Stories for October 2019

Wednesday, October 30

Scratchpay Raises $65 Million in Series B Round

Scratch Financial Inc. raised $65 million in debt and equity in its latest funding round.

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Century City Office Towers Get $1.2 Billion Refinancing

Hines and JP Morgan Chase & Co. have refinanced the Century Plaza Towers office complex.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: P2S INC.

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Brothers Kevin and Kent Peterson, founded P2S, a MEPT Engineering, Commissioning and Construction Management company, in 1991 with three employees.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: KINGS ARCH

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King’s Arch is a nationwide pioneer in the field of creative office development.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: Everyone Should Have a Fortress of Solitude

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You may recall in the 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve, Superman was orphaned as an infant and only learns about his extraterrestrial background later in life when he creates the Fortress of Solitude.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: LBW INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

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As a firm, LBW has a history that spans nearly 100 years. As a family owned business, it includes three generations and a total of six family members.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MONTAGE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

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Montage Insurance Solutions, founded by Danone Simpson, is an insurance consulting agency that originally opened its doors in 2006 with three offices, a couple employees and a small handful of clients who were loyal to Simpson from her previous firms.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: REALTAX ADVISORY SERVICES

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For the past 35 years, the Mandelbaum family, through its affiliate companies of RealTax Advisory Services and Mandelbaum & Associates Inc., have been assisting real estate investors with their acquisition, financing, asset management, re-financing, disposition, and tax deferred (1031) exchange of real estate assets with a focus on multi-family holdings.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ROLLING ROBOTS

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Rolling Robots is a preeminent leader in STEM education for Southern California.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: GELT, INC.

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Gelt, Inc., founded in 2009 by 34 year old Keith Wasserman, cousin Damian Langere, and father Steve Wasserman, is a real estate investment and asset management company that owns 5,300 apartment units, 1,000 mobile home parks spaces, a high end RV park in Monterey, a 666 unit self storage facility in South Pasadena, and are currently building over 550 apartment units all in the LA area.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: THE MSM TECHNOLOGY GROUP

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The MSM Technology Group is a commercial technology company specializing in cradle to grave support for small businesses.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: FREIGHT RIGHT GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Freight Right is a logistics and transportation company based in La Crescenta catering primarily to technology centric companies including freight marketplaces, international freight forwarders, 3PLs, and other resellers of international freight.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: NATHAN KIMMEL COMPANY, LLC

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Nathan Kimmel Company, LLC, has grown from its humble beginnings as an industrial supply company in Los Angeles to the construction industry’s number one national and international provider of fireproofing spray equipment, tarps, hose and nozzle assemblies, and premier Maligner Hand Truck Distributor.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: PAUL’S PHOTO

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PAUL’S PHOTO is a family owned retail camera store, full-service photo lab and photo education center.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: FRAZIER AVIATION, INC.

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In 1953 Frazier Aviation Services was started by Leona (Lee) P. Frazier.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: RISEUP TECHNOLOGIES

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RiseUp Technologies is an Elevated IT Services company dedicated to helping small and medium sized businesses in Los Angeles scale their operations and increase their competitive advantage.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: FELDMAR WATCH COMPANY INC.

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Feldmar Watch Company is a fourth generation family business located in West Los Angeles.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: DIVINE DIPS

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After a successful career providing gourmet cakes for LA through her prior business, CakeWorks, Diane Jacobs found out she was dairy- and gluten-intolerant.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: RP & ASSOCIATES

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Richard M. Pola founded RP & Associates in 1988. His dream began in his home where he was selling embroidered hats and silk-screened T-shirts.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: COUTURE SALON & SPA

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Couture Salon & Spa is the first natural concept salon in Whittier to offer its clients naturally-based products.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SHEPHERD’S DOOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER

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Shepherd’s Door was created 18 years ago as a response to the ever- present need for servicing victims of domestic abuse in Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles County.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SMOG CITY BREWING CO.

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In October of 2011, Smog City Brewing Co. began brewing beer at the Tustin Brewing Co. (TBC) brewpub.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: CONSUMER LAW EXPERTS, PC

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Since 2009, Consumer Law Experts, also known as “the Lemon Law Experts,” have helped thousands of consumers recover millions of dollars in refunds and cash compensation for their defective vehicles.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN

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One day about 39 years ago, Joann Roth-Oseary baked a few apple breads and packaged them on apple-shaped cutting boards as gifts.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: STEPP COMMERCIAL

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Stepp Commercial is the leading multifamily brokerage firm in the Los Angeles market with the sale of close to $2 billion in property sales since its inception in 2013.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: THE CHANANI GROUP/ BLUESTEM HOTEL

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The Chanani Group is a small conglomerate focused on the intersection of hospitality service and real estate.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: CENTURY PRECISION ENGINEERING, INC.

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Century Precision Engineering, Inc. is a privately held company in Gardena and is a single location business.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: VROMAGE

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For years, people have sought out a dairy-free alternative to a staple in the human diet: cheese.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ZIPTIRE MOBILE TIRE SALES AND INSTALLATION

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ZipTire has disrupted the brick-and-mortar tire sales and installation industry by turning it mobile, bringing trucks with top-quality equipment and installers to the customer at home or work, saving them hours in the process.

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Tuesday, October 29

Intellisense Systems Signs Another Lease In Torrance

Intellisense Systems, Inc. has signed a lease for 49,000 square feet in Torrance.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: C C R PROPERTIES, INC.

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Cripps Crockett Realtors was founded in the early 1960’s by Otto Cripps. He was soon joined by Hugh and Mary Lou Crockett and his wife Lorene Cripps.

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Mattel Shares Rise on Strong Quarter, New CFO

Mattel shares surged in after-hours trading on better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter and news that the company plans to hire a new chief financial officer.

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Investor Sell-Off Takes a Bite Out of Beyond Meat

Shares of Beyond Meat fell sharply amid a sell-off by early investors and skepticism from analysts.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: CALIFORNIA RECEIVERSHIP GROUP

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Mark Adams, President and Founder of California Receivership Group, is the most experienced Health and Safety Receiver in the State of California.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: BOBBI-TOADS

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Bob Stanley had an actual dream where he was told to invent paintable kids’ shoes as a way to give back to charities and the community.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: BEACHWOOD MARKET

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The center of the Hollywoodland Community since 1934, more than 20 years before the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds at that location, The Beachwood Market is now run by the second generation of the Pappolexis family.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS

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Founded in 2010, Academic Achievers stands out in its field because unlike many others, its tutors are not beginners, but experienced professionals with a track record of improved student scores.

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Scopely Raises $200 Million Series D

Mobile game developer and publisher Scopely Inc. raised a $200 million Series D round led by NewView Capital.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ROLLING ROBOTS

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Rolling Robots is a preeminent leader in STEM education for Southern California. Founded in 2002 by Dr. George Kirkman and Bing Jiang, a married couple of aerospace engineers with two children of their own, the husband and wife team developed Rolling Robots around three common passions; technology, teaching and enjoyment for kids.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: REALTAX ADVISORY SERVICES

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For the past 35 years, the Mandelbaum family, through its affiliate companies of RealTax Advisory Services and Mandelbaum & Associates Inc., have been assisting real estate investors with their acquisition, financing, asset management, re-financing, disposition, and tax deferred (1031) exchange of real estate assets with a focus on multi-family holdings.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MONTAGE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS

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Montage Insurance Solutions, founded by Danone Simpson, is an insurance consulting agency that originally opened its doors in 2006 with three offices, a couple employees and a small handful of clients who were loyal to Simpson from her previous firms.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: FELIKIAN’S CARPET ONE

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Felikian’s Carpet was established by two Armenian brothers, Martin and Charles Felikian, who fled to the United States in 1951 as political refugees following World War II.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: BARON EQUITIES, INC.

