Stories for March 2003

Monday, March 31

Press Releases: Speech or Ads?

From Amanda Bronstad's March 24 column in the Los Angeles Business Journal

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Standard Pacific Files to Sell Stock, Warrants

Panattoni Building Lake Forest Offices

The Irvine office of Sacramento-based Panattoni Development Co. plans to build 15 small office buildings in Lake Forest after paying $6.3 million for 10.5 acres in the city's A.J. West Ranch business park.

Y & R; Takes Top Nod at Ad Club Awards

The Y & R; Cos. in Irvine took the top honor at Saturday's Orange County Ad Club awards.

Entrepreneurs Honored for Their Work Building Companies

Dirt. Data. Degrees. Dancewear. Professionals for hire. All were good for honors at the Business Journal's second annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards lunch last week in Irvine.

Real Estate Deals

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PEOPLE

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

TOO BIG TO FAIL?

Workers' Comp Insurer's Woes Could Hit Employers; California officials are scrambling to avert what could be the biggest crisis yet to hit the troubled workers' compensation system

Real Estate Watch: South County

Mixed Messages in South County

INVESTOR SHUFFLE

JP Morgan Takes Stake in Donahue Schriber After Alscott Sells Out

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 24

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War Brings Uncertainty, Promise for Companies

Fluor Corp. embodies the peril and promise for Orange County companies as the U.S. goes to war with Iraq.

I-Flow Upping Sales Bid for Pain Device

I-Flow Corp. of Lake Forest said it is looking to what it calls as a "simple yet elegant" medical device to change the way post-surgical pain is managed.

Linksys' Doughnut Deal

Linksys had done a masterful job marketing the company as a consumer brand,just as Cisco has with Corporate America. And Linksys, which contracts out the making of its products to Asian factories, has profited in a market where buyers expect low prices.

Real Estate Watch: North/Central County

North County Sales Prices Hit High

RE-ORG CHART

Six notable businesses undergo major reorganization

What is 17200 Reform? Depends on Who's Asked

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer recently filed suit against controversial Trevor Law Group LLP for its alleged abuse of California's consumer protection law. Plus: Fending Off the State

ICN Plans to Sell Russian Plants, Drugstores

Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. is gearing up to sell its troubled Russian business by June. PLUS: Corinthian Added to S & P; MidCap 400

Tech Makeover Leaves Survivors Awaiting Rebound

Restructuring at Orange County technology companies in the past three years has changed the face of the industry here.

PEOPLE

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

Employers Face Added Costs for Unemployment Insurance

A new state report finds that the state's unemployment insurance trust fund,funded by employers to cover benefits to unemployed workers,is being depleted faster than expected.

Ad Firms Must Verify Revenue Claims

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LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Monday, March 17

Restaurants Served More Meals in 2002

About the List - The 15 busiest restaurants in Orange County saw a 7% gain in meals served last year, according to Business Journal's list.

Addressing California's Budget Crisis

VIEWPOINTS by James L. Doti and Esmael Adibi

Real Estate Watch: Airport Area/Central Coast

Investors Buy Into Airport Opportunities

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

PEOPLE

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

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Real Estate Deals

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Long Term: Raise IncomevLighten Businesses' Load

VIEWPOINT by John Campbell, Republican Assemblyman from Irvine

Monday, March 10

PEOPLE

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

TOP INDUSTRIAL LEASES

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Broughton Lands Deal to Run Surf City Hotel

Broughton Hospitality Group has been awarded the management contract for Hotel Huntington Beach near Beach Boulevard and the San Diego (I-405) Freeway.

TOP APARTMENT SALES

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BIGGEST RETAIL SALES

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TOP OFFICE LEASES

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Real Estate Watch: Research and Development

Economy Takes Toll on Research and Development

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

Niebla Tapped as President of Mexico Advisory Group

Orange County businessman and philanthropist J. Fernando Niebla has been tapped to lead a group formed to promote U.S. investment in Mexico.

TOP INDUSTRIAL SALES

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Title Insurers See Big 2002; Shift Seen This Year

ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County title insurers had another bang-up year in 2002, thanks to low interest rates, rising home values and surging house sales.

LETTERS

WAR, cont'd

Attorney General Lawsuit Doesn't Slow Trevor Law

More than 100 auto dealers have been named in Trevor Law's latest suits, which originally were filed in November on behalf of Santa Ana-based Consumer Enforcement Watch Corp., a group Trevor Law formed last year.

Monday, March 3

Environmental Companies See Billings Growth Slow to Nil

ABOUT THE LIST: Heady growth at Orange County environmental consulting companies came to a halt in 2002.

LETTERS

Letters to the editors

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

Review of MAMBO SINUENDO, an Album by Ry Cooder, Manuel Galb & #225;n.

Real Estate Watch: Manufacturing & Warehouse

Manufacturing and Warehouse Activity Dwindles

COMMENT: Winds of War

Commentary by Rick Reiff and Michael Lyster

Calls for Healthcare Fixes Grow

Proposals to overhaul healthcare in California suddenly are all the rage. But it's doubtful any can emerge from the current legislative session in Sacramento.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

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