Stories for December 2003

Monday, December 22

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Medicare Reforms Set to Play Out; Another Year of Rising Premiums

Medicare Reforms Set to Play Out; Another Year of Rising Premiums

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

Investment Banks, Venture Capitalists due for '04 Comeback

Investment Banks, Venture Capitalists due for '04 Comeback

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Bosa Passes Critical Hurdle With Early High-Rise Sales

People are buying into high-rise living in Orange County, literally, according to Vancouver, British Columbia's Bosa Development Corp.

PREVIEW 2004

Things haven't looked this good in a while. Orange County heads into 2004 with projections of job growth, an export surge, a technology comeback and signs of life in commercial real estate.

MARKET WATCH

Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

"Resurrection" Projected for Sector in 2004

'Resurrection' Projected for Sector in 2004

Tourist Trade Sees 2004 Marking Demise of Downturn

Tourist Trade Sees 2004 Marking Demise of Downturn

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Airport Central Coast Area

Analysis, plus Charts: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

Monday, December 15

Real Estate Watch: Manufacturing & Warehouse

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REAL ESTATE WATCH

Analysis, plus Charts: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

YEAR IN REVIEW - The Business Journal Looks Back at 2003 Picks to Watch

Each December, the Business Journal picks companies and people to watch in the coming year. Our picks for 2004 are set to appear next week. For now, we're taking a look back at our picks of a year ago and recapping how they did in 2003. With some, we lo

STOCK WATCH - Oakley Shares Brighten on New Products, Clearer Outlook

Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. has regained momentum on Wall Street. The apparel maker's stock has nearly doubled since early March

LETTERS

Letters to the editor: State Economy; JFK; Election Law

Exports Rebound After Back-to-Back Declines

Orange County exports rose in 2003 for the first time in three years, growing 4.4% to $8.7 billion, according to a report by California State University, Fullerton.

Large Medical, R & D; Complex Planned for San Juan Capistrano

Irvine's Centra Realty Corp. is developing a 12-building, 150,000-square-foot office complex on 12 acres at Rancho Viejo Road near the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway in San Juan Capistrano.

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

Deadlocks and Mindsets

VIEWPOINT by John Campbell, Republican assemblyman from Irvine.

Monday, December 8

Visiogen Raises $16.5M for Eye Lens Development

Visiogen Inc., an Irvine-based eye device maker, has raised $16.5 million in venture capital financing.

LETTERS

Letters to the editor: Job Losses

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

Family Leave Law Brings Confusion, Fiscal Uncertainty

With all the attention being paid to workers' compensation insurance and state-mandated healthcare coverage, another confusing issue looms for employers and workers: family leave.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Hospitals Appeal to Governor to Ease Nursing Ratios

Pressure from hospitals is mounting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to delay or amend the state's landmark nurse staffing law, set to take effect Jan. 1.

Profiles in Hype

VIEWPOINT by Eldon Griffiths - author, lecturer, journalist and former member of the British House of Commons.

Civil Case Rules Set to Ease Jan. 1

Rules designed to get civil cases to trial quicker are set to be eased in the New Year.

MARKET WATCH

Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

Real Estate Watch: West County

West County Sees Negative Absorption in Q3; Analysis, plus CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

ICU Medical Takes a Shot at Shorts; Sees Sales Rebound

Someone forgot to invite ICU Medical Inc. to this year's stock party. Looks like it might be invited next year, though.

CLICK HERE FOR TAXES - California, Other States Want Piece of Internet Pie

Dave Hollander, president of surfwear retailer Becker Surf & Sport, sighs when asked what he would do if he had to collect out-of-state sales taxes on his online sales.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

Monday, December 1

Tarsadia, Hard Rock Sign on Hotel Project

Costa Mesa-based Tarsadia Hotels last week signed an agreement with Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. to develop and operate a 250-room hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Low-Rise Office Market

Low-Rise a Mixed Bag in Third Quarter; PLUS CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Rent Rates

THE LIST - EMPLOYERS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of top 50 OC Employers

Claim: DDi Falls Short With Bankruptcy Plan

The choppy sea pounding Anaheim contract electronics maker DDi Corp. just got a little rougher.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

REVIEW: Merry-Achi Christmas

LETTERS

Letters to the editor: Healthcare; Fiscal Fitness

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

Manufacturing Tax Break Set to Expire Next Year

The 6% tax credit on factory investments, known as the Manufacturers Investment Tax Credit, expires at the end of the year unless revived during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special legislative session this month.

Subprime Lenders Face Fallout From New Laws

OC mortgage companies have seen business slow since interest rates bottomed out this summer. But there's another, potentially bigger threat to county subprime lenders: politicians.