Stories for January 2020

Friday, January 31

CUSTOM CONTENT: Visionary Woman: A Q&A with Lili Bosse

Lili Bosse, two-time mayor of Beverly Hills and founder of the Visionary Women organization shares insights about her career and plans for 2020 in this Q&A.

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Sea Changer

Sandy Trautwein I Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific's Sandy Trautwein mixes a crisp look and a hands-on style.

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BMO Opens First Office in Los Angeles

Bank of Montreal unit will focus on commercial banking

BMO Harris Bank, the U.S. banking arm of one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, has opened its first office in Los Angeles.

Gores Group Closes Its Biggest SPAC Yet

Gores Holdings IV tops target with a $425 million IPO

Gores Group has raised its largest initial public offering yet for a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, yet.

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East West Posts Record 2019 Revenue

Gain comes despite decline in company’s annual net income

Pasadena-based East West Bancorp Inc. posted a company record $1.7 billion in revenue for 2019, beating analyst expectations.

BYD Buses Rolling into Toronto

Canada’s top transit operator starts deal with EV maker

BYD Motors Inc., the downtown-based electric bus manufacturer, delivered two vehicles to the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada’s largest transit operator, as the first part of a 10-bus order.

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Draper Goren Holm Backing LunarCrush

Venture firm leads seed round for crypto data startup

Venture capital and private equity investment firm Draper Goren Holm has made its first investment since a major management move in December, leading a seed round for Costa Mesa-based LunarCrush Inc.

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Activision Brings on Sponsors

‘Call of Duty’ league lands PlayStation, Mountain Dew

Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. signed several high-profile sponsors for its new “Call of Duty” League, two weeks after launching the professional esports competition.

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Laemmle Theatres Plans Expansion

After turning down sale, chain will open in Newhall, Azusa

Despite reports of a possible sale last year, Laemmle Theatres now says it has turned down recent buyout offers and is opening a new multiplex this summer.

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Industry Site Sells for $61M

Industrial property features cold storage

A BentallGreenOak client has purchased an industrial property in the City of Industry for $61 million.

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Bird Buys Berlin Company

Company also adds $75M to Series D

Electric scooter operator Bird Rides Inc. acquired Circ, an electric scooter company headquartered in Berlin, in a bid to expand the Santa Monica-based company’s European operations.

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Pritzkers Give UCLA $30 Million

Simms/Mann Foundation also donates $18M

UCLA has received a $30 million commitment from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support the renovation of the outdated Psychology Tower building on UCLA’s Westwood campus.

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Waterfront Project Gets Underway

Port of Los Angeles initiative launches after years of delays

After years of delays, officials for the Port of Los Angeles last week kicked off a $33 million project that aims to connect San Pedro’s Downtown Harbor to the future San Pedro Public Market development.

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NantHealth Stock Surges Again on News

Investors respond to promising AI test, software partnership

After months of relatively little news from billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Culver City-based network of health care businesses, the past few weeks have brought multiple developments that sent shares soaring.

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2020 Coworking Special Report

L.A.’s coworking scene is entering a new phase, with flex-space operators and social clubs courting members who expect more amenities and benefits.

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As Coworking Evolves, Questions Arise

Market is watching WeWork, contracts and consolidation

Consolidation, management contracts and specialized offerings are just a few of the developments coming to L.A.’s increasingly crowded coworking scene in 2020.

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Crossing Over

Coworking companies respond to the growing demand for social elements

Flex-space operators are beginning to straddle the line between coworking facility and social club.

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Social Climbing

A new generation of clubs that blend work and play is rising in LA

Read about the latest entries in the city’s growing social club scene.

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LABJ Insider

Missing the Mamba

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Cross Campus Names CEO

Carvalho will replace co-founder

Santa Monica-based flex space operator Cross Campus Inc. has promoted Shelby Carvalho to be the company’s new chief executive.

Airports Post Mixed Results

LAX slipped, Ontario surged in ’19

The passenger traffic picture was mixed for 2019 at three of the Los Angeles region’s airports.

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Santa Monica Rethinks the Promenade

City is considering plans to redevelop iconic area

The Santa Monica City Council will vote in March on Promenade 3.0, a master plan and financing strategy for the redevelopment of the area it had its staff develop last November.

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MedMen CEO Bierman Steps Down

Adam Bierman will step down in February from the cannabis company he helped establish in 2010.

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Randy Freer to Depart as Hulu CEO

Hulu Chief Executive Randy Freer will step down from his post amid a restructuring of the organization, which was acquired by the Walt Disney Co.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: TISHA WANG

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Dr. Tisha Wang has been recognized as a prominent medical educator within the largest pulmonary/critical care professional society, the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: PARYUS PATEL

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Currently serving as chief medical officer for Prime Healthcare, Dr. Paryus Patel has leveraged his 29 years of professional medical experience and 18 years of management experien

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: RICARDO JUAREZ

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Dr. Ricardo Juarez is a pulmonary critical care and pulmonology expert with Keck Medicine of USC. He has been practicing now for more than 27 years and has established himself as a known leader at the Keck Hospital of USC in policy concerning the practices of critical care and pharmac

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LA Businesses Brace for Virus

Tourism, trade could be hurt by outbreak

As a central gateway between China and the United States, experts say L.A. stands to feel an outsized economic impact from the Wuhan coronavirus, the worst disease outbreak in Asia in nearly two decades.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MOHAMMAD A. ANSARI

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Dr. Mohammad Ansari is a pulmonologist in Los Angeles and is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He received his medical degree from University of California Irvine School of Medicine and h

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: STEVEN SIEGEL

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Dr. Steven Siegel is a practicing physician-scientist specializing in the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis. He came to USC after 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had active roles in research, teaching and clinical care. Dr. Siegel has made c

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CARLOS M. FIGUEROA

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Dr. Carlos Figueroa, Medical Director, Psychiatric Services for Keck Medicine of USC, is a psychiatrist that specializes in leading edge treatments for neuromodulation, and developed the Neuromodulation Program at Keck Medical Center of USC

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Thursday, January 30

Caltech Wins $1.1 Billion Patent Verdict Against Apple, Broadcom

Caltech won a $1.1 billion verdict against Apple and Broadcom for allegedly infringing on the Pasadena university's wireless technology patents.

