direct access" next month, millions of California businesses will lose the right to buy electricity from the provider of their choice. In doing so, they will lose the flexibility to control an im

Stylists to Give Free Makeovers at Concert

While Aerosmith will be playing cuts from "Permanent Vacation" on stage, three San Diegans will be plying their vocation with cuts and permanents off stage.

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Trends Accountants assume new roles to stay competitive

While "number crunching" and tax forms have always been the bread and butter for accountants, the industry is traveling in a new direction, predicted a survey conducted by Robert Half International, Inc. (RHI) based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Enterprise Off Duty Cops, Inc. is just what it says it is

Employees: Five full-time staff members; depending on the job, part-time staff may number in the hundreds.

Gaming Local casinos experience growth and layoffs

The number of slot machines operating in San Diego County grows again this week as a new casino opens in the far reaches of East County.

Commentary Workers' comp must balance benefits with savings

Workers' compensation was established in the early 1900s to provide medical care and disability payments for injured workers. Workers liked the idea of guaranteed medical treatment and cash benefits while off work, while employers embraced a system that f

Small Business and Retail College Grove majorette finds permanent home

She's about 50 years old, four stories tall and weighs 3,500 pounds. And still, she'll be twirling her baton for years to come.

Tourism Weekend travel market on the rise at home and nationally

As consumers continue to make more and more last-minute decisions, weekend travel continues to increase in San Diego and the rest of the country.

Telecom Work nears on second cross-border fiber optic link

The design for a second fiber optic link across the border into Tijuana has been completed and approvals to make the connection possible is expected in about two months.

Largest Accounting Firms

Largest Accounting Firms

Profile Michael Stebner's appointment as executive chef feeds hotel restaurant's buzz

Michael Stebner's Appointment as Executive ChefFeeds Hotel Restaurant's Buzz

Education County prepares to open boarding school for foster children

When San Diego County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts proposed turning an abandoned private school into a boarding school for foster children, they had to prove they could raise $5 million to transform the property.

Tourism Diane Powers files a lawsuit in federal court over legislation

In the newest development in the controversy over bidding to operate Bazaar del Mundo, Diane Powers has filed a lawsuit in federal court.

Real Estate Rental property still catching the eye of investors

According to Encino-based Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co.'s Apartment Research Report, economic indicators show apartment investors are still optimistic. The need for apartments in San Diego is high and the supply is low, so vacanc

Energy Anger and angst all in a day's work at SDG

Workers for the embattled utility say they are feeling the heat, and it has nothing to do with the August temperatures.

Birdhouses to Spruce Up Neighborhood Park Downtown

Redevelopment in the Cortez Hill area of Downtown San Diego will bring new housing to the area, for birds as well as for humans.

Retail B2B technology is called key to future of retailing

Retailers in the United States will need to adopt business-to-business technology if they hope to remain competitive in the 21st century.

Publisher's Notebook Foundation recruited for FleetWeek

San Diego is home to the largest military homeport in the free world, and in the fall of each year the community honors and salutes the military presence in the region.

High-Tech Think Outside puts a keyboard in your pocket

With the line blurring between mobile phones and personal digital assistants (like Palm Pilots), it was bound to happen. Someone was going to hook a computer keyboard to a wireless phone.

Health Care Pharmacies are quick about switching to the generic form of Prozac

You'd think that when Barr Laboratories Inc. announced it won its long battle to sell a generic form of Prozac, pharmacies everywhere would rush to buy it.

Education Community colleges squeezed by budget cuts

San Diego community college officials say their campuses have routinely been at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of state funding.

Recruiting Accounting industry attempts to boost career profile

College and graduate students in the profession are dwindling faster than dot-com millionaires.

Taxes A closer look at the 2001 estate tax law

While proponents of the 2001 estate tax "repeal" touted the tax bill as great tax relief for those impacted by estate taxes, the reality of the new law falls short of that claim.

Monday, August 6

High-Tech Stellcom booklet helps makes execs tech savvy

Last year, San Diego's Stellcom Inc. issued a skinny little booklet whose punch outweighed its profile.

People On The Move

KPMG LLP has promoted Gregory Schulte as business measurement process partner, Randi Rosen as forensic and litigation partner, Rebecca Procsal as tax managing director, Chris Craft as tax senior manager, Jean Monahan as tax senior manager, Myrna Domingo a

Construction Builders put community features in elementary school

CHULA VISTA , The design theme for Corky McMillin Elementary School is community.

Community College Mesa College stands out among schools of its size

With 24,000 students, San Diego Mesa College is one of the largest community colleges in the county.


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Finance Venture funding still pours into San Diego

Venture capital funding flowed freely in San Diego during the past quarter, with 40 local firms attracting about half of the $884 million invested in all of Southern California, according to a recent industry survey.

Marketing Local ad firms weathering economic downturn

Ask local marketers about better times and many will recall a point when potential clients would call them to see if the agency could take them on as an account. Once signed, the clients were aggressive and willing to pay for whatever it took to generate

Media Satellite radio system to be launched in San Diego

It's a question that will be answered in upcoming months, as a Washington, D.C.-based company prepares to launch a satellite radio system in San Diego and other cities in upcoming months.

Tourism Old Town contract open to legal challenges

The different factions involved in the bid for Bazaar del Mundo's concessions contract now await a response from the California State Parks system.

Editor's Notebook Do we really need a $140 million library?

