Stories for June 2001

Monday, June 25

Profile Legoland President Mark Germyn is a good fit for managing a young entertainment center

Legoland President Is a Good Fit for Managing a Young Entertainment Center

Sports Biz Padres help guide youngsters toward college

Before one of the Padres' recent games against the Seattle Mariners, the Friars introduced a new team of players to join the ballclub.

Trends Innovation is what matters for corporate survival

Just a few years ago, bricks-and-mortar industries that were once the foundation of our economy were suddenly overshadowed by bolder, sassier dot-coms with a seeming boundless capacity to attract new money and employees.

Health Care New contract gives Sharp nurses more pay, less overtime

After weeks of tense negotiations, nurses at Sharp HealthCare have endorsed a three-year contract that promises more pay, less mandatory overtime and greater input on nursing issues.

Credit Unions Choose Children's for Pet Project

Because it depends so much on private donations for its budget, Children's Hospital in San Diego was especially grateful to a unique statewide fund-raising program called Credit Unions for Kids.

Lead Manufacturers seek opportunity in 'last mile' of telecom traffic

The two or three city blocks that separate office buildings from high-speed fiber optic lines are easy to cross , for a person on foot.

Executive Suites

Executive Suites

Real Estate & Construction

Beginning this month, Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Bonita will begin a top-to-bottom "makeover" as it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year. The $10 million renovation project will include various improvements and changes, both cosmet

M & A; A time for transferring a company's ownership

Picture this. In some boardroom right now, there is a high-level planning meeting taking place in which the executives are discussing their company's strategic needs. They have described a need, and that need is you.

Editorial The time is right for BIO 2001

With the commencement of BIO 2001, the biotechnology industry's annual gathering this week in San Diego, the recent news that investment in local firms is setting records couldn't have come at a better time.

Offices High tech companies changing the face of office design

Fierce competition for employees in today's job market has companies clamoring to build space that is exciting, friendly and packed with amenities.

Lead BIO 2001: Big Investment Opportunity?

While Local Biotech Entrepreneurs Look for Cash, Catching Eye of Major Partners Is the Real Key at Worldwide Industry Event

Tourism Report of House of Blues construction halt denied

Recent reports about stopping construction on the House of Blues nightclub Downtown are an "overstatement," said a company official last week.

Internet New top-level domains: dot-biz and dot-inf

Listen up, trademark owners. New top-level domains for sale, and first-come, first-served?

Energy Construction started on new 'peaker' power plant

ESCONDIDO , By the end of September, Escondido will have a new power plant on line with enough juice to power about 50,000 homes locally.

Biotech Local biotechs beef up security for possible protests during BIO 2001

BIO 2001 Causes Concern Over Local Research Being The Target of Protesters

Environment EPA ruling spells woe to gas costs and clean air

It's supposed to be a victory for clean air, but not even environmentalists are happy with a decision that may push the cost of gasoline much higher starting in 2003.

High-Tech Teligent ends some services as it enters bankruptcy

That's the day the company officially plans to halt certain telecom services in certain California markets.

Enterprise Never Compromise puts its name and philosophy to the test

1997, with help from private investor John Krenger, just one month after Sanyal left Odyssey Golf.

Energy State, SDG & E; power deal will save businesses from balloon payment

San Diego businesses could soon see relief from high electricity rates , from two sources.

Entrepreneurship Top entrepreneurs get their due in annual competition

Six local businesspeople were honored as San Diego's top entrepreneurs at the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards held on June 13.

Health Care UCSD and Children's Hospital and Health Center reach an agreement to merge their pediatric programs

After more than a decade of talking, UCSD Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Health Center reached an agreement to merge pediatric programs.

Telecom Telecom firm tightens belt, lays off 11 from staff

POWAY , Citing an industrywide downturn, Littlefeet Inc., a Poway-based maker of telecommunications equipment, laid off 11 people from its staff earlier this month, leaving the company with about 100 employees.

Technology SAIC going strong despite drop in quarterly profits

Science Applications International Corp., the San Diego-based information technology research firm, reported $8.8 million in profits for its first quarter, but it was a far cry from the $1 billion the company earned in the same period a year earlier.

Retail Artistic entrepreneur opens local retail shop

My Memory Box, a company that offers an inventive way to capture treasured memories in a personal, framed display case, recently opened its first retail shop in San Diego and launched an e-commerce operation.

