Stories for November 2000

Monday, November 27

GazelleLabs has laid off its HR exec and is looking at options

GazelleLab, an Irvine-based technology incubator, may not be around for much longer, at least in its current form.

Real Estate Deals

Vintage Design Inc. bought a 14,669-square-foot research and development building at 22880 Savi Ranch in Yorba Linda and a 34,972-square-foot building at 22895 Eastpark Dr. in Yorba Linda from The Clifford Companies for a total of $5.3 million. In additio

Marble Express buys land for a 50,000-square-foot expansion in Anaheim

Marble Express, a Van Nuys-based granite and marble company, plans to build a 50,000-square-foot warehouse and slab facility next to its 15,000-square-foot building in Anaheim.

What's happening in the Southern California, Western and U.S. market

STADIUM GATEWAY

Calendar

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OC malls are hoping to get one more good holiday season out of the economy

Orange County shopping centers are hoping to get at least one more strong buying season under their belts.

Buy.com readies its holiday ads, in the Marketing & Media column

Picture a guy named Bill outside Candle City in a mall, marveling about the great aroma coming from the shop. Yep, he says, that smell, among other things, is the reason he loves to shop in person. He's actually pretty convincing, until he sticks his elbo

The Festival of Arts posts record sales and attendance

Despite tension and uncertainty about the future of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of Masters in the city of Laguna Beach, both the Festival and Pageant posted record attendance and merchandise sales during the two-month summer run this year.

Donahue Schriber opens an Arizona office, in the Real Estate column

Given the ultra-competitive market for property management services in Southern California, Newport Beach-based Donahue Schriber is going to Arizona to look for a greater national market presence.

Overviews of the OC office, industrial, retail and hotel markets

The Orange County office market encompasses more than 83 million square feet of office product and is growing at a rapid pace. Since the third quarter of 1999, the base has increased by nearly 3.5 million square feet, mostly concentrated in the southern p

S & P; sees better times ahead for not-for-profit hospitals, in the Healthcare column

Not-for-profit hospitals and their representatives in Orange County and other parts of the U.S. have steadily complained about how Balanced Budget Act of 1997 reimbursement freezes and other financial factors have affected their sector. But Standard & Poo

Norman Matsushita is Deloitte & Touche's point man with Japanese firms

In Norman Matsushita's office overlooking South Coast Plaza, Japanese-English dictionaries and local phone directories printed in Japanese dot the shelves.

Veterinary Pet Services is building a 50,000-square-foot HQ in Brea

Veterinary Pet Services Inc., a provider of health insurance for pets, plans to relocate to a new 50,000-square-foot headquarters being built in Brea that's more than double the size of its current Anaheim facility.

Wright Construction opens an OC office

Seattle-based Howard S. Wright Construction Co. has opened an office in Newport Beach, its sixth regional office and first in Southern California.

Kanan Hamzeh hopes to shift his Tri Pole Corp. from hardware to software

Kanan Hamzeh came to the U.S. from Lebanon in the 1960s to study electrical engineering. After more than 30 years here, he's received much more than just a degree.

Executive Summary

Fluor Corp., Aliso Viejo, received a 10-year, $2.4 billion contract to manage the closure of the Fernald uranium-processing facility near Cincinnati ... KPC Medical Management, Anaheim, closed its 38 Southern California medical offices and said it will fi

Arthur J. Gallagher names a new area president

Susan Daley was promoted to area president and branch manager of Arthur J. Gallagher's Irvine office. She succeeds Cub Parker, who left the company for personal reasons. Daley will oversee 28 employees who specialize in the commercial sale of insurance.

The Insider hears Henry Segerstrom wants a St. Regis near South Coast Plaza

What kind of hotel does Henry Segerstrom want to put on the site of Scott's Seafood across Bristol Street from South Coast Plaza? A five-star one. Sandi Cain is told that Segerstrom has asked Starwood Hotels (parent of the Westin) to do a feasibility stud

Gourmet Catering looks to hold corporate bashes in a historic ballroom

Sheri Smith has cooked for Broadcom Corp. Chief Executive Henry Nicholas and Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Now her Gourmet Catering is looking to transform a ballroom in a historic downtown Fullerton building into a showcase for her family-owned cate

Capital Pacific buys the Bradley Plaza office park in Anaheim

An affiliate of Newport Beach-based Capital Pacific Holdings has purchased the two-building, 107,000-square-foot Bradley Plaza complex in Anaheim across from Edison International Field.

