Stories for September 2000

Monday, September 25

Executive Summary

Buy.com Inc. founder Scott Blum's Aliso Viejo-based Enfrastructure Inc., which seeks to build high-tech business campuses across the country, received $100 million in backing from Microsoft, IBM and others ... Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry Nicholas and

Seychelle's water-filtration bottles are OK'd by Mexico and China

San Juan Capistrano-based Seychelle Environmental Technologies Inc.'s portable water filtration bottle has been tested and approved by both China and Mexico.

Alstyle is consolidating some operations into a new Anaheim building

Anaheim-based Alstyle Apparel & Activewear Manufacturing Co., which produces T-shirts and private-label brand clothing for names such as Nike, Old Navy, Converse and Guess?, recently signed a $10.5 million lease for a new 200,000-square-foot building at 1

The jobs estimate for OC's biomed industry is probably low, in Letters

Congratulations on another one of your always excellent and much anticipated Special Reports on Biotech/Biomed in your Sept. 18 issue. Thank you also for the several quotes from us you were kind to include.

New freeway ramps open in Anaheim's visitor area

Anaheim's biggest entertainment hotspots,Disneyland, California Adventure, Edison International Field, the Pond and the Anaheim Convention Center,are getting their own ramps on and off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway beginning this week.

Where were Gore and Lieberman on the China trade bill? An Editorial

The Senates overwhelming vote in favor of normalizing trade with China was a milestone. It was a geopolitical watershed, an affirmation of free trade and a certain boost for U.S. exporters and the nation's economy. Many OC tech manufacturers are likely to

The Edwards heart valve turns 40

The 40th anniversary of an event that some consider to be the seminal one in Orange County's biomedical history came this past week.

big banks envy small ones, and vice versa

Consolidation in the banking industry has brought an age-old battle back to the forefront.

Nichols Institute Diagnostics signs a distributor for its newest test kits

San Juan Capistrano-based Nichols Institute Diagnostics, a global provider of diagnostic test kits and systems to hospitals, laboratories and researchers, has reached an agreement with U.K.-based IDS Ltd. for the international distribution of two Vitamin

Prandium is planning a new Mexican-themed quick-food chain

Following the June sale of its 109-unit El Torito chain, Irvine-based Prandium Inc. is developing a new Mexican/Southwestern quick-service restaurant plan for the El Torito Express restaurants it retained, and hopes eventually to launch it nationwide.

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Squar Milner, Newport Beach, named Dan Engle and Shel-lee Davidson partners. Engle will continue to oversee the firm's information technology client activity. Davidson heads the firm's business and litigation group.

BofA's center of gravity has moved south

The recent appointment of Liam McGee to the newly created position of president of the bank's California operations puts the longtime Los Angeles resident in charge of the biggest banking presence in the state, one whose national headquarters may be in Ch

Surging DDi's shaky spring IPO is ancient history now

Back in early April, when Anaheim-based DDi Corp. was preparing its initial public offering, what was happening on Wall Street would have made even the most tested executive sweat,let alone a management team venturing into the market for the first time. "

OC firms see the China trade bill as a boost

An Orange County author's new book, "China Attacks," predicted last week's passage by the U.S. Senate of a bill calling for permanent normal trade relations with China.

Prototype maker Five Axis is moving to a larger space in Lake Forest

Five Axis Models, a maker of prototype automobiles, is moving from Santa Ana to a bigger facility in Lake Forest in what it says is a bid to keep up with demand for its services.

Internet banking is catching on slowly

While banks and other institutions have been adding online services for some time now, consumer acceptance has been moderate at best, and online-only banks are struggling.

Splichal veteran Peter Rogers is named manager at Pinot Provence

Pinot Provence, the restaurant that brought prestigious dining to the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, has a new manager, Peter Rogers. He comes from the corporate offices of Christine and Joachim Splichal, the creative couple who first launched what is wi

regulators are taking another look at securitizations

Four of the top bank regulatory agencies in the U.S. are taking a closer look at how lenders set aside capital for the loans they sell as securities to investors.

OC's United Way it changing the way it distributes funds

Orange County's United Way announced a $25 million fundraising goal for this year, and said it will move from funding single-service providers creating agency collaborations and partnerships to address community needs.