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BYD to Build Rancho Dominguez Plant

EV maker BYD Motors will construct a 50,000-square-foot facility in Rancho Dominguez to house its electric forklifts.

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Whip Media Raises $50 Million

Multimedia analysis firm and TV Time parent company Whip Networks Inc. raised a $50 million Series D.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: UTTAM SINHA

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Dr. Uttam K. Sinha graduated with distinction from Calcutta University, India in 1985. He began his research c

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ELLIE MAGHAMI

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Dr. Ellie Maghami is a leading expert in all areas of head and neck surgical oncology and a much sought-after authority in the field. She is one of a small group of leading physicians from across the United States who develop guidelines for the treatment of h

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: LANNY RUDNER

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Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lanny Rudner and his team at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists, offer comprehensive care for any ailment related to the foot and ankle. They proudly provide cutting-edge orthopedic care to the greater Los Angele

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ANKUR D. PATEL

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Ankur Patel is an orthopedic surgery specialist for Emanate Health Medical Group who specializes in treating joint pain/swelling, joint replacement, carpal tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis,

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: GUY PAEIMENT

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Dr. Guy Paeiment is known as an outstanding physician, educator and researcher. He has contributed n

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JONATHAN NISSANOFF

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A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Jonathan Nissanoff, who founded the Advanced Orthopedic Center, specializes in treating the arm, elbow, foot an

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ALEXANDER MIRIC

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Dr. Alexander Miric is an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, and is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: PHILLIP O. MERRITT

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Dr. Philip Merritt is the medical director of the Orthopedic Institute at Adventist Health Glendale.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: LAWRENCE MENENDEZ

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Dr. Lawrence Menendez is recognized as an authority on acetabular reconstruction after tumor resection.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JAY R. LIEBERMAN

Dr. Jay Lieberman is a professor and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Keck Medicine of USC. President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: GEORGE FREDERICK “RICK” HATCH

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Dr. Rick Hatch is the director of the USC Sports Medicine Fellowship and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC. A sports medicine specialist, Dr. Hatch’s research focuses on testosterone supplementation for optimization following orthopaedic surgeries;

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: WILLIAM GOW

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Dr. William Gow is an orthopedic surgeon based in Hollywood and has been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center since 1988.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SETH GAMRADT

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Dr. Seth Gamradt prides himself on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of sports injuries in elite and recreational athletes.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ANNETTE BILLINGS

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Dr. Annette Billings is an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the are

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: DAVID YU

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Dr. David Yu is an ophthalmologist in Pasadena and is affiliated with Huntington Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and has been in practice since 1992.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ROHIT VARMA

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An accomplished world-renowned physician-scientist, Dr. Rohit Varma is recognized as a visionary leader in glaucoma and the epidemiology of eye diseases.

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Hightimes Reveals Retail Plans

Company also shuffles management

Venice-based Hightimes Holding Corp., owner of High Times magazine, is venturing into retail.

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CREXi Raises $30 Million Series B

Funding will boost development of tech platform

Commercial Real Estate Exchange Inc., or CREXi, has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round.

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Wednesday, January 29

Edmunds.com to Lay Off 130

Auto information and car appraisal service Edmunds.com Inc. will lay off 130 employees, effective in March.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: KAREN MORGAN

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Dr. Karen Morgan is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who evaluates and manages patients with cataracts, refractive errors, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other types of retinal disease.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: THOMAS C. LEE

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Thomas C. Lee, MD, is an attending physician and director of The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: EIJEAN WU

Dr. Eijean Wu earned her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and completed OB/GYN residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ALAN S. WAYNE

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Dr. Alan S. Wayne, is the director of the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), the head of the division of hematology-oncology, and the Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation Chair in cancer research.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MARILOU TERPENNING

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Dr. Marilou Terpenning is a hematology and oncology specialist based in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: DENNIS SLAMON

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Dr. Dennis J. Slamon serves as director of clinical/translational research, and as director of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program at JCCC.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: RAVI SALGIA

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Dr. Ravi Salgia is a true clinician-scientist whose significant achievements over his 25-year career have made a tremendous impact in advancing cancer research and patient care.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SUMANTA KUMAR PAL

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Dr. Sumanta (Monty) Kumar Pal, M.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the area of genitourinary cancers, including kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer.

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Tuesday, January 28

ProGuides Raises $5 Million Seed Round

GLG Gaming Inc. raised a $5 million seed round for ProGuides, its instructional video platform for gamers.

Top Doctors in Los Angeles: HEINZ-JOSEF LENZ

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Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz is a professor in the departments of medicine and preventive medicine in Keck School of Medicine’s oncology division.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: INDERBIR S. GILL

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Dr. Inderbir Gill serves as executive director, USC Urology; chair and distinguished professor of urology and Shirley and Donald Skinner Chair in Urologic Cancer Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Gill’s primary focus is advanced robotic urologic oncologic surgery (including prostate, bladder and kidney cancer surgery).

