Stories for April 2002

Monday, April 29

Biomedical Park Given New Life in Compromise Plan

USC has reached a broad agreement with Los Angeles County that will allow its stalled plan for a biomedical research park next to County-USC Medical Center to move forward.

Merchants Split Over Effects of a Breakup

There are days when Donato Caputo doesn't get a single customer at his Sherman Oaks barber shop located within two blocks of six hair salons along Ventura Boulevard.

Korean Banks Face Increased Scrutiny On Cash Dealings

Chang Kyu Park was nearly 30 before he saw his first check. It was 1971, the year he immigrated to the United States from Korea.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Ad Picture Brightening for Local Television Stations

Media by Claudia Peschiutta

NEWSMAKERS

Renovated Century Plaza Gets Familiar Face

Review & Preview

Weekly News Summary and Preview

New Owner of Westwood's Crest to Keep Reels Turning

Robert Bucksbaum takes a pad and pen and writes the number: $3.2 million. It's too much money to utter aloud. All the same, he never hesitated when he got the chance to buy the Crest Theatre in Westwood.

Small Business Profile: The Entertainers

A new line of adult action figures is the latest creation for SOTA Corp., a firm

How a Valley City Would Operate

It's all but assured that voters will determine this November whether the San Fernando Valley should secede from the city of Los Angeles, creating an historic showdown that likely will reshape the city's future.

Investor Group In Debt Deal for Arco Plaza Site

An investor group has a $300 million deal to acquire the debt on Shuwa Investment Corp.'s portfolio of downtown Los Angeles office properties including Arco Plaza and is positioning itself to take title to the assets, several real estate sources said.

Hollywood, Harbor Towns Face Uphill Secession Fight

L.A. Divided The Battle Over Secession

Disaster In The Making

Comment by Mark Lacter

My Favorite Sites

Favorite Websites of Gary Chang, film composer, Gary Chang Music Co. Inc.

Disgrunted Merrill Clients Find Friends at Local Firm

Wall Street West by Benjamin Mark Cole

Even Trusted Staff Can Become Dishonest Bookkeepers

Entrepreneur's Notebook by Tod V. Beebe and Thomas E. Mccurnin

REIT Pushes Biotech in Pasadena

When David Rozzell was looking to expand his biotech startup after outgrowing a cramped 2,500-square-foot wet lab near Huntington Memorial Hospital he figured he might have to move out of pricey Pasadena.

Deal Nears for Major Glendale Office, Development Site

Real Estate by Danny King

LABJ Forum: Celebrity Dirt in a Post-9-11 World

On April 18, one-time television cop Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested and charged in the shooting death of Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. A trial would be the most high-profile celebrity murder case in Los Angeles since O.J. Simpson's prosecu

L.A. Stories / The Roving Eye

Weekly Columns

Complaints Prompt City to Revisit News Rack Rules

Placing a news rack on a Los Angeles sidewalk is easy. No permit is required and while there are some rules, they mostly go unenforced.

Weekly Briefing - Bakery Shop Faces Up To Cake-Making Duty

Seeing famous faces is not unusual at Regal Cake Gallery where an entire wall is adorned with autographed photographs of celebrity patrons.

Fox's Biggest Fan

PEOPLE INTERVIEW: Sports Net President Tracy Dolgin revamps programming to give cable network a sharper identity in ever-costlier industry.

Shopping Center May Find Distinction as Tourist Stop

Spotlight on Lynwood

End to UCLA Housing Crisis Seen in Building, Buying

The University of California at Los Angeles is taking several aggressive steps to cope with its housing shortage, spurred by an expected 12 percent increase in students by 2010 and a desire to lessen the ratio of commuters.

New Cable Channel Looks for Good Life

Ken Solomon claims to be feeling fine. The president of Fine Living, Scripps Networks' fourth cable channel, Solomon is touting a new distribution deal as a signal that the channel dedicated to "maximizing precious free time" is on the cusp of gaining a

Sonnenschein Law Firm Gains In Exodus of LeBoeuf Attorneys

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal came to town a decade ago and has been growing rapidly since. Good for Sonnenschein, bad for LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae LLP.

