Stories for December 2002

Monday, December 23

Smallpox Inoculations Could Be Given in January

Health Care: Cost of Initial Doses Will Be Covered By Federal Government

It's Time for Californians to Face Up to the Quiet Crisis

OPINION by Dan Beal, manager of policy and programs for the Automobile Club of Southern California

ConVis Wants Its Visitors To Get Back to Nature

Marketing: Agency Planning To Spend $600,000 for Its 'Nature/Nurture' Campaign

Organic Farmers Puzzle Over Mexican Fruit Fly Dilemma

Agriculture: Certification Could Be at Risk if Pesticides Used

NTC Foundation Receives $300,000 Renovation Grant

Also: Barnhart Finishes $1.9M Cruise Ship Access Project; NDIA Announces New Officers and Directors for 2003

State Panel Rejects SDG & E; Transmission Line

Energy: Commissioners Say Waiting Would Allow Pursuit of Alternative Energy Solutions

Construction Starts on $100M Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Construction is under way in La Jolla on the $100 million Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center on the school's campus.


Real Estate sales and leases; new Construction contracts

A Merger With Positive Spin for San Diego

Editorial by Rick Bell

California Picks Uncle Sam's Pocket & #711;Again

OPINION by Ronald Fraser, who writes on public policy for the DKT Liberty Project, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties organization

Northrop Merger Creates a Big Local Employer

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. took on the employees, debts and businesses of TRW Inc. this month, and in doing so took on the title of San Diego's 16th largest employer.

Other Regions, States See Chance to Entice Local Firms to Move

Ads running in San Diego's business press, placed by the city of Riverside, boast of "affordable and reliable municipal electric and water utilities, substantial land and labor cost advantages."

AMS Adds Two New Distributors

Also: Career Training Program Draws Hundreds

Union Bank Parent Co. Buys Burnham Insurance

San Diego-based John Burnham Insurance Services has been acquired by UnionBanCal, the San Francisco-based parent company for Union Bank of California.

Memo to Self: Remember NextMail

TECH TALK: Busy Execs Have a New Way to Remember Crucial Information; Pacific DataVision, Inc. looks to 2003 as the year it takes its message service national.

Instead of Revving the Engine, Drive in 2003

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Too Commercial? Christmas Isn't Commercial Enough

OPINION by Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Irvine-based Ayn Rand Institute.

Cost of Doing Business Here Keeps Climbing

Power, Water Issues, State Budget Deficit Cloud Area's Future; C.J. Buck figures it costs his company between 20 percent and 30 percent more to do business in Southern California vs. Washington or Idaho.

Unemployment Rate Down a Little Locally

Also: County Water Authority OKs New Conservation Plan

Monday, December 16

Prevailing Wage Laws Deter Affordable Housing

OPINION by George W. Hawkins, executive vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego chapter.

Santarus Seeks a Spot in a Highly Competitive Field

Santarus Inc. is still a small specialty pharmaceutical firm, but company leaders hope its ulcer drugs will soon find a niche in this highly saturated and coveted marketplace.

Bowl Game Organizers Foresee a Green Holiday

It doesn't matter to people at the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau whether the oddsmakers are favoring Arizona State University or Kansas State University in this year's Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.

Innovation Steals Show: Connect Awards Highlight Promising Technologies

UCSD Connect honored the forward thinking of eight San Diego companies last week during the organization's 15th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards.


New business names listings

Local Firms Land School Construction Contracts

Plus: Insurance Agents, Brokers Can Phone in Renewals

Home-Schoolers Shouldn't Be Targeted

OPINION by Sen. Bill Morrow

In San Diego, W Stands for on Time and Under Budget

Tourism: New Downtown Hotel Opens Doors in a Neighborhood Setting

Idec Gets Positive Feedback on New Cancer Drug

Biotech: Analysts Find Test Results Promising for Stock; Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced promising data from a 22-patient study testing a new candidate for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Isis, Glaxo To Collaborate On GeneTrove

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares rose slightly in trading after the San Diego-based biotechnology firm said it signed a collaborative agreement with the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline.