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JONATHAN B. BLITZER

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Dr. Jonathan Blitzer is an oncologist in Long Beach who, for the past 12 years, has concentrated on three aspects of practice of Oncology and Hematology.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JINGTIAN WANG

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Dr. Jingtian Wang is an epileptologist and clinical neurologist in Hollywood and is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SUN LEE

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Dr. Sun Lee graduated from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, where he completed his first neurosurgical residency and a cerebrovascular fellowship.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: LANCE LEE

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Dr. Lance Lee is a neurologist based in Glendale, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Adventist Health Glendale and Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JOUNG LEE

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Dr. Joung H. Lee is the chief administrative officer and co-director of Neuroscience Institute at CHA HPMC.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ERIC FRECHETTE

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Dr. Eric S. Frechette is a Board Certified Neurologist and is Neurology Fellowship trained in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Stanford University. He sees patients with all neurologic conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and is particularly skilled at treating seizures.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SAID BEYDOUN

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Dr. Said Beydoun is a professor of clinical neurology and the division chief of Neuromuscular Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC. To date, Dr. Beydoun has trained over the years more than 50 fellows as a program director.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: RONALD ANDIMAN

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Dr. Ronald Andiman is a neurologist in Los Angeles. He attended and graduated from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva University in 1967.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ARUS ZOGRABYAN

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Dr. Arus Zograbyan is a leading OB/GYN physician providing care for patients in Los Angeles.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JOHN G. WILCOX

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Dr. John Wilcox graduated medical school from USC. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: LAURENCE SPENCER-SMITH

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Dr. Laurence Spencer-Smith is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Adventist Health White Memorial, where he has practiced for 37 years.

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Monday, January 27

Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CHARLES M. MARCH

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Since completing his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at USC, Dr. Charles March’s practice has been divided between teaching at USC, private practice and research.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: BENTE KAISER

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A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), Dr. Bente Kaiser is affiliated with CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: RICHARD L. FRIEDMAN

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Dr. Richard L. Friedman is board certified in gynecologic oncology. He received his medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry from the Stanford University School of Medicine

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Trusted Advisors: Solving the Succession Puzzle: 5 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Transition

Leaving a business in capable hands can take years of forethought, planning, grooming and communication. Unfortunately, far too few business owners strategically prepare for their intended departure from the business.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: FAISAL KHAN

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Dr. Faisal Khan graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 1980 and now works as a physician/surgeon with emphasis on general and pediatric surgery at Adventist Health White Memorial. Dr. Khan performs surgical procedures to treat conditions affecting the abdomen and related structures, such as hernias or tumors.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SIMON KEUSHKERIAN

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Dr. Simon Keushkerian received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut - Lebanon in 1981. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Kansas.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SAMUEL KASHANI

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Dr. Samuel Kashani is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery with expertise in pressure ulcer management and the use of alternative tissues to cover wounds.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MAGDI ALEXANDER

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Dr. Magdi Alexander has over 19 years of surgical experience and many certifications in advanced surgical procedures.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: STEPHEN LIU

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Dr. Stephen Liu is Medical Director and Attending Staff Physician, Emergency Services, at Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) in Los Angeles where he was named Physician of the Year in 2016.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: BRANDON LEW

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Dr. Brandon Lew is the medical director of the emergency department at Huntington Hospital, the largest emergency department and the only level-II trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: AUGUSTO CIGLIANO

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An emergency medicine specialist at Emanate Health, Dr. Augusto Cigliano has provided numerous lectures on arrhythmias, burns, and extremity trauma, and has performed extensive research in Wellens’ Syndrome.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CARL R. CHUDNOFSKY

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Dr. Carl Chudnofsky is an emergency medicine physician who practices at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, and currently serves as professor and chair of emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: DAVID PENG

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Dr. David Peng is a recognized thought leader in skin cancer, severe cutaneous drug reactions and is an expert in complex and life-threatening skin diseases.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JENNY KIM

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Dr. Jenny Kim, M.D., Ph.D., earned her bachelor of arts in genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CHRISTOPHER A. TAN

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Dr. Christopher Tan is the medical director of Pediatric Cardiology at the Pacific Cardiovascular Associates Medical Group (PCA). He obtained his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his MD degree at the UC Irvine.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: GUY MAYEDA

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Dr. Guy Mayeda is a cardiologist in Los Angeles, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: RAY MATTHEWS

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Cardiologist Dr. Ray Matthews serves as the medical director for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Keck Medical Center of USC. He also serves as a Professor of Clinical Medicine at USC.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JAMES KULCZYCK

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Dr. James Kulczycki is a cardiologist based in Glendale and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Adventist Health Glendale and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CYNTHIA HERRINGTON

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Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Herrington is program director of the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship and Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: GREGG FONAROW

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Dr. Gregg Fonarow serves as the director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, co-chief of UCLA’s Division of Cardiology, and co-director of UCLA’s Preventative Cardiology Program.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MICHELE DEL VICARIO

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Dr. Michele Del Vicario is a cardiologist based in Torrance, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Torran

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Friday, January 24

L.A. County Gained 68,000 Jobs Last Year Despite December Dip

Employers in Los Angeles County added nearly 68,000 jobs to their payrolls last year, according to state figures released Jan. 24.

RadNet Offering Cancer Treatment

Sets deal with Canadian medical device company

Sawtelle-based diagnostic imaging services company RadNet Inc. said it will explore entering the cancer treatment business.

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The 2020 Money Issue Money Managers Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles money managers and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue Private Equity Firms Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles private equity firms, their executives and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue SBA Lenders Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles SBA lenders and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue Venture Capital Firms Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles venture capital firms, their executives and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue Investment Banks Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles investment banks and banking executives and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue Credit Unions Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles credit unions and their executives' contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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The 2020 Money Issue Banks Directory

See a comprehensive directory of Los Angeles banks and banking executives and their contact information in the 2020 Money Issue.

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Health Meets Wealth

Health Care: Arrowhead and Prospect Medical could give sector a shot in the arm

The Los Angeles health care market has seen a trend toward fewer but bigger deals in the last few years, and 2020 could bring more of the same.

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Aerospace Takes Off

Manufacturing: Mergers are changing the landscape for local businesses

The manufacturing sector kicked off 2020 with several aerospace mergers that are poised to roll up local operations into much larger entities.

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Growth Spurt

Entertainment: Streaming, music deals inject new life and big dollars into Hollywood

More than a century old, Hollywood has suddenly become a growth industry.

