Stories for February 2005
Monday, February 28
Leap Wireless International Inc., the San Diego-based flat-rate carrier, is bringing its pre-paid service back home. The company was the winning bidder for four wireless licenses , including San Diego.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. , the Sunnyvale chipmaker better known as AMD , has bought a stake in San Diego-based Patriot Scientific Corp. and has bought the rights to some of the company's computer technology.
Geary Interactive has been retained by the Las Vegas branch of Trump International to provide complete Web site development and online advertising initiatives for the new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas.
The steadily rising cost of health insurance premiums has caused some large and small employers to defer costs on to their workers or reduce benefits altogether.
Retired Rear Adm. Patrick Moneymaker is chief executive of Ocean Systems Engineering Corp.
Just who was Hass? And other facts about avocado economics.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent announcement of a new Drug Safety Oversight Board to review safety issues of already approved drugs aims to create "a new culture of openness, improved oversight and enhanced independence." But a local expert
San Diego County's $146 million avocado industry , the No. 1 producer nationally , is facing a major shakeout due to increased competition throughout the United States from Chile and Mexico.
Across Southern California, the demand for office leases came from small, rather than large businesses last year, according to Equity Office Properties Trust.
Samuel L. Poole has replaced Fernando Corona as president and chief executive at V-Enable, Inc., the company announced Feb. 24.
State Sen. Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego, has announced she will sponsor legislation that would give the San Diego Unified Port District the ability to contract with another employee retirement system or establish an independent system.
The ceremonial first shovelful of dirt marking the start of construction of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego was barely out of the ground before school officials celebrated another landmark event , a new satellite office in Washington, D.C.
Leap Wireless International Inc., the San Diego-based wireless telecom provider, said former CEO William Freeman resigned from his position and the board "to pursue other opportunities," and named S. Douglas Hutcheson as CEO.
Captiva Software Corp., the San Diego-based maker of document management software, joined a growing list of public companies that are taking advantage of a legal loophole in the accounting regulation mandating that the value of stock options be reported o
A survey on condominium conversions in San Diego County found that the vast majority of conversion owners, 82 percent, thought their converted condo was a good value and 97 percent said their converted condo had increased in value since they purchased it.
San Diego-based Jack in the Box racked up its sixth straight quarter of increased same-store sales, and beat the company's forecasted profits for its fiscal first quarter.
Question: As a small-business owner, what should I know about protecting intellectual property through the use of patents, trademarks and copyrights?
The MAE3 Robot Design Contest doubles as the final exam for a course that Nathan Delson teaches twice a year for the Jacobs School of Engineering's mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduates.
Small-business owners can now breathe a sigh of relief with the presidential signing of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which would limit class-action lawsuits.
The reason for continuing to talk to the North Koreans is not that we like them; it's that we care about the South Koreans.
Corporations know that men ages 25 to 54 are big sports fans and advertising on sporting events is a great way to reach that key demographic. But how much value is it for businesses to attach their name to a stadium or tournament?
The La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and its corporate partner, Gemini Science, recently broke ground on a 145,000-square-foot research center at UC San Diego.
Attempting to maintain its profile as a major small-business lender, U.S. Bank said it would pay the guarantee fees for real estate borrowers in its Small Business Administration 7(a) program.
More than 7,000 service employees in the University of California system are expected to give their union leaders the authority to call for a strike when a vote is taken in the next few weeks.
Some people call it a rest stop, some call it a garage and still others call it an underground lounge. The names are different but its purpose as an on-site performance studio at the local Clear Channel Radio's building off Granite Ridge Drive in Kearny M
Thanks to the friendship between a former South Central Los Angeles middle-school teacher and a Dallas attorney, California's public schools now have a way to see how some of their counterparts have helped underachieving, impoverished students work at or
Business professors command high salaries, which is why San Diego State University may have a tough time filling the chairs of retiring faculty.
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Representatives from high-tech, telecom and related industries are invited to familiarize themselves with the computer science capabilities at San Diego State University during a program in March.
One of the most conspicuous tracts of the Boardwalk in Pacific Beach will become home this summer to the area's first oceanfront boutique hotel in more than a decade , Tower 23.
