Mediha DiMartino

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Mediha DiMartino covers media, marketing, auto dealers, government, nonprofits and education. She can be reached at

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Recent Stories

Mattel Launches Website to Help Kids During Covid-19 Quarantine

El Segundo-based toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. rolled out a website with free games, activities and content to help children who are staying home during the pandemic.

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Jacmar Bulks Up for Retail

Restaurant supplier reaches out to consumers

Opening Jacmar’s warehouse to the public for curbside pickup is one of the ways President and CFO Jim Hliboki is trying to keep his company afloat during the pandemic.

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Workers Keep Ports Active

Cargo flow continues amid precautions at LA, LB

While most businesses nationwide are temporarily closing or asking employees to work from home, thousands of workers in San Pedro Bay continue transferring containers off and on cargo ships.

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Guess Among Brands Hurt by Virus

Denim-maker’s market cap has plunged 50% since start of pandemic

Guess and other Los Angeles-area retailers are absorbing heavy blows and scrambling to adjust as a result of the pandemic.

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American Honda Posts Sales Gains

But February increase still lags competitors

New-vehicle sales at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. totaled 120,006 cars and light trucks in February, a 4.2% increase compared to the same period last year.

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Lakin Tire Is Acquired

Pittsburgh-based company buys rubber recycling firm

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has acquired Lakin Tire, based in Santa Fe Springs.

Ports Agree to Cooperate

LA, Long Beach seek efficiency and security

Threatened by a common adversary, the ports of L.A. and Long Beach have vowed to collaborate on several operational initiatives to preserve San Pedro Bay’s competitive edge.

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Defense Firm Is Acquired

Kellstrom joins Aero Precision

El Segundo-based Kellstrom Defense Aerospace Inc. has been sold to a Northern California-based competitor but will keep its ties to Los Angeles County.

Guess Backs Green Jeans

Retailer joins global denim initiative

Guess Inc. has joined a consortium of brands putting a priority on denim’s ecological footprint.

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Joe Coulombe Leaves Grocery Legacy

Trader Joe’s founder made his mark on the industry, shoppers

Trader Joe’s Co. founder Joe Coulombe, who died Feb. 28 at age 89, had eye for winning products and a passion for customer service that set the company he founded apart from other grocery chains.

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