Jonathan Diamond is editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal. His three-decade career has been spent primarily in business journalism, with forays into book publishing and real estate development. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 323-549-5225. Story pitches should be directed to beat reporters.
Lots of news from the academy last week.
John Emerson is back from Germany, easing his way back into employment.
Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have given a $600,000 grant, payable over three years, to Para Los Niños.
Evan Spiegel was in London for the Snap Inc. roadshow, offering up what one local paper called a “sleek presentation.”
A gift that keeps on giving: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will hold an event early next month acknowledging the gift by Richard Ziman of more than 250 tzedakah (charity) boxes.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce installed its new leadership last week, elevating Steve Nissen to board chair.
The push to deal more effectively with the region’s homeless crisis got a cash infusion last week, when Richard Riordan hosted a fundraising dinner to benefit Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Communities United to End Homelessness.
With Donald Trump’s inauguration days away, it was no surprise that Tom Barrack, tapped to lead the festivities, was in New York last week meeting with the president-elect.
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.
He might still be nicknamed the “homeless billionaire,” but Nicolas Berggruen certainly has an eye for Los Angeles.