Stories for September 2002

Monday, September 30

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ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Western Digital Plans More CapEx Spending; MSC Signs Licensing Deal With Bombardier; Fluor Settles Dispute

Western Digital Corp. plans to spend up to $65 million on capital expenditures; MSC.Software Corp. has signed a $1.85 million licensing deal with Montreal's Bombardier Inc.; Canada's Bema Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp. said they've received $24 millio

Accounting Trouble a Boon for Schools

Interest in accounting classes has surged at Southland schools, despite the demise of Arthur Andersen, once one of the "Big Five" accounting firms, and the technology downturn that started a few years back.

Investment Bank Targets Asians, Hispanics

Two former bankers at New York-based Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co. have started their own firm hoping to carve out a niche.

Angels Fever Rallies Team's Apparel and Souvenir Sales

Players and fans aren't the only ones who have enjoyed the playoff-bound Anaheim Angels' winningest season ever. The team has also been a boost for sporting goods stores, souvenir vendors, sports bars, restaurants and others who cater to the baseball team

Real Estate Watch: South Orange County

Incentives Help South County Office Market Post Uptick

Taylor-Dunn Makes Another in String of Strategic Acquisitions

Anaheim electric vehicle maker Taylor-Dunn Corp. has bought another company,a maker of air cargo handling vehicles.

COMMERCIAL SLOWDOWN: Orange County Film Office Sees Rebound After Tough Year

Commercial production in Orange County fell last year, although there are signs of a pick-up.

COMMENT: Anaheim LLP

Commentary by Rick Reiff

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COMMERCIAL SLOWDOWN: L.A. Production Down

Los Angeles' commercial production industry has yet to recover from the actors' strike that shut down filming two years ago and may have caused permanent damage by shifting more filming overseas.

Monday, September 23

UCI Boosts Engineering Faculty as Enrollment Grows

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering continues to add to its faculty.

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COMMENT: Keeping Score - WHAT'S HOT IN OC

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Broadcom's Nicholas Sets Up Personal Office in Aliso Viejo's Summit

Broadcom Corp. Chief Executive Henry Nicholas has taken out space in the Summit Office Campus at Aliso Viejo.

Real Estate Watch: John Wayne Airport Area

Airport Area Looks to Come Back from Telecom Hit

Real Estate Deals

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Kwikset Closing Georgia Plant

Kwikset Closing Georgia Plant

OC INSIDER: OC Invades China; Schuller Expanding

OC Insider by Rick Reiff

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ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

NOT MIKE BRADY'S BLUEPRINT

SPECIAL REPORT: Architecture & Engineering

Monday, September 16

OC's Money Managers Say Clients Want Bonds

Where have Orange County's wealthy turned during the economic downturn?

KKE Architects Opens Newport Beach Office; Expects to Double Staff

Minneapolis-based KKE Architects Inc. recently opened a Newport Beach office to tap its growing client base in the Southland.

Harrah's Chopper on Call; Checking on Youthful Rosse, Sim

OC INSIDER by RICK REIFF

Pacific Mercantile Sells Stock to Fund Branches

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bancorp said it has sold $5 million of preferred stock to an unnamed institutional investor.

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Real Estate Watch: North & Central Orange County

Opportunity for North County's Large Tenants; Although activity in the North Orange County industrial market began to ramp up in the first quarter with absorption figures improving slightly, vacancy rates have continued to climb in most submarkets.

Reflecting on Sept. 11: More Security, Less Hotel Work

Crown Realty Taps Property Manager to Oversee Portfolio; Housing Permits Up 16.7%

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

Big Drug Makers Boosted Workforces In Eventful 2002

SPECIAL REPORT: Biomedical & Biotech

Businesses Wary of Unsigned Bills on Governor's Desk

When the economy is in the doldrums, businesses typically look for government to extend a helping hand with tax breaks or other stimulus measures.

KUDOS

Recognizing people and accomplishments in O.C.

PacifiCare CEO Takes Swipe at Feds, Launches Plan

HEALTHCARE by Vita Reed

Disneyland's Matching Dinners Showcase High Quality

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

Expanded Pact Gives Exult Shareholders Something to Cheer

Investors hope that Irvine-based Exult Inc.'s expanded deal with International Paper Co. is a strong step toward its year-end profitability target.

COMMENT: How Cool

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Both Sides in MMD-Suntsu Spat Praise Judge's Order

TECHNOLOGY by Andrew Simons

Monday, September 9

Mission Foods Relocates Cerritos Plant to Fullerton

Irving, Texas-based Mexican food maker Mission Foods Corp., part of Mexico's Gruma SA de CV, has moved a distribution facility to Fullerton from Cerritos.

Going Gets Easier for Arab-Americans

A year later, local Arab-American businesspeople say the closer scrutiny afforded to them in the wake of the attacks has eased.

Tangata Is a Must if You're Visiting the Bowers Museum

The Golden Truffle's Annual Soft-Shell Crabfest Is a Treat This Week

Investment Bank Plans Energy Fund

Irvine-based C.K. Cooper & Co. plans to hit the road this month to raise $5 million for a fund investing in energy companies.

Eye Surgery Device Maker Raises $15M

Refractec Inc., an Irvine-based maker of medical devices to correct vision problems, has completed a $15 million fourth round of funding.

Sports Afield Reloads as New Publisher Takes a Shot

Publishing magnate Robert Petersen is counting on a Huntington Beach publisher to keep Sports Afield Magazine alive.

Ad Shops: "Be Careful"

Joyce Ukropina has a simple answer for broadcast clients asking if they should advertise on Sept. 11: don't.

Real Estate Watch: Research and Development

Small R & D; Space Still Hot While Construction Slows

Allen & Caron Is Set to Take its Clients Across the Pond

CommunityMedia Buys More Small Weeklies; the Food Network Takes a Bite of Wahoo's

Bell Shuns "Interim" Tag; Seeley's Joyce Moves to Grubb

OC INSIDER BY RICK REIFF

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

COMMENT: Safe Bet; Summer's Revenge

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Bankrupt Mexmil Reorganizes

Santa Ana-based Mexmil Co. is set to emerge from bankruptcy with a cash infusion, new ownership and a pledge to repay its creditors in full.

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Monday, September 2

COMMENT: End of Summer

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Disgraced Lawyer Rebounds in Nevada; OC's "Human Zoo"

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

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Costa Mesa's Center Club Outlines Expansion

The Center Club, the private business and social club near the Orange County Performing Arts Center, is looking to expand.

Krispy Kreme Heats Up OC Doughnut Rivalry

Marketing & Media by Jennifer Bellantonio

Real Estate Watch: Manufacturing & Warehouse

Small Buildings are Bright Spot in Sluggish M & W; Market

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

ICN's Public Face During Proxy Battle Steps Down

Analyst: Edwards Could Benefit in Valve Supplier Fallout; Healthcare Directors Fare Well

Kang's Asian Bistro Set to Open at South Coast Plaza

EXECUTIVE DINING by Fifi Chao

ARGUS

Humor by Argus Hamilton

SimpleTech Cuts Workers as Memory Drops Further

Hop-On Calls on Infea in Disposable Phone Deal; DMarc Partners with Clint Eastwood