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acquisition: Duo plans office-retail renovation for downtown Los Angeles.
Commercial property sales are surging in downtown L.A.’s Arts District as more developers and investors see potential in the once heavily industrial area.
Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.
The city of Pasadena has joined with developers to bring in a more eclectic selection of shops and restaurants to draw crowds. So the Business Journal asks:
Do you patronize Pasadena’s stores and restaurants?
Tenants in rent-controlled units should help building owners bear expense of retrofitting properties.
John R. Donaldson and Joshua Marrow want soft-story apartment tenants to help financially support quake retrofitting.
Castuló de la Rocha and Jonathan Plutzik praise a program that works to get employees citizenship.
Bizainy kits make kids bosses of their own businesses.
Bizainy makes a play for young entrepreneurs with its line of business-launching kits.
Bridgepoint’s new Zouq line serves up South Asian flavors.
Bridgepoint looks to spice up the snack market with its new South Asian-influenced line.
Spanish ads pull in Hispanic customers.
Sit n’ Sleep says it’s now freeeeeee in recovering economy to launch a Hispanic ad campaign.
Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Fullscreen Inc., a Culver City-based YouTube network, has acquired ScrewAttack, a Dallas video game-focused media company.
INVESTMENT: Incubator Imprint Venture Lab forgoes tech scene to find and power up apparel, appliance businesses.
The incubator Imprint Venture Lab eyes new brands in the hope of repeating its success with Knockaround Sunglasses.
BIOTECH: MannKind stock rises after its device receives FDA panel’s OK.
Shares of MannKind climb after its inhalable insulin device receives FDA panel’s approval.
NON-PROFIT: LMG Studio offers makeovers to women after Chrysalis training.
Hair salon holds event to help women in workplace counseling program make the cut at job interviews.
LAW: Quinn Emanuel can’t put number on Elie Samaha’s worth.
Quinn Emanuel may be wondering why it repeatedly represented a client who didn’t pay his bills.
Pasadena taps eclectic lineup to pull in crowds
Pasadena looks to sell itself as a hip shopping and dining spot by courting quirky and high-end stores.
energy: Urban site may close despite corrections by AllenCo.
Oil field operator fears unfounded fracking allegations could force it to shutter the urban site.
Rightscorp enlists Internet service providers to pull the plug on users of illegal TV- and movie-sharing sites.
MANUFACTURING: Smaller player Astrophysics aims to expands sales by 50 percent.
Astrophysics battles bigger rivals to lock down a piece of the security screening market.
MEDIA: New York’s RNN opens L.A. outpost to land new media customers.
New York news producer looks to channel content to new media businesses.
ACQUISITION: Future of Wedbush Bank in question amid Grandpoint deal.
Wedbush Bank, a savings and loan owned by securities brokerage Wedbush Inc., is selling its loans and deposits to Grandpoint Bank.
PUBLISHING: Lang parent Digital First reportedly looking to cut costs.
Is the Los Angeles News Group about to go on the market as part of its parent company’s sale?
DINING: Chef Richard Petty to serve up Southern cuisine at legendary music venue.
Chef Richard Petty plans to bring a Southern-style dining experience to a South L.A. site once known as a venue for jazz legends Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
The U.S. Senate confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet, co-founder of Los Angeles community bank ProAmerica Bank, to head the Small Business Administration.
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