Stories for March 2012

Friday, March 30

SAG, AFTRA Vote to Merge

The Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced that a merger of the unions was approved by both memberships

Oaktree Raises IPO Target

Oaktree Capital Group hopes to raise nearly $600 million in its planned initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing.

The Week’s Big Movers

The Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed up slightly for the week, as the markets ended their strongest quarter in more than two years.

True Religion Wins Counterfeiting Suit

True Religion Apparel Inc. has won a default judgment in a New York district court against more than a hundred web sites selling counterfeit True Religion jeans out of China.

Thursday, March 29

Aerospace Corp. Cuts 300 Employees

Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo laid off more than 300 engineers and other workers this week to cope with budget cuts from its biggest customer, the United States Air Force.

More Layoffs at THQ

THQ Inc. plans to lay off 114 employees, all of them out of state, in order to cut costs as it converts one of its franchise video games into a potentially more profitable format.

Avita Medical Begins Trading Securities in the U.S.

American depositary receipts for Avita Medical Ltd., a Northridge company that recently relocated operations from the United Kingdom, began trading Thursday morning.

Wednesday, March 28

Ever-Glory Saw 45 Percent Profit Growth Last Year

Ever-Glory International Group Inc. jumped 25 percent on Wednesday after the apparel company reported a 45 percent jump in net income for last year on strong retail and wholesale growth.

Judge Tosses Antitrust Suits Against Live Nation

A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has granted summary judgment in two decade-old antitrust lawsuits against Live Nation Entertainment Inc., effectively dismissing the class action cases.

NantWorks Invests in DNA Diagnostics Firm

NantWorks has invested $30 million in Strand Diagnostics, an Indianapolis developer of a testing service for diagnosing cancer.

Tuesday, March 27

Magic Johnson Group To Pay Record $2 Billion for Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers late Tuesday said that owner Frank McCourt has reached an agreement with a group lead by Earvin “Magic” Johnson to sell the troubled Major League Baseball franchise in a deal valued at $2.15 billion.

FDA Approves Competitor to Amgen’s Anemia Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug called Omontys, which is poised to break Amgen Inc.’s near monopoly in the roughly $6 billion U.S. anemia treatment market.

Falling Revenue Hurts Response Genetics’ Quarter

Response Genetics Inc. said its fourth quarter revenue fell 23 percent with the end of a study for a large pharmaceutical client, leading to a larger net loss.

Biotech Start-up ImaginAb Raises Nearly $13 Million

ImaginAb, a UCLA spinout that is developing new ways to determine the best cancer treatment for a patient, announced that it has raised $12.5 million in a Series A round.

Jacobs Wins Texas Contract

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. said it was awarded a contract to provide project management consulting services for construction of a large pipe rolling mill near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Monday, March 26

Colony Financial CFO Adds COO Title

Colony Financial Inc. has promoted Chief Financial Officer Darren Tangen to the position of chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Reliance Steel Buys Tennessee Plant

A subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Worthington Steel Vonore, a Tennessee processing facility owned by Worthington Industries Inc.

LTC Makes Texas Nursing Home Buy

LTC Properties Inc. has acquired a Texas skilled nursing facility with 144 licensed beds for $18.6 million.

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Mattress Maker Plans Sales Safari in South Africa

RETAIL & APPAREL: Royal-Pedic in hunt for wealthy customers; Middle East market next.

South African consumers may soon be sleeping like royalty.

Packing It In For Charity

Non-profit guides luxury travel company’s clients in aiding needy.

Luxury travel company helps clients leave guilt behind by taking charitable items to needy destinations.

Leaving Purr-fect Impression

Research firm reports Meow Mix jingle sinks claws into listeners.

Research firm says long pause proved the old Meow Mix cat-food jingle has legs.

L.A. Credit Unions Fail to Capitalize on Transfers

BANKING & FINANCE: Enrollment numbers stay flat despite drive to ditch big banks.

Los Angeles was ground zero for a nationwide movement to encourage bank customers to switch to credit unions, but that didn’t seem to have much of an impact on local institutions.

Staffing Company Investors Respond to Hire Power

Move to acquire IT-focused peer lifts On Assignment’s shares.

Staffing company On Assignment’s plan to acquire IT-focused rival works for investors.

