Stories for September 2001
Monday, September 24
Rarely have the so-called experts seemed so useless. As the likelihood of recession and the prospect of war became real to Americans last week, no one had the answers to what lies ahead. There only have been guesses and those are usually just good for a
Bill Imada of L.A.'s Imada Wong Communications Group Inc. used to see little competition for the smaller, Asian consumer-oriented accounts that are the specialty of his marketing and communications firm. But lately, he has seen some much bigger companies
When actress Carrie Fisher and singer/songwriter Paul Simon split under less than amicable terms in 1986, Simon left an acoustic guitar behind. Perhaps as a joke and perhaps not Fisher said that "as far as I know it was the only alimony I received."
Walt Disney Co. took it on the chin last week, with its stock value plummeting more than 20 percent as investors concluded that the company's media and theme park earnings would be hurt by the terrorist attacks.
Education: Bachelor's degree in finance, Wharton School; MBA in accounting, University of Chicago
The $40 billion appropriated by Congress to track down and punish those responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will surely be money well spent.
The accounting and legal professions might never be the same and beyond handling deals for their New York offices and arranging memorials for colleagues who lost their lives on Sept. 11, any numbers of L.A. lawyers and accountants are starting to consid
Airport concessionaires, slammed by the abrupt drop-off in traffic, may not see relief until at least next year, even if air traffic approaches something approximating pre-attack levels.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York and Washington hit home for Chris Maling when the logistical nightmare that followed threatened a $3 million sale he thought was closing.
For shuttle services, taxis and limousines, the new rules banning cars inside Los Angeles International Airport in the wake of the catastrophic events of Sept. 11 have proven to be a mixed blessing.
Despite the tragic events of Sept. 11 and the difficulties in air travel, most businesses and associations are moving forward with their scheduled events and conferences in Los Angeles.
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So often, I've written to you about the unforeseen. By definition, we never know what that's going to be.
The terrorist attacks are putting a serious damper on people's desire to eat, drink and be merry, and that's causing headaches for local catering outfits.
When reports emerged that some of the hijackers behind the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center were from the Middle East, Dolly Chammaa began to worry about whether the Lebanese restaurant she and several family members run would become a targe
At the Miyako Inn in downtown L.A.'s Little Tokyo, nearly two-thirds of the rooms sat empty last week and were expected to remain that way well into October.
Michael Viering was fuming mad at FedEx Corp. late last week. The president of Los Angeles-based Diagnostic Products Corp., unable to find space on any of the air cargo services his company typically uses, eagerly agreed to pay a $50,000 premium to have F
U.S. history full of lessons on how to cope with tragedy, economic turmoil
Price cuts, shuttered operations, layoffs, salary reductions. As the dramatic sales slide continues, these are the newest tools in the management arsenal along the 101 Technology Corridor in the San Fernando Valley.
There is much to be proud of in the way Americans have handled the terrible events of Sept. 11 a newfound sense of patriotism and community spirit, and a greater perspective in what really matters in our lives.
With some things not so funny anymore, comedians are being forced to replace their edgier material with jokes that fit our nation's more somber mood
Markets usually only have three identifiable moods, euphoria, panic and boredom, and they switch among them like someone who has been taking too much Prozac. The past week they have added a new mood, one with unpredictable consequences. That mood is defia
A trader's job can be harrowing under the best of circumstances. It's a life filled with split-second decisions, and mistakes can easily cost thousands of dollars, not to mention restless nights.
Latin Abstract: Works of Chilean-born artist Robert Sebastian Matta, who lived in exile in New York during the 1940s, will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza from Sept. 30 to Jan. 6. The show brings together 19 paintings a
With the memory of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks on the minds of most all Americans, businesses in L.A. and elsewhere tried to regain some traction last week but it wasn't easy. Here are some observations on getting back to work.
When it comes to L.A.'s defense industry, this is not Pearl Harbor. Nor is it even the Reagan-led military buildup in the 1980s. Area defense contractors, in fact, are not likely to see much business in the short term from any U.S. military buildup to fig
As the dust settles on lower Manhattan you can see, looming on the skyline, a pair of clashing commercial sentiments.
