Stories for August 2002

Monday, August 26

Nation Industrial Market

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Other news and top stories, by industry.

Japan Auto Retailer's First OC Store Delayed

Japan's Autobacs Seven Co., an automotive accessories retailer, has run into delays opening its first U.S. store in Stanton.

Valence Seeks Funding, Cuts Staff

Valence Semiconductor Inc. is the latest Orange County technology startup to trim operations.

COMMENT: Secession Succession

Editorial by Rick Reiff

Odetics Raises $3 Million

Odetics Raises $3 Million

Shopping Still Hot as Vacancies Fall, Absorption Rises

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

Small Deals Dominate as Big Players Wait; Vacancies Still Low

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

Big Y & R; Gets Bigger with Mattel Boys' Account Win

Priscomm Founder Starts New Costa Mesa Ad Shop; Del Taco Rides Motocross

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Britta's Makes a Tasty Fit for UCI's University

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

A Register Lament; Doti's Ascent; Adams Disses Bar's Bent

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

BUYING IN: Small Industrial Space is Selling Fast; No Letup in Sight, Observers Say

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

Southern California Industrial Market

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

Investor Plans Exit From Frederick's

Newport Beach-based Wilshire Partners' work is done at Frederick's of Hollywood Inc.

PEOPLE

Business people making news, on the move.

Asking Rents Stable, Vacancies Decline, Net Absorption Up

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Beckman Execs Weigh In on Clinical Errors Debate

Nexell Updates Its Plans to Wind Down; Carlsbad Catheter Maker Raises $20M

Real Estate Watch: Retail Market

Alternative Opportunities are in North, Central County

Western Region Industrial Market

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Real Estate Update

Monday, August 19

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

FileNET Gives Sexy Spin to British Office Clutter

Hey Dude, Western Digital's Getting a Dell; Folino Joins Mind Institute Board

Shakey's Settles Suit With Franchisees, Pizza Parlor Chain Seeks New President

Garden Grove-based Shakey's Inc. has settled two lawsuits with disgruntled franchisees and is looking for a new president.

LoansDirect's Hsieh Eyes Loan Process

Ferragamo Marketing School Districts; Sperry Van Ness' Genius

Downey Savings Hits July Mortgage Record

Downey Savings Hits July Mortgage Record

MEETING GOALS

SPECIAL REPORT - Meetings & Conventions

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

NeoTherapeutics Closes Books on Its NeoGene Unit

Allergan-backed Study: Botox for Strokes; PacifiCare Arm Signs New Pact

Tut-Tut: British Museum Deal Near; OCers on Broadway

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

Wahoo's Lets Hair Down (More) in Colorado Spots

RiechesBaird Sees Turnaround Signs in New Work; DGWB Plays Ponies, Er, Wieners

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

More top stories by Industry

Register Family Feud Now Hinges on Details

Tim Hoiles' bid to force a sale of family-owned Freedom Communications Inc. was deflected by fellow shareholders at a special meeting two weekends ago.

Real Estate Watch: High-Rise Office Market

The high-rise office market in Orange County continued to show mixed results in the second quarter.

Comment

This week's Commentary

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Warm Gulfstream Yields Few Laments for the Old Cowboy

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

One of Two Lawsuits Against Broadcom Receives Green Light

A federal judge's decision to let a shareholder lawsuit against Broadcom Corp. go forward could have implications for a similar case pitting the chipmaker's founders against members of the Orange County Performing Arts Center board.

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move

Merrill Shuts Down Another OC Office

Fifteen brokers and five support workers from Merrill's Anaheim office have moved to Brea and Santa Ana after the county's largest brokerage closed its branch at the foot of Anaheim Hills.

Investor Group Buys Irvine Spectrum Plot for Medical Building

An $11 million, 43,000-square-foot medical building is set to go up in the Irvine Spectrum.

Paint Maker Behr Rides Fix-Up Wave

Santa Ana paint maker Behr Process Corp. says it's seeing the fruits of the refinancing boom as homeowners spend more money fixing up their places.

ROOM FOR GROWTH

SPECIAL REPORT - Meetings & Conventions

Monday, August 12

Edgewater Taps PIMCO Veteran, Raising New Fund

Chicago-based The Edgewater Funds is looking to raise $200 million for its fourth fund and has tapped a seasoned financial hand for its Irvine office.

Bluetorch Alums Tap OC Kids for Fox Sports Show

Marketing & Media by Jennifer Bellantonio

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

KeyCorp Eyes More Real Estate Lending

Cleveland-based KeyCorp has stepped up its real estate banking in Irvine and said it expects to do $150 million in loans this year.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other top stories by industry

Startup Ditrans Nearing $15 Million in New Funding

FileNET Workers Getting Holidays Off; Newport Corp. Finishes New Production Lab

New Century Sees Record July Loans, Projects Strong Third Quarter Results

Irvine subprime mortgage lender New Century Financial Corp. said it's on track to do $12 billion in loans this year after reporting a record July.

Feds Signal Support for L.A. County Health Aid

SPECIAL REPORT - Healthcare

COMMENT

Editorials by Michael Lyster and Rick Reiff

CHEAP SUITS

SPECIAL REPORT - Healthcare

OC INSIDER: West Drops Route, Valet Gets Upgrade

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

Another Bergen Official Out at AmerisourceBergen

HEALTHCARE by Vita Reed

PERFECT POWER STORM

Report: State Policies Enabled Energy Market Abuse

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

PEOPLE

People in the News, on the Move...

DRUG WAR

SPECIAL REPORT - Healthcare

Monday, August 5

COMMENT

Commentary by Rick Reiff

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Other top stories, listed by Industry

SkinMedica Seeks Niche in Skin-Care Drugs, Products

Rex Bright is following in the footsteps of his former employer, Irvine-based Allergan Inc.

MONEY MAKERS: Venture Investors Still Placing Bets in Beaten-Down Technology Sector

For a few years it looked like technology's billionaires would take over the Business Journal's list of Orange County's wealthiest. Well, the tech meltdown put an end to that. Our list, while still sprinkled with tech representation, is a healthy mix of

Fame and Fortune

SPECIAL REPORT - OC's WEALTHIEST

Agran Vows No "Irvine Specials" at Planned Great Park

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

$3 Billion Lighter - Stock Losses Take a Bite Out of OC's Wealthiest

SPECIAL REPORT - OC's WEALTHIEST

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

VIEWPOINTS: Two Takes on Enron's Downfall

Government Indifference Fueled Corporate Hubris; Once More, Government's a Problem, Not a Solution

OC Semis Put Up Good Numbers Amid Forecast-Cutting

STM Opens Miami Office to Boost Latin American Sales; Mind Gets Funding

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

Entertainment Reviews - Festival of Arts, Pageant of Masters

OC Healthcare Startups See Modestly Higher Cash Infusions

UCI Gets Devices to Treat Heart Attacks; Exec Takes Pharmacy Board Presidency

Real Estate Watch: Los Angeles

Dearth of Big Deals Hampers Core L.A. Office Markets

EE RR's Oscar Night: Wolfgang Puck at the Kodak

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

BUSINESS JOURNAL 20

SPECIAL REPORT - OC's WEALTHIEST

OTHER CENTIMILLIONAIRES

SPECIAL REPORT - OC's WEALTHIEST

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

RICH, TOO

SPECIAL REPORT - OC's WEALTHIEST

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move