Aging School To Get $3.5M Makeover

Work has started on the $3.5 million partial demolition and reconstruction at 50-year-old Gillispie School in La Jolla.

Franchises Jenny Craig trims the fat with building's sale

Real Estate: Deal Eliminates Property From Potential Sale of Local Weight-Loss Firm

Environment Companies frequently turning to available Web-based environmental technologies

Companies Frequently Turning To Available Web-Based Environmental Technologies

Aerospace Locally built unmanned aircraft are showing they're made of the right stuff

Foreign governments are lining up for such unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which can carry cameras and other sensors into hostile areas while being flown from a ground station a safe distance away.

Trends Virtual Tours bring real estate to your laptop

The Internet has indelibly changed the face of business and the real estate industry , for the better.

Commentary A year has made a huge difference at Scripps

In a recent San Diego Business Journal editorial, the question was asked, "Can a year make a difference?"

How To Developing and Forming strategic alliances

Ask the CEO of any startup and you will find that venture capital is hard to come by these days.

Editor's Notebook Big Oil is giving SUVs a bum rap

Every time the price of gasoline goes up, someone blames it on the popularity of "gas-guzzling" sports utility vehicles.

Commentary Is California saying 'good bye' to green energy?

A fast solution is rarely a good one. But unfortunately, in a rush to address the energy crisis, our legislators are considering a "quick fix" that threatens to kill one of the few good developments to come out of the infamous deregulation bill, AB-1890 ,

Human Resources E-HR concept moves beyond basic online HR services

If you are like me, you probably appreciate learning about innovative concepts and how to incorporate them into your business , especially if they have the potential to help you boost productivity and save time and money.

Government Approval of city's budget doesn't please everyone

San Diego City Council members were given an "A" for their effort after adopting a $2.4 billion budget.

Retail Internet gold rush over, but opportunities exist

Like the California gold rush of 1849, the Internet in the 1990s created an environment for another rush for wealth like the days of the Wild West. Thousands of dot-com companies, Web developers, and Internet-related products and service providers blossom

Convention Leads Club plans cruise ship convention

Business professionals will have the chance to mix, mingle and party aboard an Alaskan cruise ship while attending a convention sponsored by the Leads Club, the San Diego chapter of the international, referral-based marketing service.

Redevelopment The Port District begins its search for another hotel developer for the Campbell shipyard site

The San Diego Unified Port District is expected to authorize a request for proposal process to seek a new developer for the Campbell Shipyard hotel site.

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Finance Borrego Springs takes 1st quarter hit but plans to spring back

What was supposed to be a smooth transition on the sale of two bank branches to a credit union was anything but for Borrego Springs Bank last quarter, contributing to the bank's first quarter loss.

Small Business and Retail Deciding who's exempt from overtime just got harder

Small business in California could be hurt by a new state rule redefining how "exempt" employees , those not eligible for overtime pay , get paid.

People On The Move

Roel Construction has hired Shannon Feldman as administrative assistant and Chuck Haberstroh as project manager/estimator. Steven H. Traylor has joined Pacific Building Group as an estimator. Yazdan T. Emrani has been named director of engineering and GIS

Photographer Gives Pointers To Marketers

For those people in commercial photography, the methods and technology seem to change every day.

How To Choosing the right internet service provider

Choosing the wrong online or Internet service provider costs you. You're already stressed at work and on the freeway. The last thing you need at home are problems with the Internet.

$10M Care Center Brings Animal Groups Together

Construction will begin in October for a 44,500-square-foot animal care center for the San Diego Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Monday, June 18

Commentary The first stirs of an awakening economic giant

It is time for this giant to rise. It is time people, particularly lawmakers, stopped and looked up at the real titan of the American economy.

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Real Estate and Construction

Environmental Business Solutions Makes Comerica Inc.'s Elite List of Approved Consultants

Government As one new council member takes office, a movement begins to oust another

As one San Diego City Council member was sworn into office last week, plans were set in motion to take another one out.

Publisher's Notebook San Diego loses one of its 'gentle giants'

San Diego is truly America's Finest City and it got that way because of the fine civic and business leaders who have for decades volunteered of their time, energy and money. On June 6, San Diego lost one of its finest, Richard "Dick" Burt.

Insurance Bringing environmental insurance into real estate deals

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

Energy Electric rate increases are still planned despite drop in wholesale prices

The good news: After months of exorbitant prices, the wholesale cost of electricity has sharply fallen , thanks, in part, to the state's Department of Water Resources.