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Gaining Momentum

Tech: The flurry of M&A activity figures to continue

L.A. tech companies experienced a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in late 2019, and that momentum is expected to continue in the coming months.

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The Heat Is (Still) On

Real Estate: High demand and low interest rates add up to a sizzling market

A strong economy, low interest rates and high demand from buyers in 2019 have experts predicting that pace will continue throughout 2020.

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VCs Cause a Scene

Venture Capital: LA nears ‘inflection point’ as size and volume of deals surge

If PayPal Inc.’s purchase of ecommerce software developer Honey Science Corp. is any indication, Los Angeles’ startup scene is reaching a new plateau.

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Dialing Up the Deals

Private Equity: Big money is pouring into LA-based mega-funds

L.A. has seen two private equity raises of $10 billion or more in the last two months, reaffirming the city’s position as a global business center

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2020 Money Issue: Publisher's Letter

Los Angeles Business Journal Publisher and CEO Anna Magzanyan opens the 2020 Money Issue.

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Whittier Industrial Site Is Sold

Ecommerce company holds lease on renovated property

An industrial building in Whittier has sold for as much as $28 million, according to a source familiar with the transaction.

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MWest Strikes While the Market Is Hot

Development company is active as both a buyer and a seller

MWest Holdings closed 2019 with a bang, and the developer is still making noise as 2020 kicks off with deals worth over $100 million.

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DivcoWest Sells Santa Monica Stake

Firm paid $53 million in 2017 for iconic Telephone Building

San Francisco-based DivcoWest Real Estate Services sold its interest in the historic Telephone Building in Santa Monica to an affiliate of Rockwood Capital.

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EU OK’s Synedgen

Company wins patent for inflammation drug

Claremont-based biotech company Synedgen Inc. has been granted a European Union patent for its drug to treat GI inflammation related to cancer treatment.

FabFitFun Hires CMO

Former Netflix exec will be first marketing head

FabFitFun Inc. has hired its first chief marketing officer, former Netflix Inc. executive Louisa Wee.

Skechers Looks Abroad After Loan

$500 million will go toward international distribution centers

Skechers USA Inc. recently upped its short-term borrowing capabilities with a $500 million unsecured loan.

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Ports Finished 2019 on Down Note

Tariffs take a toll as traffic falls from 2018 level

The trade war took a toll last year on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which saw cargo volume dip below the record levels reached in 2018.

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JetBlue Slashes LB Flights

Cuts are latest by the carrier at the airport

JetBlue Airways Corp. is eliminating flights from Long Beach Airport to Oakland and reducing flights out of Long Beach to other hubs.

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Ares Makes Major Acquisition in Asia

Private equity firm picks up Hong Kong-based SSG Capital Management

Ares Management Corp. will buy a controlling stake in Asian asset manager SSG Capital Management Ltd.

Paragon Sells $100M of Retail Centers

Company had redeveloped the properties before finding buyers

El Segundo-based Paragon Commercial Group said it has sold more than $100 million worth of retail redevelopment sites in California.

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LABJ Insider

Crystal Ballin'

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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GPI Founders on Hunt for More Projects

Goldstein, Planting armed with $500M

GPI's founders have helped reshape the Los Angeles landscape with a combination of redevelopment and ground-up projects.

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MedMen Exec Revamps Ops

Lissack confident in retailer’s future, technology

Just over a year into his tenure at the cannabis retailer, Lissack has become a linchpin at the company, overseeing multiple areas of the business.

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Is AECOM on the Block?

WSP Global reportedly in talks for a deal

Century City-based engineering giant AECOM reportedly has been in possible buyout talks with Montreal-based engineering services firm WSP Global Inc.

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Fintech Friendly

Banks lean on tech companies to meet customer expectations

Banks the world over are increasingly being held to the same standards as internet giants and nimble fintech startups.

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Thursday, January 23

Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MYUNGHAE CHOI

Dr. Myunghae Choi is a cardiologist affiliated with CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center; PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: JOANNA CHIKWE

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Last year, heart surgeon Joanna Chikwe was named chair of the newly established Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: DOMINIC J. BLURTON

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Dr. Dominic Blurton is Board Certified in Pediatric Cardiology. He is an MD, FAAP and FACC. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: SUNNY BHATIA

Dr. Sunny Bhatia is an interventional cardiologist who is quadruple board certified in Internal Medicine,

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: ANIL BHANDARI

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Dr. Anil Bhandari is a cardiologist in Los Angeles, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, in

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: WILLIAM K. AVERILL

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Dr. William K. Averill, a cardiologist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, chose to focus on heart health because it melds technology and bedside care

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: MEHRDAD ARIANI

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Dr. Mehrdad Ariani is a highly respected and revered cardiology specialist among his peers and patients.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: CHRISTINE ALBERT

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Christine Albert is a physician and scientist named last year as founding chair of the newly established Department of Cardiology in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

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Wednesday, January 22

TikTok Opens Culver City Office

Social media company TikTok has opened an office in Silicon Beach.

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World Energy Gets $11 Million Tax Credit for Paramount Refinery

World Energy has been awarded $11 million in state tax credits toward the expansion of its Paramount jet fuel refinery.

Huntington Medical Research Institutes Awarded $1 Million Grant for Brain Research

Pasadena-based Huntington Medical Research Institutes has received a $1 million, three-year award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for brain research.

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Scopely Acquires FoxNext Games

Scopely Inc. acquired Playa Vista-based game developer FoxNext Games from the Walt Disney Co.

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Ritter Pharmaceuticals to Be Acquired by Qualigen

Century City-based Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes drugs to treat gastrointestinal diseases, is being acquired in a reverse merger with Carlsbad-based cancer therapy firm Qualigen Inc.

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Top Doctors in Los Angeles: Publisher's Letter

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When a health problem or concern strikes, everything stops — and our trust and reliance on our healthcare practitioners becomes more important than anything else.