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Baron Equities, Inc. was born from a previous company focused on coin-operated laundry machines.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: WESSCO INTERNATIONAL

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Founded in Los Angeles in 1979, WESSCO International is a creative partner to the world’s leading airlines, hotels, and cruise lines.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: TURNER TECHTRONICS, INC.

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Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Burbank, Turner Techtronics, Inc. (TTI) has a long history of providing high quality IT managed services to small, medium, large and enterprise businesses.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: TORRANCE BAKERY

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Dick, June and Kirk Rossberg opened Torrance Bakery in 1984. The full-line retail bakery started with 9 employees and 1200 square feet of space in downtown Torrance.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SMS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES INC.

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SMS Transportation has been providing non-emergency medical transportation, paratransit and shuttle services in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California for over 20 years.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SAGE MILLIMETER

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SAGE Millimeter, Inc. is a woman-owned, U.S. owned, and ITAR-registered technology company focused on developing high performance microwave and millimeterwave components and subassemblies for commercial and military system applications.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: S. BRAVO SYSTEMS, INC.

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S. Bravo Systems Inc., founded in 1987 by inventor Sergio Bravo, is a woman- and minority-owned, Los Angeles-based U.S. designer and manufacturer of underground secondary containment solutions for the petroleum industry.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: RAMONAS FOOD GROUP LLC / RAMONAS RESTAURANT GROUP LLC

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Ramonas Food Group LLC (“RFG”) & Ramonas Restaurant Group LLC (“RRG”) is a multi-generational family business that originated in 1954 by Romana and Alejandro Banuelos.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ACCREDITED HOME CARE SERVICES

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Brothers Kevin and Kent Peterson, founded P2S, a MEPT Engineering, Commissioning and Construction Management company, in 1991 with three employees.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MILT & EDIE’S DRY CLEANERS & TAILORING CENTER

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Milt & Edie’s is more than just a drycleaners and tailoring center. It is a testament to creating a superlative customer experience that has transcended its Burbank roots to become an iconic Southern California business.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: JEFF & TONY'S DSD

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Starting his small dairy distribution company with two trucks in 1989, Levon Erdoglian could not have envisioned his company would stay in his family for the next 30 years and become the exclusive Southern California distributor for one of the largest ice cream manufacturers in the world.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: HAWTHORNE ADVERTISING

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Hawthorne Advertising was founded nearly 35 years ago by Tim Hawthorne, a pioneer of the direct response television industry.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: GOLDEN STAR TECHNOLOGY INC.

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GST has been in business since 1985. Alice and JP Wang started the business out of their garage in Norwalk by building white-box computers.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: DULAN’S SOUL FOOD

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The Dulan family has been in the Los Angeles community for more than 40 years. Their quest for appealing to the palettes of the Los Angeles community started with a small burger stand called Hamburger City with their father, the late “King of Soul Food,” Adolf Dulan.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: BERMAN, BERMAN, BERMAN, SCHNEIDER & LOWARY, LLP

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As 2019 heads toward a close, the law firm of Berman, Berman, Berman, Schneider & Lowary, LLP (B3SL) is wrapping up 25 years of successful service to its clients and the communities in which it operates.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: BADMAASH

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Across the street from LAPD headquarters in downtown L.A., Badmaash has become a gathering place for the business community, police officers, artists and food adventurers.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ART LEWIN BESPOKE CLOTHIERS

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Art Lewin is a second-generation clothier with over 25 years of experience and serves as Owner & Creative Director of Executive Clothiers, one of the nation’s premier Custom Clothiers.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: AMCAL

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Originally emigrating from India, Percival Vaz earned electronics and business degrees from UCLA, but found his early career choice in technology left him uninspired.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: THE ALBRIGHT

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The Albright, a 42 year old family business on the Santa Monica Pier, opened in 1977 as Santa Monica Pier Seafood.

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Monday, October 28

LAX Passenger Traffic Rises 1.8% in September as International Travel Slide Ends

September passenger traffic at LAX edged up 1.8% from a year earlier.

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American, Scandinavian Airlines Add International Flights to LAX

American Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines will each serve new international destinations from LAX next year.

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Beyond Meat Turns a Profit, Raises Growth Forecast

Beyond Meat turned its first quarterly profit and raised its year-end growth forecast.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: NOURMAND & ASSOCIATES

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Founded over 40 years ago by Saeed Nourmand, Nourmand & Associates is one of the only family-owned real estate brokerages in Southern California.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: NORTHSTAR MOVING COMPANY

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Founded in 1994 by wife and husband team Laura McHolm and Ram Katalan, Los Angeles-based NorthStar Moving Company has redefined the moving industry.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MATT CONSTRUCTION

Founded on the Matt family’s legacy of integrity and passion for building great buildings, MATT Construction has earned a reputation for quality and a commitment to win-win teamwork.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: GEARYS BEVERLY HILLS

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This coming December, GEARYS Beverly Hills will celebrate 90 years as experts in luxury entertaining and gift-giving.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION

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The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally.

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PeerStreet Raises $60 Million

El Segundo-based real estate technology startup PeerStreet raised $60 million.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: TALLEY, INC.

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John R. Talley and Elizabeth J. Talley founded Talley Inc., a privately-held, family-owned business, in 1983 under its original name Talley Electronics Corp.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: SWAT FAME, INC.

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It all began back in the 1970s, when the founders’ family launched into the fashion business.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: PACIFIC AMERICAN FISH COMPANY

With a love of seafood and the hope of achieving the American dream, Joseph Huh started Joe’s Fish in 1975.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: GOLDRICH KEST

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Goldrich Kest is a privately owned, family-run real estate company, founded in 1957 by two entrepreneurs and holocaust survivors, Jona Goldrich and Sol Kest.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year

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Evan Finkel is a registered patent attorney who serves as leader of Pillsbury’s Los Angeles IP group.

Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: DECRON PROPERTIES

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Decron Properties was founded by Holocaust survivor Jack Nagel in 1955 and has grown into one of the largest privately owned real estate firms in California.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year

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Partner Erica Van Loon leads Lathrop Gage's nationwide Intellectual Property Litigation practice group.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: AMS FULFILLMENT

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Advantage Media Services, Inc. (AMS) is a full-service order fulfillment company operating as a third-party resource for order management, warehouse management and fulfillment services.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: ACCREDITED HOME CARE SERVICES

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Fresh from graduation from Arizona State University, Accredited Home Care president Barry Berger quickly learned the ropes of the home care industry from a competitor.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Litigation Attorney of the Year

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Karin Bohmholdt joined the firm in 2006 and this year was appointed the first female co-chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department.

Special Report: Largest Private Companies of 2019

Rankings offer a view of the businesses driving LA's economy

The 2019 list of largest private companies in L.A. County provides a multifaceted view of the businesses and industries that drive a good chunk of the county's economy.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honorees: Litigation Attorney of the Year

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Over the past several decades, Angela Agrusa and her team of business litigators have been hired in some of the most high-profile cases filed across the country, litigating in federal and state courts from New York to Florida and Massachusetts to Hawaii.

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Houlihan Lokey Reports Slight Drop for Quarter

Houlihan Lokey’s earnings were down slightly for the fiscal second quarter despite a relatively strong overall performance for the first six months of 2019.

Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: WORLD OIL CORP.

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World Oil’s founder Bernie Roth was a sophisticated businessman who embodied the American dream.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year

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A partner at Loeb & Loeb, Ivy Kagan Bierman’s practice includes the representation of entertainment and related companies in labor, production, distribution, technology and other business matters.

Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MERLE NORMAN COSMETICS

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Headquartered in Los Angeles, Merle Norman Cosmetics develops, manufactures and distributes its own full line of skin care and cosmetic products.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year

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Larry Seymour, office managing partner of Latham & Watkins’ Los Angeles and Century City offices, represents both public and private clients in the design of equity-based and other incentive compensation arrangements, severance, transaction incentive, and other executive arrangements and programs – an increasingly critical aspect of mergers and acquisitions.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: MAJESTIC REALTY CO.