CyberBucks Peregrine cures remedy's ills with acquisition

Peregrine Systems, the San Diego-based software provider, chalked up another large acquisition last week, announcing a $1 billion planned cash and stock deal for Remedy Corp., a software provider based in Mountain View.

Hospitality Plans take shape to rebrand and market the U.S. Grant Hotel

Plans are taking shape to rebrand and market the U.S. Grant Hotel under its new owner, Wyndham International, Inc.

Enterprise Local camping firm explores industry niche

Even though camping has long been one of his favorite hobbies, Troy Hemingway knows it's not the easiest thing to organize.

Government Report cites county's increase in temporary workers

Labor: Replacing Permanent Staff Harms Quality, Says Union-Affiliated Group

Media Talk station KCBQ explores classical music format

With classical station KFSD-FM's switch to an alternative format a couple of months ago, taking most of the local market's classical music offerings with the move, conservative talk station KCBQ-AM has launched its own classical music show.

Lead Firms meet mixed results in recycling zones

acy Davis is working on a plan that would allow the state to help her recycling business, which in turn would help the cities in the county.

Law Attorney calls 'front pay' ruling a message to employers

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ruling limiting the amount workers wronged on the job receive in "front pay."

High-Tech Qualcomm venture takes aim at the big screen

Three months after floating a proposal that would pay for movie houses' jump to digital projection, Technicolor Digital Cinema LLC is waiting for theaters and studios to commit.

High-Tech Medium-size tech firms outdo big tech on profit return

Peregrine Systems, the San Diego-based software provider, chalked up another large acquisition last week, announcing a $1 billion planned cash and stock deal for Remedy Corp., a software provider based in Mountain View.

Profile From a Hillcrest grocery store to the planned Downtown library, Hal Sadler's impact on San Diego's landscape is unmistakable

Education: Bachelor of science degree, Arizona State University, 1952; Bachelor's degree in architecture, USC, 1955

Commentary Small firms can play greater role in health care

If you ask most workers how much money their employers spend on staff positions, they would probably list the amounts of workers' salaries.

About The List Consultants gear up for new water quality rules

With the recent passing of the stormwater regulations by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, local environmental consulting firms continue to look for ways to bring about compliance among municipalities and the general public.

Environmental Consulting Firms

Environmental Consulting Firms

Storm Water San Diegans face drastic new stormwater legislation

Stormwater runoff is no longer an issue causing headaches only for real estate developers. It's become an issue for everyone, particularly for the 2.8 million residents in San Diego.

Girls Love Company's Logo on Sports Clothes

The stock in trade for San Diego-based sports clothing maker Girls Love Dirt is its name. It creates an image that women respond to enthusiastically.

Small Business and Retail Entrepreneurs need to focus on customer 'laws'

Having trouble attracting customers? Ray Smilor, president of the La Jolla-based business promotions group The Foundation for Enterprise Development, said there are three universal laws of entrepreneurial marketing.

Government Efficiency commission staff says it's not ready yet

Some members of the county's planning agency think an efficiency group charged with finding a better way to make regional transportation and land-use decisions is not ready to conclude its work.

Beach Is a Science Lab For Curious Students

Once thought of as just another place of fun in the sun, Tourmaline Beach, located at the north end of Pacific Beach, is now a designated territory of geological studies.

Biotech Dublin-based drug company Elan Corp. brings its North American headquarters to San Diego

Dublin-based drug company Elan Corp., plc. will bring 100 employees of its pharmaceuticals unit to Sorrento Valley, the planned new headquarters of its North American operation, according to a local economic official.

Stunt-Stars Are Born at Stunts-Ability

A San Diego-based nonprofit assisted in the casting of eight amputee characters in Steven Spielberg's new movie "A.I."

Shortage of State Quarters Drives Up Value

The U.S. Mint is roughly three years into a decade-long program to distribute quarters with designs honoring individual states. The coins are being issued in the order the states entered the union.

Biotech Diversa system speeds process of screening genes

San Diego-based biotechnology firm Diversa Corp., which scours extreme terrains for biological micro-organisms, said it developed a high-throughput system to rapidly screen genes.

