Stories for October 2006

Tuesday, October 31

WebSideStory Changes Leadership

WebSideStory Inc. announced Oct. 30 that Chief Executive Officer Jeff Lunsford is leaving the company to become CEO for a privately held company.

DivX Earnings Spike Announced After IPO

For the third quarter ended Sept. 30, DivX reported revenue of $15.4 million, up 83 percent from $8.4 million for the same period in 2005.

Digirad Sees Net Loss

Digirad Corp., a maker of medical imaging devices, announced third-quarter financial results Oct. 31.

WebSideStory Chief Bound for Arizona

Tempe, Ariz.-based Limelight Networks, an online content delivery service, announced Oct. 31 that former WebSideStory chief Jeff Lunsford will become Limelight's new chief executive officer.

Avanir Shares Fall; Trade Is Heavy

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Zenvia, formerly called Neurodex, did not receive approval Oct. 31 from the Food and Drug Administration, as the company had hoped.

BAE Systems Gets $3.3M Electronics Testing Deal

BAE Systems announced the receipt of a $3.3 million Air Force contract for the development of testing equipment to protect F-15, F-16 and A-10 aircraft.

Duncan Hunter Mulls Run for President

He hasn't officially announced his intentions to run for president in 2008. He's simply testing the waters. That's the word from a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Monday, October 30

Proposition 86 Would Greatly Boost Region's Hospital Emergency Services

Proposition 86 Would Greatly Boost Region's Hospital Emergency Services.

Taking Defense Technology From the Lab to the War Zone

When viable new defense technologies are created, the question arises of how to get the devices into the hands of the military.

Psomas Executive Engineers Award-Winning Work

Curt Edwards, vice president of the San Diego office of Psomas, was selected to receive the Said Khoury Award on Oct. 17 by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.

Prop. 87: Higher Gas Prices, Imported Oil and $4 Billion Open Check

Prop. 87: Higher Gas Prices, Imported Oil and $4 Billion Open Check.

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Executive Spotlight: Rick Frimmer.

The Grass Is Greener Somewhere Else, Survey Says

Lawyers may be competitive by nature, but their job loyalty may be in question. A recent survey found more than one-fourth of attorneys polled said they would leave their current positions for opportunities to advance professionally.

London Group, Donald Trump Lead The Charge Down The Baja Peninsula

Baja is booming. So says Nathan Moeder, principal of London Group Realty Advisors Inc.

Approval of Prop. B & C Would Launch Structural Changes Needed at City Hall

Approval of Prop. B & C Would Launch Structural Changes Needed at City Hall.

Executive Profile , Joseph Campano

Joe Campano smiles every time he walks into his corner office at the top of the Merrill Lynch building in the heart of downtown San Diego.

A Few Dark Clouds Could Rain on Dow's Parade, Says Weatherly Adviser

The Dow Jones industrial average finally flew past 12,000 this month, and seems to be gaining momentum, much unlike the results of many past Octobers. It took seven years from the time the Dow was in the 11,000 range.

Downtown Bank in Organization Raises Record $21 Million in Capital

Embarcadero Bank, a community bank in organization in downtown San Diego, raised $21 million in startup capital this past summer, a record sum for a new local bank.

SAIC's Computer Game Is a Fun Training Ground for Army Battles

It's an exciting video game , Future Force Company Commander puts the player in control of 18 weapons systems, an encyclopedia of battlefield information and an army of manned and unmanned tools.

Service Employees File Complaint Against Children's Hospital in Labor Dispute

The nation's largest union filed a federal complaint this month against Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center on behalf of 700 service workers.

Small Business Spotlight , Field Technologies

Entrepreneur Yukon Palmer has made the grade, and then some.

San Diego's Persistent Aviation Legends Need Revisiting, if Not Revising

San Diego's Persistent Aviation Legends Need Revisiting, if Not Revising.

Passenger Traffic at Lindbergh Flew In a Holding Pattern for Most of '06

Following two years of healthy increases in passenger traffic , 6.1 percent in 2005 and 7.3 percent in 2004, Lindbergh Field is likely to post a flat result for the current year.

Defense, Military Ventures With Products Close to Market Find Friend in Commercialization Center

Five years after arriving in San Diego, the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology has helped more than 60 entrepreneurs get their startups off the ground.

Cross Training Combats Crunch of Compiling Competent Crew

Question: Why is it so hard to find skilled workers these days and how do I make the best of the situation?

Debt Recedes on County's Pension Fund

San Diego County's employee pension fund's unfunded liability, the total debt owed to all its more than 17,000 members, declined to about $1.2 billion from last year's level of about $1.4 billion, according to a report from the pension fund's independent

Life Can Be More Eventful Using Online Activity Planning Service

Finding out what events are going on around town , or in any part of the world , is a mouse click away thanks to the services of San Diego-based Eventful Inc.

Time Will Tell if Condotel Mania Will Fizzle in Slowdown

Analysts are wondering whether condotel development will be short-lived in San Diego County.

Five-Diamond Hotels Outshine the Competition With Automatic Room Lighting

The next time you enter a hotel room, check out the closet. No, this isn't a ghost story, even though it's Halloween. We're talking about diamonds here.

Industrial, Office Real Estate Sectors Remain Steady in Third Quarter

San Diego County's industrial market ended the third quarter strong, as tenant demand continued to be steady, according to CB Richard Ellis' newly released report.

Biotechs Continue to Beat Out the Techs for Venture Capital

San Diego's vibrant biotechnology sector continues to capture the lion's share of venture capital funding, according to two recent surveys.

Geppetto's Takes on Whale of A Job in Competing Against Mass Merchants Each Holiday Season

Homegrown toy retailer is a dream come true for owner Brian Miller.

Scripps Health System to Launch Institute With High-Profile Doctor

Scripps Health has hired Dr. Eric Topol, a physician-scientist from Cleveland, who will lead the organization's newly announced Translational Science Institute and Genomic Medicine program.

Press Club Honors Channel 10's Managing Editor, Local PR Veteran

Hundreds of journalists from print, radio, TV and the Web were to be honored Oct. 26 during the San Diego Press Club's 33rd annual Excellence in Journalism awards dinner.

Week in Review

Top Business News: Oct. 20 - 26, 2006.

Santarus May Find Relief in '08 With Sale of Rights to Heartburn Medicine

San Diego's Santarus Inc. this month added 150 salespeople and said the firm expects to break even in the second half of 2008.

