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Web Business In Sticky Spot

INTERNET: Pay practice raises investors’ ire at United Online.

Execs and board members could pay for United Online’s compensation practices as shareholders revolt.

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Businesses See Buoy in Pacific

TRADE: Firms expect waves of new sales if TPP goes through.

Some businesses expect a sea change in their favor if the agreement among Pacific Rim countries goes through.

Activists Grab Ridesharing Wheel

TRANSPORTATION: Petition aims to drive off services at LAX.

Activist group’s environmental lawsuit throws up another roadblock to ridesharing services at LAX.

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TV Celeb Takes Shot at Tequila

Mario Lopez intends to bottle up sector as partner in Casa México brand.

New partner Mario Lopez has poured himself into promoting Casa México’s tequila.

Phone Tech Has Line on Piracy

SmartFlow Compliance’s software helps devices make call on legality of usage.

Former phone exec Ted Miracco has dialed up a new career as a pirate fighter.

Spielbergs’ ‘Bridge’ to Past

Ace director Steven Spielberg turned to his own father for research assistance on his latest film.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Santa Monica’s VideoAmp, whose platform supplies digital and TV targeting data and facilitates ad buys across television and online video platforms simultaneously, has raised $15 million in a Series A round led by Luxembourg’s RTL Group.

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Early Dismissal?

OIL: Venoco stresses financial benefit of well to stake holders, district as it seeks to keep pumping at Beverly Hills High.

Venoco works to dig up support for its bid to renew the lease for the firm’s well at Beverly Hills High.

Renewable Power Firm Fails to Energize Investors

ENERGY: Rentech’s stock drops after quarter misses analysts’ expectations.

Renewable power firm Rentech fizzles on Wall Street after poor third quarter.

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Different Spin

Musician Moby is more concerned with serving tasty vegan fare than record turnout for his new Silver Lake eatery, Little Pine.

Moby’s rooting interest in plant-based food led the musician to open vegan restaurant Little Pine.

Dodgers Pitch Accelerator as Crucial to Evolution

SPORTS: Team says first round of participants has already fielded benefits.

Los Angeles Dodgers say the team has already scored benefits from its first field of accelerator participants.

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Analysts Offer Lowdown On Westside’s High Rents

REAL ESTATE: Some see more room to rise without risks of previous cycle.

Analysts are reluctant to declare there’s no more room for the Westside’s sky-high asking rents to climb.

System May Fill Hole for Attention Deficit Patients

REGULATION: Approval by E.U. could mean big boost for NeuroSigma’s eTNS.

Many parents of children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder wrestle with whether or not to medicate their kids.

Designer Garners Some Support for New Frames

CONSTRUCTION: Changes to state’s building code may lift creator’s products.

Designer-turned-manufacturer Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir has learned the long, hard lessons of marketing a new product to an old industry.

Firm Ready to Go Distance With Global Group

EXPANSION: International network chooses Hoyt as only member in SoCal.

Leeza Hoyt, chief executive of her eponymous PR company, Hoyt Organization Inc., is gearing up for some new challenges such as cross-continental conference calls at 3 a.m. and learning new languages with Rosetta Stone.

Shift on Storm-Water Policy May Soak Businesses

PERMITTING: State mulls ditching flat fee for basing cost on usage factors.

Thousands of local manufacturers, warehouses, recycling facilities and other businesses in Los Angeles County and throughout the state could face huge increases in storm-water runoff fees under a plan being considered by state water quality regulators.


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Developer Has Lots in Store for Former Sears Site

ACQUISITION: CIM Group shells out $43.5 million for property in Hollywood.

Mid-Wilshire developer CIM Group appears to be reviving development plans at the long-deserted Sears Hollywood site.

Is Toymaker Played Out?

Mattel seems to be playing with fire, Charles Crumpley writes.

Working at Home

American Apparel’s recent trouble shouldn’t derail drive to shore up domestic manufacturing sector.

Cherri Senders believes other businesses could reap the domestic production focus sown by American Apparel.

Community Foundations Help Prop Up Labor Force

Community foundations have the right skills to train the future workforce, according to Antonia Hernández.

Tech Billionaire Looks to Stand Out in Crowd

INVESTMENT: Aubrey Chernick venture to offer funding guidance.

Billionaire Aubrey Chernick is now putting his money on advising consumers and startups on crowdfunding.

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Against Wall

Rise in homeless crime hems in Skid Row firms

Some Skid Row firms fear they have no way out as crime has escalated with a rising homeless population.

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California Out of Competition?

LAW: Companies move to bring hiring disputes back to home state.

Out-of-state employers move to undercut California’s competitive advantage in ignoring noncompete clauses.