Stories for August 2004

Monday, August 30

Vision for Revitalized 4th District Is Well Under Way

Here is a review of projects and plans in the works by the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. for San Diego's 4th District.

Does It Really Matter Who Wins?

Business Community Is Undecided Over Economic Policies of George Bush, John Kerry

Construction Booming in Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District

Campuses Undergoing More Than $250 Million In Renovations, Creating New Jobs for Community

Breakthrough Concept: Same-Day Doctor Visits

Health Care: Open-Access Scheduling Helping to Cut Time Patients Spend Waiting

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP BUSINESS NEWS OF THE PAST WEEK

Two Indicted Over Prop. AA Bond Campaign

Larry Remer, a longtime San Diego political consultant, and former Southwestern College President Serafin Zasueta pleaded not guilty and each were released on $25,000 bond Aug. 23 on multiple charges

Small Business Help Line

Question: I manage an employee who has been with our firm for several years. When she started out, she had enthusiasm for her job and got along with her co-workers. Now it seems like she has no desire to do her job well and her bad attitude is starting to

Northrop Grumman Beefing Up Staff To Work on New Drone Aircraft

Defense: Unmanned X-47B Scheduled to Take Off in 2006

Bill to Increase State's Minimum Wage Passes

San Diego Business Urges Consumers to Give Gift of Sushi

Station Switches Format, Adds Franken

San Diego Film Festival Selects S.D.-Based Firm As Production Company

President Bush Puts I-5 Project on "Fast Track"

Transportation: Construction Of More Lanes, Operational Improvements Not Set to Get Under Way Until 2009

Developers Join Condominium Conversion Craze

The condominium conversion trend has developers whipped into such an apartment-buying frenzy in SD that conventional investors are finding it difficult to acquire properties that make economic sense to keep as rentals.

Councilman's Death Won't Hinder Area's Growth Plans

Millions of dollars in projects are in the pipeline for San Diego's 4th District, formerly represented by Charles L. Lewis, who died Aug. 8.

New OT Rules To Have Little Effect on State's Businesses

California Employers Already Comply With Many of the Regulations

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Carlsbad Seminar Will Focus on Employment Law Developments

Former S.D. County Deputy District Attorney Opens Office in Scripps Ranch

SDSU Dual-Admission Plan Causes Some to Cry Foul

Education: Program Treats Some Minorities Unfairly, Group Says

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

SDSU International Business Program Earns National Ranking

San Diego State University's undergraduate international business program was ranked among the nation's top 10, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Monday, August 23

A Departing Commander's View of the Pacific

Adm. Fargo's Outgoing Assessment: 'We All Thrive By Working as a Team, or We Will Go Into the Tank Together'

Businesses Tapping Into Recycled Water

But Customers Don't Want to Drink It, Authority's Survey Says

Tech Firms Big and Small Hiring Again

In the coming months, Streamload, a 6-year-old San Diego software firm, will increase its staff by three people, or 30 percent, bringing its full-time staff to 13.

Businesses Learn Value of Expansion Via Demolition

Real Estate: Firms Constructing Bigger Buildings With Parking Structures

Executive Spotlight, Awards and Recognition

UC San Diego has appointed Stacie Spector to serve as the university's new associate vice chancellor for university communications.

How the State Can Get More Bang for Its Buck

OPINION by Paul J. Meyer, executive director of Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California

Law Office of Future Takes on Non-traditional Appearance

A Changing Market and Increased Competition Create New Expectations

Despite Google Hoopla, Tech Firms Delay IPOs

WebSideStory, Lindows, Active Network All Postpone Stock Sales

Possible Solutions to Traffic Nightmares Sit in Voters' Hands

TransNet Extension Could Produce $14B For S.D. Road Projects, Highways, Mass Transit

Biotechs Get a Boost in the Classroom

Biotech: Program at CSU San Marcos Aimed At Needs of Local Industry

Hoteliers Oppose Hotel Room Tax Hike Initiative

Tourism: 'Vigorous' Campaign Promised to Defeat 2.5-Cent Increase

Leap Trading Again After Chapter 11

High-Tech: Troubled Firm Announces New Directors

With Mechanic Gone, Fix My Hog Is Born

Carlsbad Company Secures National Food Distribution

San Diego Area Temporarily Spared Hike in Energy Rates

The debate among the utilities over who takes the biggest hit for power contracts the state entered into during the energy crisis may go on awhile longer.

