Stories for July 2002
Monday, July 29
American Residential Investment Trust wants to be a mortgage bank and company officials say it can't be one without ending its status as a real estate investment trust.
Opinion by Onkar Ghate, resident fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.
In the wake of continued corporate meltdowns, investors and regulators are taking a much closer look at the people responsible for a company's oversight: its board of directors.
Maxwell Restructures I-Bus Division With Cuts in U.S. and in Europe
Survey Says Women Business Owners Optimistic About Prospects
Technology: Chipmaker Suffered $404.9 Million Loss in Its First Quarter
Education: Official Wonders if State Regulations Within CSU System Are Arcane
Biotech: Layoff of Nearly Half Its Work Force Will Also Extend Cash Reserves
Infrastructure: Decision Could Affect Local Water Transfer Plan
Opinion by Tom Morgan, managing director of Hartingwood Venture Partners.
VISTA , San Diego County stores should not be greatly affected by the recent Chapter 11 reorganization by Pacific Eyes & T's, Inc.
San Diego's lodging industry may be resilient, having weathered the difficult economy better than most markets, but business travel is the key to further strengthening it
Monday, July 22
The engine of high-tech innovation needs grease and oil. Small amounts of the lubricants, applied through a government grant program, keeps the machinery in motion at some San Diego companies.
Sempra Energy Trading attacked a recently published report that the company confessed to "megawatt laundering" during last year's energy crisis.
Transportation: Analyst Notes Public Transit Remains Inconvenient
Six-Year Moratorium Lifted For Development of Land in The County's Backcountry
OPINION by Mike Jackman, executive director of the California ISP Association.
Lewis PR Lands $200,000 Deal With N. California Computer Hardware Maker
Epicyte Pharmaceutical Inc., a San Diego biotech that hopes to develop antibodies using plants, said it hired Christiane Sheid as its new CFO.
A Navy decision to build the third in a new class of cargo ships means a $290 million contract for San Diego's National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.
Illumina Inc. said it will appeal a San Diego Superior Court jury's decision to award the firm's co-founder and former chief scientific officer $7.2 million for wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination.
Current drought conditions will not affect San Diego homes and businesses this summer, as the region expects to have its regular water supply.
New Interim CEO Named for Local Red Cross Has San Diego Roots, Specializes in Transitions
State Program Helps Small Firms Conduct Business on the Internet
Power: Businesses Take Unique Approaches to Controlling Energy Use
Some local businesses are beginning to think of alternative plans in the event that workers at West Coast ports go on strike.
Lusardi Construction, Austin Veum Among Local Firms Honored With 'Golden Nugget' Awards
OPINION by Martyn Hopper, California state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
GeneFormatics to Collaborate With English Specialty Pharmaceutical Firm To Develop Tailored Drugs
Monday, July 15
SCORE Offers Help on Business Plans and Web Business Development
San Diego-based Equus Realty Advisors Inc. has sold a 106,000-square-foot, three-building complex in Kearny Mesa for more than $16 million.
The Hartford Financial Services Group said it recently signed a lease for a 77,000-square-foot building that will eventually hold about 600 employees in the Santee Corporate Center.
OPINION by Rep. Bob Filner and Rep. Robert Matsui
Software: Program Finds Most Cost-Effective Means of Transportation
Peregrine Systems' Largest Shareholder Buys Up Shares, Seeks Board Seat
Biotech: Plant-Derived Antibodies Would Bring Down Manufacturing Costs
With an extra day this year, the San Diego County Fair's overall attendance surpassed last year's numbers but fell short of expectations.
Blue Shield Expands Coverage to Cross-Border Dependents
Transportation: Commuter Rail Line Could Fall Victim To Amtrak's Budget Woes; Amtrak's funding troubles will not affect San Diego's commuter rail service , at least, not until the summer ends.
