Stories for June 2000

Monday, June 26

OC's Tech Dean

Industry Pioneers That Young Entrepreneurs Turn to for Guidance. In Orange County, Gary Liebl Is That Guy.

Quackenbush Ordeal Will Get Partisan; Rodman, Nick Party

State lawmakers have been unusually bipartisan in criticizing Chuck Quackenbush. But the Insider sees a looming partisan rift,over the issue of who will succeed Quackenbush if, as conventional wisdom now thinks, he resigns or is removed. Democrats say Gra

Kore's Style: Surfboards in Lobby, Servers in Vault

Visitors can mistake the Newport Beach office of Web design firm Kore for a beach-town coffee shop, used-surfboard outlet or industrial warehouse, depending on which entrance they use.

CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR HEALTH

Orange County's biggest hospitals and doctor groups are contributing heavily to an initiative on the fall ballot that will require that 80% of OC's share of the national tobacco settlement be spent on healthcare.

Dotting the I's in Dot-Com Leases

Wall Street investors aren't the only ones casting a wary eye on dot-coms and other young technology companies. So are Orange County landlords.

REAL ESTATE WATCH

South Orange County has approximately 17% of the Orange County office market and is one of the healthiest areas in the county for that product. During the first quarter, South Orange County experienced 468,255 square feet of positive net absorption, accou

Wanted: A Few Good Engineers

Only two years ago, she began E-techsupport.com out of a beachfront house in Laguna Beach. Now she has 55 employees, a client list that includes some big OC names, and a $15 million revenue projection this year.

Computer hardware & software

Computer hardware & software

Intersil Moving From Florida to Irvine Spectrum

Intersil Corp., a Palm Bay, Fla., maker of chips and other electronics used in wireless computer networks, is moving its headquarters to the Irvine Spectrum in a move designed to take advantage of the area's high-tech cachet.

Boeing Unit Shopping for Major R & D;/Office Space

Boeing's Commercial Information Systems unit is in the market for 100,000 square feet of R & D;/office space, and the word on the street has the company looking at some of the Irvine Co.'s many buildings in the Irvine Spectrum.

Executive Address

IRVINE, CA - With an array of innovative new floorplans and an impressive total of 529 apartments under development, Irvine Apartment Communities' (IAC) distinctive Brittany collection at Oak Creek is expanding its variety of desirable residential opportu

Hot Business Climate May Bring Summer Energy Shortage

Recent brownouts in the Bay area are a warning for Orange County companies: It could happen here.

Plan for Crystal Cove at Newport Coast Inspired by Historic Santa Barbara and Palos Verdes Limited Edition of Luxury Homes and Villas Offered

When planners for Crystal Cove at Newport Coast set out to create this distinctive California seaside community, they drew much of their inspiration from historic Santa Barbara and Palos Verdes. In these communities, timeless, beautifully designed Spanish

BEST OF ARGUS

n The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers to win the NBA title. So much for basketball. Next the Lakers play England's national soccer team to settle once and for all which country has the best rioters.

UCI, UCSD Team to Pursue $75M Grant for Tech Studies

The engineering schools of the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, San Diego, are jointly pursuing a proposed $75 million state research grant in a competition among the nine universities in the UC system.

No Soft Market

Software developed by Orange County companies has become as good as gold for the area's economy.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

World premiere on the South Coast Repertory mainstage. Music and lyrics by Randy Newman, conceived by Michael Roth, Jerry Patch and Newman, directed and choreographed by Myron Johnson, musical direction by Roth. Through July 9. Tickets $33-$52. Call (714)

PEOPLE

Hunsaker and Associates, Irvine, promoted Dave Frattone, Fred Graylee, Bradley Hay, Paul Huddleston, Kamal Karam, Doug Staley, Jack Tarr, Kris Weber and Joe Wightman to partners.

American Airlines Ends Flights From John Wayne to Reno, Vegas

American Airlines will discontinue its flights from John Wayne Airport to both Reno and Las Vegas at the end of this week, and has not yet replaced those flights with service to other destinations.

