Stories for October 2002
Monday, October 28
Insurance: Coverage Puts Burden on Workers To Reduce Health Costs; After some delay, health insurers are rapidly rolling out a new form of hybrid health plan in California, as they look for antidotes to rising health care costs.
San Diego City Council members approved the controversial City of Villages plan.
Mayor Dick Murphy made three new appointments to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
TECH-TALK; Fabric hook-and-loop fasteners, the crackly stuff that holds tennis shoes and jackets together, is the stuff Zyray Wireless executives use to describe how they'll take cell phones to new extremes.
Three San Diego projects have received grants to fund inner-city recreational areas.
Biotech: User Fees Will Fund Faster Reviews of New Medical Devices
Infrastructure: Transport Fee Called Unfair to Consumers, Businesses
High-Tech: Mixed Message Reflects Market's Volatility; In practically the same breath, Cymer, Inc. last week announced job cuts, a weak fourth-quarter outlook and plans to put up a building with a quarter-million square feet.
Onsite Energy Corp. Plans to Sell Its Nexus Consulting Subsidiary
PLUS: PR Firm Inks Deal With Company From India
PLUS: San Diego Reaps Defense Spending Benefits
With the clock ticking, San Diego and Imperial Valley settled a longstanding dispute that could have cost the state of California 700,000 acre-feet of water annually.
Target Finds New Home in Santee; No. 16 in S.D.
What's On the Menu by Jack White
Two state officials , from the same agency , recently handed down conflicting decisions about whether to pull the plug on San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed Valley Rainbow Interconnect.
PLUS: Cohu Reports 3rd Quarter Loss
San Diego's finest reporters, photographers, writers and artists were honored at the 29th annual Press Club Journalism Awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the U.S. Grant Hotel.
Sempra Energy's earnings jumped $54 million during the third quarter of this year, as compared to the same quarter in 2001.
Plus: Construction Under Way at Liberty Station Offices
San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department awarded $82,000 in grants to nine local nonprofit groups that assist small businesses.
Manufacturing: Company Reports Soft Demand For Golf Products
Election Endorsements: The lack of a riveting, mud-slinging hot-button statewide ballot proposition issue shouldn't keep California's citizenry from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
Monday, October 21
OPINION by Douglas Gordon, an attorney specializing in corporate law, general counsel solutions group at the law firm of Klinedinst, Fliehman & McKillop.
The San Diego Unified School District has awarded $30 million in contracts to three local construction firms for work on nine schools that was scheduled to begin this month.
San Diego County now has bragging rights - it's the first county to be listed on the NYSE.
As San Diego wrestles with its City of Villages proposal, a controversial plan that may increase density throughout the city, Ren & #233; Terrazas approaches the problem from the other end.
Plus: Distributor Signs Deal to Market Local Hair Products
Plus: Gateway Quarterly Loss at $50 Million; Public Relations Chapter Salutes Local Practitioners
Wireless: Ericsson's Local Cuts Typical of Industrywide Woes; Large and small telecom companies in San Diego are feeling the effects of a global downturn in spending that shows no signs of rebounding any time soon.
OPINION by Jack Faris, president of NFIB, the nation's largest small business advocacy group.
Eleven local, privately held companies grew fast enough between 1997 and 2001 to make it on to Inc Magazine's annual achievement roll, the Inc 500.
Even without adopting the City of Villages concept, San Diego faces a $2.5 billion shortfall for parks, roads and other infrastructure in its current development plan, which stretches until 2020.
Development: Cross-Border Bridge Key Design Element; San Diego-based LandGrant Development is getting ready for construction of the next phase of its Las Americas shopping center in San Ysidro, and is getting help from a local high-tech company on the bi-
Doug Olson Named to Head Brobeck, Phleger's Intellectual Property Group
The six-story, 211,000-square-foot office and engineering facility designed by San Diego-based Turpit & Potter Architects for BAE Systems in Rancho Bernardo has been completed.
Golf Balls and Satellites Collide at Steele Canyon
Development: Merging Residential and Commercial Spaces; A new trend in development can give new life to failing shopping centers , while also protecting the environment.
A bill calling for $355 billion in Pentagon spending awaited the president's signature Thursday after clearing the Senate and House.
