Stories for June 2001

Monday, June 25

Three OC real estate investment firms get $200 million from CalPERS for urban infill projects

The California Public Employees' Retirement System has tapped three Orange County real estate investment firms to handle $200 million for urban infill projects.

People

Canterbury Consulting, Newport Beach, hired R.D. Bruce as CFO. Bruce comes to the firm from SRS Technology, where he was a director of contracts, human resources and administration.

OC Treasurer John Moorlach sees no upside in forcing Edison into bankruptcy now

John Moorlach, chairman of an ad hoc committee of unsecured creditors to Edison International, says he has the votes to force the utility into bankruptcy if warranted but for now is awaiting a key July payment date.

Quest Software turns to Microsoft and IBM as Oracle invades its space

If Oracle Corp.'s recent move to compete with Quest Software Inc. worries executives at the Irvine software maker, you can't tell.

RiechesBaird is picking up talent, in the Marketing & Media column

The game of musical agencies continues as RiechesBaird in Irvine recently hired three employees who left competing ad shops amid downsizing or reorganization.

Executive Summary

Federal regulators imposed round-the-clock price limits on wholesale electricity in the West Gov. Gray Davis asked a congressional committee to prod federal regulators into helping the state recover $9 billion he said the state was overcharged for whole

KleenAir Systems is shifting its emission-control focus from autos to power plants

KleenAir Systems Inc., a fledgling developer of technology to cut auto emissions, has moved from Newport Beach to Fullerton and says it plans to target small power plants with its products.

IT'S NOT OVER, OVER THERE

During the early-1990s economic downturn, technology companies found growing markets in Asia and Latin America to offset slumping U.S. sales.

The Insider hears the British Museum is eyeing Santa Ana for a Western U.S. home

Santa Ana's efforts to establish itself as an arts and cultural center may get a huge boost. The Insider hears that serious talks are under way to have The British Museum establish a site in Santa Ana for some of its ancient artifacts, making the city the

Calendar

Computerized Bookkeeping and Financial Statements (SCORE) Costa Mesa 9 a.m.-Noon $20/$25 (714) 550-7369 Annual Insurance Law Update (Bar Association Insurance Law Section) Costa Mesa 5:30-9:15 p.m. Free/$130 (949) 440-6700 ext. 4 Know Thy Market (Vent

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips will open an OC office

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, one of Los Angeles' largest and most politically influential law firms, is scouting sites in Newport Beach and Irvine for the planned opening of its first Orange County office in September.

Air cargo demand is rising fast and experts say a new regional airport will be needed

Air Shipping Is Growing Fast, and Experts Say a New Local Airport Will Be Needed

SOFTENING MARKET

Where software makers boosted business last year because of the market, if they do it again this year it'll be despite the market.

COMPUTER CARNAGE

At least that seemed to be the take at Orange County's largest computer hardware companies. The 25 companies on this week's Business Journal list,ranging from multinationals such as Toshiba Corp. to smaller players including Procom Technology Inc.,cut OC

Logicon gets a missile-defense contract

Logicon Inc., a unit of a Northrop Grumman Corp., has received two contracts totaling $89 million from Boeing to support the National Missile Defense program. Logicon's Anaheim office will be one of two sites in California working on the contract.

SR--High Technology--SIX TO WATCH

Technology may be down, but it's not out. As Orange County's big names,Broadcom Corp., Conexant Systems Inc., Newport Corp.,struggle with an industry slowdown, the county's entrepreneurial pot continues to simmer.

IMPORTED HELP

Despite the tech downturn, demand for skilled technology workers continues to outstrip supply in the Southland and nationwide.

Hardware+Software Companies

Hardware+Software Companies

The industrial market is still tight in North OC

North Orange County remained OC's tightest industrial submarket through the first quarter, with a vacancy rate of just more than 1%. The lack of quality space in North Orange County has forced some users to migrate to outlying areas such as the Inland Emp

Viacore Inc. raises $43 million from VCers and some big tech names

Supply-chain software maker Viacore Inc. has raised $43 million in funding led by San Bruno-based VantagePoint Venture Partners Inc. and including money from Cisco Systems Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and the venture arm of Intel Corp.

ARE WE THERE YET?

For much of the past two years, Orange County-based technology companies had a dreamy future: high revenue growth, rising profits and skyrocketing stock prices.

