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Natalie Schachar

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Exercise Chain Execs Weigh In on Dry Cleaning

LAUNDRY: Franchisees look to wash away rivals with $1.99 price point.

Franchisees of local Planet Fitness locations hope to muscle in to dry cleaning at a $1.99 price point.

Care Provider’s Stock Falls On Poor Prognosis

Investors give shares of Molina a poor diagnosis after the managed care provider’s anemic first quarter.

Skydance Media Buys Video Game Firm Workshop Entertainment

Santa Monica production company Skydance Media has acquired Workshop Entertainment Inc., a video game developer based in Marina del Rey, for an undisclosed amount.

Hospitals Split Over Getting ‘D’ in Patient Safety

LABOR: One values input from survey; the other questions methodology.

Watchdog group gives two L.A. hospitals a “D” in patient safety but institutions differ in response.

Life Sciences Group Wants to Live in Los Angeles

BIOTECH: Biocom says its expansion from San Diego won’t crowd local scene.

San Diego’s Biocom sees a healthy opportunity in L.A.’s growing life sciences scene.

Sporting Goods Market Might Draw New Players

RETAIL: Big 5 could face teeming L.A. market with shuttering of Sport Chalet.

Sport Chalet’s closure might not end up opening the field that much for rival sporting goods chain Big 5.

Direction Of Tour Business Not in Doubt

Mystery Trip positions surprise destinations as bonding experiences.

Mystery Trip knows where it’s going when it comes to workplace-bonding expeditions for corporate clients.

Landlords Might Butt In On Smoking by Renters

REAL ESTATE: Campaign aims to instruct city of L.A. property owners on rules.

New campaign aims to educate city of L.A. landlords on their right to snuff out tenant smoking.

Accelator Aims to Boost Medical Startups’ Pulse

HEALTH CARE: Venture by Cedars, Techstars to focus on industry innovations.

Cedars-Sinai launches accelerator with Techstars to nurse medical sector-focused startups.

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Roskis give $25 million to USC Eye Institute

Gayle and Edward Roski have made a $25 million gift to endow and name the Eye Institute at USC’s Keck School of Medicine school, the university announced Tuesday.

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Crowd Conjurer?

Universal Studios enlists Harry Potter in theme park battle with Disney

NBCUniversal hopes its Harry Potter attractions have the magic touch with theme park visitors.

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Chain May Face Growth Issues Without Parent

CLOTHING: Oak looks to revive boutiques following American Apparel sell-off.

Co-owners look to fashion a future for Oak after buying back the chain from bankrupt American Apparel.

Warm Weather Puts Ski Resort on Downward Slide

HOSPITALITY: Crowds dry up as snow skips Mountain High.

El Nino’s relative no-show for snow has left Mountain High out in the cold this ski season.

Market Chain Sold on SoCal

GROCERY: Aldi to check out region that sunk other firms.

Market chain Aldi looks to brave the SoCal market despite the short shelf life of some recent entrants.

Eatery Hopes To Feast On Bloody Marys

Franklin and Co. sees beefed-up concoction as profile booster.

Franklin & Co. looks to feed its reputation with a meal-in-a-glass take on Bloody Marys.

Making Tracks

Developers head to Azusa looking to ride business boost from Gold Line extension.

Businesses hope to get a line on new customers riding Metro’s light-rail Foothill Extension.

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Owner Refuses to Be Railroaded Into Yard Sale

DEVELOPMENT: Piggyback site valued at over $650 million.

Price of Union Pacific yard could derail revitalization project.

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Historic Stand For Hot Dogs Gets in Shape

Form follows function again as co-owners revive Tail O’ the Pup.

Co-owners of Tail O’ the Pup have formed a comeback plan for the hot dog-shaped stand.

Pie Maker’s Taste Leads To Rare Fare

Lindsay Hollister’s ingredients include tea, mac ’n’ cheese.

Blossoming chain Pie Hole looks to fill customers with its range of exotic flavors.

Big Plans

How Gensler’s Cohen got world’s largest projects

Co-CEO Andy Cohen has seen business build up at Gensler side by side with downtown L.A.’s renaissance.

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Riding Rail

Businesses make tracks to incoming Expo Line stops

Businesses are pulling out the stops to take advantage of the incoming Expo Line’s stations.

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DJ’s Agency Cues Up Gigs For Women

Tessa Young’s Prism looks to turn tables on male-dominated sector.

Tessa Young’s Prism aims to tune up the careers of women DJs.

Soccer Team Taking Field

The return of pro football’s Rams won’t alter the way new soccer franchise LAFC will shoot for fan base.

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Former Mirae Bank Exec Charged with Bank Fraud

A former executive at the now-defunct Mirae Bank was arrested Wednesday after federal officials charged him with arranging $150 million in fraudulent loans which ultimately contributed to the bank’s failure in 2009.

