Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Stages of Opera Passion

Richard B. Jones fell in love with opera in a place where he wasn’t allowed to listen to jazz: the former Soviet Union.

Meeting could put city on road to legalizing street vendors.

A look ahead: What's on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

After several years of talks, the Los Angeles City Council will take its first steps to formally legalize street vending in a public hearing on Dec. 12 that will offer community stakeholders an opportunity to weigh in on the issue.

Creative Influence

Kim Getty steers Deutsch LA as ad agency cues up music clients, prepares to open production studio

Longtime exec Kim Getty expects Deutsch LA to make a big production out of its new studio.

Attorney Continues to Make Case as Dealmaker

LAW: Bob Baradaran adds hotel-condo development in Beverly Hills to resume.

Attorney Bob Baradaran helped Beverly Hills lose its reservations about a hotel-condo megaproject.

Party Prospects

Local businessmen’s support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may secure roles in Republican administration, including gig as Treasury secretary

Businessmen boosters of Donald Trump may have secured a line on the White House.

Cable Channel to Tackle Football Players at Home

TV: New show on Rams players, wives follows familiar game plan for E.

Cable channel E makes a play for late-season ratings with a show about Rams players and their wives.

Paper Parent’s Largest Investors Deepen Stakes

JOURNALISM: Pickup of shares follows Gannett’s collapsed deal for tronc.

Tronc Inc.’s two largest shareholders have been actively increasing their stakes in the Los Angeles Times parent, a month after Gannett Co.’s attempted acquisition fell apart.

Businesses May Pay for Ex-Con Hiring Measure

EMPLOYMENT: Critics of city of L.A. proposal fear costly interview process.

Hiring workers could get a bit tougher for many employers in the city of Los Angeles.

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Investment firm looks to prove metal with $150 million zinc deal

Deal of the week: A look at the companies that signed on the dotted line last week.

OpenGate Capital’s newest acquisition is a key cog in the Century City private equity firm’s plan to exploit niche cross-border opportunities overlooked by other outfits.

Calendar

Calendar of Events

Conventions

Upcoming conventions

Report: SoCal Construction Still Faces Problems

DEVELOPMENT: Region’s regulations, steep costs can hold back projects.

Construction is booming in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.

It’s a Mad, Mad World

The world has turned on its head.

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Chinese Food Pioneers Fill Plate

DINING: Cherngs feed growth plan with diverse investments.

Panda Express’ Cherng family has looked beyond Chinese fare to heat up growth prospects.

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Software Firm Boosts Market

REAL ESTATE: Oracle pays up for Santa Monica office.

Software giant Oracle increases footprint with record Santa Monica office deal.

Politics Plays With Projects

DEVELOPMENT: March vote may resolve measure conflict.

Projects may elect to wait and see how rival regulatory initiatives play out at the ballot box.

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Under Cloud

Tax hikes could burn vaping shops, customers

Vaping businesses fear a new state tax will leave little breathing room for their profit margins.

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Violinist Shed Labels With Music Career

Lindsey Stirling uses YouTube to cue up sales, fan connection.

Violinist Lindsey Stirling has used YouTube to tune up her career without record label support.

Mall Owner Looks to Sell Sites Online

Macerich teams with Popsugar to attract shoppers to properties.

Retail center owner Macerich buys into digital outreach to push its properties with shoppers.

Finance Exec Hits Stride

In just a little more than two decades, Jeff Runyan has competed in about 50 marathons and triathlons throughout the country, from New Mexico to Missouri, Tennessee to Kansas.

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State Ruling Puts Brokerages on Notice in Regards to Disclosure

A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

California real estate companies might need to start taking extra care when operating as agents for both the buyer and seller of a property after a state Supreme Court ruling last week.

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Commercial Kitchens Turn Into Hot Properties

FOOD: Facility operators look to feast on expansion as businesses get cooking.

A boom in cooking ventures has commercial kitchen operators whipping up expansion plans.

Deportation Policy Could Hurt L.A.’s Economy

EMPLOYMENT: Proposed plan under Donald Trump may thin local workforce.

Donald Trump’s proposed immigration crackdown may work against L.A.’s economy.

Forecaster of Recession Fuzzy on Trump’s Future

ECONOMY: No bubble in housing market, according to Christopher Thornberg.

Economist Christopher Thornberg is not ready to give a vote of confidence to the president-elect.

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High Sales Taxes Could Prove Buzz Kill for Pot

MARIJUANA: Owners of weed businesses say levies may stoke illegal market.

Pot businesses fear high sales taxes could keep the fire burning for illegal dealers.

Drone Maker Aims to Land Commercial Sectors

AVIATION: AeroVironment high on Quantix’s use by agriculture, energy, others.

AeroVironment has developed its Quantix drone to take wing for use by commercial customers.