Corning keeps building amid bad news, in the Technology column

Just when it seemed the ominous news emanating from the networking gear market couldn't get any worse for Orange County, we find yet another analyst talking smack.

Federal regulators imposed a discipline on the electricity market the Gov. Gray Davis would not, an Editorial

Splendid staffer, winning legislator, competent controller, presentable lieutenant governor and then

TECH RECKONING

Most of Orange County's big technology names have made or announced layoffs this year. Here's a tally of some of the major reported cutbacks and the number of pink slips involved

Watson and Abbott are in a legal spat, in the Healthcare column

A few months ago, the Business Journal examined the issue of what drug makers could expect in the way of intellectual property fights and litigation.

Living is a fine art in France's Loire Valley

Gosh, our executive editor Rick Reiff already quoted me last week as saying that our trip at the beginning of the month to the Loire Valley of France was rather magical. No need to belabor that point. I'd venture to say that when someone mentions France,

Conexant and Cisco revise their space plans in the University Research Park

Conexant Systems Inc. plans to move its digital-imaging chip business to Irvine's University Research Park as part of a move to possibly sell off the unit.

Estimates of the extent of rolling blackouts this summer are coming down

The threat of regular rolling blackouts, idle factories and lost productivity are big concerns for Orange County businesses now that summer is here.

HOUSES, SHOPS AND TECH

Yorba Linda's Savi Ranch industrial park doesn't have any billion dollar companies calling it home. There are no blockbuster technologies that have come out of its businesses. And, unlike its bigger neighbor, the Anaheim Technology Center, Savi Ranch can'

Hospitals are bracing for a 29% hike in the price of blood

Orange County hospitals depend on a steady flow of blood. But officials say they need an infusion of extra money to cover a pending price hike from the American Red Cross.

Real Estate Deals

Samson Motorcycle Parts Inc. acquired a 62,820-square-foot industrial building at 3818 E. Coronado in Anaheim from Sherwin-Williams Co. for $4.3 million. Frank Mejia of Lee & Associates represented Samson. Rob Socci and Michael Hefner of Voit Commercial B

Remember El Toro, in Letters

Thank you for sharing the lighter side of El Toro with your "Toro! Toro! Toro!" spoof of June 11. It's great to be able to laugh in light of all the heavy artillery, crossfire and bombs strafing Orange County. I can hardly wait to see your next production

Tenet agrees to improve physical access to its hospitals to settle a lawsuit

Some hospitals have been struggling just to keep their doors open, largely due to low reimbursement rates paid by managed care plans. But Tenet Healthcare Corp., the largest hospital operator in the Orange County and the Southland, has pushed for,and gott

RESET EXPECTATIONS

Two years ago, the prospects of getting rich on dot-com stock was just about all the motivation employees needed at Aliso Viejo-based buy.com Inc.

Colliers Seeley is looking to hire, in the Real Estate column

"We're bucking the trend of all the cuts going on in the industry," said Plott, chief executive of Colliers Seeley International Inc.

Santa Monica-based ARTiFACT, a producer of television ads, has opened an OC office

Santa Monica-based ARTiFACT, a producer of television ads, has opened an OC office in Santa Ana's Performing Arts and Events Center, a converted Masonic temple in the city's downtown arts district.

Becker Surf & Sport credits its Web site with carrying it through a tough year

Dave Hollander, president of surfwear retailer Becker Surf & Sport, says he never thought his online store would be the thing to get his business over a hump,until now.

Allergan is looking to its R & D; pipeline to fuel growth

Allergan Inc. is banking on other uses for its flagship Botox drug as well as new products to keep up the growth that's made the company a standout on Wall Street.

Monday, June 18

The next shortage: diesel back-up generators

A possible shortage of diesel generators could add to the electricity woes of Orange County companies that have yet to prepare themselves for the summer months, according to area suppliers.

The Surfrider Foundation settles a suit over the Carnival terminal plan for Long Beach

An out-of-court settlement between cruise ship operator Carnival Corp. and the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation has cleared the way for Carnival to build a terminal adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Look who's crying over-regulation now, an Editorial

NOTHING LIKE A POWER CRISIS TO GIVE SOME CALIFORNIA LIBERALS A little market-based religion.

