Mediha DiMartino

Staff Reporter

Mediha DiMartino covers retail, manufacturing and the ports. She can be reached at mdimartino@labusinessjournal.com.

Email: mdimartino@labusinessjournal.com
Phone: 949-813-7384

Recent Stories

From A/C Units to Dog-Walkers, Companies Offer More Perks During Pandemic

Some of the strategies local companies implemented last year to ease the burden of the pandemic on their workforce will likely evolve into permanent job perks once things return to normal.

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California Pizza Kitchen Acts Quickly After Bankruptcy Exit

After a relatively short stint in bankruptcy court, things are looking up for California Pizza Kitchen Inc., according to Judd Tirnauer, the company’s new chief financial officer.

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Manhattan Village Renovations Due for Completion in 2021

The much-awaited completion of major renovations at the Manhattan Village shopping center is now slated for this spring.

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Congress Approves $1.5 Billion in Annual Funds for Ports

A bill that will provide increased funding for maintenance of local ports passed the final hurdle in the last week of 2020 when the U.S. Senate gave a green light to the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, HR 7575.

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Covid-Related Loan Programs Have Given Businesses a Much-Needed Lifeline

More than 225,000 business owners and nonprofits in Los Angeles County have collectively received about $14 billion in EIDL funding.

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Book of Lists Profile: Shipping Companies CMA CGM, American President Lines Make Quite a Team

CMA CGM Group and American President Lines occupy adjacent spots on the Business Journal’s list of shipping companies that serve the San Pedro Bay port complex.

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Ports See ‘Unprecedented Amount of Cargo Volume’

While local freeways remain relatively open thanks to the Regional Stay at Home Order, traffic congestion at the San Pedro Bay complex shows no signs of letting up.

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This Season, Office Holiday Parties Are Remote Affairs

Instead of suits and dresses, an ugly Christmas sweater paired with Zoom-friendly sweatpants appears to be the outfit du jour for this year’s corporate holiday parties.

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Beautycounter Blends Store, Livestream Studio at New Location

Santa Monica skin care and cosmetics company Counter Brands — doing business as Beautycounter — has a new hybrid store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

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Mattel to Create Toys Based on ‘Gus’ Animated Series

Mattel Inc. is adding to its roster of preschool brands, signing a multiyear global licensing agreement to create a full line of Fisher-Price toys based on “Gus — The Itsy Bitsy Knight.”

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