Los Angeles Business Journal


Tea’d Up

BEVERAGES: L.A. remains key market for kombucha makers.

Kombucha pioneer doubts that Pepsi’s entry will shake up the carbonated tea market.

Voice Actors Sound Off on Games

ENTERTAINMENT: Union aims at scoring TV, film status.

Video-game production schedules are at risk as voice actors shoot for better terms.

Hotel Comfort From Trump?

Hotelier fighting labor case may be looking forward to the Trump administration’s check-in.

Dance Group To Step It Up At Hotel Gig

Nonprofit books run at Ace as part of venue’s mix of performances.

L.A. Dance Project choreographs return to downtown’s Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Rose Parade Float to Petal Olympics Bid

City of L.A.’s entry to sport past competitors, tout Coliseum’s history.

City of L.A.’s Rose Parade float to take Olympics bid to streets and television.

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.


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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.