Los Angeles stocks took a drubbing in the first few sessions of resumed trading after terrorist attacks closed U.S. markets for nearly a week. Walt Disney Co. and Hilton Hotels Corp. were among the local companies worst hit by the exodus from travel-relat
Four days after terrorists struck the Pentagon and World Trade Center, Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman received a semi-frantic phone call from Fox TV Entertainment Chairman Sandy Grushow.
At a time like this there's something extra to be said for being a confirmed long-term investor.
"Sacrifice" is a word that's popped up a lot in the wake of what happened on Sept. 11 starting when several passengers on board a United Airlines flight heroically prevented terrorists from crashing into the Capitol building or goodness knows what.
Security is expected to take a much higher profile in Los Angeles lease negotiations in wake of the U.S. terrorist attacks. But the added safety measures, which could be a new marketing tool for landlords, would come at a price to tenants.
My parents were in Australia when the world went crazy. They called my home upon hearing the awful news, and when I returned their call, the Australian hotel receptionist said they were out. He asked whether there was a message.
Rod Hagenbuch, a principal at a Los Angeles private investment and consulting firm, has told his wife to tell the interior decorator, "I will see her in a few years."
NEW YORK Thousands of small companies suffered enormous financial and emotional loss in last week's terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center.
The recent events in New York could hardly be more horrible, but Wall Street veterans last week cautioned investors to remember that a day does not a market make, or a month, or even a year.
California businesses, already reeling from higher energy costs and a slowing economy, could get hit with $4 billion to $6 billion in additional annual costs if several key bills passed by the state Legislature earlier this month get signed into law by Go
In the weeks before the attacks on the United States, life for Coldwell Banker real estate agent Stephanie Vitacco had been a whirl of activity.
- Avoid investments in sectors vulnerable to sustained downturns in consumer confidence, like gaming, leisure, media and travel.
Margaret O'Donnell doesn't consider herself a lapsed Catholic. After all, the assistant at a Los Angeles trade association is a believer and attends Mass during Christmas and other holy days.
Coverage of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 has been dominating local media in recent days, but there are a few outlets that went without news or commentary about the tragedy.
Monday, September 17
Up until a few years ago, the Stock Market was the ultimate men's club. Few women felt drawn to , or even welcome on , the raucous trading floor where tickertape falls like confetti from the long arms of sweaty dealmakers. The idea of walking the floor
Wanting to cut costs in the decelerating economy, several major Century City tenants are scrambling to relocate to more-affordable offices.
The terrorists who hijacked four planes and destroyed the World Trade Center in New York killed thousands of people. But they did not kill the U.S. financial system. History suggests they won't even come close.
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After last week, Judi Ciasulli isn't sure she'll ever be able to go back to New York.
The quarterly net income figures for Foothill Independent Bancorp are ticked off with metronomic regularity: $1.6 million, $1.7 million, $1.7 million, $1.7 million.
It would be na & #271;ve to suspect that Los Angeles, as a major world city and center of the hated materialist mass culture, will remain safe from the schemes of terrorist leaders. Last week's attack was not merely aimed at specific targets, but on the entire e
It might seem as if software colossus Microsoft Inc. has pushed the federal government back on its haunches, and that it and other sector-dominant companies have less to fear from antitrust regulators.
The Orange County Register plans to eliminate single-copy sales in areas outside of Orange County, a move that comes soon after the Register decided to eliminate home delivery outside of the county.
One likely response to last week's attacks will be new federal requirements for anti-terrorist equipment to be installed on commercial airplanes. And with Boeing Co. the largest private-sector employer in L.A., that would mean more work for local aerospac
As programming executives continue to scour their slates to delay or cancel material that could be seen as insensitive to last week's chilling attacks in New York and Washington, the entertainment industry is keeping a keen eye on the public mood and taki
The Los Angeles Business Journal, in partnership with NAWBO and the Women of Los Angeles, held its tenth annual Women Who Make a Difference Awards ceremony and event at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel on the evening of Monday, September 10th, 2001. The
Westfield: Brief Moment of Glory Gets Buried in World Trade Center Collapse
In September 1998, former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt addressed the problem of managed earnings in a speech titled, "The Numbers Game." In the speech, he railed against American managers consistently manipulating financial st
Apocalypse Then: The landmark television movie "Friendly Fire" is being presented at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21. The 1979 award-winning movie will be introduced by Fay Kanin, who wrote the screenplay. The movie
In an effort to bolster its L.A. presence, USBX Advisory Services LLC has hired Brooks Dexter, 44, as managing director. The two-year-old mergers and acquisitions advisory firm represents both buyers and sellers in all aspects of their transactions.
