Stories for March 2008
Monday, March 31
Live Nation Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to a 12-year deal with rock band U2 to manage and promote the Irish band's concerts as well as its merchandise and Web site.
Center Financial Corp. said early Monday that it received a notice from First Intercontinental Bank terminating the merger agreement announced on Sept. 18 between the two banks.
Even when Natalie Sichko was a child, she knew she wanted to work in some type of creative field.
Boston-based firm Goodwin Procter has stood out in the Los Angeles market by expanding business and staff while charging higher than average rates.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest U.S. mortgage company, an example of what's wrong in today's economy and a political culture dominated by corporate lobbyists.
Leasetrader.com, a Miami-based company that facilitates the transfer of vehicle leases between drivers, just can't resist the lure of Southern California's oversized car market.
A PR firm showcases the work of jewelry designers at a West Hollywood
Bernie Zaia, managing director at Barrington Associates, talks about the similarities between investment bankers and psychologists, and making time for family.
The Conga Room, a Miracle Mile hotspot that ended its eight-year run on Wilshire Boulevard in 2006, will reopen at L.A. Live in November.
Several businesses are viewing the subprime collapse as a boon, snapping up loans and mortgage servicing operations on the cheap.
Barbara Zelinski was prepared for the worst when it came to moving Kaiser Permanente's Panorama City Medical Center lock, stock and every bed-bound patient to a new, earthquake-resistant building last week.
Kim Lighting's fixtures not only complement building designs but direct lighting to where it's needed, thereby saving energy costs.
Two lease deals have been done at the 3330 Cahuenga Blvd. West office building in Universal City.
Gym owner and reality TV star Jackie Warner has really gone Hollywood. That's where she is opening a fitness center and restaurant.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament is in full swing, and March Madness has hit offices across Los Angeles, zapping productivity.
Insiders see a slow economy pinching both sectors in 2008, with PR firms benefiting as clients seek an alternative to traditional advertising.
We should not be above discussing increase of the organ donor pool through financial incentives, writes Thomas Mone.
Despite a weakening economy that could reduce demand for business software, Triton Pacific Capital Partners this month acquired a majority interest in AssetPoint LLC, a leading provider of maintenance and asset management software.
When David Beckham came to Los Angeles last year to play for the Galaxy team, he was hailed as the savior of U.S. soccer. Times have changed, though, and an L.A. company is releasing a DVD expos & #233; that has the British athlete none too happy.
Writer Del Shores has taken his "Sordid Lives" to the stage, to the big screen and now to TV as a series on MTV's Logo network.
Southwest Water Co. said the enforcement office of the California water board may recommend more than $15 million in fines against one of the Los Angeles-based utility provider's subsidiaries.
RPost, which specializes in registered e-mails, has invented a kind of electronic Post-it note for electronic correspondence.
Microsoft, seeking to expand offerings on its Xbox 360 console, has reached an agreement with a company headed by Peter Safran, the veteran Hollywood producer and talent manager, to produce original shows for distribution on the system.
Guitar maker Gibson's lawsuits over Activision's "Guitar Hero" target the retailers.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers hope new manager Joe Torre can help make an impact on the field, team officials say recent renovations will lessen the stadium's environmental impact off the field.
Side issues are holding up infrastructure improvements at Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, according to John R. McLaurin.
Countrywide Financial Corp.'s chief executive and president will receive a combined $19 million in stock next week as part of the company's pending takeover by Bank of America Corp., according to a regulatory filing.
Clothing company People's Liberation is making big inroads in foreign lands.
Charles Crumpley warns that it'll be the customers and workers who'll get soaked by efforts to unionize car wash employees.
A sudden split between two actors unions over the weekend added an unhappy twist to Hollywood's troubled contract cycle: It appeared to weaken the labor organizations without making life easier for the studios they bargain with.
Downtown groups are paying for private security patrols to keep the area an attractive destination.
Friday, March 28
Shares in Fremont General Corp. were down 10 percent Friday morning after the lender said it has been ordered by federal regulators to raise capital or find a buyer.
KB Home reported another quarterly loss Friday as it wrote down more than $200 million for its fiscal first quarter sending shares down close to 5 percent.
Shares in Maguire Properties Inc. tumbled nearly 20 percent Friday after the real estate investment trust said it is no longer pursuing a sale of the company.
An unlikely union was on display Thursday when Tom Cruise dined at a Beverly Hills hot spot with Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone.
Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $28 million in cash and stock to Countrywide Financial Corp. President David Sambol as an incentive for him to stay.
Avery Dennison Corp. filed two suits against rival Alien Technology Corp. on Thursday over technology used in labels that incorporate radio-frequency identification chips.
Former Walt Disney Co. president and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz won a legal victory over billionaire investor Ron Burkle in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) said Friday that it has agreed to buy a Bank of New York Mellon Corp. subsidiary for an undisclosed amount.
Southern California's economy will soon get a $70 million economic boost thanks to a delegation of local business and government leaders who recently returned from India.
Thursday, March 27
UTi Worldwide Inc. on Thursday reported a dip in fourth quarter profit due to accelerated costs, but the stock price of the supply-chain logistics company surged 17 percent.
The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday took the unusual step of scheduling public hearings in Chicago and Los Angeles to get comments on Bank of America Corp's acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp.
Patrick Lynch has racked up one of the worst losing streaks in the world of sports. He's 0 for 13 years.