CKE reportedly is moving its top execs to Santa Barbara, and faces disgruntled franchisees

CKE Restaurants Inc.'s new Chief Executive Andrew Puzder is said to be moving the top management of the Anaheim-based company to Santa Barbara, where he and Chairman Bill Foley are based, according to a representative for CKE's franchisees.

Mission Hospital partners with City of Hope on a cancer study

Mission Viejo's Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center has formed a research partnership with City of Hope Cancer Center as part of a national initiative to improve breast-cancer treatment.

SBA loan volume is way up in OC

Small Business Administration lending in the county grew 47% for the 12 months ended Sept. 30 among the top 20 SBA lenders on this year's Business Journal list. The total of the SBA loans given out almost reached $200 million, up from $135 million last ye

How north OC can ride the new tech wave, a Viewpoint

The growth of a given jurisdiction or region now depends increasingly on the decisions of specific groups of individual entrepreneurs or workers to locate there. These individuals,investors, engineers, systems analysts, scientists, creative workers,are wh

Diedrich Coffee has cancelled three franchise agreements and says it will nix a fourth

Diedrich Coffee Inc.'s ambitious expansion effort has been set back by the recent cancellations of three franchise agreements and the pending cancellation of a fourth, halving the number of gourmet coffeehouses in the company's U.S. development pipeline.

A Yorba Linda bottler's new owner plans to build an Anaheim plant

Temecula-based Venture Net Capital Group Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Yorba Linda's Coastal Mountain Water Inc. and hopes to build a new water bottling plant in northeast Anaheim next year.

Endocare files for FDA marketing approval for its breast-cancer technology

Irvine-based Endocare Inc. and Sanarus Medical Inc. of Pleasantion have filed applications with the Food and Drug Administration for clearance to market systems for the diagnosis and treatment of breast tumors.

Commercial Real Estate Update---OC's office space includes something for everyone

OC's Commercial Spaces Range From High-Rises to Campuses to Restored Classics

Verizon is grabbing space in Irvine being vacated by Timber Mountain Hardwoods

Timber Mountain Hardwoods Inc. is as wired as a wood supplier can be, using technology to expedite its business and keep costs low, according to Chris Dennis, the company's managing partner. But that's not enough to justify a pricey Irvine address.

Roy's is putting a Hawaiian twist on holiday dining

Care to spark up your holiday, Hawaiian style? Roy's of Newport Beach will offer guests the opportunity to try three specials inspired by ingredients and cooking techniques indigenous to Hawaii this holiday season. The menu additions were all created by e

Ingram Micro will create a new distribution center in Mira Loma

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. is mounting a big expansion in the Inland Empire, bringing with it as many as 800 jobs during the project's first phase and almost 1,400 within two years.

People

Ernst & Young LLP's Hospitality Services Group named Jeffrey T. Dallas practice leader for the Western region. The 15-year hospitality veteran will be based in Los Angeles and oversee all California markets.

Emulex and QLogic are increasingly moving in the same channels

Back in 1994, Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp. spun off QLogic Corp., which has gone on to surpass its former parent in market capitalization and even rival it in some markets. Now Emulex appears to be following in some of the footsteps of its offspring.

Buy.com inks a deal with AT & T; Wireless

Buy.com last week announced an alliance that enables more than 300,000 AT & T; Wireless customers with Internet-ready phones to shop on buy.com, including performing product searches, viewing orders and comparing prices,all by using AT & T;'s Digital PocketNet

SunCal Cos. is building a town within a city on the former Hughes site in Fullerton

Bruce Elieff and Larry Lazar hope to build the future by going back to the past. The executives of Anaheim-based SunCal Cos., one of the most active land development firms in Southern California, are heading up the planning for the 293-acre Amerige Height

ATEN International is moving to a larger space in Irvine

ATEN Technology Inc., the U.S. arm of Taiwan-based computer products maker ATEN International Co., is subleasing 25,000 square feet in the Irvine Spectrum, where it plans to relocate from the Irvine Business Complex.

Wall Street likes Allergan's profits and product pipeline

Shares in Allergan Inc. have hit new highs this month as investors reward the Irvine-based drug maker for its strong financial performance and a pipeline of new products.