OC-based banks are riding high

Taking advantage of both the strong national economy and the even stronger local economy, Orange County's 13 locally based banks grew their company-wide assets last year by 23% to $3.4 billion and their workforces 8% to 923 employees.

Mossimo Inc. has left OC for Santa Monica

Mossimo Giannulli, head of Mossimo Inc., moved his struggling fashion design business out of Orange County to Santa Monica last week.

Alan Greenspan on the future of the industry

Computing and telecommunications will drive further changes in the banking industry,and how regulators govern it,Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told members of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., last week. Transparency and mark

Xylan founder Yuri Pikover's latest venture is Irvine-based Access360

There's a reason Yuri Pikover gets up every day at 4:30 a.m. to make the 90-minute drive from his Malibu home to the Irvine Spectrum. And it's not because he needs the money.

A missing laptop is tech meeting's big news

Orange County made news in the technology world last weekend, but it wasn't the sort of publicity area officials pine for.

Real Estate Deals

Bake Orchard Partners LLC purchased a 185,434-square-foot parcel on Rancho Parkway in Lake Forest from Turner Development Corp. for $2.9 million. Bake Orchard plans to build three flex buildings on the site. John Griffin and Trent Walker of Voit Commercia

Paul Viviano leaves St. Joseph Health System for an LA job

Longtime St. Joseph Health System executive Paul Viviano left the Orange-based company last week to run a pair of Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospitals in Los Angeles.

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Opus is getting ready to sell its new Irvine Concourse office tower

Phoenix-based Opus West Corp. plans to begin marketing its 12-story Opus Center Irvine building at The Irvine Concourse, according to sources. The real estate development company is in the final stages of talks with Eastdil Realty, a brokerage firm that w

Conexant spin-off questions include which company Dwight Decker will head

Conexant Systems Inc.'s recent spin-off announcement may have surprised many, occurring less than two years after the company itself emerged from parent Rockwell International Corp.

Stauffer Biscuit Co. plans a major OC expansion

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. plans to expand its Orange County operations more than fivefold to 300 workers with a move to a new 217,000-square-foot bakery complex at The Gateway Center in Santa Ana next year.

October is a big month at German-themed Old World Village, a Briefcase

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A Newport Beach trio is driving the Las Vegas monorail plan

A group of three Newport Beach-based businessmen have been tapped to design and oversee construction of a $650 million, 4-mile monorail planned for Las Vegas.

Western Pacific Housing and Schuler Homes will merge

El Segundo-based Western Pacific Housing, a homebuilder active in Orange County, plans to merge with Hawaii-based Schuler Homes Inc.

Pacific Aquascape is seeking a new level

The Huntington Beach-based environmental engineering firm designs and builds water falls, lakes and other aquatic design features. Its work can be seen at some of the most exclusive resorts, golf courses, hotels and communities. But while Pacific Aquascap

The Insider hears SFX may build an Anaheim concert venue

There's buzz that SFX Entertainment is planning to build a 3,000-seat theater, mainly for pop concerts, in the Civic Center area of Anaheim. The big events promoter operates 120 entertainment venues around the country, including Verizon Wireless Amphithea

The South OC office market remained active in the second quarter

The office market in South Orange County is one of the healthiest in the county, making up approximately 18% of the total county market. In the second quarter, there was high activity in South Orange County with 513,568 square feet of positive net absorpt

Koll passed on Campus Centre to focus on existing projects

Newport Beach-based Koll Development Co. is close to completing the 276,000-square-foot first phase of its Koll Dublin Corporate Center in Dublin, Calif. Koll already has preleased 95% of the first phase to five tenants for more than a combined $80 millio

DGWB gets another Toshiba account

DGWB Advertising's work for Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Computer Systems Group over the past year helped the agency win another division's estimated $10 million account this month, bringing the agency's Toshiba business to roughly $50 milli

The Port of Long Beach's 10-year plan has gotten more ambitious

The Port of Long Beach, locked in fierce competition with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles for dominance in the booming cargo-handling business, has just made its already ambitious expansion plan even grander.

EHomes.Com opens a brick-and-mortar office

Laguna Niguel-based Internet real estate brokerage eHomes.com Inc. has opened its first brick-and-mortar office in Tustin, the first step in an offline expansion that could see the Internet startup open more than 10 offices in the next 18 months.

