Stories for October 2002

Monday, October 28

Corporate Refugees Fuel Hot Market for Small Businesses

Corporate Refugees Fuel Hot Market for Small Businesses

Real Estate Watch: Inland Empire

Top-Ranked Inland Empire Stays Hot in Q3

These Ain't No SUVs: Vespa Opens Boutique

There's an alternative to all those SUVs and swanky sports cars cruising around Newport Beach: a pale green scooter that looks like it's straight out of a 1950s Italian flick.

COMMENT: A Winning Team

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Swan Song For No. 5 Starbase

Swan Song For No. 5 Starbase

First at Last

VIEWPOINT by Jon Gothold, partner and executive creative director of Santa Ana-based advertising agency DGWB.

UCI Business School Launches Endowment

The Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, has launched the Judy B. Rosener Endowed Scholarship Fund, started by school alums Darcy and Richard Kopcho.

Device Maker Alsius Attracts $10 Million

Irvine medical device maker Alsius Corp. has raised $10 million in a fifth round of venture funding.

SURVEY SAYS...

CALIFORNIA'S BUSINESS CLIMATE: Survey of 287 corporate executives nationwide by Development Counsellors International.

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Tiny Biozhem Grows Fast, Then Leaves for Grass Valley

Tiny Biozhem Grows Fast, Then Leaves for Grass Valley

County Flirts With First Year of Jobs Losses in a Decade

Orange County still could eek out a small rise in jobs for 2002 but now the county's flirting with its first annual employment decline in nearly a decade, economists say.

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Fidelity Benefits From Acquisition, Housing Boom

Fidelity Benefits From Acquisition, Housing Boom

OC Companies With Biggest Revenue Growth

OC Companies With Biggest 1-Year Revenue Growth

Biolase Boosts U.S., Foreign Sales to Gain

Biolase Boosts U.S., Foreign Sales to Gain

New Real Estate Buzz: Business Consolidation

In the go-go days of the late 1990s, corporate expansions drove commercial real estate. These days, it's corporate consolidations.

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Gear Maker's Outlook Cloudy

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Gear Maker's Outlook Cloudy

Apparel Maker Volcom Opening Hip Los Angeles Store

Costa Mesa-based Volcom is opening its first U.S. retail store in a trendy part of Los Angeles.

OVERDRIVE: Auto Financier WFS Grows Into Top-10 Fueled By Low Interest Rates

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Monday, October 21

COMMENT: Winging It; Wagering...

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Real Estate Portfolios Expose Local Banks

SPECIAL REPORT: Banking

Navigant Launches Ticket Salvage Site

Travel agency Navigant International Inc. has come up with a way for corporate travel managers to salvage nonrefundable tickets in the face of new use-it-or-lose-it policies by big airlines.

World Series Pitting The City vs. Upstart

Call it the new North-South rivalry. As if San Francisco isn't always having to pump itself up against Los Angeles, now it's got Orange County to contend with.

Broadband Storage Joins Quantum Offshoot Snap

Irvine-based Broadband Storage Inc. has been acquired by Quantum Corp. offshoot Snap Appliance Inc.

Nara Extends New York Foothold With Acquisition

SPECIAL REPORT: Banking

Eye Insurance Handler Moving to Costa Mesa

Vision insurance administrator Medical Eye Services Inc. is moving its headquarters from Long Beach to Costa Mesa into a building that once housed operations of Laguna Hills-based Del Taco Inc.

Real Estate Watch: Construction

Construction Activity Slows in Q3

QUALITY CONTROL: Bank Execs Say They'll Lend ... To the Right Company

SPECIAL REPORT: Banking

Experian Consolidates Units in Bid to Boost Services

Costa Mesa-based Experian Information Solutions Inc. is consolidating two of its online consumer credit groups as it seeks to boost its share of the growing data-services market.

Maytag Chief Cutting Ribbon on OC Store

Maytag Corp. Chief Executive Ralph Hake is returning to Orange County to open The Maytag Store in Costa Mesa on Friday.

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OC Bank Stocks Among Top Performers

Higher profits, growing assets and few bad loans have driven the stocks of Orange County banks.

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ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Monday, October 14

Venture Investors Develop a Taste for Wireless Startups

Wireless technology companies seem to be picking up where optical gear startups left off a couple of years ago.

PacifiCare $2M Ad Campaign To Target Latino Subscribers

Cypress-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. says it's searching for an agency to create a $2 million advertising and marketing campaign aimed at Latino consumers.

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Real Estate Watch: Mid-Counties

Large Deals Could Signal Turnaround

MEALS, TOO: Hotel Restaurants Offer Superb Food in Elegant Settings

SPECIAL REPORT: Fifi's Best

PEOPLE

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Asbestos of the '00s

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Ceradyne Battles Shrinking Profits

More business usually means more profits. Not for Costa Mesa industrial ceramics maker Ceradyne Inc.

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Busy Baugh Irks Competing Lobbyists; Stein's Mallorca Hotel

OC Insider by Rick Reiff

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Monday, October 7

Fallout From Short Ports Closure Could Be Minor

As shippers and dockworkers bickered last week over which side was to blame for the port lockout, a separate debate took place outside the negotiating room.

HMO Report Cards: Part of Plan Puzzle for Employers

It's "report card" season for health maintenance organizations. The ratings aim to make it easier to pick a healthcare plan by boiling down key measures of quality and user satisfaction. Last week, the state released its second yearly report card on HMOs

PEOPLE

People in the news, on the move

Belfast Charms Irvine Software Maker

Belfast may not be the first choice for businesses looking to set up an overseas office. But Irvine-based California Software Corp. says it's delighted with the 10 software developers at its office in Northern Ireland's capital.

Real Estate Watch: West Orange County

West County Is Sluggish, But Small-Building Sales Are Hot

Koll Construction Unit Gets Facelift Under New Owner

REAL ESTATE by Daniel D. Williams

RF Micro Invests $60M in Jazz Semi

A $60 million investment in Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor Inc. implies a hefty valuation for the recent spinoff.

AUTOZONE: Luxury Car Sales Help Dealers Raise Revenue

SPECIAL REPORT: Detroit West

Anaheim Angeles

Commentary by Rick Reiff

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Real Estate Deals

Real Estate Sales and Leases

O.C. INSIDER

Weekly Column by Executive Editor, Rick Reiff