Stories for September 2002

Monday, September 30

Blue Star, Anthony's Earn National Recognition

Small Business & RETAIL by Lee Zion

New Banks See Opportunities as Others Are Gobbled Up

Finance: One in La Jolla, Another in Chula Vista Announce Regulatory OK

Agency Pushes Back Deadline to Treat Tijuana Waste

Environment: Imperial Beach Angry About Delay

Spree Continues as Bank of Coronado Is Bought

FINANCE by Mike Allen

Peregrine Should Take Responsibility

Editorial by Rick Bell

Business Leads


Supplying Government Needs Pays Off for Small Biz


Defense Work Offers Rewards for Area Contractors


Start-Ups Find "New Best Friend" in Law Firm

Law: Gray Cary's Venture Pipeline Unit Seen as 'Smart Idea'

Manufacturers Say Spy Drones Are Right on Target


Toyota Expands Plans for Tijuana Truck Facility

International Business by Mandy Jackson

Lilly Deal Buoys Biotech Amylin

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.

Truck Inspections Causing More Headaches at Otay Crossing

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.

Davis Signs Family Leave, Stem Cell Bills

HEALTH CARE by Marion Webb

Grants Available to Boost Electric Car Use

State and local agencies are offering grants to help companies add electric vehicles to their fleets.

Sales Open for Ballpark Condominiums

Sales Open for Ballpark Condominiums

EMC Corp. Acquiring Prisa Networks

HIGH-TECH by Brad Graves

Taxis Offer New Service To Handicapped Customers

Taxis Offer New Service To Handicapped Customers

CEOs Need More Talent Than Yodeling


Wanted: Scorecard to Follow TV Anchor Moves

Media & Marketing by Tanya Rodrigues

Homey Sand Crab Caf? Popular Among N.C. Bib-and-Butter Crowd

WHAT'S ON THE MENU by Jack White

The Business Case for the Family Justice Center

OPINION by Casey Gwinn

Jack in the Box Puts Expansion Plans on Its Plate

Restaurants: Local Chain Eyes Southeast as Menu Items Get an Overhaul

Judge Rules Against Natural Gas Firm

Judge Rules Against Natural Gas Firm

FDA Switch on Biologics Applauded

TECH TALK: Agency Will Move Review For Biologic Drugs to More Experienced Division

Protecting Privacy May Call for a New Office Exec

LAW by Rene'e Beasley Jones

Housing Industry Steps Up Marketing to Hispanic Buyers

Real Estate: Industry Lures Segment With Programs, Agents

Peregrine Woes Called "Disaster"

The move was no surprise, but Peregrine Systems' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection still cast a pall over the local software industry.

Ericsson Retools Strategies in San Diego

CYBERBUCKS by Mike Allen


Calendar of business events and announcements.

Governor Signs Bill to Limit Construction Defects

REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson

Monday, September 23

Task Force Off to Denver for Stadium Close-Up

SPORTS by Mike Allen

Local Used Car Dealerships Taking It on the Chin

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.

Astor Stations Begin Talking In "Chat Room"

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

Biotechs Should Hold Self-Applause

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.

Are S.D. School Test Scores Better? Compared to What?

OPINION by Mike MacCarthy, publisher of San Diego Writer's Monthly and president of Voters For Truth in Education.

Developers See No End to Demand for Downtown Units

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.

SAIC Reports Flat Revenues Compared to Last Year

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.

Equidyne Looks for Partner for Needle-Free Device

SPECIAL REPORT: Bioscience; BIOTECH by Marion Webb

Personalized Care Is Medicine's Driving Goal


Cities Band Together for Regional Small Biz Loan Fund


Hot Deals / The Ledger

Real Estate sales, leases, construction

Another Chance to Streamline Government

OPINION by Ron Morrison, a National City councilman and chairman of Sandag, and Mickey Cafagna, the mayor of Poway and Sandag's vice chairman.

Proposed Bridge Divides University City Residents

Infrastructure: Project Designed to Ease Traffic Congestion; Two projects meant to unite University City residents have divided them instead.

Debt Recovery Firm Signs New Clients

Debt Recovery Firm Signs New Clients

Pacific Beach Restaurant Dishes Up Fresh Pasta, "Big Night" Special

What's On the Menu by Jack White

For the Record

Calendar of business events, announcements

Titan Shares In $3 Billion Homeland Security Deal

HIGH TECH by Brad Graves

State to Close Trade Office Due to Cutbacks

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.

Master Development Posts Busy Year in Otay Mesa

REAL ESTATE by Mandy Jackson

Local Consulting Firm Incorporates

Local Consulting Firm Incorporates

Master Plating to Close Facility in Barrio Logan

A Barrio Logan-area chrome plater will soon leave the neighborhood after months of legal wrangling over pollution.

Longer Litigation Time Frame Worries Some

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.

Red-Light Cameras a Necessary Evil

Editorial by Rick Bell

Technology Uses Microbes to Neutralize Pollutants


Imperial Offers New Conditions For Water Deal

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.

