Stories for October 2002

Monday, October 28

Employee-Allowance Health Plans Gain Toehold

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.


Calendar of Business events and announcements

Council OKs City of Villages Plan With Reduced Density

San Diego City Council members approved the controversial City of Villages plan.

Mayor Makes Appointments to Airport Authority

Mayor Dick Murphy made three new appointments to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.


Listings of New Business Licenses

TECH-TALK; Zyray Puts New "Spinner" on Old Technology

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.

Newest Phase of SR 125 Breaks Ground in Bonita

Oceanside Apartment Complex Sale Nets $31.6M

State Awards Grants to Refurbish Inner-City Recreational Areas

Three San Diego projects have received grants to fund inner-city recreational areas.

FDA Bill Should Speed Up Approvals

Biotech: User Fees Will Fund Faster Reviews of New Medical Devices

North County Agencies File Suit Against CWA

Infrastructure: Transport Fee Called Unfair to Consumers, Businesses

Drug Patent Decision Could Reduce Medicine Costs

Fund-Raiser Planned for Free Dental Health Clinic

Cymer Juggles Job Cuts, Expansion

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.

Superior Court Judge Says Feds Can't Decide Sempra Antitrust Case

Onsite Energy Corp. Plans to Sell Its Nexus Consulting Subsidiary

Local Business to Be Part of Census By Chamber of Commerce

PLUS: PR Firm Inks Deal With Company From India

The Real "Reality" Behind Shock TV

Editor's Notebook by Martin Hill

Trade Center Lands Funding for "Exports to Asia" Program

PLUS: San Diego Reaps Defense Spending Benefits

San Diego, Imperial Achieve Water Deal

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.

Shoppers Raise Cash for Charity With Night at the Mall

Target Finds New Home in Santee; No. 16 in S.D.

Family-Owned Restaurants Are Doing Brisk Business Providing Quality Foods

What's On the Menu by Jack White

Advertising Partnerships Can Boost Small Biz Profits


Power Line Plan May Be In Jeopardy

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.

Social Security Reform and the American Creed

OPINION by Ronald Fraser, DKT Liberty Project

Home Depot to Sponsor Super Bowl Host Committee, Help Preparations

PLUS: Cohu Reports 3rd Quarter Loss

Business Journal Staff Wins Six Press Club Awards

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.

Long-Term California Contract Aids Sempra Energy's Figures

Sempra Energy's earnings jumped $54 million during the third quarter of this year, as compared to the same quarter in 2001.

Renovation of Hyatt Islandia Penthouse Completed

Plus: Construction Under Way at Liberty Station Offices

Small Business Nonprofits Receive City Grants From Community Department

San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department awarded $82,000 in grants to nine local nonprofit groups that assist small businesses.

Astute Debuts New, Flexible Pericles Chip

HIGH-TECH by Brad Graves

BBB Offers Advice on Avoiding Complaints


Callaway Reviewing Ways to Improve Its Finances

Manufacturing: Company Reports Soft Demand For Golf Products

Dull, Perhaps, But Key Issues Face Voters

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

Condo Developer Buys Downtown Block for $8M

Residential Funding Corp. Signs $12.8M Lease

Dubious Distinctions in Corporate Governance

OPINION by Douglas Gordon, an attorney specializing in corporate law, general counsel solutions group at the law firm of Klinedinst, Fliehman & McKillop.

Prop. MM Funding Goes to Three Local Builders

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.

Business Leads

Listings of New Business Licenses

County Opens Up Trading On New York Stock Exchange

San Diego County now has bragging rights - it's the first county to be listed on the NYSE.

Flex-Trolley Seen as Key To "Villages"

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.

Medical Products Firm Establishes North County Base

Plus: Distributor Signs Deal to Market Local Hair Products

ConVis Salutes Local Hospitality Industry; Nassco Gets Navy OK for Ship Repairs

Plus: Gateway Quarterly Loss at $50 Million; Public Relations Chapter Salutes Local Practitioners

Telecom Turnaround Unlikely to Show Up Soon

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.

