Stories for October 2003

Monday, October 27

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

The LIST - OC's Non-Profit Organizations

The Orange County Business Journal's new list of OC's top 30 Non-Profit Organizations

PEOPLE

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

Chick-fil-A Building Irvine Eatery, Several Planned in OC

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. plans to open up to 10 Orange County fast-food restaurants in the next three years as part of a Southern California push.

A Tower, a Dam, a Wall, a Hall

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

Global Trade Brings Fight Against Counterfeit Products, Name Game

According to a recent Pricewaterhouse-Coopers survey, 19% of respondents,all global companies,said that they had been hurt by product piracy in the past two years.

Hip PacSun Hops to Sales Balloon With Beach, Urban Looks

Hip PacSun Hops to Sales Balloon With Beach, Urban Looks

New Century Rides Mortgage Boom to Solid Revenue, Income Advances

New Century Rides Mortgage Boom to Solid Revenue, Income Advances

Pacific Mercantile Posts Six-Fold Revenue Gain; Earns No. 4 Spot

Pacific Mercantile Posts Six-Fold Revenue Gain; Earns No. 4 Spot

Oakley Sees Higher Sales on New Gear

Oakley Sees Higher Sales on New Gear

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Generic Drug Maker Sicor Looks to Biotech for More Growth

Generic Drug Maker Sicor Looks to Biotech for More Growth

First American Gains on Home Loan Surge

First American Gains on Home Loan Surge

THEY SAY - California's Union Skew

David Friedman, excerpted from the Sept. 8 Los Angeles Downtown News:

Real Estate Watch: Inland Empire

Inland Empire Industrial Steams Ahead. PLUS: CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates (includes Charts in Adobe PDF)

Exult Taps Long-term Deals, Add-ons for 15-Fold Sales Gain

Exult Taps Long-term Deals, Add-ons for 15-Fold Sales Gain

Newcomers Reshape Fastest-Growing Companies

Newcomers Reshape Fastest-Growing Companies

MARKET WATCH

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

THE LIST - Fastest-growing OC-based Public Companies

The Orange County Business Journal's complete list and details of the 51 Fastest-growing OC-based Public Companies

SLICING THE NUMBERS

SLICING THE NUMBERS

Another Home Winner: Standard Pacific Rises, Watches Rates

Another Home Winner: Standard Pacific Rises, Watches Rates

Surf Sandal Maker Sanuk Taps Veteran to Step Up Growth

Irvine-based beach sandal maker Sanuk USA has hired a new chief executive to put a little spring in the sandal maker's step.

Back to School: Corinthian Glows During a Slow Economy

Back to School: Corinthian Glows During a Slow Economy

DynTek Up Via Buy, Though Losses Last

DynTek Up Via Buy, Though Losses Last

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

After Tough Times, Nonprofits See 9% Rise in Giving in Past Year

After Tough Times, Nonprofits See 9% Rise in Giving in Past Year

KUDOS

Awards, Honors, Recognition, Announcements

Monday, October 20

CHECKING THE NUMBERS: Audit Committees in Spotlight Following Sarbanes-Oxley Reform

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MARKET WATCH

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

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

THEY SAY

From Pimco Managing Director Bill Gross' October Investment Outlook:

Real Estate Watch: Construction

Construction Remains Modest in All Sectors

Health on Back Burner for Gov.-Elect

Employers looking for Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger to move quickly on healthcare reform could be disappointed.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

BACK IN THE GAME: Banks Looking to Lend Again In Search of Assets, Earnings

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DESIGN PLAY: Startup Chip Designer Joins Cadre of Local Hopefuls

Irvine-based RFDomus Inc., which formed last year, recently closed a small seed funding round of less than $1 million, joining a cadre of other venture-backed chip startups in OC.

The Price of Freedom: Hoiles Family Control?

Last week's deal at Irvine-based Freedom Communications Inc.,publisher of the Orange County Register,was billed as a way to "enable continued control by descendents of founder R.C. Hoiles."

TURNING POINT: Stockbrokers Cut Workers in Past Year but Look Ahead to Better Times

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THE LIST - OC's STOCK BROKERAGE FIRMS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 20 Stock Brokerage Firms

Quality Systems Flies; Analysts Cite Results, Possible Acquisition

Summer's over, but Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. continues to sizzle on Wall Street.