Biosite Stock Jumps After Patent Dispute Resolved

Biosite Stock Jumps After Patent Dispute Resolved

Influential Convention Group Heading to San Diego

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.

City Gets Savvy for Public Awareness Programs

City Gets Savvy for Public Awareness Programs

Report Finds Fault With Energy Firms

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.

Report: Business Travel Sags as Leisure Gets in Gear

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY by Tanya Rodrigues

Intellectual Property Rights Important for Start-Ups


Reforms: Make Schools Run Like Businesses

OPINION by Ginger Hovenic, Bill Siart and Robert J. Flowers

Gateway Denies Sale Rumors, Names New CFO

CYBERBUCKS by Mike Allen

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Phone Data Subject of Conference Next Month

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Phone Data Subject of Conference Next Month

Monday, September 16

New Magazine Risen Blends Surfing, Spirituality

KSWB-TV Inks Deal To Air Clipper Games

SeaWorld To Begin Expansion Next Month

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.

CCAT Annouces Homeland Defense Grants for R

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.

Adventurous Menu of Little Italy's Indigo Grill Bursts With Spice of Life

What's On The Menu by Jack White

Ethics Violation Alleged Regarding New Library

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.

Rubio's Names New CEO; Will Launch New Look

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.

Credit Union Merger Expected By Month's End

First National Bank Sale Approved By Stockholders

Fight Over the State Ergonomics Rule Is Revived

Opinion by Allan Zaremberg

SYS Technologies Gets Contract Extension

SYS Technologies Gets Contract Extension

With Cash in Hand, Sempra Goes Bargain Hunting

Energy: Power Provider Hunts for Bargains In Depressed Market; Sempra Energy sees opportunity in its industry's troubled times.

Survey Shows Firms Market Legal Services

Lam Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Southern California

Hot Deals / The Ledger

Real Estate, Developement, Sale and Leases

Connect, XETV Team Up for Tech Coverage

Telecom Council Debuts Separate Show on UCSD-TV

Internet Activities Can Create Legal Headaches

SPECIAL REPORT - Office Resources

First International Bank Stymied In Name Change

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.

Sports Market Picks Itself Up After Post-9/11 Spill

Retail: Sportswear Gets Back to Basics;


Calendar of business events, announcements

Is Budget Another "Peace For Our Time"?

Commentary By State Sen. Ray Haynes

Kearny Mesa Industrial Market Posts Strong Figures

San Diego Tech Center's $5M Upgrade Complete

Immune Response Cuts Staff; Looks for New CEO

Biotech: Dennis Carlo Resigns as Chief Exec Of Troubled AIDS Firm

Troubled Leap Wireless Gets New CFO

Beleagured JNI Corp. Hires Russell Stern as New CEO

Digitizing Content Allows for Shared Access of Data

SPECIAL REPORT - Office Resources

TECH TALK: Bluetooth Growth Slow, But Still Steady

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.


People in the news, on the move

UCSD School to Prepare Pharmacists for New Future

Health Care: Training Will Prepare Students for Retail, Research Careers

Health Care Costs See Steepest Jump In a Decade

Researchers Find New Cause for Clogged Arteries

Enterprise Awards Salute Entrepreneurs, Chamber

Online Search Begins For 'Top Small Business in America'

Wastewater Battle Could Loom Again

Editorial by Martin Hill

Burnham Sees Turn Around in Commercial Real Estate

Burnham Real Estate Services is gearing up for a commercial real estate turn around.

Maxwell Shuts Down PurePulse

Maxwell Shuts Down PurePulse

The City of Villages & #711; Planning for the Future

Opinion by William Anderson

Monday, September 9

Toll Portion of Highway 125 Sold to Aussie-Based Firm

Plus other news: Survey: Hiring Likely to Remain Steady; KPBS Surpasses Summer Fund-Raising Goal; Firm's System Adds Backup Power in Test Phase

PacketVideo, Microsoft Team Up on Wireless Media

Advance Tech Center Issues Local Grants

Achieving President Bush's Nationwide Broadband Goals

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

Hiring an HR Professional Can Help a Company's Bottom Line

SPECIAL REPORT - Human Resources

Cos. Search for Days to Attract, Retrain Top Performers

SPECIAL REPORT - Human Resources

Tough Economy Calls for Evaluation of Habits

Publisher's Notebook by Ted Owen

Ford Pulls the Plug on Its Think Line of Electric Cars

Transportation: Local Facility Closes Down; Automaker Shifts Focus

Coastal Commission to Rule on City's Wastewater Plant

Environment: Opponents Promise to Sue if Waiver Granted

Local Academia Enlists in Homeland Defense Effort

The 2001 terrorist attacks put some of San Diego's best minds to work.

Local Firms Vie For Fast 50 List

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.

Terrorism Coverage Scarce, Rates Jump After Sept. 11

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

Connecticut Firm Acquires Bob Baker Auto Group

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.

