Stories for February 2002

Monday, February 25

Politicians Still Struggle With Border's Revitalization

Trade: Some Believe S.D. Mayor Isn't Devoting Proper Attention to Border Issues

Businesses Benefit From Partnering With Charities

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: Businesses and charities both can benefit by forming partnerships with each other.

PROFILE: Tasting Success

Chris Cramer Teamed With His 'Uncle Karl' to Create One of San Diego's Best-Known Microbrews


People and Businesses in the News: Chair Massages Have Employees Feeling 'Simply Healthy' Bicycle Repairman Hits the Road With Mobile Shop Love of Sports (and Support From Work) Motivates Kids' Coaches Del Mar's Golf Fest No Longshot With Local Duffers

Women Find Opportunities on Entrepreneurial Path

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: Report Notes Dramatic Increase in Women-Owned Businesses, Microsoft in Court

Software: Tech Giant Suit Over Name Similarity Begins Trial in Seattle

Idec to Reap Huge Benefits With Drug's Approval

Tech-Talk: Biotech: Zevalin Expected To Earn Hundreds of Millions in Sales For Local Company

San Diego Could Cash in on Cleaner Auto R

Transportation: Existing Infrastructure Could Put Area at Research Forefront

Building Business Value Now for Successful Exit Later

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: Long-Term Strategy Includes Making Companies Attractive to Buyers

Report Keen On Tourism's Future Here

A hotel industry forecast released earlier this month by Ernst & Young echoed other predictions for this year in saying that San Diego will likely outperform other major lodging markets in the country.


Real Estate Sales and Leases

Students Get a Taste of the Entrepreneurial World

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: Career Paths Now a Little Clearer for High Schoolers and College Students

Longtime Local Banker Siciliano to Head 1st Pacific

ITLA Posts Its Sixth Straight Year Of Profitability FINANCE by Mike Allen

Ballpark Building Restart Brightens Industry's Outlook

n about a year, workers will begin installing seats at the San Diego Padres' new Downtown ballpark. The following year, fans likely will be seated in them for the first time when the stadium opens in April 2004, in time for Opening Day.

Akiva Combines Firm in "Idea Management" Field

Tech-Talk: Software: Firm's Product Lets Multiple Users Suggest Plan Changes in Real-Time Format

San Diego Biotech's Influence Is Growing

San Diego's biotechnology industry is a significant force in the region's economy, but it's not without obstacles, according to a recent industry status report by the California Healthcare Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Qualcomm, Kyocera Head North to the Maple Leaf

Verizon Wireless Moves Into Imperial County HIGH TECH by Brad Graves

Recommendations on March Ballot

Editorial by Martin Hill

Airline Continues London-S.D. Flights Through Summer

Hotel Opens Restaurant With Acclaimed Chef As Its Partner Tourism & Hospitality by Tanya Rodrigues

State Files Lawsuit Against Pearle Vision Inc.

Scripps La Jolla Elects First Woman Chief of Staff

Helping Lighten the Mood at the Office

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Equus Breathes New Life Into Old Buildings

Instead of developing office and industrial buildings, Chad Carpenter changed his game plan.

Bond Sale Puts Padres' Ballpark Back in Play

Thwarted for more than two years by litigation, San Diego officials took no chances in the days leading up to Feb. 15 when the city sold $169 million in bonds for the Padres ballpark Downtown.

Study Shows Consumer's Shopping Habits Changing

Alpine Firm Gets SBA Sept. 11 Disaster Help SMALL BUSINESS by Lee Zion

Alternate Power Producers Brightened by State Plan

Energy: State Program Would Spend Up to $5B On Solar, Wind Generation

Myth of "Public Interest" Drives Political Corruption

OPINION by Edwin A. Locke

Secret to Securing Venture Capital: Realistic Expectations

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: VCs Urge Entrepreneurs to Do Their Homework

Local REIT Has Strong Fourth Quarter Showing

Pan Pacific Retail Signs 108 Leases at Its Properties Real Estate by Mandy Jackson

Peregrine Drafts Stockholder Rights Plan

Titan Another Step Closer to Its Planned Spinoff of SureBeam Corp. Cyberbucks by Mike Allen

Hotel-Motel Assn. Reverses Stance on Prop. E

Hotels: Industry Group Now Supports Anti-Tax Initiative; In a close vote earlier this month, the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association reversed its position once more on the San Diego Taxpayer Protection Act.

