Stories for December 2004
Thursday, December 30
The El Segundo-based global IT services company has signed 65 previously unannounced federal sector business contracts worth nearly $427 million during the third quarter.
As Gov. Schwarzenegger outlines how he intends to deal with an estimated $8 billion budget deficit, will he try to deal with Democrat lawmakers or go directly to the people -- again?
The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a hopeful sign that the recovery in the jobs market is moving forward.
Only a few laws affecting business are taking effect, thanks to the veto pen of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Port of Los Angeles officials released environmental proposals that could affect ship and rail operators as part of a plan to keep pollution emissions at 2001 levels.
There's no cause for concern about a housing bubble. To illustrate the point, KB Home sent out a mug containing a bottle of blowing bubbles as its holiday greeting.
The Dow closed down and the Nasdaq and S & P; gained slightly Thursday as investors collected profits for a second straight day despite an unexpected drop in unemployment claims.
The Dodger Dog will join the product line that includes Spam and Jennie-O Turkey now that Clougherty Packing Co. has been acquired by Hormel Foods Corp. for $186 million.
A surprising drop in unemployment claims and retreating oil prices boosted confidence on Wall Street Thursday, sending stocks higher in light trading.
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The Mountain High resort in Wrightwood, the top draw of its type in Southern California and among the biggest in the state and nation, is up for sale.
Oil for February delivery came back from early losses to close above $43 a barrel in Thursday's abbreviated session, the last trading day of 2004, to score a 33.7 percent gain on the year.
Wednesday, December 29
Time Warner Cable is reportedly in talks to offer cellphone service over Sprint Corp.'s network on a trial basis early in 2005.
U.S. stocks gave back some of their year-end gains Wednesday amid light volume due to continued weakness in the dollar and before the release of U.S. oil inventory data.
Forecasters are expecting the powerful storm that caused floods, mudslides and record-breaking rainfall over the last two days to taper off in the L.A. area by Wednesday afternoon.
Just a year ago, Amgen Inc. took a beating from analysts and the media -- but a spate of good news in the past few months has restored investor confidence.
Sales of existing U.S. homes edged up by 2.7 percent in November as low mortgage rates fueled a record pace of home-buying, a National Association of Realtors report said.
Shares jumped for the second time in two weeks, rising as much as 42 percent in one day due to what has been called 'short covering' -- before settling down to a 1.9 percent loss at market close.
U.S. stocks gave back some of their year-end gains Wednesday amid light volume due to continued weakness in the dollar and concerns over crude oil futures.
The dollar dipped to a new low Wednesday vs. the euro for the fifth straight business day in light year-end trading.
Tuesday, December 28
Franklin Raines, who was forced out by Fannie Mae's board as the CEO, is slated to receive a monthly pension of more than $114,000 for life, according to documents filed with the SEC.
L.A.-based Spanish-language broadcasting giant Univision Communications Inc. exercises its option to purchase the two television stations in San Juan for about $190 million.
While some of L.A. felt a break in the storm as it drifted eastward by mid-afternoon, the rain and winds are expected to resume in much of Southern California throughout the day and into the evening.
Oil prices bounced higher on Tuesday following Monday's fall of nearly $3 as forecasts for warmer weather eased worries about tight supplies of winter fuel.
Diagnostic Products Corp. promotes Sidney Aroesty, the company's senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer, to the additional post of president.
U.S. stocks traded sharply higher Tuesday afternoon as investors were encouraged by strong consumer confidence data that led to a positive outlook on the economy's health.
Consumer confidence jumped in December to a five-month high as consumers reacted positively to job growth and economic expansion.
The parents of a 7-year-old Topanga girl have filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers about the dangerous side effects of Children's Motrin.
It's gotten to be a familiar refrain every Jan. 1: Employers hit with a slew of costly laws, from minimum wage hikes to paid family leave.
The dollar rebounded after sliding to a new low Tuesday against the euro, which peaked at $1.3643 in light post-holiday trading.
Monday, December 27
As the 2004 holiday shopping season ended, L.A.-area retailers were projected to have fared better than those in other parts of the country, thanks in part to a strong local economy.
The Los Angeles economy is expected to grow at a solid pace in 2005, far better than the national average.
Los Angeles County hotels and restaurants have reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve, with many reporting bookings anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent higher than last year.
