Stories for May 2004

Monday, May 31

THEY SAY

An Economy That's Scared - From Editor Mark Lacter's Comment in the May 17 Los Angeles Business Journal:

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Ayres Debuts Hawthorne Hotel

Costa Mesa-based Ayres Hotel Group opened its 16th hotel with its first in Los Angeles County last week.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors: Frivolous Lawsuits; Bush vs. Kerry on Healthcare; Environment Votes

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

PEOPLE

Curran Named Union Bank Market President

Real Estate Watch: Manufacturing and Warehouse

Signs of Recovery After Years of Weak Activity

STARTUP STORIES

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Standard Pacific Tops OC's Q1 Home Sales

Irvine-based Standard Pacific Corp. reclaimed the top spot as Orange County's most prolific builder during the first quarter, recording 254 home sales and 13.2% of the local housing market.

El Pollo Loco Case Could Test SB 796

El Pollo Loco has been hit with an overtime wage lawsuit, with a twist

KUDOS

Awards, Honors, Recognition, Announcements

Women-Owned Businesses Posted 4% Revenue Gain

Women-Owned Businesses Posted 4% Revenue Gain

SMALL BIZ SURFING

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Beckman Foundation: Lasting Impact

Orange County icon Arnold O. Beckman is gone. But his foundation is set up to live on.

Monday, May 24

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Budget Cuts Force Short-Term Fixes

While local cities and agencies are set to bear deeper budget cuts than expected this year, the prospect of those funds being restored in two years has minimized the grumbling.

THE LIST - SHOPPING CENTERS

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 25 Shopping Centers

Regulating the Workplace

VIEWPOINTS - Orange County's Assemblyman John Campbell, R-Irvine, and state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, are tangling again over a business issue,this time, the new Dunn-authored workplace bill. We excerpted Campbell's piece from his weekly e-mail missive,

Anaheim Plan Update Eyes Housing Crunch

Anaheim has big plans to ease its housing shortage, including the possible addition of thousands of new condominiums and apartments near the Anaheim Angels' stadium.

REAL ESTATE WATCH: RETAIL

Retail Surges on Tight Supply, Stronger Economy

MARKET WATCH

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

Medicare Vogue Again at PacifiCare

PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s love-hate relationship with Medicare is closer to love these days.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Shopping Mall Sales Grow, Outstrip National Gains

Shopping Mall Sales Grow, Outstrip National Gains

Schwarzenegger Rolls Budget Dice on Strength of Economic Recovery

Arnold Schwarzenegger is California's latest governor to take up high-stakes gambling.

LETTERS

Letters to the editors

PEOPLE

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

Monday, May 17

TAKING INDUSTRIAL SPACE

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LETTERS

Letters to the editors

THE LIST - PRIVATE COMPANIES

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

TOP OFFICE CONSTRUCTION: Kaiser Building Set for 107,000 Square Feet When Finished

Largest OC office projects under construction

Retail Market Surges With Vacancy, Rates, Absorption Gaining

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REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Times Continues Tweaking Look, New Sections in the Works

The Los Angeles Times continues to tweak its look,

BIG INDUSTRIAL SALES

4201 Bonita Place Tops First-Quarter Sales at $24.3 Million

BIGGEST OFFICE SALES: Park Place Tops First-Quarter Sales at $260M

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REAL ESTATE WATCH - Low-Rise Office

Low-Rise Office Sees Strong Q1

Korean Business Fair Organized for Irvine

Orange County's Korean business community was set to hold KASE-KOVA Summit Spring 2004 this past Friday, bringing together U.S. and South Korean technology companies with venture capitalists and investors.

INDUSTRIAL MARKET: Absorption Improves, Vacancy Rate Rises, Lease Rates Tick Up

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WEST OFFICE MARKET

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Parent Moving In With Hip Clothing Brand Ezekiel

The parent of hip surf and skatewear maker Ezekiel Clothing Inc. plans to move its headquarters to Irvine next month.

TOP INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION

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TAKING OFFICE SPACE

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Healthy Choice: Rival HMOs Team on New Plan for Businesses

Kaiser Permanente and Health Net Inc. have put their rivalry aside to launch a joint health plan in California.

FileNet Launches Singapore Office

Costa Mesa software maker FileNet Corp. last month opened an office in Singapore that's set to serve as the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters.

OFFICE MARKET: Absorption Picks Up, Vacancy Posts Gains, Lease Rates Improve

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A Wander Down Under

A Wander Down Under

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

NATION OFFICE MARKET

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Points of Light

Donations and generosity by OC people, organizations, and businesses

PEOPLE

ARB Hires President, COO

DEAL BAROMETER

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Monday, May 10

Another Big Lease for Fremont, This Time in Brea

Fremont Investment & Loan, the banking arm of Santa Monica's Fremont General Corp., is leasing 105,000 square feet of office space in Brea, the latest in a series of big deals to house the company's growth here.

MARKET WATCH

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

REAL ESTATE WATCH: High-Rise Office Market

Shift Seen in High-Rise Office Market

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

17200 Would Be Key Issue for Umberg in Assembly

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

THE LIST - TRAVEL AGENCIES

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 20 Travel Agencies

VIEWPOINTS - Debt Debate: Bailing Out the 73 Toll Road

The board of the Transportation Corridor Agencies is expected to decide Thursday whether to proceed with a controversial, staff-recommended, $3.9 billion bailout of the financially struggling San Joaquin Hills (73) Toll Road. Last week a board committee r

PEOPLE

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

Monday, May 3

Third-Tier Public Cos.: Small, Diverse, Murky

Third-Tier Public Cos.: Small, Diverse, Murky

THE LIST - PUBLIC COMPANIES, part 3

The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top Public Companies, 101-150

IN FOCUS - Oakley Grows Clothing, Prescription Glasses as Sunglasses Hold Steady

Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. is looking to shake things up with new gear.

THEY SAY

Property-Assessment Increases

CHINA'S PIRATES - Officials There Plan Crackdown on Pirated Goods; Some are Skeptical, Others Say It's a Matter of Time

China's shopping malls and outdoor markets teem with counterfeit American clothing, software, DVDs and CDs. The easy availability of pirated goods has become a sore point for U.S. companies that rely on protection of their intellectual property rights.

EXECUTIVE BRIEFCASE

REVIEW: TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR

MARKET WATCH

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

Boeing, Union Face Off Over Healthcare Costs in Long Beach

Unionized workers at Boeing Co.'s Long Beach operation are the latest to face employer demands for healthcare concessions in talks on a new contract.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

U.S. Labor Secretary to Open Conference

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is set to open the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's 16th Annual Asian American Business Conference this week in Irvine.

REAL ESTATE WATCH - Construction

Industrial Leads County Construction

LETTERS

Letters to the editors

YEAR OF CHANGE - 2004's OC 50 Sees New Faces Thanks to Departures, Deals, Boardroom Shifts

This year's OC 50, the Business Journal's annual listing of the most influential businesspeople here, ushers in the most change the group has seen in years.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

PEOPLE

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