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1. 01-29 Pixar dumps Disney Emeryville
C. 04-02 Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job Sun
3. 04-29 Google files long-awaited IPO plans Google
4. 08-04 Possible securities violations disclosed Google
F. 08-16 Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill Bay Bridge
G. 08-17 Massive New Casino Deal San Pablo
08-19 Google goes public, shares surge 18% Google
I. 09-29 Hotel workers begin two-week strike San Francisco

Summary.     Click for More > Hotel workers begin two-week strike  Cooks, housekeepers, bellboys at 4 hotels began a noisy action that could spread to other venues and discourage visitors PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway Otellini to succeed Barrett as CEO Hotel employees to return to work   Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
Pixar dumps Disney Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job Google files long-awaited IPO plans  Google hopes to raise $2.7 billion to have a market value of at least $20 billion Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck Possible securities violations disclosed Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun Massive New Casino Deal Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Jan.2  San Francisco  Battle over royalties at popular bar
Jan.4  East San Jose  Beef bone recall
Jan.12  Oracle  CFO Henley named as new chairman
Jan.13  Woodside  CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time
Jan.28  Alamo  Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO
Jan.29   Emeryville
Jan.30  Redwood City  $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial
Feb.5  Adobe  Schwarzenegger made visit
Feb.10  Oracle  DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
Feb.19  San Francisco  Billionaire Anschutz buys SF Examiner
Mar.3  Contra Costa County  Wal-Mart survives move to block stores
Mar.20  Marin County  Founder of PowerBar Dies at 51
Apr.2   Sun
Apr.7  Yahoo  First-quarter profit doubles
Apr.14  Apple  Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations
Apr.29   Google
May.3  Siebel  Tom Siebel steps down as CEO
May.18  HP  Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
May.23  Oakland  Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized
May.26  Pleasanton  PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time
May.27  Bay Bridge  Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
Jun.6  SF Downtown  Biotech conference opens
Jun.8  SF Downtown  150 protesters held at biotech conference
Jun.21  Oracle  9 takeover targets before PeopleSoft
Jun.27  SF Downtown  Gay parade features married couples
Jul.1   Bay Area Bridges
Jul.13  Intel  2nd-quarter earnings nearly double
Jul.20  Schwab  Charles Schwab recalled as CEO
Jul.30  Google  Site opened to register bidders
Aug.1  Apple  CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery
Aug.4  SF Downtown  BofA Building 'Scoped Out' by Al Qaeda
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Aug.12  HP  3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Aug.16  Google  Regulators open inquiry into stock issue
  Bay Bridge
Aug.17   San Pablo
Aug.18  Google  IPO price range to between $85 and $95
Aug.19   Google
  Shares finished the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares having changed hands
 The offer price had been cut to at $85 from an initial estimate of $108-135, in the face of weakness in the tech sector. The flotation ranks as the 3rd richest US-based IPO on the Nasdaq. The shares offered through a 'Dutch auction' to give small investors a better chance of getting their hands on the stock
Aug.23  San Pablo  Tribe scales back plan to build casino
Sep.2  Intel  Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
Sep.9  Oracle  Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Sep.29   San Francisco
Oct.1   Pleasanton
Oct.5  Emeryville  Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Oct.6  OAK  Tribe wants to build casino near Airport
Oct.11  eBay  Software glitch disrupts PayPal service
Oct.12  Yahoo  3rd-quarter profit nearly quadruples
Oct.13  SF Downtown  Hotel strike ends, workers locked-out
Oct.14  Google  Software offered to search hard drive
Oct.25  SF City Hall  Mayor vows to join pickets to end lockout
Oct.26  SF Downtown  Hotels refuse to end labor lockout
Nov.1  Oracle  Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft
Nov.3  Napa  Constellation to buy Mondavi in $1b deal
Nov.4  Brisbane  VaxGen gets contract for anthrax vaccine
Nov.9  Mountain View  Mozilla Firefox browser launched
Nov.11   Intel
Nov.14  Walnut Creek  Fuel Line Operational Again
Nov.16  San Francisco  Kaiser covers locked-out hotel workers
Nov.19  Pleasanton  PeopleSoft shareholders back Oracle bid
Nov.20   San Francisco
Dec.10  Bay Bridge  Simpler Plan Chosen for Span
Dec.13   Oracle
  PeopleSoft agreed to a sweetened buyout by rival software maker, relenting after a 18-month takeover saga
 PeopleSoft's board has approved an improved bid, worth $26.50 a share, after 5 previous offers, ranging in value from $7.7bn to $9.4bn. Oracle was winning the support of 60% PeopleSoft shareholders. Larry Ellison was initially making a $5.1bn offer in June 2003. The merged companies are second only in size to SAP in the enterprise software market
Dec.17  Cupertino  Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b