New technology often brings new headaches. That's why the American Bar Association techies have come up with a brand-new "ABA Model Web Site: A Knowledge Management Approach to E-Business."
San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre on Feb. 28 presented his plan to restore the city's credit rating, and get the city back into the bond market, while "continuing to cooperate with federal investigation into the city's financial disclosure practices
Redistricting reform aims at more effective representation.
In its national retail report for 2005, Encino-based Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co. ranked San Diego the No. 1 investment market for retail property out of 41 retail markets studied.
Friday, February 25
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in San Diego announced last week that it will expand its presence into the Downtown San Diego area, a market where it did not previously operate.
City Attorney Michael Aguirre is asking Mayor Dick Murphy and the City Council to call a special session later next week to consider possible solutions to the city's financial mess.
The Pechanga Band of Luise & #324;o Indians, which owns the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, plans to sue California for the right to use certain gambling machines and expand its operations without permission from the state.
Mayor Dick Murphy on Feb. 25 announced his seven appointments to the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration.
Thursday, February 24
Sempra Energy on Feb. 23 reported 2004 earnings of $895 million, or $3.83 a share, up 38 percent over 2003 earnings of $649 million, or $3.03 a share.
A study released Feb. 23 has found that the college graduation rate of California-born blacks and Latinos trails that of whites and Asian-Americans. On the whole, the percentage of young adults born in California who earned bachelor's degrees rose during
Cyberzone, Inc., a San Diego-based manager of Internet coffeehouses, said it plans to open 10 Cyberbrew Net Caf & #233; locations in the New York metropolitan area.
Santa Monica attorney Fred Woocher on Feb. 24 filed an appeal on behalf of three supporters of San Diego City Councilwoman and mayoral write-in candidate Donna Frye.
Sixty-nine percent of small business owners polled in San Diego expect this year to be better than 2004, and 37 percent said they intend to increase their staffing levels, according to a survey sponsored by Union Bank of California released Feb. 23.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fines on three local television stations stemming from their coverage of the October 2003 wildfires.
Wednesday, February 23
Westcore Milford, LLC and Broadway Center Associates, affiliates of San Diego-based Westcore Properties, LLC, acquired a truck terminal totaling 24,600 square feet for $3.9 million in Milford, Conn.
Patrick Adams, 39, of San Diego, has been appointed to the state's Fair Employment and Housing Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Mayor Dick Murphy has appointed Robert Griswold and reappointed Barry Schultz to the San Diego Planning Commission.
Baker & McKenzie LLP has added to its San Diego intellectual property practice six attorneys from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP.
San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre has recommended to the mayor and City Council an action plan to fix the city's financial woes, and Mayor Dick Murphy has responded, saying that Aguirre's "continued grandstanding is obstructing."
San Diego-based Jack in the Box racked up its sixth straight quarter of increased same store sales, and beat the company's forecasted profits for its first quarter.
Tuesday, February 22
Burgers and lasers. Those were the places to put your money if you wanted to invest in San Diego stocks for the very short term.
Sempra Energy has raised the quarterly dividend on its common stock 16 percent to 29 cents per share the first change for the company since 2000.
ProfitLine, a San Diego based provider of outsourced telecom expense management services, said it received $5 million in additional venture funding from its original venture investor fund, Menlo Ventures.
Monday, February 21
Dave Lyons, founder of The Virtual Tourist, takes the concept of a Web-based map a little further, all in the name of promoting businesses.
Now 21 years old and sicker than ever before, Marie, who didn't want to be identified by her full name, said she's hopeful a Swedish approach to treat anorexia brought to the Mandometer Clinic for Eating Disorders will be her doorway to normal eating.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be taking his California sales act on the road again in April with a trip to China, his office announced Friday.
California's 21 historic missions, which draw hundreds of thousands of tourists annually, are considered an important part of the state's history. But many, including Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, have fallen into disrepair.
Students from San Diego State University offer fresh perspectives to National City companies like Niederfrank's. "Who better to tell me what works for ice cream than college students?" said business owner Patti Finnegan.
UC San Diego's proposal to move its trauma center and inpatient hospital from Hillcrest to La Jolla wouldn't be realized until 2015 or 2020, but it's already drawing widespread criticism.
Unseasonably heavy rainfall within the last couple of months has resulted in fewer people checking into local hotels than last winter.