Beverly Hills Fighting Back After Subway Report

EIR sides with Century City businesses on train stop.

Beverly Hills and Metro’s subway fight may be on track for a showdown in federal court.

Design Firm Finds Business Where Sidewalk Ends

Studio One Eleven turns parking spaces into dining areas.

Studio One Eleven hopes to improve eateries’ curb appeal by converting parking spaces into seating areas.

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Fracking to Get Big Water Break?

Sionix’s filtration system could help oil projects.

Fracking business could be a big break for Sionix’s mobile water treatment system.

Actors May Link For New Media

Merged union may wield more web clout.

Acting unions may be staging merger to boost clout and make play for new-media money.

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Regional Reports



CEO Dominic Ng has widened the gap between East West Bank and most of its rivals by building bridges to Asia.

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Wife Takes Lead in Race With Iron Man


This month’s L.A. Marathon was Roi Shleifer’s fifth 26.2-mile race, but in another way it was a first for him and his wife: They finished the marathon together.

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They’ll Try To Fit You In

Den.m Bar co-owners see backlog build up for custom-made jeans.

Den.m Bar hopes appointment-only fittings measure up with buyers of its hand-made jeans.

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Time May Be Up on Staggered Permit Deadlines

City of L.A. proposed ordinance would streamline process.

Developers say it’s about time the city of L.A. streamlined its staggered permit deadlines.

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PR, Promotion

Hal Dash left radio reporting in the 1970s to join public relations firm Cerrell Associates where he eventually would take the reins.

Former radio reporter Hal Dash has been dialed into PR for 35 years at Cerrell Associates.

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Firm’s 3-D Ads May Alter Focus of Print Campaigns

3DX sees place for Pop-Up process despite increased costs.

New three-dimensional system offers 3DX’s clients a new perspective on print ads.

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Marquee On Move

‘Bank to the stars’ City National expands role with out-of-state outposts.

‘Bank to the stars’ City National takes a shine to out-of-state growth strategy.

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USC Enrolls in Massive Development

$900 million project to add beds, classes, retail.

Football powerhouse USC looks to tackle big-time development with a $900 million mixed-use project.

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Chinatown Shouldn’t Be in Market for a Wal-Mart


Ai Hoa Manager Diana Han questions business groups’ backing for a Wal-Mart store in Chinatown.

Locking Up Beverly Hills

OPED: Bicycle racks offer city a cheap, easy way to cut down on congestion while boosting foot traffic for retailers.

Mark Elliot peddles bike racks as a means to improve Beverly Hills as a retail destination.

Tax Pain at Pumps


Charles Crumpley sees putting the brakes on some fuel taxes as a means to slow the rise of gasoline prices.

Santa Monica Market Still Feeling Heat From Tech

REAL ESTATE: Hunt for space drives two multimillion-dollar office acquisitions.

Two office sales this month indicate Santa Monica’s real estate market, a hot spot for tech companies, isn’t cooling off.

Friday, March 23

Variety for Sale

Hollywood trade publication Variety is up for sale by parent company Reed Business Information.

The Week's Big Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies fell as higher oil prices fueled a downturn in the broader stock market.

More Employed, But L.A.’s Jobless Rate Stays Steady

L.A. County’s jobs picture continued its gradual improvement in February, according to state figures.

KB Home Reports Sales Slump

Shares of KB Home fell after the company announced an 8 percent drop in new orders for the first quarter of 2012 along with a greater-than-expected net loss.

Regulators Approve Edison Coal Plant Sale

State utility regulators have approved the $294 million sale of Southern California Edison’s share of a coal-fired power plant in New Mexico to Arizona Public Service Co.

Wednesday, March 21

Ordinance Would Ban Chinatown Wal-Mart

City Councilman Ed Reyes is proposing to block retail chains from moving into Chinatown, an apparent reaction to the news that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to open a grocery store in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 20

On Assignment Acquires Staffing Firm for $600 Million

Temporary worker agency On Assignment will pay $600 million to acquire Apex Systems, a technology staffing firm based in Glen Allen, Va.

Oprah Winfrey Network Cuts Payroll

Cable channel Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday announced a restructuring that will result in layoffs for one-fifth of its staff, or about 30 people in Los Angeles and New York.