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San Francisco
Battle over royalties at popular bar
Billionaire Anschutz buys SF Examiner
Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
Biotech conference opens
150 protesters held at biotech conference
Charles Schwab recalled as CEO
Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
Hotel workers begin two-week strike
Mayor vows to join pickets to end lockout
Hotel employees to return to work
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Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
150 protesters held at biotech conference
Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
Hotel workers begin two-week strike
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West Santa Clara County
Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job
First-quarter profit doubles
Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations
Google files long-awaited IPO plans
Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery
Possible securities violations disclosed
IPO price range to between $85 and $95
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Mozilla Firefox browser launched
Otellini to succeed Barrett as CEO
Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b
First-quarter profit doubles
Google files long-awaited IPO plans
Site opened to register bidders
Possible securities violations disclosed
IPO price range to between $85 and $95
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Mozilla Firefox browser launched
Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b
CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery
Possible securities violations disclosed
3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
First-quarter profit doubles
Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations
Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
2nd-quarter earnings nearly double
3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
Peninsula
CFO Henley named as new chairman
CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time
$51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial
Tom Siebel steps down as CEO
Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
CFO Henley named as new chairman
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
Tom Siebel steps down as CEO
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
East Bay
Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO
Pixar dumps Disney
Wal-Mart survives move to block stores
Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized
Massive New Casino Deal
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Pixar dumps Disney
PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO
Tribe scales back plan to build casino
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
South San Mateo County
CFO Henley named as new chairman
CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time
$51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
CFO Henley named as new chairman
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
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Mountain View
Google files long-awaited IPO plans
Possible securities violations disclosed
IPO price range to between $85 and $95
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Mozilla Firefox browser launched
Google files long-awaited IPO plans
Possible securities violations disclosed
IPO price range to between $85 and $95
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Mozilla Firefox browser launched
Possible securities violations disclosed
Google goes public, shares surge 18%
Alameda County
Pixar dumps Disney
Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Pixar dumps Disney
PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook
Oracle
CFO Henley named as new chairman
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
CFO Henley named as new chairman
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected
Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
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SF Downtown
Biotech conference opens
150 protesters held at biotech conference
BofA Building 'Scoped Out' by Al Qaeda
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150 protesters held at biotech conference
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Tri Valley (680)
Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO
Wal-Mart survives move to block stores
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time
PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO
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Bay Area Bridges
Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
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Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
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San Jose
Beef bone recall
Software glitch disrupts PayPal service
Software glitch disrupts PayPal service
Beef bone recall
Software glitch disrupts PayPal service
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Santa Clara
2nd-quarter earnings nearly double
Otellini to succeed Barrett as CEO
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Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
2nd-quarter earnings nearly double
Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
Cupertino
CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery
Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b
Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b
CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery
Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations
Palo Alto
Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job
Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
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3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious
3rd-quarter earnings below expectations
Contra Costa County
Wal-Mart survives move to block stores
Massive New Casino Deal
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Tribe scales back plan to build casino
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Battle over royalties at popular bar Beef bone recall CFO Henley named as new chairman CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO  Hundreds of grocery store workers were stopped about a half-mile from the gates to Steve Burd's home Pixar dumps Disney


January 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jan.2   San Francisco
Jan.4   East San Jose
Jan.6  Apple  $250 iPod mini unveiled
Jan.12   Oracle
Jan.13   Woodside
Jan.14  Intel  Better-than-expected profits and revenue
 Apple  Earnings rise on strong iPod, laptop sales
Jan.15  San Jose City Hall  Painful Budget Cuts Expected
 PG&E  PG&E proposes larger electricity rate cut
Jan.20  Wells Fargo  4th-quarter earnings rise by 10%
Jan.21  eBay  eBay tops Wall Street expectations
Jan.22  Schwab  Highest profit since market's peak
Jan.24  San Francisco  'Unruly' demonstration at Safeway
Jan.27  SF City Hall  Newsom to seek higher taxes
Jan.28   Alamo
Jan.29   Emeryville
  Pixar Animation Studios ended talks with Walt Disney to extend a 5-picture deal for Disney to distribute Pixar films
Jan.30   Redwood City   $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial  San Mateo County charges $51,000 television stations seeking a spot outside the County courthouse