Monday, September 18

Netru's founder steps aside

NeTrue Communications Inc. founder James Shen barely had time to finish his interview with the Business Journal for a story last week when his company's board of directors decided not to renew his contract as chief executive.

Tire seller TireDex.com gets a lot of visitors these days, few buyers

TireDex.com Inc., a new Orange County-based business-to-business tire and wheel Web site , has seen a boom in traffic as the result of Firestone's recall of its tires, but that hasn't meant a boom in business.

OC companies made a splash at ASR expo

If exhibitors at the recent Action Sports Retailer Trade Show in San Diego had it their way, young people would stuff their closets with nothing but the likes of Toes on the Nose zippered shirts, Hurley Girlie gold dusted denim jeans or studded "Rock Star

Local Medical Companies Show Big Jump In Funding

Orange County's medical products industry doesn't attract the same attention as the more glamorous high-tech sector, but it's still getting its share of attention from venture capitalists.

Y & R; Advertising plans to announce two new accounts this month

John Doyle is replacing Mike Belitsos as head of all creative work, including the Lincoln Mercury account, at OC's largest ad shop, Y & R; Advertising in Irvine. The ad shop is Young & Rubicam Inc.'s second-largest worldwide, behind its flagship New York dig

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Newport Beach chip maker Conexant Systems Inc. said it plans to spin off its fast-growing Internet equipment business by selling 20% in a January initial public offering and distributing the remaining shares to Conexant investors; Conexant shares surged o

Weighing in on the debates debate, an Editorial

Al Gore's insistence on three commission-sponsored debates reflected an elitist view that self-appointed arbiters should control the election agenda. George W. Bush had the audacity to suggest that a candidate should exercise control over his campaign.

BigStore.com's founder is firing back at critics

Robert McNulty,the founder of TheBigStore.com Inc. named in bankruptcy proceedings against the company,is striking back at critics with a defamation lawsuit.

The Insider hears Lincoln Mercury's headquarters is growing

Ford Motor's move into Orange County will be bigger than previously estimated. The latest reckoning is that there will be 900 company and associated jobs, with 1,000 easily in sight. Lincoln Mercury already has about 150 global HQ, marketing, sales and su

California, Automakers face off on electric cars

The car industry is about to collide head-on with the state government, and car manufacturers based in the Orange County region are bracing for the accident about to happen.

Sacramento goes easy on business

State business leaders are breathing a sigh of relief after the first two-year session of the Democrat-controlled Legislature resulted in only a handful of bills that could affect their pocketbooks being sent to the desk of Gov. Gray Davis.

Divisive Devices

Medical device makers opposed to the sterilization and reuse of their products by hospitals and other facilities won a round last month when federal regulators weighed in on the issue.

RealityBuy.com is expanding in Asia

RealityBuy.com, an Irvine provider of interactive 3D for e-commerce, said it will exercise options to acquire 20% of its franchisees in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The announcement took place only a week after the company finalized an agreement with the

Pendragon buys Bauer Jaguar in Santa Ana for $9.4 million

The U.K.-based dealer group that had planned to develop the South Coast Motorcars model created by Jaguar Cars of North America,only to see it stalled by a Ford reorganization,has purchased rival dealership Bauer Jaguar in Santa Ana for $9.4 million.

Auto gear maker Saddleman Inc. is consolidating in Fullerton

Logan, Utah-based automotive accessories maker Saddleman Inc. is moving 124 people from Garden Grove and Phoenix to a new 89,000-square-foot facility in Fullerton.

PacifiCare is adding space in Cypress

A unit of Santa Ana-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. is taking up more than 65,000 square feet of space in Cypress to house technology workers.

OC's largest device makers pared jobs while others gained

Orange County's largest biomedical employers got smaller in the past year as companies shuttered or scaled back local operations in a bid to stay one step ahead of competitors and falling prices.

Saleen Inc. is rolling out a new car and expanding

That's why Steve Saleen said he is happy to have industrialist S.C. "Tony" Johnson as a partner in his Saleen Inc. of Irvine.

