Stories for April 2002

Monday, April 29

California's Real Math Crisis Is in Sacramento

OPINION by State Sen. Ray Haynes


Calendar of Events

Biotechs Merging to Pool Resources

Traditionally, big drug companies have gobbled up smaller biotechnology firms to smooth out the long and bumpy road to drug development. Now, biotech companies are increasingly buying one another. The reasons for the consolidations are many.

Tech Firms Still Suffering Losses in Earnings

Finance: AMCC Ends FiscalYear on Sour Note; Cohu Also Reports Quarterly Loss

Cost of Gas No Worry for Company of Telecommuters

Energy: Vista Firm Has No Physical Plant To Heat or Cool

Company Creates Murals That Teach Geography


PLNU to Offer Master's Degree in Nursing This Fall

Point Loma Nazarene University is developing a new master's of science degree in nursing open for enrollment for the 2002 fall semester.

Parent Firm of North County Paper Reports Flat Earnings

Lee Enterprises, parent company of the North County Times, reported second-quarter earnings last week and said diluted earnings per share of 30 cents are flat compared to the year before.

Prop. 39: Ruling Expected on Allocation of Facilities


State Restructures Eight Long-Term Energy Contracts

State officials recently announced they have restructured eight of California's long-term energy contracts.

Sequenom Funds Making of Heart Disease Drug

Idec Reports Its Solid First Quarter Earnings

Seasonal SpikeIn Energy Is About to Hit

Small-business owners can expect their electric bills to go up about 20 percent beginning next month. The seasonal jump will last until September...

Qualcomm Stock Rises as Expectations Met

Wireless: Company Trims Guidance With Weakening Market for Cell Phones

What's More Basic Than Hot Dogs And Lemonade? A Uniform

ENTERPRISE: Restaurants

E-Learning Aids in Professional Development



Real Estate Sales and Leases

S.D. to Summer Port Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Tourism: Vessel to Visit Mexican Riviera Weekly

Plan Makes Saving for College Attainable Goal


Educators to Be Honored at Best Practices Showcase

Best Practices Showcase 2002 will honor "Best Practices in Education" for San Diego County elementary and middle schools May 13, at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Bersin Continues Effort to Improve Student Achievement


Marines in No Hurry to Move MCRD

Editor's Notebook by Martin Hill

Brand Identity a Critical Asset in Higher Education


Mission Valley Project Takes on Village Concept; KB Home Acquires Oceanside Site With $17 Million Price Tag

San Diego Real Estate by Mandy Jackson

Housing Crunch Puts S.D. on Fast Track Path

For real estate developers, time is money. They contend the long review and approval process in San Diego adds to the cost of their projects and limits the amount of affordable housing that can be built.

Rincon Casino Ahead Of Schedule

Rincon Casino Ahead Of Schedule

International Biz Education Needs Real-World Skills


Northrop Unit Happily Gets Stuck With a RASCAL

Websense Earnings Double Over Same Period Last Year

Aquifer Eyed as Reservoir

As Southern California gets squeezed both for water and a place to store it, the way to help solve both problems could literally be under our feet.

Steel Work Starts on Trolley Extension at SDSU

A San Diego-based company has started construction work for its part of the San Diego Trolley extension.

Bottled Water Firm Upping Its Production

Bottled Water Firm Upping Its Production

Investors to Convert Area Apartments to Condos

San Francisco-based institutional investor Hearthstone is investing $50 million and partnering with Regis Homes and American Property Enterprises to purchase and convert 300 apartments to condominiums in Mission Valley.

Corvas Stock Drops on Negative News

Biotech: Pfizer Will Not Make $6M Milestone Payment After Failure of Experimental Drug

Steiner Leisure Ltd. Moves Spa HQ to San Diego; Steiner Leisure Ltd. Moves Spa HQ to San Diego


Update of Downtown Community Plan Set

Public workshops for businesses and residents to provide input on the Centre City Community Plan for Downtown San Diego will begin in May.

Firm Seeks to Boost Sales Through Merger

Magis Networks Completes Second Round of $40M in Venture Funding

PROFILE: A Perennial Self-Starting Starter

Five Companies Later, Amir Moussavian Is Putting MIR3 On San Diego's High-Tech Map

Rosters of Corporate Directors Get a Second Look

Finance: Shareholders Demanding More Accountability of Boards

Leap Wireless Reports Loss for 1st Quarter of Year

San Diego-based Leap Wireless International, Inc. shouldered a loss in the first quarter of 2002 while increasing its subscriber count 24 percent to 1.38 million people.

