SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

WOODLAND HILLS

PR Pickup: JMPR Public Relations, a Woodland Hills public relations firm with a focus on the automotive industry, has been named agency of record for Lou La Vie, a Miami renter of luxury and exotic vehicles serving the South Florida market. The company will launch an international campaign promoting Lou La Vie.

VAN NUYS

Residential Purchase: North Hollywood’s MSCO Corp. has paid $9.2 million to acquire a 52-unit Van Nuys apartment from Dallas’ Orix Capital Markets LLC. The 41,099-square-foot Terraces at the Lake complex, at 16550 Vanowen St., was built in 1988 and was fully leased at the time of sale.

CENTRAL AREA

HOLLYWOOD

Linked Up: J2 Global Inc., a Hollywood provider of Internet fax services and owner of online media properties, has acquired MetroFax Inc., a Bellevue, Wash., Internet faxing company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Medicinal Infusion: Medbox Inc., a West Hollywood maker of ATM-like devices that dispense medical marijuana and other pharmaceuticals, has taken a 50 percent partnership stake in MedVend LLC, a Commerce Township, Mich., developer of a patented medicine-dispensing machine. The deal involved cash and a restricted stock component totaling up to $5.2 million. The deal also resulted in the creation of MedVend Inc., a new partnership entity

SOUTH BAY

EL SEGUNDO

Beauty Bucks: Cosmetix West, an El Segundo contract manufacturer of beauty and fragrance products, has completed a financing and small-business banking agreement with Wells Fargo. In addition to banking services, Wells Fargo will provide Cosmetix with lines of credit for working capital and equipment.

WESTSIDE

CENTURY CITY

Parking Space: Kayne Partners, a private-equity group of Century City-based investment firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, has formed a team with Aparc Systems Ltd., a San Francisco parking and vehicle-tracking technology firm. Kayne Partners will provide Aparc funds to expand the rollout and reach of Aparc’s services.

SANTA MONICA

Crafty Acquisition: Demand Media, a Santa Monica owner of online media properties, has acquired Creativebug, a San Francisco creator of digital how-to arts and crafts videos. Demand Media will use the acquisition to bolster its eHow.com instructional property. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

WEST COVINA

New Outlet: Ashley Furniture HomeStore, an Arcadia, Wis., home furnishings chain, has opened a store at the Eastland Center retail campus in West Covina. The new 42,000-square-foot outpost is at 2753 E. Eastland Center Drive.

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