Popular Craigslist Web Site Now Charges $25 Fee for Help Wanted Listings

While Craigslist claims its new policy of charging local employers to post job openings will discourage abuse of its popular Internet-based social networking and classified advertising service, one critic says the fees would certainly generate more revenu

Regional Roundup

On the heels of opening Otay Ranch Town Center, set for Oct. 27, the city is looking ahead to a spring opening of another upscale shopping venue, Village Walk at Eastlake.

Blog This: Eventful's Pact With Microsoft Gives Event Calendars New Outlook

Microsoft Corp. and San Diego's Eventful Inc. recently announced collaboration on embedding Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Clipboard into Eventful's event Web pages, making it possible for bloggers to insert event information directly into Weblogs ,

Stedman Graham to Teach Business Executives How to Make It Happen

"You Can Make It Happen," an executive leadership program, will feature management and marketing consultant guru Stedman Graham on Nov. 30 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

Acadia Executive Moves to Start New Company

The chief scientific officer of Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Mark Brann, is leaving the company to start Abbey Pharmaceuticals, which will focus on medications for substance abuse, especially alcoholism.

Prop. N Would Benefit Region as Well as Community Colleges

Prop. N Would Benefit Region as Well as Community Colleges.

Friday, October 27

Biotech Gathering Has Trans-Pacific Perspective

The Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association is hosting its second annual Pacific Forum on Nov. 4.

Newly Formed Company to Buy Alvarado Hospital

Tenet Healthcare has signed an agreement to sell Alvarado Hospital Medical Center for $36.5 million to Plymouth Health, a company formed by two brother doctors specifically to purchase the hospital.

Invitrogen Posts Loss in $311M Quarter

Carlsbad-based Invitrogen Corp. announced third-quarter financial results Oct. 26.

Thursday, October 26

Cadence Makes Nasdaq Debut

San Diego-based Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the initial public offering of 6 million shares of common stock, priced at $9 per share, Oct. 25.

Petco Deal Closes

Petco Animal Supplies Inc. announced Oct. 26 the close of its acquisition by private investment firms Texas Pacific Group and Leonard Green & Partners LP.

Study: Average Shopper to Spend $857 on Holiday Gifts

Retailers can expect better returns this holiday shopping season as opposed to last, but not much better, according to a new forecast report.

Pacific Gateway Greenlighted

The Centre City Development Corp., after many delays, on Oct. 25 approved initial plans for the redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex, a 14.7-acre site at Broadway and North Harbor Drive.

Eyespot Receives Series A Funding

San Diego-based Eyespot Corp. announced that it closed its Series A funding round of $3.7 million Oct. 25.

Hiring By Design Is Growing, Takes Partner

Hiring By Design, a human resources consulting firm based in Carmel Valley, said it joined forces with Solutions 4 Hiring, an employment placement firm in Phoenix.

Income Grows at California Community Bank

California Community Bank, based in Escondido, reported net income for the third quarter of $246,000, an increase of 126 percent from the earnings of the like period of last year.

Iomega Earns Pennies Per Share

For the quarter ended Oct. 1, Iomega reported revenues of $53.6 million compared to revenues of $55.9 million for the same period last year.

Wednesday, October 25

MWH Mulls How to Raise Dam

A Colorado company announced Oct. 24 that it has been awarded a $19.5 million contract by the San Diego County Water Authority.

SAIC Partakes of Nuclear Detection Deal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has awarded $113 million in contracts for human portable radiation detection systems.

Cymer Reports Net Income of $27M

Cymer Inc., which makes heavy, specialized equipment to manufacture microchips, reported net income of $27 million on revenue of $143.9 million during the third quarter.

ViaSat Strikes Internet Telephony Deal

ViaSat Inc., the Carlsbad-based maker of satellite gear, entered into a formal agreement with Atlanta, Ga.-based Verso Technologies Inc. to develop and market satellite-based Voice over Internet protocol systems.

K2 Income Slopes Upward

Apparel and action sports equipment manufacturer K2 Inc. announced third-quarter earnings Oct. 25.

Sprint Puts New Qualcomm Technology in Customers' Hands

San Diego has become the first market where the latest upgrade in Code Division Multiple Access technology is commercially available, mobile phone carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Oct. 24.

Tuesday, October 24

Santarus Bulks Up Sales Force

Santarus Inc., a San Diego-based specialty pharmaceutical company, announced Oct. 24 that it will be increasing its sales force by 150 people.

Revenue in High Gear, Net Income Slips at Websense

Websense Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $46.1 million, up 20 percent from $38.3 million for the same period of 2005 , a company record.

Countrywide Sees Four Branches in County

Countrywide Bank, a unit of Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest home lender in the nation, is adding a new office in Mission Valley, and plans to open another in Encinitas by year-end.

Novatel Chief to Step Down; Company Reports Loss

Modem manufacturer Novatel Wireless Inc. announced the resignation of its chief executive on the same day it announced third-quarter financial results.

Scripps Health to Launch Institute With High-Profile Doctor

Scripps Health has hired Dr. Eric Topol, a physician-scientist from Cleveland, who will lead the organization's newly announced Translational Science Institute and Genomic Medicine program.

As Election Looms, Report Razzes Del Mar Finances

A study released Oct. 20 by said Del Mar is facing a "self-inflicted financial crisis" due to overspending by municipal government and underfunding of infrastructure projects.

CHAD Names President

An umbrella group of 26 health agencies that have offices in San Diego County, Combined Health Agencies, announced Oct. 24 the appointment of Susan Day to president of the nonprofit organization.

Monday, October 23

South Korean Foreign Minister Was Unlikely Candidate for Top U.N. Post

South Korean Foreign Minister Was Unlikely Candidate for Top U.N. Post

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones.

Seattle a City That Knows How When It Comes to Building Political Consensus, and Costly New Projects

Seattle a City That Knows How When It Comes to Building Political Consensus, and Costly New Projects

Sav-on's Owners Renovating 47 Stores to Appeal to Female Shoppers

More than the monikers are changing at San Diego County's 47 free-standing Sav-on drugstores now that they've officially hooked onto the CVS/pharmacy chain.

Federal Funds Give ISE a Push

ISE Corp., a Poway manufacturer of electric and hybrid electric drive systems, said it is a participant in four federal grant programs that total $49 million.

Escondido Bans Apartment Rentals for Illegal Immigrants

The Escondido City Council's vote Oct. 18, banning landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, seems to be raising more questions than answers.

Small Business Spotlight , Westco Remote Systems Inc.

Dream big and big things will happen. It's a philosophy that has worked well for entrepreneur John Hoffe.