Dole Drops on Analyst Downgrade

Shares of Dole Food Co. fell 9 percent early after an analyst downgraded the stock.

Jacobs Engineering Wins $50 Million Contract for Acid Plant

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has signed a $50 million contract to design a sulfuric acid plant in British Columbia, Canada.

Monday, March 19

Subway Report Seeks New Location of Century City Station

The final environmental report for the Westside subway extension recommends building the Century City station at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars rather than along Santa Monica Boulevard.

Lions Gate Shares Hit New High on ‘Hunger Games’ Fever

Shares of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. rose to their highest levels ever in anticipation of the box-office results from “Hunger Games,” a movie the studio will release March 23.

Aecom Wins Air Force Contract

Aecom Technology Corp. has won an order from the U.S military worth $289 million over 34 months if all options are exercised.

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Body Glove Guy Finds Music a Good Fit


In work or in play, Russ Lesser just can’t seem to get away from the beach. And that’s the way he likes it.

Covering Lot Of Ground

Uruguayan emigrant wins architecture honor for S. Korean project.

Immigrant architect increases global footprint with international honor for South Korean project.

Cashing In On ‘Mob’ Mentality

Online-coordinated shopping group boosts in-store sales in a flash.

“Cash mobs” take a flash-y approach to sales by using the Internet to line up group trips to shops.

Capital Group Retains JBL’s Initial Approach


Firm retains cautious philosophy of reserved founder.

Los Angeles County Home Sales FEBRUARY 2012

Sales rose in February but listings shrank as owners opted to hold on to depressed-price homes.

Framing Appeal

Appellate attorney Irving Greines has had his fine art photos courted by galleries.

Irving Greines takes his shots in court as an appellate attorney and on the streets as a fine arts photographer.

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FDA May Burn Smoking Business

Electronic cigarette firm fights regulation.

Chief executive of electronic cigarette maker fears new taxes and FDA rules will snuff out business.

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Hotels Fear Getting Soaked by Chairlifts for Pools

Federal regulation calls for pricey apparatus to aid disabled.

Hotel operators aren’t happy about requirements for wheelchair lifts at their pools.

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Website Operator Begins to Connect With Analysts

Stock up as Demand Media recovers from Google search setback.

Website operator and domain-name seller Demand Media is clicking with analysts again.

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Put to the Test

Contractors look to renovate Caltech properties while preserving campus’ 121-year-old history.

Contractors get history lesson as Caltech looks to renovate structures on 121-year-old campus.

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Distributor Looks to Play Bigger Role in Hollywood

MarVista channels money into productions to boost content control.

Distributor MarVista expands Hollywood role by putting its money into productions.

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Winning By Letters Of The Law helps drivers fight fines with mailed-in declarations. helps motorists steer clear of fines via mailed objections to driving citations.

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Debit Company Moves on Mobile

Green Dot dials up deal for payments via phones.

Debit card pioneer Green Dot dials up acquisition in effort to expand into purchases through mobile phones.

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Feelings Not Mutual


Mutual fund manager Capital Group is trying to recapture ground lost to rival firms.

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Pipe Dream?

Pot-growing greenhouse maker targets veggie market

Phototron hopes to light a fire under its pot-growing greenhouses by pitching them for produce cultivation.

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Honorable Borrowers Pay for Housing Market Collapse


Steven Shapiro sees no relief for underwater homeowners who honor their mortgages.

‘Safe’ Food Bill Half-Baked?

OPED: Assembly measure could allow proliferation of unsafe and unsanitary home businesses.

Alexander Auerbach slices and dices state bill that would encourage cooks to open home businesses.

Shining Up Hollywood’s Star


Charles Crumpley backs state tax credit as a means to boost Hollywood’s role in show biz production.

Investor Wastes No Time in Picking Up Apartments

REAL ESTATE: Omninet’s $9.3 million deal closes escrow in quick 10 days.

Omninet Capital LLC has purchased a 189-unit apartment building in Mid-Wilshire for $9.3 million in cash, closing escrow in an unusually quick 10 days.

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News of the Week Sold on New Online Book Review Site

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT: Internet retailer donates $25,000 to venture’s capital drive.