February 2004 ... more > Top ^
Feb.3  Cisco  Quarter profit exceeded expectations Feb.5   Adobe Schwarzenegger made visit Feb.8  SF Downtown  Chinese New Year parade Feb.9  Sunnyvale  Juniper to buy NetScreen for $3.5 billion Feb.10   Oracle DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid Feb.19   San Francisco   Billionaire Anschutz buys SF Examiner  The new managers promised a 'seismic shift in Bay Area journalism'. Anschutz is paying $20 million  HP  Profit jumps 30% Feb.22  San Francisco  Minimum wage increases to $8.50

March 2004 ... more > Top ^
Mar.3   Contra Costa County   Wal-Mart survives move to block stores  Residents voted down Measure L to block big box stores that also sell groceries from entering unincorporated areas Mar.11  Oracle  Quarterly profit improves by 11% Mar.20   Marin County   Founder of PowerBar Dies at 51  Brian Maxwell, 51, the founder of the popular energy bar, died after collapsing at a post office Mar.31  Google  Google to offer free e-mail

April 2004 ... more > Top ^
Apr.2   Sun Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job
  Struggling server maker reached a sweeping, $1.6 billion settlement and plans to cooperate with its longtime nemesis
Apr.7   Yahoo First-quarter profit doubles Apr.12  PG&E  PG&E utility leaves bankruptcy behind Apr.14   Apple Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations Apr.21  eBay  1st quarter profits nearly double Apr.29   Google Google files long-awaited IPO plans
  Google hopes to raise $2.7 billion to have a market value of at least $20 billion
Apr.30  Chevron  ChevronTexaco earnings climbed 33%  Google  Philosophical IPO notice

May 2004 ... more > Top ^
May.3   Siebel Tom Siebel steps down as CEO  Tom Siebel is turning the reins over to Michael Lawrie, IBM Corp.'s former head of sales May.7  Intel  Intel to focus on dual-core processors May.11  Cisco  Strong fiscal third-quarter results May.12  West Contra Costa  350 teachers to lose their jobs May.14  Oracle  Oracle shaves 18% off PeopleSoft bid May.18   HP Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious May.19  Cupertino  Symantec to acquire Brightmail for $370m May.20  Pleasanton  Safeway CEO fends off shareholder critics  Emeryville  Impact report OKd for Pixar expansion May.23   Oakland Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized  SBC alleges that phone wires were cut at 6 neighborhood junction boxes during the first 2 days of a 4-day strike by operators May.26   Pleasanton PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time May.27   Bay Bridge Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target  Only 1 contractor submitted a bid for the suspension portion of the new span, and job came in at $1.8 billion May.30  SF Mission  Dancers, Spectators Revel at Carnavale

June 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jun.3  Intel  2nd-quarter financial forecast narrowed Jun.4  SFO  New Virgin-branded airline bases in SF Jun.6   SF Downtown Biotech conference opens
Jun.7  Oracle  Oracle-PeopleSoft antitrust trial begins Jun.8   SF Downtown 150 protesters held at biotech conference  About 200 demonstrators failed to shut down the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization convention Jun.9  West Contra Costa  Voters supported new taxes for schools Jun.15  BART  BART: Free Rides on Spare Air Days Jun.21   Oracle 9 takeover targets before PeopleSoft Jun.23  San Francisco  Salesforce shares soar 56% in their debut Jun.24  San Francisco  Opera's director won't renew contract Jun.26  Oakland Downtown  R rating not enforced for Moore film Jun.27   SF Downtown Gay parade features married couples Jun.28  San Francisco  Oracle won't call PeopleS. CEO as witness

July 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1   Bay Area Bridges   Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
  Voters approved Measure 2, raising $125-million a year for a number of transportation projects
Jul.7  Yahoo  2nd-quarter profit more than doubles Jul.13   Intel 2nd-quarter earnings nearly double Jul.14  Apple  Profit soars on new iPod sales Jul.20   Schwab Charles Schwab recalled as CEO  Discount broker dumped CEO David Pottruck and replaced him with founder. Schwab reported a 10% drop in profit Jul.24  Livermore  Singer Ronstadt Speaks Out Again Jul.26  Google  Google to sell shares at $108 to $135 Jul.30   Google Site opened to register bidders