Progress Report

Sales and Leases


For Oct. 16, 2006

What Goes Up Must Go Down When It Comes to Hotel Occupancy Rates

While forecasters agree that San Diego's hotels will see less crowded lobbies a couple of years from now when a large bump in rooms hits the market, a leading hotel researcher predicts the same for hotels across the country , only sooner.

Regional Roundup

Downtown Escondido businesses are preparing to lighten up at the expense of $10,000. And other news from around San Diego County.

Lexus RX350 Passes Test Drive With Flying Colors

The Lexus RX accounts for more than one-third of the company's burgeoning sales and will certainly hit sales in the 90,000 to 100,000 range this year.

Executive Profile , Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin saw promise in seeds with little seed money.

Appeals Court Judge Honored for Distinguished Service to Justice

Numerous San Diego law firms, attorneys and judges have been receiving county and even national recognition for accomplishments this fall.

Select Starwood Team Gives U.S. Grant the 'White Glove' Test Ahead of Grand Opening

For members of the "pre-opening assistance support team" as they're called, including Arno Pfeffer, staying at the U.S. Grant was an opportunity to play tourist. But his role was more work than play.

Sudberry Properties Exec Eager to Get $2 Billion Project Rolling

The man who is shepherding the mammoth Quarry Falls mixed-use proposal is Marco Sessa, 33, vice president of development at Sudberry Properties Inc., a mild-mannered fellow who seems unphased by his assignment.

La Mesa Retailers Rally to Fight Costly ADA Compliance Lawsuits

La Mesa business owners packed a meeting room to hear a presentation by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse , highly topical for downtown La Mesa since three of its businesses recently were slapped with lawsuits for not being accessible to people with disabili

Bush Administration Takes Local Pulse on Plan to Share Health Insurance

San Diego business and health leaders who met with a Bush administration official here this month are saying they no longer want to participate in a federal pilot program that would have large employers sharing insurance claims information.

Judge Upholds State Law Giving Illegal Immigrants Resident Status on Tuition

A Yolo County Superior Court judge upheld a state law allowing public colleges and universities to charge in-state fees to illegal immigrants.

Sudberry Properties Is Mining Public Opinion for Development Of Mission Valley's Quarry

Plans are percolating for an ambitious mixed-use project on what is an active 230-acre sand and gravel quarry near Interstate 805 and Friars Road.

Vista Filmmaker in Debt to Credit Card Industry for First Documentary

Randall Blaum knows firsthand about getting into serious debt by abusing credit cards. It's the subject of a feature-length documentary he's just completed.

Foundation's Future Looks Bright After Contribution

Northrop Grumman Corp. has given $180,000 to the San Diego Futures Foundation for support of its operations, programs and services across the country.

Week in Review

Top Business News: Oct. 13 - 19, 2006

Nonprofit Profile , Floresta USA

A talk with Scott Sabin, executive director of Floresta USA.

San Diego People

Key Hires And Promotions; Executive Spotlight: Romik Kesian

Amulaire Is Targeting Future Military Tankers With Cool Technology

The success of one small San Diego startup may rest on the success of combat vehicles of the future.

Attracting More Cheers Than Jeers, Albertsons Opens in East Village

Downtown San Diego's first mixed-use project to combine residences with a grocery store has arrived. Albertsons was set to open Oct. 20 near Petco Park.

Comerica to Get Into Ballgame With Huge Sign Above Petco Park

Detroit's Comerica Bank doesn't have much brand recognition here, or in California for that matter. That's about to change.

Bhausmedia Looks to Block Out Niche in Branding Field

A couple of startups, a groundbreaking and a slew of kudos are in the mix this week Blokhaus LLC announced Oct. 11 the opening of Bhausmedia LLC, a media design firm in downtown San Diego specializing in corporate branding.

Cendant Plans Mission Valley Complex Makeover

Cendant Timeshares Resort Group of Redmond, Wash., has purchased Oakwood Mission Valley, a 170-unit multifamily residential property in San Diego, from Englewood, Colo.-based Archstone-Smith for $32.8 million.

SkinMedica Receives FDA Approval

Pharmaceutical company SkinMedica Inc. announced Oct. 23 that the company's new drug application has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Conference Looks at NAFTA 12 Years Later

Some argue the North American Free Trade Agreement has worked better in Canada than in Mexico.

Defense Contractor SAIC Lands on Radar Screen With Successful IPO

After an initial surge, shares of SAIC Inc., a San Diego defense-engineering firm, lost steam last week. But the initial public offering , delayed until Oct. 13 , was still viewed as a success by analysts.

Encinitas Firm Gives Clients Freedom to Communicate Better

Encinitas-based FreedomVoice Systems, a telecommunications service company, got its start after founder and Chief Executive Officer Eric Thomas experienced certain challenges while running his first startup company.

From Dexcom to XIFIN: Group Spotlights Top Tech Firms

Technology is a major part of the San Diego economy, so when the area's main high-tech trade group, AeA, celebrates some of the best and brightest in the industry, as it did Oct. 12, it deserves attention.

Acadia Exec Moves to Start New Company

The chief scientific officer of Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Mark Brann, is leaving the company to start Abbey Pharmaceuticals, which will focus on medications for substance abuse, especially alcoholism. Acadia is promising financing.

Study Correlates Obesity to High Rates of Childhood Traumas

Dr. Vincent Felitti began looking more deeply into reasons underlying obesity and found that many of the weight-loss program's members had more in common than their need to diet.

Grand Del Mar Names GM

The Grand Del Mar, a posh resort under construction by Manchester Grand Resorts, announced in mid-October that it has named veteran hotel executive Vikram Sood its general manager.

'Call Now for Free Info' a Way to Gauge Ad Campaign's Value

Question: How do response rates impact my marketing costs and profits?

Small Biz How To

Question: How do response rates impact my marketing costs and profits?

Genetic Testing Exposes Insurance Industry to Ethical Dilemmas

As complex as the science behind it, the effects of genetic testing on the insurance industry are muddled with questions.

Small Business Can Think Really Big in Today's Technology

Small Business Can Think Really Big in Today's Technology

Nasdaq to Amylin: You Can Ring My Bell

Ginger Graham, chief executive of San Diego-based Amylin Pharmaceuticals, rang the opening bell on the Nasdaq stock exchange Oct. 23.

