Stories for February 2004

Monday, February 23

United Online Dials for Dollars, But Future May Be Broadband

CORPORATE FOCUS - There comes a time in the life of a public company when investors lose confidence, take profits and drive the stock downward.

Market Makes Strong Showing, Especially Across Retail Sector

WALL STREET WEST - The relatively strong performance of local public companies in the 4th quarter of 2003 has given market watchers further evidence of a solid start to the new year.

Sale of Subdivided Flynt Building Gets Hustled Away

Equity Management Group has dropped plans to buy Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt's Beverly Hills office building for $60 million and transform it into a mixed-use property.

THE LABJ STOCK INDEX

Tracking 200 selected Los Angeles County-based companies; Market Diary, Market indexes, Industry analysis, 52-week performance, weekly top Gainers & Losers, Market summary, weekly profile

THE LIST - HMOs

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top 10 Health Maintenance Organizations serving L.A. County, ranked by number of Southern California members. PLUS: Executive Summary, Pacesetter

THE LIST - HOSPITALS

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top 25 Hospitals, ranked by number of licensed beds. PLUS: Executive Summary, Pacesetter

Contractors Questioning School Bond Fundraising

The Los Angeles Unified School District has been inviting contractors to fundraising events in support of the measures.

LABJ FORUM - Marriage Debate

The Business Journal asks: Are you in favor or opposed to gay marriage?

Mouse House Contributes Much to Its Hometown

Disney Ties to Community Could Be Cut by Comcast

Hotel Operator Strikes Deal to Unify Indian Resort Reservations

An L.A. hotel operator has signed a deal to provide integrated systems to Native American-owned hotel properties nationwide.

New Merger Shrinks Ranks of Insurers as Trend Sweeps Sector

The merger of two brokerages is part of an ongoing consolidation trend

Top-Secret Ballots

Accountants Step Up Security When It's Time for Award Shows

Large Wine Collection Finds Cool Reception

WEEKLY BRIEFING

Plan Pushes Supercenters to Valley; Hahn Voices Support for Ordinance

The mayor said he would sign an ordinance being drafted that would largely limit Wal-Mart's supercenters to a thin strip of the San Fernando Valley.

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

Charts of Economic Indicators, Real Estate, Tourism...

Three-Year Study Shows Loss of Manufacturing Jobs

Despite sporadic anecdotes about a mass exodus of L.A.-area companies for cheaper-cost states, only about 75 manufacturing companies employing 7,400 people actually left the county for other states from mid-1999 through 2002, according to a study to be re

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

Avowed Tax Protester on Trial With Six Others In Fraud Case

An outspoken tax protester and six co-defendants are being tried in federal court downtown for conspiring to defraud the government.

CALENDAR

Calendar of L.A. business events, conventions, and announcements

Monday, February 16

Workers' Comp Carrier Hits Its Zenith With Income, Dividends

Workers' Comp Carrier Hits Its Zenith With Income, Dividends

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

THE LIST - VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top 20 Venture Capital Firms, LA and OC based, ranked by capital under management. PLUS: Executive Summary, Pacesetter

Strouds Hopes to Rise From Ashes Via Direct Sales v a la Tupperware

Strouds is looking to come back to life after its liquidation in the form of a direct sales company, pushing its wares, a l & #341; Tupperware.

Union Faces Thin Funds As Pacts Set To Run Out

The Southern California grocery strike is depleting union funds as management and workers across the nation prepare for contract talks. PLUS: Lockyer Leads Challenge to Chains' Mutual Aid Pact

LABJ's LA Stories / The Roving Eye

Weekly Columns; More news and talk from around the town, behind the scenes.

Turnaround Sputters as Maker of Engine Parts Files for Bankruptcy

Industrial Parts Depot Inc., an old-line manufacturing concern, files for bankruptcy protection.

THE LABJ STOCK INDEX

Tracking 200 selected Los Angeles County-based companies; Market Diary, Market indexes, Industry analysis, 52-week performance, weekly top Gainers & Losers, Market summary, weekly profile

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

Charts of Economic Indicators, Real Estate, Tourism...

Review & Preview

Review of this week's other top news; Preview of upcoming stories and events.

LABJ FORUM - Natural Gas?

The Business Journal asks: Is the recent rise in gas prices as result of market forces or manipulation by the industry?

CALENDAR

Calendar of L.A. business events, conventions, and announcements

Monday, February 9

THE LIST - Securities Brokerage Firms

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top 25 Securities Brokerage firms, ranked by number of full-time, registered securities brokers in L.A. County; PLUS: Executive Summary, Pacesetter

THE LABJ STOCK INDEX

Tracking 200 selected Los Angeles County-based companies; Market Diary, Market indexes, Industry analysis, 52-week performance, weekly top Gainers & Losers, Market summary, weekly profile

Competitors Try to Steal Back Some of JetBlue's Color

American Airlines and other competitors are trying to take back some of the market share they lost to JetBlue.

