Stories for December 2002
Monday, December 23
Health Care: Cost of Initial Doses Will Be Covered By Federal Government
OPINION by Dan Beal, manager of policy and programs for the Automobile Club of Southern California
Marketing: Agency Planning To Spend $600,000 for Its 'Nature/Nurture' Campaign
Agriculture: Certification Could Be at Risk if Pesticides Used
Also: Barnhart Finishes $1.9M Cruise Ship Access Project; NDIA Announces New Officers and Directors for 2003
Energy: Commissioners Say Waiting Would Allow Pursuit of Alternative Energy Solutions
Construction is under way in La Jolla on the $100 million Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center on the school's campus.
OPINION by Ronald Fraser, who writes on public policy for the DKT Liberty Project, a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties organization
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.
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."
San Diego-based John Burnham Insurance Services has been acquired by UnionBanCal, the San Francisco-based parent company for Union Bank of California.
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.
OPINION by Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Irvine-based Ayn Rand Institute.
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.
Monday, December 16
OPINION by George W. Hawkins, executive vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego chapter.
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.
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.
UCSD Connect honored the forward thinking of eight San Diego companies last week during the organization's 15th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards.
Plus: Insurance Agents, Brokers Can Phone in Renewals
Tourism: New Downtown Hotel Opens Doors in a Neighborhood Setting
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 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.
During San Diego's recent energy crisis, other cities sent flashlights to local high-tech companies to entice them to relocate.
Development: Pacifica Cos. Rethinks Mid-Bayfront Design
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?
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.
OPINION by Stephen P. Cushman, chairman, and Jess E. Van Deventer, vice chairman, of the port commissioners.
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.
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.
Monday, December 9
Maritime Services Director, Attorney Jobs Have Yet to Be Filled
Biotech: Plan Could Give Smaller Companies More More Flexibility in Structuring Collaborations
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.
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.
Biotech: Hopes Hinge on Bringing Researchers' Promising Compounds Into One Center Will Lead To Faster Treatment
Construction: Buildings Grow Taller, as Real Estate Market Gets the Blame
Kaiser Permanente in San Diego recently honored two physicians voted by their peers and health plan members as providing exceptional care.
Sports Panel Unveils Renderings of Plan Using Qualcomm Stadium Site
Also: New Members Named to International Affairs Board
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
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.
Also: Insurance Group Honors Owner of Chula Vista Agency
OPINION by Fred Schnaubelt, real estate broker and former San Diego city councilman.
Several Valley Center Crops Are Vulnerable To the Mexican Fruit Fly
CoStar Group Inc. is taking its commercial real estate research product live on the Internet.
OPINION by Martyn Hopper, California state director for the National Federation of Independent Business
Transportation: Ballpark, Downtown Congestion Prompt Consideration
Monday, December 2
Online Consumer Sales for Week Ended Nov. 22 at $988M, Up 36 Percent From '01 Figure
Law: Artificially Controlling Company's DSO Kept Analysts at Bay, States Plea Agreement
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.
Biotech: Lymphoma Drug's Near-Term Growth Potential Is Uncertain
Law: After Settling a Case With One Patent Holder, Firms Can Be Sued Again
Opinion by Rick Snyder,president-elect of the San Diego County Apartment Association and a past president of the Resident Relations Foundation.
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.
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.
Opinion by Allen P. Hemphill, a real estate agent in North County and an Escondido resident.
Opinion by Bill Horn, supervisor of the county's 5th District, which covers much of North County
Sports: City Has Been Invoiced This Season for Over $5M in Ticket Buys
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.
Biotech: Several Well-Known Firms Struggling, Though Survey Notes Industry Here Is Maturing
Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to rally Downtown this week in support of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed transmission line.
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.