With the Los Angeles Review of Books set to launch online next month, the non-profit site is embarking on an aggressive fundraising campaign to underwrite expansion – and has picked up a donation from a reader-friendly corporation.

Burbank Airport Project Gets Lift From Neighbors

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Poll says local residents open to building new terminal at Bob Hope.

Discussions about overhauling or replacing the main terminal at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport have been on ice for seven years.

Business Journal Earns Three Editorial Honors

Paper wins for general excellence; reporter Richard Clough takes two.

Journalism organization salutes Business Journal with three honors including two for reporter Richard Clough.

Clothing Retailer Refashions Image With Investors

Hot Topic stock on rise after new chief exec backs away from goth look.

Retailer Hot Topic is back in fashion with investors after bringing in a new CEO and backing off goth clothing.

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Friday, March 16

The Week’s Big Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies gained slightly during a week of positive economic reports that pushed the stock market higher.

Dole’s Return to Profit Sends Stock12 Percent Higher

Shares of Dole Food Co. gained more than 12 percent after the company announced it had returned to profitability in the fourth quarter.

Rocketdyne for Sale

The parent corporation of Rocketdyne, a Canoga Park maker of rocket engines, plans to sell the company to help pay for an acquisition.

MPG to Walk Away from Downtown Office Building

Real estate firm MPG Office Trust plans to relinquish ownership of a downtown building because it couldn’t rework the debt financing.

Thursday, March 15

ILFC to Sell $1.5 Billion in Notes

International Lease Finance Corp. in Century City plans to sell $1.5 billion worth of notes to repay debt and purchase aircraft.

Earthquake Hurts Reading International Earnings

Cinema developer Reading International saw its losses grow in the fourth quarter after it wrote off an earthquake-damaged theater in New Zealand.

Wednesday, March 14

New Year Slows Traffic at Ports

Cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach declined in February, and an early lunar new year is being blamed for the disappointing numbers.

Federal $3.3 Million Grant to Fund Job Training

The federal government has made $3.3 million in grants to local programs that will pay for job training for 1,000 workers.

Health Net Announces Another Stock Repurchase

Shares of Health Net Inc. rise after directors allot $323 million to the company’s stock repurchase program.

Tuesday, March 13

Disney’s Iger Adds Chairman Title

Shareholders of Walt Disney Co. have voted to make Chief Executive Robert Iger the company’s chairman as well.

Monday, March 12

Argentine Newspaper Buys La Opinion Parent

ImpreMedia, the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language publishing group that owns flagship newspaper La Opinion, has announced that US Hispanic Media Inc. will become its controlling shareholder.

American Apparel Jumpstarted by New Credit Report

A report that American Apparel could land an $80 million credit line sparked a rally in the company’s stock.

AeroVironment Lands $11 Million Contract

AeroVironment, the Monrovia company the makes unmanned aircraft, has won an $11 million contract from the U.S. military for logistics support.

Wal-Mart Grocery Homes In on Downtown L.A.


Wal-Mart’s Steven V. Restivo says the retail giant’s market is hailed as a welcome addition to downtown L.A.

Rule of Law in Cuba and L.A.


Charles Crumpley would be sure to enforce a business-free policy during a visit to Cuba.

Downey Hospital Has Checked Out of Chapter 11

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECH: Medical center retains same ownership after reorganization.

Non-profit community hospital Downey Regional Medical Center last week emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy without changing owners, an accomplishment achieved by only a handful of hospitals in the state’s history.

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Tapped In

Craft-beer brewer and restaurateur Tony Yanow’s cup runneth over after hitting some sour notes as chief executive of

After losing his Internet job, Tony Yanow turned to beer – crafting and selling it at his own restaurants.

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Local Chambers Flock to Havana

Even though U.S. can’t do business in Cuba.

Thanks to newly loosened rules, Cuba is suddenly the hot destination for local chamber of commerce trips.

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One-Time Leader Retakes Size Prize

Gibson Dunn topples O’Melveny as biggest L.A. firm.

Gibson Dunn reclaims crown of L.A.’s largest firm as longtime No. 1 O’Melveny sheds attorneys.

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Westwood Innkeepers See No Room for UCLA Hotel

University says project boon to business.

