Stories for March 2001
Monday, March 26
By now you've made enough presentations to know that it pays to take the time to design before you deliver.
After cutting a deal for greater access to try to unionize nurses in the Catholic Healthcare West system, the California Nurses Association is making headway in its organizing efforts at four county hospitals.
My freshman year at college I lived in a dorm, next to a guy on the basketball team. His last name was Carrington. He was funny. He kept bragging to everyone about how good he was, how the Celtics were going to give him a tryout, but when we went to the c
If a new Los Angeles-based radio syndicator and programmer has its way, Stern-like programming targeting the same audience with the same raunchy outlook on life will be a growing, nonstop part of the radio landscape.
Firms lobbying L.A. City Hall took in $15.25 million in client fees last year, up $2 million from 1999 and more than double their take five years ago. Lobbyists spent $10.3 million pushing their various causes at City Hall, also up $2 million from 1999.
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network following similar moves by rivals NBC, UPN and Fox has scrapped plans for its usually lavish summer affiliates' meeting in favor of a series of regional meetings.
Charlie Rocket weaves a niche in children's apparel industry with hip, modern look for its boys' wear line
So you thought stocks were safe? So did everyone who studied the long-term history of Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. That's the basis of most stock-market price studies and most investor myths. True, over five-year periods, S & P; stocks lose value just
An unusual deal is in the process of being struck between developer Oliver McMillan, the Culver City Redevelopment Agency and Pacific Theatres Corp.
The city of Long Beach is in hot pursuit of a pair of world-class swim meets that together could generate an estimated $75 million in economic activity for the region and serve as a showcase for Los Angeles' bid to host an unprecedented third Olympic Game
You'd think Timothy Koogle was a Backstreet Boy with all the attention lavished on him by adoring fans at the Milken Institute's "Global Conference" last week.
Saluting Salamunovich: To honor maestro Paul Salamunovich before his well-deserved retirement, singers from the L.A. Master Chorale and the St. Borromeo Choir, which Salamunovich has led since 1949, present his favorite works: Verdi's "Stabat Mater," Niel
Todd Blanchard, 35, of Shreveport, La., was earning more than $100,000 a year as vice president of operations for a trucking academy, but he thought he could do better.
In an effort to change the image of downtown Los Angeles as a place from which workers flee once the whistle blows, a plan is in the works for the creation of a special entertainment district that would revive nighttime streets and long-dormant movie thea
Los Angeles' City Attorney Candidates Discuss What They'd Do for the Local Economy
Former Universal Studios head Frank Biondi Jr. has settled into the role of venture capitalist, funding a variety of firms aimed at shaping the way entertainment is produced and delivered
If Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys are wearing it, then it's passe to youth apparel retailer Hot Topic Inc.
A Dallas-based real estate investment group is nearing a deal to buy the downtown Union Bank Plaza building for $89 million, according to local real estate sources familiar with the deal.
The familiar figure of Hal Harrigian has been banging around Southern California corporate finance circles since the 1960s, long associated with the old accounting outfit Arthur Young, and then brokerage Crowell Weedon & Co.
It's shoulda, coulda, woulda time in the stock market. "I should have listened to reason a year ago, when I could have sold my Janus Mercury Fund shares for almost twice what they're worth today," a voice in your head declares. "I would have done that, to
The man who packaged and sold securities based on the future royalties of rock star David Bowie has taken another step in his multibillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against Prudential Insurance Co. of America.
The 350,000-square-foot LNR Warner Center that began construction in January 2000 was the largest office project to break ground in Los Angeles County last year and it is only a fraction of what Irvine-based developer Lennar Partners has planned for the
The cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach filed separate lawsuits accusing a coalition of gas companies of conspiring to eliminate competition, drive up natural gas prices and discourage the construction of electricity generating plants in California.
The volatile mix of a slowing economy and greater restrictions on bankruptcy filings is likely to keep Peter F. Lake, the new president and CEO of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Los Angeles, very busy in the coming months.
Consumer advocates are calling on the state Department of Managed Health Care to co-sponsor a bill that would give patients the right to sue their HMOs in court rather than be forced to go to binding arbitration.
The Hydrant Cafe has become a popular singles hangout for canine-loving java-lovers and their dogs.
The roar emanating from the northeast San Fernando Valley last week was the collective glee of a community responding to the induction of favorite son Ritchie Valens into the Rock and Hall of Fame.