Cheap Downtown Parking Rates Cause "Sticker Shock"

Retail: Despite Relatively Low Cost, Some Firms Still Disturbed By Cost Of San Diego Parking

Monday, August 16

Creativity a Key to Luring Execs to Pricey San Diego

For Brad Little, the last two years of double-digit increases in home prices has made his job of wooing high-tech and biotechnology executives to San Diego a lot trickier.

The Zinger: Skateboards Get a Brake

Chamber Working To Stop Proposal for Health Care System

Week in Review

TOP BUSINESS NEWS OF THE PAST WEEK

Chamber Offers 9 Ways to Ease Housing Crunch

Use of Public Land Meets Some Resistance At San Diego City Hall

Chula Vista Shopping Center Set to Open in 2006

Real Estate: Regional Complex to Feature Three Department Stores, Food Court, Movie Theater

S.D. Climbs Back to Top Destination For Travelers

Hotelier Wants Emphasis On Off-Season Visitors. In the summertime game of filling hotel rooms, San Diego has led the nation's top tourism spots the last couple of weeks.

San Diego Distribution Center Sold for $14.3M

Argus Realty Investors LP sold the San Diego Distribution Center, a 195,540-square-foot industrial building in Otay Mesa, for $14.3 million to Beard Land Co. of Modesto.

Homeowners Using Residential-Property Equity to Buy Firms

Increase in Housing Values Gives Residents Ability to Finance New Businesses

Law Grads Faring Well In Today's Job Market

Luce Forward Adds Construction to Its Real Estate Practice

For the Record

Business Events Calendar

San Diego People

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Stranger in a Strange and Dusty Land

An Ex-Business Journal Reporter Reflects on Life In a Dangerous Land Halfway Around the Globe

Results Elusive as Leaders Seek Answers to Nagging Issue

San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy thinks his city has made "significant progress" in the area of affordable housing, but not everyone agrees. In fact, one man is downright frustrated.

Late Legislative Scramble Will Have Big Impact On Business

Editorial by Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal

Costs Limit Affordable Housing Developers' Ability

Nonprofits Competing With Major Builders for Urban Sites As Firms Seek Land to Buy

Small Business Help Line - Finding Funding for Brand-New Businesses

Question: As an entrepreneur, what are my financing options for starting a business?

City's In-Lieu Fee Program Getting Mixed Results

During the last two years, about 3,000 affordable housing units have been built in San Diego, with 2,000 more in the pipeline.

E-Commerce-Based Firms Finding Web of Support

Shoppers Can Locate Numerous Specialty Sporting Goods Stores On the Internet

FDA Changes May Speed Approval of Cancer Drugs

Biotech: San Diego Firms Applaud Creation of Office Of Oncology Drug Products

East County Beckoning as Housing Alternative

With Lure of Cheap Homes In Imperial Valley, I-8 May Become County's Newest Clogged Artery

Remembering Charles Lewis

EDITORIAL by John Hollon

Leap Facing Uncertainty As Bankruptcy Comes to End

Leap Wireless International Inc., with headquarters in Sorrento Mesa but operating its flat-rate wireless service in 39 markets outside San Diego, will emerge from bankruptcy protection this week

Move on Over & #711; Roommates Help Make Mortgage

Ad Lines Reveal Big Need on Both Sides

Military Discovers Harsh Realities of Housing Crunch

Officials Contend Costs Won't Affect Upcoming Base Closure Decisions

Monday, August 9

For The Record

Calendar of Business events and announcements

The Vote's Over Before It Begins

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week unveiled his sweeping reforms to overhaul California's government.

SMALL BUSINESS HELP LINE: Trying to Find Marital Bliss in Workplace

Question: Is there a best practice for spouses to work together when they both own the company?

