Stories for July 2002

Monday, July 29

Hoiles Heir Hires Alioto; Build It and They Will Fund

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

Johnny Rockets Says First Theme-Park Diner a Blast

Freedom's Excelsior Celebrates 10 Years; Grove Courts Action Sports Events

TRY AGAIN: Southland Companies are Restating Their Numbers at a Growing Rate

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting & Professional Services

TriZetto Going After Big-Name Customers, Red Ink Narrowing

TriZetto Group Inc., the Newport Beach-based healthcare technology company, is going after large healthcare organizations as a way to grow revenue and turn its first profit.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

Lawmakers Lean On FASB for Accounting Rules

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting & Professional Services

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of Industries' Top Stories

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Former First Alliance Mortgage Building Goes for $5.3M

Insider: Office Market Bottoms, Industrial OK at Small End; Apartment Rents Stable

Why Sept. 11 Wasn't "Extraordinary" Item

Why Sept. 11 Wasn't 'Extraordinary' Item

Toles Savours Space in Historic Laguna Beach Hotel

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

ON THE DEFENSE: Troubles in Corporate America are Making Companies Cautious, Executives Nervous

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting & Professional Services

Irvine's Crown Buys Oceanside Mall for $6.2M

Irvine's Crown Buys Oceanside Mall for $6.2M

Housing Stocks Reverse Course After Big Gains

The runup in Orange County stocks tied to residential real estate has taken a sharp turn as investors begin to fear that the boom in refinancing and new home sales could be slowing.

Lerach Seeks to Stop Westcorp Buyback

Lerach, a partner of San Diego-based Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, has filed a class action lawsuit against Irvine-based WFS Financial Inc. and its board of directors.

Mexico Clouds Sicor's 2002 Outlook

Mexico Clouds Sicor's 2002 Outlook

Real Estate Watch: Inland Empire

Inland Empire Posts Strong Industrial, Office Results

Midsize Companies Bore Brunt of 2001 Added Health Costs

Philips Expands in Irvine Spectrum; Garden Grove Contracts Out for 'Express Care'

Military Testing Chemical Detectors From Acacia Unit

Skyworks Hits Milestone Out of the Chute; MindArrow Planning Acquisition

Airport? What Airport?

Editorial by Rick Reiff

Corporate Crooks Spin a Major Crisis of Confidence

VIEWPOINT by Mark Lacter

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move

Monday, July 22

SPIN CONTROL: PR Execs Talk About the Downturn and How They're Controlling Costs

SPECIAL REPORT - Public Relations

FileNET Sells More to Existing Clients

FileNET Sells More to Existing Clients

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Comment: Not-So-Great Park

Commentary by Rick Reiff

PR Cos. Can't Spin Tough Year

After a two-year feast, it was close to famine for Orange County's public relations companies last year, with fee income at the top 26 firms falling 19%, according to this year's Business Journal list.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

A Decade Later, Surgin Prevails Against Insurer

Allergan Says Make it Alphagan P; Beckman Lands $400 Million Credit Line

PEOPLE

Business People in the news, on the move.

Real Estate Watch: Construction

Retail Leads Tepid Construction Activity; After several years of strong development activity, industrial construction fell by nearly 50% in the second quarter.

Buy.com Sitting Out Amazon's Bookstore Assault

Autobytel Launches Car Buying Service in Spanish; Wienerschnitzel Goes Digital

Walgreen Takes Long Lease Where Offices Once Stood

ADP Renews at La Palma's Centerpointe; OC a Seller's Market for Apartments

Global Takeover Drama Ends for Vision Solutions

Closed Y Media Shopping Wares Around; Emulex Takes Space to Tide Itself Over

SUBSTITUTES: When the Going Gets Tough, Some PR Firms Turn to Freelancers

SPECIAL REPORT - Public Relations

Ugly Quarter for Local Stocks

It was a bloodbath for Orange County stocks in the second quarter. Worst hit,surprise,were technology stocks. The Business Journal's index of 20 technology companies lost a staggering 40%, or $14 billion, of market value in the quarter.

RV Buff Henley Steers RV Maker; UCI-MBA Spat

O.C. Insider by Rick Reiff

Monday, July 15

Railroad Freeway vs. Tunnel; Harbor High Grad Weds Heir

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

New ICN Director Minces No Words on Silicon Valley

Alzheimer's Seen Adding to Healthcare Costs; UCI Links Liver Enzyme to Heart Disease

Is it Time for Timeshare?

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Growing Staton Signs Lease For Bigger Fullerton Warehouse

Growing Staton Signs Lease For Bigger Fullerton Warehouse

Comment: Fallout

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Black Fly Named in Skateboarder Death Suit

Costa Mesa's Black Fly Industries Inc. has found itself tangled up in a $50 million lawsuit over the death of a rising skateboard star who drowned at a Malibu house party last year.

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move

Y & R; Grabs Another Piece of Ford Business: Land Rover

T & O; Picks Up a Pair of PR Accounts; Former Freedom Exec Launches Relocation Guide

FCB Loses Client, Lays Off Workers

Irvine's Foote, Cone & Belding Southern California, Orange County's second largest advertising agency, has cut about 10% of its staff after losing client TaylorMade-adidas Golf, industry sources say.

Former Roth Capital Guys Start Own Investment Bank

Two former associates at Newport Beach-based Roth Capital Partners LLC have teamed up with a Pasadena brokerage to try their hands at their own investment bank.