Unexpected rolling blackouts like those that swept through Southern California last week are not the only power outage threats faced by L.A.-area businesses.
Although by some accounts the volume of commercial development in Los Angeles County dropped more than 10 percent in 2000, you wouldn't get that sense by looking at the performance of the region's top real estate brokers, developers and investors.
Changes are afoot behind the scenes at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent company of Columbia Pictures.
Tucked into the basement of the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Jed Leiber's recording studio is where musicians head when the muse strikes
Los Angeles city officials last week began hastily devising an incentive-laden plan in the hopes of enticing Boeing Co. to move its headquarters to the city, but the aviation giant has already torpedoed the proposal.
With an A-list guest roll that includes Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg and Sylvester Stallone, an annual charity fund-raiser that quietly began only last year has already emerged as one of L.A.'s hot-ticket philanthropic galas.
A distributor (20th Century Fox) syndicates the reruns for a hit show ("NYPD Blue") to a cable company (FX) with which it shares a common owner (News Corp.). The distributor allegedly undervalues the distribution rights to give its cable cousin a sweethea
This is a Web site, but it's more of a downloadable tool that you plug-in to your browser. I'm not entirely sure how it works, but it's very cool. What Gator does is it hides in your system tray, and when a form comes up on the Internet, it'll pop up on y
With Hollywood in the midst of an extensive makeover that could reestablish its place as a major consumer and tourist destination, the biggest single obstacle standing in its way is inadequate parking. That's the conclusion of a team of experts from the U
As people's frustration rose during last week's rolling blackouts, there was consumer activist Harvey Rosenfield on the airwaves, blaming a "greedy cartel" of electric utilities and power generators for the mess and warning that the utilities, Gov. Gray D
It's cold, cramped and utterly devoid of natural resources. In fact, the entire nation state is confined to a 6,000-square-foot steel deck and a pair of hollow concrete towers that anchor it to the floor of the North Sea, six miles off the coast of Engl
It's entirely possible that you've seen the Hill family, owners of Hill's Backyard BBQ, in a recent drive around town. After retiring from a career in engineering, Lawrence Hill has taken his family and their long tradition of cooking from the kitchen of
A friend of mine once contracted encephalitis, sometimes known as brain fever. The disease gave him a devil of a time. But when his ordeal was over he had lost 20 pounds and was at his ideal weight.
The director of the county's $2.6 billion Department of Health Services heads a bureaucratic mess of an agency about to lose a massive amount of funding. Giant cuts need to be made, but at the same time, patient access to care must be dramatically increas
Monday, March 19
Responding to increased congestion and claims by local seaport operators and shippers that labor is to blame, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has put forward new proposals for operational changes at the ports.
Every day for the past 43 years, Ginette Nicolle has risen before the sun, donned her crisp white uniform with the black-and-white checked apron and reported to work at Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery.
The dot-com meltdown has left as much as 2 million square feet of office space available on the Westside and the only buildings escaping the carnage are the ones that avoided Internet tenants.
The battered health and wellness Web site Drkoop.com has been one of the busiest dot-coms in the last few weeks, as its new management from Prime Ventures LLC struggles to boost revenues and raise investor confidence.
Well into the second season of "Survivor," the reality TV show taped months before its airing, nothing has been leaked about who will win the contest in the Australian Outback. Furthermore, the contestants who survived the first show filmed last year on a
They're the devices developed using Memgen Corp.'s electromechanical fabrication or EFAB.
A campaign to organize low-wage workers at Los Angeles County nursing homes has begun to show results, with workers at eight homes voting to organize since November and four elections set for later this month.
For months, venture capitalists have been saying they are avoiding new investments and instead focusing on companies already in their portfolios.
The Germany media company that acquired the Jim Henson Co., creator of the Muppets, for $680 million last year, may put the Los Angeles company up for sale.
There's a scene in the movie "The Paper" where Michael Keaton, playing an editor for a New York City tabloid, manages to stroll past a desk sergeant and into a police station without even identifying himself.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is on final approach toward landing what is expected to be the first new military airplane production contract in Los Angeles County in more than a decade.
There was a time, as recently as last summer, when becoming a venture capitalist was little more than a matter of calling yourself one and quickly raising $50 million to $100 million from institutional investors eager to ride the dot-com wave.
