Stories for April 2004

Monday, April 26



Firms Find Rewarding Workers Can Boost Bottom Line

Incentive Travel Used To Build Teamwork, Positive Business Culture

LABJ FORUM - The Workers' Comp Compromise: Will It Really Make a Difference?

The Business Journal asks: What do you think of the workers' comp agreement hammered out by Gov. Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature?

Area's Resorts, Hotels Are Attracting Corporate Meetings

S.D. Continues to Reign as A Desirable Destination

Lindows Files For IPO

Lindows, Inc., the University City-based developer and distributor of Linux software for personal computers, filed last week for an initial public stock offering.

City Agency Kicks in $3.3M for North Park Theater Renovation

The San Diego Redevelopment Agency granted $3.3 million in funding for the redevelopment of the North Park Theater, the future home of the Lyric Opera San Diego.

Survey: Medical Device Industry Strong Here

Nearly 40% of Firms Are Public or Late-Stage

Toll Adds Up in Condemnation Rulings Vs. City

City officials confirmed they have paid millions more than expected to build state Route 56 because right-of-way acquisition proved more costly

San Diego Firm Sails Off With Boatload of Free Publicity

Charter Yacht Firm Benefits

Stock Jumps as Qualcomm Marks Another Big Quarter

Earnings: Cymer, Cohu See Increase; AMCC Flat

Convention Center, ConVis Officials at Odds Over Forecast

Stiff competition for convention business may significantly cut into the number of hotel rooms the San Diego Convention Center Corp. will book over the next several years.

For the Record

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Small Business Help Line

Is It a Good Idea to Take Out Insurance on an Employee?

Management Firm Wins SDSU Construction Contracts

O'Connor Construction Management Inc., headquartered in Mission Valley, has won contracts for $65.2 million worth of projects on the San Diego State University campus.

City Makes Compromise Proposal to Chargers

Adding momentum to negotiations with the San Diego Chargers, the city offered a proposed amendment to the football team's lease agreement for Qualcomm Stadium.

Hotels Becoming a Hot Commodity in San Diego

Tourism: Sale of 28 Properties Puts County Second Behind Los Angeles

Advocacy Group Seeks To Raise Profile of Cross-Border Issues

Trade: 10 Years Later, NAFTA Still a Hot Topic

Chipmaker Broadcom Acquires Widcomm

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. said last week it plans to buy San Diego communications software maker Widcomm for $49 million, mostly in stock.


Flag Crafters Inc., a flag, banner, and signage manufacturer, began as a contract manufacturing company in 1981 that produced stuffed toys and similar products for schools and universities.

Internet Helps Drive Sales for Some Travel Agencies

Majority Feel Travel Is Still on the Rebound

Business Anticipates Workers' Comp Savings

While it's still rather vague how much businesses will actually save following sweeping workers' compensation legislation signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this month, employers are eager to know how it will help their bottom line.

Monday, April 19

Local Start-Up Looking to Break Blood-Brain Barrier

Biotech: VC Firm Funding Imagine Pharmaceuticals, But Key Drug Is Years Off

Engineering Cos. Are Tapping Into "Hot" R.E. Market

Engineering Cos. Are Tapping Into 'Hot' R.E. Market

Investors Seeking Out Foreign Tech Firms

Desire for Proximity Has Kept Southern California VCs Closer to Home

Northrop to Consolidate 700 Workers at Kearny Mesa

Defense: New Facilities Bring Together Workers From Across the City

Auto Dealers, Lawyers Break Off Talks on 17200 Law

The latest attempt by California trial lawyers and automotive dealers to hammer out proposed legislation to fix the state's consumer protection law broke down last week.


Calendar of Business events and announcements

Workers' Comp May Still Face A November Ballot

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the Legislature an April 16 deadline to come up with a bill for him to sign or lose control of the issue to a November ballot measure.

City Wins Big Rent Dispute With SeaWorld

In a variation on the man-bites-dog story, the city of San Diego prevailed in a lease dispute with SeaWorld San Diego on the Mission Bay land it occupies.