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Founded in 1948 by Edward P. Roski, Sr., Majestic Realty Co. is the largest, privately-held/family owned developer and owner of master-planned business parks in the United States.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Real Estate Attorney of the Year

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Bob Baradaran is Greenberg Glusker’s managing partner.

Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: GALPIN MOTORS

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Galpin Motors was founded in 1946. Bert Boeckmann started as a salesman in 1953 and quickly worked his way up to eventually buying Galpin.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Real Estate Attorney of the Year

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Loryn Dunn Arkow is a partner in Stroock’s national Real Estate Group.

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Most Influential Family Owned Businesses 2019: F. GAVIÑA & SONS, INC.

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F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc., one of the largest family-owned coffee companies in America and the nation’s largest privately held, minority-owned roaster, is the coffee roaster behind some of the highest quality and best-tasting, family-crafted coffee in the market today, including the flagship brand, Don Francisco’s Coffee.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Corporate Attorney of the Year

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Mark A. Bonenfant is a shareholder and co-chair of Buchalter’s Corporate Practice Group, and a former member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Corporate Attorney of the Year

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Jason Breen is a Los Angeles based partner in Goodwin’s Technology Companies & Life Sciences group.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Rising Star

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Boone Park is the co-founder and general counsel at Fair Financial Corporation, a financial technology company that offers a forward-thinking alternative to traditional car ownership. In his role with Fair, Park has become one of the most knowledgeable experts on auto regulatory compliance in the United States.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: General Counsel of the Year - Public Company

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Carla Christofferson plays a broad and instrumental role in AECOM’s success and its overall enterprise, and her leadership and legal know-how enhance the delivery of client projects and advance AECOM’s ongoing focus on performing its work with the utmost integrity.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: General Counsel of the Year - Public Company

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Aline Taireh, the executive vice president and general counsel of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) in the United States, advises the company in all aspects of the U.S. business, including shopping center and airport operations, real property acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, secured and unsecured financing transactions, litigation, employment and all other legal process and matters.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: General Counsel of the Year – Large Private Company

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Hilary Dessouky, general counsel for Patagonia, has based her career on the belief that lawyers can and must drive the success of businesses working to create positive change for people and the planet.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: General Counsel of the Year – Large Private Company

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Claudia Teran took the helm as Fox's head lawyer this past June, after serving as general counsel for Fox Sports for the past five years.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: General Counsel of the Year – Mid-Sized Private Company

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Isaiah Costas serves as deputy general counsel of 21 Alpha Group, a national network of real estate development, management and investment companies in the multifamily housing and hotel industries.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: General Counsel of the Year – Mid-Sized Private Company

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Bird Rides, Inc. deputy general counsel, Wendy Mantell, is an experienced attorney admitted to practice in both New York and California.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: General Counsel of the Year - Small Private Company

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Bill Chang’s footprint as in-house counsel in the tech space is considerable. For years, he served as deputy counsel at Riot Games, a leading video game developer and esports tournament organizer based in West Los Angeles and best known for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: General Counsel of the Year - Small Private Company

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Harold Lee joined FastPay – a Los Angeles-based provider of an accelerated finance platform that provides working capital and payment solutions to digital media, adtech, and other businesses – in 2014 as its first general counsel and has overseen triple-digit percentage growth in its revenue, lending portfolio, and employees, as well as the expansion of its business into diversified verticals and the integration of a bi-coastal strategic acquisition during such time.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalists: Nonprofit General Counsel of the Year

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Yemi Adegbonmire is an attorney with many talents. This Baltimore native, who is also Nigerian, spent time in Washington, DC working in Public Health before getting her law degree from Wake Forest School of Law.

2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Nonprofit General Counsel of the Year

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (YMCA|LA) is a remarkable 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child, teen and family, improving the community’s health and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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2019 Leaders in Law Finalist: Government/Municipal General Counsel of the Year

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Oren Rosenthal is an associate counsel at L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, with over $8 billion in revenues and more than two million members.

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Higher Education - Training and Online Learning: At University of La Verne, the World is Your Classroom: Are You Ready to Explore?

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La Verne Online offers flexible, affordable education across a number of disciplines.

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Higher Education - Training and Online Learning: Empower Your Workforce with UCLA Extension

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As industries continue to evolve at a breakneck pace, new skills are required to stay current in the workplace.

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2019 Leaders in Law Honoree: Government/Municipal General Counsel of the Year

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Janna Sidley serves as the general counsel and oversees all litigation involving the Port of Los Angeles.

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Higher Education - Training and Online Learning: At the Forefront of Higher Education: USC’s Master of Studies in Law Brings Legal Insight to Business Practice

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Across the field of higher education, interdisciplinary is a buzzword used quite often. But for students in the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program at the USC Gould School of Law, interdisciplinary has plenty of meaning.

2019 Leaders in Law: Victims Times Two - When Fraudsters Steal Attorneys’ Identities to Cheat the Public

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Example one: The State Bar of California receives a complaint about an attorney from one of his purported clients.

2019 Leaders in Law: A Shifting Landscape - Anticipating and Addressing Risk as General Counsel

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As general counsel, you are asked to balance many roles: legal advisor, corporate strategist, crisis manager.

Higher Education -Training and Online Learning: The Global Appeal of an MBA Degree

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Recruiters around the world are widening their search and casting their nets into a growing pool of international talent.

Friday, October 25

Walmart to Close Norwalk Store, Lay Off 197 Workers

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, will close its Norwalk store on Nov. 1 and lay off 197 workers.

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Eyewear Service Lensabl Raises $4 Million, Adds Frames, Contacts

Lensabl raised a $4 million funding round as it looks to move into the contact lens and frame business

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The unconventional path continues to pay off for Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s finds success in its quirks.

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Food from the Heart

Panda Restaurant Group relies on passion, innovation for growth

Panda Restaurant Group focuses on its workers as the company continues to expand.

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Snap-Leased Site Sells for $52 Million

Tech company is locked in for seven years at Venice location

REM Finance’s $51.8 million purchase of Venice office building leased by Snap Inc. shows draw of high-credit tenants.

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Decron Investing $500M Outside of California

Group diversifies with purchases in Pacific Northwest

Decron Properties looks to expand its reach into the Pacific Northwest.

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Westchester’s HHLA Is a Shoe-In

Revamped mall courts shoppers with Sneakertopia

Sneakertopia pop-up brings retailtainment to Westchester’s HHLA.

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Signs of the Times

Sofya Polyakov I Noun Project

Noun Project’s Sofya Polyakov’s personal style reflects the simplicity of the icons offered by her company.

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LA’s Largest Private Companies, by the Numbers

Facts and figures worth noting from this year’s list

Notable numbers from the Largest Private Companies list.

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WeWork Woes Could Hit LA

REAL ESTATE: Company holds 30% of local market

How will WeWork’s woes affect L.A.’s office market?

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Uribe Departs California Bank & Trust

BANKING: Exec will focus on consulting, philanthropy

California Bank & Trust executive Betty Uribe steps down.

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Tetra Tech Wins Work

$85M deal will support UK effort in Nigeria

Tetra Tech scores $85 million contract with the U.K. Department for International Development.

Credit Downgrade for People Mover

Fitch lowers $5 billion LAX project to BBB

Fitch Ratings downgrades bond rating for LAX’s people mover project.

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Feeling the Heat

LA’s office market shows no sign of cooling, could hit $8 billion in 2019

A look at some of L.A.’s biggest office sales of 2019.

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Apartment Construction Slowdown in LA

REAL ESTATE: USC forecast anticipates rising rents in market through 2021

Rents in Southern California are expected to increase as approved multifamily units remain below levels in other cities, according to the 2019 USC Casden Economics Forecast.

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A Legal Matter

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

Aggressive Plan for SpaceX

AEROSPACE: Seeks 2020 launch for manned mission

A look at SpaceX’s partnership with NASA and its goals for human spaceflight.

