Stories for March 2002

Monday, March 25

Supervisors Can Be a Super Player

Commentary by Rick Bell

Strategic Positioning Essential to Law Firms' Success

Talent Base Another Key Element to Growth

As Companies Grow, Manufacturing Space Highly Desired

What to Consider Before Converting a Building; San Diego has established itself as a hub for biotechnology companies.

Employer Vs. Ex-Employee: Trade Secret Tug-of-War?

California Strongly Favors Employees' Right to Compete

Letter to the Editor - Protecting Children From Tobacco

Protecting Children From Tobacco

Patents Are Core of Drug Manufacturers' Dispute

Companies Stand to Make, Lose Big Money in Struggle

Privacy Proposals Could Cost California Billions

Opinion by Peter A. Johnson and Robin Varghese

Promotion Sports Signs Deal to Air Tennis Finals on ABC

NBC Uses Local Firm For Olympic Catering

Collateral Agrees to Be Purchased by Partner for $140M

Biotech: Analyst Positive About Deal; Stock Jumps

Businesswomen Finding VC Nut Is Tough to Crack

Lack of Track Record, Connections Suggested as Cause

Tri-City Considers Closing Its Pediatric Unit

Tax Credit Could Help With Long-Term Health Costs

Protecting Seller's Interest, Price in a Business Deal

Selling Isn't Easy, But Taking Precautions Helps Outcome

Local Techs Showcase New Products

Conn Steps Down as Dean of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering

Ligand to Market FDA-Approved Pain Medicine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted marketing approval of Irish drug maker Elan Corp.'s pain drug Avinza, for which a San Diego-based biotechnology company has U.S. marketing rights.

Saudis Seek to Bolster Trade in Their Country

Trade: State's Exports, Once at $745 Million in 1999, Dropped to $222 Million in 2001

Local Unemployment Drops in February

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Wind Energy Firms Expect New Windfall

Congress moved March 11 to restore the wind energy production tax credit, which expired Dec. 31. The credit runs retroactively to Jan. 1 and will last two years.


Real Estate Sales and Deals

Marketing Firm Reduces Staff, Picks Up New PR Accounts

Matthews/Mark, a local public relations and advertising firm in Downtown San Diego, laid off five employees earlier this month.

Legal Audits Offer Insight Into Corporate Health

Outside Analysis Can Shed Light on Problems, Assets

Builders, Owners Battle Over Construction Defects

Litigation Fallout Results in Increased Insurance Rates

Publisher's Notebook - Leadership Is Lacking in New Visions

"It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won."

Minnesota Firm Buys Prudential California

Prudential California Realty, the largest residential real estate agency in the county, has sold a majority interest to Inc.

Enron Case Focuses Attention On Securities Litigation

Special Report - LAW

Airlines Eliminate Commissions for Travel Agents

Travel: Agencies' Customers Face Increased Service Fees; The recent elimination of commissions on most airline tickets have San Diego's travel industry adjusting to a slightly different financial landscape, including higher fees and further emphasis on th

The Sun Still Shines on Sun's Local Unit

ENTERPRISE: Technology

Things to Know When Preparing for Patent Application

Inventors Frequently Unprepared for IP Process

EPA Reverses Decision on City's Sewage Treatment

Environment: Agency Rules Treatment Technology Meets Federal Standards

Lindows Wins 1st Round in Name Game

Software: Seattle Judge Rules Against Microsoft In Use of Similar Name

Firms Like Plan to Self-Insure

Workers' compensation expenses are increasing annually for California employers, so much so that some businesses, like a local automobile dealership, are turning to self-insurance to manage costs.

IndUS Entrepreneurs Hosts "Daring Visionaries"

Carlsbad Chamber Hosts Trade, Marketing Clinics

About the List: High-Tech Slowdown Creates Layoff Ripple at Practices

Diversified Law Firms Maintain Advantage

PROFILE: Waiting for the Next Wave

San Diego's Software Industry Council Is the Latest Destination to Satisfy Bob Slapin's Wanderlust

