Stories for January 2004

Monday, January 26

2004 Could Be Payoff Year for Flush Healthcare Startups

Could this be the year some of Orange County's medical device, drug and other healthcare hopefuls go public or get snatched up by bigger players?

No New Taxes Pledge Could Prove Hard to Uphold

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger insists on no new taxes, but that hasn't stopped others from proposing a slew of state and local levies that would hit businesses and individuals hard.

BITING INTO SPAM - Lawyers Say Junk E-Mail Laws Don't Work

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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; Economic Indicators

Si, CAFTA

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

ON DECK FOR 2004

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MARKET WATCH

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

THE LIST - Law Firms

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 51 Law Firms

Forty Plus Mixes Group Support With Job-Seeking Skills

Forty Plus is a national nonprofit group for unemployed executives or those changing careers.

National Semi Closing Irvine Production Site

This month, the Santa Clara-based chipmaker plans to shutter what's left of an Irvine plant that employed 86 people.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE: Varekai

REVIEW of Varekai, Cirque du Soleil at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

PEOPLE

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

Real Estate Watch: Los Angeles County

L.A.: Office Mixed, Industrial Rebounds. PLUS: CHARTS - Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

Monday, January 19

PEOPLE

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Shift in Healthcare Costs Seen

Orange County employers could be in for a surprise later this year when it comes time to renew healthcare plans. After six straight years of higher premiums, the rate of increases might slow down.

Where We've Been: Read and Weep

A reader sent in these "then and now" comparisons from the Internet. We've adapted them slightly for a 25-year perspective. Enjoy.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editor: Applauding Arnold; Jobs; Forecast; Sir Eldon; Dr. Mike's Deep New Year Thoughts

Renovation Mania

Renovation Mania

Where We're Going: OC in 25 Years

What better time than in the first month of a new year to look ahead?

Real Estate Deals

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Inland Empire

CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

OC CONVENTION CALENDAR - January Through December 2004

OC CONVENTION CALENDAR

MARKET WATCH

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

TALE OF TWO CONVENTIONS

TALE OF TWO CONVENTIONS

THE LIST - HOTEL MEETING ROOMS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 50 Hotel Meeting Rooms, ranked by square footage of interior meeting space

Monday, January 12

CES Eclipses Comdex for OC Technology Companies

Big electronics makers,and several Orange County companies,converged on Las Vegas last week for the International Consumer Electronics Show

Panda Express Planning OC Growth

Panda Express is planning an expansion in Pick Up Stix's backyard

Ball Drops for PacifiCare on Wall Street in New Year

Ball Drops for PacifiCare on Wall Street in New Year

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

PEOPLE

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

Rival Bechtel Beats Fluor in Iraq Again

The Aliso Viejo engineering company learned last week it lost out on $1.8 billion in reconstruction work to San Francisco archrival Bechtel Group Inc.

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Mid Counties

Analysis, plus Charts: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN - Restaurants See Little Fallout From Mad Cow Scare

Restaurants say they haven't seen much fallout from the mad cow scare

MARKET WATCH

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

THE LIST - IPOs

The Orange County Business Journal's List of Top O.C. Initial Public Offerings

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Business Optimism Soars in First-Quarter Outlook

Survey: Executives are optimistic that sales and profits will rise in the first quarter

Monday, January 5

PEOPLE

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

MARKET WATCH

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

Bad Hangover: Employers Brace for Slew of New Laws

Employers in California may not know it, but they face a raft of new laws that took effect Jan. 1 and that are likely to hit them where it hurts,in the pocketbook.

Herb's Royal Gloves

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

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

REAL ESTATE WATCH - South County

Analysis, plus Charts: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

Colleges Await More Cutbacks This Week

Orange County's two state universities are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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