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AECOM-Canyon Partners Closes $500 Million Fund

AECOM-Canyon Partners, a joint venture between engineering firm AECOM and hedge fund Canyon Partners LLC, announced the close of its $500 million fund.

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Thursday, October 24

Vet Cinic Startup Modern Animal Raises $13.5 Million

Modern Animal, a startup that wants to revamp veterinary clinics for the digital age, has raised $13.5 million in seed funding.

Flip Fit Sets $3.75 Million Raise

An Inglewood-based tech startup trying to solve one of apparel retail’s biggest challenges raised $3.75 million in seed funding Oct. 23. The apparel app helps retailers with online returns.

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Leadership Changes at BakeMark USA

Pico Rivera-based BakeMark USA, a manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products and supplies, announced the return of Jim Parker as the company’s president and chief executive on Oct. 23.

Wednesday, October 23

Holiday Planning Guide 2019: Find Your Vibe at the Ventura County Coast

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Find the meeting or conference space your team has been searching for. Whether you’re looking to sink your toes in the sand after a brainstorm, catch a wave between meetings, or host an event at a full-service hotel, you’ll find it here

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Holiday Planning Guide 2019: Pasadena Civic Auditorium Shines with Family-Friendly Productions

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This holiday season, Pasadena will be merry and bright as two family-friendly productions take stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Lythgoe Family Panto’s A Snow White Christmas and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

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EV Connect Raises $12 Million Series B

Electric vehicle charging station software provider EV Connect raised a $12 million Series B round co-led by Japanese investors Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

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City National Expands Eastward

Downtown-headquartered City National Bank announced the opening of offices in N.Y., Florida

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Holiday Planning Guide 2019: Celebrate the Season at L.A. Zoo Lights

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When L.A. Zoo Lights launched at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2014, a new holiday tradition was born. The Zoo was transformed into a dazzling wonderland aglow with spectacular light displays.

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Long Beach Company Opens Plant in China to Make Pollution Control Equipment

In a move to avoid the impact of tariffs, Long Beach pollution control device manufacturer Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. has opened a plant in Shanghai.

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Mall Magnate Caruso Gives $50 Million to Pepperdine Law School

Developer and billionaire Rick Caruso plans to give $50 million to the Pepperdine University School of Law to help low-income students.

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Tuesday, October 22

Rick Fox Exits Echo Fox, Settles Lawsuits

Rick Fox will leave the esports company he founded and settle lawsuits he had been trading with his co-founders.

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Air New Zealand Ends Long-Running LAX-London Flight

Air New Zealand is canceling its long-running flight from LAX to London, citing increased competition on the route.

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Snap Reports Growth in Users, Revenue for Third Quarter

Snap Inc.’s revenue and user base continue to grow while its losses shrink.

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Labor & Employment: A Roundtable Discussion

What are the most significant new laws taking effect that could be impactful to businesses?

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$300 Million Equity Stake for Kennedy Wilson

Beverly Hills-based brokerage Kennedy Wilson Properties Ltd. has secured a $300 million equity investment from affiliates of Eldridge Industries.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Jonathan Zucker

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Jonathan Zucker is a managing director and head of the Capital Markets Group at Intrepid Investment Bankers.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Paul Weisbrich

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Paul Weisbrich is a managing director in the Diversified Industrials Investment Banking Group at D.A. Davidson & Co., where he leads the firm’s aerospace and defense efforts.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Brian Webber

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After 25 years of investment banking for some of Wall Street’s most prominent firms, Brian Webber co-founded LA-based merchant banking firm American Discovery Capital (ADC) in 2016 to provide M&A, capital raising and restructuring advice to leading publicly-traded and privately-held growth companies, Boards of Directors, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: George Swain

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George Swain is the founder and CEO of GeorgeSwain Investments. GSI is an independent global investment bank that assists small and middle-market companies in completing special situation transactions.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Duane Stullich

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Duane Stullich is co-founder and a managing partner of FocalPoint Partners, a leading international boutique investment banking firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Rajesh Sood

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Rajesh Sood is managing partner and one of the founders of FocalPoint Partners, a leading investment bank headquartered in Los Angeles, with branch offices in Chicago, New York, and Shanghai, and affiliate partner offices around the world.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Aaron Solganick

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Aaron Solganick is a smart and hard-working investment banker and performs above and beyond the expectations of his clients.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Nishen Radia

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Nishen Radia is managing partner and co-founding principal of FocalPoint Partners, a leading investment bank headquartered in Los Angeles, with branch offices in Chicago, New York, and Shanghai.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Bruce Pompan

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Bruce Pompan is an experienced investment banker with over 25 years in the Los Angeles market providing sell-side and buy-side mergers and acquisitions, advisory services, arranging private placements and structuring recapitalizations for middle market companies.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Joel Montminy

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Joel Montminy is the founder, president and CEO of CREO | Montminy & Co., an L.A.-based investment bank with 24 professionals in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Phoenix.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Christopher Park

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Christopher Park joined Intrepid as a managing director in June of 2016 to establish and lead the firm’s technology group.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Brian Little

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Brian Little is a managing director in the Consumer M&A advisory practice for Duff & Phelps and is based in the Los Angeles office. Little leads the firm’s consumer efforts on the West Coast in addition to heading up its global apparel practice.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Andrew Kline

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A former NFL athlete turned investment banker, Andrew Kline brings a unique approach to sports business.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: John Joliet

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After over 20 years of investment banking for some of Wall Street’s most prominent firms, John Joliet co-founded LA-based merchant banking firm American Discovery Capital (ADC) in 2016 to provide M&A, capital raising and restructuring advice to leading publicly-traded and privately-held growth companies

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: David Iannini

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David Iannini has over 30 years of investment banking and financial experience. He has held senior positions at Salomon Brothers, Schroder Wertheim, Barrington Associates, a division of Wells Fargo Securities and Greif & Co.

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Monday, October 21

MediaLab to Acquire Kik Messenger

MediaLab has acquired Kik Messenger.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Brian Hannan

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In 2008, Brian Hannan co-founded the investment banking firm, AGRA Capital Advisors.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Lloyd Greif

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Lloyd Greif is a consummate dealmaker. Widely considered the dean of M&A deal-making in Los Angeles, Greif has engineered transactions ranging in size from $25 million to $1.5 billion (Patron Tequila) and $1.7 billion (C.R. Laurence Co.) over an illustrious career spanning from 1981 to 2019 — and counting!

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Frank Grant

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Frank Grant is a managing director with Solganick & Co. where he leads M&A transactions from start to finish.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Scott Geftman

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Scott Geftman is a vice president at The Sage Group. Since joining the firm in 2012, Geftman has developed an expertise in executing M&A transactions in the premium branded consumer and retail sectors, with a focus on beauty and personal care, apparel, accessories, and retail.

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Brentwood Associates to Sell Marshall Retail Group

Brentwood Associates will sell Marshall Retail Group for $400 million to British retailer WH Smith.

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Special Report: Real Estate Quarterly — Q3 2019

Major transformation is a theme in the quarterly real estate special report for Q3 2019, from a booming downtown Arts District to a new business model for parking structure landlords. Take a look at what's happening in office, retail and other types of real estate, including the major deals of Q3 2019.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Michael Garcia

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Mike Garcia is managing director at Intrepid Investment Bankers and focuses on beauty, personal care, wellness products and disruptive, high growth consumer brands.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Nicole Fry

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Nicole Fry is a managing director in Cascadia’s Consumer & Retail group, focused on supporting Cascadia’s beverage and consumer & retail clients.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: John Calcagnini

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John Calcagnini is managing director and head of Stout’s Healthcare Investment Banking practice.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Kevin T. Burke

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Kevin Burke is the founder and managing partner of Trinity Capital, a Los Angeles based investment banking boutique established in July of 2000.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: David Bonrouhi

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David Bonrouhi is co-founder and managing director of Calabasas Capital, a boutique investment banking firm providing M&A advisory and capital raising services to lower mid-market companies ($10 - $100 million in revenues).