Mission Hospital is studying defibrillators

Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, and County of Orange Emergency Medical Services want to see whether portable defibrillators operated by trained volunteers and placed in various public areas will increase the survival rate of cardi

A Corona development has OC businesses in mind

With an eye toward attracting overflow from Orange County, one of the Inland Empire's largest new business projects has broken ground in the region's tightest industrial real estate market. Los Angeles-based Murdock Development Co. has begun grading on th

Real Estate Deals

Padick Partners bought a 15,000-square-foot building at 2300 W. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra from GRAE SS One LLC for $2.3 million. Faris Lee Investments' Irvine office represented Padick Partners. Theresa Dunn of Charles Dunn Co.'s Irvine office represented

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Kimberly Roush of the Costa Mesa KPMG office was elected to the firm's national partnership.

A racing simulation site in the Irvine Spectrum is courting businesses

A business in the Irvine Spectrum Center is hoping corporate types take to a simulated version of NASCAR racing as a way to boost worker camaraderie.

Bank of America has tapped OC for its Premier Banking unit

Bank of America Corp. has consolidated its premier banking operations in California and placed Orange- based Kim Burdick in charge of the unit.

More changes could be in store at the Times

Under new owner the Tribune Co., the Los Angeles Times is paring down local coverage in favor of more regional, national and global news in a bid to become more profitable.

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Multiple-Use Devices Also Fall Under Scrutiny

Controversy over reusing medical devices is not limited to single-use items, as officials of Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center learned this summer.

BlueKite.com expands in Irvine

BlueKite.com, a San Francisco-based software maker for wireless Internet access, is moving its Orange County engineering and design center to a larger facility in Irvine with plans to grow local employment from 40 now to around 200 in a year's time.

Anaheim Eyes Expansion Payoff Amid Neighborly Competition

Anaheim officials were all smiles recently when a forecast of bed-tax revenue from Disneyland's expansion showed the city was on track to reap at least $4.5 million in new annual revenue by 2005.

Broadcom Winning Opinion War

If chip behemoth Intel Corp. was trying to score public relations points with its patent infringement lawsuit against upstart Broadcom Corp., the strategy,like other recent Intel moves,isn't going exactly as planned. Time will tell whether Intel's charges

What's new for lunch at Caf? Tu Tu Tango

One of my favorite hangouts, Caf & #233; Tu Tu Tango, has just launched a new lunch menu. This restaurant, truly reminiscent of an artist's loft and Bohemian to the core, defines the subtleties of life in the neighborhoods of Europe where musicians, artisans and

Anaheim project ranks among the nation's biggest

How big is the Disneyland expansion and other redevelopment going on in Anaheim? The five-year project, which is in the final stages, ranks among the biggest U.S. public and private developments. In all, the 1,100-acre project totals a $5 billion investme

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Six Easy Steps to an Effective Estate Plan (A.G. Edwards and Sons Inc.) Mission Viejo 6-8 p.m. Free (949) 458-7553 OC Chapter of Enrolled Agents meeting Anaheim 6 p.m. $25/$30 (714) 979-1040 RSVP Have Your Own Money Manager Used by Fortune 500 Compani

New UCI ComputerScience Chief seeks big grant money, industry ties

Debra J. Richardson was the only woman in many of her college math classes at the University of California, San Diego. As a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she was one of only six female students.

CIP Real Estate is expanding in the Inland Empire

Buoyed by low vacancy and continued strong demand for commercial space, developers let contracts to add $144.6 million worth of new space in Orange County, according to The McGraw-Hill Cos., a research service that tracks such information. The $144.6 mill

Two generations of Straders join forces

Tim Strader Jr., who has been director of real estate development for the local office of Phoenix-based Opus West Corp., left that firm this week to join his father, Tim Strader Sr., at Irvine-based Starpointe Ventures.

Michael Pazzani of UCI has started a 'stealth' company

The University of California, Irvine's Information and Computer Science has grown to become the largest in the UC system. And Michael Pazzani oversaw a big chunk of that expansion.

Monday, September 11

OC's 70 Fastest-Growing Public Firms, Half of Them Tech, Doubled Revenue in Three Years

When it comes to fast-growing companies, no other industry in Orange County can touch the burgeoning tech sector.