Celgene Moves Into Larger Quarters; Opens Way for Expansion
Increased unemployment claims and a drop in consumer confidence in August contributed to a fifth consecutive decrease to San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
The Sales and Marketing Council of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County recently presented its 2002 SAM Awards
Real Estate: Market Driven By Low Vacancy Rates And Limited Development; Retail real estate is heating up in San Diego County.
Monday, October 14
San Diego-based Javo Beverage Co. has relocated its operations to a new 40,000-square-foot plant in Vista.
The San Diego chapter of the American Public Works Association recently presented its 2002 Outstanding Individual Service and Project Awards.
A San Diego-based interior design firm has bought a Nevada-based carpet company.
Technology: New Program Scans Systems For Unlicensed Software; Websense Inc., the San Diego-based Web-filter software company, intends to shake its status as a one-product shop.
Health Care: Deficiencies Seen 'Across the Board'; The new California report card of managed care organizations and medical doctor groups is a powerful tool for employees during this time of open enrollment
Opinion by Jack M. Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.
Hospitality: One Club Owner Claims Complaints Over Noise Forcing Him to Move
FDA Nominee Could Have Impact on Local Biotech Firms
Truckers crossing the border at Otay Mesa have one more week to prepare for a new policy requiring Mexican customs officials to inspect empty trucks headed for Mexico.
Ericsson's CDMA systems unit said the high cost of doing research and development here has forced the Swedish telecom giant to cut about 500 jobs at its Sorrento Mesa headquarters starting this week.
Opinion by Amy Peikoff, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute.
Twin 10-Story Office Buildings in Mission Valley Sell for $85M
Real Estate: Buildings in Demand Despite Vacancies; Investors are spending a lot of money on commercial real estate in San Diego County despite increased vacancies in local office and industrial properties.
Three San Diego biotechnology companies can now boast Nobel Prize-winning backing. But officials at Idun Pharmaceuticals Inc., Triad Therapeutics and Syrrx Inc. would be first to admit that getting advice from the world's greatest scientific authorities
According to Rental Trends, a survey conducted by San Diego-based MarketPoint Realty Advisors, 18,634 apartments in 95 projects are in the construction pipeline in San Diego County.
Trade: Canada, Mexico Programs Keep Track of Cargo and Passengers; The U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada experienced the same delays after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and at both ends of the country plans are in the works to speed up passenger an
Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton Cos. Inc., an insurance brokerage company, has opened an office in San Diego.
Telecom: Remec Attempts to Weather Industrywide Woes; With about two-thirds of its sales derived from its wireless business, Remec Inc. is having a tough year.
MeltroniX Melts Into History After Failing to Find New Capital
Sempra Energy Signs Deal to Supply Caterpillar Plants With Natural Gas
Monday, October 7
Preliminary results testing San Diego-based Idec Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s blockbuster cancer drug Rituxan for use in rheumatoid arthritis patients were encouraging, according to results published by the American College of Rheumatology.
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Real Estate: Semiconductor Distributor Grows Out of Sorrento Mesa Location; The Memec Group has signed a 10-year lease to take about one-third of the space Peregrine Systems Inc. is putting back on the market.
When it comes to energy, a recently released study says San Diego County has been flying blind , and there's a bumpy ride ahead.
Bazaar Del Mundo is being sued by a government agency alleging operators of the Old Town tourist attraction have avoided hiring several African-Americans in recent years.
The San Diego Convention Center Corp. won a statewide award for its efforts at promoting recycling and reducing waste.
"Financing Border Infrastructure" is the title of the South County Economic Development Council's 12th annual Economic Summit.
Wastewater: Group Worries Discharge May Harm Ocean; A local environmental group has sued a state agency over San Diego's Point Loma sewage treatment plant.
REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson
OPINION by Sen. Ray Haynes, Republican, 36th Senatorial District
OPINION by Jack Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Construction: Padres, JMI Realty Select Development Partners; The San Diego Padres and JMI Realty, the local real estate development company owned by Padres owner John Moores, have selected developers for a redevelopment project next to the new ballpark i
The wireless Internet service provided through the little boxes hung from San Diego light poles , a service now dormant , should come back to life this fall.