Last week's terrorist attacks brought home a terrible reminder to local businesses: disaster can strike without warning, taking lives and reducing years of sweat and toil to rubble in a matter of minutes.
Organized labor makes great strides in signing up medical professionals frustrated with worsening working conditions at hospitals
Labor has a lot of complaints these days about the way hospitals are run, but nothing crystallizes the debate more than the issue of "safe staffing." Unions contend that registered nurses are quitting hospitals because they are being forced to work ever-l
Louis Carter is a card-carrying union member. Yet the Pasadena father of three has to hold down two jobs to make a living.
By now you will have seen too many pictures and read too many words and yet, as the new week dawns, it still remains too horrible to believe.
Don't expect last week's destruction of New York's World Trade Center to undercut the high-rise real estate market.
By staying closed for most of last week, U.S. stock markets may have been saved from the worst of the panic-driven selling that could have followed the terrorist attacks that toppled New York's World Trade Center.
Crises like last week's terrorist attacks bring with them the opportunity for political leaders to show what they are made of. Just ask former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan, who used the 1994 Northridge quake to show he was a "can-do" leader; from that point
Women-owned firms established within the past decade are making substantial contributions to the economy and are poised for continued growth in the future. They have reached the same level of business achievement as women-owned firms started in the past,
In addition to the stories on the opposite page, countless L.A. businesspeople had direct experience with last week's terrorist attacks or knew people who did. Here are some of their stories.
Women and men business owners surpass the general population in their level of involvement in philanthropy, both in money donated and time volunteered, according to a new survey that was conducted by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWB
Reflecting a fundamental increase of women in the workplace in the last 10 years, a variety of state and federal laws now mandate that an employer provide time off to employees for medical reasons, including to care of ill or injured family members, to bo
With three times the billings of its nearest competitor, Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall is a big firm that takes on big projects.
Up until last Tuesday, those were just words to most anyone under 65 anyone who wasn't around during Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. Books and movies helped put some context on those terrible days, and we nodded sympathetically when our parents and gran
Once touted as a prominent piece of L.A.'s downtown renaissance, the telecommunications industry has, like its dot-com cousin, hit a wall.
The very essence of downtown, the skyscraper creates the silhouette of a skyline and an identity for a city.
If jitters caused by the recent terrorist attacks are not enough to keep corporate travelers off airplanes, the extended wait time to get on board at LAX will surely do the trick.
Seeking to boost revenues in an industry stung by a decline in advertising, Stagebill Media has purchased Los Angeles-based Performing Arts Magazine.
The new war began with pictures of smoke, mushrooming smoke, billowing clouds of smoke, smoke that rose above the busiest skyline in the busiest city in the busiest nation in the world, yellow smoke and white smoke and a deathly shade of gray smoke. Smoke
Most Admired Person: Michael Weiss, president and chief executive of The Limited Inc.'s Express stores. "He has a great eye for what people want to buy before they know it."
The spartan offices of the Healthcare Action Campaign look similar to the temporary digs politicians set up when running for office: bare floors, stacks of literature and an assortment of maps and boards on the walls.
On Tuesday, civilization's modern nightmare materialized as terrorists attacked American cities, destroying national landmarks and exacting a terrible human toll. But even as smoke billowed across Manhattan and dust settled over Washington, this mighty na
The dot-com bubble was inflated by companies built to please consumers but lacking any real plan to turn a profit.
As the financial community anxiously awaits the markets to return to even near-normal operations, it's becoming increasingly clear that local dealmaking would remain disrupted in various ways for months to come.
Amid the horror evoked by the carnage in New York and Washington, there really isn't much for most long-term savers and investors to do.
TOKYO As an American, a New Yorker by birth and a resident of Washington D.C. until a month ago, last week's terrorist attacks were especially surreal for me.
