Stories for November 2002
Monday, November 25
The state Attorney General's Office has asked federal regulators to deny a Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. exemption.
Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. said it let go 35 employees as the company reported its first-quarter net loss increased over last year's figure by 36 percent.
Retail: Postal Store Likes Area's 'Talent Pool'
A coin toss recently decided a little-talked-about Centre City Development Corp. race.
OPINION by Jack Faris, president of the National Federation of Independent Businesses
Plus: Clear Channel Layoffs Part of Merger, Sale; 'Innovative Product' Awards Event Is Set
San Diego World Trade Center founding member John Howard Norton was honored with a Lifetime Recognition Award as the agency celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual awards ceremony.
ESCONDIDO , Palomar Pomerado Health's new chief executive officer said he'll work hard to address the challenges of staffing needs, earthquake safety and rising health care needs at the two-part hospital system in North County.
Metro Villas, a 120-unit affordable housing development in City Heights, received $18.8 million in tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
Finance: Charles Schwab Predicts Stronger Market Ahead as 2003 Approaches
A 71.6 percent year-to-date occupancy rate for San Diego's lodging facilities was off 2.3 percent from the year-ago period while the supply of rooms rose 2.4 percent to 50,799, according to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.
TECH TALK: Attendees Have a Keen Interest in What's Next For Cell Phone Networks
There Are Questions Over How Department's Spending Will Fall to Small Business
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission filed a temporary restraining order against an alleged telemarketing scam that was seeking to raise some $9 million in stock shares for a Carlsbad auto repair business.
San Diego-based law firm Foley & Lardner has contributed $10,000 to the Junior Seau Foundation
Workplace: 'Delivering Bad News for Good Results' Eases Stress for Both Sides
When Emily Feeney's monthly bills on two credit cards reached about $600, she knew she needed help. PLUS: Casino Kicks Off Its Holiday Toy Drive
While San Diego last week experienced warm, sunny Santa Ana-induced weather, economic development officials were in town trying to sell the cold climates of South Dakota, Canada and the like to executives.
Real Estate: Developers With Property Waiting to See How The Market Recovers
Monday, November 18
San Diego could face a devastating water shortage if the state fails to meet a fast-approaching deadline.
The San Diego City Council decided earlier this year that municipal buildings should meet the silver level of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Casualties at SourcingLink.net Inc. Include New CEO Dan Rawlings
Local Firm Secures a Multimillion-Dollar Win For Homeowners in O.C.
Long-Term Care Insurance: Planning for Your Future
GMS Realty LLC has taken on the sublease for Seaport Village and hopes to be involved in the expansion of the tourist attraction in Downtown San Diego.
Finance: EmTek Has Made Loans to 13 Companies Totaling More Than $2M
OPINION by Ted Grose, president of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers
State Plans Trade And Investment Office in Armenia
President's Initiative Strives to Aid the Uninsured
Nine water districts in San Diego County will get $4.8 million from a settlement with a Tulsa, Okla.-based energy marketer.
Plus: Joe Craver Heads List of Appointees to Airport Authority;
Environment: Support, Input Sought From Public and Industry; Environmental regulators are inviting business leaders to participate in a new program that may relieve pollution-related problems in border cities like San Diego.
This is the last column I'll write as editor of the San Diego Business Journal...
San Diego's unemployment remained a relatively low 4.2 percent in October, the same rate as September, but prospects for a turnaround to last year's record low levels aren't evident.
Acci & #243;n Trumpets Success Providing Small Biz Loans
San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. reported a decline in net earnings to $14 million for the last quarter of its fiscal year ended in September from $20.7 million for the like period in the previous year.
Monday, November 11
Palomar Technologies Acquires Axsys Technologies' Fiber Automation Division
Also: Binational Conference Set to Spotlight Business-Education
Also: Magazine Touts Merits of Two Local Universities; AMN, Countrywide Team for $250 Million Loan
OPINION by Dan Holbrook, president of the AtVantage Group
Plus: Federal Agency Honors Local Labor Practices; Grant Money Available For Areas Near Airport
Also: SureBeam Loses $11 Million in Recent Quarter; Technology Firm Passes Muster for State Contracts
The San Diego County Water Authority will discuss a proposal this week which could give the region access to a new source of fresh water , more than 18 billion gallons of water a year.
OPINION by Larry Gach, managing member for Redpoint Engineering, LLC.