The Insider spots a trial balloon: Dennis Rodman for the Newport Beach council

How upset is party boy Dennis Rodman over being charged with violations of Newport Beach's noise ordinance? So mad, he's discussing a run for the City Council Jan Mittermeier is back in business,for herself. The former Orange County CEO has formed Mitte

Intellectual-property practices are picking up in the down economy

It's said that lawyers can find work in good times and bad, they're just different kinds of work.

Valence Semiconductor is ready to come out of the shadows

Officials at upstart Irvine chip maker Valence Semiconductor Inc. are planning a public relations blitz after almost three years in obscurity.

Spieker shelves plans for a second Stadium Tower, in the Real Estate column

A few years ago, Spieker Properties Inc. bought the 12-story, 257,000-square-foot Stadium Towers Plaza across from Edison International Field and promptly began speaking (pun intended) to prospective tenants about a speculative second tower at Katella Ave

Southland sales are fueling a rebound for South Korean automakers

South Korean automakers have staged a dramatic turnaround here as consumers are snapping up cars from local dealerships in volumes not seen since the 1980s.

Government and litigation contribute to the affordable housing crunch, CSUF says

A study by California State University, Fullerton finds that California's affordable housing problem is due in part to its success.

Executive Summary

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was expected to expand wholesale energy price caps this week to more Western states and to all times, rather than just peak use periods in California Gov. Gray Davis was expected to release this week details of t

Calendar

Marketing and Promotion (SCORE) Costa Mesa 9 a.m.-noon $20/$25 (714) 550-7369 Energy Conservation for Small Businesses (School of Continuing Education) Irvine 8 a.m.-noon free (800) 662-2322 Rewarding Employees in the New Economy (National Human Resou

Many of OC's venture capitalists took a pass in the first quarter

Half of the venture capital firms with offices in Orange County stayed on the sidelines in the first quarter as far as local investments are concerned, according to this week's Business Journal's list.

Don Koll has left Koll Development to form another firm

Donald M. Koll, one of Orange County's most prominent developers, has left the company that bears his name to form a new venture.

Firms are trying everything to cut power use as costs soar

Michael Denton Jr. opened his bill from Southern California Edison and saw that the electricity costs for his axle manufacturing plant in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles had suddenly shot up from $10,000 a month to $25,000 a month, with no increase

Conexant may have to decide whether to rid itself of its OC chip plant

Executives at Conexant Systems Inc. make no secret of their desire to pinch pennies during these tough times for the semiconductor industry.

The latest from New Majority, in Letters

Rep. Chris Cox has withdrawn his name from consideration as a federal judicial appointee, reportedly precipitated by the recent change in leadership of the Senate, and the unyielding desire of Sen. Barbara Boxer to block his appointment. This unfortunate

NCG Porter Novelli lands Sempra, in the Marketing & Media column

NCG Porter Novelli has landed three new clients, the juiciest of which Linda Martin, senior vice president and general manager of the Irvine office, says she can't talk about.

Beckman Coulter gets an FDA go-ahead, in the Healthcare column

Beckman Coulter Inc., Fullerton, has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market its new Access AccuTnI, a test to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks.

The Airport Area had negative office absorption in the first quarter

The Greater Airport Area is considered the unofficial downtown of Orange County. Spanning more than 100 square miles and feeding off of major transportation arteries such as San Diego (405), Santa Ana (I-5) and Costa Mesa (55) freeways,as well as John Way

North County is becoming a hot area for industrial infill projects

Voit Development Co. has acquired Kwikset Corp.'s former Anaheim headquarters and plans to raze the 340,000 square feet of industrial and office space there to make way for new buildings.

An industry group sees a chip comeback next year, in the Technology column

With the chips down, the San Jose-based Semiconductor Industry Association recently came through with some encouraging news.

Commercial Banks

Specialties: Private banking, technology, real estate, agriculture, leasing

Religious institutions are converting everything from warehouses to former banks

Congregations Are Taking Space Wherever They Can Find It, From Warehouses to Former Banks and Bowling Alleys

Savings and Loans

Top local official/title: Tony Eshiet, financial center executive vice president

Factoring Companies

18301 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 1A

A guide for the uninitiated to dining at Sam Woo Seafood

Prices: Special lunch entr & #233;es $5.95 to $8.95; dinner appetizers $5.95 to $10.95, entr & #233;es $7.50 to $16.95 (abalone and some special shellfish entr & #233;es are higher; all dishes will serve 4 or more persons)

Hub360 is readying a Web site to link manufacturers and retailers

Three veterans of the action sports industry plan to officially launch an online marketplace later this month.