People On The Move

Deloitte & Touche has appointed Theresa Drew as managing partner. Thomas Thale has been named senior portfolio manager of First National Bank's Trust and Wealth Management group. Paul Champlin of Paine Webber in Carlsbad has been named to Scudder Investme

Internet MusicMatch battles record labels over definition of 'interactive radio service'

More than a dozen record labels are suing Rancho Bernardo-based Musicmatch Inc., alleging its Internet radio service infringes their copyrights.

Editorial Another thorn in the City Council's side

Just when it appears the dark cloud hanging over the San Diego City Council's chambers appears to be clearing, in rolls another storm.

Redevelopment Coastal panel OK of NTC plan puts city in a bind

Changes recommended by the California Coastal Commission regarding the redevelopment of the former Naval Training Center may be too much for the city of San Diego to bear.

Monday, June 11

Firm Takes High-Tech Approach to Cutting Energy Costs

With energy costs skyrocketing and businesses looking for ways to reduce those bills, the folks at Pentech Solutions are busier than ever.

Education SDSU reduces summer class costs for students

Last year, 15 credit hours during summer session at San Diego State University cost nearly $2,000.

Profile Mingei founder/director Martha Longenecker finds art in culture

Education: Bachelor's degree in art, UCLA; arts education credential and MFA, Claremont Graduate School

Fireworks Show a Major Production

When he first moved to Point Loma from Del Mar 18 years ago, H.P. "Sandy" Purdon was surprised to find that there wasn't a large-scale July 4 fireworks show in the Point Loma-Shelter Island area.

How-To Communications guide for locals that go global

For years, innovators, inventors and startup companies have flocked to the digital coast, looking for a place that would provide them with the talent, infrastructure and services they needed to grow and prosper.

Retail Starbucks' plan for Ocean Beach stimulates anger among local residents

As the residents of Ocean Beach fight over whether to allow a Starbucks Coffee shop to come to the area, Gerrie Trussell finds herself between the two factions.

Biotech Immune Response stock drops after test results

CARLSBAD , Stock in Immune Response Corp. lost more than half its value in one day after the company released disappointing trial results for Remune, its AIDS drug.

Maquiladoras Selling assets under Mexico's new administration

The sale of assets from a maquiladora in Mexico can have major customs duties and tax ramifications under Mexico's new maquiladora regime.

Lead Gateway of the Americas seen as a symbol of unity

You can't blame developer Sam Marasco for using a bit of hyperbole in comparing his new shopping center with one of the nation's most recognizable monuments.

People On The Move

Richard A. Logan has joined Bank of Coronado as vice president and commercial loan officer. San Diego National Bank has added Vincent A. Di Tomaso as vice president, commercial lending officer and Teri Kahookele as customer service manager. Shannon Foster

Tijuana Industrial Parks

Tijuana Industrial Parks

Commentary Solving the energy crisis lies in a 'New Deal' example

The bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric, the planned purchase of Edison's power grid by the state, and the rate hike of up to 80 percent all have one thing in common: Each does little to solve the basic problem of encouraging power generators to provide

Editor's Notebook Can a year make a difference?

A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial sharply criticizing the litany of Scripps groups and their inability to work toward a common goal.

Education SDSU curriculum covers topics in a global marketplace

San Diego State University's international business program is expanding its curriculum to include dual- and triple-degree exchange programs in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Italy and France.

Energy Baja powers up to sell electricity to California

Baja California provides a huge manufacturing base for many local companies, but the Mexican state also has been selling Southern California one of the hottest commodities around: electricity. And it's building the capacity to sell more.

Government Chamber of Commerce sounds off on unification of local agencies

For the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the idea of areawide governance means more than building new freeways and finding a location for a new airport.

High-Tech State bill threatens intellectual property

Legislation moving through the state Capitol threatens to expose intellectual property and other proprietary information central to business, a high-tech industry association warns.

Sports Biz Chargers seek bigger audience with TV show move

The San Diego Chargers are not only making changes in the front office to start the new season, but the team is also making moves on television.

Energy Pay now, pay later: Get ready to pay more for electricity for a long time to come

Customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. may see their electricity bills swell for five years starting in 2002 or 2003, as San Diegans come to grips with an energy "balancing account" that now stands at $750 million.

Local Law Firm's Patriarch Turns 90

Ferdinand "Ferd" Fletcher has not actively practiced law since 1987. But that hasn't stopped him from keeping an ongoing role with the firm he co-founded more than 60 years ago.

