Stories for March 2004

Monday, March 29

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Chipmakers Watch as U.S., China Fight Over Chip Tax

The U.S. filed the first World Trade Organization claim against China earlier this month, contesting Beijing's tax on imported semiconductors.

KUDOS

Awards, Honors, Recognition, Announcements

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Koll, Idaho Fund Teaming on $125M Industrial Binge

Newport Beach-based The Koll Company is looking to buy $125 million worth of industrial buildings in partnership with an Idaho pension fund.

Another Promised Land?

Another Promised Land?

REAL ESTATE WATCH - West Orange County

West OC Office Vacancy Higher in Q4

Western National Betting on Apartment Rebound

Irvine-based Western National Group is betting that apartment rents play catch-up with Orange County's soaring housing prices.

MARKET WATCH

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

GROWING AND GLOWING

Masimo Planning Headquarters Expansion;

PEOPLE

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

Monday, March 22

THE LIST - ADVERTISING AGENCIES

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 50 Advertising Agencies

Pressure Mounts for Workers' Comp Price Controls

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.

PEOPLE

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

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

LETTERS

Letters to the editor

Apartments Give Way to Best Buy Store in Orange

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

MARKET WATCH

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

FOREIGN FINDS: Venture and Private Equity Investors Eye Overseas Markets

Don't look now, but venture capital and private equity firms could be next to move some of their operations overseas.

LOW CARBS, PLEASE: Advertising Shops Help Fast-Food Chains Tinker With Menus

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Real Estate Watch: South Orange County

South County Sees More Sales in Q4

INSIDE ADVERTISING: Ad Shop Executives Unleash 2004 Forecasts

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Monday, March 15

MARKET WATCH

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

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Greater Airport Area

Vacancy Rises, Rates Steady in Airport Area. CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Unemployment Fund Woes Hit Businesses

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.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Boosting Bioscience

Boosting Bioscience

PEOPLE

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

Little Saigon Could See Specialty Bank

First Vietnamese American Bank plans to set up shop in Westminster's Little Saigon neighborhood, focusing on Vietnamese-Americans and their businesses.

Class-Action Suits Pile on Pimco, Parent Allianz AG

Pimco is fighting several class-action lawsuits in addition to charges from New Jersey's attorney general

Survey: Hospitals Could Be Set for Equipment-Buying Spree

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

PEOPLE

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

Critical Business Issues Pending for Fall Ballot

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.

BIGGEST OFFICE SALES

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TOP APARTMENT SALES

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BIGGEST RETAIL SALES

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BIGGEST INDUSTRIAL SALES

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TOP OFFICE LEASES

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MARKET WATCH

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Consultant: Union Drives Seldom About Wages, Benefits

INTERVIEW: Labor relations consultant tries to keep workplaces union-free

REAL ESTATE WATCH - North County

Leasing Picks Up in North County. PLUS CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

GANGBUSTERS

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THE LIST - TITLE INSURERS

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TOP INDUSTRIAL LEASES

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THE YEAR IN DEALS

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DOUBLE PLAY

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Play It Again: Fargo Eyeing Rights to Another Early Interplay Game

It's back to basics again for Brian Fargo, chief executive of Newport Beach video game developer InXile Entertainment Inc.

HOTEL SALES

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LETTERS

Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 1

PEOPLE

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

Argyros Proposes Federal-State Trade Effort Abroad

U.S. Ambassador to Spain George Argyros wants to restart California's trade efforts abroad, piggybacking on the federal Department of Commerce.

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Manufacturing & Warehouse

Manufacturing Active in Third Quarter CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates

MARKET WATCH

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

Round Two for 17200 Reform

Assemblyman Lou Correa and other moderate Democrats are taking another stab at reforming the state's infamous Business and Professions Code 17200.

POSITIONING FOR THE UNKNOWN

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THE LIST - ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 30 Environmental Consultants

Casino Uniform Maker Buys OC Silk Screener

Huntington Beach-based Premier Uniform Supply has bought Fat Mike's, a silk-screen clothing company also based in Surf City.

LETTERS

Letters to the editor