Tom Steyer’s Bank to Acquire L.A.’s Pan American

East L.A.’s Pan American Bank is to be acquired by Beneficial State Bank, founded by Democrat donor and environmental activist Tom Steyer and his wife, it was announced Wednesday.

WaiveCar Launches in Santa Monica

WaiveCar, a car-sharing program that is fueled by advertising dollars, launched Monday in Santa Monica with the slogan, “We waive the fee; you drive for free.”

L.A. Hosts ‘Sex and City Zoo’

Chimps, orangutans, and gorillas can replace your clichéd chocolates and roses this Valentine’s Day.

Arts District Building Sells for Record Price

A building in Los Angeles’ Arts District sold for a record price on Friday, highlighting the skyrocketing demand for space in the downtown area. The 5,000-square-foot industrial building at 802 Mateo Street was sold by NBVBN through Jones Lang LaSalle for $3.5 million – a cost of $700 a square foot.

Top Resolution in L.A.: Improve Finances

Improving personal finances is the top New Year’s resolution for Angelenos, according to a survey conducted by VeraQuest Inc., a research firm. According to the survey, 30 percent of L.A. respondents hope to focus on finances in 2016, which was higher than family, health or fitness. Roughly 28 percent of respondents named health as their top New Year priority, while 10 percent named fitness.

Marijuana Consultant Buying Land for Cultivation

Pineapple Express, a Los Angeles company that offers consulting to the cannabis industry, announced Tuesday that it has agreed to purchase nearly 4 acres in Desert Hot Springs. According to the company, the new land would be leased to tenants to grow marijuana.

NantHealth Acquires NaviNet

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s health care technology holding company NantWorks has completed the acquisition of NaviNet, Inc., a platform which connects patients and insurers, the company announced Tuesday.

Sonic Signs on Franchises Throughout California

Diet Cherry Limeades and Watermelon Slushes are coming to Los Angeles.

CBRE Acquires Memphis Affiliate

Downtown L.A. real estate giant CBRE Group Inc. has acquired CBRE/Memphis, the firms announced Monday.

Tapping In

Arts District bottling up craft breweries

Brewers crowding into downtown L.A.’s Arts District aren’t worried about tapping out the craft trend.

Lawsuit Filed Against Spotify Over Royalties

A rock musician brought a class action lawsuit seeking at least $150 million against Spotify on Monday, marking the latest dispute over copyrighted songs reproduced by the music streaming service.

Knock at Door

Online pioneer in food delivery LAbite faces once-uncrowded sector flooded with rivals

LAbite faces new competition from tech giants and startups homed in on the food delivery sector.

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Immediate Medical Care Acquired by U.S. Healthworks

Immediate Medical Care in Los Angeles has been acquired by U.S. HealthWorks, one of the largest operators of occupational healthcare and urgent care centers in the United States. Terms of the deal, which took effect on Friday, were not disclosed.

L.A. Auction House Sells Slice of Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake

A 34-year-old slice of cake from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles sold for $1,375 at Nate D. Sander’s Auctions in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Closing of Local Café Underscores Neighborhood’s Changing Face

Casbah Café, an established Silver Lake coffee house at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue closed on Monday after 18 years in business after being forced out by its landlord, according to a letter written by the café’s owners and published by LAist.

Majority of L.A. Companies Minority-Owned

A majority of companies in Los Angeles County are minority-owned, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

Connexity Acquires Consumer Analytics Company

Dublin-based Experian, a credit information provider, has sold two of its consumer-facing divisions in a simultaneous transaction, the company announced Monday.

Jerky Maker Turns to Gold To Beef Up

Three Jerks hopes to mine sales interest for $500 edible collectible.

Three Jerks offers a taste of luxury with its $500 gold-covered filet mignon jerky.

RealD to Install Auditoriums in China

RealD Inc., the Beverly Hills 3D and visual technology company, signed an agreement to install four of its premium Luxe auditoriums in mainland China, the company announced Wednesday.

SteelHouse Raises $49 million

SteelHouse, a Los Angeles-based advertising software company, announced Thursday that it raised $49 million in a Series C funding.

Nation’s Busiest Airport This Holiday? LAX

Los Angeles International airport is expected to be America’s busiest airport this holiday season, according to Expedia.

Instacart Expands to South Bay

Instacart, the retail delivery service which has been valued at $2 billion, announced that it has expanded into the South Bay.

New Service Lets Shoppers Test Drive Cars 3 Days

Car Harmony has launched an online car shopping service for customers in Los Angeles, the company announced Wednesday.

UberEntrepreneurs Launches in Southern California

UberArtist recognized musicians and artists who drive with Uber to pay the bills. UberMentor paired leaders in science and technology in the backseat with riders. And UberEats partnered with local restaurants to deliver food.

McDonald’s Latest Offer: New Burgers, Table Service

McDonald’s will roll out a new menu along with table service in more than 600 restaurants in Southern California, the company said on Monday.

LAX Lounge Aims for Stars

LAX’s plan to land a VIP lounge may draw big-name celebs who want to evade paparazzi.

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