Tuesday, January 21

OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: Autodesk and AGC to Provide Custom-Fitting Safety Harnesses for Women

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: Not for Everyone: Profile of a Trailblazer

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Working in the construction trades is not a career path many people consider, especially women. In fact, only about 3% of people working in the trades are women.

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Monday, January 20

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: With 2020, Businesses Face New Restrictions for Using California Consumers’ Personal Information

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The new year brings increased protections for businesses and consumers under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: A Look to the Future with the Port of Long Beach

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As the epicenter of global trade, the Port of Long Beach serves a dynamic industry subject to changes both subtle and volatile that affect commerce and international relations.

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Construction Lending in 2020 - Clear Skies Ahead

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As a private lender of construction loans for all property sectors, our team at at Parkview Financial remains optimistic for growth in key commercial real estate markets in 2020.

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2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Strengthening Your Weakest Link

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You are as strong as your weakest link. How do you defend your companies against attacks, mitigate risks or prevent negative impact on your balance sheet in today’s world of cyber-crime, fervent litigation, massive losses due to natural disasters or changing political climates?

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: CCPA - The Next Horizon for M&A Deals

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While the Attorney General will not start enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) until July 1, 2020, covered businesses are required to comply as of January 1.

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Glutton for Punishment, You Are

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Two of the biggest topics of discussion for business leaders these days are data and cybersecurity, especially since by mid-2019, California had experienced more data breaches than any other state in the past decade.

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Royalties and Licensing - Expanding Opportunities in Today’s Marketplace

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In order for a company to thrive, it has to continuously evaluate its surroundings and marketplace demands and identify key areas of opportunity and room for growth.

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Assembly Bill 1482 is Now in Effect - Here’s How You’ll be Affected in 2020

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The start of 2020 has undoubtably set the stage for dynamic changes in the real estate market, specifically in the greater Los Angeles area.

2020 Economic Forecast & Trends: Survived 2019 – Thrive in 2020?

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We survived a volatile 2019.

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Friday, January 17

OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Growth for Construction Industries

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Oracle is expanding its Chicago Innovation Lab, empowering more organizations to explore new technologies and strategies to bolster their digital transformation efforts. Since its successful launch last year, the Lab has helped construction organizations explore and test solutions from Oracle and the larger construction ecosystem in a simulated worksite environment.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: APRIL STOCK

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In less than a year after joining Shawmut Design and Construction in 2018, April Stock established herself as a leader in the Luxury Homes division, entering as a project executive and shortly after earning a promotion to director of luxury homes for Shawmut West

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: CALEIGH RAYMER

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Caleigh Raymer began her career in construction in 2008 after graduating from North Carolina University.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: ASHLEY PECK

Ashley joined Pankow in 2012 as a Marketing Coordinator, where she quickly progressed into the role of Marketing and Communications Manager.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: HEATHER NIELSEN

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2019 was a big year for Heather Nielsen, a Webcor project manager who recently transitioned from the industry-leading builder’s concrete division (Webcor Concrete) to its general contractor side (Webcor Builders).

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: MITRA MEMARI

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Born in Iran, Mitra Memari emigrated to the US when she was a teenager. Her experiences adapting as a minority female in a new country fostered a strong passion for diversity, inclusion, and equity – a passion woven into all aspects of her life, from her professional work at ZGF where she is a partner, to her substantial volunteer work.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: ERIN KHAN

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In her current role as Smart Lab Director for Suffolk Construction in Los Angeles, Erin Khan serves the Southern California region by driving operational excellence through data analytics, process innovation and technology implementation.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: EMILY KAY

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Emily Kay’s collection of hardhats hang proudly on display along a wall in her father’s home.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: JAN KARL

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Jan Karl has been with Morley Builders for close to six years and has left an indomitable imprint on the company – especially in the advancement of women.

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Downtown's Belasco Theater Joins the Live Nation Club

Another historic LA theater joins company’s portfolio

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. has entered into a long-term operating lease agreement with downtown’s Belasco Theater.

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Dog’s Best Friend

Russell Gittlen I Guide Dogs of America

Russell Gittlen of Guide Dogs of America puts mission first.

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Warner Bros. Signs Cinelytic

Deal brings firm’s AI software to film studio

Warner Bros. Pictures International is betting that artificial intelligence can help manage its expansive catalog.

Riot Games Settlement Is Challenged by State

Offer in sex discrimination suit is called inadequate

Five months after announcing a negotiated settlement in a sex discrimination and pay inequity lawsuit, Riot Games Inc. could be headed back to court.

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Hollywood Software Firms Merge

Entertainment Partners acquires SyncOnSet

Burbank-based Entertainment Partners has acquired Culver City-based software developer SyncOnSet Technologies Inc.

ManifestSeven Buys SF Business

Cannabis company adds to string of acquisitions

Cannabis logistics company ManifestSeven has acquired San Francisco-based cannabis delivery service Lady Chatterley Health.

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Diamond Eagle Bets on DraftKings, SBTech

Planned three-way merger heads to SEC for review

Century City-based blank check company Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. entered into formal SEC review for a three-way merger with DraftKings Inc. and SBTech Ltd.

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Clearlake Backs Deal

PE firm’s Provation acquires medical software platform

Provation Medical Inc., a health care software company backed by Santa Monica-based PE firm Clearlake Capital Group, acquired medical reporting software company MD-Reports.

Califa Farms Raises $225 Million

Dairy-free brand plans global expansion

Califa Farms raised $225 million to fuel its international expansion and launch new product lines.

Rios Clementi Partners Depart to Form New Studio

Smith-Clementi goes small but globa

Renowned architects Julie Smith-Clementi and Frank Clementi, founding partners at Leimert Park-based Rios Clementi Hale Studios, have launched a new design firm.