Gateway Purchase of eMachines Foretells Success v and Layoffs

Gateway's purchase of eMachines is seen as a match made in computer heaven for the two companies. But for workers, layoffs loom.

Contract Issue Thrusts Mayor's Aide Into an Unwelcome Spotlight

Troy Edwards has become one of L.A. Mayor James Hahn's most influential deputies, ruffling feathers along the way.

Proposed Limits On Fund Raising Gathering Steam

The L.A. City Council is likely to endorse a massive overhaul of the system that has allowed commissioners to raise money for political causes.

Safeway's Earnings Report Will Give Glimpse of Strike's Impact

WALL STREET WEST - For weeks, the strain being felt by striking and locked-out grocery store workers has dominated coverage of the four-month-long contract dispute.

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

LABJ FORUM - Flash Point

The Business Journal asks: Is big media fostering a degradation of the culture, and what can be done about it?

CALENDAR

Calendar of L.A. business events, conventions, and announcements

Review & Preview

Review of this week's other top news; Preview of upcoming stories and events.

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

Charts of Economic Indicators, Real Estate, Tourism...

Ryland Facing Turning Tides After Ride Atop Interest Wave

CORPORATE FOCUS - Few companies have ridden the residential real estate wave as well as Ryland Group Inc.

Koo Koo Roo Menu Turns Red as Burgers Make Rare Addition

Having taken control of the ailing Koo Koo Roo chain, the parent of Fuddruckers has tried to beef up the menu.

L.A. Investors Vary in Holdings, Strategies, Influence

L.A. Investors Vary in Holdings, Strategies, Influence

Spelling Out Basics of Investment Categories

Spelling Out Basics of Investment Categories

BUY OR SELL? UNCERTAIN TIMES IN PRIVATE EQUITY

BUY OR SELL? UNCERTAIN TIMES IN PRIVATE EQUITY

Monday, February 2

Environmental Group Breaks From Pack to Fight Playa's Phase II

While other environmental groups have reached an accommodation with Playa Vista, the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has not given up the fight.

CALENDAR

Calendar of L.A. business events, conventions, and announcements

THE LIST - Franchisers

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top 25 Franchisers L.A. County-based firms, ranked by number of franchised units PLUS: Executive Summary, Pacesetter

Port Seeking Charges For Moving Cargo in Heavy Traffic Periods

As part of an effort to reduce traffic congestion, the Port of Los Angeles has set in motion plans to penalize shippers for moving cargo during daytime hours.

Review & Preview

Review of this week's other top news; Preview of upcoming stories and events.

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

LABJ FORUM - And the Winner Is... Who Cares?

The Business Journal asks: Are you tired of all of the entertainment industry awards and the media's coverage of them?

Vans Can't Quite Skate Away From Its Park Closure Losses

CORPORATE FOCUS - Vans Inc. may be phasing out its ill-fated foray into skate parks, but the Rancho Santa Fe-based shoemaker is under scrutiny by at least one Wall Street analyst.

THE LABJ STOCK INDEX

Tracking 200 selected Los Angeles County-based companies; Market Diary, Market indexes, Industry analysis, 52-week performance, weekly top Gainers & Losers, Market summary, weekly profile

Local Venture Capital Rebounds In Fourth Quarter vs. Year-Ago

WALL STREET WEST

Independent Contractors Seen as Heroes v or Scapegoats

An attempt by the state Employment Development Department to crack down on independent contractors who should be classified as employees has encountered backlash.

Plans for Westwood High-Rise Withdrawn Under Pressure

The developer planning a controversial high-rise condominium on the site of the Century Wilshire Hotel in Westwood has pulled out of the project.

Economic Realities Make Raleigh Studios Look to Canada

As the nation's largest private studio operator, Raleigh Enterprises has been one of the most vocal advocates for keeping film and television production in Hollywood.

Auto Club's Stakes In Other Businesses Leading to Friction

The Auto Club has branched out into travel and body shop businesses, leading to questions over the potential for conflicts.

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

Charts of Economic Indicators, Real Estate, Tourism...

Clash of Chip Titans Moves From Courtroom to Market

Broadcom Corp. may have settled its court fight with Intel Corp. last year, but the market battle between the two is set to hit high gear.

Doctors Making Transition Into Paperless World

Doctors Making Transition Into Paperless World