Real Estate sales and leases; new Construction contracts

No Holiday for Bowl Game's Committee

Editorial by Rick Bell

Deadline Looms as Imperial Pulls Plug

During San Diego's recent energy crisis, other cities sent flashlights to local high-tech companies to entice them to relocate.

Developer Halts Project to Listen to Community Input

Development: Pacifica Cos. Rethinks Mid-Bayfront Design

Local Officials Brace for State Cuts

Plan to Slash $10 Billion Headed for Special Session; From highways to classrooms, every corner of San Diego County will in some way feel the bite of the governor's proposed $10 billion budget cut.

Today's Business Meetings: Face-to-Face or Virtual?

Today's Business Meetings: Face-to-Face or Virtual?

Gateway, HP Sets Furloughs For the Holidays

Employees of Gateway Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Cos. were told to take more time off this holiday season as part of a continued strategy to save the companies money by cutting back on labor.

Port Must Take Its Time With N. Embarcadero Plan

OPINION by Stephen P. Cushman, chairman, and Jess E. Van Deventer, vice chairman, of the port commissioners.


Calendar of business events, announcements

City Opts to Not Meet With Chargers

Given the vote by the San Diego City Council last week, the Chargers will likely use a triggering clause in its lease that could result in the team leaving the city.

U.S. Microbics' Process Passes Field Testing

The Mexican subsidiary of a Carlsbad-based company released positive results for a field test of its process to improve crop yields without commercial fertilizer.

Cubic Announces Sales Hit All-Time High


Monday, December 9

Two High-Level Execs Leave Port District's Ranks

Maritime Services Director, Attorney Jobs Have Yet to Be Filled


Calendar of business events, announcements


Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts

SEC Ruling Could Aid R & D; for Local Biotech Firms

Biotech: Plan Could Give Smaller Companies More More Flexibility in Structuring Collaborations

Hotels Slowly Adding Energy-Saving Devices

Even though the so-called energy crisis is on hold, San Diego hoteliers are making conservation a matter of course, which for some includes the possibility of retrofitting to new and more efficient power systems.


This week's new business name filings

Defense Bill Offers Several Bright Spots for San Diego

The federal government put the wraps on the fiscal 2003 Pentagon budget last week as President George W. Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act.

Salk Institute Becomes AIDS-Knowledge Hub

Biotech: Hopes Hinge on Bringing Researchers' Promising Compounds Into One Center Will Lead To Faster Treatment

Developers' Plans for E. Village Square Come Under Fire

Construction: Buildings Grow Taller, as Real Estate Market Gets the Blame

Peers, Patients Honor Kaiser Doctors for Work

Kaiser Permanente in San Diego recently honored two physicians voted by their peers and health plan members as providing exceptional care.

Stadium Vote At Center of Chargers' Offer

Sports Panel Unveils Renderings of Plan Using Qualcomm Stadium Site

BBB Passes Out Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

Also: New Members Named to International Affairs Board

State, DoD Sign Anti-Pollution Pact

The Department of Defense signed an agreement with the California Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent pollution in the state. ALSO: Ex-Assemblywoman Gets Airport Authority Post

Choosing a Build-to-Order or White Box Computer

Choosing a Build-to-Order or White Box Computer

Officials Quick to React to Fruit Flies

Editorial by Rick Bell

Local AIDS Research Grant Targets Border Area

The University of California's systemwide AIDS research program has given the Center for Latino HIV/AIDS research at SDSU a three-year, $425,000 grant to study the presence of HIV/AIDS among Latinos at the California-Mexico border.

Airport Passenger Numbers Dip Slightly So Far in 2002

Also: Insurance Group Honors Owner of Chula Vista Agency

Examine the Median When Calculating High Rents

OPINION by Fred Schnaubelt, real estate broker and former San Diego city councilman.