An OC builder is taking advantage of no-interest, equity-based Islamic loans

Hazem Abdellatif could easily obtain financing at any major financial institution. His Laguna Niguel-based homebuilding and contracting firm Abdellatif Enterprises Inc. has a well-established credit record and the underlying real estate to serve as collat

Imation tests, then buys Shugart software, in the Technology column

Imation Corp. said it plans to employ testing software at its storage area network solutions lab from Irvine-based Shugart Technology Inc., a maker of data storage testing gear and software.

OC's biggest third-quarter deals and construction projects

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Monday, November 20

Marie Callender switches agencies, in the Marketing & Media column

Marie Callender Pie Shops Inc., Orange, has tapped Duke Creative Marketing Solutions in New Orleans to handle its estimated $10 million to $20 million advertising account, replacing incumbent agency Mering & Associates in Sacramento.

Four Paskowitz brothers are hoping to make a name for themselves in surfwear

Four brothers of Jewish-Mexican descent, offspring of an opera-singing mother and a surfing icon father, are hoping to become the next big name in surf apparel.

Beckman Coulter gets $30 million testing supply deal

Beckman Coulter Inc., the Fullerton-based medical diagnostics company, signed a five-year, $30 million supply agreement with Quest Diagnostics Inc., a Teterboro, N.J. based provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. Quest has annualized re

FCB will consolidate into a newly leased Irvine building

FCB Southern California, Orange County's second-largest advertising agency, will merge its two OC offices into a larger Irvine location by April 1.

A group of top Coast Newport brokers have left the firm following its acquisition

There's been a shakeup in Orange County's luxury home-selling business, as Rich Meaney and several other of Coast Newport Properties' top-producing agents have left to form their own brokerage firm, Strada Properties.

Werdin plans a 100,000-square-foot office park in Santa Ana

Newport Beach-based Werdin Corp. has teamed up with real estate financier Hanover Financial Co. and plans to develop a 100,000-square-foot industrial complex in Santa Ana, the first in the John Wayne Airport area since the late 1980s.

Essex lands a deal to manage 895,000 square feet, in the Real Estate column

Costa Mesa-based Essex Realty Management Inc. has been selected by A & B; Properties to manage that firm's 895,000-square-foot Ontario Distribution Center complex in the Inland Empire.

The Huntington Beach City Council is poised to condemn two discount stores

Lawsuits and other legal moves are coming thick and fast amid claims of conflict of interest,but this isn't a story about an election in Florida. It's about a redevelopment effort in Huntington Beach.

Washington Mutual names a new Southern California chief

Washington Mutual has named George Kaye to head its Irvine-based Southern California operations, replacing Michael Amato, who was promoted to manager, national branch network and will move to its Seattle headquarters.

Shugart says his new firm will be bigger than Seagate, a Comdex notebook

Broadcom Corp. showed how its chips could work in the home of the future. Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. touted wireless products. Shugart Technology Inc. promised it would get as big as Seagate Technology Inc. And Ingram Micro Inc. said it's un

The boom in family foundations

Family foundations are becoming more popular as a way for people to pass on their assets tax-free, while also donating to charitable organizations and allowing family members to partake in the process.

Orange-based Sybron Dental Specialties is set to be spun off next month

Sybron Dental Specialties Inc., an Orange-based medical products maker, is set to go public next month as part of a spin-off from Sybron International Corp. of Milwaukee.

Queensway Bay may go forward in phases, without theaters for now

The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Convention Center are going to have to be enough for Long Beach's waterfront development dreams, at least for now.

Analyst skepticism doesn't faze Senior.com, which says it wants to take things slow

It may be only appropriate that Irvine-based Senior.com,a Web site for seniors,says it's taking it slower than other Internet start-ups.

OC demographics and healthcare, a Survey

Findings from Phase II of Community Assessment Report by Orange County's United Way and Academic Resources Team

Flex-Foot parent acquires two firms

Ossur hf, the Scandinavian parent company of Aliso Viejo-based Flex-Foot Inc., announced last week that it will buy two Swedish prosthetic firms. Ossur's purchases of Pi Medical AB and Karlsson & Bergstrom AB were structured as stock transactions with a t

So you want to be a venture capitalist?

Influx of Investment Capital Has Firms Searching for Talent to Make More Deals

People

Ernest & Young, Irvine announced the transfer of Gretchen Valentine to the firm's technology and communications practice. Valentine has 18 years of experience as a tax consulting specialist and will help the company develop tailored tax plans. In addition

Nike is taking more space in Lake Forest

Nike Team Sports Inc. plans to consolidate two Irvine warehouses into a new larger space in Lake Forest in December.