Plans to reduce pollution at the Los Angeles port complex, including fuel restrictions for ships and trucks, will be released this week.
Oil prices fell more than 6 percent on Monday as forecasts of a return to unseasonably mild winter weather eased fears that thin heating fuel stockpiles could prove inadequate.
U.S. stocks ended lower on Monday in light trading as Wall Street grappled with uninspiring holiday sales reports and waited to see the extent of the damage in Asia.
The dollar settled off 0.7 percent vs. the euro at $1.3615 Monday, after setting a new record low of $1.3638 in earlier trades.
Gas prices kept up their slow descent in the week ended Dec. 27, continuing a slide that started in mid-October.
A final attempt by Sempra Energy to stop the antitrust class action lawsuit from going to trial has failed, following the denial of a writ of mandate by the 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego.
Defying earlier projections of less-than-cheery holiday sales, retailers are beginning to report solid results, helped by a last-minute surge in buying and by a pick-up in sales of holiday gift cards.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Los Angeles Airport and the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach, both on the list of 50 largest hotels in L.A. County, will be sold as part of a $331 million, 12-property deal.
Asian stocks and currencies fell on Monday as a result of the weekend's devastating tsunami triggered by the world's worst earthquake in 40 years.
The Lakers/Miami Heat matchup that reunited former teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal gave ABC the highest ratings for a regular-season NBA game since 1998.
Thursday, December 23
L.A. County officials worry it may cost more than $700,000 to replace official county seals because new decals don't cover the Christian cross on the old design.
The second-largest U.S. hospital chain agreed to pay $31 million to settle 106 individual lawsuits over complications from heart surgery against a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla.
Investors sent major indexes to new multi-year highs Thursday, keeping the Santa Claus rally going for a third day despite a plummeting dollar and signs of weaker consumer spending.
Rose & Kindel Inc., one of L.A.'s top political lobbying and consulting firms, has been acquired by the U.S. unit of London-based public affairs consultancy Huntsworth PLC.
Sales of new U.S. homes fell at the sharpest rate in more than a decade last month, the government said on Thursday.
Macerich Co., a real estate investment trust that owns stakes in 63 U.S. malls, continues its quest for posh malls by agreeing to buy Wilmorite Properties Inc. for nearly $2.3 billion.
Computer Sciences Corp. won an extension of its information technology outsourcing contracts with General Dynamics Corp. said to be worth as much as $1.6 billion.
Shares of the Woodland Hills-based online wagering company jumped 13 percent after it announced a deal to offer live video and wagering for horse races at 10 U.S. racetracks.
Deloitte & Touche LLP has dropped Merisel Inc. from its auditing roster after the common stock of the former high flyer in the technology distribution industry was delisted by the Nasdaq.
Wednesday, December 22
Newly elected San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre is wasting no time in shaking things up as the city's pension fund mess becomes the focus of national attention.
The shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores Inc. will be fully stocked for Christmas now that it has reached an agreement with unionized drivers to prevent a strike.
The five major candidates for L.A. mayor took the stage Tuesday night stinging Mayor James Hahn on a number of issues in the second debate leading up to the March 8 primary.
Oil prices have their biggest decline in two weeks Wednesday after the Energy Department reports an unexpected rise in inventories, calming fears of winter fuel shortages.
The alternative paper will soon start making its online act a daily live show to respond to breaking news faster.
The economy grew at a 4 percent annual rate July through September according to government figures that suggest expansion may continue at a similar pace into 2005.
Con Howe, the longtime city planning director who oversaw major civic improvements to downtown and Playa Vista, will retire next year, L.A. Mayor James Hahn announced.
After printing its 73,000-circulation paper in-house for more than a century, the Daily Breeze has contracted with Southwest Offset Printing Co. to take its press run.
L.A.-based commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield Inc. acquired its Russian partner, Moscow-based Stiles & Riabokobylko, for an undisclosed amount.
Los Angeles is in line for a much larger share of the $3.5 billion in annual anti-terrorism grants from the federal Department of Homeland Security.
The median home price reached $474,570, a 3.6 percent increase from October and a 24.2 percent rise from year earlier, according to the California Association of Realtors.