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Scott Berejikian

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Scott Berejikian is a founding principal of CenterPoint M&A Advisors, a niche M&A firm serving smaller middle-market entrepreneurs.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Chris Bandouveris

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Chris Bandouveris has advised business buyers and sellers in smaller middle-market merger and acquisition transactions since 1992.

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Most Influential Investment Bankers: Jeffrey Ahlholm

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Jeff Ahlholm is the co-founding partner of AGRA Capital Advisors, a boutique middle-market investment banking advisory group.

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Friday, October 18

Netflix Leases 60,000 Square Feet at Burbank Studios

Netflix Inc. has leased up to 60,000 square feet at Burbank Studios, according to CoStar News.

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Knowable Universe Raises $3.75 Million Seed

Online learning startup Knowable Universe raised a $3.8 million seed round featuring participation from Upfront Ventures.

Unemployment Holds Steady in L.A. County as Hiring Picks Up

L.A. County’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.4% in September.

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Los Angeles County Office Market, 3RD Quarter 2019

A breakdown of the third quarter’s biggest deals in L.A.’s submarkets.

True Religion Seeks Revival

APPAREL: Denim brand, new CEO attempt comeback

Denim brand True Religion is looking for a revival.

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New Boarding School Set

EDUCATION: Swiss firm to develop Pasadena campus

EF Education First’s EF Academy will be the L.A. area’s first new large-scale boarding school in nearly a century.

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Good to Grow: Downtown’s Booming Arts District Shows No Signs of Slowing

The Arts District’s transformation is driving up demand for the area’s real estate market.

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When One Door Closes

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

AECOM Sells Unit for $2.4 Billion

ENGINEERING: Company had originally planned to spin off management services

AECOM plans to sell its management services business to private equity firms for $2.4 billion.

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Multifamily Sales Surge Across LA in September

REAL ESTATE: Deals close in Santa Clarita, San Pedro

A roundup of several big multifamily property purchases in the Los Angeles area

Mixed Messages: Confidence in LA’s Business Climate Rises, but Just Slightly

Claremont McKenna College’s Lowe Institute finds that consumers were slightly more confident about local business conditions in the third quarter.

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M13 Raises $175M for Second Fund

Branson backing helps VC firm surpass its goal

Virgin Group Richard Branson invests in M13’s $175 million fund.

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Verishop Hits $30M Mark

Former Snap exec Khan ramps up ecommerce effort

Verishop, founded by former Snap exec Imran Khan, finalizes a $12.5 million pre-Series B raise.

Latest PCCP Fund Reaches $1 Billion

Century City firm seeks real estate opportunities

PCCP closes a $1 billion fund.

Westlake Bulks Up

Firm secures $221M auto loan portfolio

Westlake Portfolio Management begins servicing the $221 million auto loan portfolio of the defunct Security National Automotive Acceptance Co.

Parking Breaks

Forward-looking developers aim to reduce and rethink garage spaces

Developers adjust as L.A. rethinks its car culture.

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Above Board

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire I 2020 Women on Boards

2020 Women on Boards’ Betsy Berkhemer- Credaire says women looking to advance in business should look the part.

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Westlake Apartment Complex Sells for $48 Million

The Collective Apartments in Westlake recently sold for $48.3 million.

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Faraday Faces Rockier Road

Founder's bankruptcy causes concerns

Jia Yueting, founder of Gardena-based electric vehicle company Faraday & Future, filed for bankruptcy Oct. 14 to address $3.6 billion in debt.

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Thursday, October 17

Imports Fall Again at Ports

Falling imports at the San Pedro Bay ports signaled that an 18-month trade war between the United States and China continues to hurt the ports.

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Pepperdine Names Most Fundable Companies

Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School announced the winners of its second annual Most Fundable Companies competition.

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Upfront Ventures Leads $56 Million Invoca Funding Round

Invoca Inc., a call center analytics firm, raised $56 million in a funding round led by Upfront Ventures.

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Music Center Names Miscikowski to Lead Board, Extends Moore as CEO

Longtime Music Center board member Cindy Miscikowski has been named to lead the organization’s board.

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Wednesday, October 16

Ticketmaster Signs Lease in West Hollywood

Ticketmaster has leased all 97,742 square feet at CIM Group’s Courtyard at the Lot.

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Ron Robinson Closing Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Los Angeles-based retail icon Ron Robinson announced the 2020 closure of his two brick-and-mortar stores in Beverly Grove and Santa Monica.

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Long Beach Multifamily Building Sells for $73 Million

A 234-unit building in Long Beach has sold for $72.5 million.

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Blackstone Group Buys 3 Multifamily Buildings for $178 Million

The Blackstone Group has purchased a portfolio of three L.A. multifamily properties for $177.5 million.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Bill Chang

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Bill Chang’s footprint as in-house counsel in the tech space is considerable.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Cisca Brouwer

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Cisca Brouwer is senior associate general counsel of global commerce at Snap Inc., the camera company that owns Snapchat, Bitmoji, and Spectacles.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Brandon Braga

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As general counsel and corporate secretary, Brandon Braga holds an integral, multifaceted role at The Agency.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Yemi Adegbonmire

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Yemi Adegbonmire is an attorney with many talents.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Ken Choi

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Ken Choi is general counsel of Oceanwide Plaza LLC, where he oversees the company’s risk management operations by leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives for Oceanwide Holdings’ U.S. real estate flagship, an over $1 billion-dollar project with nearly 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use development across from the Staples Center.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Kate Chilton

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Kate Chilton is the director of content Litigation at Netflix.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Corinna Cherian

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Corinna Cherian is senior vice president and senior counsel at City National Bank, a Los Angeles-based financial institution with more than $50 billion in assets.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Jodi Chapin

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After practicing at Burke, Williams & Sorenson, LLP with a focus on employment law in California, representing private and public agency clients in a variety of business and employment matters, including disability accommodations, employee discipline, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination defense, and the like, Jodi Chapin in 2012 found her calling at Revolve.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Andy Dunbar

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Andy Dunbar joined Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC in 2015 — shortly after its acquisition by a large foreign asset manager.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Hilary Dessouky

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Hilary Dessouky, general counsel for Patagonia, has based her career on the belief that lawyers can and must drive the success of businesses working to create positive change for people and the planet.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Isaiah Costas

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Isaiah Costas serves as deputy general counsel of 21 Alpha Group, a national network of real estate development, management and investment companies in the multifamily housing and hotel industries.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Carla Christofferson

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Carla Christofferson plays a broad and instrumental role in AECOM’s success and its overall enterprise, and her leadership and legal know-how enhance the delivery of client projects and advance AECOM’s ongoing focus on performing its work with the utmost integrity.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Camilla Eng

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Camilla Eng serves as the general counsel of LaserAway, a position she’s held since September of 2018.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Erik Graham-Smith

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As general counsel, Erik Graham-Smith is responsible for all aspects of FloQast’s legal affairs.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Anthony Gin

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Anthony Gin serves as head of legal for Upfront Ventures, the longest-serving and largest venture capital firm in Southern California.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Lesley G. Freeman

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Lesley Freeman joined Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) in July of 2016 as chief legal officer.

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Tuesday, October 15

Edison Transmission Tower Probed as Cause of Saddleridge Fire

A Southern California Edison transmission tower in Sylmar is coming under investigation as a possible cause for the 8,300-acre Saddleridge Fire.

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Burnham brings on new executive VP in property and casualty division

Burnham Benefits, a downtown-based employee benefits and insurance services firm, has brought on John Huttinger as Executive Vice President and Partner of its new property and casualty division.