SEC Seeks Disclosure Rule Changes for Public Firms

Investors Could Gain More Access to Financial Filings

North County's Next Tourism Destination & #711; Hwy. 101

Opinion by Supervisor Pam Slater

Economist: S.D. Facing Bright 2002

Local Economy Called Among Strongest in SoCal

Scripps Sells Nursing Homes; UCSD to End Home Care

Health Care: Hospital Systems Cite Differing Factors for Decision


Calendar of Events

February's Average Home Price Tops $400,000

Western Pacific Begins Work on East Village Condo Project

Shareholders Await Final Say on HP Merger

New $13 Million VC Investment in Varance Brings Total to $40 Million

Monday, March 18

Quake Global Modems to Ride Big-Rigs

Ricochet Wireless 'Net May Bounce Back Again

County Seeks to Close Chrome Plating Company

Environment: D.A. Probes Alleged Pollution Near Homes in Barrio Logan

Downtown District Prepares for Cool New Project

Construction: Cooling Plant Under Way in Ballpark District

"Worst Is Behind," Says Remec Inc. CEO

Leap's Stock Makes A Quick Jump Up

San Diego Press Club Honors "Headliners"


Display Industry Cites Lower Costs, Cost Effectiveness

Trade Show Exhibits Spread the Word on a Budget

Analysts Predict Sweet Dreams Lie Ahead for Neurocrine

If analysts' projections are correct, Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. isn't just dreaming of a blockbuster drug.

Port Begins Expansion of National City Marine Terminal

The San Diego Unified Port District has embarked on a $20.3 million project expanding the 24th Street wharf.

Company Branches Out With Double-Decker Buses

Tourism: Business Aims to Take the Lid Off San Diego

In Tune With The Times

PROFILE: With an 'Independent' Sound and 200 Vintage Cars, Art Astor Continues Living Out His Dream

Familiar Faces as PR Firm Opens San Diego Office

Marketing: Competition Increases as Agencies Jockey for Business

MitoKor Files With SEC for Initial Public Offering

Analyst Likes Idec's New Cancer Drug, Ups Revenue Estimate

HP Merger Like None Seen Before

No Impact Seen for Local Printer Facility

FDA, Industries Reach Tentative Pact on User-Fee Act

Biotech: More Funds Needed to Improve Drug Approval Process

"State of Port at Otay Mesa" Topic of Event


Helix Water District Calls on "Water Watchers" to Fight Terrorism

The Helix Water District has recruited some of its customers as "eyes" to help combat terrorism.

In a Contracting Economy, Businesses Urged to Focus Budgets

Companies Shoot for Increased Visibility Within Target Markets

Developer Sells Off Land in San Marcos


Small Businesses Look Grimly Ahead to Election

OPINION by Martyn Hopper


Calendar of events.

State Kicks in $1 Million to Aid Regional Growth Plan

Apparently realizing the urgency of San Diego County's transportation and housing needs, the state will fund the majority of the regional plan being put together over the next 18 months by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Media Pools Resources To Contest Gag Order On Van Dam Case

Union-Tribune Severs Ties With Its Ad Firm

Ex-Scripps Bank Officials Eye Another Local Venture

Banking: Scripps Premier Joins Increasingly Crowded Field of Community Banks

Qualcomm Unveils Its New BREW

Wireless: Verizon Eyes Nationwide Rollout in May

American Express Puts Small Biz Help Online

IRS, Westfield Offer Tax Time Help at Malls

California's "Webmaster" a Study in Paranoia

Editor's Notebook by Rick Bell

Only Two Local Kmarts Affected By Bankruptcy

Two Kmart stores in San Diego County will close this year as the giant chain retailer goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Prop. F Suit Called Inevitable

Inevitable. That's what both sides are saying about the prospect of litigation to decide the legitimacy of the recently approved Proposition F.

Multimedia Sales Pitch Works By Engaging Customers

Mini-CDs Joins Ranks of Innovative Marketing Tools

Kearny Mesa Fares Well in 2001 Industrial Market

PM Realty Is Awarded the Property Management Contract for Hazard Center

Agency Director Calls Bank Hidden Asset for Business

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has helped local companies export their products, and it may play a role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, according to one of its board members.


Real Estate Sales and Leases

President to Business: "Play Nice"

Commentary by Martin Hill

Monday, March 11

Four Charged in Title Insurance Scheme

Four people have been charged with conspiracy to commit felony commercial bribery in an alleged North County title insurance rebate scheme.

S.D. Blood Bank's Future Reaching Crisis Stage

OPINION by Arthur and Sandra Rowsell

Yahoo Executive Calls for "Lovecats"

Tech Talk: Machiavellian Ways of Business Must Change, Says Internet Executive

Hotel Del Adds "No. 2 Beach" to Sales Campaign

Tourism & Hospitality: Marriott's Kearny Mesa Courtyard Set to Open

PROFILE: Deep Freeze Genius

Innercool CEO Dr. John Dobak Gave Up Being a Surgeon to Create Super-Cool Tools for Surgery

CWA Votes to Appeal Water Rights Decision

San Diego County water commissioners have voted to appeal a decision which could theoretically force local water officials to pay for water that it will never receive.

