Stories for January 2018

Wednesday, January 31

Sanrio Inc. Names New Chief Operating Officer

Sanrio Inc. promoted Craig Takiguchi to chief operating officer.

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UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian Stepping Down

Named President of Quinnipiac University

Longtime dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Judy Olian is stepping down to become president of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, both universities announced on Jan. 29.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 31: Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

Vubiquity to be acquired for $224 million by Amdocs; Santa Monica-based Hawke Media picks up Execute LA of Venice; and Scopely raises $125 million.

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

Software developer Amdocs announced on Jan. 31 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Burbank video distribution services company Vubiquity for $224 million in cash.

Santa Monica-Based Hawke Media Picks Up Execute LA of Venice

Hawke Media, a digital marketing company based in Santa Monica and among the fastest growing firms in Los Angeles County, has acquired growth marketing specialist Execute LA.

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C.R. Laurence Expands Manufacturing Space in Vernon

Vernon-based glass industry supplier C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. is adding 120,000 square feet to its corporate headquarters.

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TT Games Opens UK Studio for Lego Mobile Video Games

TT Games, makers of the Lego video game franchise published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in Burbank, has announced the opening of TT Games Brighton, a new UK-based development studio focused on creating new Lego games designed for mobile platforms.

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Tuesday, January 30

Judy McAlpine Named President, USC Radio Group

Veteran public broadcasting executive Judy McAlpine has been appointed president of USC Radio Group.

El Segundo Beverage Incubator L.A. Libations Strikes Deal With O.C. Coffee Company

El Segundo-based beverage incubator L.A. Libations has formed a strategic partnership with San Clemente-based KonaRed Corp. to expand KonaRed's line of cold brew coffee and other products.

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L.A.’s BizFed Wants Active Role in Development, Job-Creating Policies

The Los Angeles County Business Federation on Jan. 30 announced it plans to take on a more active role in bringing development projects forward around the county and pushing for business-friendly policies that create jobs.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 30: Dog-Walking App Wag Lands $300M from SoftBank, New CEO

Dog-walking app Wag lands $300 million from SoftBank and appoints new chief executive; Next Trucking raises $21 million in Series B round; and nonprofit fundraising startup Funraise closes $9.7 million round.

MONEY 2018: M&A Top Deals

L.A. Finance From Small Business to Top Deals

Crunching the numbers on 2017 M&A activity.

MONEY 2018

L.A. Finance From Small Business to Top Deals

Money is a resource highlighting the sectors and institutions that finance the community of business in L.A., from small business loans to the top deals. The section covers a range of institutions from the big banks to private offices, spotlights some of the year's key M&A deals and includes contacts for banks and finance companies that work with Los Angeles companies.

Construction Consulting Firm Gafcon Opens New Downtown Los Angeles Office

Construction consulting firm Gafcon Inc. has announced the opening of a new Los Angeles office in Suite 1790 in downtown’s Figueroa Tower, 660 S. Figueroa St.

Next Trucking Raises $21 Million in Series B Round

Next Trucking Partners, an online marketplace connecting truckers with shippers has raised $21 million in a series B round, the company announced Jan. 30.

Dog-Walking App Wag Lands $300M from SoftBank, New CEO

On-demand dog-walking app Wag landed a $300 million commitment from the SoftBank Vision Fund and announced former LifeLock executive Hilary Schneider as the company’s new chief executive.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Global Economy’s Momentum to Continue in 2018

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After exceeding expectations in 2017, the global economy is projected to carry forward its current momentum to generate a 3 percent growth rate through 2018, according to The Conference Board’s latest Global Economic Outlook.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Tax Reform Could Transform More Than Your Tax Department

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It finally happened. After decades of thinking and talking about it, late last December, Congress enacted tax reform for the first time since 1986.

Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Business Executives’ Optimism about U.S. Economy Hits a Post-Recession High

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Nearly three out of four business executives have an optimistic view of the U.S. economy for 2018, a consensus not seen since before the Great Recession, according to the fourth-quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Tax Cuts and Job Acts - New Opportunities to Minimize the Tax Cost of Transferring Wealth

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President Donald Trump signed tax legislation into law in late-December 2017, ushering in several changes to the wealth transfer tax system, which took effect on January 1, 2018.

Monday, January 29

Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Bank Economists See Solid Economic Growth Supported by Tax Reform

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The U.S. economy will continue to grow through 2019, surpassing the longest previous period of economic prosperity in the post-war era, according to the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Tax Reform - International Planning Considerations

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US Tax reform brought significant changes to how the US taxes income.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: Southern California Economy Ends 2017 on a Roll

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California’s economy ended 2017 on a bit of a roll, with Southern California leading the way.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: BRENT WILLIAMS

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Brent Williams is an executive vice president and regional manager in the Los Angeles – West Commercial Banking Office for Wells Fargo.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: CRAIG MORRIS

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Craig Morris is a tax partner in KPMG’s Woodland Hills office.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: JESSICA LALL

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Jessica Lall serves as the President and CEO of Central City Association (CCA), Los Angeles’ premier advocacy organization.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: JIM KRUSE

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Jim Kruse is a Senior Managing Director with CBRE, Inc. and leads the firm’s Investor Services division throughout Southern California.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: DEAN JOAQUIN

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Dean Joaquin leads RSM’s tax practice in the West Region.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: MARTIN A. GRIFFITHS

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Martin Griffiths, a partner at KPMG, serves as the lead for the firm’s Tax and West Area Real Estate Tax Fund.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2018: DAVID ERARD

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David Erard, a tax partner at HCVT, has over 18 years of experience providing tax consulting, compliance and structuring service to clients in the private equity and real estate industries. Erard advises his clients on fund formations, exit, and asset acquisition and divestiture during the investment cycle.

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2018 Los Angeles Business Journal Economic Forecast & Trends

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The Los Angeles Business Journal was excited to host the 2018 Economic Trends & Forecast event at the City Club LA on Tuesday, January 23rd.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 29: Google to Move into Spruce Goose Hangar This Fall

Google to move into Spruce Goose hangar this fall; Elon Musk has sold more than $4 million worth of flamethrowers; and inside Jeffrey Katzenberg’s billion-dollar bet on mobile video

LAX Traffic Up 4.5 Percent in 2017, International Up 8.7

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 4.5 percent in 2017 to 84.56 million, led by an 8.7 percent surge in international passengers, airport officials announced Jan. 29.

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Money Managers contacts

MONEY | Private Equity Contacts

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Personnel Power - A Focus on Workforce Management: The Positive Impact of Functional Health for Employees

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To explore the benefits physical activity can have on employee well-being as well as an employers’ bottom line, we posed a series of questions to Dom DiLuigi, M.A., a training expert and innovator in functional health.

Personnel Power - A Focus on Workforce Management: Communicate Effectively with Your Staff

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To understand how to effectively communication in the workplace, you have to first understand some basic psychological truths about how we, as people, tend to communicate.

Personnel Power - A Focus on Workforce Management: It’s Time to Change the “Preparedness” Message

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Are your employees truly prepared for a natural disaster?

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L.A. Times Replaces Editor-in-Chief

The Los Angeles Times reported on Jan. 28 that Jim Kirk has been named editor-in-chief, replacing Lewis D’Vorkin, who held the position for four months.

Friday, January 26

Key Deals: How Snap Haunts L.A.’s Venture Capitalists

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Snap Inc. is, for many Los Angeles venture capitalists, the one that got away.

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Key Deals: Mars Buys Veterinary Chain VCA for $9.1 Billion

MONEY/SBA Lenders

West L.A. veterinary care chain VCA Inc. landed a sweet deal when it was acquired by McLean, Va.-based candy maker Mars Inc. last year for $9.1 billion.

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Key Deals: Walt Disney to Buy Fox for $52 Billion

MONEY/Money Managers

Sexual harassment and misconduct dominated last year’s Hollywood headlines, but when it comes to entertainment industry mergers and acquisitions, 2017 will be remembered as the year the Mouse ate the Fox.