Version of CDMA Gaining New Markets


Quarantine's Impact Worries Farmers

Several Valley Center Crops Are Vulnerable To the Mexican Fruit Fly

Research Firm Posts Stats for Brokers Online

CoStar Group Inc. is taking its commercial real estate research product live on the Internet.

California Small Business Looks Ahead to 2003

OPINION by Martyn Hopper, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business

Experts Propose Revamping Freeway Access for I-5

Transportation: Ballpark, Downtown Congestion Prompt Consideration

Laptop Computer Thefts: Guarding Against Loss

Laptop Computer Thefts: Guarding Against Loss

Understanding Consumers Unlocks Door to Marketing

Understanding Consumers Unlocks Door to Marketing

Monday, December 2

Pitfalls Are Common When Selling Business

Pitfalls Are Common When Selling Business

Holiday Shoppers Again Turn to Web

Online Consumer Sales for Week Ended Nov. 22 at $988M, Up 36 Percent From '01 Figure

Quarantine Looms for N. County

Fruit Fly's Presence Prompts Temporary State of Emergency


Calendar of business events, announcements

Former Peregrine Manager Admits to Bank Fraud

Law: Artificially Controlling Company's DSO Kept Analysts at Bay, States Plea Agreement

Building Owners Mull Terror Insurance Cost

Now that a bill guaranteeing terrorism insurance coverage has been signed by President George W. Bush, local insurance brokers and real estate owners are waiting to see how much that coverage is going to cost.

Idec Stock Recovers Slightly After Analyst's Downgrade

Biotech: Lymphoma Drug's Near-Term Growth Potential Is Uncertain

Making a Community Investment Can Save a Merger

Making a Community Investment Can Save a Merger

Smaller Firms Becoming Targets in Patent Litigation

Law: After Settling a Case With One Patent Holder, Firms Can Be Sued Again


This week's new business name filings

Creating a Livable San Diego Begins With Housing

Opinion by Rick Snyder,president-elect of the San Diego County Apartment Association and a past president of the Resident Relations Foundation.

Titan Secures $31M Contract With the Navy

San Diego-based Titan Corp. said it won a five-year Navy contract with a potential value of $31.6 million from the Navy's Coastal Systems Station in Panama City, Fla.

Builders Shift Attention South To Mexican Water Project

Infrastructure: Tijuana/Rosarito Master Plan Unveiled; Local builders are eagerly anticipating the potential to invest in Mexico as the cities of Tijuana and Rosarito work to develop a water and wastewater infrastructure proposal.

Lemon Grove Mayor Named to Airport Authority

PLUS: Factory 2-U Posts 3rd Quarter Loss

Little Fish Can Swim in a Big Pond

Editorial by Rick Bell

Overruling 9th Court Seems to Be Par for the Course

Opinion by Allen P. Hemphill, a real estate agent in North County and an Escondido resident.

North County Needs Its Own "No-Fly Zone"

Opinion by Bill Horn, supervisor of the county's 5th District, which covers much of North County

Chargers, City Postpone "Phantom" Seat Payment Talks

Sports: City Has Been Invoiced This Season for Over $5M in Ticket Buys

Downtown Hotel Gets Council OK

The possibility of infusing more tax dollars into a tight city budget, adding 450 hotel rooms to a lagging inventory, offset any negatives the San Diego City Council had last week when it approved construction of a luxury hotel at Horton Plaza.

Done Deals / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases; Construction contracts

Biotech Industry Solid, but VC Funding Forecast Gloomy

Biotech: Several Well-Known Firms Struggling, Though Survey Notes Industry Here Is Maturing

Power Project Expected to Draw a Crowd Downtown

Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to rally Downtown this week in support of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed transmission line.

Vintage Sports Programming Firm Finds Niche Stations

Cavalcade of Sports Media Inc., a publicly traded Del Mar firm in the market for low-powered television stations to air nostalgic sports and ethnic programming, announced it recently submitted offers on four such stations.