Air Tax

This is a reaction to the apparently growing opposition among OC residents to a commercial airport at El Toro. Already, an estimated 12 million or more OCers fly out of LAX (some 50% more than use John Wayne). The reasoning is that if OCers aren't going t

Legal Insight

As more employees obtain desktop Internet access, employers must balance potential liability and loss of productivity issues against the employees' rights to privacy. Internet abuse at work is a serious problem. "The most commonly abused Web sites at wor

Western National Quietly Builds Its Empire

Western National Group, one of Orange County's biggest real estate companies, is on an expansion drive that has it snapping up properties in several western states.

VIEW POINT--Giving Tech Coast an Identity

As the economy has come back to life, there has been a growing sentiment both outside and within the region that Southern California may well be destined to play a critical role in the evolving high-tech economy of the future. For the first time in a deca

St. Regis Resort Is County's Priciest Hotel Project

The 400-room St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort under construction in Dana Point by Newport Beach-based Capital Pacific Resorts has one of the highest per-room costs in California and the highest among Orange County hotel projects in development.

Real Estate Deals

Reinhold Industries leased a 130,649-sqaure-foot facility at 12827 E. Imperial Highway in Santa Fe Springs. The lease is for 15 years. Mike Smith, Jeff Manley, and Ken Blye of the Staubach Co. represented Reinhold.

CALENDAR JUNE 27 - JULY 3

Planning Your Financial Future (Morgan Stanley Dean Witter) Newport Beach 6:30-8 p.m. Free (949) 760-2454 Mastermind Breakfast Club (South Orange County Regional Chambers of Commerce) Laguna Niguel 7:30 a.m. $7 (949) 830-1100 Toastmasters Water Meeter

Ireland's Icon Sets Up Shop in Irvine

Icon plc, an Irish provider of clinical research services to the pharmaceutical industry, has opened and staffed an Irvine office by tapping workers from a recently sold Irvine drug company.

Irvine Hardware Maker Hoping to RAID Customers' PCs

It was only a matter of time. Hard-drive clusters ("redundant arrays of independent disks," or "RAIDs," in industry lingo), long used in business settings to create backups of important data and speed up the transfer of large files, could be coming to the

United Ad Label Changes Name to Veriad

United Ad Label, Brea, a unit of Toronto-based Moore Corp. Ltd., has changed its name to Veriad and unveiled an e-commerce Web site.

City National Consolidating Its County Beachhead

After three years of ad hoc growth stemming from regional acquisitions, Beverly Hills-based City National Bank is getting ready to reorder to its Orange County operations.

IN THE ZONE

Orange County may have lost its football team to St. Louis and has yet to attract a pro basketball squad to the county, but it's soon to have one sports feature not found anywhere else west of the Mississippi.

SPACE AND THE BOTTOM LINE

Edward Stone has been at the forefront of the American space program almost since its inception in 1958. A physicist by training, he came to the California Institute of Technology (which administrates NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in 1961, and has bee

Urban Decay: Edgy Cosmetics Find Mainstream

Like long-lasting lipstick, Wende Zomnir hasn't dried out or fallen into the creases. She's worn well for Urban Decay, the funky-chic Costa Mesa cosmetics company.

Johnny Rockets to Open North Carolina Stores

Johnny Rockets Group Inc., the Irvine-based chain of 1940s- and '50s-style diners, is stepping up its expansion plans.

Tea-Leaves Confusion

On the one hand, the stock market appeared to be firming up last week (see above).

GENERATION GAP

Orange County's largest computer hardware manufacturers saw their local employment numbers split along new and old lines in the past 12 months. The group of 25 companies, which ranges from older names such as Western Digital Corp. to fresher faces like D-

Bergen Brunswig Adds Web Site, Distribution Partner

Bergen Brunswig Corp. launched iBergen.com, a site that will enable pharmacists to buy products and services online. The Orange-based company, with approximately $22 billion in revenue, distributes pharmaceuticals and healthcare products to hospitals and

Anaheim Hosts a Sizable Tech Sector but Faces Tough Competition From South County

Anaheim is known the world over for Disneyland, the Mighty Ducks hockey team and even the Anaheim Angels baseball team. But technology?