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Key Deals: $3.9 Billion Husky Deal Big for Platinum

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2017 was a huge year for deals at Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity.

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MONEY | Venture Capital Firms: Contacts

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Key Deals: Global Gateway South Sells for $875 Million

MONEY/Factors

The third largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles floated to new ownership in 2017.

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Key Deals: El Segundo Physician Group Davita Medical Acquired by UnitedHealth for $4.9 Billion

MONEY/Investment Banks

The largest health insurer in the U.S. advanced deeper into direct medical services in 2017 by purchasing DaVita Medical Group of El Segundo, one of the nation’s largest physician groups, for $4.9 billion.

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MONEY | Investment Banks: Contacts

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Key Deals: Kite Pharma Acquired by Gilead Sciences for $12 Billion

MONEY/Investment Banks

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s acquisition of Kite Pharma Inc. of Santa Monica for $12 billion was the headline-grabbing deal for the Los Angeles County biotech industry in 2017.

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Key Deals: PacWest Gets CU Bancorp for $681 Million

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PacWest Bancorp of Beverly Hills acquired downtown-based CU Bancorp for approximately $681 million in cash and securities. The deal closed on Oct. 20 after receiving regulatory approval.

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Key Deals: Internet Brands Picks Up WebMD for $2.8 Billion

MONEY/Credit Unions

Internet Brands Inc. of El Segundo acquired online medical information company WebMD Health Corp. for $2.8 billion in September, a price worth more than the firms’ valuation just a few years ago.

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City Approves South L.A. Site for LACMA Exhibition Space

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved on Friday, Jan. 26 a 35-year lease to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the use of a vacant building at South Los Angeles Wetlands Park near the corner of 55th Street and Avalon Boulevard.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 26: Otter Media Buys Remainder of Its Digital Businesses Fullscreen, Ellation

Otter Media buys remainder of its digital businesses Fullscreen and Ellation; no one is going to win the Google Lunar X prize competition; and China’s JD.com aims for logistics facility in Los Angeles.

MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JESSE JAUREGUI

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In his current practice at Alston & Bird, Jesse Jauregui utilizes his bi-lingual/bi-cultural skills and applies them to his litigation practice.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JOHNNIE A. JAMES

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Johnnie James has extensive experience in every aspect of employment law, including advising corporate clients on wage and hour issues, employee handbooks and related policies, employee hiring, terminations, mass layoffs, and non-compete agreements.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: YAKUB HAZZARD

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Yakub Hazzard is a partner in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s Entertainment and IP Litigation practice group.

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Former TCW Group Fund Manager Files Lawsuit Against Firm

An ex-TCW Group Inc. fund manager has filed a $30 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the downtown-based asset management company, alleging she was fired in retaliation for filing a complaint against one of the company’s executives.

MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JACK S. YEH

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Jack Yeh is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Century City office and a prominent member of the Complex Commercial Litigation practice.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: DEBRA WONG YANG

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Few can rival Debra Wong Yang’s distinguished background - first Asian- American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney, former California state judge, and now serves as Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s firm-wide Crisis Management Practice Group.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: BENJAMIN T. WANG

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Ben Wang is a partner at Russ August & Kabat. He is member of the firm’s general litigation, intellectual property litigation, trial and appellate groups.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: MICHAEL TU

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Perhaps no recent case has defined the media industry more than Sumner Redstone’s battle for control of Viacom Inc. Orrick’s Michael Tu and team represented Sumner Redstone in this epic boardroom and courtroom battle, collaborating with Redstone counsel Rob Klieger of Houston Hennigan LLP.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: RHONDA TROTTER

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An experienced trial lawyer with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles, Rhonda Trotter has broad trial experience in intellectual property, products liability, and other commercial disputes, and regularly prosecutes and defends high-stakes trademark, false advertising and copyright lawsuits.

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Sweet Perspective on Way to Hollywood?

Give Maria Contreras-Sweet credit for her drive to bring several new perspectives that ought to resonate amid the ongoing criticisms of Hollywood, where 2016’s Oscars prompted a discussion about minority representation and 2017 brought accounts of sexual harassment and assaults that have roiled the entertainment industry and others.

Another View on Timing of Clean-Air Regulations

In regard to the Business Journal’s commentary in the print edition of Jan. 1 [“No Time Like Present for Forward Focus”], I am in agreement that the clearest way out of the air pollution mess we have in Los Angeles is clean technology.

Calendar

Calendar of Events

Tipping Point

We are living through a crush of headlines that reveal patterns of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by men against women in the workplace or other professional settings.

Lifelong Learner

Peter A. Mindnich, Braille Institute of America Inc.

Montana cowboy J. Robert Atkinson lost his vision in his mid-20s during a visit to his mother in Los Angeles.

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Coliseum Plaza Upgrade Plan Draws $7.5 Million

Argyros Family Foundation gift to benefit USC Trojans, fix travertine, restore mural

Changes ahead for L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

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Architects, Interior Design Firms Ride Wave

Both sectors post gains for 2017; Gensler repeats in No. 1 spot on both lists

Commercial real estate lifts industries.

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LeBron Boosts High School Hoops Enterprise

Mars Reel gets nod of approval, $2.7M from “King,” other investors

Dollars are bouncing into the net of Mars Reel.

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CPB Pilot Program to Cut Payment Time by Half

Ports plan update to centuries-old duty payment process

Shipping lines at the twin ports test electronic payments.

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Auto Sales Strong Even With Slight Dip in 2017

MARKETING: L.A. dealers generally pleased; trucks, SUVs increase market share

New car dealerships are coming off a multi-year high but still making deals.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Fifth Wall Does Two More

Joins with homebuilder Lennar Corp. on $135M Open Door deal

Fifth wall continues push.

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Street Marts

Vendor program renders order from one-time chaos around subway station.

Street retail at MacArthur Park gets organized.

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Hotel Report: 10,000 New Rooms Likely Soon

Los Angeles is a hot spot in the strongest market for hotel development in the past 30 years – but that doesn’t mean everything on the drawing board will come to fruition.

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Back to the Ballot for Hospitals

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles opened a $636 million hospital tower seven years ago thanks in part to a $1.75 billion bond approved by California voters to fix up hospitals that care for kids.

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L.A. = N.Y. for Foreign Investors

REAL ESTATE: Survey points to ports, industrial

L.A. County and N.Y. tie for foreign investment.

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China Goes Against Grain

Chinese investment into the L.A. region slumps.

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Lawmaker Aims to Abort Launch Tax

Should rockets taking off in California continue to generate income for the state?

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All In For Amazon

Inglewood Latest to Acknowledge Bid

The L.A. area has made Amazon’s first cut for 2nd HQ.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: V. ANDRE SHERMAN

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V. Andre Sherman is passionate about his clients and the law.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: ESTHER K. RO

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Representing clients in high-stakes class actions, Morgan Lewis partner Esther Ro is rapidly building a reputation as one of LA’s top litigators.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: EKWAN RHOW

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Ekwan Rhow is a principal at Bird Marella. Versed in all aspects of litigation and motion practice, Rhow has particular expertise in trial work and has first-chaired over 25 cases that were tried to verdict or award.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: ELSA RAMO

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In 2005 and only three years out of law school, Elsa Ramo decided the best way to break into entertainment law was by starting her own law practice.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JENNIFER POST

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As a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Corporate and Securities practice, Jennifer Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, institutions and companies, including entrepreneurs, startups and investors, as well as domestic and international public companies.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: DIMITRI PORTNOI

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Dimitri Portnoi is a trailblazer, exploring new areas of law, expanding rights for underserved groups, and achieving precedent setting victories for clients.