For the Record

Weekly Column & Calendar

The Real Cause of the California Housing Crisis

OPINION by Michael Pattinson

Proposed Defense Budget Doesn't Please Navy, Shipyards

Even with a $48 billion raise over 2002, the proposed 2003 budget for the Pentagon has people complaining that's not enough. Some say the Navy gets shorted in the spending plan.

Bonanza for Biotechs?

SPECIAL REPORT - ENTREPENEURS: Money Is There , if Idea Has Merit

Monday, February 18

Isis Reports Earnings for 2001, Doubles 4th-Quarter Sales

Illumina Posts Year-End Numbers, Cuts Partnership Deals

SeaWorld Expansion Gets State Panel's Approval

With an affirmative vote from the California Coastal Commission earlier this month, plans for a taller, expanded SeaWorld San Diego is heading into a new phase.


Real Estate Sales, Leases

Commentary: How Corporate Law Inhibits Social Responsibility

Opinion by Robert Hinkley

Titan Corp. Reports Year-End Loss of $98.6 Million

The Titan Corp. had $1.13 billion in sales during 2001, with more than $900 million of that coming from its core business of selling information technology to the U.S. government.

Rift Over Union Grows at Palomar Pomerado

Health Care: Disagreement Over How Nurses Should Vote on Whether to Unionize

Next-Generation Portals Integrating Key Information

SPECIAL REPORT - COMPUTERS: As organizations move their critical business functions online, a key stumbling block has been in pulling together information from many different databases and applications, often running on different platforms.

Competition Under Way to Capture Digital Printing Market

SPECIAL REPORT - COMPUTERS: Products Tapping Into Desire for Better, Sharper Photos

"Race for Knowledge" Participants Raising Funds for Libraries

Community members are invited to get in to their shorts and go running this week , for a good cause.

Fallout From Enron's Collapse Being Felt

Lawmakers Look At Enron's Role in State's Energy Crisis

Concern Grows Over London To S.D. Flights

Concern is escalating in the local business community that British Airways may discontinue its nonstop flight between San Diego and London.

Qualcomm Comes Through Rough Week

Blaming a Softening Economy, Kyocera Wireless Cuts Back Local Work Force

PROFILE: A Legacy Of Firsts

Retailers Joerg Christen and Rene Hausler Helped Open Ikea's First Swiss Store, as Well as Its First San Diego Outlet

Castle Access Is No Castle In the Sky

Cymer's Fourth Quarter Numbers Are Down

CWA Gives Small Contractors a Break on Insurance

Talbot's Opens Newest Retail Outlet at UTC; Small businesses will now face fewer obstacles as they apply for contract work with the San Diego County Water Authority.

Lee Enterprises Pays $694M for Howard Publications

Media: Newspapers Include the North County Times

Land Institute Studies City of Villages Concept

Infill development , redevelopment of sites within developed areas , will be the key to the city of San Diego's City of Villages plan.

Commentary: Time, Place for Homeland Security Here and Now

OPINION by Rep. Susan Davis

Analyst Faults Colleagues for Boosting Enron's Value

Enron Corp.'s failure wasn't caused only by apparent fraudulent accounting and management, but from the negligence of stock analysts, money managers and academics who put too much emphasis on the company's earnings reports, according to the founder of a N

No Local Closures, Layoffs at Factory 2-U

No stores or positions are being eliminated in San Diego as a locally based chain retailer moves to close some of its stores.

Aradiant Has the Ticket for New Padres Season

The San Diego Padres have contracted with San Diego-based Aradiant Corp. for its phone order ticket sales this year, ending a long-term arrangement with Ticketmaster.

Barona Keeps Customers in Mind With Technology Upgrades

Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino is wiring all of its facilities for future technology upgrades.

Power Concerns in a High-Tech Business World

SPECIAL REPORT - COMPUTERS: Everybody is getting high-tech. Telephones, fax machines, computers, scanners, servers , the list goes on. Many businesses are not even marginally functional without these systems, all of which rely on electricity.

Panel Seeks Solutions for Affordable Housing

With ideas ranging from a regional trust fund to a concept known as inclusionary housing, a regional panel has begun its search for ways to create more affordable housing.

Chefs Converge on S.D. With Hopes of "Catching the Wave"

A cooking industry conference taking place in San Diego this spring is expected to bring in several noted chefs and close to 1,500 of the group's 4,000 members.