With grain prices soaring, farm income at record highs and the federal budget deficit widening, the subsidies and handouts given to American farmers would seem vulnerable to a serious pruning.
Douglas Emmett Inc. said late Wednesday that it has acquired a 1.4 million square foot office portfolio consisting of six buildings for $610 million.
Hoping to buy an emission-free vehicle in the next few years? Finding one might soon get much tougher.
Southern California Edison said Thursday that it plans to install $875 million worth of rooftop solar panels in order to meet peak demand and new state environmental requirements.
The stock of casual dining chain operator California Pizza Kitchen Inc. lost 3 percent in early trading Thursday after a Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst said its 2008 forecast may be too aggressive because sales in key markets are getting worse. The stoc
CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. has won a round in a legal battle with real estate developer Richard Weintraub over a 20-acre property in Marina del Rey.
Shares in Pasadena-based financial services company IndyMac Bancorp. Inc. dropped nearly 9 percent Thursday and were down another 7.1 percent Friday after an analyst expressed concern for company's financial stability.
A subsidiary of Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. that operates 322 Disney Stores in North America filed a Chapter 11 bankrupcty petition late Wednesday and said it plans to sell 180 stores to the Walt Disney Co. and its affiliates.
Wednesday, March 26
Shares in Ameron International Corp. dropped as much as 25 percent Wednesday after the company reported strong first quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations.
Shares in casual dinning chain California Pizza Kitchen Inc. closed down nearly 5 percent Wednesday after an analyst initiated coverage of the company and recommended investors sell shares.
Crown Media Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that its Hallmark Channel bought the rights to 99 movies from Walt Disney Co. in an effort to reach younger audiences.
In an escalation of the fight over a $40 billion U.S. Air Force aerial tanker jet contract, victor Northrop Grumman Corp. filed a motion Wednesday attacking key aspects of Boeing Co.'s protest with the Government Accountability Office over how the winning
XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif. is expected to unveil plans today for a new entry in the suborbital spaceship business , a rocket-powered space plane to be known as the Lynx.
Port authorities plan to spend most of an expected $400 million in public clean-air grants to subsidize the replacement of diesel trucks working in the sprawling San Pedro Bay port complex.
True Religion Apparel Inc. said late Tuesday that it received an extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to file its results for the year ended Dec. 31.
Tarrant Apparel on Wednesday reported strong annual earnings boosted by sales in its private label business, although the final quarter was down.
Motorola Inc. announced plans to separate its struggling handset business from other operations Wednesday, forming two separate publicly traded companies after months of agitation from frustrated investors.
Tuesday, March 25
Mexico's government is preparing to open bidding on the largest infrastructure project in the nation's history, a $4-billion seaport that could transform this farming village into a cargo hub to rival the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Responding to years of complaints about the city's cumbersome building approval process, L.A. city officials Tuesday announced plans to cut the red tape faced by developers.
The final phase of a $375-million real estate development near the North Hollywood end of the Red Line subway called NoHo Commons was kicked off Monday by builders and public officials.
The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions on Monday approved a one-year, voluntary program aimed at reducing sulfur emissions from cargo container ships entering San Pedro Bay.
Shares in Public Storage Inc. closed down nearly 5 percent Tuesday after an analyst with Banc of America Securities downgraded the company.
Shares of RadNet Inc. rebounded Tuesday after closing down more than 6 percent Monday when the company said it was postponing its fourth-quarter results for a week due to auditing issues.
Northrop Grumman Corp. and former executive Scott Seymour exchanged parting gifts: He helped the underdog contractor win a $35 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract, and Northrop gave him $300,000.
NBC Universal, in a bid to retain a key executive, has split its television production studio into two separate operations.
Opening a new front in L.A.'s labor wars, union officials and their allies plan to announce this week a campaign to organize thousands of workers at local car washes.
Jacob Terner, the founder of struggling Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., is stepping down as chief executive and turning over the day-to-day reins to the CEO of a recent acquisition.
Monday, March 24
Corporations seeking financing amid the market's turmoil might find following a simple recipe can significantly improve their chances and lower their costs.
Startup Prodege has sweetened the stakes in the search engine battle by offering prizes to lure users
Richard Sperber has grown ValleyCrest Cos., a company his father started, into the second largest landscaping business in the industry.
Richard I. Berger, former chief executive of Craig Consumer Electronics, was re-sentenced Monday to 97 months in federal prison for financial fraud.
No one needs to tell Angelenos that this winter's storms dropped a record amount of rainfall.
Once solely a video distributor, Dave Networks saw revenues grow five times over the past year after its segue into the social networking scene, revamping 20 Web sites for TV shows such as "Price Is Right."
Canter's Delicatessen has joined the lineup this season at Dodger Stadium.
There's a funny dynamic at play in the credit markets these days. Read the Los Angeles Business Journal's Banking & Finance Quarterly to learn more.
Shares in local mortgage lenders and homebuilders ticked higher Monday after JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its bid for embattled investment firm Bear Stearns Cos. and a report showed home sales increased in February.
A 52-unit apartment complex in Lake Balboa near Van Nuys has changed hands for $9.75 million.
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. said Monday that it has signed a deal with Irvine-based set-top-box maker Humax Co. to include its digital programming guides on the company's equipment.