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Santa Monica Toy Maker Jakks Receives Takeover Offer from HK Company

Toymaker Jakks Pacific Inc. announced on Jan. 26 that it had received a takeover offer from Hong Kong-based Meisheng Cultural Co.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: WILLIAM PAO

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William K. Pao is a seasoned commercial litigator whose diverse practice focuses on three main areas: securities litigation, financial services litigation, and complex commercial litigation involving Chinese companies.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: DOREEN MARIE OLSON

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Doreen Marie Olson is a partner at Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers (MOLM) and certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State of California, a distinction just .55 percent of the state’s attorneys achieve.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: ANTHONY NGUYEN

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Anthony Nguyen is a Shareholder with Shegerian and Associates.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: DAVID MCFARLANE

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The author of two books on employee benefits law, David McFarlane is the lawyer companies turn to for high-level guidance on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), health care reform law, and employee benefits.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: KEVIN MASUDA

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Kevin Masuda, a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Media, Entertainment and Technology practice and Sports Law practice, regularly represents content companies, including motion picture studios and music companies, technology companies, gaming companies, private equity funds, sports and talent agencies, and other clients in various types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, restructurings, public and private securities offerings, licensing agreements, sponsorships, and other strategic agreements.

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Thursday, January 25

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 25: Social Media Platform Greenfly Raises $8.5 Million

Social media platform Greenfly raises $8.5 million; Songtradr raises $4 million in Series A funding round; and Apple launches patient health records app in Los Angeles.

Whittier Shopping Center Sells for $40 Million

Golden Capital Whitter purchased Friendly Hills Marketplace, a 90,000-square-foot shopping center on 7.7 acres of land located at 15311 Whittier Blvd in Whittier from Minneapolis-based Oppidan Inc. for $40 million.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: MIKE MADOKORO

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As managing partner in Bowman and Brooke’s Los Angeles office, Mike Madokoro is a highly sought after trial attorney, with experience defending the world’s largest automotive and product manufacturers in high-exposure product liability litigation.

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Social Media Platform Greenfly Raises $8.5 Million

Greenfly, a developer of a social media engagement program, raised an $8.5 million Series B round led by Alpha Edison.

MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: CHERYL M. LOTT

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Cheryl M. Lott proficiently represents corporate clients including banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: AARON LEWIS

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Aaron Lewis practices in Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: KENNETH K. LEE

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Kenneth K. Lee is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office who defends clients in class actions across the country arising from a wide variety of industries, from food to technology to health care.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: IRENE Y. LEE

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Irene Lee is a partner at Russ August & Kabat, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, right of publicity, and technology licensing.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JANET H. KWUON

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Janet Kwuon is a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group at Reed Smith, practicing in the area of product liability litigation.

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Songtradr Raises $4 Million in Series A Funding Round

Songtradr, a global music licensing and rights management platform located in Santa Monica, raised $4 million in Series A funding to support its ongoing expansion, the company announced on Jan. 25.

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Apple Launches Patient Health Records App in Los Angeles

Apple Inc. has reached out to Cedars-Sinai and Dignity Health to debut a system to allow patients to securely access medical records on their iPhones.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JASON S. KIM

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Jason S. Kim is a deal lawyer.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: HELEN B. KIM

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Helen B. Kim serves as the vice co-chair of Thompson Coburn’s Business Litigation group.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: SIDNEY KANAZAWA

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In May 2017, McGuireWoods partner Sidney Kanazawa succeeded in persuading the California Supreme Court to admit posthumously to the state bar Sei Fujii, a Japanese immigrant and activist barred from admission to the bar by immigration laws that from 1790 until 1952 allowed only “free white persons” and, later, “persons of African descent” to be naturalized citizens of the United States.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: CHANNING D. JOHNSON

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Channing Johnson is a recognized leader in the Los Angeles legal and business community representing music, motion picture, television, digital media, retail and sports clients in connection with securities issuances, mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture and financing arrangements.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: LUKE GUERRA

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Luke Guerra is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Los Angeles corporate group focusing in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities and finance and corporate governance.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: MARISSA ROMÁN GRIFFITH

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Marissa Román Griffith is one of the few female partners (and likely one of the only senior Latina attorneys in private practice) specializing in entertainment transactional matters.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: TANYA L. GREENE

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Tanya Greene is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: DAVID GRAELER

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David Graeler serves as Chair of Nossaman’s Litigation Practice Group.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: ALBERT GIANG

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Boies Schiller Flexner’s Albert Giang has built an impressive track record for passionate advocacy on some of the most pressing legal issues – a pillar of influence in the technology, appellate and pro bono fields.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: BYRON GEE

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Byron Gee is a Partner in Nossaman’s Los Angeles office and he represents clients in trial courts and administrative hearings on all areas of water rights and environmental law.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: KEVIN FRIEDMANN

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Kevin Friedmann is a Shareholder in the Corporate Practice of Greenberg Traurig in its Los Angeles office.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: AMBER FINCH

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Amber Finch is a partner in Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: HAYTHAM FARAJ

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Haytham Faraj’s path to becoming a trial lawyer began as a Marine Corps infantryman and later a Marine Corps infantry officer.

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Wednesday, January 24

China Airlines to Offer Daily Service to Taiwan from Ontario Airport

China Airlines will offer daily non-stop flights to Taiwan from the Ontario Airport beginning in late March.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: GREGORY EVANS

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After a stint at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., Gregory Evans returned to the L.A.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: CAMILO ECHAVARRIA

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Camilo Echavarria’s outstanding performance in his practice and his contributions to advancing his community are what distinguish him and make him the personification of leadership and influence.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: MARISSA M. DENNIS

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Marissa M. Dennis is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Allen Matkins.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: PEJ BEN COHEN

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Pej Ben Cohen believes in his core that being a trial lawyer is a noble calling.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: CYNDIE M. CHANG

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One of a few female, Asian-American office managing partners at an Am Law 100 firm, Cyndie M. Chang is the managing partner of Duane Morris’ Angeles office and serves on its governing Partners Board.

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Silicon Beach Report: Meg Whitman Tapped as Chief Executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo

Meg Whitman tapped as chief executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo; Snap’s VP of product to leave company; and SpaceX conducts Falcon Heavy static fire test.

MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: PAUL CHAN

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Paul Chan is the managing principal of Bird Marella.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: RALPH CAMPILLO

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Ralph Campillo was just 10 years old when his parents said a tearful goodbye as they put him and his brother on a plane in Havana, Cuba bound for Miami.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: KIMBERLY BUFFINGTON

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Kim Buffington is known for both her leadership and track record in complex intellectual property, commercial class actions and insurance coverage matters.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: JOSHUA BRIONES

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Few would expect a son of immigrant farm workers would someday grow up to be a managing partner of an AmLaw 100 Law firm, but that’s exactly what Joshua Briones did.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: MARC ANDRÉ BERTET

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Marc André Bertet brings substantial experience and a breadth of knowledge to the field of family law, having represented renowned members of the entertainment industry, politicians, and other high net worth individuals.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: SEMMA ARZAPALO

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Semma Arzapalo, a partner in Pillsbury’s Los Angeles office, represents large institutional investors in numerous private equity transactions ranging from initial due diligence to investing in complex limited partnerships.

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Toys R Us to Close Four L.A. Stores as Part of Restructuring

Wayne, N. J.-based national toy retailer Toys R Us plans to close four Los Angeles County stores as part of its effort to restructure in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in September, according to a bankruptcy document filed Jan. 23.

Puma Biotechnology Stock Tumbles After Thumbs Down by Euro Drug Regulators

Shares in Puma Biotechnology Inc. plunged more than 27 percent on Jan. 24 after it announced its breast cancer drug had hit regulatory headwinds in Europe.

MOST INFLUENTIAL MINORITY ATTORNEYS: WADE ACKERMAN

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Wade Ackerman is a leading national FDA regulatory and health policy lawyer based here in Los Angeles.

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Caltius Structured Capital Provides Growth Capital for Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers

Caltius Structured Capital, an investment fund based in Brentwood, has invested in a Washington, DC-based health care advisory company for an unknown sum.