UCSD Tech Transfer Leader Secures Post at Cornell

After nine years at UC San Diego, Alan Paau, assistant vice chancellor of the university's Technology Transfer office, has accepted a position at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Researchers Get Five More Years to Study Alcohol Abuse Causes

Getting mice to drink vodka is no small feat. That's partly what researchers participating in the National Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism have spent the last five years trying to do.

Friday, October 20

SAIC Gets Intelligence Support Contract

San Diego defense contractor SAIC Inc. said it has been awarded a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a combat support unit of the U.S. Department of Defense.

New Embarcadero Bank Raises More Than $21 Million

Some 30 investors of Embarcadero Bank, a community bank in organization for downtown San Diego, raised a bit more than $21 million in capital this summer, a record for a new local bank.

SAIC's IPO Draws to a Close

SAIC Inc. announced Oct. 19 that its initial public offering had closed two days prior on Oct. 17 with all over-allotments exercised by underwriters, yielding proceeds of $1.2 billion.

Unemployment at 3.9 Percent

San Diego's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in September, from August's 4.1 percent, largely due to some 7,300 school employees returning to their jobs after summer recess.

First Pacific to Shift Lending Focus as Construction Slows

First Pacific Bank of California reported net income of $873,000 for the third quarter, up nearly 24 percent from the like period of 2005.

KPBS-FM Personality Leaves the Mike

Longtime KPBS-FM radio personality Richard Lederer retires at the end of this month.

Thursday, October 19

Anacomp Buys Virginia Company

Document management and services company Anacomp Inc. announced Oct. 19 that it has acquired Warrenton, Va.-based Imaging Acceptance Corp. for an undisclosed amount

Accredited Home Lenders Shares Fall

Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co. announced an update to its third quarter earnings forecast on Oct. 19, predicting that the company would not hit the $4.50 earnings per share mark , the lower end of the range previously anticipated.

Forecast: Home Sales to Decline

San Diego, along with the Central Valley and Riverside/San Bernardino regions, is expected to experience deeper declines in residential home sales, compared to the rest of the state.

After Amaranth, County Hires Attorneys

The board that manages San Diego County's pension fund, which sustained losses of at least $105 million through investments in a Connecticut-based hedge fund, retained a New York law firm.

Escondido Bans Apartment Rentals for Illegal Immigrants

The Escondido City Council's vote Oct. 18, banning landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, seems to be raising more questions than answers.

Wednesday, October 18

Office Vacancy Stays Low

San Diego County's office market remained strong during the third quarter, recording the ninth consecutive quarter of single-digit vacancy rates.

Strong Demand for Industrial Real Estate

The third quarter brought upbeat news for San Diego County's industrial real estate sector.

Golf Resort Operator Makes $1.8B Deal

A Dallas-based membership golf resort operator, ClubCorp Inc., has agreed to sell its portfolio of nearly 170 clubs to KSL Capital Partners LLC of La Quinta.

Amylin Narrows Losses

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has two diabetes drugs on the market, reported third-quarter results Oct. 18.

WD-40 Sells More, But Income Stays Flat

Household goods and lubricants manufacturer WD-40 Co. released its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal earnings Oct. 18.

SYS Buys Ai Metrix

San Diego-based SYS Technologies, which provides information technology to the federal government, announced Oct. 18 that it has acquired Ai Metrix of Reston, Va.

Union Files Charge in Rady Children's Dispute

In its continuing conflict with Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center San Diego, the Service Employees International Union has filed a charge alleging unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board.

St. Bernard Closes Singlefin Deal

St. Bernard Software Inc. completed its acquisition of e-mail hosting and security services company Singlefin on Oct. 17.

Tuesday, October 17

Callaway Expects Net Loss in Quarter

Golf equipment and clothing manufacturer Callaway Golf Co. announced Oct. 16 that it expects a third-quarter loss. Wall Street analysts had expected a profit.

Qualcomm to Link Sprint Nextel Phones

Qualcomm Inc. is one of two companies partnering with Sprint Nextel to help further the company's push-to-talk service, offering its QChat services and solutions to improve communications across networks.

Ralphs Pleads Guilty

Ralphs Grocery Co. pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to identity fraud and four other criminal counts related to the chain's illegal hiring of locked-out workers during the 2003-2004 grocery strike.

AeA Spotlights Top Tech Firms

Technology is a major part of the San Diego economy, so when the area's main high-tech trade group, AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), celebrates some of the best and brightest in the industry, it deserves attention.

Monday, October 16

'Invisibility Cloak' Has San Diego Thread

The president of San Diego-based SensorMetrix is part of a team expected to announce the results of an invisibility experiment this week.

Commercial Contractor Built an Empire as a Jack-of-All-Trades

From starting as a drywall hanger in 1968 to moving his 160-employee company to a new building in the heart of Carroll Canyon in June, San Diego-based Pacific Building Group Chief Executive Officer Greg Rogers has always believed his success is about one

SDSU Researchers Discover How to Treat Cholesterol Without Liver Damage

Research by scientists at San Diego State University may show how to avoid liver injury caused by certain drugs that treat cholesterol.

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions

Business Journal Supports Bonds for Infrastructure Projects, Opposes Corporate Tax Hike to Fund Political Campaigns

Business Journal Supports Bonds for Infrastructure Projects, Opposes Corporate Tax Hike to Fund Political Campaigns

Nonprofit Profile , Chairmen's RoundTable

Chairmen's RoundTable

Green-Eyed Monster May Rub S.D. Franchisees the Right Way

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Massage Envy is set to open its first local location Nov. 3 in Carlsbad. The Massage Envy concept involves customers purchasing memberships.

Four Partners Seeking to Increase Global Warming Awareness

Four institutions have announced a partnership to further awareness of global warming and the impacts it could have on the local climate. The groups will use philanthropy, research, public education and financial incentives to spur this change.

Industrial Developer Announces New Senior Executive

Charles "CJ" Stos was recently hired to develop new business in San Diego for Master Development Corp. Inc.

Swim Club Construction Gets Under Way in Chula Vista

The Lomas Verdes community, developed by San Diego-based Corky McMillin Cos. in Chula Vista's Otay Ranch, is adding a swimming pool as a perk for its residents.

Co-Location, Buffers New Concepts to Help San Diegans Buy Homes

Co-Location, Buffers New Concepts to Help San Diegans Buy Homes

Survey Finds U-T, Radio Latina, Televisa Favored Among Hispanics

In the battle to reach Hispanic consumers, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Radio Latina 104.5 FM and Televisa Channel 12 are in the lead.

