Stories for July 2003
Monday, July 28
Construction Activity Awaits Economic Comeback; Charts: Industrial, Retail, Office Under Construction;
All of a sudden Irvine generic drug maker Sicor Inc. is interested in branding.
Irvine-based Best Software Inc. has bought Portland's Timberline Software Corp. for about $103 million.
Orange County's largest law firm has set its sights on Silicon Valley.
Monday, July 21
The race to line up candidates in the recall battle against Gov. Gray Davis has touched off the most intense political scramble the state has seen in decades.
The owners of Anaheim-based Multi Facets Labs plan to shut the company down by the end of August amid slumping sales.
Orange County's economic outlook,good compared to the state's economy,is being driven by growth in personal income and tourism.
The Pageant of the Masters celebrates its 70th year with a masterful presentation of its tableaux vivant
Epicor Software Corp.,a marquee technology stock? The last four months certainly have been epic for the maker of customer relationship management software.
Homebuilder Fieldstone Communities Inc. is taking a page from its larger rivals on a big Inland Empire housing project.
Some big pending software deals are reviving speculation that Irvine-based Quest Software Inc. could be acquired in a wave of industry consolidation.
Monday, July 14
With a measure to recall Gov. Gray Davis making its way to the November ballot, the stage is set for one of the most bruising campaigns ever in California.
Now that Dwight Decker has spun off Conexant Systems Inc.'s networking chip business, he says he's looking to take on Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. and others in the chip market for high-speed modems, set-top boxes and other devices.
A staggering $148 million tax bill was slashed to $272,024 by the time Newport Beach-based Olen Properties Corp. and the Internal Revenue Service were done hashing out their tax dispute.
Nursing homes, which took it on the chin during the late-1990s federal budget battles, could get a drop of money back.
Mid-Counties' Industrial Bounces Back; Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Orange County's restaurant chains, already reeling from a slew of rising costs, are bracing for the impact of higher sewer fees recently approved by the Orange County Sanitation District.
Fears about war and the economy among Orange County executives at the start of the second quarter have given way to wholesale optimism
VIEWPOINT By Eldon Griffiths, author, lecturer, journalist and former member of the British House of Commons.
Monday, July 7
Backers of a tunnel through the Cleveland National Forest see their plan as a revolutionary fix to the region's growing traffic headaches.
After weeks of uncertainty, Fluor Corp. is readying to bid on two contracts rebuilding Iraq's oil industry.
I decided to take a stroll through Orange County's cities to cull different dining experiences that have pleased me lately. Some are upscale restaurants and some are more casual. All have delightful dishes to taste and variety is guaranteed. ,Fifi Chao
Viewpoint by Judy B. Rosener, a professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine