Stories for October 2004
Monday, October 25
The continuing presence of government-owned firms makes it hard for foreigners to compete.
A law requiring company-provided sexual harassment prevention
Weekly roundup of Southern California investment and finance news.
The longshoremen's union has told port workers to accept duty based on need, not pay.
Dreams of the NFL taken from him by injury, Robert Thome joined MFPA and now paints a new dream.
KFWB climbed and KNX slipped, but owner Infinity Broadcasting found reason to be happy about both.
Many leaders in the financial services industry are building bridges between L.A. companies and the Chinese market.
The 100 largest private companies in L.A. County finished 2003 with
Amanda Bronstad's weekly column on the Los Angeles County legal community.
A dedicated lane cut bus travel times along a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, but there is resistance to expand the program.
The "Breakwater to Bridge" development in San Pedro will return only one-tenth of the 5 percent first promised.
Howard Fine's weekly column concern politics in the city and county of Los Angeles and the state of California
A new class of professionals has sprung up in Los Angeles to help companies doing business in China find their way across the complex terrain.
Rebecca Flass's weekly column on the Los Angeles County retail industry.
Several current and former employees of Fleishman-Hillard Inc. have been
Andy Fixmer's weekly column concerning the Los Angeles County real estate industry.
The LAPD has launched a slick recruiting campaign.
In the world of high-octane egos, it's not just a question of making it onto L.A.'s Fashion Week run list it's day, time and venue.
As the local real estate market pulls back, those who needed to sell at
As the Port of Los Angeles is deluged with the worst vessel congestion in two years, plans to extend terminal gate hours have been delayed until March.
Old hands offer tips on visiting China.
China's emergence as an economic power has brought out a whole range of interest groups in Washington looking to shape U.S. policy.
Dr. Ralph Gambardella Jr., orthopedist to L.A.'s star athletes, talks about performing complex surgeries when insurance barely covers the cost.
Laurence Darmiento's weekly column concerning the Los Angeles County health care industry.
Chinese officials are finally starting to deal with the nation's money- laundering problem.
Monday, October 18
South Bay industrial properties hot, office activity not
Entravision's KLYY-FM has locked up an exclusive deal to provide the L.A.
In searching out consumers looking to save a buck, 99 Cents Only Stores has been joined by a string of competitors, large and small.
In car-saturated Southern California, it's all about parking - whether it's plentiful, accessible or affordable helps determine if shoppers return to a mall or tenants fill an office building.
During the July-September period, vacant office space in just about every L.A. County submarket was snapped up, pushing the average vacancy rate to about 15 percent.
Vacancy Downtown was mostly unchanged in the July-September period as tenants in the market traded places.
Pasadena leads actively improving Tri-Cities market
Westside vacancy dips thanks to deals in Santa Monica, West L.A. and Culver City/Marina del Rey
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is lending his clout to several ballot measures and candidates, and risking his considerable leverage.
Residential, retail boosting Miracle Mile/Park Mile
Since summer, employers have been complaining that their workers' comp premiums are not falling fast enough under the system's reform. But by at least one measure the market has improved: the establishment of a new carrier.
Mayor James Hahn's Street Smart plan for synchronized traffic lights along L.A.'s major arteries means delays on some side streets.
Crude oil prices shot above $54 a barrel last week and shutdowns took place at several local refineries, but gasoline analysts expect pump prices to fall in the weeks ahead.
Local golf club head maker illustrates China-U.S. competition
Those familiar with operations at the Port of Los Angeles are quick to defend the pending contract with Larry Keller, the former executive director who resigned under pressure.
Space gone, San Gabriel Valley poised for rate increases
Following in his father's footsteps, John Colabella passed up architecture to build furniture.
Mid-Cities market flat as inventory running out
If the usual election controversies weren't enough, this year some voters have had to contend with disputes over the very machines they will vote on.
Neda Shahrokhi left Beverly Hills BMW for a competitor and took her client
Fueled by passions ignited by the presidential campaign, L.A. voter turnout on Nov. 2 could reverse a decades-long trend of declining participation.
When it comes to developing a successful office, retail or residential building, much rests on the seemingly mundane matter of parking design.