UCLA is facing increased local pressure to check out of its new plan to build a campus hotel and conference center.

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Biotech firm breaks mold, becomes manufacturer too

Cynvenio breaks industry mold by creating a subsidiary to manufacture its own lab equipment.

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Vernon Jeans Maker Buttons Up New Digs in L.A.

Lucky second clothing company to leave city for downtown.

Clothing maker Lucky slips out of Vernon after finding downtown L.A. a better fit.

Shoring Up Pacific Connection

OPED: State and local governments, businesses take lead in bridging gap between U.S. and China.

Mickey Kantor and David Fisher see business playing a key diplomatic role in U.S.-China relations.

West L.A. Firm Teams Up to Extend Global Reach

ADVERTISING & PR: Bender/Helper forms an alliance with eight foreign partners.

Bender/Helper Impact, a West L.A. PR firm, has formed a partnership with agencies in nine countries to provide services for entertainment industry clients looking to expand globally.

Turbine Maker Seeks Jump-Start From Investors

MANUFACTURING: Capstone sells $23.1 million in shares as end of fiscal year nears.

Is Capstone Turbine Corp. trying to calm suppliers or satisfy its auditors?

Stock of L. A. Magazine Publisher Losing Its Gloss

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT: Shares of Emmis drop under $1 spurring Nasdaq warning.

The parent company of Los Angeles Magazine, and L.A. radio stations KPWR-FM (105.9) and KXOS-FM (93.9) is trying to hold on to its ticker.

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Insurer to Dress Up Strip Club Site as New Office

REAL ESTATE: New owner Progressive to raze former Pleasures property.

Insurance company Progressive Corp. is building its first Los Angeles County offices in Pasadena.

Quinn Emanuel Courts Record Profits Per Partner


Quinn Emanuel exceeds $4 million in profits per partner.

New School Built to Train Future Show Biz Workers

Emerson College joins the ranks of ‘Hollywood U.’

Emerson College looks to become a Hollywood star in the neighborhood and industry with a new stylish campus.

Plant Operator to Power Back Down to Utility?

Depressed prices spur Edison to shed its money-losing facilities.

One analyst thinks Edison may pull the plug on its Santa Ana power plant subsidiary.

Building Business Fails to Nail Down Profit Goal

Share value of Tutor Perini also hurt by weak guidance.

Tutor Perini builds little more than analyst disapproval after sub-par year and weak forecast.

Wal-Mart Market Has Business Support in the Bag

Local groups line up behind proposal for Chinatown location.

Business groups oppose the calls to sack Wal-Mart grocery from downtown Los Angeles.

Fielding for Clients


Keith Gregory spends much of his time at the downtown L.A. office of law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP representing electronic component makers in complex litigation.

Checking Into History

Beverly Hills Hotel to open ’93 time capsule to mark centennial.

Beverly Hills Hotel hopes time-capsule opening makes centennial celebration one for the ages.

New Beat For Marley’s Daughter

Offspring of reggae royalty opens vintage clothing shop with pal.

Bob Marley’s daughter dances to her own drum as co-owner of a new vintage clothing store.

Hanging In Against Graffiti

Ivy-It’s plastic plant vines take root with public agencies.

Ivy-It’s anti-graffiti plastic vines aim to hang taggers out to dry.

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Cruise Control

Austrian native Rudi Schreiner dropped anchor in Valley before piloting three river tour companies.

Austrian immigrant at different times steered three global river cruise companies from San Fernando Valley.

Friday, March 9

The Week’s Big Movers

The Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed down slightly for the week, even as the markets rose on heartening domestic and overseas economic news.

Kite Pharma Raises $15 Million in Initial Round

Kite Pharma Inc., an early-stage cancer drug developer, has raised $15 million in an initial financing round.

Mixed Jobs Report for L.A. County

L.A. County’s unemployment rate dipped to 11.8 percent in January, even as the county appeared to have shed 85,000 jobs. Part of the change was due to annual data revision by statisticians but also suggests that some of the jobs gains seen last year were overstated.

Air Lease Quarter Exceeds Expectations

Air Lease Corp. moved to a better-than-expected profit in the fourth quarter as the company acquired and leased more aircraft to commercial airlines.