U.S. stocks climbed on Wednesday as oil prices fell sharply prompted by strong government inventory reports and investors cheered an unexpected jump in the GDP.
U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday as oil prices fell more than $1 and the economy accelerated more than previously thought in the third quarter.
Monday, December 20
With increased regulation, the higher cost of benefits and competition from foreign countries with rock-bottom wages, why would anyone want to go into business these days?
After successfully pushing for reform of the city's business tax, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association is taking on the state's health care mess a much bigger ssue.
Film studios are becoming the real estate play of the moment as entertainment firms sell out.
New restrictions on business were staved off due to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's willingness to use his veto power.
The diverse Los Angeles economy is expected to grow at a steady, if unspectacular, pace in 2005.
The cosmopolitan is a thing of the past and so is the dollar. Ring in 2005 with a Negroni that you paid for with euros and you'll be up to date already.
Organized labor finished the year in a quandary as the rise of the global economy and an influx of eager immigrants have completed the transformation of work into a commodity.
Labor conflicts, takeover talks, Disney's Eisner crisis and soaring home prices made 2004 the year that it was.
Investigations into the administration of Mayor James Hahn have exposed weaknesses in the city's citizen commissions and the lack of oversight of multi-million dollar contracts.
The Business Journal asked a handful of business veterans about some of the biggest changes that filtered down to businesses large and small.
A Fullerton attorney who claims parents have been misled by businesses that store blood from umbilical cords as a potential source of cures to future illnesses is appealing his courtroom loss.
JMB Realty Corp. has filed plans for two condo towers Century City, bringing residences into an area that has been dominated by offices, a few hotels and some retail.
Ferrari buyers don't quibble over the price, and other insights from prominent figures on the L.A. scene.
Rose & Kindel, one of L.A.'s premier lobbying and public affairs firms, is in negotiations to be acquired by a major international public relations company.
The area's hotels and restaurants have reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve, with many reporting bookings anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent higher than last year.
A collection of stories based on the events, people and businesses of Southern California.
Sure, it's tough to compete with companies in low-wage nations but it's still possible.
The Daily Breeze stops its presses, joining The New York Times at an off-site printing plant.
The investigation of Global Crossing Ltd. lacked enough evidence to pierce a legal shield put up by Gary Winnick's lawyers.
With men showing a willingness to shop, retailers are providing more "male" amenities to encourage them to stay a while.
The L.A. City Council last week unanimously approved a plan by California Landmark to build a $75 million condominium tower at the corner of Barrington Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
For more than a decade, winners of the Golden Globe Awards have been practically a sure thing for the Oscars.
It just wasn't Tekelec's week. Has the Calabasas-based company lost its way?
What happens when a roomful of knowledge workers finally hits a wall of fatigue? Productivity falls and burnout increases.
A spate of good news in the past few months has restored investor confidence in Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen Inc.
Wednesday, December 15
A coalition has called on Sacramento to stop using transportation funds to balance the state budget, and warned L.A. County could lose millions in state monies earmarked for traffic-easing projects.
Opposition to a sprawling development in the Newhall Pass area has led Santa Clarita and L.A. officials to block the project by splitting jurisdiction of the 555-acre site, the Daily News reported.
Council members will consider a proposal today supported by organized labor to block developers from converting hotels to condominiums for the next six months.
More than 250 janitors working at two Los Angeles County hospitals vowed to walk off their jobs today in a dispute over wages and increased employee-paid health care costs.
Oil futures prices rose for the third straight day after government data showed a decline in U.S. supplies of crude and heating oil and as cold weather gripped the U.S. Northeast.
The dollar fell versus the euro and the yen, its recent rebound fizzling as dealers refocused attention on the U.S. external deficits and the ability to finance them.
CBS was the most-watched TV network for the week ended Dec. 10 among households and younger viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday.
Shares of the Sun Valley-based company surged as much as 122 percent Wednesday after it set plans for a 7-for-1 stock split to avoid being delisted by the Nasdaq SmallCap Market.
President George W. Bush's bid to restructure Social Security and make tax cuts permanent competed with budget and trade deficit concerns during a two-day conference in Washington.
Ten months after the grocery strike and lockout, profits at Albertsons Inc., Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores and Kroger Co.'s Ralphs are being squeezed by price cuts made to attract shoppers.