Tourism Week Reflects Industry's Role in San Diego

OPINION by Reint Reinders, President and CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Commentary: Inclusionary Housing not a Workable Plan

Commentary by Rick Bell

Nominations Needed for Best Office Buildings in San Diego

The deadline for nominating office facilities for the the Office Building of the Year awards, also known as the TOBYs, from the San Diego chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association is approaching.

Peregrine Products Get Marketing Boost From IBM

IBM and San Diego-based Peregrine Systems, Inc. will step up efforts to market products using Peregrine's infrastructure management software.

Apartments Are Increasingly Lucrative Investments

Real Estate: Properties Needing Rehabilitation Aren't Deterring Investors

Top Creative Show Radio Ad Makes Unlikely Impact

JWalcher Signs Deal for Upcoming YachtFest '02

Sweetwater Students Study in Real-World Classroom


Monday, April 22

Chamber, Firm Partner to Help Local Small Biz

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

April 15 Was a Day to Honor, Not Mourn

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Pollution Standards May Extend Past Waterfront Firms

Environment: Preliminary List Describes About 80 Polluted Areas in San Diego County

Cingular, AT & T; Launch Wireless Internet

Wireless: Announcements Accompany Merger Reports

Radio, TV Sports Announcers Offer New Take on Game

Media: Change May Shake Up Some Longtime Listeners

Port Covers Legal Costs for Former Commissioner

Politics: David Malcolm Resigned in January

Local Firms Secure San Diego Unified Jobs Worth $16.5 Million in Prop. MM Construction Contracts

The San Diego Unified School District has awarded $16.5 million in Proposition MM construction contracts to three local companies.

Owning Office Space Beneficial for Mature Companies

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

Gateway's Losses Near Chairman's Predictions

Gateway Inc. reported losing $123 million in its first quarter, on revenues of $992 million, a little worse than Chairman Ted Waitt told analysts it would do a few months ago.

South Carolina Site Uses Local Firm for Cleanup

A Carlsbad-based company began work cleaning up environmental contamination in South Carolina.

Ben & Jerry's Dish It Out for K9 Companions And Global Warming

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

Pacific Trust Bank Puts Its Focus on The Customer

The president and CEO of Pacific Trust Bank sets high expectations for the customer service his bank provides and isn't shy about comparing it to some of the best-known brands in the nation.

Cox Unveils Blockbuster New Program

Local Firm Loses One Brother, Promotes Another

Study Targets Sempra Projects in Mexico

Greenpeace hopes to stop Sempra Energy projects in Mexico, claiming the San Diego-based company wants to exploit the border region as "a dirty energy export zone for the United States."

New Career Center Opens

An innovative One-Stop Career Center opened this month in the Grant Hill area


Real Estate Sales and Leases

CSU San Marcos Hosts Noted Journalist

William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for the New York Times, will speak at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

NStor Predicts a Profitable Third Quarter

Wenaas Announces Retirement From JNI; Stiska Named as Replacement

San Diego May Still Get a Slice of Coast Guard's Deepwater Program

San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp. has apparently lost its bid to be prime contractor on the U.S. Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System.


Calendar of Business Events

Titan, Invitrogen Defect From Arthur Andersen

Finance: Opinions Mixed on Whether Accounting Firm Will Survive Investigations

PCM Gets OK for Five Developments

PCM Gets OK for Five Developments

Employee-Owned Firms Get Boost From Beyster

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

SAIC to Research Homeland Security in Transportation

A San Diego-based company has been selected to conduct research looking into homeland security for the transportation sector.

Coast Guard To Keep Sea Marshals

The stepped-up protection the U. S. Coast Guard has offered commercial shippers, the Navy and San Diego Bay after last year's terrorist attacks will continue, the Coast Guard's top admiral says.

City to Ask For Revote On Sewage Waiver

San Diego officials will ask state regulators to overturn a decision that could cost the city as much as $3 billion.

Artists Profit From Developing Business Fundamentals

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

PROFILE: Gail Goldberg - Getting Smart About Growth

San Diego's Planning Director Practices What She Preaches

Businesses Hazy on New Storm Water Regulations

Government: All Business Owners Can Expect Annual Inspections

Palomar Offers Compromise in Unionizing Dispute

UCSD Ginkgo Study Shows Promise for MS Sufferers

Small Businesses Frequent Targets of Scam Artists

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

UCSD Nurses Protest Stalled Contract Negotiations

Issues Remain Overtime, Staffing Ratios, Pay Raises

Making the Transition From Entrepreneur to CEO

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

"X-Files" Films Final Scenes in Local Desert

Is the truth out there in Ocotillo Wells? Longtime science-fiction drama "The X-Files" is shooting scenes from its final episode in the desert-area off-roading site this week.