Executive Summary

Continuing concerns about a possible dip in sales drove shares of Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. to the 130 level in midday trading Friday, a decline of more than 40% in two weeks and a drop of more than half from the 52-week high of 273 5/8 set Aug. 24; mea

LEDO International wants to branch from consulting to theme-park management

When Mel Cecil, Thor Degelman and Michael King decided to form LEDO International Inc., a leisure and entertainment consultancy, they started it in Cecil's garage.

Briefcase Update

Update: Mr. Fish, the betta that came with the acclaimed, no-maintenance "fish planter" reviewed here on July 24, expired two months later, after setting the longevity record for gilled pets owned by yours truly. Mr. Fish might even still be alive, except

The Insider hears Exodus is looking for more OC space

The tech news keeps on comin': Exodus Communication, which just opened a 110,000-square-foot data center in OC, may already be looking to expand. Exodus chairman and CEO Ellen Hancock, Fortune magazine's fifth-most powerful woman in American business, fle

Voters in two cities rejected bed-tax increases

Future visitors to Costa Mesa and Garden Grove got a break from voters in the recent elections, leaving city officials to search elsewhere for new revenue after measures calling for increases in local hotel taxes went down to defeat.

Calendar

Community Associations Institute luncheon meeting Irvine 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $35/$40 (949) 380-7360 Advanced Qualifying Skills (Sandler Sales Institute) Irvine 7:30-9 a.m. $49 (949) 450-1425 How Coaching Can Favorably Impact Employee Retention (Natio

Med-i-nets, wants to put doctors on the Internet, in the Healthcare column

The country's $1.4 trillion healthcare industry has been somewhat resistant to encroachments from the ever-expanding Web,the industry remains tied to paper medical records, prescriptions and patient charts.

El Toro's still the best airport idea, an Editorial

COUNTY SUPERVISOR TOM WILSON LAST WEEK STEPPED UP NEWPORT Beach's push to have restrictions on John Wayne Airport extended for another 20 years when the current night curfew and flight limits end in 2005.

MPS Acacia gets group purchasing contract

MPS Acacia, a Brea-based medical device maker, was awarded an 18-month group-purchasing contract by Premier Inc., a San Diego-based hospital alliance. Under the contract, MPS Acacia will provide around 1,850 hospitals with its Saf-T Click and Saf-T Holder

Booming demand has Q-Media considering another plant upgrade in Irvine

Last May, Canada's Q-Media Services Corp., which produces, packages and distributes programs for software makers, completed a $1 million overhaul of its Irvine facility. But already an ongoing shift in the software industry has the company eyeing further

Cenix will use its recent funding to beef up its Irvine development facility

Cenix Inc., an Allentown, Pa.-based maker of optical networking components, has received $25.5 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Cisco Systems Inc. and plans to put nearly half of the money into its Irvine development fa

'Enter the Guardsman' leaves little impression, a Briefcase

Book by Scott Wentworth, music by Craig Bohmler, lyrics by Marion Alder, directed by Wentworth, musical direction by Dennis Castellano. Through Dec. 3. Tickets $34-$41. Call (949) 497-2787; lagunaplayhouse.com

Savoie's Fare features pastries with a light French touch

When it came time to get a cake, and it just had to be an extra-special one, I headed once again for Savoie's Fare in Laguna Niguel, my favorite place for pastries. While I was there, I stayed for lunch!

Round 3 of Dr. Mike vs. the AMA, in Letters

In his Nov. 13 letter, Dr. Richard Corlin, president-elect of the American Medical Association, takes issue with the Oct. 23 letter by myself and Dr. Robert Cihak that criticizes the AMA's Current Procedural Terminology process.

Real Estate Deals

Foremost Business Park bought a 134,518-square-foot industrial business park at 4875 E. La Palma in Anaheim from Catellus Commercial Group for $10.1 million. Al Pekarcik of Voit Commercial Brokerage represented Foremost. Bob Griffith and Jeff Chiate of Cu

Recover some deposits lost to Wall Street

Orange County's savings and loans turned around a deposit decline and posted a 3% gain for the 12 months ended June 30, according to the Business Journal list.

NetCom lands $75 million in funding

NetCom Technologies Inc., an Irvine-based service provider to wireless communications companies, landed $75 million in funding last week from Willis Stein & Partners of Chicago, the second-largest private equity investment this year in Orange County.