Perhaps it's the thrill of taking risks, a deep conviction, or the financial rewards that drive entrepreneurs to embark on risky ventures. Here are the stories of three very different San Diego-based companies that had their share of tough decision-making
San Diego-based biotechnology company Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Feb. 10 that it increased its first-quarter net loss for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31 to $7.1 million, or 7 cents per share, from $6.3 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same ye
Observers applaud Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's push for more vocational training in public schools.
Bressi Ranch, a 585-acre master-planned community in Carlsbad, opened Feb. 12, as custom lots became available for sale.
San Diego's economy appears to be still growing nicely, based on the latest Index of Leading Economic Indicators released last week, but part of the report underscores the region's critical housing shortage that could result in job declines.
Question: Why can some people give and receive feedback and others can't?
An advisory group has told the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to rule out an airport site that is a two-hour drive from San Diego.
A fast-growing Silicon Valley residential real estate brokerage is entering San Diego's competitive Downtown market. Just as it did in the San Francisco Bay Area, Intero Real Estate Services is starting small but thinking big.
Eric Thomas has grown FreedomVoice Systems into a $5.2 million-a-year company in nine years.
Michael Kelly, whose business acquired a former New York Stock Exchange company two years ago, is at it again, acquiring another public firm. The pending acquisition likely won't be the last this year.
Kintera Inc., the San Diego-based maker of software that helps nonprofits better manage fund raising, reported a net loss of $19.2 million on revenues of $23.7 million for 2004.
Hoping to create a vibe all their own, merchants on Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy have banded together to form the Kettner Art & Design District, a collaboration of art and design businesses located on the boulevard.
A national survey by Robert Half Legal staffing service reports that lawyers are racking up lots of extra hours on the job, and they're doing it at home , an average of nine days a month or more. But San Diego lawyers are used to the grind.
Citing an increase in its business of supplying Predator unmanned aircraft to the military, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has expanded into the Sabre Springs Business Park.
Although most large firms in San Diego voluntarily offered health coverage to domestic partners before Jan. 2, many other companies have not followed suit. As of this year, employers will no longer have the option to refuse.
Going global is Guy Halgren's goal. Halgren is the San Diego-based chairman of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a top 100 law firm with nine offices throughout California, New York and Washington, D.C. But, he said, there is more room to grow.
Wells Fargo Bank is trying to become "the bank of choice" for black business owners. This month, the San Francisco-based bank said it passed the midpoint on a promised goal of lending $1 billion to black enterprises.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken a big step forward in ensuring not only the safety of millions of consumers, but also in monitoring the activities of companies manufacturing potentially harmful drugs.
Things aren't always what they seem to be in Korean Peninsula-land. Maybe not enough people know this.
Liquefied natural gas , better known as LNG , has become a volatile issue in Southern California and on the West Coast. But San Diego business leaders are viewing it as a key element in their energy portfolio.
Friday, February 18
TransWestern Publishing Co., LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TransWestern Holdings L.P., a San Diego-based independent yellow page directory publisher, recently announced that it has retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. to explore strategic alternatives.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego was $2.158 per gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The Auto Club reported Feb. 18 that the price was 5.9 cents higher than it was in the prior w
Port Arthur Pipeline, L.P., a subsidiary of Sempra Pipelines & Storage and Sempra Energy, on Feb. 18 launched "open season" on its proposed $600 million liquefied natural gas receiving terminal near Port Arthur, Texas.
has collaborated with four Southern California newspapers and one Nevada newspaper to launch a region-wide preprint distribution program.
Since its debut in 1995, the Coaster, which operates commuter trains from Oceanside to San Diego, has carried more than 10 million passengers, according to the North County Transit District, operator of the rail line.
The building that holds Borders Books & Music in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter was sold for $13 million or $396 per square foot, in a transaction announced on Feb. 17.
Thursday, February 17
The San Diego Chargers amended a key part of their plan to construct a new football stadium and surrounding urban village at the current Mission Valley stadium site.
San Diego State University's Entrepreneurial Management Center, part of its business college, has teamed up with UC San Diego's Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Services office to allow master's degree students to work with licensing officers o
The San Diego-based mortgage company Accredited Home Lenders donated $275,000 to buy the new brush rig for the San Diego Fire Department.