State Shouldn't Grab Market From Private Printers

Opinion by M. David Stirling, vice president of Pacific Legal Foundation

Insurance Firm Changes Name to USI of San Diego

El Camino Insurance of Oceanside has changed its name to USI of San Diego Insurance Services.

Students Get Insight Into Courts During Law Week

Students soon will receive special courtroom training in celebration of Law Week.

Networking Organization Helps Market Members

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

PEOs: Help for Small Companies in Good, Bad Times

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

Local Unemployment Remains Steady

San Diego's unemployment remained at 3.8 percent for March, the same rate as February, and a distinct slowdown in terms of the growth of new jobs compared to last year.

LETTER: Chamber Supports Water Transfer

Letter to the Editor

Hinz Automation Opens Local Office

Hinz Automation Opens Local Office

Number of Apartment Complex Sales Climbs

Number of Apartment Complex Sales Climbs

CERCLA Impacting Businesses, Property Owners

SPECIAL REPORT - Small Business:

COMMENTARY: Panel's Vote Comes With a Foul Stench

It appears the California Coastal Commission , or at least a significant number of its board members , has taken it upon itself to enforce what it perceives to be federal law.

Builders Wary of City's Affordable Housing Plan

Housing: Panel Also Declares S.D. Facing A Housing Crisis

Emergency Rooms Need New Avenues of Funding

Opinion by Dr. Davis Cracroft, regional director of the Emergency Physicians' Medical Group

Legoland Feted at Travel Conference

New TD Hays Owners Adjust Menu, Plan to Convert to Pub in Autumn

AMN Healthcare Services Completes Office Consolidation Deal Near Del Mar

San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Services Inc. has signed a 170,000-square-foot lease in a six-story office property near Del Mar being developed by Kilroy Realty Corp

City Recognizes Convention Center for Recycling Efforts

The San Diego Convention Center Corp. received an honorable mention in the city's Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards Program.

Monday, April 15

Technology Presses Printing Industry Ahead

SPECIAL REPORT: Printing & Graphics

An Overtly Covert Political Ploy

Commentary by Martin Hill

Immune Response Searches for White Knight

Neurogenetics and VitaGen Name New Chief Executives

Verizon Sets May for Local Launch of CDMA 1x

Qualcomm Reports a Glitch in Early 1x Chips

ConVis Puts Out the Word on S.D. to Short-Haul Markets

There's no denying that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks slammed the door on most vacationers' plans to fly long distances.

Local VR Business Brokers Office Tops in Company

The San Diego office of VR Business Brokers, said it did $32 million in transaction fees last year, making it No. 1 among VR's 71 offices.

Outlook Brightens a Bit for Tijuana Maquiladoras

Trade: Officials Hope Brighter U.S. Economy Offsets Drastic Job Losses

Imperial Capital Eyes Commercial Bank Status

Downtown's First New Bank in 20 Years Receives The OK of State and Federal Regulators

Company Builds Reputation With Long-Term Clients

ENTERPRISE - Construction:

BIO Hopes Hip Ad Hits Home With Lawmakers

The Biotechnology Industry Organization has recruited local scientists to help pitch a warm and sanguine image of biotechnology to lawmakers.

Russians Find American Small Biz Is Big Biz

Business Forums Offer Entrepreneurs Mentoring


Letters to the Editor

Small-Business Is Finally Getting Its Due

Editor's Notebook by Rick Bell


Calendar of Business Events

Firm Finds Unique Niche Among Credit Unions

Finance: Concept Allows The Institutions to Be Part Owners

Closing the Distance Between Local, National Accounts

SPECIAL REPORT: Printing & Graphics

SAIC Not Immune to Industry's Woes

PacketVideo Cuts Its Staff, Moves Back to Old Digs

Environmentalists Fight Water Transfer Plan

The battle for a secure water supply for the county may come down to business vs. the environment.

Water Agencies Get Rebate

Water Agencies Get Rebate

Laying Down The Law in Biotech

PROFILE: Research of a Different Kind Makes Kate Murashige the 'Mother Superior of Female Patent Lawyers'

Oracle Chairman: No Easy Answers

TECH TALK : Software - Larry Ellison Addresses Problems and Benefits of New Program

S.D. Unified Gives Bersin Raise, New Contract

S.D. Unified Gives Bersin Raise, New Contract

Former US Airways Center in Scripps Ranch Is Sold

The Shidler Group of San Diego, in partnership with New York-based Angelo, Gordon & Co., has purchased the former US Airways training and reservation centers in San Diego for $7.9 million in cash.