Arcadia Office Building Acquired for $25.6 Million

Arcadia-based Positive Investments Inc. purchased that city’s eight-story, 83,250-square-foot Towne Centre Office Building at 150 N. Santa Anita Ave. for $25.6 million, or $307 a square foot, from a private family trust in San Francisco.

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San Pedro Ports Set 2017 Cargo Records

At its annual ‘State of the Port” address on Jan. 24, the Port of Long Beach celebrated its record-breaking year set in 2017 after a not so great 2016 which saw the bankruptcy of it largest terminal tenant, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping.

Tuesday, January 23

Monrovia Man Convicted in Scheme Using Brokers to Launder Drug Money

Federal prosecutors on Jan. 23 announced the conviction of a Monrovia man in an unusual scheme that used an informal network of brokers to launder money from sales of illicit drugs.

Port of Long Beach Approves On-dock Rail Facility

The Port of Long Beach’s Harbor Commission approved plans for a new on-dock rail facility to be built at the complex’s Pier B terminal.

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Bank of America Expanding Downtown L.A. Footprint

Bank of America is expanding at its namesake plaza at 333 S. Hope St. in downtown, extending its total footprint within the 55-story, 1.4 million-square-foot property to 218,000 square feet.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan 23: Esports One Raises $3 Million to Help Viewers Make Sense of E-sports Competitions

Esports One raises $3 million to help viewers make sense of e-sports competitions; Snapchat to let users share content on other social networks; and Boring Co. pitches Culver City Council on tunneling plan.

Layoffs Begin at SoCal News Group

Layoffs have begun at Digital First Media's Southern California News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune in Monrovia and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, among other newspapers.

Film L.A. Reports 2017 Second-Best Year for L.A. Location Filming

On-location filming in greater Los Angeles achieved its second-best year on record in 2017, according to a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday.

Arrowhead Pharma Raises $60 Million in Stock Offering

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Pasadena has reported raising $60 million from selling shares of its common stock.

Santa Monica R&D Building Sells to Kite Pharma for $135 Million

In a case of biotech deal making, Gilead Sciences Inc. subsidiary Kite Pharma Inc. has purchased a one-story, 160,000-square-foot building at 1800 Stewart St. in Santa Monica from Agensys Inc. for $135 million, or nearly $844 a square foot, according to CoStar Group Inc.

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Santa Monica’s Prostate Cancer Foundation Doles Out $8 Million in Grants

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Santa Monica has awarded $8 million to physician researchers delving into potential cures for advanced prostate cancer, the nonprofit agency said Tuesday.

Monday, January 22

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 22: PacketFabric Raises $25 Million from NantCaptial

PacketFabric raises $25 million from NantCaptial, SpaceX Falcon Heavy testing delayed by government shutdown and organic perfumer Skylar Body raises $3 million.

Aecom Tapped for Related’s $1B Gehry-Designed The Grand

Related Cos. has selected Aecom as construction manager for The Grand, the $1 billion Frank Gehry-designed, mixed-used development on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

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California Pizza Kitchen Names New CEO

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Capital has appointed a new chief executive of Playa Vista’s California Pizza Kitchen, the companies announced today.

CBRE Fund Secures Office-Based Portfolio in Glendale for $122 Million

A CBRE Group global investors fund has purchased a three-property portfolio in Glendale from Blackstone Group for $122 million, according to CoStar Group Inc.

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Friday, January 19

Big Challenges Ahead at Big 5

430-store chain’s shares fall on Q4 revenue dip

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Starco Aims for Star Status

How Starco Group built a niche mini-empire specializing in aerosolized consumer goods.

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Consumer Confidence Continues Slide

Uncertainty on tax reform, trade, immigration

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New Heights for Drones?

Why telecom giant SoftBank joined forces with AeroVironment

Drone maker AeroVironment flies its drones high to become mobile telecommunications hubs.

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EPA Clears Superfund Space

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included a former landfill site in Monterey Park that’s on its Superfund list as one of 30 such sites around the nation that can now be marketed for redevelopment.

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B. Riley Gets Erstwhile Mall Stalwart Bebe

B. Riley Financial Inc. has acquired 29 percent of struggling mall-based retailer Bebe Stores Inc. for $16.9 million, the company announced last week.

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Dole Sale Talks End, Company Pulls IPO

Dole Food Co. broke off talks to sell the business to a Belgian company last week in a recent move that came on the same day it pulled plans for a public offering.

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News Briefs

News briefs, January 22-28

Cable Calling Card

Hallmark Channel plans offering expansion after 2017 success.

2017’s winter season was a banner one for the Hallmark Channel. Will 2018 be a repeat?

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Deals & Dealmakers: Big Buy for Platinum’s Vertiv

Greif helps broker deal for integrated thermal systems manufacturer

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L.A. County’s New Hotel Rooms Lead State

2017 gains driven by 23 new hotels; market likely to top California again this year

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Medical Simulation Confab Displays Hot Market

Local companies among crowd to highlight new products to train doctors

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Airport Approves $336M on People Mover

Los Angeles World Airports officials announced on Friday final authorization for a $336 million contract to build extensions to the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to connect to the planned people mover.

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Strawberry Grower Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Eclipse Berry Farms has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of California strawberry operators facing difficulties.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Snap Lays Off Two Dozen Employees

Snap lays off two dozen employees; Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg leaving in March; and California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission.

Union In, Levinsohn on Leave at the L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times is now officially a union paper, and its publisher might be on the way out after a lurid report of sexual harassment and misconduct while with prior companies.

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Facial Recognition Boarding Passes Start at LAX

There’s a new way to board a British Airways flight at Los Angeles International Airport – with your own face.

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L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent in December Amid Modest Gain in Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, matching the record low hit last year, as the local economy continued to post modest job gains.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Retires

Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck announced on Jan. 19 that he plans to retire from his post at the beginning of the summer.

Miracle Mile Office Tower Sells for $96 Million

Jade Enterprises has purchased a 20-story, 207,000-square-foot office tower at 6420 Wilshire Blvd. on the Miracle Mile for $96 million, or nearly $464 a square foot, from Boston-based TA Realty. according to CoStar Group Inc.

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About These Institutions

It’s no fun to end a year with the taste of error in your mouth.

Regulation Plan Would ‘Gum Up Works’ at Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grabbed headlines at the end of the summer when they announced an ambitious plan to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and move to zero-emission cargo-handling equipment over the next several decades.

Athlete Inspired

Jason Glushon | Glushon Sports Management

Jason Glushon, president and founder of Glushon Sports Management in West Hollywood, has moved ahead quickly in the competitive world of representing National Basketball Association players.

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Sports Titans: Jeanie Buss

Showtime’s backbeat reverberates as she guides team into new era.

This week we bring you additional coverage of two of the pillars of the one of the most-storied and valuable franchises in all of professional sports – the Los Angeles Lakers. We start with Jeanie Buss, chief executive and controlling owner of the team her legendary father lifted to the upper reaches of basketball lore.

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Sports Titans: Magic Johnson

Laker legend key player in another L.A. sports renaissance

This week we bring you additional coverage of two of the pillars of the one of the most-storied and valuable franchises in all of professional sports – the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson became a legend on the basketball court and now aims to bring a winning touch to the team as the president of basketball operations for the Lakers.

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Continued Strength Even With Office Vacancies Up

The overall office market in Los Angeles County showed continued strength in the fourth quarter despite a rise in the vacancy rate and net absorption that turned negative over the three-month period, as more space came onto the market than was leased.

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Real Estate Quarterly Submarkets

Special Report: January 2018

Overview of Los Angeles County’s office and industrial submarkets in the fourth quarter.

Thursday, January 18

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

L.A. among the finalists for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; Jam City develops ‘Harry Potter’ game; and Apple leases 128,000 square feet in Culver City.

Report: L.A. Times Publisher Tied to Sexual Harassment Claims

Los Angeles Times publisher and chief executive Ross Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, according to a Jan. 18 National Public Radio report.

