Stories for May 2003

Monday, May 26

Taking the Robin Hood Approach

Editorial by John Hollon

I-15 Project Designed to Ease Corridor's Traffic Woes

Transportation: Solution May Create Its Own Congestion; For those stuck in San Diego's nightmare traffic congestion two weeks ago, there's hope.

Heart Disease Tests a Niche for Biosite

Biotech: Two New Blood Tests Will Contribute 70 Percent of Revenue Growth; Next month, Biosite Inc. will introduce not one, but two blood tests to detect heart disease:

Branding: Why Graphic Design Is Important

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Calendar of Business events and announcements

Week in Review

Top BUSINESS NEWS: MAY 16 MAY 22, 2003

Lucrative Lottery Contract A Gamble for Ad Agencies

Media: Newcomers Expected to Vie With Firms Jilted This Year; If advertising is supposed to make you look good, why does everyone associated with the California Lottery campaign come out looking so bad?

Small Business Help Line: Guidelines to Creating a Small Business Plan

Q: How do I create a business plan?


Letter to the Editor - Small Bankers Aren't Any More Caring Than Big Guys

Hotel Parisi Is an "Urban Retreat" In La Jolla

When Mary Ellen Hamor, the new director of sales and marketing for the Hotel Parisi, returned from a recent trade show in New York, she brought with her a small but significant piece of business.

Doing Business: Is Baton Rouge Really Better Than S.D.?

Opinion by Rick Reiff, executive editor of the Orange County Business Journal

Entrepreneurs Saluted at E & Y; Awards; "Raising Cash & Capital" Discussion Group Set

Several local small business and mid-size business owners will be honored at the 2003 Ernst & Young San Diego Entrepreneur of The Year awards banquet June 17.

How to Talk Print: A Printer's Insight Into the Language

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A look back at what was in the San Diego Business Journal 11 years ago this week.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Judge Agrees With Sempra's Energy Deal

Long-Term Contract With State Will Stand for Now; Sempra Energy won a decisive court battle with the state over its nearly $7 billion long-term power pact.

Bumble Bee Sets Sights on Billion-Dollar Mark

Bumble Bee Seafoods, the San Diego-based tuna canner, was acquired by investor firm Centre Partners Management LLC and the company's management team for an undisclosed price from former owner Omaha-based ConAgra Foods.

Taking a Peek At Attractions' Summer Offerings

Information provided by the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Printing Industry Transforms to Meet Economic Challenges

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Monday, May 19

U.S. Military in Pacific: "We're Ready for Job if Reason Fails"

OPINION by TOM PLATE, former Los Angeles Times editorial page editor, now a professor at UCLA, and director of the Asian Pacific Media Network.

Quarantines Ease as Affected Sites Decrease

Two quarantines that hobbled San Diego agriculture seem to be easing.

Small Business Help Line: What's Involved in Setting Up a General Partnership?

Question: How does a company go about forming a general partnership? And can a company bar a partner from selling or transferring his interest?

Lindbergh Expansion Plan on Hold

Industry Woes Contribute to A Declining Passenger Count

Planners Preparing for Population Boom in Downtown

Development: Civic Center, North Embarcadero Among the Key Locations

Week in Review


Governor's New Budget Proposal Another Strike Out

EDITORIAL by John Hollon

The Question: Can Gateway Re-Invent Itself?

Technology: Struggling Poway Computer-Maker Wants to Move Into Consumer Electronics

Super Bowl Provides Some Super Figures

While forecasters predicted that the economic impact of January's Super Bowl would be no better than when the game was last here in 1998, the results exceeded expectations by tens of millions of dollars.

Colorado River Water Deal Comes Up Short & #711; Again

Water: Agency Voices Concerns Over Money, Imperial County Pact

State Senate Approves Ban on Ephedra-Based Products

Health: Metabolife Says Decision Would Deprive Consumers of Choices

S.D. Economy Gets Tied Up By Traffic Jam

When a crane toppled over at the Interstate 5 and 805 merge last week, it caused the worst traffic jam in San Diego history and kept thousands of commuters from getting to work.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases


A look back at what was in the San Diego Business Journal 15 years ago this week

Monday, May 12

Hallmark Looks Inward to Help Homebuyers

While many builders are just now getting into infill development, Hallmark Communities is ahead of the curve.