U.S. stocks moved slightly higher as earnings from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. provided a lift, even as crude oil prices rose to a 2-week high and triggered worry about high energy costs.
Tuesday, December 14
Walt Disney Co., in the middle of a messy public divorce from Miramax co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein, said it expects a new direction from the art house filmmaker next year.
The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in the city of Los Angeles plunged more than 17 cents a gallon from mid-November to mid-December,
The Los Angeles City Council passed a landmark $500 million package of community benefits intended to mitigate the impact of the massive $10 billion overhaul proposed for Los Angeles International Airport.
Oil prices edged up Tuesday, spurred on by worries of a cold snap in the U.S., but weakened by traders unconvinced OPEC's cuts in production would be enough to restore market balance.
The Federal Reserve, encouraged by the economy's performance, raised U.S. interest rates on Tuesday by a quarter-percentage point for the fifth time this year.
Unite HERE Local 11 postponed today's scheduled negotiations with the Los Angeles Hotel Employer's Council while it mulls over a proposal it received from management on Monday.
Computer Sciences Corp. will sell its DynCorp International, DynMarine units and certain DynCorp Technical Services contracts to private equity firm Veritas Capital for $850 million.
The U.S. trade deficit widened nearly 9 percent in October to a record $55.5 billion as imports surged to the loftiest levels on record and high oil prices contributed to the widening trade gap.
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly rose to an all-time high in October as oil shipments soared and the United States set deficit records with China, Europe, Canada and Mexico.
The dollar held its own against the euro Tuesday as the market looked ahead to the Federal Reserve's meeting at which it was expected to raise interest rates by a quarter point.
Monday, December 13
"It doesn't have to be filthy to be funny," says Adam Christing, whose Clean Comedians booking service delights event organizers who don't want to offend anyone in their audience.
The euro rose to $1.3297 on Monday morning, up from $1.3242 late Friday. The currency had dropped as low as $ 1.3139 last week in European trading. The
Investment banks are back in hiring mode, anticipating an upswing in merger activity in 2005 after three dismal years of layoffs and cost-cutting efforts.
Oil giant Unocal Corp. has reached a preliminary agreement to settle lawsuits concerning the violations committed during the construction of a Myanmar pipeline in the 1990s.
Albertson's Inc. is planning an aggressive expansion of its recently acquired Bristol Farms chain, potentially tripling the number of stores under the upscale banner.
Intermix Media Inc. last week landed a $4 million equity investment from venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures, which will also invest $11 million in one of Intermix's subsidiaries.
Tarrant Apparel Group issued $10 million of convertible debentures to finance the development of its private brands and manage increased sales volume in the coming year.
Investment banks are finally back in a hiring mode, anticipating an upswing in merger activity in 2005 after three dismal years of layoffs and cost cutting.
A long-stalled plan to build a biotech park next to USC's Health Science Campus has been revived, spurred by the $3 billion set aside by Proposition 71 for stem cell research.
DaVita Inc. and other dialysis operators are under investigation regarding the prescription of intravenous drugs given to patients.
An insurer doesn't get to pass the buck in the Jenny Jones case.
Manufacturers are eyeing a year-round selling season to spread the joy of their traditional holiday sales boom.
A settlement in the dispute between unionized hotel workers and their Los Angeles employers appeared more likely as negotiations were set to resume this week.
Apparel licensor Cherokee Inc. continues to defy the odds.
A massive mixed-use project at Hollywood and Western could signal an end to CRA efforts in the area, as officials hope the private sector will pick up the baton.
As president of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., Steve MacDonald has had several months to re-establish an agency that had been beset by scandal.
After a two-year investigation, U.S. regulators won't fine or file civil securities charges against former Global Crossing Ltd. Chairman Gary Winnick over disclosure violations.
Chuck Wilkinson built his first model plane out of tissue and balsa wood at his grandfather's knee in 1949. Fifty years later, Wilkinson opened Mod-L-Mania, a Long Beach hobby shop.
Tenet Healthcare Corp. said fourth-quarter charges could exceed $1 billion and it doesn't expect 2005 operating results to exceed breakeven, as the hospital chain struggles with fewer patients and bad debt.
While overall sales for the automotive industry were down in November, Honda, Toyota and Nissan continued to fare well, especially on the Coasts where they are the preferred brands.