Green Dot Buys Mobile Technology Provider

Green Dot Corp. has agreed to acquire Loopt Inc., a Silicon Valley mobile social networking company, for $43.4 million.

Thursday, March 8

Cornerstone OnDemand Makes Acquisition

Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. has agreed to acquire a New Zealand firm that makes employee “talent management” software for the small businesses market, in a deal valued at about $14 million.

Wednesday, March 7

Staar Surgical Misses Wall Street Profit Estimates

Shares of Staar Surgical Co. fell 4 percent on Wednesday after the maker of implantable contact lenses reported a fourth quarter profit that was less than what analysts expected.

Downey Regional Medical Center Emerges From Chapter 11

Downey Regional Medical Center has emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization, and received $52 million in debt financing.

Gores Group Debuts Fund to Target Smaller Deals

The Gores Group has closed fundraising for its fourth private equity fund. The new $300 million fund will target lower middle-market businesses.

Revenue Delay Hurts AeroVironment’s Quarter

AeroVironment Inc. shares edged down Wednesday morning after the company reported fiscal third-quarter results that missed Wall Street’s expectations. A delay in having an order of its drones accepted by a key customer pushed anticipated revenue into the current quarter.

Amgen Completes Micromet Tender Offer

Amgen Inc. has completed its tender offer for shares of cancer therapy developer Micromet Inc., which it is buying for $1.16 billion.

Art Center College of Design to Expand with Land Purchase

The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena announced plans to expand its campus with the acquisition of an adjacent former U.S. Postal Service property.

Tuesday, March 6

DirecTV to Sell $4 Billion in Debt

DirecTV Inc. has priced a large senior debt offering, proceeds of which will be used to buy back stock and for general corporate purposes.

Fetch Technologies Sold to New Jersey Company

Fetch Technologies, a USC spinout that has developed online data aggregation and analysis software, has been sold Connotate Inc., a New Jersey tech company that sells similar products.

Kennedy-Wilson Buys Research Firm

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc. has acquired Meyers LLC, an Irvine real estate consultancy that specializes in advisory, research and capital placement for the single family homebuilding and apartment markets.

Meruelo Maddux Changes Name to EVOQ Properties

Meruelo Maddux Properties Inc., one of downtown L.A’s largest commercial landlords, has changed its name to EVOQ Properties Inc., effective immediately.

Monday, March 5

Skechers Forms Japanese Subsidiary

Casual shoemaker Skechers USA Inc. said that it is dropping its third-party distributor arrangement in Japan, and forming a wholly owned subsidiary in hopes of significantly growing its market there.

Activision Blizzard Hires Microsoft Veteran as CFO

Activision Blizzard Inc. has hired Dennis Durkin, a former Microsoft division financial and operations executive, as its chief financial officer.

Tax Benefit, Rise in Sales Boosts Superior Industries’ Quarter

Superior Industries International Inc.’s fourth quarter profit jumped 80 percent as the aluminum wheel maker enjoyed a big income tax benefit.

Foreclosure Settlement Falls Short


Gil Priel homes in on shortcomings in the foreclosure settlement between lenders and states.

Ready to Take Off?

Business leaders scramble to tie down air base

Local business leaders fear a shuttered Los Angeles Air Force Base will make it harder to land contracts.

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In Need of Tune-Up

OPED: Vehicle history report now required from dealers by California law does little to protect used-car buyers.

Ruben Guerra fears a new state law may steer used-car buyers into making bad purchases.

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Vernon Clothing Maker Tries On New Location

REAL ESTATE: Mola consolidates after sewing up five-year deal worth about $3 million.

Garment manufacturer Mola Inc. has consolidated and moved its headquarters to another site in Vernon, locking down space in a tight market after several other companies were taking a close look at the location.

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Life Sciences Provide Healthy Career Opportunities

LAW: Barry J. Thompson among local vets joining new firm.

Lateral hiring of attorneys in the health care industry has picked up recently, with several local partners switching firms since February.

Travel Industry’s Money Could Have Legs in L.A.

RETAIL & APPAREL: Tourism official foresees millions from Pow Wow event.

A big Pow Wow is coming to Los Angeles in April, and it promises to bring in big money.

New Newspaper Executive Seeks to Flip Digital Switch

Jack Klunder given reins to boost LANG’s web revenue for publications.