Support for Chargers Benefits Community

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Engineered Skin Companies Faltering

Biotech: ATS Filing Is Second This Month for Bio-Skin Companies

Small Biz Prepares to Say "Thank You" on Nov. 5

OPINION by Jack Faris, president of NFIB, the nation's largest small business advocacy group.

Eleven Local Private Companies Make Inc 500 List for Most Growth

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.

AMCC Posts Encouraging Numbers

Massachusetts-Based Volex Begins Shutting Down Plant in Chula Vista

City Eyes Business to Help Fund "Village" Plan

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.

Las Americas Gears Up for Phase 2 Construction

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-

Lean Manufacturing Theory Is Gaining Ground

SPECIAL REPORT: Manufacturing

Firm Seeks to Protect the Rights of "Sam I Am"

Doug Olson Named to Head Brobeck, Phleger's Intellectual Property Group

BAE Facility Finished at Cost of $26M

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.

Island Data Helps Burrow Into Mountains Of E-Mail

Golf Balls and Satellites Collide at Steele Canyon

"Suburban Villages" Trend Reinvents Shopping Centers

Development: Merging Residential and Commercial Spaces; A new trend in development can give new life to failing shopping centers , while also protecting the environment.

Done Deals / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales, leases. Construction contracts and deals

Defense Bill Holds Millions For Local Contractors

A bill calling for $355 billion in Pentagon spending awaited the president's signature Thursday after clearing the Senate and House.

ResMed Sues Competitor for Patent Infringement

Celgene Moves Into Larger Quarters; Opens Way for Expansion

Wildwood Celebrates European Heritage With Hearty German Fare

What's on the Menu by Jack White

For The Record

Calendar of Business Events, Announcements

WD-40 Makes Forbes Magazine's Top 200 List

Entrepreneurs Event Features Advice For Small Biz

Economy's Local Barometer Points to a Cloudy Outlook

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.

Building Industry Salutes Homebuilders

The Sales and Marketing Council of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County recently presented its 2002 SAM Awards

It's a Boom Time Countywide for Retail Investments

Real Estate: Market Driven By Low Vacancy Rates And Limited Development; Retail real estate is heating up in San Diego County.

OSHA, UCSD Create Safety Programs in Spanish

OSHA, UCSD Create Safety Programs in Spanish

Manufacturing Plays Pivotal Role in Area Economy

SPECIAL REPORT: Manufacturing

City of Villages Needs Support of Business

Editorial by Rick Bell

Monday, October 14

Coffee Brewer Relocates Plant to Vista Facility

San Diego-based Javo Beverage Co. has relocated its operations to a new 40,000-square-foot plant in Vista.

American Public Works Chapter Distributes Awards

The San Diego chapter of the American Public Works Association recently presented its 2002 Outstanding Individual Service and Project Awards.

Interior Design Firm Acquires Carpet Company

A San Diego-based interior design firm has bought a Nevada-based carpet company.

Websense to Hunt for Pirated Software

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.

HMO Grade Card a Powerful Tool for Employees

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

California's Latest Loss: Middle-Class Wealth

Opinion by Jack M. Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.

Beef is King at Cohn's New Downtown Venue: The Gaslamp Strip Club

What's On the Menu by Jack White

Influx of Residents Creating New Issues Downtown

Hospitality: One Club Owner Claims Complaints Over Noise Forcing Him to Move

Company Powers Up To Ship Its 1st Product

Jabra Corp. Puts Bluetooth to Work In New Product

How to Use Benefits to Retain Key Staff Members

SPECIAL REPORT: Employee Benefits

Officials Consider Need for Smallpox Vaccinations

FDA Nominee Could Have Impact on Local Biotech Firms

Truckers Hope Inspections of Empty Rigs Won't Create Lengthy Delays

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.

Telecom Slashes 500 From Staff

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.

Copyright Laws Coming Under Needless Attack

Opinion by Amy Peikoff, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute.

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Koll Announces Decision To Close Local Office

Twin 10-Story Office Buildings in Mission Valley Sell for $85M

Investors Scour Area for Commercial Property Bargains

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.

Are the Glory Days of 401(k) Accounts Over?

SPECIAL REPORT: Employee Benefits

Nobels Don't Assure Success For Biotechs

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

Employers Look to Workers to Share Health Care Costs

SPECIAL REPORT: Employee Benefits

Report Finds Apartment Construction on the Rise

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.