August 2004 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Apple CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery  Chief Executive Steve has had successful surgery for a pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees Aug.4   SF Downtown BofA Building 'Scoped Out' by Al Qaeda
  Google Possible securities violations disclosed
  Google may have illegally issued 23 million shares of its stock to hundreds of employees and consultants
Aug.9  Google  Google, Yahoo to settle patent dispute Aug.10  Cisco  Record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Aug.12   HP 3rd-quarter earnings below expectations Aug.16   Google Regulators open inquiry into stock issue   Bay Bridge Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun
Aug.17   San Pablo     Massive New Casino Deal
  As a part of a deal between Schwarzenegger and an Indian tribe, the massive gambling complex in could make millions
 Google  No decision from SEC on IPO paperwork Aug.18   Google IPO price range to between $85 and $95  The Internet search giant reduced the number of shares to be sold by insiders to 19.6 million, down from 25.7 million Aug.19   Google Google goes public, shares surge 18%
  Shares finished the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares having changed hands
 The offer price had been cut to at $85 from an initial estimate of $108-135, in the face of weakness in the tech sector. The flotation ranks as the 3rd richest US-based IPO on the Nasdaq. The shares offered through a 'Dutch auction' to give small investors a better chance of getting their hands on the stock
Aug.23   San Pablo Tribe scales back plan to build casino Aug.30  Alameda County  Health care workers walk out in protest

September 2004 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2   Intel Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter
Sep.6  SF Downtown  Arrests at demonstration by hotel workers Sep.8  San Jose Downtown  Medical Center announced closure Sep.9   Oracle Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected  A federal judge Vaughn Walker rejected the government's attempt to block $7.7 billion takeover bid Sep.10  OAK  Alaska Air shuts base, 340 laid off  Golden Gate Park  Cliff House reopens after makeover Sep.14  Yahoo  Yahoo buys jukebox provider Musicmatch  Oracle  Earnings top expectations by penny Sep.29   San Francisco Hotel workers begin two-week strike
  Cooks, housekeepers, bellboys at 4 hotels began a noisy action that could spread to other venues and discourage visitors
Sep.30  Bay Bridge  Project Could Get Redesign

October 2004 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Pleasanton   PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
  David Duffield appointed as CEO; Kevin Parker and Phil Wilmington as co-presidents. Sales of new licenses exceeded $150 million
Oct.5   Emeryville Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook  Chiron cut its profit forecast by more than half after British officials pulled the company's license  SF Downtown  Hotel operators agree to extend lockout Oct.6   OAK Tribe wants to build casino near Airport Oct.11   eBay Software glitch disrupts PayPal service Oct.12   Yahoo 3rd-quarter profit nearly quadruples  Intel  Profit gains despite weak PC demand Oct.13   SF Downtown Hotel strike ends, workers locked-out  Apple  Profits surge on iPod, laptop sales Oct.14   Google Software offered to search hard drive  Palo Alto  Steve Jobs first appears after surgery Oct.19  Wells Fargo  Earnings rise 12%, but miss estimates Oct.21  Google  3rd-quarter profit more than doubles Oct.23  San Francisco  Premium gas rings up at $2.70 per gallon Oct.24  SF City Hall  Mayor Seeks Cooling-Off in Hotel Dispute Oct.25   SF City Hall   Mayor vows to join pickets to end lockout  Gavin Newsom calsl for a boycott of the 14 facilities and urge other mayors to play hardball with the properties' owners  Mountain View  McCartney, Bennett sing together Oct.26   SF Downtown Hotels refuse to end labor lockout Oct.29  Chevron  ChevronTexaco's quarter profit rises 62%

November 2004 ... more > Top ^
Nov.1   Oracle Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft
Nov.3   Napa Constellation to buy Mondavi in $1b deal  The Robert Mondavi Corp. is being acquired by alcoholic beverage giant in a $1.03 billion cash deal Nov.4   Brisbane VaxGen gets contract for anthrax vaccine Nov.9   Mountain View Mozilla Firefox browser launched    Cisco  1st-quarter profit jumps 29% Nov.10  Pleasanton  PS board rejects Oracle's $9.2 billion bid Nov.11   Intel   Otellini to succeed Barrett as CEO
  The 30-year Intel veteran oversaw the launch of the Pentium processor in the 1990s. He was president and CFO fom 2002
Nov.14   Walnut Creek Fuel Line Operational Again Nov.16   San Francisco Kaiser covers locked-out hotel workers Nov.18  Contra Costa County  County Home Prices Soar 20% to $468k Nov.19   Pleasanton PeopleSoft shareholders back Oracle bid Nov.20   San Francisco Hotel employees to return to work
  About 4,000 maids, bellhops, cooks and other will return to their jobs while contract negotiations continue
 Pleasanton  PS board again rejected Oracle’s bid

