Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Architect Drawn To Business Side

After less than a year in Los Angeles, I-Fei Chang has already established a reputation for the incredible scale and speed of her work.

Who’s Who in Real Estate: Bill Nan Zhou, Feng Feng

When a delegation of real estate professionals from China came to the United States a little over a year ago to tour major gateway cities for investment opportunities, longtime Southern California business buddies Bill Nan Zhou and Feng Feng helped pave the way.

Who’s Who in Real Estate: Gregory J. Karns

Gregory J. Karns began practicing real estate law more than three decades ago, and for most of that time he has worked almost exclusively with investors and lenders from Asia, particularly China.

Who’s Who in Real Estate: Laurie Lustig-Bower

Laurie Lustig-Bower has spent 26 years working in real estate in Los Angeles, with a focus on multifamily properties and developable land with entitlements for condominium projects and apartment buildings.

Who’s Who in Real Estate: Richard Alter

Richard Alter has been sourcing real estate deals for Chinese investors for more than two decades, working closely with Asia Pacific Capital Co.’s Eddy Chao.

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Wasting Away?

Recycler says Industry trashing paper business.

Used-cardboard recycler 8 Net claims it’s being boxed out by the City of Industry.

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Online Shows Tapping TV Talent

internet: YouTube producer channels small-screen vets, sponsor.

Content & Co. looks to channel TV veterans and corporate sponsorship into a successful YouTube show.

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Luxury Offerings, Chinese Buyers Rev Up Car Sales

Low interest rates and Chinese investors have helped put L.A. dealerships on the road to a record year.

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Doctor Sees House Calls As Right R/x

Renee Magana’s new firm brings service to home or office.

Dr. Renee Magana’s Homemd has checked in with treatment at a patient’s home or office.

Snack Maker Chips In With Healthy Line

Quest Nutrition’s new products offer buyers taste of protein.

Quest Nutrition hopes for healthy returns from its new milk protein-based chips.

Open to Opposing Views

Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Share Repurchase: Entravision Communications Corp., a Santa Monica Spanish-language media company, has approved a $10 million stock repurchase program.

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Retro Draw

ARCHITECTURE: Late Richard Neutra’s former office to serve as museum for L.A.-synonymous style.

Richard Neutra’s son has designs on turning his and his late architect father’s former office into a museum.

Compound Interest Spurs Offer for Chip Maker

TECHNOLOGY: Shares of International Rectifier rise as suitor pursues coating.

German suitor sparks to International Rectifier’s high-voltage product for semiconductor chips.

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Events Firm Makes Time for Temporary Stores

RETAIL: Everwish pitches pop-up shops as chance for designers to meet customers.

Everwish Events believes now’s the time for a business orchestrating temporary pop-up shops.

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Aquifer in Desert Makes Tracks Toward Pipeline

WATER: Government memo bolsters Cadiz’s plan for project along railroad.

Cadiz makes a splash on Wall Street after possibly moving closer to construction of a desert aquifer pipeline.

Could Buyer Refashion Clothing Industry Paper?

MEDIA: Shift into high-end weekly publication possible for Women’s Wear Daily.

New owner Jay Penske may retailor Women’s Wear Daily into a high-end weekly as he did with show-biz trade Variety.

Satellite Provider Wants More Shows in Rotation

TV: DirecTV sees original programming as a way to keep satellite subscribers.

DirecTV Inc. of El Segundo is continuing to ramp up its original programming as the satellite giant tries to keep subscribers.

News of the Week

Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

Bain Capital has bought a 50 percent stake in Toms, a Venice shoe company that became famous for its pledge to donate one pair of shoes every time a customer spends money on a pair.

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Sale Right Medicine for Hospitals

A sale offers the best prognosis for the future of Daughters of Charity hospitals, according to CEO Robert Issai.

Do You Tweet?

As reported in last week’s issue, Kris Sanchez, the 23-year-old behind UberFacts, has turned his millions of Twitter followers into a potentially million-dollar business. So the Business Journal asks:

How Twitter-literate are you?

Downtown L.A. Landmark Gets New Owners

Transaction: Broadway Trade Center bought by pair of New York investors.

The historic Broadway Trade Center building in downtown Los Angeles was sold last week to a pair of New York investors.

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Truckers Seek Break on Cap, Trade

TRUCKING: Industry fears diesel, gasoline prices will spike Jan. 1.

Truckers help drive state lawmakers into revisiting program that would raise fuel prices next year.