Wireless Facilities, Inc. of San Diego, which designs and operates a variety of wireless telecom networks for its clients, reported net income of $4.0 million on revenue of $397.0 million in the 2004 calendar year.
A survey of registered voters within the county showed that a majority would vote in favor of a new regional airport to replace Lindbergh Field.
Sempra Energy Trading has denied charges by Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Garden Grove, that it lied under oath before a Senate committee investigating market rigging.
Michael W. Battin, a business and commercial litigator with the San Diego law firm Navigato & Battin, was elected a director of the San Diego County Bar Association on Feb. 15.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, with offices in San Diego, has been ranked as the top intellectual property firm in the Western United States in an international survey conducted by Euromoney's Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Mayor Dick Murphy, in unveiling proposals to be presented during labor negotiations, made an appeal for all city employees, including himself, the City Council and top management, "to make sacrifices in order to get our financial house in order."
Carlsbad-based Invitrogen Corp. said Feb. 17 that it increased its fourth quarter net income to $30.5 million, up from $12.6 million for same quarter a year ago.
Hewlett-Packard Co. reported earnings of $943 million on revenue of $21.5 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 31.
Wednesday, February 16
San Diego's economy showed solid growth for November and December, and looks to expand even more in the second half of this year, according to a regional economic index released Feb. 15.
Responding to the city of San Diego's "continued delays" in releasing its 2003 audited financial report, Fitch Ratings on Feb. 16 downgraded nearly $2.7 billion in outstanding public debt, and put the city on a "rating watch negative" status.
A border security bill, which includes a provision to speed the construction of a triple fence at the Mexican border, was received in the Senate Feb. 14 after passing the House of Representatives 261-161.
Titan Corp. has received a five-year, $49.9 million contract to install security systems aboard Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command ships.
Westcore, LLC, a private real estate investment firm in San Diego, announced that it acquired a 47,666-square-foot industrial building for $1.8 million.
Tuesday, February 15
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will test high-speed Internet communications technology on its power lines by year-end, said a company spokesman.
The median price of a home sold in San Diego County , including condominiums, town houses and detached housing , remained at the half-million-dollar mark in January after reaching that critical level in December.
Monday, February 14
The question now is not if employers will train employees in sexual harassment policy, but when.
Experts say firms waiting to go public face an uphill battle. "Investors' appetite for early-stage biotech companies has clearly been very, very weak," said one analyst.
The San Diego City Council on Feb. 14 voted unanimously to spend $250,000 to hire a former chief accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to help dig the city out of its financial hole.
Experts predict what software and hardware we may see in 10 years. A lot of your software might not even be inside your computer.
Given the turmoil and uncertainty at San Diego City Hall, the decision not to hire sports consultants to begin negotiations with the San Diego Chargers regarding a proposed new football stadium isn't surprising.
If our Governator attempts to walk the spending cat back, he is going to find it really difficult.
In its national retail report for 2005, Marcus & Millichap, an Encino-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, ranked San Diego No. 1 out of 41 retail investment markets.
Whether the outside world views San Diego as America's Finest City, or Enron-by-the-Sea, as the
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce executives say affordable housing is their No. 1 priority in 2005, and have offered a 14-point plan to solve the crisis. Here's hoping it's not too little, too late.
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In one year, Andrew Barile increased his company's revenue by 33 percent, from $600,000 in 2002 to $800,000 in 2003.
Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co., the San Diego-based lender of non-prime mortgages, reported net income of $130.8 million for 2004, up nearly 31 percent from 2003, on revenues of $660.7 million, up nearly 52 percent from 2003.
A settlement this month of a lawsuit filed by the state will require hundreds of chain restaurants in California to post warnings for patrons about the mercury content of fish.
The Performance Institute, a San Diego-based government reform watchdog group, on Feb. 14 announced the second phase of its San Diego Citizens' Budget Project initiative for 2006.
The Valentine's Day opening of Britt Scripps Inn in Bankers Hill, originally scheduled for late November, turned out to be a movable fest. "The original opening date was planned for Thanksgiving," said owner Gordon Hattersley III.
Science Applications International Corp. has split its Research and Intelligence Group in two, and has announced the promotions of three executives: Donald Foley, Trey Smith and Larry Prior.