Foundry Gains Could be Sign of Better Times

MTI Lines Up New Credit Line Amid Restructuring; Telelogic Inks Software Pacts

When Will OC See the Return of Spec Building?

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of week's top news stories by industry

Construction Gains: Builders Post Strong Year with Help from Public Works and Retail

SPECIAL REPORT: Commercial Development

Dan's on Hand for Special Duckhorn Dinner at Five Crowns

Nara Nara Offers French Moroccan Fare; Wattle Creek Dinner at Fleming's

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Letters

Letters to the Editor

Monday, July 8

Adelphia Gets Bites, Local Sale Uncertain

Adelphia Gets Bites, Local Sale Uncertain

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamiliton

Ingram Micro Sees PC Demand Holding Steady

Ingram Micro Sees PC Demand Holding Steady

Return of Steelberg Brothers Draws (Win)Fire

TECHNOLOGY by Andrew Simons

Kudos

Kudos

FORGING A COMPANY

Advanced Medical's Santa Ana HQ: $8.5 million in new offices, labs under way.

Real Estate Watch: West Orange County

West County Owner/User Market Constrained

Wine List, Please: Restaurants Reveal Favorite Vintages

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

Requests for Security Features on the Rise

Special Report: Interior Design and Construction

Stock Market Losses Ding Expectations

The stock market's wretched showing of late has turned Orange County's business leaders more pessimistic for the third quarter, according to a California State University, Fullerton, survey done with the Business Journal.

Refinancing, Sales Fuel Title Insurers

Summary of this week's List - OC's biggest title companies

Taisei Converting Downtown Offices to Apartments

REAL ESTATE by Daniel D. Williams

COMMENT: Light Rail, Cont'd

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Tenant Improvement Fills the New Construction Hole

Special Report: Interior Design and Construction

CEO SHUFFLE: Study Finds Shifts Can Bolster Performance

A University of California, Irvine, study finds that chief executive sackings among big companies in the late-1990s had a positive impact on performance.

Long Beach Upgrades Port

Strike or no strike, the $575 million Hanjin Shipping Co. terminal set to open this month at the Port of Long Beach will complete the first part of a years-long facelift at the facility, where bigger is seen as better in an era of larger ships.

Anaheim Says No to Gigante; KOCE Ready for Bidders

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANIES IN OC

Directory of OC interior design firms.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Saddleback's $22M ER Addition Set to Ease Crowding

HEALTHCARE by Vita Reed

Monday, July 1

New Laguna Colony Hotel Owners Plan to Settle In

The new owners of the Laguna Colony Hotel say they're out to bolster Laguna Beach's appeal with their luxury resort set to open early next year.

Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Top Stories

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: Anaheim's Mr. Stox Nabs 2002 Honor in 25th Year Under Marshalls

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

Mossimo Strikes Deal With Canadian Retailer

Mossimo Strikes Deal With Canadian Retailer

Spinoff Ribapharm Hits Down Draft on Wall Street

Beckman Fills Key Division Spot; ProCare One Bought by Horizon Health

Blum: Leaner Buy.com Can Sustain Free Shipping

Buy.com Inc. founder and owner Scott Blum is sure his Aliso Viejo-based online retailer will steal buyers from rival Amazon.com Inc.,and keep them,with its latest carrots, free shipping and cheaper books.

UNSETTLED ISSUES: State's Energy Loose Ends Coming to a Head

With federal price caps due to expire on Sept. 30 and the state's authority to buy power set to end three months later, a battle is brewing over the future shape of the California's dysfunctional power market.

Malls Report Slower Sales Growth; Predict Better Times

According to this week's Business Journal list, OC's top 25 malls saw a 4% rise in taxable sales last year to $5.3 billion,a three percentage point drop from 2000's sales growth.

SPACELAND RANCHERS: Boeing Planning Expansion of Surf City Business Park

Boeing Co. is known for satellites, 747s and fighter jets. But one part of the aerospace company is decidedly down to earth.

Voit's Malliet Setting Out on His Own After 15 Years

Tiarna Picks Up LAX Portfolio; John Laing Touts Surf and Rails in Carlsbad

Fifi's Favorites

These Restaurants Make Our Columnist's 'Legendary List'

Balboa Wraps Phase 1 Face-Lift

As part of a bid to breathe new life into old town Balboa,known for its pavilion, Ferris wheel and carousel,the city of Newport Beach has finished about a third of a $7.5 million makeover plan.

Broadcom's Lawyers Bolt From Brobeck; Will Chipmaker Too?

There's a new twist in a pair of lawsuits pitting Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. against Orange County arts patrons and the Minnesota State Board of Investment and its chairman, Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Survey Says ...

THREATS TO CORPORATE REPUTATIONS

More Bates Fallout: Car Guy Goes to Colby, Suzuki

Wienerschnitzel Gets Patriotic With Peel 'n' Win Game; PainePR Lands Duracell

Real Estate Watch: North County

Strong Fundamentals Keep North County Stable

EBuilt Scales Down With Move

Custom business software developer eBuilt Inc. has moved its headquarters from Irvine to a smaller Costa Mesa office, according to the real estate brokerage that worked on the deal.

First American Plans Additions; VIP-Jet Equipper at JWA

OC Insider by Rick Reiff

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Comment by Rick Reiff

Art of War: MMD Components Suing Ex-Salesmen

Folino, Desai Ring Bells in New York; BCC Technologies Hires Markwood Capital

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Enron 101

Enron 101

People

People in the News, on the Move