Water Marketer Benefits as Sector, Firm Gain Attention

Corporate Focus by Anthony Palazzo

Youbet.com Wins With Churchill Downs

Technology by Christopher Keough:

Executive Summary / The Pacesetter

Summary and highlights of this week's List - Insurance Brokers, Ranked by 2001 L.A. County revenues

Hospital Reaches Out to College To Help Boost Nursing Program

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has its own solution to the state's nursing shortage: if you can't find any, train them yourself.

L.A. Not as Volatile of a Place Decade After Riots Rocked City

Commentary By EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, author and columnist on KPFK Radio, 90.7FM

Increased Courtroom Antics Draw Attention as Blake Case Nears Trial

Nearly a decade after "If it does not fit, you must acquit," a new celebrity trial awaits and with it, the possibility of new courtroom histrionics.

Plunging Pension Income Seen Threatening Stocks

An accounting tactic that's allowed some companies to pad their earnings with pension-plan income is beginning to backfire. With stock markets in reverse the past two years, pension income at Fortune 500 companies has fallen dramatically.

Stealth Software Is Deemed Less Than Brilliant

For a man who needs to win the trust of tens of millions of computer users around the world or face bankruptcy, Kevin Bermeister did not exactly get off on the right foot.

Monday, April 22

L.A. Stories / The Roving Eye

Weekly Columns

Some Dot-Com Firms Found Secret to Survival

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

Sims, Longtime News Chief, Departs KNX; Ed Pyle Takes Charge

KNX-AM (1070) switches news directors this week, but no programming changes are planned at L.A.'s top news radio station.

Air Force Makes Deal For Boeing's C-17 Jet, Keeping Facility Alive

The Air Force has agreed to purchase 60 additional C-17 cargo planes from Boeing Co., keeping the defense contractor's Long Beach plant at its full 7,500-employee staffing for another six years.

Westside Homeowners Believe Councils Will Dilute Their Clout

POLITICS by Howard Fine

Large Real Estate Practice Leads to Conflict Questions

In representing Credit Suisse First Boston in the $300 million buyout of a majority interest in the 73-story Library Tower, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP reinforced its place as one of the city's premier real estate firms.

Don't Show Me the Money: Genex Lives Without VCs

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

People Interview: Power Broker

David Wiggs, L.A. Department of Water & Power's general manager, presides over a once lauded agency now dogged by overbilling charges.

My Favorite Sites

Favorite Websites of Farsh Askari Senior television editor, filmTracker.com

Failure of Big Firms Creates Room for Small Developers

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

Ballot Battle Looms Over Santa Monica Historic Zone Plan

For the City of Santa Monica's Landmarks Commission, it's about history, not control. For a local homeowner's group, it's about freedom, not money.

Women-Only Club Can't Work Out New Lease, Will Close Down

Retail News by Deborah Belgum

Time Running Out for Fixes at Homestore.com

The clock is winding down at Homestore.com. Over the past several months, the once-mighty real estate portal has endured an accounting scandal, a management overthrow, the evaporation of more than $2 billion in market value and the temporary suspension of

Idealab, Investors Still Sparring Over Buyback

Technology by Christopher Keough

City Tries to Shed Image of County Bureaucratic Center

Spotlight On Norwalk

Shift From Hardware Gives Tech Firm New Focus, Cash

Corporate Focus by Anthony Palazzo

LABJ FORUM: Spending Time on the Net

For many, the Internet has become an essential part of the day. From e-mail to online stores to news, Internet sites are being used by even the most techno-phobic. Meanwhile, news about the dot-com implosion has made more people aware of many facets of wh

Plan Shaped to Push Farmer Brothers Stock

Unhappy shareholders of Farmer Brothers Co. have taken a first step in an effort to pressure management of the secretive, family-run company to take some shareholder-friendly actions.