Success of Australia's Nurse Ratio Is Debated

While California is taking the lead to set minimum staffing levels for nurses here, Australian lawmakers are debating whether to extend similar ratios already established in its state of Victoria to their nation's other states.

Investors Close Deal Management

Tech Talk - Software: Liquidation of Assets Now Complete

Commentary: Time to Reconsider Wildfire Seasons

For the second time in a year, an off-season wildfire swept across San Diego County homes while the state's firefighting aerial tankers sat dormant on some distant runway.

Sector 9 Glides Through Current Recession

The front cover of a respected trade publication trumpets the headline in its current edition, "Recession? What recession?"

Market Gives Leap Wireless Mixed Signals

Leap Wireless International, Inc. plans to practically double its customers during 2002, but the stock market seems to have mixed feelings about its prospects.

Design Experts Showcase Ideas, Offer Advice at Home Expo

A Zen garden, a koi pond and a master bedroom are among the features that will be showcased during the San Diego Interior Design & Landscape Expo this month at the San Diego Convention Center.

Corporate Networks Need Multiple-Level Protection

SPECIAL REPORT - COMPUTERS: Anti-Virus Programs Catching Bugs Before 'Infection'

Fotoball Cuts Six Promotional Deals Worth $7M

Huntington Beach PR Firm Hooks Rubio's Contract

Businesses Explore Benefits of Data Monitoring

SPECIAL REPORT - COMPUTERS: Information Systems Key to Early Warning, Timely Decisions

Monday, February 11

Where's the Fire?

Not at the Symphony Towers office building ...

OPINION: State Budget Battle Likely to be Full of Myths

Opinion by Sen. Ray Haynes: The public relations program has begun. We have a looming budget crisis in the state of California (following closely on the heels of our electricity crisis), and those who have become dependent on the flow of tax dollars from

Oceanside Business Park Property Sold for $10.45 Million

OCEANSIDE , Stirling Enterprises, the Laguna Hills-based master developer of the 400-acre Ocean Ranch Corporate Centre, has sold 30 acres in the business park for $10.45 million.

New Laureates Honored at Kyoto Prize Symposium

As the Inamori Foundation presented its Kyoto Prizes symposium outside of Japan for the first time in its 17-year history, the organization's president offered his thoughts on the city where the awards were given out

Miramar Pilot Eyed for Post at NASA

President George W. Bush has nominated Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr. , a Marine Corps aviator and a veteran of four space shuttle flights , to the No. 2 administrator's job at NASA.

McDonald Receiving Morgan Award For 25 Years of Community Activism

Local philanthropist and community activist Judy McDonald will receive the 2002 Morgan Award for 25 years of service to the San Diego community.

City Finally On Plus Side Of Chargers Ticket Deal

San Diego collected net rent from the Chargers this season of about $400,000 despite the purchase of $6 million in tickets as part of a controversial ticket guarantee.

PROFILE - Larry Smarr

Continuing Adult Education Cal-(IT)2 Director Larry Smarr Sees Himself on a Life-Long Program of Learning

State Officials Tackling Energy Market Reform & #711; Again

State officials are trying to develop a new blueprint for California's energy market, replacing the badly flawed design contributing to last year's energy crisis. But already, the document is drawing mixed reviews.

Palomar Calls Nurses' Unionizing Effort "Unfair"

Neurosciences Institute Receives $2.2M Gift

Spa Will Honor Certificates From Bankrupt Rival

StudioBecker Expands Showroom Collection

SPECIAL REPORT: Disabled Workers May Solve Void in Employment

Business Finds Resource Waiting to Be Tapped

Lifestyle Means New Experience at Planned Mall

Real Estate: Carlsbad Project Distances Itself From the 'Big Box' Store Concept

SPECIAL REPORT: Variable Universal Life Offers Alternative to Term

Policies May Bolster Retirement Portfolio

COMMENTARY: Military Needs the Financial Support

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Financing Slowdown Hampers Hotel Plans

"When is the hotel financing market going to get better?"

Author Advising Owners to Record Key Business Details

It's every small-business owner's nightmare: a car accident, a medical emergency and no one around who knows how to run your business during your absence.