NASA's plan to establish permanent manned bases on the moon may hinge on the results of a "suicide mission" by a spacecraft that resembles a 6-foot-diameter sewer pipe.
JPMorgan Chase's absorption of Bear Stearns will probably mean a smaller presence for the combined businesses in Los Angeles.
Laura Wasser, the high-profile divorce attorney who has handled split-ups for the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland, now has a drink named in her honor.
Jacobs Engineering Group has bought a business in Saudi Arabia with the goal of forging partnerships in the country.
Youbet.com is hoping its stock will recover now that a federal investigation into a subsidiary has closed with no charges being filed.
Shares in CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. closed up 13 percent Monday after hedge fund Lone Pine Capital LLC increased its stake in the real estate investment trust to 6.6 percent.
MySpace's plan to launch a digital-music joint venture with the major record companies is picking up steam, as the social networking giant nears deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, multiple sources familiar with the situation told The Post.
As congressional outrage dies down, the fate of the high-profile $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers now lies with the government's accountability agency.
Distress comes with a high price these days. Although capital remains relatively accessible for quality borrowers, credit options have severely diminished for struggling firms, with large public corporations on the ropes facing particular challenges.
Why advertise a product unless people can buy it? Love JD, a new line of handbags from L.A. accessory house Junior Drake, is trying to create prelaunch buzz.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is looking to help more Asian Americans make the jump from associates to partners at law firms.
High-end Los Angeles hotels are upgrading or adding spa treatments and facilities, an increasingly competitive sector of the business.
Is the time ripe for Los Angeles-based Ripe Digital Entertainment, which its founder once described as attention-deficit disorder TV, offering young male viewers their preferred viewing diet of bikini babes and extreme sports stunts?
A sprawling KB Home condo project under construction in Woodland Hills was engulfed by flames this morning, causing damage to about one quarter of the 191-unit condo complex.
Port officials and the dock workers' union have started talks in hopes they'll reach a labor deal and avoid a costly shutdown like the one in 2002.
Pickled pork skins, jalapenos and other Mexican culinary staples have been good business for El Alteno Foods so good, in fact, they've helped cushion the blow of the credit crunch.
Sales of existing homes in California dropped 29 percent in February and the median home price fell 26.2 percent compared to a year ago, the California Association of Realtors said Monday.
At fashionable boutiques throughout Los Angeles, shoppers can find the latest "green fashions" fabrics marketed as organic or eco-conscious in some way and often at prices well above that of regular apparel.
In need of a commercial real estate loan? Despite the havoc in capital markets, it's still possible to finance the purchase of a retail center or construction of a headquarters building. But be prepared to roll up your sleeves.
Here's some advice to middle market companies seeking a commercial loan these days: Get out of the comfort zone.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Monday he's seeking a court order that would force Motorola to turn over documents about its trademark cell-phone business and senior executives.
Charles Crumpley is in a retro mood as today's stagflation stirs up memories of the 1970s' economy.
Friday, March 21
Just when consumers and the U.S. economy need banks to lend more freely, the mortgage industry is making it harder to borrow - even for those with good credit.
Last summer, as HBO emerged from a double blow of losing its longtime top executive and its hit "The Sopranos," the network began filming "12 Miles of Bad Road," a comedy about ultra-wealthy Texans starring Lily Tomlin. It was one of several new shows it
L.A.'s job market rebounded slightly in February from its January swoon, thanks largely to thousands of writers returning to their jobs after settling a bitter strike, according to state figures released Friday.
A California court awarded baristas at Starbucks cafes in California $105 million on Thursday, ruling that supervisors wrongly shared in tips.
Gibson Guitar Corp. has demanded that six of the nation's largest retailers pull copies of Activision Inc.' popular game "Guitar Hero" from shelves as part of a widening patent fight.
Fremont General Corp. is selling the servicing rights on certain securitized mortgage loans to Carrington Capital Management LLC, which has bought other servicing rights for subprime mortgages.
The Los Angeles Business Journal's index of the 200 largest public companies eked out a slight rise this week, with local real estate-affiliated firms helping the index finish in the positive albeit a slight 0.47 percent gain for the week. This despite
The parent company of the Los Angeles Times reported a $79 million fourth quarter loss as advertising sales declined across all categories.
Thursday, March 20
Amgen Inc. was downgraded by a Wachovia analyst Thursday because its important anemia drugs may face sharp competition soon.
The Port of Los Angeles on Thursday approved an employee-based truck replacement program that officials say will reshape the harbor trucking industry.
Bad news is piling up for families looking to fly overseas or even cross-country for vacations. Airlines are cutting flights, adding fees and fuel charges, trimming frequent-flier benefits and reducing customer service personnel, particularly at airport c
Shares in local mortgage lenders and homebuilders jumped early Thursday after federal regulators decided Wednesday to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more mortgages.
IPC The Hospitalist Co. reported Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit went up more than five fold on increased revenue and stronger margins.
Famed plaintiff's lawyer Melvyn I. Weiss, founding partner of New York-based Milberg Weiss LLP, agreed to plead guilty today to a federal racketeering charge and could face up to 33 months in prison.
A divided Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to halt its review of the 5,553-home Las Lomas project, dealing what could well be a fatal blow to the mega-development planned for north Los Angeles County.
County Assessor Rick Auerbach has announced that his office has slashed the assessments of more than 40,000 residential properties.