Executive Profile , Martin A. Gonzalez

When Martin A. Gonzalez traveled to Italy, he was told that enrolling in cooking classes would be a quick and fun way to learn Italian. He found that to be true, but he also found a new career path.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones

Regional Roundup

Khavari Construction Inc. plants a sculpture in Imperial Beach. And other news from around San Diego County.

Lawsuits Bring La Mesa Merchants Together

A lawyer who puts businesses with limited access for people with disabilities on notice has slapped Reed's Hobby Shop, Pr & #281;t a Porter salon and Works of Gold Jewelry on La Mesa Boulevard with lawsuits.

USD Gets New Campus Housing

San Diego-based contracting firm Legacy Building Services recently completed its first of two residence halls to be built at the University of San Diego.

Many Locals Spend Most of Their Pay on Housing, Commuting Costs

Working families in San Diego, earning from $20,000 to $50,000 a year, are spending almost a third of their incomes on housing, and more than a quarter of their earnings on transportation.

SAIC's IPO to Make Big Splash on N.Y. Exchange's Big Board

The deal is much smaller than what was originally intended, but the $1 billion-plus initial public offering of Science Applications International Corp., scheduled for Oct. 13, still packs a lot of punch.

Longtime Developer Nails the Medical Office Building Market

David Petree succinctly sums up what it's like to be in the throes of construction his 16-month project will entail adding a fourth four-story building to an existing three-building medical office complex.

General Manager Reflects on Taking Charge of a Grande Dame Hotel

Victor Barothy-Langer, the newly appointed general manager of the U.S. Grant Hotel, comments on the property, set to reopen Oct. 17 after getting a $54 million face-lift.

Fast-Growing Medical Identity Theft Has Lethal Consequences

From a Boston psychiatrist who submitted false bills to insurance companies, marring the medical records of several patients, to a Florida woman who found an impostor had led a hospital to record a false blood type causing a potentially fatal error, exper

Commercial Construction Gains Ground as Residential R.E. Slips

As the end of the year approaches, the construction industry will see a smooth transition into 2007, a prediction based on the 31st annual CIT Construction Industry Forecast.

Law Schools, Firms Not Getting Blogged Down By Technology

The burst in professional and personal use of alternative media sources, including podcasting and blogging, is changing the way the legal world communicates and receives news.

East Village Tour: If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in downtown San Diego? You'll get the chance to sample the increasingly popular East Village neighborhood at the fifth annual Countrywide Home Loans Downtown by Design Home Tour on Nov. 4-5.

Week in Review

Top Business News: Oct. 6 - 12, 2006

North Korea a Spouting Paper Dragon Despite Atomic Bomb Test

North Korea a Spouting Paper Dragon Despite Atomic Bomb Test

Hiring Someone Preoccupied With Money a Recipe for Disaster

Question: How do I improve my hiring skills?


Business Events: Oct. 17 - 21

U.S. Grant Hotel a Valuable Asset for Sycuan, Chairman Says

Daniel Tucker, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation's chairman, tells the San Diego Business Journal his thoughts about the U.S. Grant Hotel and other Sycuan business ventures.

New Chief Executive at Orange 21

Orange 21, a developer and marketer of products targeted at the action sports and youth markets, announced top management changes Oct. 16.

Hotel Sales Bubble Stretched to the Limit, According to Analyst

At least one analyst expects that the county's hotel sales, which have continued at a rapid clip for the past year and a half, will slow down soon, if for no other reason than there won't be many desirable properties left to sell.

Progress Report

Sales and Leases

Federal Funds Give ISE a Push

ISE Corp., a Poway manufacturer of electric and hybrid electric drive systems, said it is a participant in four federal grant programs that total $49 million.

Controversial Hedge Fund Investment Loss Grows to $105 Million

Now facing a loss of $105 million invested in a failed hedge fund, San Diego County's pension board is mulling whether to continue similar investing strategies, as well as litigation against Connecticut-based Amaranth Advisors LLC.

Novatron's Protection System Seeks to Pass Pentagon's Sniff Test

San Diego's Novatron Inc., a defense contractor for the U.S. military, has developed a new air sterilization system that could be used to protect the Pentagon from chemical and biological attacks.

Art Museum Expansion Paints Picture for Downtown Revitalization

The new and the old will be uniting come Jan. 21 with the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's expanded campus downtown , another potential boon to the booming urban core.

Chargers Gain Ground on Stadium Project at National City Site

A new football stadium for the San Diego Chargers could fit on a 52-acre site in National City without eliminating existing maritime-related jobs, said a San Diego Unified Port District committee last week.

Arena's New Obesity Drug Could Fatten Company's Stance in the Market

Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. founder and CEO Jack Lief earns almost a million dollars a year. If Arena's highly touted obesity drug garners much of what analysts say could be the biggest pharmaceutical market ever, Lief's wallet could get even fatter.

Pat Clauss Needs No Trumpet to Make the Walls Come Tumbling Down

In the world of demolition contracting, Pat Clauss' name and reputation are his signature.

SAIC Executive Garners Meritorious Service Award

Julius "JC" Caesar has been given the Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award for personal achievement.

Franchise Fills Demand for Equipment Repair Service

A Poway-based light construction repair franchise recently opened to serve the growing service gap in the multi-billion-dollar construction business.

Construction Recyclers Find Diamonds in the Rubble

Recycling as much debris as possible has become part of the process of demolishing structures in this day and age.


If There Is No Competition,Where Will We Be? Also: The Market Cares Nothing For a Defrauded Grandmother Reduced to Eating Dog Food

Small Business Spotlight , McRae Agency

Bridget Palitz may not be a small-business owner in title, but when it comes to the day-in, day-out trials and tribulations of running a company, she's got the job.

Friday, October 13

County's Luxury Home Market Thrives

While much of San Diego's real estate market is softening, the county's luxury home market seems to be thriving.

Governor Creates Maritime Security Council

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in San Diego on Oct. 12 and signed an executive order creating a council that would help keep California's ports safe in the wake of decreased government funding for port security.

Sempra Settles Lawsuit

Sempra Energy has settled a lawsuit brought by the California Public Utilities Commission and state Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

UCSD Office Chief to Leave

After nine years at UC San Diego, Alan Paau, assistant vice chancellor of the university's Technology Transfer office, has accepted a position at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

SAIC Goes Public

Shares of SAIC Inc. began trading this morning on the New York Stock Exchange.

Fewer Homes Trade Hands; Median Price Dips

The median price for a San Diego County home dipped by 4.4 percent to $476,000 in September, compared with the same month last year.