Demand Increases for Real Estate Advisers

It may not be the glamorous part of real estate when ribbons are cut and buildings open to the public but consultants who help developers get their projects ready for construction are in high demand.

Week In Review

Week In Review

Barratt American Buys Assets From Parent Firm

Construction: Builder to Keep Carlsbad Headquarters, Project and Land Inventory

Area's Reawakening Falls Short of Past Glory

Mid-Wilshire Used To Be a Premier Address in L.A.

Finance Students Strive to Complete Complex Puzzles

As part of their studies at San Diego State University, certain finance students are asked to step into the shoes of Anne G. Evans.

Owner Looks to Develop Real Estate Projects

Construction: Longtime Consultant Will Locate Sites, Prepare Them For New Development

Ex-PinnFund Execs Sentenced

Two more defendants who pleaded guilty in the PinnFund USA Ponzi scheme case were sentenced last week in federal court.

Failed Deal Puts Titan Down $66M In 2nd Quarter

Titan Corp. reported a loss of $66.6 million during a quarter that found the company cleaning up after a messy match-up with Lockheed Martin Corp.

Websense Evolves Along With Internet

Proactive Approach to Locating Viruses Appeals To Many Large Companies

Small Firms Can Learn From Show

SBA Announces New Chief of Staff

Room to Negotiate Possible in Hotel-Tax Measure

Tourism: Council Opts To Put Tax Hike Before City Voters in November

Downtown Parking Garage to Open Aug. 18

Facility Designed to Support Convention Center, Gaslamp, East Village, Not Petco

Election Day Cry: "Bring Back Gridlock!"

Another View by Richard Rider, San Diego Tax Fighters

Attorneys Say Workplace Issues Among Biggest Fears

Former Roel Exec Joins Construction Law Firm Perkins & Miltner, LLP

Gaslamp Quarter Members Can Get Deals

The Gaslamp Quarter Association and San Diego-based Chatter, a mobile communication messaging company, have partnered to provide community members and visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter with information on special discounts and special deals through their ce

City Elections Get New Campaign Watchdog

PLUS: County Pension Fund Rating Remains Strong

ConVis: Long-Term Effects of TOT Hike Ignored

While the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau endorsed the March ballot measure Proposition C, which would have earmarked additional funding for tourism marketing had it passed, the bureau has been mum on a new hotel-room tax increase proposed on Novem

Radio Stations Wage Good Ol' Country Brawl

New US 95.7, Established KSON Battle for Top Spot

Firms Deal With The Politics of Governmental P.R.

Clear Channel Inks Pact To Put Ads on Buses

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

San Diego People

KEY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS; EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT; AWARDS

Radio Vet No Longer Clear Choice of Network

Media: Glickenhaus Ousted as Manager Of Clear Channel

Monday, August 2

SMALL BUSINESS HELP LINE - Seeking Big Bang for Marketing Buck

Question: My marketing is costing me a lot of money, but I'm not getting the results I had hoped for. What should I do to get better results?

VC Funding Driving New Jobs Locally

26 Local Companies Receive $239 Million in the 2nd Quarter

The Little Trolley That Could in Downtown S.D.

Ridership Hits Record High, But Pedicabs Near Petco Getting Shut Out

Official Joins Panel Focusing on Cyberspace Law

Retired Senior Partner Of Casey Gerry Reed & Shenk Dies at Age 80

Federal Anti-Spam Law Getting Mixed Reviews

'Can-Spam' Act Has Done Little to Deter Violators Outside the United States, According to Area Lawyers

New Round Opens In Fight Over Old Town Concessions

Attorneys working to keep Bazaar del Mundo as the concessionaire for a cluster of shops and restaurants in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will once again try to prove the bidding process that awarded the lucrative contract to Delaware North was fl

Search Engine CEO Jammed With "The Boss"

A Former Guitar Player Behind Bruce Springsteen, Garry Grant Has Made Carlsbad Firm a Hit

No Longer a Novelty

Although the Ballpark District Is Settling Down, Businesses Have a Mixed View of Petco Park

S.D. Ranked 17th in U.S. For Job Growth

City Creates New Small-Business Assistance Team