Stories for July 2004

Monday, July 26

Industrial Market Bounces Back Thanks to Record Traffic at Port

Business Journal Takes Five Awards, Including Honor as Best Weekly

The Los Angeles Business Journal has been named the nation's best regional weekly by the Association of Area Business Publications.

Activity Swings Up, but Market Still Seeks Return To Full Stride

Tobacco Fee May Hit Merchants

Blocking Sales to Minors Would Be Program Goal

NEWSMAKERS

LA Businesspeople and businesses in the news, on the move...

Vacancy Rates Still Low as Market Continues to Tighten

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

CALENDAR

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

Interpublic Lease Stands Out Among Deals in Submarket

LABJ FORUM - Star-Struck Reality

The Business Journal asks: Would you consider being on a reality TV show?

Drop in Inventory, Lack of Land Lead to Less Industrial Activity

Amid Boom in Industrial Use, Office Market Also Taking Hold

CORRECTIONS

CORRECTIONS

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

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

THE LIST - Commercial & Industrial Contractors

The L.A. Business Journal's list of top Commercial & Industrial Contractors, ranked by 2003 billings for work performed in L.A. County

Emmys Stay at Shrine for Now

TV Academy, AEG Pull Plug on Plans for New Venue

Pace Picks Up in Pasadena, but Glendale, Burbank Still Struggle

Conversions and Higher Rates Highlight Local Lease Activity

Governor Doesn't Measure Up To Name-Callers of Yesteryear

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's description of Democrats as "girlie men" will likely take its place in America's annals of notable political invective

Brentwood, Beverly Hills Shine; Leasing in Westwood Struggles

99 Cents Only Leaders Showing They Take Stores' Woes to Heart

99 Cents Only Leaders Showing They Take Stores' Woes to Heart

"Flight Toward Quality" Marks Area's Office Leasing Activity

"Return of Large User" Sets Off Explosion of Industrial Leasing

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

Prospect of Vibrant City Center Brings Big Boost to Rents, Sales

Monday, July 19

Long Beach Port Catching Up to L.A. in Cargo Traffic

A substantial shift in traffic is cutting into the Port of Los Angeles' lead on its rival in Long Beach.

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

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

NEWSMAKERS

LA Businesspeople and businesses in the news, on the move...

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

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

LABJ's LA STORIES / OUT OF THE PAST

Weekly Columns; More news and talk from around the town, behind the scenes. Plus, a long look back at past stories, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Business Journal.

Local Earnings May Have Peaked

Local Earnings May Have Peaked

Review & Preview

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

Funding in Place, Security Facility at Ports to Get Built

Nearly three years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a command and control center will be constructed to keep watch over the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

LABJ FORUM - Top of the News

The Business Journal asks: What is your primary source for news?

Testing Gear Firm Bounces Back From Plummet of 2002

Beckman Coulter Inc., the Fullerton-based maker of testing gear for medical laboratories and researchers, has seen its stock soar this year, reversing the damage from a plunge in late 2002.

Approval Delay for Cancer Drug Cited in Stock's Rapid Decline

WALL STREET WEST

CALENDAR

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

CORRECTION

In the July 12 Review & Preview, the date of j2 Global Communications Inc.'s quarterly earnings release was misstated. The company plans to release its second quarter results on July 19.

Monday, July 12

LABJ FORUM - Stuck on the Streets

The Business Journal asks: How has ongoing road construction affected your commute?

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

Restaurant Takes Slow and Steady Approach in Plans for Expansion

Like its restaurants, Brea-based Calabee's Inc. has an old-school strategy careful and slow growth.

CALENDAR

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

Gay & Lesbian Alliance to Campaign Against Effort to Ban Same-Sex Unions

Emboldened by the response to Moveon.org's efforts to stir opinion against President Bush, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is planning a campaign to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Newly Sold Translation Service Sees Future in Localized Work

WALL STREET WEST

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

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

Tasty Ice Cream Makes Dieters Break the Rules

WEEKLY BRIEFING

Equity Exodus Slows as Lack Of Trucks Hits Moving Firms

Though it hardly rises to the level of difficulty of those East Berliners who had to vault a wall and dodge bullets to get out of town, consider the quandary of L.A.'s "equity refugees."

Grievance Filed by Union Over Failed Hospital Elections

The Service Employees International Union has filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board after its six-month campaign to unionize workers at San Pedro Hospital ended in defeat.

News Director Leaves KCET for NPR West

Philip Bruce, the news director and reporter for KCET's "Life & Times," has jumped ship for National Public Radio's West Coast headquarters

Review & Preview

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

Share Grants Spur Debate

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ASSESSING THE OPTIONS

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 -

The L.A. Business Journal's list of Executive Compensation Assessing the Options

Line Blurs on Reality and TV

COMMENTARY by Leonard Pitts Jr.

LABJ's LA STORIES / OUT OF THE PAST

Weekly Columns; More news and talk from around the town, behind the scenes. Plus, a long look back at past stories, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Business Journal.

Monday, July 5

Review & Preview

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

Small Victory Belies Chill in WGA Talks

The Writers Guild of America and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers were able to hammer out an agreement on a thorny side issue.

Nursing Homes Facing Limits On Insurance for Elder Abuse

A patients' rights attorney is seeking a court order that would prevent 10 of the state's largest nursing home operators from receiving insurance payments to settle charges of elder abuse.

Extended Stay Expected in Hotel Dispute

With neither side willing to budge on the length of a new contract, Los Angeles-area hotels and their unionized workers are bracing for a stalemate that could drag on for months.

LABJ FORUM - Summer Blockbuster

The Business Journal Asks: Have you seen or do you plan to see "Fahrenheit 9/11"?

ECONOWATCH L.A. COUNTY

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

Cable Franchisees Overstated Local Subscribers by 30,000

The three major cable franchisees in Los Angeles have revised their subscription numbers downward, opening themselves to a partial refund of fee payments from the city.

LABJ's LA STORIES / OUT OF THE PAST

Weekly Columns; More news and talk from around the town, behind the scenes. Plus, a long look back at past stories, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Business Journal.

Hospitals Shrink Services Treating Mental Illnesses

At least seven Los Angeles area hospitals have either closed or downgraded their psychiatric units, sparking concern that the county's mental health bed capacity could be seriously impacted.

CALENDAR

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

SEC Files Suit Against Kasirer, Alzheimer's Home Fundraiser

WALL STREET WEST - The SEC filed civil fraud charges last week against Beverly Hills resident Robert Kasirer and four executives involved in the collapse of Heritage Healthcare of America... Plus, more stories

BANKRUPTCIES

Weekly List of recent L.A. bankruptcies

THE LIST - Largest Cities in L.A. County

The L.A. Business Journal's list of Largest Cities in L.A. County, ranked by Population