Review & Preview

Weekly News Summary and Preview

Opportunity Remains Even As Consolidation Continues

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

NEWSMAKERS

People and Businesses in the News

Having Reached Heights, Entrepreneur Returns to Roots

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

Good Deals Still Find Funds In New Era of VC Investing

THE INTERNET'S NEXT WAVE - STAKING OUT A SPOT

Small Business Profile: A Bigger Picture

Houston Fearless 76 uses expertise in photo processing to move into a growing market for industrial strength pollution control systems for manufacturers

Nothing Ambiguous About Apparel Company's Growth

When apparel industry veteran Don Kerkes was looking to invest in Irvine clothing upstart Ambiguous Industries, he turned to his teenage daughter.

Bell Gardens Lease is Latest Buy For New York Group

Real Estate by Danny King

Budget Outlook Improves in City, Worse in County

The city's financial situation has improved in recent months and, thanks to previous belt-tightening and a little creativity, there only will be cuts of about $38 million in the $4.8 billion 2002-03 budget, with most of those coming from internal operatio

Expected Gains From Jet Orders Tempered by Cuts

The Pentagon plans to trim fiscal year 2004 requests for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor and F/A-18 Super Hornet projects that would have generated up to 17,000 jobs locally.

Calpers Insurance Deal Seen Signaling Ongoing Rate Hikes

Health care inflation is rising more rapidly than was projected even a few months ago, and the pace isn't expected to subside anytime in the near future.

Riordan Faces Tough Run at Publishing

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan who just came off a grueling campaign and ultimate defeat in the Republican primary, has confirmed that he will start a newspaper in Los Angeles by this summer.

Office Suite Operations Falter in Dot-Com Fade

Lease space in a trophy office building, reconfigure it for as many individual offices as possible, and wire it to the hilt. All that was left was to staff it with secretaries and technical support, then wait for entrepreneurs willing to pay $8 to $10 per

EUniverse Signed Deal With Controversial Stock Broker

Wall Street West by Benjamin Mark Cole

Workers' Comp Crisis Taking Hold in State

When state legislators moved to deregulate the workers' compensation insurance market almost a decade ago, they envisioned increased competition that would drive down employer premiums. And for five years, that's what happened.

Seeking Best Loan Terms Extends Beyond Lowest Rates

Entrepreneur's Notebook by Mark Hafner

Parties Take Positions As State Set to Revisit Nurse Staffing Levels

Just months after Gov. Gray Davis released proposed regulations on nursing staff levels, unions and the hospital industry are ready to go head-to-head over the issue again.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Lost in the Translation

Shortage of Interpreters Causes Delays in Trials

Blue Cross Chafes At High Ranking On "Political" List

Health Care by Laurence Darmiento

New NPR Base Bubbles Up on Westside

Media by Claudia Peschiutta

Executive Summary / The PaceSetter

Summaries of this Week's List - Real Estate Appraisal Firms, ranked by the number of licensed real estate appraisers in L.A. County

Gibson Dunn Taps Local Attorney for Managing Partner

LAW by Amanda Bronstad

WEEKLY BRIEFING: Owner of Wellness Spa Keeps Healthy Outlook

Weekly Column - Small Business

COMMENT: Choosing One Of Your Own

Commentary by Mark Lacter

Monday, April 15

Staples Expansion, Southern Anchor, Awaits Public Funds

Staples Expansion, Southern Anchor, Awaits Public Funds

Software Firm Redoubles Overseas Push

Technology by Christopher Keough

Public, Private Effort Created Philadelphia's Arts Avenue

Public, Private Effort Created Philadelphia's Arts Avenue

LABJ Forum: Searching for a New Chief?

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted against giving Chief Bernard Parks a second five-year term. Although the City Council could overturn the commission's decision, that appears unlikely and the names of potential successors to Parks are bei

Spotlight on South Pasadena

Long-Awaited Train Station Leaves Shopkeepers Fretting

Arts Advocate Pushes Greater Use of Downtown Space

Arts Advocate Pushes Greater Use of Downtown Space

Cause for Optimism Seen Despite Continued Weakness

Cause for Optimism Seen Despite Continued Weakness

Slow, Steady Growth Marks Ongoing Rebound of Market

Slow, Steady Growth Marks Ongoing Rebound of Market

Second Generation of Attorneys Keeps Boutique Firm Up to Date

Norman Tyre, who died in January at the age of 91, had been coming to work every day until a couple of months before his death, climbing the five flights of stairs to the firm's Rodeo Drive offices in Beverly Hills.