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Shares Soar for Soon-Shiong Companies

NantKwest drug shows promise, NantHealth sells unit for $47M

Stock prices skyrocketed last week for two of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s health care companies.

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Multifamily Properties Secure Loans

$130M in funding goes to Paramount renovation, Azusa development

Two loans totaling more than $130 million were announced for multifamily properties in Paramount and Azusa last week.

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What Recession?

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Shabby Chic Tries Clothing

Design line launches fashion collection

Liliput & Co., which does business as Shabby Chic, the home goods brand, is aiming for another area of the house — the closet.

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Molina Enters Growth Mode

Company looks to new execs, contracts

After a rocky three years, managed care and Medicaid insurer Molina Healthcare Inc. says it is back in growth mode.

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Aragon Closes $1.9 Billion Sale

Largest multifamily deal since 2016

Westwood-based Aragon Holdings sold a portfolio of 36 apartment properties for $1.85 billion to Norfolk, Va.-based Harbor Group International.

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Los Angeles County Real Estate Market, 4th Quarter 2019

Submarket Data Summary

Quarterly highlights from every submarket of L.A. County in the Real Estate Quarterly Special Report.

Big Dealer: Rexford Piles Up the Properties in the Industrial Space

Industrial Rents Up 200% in 10 Years

The industrial sector has been one of real estate’s hottest asset classes since the recession, and that has been a boon to Rexford Industrial Realty Inc.

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Hip Hooray: Highland Park Has History — and Property Prices — on Its Side

Cool Enclave Welcomes Families

History and hipsters have converged in family-friendly Highland Park.

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Special Report: Real Estate Quarterly — Q4 2019

Demand, prices and activity were at high levels in L.A.'s real estate market during the fourth quarter.

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Multifamily Property nVe at Fairfax Sells for $36 Million

Jobs boost WeHo/Fairfax rental market

The nVe at Fairfax, a 63-unit multifamily property just outside of West Hollywood, sold for $36 million.

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SpinLaunch Raises $35 Million

Small satellite launch firm SpinLaunch Inc. has raised a $35 million equity round.

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March Capital Partners Leads Action IQ Series C

Santa Monica-based venture investors March Capital Partners led a $32 million funding round for data startup ActionIQ.

OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: KIM GRANT

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Kim Grant is a project executive at Hathaway Dinwiddie who has spent over 37 years working in the construction industry.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: AMANDA GALLAGHER

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Amanda Gallagher joined Pankow in 2005 as a project engineer where she quickly progressed to an assistant project manager, project manager, and senior project manager.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: ANNE FLETCHER

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Anne Fletcher leads HOK Los Angeles as Managing Principal, where she is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the multidisciplinary practice.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: DIANA EBERHARD

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As preconstruction manager for the PENTA Building Group, Diana Eberhard is responsible for determining estimated costs associated with projects, which includes factoring in everything from personnel expenses, time to complete and material and equipment expenses.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: BARBARA DUNN

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Barbara Dunn is a Principal and Studio Director in Gensler’s Los Angeles office. For more than 30 years, she has created innovative environments for well-known clients worldwide, making her a sought-after resource and speaker at design and legal industry conferences.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: SARAH DEVINE

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AECOM’s Sarah Devine is the vice president of Corporate Workplace for its Buildings + Places practice, part of its Design and Consulting Services group.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: CHELSEA COVATE

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Chelsea Covate graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2011. During her time at UCLA, she interned with W.E. O’Neil, where she found her love for construction and decided to follow this path for her career.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: Vesna Conroy

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Vesna Conroy is a construction project executive with more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry.

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OUTSTANDING Women in Construction & DESIGN: MEGAN CALHOUN

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Megan Calhoun joined Clark Construction 18 years ago as an office engineer. Today, she is a vice president at Clark, and has been involved in some of the company’s most high-profile, award-winning projects.

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Outstanding Women in Construction & Design: KELLI BERNARD

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With more than 2,000 employees in the Los Angeles and Southern California area, Kelli Bernard is responsible for building on AECOM’s strategies to deliver its integrated services to meet the infrastructure and business needs of public and private sector clients.

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Outstanding Women in Construction & Design: SUSAN BARTLEY

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Susan Bartley has led the design management of some of the most significant and ground-breaking new civic buildings in the Los Angeles region.

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Outstanding Women in Construction & Design: Katayoon Alavian

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Katayoon Alavian is a senior project manager at Swinerton. She enjoys working on complicated projects with aggressive schedules and budgets.

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MWest Sells Properties for $64 Million

Buildings restored in Los Feliz, Westlake

Developer MWest Holdings sold two multifamily properties for a total of more than $64 million.

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Thursday, January 16

LA Consumer Confidence Rebounds in 4th Quarter

After nearly two years of declines, L.A. consumer confidence rebounded in the fourth quarter, according to a survey released Jan. 16.

Wednesday, January 15

Uniqlo Founder Donates $25 Million to UCLA

UCLA has received a $25 million gift from Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai for a Japanese literature and culture studies initiative.

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Oustanding Women In Construction & Design: Publisher's Letter

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Welcome to the second edition of our annual supplement honoring LA’s most influential women in construction and design.

Monday, January 13

Destination Arizona: Gilbert Ortega Gallery: A Wealth of Artistry

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The first Gilbert Ortega gallery was founded in 1950 by fourth-generation trader Gilbert Ortega Sr. Since then, Gilbert Ortega Jr. has been trading and selling different types of Native American art.

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Destination Arizona: Buffalo Collection: Modern Luxury, Old World Charm

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Nestled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Buffalo Collection is a destination not to be missed. Like the neighborhood it inhabits, the stunning gallery space expertly blends modern luxury with Old World charm.

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Cedars-Sinai Opens Urgent Care Clinic in West LA

Cedars-Sinai announced the opening of its fourth urgent care clinic — this one in West Los Angeles.