Judge Blocks Disclosure of Medical Groups' Finances

Health Care: Advocates Claim Ruling Leaves Consumers at Risk

Annual Hunt Begins for Top Entrepreneurs

Annual Hunt Begins for Top Entrepreneurs

Execs Find New Challenges in Internet Market

Tech Talk: Employment: Former Dot-Com CEOs Rise From the Ashes

Holiday Bowl Team Promotes San Diego, Football and Big Money

Between attendees and the teams who took part, last year's bowl game resulted in the rental of 21,500 room nights at local hotels and direct spending of $10.8 million ...

Employees Are Key to Business Success

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen


Calendar of events

Seniors Struggling With New Drug-Benefit Plan

Health Care by Marion Webb

Pedaling in Southland Easier With New Web Site

High Tech: Telecommuting Continues to Grow, According to Survey

Costs Hindering Local Construction

Builders Blame Drop in New Home Permits on Red Tape

Override of Anti-Tax Vote Seen Winning

As the possibility of a lawsuit looms, it appears San Diego voters have narrowly approved Proposition F, the city's countermeasure to the tax-limiting Proposition E.

Federal Plan Could Pump More Money to Small Firms

Plus: Best Buy Opens New Location in Mira Mesa; Small Business by Lee Zion

Solana Beach Eyes Plan to Turn RR Station Into Mixed Use

SOLANA BEACH , The city of Solana Beach is considering a plan to turn its train station into a mixed use retail, residential and transit center.

Affordable Housing Projects Under Way

San Diego REAL ESTATE: January Existing Home Sales Outdistance Total From Last Year

Waitt Sees Gateway Profitability By 2003

A merger of personal computer-makers Hewlett-Packard and Compaq will only help Gateway Inc., the Poway company's chief executive told a crowd here last week.

Many Still Skeptical of Gateway's Future

Cyberbucks: Peregrine Cuts Back Staff to 'Focus on Core Software Product'

Internet Services Pose Challenge To Traditional Banking

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Success Hinges on Niche Market, Cost Effective Delivery

British Airways a Key Player in Local Tourism

OPINION by Reint Reinders

Northrop Grumman Targeted for War Games Product

The Integrated Systems sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. is starting work on two versions of a cigar-shaped, unmanned, jet-powered Navy target.

PR Firm Aids Van Dams With Media Blitz

When the national media calls, most people wouldn't know what to do. When it happened to the van Dam family in Sabre Springs, who were coping with the then-recent kidnapping of their 7-year-old daughter, Danielle, local public relations professionals off

Are Banks Attracting Business in the Internet Age?

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Servicing Clients' Needs: A Tale of Two Customers

Sale of First Capital to First Community a Done Deal

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Don Schempp Moves From Capital Bank to RSF National

SDSU Scientists Receive Grant for Wave Energy Study

Energy: Research Could Lead to Using Wave Action To Produce Electricity


Real Estate Sales and Leases

Asian Business Strategy Series Set

Asian Business Strategy Series Set

New Banks Focusing on Underserved Markets

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Interest in Community Banking Behind Formations

Water Department Pipeline Project Set to Start

The San Diego Water Department has announced it will begin building a pipeline at Black Mountain Road early next month.

What's Keeping Credit Unions Competitive

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Adapting to Changes in Technology, Consumer Preferences

New Ad Campaign Touts San Diego Gaming

Tourism: Casinos, ConVis Hope to Lure Orange County Visitors

Market for Cross-Border Lending Seen as Broad

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: Banks, Mexican Companies Forging Financial Relationships

Cost of Doing Business Puts S.D. in the Middle Local Leaders Argue

Weather, Research Labs Still Lure Outside Firms

Finding the Right Bank Means Identifying Long-Term Goals

SPECIAL REPORT - Banking: They appear regularly in our mailboxes, gaily colored with huge letters proclaiming that we can save money, get the credit we deserve and/or incur no interest charges for balance transfers...

People on the Move

Weekly Column

A Confusing Vote Is Resolved

Editorial by Rick Bell

Monday, March 4

Path 1, SAIC Join Forces In Internet Video Venture

Sending video by Internet is the specialty of Path 1 Network Technologies, a 55-employee company with principal offices in University City.

Commercial Construction Likely to Rebound in '02

Though the number of commercial real estate projects completed countywide in 2001 dropped from 2000's totals, local experts still have a positive outlook for this year.

Commentary: Following the Letters of the Law

Editorial by Rick Bell

New Technology Helps Prioritize Business Travel

SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Cost-Cutting Innovations Gaining Advocates; Corporate travel can be one of the most costly expenditures for many organizations.