Paul Nadel, managing partner for East West Venture Group, believes that if local venture firms concentrate on adequately funding their existing portfolios they'll be in a stronger position to weather the dot-com storm that has left a number of casualties
For nearly four decades, F. Gavina & Sons has been roasting coffee in Vernon, growing steadily and creating special blends to suit L.A.'s varied ethnic tastes
Jon Kutler, president of aerospace/defense investment banking firm Quarterdeck Investment Partners, assesses the industry under Bush Administration
Joseph Barth can still clearly remember the day nearly 20 years ago when he flew to England to the offices of Lloyd's of London, the world-famous insurer perhaps best known for its willingness to insure just about any risk.
This is one I've had a lot of fun with lately. This takes the saying, "one person's trash is another person's treasure" to an extreme. It says on the site, "sometimes trash is trash." The site basically celebrates all the horrible stuff that people actual
Take a kid. A skinny, mixed-up kid. A kid who feels picked on, persecuted, bullied a kid who vows revenge.
Local tech-transfer programs, which facilitate the development of university research into commercial products and services, have been notoriously troublesome for venture capitalists to deal with. But that appears to finally be changing.
The number of venture capital firms operating in Los Angeles has exploded in recent years, but out-of-towners have a history of rushing in when times are good, only to pull up stakes at the first signs of an economic slowdown.
As California and L.A.-area businesses grapple with the possibility of rolling blackouts this summer, a local state legislator has proposed making it easier for businesses to place generators on-site and thereby free themselves from dependence on the regi
Weyerhaueser Financial Investments is preparing to sell its landmark Atria West office buildings on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A., confirmed Joe Hemmens, an official at Weyerhaueser's Oxnard office.
Critics say L.A. has trouble competing with other venture capital destinations because the region is too spread out and lacks critical mass in any specific technology.
The truth may set you free, but that doesn't necessarily make it easy to come by. In an effort to help ferret out the truth, Joseph Paolella, owner of Dr. Chris Gugas and Associates, has been polygraph testing Angelenos for 21 years, a business he learned
You never know what kind of atmosphere people will want to do their drinking in next. A bedroom, for instance, isn't the first place that comes to mind. But consider the latest nightclub flavor of the month, The Firm, on Wilshire Boulevard:
charlotte seitz's C & H; Electrical co. lands big clients as it sticks to strategy of diversification with focus on being responsive to customers
Los Angeles County is home to more high-tech companies and workers than Silicon Valley, or any other region in the country. But L.A. remains sorely lacking in its number of experienced managers and executives to lead those tech outfits. That's the assessm
Right up until the recent gyrations of the stock market and the broad plummeting of valuations in the technology sector, when one thought of venture capital investment, it was reasonable to focus on Silicon Valley as the hotbed of activity.
They originally intended to debate citywide issues before an urbane Westside audience, but three of the mayoral candidates ended up participating in a raucous student protest instead.
Given recent power crunches, one might think a promising energy company could "go public" complete an initial public offering of stock even in this choppy market. But not so, if the fortunes of Rancho Dominguez-based HBT Technologies Inc. are any indi
"Two or three years ago, you couldn't not be an angel investor," asserts Marshall Geller, founder of merchant banker shop Geller and Friend Capital Partners in Beverly Hills.
The brow-to-brow duel between Latin divas Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez to develop a film based on the life of Kahlo has been highly publicized, and it will be Hayek's "Frida" that is going forward, with her production company, Ventana Rose, making the f
If history is any indication, and it usually is, Alejandro N. Mayorkas will soon be replaced as the top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.
Coming one step closer to filling in the final piece of its downtown development, Glendale's Redevelopment Agency voted 4-0 last week to enter into negotiations with Caruso Affiliated Holdings for the coveted Glendale Town Center, shutting out the other r
An Indianapolis investor group has struck a deal to buy control of humor publisher National Lampoon, which for a decade has been languishing under the auspices of a Westwood Web syndication and entertainment marketing company.
Fretful family-business owners spend millions of dollars on books, seminars and outside consultants, but it's impossible to find a one-size-fits-all solution to deal with problems that arise between family members.
Forming the Female Form: The UCLA Fowler Museum explores the female form in a new exhibition, "Body Politics: The Female Image in Luba Art and the Sculpture of Alison Saar." The exhibition juxtaposes the works of contemporary L.A.-based artist Saar with L
Becerra Says Citizens Need to Know That Their Mayor, Other Officials Will Get Little Things Right
Looking for money to launch that great entrepreneurial idea of yours?Good luck you'll need it. Venture capitalists and angel investors who less than a year ago were throwing money at even harebrained ideas have almost completely shut off their cash
As national director of the newly formed corporate alliances division at investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Peter Pekar Jr. is in charge of helping the little guys make friends.