Irvine schools didn't need that extra tax money, after all, an Editorial

Remember all the hand-wringing earlier this year among Irvine School officials over a projected $4 million shortfall for the school year just begun? A campaign was waged, for the fourth time, to persuade the city's voters to raise property taxes. The meas

Microsemi Corp. will expand its Garden Grove plant and hire 45 people

Santa Ana-based Microsemi Corp. is looking to build on last year's $24 million acquisition of LinFinity Microelectronics Inc. with a $5 million expansion of the LinFinity plant in Garden Grove, where it plans to hire an additional 45 people.

A new president is named at Mazda North American Operations

Charles R. Hughes was named president of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations to fill the spot after the departure of Richard Beattie to Mazda's ultimate parent, Ford Motor Co., as its vice president of investor relations. Beattie's tenure as chie

McCarthy gets a pair of contracts from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., a commercial builder with a regional headquarters in Newport Beach, was awarded two contracts for projects at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. McCarthy said those contracts were its first with the hospital known for

WWW.COM will retool as a business-to-business operation

WWW.COM, the Irvine company that made news with its unusual Internet address and an agreement that made it one of the first online broadcasters of licensed music, is hoping to recast itself as a business-to-business operation with a new name, OnAir Stream

Two Cushman & Wakefield brokers form their own firm

Mark Zuvich and Jeff Cannon have left the Irvine Spectrum office of Cushman & Wakefield to launch their own firm, Zuvich Cannon Associates.

The Disneyland Pacific Hotel names Hee-Won Lim general manager

In preparation for the opening of the new Disneyland California Adventure Resort, the Disneyland Pacific Hotel named Hee-Won Lim general manager. Lim replaces former general manager Johnny So, who took a position with the La Quinta Resort in Palm Desert.

OC is becoming a plastics industry hub

With some 500 facilities employing 18,000 workers and generating $3.1 billion in revenue last year, Orange County is a big player in the plastics industry, according to Washington, D.C.-based industry group The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., or SP

Legacy Electronics has acquired and expanded its San Clemente headquarters

Legacy Electronics Inc. has completed a $3 million expansion of its San Clemente headquarters and acquired the 15,000-square-foot manufacturing site in the Amanecer Industrial Complex.

Emerge Corp. wants to be the EBay of mergers and acquisitions

The Internet has brought stock trading to the masses, created self-service travel planning and made just about everyone an instant antique collector. Now some Costa Mesa entrepreneurs hope it can transform the world of mergers and acquisitions.

Calendar

How to Walk the New Tightrope (National Investor Relations Institute) Newport Beach 4:30 8:30 p.m. $50/$65 (714) 445-4440 Not Having an Estate Plan Could Be Your Biggest Mistake (Sandra Provost, A.G. Edwards) Mission Viejo 2-4 p.m. Free (800) 876-0353 R

El Toro cont'd, in Letters

I wanted to respond to a statement made by Russ Niewiarowski in his Aug. 14 letter.

Mega-Growth At Micro General

Financial-Software Affiliate of Fidelity National Tops List with 5,730% Growth

The Insider reports a Jeanie Buss sighting at Dennis Rodman's house

Guess who dropped in at Dennis Rodman's Newport Beach funhouse in the sunlight hours of a recent Sunday morning? Jeanie Buss. Maybe the former Playboy pinup, who in the past has been a lady friend of Rodman and other bad boy jocks, just wanted to say hi.

The Merger That Worked

At first blush, it's surprising that a company as large and venerable as Fullerton-based Beckman Coulter Inc. would appear on the Orange County Business Journal's list of the fastest growing public company by revenue. After all, it's easiest to grow when

Fastest Growing Companies

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Lockton Insurance Agency opens a Newport Beach office

One of the nation's larger insurance brokerages is taking a shot at Orange County. The Lockton Insurance Agency just opened an office in Newport Beach to serve what it calls a growing number of local clients.

Jostra wants to make the newly acquired Bentley unit its U.S. Flagship

German medical device maker Jostra AG plans to make its newly acquired cardiopulmonary business in Irvine the base for its U.S. operations and a beachhead for expansion here, according to company officials.

Theater chains' woes affects others

If it were a movie plot, the predicament facing Southern California cineplexes would be a real nail-biter.