Availability tightened in the LA market in the third quarter

The Los Angeles office market continued to tighten during the third quarter. Despite a 1.4 million-square-foot increase in the base, vacancy rates held firm and sustained the 10-year low of 10.5% achieved in the second quarter. Since the third quarter of

XO Communications plans to expand its OC network, in the Technology column

XO Communications Inc. recently changed its name and now its Santa Ana office is getting ready to invest in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

NZania snags licensing contract with Spot International

Irvine-based Spot International, which licenses several sportswear and footwear brands, has licensed the design and manufacture of its Suburban sportswear brand to an Irvine manufacturer.

Monday, November 13

Porter Novelli adds BioQ, in the Marketing & Media column

The Irvine offices of Porter Novelli Convergence Group recently landed a PR account with Carlsbad-based BioQ, a software provider for pharmaceutical companies. The fast-growing PR firm, which specializes in technology clients, recently moved into new offi

SEI Information Technology sets up an Irvine office

Chicago-based SEI Information Technology, a technology consulting firm, has opened an Irvine office with a possible eye toward expanding the site into a full-service operation with 65 employees in a year's time.

Executive Summary

Broadcom Corp., Irvine, will acquire Santa Clara-based SiByte Inc. for up to $2.04 billion, depending on future performance; Broadcom CEO Henry Nicholas said the company is "comfortable" with analysts' fourth-quarter earnings estimates and its shares stab

From OC, T. Boone Pickens battles for part of the clean-fuel niche

A small group of companies is expected to be the biggest winner in the area's war on dirty diesel, as a series of regulations force transit buses, refuse trucks and other public vehicle fleets to convert to clean-burning fuels. The local market for these

Passage of a slow-growth measure may push Conexant out of Newport Beach

Newport-Beach Conexant Systems Inc. said it is considering expanding in other Orange County cities and might move its headquarters elsewhere in the wake of last week's passage of the slow-growth Measure S in the city. IIf we cannot expand in Newport Beach

Doner wins the $25 million Jenny Craig account

Newport Beach-based Doner's advertising billings just got $25 million fatter, as the agency has landed an account with weight-loss center operator Jenny Craig Inc. Doner competed in a shootout with incumbent Suissa Miller, Los Angeles, Campbell-Ewald Adve

The under-construction Nexus Towers are 80% leased

The Nexus Cos. has signed five major leases totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, filling roughly 80% of its Nexus Twin Towers project near the San Diego (405) and Costa Mesa (55) freeways. The heavy pre-leasing at the two nine-story buildings, which total

Conexant cements three alliances, in the Technology column

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems Inc. may not be as busy buying companies as cross-county rival Broadcom Corp., but Conexant is keeping its dance card full with three recently announced deals. Conexant is collaborating with Liberate Technologies of S

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin sees tourism in the space program's future

More than 30 years after he first set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is working on a plan that would allow 'citizens' the opportunity for space travel on their own.

Real Estate Deals

Santa Ana Wheel acquired a 19,142-square-foot industrial building at 1426 N. Burton Place in Anaheim from Lester Tjelmeland for $1.3 million. Greg Johnson of Ashwill & Associates represented Santa Ana Wheel. Bryan Miller and Elizabeth Hughes of Lee & Asso

Bergen Brunswig's Robert Martini is 'anxious' to find a new CEO

After more than a year running Orange-based Bergen Brunswig Corp., longtime Chairman and interim Chief Executive Robert Martini said he's actively seeking someone to replace him as CEO and has interviewed at least 18 candidates, with son Brent Martini amo

People

Patricia Spielberg joined Ware & Malcomb Architects Inc., Irvine, as senior designer for WMA's Interiors Group. Before joining Ware & Malcomb, Spielberg was an in-house project coordinator for The Capital Group Companies.

Tofu-maker House Foods America is spicing up its offerings

In an industrial corner of Garden Grove lies what Kazumi Kuniyasu calls the largest tofu plant in America.

Election purgatory, an Editorial

GEORGE BUSH BEAT AL GORE BY MORE VOTES IN ORANGE COUNTY THAN GORE beat Bush in the entire nation. By almost twice as many votes, in fact.

Birtcher breaks ground in Portland, in the Real Estate column

Snyder Langston Takes Center Stage at SCR; Centex Buys More in Serrano Heights

First American's profits and revenue dip, in Earnings

Bergen Brunswig Corp., Orange, posted earnings before special charges of $16.0 million and a net loss of $545.3 million on revenue of $5.95 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with earnings before special charges of $11.6 million

Three takes on the toll roads, in Letters

Mike Ward's September 1999 Viewpoint on the toll roads boasted that OC would now "enjoy the benefits of an innovative and successful transportation system."