Tourism Ag Association prepares for Del Mar Fair changes

For the 22nd District Agricultural Association, however, there are many factors that affect operations this year, according to fairgrounds CEO and General Manager Tim Fennell. The fair opens to the public June 15.

Technology Chinese-Japanese telecom contract firms up Qualcomm's technology in Asia

Wireless: Contract Between Chinese, Japanese Telecoms Solidifies Technology's Role

Developer Stands Behind the Big Flag

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than to roll out the American flag , a 100-by-50-yard American flag to be exact.

How-To New ways of conducting business in Vietnam

As professor of international business, I was interested in comparing life and observing changes in the Vietnamese economy with the way it was before the Americans pulled out.

Real Estate & Construction

Roel Construction Co. has completed tenant improvements for Cal Bank Wealth Management located in the Golden Eagle Plaza on the second floor. The 3,654-square-foot project in Downtown San Diego consisted of a conference room, private offices and a recepti

Insurance East Coast firm buys the Robert Driver Co

Insurance: Alliant Arranges $165M Finance Package for Driver, Future Acquisitions

Small Business and Retail Credit crunch for small biz? Not necessarily

There's allegedly a credit crunch facing small businesses right now , not that you've noticed.

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Government Panel pushes for equity in city contracts

Companies owned by minorities, females and disabled veterans received less than 4 percent of the $79.8 million awarded by the city of San Diego for construction work in the last six months of 2000.

Defense Defense supplement spending bill holds promise for San Diego

Defense: Request Includes Funds for Global Hawk and Naval Ship Maintenance

CyberBucks Future appears cloudy for Online Asset Exchange

Late last year, Online Asset Exchange looked like a winner, but today it appears the San Diego-based Internet exchange site for used industrial equipment may be in trouble.

Editorial Increasing the benefits of free trade

Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada was absolutely correct when he recently pointed out the next step for free trade among the Americas is to make the rewards of NAFTA's success available to small- and medium-sized businesses on both sides of the border

Energy A state bill aimed at thwarting high fuel prices stalls in the Senate

Special legislation aimed at thwarting staggering gasoline price hikes this summer due to rolling blackouts is stalled in the state Senate.

Commentary Smart growth using 'purchased development rights.'

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

Enterprise Kutch & Co. takes 'friendly' approach to public relations role

Bonnie Kutch cultivates her public relations firm, Kutch & Co., with basic principles she has developed over a 20-plus-year career , she takes clients only if she believes in their business plan, supports the way they conduct business and would have them

Tourism City-funded arts groups bring in over $100 million in 2000

Local arts and culture organizations paid $102.2 million to local businesses and individuals last year, according to the annual report released by the city of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Monday, June 4

Technology Computer museum moves chips to a new block

When the Computer Museum of America opens in its new Downtown location next month, it will mark a new starting point for the 18-year-old institution.

Profile After overseeing the city's largest public works project, Dave Schlesinger is ready for new challenges

Title: Director, Metropolitan Wastewater Department; vice president of operations, Bajagua.

Online Connectivity: A revolution in building customer loyalty

Yes, many of the dot-coms crashed, but they certainly played an important historical role in making everyone better.

Biotech VCs' $30 million allows firm to launch spine surgery tool

NuVasive, Inc. said it secured $29.3 million in venture capital funding, allowing the San Diego-based medical device maker to launch its first approved product, a unique tool used during spinal surgery.

Media Stacy Taylor returns to local airwaves on KOGO

Longtime local radio personality Stacy Taylor is back on the air, hosting a new talk show on KOGO.

Offices Reorganization is the byword in high-tech facilities

With so little land available for new construction in San Diego, a new trend in commercial real estate has emerged to provide property managers with an interesting challenge , having existing spaces divided, reconfigured and redesigned to sublease to new

Energy Fleet owners are feeling the pinch of gas prices

Energy: Courier Services, Security Firms, Truckers Struggle With Rising Costs

About The List Electronics firms brace for higher electricity bills

With the economy softening in recent months and energy costs from electricity climbing, local electronic companies feel like they're playing with a double-edged sword.

Lead Lawmakers propose curbs on cell calling when driving

He's a menace on the road, cradling his portable phone, yakking away, all while tending the steering wheel and the stick shift.

Real Estate and Construction

Florham Park, N.J.-based Gale & Wentworth has started the second phase of construction of two buildings for two separate headquarters and R & D; facilities totaling 150,000 square feet for both buildings at the Carlsbad Corporate Center.