Offshore Equations

VIEWPOINT by Francis D. Tuggle, dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University

PEOPLE

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

Seapoint Sells Target on Soybean Offerings

Huntington Beach-based Seapoint Farms Inc. recently sold Target Corp. on soy.

CATCHING THE CROOKS: Duped Once, Media Resolves to Increase Scrutiny of Companies

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KUDOS

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The Outlook for Bonds

For a view of interest rates and the bond market, the Business Journal has excerpted from a fourth-quarter outlook published by bond fund manager Pacific Investment Management Co.

Monday, October 13

Businesses Say "Enough" to State's Health Insurance Law

Reaction to California's new law mandating employer-funded healthcare has been swift: It stinks, businesses say.

Estate of Water Mogul Battles Higher Tax Bill

Balboa Island's Nancy N. Craig amassed a fortune from water. Now the Internal Revenue Service wants to siphon off $3.6 million from her estate.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

SHIPPING NEWS - Southland Ports Prepare for Holiday Rush As Last-Minute Shipments Flow

The peak shipping season at the Southland's ports is picking up now that retailers are more encouraged about the holiday sales outlook.

Real Estate Watch: West County

West County Eyes Pacific City Development

MARKET WATCH

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

"Tis The Season

Some of Fifi's Favorite Eateries Prepare for Holiday Festivities

Apparel Makers Post Mixed Job Results; Surf Hot

Apparel Makers Post Mixed Job Results; Surf Hot

PacifiCare Wins Ruling Over Costs of ER Care

PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. won a decision against emergency room doctors over who is responsible for covering costs when medical groups collapse.

PEOPLE

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

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Points of Light

The Evening at the Oscars fundraiser for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center raised more than $100,000 in support of the center's child abuse and teen pregnancy prevention programs.

THE LIST - APPAREL MAKERS

Orange County Business Journal's list of OC's Top Apparel Makers

Fifi's Favorite Pubs

Pub Crawl: More than Blarney at These Irish Bars in OC

Health Care Property, GE Venture Makes $576M Buys

It didn't take too long for the partnership between Health Care Property Investors Inc. and General Electric Co. to get busy.

Watching and Worrying

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

Monday, October 6

Technology: Big Firms Spawned Entrepreneurs

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Real Estate: The Growth Engine Winds Down

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THE LIST - AUTO DEALERS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C. Top Auto Dealers

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

BIOMED: It Began With Beckman

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Terminix - Why Arnold?

COMMENT by Richard Reisman, publisher of the Orange County Business Journal

More Ink Awaits OCBJ

And what about the Orange Business Journal? What will it be like in 25 years? Here's what Editor Michael Lyster thinks:

THE LIST - AUTOMAKERS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C. Top Automakers

PEOPLE

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

Real Estate Watch: Mid-Counties

Brisk Lease and Sale Activity in Mid-Counties; CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates (includes Charts in Adobe PDF)

LETTER

Letter to the editor

MARKET WATCH

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

AUTO ZONE - Dealerships Post Revenue Gain Despite Slowdown in Used Car Sales

AUTO ZONE

Lake Forest Set to Join Medical Building Spree

The Irvine office of Sacramento-based developer Panattoni Development Co. has started putting up a medical office building on Rancho Parkway South, near the Foothill (241) Toll Road.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

Movie Review - "ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO" - by Michael Lyster

An OC Timeline

A timeline of the history of the Orange County Business Journal (Adobe Reader pdf file)

After the Recall

VIEWPOINT by Carl DeMaio and George Passantino

After the Recall: Fixing Bumpy State Tax System

It's the most vexing financial problem facing California, and it is at the heart of this week's recall vote: how to bring in more money and not be so dependent on volatile income taxes.

IDLING - Automakers Reported Flat Employment as U.S. Sales Slow

IDLING

ICN Breaks With Past, Outlines Growth Plans

Welcome to "The New ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc." The Costa Mesa-based drug maker's top officials hammered that theme home when talking with analysts and investors during a Bear Stearns & Co. healthcare conference in New York last month.

Politics: Bucks, Bankruptcy, Turf Battles

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What Does OC Do for an Encore?

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Apparel: Fashion Designers Surf Big Wave

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The Mouse Still Roars

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