Calendar

Southern California Venture Network forum Irvine 7 p.m. Free (949) 660-6373 Total Relationship Marketing (California Staffing Professionals) Irvine 4-8:30 p.m. $35/$50 (949) 752-8060 Hispanic Chamber of Orange County Business Expo 2000 Anaheim 8 a.m.-

The FDA gets funds to speed medical-device reviews and approvals

An $11 million increase in funding for the Food and Drug Administration's medical device program could result in more, better-trained inspectors and a cut in the time it takes local biomedical companies to bring their products to market, according to loca

OC firms gear up for Comdex

Costa Mesa-based Stomp Inc., a maker of labeling software for compact discs, is going all out for this week's Comdex/Fall 2000, the annual Las Vegas extravaganza showcasing the latest in technology. Company founder and President Mike Hummell plans to set

Special Report: Insurance and Employee Benefits What the banking overhaul means to insurance

The Financial Modernization Act passed in 1999 to create open banking in the U.S. has given insurance and financial services companies the marketing opportunity of a lifetime. The fruits of the legislation are being seen in a wave of consolidations. "Unti

Geography and past decisions hamper the Southland's biotech development

Electronic noses that can sniff out toxics. Artificial eyes that can give sight to the blind. Skin that can be grown in the lab and applied to burn victims' bodies. They're all being developed in the Southland, along with countless other innovations that

Cogent lands a deal with an Aetna unit, in the Healthcare column

Cogent Healthcare Inc., a Laguna Hills-based healthcare company, is expanding some of its inpatient-based physician networks to Central Florida. Cogent last week signed an agreement with Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Orlando, Fla., to put a voluntary "hospital

The Insider hears Tom Umberg could be the next state Democratic chairman

A juicy post-election item from Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, speaking in Irvine: OC's Tom Umberg is the rumored favorite to become state Democratic chairman Huntington Beach sports consultant Jack Tiernan on watching the election returns: "It w

Job cuts hit the newsroom at the OC Register

The Orange County Register's belt tightening hit the daily paper's newsrooms last week with the layoff of a general assignment reporter. The cut was announced in an internal memo sent to employees by Editor Tonnie Katz, who didn't rule out the prospect of

Greg MacGillivray is making IMAX films to help save the oceans

Since its first IMAX movie, "To Fly" in 1976, Laguna Beach-based MacGillivray Freeman Films has produced more than 30 movies out of its OC headquarters,25 of them in the IMAX format,and its staff has grown to 26 full-time employees. The company produces a

Vessia offers an Italianesque happy hour

Oh, those Italians. They can instill a bit of mystery and romance into almost any situation. And, Vessia in Irvine is doing its part by offering L'ora Felice (Happy Hour to us) Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's an after-work mini-extravagan

The county awarded its largest-ever contract to incumbent Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corp. led a team of four companies that won a $250 million contract to manage the Orange County government's data processing center and its telecommunications system. "It's the largest contract that the county has ever awarded," said Randy

Venture funding in OC was down in the third quarter

Venture capital investments in Orange County companies totaled $208.4 million in the third quarter, down from the record $303 million posted in the second quarter and lower than the year-ago third quarter and prior record, $212 million, according to Price

Quiksilver is stepping up marketing of its Hawk Clothing line

In its bid to snag a chunk of the skateboard apparel market, Quiksilver Inc. is kicking into high gear this month with the planned opening of a New Jersey store devoted to its new Hawk Clothing brand and a big promotional push for the Hawk line by retaile

Anaheim shows off its new attractions to a travel industry conference

Orange County reached another milestone in its efforts to bring additional visitors to the area when it hosted the Washington, D.C.-based Travel Industry Association Marketing Outlook Forum at the Disneyland Hotel in late October. It was the first time th

New insurance products for the new

The advent of the Internet and the technologies supporting it has been a boon to professional services such as law firms, accountants, marketing and advertising firms, but it also has brought into the insurance industry a whole new segment of products. Wi

Disney contractors work in a tight space on tight schedules

If you think it was tough as a commuter to drive the streets around Disneyland in the past couple of years, try orchestrating the comings and goings of a fleet of construction trucks onto the California Adventure work site. That's one of the challenges fa