SYS Receives $4.6M in Contracts

San Diego-based SYS Technologies announced Oct. 13 that its defense solutions group has been awarded four contracts from the Department of Defense totaling $4.6 million.

Thursday, October 12

Convention Will Fill Bankers' Hours

About 1,500 bankers, directors and spouses descend upon San Diego from Oct. 15-18 for the 2006 convention of America's Community Bankers at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Study Measures Working Families' Double Bind

Working families in San Diego, earning from $20,000 to $50,000 a year, are spending almost a third of their incomes on housing, and more than a quarter of their earnings on transportation.

London to Roll Out New Cubic System

A subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Corp. announced Oct. 12 that it has been awarded a $3.9 million contract from the Association of Train Operating Companies in England.

SDG & E; Names New CEO

Sempra Energy announced Oct. 12 that Debra L. Reed has been promoted to the positions of president and chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. , Sempra subsidiaries.

Wednesday, October 11

Aonix to Help Update Navy's Aegis System

Lockheed Martin, the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contracting giant, has chosen a San Diego company, Aonix, to provide software tools for the Navy's formidable Aegis Weapon System, the San Diego company announced Oct. 11.

Detached Home Prices Fall in North County

The median price for single-family detached homes in North San Diego County fell to $620,000 in September, from $628,750 in August

CoDa Receives Venture Funding

San Diego-based CoDa Therapeutics Inc., which is developing Nexagon, a topical cream to treat wounds, has garnered $10 million in a Series A financing round.

January to July, Airport Numbers Hold Steady

The year-to-date passenger tally at Lindbergh Field was basically flat, July over July.

Port Says Chargers' Stadium Feasible

A new football stadium for the Chargers in National City could coexist with maritime businesses already operating there without hurting them, according to a San Diego Unified Port District committee report delivered Oct. 10.

Qualcomm Points Eudora in New Direction

Qualcomm Inc. announced Oct. 11 that it is opening the doors for developers to customize and improve new versions of its Eudora e-mail software.

Trump Resort Seen as Boon for Region

Baja California leaders are buoyed by the entrance of real estate mogul Donald Trump onto their turf.

Bonsall Business Expo Set for Oct. 14

The Bonsall Country Festival will be taking place on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce will concurrently hold their business expo.

Tuesday, October 10

Judge Rules Against Qualcomm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Oct. 10 handed down an initial determination on one of many patent lawsuits filed by Broadcom Corp. against Qualcomm Inc.

Net Income Up at San Diego Trust

San Diego Trust Bank has reported net income of $930,000 for the first three quarters of the year, up 118 percent from the like period a year ago.

Global Warming Concern Unites Groups

Four San Diego institutions have announced a partnership to increase awareness of global warming and the impacts it could have on the local climate.

Monday, October 9

Regional Roundup

National City Harbor View Condominiums , the first to break ground under the city's new Downtown Specific Plan , is scheduled to release 15 for-sale units Oct. 13. And other news from around San Diego County.

Nonprofit Profile , A Reason To Survive Inc.

Matthew D'Arrigo is founder and executive director of A Reason To Survive Inc., or ARTS.

Executive Profile , Tracy Johnson

Baseball great Babe Ruth once said, "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." That in a nutshell sums up the career of Tracy Johnson.

Navigating the Web

A variety of local search engine marketing firms are helping businesses Google their way into consumers' minds and wallets.

Oh Mercy, Scripps Hospital Gets $10M Donation

Conrad Prebys, president of Progress Construction and Management Co., has donated $10 million to Scripps Mercy Hospital's emergency department and level 1 trauma services.

Short Sellers, Working in Packs Like Jackals, Target Vulnerable, Thinly Traded Companies

Short Sellers, Working in Packs Like Jackals, Target Vulnerable, Thinly Traded Companies

Enterprise Village Will Teach Kids a Thing or Two About Business

Thousands of San Diego's fifth graders will soon get the chance to experience work in a simulated city full of San Diego businesses. Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial counties has broken ground on Enterprise Village.

DiamondView Tower Seeking Home Run in Bid to Lure Corporations to Petco, East Village

Petco Park may prove that diamonds are indeed a developer's best friend if new projects around the ballpark end up paying off.

Financial Advisers Can Lend a Hand in Helping Firms Take Off

Question: How do I select a financial adviser?

SAIC Wins Information Technology Deal

Science Applications International Corp. announced Oct. 9 that it has been awarded an information technology contract worth $33.9 million at full exercise from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

San Diego Ballot Propositions

Propositions A, B, C on Municipal Ballot Deserve Close Attention From Voters Nov. 7

Silvergate Bank Accomplishes a Rarity These Days , It Shrinks

Silvergate Bank, the San Diego commercial bank that was unable to sell itself to a credit union in July, continues to shrink, and has reported a net loss of $67,000 in its second quarter, according to its latest financial call reports.

General Atomics Nets Predator Order

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced Oct. 9 that it received an order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for two of its Predator B unmanned aircraft for $33.9 million.

San Diego People

Executive Spotlight: Taylor Wray


For Oct. 2, 2006

Progress Report

Sales and Leases

Online Service Cuts Through Human Resources Paperwork

San Diego-based Benetrac Inc. provides businesses with an employee benefits tool through the Internet.

Local Economic Index Falls Again

San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators fell for the fifth consecutive month in August.

Conference Gives Pep Talks to Encourage Women in Technology

Women in technology industries and academia across the nation convened at the sixth annual Grace Hopper Celebration of "Women in Computing" conference.

Sunset Parking Puts Business in Drive With Performance-Based Contracts

When Sunset Parking Services founder Michael Harth graduated from UC San Diego 25 years ago, he brainstormed how he would pay his bills while he looked for work.

Humana Pitch Features Bogart, Bergman

Louisville, Ky.-based Humana Medicare is targeting "Bogey" lovers by bundling a free trip to see "Casablanca" in theaters with the screening of their promotional film "Changing Lives" , a public relations blitz that will hit San Diego starting Oct. 12.

Small Business Spotlight , Arma Design

Alex R. McKay, president and chief executive officer, Arma Design.

Agency Has Conventional Wisdom, Ability to Attract Major Events

Despite having less exhibit space to offer and fewer downtown hotel rooms to accommodate meeting-goers than many of its chief competitors, the San Diego Convention Center managed to capture the lion's share of highly sought-after event business this year.

