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Sam Bennett

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Port Wants $1.57 Million Back From Trucking Firms

Six carriers hit by port for not making required trips.

The Port of Los Angeles wants $1.57 million of its money returned from six trucking companies, claiming subsidized trucks didn’t make the required number of trips to the port.

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Furniture Firm Cushioned Blow From the Recession

Owner cut staff and refocused on making Dezine’s profitable items.

Dan Vandenbark hopes to sustain his “green” furniture business despite reducing his workload.

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Plastic Surgeon Operates – With Hunting Spear


Dr. Aaron Rollins hears the call of the wild. A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon by trade, this 37-year-old lives for the kill.

Aerospace Not Completely Grounded in County

SIDEBAR: Space Case

Projects such as the F-35 jet still provide a lift to a shrinking sector in Los Angeles County.

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In the Raw

Santa Fe Springs’ Fuji Food adds sales outlets to its plate by scooping up sushi rival Okami.

Santa Fe Springs’ Fuji Food likes its deal for sushi-making rival Okami.

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Merger of Car Parts Makers Drives Investor Interest

Motorcar shares up after it unveils bid for Toronto’s Fenco.

Investors have greeted Motorcar Parts of America’s pickup of car parts maker Fenco as a wheel deal.

Television Man Catches Up on Viewing


Nigel Lythgoe left as producer of Fox’s “American Idol” two seasons ago so he could focus on producing and being a judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Can Markets Bear a Strike?

Chains, union have less in the bag this time.

Analysts see nothing good in store from a strike for L.A. chains and union workers.

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Is L.A. Taking Shots At Liquor Tastings?

Store owners say city pouring it on with permit fees.

Some liquor store owners say L.A. city fees will swallow up all the benefits from a new law that allows in-store alcohol tastings.

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Bio-Fuels Company Seeks a Lift From Airplanes

Westwood’s Rentech expands stake in sister business in Hawaii.

Rentech feels it has more in the tank after taking a majority stake in sister bio-fuels company CleanTech.

Brewer To Tap Into L.A. Market

SoCal Beer is taking a crafty approach to get into local bars.

The brothers behind SoCal Beer are hoping for a pour reception at L.A.’s bars.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY: Lease Deals and Sales Remain Rare in Market Rife With Vacancies


Major events in Los Angeles County commercial and industrial submarkets in the first quarter.

WILSHIRE CORRIDOR: Concession-Heavy Packages Help Drive Park Mile and Miracle Mile


Major events in Los Angeles County commercial and industrial submarkets in the first quarter.

Los Angeles Sets Course To Land Chinese Businesses

TRADE & TRANSPORT: City teams with Shanghai partner to form ties to China companies.

The city of Los Angeles plans to use a new alliance with China Shipping Container Lines to boost local employment and help businesses.

John Fenton: Line Driver

Railroad industry veteran now works to hook up Angelenos with trains as Metrolink CEO.

Metrolink CEO John Fenton would like to get Angelenos all aboard the agency’s traffic-reducing train lines.

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Going Whole Hog

Culver City chef feels the heat in competition to cook intact pig.

A pig-cooking contest has given local chefs something to squeal about.

Jet Cleaning Business Looks to Land Car Customers

International Aero launches a high-end line of products for automobiles.

International Aero hopes a new product line for automobiles stays grounded.

Reality Star in the House


For 10 years, Josh Altman has just been a Realtor. But suddenly he’s a star. And that’s been a bit of surprise to the 32-year-old.

Long Beach Port Director to Leave

After leading the Port of Long Beach for 14 years, Richard Steinke announced he will step down Sept. 30.

MTA to Finalize Acquisition of Union Station

TRADE & TRANSPORT: Agency to create oversight committee, master plan.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing to close this month on its $75 million purchase of Union Station.

Disasters in Japan Expected to Hurt Businesses in L.A.

Tourism and trade companies see a local slowdown coming.

L.A. tourism and trade-related companies expect a slowdown in the wake of Japan’s disasters.

Unmanned Aircraft May Give County Jobs a Lift

Northrop’s X-47B jet for the Navy passes several flight tests.

A Northrop carrier-based drone could provide some lift to the local industry.

Dark Skies for Flight Schools?

L.A. may move to shut Santa Monica Airport.

Flight school owners fear L.A. City Council members are looking to permanently ground Santa Monica Airport.

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Port Traffic Continues to Grow

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continued to see higher year-over-year container traffic in February, although the growth was somewhat slower compared with the stronger gains seen much of last year.