2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Robert A. Irwin

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Robert Irwin is general counsel and leads the international legal department at Tala, a mobile technology and data science company that is opening up financial access for underserved people globally.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Sooran Rachael Jones

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Sooran Jones serves as general counsel for CJ America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters for CJ group, a Korean conglomerate with a presence across the U.S. in food, food service, biotechnology, logistics, and entertainment/media industries.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Ben Howell

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Ben Howell oversees Caruso’s legal affairs, representing Caruso and directing its outside counsel in the company’s acquisition and financing transactions as well as its litigated matters.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Dawn Haghighi

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Dawn Haghighi is the principal company legal officer at PCV Murcor, responsible for oversight and leadership of all legal aspects of the business, including corporate affairs, strategic corporate initiatives, complex transactions, cyber-security, privacy, litigation, employment, compliance, IP, licensing, and board governance.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: John Levy

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As the chief operating officer and general counsel for Optimist, Inc., John Levy works at the intersection of law and business.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Harold Lee

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Harold Lee joined FastPay in 2014 as its first general counsel and has overseen triple-digit percentage growth in its revenue, lending portfolio, and employees, as well as the expansion of its business into diversified verticals and the integration of a bi-coastal strategic acquisition during such time.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Patricia Laucella

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As president of business & legal affairs, Patricia Laucella structures and oversees deal making and oversees a deal making and business affairs team for all feature film development and production on behalf of the motion picture division of global content leader Lionsgate.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Debra Tilson Lambeck

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Debra Lambeck is responsible for all of Psomas’ legal affairs, including risk management, contracts, acquisitions, and legal compliance.

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Glendale Building Sells for $18 Million

The mixed-use development is the most expensive retail asset to trade in Glendale so far this year.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Culbert Lu

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In June of 2018, Culbert Lu became the first general counsel at OnPrem Solution Partners, a rapidly growing consulting and technology firm with offices throughout North America.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Wendy Mantell

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Bird Rides, Inc. deputy general counsel, Wendy Mantell, is an experienced attorney admitted to practice in both New York and California.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Michael Markunas

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Michael Markunas is deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer of B. Riley FBR, Inc. the investment banking subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Dana Hirsch Lipman

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (YMCA|LA) is a remarkable 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child, teen and family, improving the community’s health and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Karole Morgan-Prager

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As chief legal and administrative officer, Karole Morgan-Prager oversees all of BlackLine’s legal functions on a global basis.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Alasdair McMullan

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Alasdair McMullan is senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Joe Moschella

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As executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Joe Moschella manages Jukin Media’s legal matters, business deals, and corporate operational issues.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Stacey McGuire

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Since arriving at Pelican, Stacey McGuire has shown herself to have a unifying effect on the company’s employees, including the management team.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Boone Park

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Boone Park is the co-founder and general counsel at Fair Financial Corporation, a financial technology company that offers a forward-thinking alternative to traditional car ownership.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Christine Nixon

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AIG Consumer’s general counsel, Christine Nixon is a seasoned senior executive with experience leading diverse, successful, results oriented teams including legal, compliance and risk functions within a complex, highly regulated financial services organization.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Dan Nabel

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Dan Nabel is principal counsel and an in-house attorney at Riot Games, a leading video game developer and esports tournament organizer based in West Los Angeles and best known for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Ara Movsessian

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Ara Movsessian is the associate legal counsel of Cordoba Corporation, a California based full-service engineering, construction management and program management firm specializing in the delivery of infrastructure projects in the transportation, water, energy, and education sectors with offices throughout California.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Shweta Patel

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Shweta Patel is general counsel and sole in-house legal advisor at Pacific HealthWorks, LLC, in addition to serving as the Compliance Committee Chairperson and member of the Advisory Board for certain affiliated entities.

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Paramount’s New Path Is Paying Off

ENTERTAINMENT: Studio rebounds after repositioning

Paramount is leaning on its content library rather than jumping into the streaming fray.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Guthrie Paterson

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Guthrie Paterson serves as Trace3’s chief development and legal officer, and is responsible for corporate development, business development, sales operations, legal and strategic projects.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Curtis Peele

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Curtis Peele is general counsel at CareerArc, an HR technology company based in Burbank that helps thousands of organizations, including many of the Fortune 500, recruit and transition the modern workforce through its web-based social recruiting and virtual outplacement solutions.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Anand Pradhan

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Anand Pradhan serves Lenders.com as its general counsel. At Lenders.com, Pradhan has emphasized the importance of maintaining a values-based, ethical corporate culture.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: A. Joel Richlin

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After a successful run at private practice specializing in healthcare, Joel Richlin was a natural fit to join Prime Healthcare, the nation’s fifth-largest health system, as its senior litigation counsel in April of 2017.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Kathryn Richman

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Kathryn Richman, general counsel for Hughes Marino, is responsible for the legal affairs of the company and also supports its representation of tenants and buyers as leader of the Hughes Marino legal team.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Oren Rosenthal

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Oren Rosenthal is an associate counsel at L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, with over $8 billion in revenues and more than two million members.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Janna Sidley

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Janna Sidley serves as the general counsel and oversees all litigation involving the Port of Los Angeles.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Mehdi Sinaki

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Capna Technologies and its affiliate, Bloom, are at the forefront of the burgeoning cannabis industry.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Jennifer Stearns

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Jennifer Stearns serves as the general counsel for Goldco Direct, a company that helps its customers identify the best approach for adding precious metals to a new or existing IRA account and provide the information and resources needed to decide what types of precious metals make sense for the customer.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Wylie Strout

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Wylie Strout is the general counsel at Laserfiche, a global provider of intelligent content management and business process automation.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Natalie Swanson

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Natalie Swanson has spent the better part of a decade working as in-house counsel at Riot Games, a leading video game developer and esports tournament organizer based in West Los Angeles and best known for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Aline Taireh

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Aline Taireh, the executive vice president and general counsel of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) in the United States, advises the company in all aspects of the U.S. business, including shopping center and airport operations, real property acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, secured and unsecured financing transactions, litigation, employment and all other legal process and matters.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Armond Arthur Tatevossian

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Armond Tatevossian has more than 20 years of industry experience and has been at AECOM since 2015.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Claudia Teran

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Claudia Teran took the helm as Fox’s head lawyer this past June, after serving as general counsel for Fox Sports for the past five years.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Thomas Wehinger

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Thomas Wehinger serves as the general counsel for Regent LP, a boutique private equity firm in Beverly Hills, and is responsible for all legal matters at both the corporate level and within its 15 portfolio companies.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Adam Wergeles

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Adam Wergeles is the executive vice president, general counsel for Leaf Group, a public diversified internet company that builds brands and platforms to enable communities of creators to reach their target audiences in large and growing lifestyle categories.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Cesely Westmoreland

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Cesely Westmoreland currently serves as registered in-house counsel for KIPP LA Public Schools.

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2019 In-House Counsel Nominees: Brian Woram

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Brian Woram serves as executive vice president and general counsel of KB Home, one of the nation’s premier homebuilders.

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Wheels Labs Raises $50 Million

Wheels Labs Inc., a West Hollywood-based electric bike company, raised a $50 million round led by DBL Partners.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Anita Wu

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Anita Wu joined Green Hasson Janks in 2000 and has more than 20 years of auditing experience within the entertainment industry.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Jeannette Wistner

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Jeannette Wistner is a tax partner and leader of KPMG LLP’s Pacific Southwest Global Mobility Services practice.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Donella Wilson

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Donella Wilson is a partner leading Green Hasson Janks’ Nonprofit Practice.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Helena Song

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Helena Song has been with Gumbiner Savett Inc. for 12 years. Having recently been promoted to principal within the firm, she has extensive experience in financial statements audits, due diligence and special reports.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Connie Scotti

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Connie Scotti has practiced public accounting since 2008. She serves as an integrated international business advisor to multinational companies and individuals, providing advice on tax implications and planning opportunities for their international business ventures.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Cynthia Schoelen

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Cynthia Schoelen is a partner at O&S CPAs & Business Advisors. She brings 27 years of experience and leads client engagements in accounting, compilations, reviews and audits.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is an audit partner in KPMG LLP’s financial services practice and she is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reviewing partner.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Rachel Rojany

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Rachel Rojany is a director at Grobstein Teeple. She has been in practice since 2004 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Parnia Pandkhou

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Parnia Pandkhou is steering the accounting profession into unchartered territories as laws change, the marketplace shifts and business needs transform from industry to industry.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Renee Ordeneaux

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Renee Ordeneaux is an audit partner at Armanino LLP who focuses on nonprofits, assurance and audit, and business consulting.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Kelly O'Neil

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Kelly O’Neil is a lead managing director at CBIZ MHM a national accounting and financial services provider, and a shareholder at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM), a national CPA firm that provides audit and attest services.