A sharp drop in freight shipped across the Pacific during the past two months suggests the shipping-industry slump is about to get worse.
Wednesday, March 19
Guess Inc. on Wednesday reported record sales that were shy of expectations. The Los Angeles-based company's stock edged down.
Ihop Corp. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell 41 of company-owned Applebee's restaurants to the chain's largest franchisee, Apple American Group LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
State prosecutors shut down seven mortgage companies Tuesday in a growing campaign against predatory lenders suspected of tricking thousands of struggling homeowners into mortgage refinancing deals that led many to lose their homes.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday unveiled a $19-million plan to persuade shippers to burn cleaner fuel when vessels are near the California coast, a move expected to slash local air pollution by 11%.
Tarrant Apparel Group said Wednesday that it has reached a settlement and payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service relating to audits for fiscal years 1996 through 2002.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday said that when the conversion to digital service becomes mandatory in 2009, satellite TV providers essentially cannot pick and choose which high-definition signals they may carry.
International Rectifier Corp. said Wednesday it has received a three-month extension from the New York Stock Exchange for continued listing as the company prepares its earnings report for fiscal year 2007.
Tuesday, March 18
Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s Chief Executive Ray Irani got a 40 percent pay bump in 2007, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing.
Arrowhead Research Corp. said Tuesday that it has decided to spin off its majority-owned subsidiary Unidym Inc. into a company that will focus on developing medical treatments.
Shares in Countrywide Financial Corp. soared more than 25 percent Tuesday, after the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point.
International Racing Group, a subsidiary of Woodland Hills-based Youbet.com Inc., said Tuesday that federal and state authorities have agreed to settle an investigation into wagering activities of certain customers in Nevada.
Contract negotiations between shippers and the union representing West Coast dock workers started off with a peaceful tone Monday, when both sides met in San Francisco for talks on a new three-year agreement.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket is out, and we'll probably get around to filling one out by Thursday. But we might go down to the wire this year because we've been spending a lot of time handicapping changes in the executive suites of Big Pha
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. said Tuesday that it has acquired a 60 percent interest in Saudi Arabian firm Zamal & Turbag Consulting Engineers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Still hoping to get its anemia drug Mircera onto the U.S. market despite a legal challenge from Amgen Inc., Roche Holding AG has agreed to pay Amgen a higher royalty fee than it proposed earlier.
Amid opposition from neighborhood council activists and lingering concerns about DWP management, two City Council committees declined to vote Monday on whether to support the utility's proposal to raise water and power rates.
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has ordered Allstate Insurance, the state's seventh-largest auto insurer, to cut its automobile rates by 15.9% -- an average savings of about $133 per car.
Edison International Chairman and Chief Executive John E. Bryson, who led the utility parent through the disastrous energy market meltdown in 2000-01, will retire this summer with a pension plan and stock options that at the end of 2007 were worth almost
Monday, March 17
Online auto-buying pioneer Internet Brands has undertaken an expensive growth spurt, buying up sites that cover a variety of interests.
Hythiam Dips After Poor Quarter; Earl Scheib Exploring Options; American Apparel Posts Strong Q4, Shares Sink.
In a $350 million bond offering earlier this month, Mattel Inc. laced its five-year notes with "poison puts."
A company that makes products to take toxins out of the human body has helped inject new life into Griffith Park.
NBC Universal's Spanish-language Telemundo television network and Mexican broadcasting powerhouse Grupo Televisa are expected to announce a programming sharing agreement today that could lead to a closer alliance between the two.
Entrepreneur Paul Marino's online site hopes to give potential investors a leg up by assessing companies' investor relations efforts.
West Coast dockworkers and major transpacific shipping lines plan to begin negotiations today on a new six-year labor deal.
Medical staff and hospital workers were saddened, though not particularly surprised, when the owner of Mission Hospital of Huntington Park announced last week that hospital operations were being suspended.
Rick Caruso, developer of the Grove, is set to launch Americana at Brand in Glendale. But this time, the opening will be in the midst of an economic slowdown.
True Religion Apparel Inc. said Monday it will request an extension from Nasdaq to file its third and fourth quarter earnings reports in addition to other results.
Leiner Health Products' expansion from supplements and vitamins to drugs has the company facing bankruptcy and a possible sale.
Roland Arnall, founder of defunct subprime mortgage lender Ameriquest Mortgage Co., died of cancer on Monday at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 68, his family announced.
Encino-based Panache's software allows content providers to place advertising into their videos across a variety of platforms.
Los Angeles-based photographer Dana Gluckstein has made a living off commercial photography for clients like Apple Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. In fact, her portraiture work has appeared in print advertising campaigns for many companies.
The Port of Los Angeles will vote on a truck replacement program that requires motor carriers to hire employee drivers, marking an official break from its sister port in Long Beach.
Michael Johnson, the busy chief executive of nutritional supplement maker Herbalife, finds time to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a strong relationship with his family.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted a bid by the Federal Communications Commission to overturn a Fox Television indecency case the agency lost in lower courts against News Corp.
The 1.6 million-square-foot Corporate Pointe office campus in Culver City has seen its share of activity in recent months.
The insured not understanding the coverage that their policies actually provide is at the heart of many insurance disputes, according to Jim Fitzgerald.
Boeing Co. told the U.S. government that the Air Force used a "fatally flawed" analysis that made the company's bid for a $40 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers look too expensive.