Civic Theatre Hits High Note With Record Revenues

Westgate Hotel Planning Major Renovations To All Its Rooms

Agreement Close in Otay Ranch Land Dispute

Speakers Tackle Marketing Issues at Hispanic Real Estate Expo

Cities Join Forces for Economic Loan Program Offering Resources for Small Business

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.

Insurance Firms Still Feel Fallout of 9/11

Before Sept. 11, insurance premiums began increasing because rates had been artificially low and insurance companies were losing money in the faltering stock market.

Peregrine Sees Pink After Nasdaq Delisting

Effects of Ericsson's Worldwide Work Force Cutbacks Unclear for San Diego Unit

Border Firms Still Assessing Damage From Tight Security

Businesses along San Diego's border with Mexico are still assessing the economic fallout resulting from Sept. 11.

Firenze Trattoria's Menu Offers Traditional Italian Fare With Signature Flair

What's on the Menu by Jack White


Calendar of events and announcements

Local Firm Uses Wind to Help Power Up Mid-Atlantic Region

Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla will join with Pennsylvania-based US WindForce to provide electricity to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Terror Threat Creates New Partnerships

TECH TALK - Technology: Research Disciplines Join Forces To Thwart New Attacks

Firms Eager for Benefits From Trade Promotion

Governor Signs Bill Funding California Marketing, Export Study

Construction on Hall of Champions' Theater Completed

Also: Indus Technology Contracts With NTSB

MBE to Open in Malaysia

MBE to Open in Malaysia

Planned Revisions to Superior Court Now Available

Salary Survey for New Associates Ranges From $53,500 Up to $118,000

S.D. Firm Playing Key Role in NASA Mission to Mars

Composite Optics, Inc. of San Diego has finished production of two pyramid-shaped landers for NASA's 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Why We Fight: Remembering 9/11

Editorial by Martin Hill

Sempra, State Eye New Deal on Power Contract

Energy: Company's $7B Long-Term Pact Likely Is State's Most Costly Deal

Local Tourism Bouncing Back After Sept. 11 Tragedies

Corporate Business Still In a Recovery Mode

Sequenom Buys Axiom for $3.3 Million in Stock

FeRx on FDA Fast Track for Approval of New Cancer Treatment

Contractors Benefit From Boom in Campus Projects

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.

Build the Future on a Foundation of Math, Science

OPINION by William Ray, IBM San Diego senior location executive.

Preparation, Consistency Important in Hiring Practices

SPECIAL REPORT - Human Resources

Venture Group Puts Out Call for Competition Entries

Hispanic Chamber Wins Awards for Web Site, Program


Real Estate Sales and Leases; Industry news and announcements

Monday, September 2

Laser-Gear Makers Set Sights on Enterprise, Telecommunications Customers

Special Report - Telecommunications

Survey Finds Legal Biz Is Downtown Core's Lifeblood

Foley & Lardner Makes CIO Magazine's Top 100 List, Again

Local Telecom Industry Positions Itself for Recovery

Special Report - Telecommunications

Baxter Denies Faulting on Contract With Alliance

Biotech: Local Firm Halts Drug Development

SBA Spokesman Explains Advocacy Role to Chamber

Speaker Urges Black Entrepreneurs to Control Capital

Buyers Need to Be Realistic to Find Affordable Homes

Opinion by Mike Marmion, regional manager of McMillin Realty.

TV, Radio See Ratings Jump During Trial's Broadcast

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

CWA to Pay $130M To Save Water Deal Deadline Looms For Agreement

L.A. Newspaper Chain Likes San Diego Market

Media: Purchase of Three Local Papers May Not Be Last By CommunityMedia

Reflecting on What We've Earned

Editor's Notebook by Martin Hill

Sandag Now Taking the Center Stage

Commentary by Rick Bell

New Family Leave Bill Would Cost Workers More

Legislature Also Eyes Consent Bill for Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

Leap Wireless Hopping Into Hard Times

Peregrine Semiconductor's CEO/President Relinquishes Titles but Keeps Chairmanship

Mobile Phones Used as Tool to Target Youth Market

Special Report - Telecommunications

Two Former PinnFund Execs Plead Guilty

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.

PR Firm Finds a New Client Under the Big Top Puts Its Money on 760 Media

Firm Seeks New Funding to Build Power Plant

Energy: Industrial Development Bond Program Fails to Pan Out

Pacific Trust Makes Big Splash With First IPO

Shareholders to Vote on First National Merger

Luxury Homes' Values Dip Slightly, Inventory Up

Record Single-Day Load of Concrete Poured Downtown

McMillin Plans Lottery for Homes At Liberty Station

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.

Cubic Smart Cards Catch Local Ride

GA's Predator Now Mother Bird to Baby Reconnaissance Drone

Zesty Zocalo Grill Brings Pacific Coastal Cuisine To the Heart of Old Town

What's On the Menu by Jack White

Gateway Inc. Facing Off With Apple

Technology: Marketing Campaign Compares Profile 4 to the iMac


Calendar of events, Announcements

Aventine Complex Sold for $75M

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.

Go Out There and Do Your Half-Best? No Way!

Opinion by Jack Faris, President of the National Federation of Independent Business.