Edwards' bankruptcy drama unfolds

Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is a hard-nosed decision that has put Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. in a better position to cut some unwanted costs and to ride out a withering downturn in the movie-house industry.

Drug stores Behind Bergen's Growth

Orange-based Bergen Brunswig Corp. has faced problems with two big acquisitions and a slumping stock price. But the pharmaceutical and healthcare products distributor's revenue has grown 107% in the past three years, going from $11.3 billion in 12-month s

Real Estate Deals

Pan Pacific Retail Properties Inc. bought the 105,085-square-foot Sycamore Plaza in Anaheim for $7.4 million. Pan Pacific represented itself. Heittman Capital Management LLC represented the seller, Kern County Employees Retirement Association.

Peak season at the ports is going fairly smoothly this year

Peak season is in full swing at the local seaports, and while record volumes of cargo are being handled without any significant problems, truck drivers are getting increasingly fed up with the long waits at the terminals.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez wants part of the Tustin base to go to Santa Ana schools

U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is urging Tustin officials to do "the moral and ethical thing" in their dispute with Santa Ana over the former Tustin Marine base before she'll go to bat in getting the base turned over to local officials.

First American's Goal: Being First

First American Corp. came in at No. 39 this year, down one spot from last year, on this year's fastest-growing companies list with 74.2% growth over the last three years.

A Cautionary Tale

Irvine-based Alyn Corp. had an impressive product,Boralyn, a patented metal matrix composite material that was lighter than aluminum, stronger than titanium and lasted longer than steel.

New Century Grappling With New Dynamics

Like many subprime mortgage lenders, Irvine-based New Century Financial Corp. grew impressively over the last few years by taking advantage of the boom in demand for non-conforming loans, high loan-to-value deals and loans to consumers with bad credit, th

NeTrue hopes to attract U.S. customers with new voice-over-Internet offerings

For most U.S. companies, global expansion follows a predictable pattern: 1. Establish a foothold in the domestic market. 2. Open offices and look for customers in a country with a similar customer base. 3. Repeat as necessary.

Estate planner Julian Movsesian has come a long way from flipping burgers

Julian Movsesian came to the U.S. in 1976 from Cairo, Egypt, with a few hundred dollars and began working at what most people consider the bottom of the job food chain: flipping burgers at McDonald's.

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KPMG, Costa Mesa, named Dean Samsvick managing partner in charge of the firm's Orange County assurance practice. Samsvick replaces Doug Ammerman, who will now focus on KPMG's national personal financial planning practice. Samsvick previously headed the fi

Clouds At Pacific Sunwear

An aggressive expansion program and solid increases in same-store sales have fueled Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California's rapid revenue growth over the past several years. But the second half of that formula has faltered in recent months.

Things Are Looking Up At Meade

'90s Rebound Continues; Company Tries Move Into High-Speed Optical Communications

UCI team studies how well doctors teach

Allergan Teams With a Cardinal Health Unit; PacifiCare Opens Carlsbad Facility

Hispanic ad agencies will gather in OC this week

More than 300 marketing professionals are expected to attend this week's Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies' semi-annual conference, being held in Newport Beach for the first time.

NetGuru Links India, Indians Online

Yorba Linda-based netGuru Inc. last year launched an Internet site allowing engineers around the world to collaborate online in real time,a pivotal move for a company dependent on overseas staff to make develop engineering software.

Local health plans' ratings run the gamut

Southern California health plans, including Santa Ana-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., received mixed grades in a report card issued by a national group that monitors HMO quality.

Broadcom is taking another 54,000 square feet in the Spectrum and looking for more

Fast-growing chip maker Broadcom Corp., already one of the larger tenants in the Irvine Spectrum, is looking to boost its presence in the tech-dominated industrial park by as much as half.

Quick On Its Feet: Quicksilver Reinvents Itself

Quiksilver Inc. recorded a 129.4% swell in sales growth for the past three years ended June 30 and moved up 10 notches to rank No. 26 on this year's list of fastest-growing public companies.

Ducks GM Pierre Gauthier says wins will put fans in the seats

As training camp for the Mighty Ducks hockey team approached, team president and general manager Pierre Gauthier recently told an audience at the Sports Club Irvine that signing players to contracts isn't the toughest part of the hockey business.

