Francisco Vara-Orta

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Taking Flights

Long Beach Airport’s multimillion-dollar upgrades help it to land two low-cost air carriers.

Long Beach Airport has launched an upgrade plan and has landed more flights.

Team Effort Delivers Deals in West Los Angeles

SPECIAL REPORT: COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AWARDS

As founder and president of Conroy Commercial, Brad Conroy has spent the last decade of his life working on real estate deals worth millions of dollars.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Reveals Itself at Early Age

SPECIAL REPORT: COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AWARDS

Gabe Kadosh said that he’s aspired to be a businessman since childhood and even found a way to explore his entrepreneurial side on the playground.

Checked In For Hotels’ Long Haul

SPECIAL REPORT: COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AWARDS

When Ted Tanner first started working on AEG’s downtown Los Angeles Convention Center hotel, the world was a very different place.

Algae Biofuel Firm Dives Into Production Phase

MANUFACTURING: OriginOil in talks with wastewater agencies to set up system at plants.

OriginOil, an L.A. startup working on technology that can extract oil from algae, is looking to turn a profit.

Shaping Future

Hawthorne bio-plastics maker Cereplast will save 70 percent on electricity by moving to Indiana.

Reducing and relocating staff is helping the future take shape at bio-plastics maker Cereplast.

L.A. Extends Hand to Business

City taps outsider to help shed unfriendly reputation.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has turned to outsider Austin Beutner to make L.A. work for business.

Buzz Builds for Firm’s Home Charging Stations

MANUFACTURING: Nissan turns to AeroVironment to power new electric car.

AeroVironment Inc. has received a lot of press for its unmanned aircraft systems such as the Raven, which is launched by hand, and changed the rules of the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AeroVironment Wins Nissan Contract

AeroVironment Inc. said Nissan North America will use the Monrovia company’s electric vehicle home-charging stations and installation services for the all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Analysts Expect Wave of Business to Hit Ports

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Improved consumer confidence helps fuel optimism.

After almost two and a half years of slumping imports, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are poised for a slight recovery within the next few months, according to local economists and industry analysts.

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