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Destination Arizona: Celebrating 10 Years of the Musical Instrument Museum

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Rated Phoenix’s #1 attraction by TripAdvisor, MIM displays more than 7,000 musical instruments and objects from every corner of the globe and provides a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Friday, January 10

Optimus Adds to BH Portfolio

Company pays $15 million for Golden Triangle site

Optimus Properties is betting bigger on Beverly Hills’ famed Golden Triangle with the purchase of another building.

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Glasswerks Buys NWI

Deal for Seattle company expected to boost capacity

Glasswerks, a Southgate-based glass fabricator, acquired Seattle-based Northwestern Industries Inc.

Trader Joe’s Cuts ‘Two Buck’ Price

Grocer reduces costs, passes along savings

Trader Joe’s Co.’s Charles Shaw wine is living up to its Two Buck Chuck nickname again, at least in California.

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EPA Taps Tetra Tech

Agency awards $21M for water quality study

Tetra Tech Inc., the Pasadena-based engineering and consulting firm, will assess and manage threats to water quality under a $21 million, five-year contract from the EPA.

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AECOM May Lose After $10B Win

Revenue from Hanford could go to PE firms

Century City-based infrastructure giant AECOM last month landed one of its largest contracts. But the company may see little to no revenue from the deal.

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MedMen Sells More Assets

Retailer ramps up efforts to raise $74 million

Culver City-based cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc. is continuing its aggressive push to implement its restructuring plan in light of large losses.

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Verity to Close LA’s Oldest Hospital

Debt-laden St. Vincent dates to 1856

El Segundo-based hospital operator Verity Health System will close St. Vincent Medical Center in Westlake — the oldest continuously operating hospital in Los Angeles — at the end of January.

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LA Companies Turn Heads at CES

Quibi streaming slate, Ring gear and Hyundai flying cars generate buzz

From ambitious streaming services to fantastical flying cars, Los Angeles companies demonstrated innovative concepts in droves last week in Las Vegas at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Healthy Returns

Arrowhead, Fulgent drove a strong 2019 for L.A. stocks

Last year was a good one for the stock market, and Los Angeles-area companies rode the wave.

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Platinum Equity Closes $10B Megafund

Private equity firm attracts more than 250 investors for latest offering

Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has raised $10 billion for its latest flagship fund.

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A Giving Mood

Innovative local companies embrace volunteerism to connect with workers and their communities

Businesses taking note of employees' benefits preferences are embracing social responsibility programs to boost recruitment, retention and productivity.

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The Problem Solver

When it comes to his community, low-key Anthony Pritzker is highly engaged

Anthony Pritzker shares his approach to philanthropy, which combines business with financial giving and a considerable amount of engagement.

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2020 Philanthropy Special Report

Innovative L.A. companies and dedicated business leaders are at the forefront of the city's substantial philanthropic efforts.

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The Names Game

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Body Data Firm Digs Deep

Biostrap offers consumers ‘Fitbit on steroids’

Biostrip's body data collection device provides in-depth monitoring that passes clinical muster.

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Activision Answers ‘Call’

Company retools esports league, seeks revenue

After shutting down an existing esports league, Activision Blizzard Inc. is betting big on a new league that will begin its inaugural season Jan 24.

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Big Changes at Bank Branches

LA sets the pace for new customer experiences

To keep up with changing customer needs, L.A. banks have had to ramp up investment in technology and offer a new kind of customer experience.

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Making His Mark

Related California’s Bill Witte continues to guide iconic projects

Related California’s Bill Witte, one of the largest developers of multifamily housing in L.A., weighs in on L.A. real estate, affordable housing and more.

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Mall Maven

Najla Kayyem I Pacific Retail Capital Partners

Najla Kayyem of Pacific Retail Capital Partners is frank and fashionable.

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Bliss Point Relocates in Santa Monica

Ad firm secures lease for 10,500 square feet

Video advertising firm Bliss Point Media signed a lease for 10,500 square feet in downtown Santa Monica.

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Vella Group Focuses on LA Opportunities

New York company targets Arts District, Hawthorne

Zach Vella, the principal of New York-based Vella Group, is shifting his real estate investment buying focus to the L.A. market where, he says, big New York firms now largely fear to tread.

Wednesday, January 8

Xencor Licenses HIV Drugs to Pharma Giant Gilead

Monrovia-based biopharma firm Xencor Inc. reached a licensing deal with pharma giant Gilead Sciences Inc. to develop a group of antibody drugs to treat HIV.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2020: Chant Vartanian

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Chant Vartanian is the Chairman and CSO for M-Theory Group, a Private Cloud, Managed Services company based in the heart of Silicon Beach.

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Tuesday, January 7

USC’s Ellison Institute to Open Smart Building in Silicon Beach

USC’s Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine will open a “smart” facility with advanced wireless technologies in Silicon Beach later this quarter.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2020: Laurie Lustig-Bower

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Ms. Lustig-Bower began her career in commercial real estate 32 years ago with CBRE and now holds the title of Executive Vice President with the firm.

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Nadine Watt Named Watt Cos. CEO

Nadine Watt has been named chief executive of Santa Monica-based Watt Cos. after nine years as president.

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Molson Coors to Quit Irwindale Brewery

Molson Coors Beverage Co. said it will cease operations at its Irwindale brewery by September and has offered the facility to Pabst Brewing Co. for $150 million.

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Tencent Buys Stake in Universal Music Group

China-based Tencent Holdings announced an agreement to purchase 10% of Santa Monica-based Universal Music Group's share capital.

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Monday, January 6

Wedbush Securities Founder Dies at 87

Edward Wedbush launched brokerage in 1955

Edward Wedbush, founder of Wedbush Securities Inc., passed away at his home in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Molina Healthcare to Acquire Chicago Medicaid Provider for $50 Million

Molina Healthcare Inc. agreed to acquire Chicago-based managed care insurer NextLevel Health Partners Inc. in a deal valued at about $50 million.