Adelphia Finances Cloud Future of L.A. Franchises

Whether or not debt-ridden Adelphia Communications Corp. puts its prized L.A. properties on the block, the company's financial problems could have a bearing on its renewal of long-term franchise contracts in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Uncertainty Keeps Tenants

Uncertainty Keeps Tenants On Guard in Quiet Market

Prescription for Profit

Tenet Healthcare boosts revenues, influence by adding patient services.

LAUSD Brass Feathers Nest as Teachers Depart

COMMENTARY: Sports fans wouldn't cheer for an overpaid coach and a big stadium if the team didn't have any seasoned players. Yet the Los Angeles Unified School District continues to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on top officials and their wasteful

Small Business Profile: Local Hero

Nearly 100 years old, Williams' Book Store has outlasted large national competitors to become a San Pedro staple and the oldest bookstore in L.A.

A Rapper's Tribute, By Unlikely Partners

When a bunch of Chinese-American techies meet straight-out-of-Compton rappers, something interesting is bound to happen. In the case of Ruthless Records and Univessence Digital Studios Inc., it's a video game based on the musings of the late rapper Eric "

First Quarter Deals Lag as Market Turns

Mergers-and-acquisitions activity in Los Angeles County remained at depressed levels during the first quarter, tracking a worsening national trend, according to statistics compiled by Mergerstat LP.

District Taps Pillsbury Winthrop To Guide Belmont Construction

Also: Latham, Not L.A.

L.A. Stories/The Roving Eye

Weekly LABJ Columns

Weekly Briefing: Leaving Beach Behind, Jeweler Chooses Retail

Weekly Column by David Greenberg

West Valley's Strength Helps Market Maintain Equilibrium

West Valley's Strength Helps Market Maintain Equilibrium

Executive Summary / The PaceSetter

Summaries of this Week's List - Public Relations agencies Ranked by 2001 L.A. County fee income

Magic's Mayoral Aspirations Must Go Beyond Race

Opinion by EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON

Review & Preview

Weekly review of Top Stories; plus preview of upcoming week.

Base of Small Tenants Helps Complex Outpace Market

Real Estate by Danny King

Softening Continues, Hit by Entertainment Consolidation

Softening Continues, Hit by Entertainment Consolidation

New Chief Executive Looks To Steady Initiative's Ship

Media by Claudia Peschiutta

Activity by Small Businesses Causes Drop in Vacancy Rate

Activity by Small Businesses Causes Drop in Vacancy Rate

Parks Ouster Likely to Stem Tide of Police Defections

Also: Mayor Produces Victory as Voters Show Write Stuff

Market Finally Notices Effects of Economic Downturn

Market Finally Notices Effects of Economic Downturn

Cutting Business Insurance Costs May Prove Expensive

Entrepreneur's Notebook by BRIAN KABATECK

Major Retail Projects Fail to Counter Aging Office Base

Major Retail Projects Fail to Counter Aging Office Base

My Favorite Sites

Favorite Websites of Paul Nadel, managing partner, Eastwest Venturegroup

INTERVIEW: Sea Worthy

Stepped-up security and increased container volume has Larry Keller anxious for the Alameda Corridor

Smaller Deals Dominate as Market Girds for More Space

Smaller Deals Dominate as Market Girds for More Space

Wilshire Vacancies Decline; Market Becomes Alternative

Wilshire Vacancies Decline; Market Becomes Alternative

San Gabriel: They Hear the Trains a-Comin'

The $2.4 billion, 20-mile Alameda Corridor project connecting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the rail yards near downtown is supposed to make life easier for commuters and shippers alike.