Enterprise Polexis mines the Internet for war and peace

Business: Software developer with patented systems geared to defense and commercial uses; name means 'guiding knowledge'

People On The Move

William Sharon has been promoted to director of retail design for Smith Consulting Architects. Mary McLellan has been appointed design phase manager for Highland Partnership, Inc. Sundt Construction, Inc. has hired Dave Rudderow as a project manager/estim

Commentary It's possible to keep the lights on this summer

Just how much power generation does San Diego County need to bring online if it hopes to escape rolling blackouts this summer? Is there any chance of avoiding blackouts altogether? The answers are just as complicated as the current state of California's f

Transportation Allowing Mexican truckers access to the U.S. raises concerns this side of the border

By the beginning of 2002, Mexican commercial trucks likely will be rolling freely on U.S. roads.

Kargoil Changes Oil On Cars Parked at Work

Do you hate the hassle of bringing your car in for an oil change? A Carlsbad-based company hopes to make a niche for itself by bringing the oil change out to your car.

Trade Chile gets warm reception as a trade partner

California Aerospace Components, Inc., had never done business outside the United States before company President Anthony Scott's journey to Chile in May.

Real Estate San Diego escapes bulk of CB Richard Ellis cuts

Citing a slumping commercial real estate market, CB Richard Ellis, Inc. announced the cutting of 160 jobs, half of which will be sliced from the company's North American offices.

Editorial Lockyer's anger at Enron is justified

California state Attorney General Bill Lockyer drew heat late last month when he suggested to reporters he would like to personally escort Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay into a prison cell containing an amorous male inmate named Spike.

Insurance Insurance protects companies conducting commerce online

Recent studies suggest the amount of commerce conducted over the Web will skyrocket from $2.6 billion in 1996, to $200 billion in 2001. Companies all over the world are taking measures to allow for e-commerce solutions.

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Energy A plan to use privately owned backup generators raises more questions than answers

San Diego could experience relief from summer blackouts thanks to privately owned backup diesel generators that might come on line during times of crisis.

Government Governments take online approach to improving services

Using the Internet from your home or workplace to purchase a plane ticket, buy a book, or even make a bank deposit is becoming commonplace.

AIDS Walk Holds Golf Fund-Raiser

Calling all golfers , amateurs and pro , Aids Walk San Diego will host its seventh annual Ben Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament on June 7.

Trade Mexican president says small firms will benefit from Latin American trade

Although the North American Free Trade Agreement has been very successful at increasing trade between Mexico and the United States, the next challenge is to bring that success to the level of small- and medium-sized businesses on both sides of the border.

Small Business and Retail Survey says consumer confidence rebounds

Consumer confidence in the nation's economy rebounded in May, lifted by optimism about future economic conditions.

Law In-house legal departments score well with execs

Most corporations expect more from their in-house counsel than from outside counsel, and, according to the American Corporate Counsel Association, most of those expectations are met.

Divers Seek Treasure As They Pick Up Bay Trash

It's all about perception and creativity in a "trash treasure" contest organized as Operation Clean Sweep, which took place June 2.

Media Long-time Union-Tribune cartoonist Steve Kelley talks about his dismissal from the paper

Longtime San Diego Union-Tribune political cartoonist Steve Kelley went public last week with his recent firing from the newspaper.

High-Tech Senate switch will have wide impacts on high-tech

Who in the West Coast tech community could have expected a Vermont senator to register on our Richter scale?

Military Know-How Applied to Highway Bridge

In a unique transfer of military technology to the civil infrastructure, the bridge is built with lightweight, advanced materials commonly used in aerospace.

Technology Gateway launches a 'cool' new marketing campaign

Gateway Inc., the San Diego-based computer maker pushing to rebuild its business, is now on a price-whacking campaign.

Publisher's Notebook Offering a salute to the military community

May was Armed Forces month and it culminated around the nation with a blitz of television programs on World War II and, in particular, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Electronics Manufacturers

Electronics Manufacturers

Energy Coal shortage shouldn't add to California's energy woes

The last thing needed by California's electric utilities , already strapped for hydro-electric power, natural gas and cash , is another shortage.

Commentary Alliances can help increase health care coverage

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust reported that the percentage of California employers offering health insurance has risen from 48 percent in 1999 to 60 percent in 2000. As with most things, there