Pinot Provence GM Moving to New Disney Restaurant at the Grand Californian

Michael Jordan, general manager of Pinot Provence, one of OC's most highly regarded restaurants, has resigned to take the same post at the Grand Napa restaurant in the under-construction Grand Californian hotel at the Disneyland Resort.

Del Taco's New Ads Get in Taco Bell's Face

Laguna Hills-based Del Taco is again tweaking giant rival Taco Bell in an ad campaign, launching two TV spots this week shot in front of its competitor's headquarters in Irvine.

Plastic Surgery Web Site Faces Off Against Critics

It seems you can buy anything on the Internet these days. So why not plastic surgery?

Ritz-Carlton Unveils Its Redone Dining Room

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel has a gorgeous new dining room to show off. The signature restaurant of all Ritz-Carlton properties is called simply The Dining Room. This is one Dining Room you should have on your fast-track agenda.

TRADING PLACES

Dot-com fever was spreading faster than a virus on the Internet. Wide-eyed ad shops were willing to green light just about anything. Everybody was moving at Web speed, breaking all the rules and churning out the next "Instabrand."

Bock Grabs Biggest Batch of Local PRSA Awards

The folks at Bock Communications Inc. went home with their arms full after the Orange County Public Relations Society of America awards June 16.

The High-Tech Office: Ice Cream, Hoops, Dogs

You get up in the morning and throw on your favorite pair of jeans and a T-shirt. You grab Networth and Megahertz, your two black labs, and pile into your Xterra sport utility vehicle. It's off to the office.

Nasdaq Rebound

returned to the 4,000 level by the middle of next week.

Monday, June 19

Sorrells Pickard Takes On Peanut Butter Giants

Two-year-old Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter Co., based in Irvine, has been spreading its name and grabbing shelf space at area supermarkets.

OC Money Boys Join Forces to Boost GOP Registration

Win one for W: OC's biggest GOP donor groups and the Irvine Co. are funding a massive voter registration drive. The longtime Lincoln Club and the upstart New Majority are each kicking $100,000 of "soft money" into the unprecedented effort, and the Irvine

Tarsadia Hotels Checks Into Downtown LA Landmark

Costa Mesa-based Tarsadia Hotels, one of the more aggressive OC-based buyers of hotels, has snapped up the 188-room Wyndham Checkers Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Real Estate Deals

M.S. Industrial Street Metal Inc. bought a 32,000-square-foot industrial building at 1731 Pomona Road from Dowdy Family Trust for $1.975 million. M.S. Industrial was represented by Chris Migliori from Daum Commercial Real Estate Services of Anaheim. Walte

Engelhard to Sell or Close Anaheim Plant

Engelhard Corp., the Iselin, N.J-based maker of specialty chemicals and other products, is looking to sell its 33,000-square-foot gold-products plant in Anaheim.

Office Resource Directory

Office Equipment

Wavve Facility in Irvine Nears Completion Sacramento-based Wavve

Telecommunications Inc., a data management company, is close to completion on a lease for a data center in Irvine.

FIFI'S GUIDE

I hope you find the list a useful guide to dining adventures here in OC. I've certainly had a wonderful time researching it!

The Misguided 'Anti-Sweatshop' Crusade

I used to flip past news items about the "anti-sweatshop" crusade, but I began keeping a file when I realized its agenda had grown more elastic than the waistband on a Kathie Lee Gifford jogging suit:

COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALITY

Ernest Zingg has dedicated his entire adult life to the hospitality industry. From the time he attended, as a young man, the world's most prestigious hotel management and culinary school in Lausanne, Switzerland, he has worked in every facet of management

Executive Summary

ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc., Costa Mesa, will spin off its European operations to become Moscow-based ICN International and spin off its research and development arm as Ribapharm Inc., to be based in Costa Mesa; ICN will retain a majority stake in both and I

THE BEST OF OC'S BAR-DINING SCENE

I do not know of another bar where drinks are treated with more respect. That even means that all the citrus juices are hand-squeezed. Order something with grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime juice and you'll see it squeezed into the drink.

PR Firms

PR Firms

Reed Joins Business Journal as Healthcare Reporter

Vita Reed has joined the Orange County Business Journal as the paper's new healthcare reporter.

Run-Up in Pollution Credits Squeezing Area Companies

For scores of Southern California companies, the cost to pollute is getting sky-high.

Anaheim/OC CVB Debuts New Logo, Marketing

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau last week adopted a new logo and brand identification for use in marketing the city's $5 billion makeover of the 1,100-acre resort district that includes city improvements, Anaheim Convention Center, D

Discount Laser Supply announces its 11th anniversary

As industry is primarily made up of "small businesses," quality, consistency and longevity were once issues to be concerned about. Recycling has come a long way. Discount Laser Supply has been consistently at the forefront with developing innovative proce

Airline Mergers Could Change JWA Landscape

Orange County travelers using John Wayne Airport could face changes in routes and fares, and maybe see some new carriers at the airport if the pending $4.3 billion acquisition of US Airways by United Airlines is approved.

EARNINGS

Quiksilver Inc., Huntington Beach, reported earnings of $11.3 million on revenue of $142.1 million for the second fiscal quarter ended April 30, compared with earnings of $9.7 million on revenue of $128.1 million in the previous second quarter. For the si

REAL ESTATE WATCH

The Orange County industrial market includes 42,596,823 square feet of Research and development (R & D;) space. Nearly 63% of the R & D; product is in the southern portion of the county: the Airport Area has approximately 15.7 million square feet, and South Ora

Seeing the Light

As technology stocks claw their way to a recovery from spring's burst valuation bubble, one of the county's oldest tech companies, Newport Corp., already has regained lost ground,and then some.

PR Firms Getting More Work, Turning to Outsourcing in Tight Job Market

The county's 36 largest public relations firms grew their fee income 26% to $59.9 million for the 12 months ended March 31, but also shrunk their professional staffs 2% as they moved to outsource new business in a tight job market.

County Slims Field of Bidders for It Big Data Contracts

And now, there are only three teams left in the running for the biggest contract in Orange County government's history. The contract,to run the county's data processing center and its telecommunications system,could mean more than $300 million in revenue

The Landlord ISP: ready high-speed access

If there is one thing the "Internet Age" (if you can call a span of 5 years an "age") has levied upon us, it's the sense of urgency in all things. It's marginally useful for companies to spend time and efforts on a 3-year pro-forma, yet alone a 5-year pla

IHP Teams to Buy Genstar Land Holdings

Irvine-based Institutional Housing Partners Inc. has joined with San Diego's Newland Communities and the California Public Employees Retirement System to purchase Genstar Land Co. for $223 million, acquiring one of the biggest land portfolios available in

VC Funders

Steve Oakley felt confident going into his first round that he could get funding for his Seal Beach-based Commerce Scout, a business e-commerce play that helps companies use the Internet for procurement.

BEST OF ARGUS

n O.J. Simpson said he will do an online chat so he can talk directly with the public. He said it's amazing how many people don't know the facts of his case. At the last count it was 12, plus the alternates.

UCI Team Finds How Cells Regulate Cholesterol

UCI researchers studying the link between what you eat and the ways your body uses what you eat have found how a regulatory protein stabilizes cholesterol level in cells,a discovery that may lead to advances in treatment of high cholesterol levels.

Coming of Age

week's VIP-studded luncheon (speech by Gov. Gray Davis) marking the formation of the Center for Pervasive Communications at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI.

Fate of Winfire's Free Web Access Could Lie With Telcos

Cahner's In-Stat Group, a market research firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has published a report questioning the feasibility of Newport Beach-based Winfire's plan to offer high-speed Internet access service.

CALENDA JUNE 20 - 26

Hot Topics and Rumors (Community Associations Institute) Irvine 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $35/$40 (949) 380-7360 What Is a Fundable Management Team and Board of Directors? (Forum for Corporate Directors) Costa Mesa 7 a.m. $25/$35 (714) 771-3404 RSVP The Franc

Bates USA Drives Home Award for Hyundai Campaign

The ad shop won a gold Effie Award from the New York American Marketing Association for its 1999 "Driving Is Believing" campaign for longtime client Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley.

