Stories for March 2004
Monday, March 29
The U.S. filed the first World Trade Organization claim against China earlier this month, contesting Beijing's tax on imported semiconductors.
Newport Beach-based The Koll Company is looking to buy $125 million worth of industrial buildings in partnership with an Idaho pension fund.
Irvine-based Western National Group is betting that apartment rents play catch-up with Orange County's soaring housing prices.
Monday, March 22
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 50 Advertising Agencies
As the state Legislature confronts a March 31 deadline to craft a workers' compensation reform package, pressure is mounting for renewed regulation of prices in the state.
Equity Office Properties Trust is resorting to plan B in Orange. The Chicago-based real estate investment trust is selling a five-acre site near The Block at Orange
Don't look now, but venture capital and private equity firms could be next to move some of their operations overseas.
Monday, March 15
Vacancy Rises, Rates Steady in Airport Area. CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Jennifer Corbett-Shramo got a shock recently when she found out that rising unemployment insurance taxes would cost her janitorial company $16,000 each month.
First Vietnamese American Bank plans to set up shop in Westminster's Little Saigon neighborhood, focusing on Vietnamese-Americans and their businesses.
Pimco is fighting several class-action lawsuits in addition to charges from New Jersey's attorney general
Hospitals aren't just shelling out money to build towers and expand existing buildings. They're also planning to buy new medical technology.
Monday, March 8
Business groups in California are gearing up to spend upward of $100 million on at least five measures expected to qualify for the November ballot.
INTERVIEW: Labor relations consultant tries to keep workplaces union-free
Leasing Picks Up in North County. PLUS CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
It's back to basics again for Brian Fargo, chief executive of Newport Beach video game developer InXile Entertainment Inc.
Monday, March 1
U.S. Ambassador to Spain George Argyros wants to restart California's trade efforts abroad, piggybacking on the federal Department of Commerce.
Manufacturing Active in Third Quarter CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Assemblyman Lou Correa and other moderate Democrats are taking another stab at reforming the state's infamous Business and Professions Code 17200.
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 30 Environmental Consultants
Huntington Beach-based Premier Uniform Supply has bought Fat Mike's, a silk-screen clothing company also based in Surf City.