Hollis-Eden Starts Immune Response Trials for Elderly

San Diego-based Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said it started a safety trial to find out if their experimental drug can stimulate the immune response in elderly patients following hepatitis B vaccinations.

Advertising Club Announces Winners at 2002 Creative Show

SPECIAL REPORT: Printing & Graphics

State Threatens $7B Sempra Contract

State officials are threatening to cancel Sempra Energy's long-term $7 billion contract, alleging the San Diego firm pulled a "bait-and-switch" tactic with the promise of new electric generation at its Elk Hills plant.

KPBS Helps Launch Weekly TV Show About California

New Accounts Crop Up for Area Marketers


Real Estate Sales and Leases

Cooperation Essential With Direct Mail Advertising

SPECIAL REPORT: Printing & Graphics

After Three-Year Stint, United Way Chief Jerry Sanders Retires

Jerry Sanders, current president of the United Way of San Diego, has announced his intention to retire from the United Way in June.

Cirque Plans to Spend As Well as Receive Here

When Cirque du Soleil's Dralion show opens at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Thursday April 18, ancient Chinese acrobatics won't be the only balancing act on the premises.

Local REIT Opens Mortgage Brokerage

American Mortgage Network has opened a regional center in San Diego and a satellite office in Mission Viejo to begin broker originations.

Healthy Work Environment Urged for Aging Work Force

As the face of the national work force is destined to become older and grayer, employers may want to consider new ways for promoting a healthy and productive work environment, according to a health science professor.

Businesses on a Budget Discover "Design Boutiques"

SPECIAL REPORT: Printing & Graphics

Local Rep Defends Vote on Fast-Track Initiative

Report: Value of Products Exported From California Decreased By $15B in 2001

The Real Threat to Energy Supplies: Environmentalists

OPINION by Eric Daniels, writer for the Ayn Rand Institute

Monday, April 8

Riptide Ready to Make a Splash in the Sports Arena

Sponsors Catching the Spirit of Local Soccer

Hopes Bloom For Spring Travel Count

San Diego's forecast for tourism this spring doesn't differ from the decrease expected for the rest of the country. Still, the local market's performance so far, buoyed by a spate of dry weather, could indicate a brighter outcome.

Barrio Logan Plating Firm Awaiting Test Findings

Environment: Source of Air Pollution Sought. A San Diego small business, facing scrutiny for allegedly polluting the air around nearby homes, is fighting for its life.

Major Renovation Gives Lodge a Pricey New Look

Tourism: Targeting High-End Meetings Part of Plan to Fill Rooms Costing Up to $3,500

PROFILE: Team Player - George Chandler

The SBA's George Chandler Put Americans on the Moon. Now He Puts Entrepreneurs on the Road to Success

HIPAA Changes to Aid Cost Savings and Privacy


Compaq Secures $25M Contract With San Diego

Though Gateway Inc. is attempting to right its ship by becoming the low-price leader in PCs, the price wasn't low enough for the city of San Diego, which awarded a $25 million, five-year contract with Compaq for hardware last month.


Real Estate Sales and Leases

When Does Malpractice Equal Negligence?


Water Rates May Increase by 33.8% In Next Five Years

Local businesses may see water rates in San Diego go up 33.8 percent by 2006, and still more rate increases may follow.


Announcements and Calendar of Events

Local Firms Lets Consumers' Ears Do the Walking

Wells Fargo, Author Offer Small Business Tip for the Internet

Publisher's Notebook: Where Art Thou, Customer Service?

Where has customer service gone? Into hiding I think, because so many companies fail to provide any form of it...

Sempra, SAIC, Gateway Hang on to Fortune 500 Slots

Qualcomm Inc. wasn't so fortunate, but three other San Diego companies hung tight in the race to be ranked as a Fortune 500 company.

Firms Feel Pinch of Gas Hikes

On April 1, San Diegans paid an average of $1.62 per gallon, the highest nationwide, said Michael Shames, executive director of the Utility Consumers' Action Network. Since Jan. 7, local prices have soared 42 cents per gallon , nearly double the national

San Diego's Industrial Real Estate Faring Well

Quality Services Mexico Inc. Signs Lease in Otay Mesa

President's Policies Strengthen Small Business

OPINION by Hector V. Barreto, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Empty Tanks Could Fill Void In San Diego Gas Crunch

Robert Fellmeth believes he knows what causes part of San Diego's gas-price dilemma: A local shortage of fuel-storage capacity.