Throngs of adrenaline-rushing, rhythm-craving, guitar-loving young people will travel from near and far to descend on Universal Studios on Friday and Saturday (March 23-24) for "Rock the Universe," a musical event featuring a slate of emerging bands with
You've seen your last one-year Treasury bill. The government isn't selling them anymore. One-year bills won't come back as long as the national debt keeps going down.
Dodger slugger Gary Sheffield, who spent the first part of spring training sniveling about his $10 million-a-year salary before his recent apology, was in a nostalgic mood when he passed by the clubhouse of his former team, the Florida Marlins, during a p
That will likely be the urgent plea of countless businesses throughout California, following a recent state Supreme Court decision that shifts billions of dollars in potential environmental cleanup costs off the shoulders of insurers and onto the shoulder
Plenty of venture and angel deals have turned sour in recent months, which is testing the fortitude of even the heartiest investors. But despite the uncertainties, several entrepreneurial ventures hold tremendous potential for growth. So the Business Jour
Only one in 20 family corporations survive as family-owned companies past the first generation.
After enjoying nearly a 50 percent run-up early this year, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Inc.'s stock had given back almost all of that gain as of last week.
No matter what you might have heard in the last five or 10 years, conservative investing still works.
Monday, March 12
I travel a lot and it's really helpful for me to have a sense for: One, am I going to get where I'm going? And two, what do I need to pack? So, weather.com has become an indispensable part of my life. For instance, if there are big storms brewing on the E
Napster is a dinosaur, stuck in a legal bog and facing extinction from a cataclysmic event of courtroom proportions.
Los Angeles County and a host of local cities have launched a legal blitzkrieg against a new regulation that would force local governments to institute costly cleanup measures to keep all litter out of the Los Angeles River.
When it comes to the Great Tech Wreck of 2000, Hollywood will long be remembered for the incredible carnage caused when it tried to take its content online. Amid the flop of Pop and the end of DEN, some content-oriented startups like Hypnotic.com and Medi
"Memento" starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano is a movie that people discuss and dissect frame by frame after seeing. The convoluted thriller about a man who witnesses his wife's murder and suffers an ensuing bout of severe shor
A couple months back in this space, Dan Rubin of the Rubin Investment Group in Century City's Fox Plaza, made the call that the Nasdaq tech wreck wasn't over. He was right. As of early last week, the Nasdaq had slumped by about another 25 percent.
Small businesses are continually bombarded with advertisements and mailers to sign up for the "fastest, cheapest and most reliable" way to connect to the Internet. For many businesses, it is not as simple as a one-computer, one dial-up system. A company's
According to its ad campaign, NetZero Inc. is one of the "defenders of the free world," but getting a free lunch at the ISP is becoming increasingly tricky.
The CEO of Raleigh Enterprises, Mark Rosenthal, has diversified his real estate investment company and in the process become a leading advocate for keeping film production centered in Los Angeles
Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills recently installed 14 color TVs around the perimeter of its full-service Italian marble bar on the fourth floor.
In a victory for opponents of expansion at Los Angeles International Airport, local government officials from six Southern California counties voted to adopt a regional aviation plan pushing future airport growth to outer suburbs in neighboring counties.
Recording artist Courtney Love's widely publicized lawsuit against Universal Music Group, despite breathless media accounts about it being a landmark case, is drawing shrugs from music industry insiders who predict the record label will win handily and th
After 26 years in the Navy, Capt. James A. McConnell Jr. is heading into a political war zone. As the Los Angeles Unified School District's new chief facilities executive, Capt. McConnell will be responsible for managing district efforts to build new scho
Legal secretary or chocolate sculptor? After spending 25 years in the legal field and baking chocolate in her kitchen, filling orders for friends, family and co-workers, Jean Girard asked herself that question. The answer? Chocolate Creations in Eagle Roc
Choral Days: Opera star Marilyn Horne, film and stage diva Marni Nixon and film, television and stage veteran Harve Presnell join the L.A. Master Chorale to explore "The Golden Age of Choral Music" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 24. As children
Can the Web be made safe for credit cards? Online merchants say it's safe enough, but plenty of shoppers disagree.