New Assignment

In today's tight labor market, "human capital" is more difficult to care for and feed. It's a tedious, not to mention expensive process,companies can dole out up to $20,000 for a professional hire, according to some industry figures. And that doesn't incl

CAR TROUBLE

A shakeout that remade the world of subprime auto lending a few years ago isn't entirely over. Industry observers say Irvine-based Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. could be either the latest survivor or the last causality.

'MEET ME IN THE BAR'

After having been in every kind of restaurant dining situation in the past 25 years, Patrick and I have been doing it differently of late when it's just the two of us out on the town for some sustenance. We still mostly end up at a table when there are fo

Emergency preparedness checklist

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family,

Funky Apparel Maker Opens Own Store

Since launching its first line of clothing last fall, Newport Beach apparel maker Paul Frank Industries opened its first company store last week and is expanding sales to big department stores.

PEOPLE

Priority Pay Inc., named Robert Acosta vice president of national sales and marketing. Prior to joining Priority Pay, Acosta was vice president of sales at HNC Insurance Solutions.

Landry's Sues Bubba Gump Over Rusty Pelican Deal

Landry's Seafood Restaurants Inc. is suing the operators of the landmark Rusty Pelican restaurant in Newport Beach, claiming they are using the Rusty Pelican trademark in violation of the 1998 sale of the chain to Landry's.

Monday, June 12

Real Estate Deals

Powerwave Technologies Inc. bought a 360,000-square-foot building in Santa Ana from Boeing Realty Corp. Powerwave was represented by The Staubach Company, Alan DeFrancis of Legacy Partners, and Jeff Shaw of Cushman Realty Corporation.

Paine Adds ViewSonic to Emerging Tech Portfolio

Szenderski/Rohani Launches a Net-Strike; Porter Novelli Goes South of the Border

Private Funding Still Out There for Dot-Coms

Tech investments might be a chancier bet than ever, but from the looks of things, plenty of people still are gambling.

Anaheim Hotels Break Ground

Two hotels by Bass Hotels and Resorts of the U.K. broke ground near the Disneyland Resort last week.

The Microsoft Breakup

Did Microsoft do what it was accused of doing? Probably. Will dividing a "monopoly" into two "monopolies" spur innovation? Perhaps. Will consumers benefit from the breakup? Hard to say.

Buy.com

Buy.com Inc., the money-losing online retailer touted as Orange County's answer to Amazon.com Inc., has tweaked its strategy in hopes of staving off the harsh new realities that have beset other dot-com hopefuls.

Kingston Expands Into Wafer Processing

Forget what you've heard about cheap Asian labor. Kingston Technology Co. is making a $100 million move to bring its production process closer to home in a bid to speed output and increase flexibility.

Largest Shops Post Gains in Revenue, Jobs

The strong economy translated into revenue and employment gains at Orange County's largest commercial printers in the past year, according to this week's Business Journal list.

A New Focus

After a Long and Disappointing 1999, Oakley Has Jim Jannard Back in Charge

The Latest Boost for Printers: the New Economy

The Internet was supposed to virtually do away with the need for the printed page. But dot-coms are actually turning out to be the biggest boon that the local commercial printing industry has seen in years.

WWMP Applies for SmallCap Listing

Movie production and distribution company World Wide Motion Pictures Corp., Huntington Beach, now traded on the OTC Electronic Bulletin Board as WWMP, is applying for listing on the Nasdaq SmallCap market. It is currently trading for 25 cents with 48 mill

OC Architects Will Design Home in 3 Hours at Show

Two Newport Beach architects have been selected to participate in the upcoming PCBC Western Building Show in San Francisco. The show is expected to draw 18,000.

Real Estate Watch

The manufacturing and warehouse (M & W;) sector of the Orange County industrial market consists of 5,423 buildings greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet in size, totaling over 198 million square feet. Nearly half of this space is concentrated in North

Why 'Save' Social Security?

It seems that no politician discusses Social Security these days without a call to "save" the program. Certainly, it is possible to see why the program needs saving. It is more than $20 trillion in debt and will be running a deficit in just 15 years.

Uniloc Hoping to Unlock Growth via Secure Software

If necessity is the mother of invention, Ric Richardson likes to joke, his native Australia must be the motherland.