Newsmakers

People and Businesses in the News

Courts Won't Give Doctors Relief From Unpaid Medical Bills

The California Medical Association has reached the end of the line in its lawsuit against Blue Cross of California, Health Net Inc. and several other managed care plans over unpaid medical bills.

Right for Lawyers to Sue Each Other at Issue in Case

A case born out of a Hollywood divorce and now pending before the California Supreme Court could determine whether accountants and lawyers have the right to sue one another after a deal goes awry.

Vision of Monumental Boulevard Gets Off to Fitful Start

Vision of Monumental Boulevard Gets Off to Fitful Start

Revival of Bookings Ends Dry Spell for Radio Stations

L.A. radio is on a comeback trail, as two years of financial woes from the dot-com implosion, the recession and the after-effects of Sept. 11 appear to be running their course.

Andersen Employees Bolting Firm Before Layoffs Come Down

Local employees of beleaguered accountant Arthur Andersen are starting to leave the firm.

Market Continues to Tighten As Tenants Leave Sidelines

Market Continues to Tighten As Tenants Leave Sidelines

Overture's "Victim" Role in Merrill Controversy Open to Interpretation

Overture Services Inc. claims to be the victim of allegedly tainted investment advice given out by Wall Street brokerage house Merrill Lynch last year, and it's easy to see why.

Loss of Contract Spurs Reshuffling at Boeing Satellite

In the wake of losing a $900 million contract earlier this year to help build next-generation communications satellites for the Air Force, Boeing Co. is restructuring its El Segundo manufacturing operation.

Riordan Rejoins Old Firm Though Role is Undefined

Wall Street West by Benjamin Mark Cole

Increased Sublease Volume Helps Push Vacancies Higher

Increased Sublease Volume Helps Push Vacancies Higher

CEOs and Proletariats

Comment by Mark Lacter

Post-Attack Pullback Slows Activity, Increases Vacancies

Post-Attack Pullback Slows Activity, Increases Vacancies

Monday, April 8

Distribution Firm Agrees to Sale as Bankruptcy Ends

Retail

Business Has Learned to Let Community Lead

Commentary By GARY STEWART, President of the Board at the Liberty Hill Foundation and a former board member at the Social Venture Network.

L.A. Stories/The Roving Eye

Weekly LABJ Columns

South L.A.'s Sketchy Recovery - Hard-Hit Area Better Off, But Makeover Incomplete

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Angelenos Look Back at Days and Nights of "Anarchy"

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Hotelier's Commission Appointment Sparks Concern

Electing the owner of downtown L.A.'s largest hotel as president of an advisory commission on convention center operations is raising howls of protest from some corners of the hotel and tourism industry.

NEWSMAKERS

People in the News, on the Move;

Spotlight on Brentwood: Success of Tony Retail Strip Has Residents Seeking Limit

For the Brentwood neighbors of the retail stretch along San Vicente Boulevard, a little success has proven too much of a good thing.

Judge Stops Marina Apartment Complex That Had City's OK

Halting a controversial residential development in the heart of a South Bay industrial zone, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the city should not have authorized rezoning of the land.

Merger Plan for National Golf Fails to Calm Outside Investors

After months of negotiations, the independent directors of National Golf Properties Inc. have succeeded in bringing company Chairman David Price into the fold with a restructuring plan that absorbs his distressed, closely held companies.

KCRW Solicits Backers to Fight Online Regulations

KCRW-FM (89.9) is urging its listeners to join the fight against proposed rules and royalties for online radio.

The List: Executive Summary/The Pacesetter

About this week's List

Commentary: Civic Improvement Has Come From Within

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Burned and Looted, Family Store Rises From the Ashes

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Digital Tinkerers Make Games Their Own

id the smell of stale cigarettes, guitars mounted on the wall and computer monitors stacked among a latticework of keyboards and mixing boards, Mario Orsini's dreams appear more suited to a life in the recording industry.

Biotech Billionaire Says Market Not Ready for IPO

Entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann has decided to wait until early next year to take his biotech conglomerate MannKind Corp. public, despite plans for an initial public offering this summer.

