Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Under the Skin

Façades help buildings with energy costs, lightingThose flashy building façades going up around town have a practical purpose: boosting energy efficiency.

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Geeks Are Chic In Hollywood

ENTERTAINMENT: Film, TV projects woo Comic-Con nerds.

Hollywood flocks to Comic-Con because the nerds there take a super-size role in generating buzz for films.

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Markets Adopt Orphan Drugs

HEALTH CARE: Developers see shares surge despite risks.

Arrowhead Research is among the firms carving out a niche developing drugs for a small customer base.

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Startups Opening Door to Crowd

INVESTMENT: Firms now can get funds from nonaccredited investors.

Mobile-game developer XReal is making a play for nonaccredited investors now that crowdfunding is for real.

Game Maker Has Health On Brain

Blue Marble aims to aid seniors’ cognitive, balance performance.

Blue Marble looks to score customers with video games aimed at improving seniors’ cognitive abilities.

Retail Shop Makes Play For Kids

Yoobi hopes hands-on store has right touch to sell school supplies.

Yoobi hopes its hands-on shop puts its school supplies in touch with kids and their parents.

Storage Firm Locks Down Item Location

Clutter looks to secure customers by helping track what’s in boxes.

Clutter thinks inside box with its service to help customers track where their items are placed.

Healthy Boosts From Chinese Connections

For Bob Parker, life has taken some dramatic turns recently.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Anheuser-Busch is investing $20 million at its Van Nuys brewery to improve water efficiency in the filtering, brewing and packaging operations.

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Directing Money

BANKING: East West takes lead role in helping Chinese investors break into movie business with U.S. studio deals.

East West’s star is on the rise with Chinese investors looking to connect with Hollywood studios.

Investors High on Performance of Drone Maker

MANUFACTURING: Stock lift helps AeroVironment blunt criticism of board.

AeroVironment shares take off after the drone maker’s quarter surpasses expectations.

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Studio Hopes Yellow Creatures Speak to Audience

FILM: Universal unleashes creative campaign to push ‘Minions’ into stardom.

Universal unleashes a creative ad campaign to help ensure “Minions” delivers a box-office blockbuster.

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Landlords See No Room for Rent-Control Changes

REAL ESTATE: City of L.A. proposals could kill creation of more units.

City of L.A. officials weigh rent-control rules that could open door to more burdens for landlords.

National, Local Groups Honor Business Journal

AWARDS: Staff wins range of kudos including online scoop, production design.

Business Journal staff scores range of honors from national and local journalism groups.

Brand-Building Strategy Makes Good With Clients

ADVERTISING: New unit at 72andSunny aims to raise consciousness, clients’ sales.

72andSunny’s new practice conducts socially conscious campaigns for the good of clients’ brands.

Ports Program Aims to Hook Up Truckers, Chassis

SHIPPING: Online system to track storage locations to reduce search times.

Responding to an ongoing shortage of truck chassis used to haul shipping containers to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Harbor Trucking Association has created a chassis pool for members, allowing them to hook up with a few minutes notice.

State Puts $15 Million Into Nursing Home Reviews

REGULATION: Backlog in checkups can hurt facilities working to improve.

Local nursing homes are a big step closer to being watched more carefully by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Monthly Tour Looks to Find Space for Businesses

REAL ESTATE: Get Urban project aims to land more tech, creative tenants.

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District, looking to entice more tech and creative companies to relocate downtown, guided a group of 35 real estate brokers and prospective tenants late last month on a tour of several offices of existing downtown companies.

Metals Broker Sees Golden Opportunity in Greece

INVESTMENT: Crisis drives growth at new London outpost of Rosland Capital.

The deteriorating situation in Greece is scary to a lot of international business owners, but Marin Aleksov isn’t one of them.

Calendar

Calendar of events

Conventions

Upcoming conventions

Chinese E-Vendor Picks Pasadena for Pictures Push

LEASE: Alibaba Group inks 10-year, $10 million deal to house movie division.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has chosen Pasadena for the first U.S. branch of its movie licensing and distribution arm, Alibaba Pictures.

States Call ‘Cut’ on Film Credits

Other states are cutting back their film incentives, but Charles Crumpley wonders how much that will improve L.A.’s production picture.

Increasingly Unworkable

Minimum-wage hike will be last straw for many owners trying to run businesses in city of L.A.

Richard F. LoGuercio writes that the city of L.A.’s minimum-wage hike will make his business unworkable.

Poor Proposition to Raise Taxes in California

Lee Segal warns that dropping Proposition 13 protections on commercial and industrial properties will cause taxes to soar.

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Business Burdens Head Up; Firms, Jobs Head Out

COMMERCE: Survey rates most L.A. cities as high cost.

Rising costs push more than half of L.A. cities into business-unfriendly territory, survey reports.