There's no blarney about Limericks Traditional Irish Pub

The Irish have been on my mind lately. Their food, their music, their love of life, and their gorgeous country. When I am working at the computer, I put in a CD of something soft or environmental for background sound. I love anything that has to do with w

Powerwave Powers Wireless Revolution

Those irritating tones of ringing cellular phones in movie theaters, libraries and restaurants are music to the ears of officials at Irvine-based Powerwave Technologies Inc.

BYL Boosts Sales, But Investors Want More

BYL Bancorp came in at No. 67 on this year's fastest growing companies list, though we may not see it there next year.

Hunkering Down

McGlen Internet Group Inc., a high-flying online retailer that saw revenue soar over the past three years, is becoming an unwitting poster child for the fickle dot-com sector.

Executive Summary

Lead creditor Bank of America charged in bankruptcy court that Newport Beach-based Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. paid more than $17 million in salaries, dividends and loans to Edwards family members in the months leading up to its Chapter 11 filing; the j

The revamped Convention Center hosted a plum Latin American travel trade show

The Anaheim Convention Center regularly plays host to groups of 50,000 or more, but when 1,700 delegates of La Cumbre, a Latin American travel trade show, came to town last week, it was a big day for area tourism officials.

STARBASE STRESSES SALES

Santa Ana-based Starbase Corp. has made a few acquisitions over the past three years, but officials say the company basically grew its revenue the old-fashioned way: by selling more of its core products.

Boeing's in-flight entertainment unit will move to the Spectrum

Connexion by Boeing, the Seattle-based company's effort to provide in-flight Internet service for commercial air passengers, plans to move its operations from Anaheim to the Irvine Spectrum, where it has reached agreement on a five-year lease for nearly 9

Shares of Beckman Coulter surge on buyout rumors

Shares in Fullerton-based Beckman Coulter Inc. have surged on speculation about a possible acquisition bid for the medical diagnostic equipment maker by Abbott Laboratories Inc.

A Reit With Healthy Growth

Officials at Health Care Property Investors Inc., a Newport Beach-based real estate investment trust, have spent much of the past two years diversifying their portfolio in a bid to reduce dependence on any one part of the industry.

Monday, September 4

Roth Capital Partners is planning online offerings

Roth Capital Partners Inc.'s investment in Portland, Ore.-based ReelChip.com Inc. is taking a new turn after RedChip's August acquisition by Irvine-based FreeRealTime.com Inc.

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David L. George was elected president of the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. George, who has more than 25 years of professional experience in accounting, has been a member of the organization sin

Tavarua's founder buys out his

Tavarua Surf Co. owner and founder Mark Price recently purchased partner Mike Savage's stake in the company named for a small island resort in Fiji.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

FBI agents arrested 23-year-old student and former Internet Wire employee Mark Jakob of El Segundo on suspicion of making nearly $250,000 on stock trades after putting out a false press release Aug. 25 about Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp. Intel Corp. fil

Led by Wireless, Telcos Grow Jobs 9%

Orange County's largest telecommunication employers continued to add jobs at a healthy clip last year, adding 1,488 workers to their ranks for a 9% employment growth rate amid another year of mega-mergers.

Freedom Sees Revenue Boost From Acquisitions

Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine-based parent of the Orange County Register, expects to see revenue growth of roughly 20% to nearly $1 billion in annual sales by the end of next year as it folds in this year's newspaper buying spree.

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Byron Roth and Walter Cruttenden have decided there's too much to do out there to be mired in a legal spat. So the partners-turned-combatants are expected to shortly settle their year-old claims and counter claims, the Insider hears; they're even on speak

Burnham USA Buys Up Main Street Complexes

Newport Beach-based Burnham USA Equities has added the new Orange Town and Country Mall across from the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana to its portfolio of OC properties.

Surfwear firms are cranking up

Quiksilver Inc. will debut its first skateboarder apparel line, Hawk Clothing, and a women's line, Alex Goes.