Sea Launch Co. put a rocket launch on hold due to an undisclosed technical issue, the second successive problematic launch for the Long Beach company.
Many financial institutions may be cutting back on their lending, but brokerage Wedbush is launching a commercial bank.
''How-to" may be the next hot niche in the world of online videos, with a Santa Monica startup company launching how-to video Web sites during the first three months of this year.
Raw Feed keeps it cheap, bloody and funny with a profitable line of low-budget horror-thrillers.
The Port of Long Beach, having broken ranks with its sister port, has started down its own road to replace 16,000 trucks.
Naked Juice is seeing its business seriously heat up as the natural juice maker's lines have virtually replaced Odwalla's at Starbucks outlets.
Baldwin Park officials who complain that payday advance businesses make the city look poor confuse a symptom with the cause, writes Charles Crumpley.
State legislators have stepped in to try and speed the sale of Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, which has been on the block for four years.
The online universe is filled with blogs a totally acceptable form of blatant self-promotion made possible by the Internet.
It's more than 100 miles away from San Pedro Bay, but the Tejon Industrial Complex is very much a part of the Port of Los Angeles.
Friday, March 14
Community and Mission Hospital of Huntington Park will start suspending operations at its Mission campus on Friday. About 100 workers will be laid off or transferred.
Countrywide Financial Corp. is trying to block a Justice Department official from investigating its actions in bankruptcy cases involving its borrowers.
Tthe Port of Long Beach is making plans to build a new "green" headquarters building as it pursues a larger program to clean up the air at the complex.
Superior Industries International Inc. swung to a fourth quarter profit Friday, saying sales rose faster than expenses -- but the company also said it will have to restate some earnings due to a tax liability.
During a turbulent week of trading, the Los Angeles Business Journal's index of the 200 largest public companies stayed relatively flat from the previous week, losing only 0.74 percent. Of all the companies, 115 lost ground or staying the same.
Nearly 10 years after Disney opened Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, there is word the entertainment giant is looking at building another theme park in Central Florida.
Shares in Diodes Inc. dipped 7 percent early Friday after the electronic component maker lowered its first quarter forecast because of a slump in subcontracting sales.
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s chief executive said Congress would undermine the entire government procurement process if it tries to block a $35 billion Air Force contract won by his company and its European partner.
Long Beach-based HCP Inc. is planning to sell a $371 million portfolio of health care facilities to a Birmingham, Ala. real estate investment trust that has several Southern California holdings.
CBRE Realty Finance Inc., a real-estate investment trust that makes and invests in commercial-property loans, said it is considering strategic "initiatives" after posting a fourth-quarter loss partly due to bad loans tied to developer Harry Macklowe.
Thursday, March 13
Southern California home prices continued to fall at a record pace in February, and are now at 2004 levels, a real estate information service reported today.
Computer Sciences Corp. said Thursday that it will not renew its eight-year sponsorship of Team CSC after this year. It is the latest company to abandon cycling in the wake of a string of doping scandals.
Northrop Grumman Corp. said late Wednesday that it has sold its night vision systems business to L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. for $175 million in cash.
The state, and Los Angeles County, saw foreclosures more than double when compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Thursday.
In its yearslong battle with cable-TV operators, DirecTV Group Inc.'s Achilles' heel has been its inability to offer any sort of video-on-demand service. The company intends to change that.
Shares in Countrywide Financial Corp. declined more than 7 percent Thursday after the lender said foreclosure rates rose in February.
Downtown Los Angeles has seen a much-heralded revival in the last few years, with thousands of people moving in and a flock of new restaurants and upscale stores opening to serve them.
Shares in Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. dropped 10 percent Thursday after the real estate investment trust reported a fourth quarter loss greater than expected.
The management of the Westin LAX hotel announced Thursday that a lingering labor dispute has been resolved.
The Santa Monica City Council signed off on a $55 million settlement Wednesday with several former attorneys who claimed the city failed to pay them contingency fees.
American States Water Co. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 15 percent due to a favorable rate increase in California.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Thursday that anti-anemia drugs by Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson should continue to be marketed to cancer patients despite concerns the drugs could increase the risk of tumor growth and death.
Settlement discussions between IAC/InterActiveCorp and Liberty Media Corp. are continuing, even as the companies fight over control of IAC in Delaware Chancery Court, a witness for IAC testified this morning.
The air traffic controllers union called on the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday to reduce the maximum number of jetliners allowed to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
Wednesday, March 12
The Port of Long Beach said Wednesday that its cargo volume in February dropped from the same month last year, the fourth time in the past five months that the volume has been down.
Standing in front of a packed room of investors at a San Francisco conference early this year, Kevin Sharer took a repentant tone.
Shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. closed up nearly 7 percent Wednesday after the company was upgraded by Pali Research.
One sector that had been touted as a refuge while the broader stock market works through its funk,health insurance,hit investors with a bombshell on Mar. 10.
Live Nation Inc. said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the majority of the live music assets of late Florida concert promoter Jon Stoll's Fantasma Productions.
Crown Media Holdings Inc. reported a wider fourth-quarter loss Wednesday as expenses rose and the company settled a dispute with a programmer.
A Southern California bid to grab more than two-thirds of $3 billion in statewide trade funds appears to have failed as officials this week recommended the region get just $1.65 billion.
Hot Topic Inc. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit jumped 34 percent as lower costs offset a drop in sales.