North County Transit Revamps Bus Service

Transportation: Routes, Schedules Changed to Encourage Ridership

Problem Loans Climbing at Financial Institutions

Santee-Based Cuyamaca Bank Reports Higher Profits in 2001

SPECIAL REPORT: Rising Premiums Impact Businesses, Employees

Companies Advised to 'Shop Around' For Health Benefits

Baja Committing to Educational Goals in Future

Trade Group Organizing April Mission to Taiwan

Knott's Soak City U.S.A. Wins Aquatic Safety Award

Try not to confuse it with its Chula Vista neighbor, the ARCO Olympic Training Center, but Knott's Soak City U.S.A. recently won a medal of its own.

Defense Plan Hikes Spy Plane Funding

The U.S. unmanned aircraft industry, which has a heavy presence in San Diego, will reap roughly $1 billion worth of work if the Pentagon's just-unveiled 2003 budget proposal is approved intact.

Supervisors Order Audit of Trauma System

Emergency Care Costs Jeopardizing Local Hospitals' Bottom Line

SPECIAL REPORT: Insurance Sectors Realizing Effects of Sept. 11

Staggering Losses Drive Industry to Limit Risks, Hike Premiums

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Many Thanks to Many Fine People

Patriotism is still alive and well in America. Did you watch the Super Bowl last weekend? There were almost more flags and military personnel than fans...

Biotech Announces $17M in Financing

San Diego startup biotechnology company Genoptix Inc. said it raised $17 million in a Series B financing.

Healthy Lifestyle Attracts Investors, Too

Firm's Bankruptcy Forces Interactive Telesis to Impose Cost-Cutting Measures

Trade Expert Tapped to Head San Diego WTC

Bella Heule Will Take Over for Kathy Ward


Weekly Column: Real Estate Sales and Leases

SPECIAL REPORT: Building Industry Faces Skyrocketing Insurance Premiums

Defect Litigation, Sept. 11 Concerns Affect Construction

Technology Gives Retailers an Edge

Investing In Innovations Can Make the Difference Between Failure, Success

AMN Matches Hospitals' Staffing Needs With Traveling Nurses

Chances are if you are a nurse who likes to ski, San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Services Inc. has a deal for you: A ticket to Aspen with travel and housing expenses paid for.

Firms Commit to Leases in New High-Rise at West Broadway

San Diego-based developer Lankford & Associates Inc. has new commitments for 30,000 square feet worth of leases ...

Fish Market Owner Motivates By Turning Work Into Fun

Service-oriented companies are always looking for new ways to inspire employees to even higher levels of customer service.

"MouseMattress" Hopes World Beats a Path to Door

Some inventions are so simple and elegant, they make people say, "Why didn't I think of that?" This could be one of them.

JMI Changes Westin at Ballpark to an Omni Hotel

2002 Is Shaping Up as a Tenant's Market, According To Insignia Report

Monday, February 4

"Adopt a Village" Project Recruits Aid for Nepalese Hamlets

Sherpa Technology Guides, a Lakeside-based computer support and consulting firm, recently launched a program aimed at giving aid to villages and their inhabitants in Nepal.

SBA Chief Says Small Biz a White House Priority

Customer Service Academies Offered at Several Local Colleges

Jenny Craig Stock Up After Announcement of Sale

Health: Lawsuit Maintains Company Is Undervalued

Oceanside Retail Properties Being Redeveloped

Real Estate: Growing Market, Competition Compel Refurbishing

P.B.'s Blue Sea Lodge Starts $4.4M Remodel, Expansion

P.B.'s Blue Sea Lodge Starts $4.4M Remodel, Expansion

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sempra Reports Higher Profits

Sempra Energy's profits rose 11 percent during the fourth quarter, despite flat earnings from its California utilities and a hit from Enron-related business.

San Diego Markeplace: Jack in the Box, Inc. NYSE & #711; JBX

Jack in the Box, Inc. owns, operates and franchises Jack in the Box quick-service hamburger restaurants.

U.S.-Mexico Bridge Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

Development: Builder Says Project Would Revitalize Both Sides of the Border

Johnson & Johnson Try Out Internet2

HIGH TECH: Directed Electronics Joins Wingcast With Telematic Auto Security

SPECIAL REPORT: Closing the Latino Academic Achievement Gap

Teachers Developing Strategies for Success; By 2040, Latinos will be the majority of the California population, and 15 percent of the United States. Already, the Latino press is among the strongest in independent news.