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EA Taps Zampella to Lead DICE Los Angeles

Electronic Arts chose veteran gaming executive Vince Lampella to lead the Los Angeles office of its subsidiary game developer, DICE.

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Snap Acquires AI Factory for $166 Million

Santa Monica-based Snap Inc. paid $166 million to acquire AI Factory Inc., a San Francisco-based startup founded by Snap's director of engineering.

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Economic Forecast & Trends 2020: James R. Kruse

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Mr. Kruse joined DPI in 2018 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

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Construction Consulting Firm Cumming Names New COO, President

Construction consulting firm Cumming has named a new chief operating officer and a new president.

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Friday, January 3

Local Developers Shift to Opportunity Zones

Companies change their focus and embrace program

StarPoint Properties, Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution and Cityview are among the Southern California-based companies betting on opportunity zone investments in Los Angeles.

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Newegg Sells Warehouse for $39 Million

Ecommerce company signs leaseback deal for property

Electronics retailer Newegg Inc. has sold a nearly 182,000-square-foot warehouse near its City of Industry headquarters for $38.5 million.

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Packing a Punch

James Williams I Mayweather Boxing & Fitness

Mayweather Boxing's James Williams keeps himself and the company focused on fitness.

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Wag Wraps Year with More Layoffs

Cuts follow Softbank’s sale of majority stake

Dog-walking application developer Wag Labs Inc. closed out a turbulent 2019 with another round of layoffs, according to a filing with the California Employment Development Department.

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Rubicon Sets Telaria Deal

Merger with NY company will create ad tech giant

Playa Vista-based advertising technology company Rubicon Project Inc. will merge with New York-based Telaria Inc. to create what the companies call the world’s largest independent sell-side advertising platform.

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K1 Joins $580 Million Buildium Sale

PE firm was first backer of software developer

Manhattan Beach-based private equity firm K1 Investment Management has sold its stake in property management software company Buildium to RealPage Inc.

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Bent Pixels Adds Clients

New esports division expands firm’s offerings

The newly established esports division of media services and video publishing house Bent Pixels landed two new clients as 2019 drew to a close.

Inception Eyes Senior Care Facility

Developer to build medical, housing at downtown site

Inception Property Group is betting that demand will remain high for health care and senior living facilities.

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Hollywood Biz Managers Rally

NY Giant Snaps Up Niche Boutiques

Hollywood’s independent business manager shops compete with New York-based behemoth Focus Financial Partners.

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Coming Soon: What’s Underway for Hollywood Park Complex

As the giant stadium superstructure nearing completion in Inglewood, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s real estate development company is also hard at work on the surrounding 280-acre retail and entertainment complex.

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Trade & Retail: Ports grapple with changes from trade war and AB5

For the roughly 17,000 truckers who transport goods in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, 2020 brings much uncertainty.

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Tech: SpaceX enters launch mode while telecoms look to dial up 5G

Home of L.A.’s most innovative technology companies made bold promises in 2019. Now investors and consumers will be watching closely to see if they can deliver in 2020.

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Entertainment: Streaming is set to draw an even bigger crowd

The streaming universe, which saw the arrival of two major players in 2019, will become even more crowded in the year ahead.

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Health Care & Biomed: Arrowhead looks to maintain positive momentum

Two companies appear to be heading in opposite directions this year in the biomed and health care space.

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Sports Business: SoFi’s opening, Dodger Stadium’s upgrades and several big events

The heart of L.A.’s 2020 sports business calendar will almost certainly be the July opening of SoFi Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood.

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Arts & Institutions: The Academy Museum is almost ready for its closeup

L.A.’s investment in its cultural capital has increased markedly over the past few years with the announcement of a number of splashy new or expanded museums or arts institutions fueled by mega-donations.

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Venture Capital: Firms will find opportunities exist amid uncertainty

Venture capitalists in Los Angeles see opportunities for the year ahead — regardless of the state of the economy.

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Banking & Finance: Leaning into technology and looking to cut costs

Los Angeles banking and finance in the year ahead will be shaped by technological innovation, cost-cutting and a possible economic slowdown, local experts predict.

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Real Estate: A hot market figures to stay that way

2020 Year-Ahead Special Report

Local real estate executives and industry observers predict continued growth across asset classes along with evolving tactics for 2020.

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Infrastructure: Get set for a year of massive openings and major executive moves

2020 Year-Ahead Special Report

Not only is 2020 shaping up to be a momentous year for the completion of massive infrastructure projects in Los Angeles County, it also will mark transitions at two major infrastructure entities.

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Retail Therapy

Strong demand for auto dealer, grocery store properties boosts sector

Auto dealerships and grocery-anchored shopping centers drove the top 10 retail real estate sales in Los Angeles County in 2019.

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Sugarfina Sets Mexico Store

Candy-maker partners with GINgroup

Sugarfina USA is venturing into the Latin American market with a confections boutique in Mexico City, one month after it emerged from bankruptcy.

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PE Firm LS Power Group Buys EVgo

Maker of electric vehicle charging stations says deal will boost growth

Private equity firm LS Power Group, which invests in clean power and alternative energy sources across the country, has acquired a majority stake in EVgo Services.

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Market Price

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Special Report: Businesses Moving Boldly into the New Year

2020 Year-Ahead Preview

These are the key companies, trends and topics to watch in 2020.

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LA Companies Feeling Blue

Style brands embrace ‘color of the year’

Classic Blue is the new black. At least this year.

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Thursday, January 2

Westlake Financial Strikes Canadian Partnership

Hancock Park-based Westlake Financial Services Inc. and sister company Nowcom Corp. entered into a strategic partnership with Canadian auto finance company Source One Financial Corp.

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Culver City Office Buildings Sell for $74 Million

Redcar Properties has purchased the Westside Jefferson Business Park in Culver City for $73.5 million.

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