Stories for July 2003

Monday, July 28

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

MARKET WATCH

Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance (Adobe PDF)

Real Estate Watch: Construction

Construction Activity Awaits Economic Comeback; Charts: Industrial, Retail, Office Under Construction;

Generic Drug Maker Starting Branding Bid

All of a sudden Irvine generic drug maker Sicor Inc. is interested in branding.

Survey: Grudging Compliance With Sarbanes-Oxley

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TRACKING THE NUMBERS - Sarbanes-Oxley Spurs Growth of Accounting Software Makers

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Best Buys Financial Software Maker Timberline

Irvine-based Best Software Inc. has bought Portland's Timberline Software Corp. for about $103 million.

Rutan & Tucker Expands to San Jose

Orange County's largest law firm has set its sights on Silicon Valley.

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Monday, July 21

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

Next Stage for Recall: Who's In, Who's Out

The race to line up candidates in the recall battle against Gov. Gray Davis has touched off the most intense political scramble the state has seen in decades.

Multi Facets Shuttering Anaheim Eyeglass Lab

The owners of Anaheim-based Multi Facets Labs plan to shut the company down by the end of August amid slumping sales.

SAME BUGS, NEW BUSINESS

Exterminators Move Beyond Chemicals, Tout Public Safety

Economic Forecaster Lowers Jobs Outlook

Orange County's economic outlook,good compared to the state's economy,is being driven by growth in personal income and tourism.

Real Estate Watch: Inland Empire

Industrial Activity Is on the Rise

Public Relations Shops See Uptick

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PREVIEW AND REVIEW

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EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE: FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS

The Pageant of the Masters celebrates its 70th year with a masterful presentation of its tableaux vivant

Epicor Building on Profit Turn

Epicor Software Corp.,a marquee technology stock? The last four months certainly have been epic for the maker of customer relationship management software.

Fieldstone Plays Master Developer Near Corona

Homebuilder Fieldstone Communities Inc. is taking a page from its larger rivals on a big Inland Empire housing project.

Big Deals Fuel Quest Speculation

Some big pending software deals are reviving speculation that Irvine-based Quest Software Inc. could be acquired in a wave of industry consolidation.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor: California Economy; Jayson Blair; Thanks

Monday, July 14

Recall Ushers in Summer of Turmoil

With a measure to recall Gov. Gray Davis making its way to the November ballot, the stage is set for one of the most bruising campaigns ever in California.

New Conexant Eyes Broadcom Turf

Now that Dwight Decker has spun off Conexant Systems Inc.'s networking chip business, he says he's looking to take on Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. and others in the chip market for high-speed modems, set-top boxes and other devices.

Olen Settles Tax Fight for Pennies on Dollar

A staggering $148 million tax bill was slashed to $272,024 by the time Newport Beach-based Olen Properties Corp. and the Internal Revenue Service were done hashing out their tax dispute.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

THEY'LL TAKE IT - After Earlier Cuts, Nursing Homes Could See Small Funding Uptick

Nursing homes, which took it on the chin during the late-1990s federal budget battles, could get a drop of money back.

MORTGAGE RISK

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PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

GOING UP - Opus Center Leads Office Construction; Fullerton Moore Tops Industrial

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Real Estate Watch: Mid-Counties

Mid-Counties' Industrial Bounces Back; Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

MARKET WATCH

Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance (Adobe PDF)

BIG OFFICE SALES

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Higher Sewer Fees Set to Hit Restaurant Operators

Orange County's restaurant chains, already reeling from a slew of rising costs, are bracing for the impact of higher sewer fees recently approved by the Orange County Sanitation District.

CONSTRUCTION GAINS

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Outlook for Q3 Surges as War Worries Shrink

Fears about war and the economy among Orange County executives at the start of the second quarter have given way to wholesale optimism

CALENDAR

Calendar of OC Business events and announcements

Comedy and Terror

VIEWPOINT By Eldon Griffiths, author, lecturer, journalist and former member of the British House of Commons.

LETTERS

Letters to the editors

Monday, July 7

Tunnel Debate Takes Shape

Backers of a tunnel through the Cleveland National Forest see their plan as a revolutionary fix to the region's growing traffic headaches.

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

MARKET WATCH

Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance (Adobe PDF)

PEOPLE

Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move...

Fluor Gets Longed-For Chance at Iraq Oil Bid

After weeks of uncertainty, Fluor Corp. is readying to bid on two contracts rebuilding Iraq's oil industry.

DINING TOUR: A City-by-City Taste of Fifi Chao's Favorite

I decided to take a stroll through Orange County's cities to cull different dining experiences that have pleased me lately. Some are upscale restaurants and some are more casual. All have delightful dishes to taste and variety is guaranteed. ,Fifi Chao

The Glass Boardroom

Viewpoint by Judy B. Rosener, a professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

Real Estate Watch: South County

Investment Stays Hot in South County