December 2004 ... more > Top ^
Dec.10   Bay Bridge Simpler Plan Chosen for Span Dec.13   Oracle   Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
  PeopleSoft agreed to a sweetened buyout by rival software maker, relenting after a 18-month takeover saga
 PeopleSoft's board has approved an improved bid, worth $26.50 a share, after 5 previous offers, ranging in value from $7.7bn to $9.4bn. Oracle was winning the support of 60% PeopleSoft shareholders. Larry Ellison was initially making a $5.1bn offer in June 2003. The merged companies are second only in size to SAP in the enterprise software market
Dec.14  Google  Google Bringing Libraries to Web Dec.17   Cupertino Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b  Computer security giant is buying storage and backup program specialist to create the world's 4th largest software maker Dec.22  Napa  Mondavi approves sale to Constellation Dec.28  Apple  S. Jobs highest paid Bay Area executive  Pleasanton  PeopleSoft CEO resigns before takeover



BofA Building 'Scoped Out' by Al Qaeda Beef bone recall DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time 9 takeover targets before PeopleSoft Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected  A federal judge Vaughn Walker rejected the government's attempt to block $7.7 billion takeover bid Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft Constellation to buy Mondavi in $1b deal  The Robert Mondavi Corp. is being acquired by alcoholic beverage giant in a $1.03 billion cash deal PeopleSoft shareholders back Oracle bid   Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Financial Timeline ... See Bay Area Financial timeline, World Financial timeline Top ^
2004
Jan.15  San Jose City Hall  Painful Budget Cuts Expected
Jan.20  Wells Fargo  4th-quarter earnings rise by 10%
Jan.22  Schwab  Highest profit since market's peak
Jan.27  SF City Hall  Newsom to seek higher taxes
Feb.22  San Francisco  Minimum wage increases to $8.50
Aug.4   SF Downtown
Oct.19  Wells Fargo  Earnings rise 12%, but miss estimates




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Food Timeline ... See Bay Area Food timeline, World Food timeline Top ^
2004
Jan.4   East San Jose




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Merger and Acquisition Timeline ... See Bay Area Merger and Acquisition timeline, World Merger and Acquisition timeline Top ^
2004
Feb.9  Sunnyvale  Juniper to buy NetScreen for $3.5 billion
Feb.10   Oracle
May.14  Oracle  Oracle shaves 18% off PeopleSoft bid
May.19  Cupertino  Symantec to acquire Brightmail for $370m
May.26   Pleasanton
Jun.21   Oracle
Jun.26  Oakland Downtown  R rating not enforced for Moore film
Jun.28  San Francisco  Oracle won't call PeopleS. CEO as witness
Sep.9   Oracle
Sep.14  Yahoo  Yahoo buys jukebox provider Musicmatch
Nov.1   Oracle
Nov.3   Napa
Nov.10  Pleasanton  PS board rejects Oracle's $9.2 billion bid
Nov.19   Pleasanton
Nov.20  Pleasanton  PS board again rejected Oracle’s bid
Dec.13   Oracle
  PeopleSoft agreed to a sweetened buyout by rival software maker, relenting after a 18-month takeover saga
 PeopleSoft's board has approved an improved bid, worth $26.50 a share, after 5 previous offers, ranging in value from $7.7bn to $9.4bn. Oracle was winning the support of 60% PeopleSoft shareholders. Larry Ellison was initially making a $5.1bn offer in June 2003. The merged companies are second only in size to SAP in the enterprise software market
Dec.17   Cupertino Symantec snaps up Veritas for $13.5b  Computer security giant is buying storage and backup program specialist to create the world's 4th largest software maker Dec.22  Napa  Mondavi approves sale to Constellation



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Business timeline, World Business timeline Top ^
2004 Feb.5   Adobe Schwarzenegger made visit Jun.6   SF Downtown Biotech conference opens Jun.8   SF Downtown 150 protesters held at biotech conference  About 200 demonstrators failed to shut down the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization convention Oct.5   Emeryville Flu maker Chiron slashes profit outlook  Chiron cut its profit forecast by more than half after British officials pulled the company's license Nov.4   Brisbane VaxGen gets contract for anthrax vaccine



