Stories by Elyse
Malibu’s Pepperdine University announced Thursday that Deryck J. van Rensburg, former president of global ventures at Coca-Cola Co., will take over as the dean of the Graziadio School of Business on Nov. 1.
The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) will vote April 21 on a measure that could upend the business model of Evercar, an eight month-old Culver City firm providing low-income drivers access to electric vehicles for rideshare and delivery purposes.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed two water-related motions Tuesday, authored by Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a that have raised the ire of local business and development groups.
Alaska Air Group Inc. of Seattle agreed last week to purchase Burlingame’s Virgin America Inc. for $2.6 billion, and it seems Virgin’s strong presence at Los Angeles International Airport and the growing L.A. tech scene were key factors in the deal.
Legendary men’s magazine publisher Playboy Enterprises Inc. of Beverly Hills is exploring a sale of the company, reportedly seeking more than $500 million.
Laugh Factory owner brings in psychologist to help stand-ups cope.
Laugh Factory’s Jamie Masada brings in psychologist to help emotionally prop up stand-ups.
Beverly Hills talent agency WME IMG has received a $250 million investment from Japanese finance and telecom giant SoftBank.
Ken Howard, president of performers union SAG-Aftra, has died. He was 71.
Anschutz Entertainment Group and Regal Cinemas have partnered with Belgian digital projector manufacturer Barco to transform the existing Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live into a cutting-edge technological facility.
A federal judge has approved the sale of Orange County Register parent company Freedom Communications Inc. of Santa Ana to Digital First Media, which owns the Los Angeles Daily News, among other newspapers.
Commuting and gas prices contribute to California being the second most expensive state in the nation for car ownership, according to a study by Manhattan Beach personal finance website GoBankingRates.com.
Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, walked away from a heated auction session as the winning bidder of Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Tribune offered $56 million cash for the papers.
Health-Ade, a West L.A. kombucha drink producer, has raised $7 million from a group of undisclosed investors, according to a March 16 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Support is growing for a proposal to force Uber, Lyft and limousine drivers to get fingerprint-based background checks before they can transport passengers to and from Los Angeles International Airport.
Avalon Freight Services, a new firm formed from a partnership between Los Angeles passenger ferry company Catalina Express and Seattle tug and barge operator Harley Marine, announced the April 1 debut of their freight services on Wednesday.
Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, walked away from a heated auction session as the winning bidder of Freedom Communications, parent company of the Orange County Register and the Press-Enterprise with a $56 million cash bid.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to renew the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District, despite the objections of some business owners.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took another step towards diversifying the institution, announcing the appointment of three new members of the board of governors late Tuesday afternoon.
Herbalife Inc. released a filing Monday that revealed the firm spent almost $700,000 last year on security for Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson.
AEG presents details on its $500-million expansion of the J.W. Marriott hotel complex at L.A. Live to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee.
Bureo to scale another item that will rely on recycled fishing nets.
Skateboard maker Bureo has recycled its reuse strategy into creating a line of sunglasses.
DINING: John Sola helping Grill Concepts head in new direction with Point eateries.
Vet restaurant exec John Sola is helping Grill Concepts serve up a new concept based on fresh seafood.
After a strong start to 2016, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles reported this week that their respective, record surges of traffic continued into February.
Los Angeles is now the world’s eighth most expensive city for tourists and expatriates, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living survey, conducted by The Economist’s Economist Intelligence Unit.
Zefr, a Venice content monetization technology developer, has raised $5 million in additional funds for what appears to be a convertible debt funding, SoCalTech reported Wednesday.
The California Film Commission on Wednesday announced several TV projects to be filmed in the state because of the California Film and Television Tax Credits. A New Orleans-filmed show, “Scream Queens,” will move to Los Angeles.
The Edelman Trust Barometer reveals Angelenos don’t have a particularly sunny disposition when it comes to their trust in government, tech, cost of living and the outlook for California’s economy.
Insurance Agent Julie Diane Shinar, convicted of embezzlement and sentenced Feb. 26 in Long Beach Superior Court, has started serving three years formal probation and was ordered to pay $29,158 in restitution to her victims.
Though billions have been spent to improve LAX’s terminals, operator Los Angeles World Airports still has significant work to do to address impending traffic jams, according to Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin.
Specific details of the $500 million renovation of the Beverly Center will be announced at the shopping mall on Monday evening by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Now that awards season has wrapped in Los Angeles, what’s a wealthy scion to do? Get out of town by private jet and follow the sun, apparently.
Actor Lyle Waggoner at home in trailer rentals
TV star Lyle Waggoner found a permanent home in business providing trailers to productions.
HEALTH: Herbalife’s shares tumble shortly after news of probe talks boosted stock.
Herbalife’s stock falls as investors find it tough to stomach the supplement maker’s misstatement of 2015 growth.
The governing board of the Southern California Air Quality Municipal District voted 7-6 to fire Barry Wallerstein, amid concerns from its new Republican majority that the agency needs to be more business friendly.
The city attorney secured a court order for a one-year closure of the Bronco Motel after owners failed to make improvements to curb gang and narcotics activity.
While California’s economy is strong, home ownership remains cost prohibitive. And that’s driving a number of people out of the state, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
VCA Inc., a Los Angeles animal healthcare company, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire an 80 percent ownership interest in Companion Animal Practices, North America for $344 million.
Bram Goldsmith, who helped build City National Corp. into one of the largest American commercial banks, died Sunday. He was 93. During his years as chairman and chief executive, Goldsmith grew the company's assets more than five-fold, to $3.2 billion.
Delta’s free service to TED talks part of push to connect with execs.
Delta Air Lines hopes free flights to TED talks will help it speak to a new range of exec-level customers.
Herbalife Ltd. shares posted their biggest ever same-day gain after the company announced talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Anticipation turned to disappointment late Thursday afternoon, both at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, when the second launch attempt of the Falcon 9 rocket was halted 1:40 seconds before liftoff.
Overnight, a Los Angeles travel booking app startup that connects last minute travelers with local hosts, has raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round.
The Department of Labor’s wage and hour division said Wednesday that it has gotten a consent judgment against a primary clothing supplier for Ross Stores.
Felicia Muhammad, a Lakewood real estate broker, was found guilty Friday of five felony charges for lying to banks that funded mortgages for three properties that later went into default.
The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD), released Monday by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, reveals the lack of diversity in Hollywood runs through the industry’s entire hierarchy.
Los Angeles has major shortcomings as a place for women to start businesses and succeed with them, according to a study released Monday by personal finance information web site WalletHub.
Owner Lauren Berger has helped 5 million students line up work.
Career decision to help students line up jobs has worked out for Intern Queen founder Lauren Berger.
Alfred E. Mann, the 90-year old billionaire founder of MannKind Corp., has resigned as its executive chairman, according to a company statement. Former Northrop Grumman Corp. Chief Kent Kresa will succeed Mann after serving as a director at the Valencia drugmaker since 2004. Mann, who founded the company in 1991, poured much of his personal fortune into its operations. He will remain as chairman emeritus and serve as an adviser.
For Los Angeles hotels, the announcement Thursday that the Porter Ranch-area gas leak had been officially sealed was a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it means lots of hotel rooms will be emptied out as gas-leak refugees return home. On the other, it will give hoteliers options to serve other guests – often at higher rates.
Rapper Drake might have another hit on his hands – but this time not of the musical variety. The artist, who also goes by the nickname “Champagne Papi,” is ramping up for the launch of Virginia Black Whiskey. The beverage line has already generated some bling to the tune of $1.6 million in seed funds, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.