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Monday, October 14

Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Patricia O'Connell

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As COO of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP, Patricia O’Connell leads many of the firm’s strategic and operational initiatives, including many that are transformational to the organization.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Victoria Moss

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Victoria Moss is a tax managing director in the BDO LA office’s Financial Services practice.

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Pasadena’s Cotton Medical Center Sells to Healthcare Realty Trust

Cotton Medical Center, a 2.8-acre property adjacent to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, has been acquired by Healthcare Realty Trust.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Jenn McCabe

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Jenn McCabe has more than 26 years of outsourced accounting and finance experience, with a particular expertise in startups and the advertising and creative production industries, and is a partner at Armanino LLP.

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Leaders in Law 2019 Firm Attorney Nominees

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Angela Agrusa, DLA Piper, David Alavarado, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson, CGS3

Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Jill Massey

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Jill Massey is a principal with Gumbiner Savett Inc., where she has practiced for over 26 years.

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Leaders in Law 2019 Nominees: AB 5 and Independent Contracting in California

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As expected, AB 5 has been signed by the governor and enacted into law.

Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Joanna Li

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Joanna Li is a tax partner at RSM in Los Angeles where she focuses on growing the corporate tax office practice.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Paige Kuroyama

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Paige Kuroyama is an audit partner at RSM US LLP in Los Angeles and has more than 18 years in public accounting experience, along with experience in the financial reporting group of a public reporting company.

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Leaders in Law 2019 Nominees: Why Going to a Lawyer for Privacy Compliance Advice is a Good Idea

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Lawyers, including litigators who have experience defending and defeating high-stakes, consumer class action claims both in and out of the courtroom, may have insight to compliance practices as they relate to state and federal privacy regulations that consultants or compliance companies may not possess.

Leaders in Law 2019 Nominees: The ABC Test Is Here to Stay: Governor Signs AB 5

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On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 5, which codifies last year’s Supreme Court of California decision establishing a new test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.

Leaders in Law 2019 Nominees: Ghost Kitchens: A Scary-Good Real Estate Opportunity in California

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I have to admit that I was caught by surprise when my children’s school circulated a message last year informing parents that the school was being inundated with lunchtime deliveries.

Leaders in Law 2019 Nominees: Victims Times Two - When Fraudsters Steal Attorneys’ Identities to Cheat the Public

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Example one: The State Bar of California receives a complaint about an attorney from one of his purported clients.

Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Tracy Katz

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Attorney Tracy Katz is currently a partner in Gursey | Schneider LLP’s Litigation Services Department, specializing in the area of forensic accounting in family law and civil litigation matters.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Georgina Harris

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Georgina Harris is a director in CohnReznick’s Los Angeles audit practice and a leader of the firm’s Hospitality and Not-for-Profit and Education Industry Practices.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: CORAL HANSEN

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Coral M. Hansen is a CPA with over 28 years of combined public accounting and private industry experience, specializing in providing accounting expertise in engagements involving forensic accounting, litigation support, expert witness testimony, and fraud investigations.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Kelley Gastineau

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Kelley Gastineau has consulted clients in the areas of forensic accounting, fraud investigations, litigation consulting and corporate bankruptcy & restructuring for the past 20 years.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Celina Doka

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Celina J. Doka is an audit partner in KPMG LLP’s Pacific Southwest Asset Management practice and leader of the firm’s regional Real Estate practice.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Brandy Davis

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Brandy Davis has over 16 years of business management and taxation experience, specializing in industry executives, artists and high net worth individuals.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Valerie Colin

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Valerie Colin is a senior tax shareholder with Gumbiner Savett Inc. in Santa Monica. Colin has over 30 years’ experience in tax, accounting and business consulting.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Polina Chapiro

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Polina Chapiro is head of Green Hasson Janks’ International Tax Practice and has 35 years of tax experience in the areas of corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, taxation of multinational companies (foreign tax credit, structuring, repatriation planning), partnership and S-corporations taxation, income tax provisions, tax audits at the federal and state level and negotiations with the IRS, state and foreign tax authorities.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Cheryl Calhoun

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A managing director in the CBIZ MHM Los Angeles office, Cheryl Calhoun brings over 30 years of experience and expertise to all facets of the entertainment industry, with a particular emphasis in film and television.

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Most Influential Women in Accounting 2019: Velida Alemic

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Velida Alemic is a transaction advisory services director at RSM US LLP’s Los Angeles office where she has over seven years of accounting and finance experience.

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New Federal Bill Tackles Cosmetics Product Safety

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Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced a landmark bill last month—the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019—the only federal cosmetic safety legislation that would immediately ban more than a dozen of the worst toxic chemicals from cosmetics, fund research into safer alternatives, address the over-exposure of communities of color to toxic chemicals, require full fragrance ingredient disclosure, and ban most animal testing.

NIH Grant Aims to Reduce Effects of Chemotherapy

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A University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing researcher has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to study whether a home-based exercise regimen to help improve gait and balance and strengthen muscles can lessen adverse neuromuscular effects many breast cancer survivors face after chemotherapy.

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A Closer Look at Breast Cancer Numbers in the U.S.

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While great strides have been made to combat breast cancer, it remains an ongoing battle, and prevention and early screening is key. Here are some of the facts and numbers behind the fight to stop this insidious disease.

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Report Reveals Trends in Breast Cancer Statistics

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A decades-long decline in the breast cancer death rate continues, but has begun to slow in recent years, while breast cancer incidence rates continue to inch up.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Thanks to earlier detection –through screening and increased awareness— and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.

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Friday, October 11

Forever 21 to Move Ecommerce Facility to Inland Empire, Layoffs Planned

Bankrupt teen-fashion retailer Forever 21 plans to lay off nearly 1,200 workers and move its ecommerce operations to Perris.

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Triumph Aerospace to Close L.A. Facilities, Lay Off 250

Triumph Aerospace will close two factories in Hawthorne and Torrance and lay off 250 employees beginning in December.

ServerFarm Acquires UK Data Center Operator

El Segundo-based data center management company ServerFarm purchased 5NINES Global Holdings Oct. 10.

Skin Deep

JANE WURWAND I Dermalogica Inc.

Dermalogica’s Jane Wurwand doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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Beverly Hills Site Gets $190M Loan

Wilshire multifamily project will have 54 residences

Joint venture secures $190 million loan for 9200 Wilshire project.

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Design Studio Linespace Makes Its Mark on LA

Firm provides signage and branding for megaprojects

Linespace uses its signage to make its mark on L.A.

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Promotions for Cushman Executives

Brokerage elevates Cassidy and Bernstein into new roles

Cushman & Wakefield announces leadership changes in its L.A. office.

LA Port Rolls Out EV Cargo Stackers

Emission-free handlers lead green initiative

The Port of L.A. unveils its all-electric top handlers for cargo stacking.

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Work Starts on Police HQ

New airport facility will consolidate operations

Officials at LAX break ground on new airport police headquarters.

LAX and Metro Boost Employment

Infrastructure jobs drive year-over-year gains

Beacon Economics’ outlook shows construction sector is driving L.A.’s employment growth.

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Chipping Away at China

Trade with Cambodia, Vietnam surges at ports in wake of tariffs

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach sees trade volumes with Vietnam and Cambodia jump and trade tensions with China continue.

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Two Office Buildings Top $40M Each

REAL ESTATE: San Pedro, LAX properties handled by Newmark Knight Frank

Newmark Knight Frank brokers deals for office buildings in El Segundo and San Pedro.

