Stories for December 2002

Monday, December 30

Keys: Interest Rates and Housing Market

PREVIEW 2003 - FINANCE

PEOPLE

Businesspeople in the news, on the move

PREVIEW 2003 - Tech Companies Look to Build on Fledgling Turnaround

In our annual forecast issue, we take a look at what to expect in the coming year.

Tourism Trade Hopes Recent Pickup Spurs Better 2003

PREVIEW 2003

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

Healthcare Set to Build on 2002 Trends; Premiums Rising

PREVIEW 2003

Budget Fallout Set to Dominate; Tunnel Plan as New El Toro?

PREVIEW 2003

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Exporters Look to Stage Comeback in 2003; Iraq a Variable

PREVIEW 2003

Retailers Cheer 2003 Forecast But Face More Competition

PREVIEW 2003

Interest Rates, Economy to Set Pace for Commercial, Housing

PREVIEW 2003

Manufacturing to Grow Slightly, Tech, High Costs Still a Drag

PREVIEW 2003

JWA On Track to Meet Baggage Screening Deadline

John Wayne Airport is putting the finishing touches on its automated baggage screening system.

Monday, December 16

Real Estate Watch: Airport Area/Central Coast

Lease Rates on Downswing in Airport Area; It's a tenants market for office space in the greater John Wayne Airport area

Compass Group Looking at First Area Investment

Private equity investor The Compass Group International LLC could be near its first Southern California investment since opening an Irvine office earlier this year, principal Elias Sabo said.

PEOPLE

Business people in the news, on the move

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Wahoo's Fish Taco Buys Bigger Pond

Wahoo's Fish Taco has paid nearly $5 million for a Santa Ana building and relocated its headquarters.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

Fillet Rejoins Roth After Year at CIBC

Stephen Fillet has rejoined Newport Beach-based investment bank Roth Capital Partners LLC after a year stint at CIBC World Markets.

COMMENT: What a Relief

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Short Sellers Bet On Homes, Health Turn, Comeback for Techs

After a strong 2002, housing and healthcare stocks could lag in the coming months, while some beaten-down technology companies may end up besting the broader market, according to data on short selling compiled by Los Angeles-based The Seidler Cos.

Pacific Amphitheater To Reopen for OC Fair

Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheater, closed since 1995 due to noise concerns from nearby neighbors, will reopen as a limited-use venue during the Orange County Fair next year.

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Dana Point Marriott Starts On Spa

The Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point last week broke ground on a new 14,000-square-foot spa expected to open in July 2003.

AccentCare Makes Big East Coast Move

The privately held senior care provider, AccentCare Inc, nearly doubled its size and solidified its East Coast expansion plans after nabbing Brooklyn-based Alliance for Health Inc. last week.

STATE OF THE STATE

Commentary by Howard Fine, staff writer for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

2002 Property Deals to Reach $1 Billion

Orange County is on track to bring in $1 billion worth of real estate investment this year, industry sources say.

Monday, December 9

GE Buys Garden Grove Company

Garden Grove security products maker InfoGraphic Systems Corp. just became part of General Electric Co.

U.S. Trust Sets Up For Stocks Bounce

Is U.S. Trust Corp. betting on a stock rebound? The N.Y.-based investment management company has leased more office space in Costa Mesa, a sign that it could boost its Orange County wealth management and trust operations when Wall Street shows sustained g

Trio of Acquisitions Puts CIP Portfolio at 2M Square Feet

Garden Grove Taking Bids on Vacant Lot for Homes, Shops; Big Year for Moran & Co.'s King

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Real Estate Watch: Retail

Value Retailers Lead OC Market; Orange County continues to buck the national retail real estate recession.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

Bad Market Cuts Insider Stock Trades

Insider trades at Orange County companies fell this year as directors and officers curtailed selling stocks in the down market.

PEOPLE

El Pollo Loco Names Eadon Marketing Chief

COMMENT: Melting Pot

CHALK UP ANOTHER ONE FOR ORANGE COUNTY.

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Monday, December 2

PEOPLE

Businesspeople in the news, on the move

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate sales and leases

Growing Greenlight Expands in Spectrum

Greenlight Financial Services Inc. has ridden the housing boom and low interest rates to fast growth since opening its doors last fall.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

STATE OF THE STATE

Commentary by Howard Fine, staff writer at the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Real Estate Watch: Manufacturing and Warehouse

Strong Manufacturing and Warehouse Activity in Q3

Investors Look to Brighten SolarFlare Coffers

Irvine-based SolarFlare Communications Inc. is closing in on a second round of venture funding believed to be about $13 million.