The Japanese apologized to me once. Not the whole country. But one man, on behalf of the whole country.
L.A.'s top-paid athletes are livin' large as they spread their fabulous fortunes around, and they're making plenty of others rich in the process.
If you missed last week's TV Guide Awards or last month's Grammys, don't worry. Chances are there's a new celebrity-packed awards show kicking off momentarily.
Three years after an Eastside subway plan was killed, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected next month to approve a less-ambitious rail system for the Eastside.
Facts and figures about local pro team personalities today and down through the ages
With an aggressive plan to mine Hollywood gold in a largely ignored medium, a Santa Monica company is preparing to launch a nationally distributed interactive CD-ROM magazine that will be handed out free to moviegoers as they walk into theaters, beginning
While one might expect fishy conditions to be more likely near seaports than airports, a stretch of 104th Street near Los Angeles International Airport is emerging as an exception.
Where do you turn when you need to stop a 7.5-ton truck rigged with explosives from barreling into a federal courthouse?
Photobit Corp., leveraging patents it has licensed from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is booming.
Playing in Los Angeles brings top-tier athletes paychecks that are as fat as those offered anywhere else in the country, but L.A. has something no other market can offer Hollywood.
Not long ago, the half-dozen Los Angeles-area cities with their own power utilities were counting their blessings, believing they would escape the impacts of the state's deepening power crisis.
Frederick's of Hollywood, the famed purveyor of skimpy lingerie that has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since last July, is looking to be sold again, either in part or in its entirety, the company's bankruptcy attorney Michael Tuchi
I'm talking about the mounting losses suffered by investors in "technology" and other aggressive mutual funds since the stock market's Internet bubble blew out.
Westwood One is cutting back at its local offices, including some layoffs last week at its Culver City headquarters and Valencia site, as well as at its Metro Network facility in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.
One way to find bargain-priced stocks is to keep your eye on the list of shares making new 52-week lows.
Investment banker, Sacramento veteran Kathleen Connell also wants more charter schools and buses
"Organically" is a kind word to describe the way my office has evolved over the last few years, as my business has grown. Other words that come to mind are unplanned and without structure.
Livhome has pursued a dual approach to home health care, hoping to gain a toehold in the $100 billion market for care of the aged
Although salaries of today's professional athletes ought to be enough for them to live on long after they stop playing the game, it has not always been so.
One of the most curious features of the close race for L.A. City Attorney has been Mayor Richard Riordan's unwillingness to endorse his own deputy mayor for economic development, Rocky Delgadillo. The Harvard-educated attorney is facing off against termed
Monday, March 5
After several years of feverish deal making, local merger and acquisition activity is poised for a substantial drop-off in 2001 as a result of the slowing national economy.
Following a strategy that has been successfully employed by such high-tech giants as Microsoft, Intel and Cisco Systems, Northridge-based MiniMed Inc. is solidifying its dominance in the field of diabetes-related technologies by making judicious investmen
Hoping to match Starbucks Coffee Co.'s success in selling premium priced coffee, teas and blended drinks, an El Segundo firm plans to open a chain of teahouses nationwide.
A year after changing its name and adding a second branch, First commerce bank has moved into the black
For the first time in modern L.A. history, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is actually endorsing candidates in local city elections.
Having trouble finding what you're looking for online? Is your Net connection getting interrupted for no good reason? Does your computer crash every time you download a video clip?
Choosing the perfect restaurant in which to entertain Asian business visitors means having to be mindful of cultural differences as well as varied culinary tastes
The Dallas Cowboys hold the world's most valuable sports franchise brand, beating out the L.A. Lakers and Dodgers, which ranked No. 9 and No. 31, respectively, according to a first-of-its-kind study.
U.S. customs officials at the Port of Los Angeles are stopping tons of apparel goods marked "Made in Cambodia" or "Made in Hong Kong" because they suspect the goods may have been rerouted illegally from China.
Promising to deliver its unique brand of programming to a wider audience with a standard of quality that far exceeds traditional radio, Richard Branson's Radio Free Virgin, the online radio station streaming from the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles,
The Children's Museum of Los Angeles in downtown has been closed since last August, and the two locations where it will reopen are not going to be ready until 2003 and 2005, respectively. But parents and kids won't have to wait nearly that long to access
Northrop Grumman Corp., just weeks away from the expected approval of its $5.1 billion acquisition of Litton Industries Inc., is aggressively moving to retake its position as a premier defense contractor.