PROFILE: A Lofty View Of San Diego

Sleepless Nights Appear to Be Over For Doug Wilson as Construction At the Ballpark Cranks Up Again

Local Real Estate Web Site Eyes National Market

Exec at Claims Company Had First Profitable Month in January

South Koreans Eye Local Bio Investment

South Korean delegates got a warm reception from local venture capitalists, public relations executives and community leaders who could benefit from that nation's planned $7 million investment in a biotechnology park in Carlsbad.

TableBed Offers a New Look in Close Quarters

Coldwell Banker Acquires Anthony Furlano Associates

Gen-Probe Blood Screening System Gets FDA OK

San Diego-based Gen-Probe Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Procleix blood-screening system for HIV and hepatitis C.

Coaxial Cables Keeps RFI Connected to Corporate Success

Enterprise - Manufacturing: Howard Hill and his partners thought they had it made, selling a new contraption called the cellular telephone at their small San Diego company, Celltronics.

Arts Groups Packing for American Express Marketing Seminar

Four local performing arts organizations will participate in the American Express National Arts Marketing Project in Chicago beginning later this month.

Star-Spangled Banner Proudly Waves at Airport Exhibit

Travelers boarding through Terminal 2 East at Lindbergh Field are greeted by the spirit of patriotism when they pass a wall that pays tribute to the American flag.

Super-Sized Preparations Begin for Game

As the most publicized sporting event of the year heads to San Diego in January, plans for its framework have begun. Expected to bring in thousands of visitors, Super Bowl XXXVII takes place at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 26.

OPINION: Consolidating California's Energy Bureaucracy

California's energy bureaucracy is in dire need of an overhaul.

SDG & E; Power Line Plans Could Lead to Nowhere

Electric: Projects Slated for Completion in 2003 Could Cost Close to $58 Million

Good News for Isis' Psoriasis Drug, Merck Deal

Cypress Launches Phase II Tests for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Hot Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

For the Record

Calendar of Events

AIGA Conference Features Swiss Designer as Speaker

Media & Marketing: Clear Channel Names Program Director For KMYI-FM

Upper Deck Hopes to Trump Pok?mon Craze With Yu-Gi-Oh!

Newsmakers: A Carlsbad-based company is helping to bring a popular Japanese card craze to America.

Internet Makes Biz Property Tax Filing Easier

Chamber Hosts Meeting With State Lawmakers. The county assessor has made it easier and more convenient for some small businesses to file their business property statements using e-filing.

Gold Key Awards Recognize the Visitor Industry

Two major hotel organizations in town held their annual awards recently, and gave accolades to several individuals involved in the visitor industry.

What Travelers Should Know Before Taking Off

SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Charters Seen as Alternative to Commercial Travel

Qualcomm Buoyed By a Bit of Good News

Titan Announces Albuquerque Firm As Third Acquisition of the Year

Money Likely to Flood Health Care Firms in '02

Finance: Despite Lots of Cash, Funding Unlikely To Come Easy. Venture capital funds raised a record $5.3 billion for health care in 2001, but biotech leaders will be in fierce competition to attract funding.

Travel Agencies Offer Pros, Cons About Online Booking

SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel. Process Emphasizes Agents' Role as Travel Managers

Volunteers: An Open Letter to the Prez

Editor's Notebook - Martin Hill

Local Boat Aids Navy Search for Plane

Congressional Hearing Provides Glimpse of SWATH's Effectiveness

Entrepreneur Opens 18-and-Up Nightclub in Kearny Mesa

Newsmakers: To hear him tell it, 24-year-old Teddy Torbati is getting ready to take San Diego nightlife by storm.

Regional Airports Offer Options To Corporate Travelers

SPECIAL REPORT - Corporate Travel: Several regional airports provide options for the corporate aircraft that help sell meeting planners on San Diego.

Women First Signs Marketing Deal for Estrogen Patch

Women First HealthCare, Inc. said Feb. 25 it signed a deal with a major pharmacy benefit manager to market its lead pharmaceutical product Esclim, an estrogen patch for menopausal women.

Wireless Firm Gets High-Profile Help

Hitachi Likes the Signal Sent Out By Magis

Local Firm Contends Bluetooth Coming of Age

Technology: Volume of Chip Production Will Be Close to 100 Million This Year

City's Ethics Commission Laying Down Its Law

Government: Newly Formed Panel Seeks Passage of City's Prop. B. Charlie Walker, the first executive director for San Diego's Ethics Commission, says the vast majority of elected officials are honest, but he's not na & #271;ve.