LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
YP, formerly Yellow Pages, has been hiring in a bid to boost its Internet advertising business. So the Business Journal asks:
Is hiring sales reps to sell online ads an outdated way to compete in 2015?
ADVERTISING: Firm prefers personal touch for online ads.
YP, formerly Yellow Pages, believes online ad placement still calls for a human sales staff.
law: Class-action attorney shifts focus to only wealthy investors.
Recent rulings limiting shareholder lawsuits spur class-action attorney to change focus.
SHIPPING: Megaships mean less revenue for per-ship servicers.
Larger ships are cutting down their trips to the ports and the revenue of businesses that charge by the trip.
JW Marriott stages action movie to help produce more business.
L.A. Live’s JW Marriott heads in a new promotional direction with action film “Two Bellhops.”
Measurement device at Cedars-Sinai aims to nurture kids’ health.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center looks to scale infant nutrition issues with its device measuring baby fat.
Queen Mary to host toymaker’s miniature take on fabled ship.
Model of the Queen Mary prepares to drop anchor at its life-size inspiration in Long Beach.
Barry Knudson is expecting his first child in March with his wife, Kelsi. But before the baby arrives, Knudson, a beer enthusiast and casual home-brewer, concocted one more memorable batch: a spicy India pale ale.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Design Award: Pasadena’s Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been honored with the Army Corp of Engineers’ highest award for its design of the Mission Training Complex at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
veterinary: VCA expands health care offerings for pets as owners shell out more for treatments postrecession.
Owners’ increased spending on pets has treated VCA to a sharp rise in stock price.
energy: Shares tumble after California Resources plans production cutbacks.
Report of idled derricks doesn’t sit well with investors in California Resources Corp.
TECHNOLOGY: Chet Pipkin talks Belkin International’s expanded offerings.
Belkin International’s Chet Pipkin discusses how he connects customers to smart homes
LAW: California requires attorneys to charge clients after modifications obtained.
Some attorneys still wrongly seek upfront fees while courting customers for home-loan modifications.
INTERNET: Soteria says it has lock on evaluating risk of threats to celebrities.
Soteria Intelligence looks to help clients play it safe with the company’s online-threat assessment service.
TV: Brad Wald details his role in scoring ‘Downton’ branding opportunities.
Marketing exec Brad Wald knew “Downton Abbey”-branded merchandise would prove a class act.
INVESTMENTS: Aristotle Capital signs up veteran duo to operate Boston outpost.
West L.A. money management firm Aristotle Capital Management wanted to add a team to lead its expansion into small- and midcap stocks, and it went about as far as possible in the continental United States to find one.
DINING: Blackhouse’s two co-founders look to pick up pace on new locations.
Since starting their Blackhouse Hospitality restaurant group in Los Angeles three years ago, chef Tin Vuong and business partner Jed Sanford have opened four restaurants, with one passing the test of famed Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
Investors think chewable food is overrated. Or at least that is what can be gleaned from the news that downtown L.A. food tech company Soylent raised $20 million in a Series A funding round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, to expand operations.
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DEVELOPMENT: Trumark Urban sees area as ripe for $100 million project.
San Francisco’s Trumark Urban last week broke ground on a $100 million condominium project at 1050 S. Grand Ave., the first high-rise condo development to be built in the area in more than seven years.
Goldline’s Brian R. Crumbaker says the city of L.A.’s business incentives tipped the scales for the relocating precious metals dealer.
City Councilman Paul Koretz looks to open door to unwelcome curbs on residential construction.
Meir Kroll warns City Councilman Paul Koretz could fence in home development across the Westside.
Benjamin Cole salutes the late Dick Lewis for turning local real estate deals into big news.
construction: Shares of KB Home tumble on poor fourth-quarter report.
Investors move out of KB Home after poor fourth-quarter earnings report.