Legislators Introduce Measure to Ban Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

A pair of state legislators introduced a measure on Jan. 17 to ban any moratoriums on new natural gas hookups.

L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters.

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Wednesday, January 17

Weingart and Ballmer give $15M to Recruit Doctors Needed in South L.A.

The Weingart Foundation and a charity founded by Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer have donated $15 million to help fill a doctor shortage in South Los Angeles.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Tetra Tech Buys Australian Engineering Company

Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure.

Tetra Tech Acquires Australian Engineering Firm Norman Disney

Pasadena-based consulting engineering services firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced on Jan. 17 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Australia’s Norman Disney & Young, an infrastructure engineering design firm that focuses on environmentally friendly buildings, for an undisclosed amount.

U.S. EPA Targets Former Landfill Site in Monterey Park for Redevelopment

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 17 it is targeting a former landfill site in Monterey Park currently on its Superfund list of the most toxic cases as one of 30 sites nationwide for redevelopment.

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Mossimo Giannulli’s G/Fore Collection Acquired by Peter Miller

Beverly Hills-based sportswear brand G/Fore has been acquired by Peter Millar, a luxury apparel brand in Raleigh, N.C., for an undisclosed amount.

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Clearlake Capital to Acquire Janus International

Clearlake Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Santa Monica, agreed to acquire Janus International Group for an undisclosed sum, the outfits announced Jan. 17.

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Torrance-Based Emmaus Life Sciences Groundbreaking Sickle Cell Drug Goes on Sale

Emmaus Life Sciences Inc. of Torrance announced Wednesday that its breakthrough drug to treat sickle cell disease had hit pharmacy shelves after a quarter century of development.

B. Riley Acquires 29 Percent Stake in Bebe Stores

B. Riley Financial Inc. has acquired 29 percent of Bebe Stores Inc. for $16.9 million, the company announced Tuesday.

Westwood-Based WiserCare Appoints New Chief Executive

WiserCare, a Westwood-based digital health company that helps guide patients during medical care, has appointed Dr. Daniel J. Castillo as its new chief executive.

CUSTOM CONTENT: Top Ways to Grow Your Business on the Golf Course

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Sporting events have often been used as a method of conducting business, but the entertaining options in a stadium or arena luxury box are all the same.

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Tuesday, January 16

L.A. Coliseum Plaza Named for Orange County Donors

The peristyle plaza at the soon-to-be-renovated Los Angeles Coliseum, home of USC’s Trojans football team will be named the Julia and George Argyros Plaza in recognition of a $7.5 million gift from the Argyros Family Foundation, located in Costa Mesa.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 16: Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable

Google to connect Latin America and Los Angeles with new undersea cable; Snapchat content execs talk app redesign and push into scripted programming; and Lockheed Martin exec hints that SR-72 might be built already.

Southern California News Group Faces Layoffs

Southern California News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register and other newspapers, will reportedly face significant layoffs in coming months.

Jamison Services Buying Several Parcels in Koreatown, Planning $14M Redevelopment

Jamison Services has added to its already considerable holdings in Koreatown, purchasing several parcels of land for a multifamily redevelopment site for $14 million.

Developer Buys Long Beach Properties for $2.45M, Plans to Build $8.4M Dialysis Clinic

REAL ESTATE

A Northern California developer has purchased land in downtown Long Beach with plans to construct an $8.4 million dialysis clinic.

Dole Food Co. Withdraws Planned IPO

Dole Food Co. has called off its proposed public offering after talks to sell the company to a Belgium firm broke down.

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Monday, January 15

Live Nation Settles Litigation, Acquires Songkick Assets

Live Nation Entertainment in Beverly Hills and Complete Entertainment Resources Group Inc. and related entities formerly known as Songkick (CERG) have announced that Live Nation has acquired some assets from CERG, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API application and patent portfolio.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Santa Monica Gets $2.5M to Study Cancer in African-American Men

The founder of a San Francisco-based private equity firm has donated $2.5 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Santa Monica to research prostate cancer in U.S. veterans and African-American men, officials announced on Jan. 15.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 15: Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey Won’t Seek Re-Election to Disney Board

Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey won’t seek re-election to Disney board; Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft; and safety panel raises concerns about SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Friday, January 12

Sports Titans Profile: Dean Spanos

Led the 100-mile move that changed everything for Chargers

Dean Spanos, L.A. Chargers owner, talks new respect for his team in L.A.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 12: Snapchat’s Big Redesign Rated Negatively by 83% of Reviews

Snapchat’s big redesign rated negatively by 83 percent of reviews; Pentagon refuses to answer questions about failed $1 billion Zuma satellite launch; and The IMDb Show launched.

Disney’s Fox Buy Nets Streaming Outlet

Company gets majority stake in Hulu, direct platform to consumers

Walt Disney Co.’s ambitions to sell television shows and movies directly to consumers through proprietary streaming platforms got a big boost last week when Hulu announced its paid subscription base grew 42 percent to more than 17 million at the end of 2017 from May 2016.

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Economic Case for Early Childhood Development

Our business and political leaders talk a lot about the future of the Los Angeles area – especially the outlook for livability, economic growth, job opportunities and a skilled work force.

New Era, New View… New Bowl Game?

Let’s have the sort of fun folks used to have when Los Angeles was the last train stop for folks itching to get out of the snow or just onto something new.

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STYLE | Battle Ready | Renata Simril | LA84 Foundation

Renata Simril - LA84 Foundation

Renata Simril, chief executive of the LA84 Foundation, described herself as a player coach when it comes to running the private nonprofit organization dedicated to youth sports programs that she has headed since January 2016.

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LA Rising: Koreatown

Driven By Transit

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K-town’s Vertical Ambition

Korean-language signs and a vibrant nightlife have long been prominent features of Koreatown.

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Union Bank Plaza Owners Face Property Gluts

Office tower returns to market after sale deal dies with appraised value drop

Union Bank Plaza, the 40-story downtown office and retail space at 445 S. Figueroa St., remains on the market and its owner is facing difficulties offloading it.

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Property Managers’ 2017 Takeaway: Big Get Bigger

Retail-focused firms buck trend to grow local square footage by 4-plus percent

Firms managing L.A. County’s commercial properties saw little growth – here’s why.

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Newegg Expanding New Role in Fulfillment

Electronics seller’s eBay partnership shows logistics business segment growing

Head of TaskUs moves to San Antonio to oversee first new U.S. call center.

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L.A. Gets Bulk of State’s Global Trade Traffic

$44.6B in import-export over 12-month period accounts for 2/3 of total

More bad news for Mattel as analysts lower 4Q forecasts.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Firms Get Fast Start on 2018

Transom Capital closes new $300 million fund, sells portfolio business to Icahn

Transom Capital Group rings in the New Year with $300-million fund.

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Social Niche

‘Doing well by doing good’ is a priority at Cal State Dominguez Hill’s business incubator.

Incubator gets new home at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

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PAGE 3: Stan’s Suit; Steven’s Spanish-Language Edge

Anyone else notice that Stan Kroenke wore the same harvest wheat suit with crisp white shirt to his Rams’ playoff game that he rocked for the cover of our annual Book of Lists?

County’s Economy Dips on Milken Measure

A slowdown in the rate of job creation in Los Angeles County last year caused a 13-position drop in an annual ranking of economic vibrancy among metropolitan areas, according to a recent Milken Institute report.

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Business Push-Back Keeps New Gas Hookups Flowing – for Now

Business groups push against possible moratorium on gas hookups.

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Record, Notable Dips for L.A. in 2017 Visitor Counts

Tourism is up for L.A. County from high-spending international visitors.

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Biotech Seeks $5B More on Stem Cells

Where did $3 billion in voter-approved funding for stem cell research go?

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New Tune For Old Trade

Beverly Hills pawn shop more like hedge fund of hard knocks

Beverly Hills pawn shop operates like a street-level hedge fund.

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Japan’s 2nd Street Opens First U.S. Store in L.A.