Officials Turn to Pre-Screening to Speed Border Transit

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

Brokerage Opens Office In Golden Triangle

Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton Cos. Inc., an insurance brokerage company, has opened an office in San Diego.

Wireless Firm Continues to Scale Back Work Force

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.

Sorrento Delivers Ultimatum to Shareholders

MeltroniX Melts Into History After Failing to Find New Capital

For the Record

Calendar of Business events, announcements

Energy Deregulation's Final Death Blow

Editorial By Martin Hill

Padres Acquire a Familiar Face From Pittsburgh

Torrey Pines Will Host Prestigious Tourney in 2008

Scientists Propose Device for Making Electricity

Sempra Energy Signs Deal to Supply Caterpillar Plants With Natural Gas

OneSource Honored for Performance, Achievements


How Much You Charging for That Cheesecake?

Editor's Notebook By Rick Bell

Laws Impact California Employers

SPECIAL REPORT: Employee Benefits

Monday, October 7

Chamber Coaches Small Biz on Hispanic Market

Trick-or-Treating at Malls To Benefit Area Food Bank

Idec Cancer Drug Draws Praise in Arthritis Tests

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.

Time to Quell the Waterfront Storm

Editorial by Rick Bell

Economic Downturn Aside, Cos. Show Solid Numbers


Memec Signs 10-Year Lease for Former Peregrine Space

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.

Report Outlines Area's Urgent Energy Needs

When it comes to energy, a recently released study says San Diego County has been flying blind , and there's a bumpy ride ahead.

Feds Challenge Bazaar Del Mundo Hiring Practices

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.

Simms Signs New Ad Client

Simms Signs New Ad Client

Convention Center Among Waste-Management Honorees for Conserving Money and Energy

The San Diego Convention Center Corp. won a statewide award for its efforts at promoting recycling and reducing waste.

Small Biz Looks for Solution to Accounting Hassles

SPECIAL REPORT: Fast-Growing Companies

Economic Summit Examines Border Development

"Financing Border Infrastructure" is the title of the South County Economic Development Council's 12th annual Economic Summit.

Moving the Ball Down the (Business) Field

SPECIAL REPORT: Fast-Growing Companies

Leap Cuts Deep Into Work Force

CYBERBUCKS by Mike Allen

LETTER - Keep Tax Dollars in State

Letter to the editor

HOT DEALS / The Ledger

Real Estate Sales and Leases; Construction Contracts

Hash House A Go Go,

Where Cooking for Hungry Folks is the Order of the Day

SAIC Hits The Trail in Hush-Hush Deal

HIGH TECH by Brad Graves

Gateway's Cows Returned to the Barn


Residents Blame Barona Golf Club for Dry Wells

Neighbors Fear Aquifer Is Tapped Out

Baykeeper Hits Water Resources Board With Lawsuit

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.

Long Port Lockout Likely to Raise Prices

Cost Estimates Called Too Low

Official Wants Help From Architects in Streamlining Plan Review Process

REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson

Jobs Shift From Manufacturing to Services Sector

SPECIAL REPORT: Fast-Growing Companies

Visiting a Kinder, Gentler, New York City

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

FeRx Left Without Partner By Elan Corp.'s Pullout

BIOTECH by Marion Webb

Realigning Customer Service Into Customer Care

SPECIAL REPORT: Fast-Growing Companies


Calendar of business events, announcements

Bill Represented a Government Without Limits

OPINION by Sen. Ray Haynes, Republican, 36th Senatorial District

Area World Trade Center Announces Awards Gala

Area World Trade Center Announces Awards Gala

On-the-Job Money Woes Impact Bottom Line

OPINION by Jack Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Bosa, Cisterra Chosen to Develop East Village Square

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

Tourism Industry Seeks to Wow San Diego Visitors

Tourism & Hospitalityby Tanya Rodrigues

Argument Date Nears for Attorneys of WWII POWs

LAW by Rene'e Beasley Jones

Silicon Valley a Picture of Fiscal Health v Locally, Anyway

FINANCE by Mike Allen

Ricochet Service May Bounce Back

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.