A 1978 Champagne is still fizzy

Have you ever wondered what happens to an old bottle of fine Champagne? Probably not, because most people don't keep sparkling wine more than a few years at most. It is, after all, a beverage designed to be consumed within a couple of years of its release

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Peter Waller gave Taco Bell gorditas, Godzilla, Chalupas, fresh fried tortilla chips and a talking Chihuahua that rose to national fame. But it wasn't enough to win the ousted president immunity from the proverbial fast-food wars.

Buy.com Shopping for New Headquarters Space

Internet retailer Buy.com Inc. is considering subleasing its shiny new 53,000-square-foot, four-story headquarters at The Summit Office Campus in Aliso Viejo in favor of a one-story, 100,000-square-foot site in the area.

The Times may be a-changin'

WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW? OC MAY BE TURNING INTO A HIGH-TECH center after all.

Wet Seal Grappling With Slides

Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. has been sliding down a slippery slope lately, but the company has made several changes it hopes will get it some traction and turn things around.

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Bandai America mines the market

The U.S. arm of the Tokyo-based toy maker has grabbed a large share of the action-figure market by linking its products to popular shows for children such as "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."

South African Firm Moving to Irvine

Automated Identification Technologies, a wireless car-security technology firm based in Parklands, South Africa, last month signed a three-year lease for 11,404 square feet in Irvine's Alton Plaza business park. AIT will begin moving into its new space th

PacifiCare Stumps for More Medicare Funding

Medicare HMO executives have been calling for Congress to dole out more funds for their plans ever since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 was passed, capping reimbursement increases at around 2% a year.

Dr. Mike leaves laughter in his Wake

A few years back the guys would sit around and talk about retirement so I jokingly told them my accountant said that I now had enough money to retire permanently, providing I die by September 2000.

Electronic Maker Expanding Plant, Adding Workers

Canadian contract electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. has taken another 125,000 square feet of space at its Foothill Ranch manufacturing facility and has plans to hire as many as 150 people in the next 12 months.

HighTower Software Used In Anti-AIDS-Drug Trials

An Irvine startup company's graphics software product has landed in a clinical trial for a new anti-AIDS drug.

MTI aims for turnaround

Last February, Tom Raimondi thought his biggest challenge as chief executive of Anaheim-based MTI Technology Corp. would be in taking on EMC Corp., the data storage powerhouse that's been busy buying other industry players and that has scuffled with MTI o

Koll Signs Macromedia, EMC for Bay Area Space

Koll Development Co., Newport Beach, announced five leases totaling 260,000 square feet and more than $80 million for its under-construction Koll Dublin Corporate Center in that Bay Area city.

Knott's Berry Farm and Soak

Knott's Berry Farm has had trouble getting a new thrill ride up and running and recently closed an older coaster, but that doesn't mean the theme park has fallen on hard times this summer. In fact, park officials say they are on track to post near-record

Digital Security for a Song? WildID Hopes They'll Sign Up

A Santa Ana company is hoping a recently signed law that gives legal weight to so-called digital signatures will translate into a viable business.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

John Hanna bought a 41,418-square-foot building at 2540 Red Hill Ave. in Santa Ana for $7 million. Carpenter & Associates represented both the buyer and the seller, The Hamilton Co.

Judge Now Focus of Airport Debate

The Los Angeles Superior Court judge probably is getting his fill of both while trying to decide the fate of Measure F, the initiative designed to kill a planned commercial airport at El Toro.

Core Wins Round in Fight Over Wisconsin Contract

Irvine-based clinical management company Core Inc. has won a round in its bid for a multimillion-dollar contract to administer disability insurance benefits for Wisconsin state employees.

Expanding Johnny Rockets Moving To Aliso Viejo

Irvine-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc., a growing chain of 1940s-style hamburger diners, is moving into a new larger headquarters at Town Center Corporate Park in Aliso Viejo.

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Stuffed toy from Fiesta Corp., Vernon, Calif.; $12 at Anaheim Angels' Team Store at Edison Field or online at angelsbaseball.com

County Taking El Toro Office, Warehouse Space to Market

These are the 43 buildings that the OC county government wants private business to lease at the former El Toro Marine Air Corps Station.

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How to settle the power market

Stable, reliable, low-cost electric power was the objective of electric deregulation. We are in a transition period that is giving us everything but those desirable qualities. There are rolling brownouts. There are skyrocketing electric bills. This is not