Since its launch by Richard Riordan seven years ago, the mayor's holiday party for the media had become something of a tradition for reporters covering L.A. City Hall.
"Sideways" led Golden Globe contenders Monday with seven nominations and "The Aviator" was second with six nominations, including best dramatic feature and best director.
A start-up trucking company that raised at least $3 million this year by selling stock directly to unionized longshoremen now claims it is insolvent.
The Trojans conclude a spectacular season at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4, but the real payoff will come in an echo-effect next year.
Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. will have to foot the bill for the legal costs associated with defending Time Warner Inc. in the case involving a man killed after appearing on "The Jenny Jones Show."
South Beverly Drive merchants feel like they're getting Scrooged by city officials, who have said bah humbug to their hopes for Christmas decorations.
Gas prices kept up their slow downward descent in the week ended Dec. 13, continuing a sluggish slide that started in mid-October.
After an 18-month dance of offer and rejection, PeopleSoft Inc. finally agreed to be acquired by rival software maker Oracle Corp. for $10.3 billion.
Venture-capital activity in 2004 is expected to end on a positive note, based on investments recorded through the end of the third quarter by Ernst & Young LLP and VentureOne.
A crackdown on workers' compensation insurance fraud yields results as local employers, contractors, insurance agents and medical providers are targeted for investigation and prosecution.
Our Weekly joins the fray in serving South L.A.'s black community, as it looks to home-delivery as a way of standing out.
Yahoo Inc. is negotiating to lease about a quarter-million square feet in Santa Monica's Colorado Center, according to several sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Shoppers came out in droves over the weekend, with Friday and Saturday ranking as the first- and second-busiest shopping days of the 2004 holiday season, surpassing Black Friday,
A crackdown on workers' compensation fraud has resulted in an increase in the number of local employers, contractors, insurance agents and medical providers targeted for investigation and prosecution.
After two-and-a-half hot-and-heavy years, America's love affair with online dating is on the decline.
Friday, December 10
Tenet Healthcare Corp. will move its corporate headquarters to Dallas on Jan. 3.
The small SUVs won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top rating in side crash tests when equipped with head-protecting air bags.
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Shell, who resigned Thursday, may join Comcast Corp. to oversee the cable-television operator's channels,.
The team tops Forbes' National Basketball Association Franchise Value List for 2004 with a current value of $510 million for the 2003 to 2004 season, a 14 percent gain over last season.
Thursday, December 9
Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Inc. has hired investment banker Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin to weigh options including a complete or partial sale of the company.
October's California Housing Affordability Index remained unchanged from September, and the number of people who could afford to purchase homes in L.A. decreased sharply from 2003
Walt Disney Co. said it would support Sony Corp.'s Blu-Ray standard for next-generation DVDs, though it left the door open for the adoption of a rival format being developed by Toshiba Corp.
Wednesday, December 8
Teamsters truck drivers at 99 Cents Only Stores voted Tuesday night to authorize a strike after negotiations on an initial contract fell through, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Reinhold Industries Inc. shares surged on Wednesday after the Santa Fe Springs-based company declared a special cash dividend of $11.75 a share.
Economists at the UCLA Anderson Forecast said the pace of new home construction will slip in 2005 due to price increases, causing the U.S. economic recovery to slow.
Universal Music's Island Def Jam bought the other 50 percent of rap label Roc-A- Fella Records it doesn't already own for $10 million.
Tribune Co. has plans to distribute its Spanish- language publication Hoy for free in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next year.
Tuesday, December 7
DirecTV Group Inc., the biggest U.S. satellite-television service, named Haim Saban to its board, increasing the number of directors to 11.
The Van Nuys-based company reported net income of $3.3 million ($0.38 per diluted share) for the third quarter ended Oct. 30, compared to $2.5 million one year ago.
The productivity of U.S. workers grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the slowest pace in nearly two years, the government reported Tuesday.
Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff, budget director Josh Bolten and Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia University Business School, are being considered for U.S. Treasury secretary, the Wall Street Journal reported.
DaVita Inc. will buy Gambro AB's U.S. clinics for $3.1 billion in cash to become the kidney-treatment leader in the world's biggest healthcare market.