SDG & E; And State Weigh Options

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and state regulators are both reviewing their options as they prepare to go to court over SDG & E;'s potentially illegal profits.

PROFILE: Laureate in The Lab

Nobel Prize Winner Barry Sharpless Pushes the Boundaries of Chemistry in Search of a New Way to Develop Drugs

D.C. Agonizes Like Hamlet on Taxes

Executive Notebook by Martin Hill

Volunteers Team Up to Build Shelter for Homeless

Many builders and real estate-related companies in San Diego County have come together to form a local chapter of HomeAid, a nonprofit organization that provides beds for the temporarily homeless.

Limited Local Toys "R" Us Closures Seen

Paramus, N.J.-based Toys 'R' Us, Inc.'s restructuring will have a limited effect in San Diego County, company officials said. The big box kids' retailer announced Jan. 28 it is closing 64 stores in the United States.

SPECIAL REPORT: Businesses, Contributors Dig Deep to Help Schools

Private Efforts Keep Non-traditional Education Alive; If local businesses and philanthropists had not stepped up and dished out funds for education, several area schools would be a little different or nonexistent.

Commentary: Any County Aid on Ballpark Is Welcome

Much like a relief pitcher coming on in the late innings of a tight ballgame, the county's willingness to help the city finally get the Padres' ballpark built is welcome news indeed.

SPECIAL REPORT: Community Colleges Hone Specialized Programs

Business Professionals Retool Skills and Careers; With the San Diego economy and job market becoming more and more competitive, San Diego businesses and their employees are turning to community colleges for support and special training through the school

ComGlobal Has The Right Kind of "Problem" v Growth

From the 13th floor of the Hazard Center business tower, James M. Dean gestured out his window, down Mission Valley to the building ComGlobal Systems, Inc. used to occupy.

2001 VC Market Tight, But Active

TeraGlobal Cuts Staff, Loses Promised Funding

Real Estate: HOT DEALS

Real Estate Sales and Leases

SPECIAL REPORT: Higher Education Embraces "Online Libraries"

Electronic Evolution a Match for Internet Savvy Students; Information technology is knocking on the doors of traditional brick and mortar classrooms around the world. Just as professions such as medicine and law have been significantly altered by the impl

SeaWorld Questions Panel's Report

A negative California Coastal Commission staff report on SeaWorld San Diego's expansion plans has the theme park's staff, as well as officials from the city, scrambling as they prepare to take the proposal before commissioners this week.

Mad Media Creates Snowboard/Ski Film Campaign

Fleishman-Hillard to Promote Liberty Tree Guitar

Average Price for a House Climbs By 12 Percent

La Jolla's Highest-Priced Condo Sells for $4.25M

Opinion: Workplace Violence at Root of San Onofre Incident

Opinion by Dr. Steven Albrecht

SPECIAL REPORT: Cross Cultural Studies Give Insight Into Foreign Markets

When Lois Olson first went to China, she wondered why young people weren't wearing the trademark of an emerging economy: designer jeans.

Qualcomm Inc. Earnings Dip Below Expectations

Wireless: Company Execs Attribute Drop to Changes In Accounting Methods

Next-Generation Wireless Service Shows Up in U.S.

The next-generation cell phone service enjoyed in technologically adventurous areas like South Korea has come ashore in the United States.

SPECIAL REPORT: Successful "Teleworking" Requires Planning, Preparation

Training, Resources Important Aspect of Programs; Telecommuting, often called teleworking, is a win-win way of working that has payoffs for workers, employers, and everyone in the growing San Diego community. At its simplest, telecommuting moves work to t

Historical Society Celebrates Remodel With Free Admission

The San Diego Historical Society is having an open house of sorts to celebrate its recent remodeling.

Ruling Gives Boost To Ballpark Bonds

Construction of the Padres ballpark may resume in several weeks, depending on how quickly the city's bond attorneys and insurance company review the latest court rulings on the project.

SPECIAL REPORT: Computers Giving Students Competitive Edge

Teachers Find Preparation Key to Utilizing Technology; The Web is 10 years old.

Del Mar Couple Decks Out The "Frustrated Cowboy"

It all started with a dream, and a name.

Gateway Reports Profit Amid Struggles

Analysts Conflict on Recovery of Local Computer Company

Phase II/III Trials On for FeRx's Magnetic Technology

Syrrx Signs Deal to Determine Protein Shapes With Pharmacia