In one of the year's largest real estate deals, Overture Services signed a letter of intent to move its Pasadena offices to Burbank, a lease that could be worth more than $100 million.
Asking rates nudge up as Valley remains strong
Landlords gaining upper hand in tightening Ventura County market
As KLSX-FM ponders the future of its prized morning drive-time slot after Howard Stern, it might do well to look to another form of entertainment as the era of the "shock jock" may have passed its prime.
Demographics of Santa Clarita Valley keeping market tight
Los Angeles County health officials can't match confidentiality-shielding numbers to patients, so they've lost track of how many AIDS cases there are.
Howard Stern's pending move from broadcast to satellite radio hasn't led to a rush of listeners snapping up receivers that can pick up the signal, but several local retailers last week were expecting new business to come their way.
After a 10-year saga of community meetings and bureaucratic delays, the Navy is set to finally auction off its 62-acre campus in San Pedro.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer singled out the Los Angeles insurance-broker office of Marsh & McLennan Cos. in his civil fraud lawsuit.
Former U.S. Trust Co. of California boss and old friends make a go of it on their own.
Caltech professor David Goodstein believes oil production may be entering its waning stage and that the future will require wider use of alternative energies.
Kathleen Isaksen knows that people will always be getting married and having babies, so she transformed a print shop into Brentwood's Embrey Papers.
Large tenants take big bite out of Hollywood/West Hollywood vacancy
Monday, October 11
Challenges of one sort or another pop up for most every location shoot. The Entertainment Industry Development Corp.'s role is to shepherd producers.
Look Effects Inc. is providing A-list computer animation and digital imaging services to small features, and subcontracting on larger ones.
If it seems there are more Vespa scooters on the roads these days, it's not just because their quirky design makes them stand out.
Filmmakers are finding the new looks of L.A., but before the cameras start rolling on local shoots, a small army undertakes an intense orchestration of planning and city approvals.
A growing number of Los Angeles lawyers have carved a niche in tribal legal services.
A battle over a proposal related to control of employee stock ownership plan assets ended in defeat last week for a group of Farmer Bros. Co. shareholders.
An Irvine production studio alleges that Walt Disney Co. has infringed its trademark logo.
A prank by The Smoking Gun Web site has wiped out $72 million of Stamps.com's market value and jeopardized its key product.
How do those temporary costume shops that crop up this time of year pencil out?
Unite HERE, the recent union of two labor organizations, is at the center of the ongoing conflict between local hotels and their workers.
The Los Angeles River has played a role in many a movie over the years.
Yellow Arrow isn't a ubiquitous phenomenon in Los Angeles yet. But certain local hotspots are already using it as a marketing opportunity.
The long-dormant IPO market has sprung to life in recent weeks.
For nearly 15 years, the left-leaning Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights has held majorities on the Santa Monica City Council much to the consternation of local business owners.
Four hotel workers at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa and the St. Regis Los Angeles have filed a $10 million lawsuit against operator Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. for failing to provide them meal and rest breaks.
As ambitious plans to reconfigure LAX evolve, there's been little discussion of where the funding will come from.
Cliff Moser has joined RTKL Associates Inc. as a principal in the firm's healthcare design practice. Prior to joining RTKL, Moser was a senior associate at Perkins & Will.
The West Valley submarket exploded last week with a cumulative $540 million in real estate deals.
The logjam at the region's ports has forced ships to unload elsewhere, costing revenue and adding to delays.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first year in office has improved perceptions about doing business in the state, but the bottom lines of companies haven't changed much.
Todd Crosner co-owns a wholesale card shop and a retail card shop, selling a variety of sports and non-sports cards, Crosner's main hobby isn't collecting cards it's backgammon.
Two years ago, Greg Sears and Jason McEntee traded in their advertising jobs to launch a wine bar.
The area's recent hospital closures affect different parts of L.A. in different ways.
Several well-known companies changed corporate ownership in the
Demand for industrial property is propping up office market in Inland Empire.
Author Kevin Starr, a chronicler of California history, has taken a "journalistic approach" in his latest work, charting the contemporary trends of the state.