Citing an increase in its business of supplying Predator unmanned aircraft to the military, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has begun moving into a new 160,000-square-foot facility in the Sabre Springs Business Park.
BeamOne LLC, a San Diego-based company established last year, has completed the purchase of most of the assets of Titan Scan Technologies Corp., a subsidiary of San Diego defense contractor Titan Corp.
When one of Downtown's better-known tenants announced plans to relocate to the suburbs, some questioned whether this business hub would ever attract and maintain major corporate tenants.
Despite extensive debate about stem cells and their use, there has been considerable confusion about what they are exactly, and what they do.
Carly Fiorina's departure from Hewlett-Packard Co. has some wondering whether a San Diego resident has a shot at the top job.
The satellite and network communications business of ViaSat Inc. has been growing at such a rapid clip, it's had to construct a fourth building at its Carlsbad headquarters.
The Computer Museum of America, where people can see relics like IBM machines as big as office desks, is at a crossroads.
State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, unveiled a proposal on Feb. 3 aimed at protecting homeowners in common-interest developments from unfair foreclosures by their homeowners associations.
As companies look for ways to boost bottom lines and reduce labor costs, services such as Benetrac, which offers online human resources services, are becoming more popular.
Local real estate investors who focus on the apartment-building market continue to use tax deferral strategies to complete transactions.
Invitrogen Corp. agreed to pay about $386 million to get its hands on complementary technology of the closely held Norwegian biotech Dynal Biotech ASA.
After three years with the North County Transit District, Allan Hambleton, the director of fiscal and support services, is leaving.
San Diego's business community has called for the city to take specific actions to combat a deepening housing affordability crisis.
Privately held San Diego-based biotechnology firm Syrrx, Inc. said on Feb. 7 that it agreed to be acquired by Japanese-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for about $270 million in cash.
Joice Truban Curry is the president and chief executive officer of c3 Communications, Inc., a public relations agency.
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi filed a $110 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 10 against an organization they characterized as a "living trust mill."
San Diego-based biotechnology firm Maxim Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Feb. 8 that it laid off 12 employees in an effort to stay afloat for the next 18 months.
William Keitel, the chief financial officer for Qualcomm Inc., was among 62 CFOs recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in a February edition for its second annual "America's Best CFOs" ranking.
Smith Travel Research of Tennessee put the average occupancy rate at inns throughout San Diego County for a 28-day period ending Jan. 29 at 67.4 percent, down 5.1 percent compared with the same time frame in 2004.
Do you consider every day at the office casual Friday? Do you greet visitors and VIPs at the reception desk in a halter top and Spandex shorts? If so, you could be flirting, so to speak, with a dress code violation.
Debbie LaChusa saw that small businesses, unless they were willing to fork over a large sum of money, were left in the dark when it came to the marketing process. So she developed the 10stepmarketing system.
Cox Communications San Diego and Cablemas of Tijuana hope to create a second broadband connection at the Otay Mesa border,
Michael Shames, the executive director of the Utility Consumers' Action Network, promises to reveal "devastating secrets of consumer karate" in a new book.
Less than one year into their business, Kim Julin Guyader and Jamie Sigler, partners in J Public Relations, have already managed to retain some high-profile clients.
Friday, February 11
San Diego-based News Monitoring Service, a broadcast monitoring company, has been acquired by Bacon's Information of Chicago.
The Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir project is a merit finalist in a worldwide contest sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Rear Adm. Terry Etnyre will relieve Vice Adm. Tim LaFleur as commander, Naval Surface Forces, on March 4.
In a deal with a potential value of $6 billion, Goodrich Corp.'s Aerostructures unit has agreed to provide France-based Airbus with engine housings and thrust reversers for its A350 aircraft.
San Diego Superior Court has been awarded a $6,000 grant by the Foundation of the State Bar of California to help fund Law Week 2005, scheduled for May 1-7.
Thursday, February 10
San Diego-based biotech firm Sequenom Inc. said it decreased its net loss for the fiscal 2004 to $34.6 million, or 87 cents a share, from $36.7 million, or 93 cents, a year ago.