CIE America's new parent will close it

Tustin thermal and impact printer maker CIE America Inc. has been sold by its Japanese parent and will be shut down by its new owner.

'Moulin Rouge' mistakes bombast for style, a Briefcase

20th Century Fox; Rated PG-13; starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor; directed, produced and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. "Moulin Rouge" works like a drug, sucking us into its guilty pleasures a feverish dreamscape of blinding lights and deafening sounds a

The L.A. elites took it on the chin in the election

With remarkable clarity, Los Angeles voters on June 5 rejected a campaign for their city mounted by a New Age coalition of greens, journalists, billionaires and long-time Democratic insiders, in favor of a more practical, nuanced politics.

OC has potential targets and buyers in a consolidation wave that's shaping up

The medical device industry's mammoths have been on an acquisition run in recent weeks. And some industry watchers believe Orange County,home to scores of biomedical companies,could be ripe for the picking.

Investment Banks

Specialties: Printing, software, aerospace, technology, hi-tech, computer hardware

Real Estate Deals

KTM Investment Group purchased a 20,952-square-foot auto service center at High Park Business Center in Mission Viejo from NewVest Capital Corp. for $3.5 million. Dennis Dillon of MEI Real Estate Services represented KTM. Ed McKeegan also of MEI Real Esta

Venture Capital Firms

Venture Capital Firms

Real Estate Lenders

Specialties: Multifamily, retail, industrial, manufacturing housing, office, medical, hotel, credit transactions

People

Michael Yusi joined Brighton Advertising in Orange as director of new media. Dana Rogers joined the agency as the new associate media director. Rogers will be responsible for issuing all insertion orders and monitoring the print placements.

Monday, June 11

Nike will put its first NIKEgoddess women's store in Fashion Island

The first-ever NIKEgoddess store will open at Fashion Island in Newport Beach in November.

Executive Summary

Electricity consumption in May was 11% less than in May 2000; state officials said that helped avoid blackouts in the warmer-than-normal weather The state said the price it is paying for power has come down recently as long-term contracts kick in; other

The Irvine Co. plans new retail developments, in the Real Estate column

Inline Inc. Takes Space in Orange; Christopher Homes Under Way on 372 Units

Snyder Langston and Operon Group are planning a Fullerton project

A joint venture of Snyder Langston and The Operon Group has snatched up a parcel of land in Fullerton for a proposed industrial park.

Johnson/Ukropina adds staff, in the Marketing & Media column

At a time when other ad shops are laying off, Irvine-based Johnson/Ukropina Creative Marketing has expanded its ranks.

Irvine Sensors raises $1.6 million in bridge funding for its iNetWorks Corp. unit

Costa Mesa-based Irvine Sensors Corp. has raised $1.6 million in bridge funding for its iNetWorks Corp. subsidiary from Zimmer Lucas Partners LLC and Vertical Ventures LLC, both of New York.

A plan shaping up in the Legislature would put a surcharge on big power users

Major business and industrial customers of Southern California Edison could get hit with huge surcharges on their electric bills under a new Edison rescue package being drafted by top-ranking Democrats in the state Assembly.

Parker Properties sells its Summit Phase II development

Parker Properties LP has sold the second phase of the Summit Office Campus to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and plans to use the proceeds to fund future development projects.

Kelley Blue Book is taking it slow bringing its information to the Web

On Stephen Henson's desk at Kelley Blue Book in Irvine sits an unofficial company mascot, a 2-foot-tall goose.

Gary Hunt joins California Strategies and will work with Southern California Edison

Gary Hunt, who left The Irvine Company in January after 25 years as Donald Bren's go-to guy on government affairs, has joined California Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm whose principals, like Hunt, have close ties to former Gov. Pete Wilson.

TANGLING WEBS

Commercial Printers Face Rising Costs and Customer Expectations; a Shakeout Looms

The menu's the thing at Jerry's Famous Deli

Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday; till 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

INDUSTRY BRIEFS

The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has shelved proposed new rules for machine guarding for the printing industry.

Just for laughs: Internet energy humor, Argus, and an ad for OC's latest blockbuster

--England suffered race riots with looters burning cars and throwing bricks at police. Los Angeles recognized the symptoms. After a season of foot-and-mouth and Mad Cow Disease, the British people are now suffering from Laker Fever.