Bank of America names OC's Kim Burdick to a national post

Kim Burdick, head of Bank of America's Newport Beach-based California premier banking operation for two months, was promoted to the newly created position of consumer planning and integration executive and will move to the bank's Charlotte, N.C., national

Insurers look to technology to increase efficiency

The Internet was supposed to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses shop for insurance. While that hasn't exactly happened, the Internet is having a big effect on the industry behind the scenes. Traditional brokerage and insurance carriers say the

Monday, November 6

Wohl buys 13 acres next to Ontario Mills mall

Wohl Investment Co., Irvine, has opened escrow on the purchase of 13 acres owned by the Mills Corp., the last undeveloped property around the 1.7-million-square-foot Ontario Mills mall.

Motorola's going with go2, in the Technology column

Irvine-based go2 Systems Inc., which provides location-based directory information to users of cellular phones and other Web-linked handheld devices, is attracting some attention.

The split roll is far from dead, in Letters

Developments this year indicate an accelerated spending-lobby agenda in 2001 to increase property taxes paid by businesses in the form of a split roll, which is clearly the single most damaging tax policy change that could occur in California.

Growing Businesses

--Irvine-based Entridia Corp. makes chips designed to speed up Internet and other IP network connections. It was started in 1997 by three UCI students: Emil Chao, VP of business development; Paramesh Gopi, VP of marketing and Ram Krishnan, CTO. To date,

Don De Cristo Concrete Accessories is moving out of the Irvine Spectrum after 20 years

To get an idea of how much the Irvine Spectrum has changed over the years, just ask Vasken Kassarjian.

People

Gretchen Valentine, a partner at Ernst & Young, has joined the firm's technology and communications practice in Irvine. The 18-year industry veteran is a tax specialist.

The falling euro is dragging down some OC firms

The stumbling euro wreaked havoc on Orange County companies with operations in Europe last week and set the stage for a rough fourth quarter.

Thoughts on diapers, mavericks and editors, a Viewpoint

These excerpts are adapted from the recently published "The Maverick Way," by local author and former Orange County Register managing editor Richard Cheverton. The book (available at www.maverickway.com) focuses on executive William G. "Bill" Wilson's 42-

The former Twin Palms site reopens as the Four Seasons' banquet facility

The Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach last week announced the reopening of the former Twin Palms restaurant as the Palm Garden at Four Seasons. The 10,000-square-foot building will accommodate up to 500 guests for special events.

GazelleLab is moving to the University Research Park

GazelleLab, a 9-month-old Irvine technology incubator, plans to relocate to larger quarters at the University Research Park and nearly double its staff to around 35 people.

A tentative deal has been inked for the Union Bank Square in Orange

An unidentified buyer has been chosen to purchase one of Orange County's most sought-after properties.

Graduate School of Management Stresses IT, Entrepreneurism

When the University of California, Irvine, Graduate School of Management held its first ever Best New Venture Business Plan contest in June, the team of Dan Whissen and five other MBA students took the competition a step further.

Two studies say OC employers are facing double-digit healthcare cost increases

Two national benefits studies find that Orange County businesses should prepare for double-digit increases in health insurance costs for their employees.

Forget Disney and Broadcom, it's two bands that are putting OC on the map

Irvine chip maker Broadcom Corp. has showcased Orange County's technological prowess to the world. And Disneyland and Anaheim's sports teams have put the area into the national,even global,mindset. But, in a way, no one has done as much to raise OC's prof

It's time to start the holiday planning

My phone is ringing already asking for my suggestions for holiday parties for families and businesses. As we work our way through the holiday season, I will try to give you some interesting and unique ways and places to entertain your guests.

Real Estate Deals

Rafael Vergara purchased a 3,838-square-foot industrial building at 6042 Bolsa Ave. in Huntington Beach from James A. Ferlita Trust for $0.6 million. Matlow-Kennedy Commercial represented Vergara. Sharon Opyrchal of Daum Commercial Real Estate Services' A

First Bank & Trust's administrative operations are moving north

Thanks to realignment at its parent company, Newport Beach-based First Bank & Trust is moving its administrative operations to San Francisco.

The Westminster Boys & Girls Club gets $300,000 from Microsoft

How did the Westminster Boys & Girls Club attract Microsoft Corp.'s attention,and a $300,000 cash donation for a new library and upgraded computer lab at the club's headquarters?

