Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Battle Ready

PR exec looks to revive career after prison stintOnce-hard-charging Doug Dowie looks to get his career and life back on track after prison sentence for fraud.

By Omar Shamout January 19, 2015 midnight   $$ Share

Paging Internet Ads

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Is hiring sales reps to sell online ads an outdated way to compete in 2015?

Yellow Pages Calls In Staff

ADVERTISING: Firm prefers personal touch for online ads.

YP, formerly Yellow Pages, believes online ad placement still calls for a human sales staff.

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Shareholders’Suit Risks Rise

law: Class-action attorney shifts focus to only wealthy investors.

Recent rulings limiting shareholder lawsuits spur class-action attorney to change focus.

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Port Firms Move to Buoy Business

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.

Hotel Gets Into Act With Short Film

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.”

Hospital Unit Weighs In On Baby Fat

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.

Model Guest Plans Stay at Ocean Liner

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.

Expectant Dad to Feel Heat

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.

Regional Report

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.

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Off the Leash

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.

Stilled Drilling Rigs Don’t Work for Oil Investors

energy: Shares tumble after California Resources plans production cutbacks.

Report of idled derricks doesn’t sit well with investors in California Resources Corp.

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Smart-Home Business Sees Utility in Water, Power

TECHNOLOGY: Chet Pipkin talks Belkin International’s expanded offerings.

Belkin International’s Chet Pipkin discusses how he connects customers to smart homes

Home-Loan Lawyers May Pay for Upfront Fees

LAW: California requires attorneys to charge clients after modifications obtained.

Some attorneys still wrongly seek upfront fees while courting customers for home-loan modifications.

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Online Security Firm Likes Social Media Sector

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.

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Marketer Helped ‘Abbey’ Merchandise Find Homes

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.

L.A. Firm Branches Into Small, Midcap Stocks

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.

Restaurateurs Plan to Fill Plate With More Eateries

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.

News of the Week

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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Condo Tower Developer High on Downtown

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.

Making Right Moves for Business

Goldline’s Brian R. Crumbaker says the city of L.A.’s business incentives tipped the scales for the relocating precious metals dealer.

Lots of Restriction

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.

PR Veteran Broke Ground in Real Estate Coverage

Benjamin Cole salutes the late Dick Lewis for turning local real estate deals into big news.

Homebuilder’s Earnings Unwelcome on Wall Street

construction: Shares of KB Home tumble on poor fourth-quarter report.

Investors move out of KB Home after poor fourth-quarter earnings report.