Core Business: Designer, manufacturer and distributThe dot-com bubble was inflated by companies built to please consumers but lacking any real plan to turn a profit.
This is a site dedicated to the public and private finance industry, but it has a lot of venture capital and private equity news that you can't find anywhere else. I'm an ex-investment banker, so I just look at general financial news that is interesting
It's noon, and Mia Brucelango just finished her third back-to-back meeting of the morning.
When enthusiasts talk about private accounts as part of Social Security, they're selling a dream. It's as easy as your company 401(k), they say.
From Lucille Ball to Ally McBeal, some of TV's classic moments have been captured at Ren-Mar Studios
When physicians informed 47-year-old Patricia O'Rourke* that cancer had spread from the base of her skull to enclose a portion of her spine, the Los Angeles-area social worker knew that her spinal cord was being held a virtual hostage. Since injury to her
The path to Jerry Scott's career began in Philadelphia at age 6, when he pulled his little red wagon around his neighborhood, collecting waste paper and bottles to sell at a nearby recycling center.
After years of failed attempts to revitalize the North Hollywood commercial district, local business leaders have one more trick up their sleeves: a farmers market in the parking lot of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
NEW YORK I was in a taxi, heading down Manhattan's West Side Highway for a conference at the World Trade Center when the first airliner flew over us and crashed into the North Tower. It was 8:50 a.m.
There is a bit of optimism in L.A.'s legal community that business will be back to something close to normal within several weeks. But they also forecast some grim legal ramifications.
A mediator has been called into the stalled contract negotiations between the management and news production assistants at KFWB-AM (980). The talks will resume on Oct. 1, according to station officials.
As development continues at traditional spots around Hollywood, Western Avenue is quietly emerging as Tinseltown's new eastern boundary.
An organizing campaign that is signing up underpaid and overworked caretakers. A legislative assault for safe staffing legislation. A publicity blitz painting facility operators as uncaring for the health of their patients.
Of all members of the medical profession, doctors would appear to be the most unlikely to join unions. Indeed, a majority of the nation's nearly 800,000 doctors are prohibited by federal antitrust laws from collective bargaining because they are considere
While the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon brought huge ratings to television and radio stations last week, L.A. media lost countless sums in their effort to cover the history-making tragedy without advertising.
Marilyn Simes, chief executive of Digital Instincts Inc. in Tuckahoe, N.Y., was one of the more than 2,000 women who crowded into Navy Pier in Chicago last week for the 15th annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference. She flew from New York to Illinois loo
Monday, September 10
Sun Microsystems, Variety and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment are among the sponsors of next month's Entertainment Globalization Initiative conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
It's extensive, and there's tons of stuff for small business owners. I use this site mostly for general information on small business. The most interesting sections for me are "Start-Ups," "Marketing" and "Management." From a business perspective, it's an
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will likely name its new president and chief executive this week or early next week, according to sources familiar with the chamber. And, for the first time in at least 15 years, the new president may be a career c
Should Taiwan be an independent country? And should the U.S. support Taiwan in its quest for independence?
Two separately owned public radio stations in L.A. have joined forces to promote each other on the air.
Bowl Finale: Get ready for Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. On Sept. 14, 15 and 16 there will be a big bang in celebration of John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra's first 10 years. They will be playing a combination of show tunes and classical pi
Core Business: Manufactures metal components for aerospace and electric companies
Some big-name private colleges and universities say they're taking a new tack on student aid.
Young, maybe, but callow? Never. Well-trained, aggressive and deeply immersed in a culture driven by the media, Hollywood's new dealmakers are ready to take the reins when their mentors step aside.
Detour Magazine has taken a major wrong turn. Faced with mounting debts, failed ventures and internal problems, parent company Detour Media Group Inc. is looking for a partner to help keep the L.A.-based fashion and lifestyle magazine alive.
With tenants moving into the CaliforniaMart this week as part of a deal to lease 1 million square feet to gift and home accessories sellers, displaced apparel showroom occupants are contacting him for new space in his art deco building next door.
Once again, there are signs that downtown Los Angeles is reaching a kind of critical mass in its much-promised turnaround.