CNA Seeks State's Aid in Unionizing Dispute

Provider Receives Grant for Low-Income Health Services

Nursing Homes Struggle With Looming Medicare Cuts


Large Firm's Local Presence All But Vanishes

Mounting Losses Prompt Jmar's Shutdown of a Plant in Irvine

CancerVax, Kalypsys Land $83M in New Funding

Two local biotechnology firms recently raised a combined $83 million in new funding. Vaccine maker CancerVax Corp. in Carlsbad raised $55 million in a second round of financing.

Port District OKs Loews Coronado's $4.1M Spa

Legoland Promotes Racing Film, Galidor Figures

ENTERPRISE: Construction - Development Firm Puts Home Building On "Crews" Control

Despite going through the process twice before, Bill and Debbie Ipsen were still edgy about having another home custom-built.

Property Owners Bracing for Insurance Rate Hikes

Property insurance premiums were expected to increase this year due to an already tight insurance market. Because of Sept. 11, some local real estate owners and managers have seen their premiums increase even more than originally anticipated.

REIT Seeks to Bolster San Diego Holdings

Real Estate: Kilroy Acquires Properties, Development Sites From Allen Group

DSL Regulation a Little Late in Coming

Commentary by Rick Bell

Local Andersen Staff: "We're Not to Blame"

Analysts Agree No Amount Of Good Will Can Save the Big Five Accounting Firm

Monday, April 1

Trade Authority Bill Hailed as Boon to Small Biz

AmEx Web Site Offers Small Business Tax Tips

EntrePort Vows It Will Survive

Cymer Says 'Major U.S. Chipmaker' Providing Funds for R & D; Efforts

KSWB's New GM Settles in, Eyes Competition

Radio-TV Collaboration Results in In-Studio, Performance Series

San Diego Offers a Theme Park All Its Own


Real Estate Strategy Called Into Question

Tax Rules Make Use of Synthetic Leases Favorable

MCRD Proposal Worthy of a Test Flight

Commentary by Rick Bell

Employer-Employee Cooperation Key to Health Issues


VoiceStream Wireless to Join Local Cell Market

Worldwide Cell Phone Sales Down in 2001

Isis Starts Clinical Trials for Hepatitis C Drug

Biotechs Are Making Money Connections

Tourism Benefits Business on Both Sides of Border


RTA Makes Its Move to Bigger Digs

The people at the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance have a new home.

Idec Starts Shipping New Cancer Drug

Biotech: Zevalin is First Radioimmunotherapy To Reach the Market

Ex-Pacific Commerce Exec Plans New South Bay Bank

Southwest Bank's Growth Spurt Spurs $5 Million Stock Issuance

Battle Over MCRD Heats Up

A moribund proposal to expand Lindbergh Field onto neighboring land at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot seems to be stirring again.

Stores Help Save The Memories Of a Lifetime


Shelter Island: San Diego's Overlooked Destination


Kintera Joins OC Magazine in Calendar Venture

Orange Coast magazine has struck a deal with San Diego-based Kintera Inc. to offer the publication's events calendar for nonprofits to publishers across the county.

Preserving the Legacies of Our Heroes

Editor's Notebook

Index Reveals Local Economy May Be Rebounding

San Diego's economy could be entering an upturn based on the latest USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators for the county.

Legoland Returns to Daily Schedule Through April 8


Burnham Sells Off Three Properties

Burnham Pacific Properties Inc. has sold its interest in three more properties for a total of $22.3 million.

Hotels Make Preparations With Super Bowl in Mind


Visitor Industry Faces Need for Managerial Talent


Train Wreck Ahead for California's Jobless Fund



The Week's Calendar of Events

Borrego Mulls Plans, Seeks Funds for Year-Round Tourism


Pieces of Downtown Oceanside Puzzle Come Together

Redevelopment: CityMark Project Is Just Two Blocks From the Beach

S.D. Benefits From Golfers' Enthusiasm for "Paradise"


Homebuilders Hope to Help Housing Crisis

Syska Hennessy Group Merges With Local Firms

PROFILE - More Than a Businesswoman

Kathy Sridhar Has a Doctorate and Her Own Company. But She Knows Life Offers More Than Just That

ATS Forms Anti-Aging Market Unit

Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. announced a new strategy to boost revenues by applying its core technology to skin care products.

Investors Saw PinnFund as an Honest Firm

What made PinnFund Inc., the Carlsbad-based mortgage bank founded by admitted felon Michael Fanghella, so convincing to investors was the operation's apparent legitimacy.


Real Estate Sales and Leases