It Takes a Baseball Park to Raise a Village

Petco Park continues to be a huge magnet for consumers and commerce alike. That's the take of Chris Wahl, vice president and partner of San Diego-based Southwest Strategies LLC, and spokesman for the Downtown Residential Marketing Alliance.

Two Insurers Join List Offering Binational Health Services

Two more insurance companies are offering binational health plans, bringing the region's total to five.

Kaiser Members Give Thumbs Up on HMO Regional Report Card

Kaiser Permanente received good marks overall from its members, with some exceptions, in an annual state of California survey.

Qualcomm Flows Into New Medium, Ramps Up TV Operations Center

Qualcomm subsidiary MediaFlo USA plans to broadcast programs to wireless phones, to screens one-half to one-third the size of a credit card.

BC Manufacturing Helps Region's Aerospace Industry Take Off

When he was just a teenager, John Riley, an Irish native living in Mexico, imagined that if he could only straddle the U.S.-Mexico border, he could do much for both sides.

Region Gets the Call, Dials Up Internet Telephony Research

Internet telephony, which uses the Internet to carry voice and data, is still youthful, but the industry is growing , and gaining more users all the time. It's the topic of a conference Oct. 10-13 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Streamload Honored With the 'Best Technology' Award

San Diego-based Streamload Inc. announced Oct. 3 that it received a 2006 Best Technology Web Site "WebAward" for its MediaMax, the world's largest online media center.

Golfers Can Watch Woes Sail Away at Remodeled Club in Point Loma

Openings, groundbreakings and topping-offs abound . San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders led a group of well-wishers who turned out Sept. 28 to commemorate the reopening of the historic Sail Ho Golf Club at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Business Hopes to Make Space Travel a Daily Occurrence

A Poway businessman rocketed into the brave new world of space tourism last month.

BMW 650i Convertible Can Perform With Style

BMW 650i Convertible Can Perform With Style

Kaiser, the Big Gorilla of HMOs, to Jump Into Health Accounts Jan. 1

Health Savings Accounts are growing briskly nationwide, but it's difficult to gauge their popularity in Southern California, where the health maintenance organization is king.

Despite Winning Record, Padres Fail to Draw Record Crowds in '06, '05

The Padres certainly made believers out of many people this season, achieving one of their goals by winning their division, but fewer fans were witnesses, a situation the team's brass hopes to reverse soon.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones

Week in Review

Top Business News: Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2006

Cox Honors Teachers of the Year

Four educators were named 2007 San Diego County Teachers of the Year during ceremonies Oct. 7 at San Diego's Civic Theatre.

Epsilon Systems, Spawar Play Let's Make an $11 Million Deal

San Diego-based defense contracting firm Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. won an $11 million contract from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego to supply program management for Spawar's integrated communication system.

Foley & Lardner Hires Attorney, Port Commissioner

San Diego attorney Victor Vilaplana has joined Foley & Lardner LLP.

Web Services Put a Face on a Business Name

How can a business differentiate itself from its competitors, advertise to the largest audience, and reach out to individuals already seeking information regarding services and products? The answer is on the Web.

Friday, October 6

Homes Selling Faster in Fallbrook, Bonsall

The North County housing market was looking up in September, according to Jerry Kalman, a real estate agent with Re/Max United, and a specialist in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area.

Nassco, Kojima Move In

Two major international companies are moving into Murphy Development Co.'s Siempre Viva Business Park this fall, adding nearly 330,000 square feet to the corporate business park.

Tech Experts Talk Startup Strategy

UC San Diego's Alan Paau, assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer, will address local startups at an Emerging Companies Summit on Oct. 26 sponsored by Catalyst Law Group.

Convention Center Corp. Chief Packs Plenty of Power

The president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., Carol Wallace, has been named one of Tradeshow Week magazine's "Power Pack 100."

Gen-Probe Gets FDA Clearance

San Diego-based Gen-Probe Inc., a developer and manufacturer of diagnostic tests, announced Oct. 5 that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the company's Aptima HIV-1 RNA qualitative assay.

Thursday, October 5

Shidler, Arizona Land to Form New REIT

Arizona Land Income Corp., a real estate investment trust, announced that it will acquire the West Coast office portfolio of the Shidler Group. Plans are to reincorporate in Maryland under the name Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc.

Nanogen Cutting Jobs

Nanogen Inc. announced Oct. 5 that it will cut 15 percent of its North American work force by the end of the year.

Panel Discusses Latinas in Engineering

A panel discussion on Latinas in engineering is being held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 5, in the Sunset conference room at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

Study Predicts Rise in Office Demand

Demand for San Diego office properties has been stimulated by an improving economy and downtown redevelopment, according to a recently released forecast by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co.

Local Economic Index Falls Again

San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators fell for the fifth consecutive month in August, led by major declines for two components.

Wednesday, October 4

Nanogen Sells Future Royalties

Nanogen Inc., a San Diego-based diagnostics company, has sold royalties on its MGB technology to Toronto-based Drug Royalty Corp. for a period of five years.

Arts, Culture Spending Yields Dividends, City Says

The city Commission for Arts and Culture's annual economic impact report showed increased tourist investment and increased employment for 2005.

Trump to Build 'Condotel' Near San Diego

Executive Donald Trump and a Los Angeles-based developer have announced plans for a 526-suite "condotel" 30 minutes south of downtown San Diego.

St. Bernard to Buy Singlefin

About two weeks after it went public, St. Bernard Software Inc. signed a definitive agreement Oct.4 to purchase Singlefin, a San Diego company.

General Atomics Feels Rancho Bernardo's Pull

General Atomics announced Oct. 4 that the company's electromagnetic systems division will be moving into a new, 150,000-square-foot building in Rancho Bernardo.

Hotel Occupancy Growth Slows in Well-Supplied San Diego

Hotels in California had a higher occupancy rate than those in any other state, according to Ernst & Young LLP's California Mid-Year Lodging Report.

Insurance Experts Honor Barney & Barney

San Diego-based Barney & Barney was awarded the fifth annual National Underwriter Commercial Insurance Agency of the Year award Sept. 29 in New York.

Tuesday, October 3

Veritek Closes Acquisition of DDI

Escondido-based electronics manufacturer Veritek Manufacturing Services LLC announced that it has acquired Anaheim-based DDI Corp.'s assembly business for $12 million in cash.

SAIC Shrinks IPO to $1 Billion Range

Science Applications International Corp., a diversified technology engineering firm based in San Diego, reduced the size of its planned initial public offering to a range between $1 billion to $1.2 billion, from an estimate last year of $1.7 billion.