Investors Pressure Coffee Firm to Act To Lift Stock Price

Disgruntled shareholders, including some members of the family that runs venerable Farmer Brothers Co., are looking to put pressure on management in hopes of boosting the company's stock price.

Review & Preview

Summary of past week's top stories, plus a look at the upcoming week.

Fremont General Pursues Deal for Sale of Ailing Unit

Fremont General Corp., once the state's second-largest underwriter of workers' compensation insurance, has decided to exit that market and remake itself solely as a financial services firm.

Gangs, Economic Woes Cause Renewed Rise in Crime

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Terror Policy on Trial As Oxy Faces Insurers

With incidents of terrorism against corporations on the rise, the courts could become a testing ground on how businesses should be compensated for their losses.

Replay Weighs Heavy on Fate of Riot-Weary Druggist

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

My Favorite Sites

Favorite Web Sites of Larry Thompson, President, Larry Thompson Entertainment

Strong Economy, Not Government, Made a Difference

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Maguire's Equity in Tower Deal is Unclear

Was MaguirePartners' coup done without cash? That's the question being asked after the developer arranged the buyout of its partner in the 73-story Library Tower, Tokyo-based Dai-ichi Mutual Life.

Rodeo and La Brea: From Fires to Retail Destination

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Bill to Share Costs Of Unpaid Urgent Care Put on Hold

Health Care

Getting HOT

Small Business Profile: Owners of It's A Grind coffee chain pick up steam with ambitious expansion plan throughout Western states

Updated Bombs An Opportunity For Small Firm

The munitions industry has faded in Los Angeles since its heyday during World War II, but Sensor Systems Inc., is poised to grab a piece of the action as the military develops the next generation of "smart bombs."

Fox Family Seller Saban Inks Century City Lease Deal

Real Estate

People Interview: Outside The Arena

Back in the private sector, ex-mayoral hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa turns to family, lecture circuit.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Debt Strategy Seems Sound As Dialysis Firm Recovers

Corporate Focus by Anthony Palazzo: Davita Inc.'s return to financial health, underscored by its current Dutch tender offer to buy back as much as $600 million of its stock, proves that with a change of management, anything's possible.

Biotech Company Sees Fat Profits With Stem Cell Harvest

It's those crazy fads that usually earn the "only in L.A." tag, not biotech startups on the lookout for venture capital. But StemSource Inc. is one local company that might be the exception.

Sun Sets on Effort to Reach Asian Market

Technology

Tenants Face Soaring Operations Costs

Office building landlords have two words for their tenants: Brace yourselves.

Race Relations Improve Amid South City Demographic Shifts

Mixed Messages 10 Years After The Riots

Local Theme Park Operators Set Sights Closer to Home

Theme park operators looking to rebound from the flattest year in a decade are devising various discounts and bonuses to nudge more Southern Californians through their turnstiles.

L.A. Chamber Taps Big Names, Adding Heft to Remade Board

POLITICS

Monday, April 1

Buying a Piece of History

Descendants of original Spanish land grant sell last portion of property.

Senior Partner Defection Puts Firm's Future in Question

Attorneys at Lyon & Lyon LLP will have much to reflect on during the firm's annual partnership retreat this month. Like their future.

Old Tire Centers to Make Way for Retail Developments

Real Estate by Danny King

Small Business Profile: Book Mark

Daniela Soberman's Streamline Press publisher of books on retro style is finding buyers at corner stores, overseas.

Job Loss in L.A. Pales in Comparison to Rest of State

UCLA's Anderson forecast last week concluded that while Los Angeles continues to experience lagging growth in several industries, including entertainment, the area has fared far better than the state as a whole and "is not really participating in the nati

SPOTLIGHT ON VALENCIA

Retail-Office Complex Gives Community a 'Main Street'

Fandango Taking on Moviefone In Battle of Online Ticket Sellers

Online movie ticketing start-up Fandango is mounting a credible challenge to two leading competitors AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Moviefone and Movietickets.com by locking major exhibitors into alliances that include exclusive ticketing deals.

