Stories for March 2004

Monday, March 29

Buy.com Struggles With Online Music

TECHNOLOGY: Slim Profits, Increased Competition Make It Hard on Internet Retailer

John Moores Likes What He Sees

John Moores Likes What He Sees

Padres Look South to Help Market Team

Padres Look South to Help Market Team

Coalition Tries to Head Off S.D.'s Pending Fiscal Crisis

Government: Panel Also Seeks Privatization Of Some City Services

WEEK IN REVIEW

WEEK IN REVIEW

Small Business Help Line - Writing an Effective Succession Plan Can Save Your Business

Question: I'm a business owner. Should I have a succession plan in case something unexpected happens to me?

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: PETCO ANIMAL SUPPLIES, INC. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

CardioDynamics Acquires Vermont Electrode Maker

Biotech: Revised 2005 Forecast Predicts Large Increase in Firm's Revenue

Women First HealthCare Says It's Running Out of Money

Maker of Health Care Products Has Cut 51 Employees, Seeks Additional Funding

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Ballpark, Uniforms Not Team's Only New Look

Ballpark, Uniforms Not Team's Only New Look

NEWS BRIEFS: Cohu Opens Operation In the Philippines

PLUS: Hitachi Building Sells for $13.5 Million

Broadcast Teams Say Focus Is on The Field in '04

Broadcast Teams Say Focus Is on The Field in '04

Proposed Cuts Could Affect Landlords of Section 8 Housing

Real Estate: Landlords, Low-Income Renters Already Face Tight Market

Monday, March 22

Fall of High-Flying Firm Ends With CFO's Sentencing

Law: By Mid-1998, FPA Medical Was Bankrupt

Commerce Officials Share Insights on Asian Markets

Commerce Officials Share Insights on Asian Markets

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: ASHWORTH, INC. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Buy or Sell? Uncertain Times for Private Equity Funds

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Unemployment Fund Surcharge Could Lead to Layoffs

Employment: Fund Projected to Be in Red Ink at Least Through 2007

New Hotel "Juggernaut" Rolls Through S.D.

Nearly 12,000 Rooms Are in Planning Stage; Hotel development in the San Diego area is hot. But outside the county, it's not.

Titan, Lockheed Deal Delayed to April

Local Firm Adds to Reserves To Cover Potential Liabilities From Federal Investigation

Executive Profile - RICHARD J. LIEKWEG

On March 24, Richard Liekweg celebrates his first anniversary as chief executive at UC San Diego Medical Center, and arrival in sunny San Diego from Durham, N.C.

City Maintains Separation of Housing, Industrial Land

Companies worried about the rezoning of industrial land for housing are finding an ally in San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye.

Community Bank Boom Paying Off for Most Institutions

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Investors Cashing In on Region's Retail Properties

Dwindling sites for shopping center construction, thousands of new homes built annually, and consumer demand for new stores all add up to big investor demand for S.D. retail real estate

U.S. Trade Policies Need to Strike a Better Balance

U.S. Trade Policies Need to Strike a Better Balance

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

New San Diego Military Advisory Council Will Tackle Airport Issue

Defense: Panel May Take Positions Contrary To the Chamber's Stand

Counting on the Economy to Spur Commercial Lending

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Office Buildings Pulled Into Condo Conversion Craze

Real Estate: First National Bank Building First for Transformation

Return on Assets Rates Show Many Area Banks Posting Profits

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Korean Bank Bucks Tradition; Layoffs Planned in Acquisition

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Small Business Help Line: Check Guidelines Before Hiring an Intern

Question: What are the rules for hiring unpaid interns?

Holiday Bowl an Economic Winner

The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl has a new one for the record books.

Companies Hunt for Black Gold in Idled Oil Wells

Energy: It's Highly Speculative, but Prices Remain High

Some Investment Bankers to Profit From State's Bond Deals

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FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Playing the Blame Game Over Outsourcing

Forget Finding Fault: Real Answer to Job Losses Is Retraining U.S. Workers

Monday, March 15

Taking a Stand for Openness - Hooray for Toni Atkins and Donna Frye.

EDITORIAL by John Hollon

WEEK IN REVIEW

WEEK IN REVIEW

Small Business Help Line - Protect Assets By Insuring Home-Based Business

Question: What do I need to know about insuring my home-based business and how can I protect it from disaster?