The guide to doing business on the Internet for only $19.00 per week

AIRLINES

Mitsubishi

Once the also-ran of Japanese automakers, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America is riding high.

Best of Argus

n The Moscow summit ended between Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin. They got testy. Russia demanded protection from America's biggest ballistic threat, but the president has no authority to revoke John Rocker's passport.

OC's Small-Business Centers Vying for Funds

Orange County now has two Small Business Development Center offices and both are vying to augment their current budgets with federal and state grants to be allocated this month.

PEOPLE

Jay W. Donovan became principal of Glenn M. Gelman & Associates, Santa Ana. Donovan will oversee the tax department, including mergers and acquisitions and multi-state expansions.

Calendar June 13 - June 19

Toastmasters Water Meeters meeting Irvine 7:10-8 a.m. Free (949) 453-5712 Business Plan Development (Service Corps of Retired Executives Association) Costa Mesa 9 a.m.-Noon $25 (714)550-7369 Career Options and Choices (Womens Focus) Tustin 6:30-7:30p.

For Business, Things Are Looking Up in Sacramento

The legislative outlook for California businesses at mid-session,following the June 2 deadline for bills to pass their house of origin,is looking much sunnier than the outlook of a year ago. Far fewer anti-business bills are on the table, and some pro-bus

Salt Creek Grille Flows Smoothly After Tuning Its Menu

Though Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point is four years old, only now am I giving it column space. First of all, one person is no longer able to cover in a timely manner all the restaurants we have. And second, I felt when this restaurant opened that the men

Caliber Aims to Attract Insurance Companies' Business

Caliber Collision Centers started out to be the McDonald's of car repair. But after some hard lessons and a new business plan, it's starting to look more like the HMO of the industry.

Catellus

Toronto-based Brookfield Homes has agreed to purchase the homebuilding assets of Newport Beach-based Catellus Residential Group for upwards of $100 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction.

Run-Up in Pollution Credits Squeezing Area Companies

For scores of Southern California companies, the cost to pollute is getting sky-high.

Clintons Tap OC Fundraisers; Samueli Appreciates Hallett

Bill Clinton is the featured attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser July 15 at the Anaheim Hills home of Sonya and Ed Grech, the duo behind limo maker Krystal Enterprises in Brea. Loretta Sanchez and Wylie Aitken are the "event hosts." P

Letters

California voters repealed taxes on "snack foods" sold in grocery stores, catering trucks and convenience stores in 1992. However, we forgot to eliminate the tax applied to the same snack food sold in vending machines.

The Park vs. The 'Port

base, but at least it's ambitious. Like the proposed airport, it's a grand vision of what to do with the 4,700 acres. It contrasts with other anti-airport plans, which would squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by going the subdivision route.

Breast-Reconstruction Options Expanding

Advances in technology and surgical techniques are giving women more post-mastectomy reconstruction options. One that is on the rise nationally and locally is the so-called "TRAM flap" procedure being done by CosmetiCare and Plasticos Institute, both in N

Park Place: There Is Life After Fluor

The folks at Winthrop Management have made quite a dent on the amount of space available at the Park Place office park in Irvine, thanks to continued strong demand in the Orange County office market.

LEGAL UPDATE

Many savvy Internet users are no longer content to be surfers, riding the waves of the Internet, drifting where the tides of hyperlinks may take them. Instead, users who value efficiency and time head straight to a search engine, where they enter keyword

Three OC Travel Agencies Among Nation's Largest 100

Three Orange County-based travel agencies ranked among the largest 100 nationally in 1999 air sales volume according to Business Travel News, a trade publication.

Aspen Frames the Rich and Famous

Selling specialty spectacles at eye-popping prices is a $35 million-a-year business for Optical Shop of Aspen International founder Larry Sands.

Javelin, now Aspeon, Seeks Growth as Service Provider

A lot has changed since January when Javelin Systems Inc. changed its name to Aspeon Inc.

Mazda Launches New Advertising Campaign in Advance of Entry Into Sport Utility Market

Mazda North American Operations has created a new advertising campaign to boost brand awareness ahead of the August introduction of its Tribute sport-utility vehicle.