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A Passion Play

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

CENTER PIECE

Staples Center opened 20 years ago this week, kicking off downtown’s revival

A look at Staples Center’s impact on downtown 20 years after its opening.

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Jakks Pacific Stirs Deal Talk

MANUFACTURING: Toy company remains a top target

Just Play may make a play to buy struggling toymaker Jakks Pacific.

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LAX Traffic Flattens Out

AIRPORTS: Annual growth could be slowest since 2009

2019 could be the slowest passenger growth year at LAX since the Great Recession.

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Exploding Kittens Laps Up $30 Million Investment

The creators of the Exploding Kittens card game lapped up a $30 million investment in their company from ex-News Corp executive Peter Chernin.

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Thursday, October 10

VMG Reaches for Popchips

Private equity firm adds brand to healthy snack portfolio

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Upfront Ventures Leads $6 Million Series A for Nexkey

Smart lock technology company Nexkey raised a $6 million Series A led by Santa Monica-based Upfront Ventures.

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Wednesday, October 9

Westlake Building Sells for $273 Million

Multifamily building Sofia Los Angeles sells for for $272.5 million

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Thin Line Capital Raises First Fund, Backed by Wavemaker

Pasadena-based Thin Line Capital raised a $5 million seed-stage fund to support clean technology and eco-friendly startups.

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Canoo Sued for Gender Discrimination

Electric vehicle startup Canoo and Chief Executive Stefan Krause were sued for wrongful termination by former communications lead Christina Krause.

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Office Tower Near LAX Sells for $45 Million

A partnership led by North Sea Capital purchased a roughly 306,000-square-foot office building near LAX for $45 million.

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Pure Azul's Azulana Partners with Rose Bowl

Azulana from Pure Azul Beverage Co. has been named the official sparkling tequila of the Rose Bowl.

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Tuesday, October 8

Van Nuys Apartment Building Sells for $18.8 Million

Woodman Park Apartments, a 75-unit multifamily property located at 6205 Woodman Ave. in Van Nuys, has sold for the first time in more than 30 years for nearly $18.8 million.

MedMen Terminates PharmaCann Purchase, CFO

Cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc. terminated an agreement to acquire pot cultivator PharmaCann.

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San Pedro Office Building Sells for $44 Million

Harbor Associates has purchased the 11-story Topaz building in San Pedro for $43.5 million.

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The 2019 Historic Hotels of America’s “Top 25 Most Magnificent Gardens” Includes California Favorites

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Historic Hotels of America have some of the most magnificent and beautiful storybook gardens.

A Destination Resort that is Truly One of a Kind

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Hacienda Del Sol’s unique story began 90 years ago in 1929. Husband and wife architect and designer John and Helen Murphey purchased an area of land nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range in Tucson, Arizona.

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Capture a Taste of Two Legendary Resorts in Your Own Home

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The coming together of two privately held iconic resorts under one owner is nearly unheard of in today’s hospitality industry. Yet when it was announced that The Broadmoor in mountainous Colorado Springs and Sea Island in coastal Georgia would be united under the shared ownership of the Anschutz family, it made perfect sense.

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Monday, October 7

M13 Leads $3 Million Seed Round for Doorstead

Santa Monica-based M13 led a $3.3 million seed round for property rental startup Doorstead.

Friday, October 4

LAX to Ban Curbside Ride-Hailing Pickups

Los Angeles International Airport is set to ban curbside ride-hailing pickups starting Oct. 29.

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Special Report: Who's Who in Real Estate

Meet the builders and brokers who drive arguably the nation's hottest real estate market. Get insights from a select group of experts on multifamily, single-family, retail, office and industrial property trends in the 2019 Who's Who in Real Estate special report.

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For Some, It’s Not a Matter of Degrees

EDUCATION: Students, execs rethink need for college

Some in L.A.’s business community are rethinking the value of college degrees — both for themselves and their employees.

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Clippers Prep for a Different Court

Hearing set for MSG suit over Inglewood arena

SPORTS January hearing date is set for Madison Square Garden Co.’s lawsuit over the Clippers’ new arena.

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Tokr Tees Up Deliveries

Cannabis startup partners with The Pottery for service

Startup Tokr teams up with dispensary The Pottery to offer sales and delivery services.

Relativity Secures $140M Series C

Rocket-maker will use funds for upcoming launch efforts

Relativity Space raises $140 million, will use it to advance 3D-printing technology.

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Quibi Faces Full House

Stiff competition awaits mobile-first streaming net

STREAMING Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi faces tough competition from monoliths like Netflix, Disney.

Filling the Gap

Promising Metro pilot program seeks ‘last-mile’ solution for commuters

A look at Metro’s partnership with Via Transportation to provide last-mile connections for commuters.

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Industrial: Logistics Spaces Drive Hot Market

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Industrial: Logistics is driving a hot market.

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It’s HowYou Play the Game

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

Creative Thinkers

Hudson Pacific puts priority on LA’s tech and media companies

Hudson Pacific Properties dominates real estate in the tech and media sectors.

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Office: No Sign of Cooling in Sizzling Submarkets

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Office: L.A.’s sizzling submarkets show no signs of cooling.

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Retail: Shoppers Seek Out Unique Experiences

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Retail: Consumers want an experience as they shop.

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Port Truckers Brake for AB5

LOGISTICS: Companies, drivers see big changes ahead

L.A.’s trucking industry braces for the impact of AB5.

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Single-Family: Value, Lifestyle Top Buyer Lists

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Single-Family: Value and lifestyle top buyers’ wish lists.

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Malls Brace for Forever 21 Closures

REAL ESTATE: Retailer has more than 20 LA locations

L.A.’s real estate community is already bracing for the ripple effect of Forever 21 Inc.’s bankruptcy filing.

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Forever 21 Plots a Comeback

RETAIL: After Chapter 11, chain plans ecommerce rebirth

Forever 21 files for bankruptcy, plans to shutter up to 178 U.S. stores.

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MEMORY BANKER

BETH KEAN • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Beth Kean’s grandparents inspired her to take her post at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

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Multifamily: Demand Soars for Amenities, Tech

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Multifamily: Demand is soaring for amenities in a pricey market.

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Thursday, October 3

Rick Fox Sues Echo Fox Business Partners

Rick Fox, owner of Beverly Hills-based esports organization Echo Fox, sued several of his business partners for fraud and mismanagement of company funds.

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LA Port Unveils World's First All-Electric Top Handlers

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Port of Los Angeles unveiled one of 16 zero-emission technology projects for the port, including the world’s first all-electric top handlers.

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Bird Raises $275 Million Series D

Electric scooter operator Bird secured $275 million in Series D funding led by CDPQ and Sequoia Capital.

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Wednesday, October 2

Mercury to Pay $41 Million to Settle Legal Fight with California

Mercury Insurance Co. agreed to pay $41.2 million to the state to settle a 20-year legal dispute over fees charged to auto policy customers.

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SpaceX Receives Funding from NASA to Aid Moon, Mars Missions

SpaceX is one of 14 companies awarded grants from NASA to boost the agency's mission to return to the Moon and eventually land on Mars.

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Samy’s Camera Building Sells in Culver City

The iconic Samy’s Camera building in Culver City has sold for $8.2 million.

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Placido Domingo Resigns from LA Opera Amid Harassment Allegations

Placido Domingo stepped down from his leadership role with the Los Angeles Opera on Oct. 2 and withdrew from scheduled performances amid allegations of sexual harassment.

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Entertainment Studios Buys 11 TV Stations for $290 Million

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios announced the acquisition of 11 broadcast TV stations for $290 million from Atlanta-based USA Television Holdings and USA Television MidAmerica Holdings on Oct. 1.

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Tuesday, October 1

Finance App Dave Inc. Raises $50 Million

Financial management app developer Dave Inc. raised $50 million from Palo Alto-based growth equity investors Norwest Venture Partners.

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