GRAND SLAM: The PGA will hold this year’s Grand Slam of Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes after signing a deal with the course this week. The tournament, which will take place Oct. 20-21, hosts the winners of the PGA’s four major events: the Open Championship, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open and the Masters. The deal with Trump National marks a return to the mainland for the annual tournament, which has been held in either Hawaii or Bermuda since 1994.
BIG BID: Mall operator Simon Property Group of Indianapolis has offered to buy Santa Monica’s Macerich Co. for $14.4 billion. Macerich had previously refused talks regarding a possible deal with its rival. However, Simon, which announced last year that it had built up a 3.6 percent stake in Macerich, has put in an offer worth $22.4 billion: $14.4 billion in cash and stock, plus the assumption of more than $6 billion in Macerich debt. Simon is the largest shopping mall owner in the country while Macerich is the third largest.
DIRECTOR GUILTY: Randall Miller, the director of Gregg Allman biographical movie “Midnight Rider,” pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in last year’s death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was hit by a train during a shoot. Miller was sentenced March 9 and will serve up to two years in jail in Wayne County, Ga., as well as eight years of probation. He will also pay a $25,000 fine and be restricted from supervising film crews during that time. All charges were waived against his wife, Jody Savin, a producer on the film. As part of a plea agreement, Jay Sedrish, the film’s executive producer, will get 10 years probation and pay a $10,000 fine.
RAMP UP: Hiring is expected to be at a solid pace during the second quarter, according to a survey released by Manpower Inc. The Milwaukee staffing company’s quarterly survey of employers in Los Angeles and Orange counties found that 23 percent plan to increase staff, 5 percent plan layoffs and 66 percent plan to keep staffing levels constant. The numbers, in line with national averages, are a significant improvement from three months ago.
FRAUD CHARGES: Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has accused accounting firm Pricewaterhouse-Coopers of fraud, saying the company lied about its capabilities in order to secure a $70 million contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the firm botched the implementation of a new DWP billing system, leading to thousands of customers being charged incorrectly and to losses of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the department.
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