Tuesday, March 11
Steve Mendell poured millions of dollars into stainless-steel paneling and state-of-the art cleaning systems to upgrade the decades-old meatpacking plant he has run since the late 1990s.
A Los Angeles judge has wiped out most of a jury verdict awarding millions of dollars to Nicaraguan field hands who applied pesticides to Dole Food Co. crops and who are now sterile.
Shares in local lenders advanced early Tuesday after the Federal Reserve moved to help a rickety lending market by making up to $200 billion available to cash-strapped financial institutions.
Shares in local healthcare providers dropped early Tuesday after analysts cut their estimates on WellPoint Inc.
Economists from the University of California at Los Angeles said Tuesday that the state and the nation will survive the lingering housing slump and mounting job losses without plunging into a recession.
Shares in local homebuilders gained Tuesday along with the broader market after the Federal Reserve moved to jump start seized credit markets and boost the flagging economy.
Federal investigators probing the business practices of Countrywide Financial Corp. are trying to figure out what Countrywide knew -- or in some cases didn't know -- about the incomes and assets of thousands of its borrowers.
Monday, March 10
Nina Nolcox feels that the proposed state budget cuts will fall hardest on groups such as the ailing elderly.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. for possible securities fraud, according to law-enforcement officials and finance-industry executives.
The L.A. County industrial market is the nation's largest, and players must rely on a combination of knowledge, experience and sophistication.
Shares in Countrywide Financial Corp. closed down 14 percent Monday after a report surfaced over the weekend that the FBI is investigating the lender for possible securities fraud.
Chaser Merchandising has launched a line of concert T-shirts partly made from recycled plastic bottles.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off Market Week, touting Los Angeles as a perfect fit for the fashion industry.
Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Monday that it won four of five categories established by the Air Force to weigh the awarding of a coveted $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract.
In an unusual effort to quell fears of independent film producers, the Screen Actors Guild made an offer last week to grant waivers to certain productions, meaning that they could continue even if actors went on strike.
When drivers speed through Long Beach next month, it will be the last time the race is run in the Champ Car series. The Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, along with other Champ Car races, will join the Indy Racing League in 2009.
When executives at Thrifty Oil Co. decided to convert a shutdown refinery into an industrial park, they aimed high.
Shares of Cougar Biotechnology Inc. fell 22 percent Monday on exceptionally large trading volume despite no important news about the company.
Joseph Wapner of "People's Court" fame has written a book for business owners who go to small-claims court.
Los Angeles County home prices continued to slide in February and sales dropped as prospective buyers wait
A judge struck down a law requiring L.A. supermarket owners to retain employees for 90 days after a store changes hands.
Northrop Grumman Corp. said Monday that it has nearly doubled its estimate of the number jobs that will be created as a result of the $35 billion contract it got from the Air Force to make aerial refueling tankers.
Style Network's show "Peter Perfect" is providing makeovers to businesses and their owners.
Boeing Co. plans to formally protest the $35 billion contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. and its European partner to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force.
When Majestic Realty Co. began breaking ground on the first commercial buildings in the City of Industry, the area was still a rural outpost of hayfields and citrus groves.
The Air Force's decision to go with Northrop Grumman on its refueling tankers contract could be a boon to the local economy if Congress doesn't take it away.
Shares in Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. closed down nearly 8 percent Monday as investors ditched the tumbling stock as it sets to report its fourth quarter earnings.
Just hours before the Air Force announced the winner of a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling aircraft on Feb. 29, an Airbus plane lumbered off the runway in Getafe, Spain, and climbed to 27,000 feet to rendezvous with a Portuguese F-16 fighter
Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone took the witness stand in a Delaware court Monday, saying he believes a proposed restructuring of IAC/InterActiveCorp breaches a more than decade-long agreement between himself and IAC Chairman Barry Diller.
California consumers are as bearish as they have been in years about the prospects for the state economy as housing market woes and soaring gas prices have taken their toll, according to a survey released Monday.
Channel M, an in-store video company, has released the results of a study conducted in partnership with Nielsen Media Research on the impact of advertising at retail locations. The study focused on custom programming that Channel M produces and distribute
Infill development is a way of life for Rexford Industrial LLC.
Though it still lags behind the other Tri-Cities, the Glendale office market has made strides in recent months. Companies have been driven to Glendale because of higher rents and less available space in Pasadena and Burbank.
Shares in MannKind Corp. plunged nearly 20 percent Monday after they were downgraded by Jefferies & Co. Analyst Salveen Kochnover, who said that it is becoming unclear if there is a viable market for MannKind's main product; an inhalable insulin treatment
Seventh Street Development knows its way around small industrial developments.
Jeff Smart lives up to his name. A senior vice president for Grubb & Ellis Co. in the South Bay office, he was the real estate services firm's top Los Angeles County broker in 2007 by total value of brokered transactions.
Industrial development isn't an afterthought in Santa Clarita.
Kearny Real Estate Co. LLC, an owner and developer of industrial properties, has made a name for itself by taking on large, complex rehabilitation projects.
The Los Angeles area's solar power industry is finally moving out of the shadow of Northern California.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to develop production and refining projects jointly with Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Co.
Small business owners comprise a voting bloc that is being ignored by the
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges set a record in 2007 for L.A. law firms: $3 million in profits per partner.