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Local Politics Timeline ... See Bay Area Local Politics timeline, World Local Politics timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.15  San Jose City Hall  Painful Budget Cuts Expected Jan.27  SF City Hall  Newsom to seek higher taxes Jul.1   Bay Area Bridges Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
  Voters approved Measure 2, raising $125-million a year for a number of transportation projects
Oct.23  San Francisco  Premium gas rings up at $2.70 per gallon Oct.24  SF City Hall  Mayor Seeks Cooling-Off in Hotel Dispute Oct.25   SF City Hall   Mayor vows to join pickets to end lockout  Gavin Newsom calsl for a boycott of the 14 facilities and urge other mayors to play hardball with the properties' owners



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Health Accident Timeline ... See Bay Area Health Accident timeline, World Health Accident timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.4   East San Jose Beef bone recall Aug.1   Apple CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery  Chief Executive Steve has had successful surgery for a pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees Nov.16   San Francisco Kaiser covers locked-out hotel workers



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Earnings Timeline ... See Bay Area Earnings timeline, World Earnings timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.14  Intel  Better-than-expected profits and revenue Jan.14  Apple  Earnings rise on strong iPod, laptop sales Jan.21  eBay  eBay tops Wall Street expectations Feb.3  Cisco  Quarter profit exceeded expectations Feb.19  HP  Profit jumps 30% Mar.11  Oracle  Quarterly profit improves by 11% Apr.7   Yahoo First-quarter profit doubles
Apr.14   Apple Quarter earnings triple, beat expectations Apr.21  eBay  1st quarter profits nearly double Apr.30  Chevron  ChevronTexaco earnings climbed 33% May.11  Cisco  Strong fiscal third-quarter results May.18   HP Profit jumps 34%, but analysts cautious Jun.3  Intel  2nd-quarter financial forecast narrowed Jul.7  Yahoo  2nd-quarter profit more than doubles Jul.13   Intel 2nd-quarter earnings nearly double Jul.14  Apple  Profit soars on new iPod sales Aug.10  Cisco  Record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Aug.12   HP 3rd-quarter earnings below expectations Sep.2   Intel Financial forecast lowered for 3rd quarter Sep.14  Oracle  Earnings top expectations by penny Oct.12   Yahoo 3rd-quarter profit nearly quadruples Oct.12  Intel  Profit gains despite weak PC demand Oct.13  Apple  Profits surge on iPod, laptop sales Oct.21  Google  3rd-quarter profit more than doubles Oct.29  Chevron  ChevronTexaco's quarter profit rises 62% Nov.9  Cisco  1st-quarter profit jumps 29%



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Labor Conflict Timeline ... See Bay Area Labor Conflict timeline, World Labor Conflict timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.24  San Francisco  'Unruly' demonstration at Safeway Jan.28   Alamo Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO  Hundreds of grocery store workers were stopped about a half-mile from the gates to Steve Burd's home Jan.30   Redwood City   $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial  San Mateo County charges $51,000 television stations seeking a spot outside the County courthouse May.23   Oakland Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized  SBC alleges that phone wires were cut at 6 neighborhood junction boxes during the first 2 days of a 4-day strike by operators Aug.30  Alameda County  Health care workers walk out in protest Sep.6  SF Downtown  Arrests at demonstration by hotel workers Sep.29   San Francisco Hotel workers begin two-week strike
  Cooks, housekeepers, bellboys at 4 hotels began a noisy action that could spread to other venues and discourage visitors
Oct.5  SF Downtown  Hotel operators agree to extend lockout Oct.13   SF Downtown Hotel strike ends, workers locked-out Oct.24  SF City Hall  Mayor Seeks Cooling-Off in Hotel Dispute Oct.25   SF City Hall   Mayor vows to join pickets to end lockout  Gavin Newsom calsl for a boycott of the 14 facilities and urge other mayors to play hardball with the properties' owners Oct.26   SF Downtown Hotels refuse to end labor lockout Nov.20   San Francisco Hotel employees to return to work
  About 4,000 maids, bellhops, cooks and other will return to their jobs while contract negotiations continue