That, in essence, is the finding of a recent Time/CNN poll. Most of us think most of our kids are overindulged, materialistic brats.
Historians say the real money was made not by gold miners in the California Gold Rush, but by suppliers. Every miner, of which there were several hundred thousand by 1854, needed food, clothes, and most importantly, equipment. Store owners prospered durin
Los Angeles mergers-and-acquisitions activity slowed significantly in August, with 20 percent fewer deals announced than were struck in August 2000, according to Mergerstat, an L.A.-based research firm.
As new chief executive of the Reason Foundation, David Nott wants to be at the forefront of the next intellectual movement.
Like the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz," L.A.'s investment bankers are pointing in two directions at once, saying that each path will lead to success.
It's heartening to hear that the United States government is planning to fund a system to help Internet users avoid online censorship.
City National Bank is shopping for 240,000 square feet of office space downtown or in Burbank where it can consolidate its back office banking operations.
The Los Angeles Times appeared poised to announce the closure of its three weekly newspapers late last week, according to various sources.
Fujita Corp. USA was one of several Japanese companies that swarmed L.A.'s real estate market in the 80s.
We all know that success has many parents and failure is an orphan. But in Hollywood, every deal win or lose has an extended family.
A year ago I was wiping egg off my face regarding some stocks I had recommended based on their low price-to-cash-flow ratio.
During my brief stint covering the entertainment industry, I was continually urged to make friends with lawyers. Behind all of Hollywood's glamour and ego, my colleagues advised, they are the ones who know most everything.
Today's industry power brokers are a younger breed who are leaving their mark on an ever more complex entertainment scene
Education: Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, master's degree from University of Hawaii, Stanford Law School
Mystified by the failure of big shareholders like mutual funds and pension funds to complain about the ever-rising executive pay at companies they invest in?
When Jack Tamkin returned home from a two-year stint in the U.S. Army in 1957, his future was waiting for him in his father's business, Tamkin Towel Service. He managed a crew of 250 employees contracted to wash laundry for Los Angeles' junior high and hi
At first blush, Granite Broadcasting Corp. looks like one of many TV-station companies pummeled by the slump in ad revenues.
Who doesn't like business referrals? The people who are directed to a specific vendor gain confidence from doing business with an outfit recommended by someone they know. The individuals who make such referrals provide a value-added service by steering th
Most Impressive Deal: Renegotiating Dick Wolf's back-end compensation for "Law & Order"
Hollywood's Old Boys Club lives on sort of. Just look at the Business Journal's list of top dealmakers. Only one woman among them.
After being shelved for more than 10 years, the fashion headband is experiencing a major revival.
Mutual-fund investors needn't look far to find a reason to celebrate September and the business new year.
L.A. is getting a taste of the raw foods craze where celebrities and regular food buffs alike pledge their palates to the uncooked meal--crunchy concoctions untouched by boiling, broiling or frying
As expected, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on developers' plans to build a $1 billion entertainment center with a 1,200-room hotel and 7,000-seat theater next to Staples Center.
One night in July, Muhammed Rahman, his wife and family scrubbed their Van Nuys restaurant until 3 o'clock in the morning. When they had finished, Passage to India, the restaurant Rahman has owned for more than 15 years, sparkled.
Two entertainment companies are seeking to overturn the Los Angeles City Council's approval of a $65 million apartment complex that the companies said would force them out of their Westside industrial park.
Computer game software publisher THQ Inc. is known for such titles such as "WWF Royal Rumble" and "Jedi Power Battle." But in the past few weeks, the Calabasas-based company has been preparing for its own kind of warfare.
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Despite lease expirations and the departures of several movie theaters, leasing activity in Westwood remains positive as anticipation builds around the reopening of the Bullocks Westwood/Macy's site.
Read Homestore.com's press releases and things look pretty good for the Westlake Village-based Internet real estate services company.
When newly elected L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti was named to chair the council's economic development and employment committee, more than a few eyebrows were raised in L.A.'s business community.
The decision by San Francisco-based Cooley Godward to lay off lawyers and support staff is sending ripples through the legal community, which has been holding its breath for signs of the first massive law firm layoff.