National Insurer Purchases Escondido-Based The Plan Handlers

Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co., acquired The Plan Handlers Inc. of Escondido. PLUS: Two San Diego Insurance Brokers Shake Hands, Merge Companies

Less Confrontation Expected in Coming Round of Budget Talks

The Sacramento Showdown is fast approaching. That's the annual exercise in June when the governor and legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly get together to hammer out a state budget.

Officials Seek Ways to Ease Riverside-S.D. Commute

Transportation: Imbalance Between Jobs and Homes Part of 21-Point Study

How to Get a Jump on Next Year's Taxes

How to Get a Jump on Next Year's Taxes

Week in Review

Top Business News April 9-15

San Diego's Lindows Inc. Changing Product Name to Linspire

Buffeted by legal challenges in the United States and abroad, Lindows, Inc. changed the name of its flagship software to Linspire last week.

Governor Opts Out of Deal on Repeal of SB 2

COMMENTARY by Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal

Council Members Propose New Hotel Bed Tax

Despite the fact voters shot down a March ballot measure to increase the tax people pay to stay in area hotels, three San Diego City Council members have proposed resurrect it for the November election.

Monday, April 12

Forming a Corporation Has Its Pros and Cons

Small Business Help Line



Navy Changing Carrier Catapult Technology

Local Contractors to Help By Using Electric-Powered System to Launch Aircraft


Calendar of Business events and announcements

"For Sale" a Good Sign for S.D. Business

The number of small- and medium-sized businesses for sale across the state jumped by 22 percent over the same time last year, according to the California Business Brokers Association.

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: COHU, Inc.

Problems at Testing Firm Exceed Initial Disclosures

Directors of Diagnostic Products Includes Nobel Laureate James Watson

State Nears New Deadline on Workers' Comp

Lawmakers failed last week to reach consensus on a reform package for the ailing workers' compensation system.

Titan-Lockheed Deal Likely at Lowered Price

Defense: Shareholder Meeting Pushed to June

Dietary Supplements: Despite Ephedra Ban, It's Still Big Business

Natural Products Are More Popular, But Be Warned 'There Is No Magic Pill'

Disappointments Not Slowing Biotech IPOs

The market for new biotechnology shares has seen several disappointing debuts and delays, but experts predict that biotechs with the right ingredients will continue to make their public debuts.

Big Push to Bring Back Open Primary

Big Push to Bring Back Open Primary

Monday, April 5

Council OKs Marriott's Plan For Gaslamp

The developers of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Downtown San Diego have made several offers to buy the last 5,000 square feet of land that they need for their 12-story, 334-room Gaslamp Quarter hotel.

Local Business Leaders Back Strong-Mayor Proposal

Politics: If City Council, Voters Approve, It Would Go Into Effect in 2006

Recent Survey Charts Execs' Willingness to Outsource Jobs

According to TEC International, an organization for executives based in Carmel Valley, more than 30 percent of California business execs surveyed plan to outsource business offshore within the next 12 months.

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases


Letter to the editor


Calendar of Business events and announcements

Executive Profile - CHARLES BLACK

Charles Black, executive vice president at JMI Realty, considers himself a relative newcomer to Downtown San Diego's ballpark district, having worked on redevelopment of the East Village for only five years.

America's Do-Nothing Trade Policy

When Jobs Get Outsourced, It's Big Multinational Firms Who Benefit Most



Analyst: City's Budget Fails to Face the Fiscal Facts

Q & A - Carl DeMaio is the founder and president of the San Diego-based Performance Institute, a national think tank that helps government come up with management practices that focus on performance, transparency, accountability and competition.

Cruise Ships, Passengers Pump Almost $250M Into Economy

Cruise Ships, Passengers Pump Almost $250M Into Economy

Santa Ysabel Band Details Plans for 350-Slot Casino

Tribe to Build Under New Compact That Returns 5% of Revenues

Local Biotechs Pitch Findings at Cancer Conference

Biotech: Data Presented Looks Toward the Future

Small Business Help Line - Not All Charitable Donations Are Tax Deductible

Question: We donated money both directly to last Fall's wildfire victims and to area charities. What kind of charitable donations are tax deductible?