2nd Street, Japan’s largest retailer of second-hand clothing and accessories opened its first U.S. store on Melrose Ave, the company announced Friday.

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$600M Redevelopment Proposed for Former MWD Site Near DTLA

The 5.5-acre former Metropolitan Water District campus that has long sat dormant at 1111 Sunset Blvd. may be developed into a mixed-use development with 778 apartments.

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Thursday, January 11

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 11: Venture Capital Investment to L.A. Region Falls Again

Venture capital investment to L.A. region falls again; Internet Brands to acquire lawyer search website Avvo; and SpaceX delays commercial crew test flights to latter half of 2018.

Internet Brands to Acquire Lawyer Search Website Avvo

Internet Brands has reached an agreement to acquire Avvo Inc., an online directory of law firms and legal services, for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release.

Adidas, Burn Fitness Space in Santa Monica Sells for $30.3M

Golden West Properties and Starpoint Properties paid $30.3 million for the three-story, 30,000-square-foot Adidas and Burn Fitness building at 1231-1233 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

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Venture Capital Investment to L.A. Region Falls Again

For the second year in a row, the amount of venture capital dollars invested into L.A.-area companies fell, dropping 8.6 percent to $3.2 billion from the year prior, according to a report by Dow Jones VentureSource.

Westside Move for L.A. Times?

The Los Angeles Times newsroom staff is awaiting the final tally of votes of whether the tronc Inc.–owned newspaper will go union by forming its own local of the NewsGuild, which represents journalists and media workers at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other organizations. The votes are due Jan. 18 and are expected to be counted on Jan. 19.

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Marlin Equity Partners Picks Up Majority Piece of Talkwalker

Marlin Equity Partners of Hermosa Beach has purchased a majority stake in Talkwalker, a global software listening and analytics company, officials announced Jan. 11.

Hasserjian Joins NAI Capital Management as President and CEO

Former CBRE Group Inc. executive Eric Hasserjian has joined NAI Capital Management as its president and chief executive, based out of the company’s Westside office on Olympic Boulevard.

Wednesday, January 10

Mixed-Use Development in Koreatown to Include 121 Apartments, Nearly 5,000 SF Retail Space

Construction is underway on The Mariposa, a mixed-use Koreatown development located at 269 S. Mariposa Ave., a seven-story building containing 121 apartments and more than 4,600 square feet of retail space.

Commission Postpones Vote on Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections

The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday postponed for a month a planned vote this week on a moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses and commercial properties throughout most of Los Angeles County.

Pomona College Tops Among Local Schools for Best Value: Kiplinger’s

Pomona College climbed into the Top 10 in the nation for best value colleges, according to the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 10: Overwatch League-Twitch Deal Worth at Least $90 Million

Overwatch League-Twitch deal worth at least $90 million; artificial intelligence startup Oben raises $10 million; and Survios to open virtual-reality arcade in Torrance.

Warner Bros. Reshapes Global Theatrical, Home Entertainment Units

Warner Bros. is reorganizing its global theatrical and home entertainment operations to enhance its competitiveness in the global marketplace, the Burbank company has announced.

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Warm December Takes Sizzle Out of Big 5’s Fourth-Quarter Sales

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. blamed unseasonably warm weather in December for disappointing same-store sales that tumbled 9.4 percent in the fourth quarter and 1.2 percent for the year.

UPDATE: California Adds 'Fresh' Category for Cannabis Cultivation Tax

Marijuana growers can now choose to either pay a state tax on either dried or freshly harvested cannabis plants, the state Department of Tax and Fee Administration announced this week.

Clearlake Capital Acquires Perforce Software from Summit Partners

Santa Monica-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group announced the acquisition of Perforce Software Jan. 10 from Summit Partners. No financial terms of the transaction were disclosed.

Record 48.3 Million People Visited L.A. County Last Year

The county of Los Angeles welcomed a record number of visitors for the seventh year in a row, hosting 48.3 million visitors last year, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board announced Jan. 10.

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L.A. County Slips in Annual Economic Performance Rankings

Los Angeles County fell sharply in an annual ranking of job growth and economic performance among metropolitan areas, according to a Milken Institute report released on Jan. 10.

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Tuesday, January 9

Caltius Equity Partners Sells Stake in MC Sign; Deal Valued at $100 Million

Santa Monica-based Caltius Equity Partners announced Jan. 9 the sale of its portfolio company MC Sign, a signage and lighting service company based in Mentor, Ohio, to Arcapita Investment Management US Inc. The total value of the transaction was $100 million, Caltius said in a statement.

Fashion Awards Nominees: Study Reveals the Top Concerns of U.S. Fashion Industry Executives

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This past summer, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) released the fourth annual U.S. Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study, a survey of 34 executives from the leading fashion and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers.

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Fashion Awards Nominees: Top 10 Retail Trends Impacting Apparel Companies

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The apparel industry is changing at a pace far surpassing previous decades, moving from the product era to the consumer era to the information era. At this pace, apparel companies are challenged to respond to consumer demands and spending patterns.

Fashion Awards Nominees: Retail Community Joins Together to Launch U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition

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Coalition to educate Congress, Administration and public on global value chain importance to American jobs Last month, organizations representing America’s most recognized retail brands, suppliers and Main Street businesses, announced the launch of the U.S. Global Value Chain Coalition.

Fashion Awards Nominees: Social Media Advertising and the FTC - How Influencers Can Avoid Legal Trouble

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Pursuant to an endorsement deal, an Instagram user with a large following—a so-called social media “influencer”— receives a new watch from a company, takes photos of herself wearing the wristwear, and posts about how much she loves the merchandise.

FASHION AWARDS NOMINEES

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The world of fashion, garments, apparel manufacturing and style design as a whole is unique in many ways – and here in Los Angeles, where we have some of the most fashion-forward and stylish people in the world, there’s perhaps an even more finely tuned set of rules for success.

Steve Bannon Out at Breitbart

Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of far-right news and commentary website Breitbart News Network in Westwood.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 9: Tesla Hits the Roof; NASA to Collect Earth Science Data; and Eastman Kodak Gets Into Cryptocurrency

Electric car company Tesla has begun to install its first solar roof tiles for customers who placed reservations beginning last May. NASA has a new pilot program to gather Earth science data. And Eastman Kodak is introducing its own digital currency as part of the launch of a platform for photographers looking to license their photos.

Butterfly Acquires Pacifico Aquaculture in Mexico

Butterfly Equity, a private equity firm specializing in the food sector, has acquired Pacifico Aquaculture in Mexico, the company announced Jan. 9. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FASHION AWARDS: Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study Reveal What Matters Most

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Findings show U.S. industry executives are most concerned about the impact of trade protectionism, risk management, and border adjustment tax proposal

FASHION AWARDS: For Millennials, Mobile Sales Dominated Cyber Monday Week

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This year’s recent Cyber Monday Week was the largest online sales day ever, and for the ever elusive millennial shopper, mobile sales not only dominated but resulted in higher dollar sales.

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FASHION AWARDS: NOMINEES

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Dolories Adams 7th Floor Digital Fashion Jerry Bakhchyan JB Clothiers Allison Beal StyleSaint Matthew Bilinsky Weinberg Gonser LLP Cullanete Bloom Little Pieces Sydnee Breuer Rosenthal & Rosenthal Jewelia

FASHION AWARDS: INDUSTRY ICON AWARD

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INDUSTRY ICON HONOREE KEVIN SULLIVAN WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE Wells Fargo has been linked to the apparel and textile industry of California since the early 1960s and its support for the professional and charitable efforts of its participants can always be counted upon.

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Monday, January 8

FASHION AWARDS: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY HONOREE ROSE MARCARIO PATAGONIA Rose Marcario was CFO and COO of Patagonia from June of 2008 - March 2013 and became President of the company in March of 2013, a title she continues to hold.

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Long Beach Airport to Begin Daily Flights to Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly daily from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu starting June 1.