As any L.A. motorist could readily attest, local streets are in rough shape. In some parts of town, you can't go two blocks without running over a pothole or bumping along on cracked pavement. And when you call to complain, you're told it will take months
A majority of the state's hospitals saw their financial condition deteriorate over the last decade to the point where they had negative operating margins and, in a potential crisis for the health care system, could close should economic conditions grow wo
Your editorial, ("Stores To A Fault?" July 30) is critical of the convergence of so many new retail developments in Los Angeles. However, you overlook that each of the areas you identified not only has its own distinctive flavor, each has a population clo
Relaxed zoning reguations spur an onslaught of downtown development activity
When Pasadena Weekly Editor Kevin Uhrich met David Comden, he knew the sleepy community newspaper was in for a jolt.
It takes some serious belt-tightening to strengthen your business if your sales are down, your customers have disappeared and you are dipping into personal savings to meet the payroll. Here are some practical, easy-to-implement, cost-cutting strategies to
It looks like investors finally have absolved International Remote Imaging Systems Inc. for the sin of straying from its core business.
The pricetag for personal computers has been on a steady decline as of late, much to the chagrin of the major manufacturers. But while profit margins are down, the technology continues to advance. Though it seems like a good time to get a great deal, many
Monday, September 3
My name is MR. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, and I'm an ordinary "grassroots" citizen writing to complain about the harsh treatment Microsoft has received from your municipality/county/state/nation.
Culver City - Crenshaw-area Democratic Assemblyman Herb Wesson last month emerged as heir apparent to termed-out Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg. If he gets the post and a vote could come as early as January it would mark the third consecutive L.A.
Core Business: Security consulting, executive protection and private investigation
For three decades, the Shubert has been delighting L.A. theater-goers. As the venue heads into its final months, critics perhaps remember it best
Once among the top 25 public relations firms in Los Angeles, with a client list that has included giants such as Chevron Corp. and City National Bank, Stoorza Communications has shrunk its local operation to three employees as part of a company-wide downs
Los Angeles has lost its title as the manufacturing capital of the U.S., a spot it has held for the last five years, according to a study being released this week by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
When regulators seized WATTSHealth Foundation Inc. last month, it was the second HMO the state had moved against since May when it took control of Maxicare Health Plans Inc.
Turnaround consultants have a tough time getting their clients to talk about them. When they are attempting to save a troubled business, the owner is usually too upset to discuss their efforts. After the crisis, when the business is back on track, the bus
If you are a business owner, it is inevitable that your company will bring or defend the "big case." The big case is the kind of litigious matter that will have a profound effect on the future of your company. It may even be a case where you are betting t
Summer's over, and it's back to school time. Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us, with its whirlwind of obligations, and then 2001 will be history. As the months slip by, setting goals can be helpful in getting things accomplished befor
The inspiration for the House of Blues nightclub chain originally sprung from the 1980 cult classic "The Blues Brothers," starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
If the Legislature fails to act on two key energy-related issues, California will have taken a major step toward establishing a government-run, statewide utility system.
This one comes from the Houston area, where a mother felt compelled to explore legal action after enrolling her child in kindergarten only to find that gasp! the school had a dress code.
As other entertainment companies look for ways out of the hole created by the advertising slump that hit last year, Westwood One Inc. has used more conservative financial strategies to remain on solid ground.
This is the Web site for the American Zoological and Aquarium Association. The reason this site is important is it gives me information on other zoos in the country. If someone opens another exhibit I'd like to see what problems they might have. When you
A bit player in the world of mutual funds looks ready to try out for a larger role. The performer in question is the emerging-markets bond funds population, which started out small in the early 1990s and has stayed that way. Until recently their obscurity
Gov. Gray Davis' proposed $2.9 billion bailout plan for Southern California Edison hasn't gone over too well so far. But it may not matter.
Since lawmakers worried about auto safety have begun taking cell phones out of the hands of drivers, for consistency's sake they should address the mascara problem as well.
There's nothing like the threat of a hospital closure to get lawmakers' attention.
Spurred by the successes of the developers with whom they've worked, two contractors are jumping headlong into the downtown loft business.