Yahoo Inc. is negotiating to lease about 250,000 square feet in Santa Monica's Colorado Center, according to several sources familiar with the deal
Colgate-Palmolive Co. will cut about 4,440 jobs and close a third of its factories to reduce costs amid rising competition with Procter & Gamble Co.
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who gained celebrity status by focusing on malfeasance in the financial world, will announce he is running for governor in 2006.
Albertson's Inc., Safeway Inc. and Ralphs Grocery Co. will pay $22.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by janitors who claimed they were improperly classified as subcontractors.
An Air Force program to build unmanned surveillance aircraft, made by Northrop Grumman Corp. and called Global Hawks, has increased in cost by $900 million since 2001, the Washington Post reported.
A report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas said planned job cuts at U.S. companies climbed during November, another sign of sluggishness in the labor market.
The U.S. dollar sank to a new all-time low against the euro Tuesday.
The biotechnology company said it will buy back nearly $5 billion of its common stock, building on a previous $5 billion buyback that still has about $968 million to go.
Monday, December 6
Bruce Seaton, interim director of the Port of Los Angeles, has set out to keep neighboring communities abreast of port programs, including a greater emphasis on using alternative power sources.
The hotel business in downtown Los Angeles has staged a strong comeback, far outpacing the region-wide rebound.
Shares of Gambro AB were suspended after they rose on speculation that U.S. rival DaVita may buy the Swedish company's dialysis unit.
The ice cream shop at Sunset & Vine shut down ahead of a liquidation procedure.
Loyola Marymount University may go to trial against a former student who claims his $35,000-per-year financial aid package was terminated in order to kick him off the school's basketball team.
Los Angeles area residents who moved out West to escape cold winters may feel like they never left home.
Retailers are under pressure as the holiday season begins, but some apparel makers appear to be bucking the trend.
A former Loyola basketball player will get his day in court on allegations the school's coach wrongly forced him off the team.
Special districts are taking a bigger hit than expected under terms of Proposition 1A and some will be forced to hike rates.
As Chivas USA prepares for its first season in L.A., the soccer community and especially the local Galaxy franchise will be watching intently.
Developers of a proposed convention center hotel have lined up a $150 million public assistance package.
Global Crossing founder Gary Winnick likely be fined under an agreement that will end an SEC probe into the company's accounting practices.
Here's a holiday greeting for our marketing manager -- except she died last year. Bet she would've liked it, though.
Dart, one of the region's oldest warehouse and distribution operations, is planning a $28 million expansion in the City of Commerce that would create 700 new jobs.
In the past four months, Wall Street has bludgeoned Keystone Automotive Industries Inc. not once, but twice as investors staged a hasty retreat.
Nederlander Producing Co. of America Inc. has a deal in the works for a $300 million mixed-use project surrounding the Pantages Theatre.
The demand for digital cameras is so great that Red Peacock imports them from Asian manufacturers and then sells them all over the world even back to Asian retailers.
DirecTV sells a 50 percent stake in a new company unit to Skyterra Communications Inc. for nearly $251 million in cash.
The SEC could bring its first-ever lawsuit against a former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison lawyer who helped with a company's internal accounting probe.
With the increasing likelihood that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will call a special statewide election for late next year to put a state government reform package before voters, the battle now begins among interest groups and politicians over just what ref
Crude oil rose from a three-month low after an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia, boosted concern that a revival of terrorist attacks might threaten oil shipments from the world's biggest oil exporter.
Barbie continues to wrestle for shelf space, and it appears her main competitor, Bratz, is running out of steam, too.
The San Gabriel Valley city of Azusa has worked hard to clean up its industrial image and promote residential development efforts that have largely paid off.
In a California market that's dominated by low-cost HMO plans, health savings accounts and other "consumer-driven" products are off to a slow start.
California Landmark Development is about to close escrow on two Marina del Rey-adjacent properties where the residential developer intends to build more than 100 units of housing.
Los Angeles professionals in banking and law are likely to see bonuses 5 percent to 10 percent higher than a year ago.
A plan to widen the Long Beach Freeway in order to accommodate truck traffic from the ports has gotten the green light from neighboring communities.
The trustee representing creditors of defunct law firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP is seeking to collect $284 million from its former partners to settle outstanding claims.
The L.A. Harbor Commission has approved plans for a container transfer facility on a port site, paving the way for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. to establish a dockside presence.