New exec hopes to make news by getting LANG’s local papers to click as digital properties.

Soul Food Chain Sings New Tune After Music Bill

Chicken and waffle chain is singing the blues after losing fight over royalties owed on playing jazz songs at eatery.

Beverly Hills Looks to Turn Corner

City preps strip for commercial buildings.

Beverly Hills hopes to dress up neglected strip with commercial buildings.

Sharper-Looking Facility May Dodge Cuts


Upgraded facilities may boost base’s chance of survival.

Buying Chances Tumble for Flipper

Starpoint sees rivals ramp up auction action.

Cash-using, fast-flipping Starpoint has seen more rivals set up house at residential auctions.

On the Money?

First California says pickup of another bank, branch closings unrelated to investors’ recent criticism.

First California buys rival and plans branch closures after investor complaints about profits and share value.

Hollywood Finds Face Value in Medical Makeup

Oxygenetix line holds up under bright lights of TV production.

Oxygenetix’s medical make-up takes on a new role in Hollywood productions.

LAX Increasingly Coming Up Plane Short on Cargo

Ocean freight credited for taking air out of jet shipments.

Lower-cost ocean freight sank LAX’s cargo numbers last year.

Investors See Security-Scanner Company as Safe Bet

OSI shares rise on Mexican deal, results of X-ray study.

Security scanner maker OSI looks good to investors after huge Mexican deal and clean bill of health on devices’ safety.

Stop Discounting Wal-Mart


Charles Crumpley once checked out a Wal-Mart grocery like the one planned for downtown, and doesn’t see how it could be a threat to competitors.

Not Sold on ‘Buy Local’

City of Santa Monica’s booster campaign fails to impress businesses.

Santa Monica businesses say benefits of city’s “Buy Local” campaign are too close to call.

Adding More Cookbooks To the Mix

New app lets amateur chefs self-publish their kitchen secrets.

Babette Pepaj’s new cookbook-creating app lets kitchen creatives dish out their culinary secrets.

Getting Foot in The Door

Chinese shoemaker sees L.A. shops as first steps to U.S. growth.

Chinese shoemaker Peak is using L.A.-area shops to get a foothold in the U.S. market.

Hip-Swaying and Foot-Stomping


R.J. Comer is a land-use attorney by day. By night, he’s the lead singer for the Dance Hall Pimps – which will release its debut album this month.

Long Beach Hotels to Fight Labor Wage Initiative

Business leaders rip proposed ballot measure to raise pay.

Long Beach hotel executives have no room for a union-backed “living wage” ballot proposal.

Feeding Legacy

Harry Morton follows hotelier father and steakhouse-founding grandfather by launching his own restaurants.

Third-generation restaurateur Harry Morton adds to his already full plate with new eatery Fukuburger.

Friday, March 2

Kilroy Realty Makes Northern California Office Buy

Kilroy Realty Corp. has acquired a Silicon Valley office complex for more than $162 million.

The Week’s Big Movers

The Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed up marginally for the week as the markets pulled back over uncertainty about Europe and the Middle East.

Wider Loss at U.S. Auto Parts Network Prompts Share Sell-Off

Shares of U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. sank nearly 20 percent Friday morning after the online provider of aftermarket automotive parts reported a larger fourth quarter loss and an analyst downgraded shares.

PC Mall Slips to Loss

Shares of PC Mall Inc. fell 6 percent on Friday after the retailer of information technology products reported a fourth quarter loss related to losing business from a large customer.

Thursday, March 1

Lower-than-Expected Quarter at Tutor Perini

Tutor Perini Corp reported higher fourth quarter profit that fell short of Wall Street estimates, in part due to increased interest expenses.

Acquisitions Announced at Wedbush Capital Partners

Wedbush Capital Partners said that it had bought an ethnic food manufacturer in Chino. One of its tech portfolio companies also has made an acquisition.

Dine Equity Moves to Profit Despite Revenue Decline

DineEquity Inc. returned to a profit in the fourth quarter, despite a 19 percent decline in revenue at its IHOP and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants.

J2 Global Makes Australian Acquisition

J2 Global Inc. has acquired the Australian business of Zintel Communications, a provider of cloud voice services.