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Media Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Media Business timeline, World Media Business timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.30   Redwood City   $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial  San Mateo County charges $51,000 television stations seeking a spot outside the County courthouse Feb.19   San Francisco Billionaire Anschutz buys SF Examiner  The new managers promised a 'seismic shift in Bay Area journalism'. Anschutz is paying $20 million



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Job Cut Timeline ... See Bay Area Job Cut timeline, World Job Cut timeline Top ^
2004 Apr.2   Sun Sun settles with Microsoft, cuts 3,300 job
  Struggling server maker reached a sweeping, $1.6 billion settlement and plans to cooperate with its longtime nemesis
May.12  West Contra Costa  350 teachers to lose their jobs May.23   Oakland Phone Equipment Allegedly Vandalized  SBC alleges that phone wires were cut at 6 neighborhood junction boxes during the first 2 days of a 4-day strike by operators Sep.8  San Jose Downtown  Medical Center announced closure Sep.10  OAK  Alaska Air shuts base, 340 laid off



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 High Tech Business Timeline ... See Bay Area High Tech Business timeline, World High Tech Business timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.6  Apple  $250 iPod mini unveiled May.7  Intel  Intel to focus on dual-core processors Oct.14   Google Software offered to search hard drive Dec.14  Google  Google Bringing Libraries to Web



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 IPO Timeline ... See Bay Area IPO timeline, World IPO timeline Top ^
2004 Apr.29   Google Google files long-awaited IPO plans
  Google hopes to raise $2.7 billion to have a market value of at least $20 billion
Apr.30  Google  Philosophical IPO notice Jun.23  San Francisco  Salesforce shares soar 56% in their debut Jul.26  Google  Google to sell shares at $108 to $135 Jul.30   Google Site opened to register bidders Aug.17  Google  No decision from SEC on IPO paperwork Aug.18   Google IPO price range to between $85 and $95  The Internet search giant reduced the number of shares to be sold by insiders to 19.6 million, down from 25.7 million Aug.19   Google Google goes public, shares surge 18%
  Shares finished the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares having changed hands
 The offer price had been cut to at $85 from an initial estimate of $108-135, in the face of weakness in the tech sector. The flotation ranks as the 3rd richest US-based IPO on the Nasdaq. The shares offered through a 'Dutch auction' to give small investors a better chance of getting their hands on the stock




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Business Lawsuit Timeline ... See Bay Area Business Lawsuit timeline, World Business Lawsuit timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.2   San Francisco Battle over royalties at popular bar Jun.7  Oracle  Oracle-PeopleSoft antitrust trial begins Aug.9  Google  Google, Yahoo to settle patent dispute



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Retail Timeline ... See Bay Area Retail timeline, World Retail timeline Top ^
2004 Mar.3   Contra Costa County Wal-Mart survives move to block stores  Residents voted down Measure L to block big box stores that also sell groceries from entering unincorporated areas



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Aviation Timeline ... See Bay Area Aviation timeline, World Aviation timeline Top ^
2004 Jun.4  SFO  New Virgin-branded airline bases in SF



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Environmental Timeline ... See Bay Area Environmental timeline, World Environmental timeline Top ^
2004 Jun.15  BART  BART: Free Rides on Spare Air Days



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Public Transportation Timeline ... See Bay Area Public Transportation timeline, World Public Transportation timeline Top ^
2004 Jun.15  BART  BART: Free Rides on Spare Air Days Aug.16   Bay Bridge Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun
Sep.30  Bay Bridge  Project Could Get Redesign



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Software Timeline ... See Bay Area Software timeline, World Software timeline Top ^
2004 Mar.31  Google  Google to offer free e-mail Oct.11   eBay Software glitch disrupts PayPal service Nov.9   Mountain View Mozilla Firefox browser launched  