Cox Technicians Use Homestart Program to Lower Fuel Costs

Cox Communications, Inc. recently started a new local program in San Diego that reduces the number of miles its fleet is on the road, which lowers fuel costs

Contractor's Oddball Project Is a Pitch for Home Electronics

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Two New Banks Plan to Launch Local Operations

Finance: Crowded Field Cutting Into Talent Pool

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: INVITROGEN CORP. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Developer Puts Joint Project in Chula Vista on Hold Again

Development: Builder, Port, City Discuss Bayfront Land Swap

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

State Likely to Lose Some Bases, Local Group Is Told

Defense: Official Says San Diego Is 'Light Years' Ahead of Other Communities

Are Businesses Getting Ready To Make a Rush Out of California?

OPINION by JON COUPAL, an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Monday, March 8

Merging Gateway Set to Jump Into Foreign Markets

Gateway, Inc. plans to plunge into the Japanese and British markets after its merger with Irvine-based eMachines.

Executive Profile - MARK CROWLEY

Mark Crowley is a firm believer in doing the best he can whatever the task at hand.

Gasoline Prices Linked to State's Supply Problems

Help May Come From Southwest Pipeline, Permitting Legislation

Nurses Vote to Unionize At Alvarado Hospital

Starting March 8, nurses at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in La Mesa will receive an 8 percent pay raise, no longer work mandatory overtime, and be eligible for a new defined pension plan.

School Bond Measures Get Thumbs-Up From Voters

Construction: Approval Means Millions for Local Districts, Contractors. PLUS: Feds Tap Firm for San Ysidro Border Crossing Expansion

Caltrans, Investor Join Forces for South Bay Highway

Transportation: Privately Funded Toll Road an Experiment for State

Japanese Officials Pitch S.D. Biotech Leaders

Communications a Key To Future Investments

Business Journal Publisher to Head Carlsbad Chamber

Ted Owen, the president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, is leaving the newspaper to become president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

ANOTHER VIEW

OPINION From Martyn Hopper, California director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America's largest small-business group.

Chargers May Face Uphill Battle in Election's Wake

Politics: Candidates Facing Off in November Take Hard Line With Team

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

City Hotel-Tax Ballot Measure Shot Down By Last-Minute Push

Backers Consider Options For November Election

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

San Diego Executives Form New Military Support Group

San Diego Executives Form New Military Support Group

Small Business Help Line - Developing Your Small Business' Web Site, Part 3

Employer Asks for Retirement Plan Pointers

Land Rights Still Mean Something

EDITORIAL by Rick Rell

WEEK IN REVIEW

WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday, March 1

BRE Commercial Joining Forces With Grubb & Ellis

By joining forces with Grubb & Ellis Co., San Diego-based BRE Commercial will get to enjoy the best of both worlds

The Chargers Go Public Again

EDITORIAL by John Hollon

Trustee Urges Fixed Percentage for CSU Fees

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FOR THE RECORD

Calendar of Business events and announcements

Report: Hispanic Jobs Double Nationwide, But Not in State

Labor: California Is Considered Too Expensive for Some

"Offshoring" Becoming a New Siren Call

Tech Firms See Lucrative Option in Sending Some Higher-Skilled Work To Overseas Countries

Fullerton Business School Hinges on March Ballot

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Business Groups Are Gearing Up For November Ballot Battle

OPINION By Howard Fine

UC Schools See Patents as New Revenue Stream

UCSD Technology Translated Into 10 Start-Up Firms in Fiscal Year 2002

New Publication Hits Road To Reach College Students

78 Magazine Targets Students At 3 North County Colleges

Real Estate Progress Report / Construction Journal

Real Estate sales and leases

Can Charter Schools Change the Way Schools Operate?

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Fate of New Wal-Mart in Hands of San Marcos Voters

Retail: City's Second Store Would Be Built in Residential Neighborhood

WEEK IN REVIEW

WEEK IN REVIEW

Merger Creates San Diego's Largest Architectural Firm

By combining their staffs, NTD Architects and the Stichler Group Inc. have created the largest architectural firm in San Diego.

H1-B Visa Cap May Hinder Biotech Hiring

San Diego's biotech industry may be booming, but some industry insiders worry that this year's cap on H1-B visa applications could hurt drug research and development.

MARKETPLACE - San Diego Public Stocks

Proxy: CUBIC CORP. San Diego Technology 15; San Diego BioTech 15; Southern California Index Watch

SDSU Considers More Degree Programs

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Small Business Help Line - Tips for Hiring a Qualified Contractor

Question: I'm looking for a suitable contractor to remodel my business. What kind of licenses and insurance does my contractor need, and how do I know if the bid a contractor provides for a project is a fair price?