Silver Screen and Gold Medals

The Foothill Ranch-based sunglasses maker outfitted actor Tom Cruise with a pair of its X Metal Romeo eyeglasses in Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible II," and the firm's shades are headed for the Olympic Games in Sydney.

Monday, June 5

Ford Reviewing Plan for South Coast Motorcars

The long-planned and oft-delayed South Coast Motorcars store in Mission Viejo is being redesigned and may become a showcase for all of Ford Motor Co.'s luxury brands, while plans for a satellite location in Newport Beach have been withdrawn.

High-Wire Antics: Teambuilding Goes the Course

You're perched atop a 40-foot pole. Your heart is pounding and your palms are sweaty from nerves.

Senator to Hold Hearing on County Labor Deal

A U.S. senator is scheduled to hold a hearing this week on the Orange County government's controversial project labor agreement with organized labor.

READING TEA LEAVES

At the Irvine office of Fancl International Inc., workers spend about half their time fielding calls from Japanese expatriates familiar with the Tokyo-based company's line of natural cosmetics.

HELP IS A CLICK AWAY

Here is a list of Web resources for small-business owners, compiled from online directories, Small Business Administration publications and the Business Journal's archives.

Mitsubishi Closing OC Monitor Business

Mitsubishi Electronics America Inc. is shutting down its Cypress-based computer monitor division in a move expected to displace more than 90 employees at the plant.

Crime's Down, But Tech Companies Put Guard Up

When semiconductor prices surge, companies across Irvine revel in the prospect of getting more for their chip products. But at the Irvine police department, higher chip prices mean a potential surge in high-tech crime.

UCI Researcher Seeks 'Cure' for the Common Ulcer

UCI College of Medicine professor of pathology and pharmacology Dr. Sandor Szabo has demonstrated that stomach and small intestine ulcers sometimes are healed by gene-injection therapy. His team offered findings of their study May 23 at the annual meeting

New Faces, Programs at Area Golf Courses

Western Golf Properties Inc., the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based management company for Oak Creek Golf Club, named Steven C. Thomas superintendent of the Irvine club. Thomas comes to Oak Creek from Riviera Country Club, an 18-hole private course in Pacific Palis

El Toro, Cont'd

Like a majority of Orange County residents polled in UCI's 2000 OC Annual Survey, I am against a commercial airport at El Toro. I am also against any expansion or increased flights out of John Wayne. Fortunately, Measure F provides safeguards.

Tech Hopefuls Pitch Investors on Basics, Not Blue Sky

If last week's VentureNet 2000 investor conference in Laguna Niguel is any indication, it could be a long summer for Orange County technology companies in search of funding.

Sage Quietly Builds Its Reputation

In January 1998, a forward-thinking California-style restaurant named Sage quietly opened in a corner space of the Eastbluff center that had formerly housed an Italian restaurant. Though the owner and chef, Richard Mead, is gregarious in some situations,

FCB's Hilton Account Expands to $55 Million

FCB Southern California in Costa Mesa, Orange County's second-largest advertising agency, has emerged as the winner in a shootout for client Hilton Hotels Corp.'s newly expanded account.

Sistonia Co-Founder Charged, Disappears; Company Shuts Doors

The owner of Orange-based Web design firm Sistonia Corp., who is accused of bilking a Michigan bank out of $60,000 and moving to California under a false identity, failed to show up for her arraignment last week and by all accounts has abandoned the busin

Hotels See Strong Occupancy in April

Orange County's hotels got a shot in the arm during April, with an average occupancy rate of 73.8%, up from 67.7% in April 1999, according to Hendersonville, Tenn.-based Smith Travel Research.

Edwards Seeks Big Investor; Shea Said To be Exiting Politics

The Insider is told that Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. , OC's biggest movie-theater chain and the county's largest woman-owned company (see this week's list, page 36), is seeking an investor who could wind up with majority ownership. The company is being

Let Chaos Reign

Scrap the idea of having an up-or-down referendum on El Toro Airport this fall. I understand the attraction of washing your hands of this whole messy, wrenching, divisive affair by leaving it to a plebiscite. It would be the easy way out,if 50% plus one

BEST OF ARGUS

Texas exhumed the body of a man believed to be Jesse James. The man died in 1951 at the age of 104. His family is on pins and needles because if the DNA tests prove he is Jesse James, Governor Bush can have him executed.