James Smith has just taken on one of the toughest jobs in town making sure 3.6 million people and 100,000 businesses receive 900,000 daily postal deliveries.
By nearly doubling its space at 707 Wilshire Blvd., AON Service Corp. established enough of a presence to secure building-top signage rights and the right to eventually rename the second-tallest building in downtown Los Angeles.
The man behind a socially responsible ice cream company on the East Coast has plans to create a socially responsible apparel company on the West Coast.
When neighbors heard that a self-storage building was going up near their historic homes, they feared it would be some boxy structure with dull concrete walls and no windows.
On the heels of the Aug. 20 resignation of IHOP Corp. Chief Operating Officer Dennis Leifheit, a number of franchisees have stepped up their criticism of operational decisions made by the Glendale-based chain. They see overly aggressive expansion in the m
Besides Gary Condit, the news vacuum these last few weeks has been filled with reports that the federal government's much-ballyhooed surplus is dramatically shrinking and that Social Security funds are likely to be used to make up for the operational shor
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In what may be the largest fraud litigation in California history, attorneys representing French bank Credit Lyonnais last week filed a motion in U.S. District Court to have one of three related cases transferred from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where i
Industrial Wire Products Corp. of Los Angeles has been acquired by Tree Island Industries Inc. of Canada for an undisclosed price, creating the second-largest wire manufacturer on the West Coast.
It was 1956, the Olympics were on in Melbourne, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Ed Wedbush, now president of downtown-based Wedbush Morgan Securities, was taking in a UCLA B-school professor on why the newly rich stock market was not a fleeti
Wherehouse Entertainment Inc., which climbed out of bankruptcy protection four years ago to emerge as one of the nation's largest music retailers, is once again undergoing a makeover to refocus its farflung chain after getting caught up in the overall ind
Education: A.B. Biology, Providence College; M.D. School of Medicine, John Hopkins University
Although Richard Snyder had no idea growing up what he wanted to do, he knew exactly what he did not want: school. After dropping out of Los Angeles Valley College in 1976, he took various sales clerk positions before landing a $7-an-hour job at F & S Fab
Here's another Oscar statuette director Steven Spielberg may want to consider saving from commercial exploitation.
Next week's Latin Grammys may well demonstrate that the house that Jack Kent Cooke built and Jerry Buss bought is still capable of raising the roof.
It's time for a visit with an old friend the Sane Portfolio. I designed the Sane Portfolio in August 1999 for "slightly conservative investors." The original 12 stocks have produced a two-year return of about 34 percent, compared to a loss of about 12 p
While much of the attention is focused on the fall opening of TrizecHahn Development Corp.'s Hollywood & Highland a mixed-use project at its namesake intersection others have been working to anchor the eastern side of the once-tarnished neighborhood.
Are you suddenly feeling too far out on a spending limb? Time to dial back, spend less, save more.
After years of environmental protests, financial squabbles and lost business, the folks at Playa Vista are looking to make over their image with a flashy advertising campaign.
The post was created two years through a city ordinance sponsored by then-Councilwoman Laura Chick after a report from then-City Controller Rick Tuttle concluded that the city was failing to collect some $50 million in business taxes and tens of million
As highlighted in a recent Business Journal cover story ("Insider Sales Skyrocket at L.A. Companies," Aug. 20), investors frequently look to insider selling activity in public companies to assess confidence in a company's future. Far from being in the thr
Richard Riordan arrives back in Los Angeles this week, fresh from an Italian vacation with fellow mogul Eli Broad and their wives. Next up: a whirlwind courtship of Republican Party conservatives.
Hot Nights: The Hollywood Bowl will heat up with the sounds of New Orleans jazz musicians Pete Fountain and Dr. John at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Dr. John began his career as a session guitarist during the 1950s' heyday of R & B; in New Orleans.
At Sharon Care Center on Third Street in Los Angeles one recent morning, a group of patients lounged easily, sipping coffee and chatting against the backdrop of a caf & #233;-like patio.
After months of speculation in local TV circles, KCOP-TV Channel 13 has laid off 12 employees in the accounting and programming departments, according to sources at the station.
When the going gets tough, the tough get anxious so they go to an economic forecast, hoping to get a glimpse of the road ahead.