Pontifax AgTech Leads $9.5 Million Round in Biostimulant Producer Inocucor Corp.

Santa Monica’s Pontifax AgTech led the second closing of a $9.5 million Series B round in Denver agricultural technology company Inocucor Corp., the companies announced Jan. 8.

FASHION AWARDS: TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD

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Trendsetters change the way business is done... and Ram Sareen of Tukatech has changed the way design rooms and production departments work. The way Sareen’s Tukatech engineers the process, incorporates shared knowledge, and uses current, new technology has genuinely revolutionized the ‘fit’ process.

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Kunlun Group Limited Completes Acquisition of Grindr

Hong Kong-based mobile gaming company Kunlun Group Limited has closed on its purchase of the remaining stake of Grindr LLC, a gay men’s dating app located in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, the companies announced Monday.

FASHION AWARDS: PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER HONOREE FRANK KAUFMAN Moss Adams LLP Frank Kaufman, a Certified Public Accountant, has been directly involved in the fashion manufacturing and retail industries since starting with Moss Adams in 1983.

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FASHION AWARDS: SUPPLIER/VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

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SUPPLIER/VENDOR OF THE YEAR HONOREE TAMMY CHATKIN-NEWMAN 24 SEVEN INC. Tammy Chatkin-Newman has been a Human Resource professional since graduating from college.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 8: GoPro layoffs, Grindr founder leaving, new lights for Ring’s smart doorbells

GoPro announced layoffs and cost-cutting as the camera and software company exits the drone business; video doorbell maker Ring has acquired light maker Mr. Beams; and the founder of dating app Grindr is stepping down following the company’s acquisition by a Hong Kong-based mobile gaming company.

FASHION AWARDS: RISING BRAND AWARD

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After graduating from Yale with a degree in fine arts, Orange County-raised Eunice Cho headed for New York City and wound up working for a high-end lingerie company.

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City Attorney Files Lawsuits Against Local Trucking Companies

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said it has filed lawsuits against three trucking companies alleging the trio engaged in misclassifying truck drivers working for them in order to evade providing protections and benefits to the drivers.

LABJ FORUM: The Tax Man Giveth?

A Republican-controlled Congress passed a sweeping tax law in December that cuts corporate tax rates. So the Business Journal asks: How do you expect the new federal tax law to impact your business?

FASHION AWARDS: PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

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PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR HONOREE DOUGLAS EVANS YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund As the largest and oldest scholarship organization serving the needs of the fashion industry, the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) (formerly YMA) seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide.

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FASHION AWARDS: MADE IN CALIFORNIA AWARD

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MADE IN CALIFORNIA HONOREE HOUMAN SALEM ARGYLE Company, Inc. Houman Salem has established a manufacturing facility in the West Valley, and within one year has secured significant contracts from established brands.

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FASHION AWARDS: DIRECT TO CONSUMER AWARD

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DIRECT TO CONSUMER HONOREE YAEL AFLALO Reformation Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, Reformation designs and manufactures the majority of its limited-edition collections in its factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials.

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Neural Analytics Inc. of Rancho Park Raises $15 Million in Latest Funding Round

Neural Analytics Inc., a medical device company that uses ultrasound to measure brain health, has raised $15 million in series B financing, officials announced Monday.

FASHION AWARDS: FASHION INFLUENCER/TRENDSETTER AWARD

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Michael Costello is one of the most prominent fashion designers in the world. A self-taught prodigy, he has built an empire by making women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful -- upending an industry that often struggles to achieve diversity and excitement to reach millennials like him.

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Mouse + Fox Eager to Grow

entertainment: Disney payroll unlikely to downsize after deal.

Walt Disney Co. strengthens its content offering with acquisition of assets from 21st Century Fox.

First Firms Graduate from Santa Clarita Incubator

Startups: City to extend support to music software developer Nuhubit.

After three years at the Santa Clarita Business Incubator, Alex Bozman is moving on.

Friday, January 5

STYLE | Flexible Fashion | Randy Watts, William O'Neil + Co. Inc.

Randy Watts I William O’Neil + Co. Inc.

To call Randy Watts a morning person is an understatement. Watts, chief investment strategist for William O’Neil + Co. Inc. investment advisors, arrives at the company’s Playa Vista headquarters no later than 5 a.m. to check on world events from overnight.

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Sports Titans Profile: Casey Wasserman

Sports Entrepreneur Went to Bat for Olympics

Pushing L.A.’s future success.

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Sports Titans Profile: Dan Beckerman

AEG chief oversees far-flung empire from downtown HQ

View from the top of a sports, music, venue and real estate empire.

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Call for Community By the Barrel

There is a beer battle brewing across the country, and it’s having a significant economic impact right here in our backyard.

Most Interesting 10-Year Timeline in the World

The dawning weeks of 2018 provide an apt opportunity to lay down a fascinating benchmark.

Rent Control Initiative Could Give Cities More Say

AIDS Foundation’s Michael Weinstein pushes for signatures

A battle royal between landlords and renters may be gearing up on California’s ballot this year.

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Franchisers Post 7.8% Increase in Banner Year

Restaurants lead way as franchisers expand base in growth year

Franchisers, particularly restaurants, in L.A. County added units to grow numbers.

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L.A. Gets Serious on Biotech Infrastructure

County to devote resources to help industry growth, support entrepreneurs

L.A. County aspires to draw new biotech firms through an initiative to cluster bioscience facilities that focus on nurturing startups.

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More Restaurants Develop Appetite for Dine L.A.

Biannual promo push helps put upscale local eateries in national picture

Dine L.A., the city’s two-week foodie-dream, returns to Los Angeles with more restaurants.

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USC Opens $100M Outpatient Center on Eastside

Norris Healthcare Center to serve 100,000 patients a year in Boyle Heights

The new $100 million outpatient Norris Healthcare Center at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights opens this week, designed with future medical technology in mind.

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Deals & Dealmakers: $615M for LightBay

Former Ares execs Stein, Rahemtulla top initial target of $450 million in first go

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Vroom, Vroom on Vermont?

Aecom hopes upfront financing puts bus lane on fast-track.

A new bus lane proposal could drive a hefty contract for Aecom, but local obstacles could get in the way.

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News Briefs: January 8

News briefs, January 8 issue

LaBar: New CEO of Harbor Trucking Assoc.

The Harbor Trucking Association, a coalition of West Coast trucking carriers, has named Weston LaBar its first chief executive officer.

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Rosy Red at Pacific Design Center Campus

Tenants of the Red Building in the Pacific Design Center are expanding their presence as the city has become increasingly desirable for tech and entertainment companies.

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Pot Biz Stymied by Licensing Holdup

Many Los Angeles cannabis enthusiasts were disappointed to find they couldn’t ring in the New Year with a smoke, or perhaps a very special brownie.

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Page 3: Kroenke Previews Palace on Prairie

More coverage and photos next week to go with these notes on a scorecard from the year’s first tour of the construction site that will soon give birth to Stan Kroenke’s Palace on Prairie, aka the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District, which eventually will host his Rams as well as the Chargers in Inglewood.

Dual Concerns: Labor Pool, Trade

Local economists weigh in on how L.A. County’s economy may fare in the New Year.

Tax Law, Plane Bets Lift Air Lease

Air Lease Corp.’s value takes off as stock price jumps and market cap doubles from positive investor activity.

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China Fixes Boost Plastic Shops

After losing business to China in recent years, plastic molding shops see a new injection of revenue by fixing injection molds created there.

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Building on Broad

L.A.’s leading philanthropist finds successor to lead foundation

Gerun Riley, a year at the helm of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, talks about evolving the organization.

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Former Playboy Studio Campus Sells in Atwater Village for $30-Plus Million

Gaw Capital Partners bought 3030 Studios, a 108,000-square-foot former Playboy studio campus at 3030 Andrita St. in Atwater Village for an undisclosed amount, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. announced.