OK, I admit it; I haven't checked out a book from a library since my senior year in high school.

Finance Local bankers step down as execs at U.S. Bank

Two longtime San Diego bankers, Ron Carlson and John Rebello, called it quits last month for U.S. Bank, although Rebello will be retained as a consultant.

Real Estate Qualcomm signs Eastgate deal; facility fully leased

With the signing of a large lease at Eastgate Technology Park in University Towne Centre, biomedical and high-tech firms will have to look elsewhere for large blocks of office space.

Commentary Dental care a crucial part of any health plan

Federal officials recently reported 114,000 jobs were lost across the country, marking the weakest three-month period for employment in the nation since the early 1990s recession.

Internet Sicommnet links agencies, contractors

Pictures of steam trains and the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft share space on Ken Tollefson's office wall.

Business SDSU launches master's programs in health and writing

San Diego State University is introducing two new master's degree programs aimed at business professionals this fall.

Community College Finding a Cure for Managed Health 'PonziCare'

Today's triumphs of medical science are outshined only by the glittering promise of tomorrow's breakthroughs, many of them developed right here in San Diego, where world-class research institutes like UCSD, Salk, the Scripps Research Institute and the Neu

Internet EnsureLink ensures privacy on the very public Web

Similarly, scientists conducting medical research on different continents might want to pass data among themselves, yet keep their intellectual property secret.

Editorial Too many twists in sordid dereg story

Recent accusations that San Diego Gas & Electric Co. deceived ratepayers about profiting from California's disastrous experiment with energy deregulation is just the latest twist in a convoluted story that would make a Byzantine emperor's head spin.

Biotech Amylin to study diabetes drug safety following FDA report

Amylin Pharmaceutical Inc. said it plans a four- to six-week safety trial to evaluate the risk of hypoglycemic events in response to a Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee recommendation against the approval of its diabetes drug Symlin.

Energy SDG & E; is accused of deceiving ratepayers about profiting from the energy crisis

Consumer activists claim San Diego Gas & Electric Co. "scammed" ratepayers during the past year's electricity crisis by charging them for over-priced energy while the utility sold low-cost power to the state power grid for huge profits.

Biotech Invitrogen exceeds 2nd quarter earnings goals

Carlsbad-based biotechnology firm Invitrogen Corp. posted higher than expected second-quarter earnings.

Colleges College's mission stays the same despite name change

Last month, Alliant International University's College of Business Administration changed its name to the United States International College of Business.

Enterprise Engineering firm finds niche in public-private partnerships

There are many construction consultant companies out there, but one Rancho Bernardo-based firm has created its own niche by marketing itself directly to cities and other municipal entities.

Government A government efficiency commission recommends merging three local agencies

Under recommendations by a state-appointed commission on regional governance, three local agencies will be stripped of certain decision-making powers but will not be eliminated.

Biotech Forward Ventures pegs $100 million for local biotechs

Local venture group Forward Ventures said it will funnel more than $100 million into San Diego's life sciences companies despite the weakened national economy.

Tourism Rincon Indians, Harrah's start $125 million casino project

Construction has already begun, and the hype has already started for the new Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort, a $125 million project planned to open next autumn in Valley Center.

Profile New Councilman Brian Maienschein says he answers to his constituents, not City Hall's bureaucracy

Education: Bachelor's degree in communications, UC Santa Barbara; juris doctorate, California Western Law School

Lead Former student learns as he goes from failed dot-com sites

When Cory Koedel moved to San Diego from Sacramento five years ago, he knew there would be some things he had to figure out on his own.

MBA University incorporates Christian values in MBA program

Point Loma Nazarene University launched a master of business administration degree program last month, which focuses on integrity, values, ethics and Christian practices consistent with business education.

Bandwidth Bay Still Attracting Tech Firms

Sure, the dot-bombs have cleared out a lot of leased space in Downtown San Diego, but that isn't going to stop Debora Egelske from banging the drum to find new tech firms to replace them.

Technology OMM lays off more workers

A San Diego maker of optical telecommunications switches has chosen to simplify its product line, and by doing so laid off about 100 employees in late July.

Gatorz' Sports Eyewear Carry Famed Andretti Name

When Michael Andretti zips around the speedway, his father Mario, a legend in the auto-racing world, watches thoughtfully.

Program Funds Fellowships for Local Execs

San Diego's Waitt Family Foundation and Eureka Communities have teamed up to train three executives in local nonprofit organizations.

Small Business and Retail Online senior site offers new travel division

San Diego County is not just a spot for retirees , it's also the place for retirement-related businesses.

Expansion National University eyes acquisition of school

National University is celebrating its upgraded status after receiving distinguished credit ratings from two influential credit rating agencies.

Science Science Institute designed for hands-on learning

After several years of not being able to accommodate its students, the Elementary Institute of Science is awaiting the opening of its new facility in the summer of 2002.

Students Involved In Saving Energy

Eight students from Rancho Bernardo High School did their part in beating the electricity crunch.

Sports Biz Soccer tourney kicks $10.5 million into local economy

Recreational soccer fields are scattered throughout the county and professional teams, such as the Flash, Spirit and the Sockers invite enthusiasts to experience the game on another level.

Politics Asian group seeks to form new city district

That's the message of a group calling itself Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Redistricting, which submitted a proposal to the city's Redistricting Commission to create a council district of their own.