LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Page 3: Kroenke Previews Palace on Prairie

More coverage and photos next week to go with these notes on a scorecard from the year’s first tour of the construction site that will soon give birth to Stan Kroenke’s Palace on Prairie, aka the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District, which eventually will host his Rams as well as the Chargers in Inglewood.

Pot Biz Stymied by Licensing Holdup

Many Los Angeles cannabis enthusiasts were disappointed to find they couldn’t ring in the New Year with a smoke, or perhaps a very special brownie.

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Rosy Red at Pacific Design Center Campus

Tenants of the Red Building in the Pacific Design Center are expanding their presence as the city has become increasingly desirable for tech and entertainment companies.

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LaBar: New CEO of Harbor Trucking Assoc.

The Harbor Trucking Association, a coalition of West Coast trucking carriers, has named Weston LaBar its first chief executive officer.

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News Briefs: January 8

News briefs, January 8 issue

Vroom, Vroom on Vermont?

Aecom hopes upfront financing puts bus lane on fast-track.

A new bus lane proposal could drive a hefty contract for Aecom, but local obstacles could get in the way.

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Deals & Dealmakers: $615M for LightBay

Former Ares execs Stein, Rahemtulla top initial target of $450 million in first go

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USC Opens $100M Outpatient Center on Eastside

Norris Healthcare Center to serve 100,000 patients a year in Boyle Heights

The new $100 million outpatient Norris Healthcare Center at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights opens this week, designed with future medical technology in mind.

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More Restaurants Develop Appetite for Dine L.A.

Biannual promo push helps put upscale local eateries in national picture

Dine L.A., the city’s two-week foodie-dream, returns to Los Angeles with more restaurants.

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L.A. Gets Serious on Biotech Infrastructure

County to devote resources to help industry growth, support entrepreneurs

L.A. County aspires to draw new biotech firms through an initiative to cluster bioscience facilities that focus on nurturing startups.

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Franchisers Post 7.8% Increase in Banner Year

Restaurants lead way as franchisers expand base in growth year

Franchisers, particularly restaurants, in L.A. County added units to grow numbers.

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Rent Control Initiative Could Give Cities More Say

AIDS Foundation’s Michael Weinstein pushes for signatures

A battle royal between landlords and renters may be gearing up on California’s ballot this year.

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STYLE | Flexible Fashion | Randy Watts, William O'Neil + Co. Inc.

Randy Watts I William O’Neil + Co. Inc.

To call Randy Watts a morning person is an understatement. Watts, chief investment strategist for William O’Neil + Co. Inc. investment advisors, arrives at the company’s Playa Vista headquarters no later than 5 a.m. to check on world events from overnight.

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Most Interesting 10-Year Timeline in the World

The dawning weeks of 2018 provide an apt opportunity to lay down a fascinating benchmark.

Call for Community By the Barrel

There is a beer battle brewing across the country, and it’s having a significant economic impact right here in our backyard.

Sports Titans Profile: Dan Beckerman

AEG chief oversees far-flung empire from downtown HQ

View from the top of a sports, music, venue and real estate empire.

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Sports Titans Profile: Casey Wasserman

Sports Entrepreneur Went to Bat for Olympics

Pushing L.A.’s future success.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 3: AeroVironment Announces Joint Venture for High-Altitude, Solar-Powered Drone

AeroVironment announces joint venture for high-altitude, solar-powered drone, SpaceX shows videos of Falcon Heavy standing upright on launch pad and Snapchat may force users to watch three seconds of ads before skipping.

CIM Commercial Trust Buying Beverly Hills Office Space

Real estate investment trust CIM Commercial Trust Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the fee-simple interest in 9460 Wilshire Blvd., a nine-story office building in the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills, on undisclosed terms.

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LABJ FORUM: Standing Resolute?

2018 has arrived and with it new personal and professional goals and aspirations, so the Business Journal asks: Are you making any New Year's resolutions?

LAFC Links to Facebook, SeatGeek on Tickets

Sales via social media seen as game-changer with new soccer team set to debut

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Production Company Buys Into Westlake

Gets 3 buildings in 2 deals; plans makeover for all 34,000 square feet

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Tales of A Golden Age

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists franchise recently added a new element – coverage of a theme that reflects the current pulse of business in Los Angeles.

Sports Titans Profile: Peter Guber

‘It’s the beginning of the beginning’

Peter Guber was there in ’88. Dodger Stadium, Game 1 of the World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Oakland Athletics.

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Sports Titans Profile: Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck

One-Time USC Roommates Shake World of Sports

Think of Staples Center and there’s a good chance that the sweaty intensity of a Taylor Swift concert, the quickness and athleticism of a Los Angeles Kings ice hockey game or the solemn passion of Kobe Bryant’s recent numbers retirement ceremony will take center stage in your mind.

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School Attendance Matters to Whole Community

If kids are not in school, they can’t learn. Students who attend class more often do better in school, and students who are chronically absent—meaning they miss at least 15 days of school in a year—fall behind.