Raising the Bar: Irvine Co. Targets $4.60 Lease Rate

The Irvine Co., which not too long ago pushed some rents in its high-rise Newport Center office buildings in Newport Beach past the $4-per-square-foot threshold, the highest in Orange County, is aiming for as much as $4.60 per square foot these days.

AB 1751 Would Increase Health Costs

The California Legislature is debating a measure that appears to give Californians more options when a dispute arises with their healthcare service plan. Unfortunately, this bill, AB 1751 (Kuehl), is not in the best interest of California's consumers.

EARNINGS

Fluor Corp., Irvine, posted earnings of $51.0 million on revenue of $2.56 billion for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30, compared with a net loss of $72.9 million on revenue of $3.09 billion in the previous second quarter. For the six-month period,

Real Estate Deals

An undisclosed party in Anaheim, represented by Mike Austin of Sperry Van Ness, bought property at 1001 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, from CT Realty for approximately $1.7 million. CT Realty was represented in-house by Rick Warner.

Oftelie on Rival Group: What, Me Worry?

The city of Irvine is throwing down the gauntlet to the Orange County Business Council,declaring that business doesn't really support a commercial airport at El Toro. And to prove its case, the city plans to spend $250,000 to start the rival Tech Coast Ch

Women's Businesses Boost Sales, Payrolls

Women-owned businesses increased their share of Orange County's economic pie in the past year by posting gains in both revenue and employment, according to this week's Business Journal list.

With Funding, WWW.COM Has Music for Europe

Irvine-based WWW.COM, which transmits music over the Internet, says it has raised $41.5 million from venture capitalists and a European broadcaster that wants the Internet firm to launch the service globally.

Irvine Developer Skips Busy Web, Puts Ads Right In Software

Mike Sullivan's first experience with computer-based marketing came back in the late 1980s,long before the Internet went mainstream.

Executive Briefcase

Probably best known as the guitar player in Billy Idol's band during the 1980s, Stevens also has worked with a number of music's big names including: Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Joni Mitchell, Ric Ocasek and Vince Neil, to name a few. He also did the

Bill Foley Aims to Turn Micro General Into Tech Incubator

Just four years ago, Micro General was a sleepy little Santa Ana company with $2 million in annual sales of postage meters, postal scales and shipping systems.

PEOPLE

Balboa Capital, Irvine, named Bradley Kissler executive vice president of sales and Charles R. Wolf director of information systems. The company provides financial services for the acquisition of business equipment.

REAL ESTATE WATCH

In the first quarter of 2000, the industrial base in Los Angeles County swelled 10 million square feet to just more than 860 million square feet, second nationally to Chicago in total industrial square footage.

POINTS OF LIGHT

Girls Inc. of Orange County, a local affiliate of a national youth organization aimed at youth ages 5-18, announced that Sierra's Light Foundation offered $5,000 to the organization for safety upgrades at its Costa Mesa center. Girls Inc. also received a

House of Pancakes Flips

Some new vocabulary for the folks at Heil-Brice Retail Advertising: "Rooty Tooty Fresh n' Fruity."

Burning Questions

I recently spent a day and a half at the Chatham Inn on Cape Cod participating in "Burning Questions 2000." The informal, provocative conference was the brainchild of the Harvard Business Review and the Harvard Business Review Press. Most of the 110 in at

Risk-Takers' Bankruptcy Counsel Busier Than Ever

A bankruptcy lawyer focused on working on the debtor's side of the table, Lobel has consulted with and represented many of Orange County's big business names, including William Lyon, John Lusk and Carl Karcher. From Baldwin Builders to Bramalea Homes, Lob

Women Owned Businesses

Women Owned Businessesbusiness, women, owned

OC Art Prof Named Tops at CSULB

Laguna Niguel resident Patricia J. Clark was a recipient of the 1999-2000 Outstanding Professor Award at Cal State Long Beach, the university's highest faculty honor.