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Business Leaders Timeline ... See Bay Area Business Leaders timeline, World Business Leaders timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.12   Oracle CFO Henley named as new chairman
Jan.13   Woodside CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time May.3   Siebel Tom Siebel steps down as CEO  Tom Siebel is turning the reins over to Michael Lawrie, IBM Corp.'s former head of sales May.12  West Contra Costa  350 teachers to lose their jobs May.20  Pleasanton  Safeway CEO fends off shareholder critics Jun.9  West Contra Costa  Voters supported new taxes for schools Jun.24  San Francisco  Opera's director won't renew contract Jul.20   Schwab Charles Schwab recalled as CEO  Discount broker dumped CEO David Pottruck and replaced him with founder. Schwab reported a 10% drop in profit Aug.1   Apple CEO Jobs Says Has Cancer Surgery  Chief Executive Steve has had successful surgery for a pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees Oct.1   Pleasanton   PeopleSoft fires CEO Craig Conway
  David Duffield appointed as CEO; Kevin Parker and Phil Wilmington as co-presidents. Sales of new licenses exceeded $150 million
Oct.14  Palo Alto  Steve Jobs first appears after surgery Nov.11   Intel Otellini to succeed Barrett as CEO
  The 30-year Intel veteran oversaw the launch of the Pentium processor in the 1990s. He was president and CFO fom 2002
Dec.28  Apple  S. Jobs highest paid Bay Area executive Dec.28  Pleasanton  PeopleSoft CEO resigns before takeover



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Construction Timeline ... See Bay Area Construction timeline, World Construction timeline Top ^
2004 May.27   Bay Bridge Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target  Only 1 contractor submitted a bid for the suspension portion of the new span, and job came in at $1.8 billion Dec.10   Bay Bridge Simpler Plan Chosen for Span



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Stocks Timeline ... See Bay Area Stocks timeline, World Stocks timeline Top ^
2004 Aug.4   Google Possible securities violations disclosed
  Google may have illegally issued 23 million shares of its stock to hundreds of employees and consultants
Aug.16   Google Regulators open inquiry into stock issue



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Protest Timeline ... See Bay Area Protest timeline, World Protest timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.24  San Francisco  'Unruly' demonstration at Safeway Jan.28   Alamo Workers Protest at Home of Safeway CEO  Hundreds of grocery store workers were stopped about a half-mile from the gates to Steve Burd's home Jun.8   SF Downtown 150 protesters held at biotech conference  About 200 demonstrators failed to shut down the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization convention Jun.9  West Contra Costa  Voters supported new taxes for schools Jul.24  Livermore  Singer Ronstadt Speaks Out Again Sep.6  SF Downtown  Arrests at demonstration by hotel workers Nov.18  Contra Costa County  County Home Prices Soar 20% to $468k



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Good Economic News Timeline ... See Bay Area Good Economic News timeline, World Good Economic News timeline Top ^
2004 Nov.14   Walnut Creek Fuel Line Operational Again




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Politics Timeline ... See Bay Area Politics timeline, World Politics timeline Top ^
2004 Feb.5   Adobe Schwarzenegger made visit




SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Commercial Real Estate Timeline ... See Bay Area Commercial Real Estate timeline, World Commercial Real Estate timeline Top ^
2004 May.20  Emeryville  Impact report OKd for Pixar expansion Aug.17   San Pablo   Massive New Casino Deal
  As a part of a deal between Schwarzenegger and an Indian tribe, the massive gambling complex in could make millions
Aug.23   San Pablo Tribe scales back plan to build casino Sep.10  Golden Gate Park  Cliff House reopens after makeover Oct.6   OAK Tribe wants to build casino near Airport



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 LGBT Timeline ... See Bay Area LGBT timeline, World LGBT timeline Top ^
2004 Jun.27   SF Downtown Gay parade features married couples
Aug.4   SF Downtown BofA Building 'Scoped Out' by Al Qaeda



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Entertainment Timeline ... See Bay Area Entertainment timeline, World Entertainment timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.29   Emeryville Pixar dumps Disney
  Pixar Animation Studios ended talks with Walt Disney to extend a 5-picture deal for Disney to distribute Pixar films
Feb.8  SF Downtown  Chinese New Year parade May.30  SF Mission  Dancers, Spectators Revel at Carnavale Jun.26  Oakland Downtown  R rating not enforced for Moore film Jun.27   SF Downtown Gay parade features married couples Jul.24  Livermore  Singer Ronstadt Speaks Out Again Oct.25  Mountain View  McCartney, Bennett sing together



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Business Obituary Timeline ... See Bay Area Business Obituary timeline, World Business Obituary timeline Top ^
2004 Mar.20   Marin County Founder of PowerBar Dies at 51  Brian Maxwell, 51, the founder of the popular energy bar, died after collapsing at a post office



SF Bay Area, Business, 2004 Energy Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Energy Business timeline, World Energy Business timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.15  PG&E  PG&E proposes larger electricity rate cut Apr.12  PG&E  PG&E utility leaves bankruptcy behind