On Campus Site Managed By Students Is First in Region

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Public Firms Make Robust Showing in Various Industries


War or No War, Tourism Brings Billions of Dollars to Area

OPINION by REINT REINDERS, president & CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ballpark District's Park Heads Back to the Drawing Board

Development: City Wants Groups to Rethink Design Of Park at the Park

Bond Measure Would Funnel $5M to Projects

Water: Goal is to Redirect Region's Thirst For Colorado River

A Well-Prepared Plan Smooths Business Start Up

For first-timers, starting a business can be a time of excitement and trepidation.

Week in Review


Bill Would Force Cities to Locate Water Sources Before Building

A bill winding through the state Legislature may impose additional barriers to new construction in California.

Port Commission Sinks Ripley's Bayfront Aquarium

Tourism: Seaport Project Likely to Be Shops, Eateries; San Diego Unified Port Commissioners set the course for Seaport Village to remain a cluster of retail shops and restaurants

Will the Returning Troops Have Any Immediate Impact on the Economy?

San Diego Business Journal Forum

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

HP Pushing for More of Digital Printing Market

Company's Rancho Bernardo Facility At Center of Company's Efforts

Metabolife International "Pleased" With GAO Findings

Company Reaffirms That Its Ephedrine Product Is Safe And Effective


A look back at what was in the San Diego Business Journal 10 years ago this week.

Small Business Help Line: What You Need to Know About Home Offices

Question: What do I need to consider when starting a home office?

Home Ownership, Individual IRAs Also Provide Tax Shelters

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South Embarcadero Needs More Vision

OUR VIEW - Editorial by John Hollon


Calendar of Business events and announcements

Big Drug Firms Focus On San Diego

It's no accident that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical firm, in the wake of its $58 billion merger with Pharmacia Inc., will close major research centers elsewhere while positioning its La Jolla research campus for growth.

L.A. Banks Offer Services to Inner-City Customers

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Regulators Halt Cash Infusion For First International Bank

Finance: Michigan-Based Institution Sought to Buy 3 Million Shares for $2M; Escondido REIT's Revenues Increase By 7.5 Percent

Meeting Business Records Retention Requirements

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Monday, May 5

Issa Hopes His Recall Push Will Spur Others to Pitch in

Politics: Local Rep Stops Short of Infusing Campaign to Recall the Governor With His Money

Local Firms Leery of Committing to SARS Research

Biotech: Long-Term Need For Virus Treatment Raises Questions About Investment

Things to Know When Buying a Franchise

Small Business Help Line

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases


Calendar of Business events and announcements

Courts Face Major Cuts in State Funds

Possible Early Closures May Affect Timeliness of Civil Justice System

Local RV Dealers Seeing a Noticeable Jump in Sales

Travel: Equity in Homes One Reason for Boost in Sales this Year

Some Doctors Have a Pain in the Neck: New Privacy Law

Health: Patients, Providers Say Regulations Get in The Way of Quality Care

Tale of Two Bills Is a Good Lesson in Capitol Priorities




Insurance Commissioner Waives State Regs for Small Biz

Insurance: System Reform Called for as Workers' Comp Premiums Continue Rise

Recent Fruit Fly Find Will Not Expand Quarantine Zone

Agriculture: Growers Still Hope to Take The Crops to Market

Birds of a Different Feather - Unmanned Planes Quietly Earning Keep

San Diego-Built Predator and Global Hawk Part of Military Trend Toward Pilotless Aircraft

Venture Firms Becoming Quite Selective


Water Transfer Still in Flux as Legislature Debates Deal

Infrastructure: Feds Announce Further Cuts To the MWD's Supply

Davis Recall Effort Has a Long Way to Go

OUR VIEWS - Editorial by Rick Bell

Experts: Low Rates Driving Commercial Investment

Real Estate: Tenants Seize Chance to Take Advantage Of Office Leasing Bargains

Officials Getting Upper Hand on Poultry Disease

Agriculture: County Still Under Quarantine, But No New Cases Reported