Emulex and QLogic position for a data-storage rebound

When data storage bellwether EMC Corp. sneezes, Emulex Corp. and QLogic Corp. don't just get a cold,their shares seem to catch a nasty case of atrophy.

The ultra-tight OC M & W; market loosened just a bit in the first quarter

Despite the cooling trend of the industrial market in the first quarter of the year, the manufacturing and warehouse sector remained extremely tight. Of course, the market indicators for the M & W; market did turn along with the rest of the industrial produ

Bausch & Lomb will move its Irvine operation to San Dimas

Bausch & Lomb Inc. will consolidate its Claremont and Irvine operations into 58,000 square feet of office space in San Dimas.

The F-22 fighter-jet program will bring $1.2 billion to OC over the next decade

Parker Aerospace and 60 other Orange County subcontractors are expected to get $1.2 billion in work from the $62 billion budgeted for the Air Force's new fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor.

Citigroup will open a private banking office in OC

Citigroup Inc. plans to make a move into Orange County with the opening of a private banking office in the Center Tower in South Coast Plaza.

An analyst questions PacifiCare's ability to forecast its financials

Two earnings bombs in nine months have led one Wall Street analyst to question whether Santa Ana-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. is able to give a clear picture of how its business is doing.

ICN outlines what it has in its pipeline, in the Healthcare column

ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s recent annual shareholder meeting was more than just a proxy battle between Milan Panic, the Costa Mesa company's controversial founder and chief executive, and insurgent investors.

Bergen Brunswig expects regulatory OK of its acquisition by AmeriSource this summer

Orange-based Bergen Brunswig Corp. and pending acquirer AmeriSource Health Corp. are readying answers to questions posed by federal regulators and hope to present their proposed combination to shareholders this summer.

Tweaking the Bard's legacy at SCR, a Briefcase

World premiere play by Amy Freed. Directed by David Emmes. On the South Coast Repertory Mainstage through July 1. Tickets are $28-$49. Call (714) 708-5555.

3DSP expects to raise another $30 million by the fourth quarter

Irvine chip designer 3DSP Inc. says it is looking to secure a $30 million investment by the fourth quarter, topping the $24 million in funding it has attracted over the past two years.

Comtel acquires three plants from struggling National Manufacturing Technologies

Tustin-based contract electronics maker Comtel Holdings Inc. has acquired three plants from struggling National Manufacturing Technologies Inc. of Carlsbad.

PRINTERS

PRINTERS

Odetics mortgages its HQ, in the Technology column

Cash-strapped Odetics Inc., which had been rumored to be looking for a buyer for its Anaheim headquarters near Disneyland, has raised $16 million through a promissory note secured by the property.

OneTouch Technologies targets the long-term care industry

Two-year-old OneTouch Technologies LLC of Costa Mesa is trying to bring a bit of automation to nursing homes and other parts of the long-term healthcare industry.

The Insider hears Kobe Bryant is house-hunting in Newport Beach

Dennis Rodman, move over: The Insider hears that Kobe Bryant was recently house-hunting along the Newport Beach coast. The Lakers superstar lives in L.A. but new wife Vanessa Laine is a recent grad of Marina High in Huntington Beach Eyebrows are being r

Interstate Electronics lands a $30 million Army contract

Anaheim's Interstate Electronics Corp., a unit of New York-based L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., has been tapped to supply display screens for the Army's new Interim Armored Vehicle program. The deal is estimated at $30 million, with deliveries set to s

Teen divisions: Two OC ad shops have them, others see no need

Thom McElroy sits with a few 20- to 30-somethings and raps about a business pitch.

Real Estate Deals

JML Enterprises bought an 82,000-square-foot industrial building at 18460 Gothard St. in Huntington Beach from Larry H. Strasbaugh for $5.2 million. Bill Thomas of Commercial Properties represented JML Enterprises. Jeff Demorest of Daum represented Strasb

Enfrastructure has had to broaden its client base in the wake of the dot-com meltdown

Tucked away in the hills of Aliso Viejo, Enfrastructure Inc. is luring tenants to its campus, which offers growth companies everything from high-speed telecommunications to onsite dry cleaning.

