Stories for September 2002
Monday, September 30
Finance: One in La Jolla, Another in Chula Vista Announce Regulatory OK
Law: Gray Cary's Venture Pipeline Unit Seen as 'Smart Idea'
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. had about a year of funding left when it landed a potential $325 million deal with Eli Lilly & Co. to develop what could become a blockbuster drug.
As an Oct. 7 Mexican customs deadline nears for the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Otay Mesa, planning is under way to deal with traffic congestion in the eastern border area of San Diego.
State and local agencies are offering grants to help companies add electric vehicles to their fleets.
Restaurants: Local Chain Eyes Southeast as Menu Items Get an Overhaul
TECH TALK: Agency Will Move Review For Biologic Drugs to More Experienced Division
Real Estate: Industry Lures Segment With Programs, Agents
The move was no surprise, but Peregrine Systems' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection still cast a pall over the local software industry.
Monday, September 23
Retail: Dealers Hurt By New Car Incentives; What's good news for new car dealers is not necessarily good news for the other automotive retailers. Many local used car dealers have seen business fall off by as much as 75 percent.
CARLSBAD , A new talk show being simulcast on three North County radio stations debuted this month. "Sunday Morning Chat Room" is scheduled to air live from 6 to 7 a.m. on alternative music station KFSD-FM, classical-focused KFSD-AM and KCEO-AM
Biotech: Idun CMO Says Firms Need to Heed Early Signs of Failure; David A. Shapiro recently braved the "lion's den," risking offending local biotechnology colleagues and investors with his candid views on the success of drug development.
OPINION by Mike MacCarthy, publisher of San Diego Writer's Monthly and president of Voters For Truth in Education.
Real Estate: Condo Sales Vigorous, But Pricey; Condominium construction in Downtown San Diego is moving at a rapid pace and most developers see no end to demand for the units.
TECH TALK; Year-over-year revenue turned out to be relatively flat for Science Applications International Corp. during the last two quarters ended July 31.
SPECIAL REPORT: Bioscience; BIOTECH by Marion Webb
OPINION by Ron Morrison, a National City councilman and chairman of Sandag, and Mickey Cafagna, the mayor of Poway and Sandag's vice chairman.
Infrastructure: Project Designed to Ease Traffic Congestion; Two projects meant to unite University City residents have divided them instead.
What's On the Menu by Jack White
The San Diego Regional Office of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency is shutting down Oct. 4 after nine years because of state budget cuts.
A Barrio Logan-area chrome plater will soon leave the neighborhood after months of legal wrangling over pollution.
Superior Court Revised Forms Will Be Required As of Oct. 7 for Filings; A new state law provides plaintiffs twice the amount of time to file lawsuits, which could mean more litigation for local employers.
A new proposal to complete an intricate water deal could save California from losing access to as much as 230 billion gallons of water annually.
Tourism: Region's Diversity on Agenda for Black Meeting Planners; As the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners heads to San Diego in November for its fall meeting, the local tourism industry awaits what could be invaluable exposure.
Producers Accused Of Manipulating Electricity Prices; State power regulators blame five generators for causing most of California's blackouts during the zenith of the energy crisis.
OPINION by Ginger Hovenic, Bill Siart and Robert J. Flowers
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Phone Data Subject of Conference Next Month
Monday, September 16
Having won final approvals from the California Coastal Commission last week, SeaWorld San Diego will begin construction on the first phase of its multimillion-dollar expansion early next month.
The Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology, the university-industry project that helps cultivate promising homeland security technologies, announced winners for its April and June grant solicitations.
What's On The Menu by Jack White
Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, has asked the San Diego Ethics Commission to investigate a grant application that the city filed with the California Library Board to help fund a new San Ysidro library branch.
The announcement that Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. hired a new president/chief operating officer marked one of many changes in store for the fish taco-famed company.
Energy: Power Provider Hunts for Bargains In Depressed Market; Sempra Energy sees opportunity in its industry's troubled times.
Banking: Quorum for Vote Difficult Due to FDIC Restrictions; First International Bank has hit a roadblock in its quest to change its name and image , it cannot obtain a quorum for an official shareholders meeting.