The four small buildings of the Koll Center Industry don't necessarily stand out at first glance.
The Business Journal gives awards to the people, projects and businesses that excel in Los Angeles County's crowded industrial market.
Charles Crumpley reminds Sacramento lawmakers that raising taxes will only drive small businesses away.
The L.A. County industrial market is the nation's largest, and players must rely on a combination of knowledge, experience and sophistication.
A year after Walt Disney Co. banned Hao Wei Metal Plastic Manufactory as a supplier, Huang Renzhong got a job there sculpting melted globs of poly-resin into statuettes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Snow White.
With all the commotion surrounding Northrop Grumman Corp.'s shocking victory over Boeing Co. to replace the Air Force's aerial refueling tankers (see article on page 5), it's easy to overlook several significant announcements Northrop has made recently.
William Morris Agency, known for handling a stable of Hollywood celebrities, has joined a fund targeting online startups.
Demand Media Inc., an Internet upstart pumped with $350 million in venture funds, has made its most expensive acquisition to date.
Area business owners are alarmed at recent talk in Sacramento to eliminate or reduce tax benefits that they depend on.
On a scale of one to five, how would you rate your satisfaction with the facilities, management, shops, noise levels and economic impacts of Los Angeles International Airport?
Carl Williams, the owner of Long Beach Breakers, a team in the semi-pro American Basketball Association, returned two weeks ago from a trip with his team to Singapore.
Friday, March 7
Amgen shares have dropped 27 percent the past year with two-thirds of the decline coming since early December, reflecting investor fears its best-selling anemia drugs could plunge again this year after 25 percent revenue drops in 2007.
Illinois's attorney general issued subpoenas yesterday to units of Countrywide Financial Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., for an investigation into whether lenders have improperly steered minority borrowers into high-cost or inappropriate loans.
After two weeks of slight losses, the Los Angeles Business Journal's index of the 200 largest public companies was hit hard this week, dropping 4.8 percent as 164 companies lost ground or stayed flat.
Shares in Arden Group Inc. slipped nearly 2 percent Friday after the grocery chain owner reported a dip in profit due to lower sales and higher expenses.
Southern California Edison said Friday that construction on the biggest U.S. transmission project for wind energy has begun.
Shares in U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. plunged more than 30 percent early Friday after it reported a big dip in profits.
Thursday, March 6
Liberty Media Corp. Interactive, the stock that tracks the performance of John Malone's QVC home- shopping unit, may gain as much as 15 percent from the Colorado billionaire's faceoff against Barry Diller in a Delaware court.
WPT Entertainment Inc. after Thursday's market close reported its fourth quarter net loss widened 63 percent from a year ago due to a decrease in the number of episodes delivered of its World Poker Tour television series.
Jeffrey Mezger, chief executive of home builder KB Home (KBH.N: Quote, Profile, Research) was awarded a cash bonus of $6 million in 2007 on top of his annual base salary of $1 million, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.
Shares in PeopleSupport Inc. lost more than 34 percent Friday after the outsourcing service provider gave a grim outlook for 2008, despite reporting a strong fourth quarter.
U.S. biotech company Amgen Inc. agreed to pay Japan's Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co Ltd. up to $520 million for the rights to a potential new drug, the companies said.
An influential Kansas congressman says he's opposed to the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. winning a $35 billion Air Force tanker deal because of its potential impact on domestic jobs and national security.
Shares in Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. dropped more than 21 percent in early trading Thursday after shares in the firm were downgraded.
National Lampoon Inc. said Thursday that it has been notified by the American Stock Exchange that the company does not meet continued listing standards and must present the exchange with a specific plan to achieve and sustain compliance by March 27.
Studio specialty divisions are no longer low-budget arthouse arms: Last year, the cost of production for specialty pics rose a whopping 60% vs. an 8% rise for major-studio titles.
Maguire Properties Inc. was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets Thursday, sending shares down nearly 2 percent. Shares have lost nearly 5 percent so far this week.
The Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Thursday it has extended its revolving credit facility by $100 million, and it will use that money, as well as some other cash, to repurchase between $150 million and $200 million worth of its shares.
Wednesday, March 5
Shares in Hot Topic Inc. gained 5 percent in after-market trading Wednesday after the retail chain announced February store sales declined 2.3 percent, which was a significantly lower dip than analysts expected.
The proposal for building a liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Beach Harbor may be dead today.
More builders are adding "green" features to their new homes. It is a strategy born out of necessity.
Ryland Group Inc. has been fined by the North Carolina banking commissioner's office for allegedly employing unlicensed loan officers and charging borrowers excessive fees.
Maguire Properties Inc. said directors have decided to delay its annual shareholder meeting as it continues weighing a possible sale of the company.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne told a congressional panel Wednesday that the proposal submitted by Northrop Grumman Corp and the European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. was "clearly" better than a rival bid from Boeing Co.
The United States Trustee has filed a new lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp's (CFC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) main lending unit, accusing the largest U.S. mortgage lender of abusing the bankruptcy process, court records show.
Los Angeles Times Media Group has inked an advertising deal with Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., the San Antonio-based outdoor billboard owner said Wednesday.
Ihop Corp. said Wednesday that it is close to selling company-owned Applebee's restaurants to franchisees in two markets as part of a restructuring following the chain's acquisition last year.