Calendar

Art of Selling Including Selling Techniques (SCORE) Costa Mesa 9 a.m.-noon $20/$25 (714) 550-7369 Lunch With Jack: The Jack-In-The Box Campaign (Orange County Ad Club) Irvine noon-2 p.m. $40/$50 (714) 881-2380 Persuasive Legal Writing (OC Bar Associat

People

Y & R; Irvine has appointed Robert Parker a senior vice president and creative director of broadcast production. Parker will oversee all broadcast production for the Irvine and Detroit offices. Parker's career as a producer includes recent campaigns for Cisc

National Golf Properties acquires the Marbella Country Club

Santa Monica-based National Golf Properties Inc. has paid $12.5 million for San Juan Capistrano's Marbella Country Club, an 18-hole private golf course.

California soon will increase imports of another commodity from Mexico: electricity

Baja California provides a huge manufacturing base for many Orange County companies, but the Mexican state also has been selling Southern California one of the hottest commodities around: electricity. And it's adding the capacity to offer more.

Wells Fargo takes its money-management program entirely in house

After almost two years of partnership with New York-based Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., Wells Fargo Inc. has decided to take its WellsSelect money-management program entirely in house.

Stuart Spencer opens an Irvine office

Spencer Stuart, an executive search firm with 50 offices around the world, is opening an office in Irvine.

Delphi Display Systems receives $3 million in venture funding

Delphi Display Systems, a Costa Mesa-based provider of display systems for the fast-food industry, has received $3 million in venture capital funding.

Monday, June 4

A New York firm acquires bankrupt Global Health Sciences

McLeodUSA Inc. has leased a 19,000-square-foot Tustin building, marking the first telecommunications deal this year in Orange County, according to real estate sources.

The Insider hears there's a major department store looking at the Spectrum

The Irvine Spectrum is close to signing a deal with a major department store as part of its Phase 3 expansion, the Insider hears ... Guess who Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is backing for LA mayor? James Hahn. But Pulido says his city wins either way, bec

'Wealth managers' find plenty of opportunity in OC

Orange County is prime ground for wealth management or money management firms seeking to expand their operations quickly.

Cal State Fullerton teams up to offer career training classes in China

California State University, Fullerton, has signed a profit-sharing partnership agreement with Beijing, China-based Northern Jiaotong University and Hartcourt Cos. Inc., a Los Angeles-based holding and development company, to develop education projects in

Kanakaris Wireless will buy the Los Angeles Film School

Aliso Viejo-based Kanakaris Wireless has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Los Angeles Film School.

Bruce Mayo is leaving Lawrence, Mayo & Ponder

After 11 years with Newport Beach-based Lawrence, Mayo & Ponder, founding partner Bruce Mayo has decided to sell his stake in the firm and form his own agency.

Marriott will build a 156-room business hotel in Foothill Ranch

Marriott International Inc. has purchased 3.2 acres in Foothill Ranch for an undisclosed amount and plans to build a four-story, 156-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the land.

Boeing will see if it can sell a civilian version of its C-17 cargo plane

With the initial contract for production of C-17 cargo planes set to expire, the Air Force and Boeing Co. are lobbying hard for an extension of the program, including offering incentives to the nation's commercial airlines and cargo handlers to buy the pl

A survey finds 107 Japanese firms in OC, employing 16,500

Orange County counts 107 Japanese companies employing an estimated 16,500 people, according to a new report by two Japanese business groups.

Calendar

Rollover and Other Options for Your Retirement Plan Savings (Fidelity Investments) Newport Beach 11 a.m. and Brea 4 p.m. Free (800) 331-5829 Harnessing the Power of Microsoft (National Association of Women Business Owners) Irvine 6-9 p.m. $35/$45 (888) 2

Farmers & Merchants Bank is looking at expanding in OC

Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach has nearly half of its 16 branches in Orange County and says it is looking to add more here.

OC's R & D; market cooled a bit in the first quarter

Following the rest of the real estate market in OC, the research and development market showed signs of a cooling trend in the first quarter after the record-high activity and declining vacancy rates seen in 2000. However, the R & D; market here remained tig

Milan Panic was gracious in defeat at ICN's annual meeting

Milan Panic didn't seem like a man under attack last week at the annual meeting of ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Costa Mesa-based drug maker he founded more than 40 years ago.

