Business briefs 4.2.05

Robert Mang

Annual Auto and Truck Show on June 18
– Gilroy Elks’ Lodge, 2765 Hecker Pass Highway, extends a
special invitation to all owners of autos and trucks made prior to
1972, to join the 2005 Annual Auto Car And Truck Show on June
Annual Auto and Truck Show on June 18

Gilroy – Gilroy Elks’ Lodge, 2765 Hecker Pass Highway, extends a special invitation to all owners of autos and trucks made prior to 1972, to join the 2005 Annual Auto Car And Truck Show on June 18. Registration fee is $25 per automobile and includes a lunch ticket. Deadline for regular registration is June 7. Late registration will be considered up to the date of the event at a registration fee of $35.

On June 18, registration will be held from 9:30 to 10:45am, followed by the spectator show and judging from 11am to 3pm and prizes and acknowledgments at 3:15pm. Parking starts at 9:30am.

Bring the entire family to enjoy the auto show, food, refreshments and raffle drawing. A no-host bar will be open. Raffles prizes include tools, gift certificates, dinners, auto related car care products and gift baskets.

All proceeds will benefit local benefactors of the lodge.

To register, make checks payable to Gilroy Elks’ Lodge and mail to P.O. Box 488, Gilroy, CA 95021-0488.

For details call Charles Rusciano at 360-8550 or fax 360-8512, or call Jerry Brearton at 718-5582.

Mang appointed VP/Branch Manager

Gilroy – Community Bank of Central California announces the appointment of Robert Mang as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Bank’s Gilroy office located at 761 First Street. He will be responsible for business development, relationship management and commercial lending for the Gilroy-Morgan Hill area.

Mang has held managerial and operational positions in his expansive 23-year banking career. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Mang received a BA and BS from Youngstown State University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. Mang lives in Gilroy with his wife Jacqueline and has three children Jennifer, Robert II, Cassandra, and one grandson; Nicholas. He enjoys golfing and softball and is an avid motorcyclist.

Mang can be reached at 847-3133. Central Coast Bancorp, the holding company for Community Bank, has assets in excess of $1 billion and shares of its common stock are traded on the NASDAQ National Market (symbol: CCBN).

Spirit of the Earth closing April 15

Gilroy – Spirit of the Earth is closing. The official last day is April 15. The owner is working on a reorganization and will reopen somewhere in Gilroy soon. Currently, everything in the shop must sell so prices are 30 to 60 percent off.

Hogue Bros. completes training

Gilroy – Hogue Bros. Collision Center has successfully completed all training and certifications necessary to satisfy General Motors’ requirements in the areas of Paint Repair and Body Structural Repair.

Hogue Bros. is the only body shop in the surrounding area, including all of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, as well as Gilroy and Morgan Hill in Santa Clara county, which has attained this 100 percent training status with General Motors.

Opening Day at

Great America

Santa Clara – Paramount’s Great America has a special treat for guests this year to kick-off its 29th season. The 9-foot inflatable version of SpongeBob SquarePants will greet guests as he sits high atop the entrance sign to Great America.

SpongeBob is helping kick off two new interactive shows for the entire family, Nickelodeon Live and Meet the Nicktoons.

The wacky and wildly energetic Nickelodeon Live gets families involved in three messy, interactive competitions including a Feeding Baby Game where dads dressed as babies in giant, oversized high chairs have to catch water-filled balloons and feed themselves dessert. Someone from the audience is also going to get “slimed.” (Presented through Aug. 28)

Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Dora the Explorer and their Nicktoon friends come together live in one place in 2005 for Meet the Nicktoons, a half-hour meet and greet where park guests can meet their favorite Nickelodeon friends up close and in person. (Presented at 5pm daily through Aug. 28)

Plus, Great America also offers eight incredible roller coasters, the most kids‚ rides and the most water rides in Northern California and the all-new, three-times larger and wetter Crocodile Dundee’s Boomerang Bay Beach Club (opens May 7).

The park is open from 10am to 6pm and is located at Hwy. 101 and Great America Pkwy. in Santa Clara.

Transmeta reorganizes business, cuts jobs

San Jose – Struggling chip-maker Transmeta Corp. on Thursday announced a major corporate restructuring, a 24 percent reduction in its work force and the hiring of a new chief executive as it tries to survive amid much larger rivals.

Just five years after its public debut at the sunset of the tech boom, the unprofitable maker of low-power microprocessors for notebooks and other computers said it will focus on licensing its technology and intellectual property to other companies.

It will continue to sell some chips but has changed the terms and conditions of its agreements with computer makers. As a result, some have canceled their deals with the Santa Clara-based company.

Transmeta also cut 67 employees, leaving it with 208 worldwide. In addition, it announced the departure of Chief Executive Matthew Perry. Arthur L. Swift was named as his replacement. Swift previously was the company’s senior vice president of marketing.

Transmeta also said it has reached a multiyear agreement with Sony Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to “accelerate and expand” the adoption of the chip maker’s power management technology into Sony products.

Shares of Transmeta jumped more than 16 percent, or 15 cents, to $1.08, in extended-session trading. Earlier they had closed at 93 cents, up 8 cents, in regular trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.