NASA Signs SpaceDev Deal

Starsys Inc., a subsidiary of Poway-based SpaceDev Inc., has received a $6.3 million contract from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Swales Aerospace.

Scubapro Recalls Thousands of Diving Devices

El Cajon-based scuba gear manufacturer Scubapro USA announced a recall Oct. 2 of 48,500 of its Scubapro Mark 20 first-stage regulators, following eight reports of units that failed after being serviced.

Monday, October 2

Petco Park, Gwynn Stadium Developer Breaking Ground on 15-Story Tower Near La Jolla

Houston, Texas-based Hines, the commercial real estate development firm that built Petco Park and Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State University, said it would build a 15-story, 340,000-square-foot building in University Towne Center in La Jolla.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps to Become Spooky Halloween Spot

Halloween just seems like a quick pit stop between the Fourth of July and the winter holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah. So let's give a skeleton's high-five to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

County Might Recoup Some Lost Money From Volatile East Coast Hedge Fund

Managers for the county's $7 billion employee pension fund hope they can recoup what's left of its $175 million investment in a volatile hedge fund, but they won't know the exact loss for a month.

Dudek Honored for Innovative Wetlands Restoration Project

Dudek, an engineering and environmental consulting firm, has been recognized with the 2006 Honor Award from the American Public Works Association's San Diego/Imperial counties chapter.

Qualcomm Shares Fall; Court Dates Near

Qualcomm Inc. shares dropped 4.6 percent in Oct. 2 trading, possibly the result of the legal fight between Qualcomm and Irvine-based Broadcom Corp.

Elderly Can Visit Friends, Family Without Wandering Far From the Rocking Chair

Family Virtual Visits recently introduced technology to provide live video visits for the elderly residents of select senior living facilities in San Diego.

Powerlink Plan Up for Public Hearing

The environmental impact of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed Sunrise Powerlink energy transmission line will be the topic of several meetings Oct. 3-5.

Frost Gives Kudos To Detectent

Escondido-based Detectent Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has been awarded the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award in the U.S. energy management services market.

Nonprofit Profile , Accion San Diego

Accion San Diego

Salesman Personalizes Training on Biographical Book Tour

Selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door while in college led Illinois sales and marketing professional Gary Moore up the path of success.

Regional Roundup

Go Sporting Goods Inc. of Carlsbad has manufactured an electronically powered adult scooter being touted as "ultra-lightweight and affordable." And other news from around San Diego County.

Local Leader Takes New Advisory Role

Bella Heule, president of the San Diego World Trade Center, was named as an adviser to Garrett Ashley, the undersecretary for international trade of California's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew at a Business Lunch

Question: How do I navigate a successful business lunch?

San Diego People

Key Hires and Promotions; Executive Spotlight: Paige Martin

The Politics We're Caught Up in Are Our Own as a Result of a Very Boring Campaign Season

The Politics We're Caught Up in Are Our Own as a Result of a Very Boring Campaign Season

Vacancies Down, Absorptions Up in Chula Vista's Industrial Parks

Chula Vista's industrial inventory amounted to 5.4 million square feet in the third quarter of 2006, compared with 4.9 million square feet for the same period in 2005.

Three Brokerages in Region Merge Into a Single Firm

Three Southern California commercial brokerage firms have formed a new Carlsbad-based company, Coldwell Banker Commercial SoCal, bringing to the table $1 billion in combined annual sales and leasing transactions.

Seminar to Explain Ins and Outs of Buying a Business

Nationally, less than one out of every five businesses that goes on the market sells, according to VR Business Brokers, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based specialist in the brokering of small and mid-sized businesses.

Construction Journal

Contract Awards and Construction Milestones


Business Events: Oct. 3 - 9

Executive Profile , Mel Holmes

Mel Holmes has been around the block more than once in his career as an aviator.

Real Estate Craze Leads to Binational Marketing Blitz

Watching the sunset from his estate in Mexico, Dave La Barre couldn't contain his enthusiasm for his lifestyle.

Small Biz How To

Question: How do I navigate a successful business lunch?

Software-Maker Kintera Continues to Struggle With Profitability, Despite Being Named No. 1 on Deloitte's Fast Growth Technology List

Kintera Inc. had a lot to crow about last month. It was ranked first by Deloitte & Touche on a list of the county's fastest 50 technology companies. But a closer look at Kintera's financials won't cause much joy among its shareholders.


Wal-Mart Supercenter Debate: 'It's a Race to the Bottom for American Middle Class'; Why Pass Laws That Discriminate Against a Particular Retailer?; Elected Leaders Have Lost Touch With Reality; New Runway Next to North Island Won't Fly

UCSD Among Top Universities for Technology Transfer, Launching Startups

A Milken Institute study this month ranked UC San Diego among the world's top universities for biotechnology activity.

New Chula Vista Industrial Park Could Help Offset Jobs, Housing Imbalance

Businesses hoping to expand in the South Bay, or relocate there, will have a brand-new option by year's end , the $30 million Chula Vista Commerce Center under construction on Main Street.

City Gets New Development Services Chief

Marcela Escobar-Eck has been appointed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to be director of the city's Development Services Department.

Barona's Golf Pro Plans to Lure World's Most Avid Hackers

Barona Creek Golf Club at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino in East County recently teamed up with the national Golf Made Simple instruction school to offer simplified lessons on a highly ranked course.

Ability to Finance Changes Landscape for Mexican Property Purchases

When Russ Schreier purchased a home in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico two years ago, he not only found a new vacation getaway, he discovered an underserved market that would become his livelihood.

Those Seeking Downtown S.D. Retail Space Better Act Quickly

Downtown retail vacancies during the first six months of this year improved compared with the same time last year, although more space exists today.

Home Sellers May Be Down in the Dumps, But San Diego County Hoteliers Are in the Money

Home sales may have gone into a slump locally, but it's still a seller's market when it comes to hotels. At least for the time being.

Austin Veum Robbins Wins Design Award for Indonesian Office Tower

San Diego architect Austin Veum Robbins Partners said it has won an international design competition for a Class A office tower in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Week in Review

Top Business News: Sept. 22 - 28, 2006

Progress Report

Sales and Leases

Short Sellers Swarming Avanir's Stock, Driving Down Share Price

Avanir Pharmaceuticals might be a victim of naked short selling.

Small Business Spotlight , Pomegranate Home

Every small-business owner has to start somewhere, and for Joel Martens, that starting point is at Pomegranate Home in Hillcrest.


For Sept. 25, 2006.