Executive Summary

In a 40-minute meeting, Gov. Gray Davis asked President Bush to back price caps on wholesale electricity; Bush declined, saying price caps don't work and would stifle power companies' incentive to build new plants; Davis said he will sue to force federal

Accents and Five Crowns slate wine dinners this month

Particulars: Friday June 8. Reception 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m. $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations imperative.

STM Wireless lands a $2 million European deal, in the Technology column

Plenty of Orange County technology companies sell their wares outside the U.S. But Irvine's STM Wireless Inc. did 84% of its $6.2 million in first quarter sales abroad.

Balboa Dessert Co. has been tapped to supply Galaxy Nutritional Foods

Santa Ana-based Balboa Dessert Co. has been tapped as a private-label supplier to Orlando, Fla.-based Galaxy Nutritional Foods Inc., a maker of soy, dairy-alternative and other health foods.

Special Report: Small Business A guide to Internet-based resources for small businesses

Internet Resources for Small Businesses Range From Accounting to Web Site Design

Younger Vietnamese are moving out of Little Saigon to South OC

Community leaders in Little Saigon for years have watched their offspring go outside the enclave for entertainment and shopping. Now, like other parts of Orange County, Little Saigon is losing residents to South County.

The move of Boeing's advanced R & D; unit to Seal Beach could boost local contractors

Buried in the hoopla of Boeing Co.'s decision to move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago are the plans to relocate its Phantom Works advanced research and development unit to Seal Beach.

The 'Real Estate Today' radio show relocates, in the Real Estate column

"The Real Estate Today Show" made its debut in December on KRLA 870 AM. But the show's producer, Calvin Johnson, said he wanted a better fit for the program.

Small businesses lay in batteries and generators as they brace for summer blackouts

Small to medium-size Orange County companies are girding for an expected worsening blackout situation in the coming months.

Real Estate Deals

Beazer Homes bought 85 partially finished 10,000-square-foot lots in Stevenson Ranch from Brookfield Homes. Pacific Communities closed on 89 half-acre lots in West Palmdale. Irvine-based Whittlesey Doyle brokered these transactions. The combined transacti

There go those trial lawyers again, in Letters

Is it possible that economic development offices in states like Utah, Tennessee and the Carolinas have hired California's personal injury lawyers to help lure companies away from the Golden State? The thought crosses one's mind when looking at the trial l

IndyMac Bank's online operation turned a profit in the first quarter

IndyMac Bancorp Inc. has something many dot-coms may never have the pleasure of seeing,online profit.

Broadcom's CEO says the firm is well-positioned for a comeback

But the Irvine-based company isn't letting stunted sales slow its groundwork for when the market comes back, according to Chief Executive Henry Nicholas.

Rising energy costs put fast-food operators in bind

Orange County-based restaurant chains are wrestling with whether to sacrifice profits or raise prices in a bid to offset higher natural gas and electricity costs. Trouble is, there's little wiggle room in an industry selling 49 cent hamburgers and 69 cent

Lockheed Martin looks to the Air Force to keep the X-33 program alive

Gravely disappointed in NASA's March decision to cancel an experimental reusable rocket program on which $1.3 billion has already been spent, Lockheed Martin Corp. has vowed not to let its next-generation project fade away.

Doctors' use of the Web nearly doubled in 2000, in the Healthcare column

One of the stock assumptions about American healthcare is that doctors are cool toward the Internet. A new American Medical Association study, however, shows that physicians could be thawing to the Web.

OC's women-owned businesses had a solid 2000, but have slowed since

Orange County's largest women-owned businesses posted a solid 2000 even as the current economic slowdown started to bite at some companies.

PIMCO forecasts 2% annual GNP growth for the next five years

While most economists are forecasting that the U.S. economy will soon come out of the current slump and resume its brisk growth next year, one of the best bond managers in the world is taking a skeptical view.

Women Owned Businesses

Women Owned Businesses

Scott Montgomery steps down from FCB, in the Marketing & Media column

After 20 years with FCB Southern California, Scott Montgomery, executive vice president and executive creative director, has decided to take a breather.

Agent David Dunn is being sued by the parent of his former firm, Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn

Newport Beach sports agency Steinberg Moorad & Dunn Inc. and parent company Assante Corp. filed suit last week against David Dunn, a former partner in the high-profile firm.

People

The T & O; Group promoted Dave Robinson from executive vice president and media director to general manager of the Orange County advertising, interactive and public relations firm.