Growing DGWB moves into larger space in Santa Ana

They gave Ugly Duckling Car Sales the line "Life Sucks Without a Car." They created an animated hot dog for Wienerschnitzel. And they coined the motto "Bureaucracy beware" for home mortgage lender LoanWorks in Irvine.

Kingston lands a $200 million order from Intel

Kingston Technology Co. has landed a deal pegged at $200 million annually to supply high-end memory products to Intel Corp. for use with the chip maker's newest Pentium IV processor.

Some OC executives have a new business bank in organization

Federal regulators are expected to grant initial approval this week for a new Irvine-based business bank being started by a group of Orange County executives.

September commercial construction contracts drop, in the Real Estate column

Orange County's nonresidential building activity continued its anticipated slowdown, according to the latest report by The McGraw-Hill Cos.

Hey, it's only an election, an Editorial

IT'S ELECTION TIME, AND WITH IT COMES THE PUBLIC SERVICE SPOTS AND editorials urging you to exercise your right to vote. Allow me to add my voice:

OC's newest university takes shape in Aliso Viejo

East and West are coming together in Aliso Viejo, as the first phase of the Soka University of America campus there is nearly complete, and the university has begun enrolling students for its opening semester in the fall next year.

It's no hoax: Emulex is back

Emulex Corp. may have fallen victim to a damaging news hoax in August, but the Costa Mesa-based company is having the last laugh.

Things are looking up in the OC high-rise market

Orange County's high-rise market, consisting of 114 buildings, accounts for 29% of the Orange County office market. The third quarter was the first this year in which the vacancy rate rose in the high-rise sector, going from the second quarter's 9.3%, to

IndX Software signs four European distributors

IndX Software Corp., an Aliso Viejo developer of decision-support software for manufacturers, is expanding in Europe with the signing of four new regional resellers.

UCI's earth science group is in the middle of environmental debates

You can find them in the warm waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the frozen tundra of Alaska, in the wilds of the Amazon rain forest and the bureaucratic warrens of Switzerland.

Nike pulls the plug on its Irvine-based action sports apparel unit

Just three months after challenging surfwear and skateboard apparel companies on their own turf, Nike Inc.'s All Conditions Gear action sports apparel unit plans to close down its Irvine office on Nov. 17.

OpenMinds lands two more Allied Domecq labels, in the Marketing & Media column

After landing an account from Callaway Vineyard & Winery in February, OpenMinds, Laguna Beach, has picked up two more accounts for Allied Domecq brands, winning Napa's William Hill Winery in June and Sonoma's Clos Dubois Winery in September.

The Insider eyes jobs in OC's still-hot tech sector

The Insider hears that Orange's Bill Campbell has the inside track on becoming the next GOP Assembly leader, right after this week's election The dot-com demise hasn't cooled off OC's red-hot market for tech talent. The B2B, systems and software sectors

Room for all: Hilton's CEO looks ahead

Just before the recent opening of California's first Homewood Suites by Hilton in Garden Grove, Hilton Hotels Corp. President and Chief Executive Stephen Bollenbach called Orange County a "big part of our plans" and said more Hilton brands could pop up on

Executive Summary

Shea Properties secured financing for the first phase of the planned 1.5 million-square-foot Vantis office campus in Aliso Viejo: a 150,000-square-foot, five-story building that the company will begin on speculation in the spring ... GlobalCenter Inc., Su

Ingram Micro and Western Digital post improved bottom lines, in Earnings

Ingram Micro Inc., Santa Ana, reported earnings of $38.9 million on revenue of $7.56 billion for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with earnings of $15.8 million revenue of $6.71 billion for the third quarter last year. For the nine-month period,

A UCI team finds a higher cancer-survival rate in Asians, in the Healthcare column

A pair of University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine researchers recently wrapped up a study on stomach cancer survival rates in Asians vs. other ethnic groups. Their findings, published in the November issue of the journal Cancer, may be the f

Aqcess Technologies is battling a cash crunch

Irvine-based Aqcess Technologies Inc. is facing financial problems but insists it's moving ahead with plans to produce several thousand of its personal computer tablets, the Qbe Vivo, and may have a white knight on the way.

Rancho Mission Viejo's Anthony Moiso proposes a large land set-aside in South OC

Rancho Mission Viejo LLC is formulating a sweeping land set-aside and development program aimed at "preserving at least 60%" of the remaining 25,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo, according to company Chief Executive Anthony R. Moiso.

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