Stories for May 2003

Monday, May 26

Pro Sports Agent Headlines Confab

Some 500 people are expected in Irvine for the sixth African American Business Summit June 19 to 22.

Business Set to Feel Effects From Revised State Budget

CALIFORNIA'S BUSINESS CRUNCH

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

POWER SWITCH - Businesses Hold Off Energy Reregulation with Direct Access Win

Major California businesses and independent power producers have won a partial victory in their efforts to hold off reregulation of the state's electricity markets.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Surf Execs Talk Shop, Ride Waves in Cabo

Woolcott, founder of Costa Mesa-based Volcom, took home three awards at the sixth annual Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Surf Summit conference, held May 15 to 18 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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...

Real Estate Watch: Retail

More Stores Planned, Shoppers Holding Up

Little Guys Buying as REITS Await Change

Orange County's slumping commercial real estate market has spurred a lot of buying in the past two years. The twist is in who's buying.

Monday, May 19

Are HMOs a Magic Bullet for Fixing Workers' Comp?

It sounds like a good idea for California employers: bring in health maintenance organizations and their cost-cutting ways to rein in workers' compensation costs that have spiraled out of control.

NATION OFFICE MARKET

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CEO Salaries Higher, But Options Rule Pay

Base salaries are back, but options still reign. The median salary of Orange County's chief executives inched up 2% to $456,000 last year, according to a study by El Segundo-based Vivient Consulting LLC.

RETAIL MARKET

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Real Estate Watch: High-Rise Office Space

Landlords Vie for High-Rise Tenants; High-rise office buildings in Orange County are seeing higher vacancy rates than mid- or low-rise buildings.

WESTERN REGION OFFICE MARKET

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LETTERS

Letters to the editor

They Say

A Commencement Address - Excerpted from an article by Edwin A. Locke, a retired professor of management and a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine

CALIFORNIA OFFICE MARKET

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TAKING OFFICE AND INDUSTRIAL SPACE

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OFFICE AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS

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OFFICE & INDUSTRIAL GOING UP

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EXTEND AND BLEND

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PEOPLE

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

BIG OFFICE AND INDUSTRIAL SALES

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Monday, May 12

World Trade Institute Plans Training Classes

New York-based World Trade Institute of Pace University is looking to set up an global trade certificate program, possibly at California State University, Fullerton, as early as next year.

Workers' Comp Top Woe for OC, State Execs

Orange County and California executives share a common dislike of the state's high workers' compensation insurance costs, though executives here say they're more likely to up and leave than their statewide counterparts.

BRAKE TIME: Travel Woes Put Skids on Trips; Sales Down 2% at OC Agencies

ABOUT THE LIST

Real Estate Watch: Low-Rise Office Market

Low-Rise Space at Cycle Bottom; Along with research and development property, low-rise office space,also known as garden office,is the primary category type most out of favor among investors.

PEOPLE

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

Corporate Morality

VIEWPOINT by Michael Novak, noted author and the George Frederick Jewett Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

RAY OF LIGHT: PairGain Alums Form Secretive Networking Startup Aktino

Some alums of PairGain Technologies Inc. have formed a new telecommunications gear company, Irvine-based Aktino Inc.

Business Groups Push Workers' Comp Redo

Gary Hernandez's family-run business has had few workers' compensation claims and his risk rate has declined. But this year his premiums have gone up,by at least $40,000.

HONEY, I LOST THE KIDS

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry

Monday, May 5

Sales Off 6% at Small Pubcos

About this week's LIST: It was another year of musical chairs for Orange County's third tier public companies.

OC 50 - REAL ESTATE

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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

EXECUTIVE SHUFFLE

This year's OC 50,the Business Journal's annual yearbook of the county's most influential businesspeople,includes some big changes, subtle shifts and notable debuts. The listing is our admittedly subjective roll call of the key movers and shakers in Orang

Rays Apparel Moving Headquarters to Irvine

Rays Apparel Inc. is consolidating its operations in bigger digs in Irvine.

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

OC 50 - GOVERNMENT and INSTITUTIONS

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PEOPLE

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

Real Estate Watch: Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County office market held several trends through the first quarter: vacancy rates continued to climb, if only by a hair, lease rates continued to rise, up an average three cents per square foot, and construction activity continued to decli

OC 50 - TECHNOLOGY

Special Report: OC 50,The Business Journal picks the county's most influential business people in Technology

ANGER MANAGEMENT - Shareholder Lawsuits Have Surged in Past Few Years; OC Companies Face Investors

Lawyers can thank audit-related scandals for keeping them busy with a spate of securities class action lawsuits.

GOING UP - Psst ... Want to Hear an Elevator Pitch? Entrepreneurs Sharpen Calls for Venture Funds

Kristin Kennedy has done plenty of 15-minute sales pitches about her company.

OC 50 - INDUSTRY and SERVICES

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OC 50 - HEALTHCARE

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OC 50 - APPAREL

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