Tourism: ConVis Exec Says Business Stronger Here Than in L.A. Or San Francisco
Six Stories: Second Quarter Apartment Sales Hit New Level; Online Benefits Program Boosts Hawthorne Revenues; Carlsbad Office Building Construction Set for Spring; Civil Engineering Firm to Occupy Carlsbad Facility; Beyster Institute Names Entrepreneurshi
Five Stories: National to Open Two North County Centers; Local Casino Already In Expansion Mode; Propulsion Purchases C & J; Marine, Absorbs Staff; S.D. National Reports 19 Percent Hike in Quarter; Office Building in Mission Valley Sells for $24M
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. recently diversified its electricity portfolio. The company bought enough energy from renewable sources , wind and biomass , to power about 100,000 homes.
Less than two weeks after San Diego City Councilman Byron Wear was appointed to serve on the new regional airport authority board, Wear withdrew his nomination.
Defense: Pentagon Budget Contains Nearly $2 Billion in Funding
Nevada is suing several energy companies , Sempra Energy and two of its subsidiaries among them , for overcharging consumers for natural gas and electricity.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute may have found a potential treatment for Gaucher disease, the most common genetic disorder affecting Jewish people of eastern European ancestry. Also: USD Shiley Center Drawing Donors
Commercial real estate investors still like San Diego County's demographics enough to continue buying local properties.
Wireless: Tech Giant Tops $3 Billion in Sales; San Diego tech stalwart Qualcomm Inc. ended its fiscal year by topping the $3 billion sales mark and doing better than analysts had predicted.
North County Firms Boost the Number of Automated Defibrillators
SCORE Execs Offer Entrepreneur Workshops; Yellow Cab Offers Free Ads to Local Nonprofit Organizations
Maritime: 10 Percent Increase in Shipments Expected This Year
ESCONDIDO , Ben Hillebrecht, who grows oranges in North County, got squeezed in 2001. That year, he chose not to harvest his crop because he'd get paid less for the oranges than it cost to pick them.
Monday, November 4
Biotech: Executive Summit Emphasizes Growth, Marketing, R & D;
Russ Haley was shocked that the San Diego City Council approved the City of Villages plan , minus its controversial increased housing density projections.
Technology: Loss Due To Discontinued Unit; Titan Corp., the San Diego technology company that of late has focused more closely on defense, reported an increase in sales during its third quarter.
Fisher Science Donates Lab Equipment to Preuss School
The latest ConVis Forum will meet Nov. 14 to discuss "The Impact of World Events on the Meeting and Tourism Industry , The New Reality and the Foreseeable Future."
CEO of Santa Clara Superior Court Named Executive Officer of San Diego Superior Court
Environment: Plans Call For 'Lake Within a Lake'
What's On The Menu by Jack White
Neurogenetics Secures $10M In Series B Preferred Stock
Opinion by Cher Gonzalez, counsel/legislative advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce.
Official Notes Regents Bank Operating 'Considerably Ahead' Of Its Projected Schedule
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is gearing up to buy electricity again.
CPS Printing announced it has once again received the ISO 9001 certification.
Opinion by Lee J. Harris, president of the California Association of Dental Plans, and Marilynn Belek, DMD, senior vice president of professional services and the chief dental officer for Delta Dental Plan of California.
One of San Diego's biggest high-tech employers has joined a statewide effort to reduce emissions and fight global warming.
On San Diego Bay, shipyard executives anticipate the arrival of $350 million to $400 million in federal funds so they can perform another year of Navy ship maintenance.
Opinion by M. David Stirling, vice president of Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest legal organization that defends free enterprise in the courts.
Wireless Firm Voyager Systems Gets $7.5M to Expand Customer Service, Sales
Friends of the Compact Sponsor Sweetwater Scholarship
A San Diego investment company has acquired the existing local franchise of Glass Doctor.
Staff WriterCarlsbad Mall Hopes To Raise Big Bucks for Charity
Politics: Critics Fear a Lack of Control, High Cost; Two initiatives on the Nov. 5 ballot could bring a total of more than $1 billion to San Diego County for infrastructure projects.
PLUS: County Water Authority Mulls Getting Into Business of Water Treatment
Finance: Downward Trend Is Part of National Phenomena That Is Likely to Continue
The National Association of Securities Dealers said it fined and suspended three Wall Street analysts for misusing confidential information in a research report on an experimental sleep drug developed by San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences Inc.