Biotech: Dennis Carlo Resigns as Chief Exec Of Troubled AIDS Firm
Wireless: Large Number of Applications Slows Launch; Time lags, technical hurdles and the need to educate the mass market are keeping the Bluetooth radio industry hopping.
Health Care: Training Will Prepare Students for Retail, Research Careers
Online Search Begins For 'Top Small Business in America'
Burnham Real Estate Services is gearing up for a commercial real estate turn around.
Monday, September 9
Plus other news: Survey: Hiring Likely to Remain Steady; KPBS Surpasses Summer Fund-Raising Goal; Firm's System Adds Backup Power in Test Phase
OPINION by Michael J. Clover, president of Sempra Fiber Links
'Here Is New York' Exhibit Chronicles Sept. 11 Attacks; Team Belarus Wins Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge; Volunteers Take Up Baja Challenge, Build Homes in Tijuana
Transportation: Local Facility Closes Down; Automaker Shifts Focus
Environment: Opponents Promise to Sue if Waiver Granted
The 2001 terrorist attacks put some of San Diego's best minds to work.
Deloitte & Touche LLP will name the fastest-growing tech company in a two-county area at an awards dinner Oct. 7 at the La Costa Resort & Spa.
Energy: Some Utilities Closed-Mouthed Over Insurance Status. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, many utility companies nationwide have struggled to buy terrorism insurance for critical infrastructure, such as power plants and subst
In the car business all his life, Bob Baker knows a good deal when he sees one, and decided this was the right time to sell.
Westgate Hotel Planning Major Renovations To All Its Rooms
Speakers Tackle Marketing Issues at Hispanic Real Estate Expo
San Diego is teaming up with cities in the South Bay to operate a $3 million loan fund that offers new resources to the county's small businesses and community revitalization efforts.
Before Sept. 11, insurance premiums began increasing because rates had been artificially low and insurance companies were losing money in the faltering stock market.
Effects of Ericsson's Worldwide Work Force Cutbacks Unclear for San Diego Unit
Businesses along San Diego's border with Mexico are still assessing the economic fallout resulting from Sept. 11.
What's on the Menu by Jack White
Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla will join with Pennsylvania-based US WindForce to provide electricity to the Mid-Atlantic region.
TECH TALK - Technology: Research Disciplines Join Forces To Thwart New Attacks
Governor Signs Bill Funding California Marketing, Export Study
Salary Survey for New Associates Ranges From $53,500 Up to $118,000
Composite Optics, Inc. of San Diego has finished production of two pyramid-shaped landers for NASA's 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission.
Energy: Company's $7B Long-Term Pact Likely Is State's Most Costly Deal
FeRx on FDA Fast Track for Approval of New Cancer Treatment
Construction: Public Facilities Help Keep Industry Going in Slump. As students returned to school over the last two weeks, construction workers finished the last details on a few new San Diego County high schools.
OPINION by William Ray, IBM San Diego senior location executive.
Hispanic Chamber Wins Awards for Web Site, Program
Monday, September 2
Special Report - Telecommunications
Foley & Lardner Makes CIO Magazine's Top 100 List, Again
Speaker Urges Black Entrepreneurs to Control Capital
Opinion by Mike Marmion, regional manager of McMillin Realty.
San Diego radio and television stations that broadcast the trial of David Westerfield say they saw a significant rise in ratings.
CWA to Pay $130M To Save Water Deal Deadline Looms For Agreement
Media: Purchase of Three Local Papers May Not Be Last By CommunityMedia
Legislature Also Eyes Consent Bill for Patients With Alzheimer's Disease
Peregrine Semiconductor's CEO/President Relinquishes Titles but Keeps Chairmanship
Two more former employees of PinnFund USA, Inc., the now-defunct Carlsbad mortgage lender, pleaded guilty to various felony charges in federal court last month.
Energy: Industrial Development Bond Program Fails to Pan Out
With thousands of prospective buyers interested in the 349 homes in Liberty Station, the developer has arranged a lottery system to establish a priority list of homebuyers.
What's On the Menu by Jack White
The Aventine, a high-profile Class A office building and restaurant complex visible from Interstate 5 in University Towne Centre, has sold for $75 million.
Opinion by Jack Faris, President of the National Federation of Independent Business.