Sometimes in fairy tales, when the wicked witch wants to be really wicked, she makes her victim huge, monstrously big, banging into everything.
Rumors that Ricky Martin is being eyed as a potential cast member for "The Assassination" are now confirmed by Constellation Entertainment, which reports that he is already signed.
In the world of public relations, firms don't come much bigger than Weber Shandwick Worldwide, which was formed Jan. 1 through the merger of Shandwick International and Weber Public Relations Worldwide. The firm itself a unit of the even more massive In
Health maintenance organizations sandwiched between hospitals demanding higher reimbursement for medical services and employers wanting to hold the line on rate increases are being squeezed like never before. And that squeezing is coming at a time whe
Troubled television producer Kushner-Locke Co. received a one-month reprieve from its leading lender last week, providing it time to sell off its library and to explore other capital-generating options.
Do you remember the story of the lady whose mortgage ate her house? She borrowed $30,000 and ended up owing her lender an astounding $127,000 just five years later. The payout represented 55 percent of the entire sales price of her home. Loan nightmares l
Sometimes bankers find themselves in the position where they have business clients that no longer meet the bank's qualifications or requirements.
Remember those visual gimmicks that just looked like a random design but, if you stared at it long enough, an image would appear (or you'd get a headache trying)?
Following the state air resource board's rejection of General Motors' bid to delay implementation of the new rules, the automaker filed suit to overturn California's zero-emission vehicle mandate.
The state's power crisis will not be the only cause of sparks this year in Sacramento, as doctors, hospitals and HMOs go toe-to-toe over health care-related legislation.
It's that time of year again, baby! March Madness tips off on March 15, which means tens of thousands of otherwise diligent, hardworking and law-abiding Angenelos will forget about their jobs for a while to concentrate on the more exciting and possibly
Hopefully you'll never need Carlos Sambrano's services, but if you do, you'll be happy to know how serious he takes his job. The owner of Life-Like Prosthetics in Torrance has been making a better life for amputees for 25 years. Sambrano prefers the aesth
The Port of Los Angeles is in final negotiations to build a major cargo terminal for a fledgling Chinese shipping line that has vowed to become one of the top five shipping companies in the world.
James Hahn Proposes Joint Powers Authority to Build Schools, Seeks Cutting of Business Red Tape
Tony Todaro had 20 subcontractors and an impressive roster of high-tech and financial services-industry clients, but he was still working out of his home in Redondo Beach. He was hesitant to lease office space again. Five years earlier, he moved his marke
You'd think that a firm named after the Amazonian vine that boosts the immune system might be somewhat immune to market conditions.
Numero Uno Pizzeria, struggling to survive in the pizza business, is diversifying into the steakhouse and coffeehouse sectors.
The 450,000 Hollywood Stock Exchange Web site subscribers who have been "buying" and "selling" fantasy stocks and bonds tied to the popularity of specific movies and celebrities will themselves be put up for sale this week.
Scrambling to reverse the disastrous ratings slide of its XFL football broadcasts, NBC is tinkering with the league's rules and format of its broadcasts. The XFL has eliminated on-field player introductions, shortened the length of halftimes and played wi
It appears Jon Mueller is at it again. Los Angeles city officials confirmed that they were investigating the appearance of a new supergraphic on the surface of Mueller's Westwood Medical Plaza. The building has been ground zero for the city's battle over
I happen to be a big Coach (John) Wooden fan. This guy's got an unbelievable record, but more importantly he developed this thing called the pyramid of success. The Web site has the pyramid, and it kind of shows you what he was thinking when he developed
The "equity line of credit" is big business on Wall Street these days, said managing director Rob Deutschman of Cappelo Capital Corp. in Santa Monica.
Shopping mall owners have more than a few reasons for concern these days, with department store sales down, movie theatres on the rocks and consumer confidence levels plummeting.
Nothing in the big wide world of mutual funds gets more glittering press notices than "socially responsible" funds.
All-Tchai: Internationally renowned violinist Julian Rachlin will be the guest soloist with the American Youth Symphony for the orchestra's 36th annual benefit concert on March 11 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Lithuanian-born child prot & #233;g & #233;, who be
Southern California Edison boss Stephen Frank, at the center of the state's energy problems, defends the utility's handling of the crisis, laments deregulation