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Pot Shops Eye Security

MARIJUANA: Vendors look to former bank branches as safe spaces for operation.

Pot shop operators find security depositing their wares in former bank sites.

State Treasurer Sees Unsettled Issues With China

POLITICS: John Chiang unsure what Trump presidency will mean for trade.

State Treasurer John Chiang talks how Los Angeles could work with pot, Trump, and China.

Cosmetics Company’s Acquisition Based on Appealing Foundation

Dave Gross and Andy Howell, co-founders of Santa Monica cosmetic customization company MatchCo, which sold to Japanese beauty giant Shiseido Co. Ltd. last week, have learned a lot about makeup since launching their business in 2013.

Cost of Visas May Rise

INVESTMENT: Increase in funding levels could push away EB-5 participants.

Proposed hikes in project funding requirements may curb participation in EB-5 visa program.

Alanis Morissette’s Accountant to Plead Guilty in $6.5 Million Embezzlement

It does not appear that Alanis Morrissette’s former accountant will get a free ride from federal prosecutors.

Federal Immigration Agency Proposes New EB-5 Visa Rules

The Department of Homeland Security published Friday new proposed rules for the popular EB-5 visa program that allows foreign investors to put money into a job-creating U.S. project in exchange for a green card.

Investor Claims Being Locked Out of Hotel Sale

HOSPITALITY: 4 Corners’ suit alleges self-dealing by hotelier Sam Nazarian.

Former investors in an SBE hotel claim they’ve been booked out of profits.

Veterinary Firm Corrals Sweet Payday in Sale to Mars

It appears this was the right tree to bark up.

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TV, Film Studio Scores Stake in E-Sports Squad

INTERNET: Investment by Lions Gate latest sign of sector’s growing power.

Another big L.A. player is diving into the digital world of e-sports, hoping to grab a piece of a market that is expected to grow to $1 billion as early as next year.

Mars Offers $9.1 Billion for West L.A. Veterinary Chain VCA

VCA Inc., the West Los Angeles-based chain of veterinary clinics received a buyout offer Monday from Mars Inc. valued at $9.1 billion, according to the companies.

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