LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
TRANSPORTATION: Petition aims to drive off services at LAX.
Activist group’s environmental lawsuit throws up another roadblock to ridesharing services at LAX.
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.
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.
Ace director Steven Spielberg turned to his own father for research assistance on his latest film.
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.
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.
ENERGY: Rentech’s stock drops after quarter misses analysts’ expectations.
Renewable power firm Rentech fizzles on Wall Street after poor third quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calendar of events
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.
Mattel seems to be playing with fire, Charles Crumpley writes.
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 have the right skills to train the future workforce, according to Antonia Hernández.
INVESTMENT: Aubrey Chernick venture to offer funding guidance.
Billionaire Aubrey Chernick is now putting his money on advising consumers and startups on crowdfunding.
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.
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.
CBS aims to carve out its own space in the streaming market with help from a new “Star Trek” series.
Jingle Punks’ licensing deals tune up film, TV, advertising projects.
Licensing firm Jingle Punks cues up its artists’ songs for use in a range of media projects.
Tribogenics’ handheld Watson uses X-rays to assess composition.
Tribogenics hopes to prove its Watson’s mettle as a reliable handheld scanner of alloys.