Condo in La Jolla Gets an $18M Settlement From Developer, Builders
An apparent taxation dispute between Metabolife International and the Internal Revenue Service led to the seizure of dozens of boxes of documents last week both at the diet supplement maker's headquarters office in Kearny Mesa and a nearby warehouse.
With approval from the San Diego City Council last week, the next milestones in SeaWorld San Diego's multimillion-dollar expansion are expected this fall.
Firm Offers Fee-Based Litigation to Collection Agencies Nationwide
Construction: Financing Snag Resolved as Project In Vista Gets Ready to Go; VISTA , Newport Beach-based Civic Partners has entered into a partnership with a real estate investment trust to get financing to begin construction on its shopping center in Vist
SAIC Gets Apple Job; Dot Hill Contracts for Hardware Manufacturing
Law Would Set Planning Guidelines For Entire State; One state senator feels a land-use bill winding through the Legislature spells "disaster for housing in California."
Monday, July 8
Craig Cornell said he wants to be more involved in finding appropriate policies and negotiating insurance premiums for his clients.
The total assessed value of all taxable property in the county increased by 8.7 percent, or $19 billion, during 2000 to 2001.
Law: Attorneys Reiterate Need for Strict Employer Policies to Defend Against Insider Trading Scandal
Westerfield Trial Puts Several Local Attorneys in the Spotlight
California is growing rapidly as one of the largest economies in the world, and Asian-owned businesses are part of that success story.
'Separation Analysis' Program Helps Clients See Impacts of Divorce Before They File
Health Care: Switch Will Ensure Better Tracking of The Spread of the Disease
After months of threats, state officials filed a lawsuit to void a $7 billion long-term power pact with Sempra Energy Resources.
Opinion by Supervisor Pam Slater, representative of the county's 3rd District
Monday, July 1
American Bio-Fuels President Bill Wason worked in community development , until the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. Since then, Wason has focused on environmental consulting and alternative fuels that replace crude oil.
Clear sailing appears to be on the horizon for SeaWorld San Diego's multimillion-dollar expansion , which goes before the San Diego City Council for final approval July 9
San Diego County's three Daewoo auto dealers will be liquidating their assets this month as the parent company goes out of business.
Barney & Barney, Roel Celebrate Year of Construction Without Injuries at Downtown Project
Local HP Office Unsure of Cuts as Firm Suspends IT Contract Workers
A Carlsbad-based company recently announced it has completed a road test of a car that runs on environmentally-friendly zinc.
Photon Research Gets Missile Contract; Sony Trolls for Virtual Gamers
Biotech: Analyst Notes Complex Test Speaks for Firm's Platform Technology
North Island Financial Becomes First Local Credit Union to Make SBA 504 Loans
Technology: Radio Markers Show True Ownership of Stolen Musical Instruments
Public Transit Voucher to Help Job Seekers Get to Qualcomm Job Fair
Construction began June 24 on a project designed to educate people about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles.
The San Diego Unified Port District will receive $2.2 million in federal money , far less than hoped for , to beef up security.
About 460,000 customers in Southern California recently lost power for nearly two hours after a car fire sparked a 6,700-acre brush fire in the Cajon Pass that burned out of control.
OPINION by Bill Horn, 5th District on the County Board of Supervisors
A regular networking event run by a high-tech trade association has become so packed with laid-off workers seeking new jobs that the organization decided to set up a series of separate events excluding the unemployed and sales people.
Idun's CEO Steven Mento Focuses On Programmed Cell Death To Develop Therapies for Cancer, Heart and Liver Disease
Software: PCs Preloaded With LindowsOS, But Won't Run Windows Apps
Morrison & Foerster Is Recognized for Volunteer Legal Services to Poor
Expanded Venue Hopes to Snag Super Bowl Events
Alvarado Hosts Health Seminar for Women HEALTH CARE by Marion Webb
Phase I of $120M Project Several Years Away; Now that the Coronado City Council has approved the Hotel del Coronado's $120 million expansion plans, the next step is still a sturdier economy away.
Escondido Firm Part of Trade Mission to Italy and Spain