San Diego-based biotechnology company Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. said today that it increased its first-quarter net loss for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31 to $7.1 million, or 7 cents per share, from $6.3 million, or 9 cents per share, in the previous yea
An office building owned and occupied by the Building Industry Association of San Diego County came off the market today for $4.7 million, or $297 per square foot, which is a record price for the sub-market where it is located.
In his second interim report on city finances, City Attorney Michael Aguirre turned up the heat further by accusing Mayor Dick Murphy and the City Council of civil violations of federal securities laws, and hiding significant facts about the city's anemic
San Diego businessman Ted Roth has been tapped as the new chairman of the San Diego International Sports Council.
Wednesday, February 9
Carly Fiorina's departure from Hewlett-Packard Co. has some wondering whether a San Diego resident, Vyomesh Joshi, has a shot at the top job.
The law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, with offices in San Diego, has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Washington, D.C.-based Shaw Pittman LLP.
Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit Web news and information source, officially launched on Feb. 9.
Two apartment buildings changed hands in Encinitas and Vista in deals valued at more than $6 million.
Tuesday, February 8
San Diego National Bank reported net earnings of $39.9 million for 2004, up 36 percent from the previous year's profits. Earnings for the fourth quarter were $9.7 million, a gain of 11 percent.
Sempra Energy on Feb. 8 raised its earnings-per-share estimate for 2004 to about $3.80, primarily due to the increased profitability of its commodity-trading business, company officials said.
The Department of Defense has released a $419.3 billion spending plan for fiscal 2006, which begins in October.
Monday, February 7
Navy officials from San Diego have been watching with interest as a large Central Valley landowner makes plans to continue Los Angeles' sprawl to the north.
Sempra Energy's commodities unit is teaming up with a Philadelphia company to produce ethanol in the United States.
San Diego motorists are paying $2.10 per gallon, 17 percent more at the gas pump than the record-setting price of $1.80 recorded for the same time period in 2004, according to the Utility Consumers' Action Network.
San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy on Feb. 7 called on the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System to waive its attorney-client privilege regarding subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. attorney for the Souther
Undeterred by a spike in interest rates, most local banks saw loan portfolios and net profits climb by double-digit margins in 2004.
The idea for Twin Oaks Valley Winery evolved from a cordial exchange between San Marcos neighbors fetching their morning newspapers.
When veteran San Diego dry cleaner Gordon Shaw started talking up the wonders of a newfangled and Earth-friendly cleaning process , CO2 , he ran afoul of some of his more conservative colleagues. "I ruffled a lot of feathers," said Shaw, owner of Hangers
China's image today is dramatically different from what it used to be.
Privately held San Diego-based biotechnology firm Syrrx Inc. announced today that it agreed to be acquired by Japanese-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for about $270 million in cash.
San Diego-based Dura Pharmaceuticals Inc. vs. Broudo, billed as a landmark case that could change the landscape for future securities litigation, is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Legoland California has reported that 2004 was the most financially lucrative year in its six-year history.
San Marcos-based Discovery Bank plans to offer lines of credit through its announced acquisition of Celtic Capital Corp., a Santa Monica-based commercial finance company with a loan portfolio of $23 million.
Attorneys Fred Woocher and Bruce Henderson haven't yet decided if they will appeal the Feb. 2 San Diego Superior Court ruling dismissing their arguments that Donna Frye, and not Dick Murphy, should be San Diego's mayor.
Highway travel has significantly outpaced transportation funding in San Diego County, with highway travel growing at nearly twice the rate as the construction of new highway miles.
San Diego's oceanfront is becoming the destination of choice for the country's second- and third-home buyers.
Centralized plants, more drop-off stores and new technology will be the future of the business.
Frost & Sullivan has given a 2005 product innovation award to Xsilogy, which recently became a division of publicly traded SYS Technologies.
The National City Mile of Cars Association said that sales of cars and trucks in its 22 new- and used-car dealerships increased 8 percent in 2004 vs. 2003.
The people charged with relocating cramped Lindbergh Field continue to be scolded for doing their jobs.
While institutions in Los Angeles, San Diego and elsewhere are gearing up for $3 billion in statewide grants for accelerated stem cell research, the field is still in its infancy.
Handling commercial aircraft at military air bases may neither be sensible nor easy to accomplish.