Tuesday, March 4
The Los Angeles Airport Commission approved a one-year, $25-million contract Monday for a Florida aviation company to manage preparations for expansion and modernization plans at Los Angeles International Airport.
A judge on Tuesday overturned a Los Angeles ordinance requiring grocery store operators to retain workers for 90 days after a store changes ownership.
The U.S. House of Representatives said it will hold a hearing Wednesday on the Air Force's decision to award the lucrative tanker replacement contract to the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co.
Boeing executives are girding for battle as they lay legal groundwork for kicking up a more official fuss,the filing of a formal protest of a U.S. Air Force decision to buy from Northrop Grumman.
The parent company of Fremont Investment & Loan announced Tuesday it had received default notices from two investors who purchased $3.15 billion in home loans in March of last year.
Following months of intense lobbying by local elected leaders and community members, the state has awarded $550 million to fund clean-air initiatives tied to freight moved through local trade corridors.
Semtech Corp. said late Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit more than tripled, sending shares up nearly 6 percent Wednesday.
Shares in MannKind Corp. fell more than 4 percent early Wednesday after the company said that its fourth-quarter loss increased as expenses rose. The loss, however, wasn't as high as estimated.
Shares in IndyMac Bancorp Inc. dropped more than 20 percent Monday but rebounded slightly in early trading Tuesday.
THQ Inc. said Tuesday that it won a ruling in a procedural matter in its ongoing dispute with Jakks Pacific Inc. over royalty payments.
Monday, March 3
The local business community doesn't oppose organized labor as much as its outsized political partnerships, writes Charles Crumpley.
A three-story office building in West Los Angeles called Corinth Gardens has changed hands in an off-market transaction for $9.6 million.
TechForward's buyback policies allow gadget buyers to trade in their aging devices for money.
Forest Hills, N.Y.-based JetBlue Airways Corp., which recently announced plans to begin service from Los Angeles International Airport, won't be the only airline coming to LAX in the next few months.
Shares in Obagi Medical Products Inc. closed down 4.7 percent Monday and continued to slide after reporting strong fourth quarter earnings.
Walt Disney Co.s' ESPN sports cable channel, expanding into movie-making, started a division to produce feature films.
David Marshall, chief executive of private investment firm Santa Monica Capital Partners, is seeking to take mixed martial-arts fights into the mainstream.
Hollywood and Silicon Valley have something of a Mars/Venus problem: the two sides are talking but they don't speak each other's language. A new venture involving a phone company may just add Pluto to the mix.
IPC the Hospitalist Co., a hospital physician management firm, was the first L.A. company to go public this year and has enjoyed one of the best IPOs since the credit market crashed.
High-tech methods along with the high prices have breathed new life into the oil industry in Los Angeles County.
StemCyte Inc., which banks newborn cord blood, signed a university licensing agreement last week that could speed commercialization of a new spinal cord injury therapy.
For years, JetBlue Airways Corp. turned up its nose at flying out of Los Angeles International Airport, saying that LAX was too big, too crowded and, well, that it just preferred to operate out of smaller hubs.
Long Beach's Sky Room is among the restaurants that now offer smaller portions at pared-down prices to appeal to today's wallet-conscious customers.
Speculation about another acquisition attempt sent the stock of movie and music distributor Image Entertainment Inc. soaring up by 100 percent last week.
When SBE Entertainment Group's new supper club, Foxtail, opened last week in West Hollywood, it included the company's usual offerings: slick drinks and a slick setting. What's unusual about the supper club other than the A-list entertainment industry g
In an effort to prevent neighborhood pets from being exposed to deadly fumes, Los Angeles may require pest control companies to notify neighbors 48 hours in advance of a fumigation.
Reports have surfaced that Middle Eastern investors might purchase Lennar Corp., the parent of Valencia-area developer Newhall Land and Farming Co.
High wages and strong unions are good for business and the economy, contends Richard Risemberg.
The production company behind TV shows "Deal or No Deal," "Fear Factor" and "Extreme Makeover" is making a foray into casual gaming, or video games played on computers and mobile devices.
Gores Group, which is known for reviving foundering companies, has targeted another business: radio programmer Westwood One.
Media Savvy, which has prepped celebrities for talk shows and press junkets for years, is expanding to coaching business people on venture capital pitches.
The upset choice of Airbus planes as the U.S. military's newest aerial-refueling tankers represents nearly six years of planning and investment.
Shoemaker K-Swiss lost its footing last week as a disastrous fourth quarter report dropped shares more than 10 percent.
The LAUSD should keep its focus on improving children's education and stay out of the LAX-area hotels labor dispute, according to Gary Toebben.
Univision, the biggest Spanish-language network in the U.S., is headed for a crucial showdown over fees it pays for shows from Televisa.
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s stock jumped more than 4 percent Monday morning after its surprise announcement Friday that it had been awarded a $40 billion contract to make the Air Force's next generation of aerial refueling tankers.
Some Korean banks in Los Angeles are seeking to expand their customer bases by targeting another immigrant community: Iranians.
Shares in Countrywide Financial Corp. fell more than 3 percent early Monday after the lender said more credit losses, a slowing economy and a sluggish real estate market have conspired to boost delinquency rates.
Four years ago, Todd Doney went to a fundraising event where one of the live auction items was use of the Rose Bowl for a day, including a barbecue lunch for 100. Doney bid on it and won. Only at that point did he start thinking about what he would do wit