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Business Opposition Mounts to Proposed Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

Business opposition is mounting to a proposed three-month moratorium on new commercial natural gas hookups in Los Angeles County, with a vote by the state Public Utilities Commission set for Thursday.

LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King to Retire to Focus on Cancer Illness

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King on Friday announced she was retiring to focus on fighting a cancer illness that forced several prolonged absences last year.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 5: Snap’s Unusual Structure Led to Breakthroughs, But Also Problems

Snap’s unusual structure led to breakthroughs but also problems; Hulu nabs ‘Lost’ exclusive subscription streaming rights from Netflix; and SpaceX now targeting late January for Falcon Heavy launch.

Health System Overseeing St. Vincent Hospital Names New Chief Executive

Verity Health System, a nonprofit agency that governs St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, has named Richard Adcock as its chief executive.

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Forever 21 Reports $40 Million Loss; Closes More U.K. Stores

Lincoln Height’s Forever 21 Inc. posted a loss of more than 29 million pounds, or almost $40 million, for its seven U.K. retail stores for the year ended Feb. 28, 2016, according to an annual report filed with the U.K. government on Dec. 15, 2017.

Thursday, January 4

Iconic Lido Apartment Building Sold for $32.2 M

Mosser Capital paid $32.2 million to purchase The Lido, a 100-unit apartment building at 6500 Yucca St., in Hollywood that was featured on The Eagles’ “Hotel California” album.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 4: Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August

Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August; Chrome River raises $35 million more and eHarmony's “scientific” match ad banned in UK.

Harbor Trucking Association Announces First CEO

The Harbor Trucking Association, a coalition of West Coast trucking carriers has named Weston LaBar its first chief executive officer, the trade association announced on Jan. 4.

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Radiology Partners of El Segundo Purchases 99-Physician Radiology Practice

Radiology Partners Inc. of El Segundo has acquired Renaissance Imaging Medical Associates Inc. for an undisclosed sum, officials announced Thursday.

LightBay Capital Raises $615 Million for Inaugural Private Equity Fund

LightBay Capital announced Thursday that its inaugural institutional fund, LightBay Investment Partners LP, secured $615 million in capital.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

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Overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women, and children for all major racial and ethnic groups, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2014.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: Medicare 2018 Fee Schedule Finalized for 2018

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Tucked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2018.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: PEDIATRICS

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Shaun P. Setty, MD is the Helen E. Hoag Endowed Chair of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery; Medical Director, Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery; and Surgical Director, ECMO Services at both MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: HEMATOLOGY

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Stephen J. Forman, MD has been Chair, Division of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope National Medical Center and Program Director, Hematologic Neoplasia, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1987.

LAEDC Hires New Chief Economist

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has hired local industry economic forecaster Steven Banks as its new chief economist, the nonprofit was set to announce on Thursday.

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Wednesday, January 3

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE

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Dr. Earl Warren Brien, MD, serves as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Surgical Director of the Sarcoma Service at CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: ORGAN TRANSPLANT SPECIALIST

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For the past twenty years, Robert Naraghi, MD, has dedicated his professional self to the success and wellbeing of transplant patients at the Multi-Organ Transplant Center (MOTC) at St. Vincent Medical Center.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: ONCOLOGY

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Dr. Michael Harry Rosove is a Hematology / Oncology Specialist.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 3: AeroVironment Announces Joint Venture for High-Altitude, Solar-Powered Drone

AeroVironment announces joint venture for high-altitude, solar-powered drone, SpaceX shows videos of Falcon Heavy standing upright on launch pad and Snapchat may force users to watch three seconds of ads before skipping.

CIM Commercial Trust Buying Beverly Hills Office Space

Real estate investment trust CIM Commercial Trust Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the fee-simple interest in 9460 Wilshire Blvd., a nine-story office building in the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills, on undisclosed terms.

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TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: NEUROLOGY

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Dr. Behnam Badie is a neurosurgeon in Duarte and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital and Huntington Memorial Hospital.

AeroVironment Lands Drone Venture

AeroVironment Inc. has entered into a joint venture with a Japanese company for the development of a solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance drone.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: INTERNAL MEDICINE

Muhammad Memon, MD, is a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: HEMATOLOGY

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Stephen J. Forman, MD has been Chair, Division of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope National Medical Center and Program Director, Hematologic Neoplasia, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1987.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: GYNECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS

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Margaret E. Bates, MD, Spectrum Women’s Healthcare Dr. Margaret E Bates is an Obstetrics / Gynecology Specialist in Los Angeles.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: EMERGENCY AND TRAUMA

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Innovations LLC and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Dr. Donaldson is President & CEO of Critical Innovations LLC, a medical device research and development company focused on cutting-edge solutions to health threats spanning pre-hospital, hospital, and military environments. Triple-boarded in emergency medicine, emergency medical services, and clinical informatics, Dr. Donaldson has been the principal investigator on $20 million dollars worth of grants, with research focusing on emergency, critical, and trauma care.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

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Gary J. Alter, MD, Alter MD Dr. Gary Alter is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Olympia Medical Center.

TOP DOCTORS LOS ANGELES: CARDIOLOGY

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Dr. Cathleen N. Bairey-Merz, MD, is a Cardiovascular Disease specialist in West Hollywood.

Forever 21 Finds Point-of-Sale Data Breach at Stores

Forever 21 Inc. has found a computer data breach that compromised customer data sporadically over an eight-month period.

Tuesday, January 2

Colony NorthStar Completes Sale of Townsend Group to Aon

Colony NorthStar Inc., a global real estate and investment management firm in downtown Los Angeles, has closed its previously announced sale of Townsend Group to Aon plc, a global professional services firm providing risk, retirement and health solutions and based in London, England.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 2: Spotify Hit with $1.6 Billion Lawsuit from L.A. Music Publisher

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from L.A. music publisher; Faraday Future founder defies Beijing order to return home; and SpaceX launching top-secret Zuma satellite for U.S. government this week.

Goldberg Segalla Opens Downtown Office

Buffalo, N.Y.-based law firm Goldberg Segalla announced Tuesday that it opened downtown its first California location.

Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: Tips for Hiring Managers

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1. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU During the interview process, many hiring managers make the mistake of talking too much about themselves or the opportunity on hand, and leave little time for the candidate to talk.

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Faraday Future Founder Defies Beijing Order to Return Home

Jia Yueting, founder and financier of troubled electric car manufacturer Faraday Future, defied orders from a Beijing securities regulator to return to China to deal with debt problems related to his internet company, LeEco.

Fabletics Launches New Activewear Line with Demi Lovato

Athleisure apparel brand Fabletics is partnering up with singer Demi Lovato to launch a new workout wear collection, the company announced on Jan. 2.

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Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: HR Pros Claim Today’s Workplace Leave Policies are Behind the Times

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Human Resources Professionals say the Workflex in the 21st Century Act is the solution

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Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: Staffing - Plug a Hole or Take the Best “Player” Available?

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In most walks of life, establishing a clear focus is a good thing, and the sharper the focus the better.

Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: Think Like an Independent Contractor, Regardless of What You do for a Living

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Independent contractors (freelance journalists, software programmers, gardeners, etc.) wake up knowing that before sunset they must: 1) re-prove themselves to clients; and 2) learn a new wrinkle to up the odds of survival.

Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: HR’s Use of Artificial Intelligence to Skyrocket Over Next Five Years, According to New Study

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HR professionals will see explosive growth in their use of artificial intelligence (AI) over the next five years, according to new research by HR.com.

Human Resources, Staffing & Employment: A Holiday Stocking for California Businesses - Treats or Lumps of Coal Heading into 2018

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In 2018, California businesses will continue to face an array of challenges in the workplace arising from new state laws, on-going compliance with wage and hour and EEO laws, and managing threats of litigation from regulatory agencies and private litigation.

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LABJ FORUM: Standing Resolute?

2018 has arrived and with it new personal and professional goals and aspirations, so the Business Journal asks: Are you making any New Year's resolutions?