Cox Communications and Comerica Bank will occupy space in the 15-story, $90 million DiamondView Tower.
Maguire Properties, Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust that focuses on office properties in Southern California, announced it will acquire a portfolio of 10 office properties and land for development in several western U.S. cities for
Capitalizing on a push by wireless carriers to improve network coverage and retain customers, Simon Billsberry's contract staffing business is growing like never before.
The Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau is proposing a self-assessed lodging industry fee to recharge the agency's stagnant budget.
Pacific Coast Capital Partners, LLC will acquire Oak Ridge Corporate Center in Vista through a joint venture.
A San Diego attorney expects the decision by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Government Ethics to ban all NIH staff scientists from accepting consulting fees or other income from drug companies will cause an exodus of higher-level scie
If a business is affected by the departure of key personnel due to military deployment, the U.S. Small Business Administration is there to help pick up the slack.
As listeners demand more music and less commercials, radio executives are turning to other means to generate revenue.
Susan Ten Eyck Mallory once saw her future in the U.S. diplomatic corps working in some exotic nation in Southeast Asia. But a summer job at a local bank changed all that.
Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner achieved record ridership for the first quarter of fiscal 2005.
Question: I own a family business and want to pass the business on to my children when I retire. What do I need to do?
San Diego-based Barrier Products LLC borrows from clients to make a unique contribution to tsunami relief.
San Diego's health-related industries landed the third-largest percentage of all health care-related venture capital dollars nationwide, behind San Jose and Boston, according to a survey released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The Helix Water District was named Business of the Year by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Linden Painting & Refinishing, Inc. is a multifaceted furniture refinishing company.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Joseph Fernandez, 45, of Carlsbad, to the California Economic Strategy Panel, designed to guide public policy decisions for economic growth and competitiveness.
More than 450 Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Camp Pendleton on Sunday.
San Diego City Councilman Brian Maienschein has proposed a plan to revamp the city's troubled pension system a proposal he says will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"WB Morning News" will combine the "KTLA Morning News" program from Los Angeles with San Diego segments.
ResMed Inc. of Poway reported second quarter net income of $17.4 million on revenues of $103.8 million
Friday, February 4
The Pauma Band of Mission Indians has selected Peter Morton's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino organization to develop and operate an attraction on Pauma's North County reservation.
A $2.7 million settlement from a lawsuit against Duke Energy will be used to establish the Energy Policy Initiative Center at the University of San Diego School of Law.
State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, will head up the Select Committee on the Colorado River.
In a wholesale defection from the Downtown San Diego office of Phoenix-based Realty Executive, Jon Stenberg and his entire team of 26 staff members opened San Diego Intero.
Thursday, February 3
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, meeting today in San Diego, said it picked a temporary home in the Bay Area while continuing its search for a permanent headquarters.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on rent in the coming years under a plan approved by its board in late January to move into the San Diego Convention Center.
Wednesday, February 2
High-tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson is getting back into the music business with a digital music venture called MP3tunes.
San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector Dan McAllister on Feb. 2 reported that "things are going swimmingly well" at his shop, while an audit of records dating back to 1999 is under way.
The Padre Dam Municipal Water District has received two awards from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers for its 2004-06 budget, which totals $86.4 million.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International of Costa Mesa said Wednesday it is spending $320 million to buy Xcel Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held maker of neurology drugs based in San Diego.
Carl DeMaio, the president of the San Diego-based Performance Institute, a government-reform think tank, has been appointed to the Service Acquisition Reform Act Panel by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
In its third sale in two months, Cruzan/Monroe, a San Diego-based real estate acquisitions and development firm, announced it will sell its Parkway Centre 6 property in Poway for $14 million.
The California Public Utilities Commission is planning what it calls a groundbreaking conference Feb. 23 to address climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
Tuesday, February 1
Ingenient Technologies, Inc. of Rolling Meadows, Ill., is suing PacketVideo Corp., a San Diego-based company that makes software for viewing video on wireless phones.
San Diego's health-related industries landed the third-largest percentage of all health care-related venture capital dollars nationwide during 2004, according to a survey released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
San Diego's financial woes were featured along with those of Pittsburgh and Atlanta in the February issue of CFO magazine titled, "Big City Blues."