Insurers Cry Politics in Bill That Would Limit Use of Credit Data

The insurance industry is up in arms over a bill that would prohibit the growing practice of using credit information to set premiums and to determine whether to offer insurance to drivers and homeowners.

Small Business Owners Girding To Fight Workers' Comp Costs

Business owners don't often take up picket signs and chant protest slogans. But one L.A. area group that took this approach a decade ago to combat skyrocketing workers' compensation costs is at it again.

State's Energy Woes Not Over, Officials Claim

Power may be plentiful and prices stable for now, but that could change as early as this fall when federal price controls end. And a recent report by federal regulators warns that California could suffer from tight energy markets over the next few years..

Macro Management

Joan Payden has adopted a global perspective when it comes to dealing with $40 billion in clients' assets.

Weekly Briefing: Educational Toy Shop Finally Finds a Home

Bernice Baird-Browning started her toy business, Small Wonders, in a Palos Verdes mini-mall 26 years ago.

Boutique's Retreat Evidence of Pain In Specialty Sector

Retail by Deborah Belgum

Antelope Valley Takes Offensive as B-2 Jobs Threatened by Cracks

A delegation of Antelope Valley businesspeople will lobby California's Congressional delegation later this month amid growing concern that Northrop Grumman Corp. will be forced to shelve plans to restart production of the B-2 Stealth bomber because of cra

Struggling Westside Office Building Sold To Canadian Outfit

The Green Monster just got tamed. The pine-colored Santa Monica Gateway office building, located alongside the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles, has seen nothing but trouble since it was built in 1986.

City Hall Lags in Secession Fight

There's a growing prospect that secession measures for the San Fernando Valley, the Harbor area and Hollywood will be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot and a recent poll shows surprisingly strong support.

L.A. Stories / The Roving Eye

Weekly Columns

Review & Preview

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Retuning for KSUR as Owner Tries to Hit Right Notes

Saul Levine does things few other radio station owners would dare do. His stations play music that appeals to older listeners and draws weak ratings. He pushes aside generous offers to sell.

Executive Summary / The Pacesetter

About this week's List - Minority-owned businesses, L.A. County based; ranked by 2001 companywide revenues.

Creator Defends Afghanistan Video Game

Technology by Christopher Keough

Paramount's Legal Head Returning to Greenberg Practice

Plus: Key Departure Thins O'Melveny Leasing Department

Manufacturer of Auto Parts Needs Stock Super-Charge

Corporate Focus by Anthony Palazzo

Fountain View Taps New Management to Negotiate Chapter 11

Fountain View Inc., the Burbank-based nursing home operator, has hired new management as it restructures under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Cathedral Conference Center Drawing Business Interest

This week, the 200 or so members of the downtown Rotary Club will break a 43-year tradition at the Wilshire Grand Hotel and bring their weekly meeting to order at a new location: the just-completed conference center of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ang

LABJ Forum: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Chances are increasing that secession of the San Fernando Valley, the San Pedro/Wilmington area and Hollywood from the City of Los Angeles will appear on the November 5 ballot. A recent Los Angeles Times poll showed support for secession was 55 percent in

Fox Finds Synergy With Baseball

Viewers tuning into Dodger game broadcasts on KCOP-TV (Channel 13) this season might think they have mistakenly landed on Fox Sports Net West 2. That's because the production team that puts together Net West 2's broadcasts is doing the same for KCOP...

Host of "Marketplace"Adding KCET Show to Resume

Media by Claudia Peschiutta

My Favorite Sites

Favorite Web Sites - Tal Vigderson, Managing Director, Icebox

Sammy Glicks And Tinseltown

Comment by Mark Lacter

NEWSMAKERS

Firm Looks Inward as it Broadens Base.

Historic Herald-Examiner Building to Become Offices

Thirteen years after Hearst Corp. folded the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, the newspaper's historic downtown building will be converted into creative office space to capitalize on the development resurgence in and around nearby Staples Center.