Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Golden Globes Turns Up Shine at Beverly Hilton

On Roll in Hollywood

Beverly Hilton rolls out the red carpet, a mountain of food, and an army of employees to serve the Golden Globes.

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Hotel Developer Has More Rooms

Kambiz Hekmat checks into Westwood with Old World influence guiding project.

Hotel developer Kambiz Hekmat had no reservations about putting his new project in Westwood.

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Magazine Serves Dining Venture

Former food editors now hope to make cut with Silver Lake’s Botanica.

Former food editors are using an online magazine to make headlines for their restaurant venture.

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PAGE 3: Choi Left With Bad Taste

There are many ways restaurateurs respond to bad reviews. Some ignore, some strike back against the reviewer. And some, such as Roy Choi, view them as a challenge.

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DWP, city of L.A. draft plan to speed water, power hook-ups.

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

Seth Manheimer sure wishes the “bill of rights” for customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that will be voted on Jan. 17 had been around a year ago when he was trying to open a yoga studio in Hollywood.

Corporate Pointe Office Owners Go Creative with ‘Corporate’ Switch to ‘Culver’

Remaking Pointe

Owners of office buildings at Corporate Pointe aim to build up with a new name and focus on creative space.

Project Hopes to Hang With Artists Downtown

Developers look to reframe a warehouse as a live-work space for artists.

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Firm Tries to Keep 3-D Printer Users in Shapes

TECHNOLOGY: 3Diligent works as middle man to line up companies, clients.

3Diligent has formed a business around lining up 3-D printing companies with clients.

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Bicycle Vendors Hope to Harness Electric Buzz

TRANSPORTATION: Bike shops position once niche items to power up sales.

Local dealers are gearing up to ride an increased interest in electric bikes

Terminated Growth Exec Returns Fire at Snapchat

INTERNET: Ex-employee alleges company misled him on app user metrics.

Fired executive claims Snap misstated growth to present better image for IPO.

Pizza Pioneers Now Pursue Slice of Seafood Pie

DINING: CPK co-founders dive into Bottlefish chain; another pizzeria planned.

The co-founders of California Pizza Kitchen Inc. are at it again.

Mobile Ad Firm Mobile Majority Moves on Location Intelligence

ACQUISITION: Both sides trumpet deal as means to improve service to clients.

The ad industry is still seeing a number of mergers and acquisitions with many of the bigger players gobbling up smaller firms.

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Lawsuit Aims to Uproot County Park Measure

TAXES: BizFed supports action against levy that hits developed properties.

A local business group is welcoming a legal challenge to a park tax measure approved by voters in November.

Execs’ Shared History Pays Off in Deal for Financial Services Firm

For the principal architects of NewSpring Holdings’ purchase of Pasadena financial tech outfit Vertical Management Systems, old business connections led to a new deal.

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Hollywood’s Attraction Pulls In $132.5 Million

ACQUISITION: Jefferson apartments deal hailed as sign of market’s strength.

The Jefferson at Hollywood apartments sold this month for $132.5 million, just a few years after Essex Property Trust picked up the property for $120.5 million.

Rating DWP’s Policy Changes

DWP’s proposed “Customer Bill of Rights” rates some time to see if the changes work.

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Pacific Waves

INVESTMENT: China scales L.A.’s economy, but to lesser degree than Japan in 1980s

Despite comparisons to Japan in the 1980s, Chinese money has yet to make the same impact.

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Immigration Funding May Depart

DEVELOPMENT: Fate of EB-5 has projects mulling financing.

Projects are hesitant to build on the uncertainty facing the EB-5 green card program.

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Lobby Issues In Hotel Vote

POLITICS: Campaign raised questions of foreign influence.

Companies’ pursuit of their business interests has stoked concern over foreign influence.

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Seafood Service Rides New Wave

Dock to Dish sinks hooks into local restaurants with subscription boxes of fish.

Seafood service Dock to Dish helps local restaurants get a line on fresh fish.

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Slice of History Fuels Food Fest

Forty eateries to cook up tribute to Pasadena as home of cheeseburger.

Culinary event looks to beef up Pasadena’s claim as the birthplace of the cheeseburger.

PAGE 3: Berggruen Repictures L.A.

He might still be nicknamed the “homeless billionaire,” but Nicolas Berggruen certainly has an eye for Los Angeles.

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Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Trade Show Still Plays Big Role for L.A. Businesses

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

While Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. might no longer be launching their products at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show, the event still has appeal for a number of L.A. companies – mainstays and upstarts alike.

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Industrial Shift

Chinese investors’ pursuit of property has led from hotels to warehouses

Chinese investors’ pursuit of properties has progressed from residential to industrial.