Stories for November 2004
Monday, November 29
The Business Journal and Cal State Fullerton named this year's Family Owned Business Award winners: Rancho Mission Viejo, Hill Brothers, Raj Manufacturing, Wahoo's, Blytheco,
The executive ranks at a Western Digital competitor are in disarray, in the Technology column by Andrew Simons
A combination cancer testing products maker and drug developer has attracted one of the biggest names in science,Nobel
Quality of care isn't the clincher for companies choosing a health plan. Think cost, size, in the Healthcare column by Vita Reed
ABOUT THE LIST - OC's biggest employers added jobs in the past year
Venture capital could be next for reality TV, in the Media & Marketing column by Sandi Cain
It didn't take long for Proposition 64 to spur a flurry of action on 17200 lawsuits
The auto sales outlook for local dealers isn't so hot, in the Marketplace column by Sherri Cruz
The Irvine Co. is expected to levy tower-level rents on low-rise office buildings planned near The Marketplace shopping center, in the Real Estate column by Mathew Padilla
A startup hopes to develop drugs to treat fallout from chemical warfare
El Torito goes to Mexico City, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao
Occupancy Up, Rents to Follow; CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS AWARDS - Raj and Marta Bhathal
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has an eye for high-rise housing
Monday, November 22
Orange County has seen a slow but steady manufacturing improvement thanks to a resilient economy.
Ameriquest is taking another big office lease for its sprawling operations
Lawyers have stepped up with some big leases of late, in the Real Estate column by Mathew Padilla
Solid demand for Orange County office space continued in the third quarter with 1.2 million square feet of positive net absorption.
A new trend seems to be emerging in Orange County: Proposed office building projects are being replaced with plans for high-rise residential development.
Once-hot contract electronics makers are definitely not, in the Technology column by Andrew Simons
Ticket selling software maker Paciolan got $5 million in funding from a Comcast unit, in the Media & Marketing column by Sandi Cain
It's been years since brokers have had as much fun debating the office market's future. The big question now: How fast will rents rise?
A Cal State Fullerton executive is a finalist for Nevada State College's open president position
PacifiCare sees individuals,rather than groups,as the prime users of two healthcare savings account plans due out soon, in the Healthcare column by Vita Reed
The state's stem cell board is filling up quick with insiders
Gelato Amore has the real thing, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao
Baker Tanks has picked up a Torrance-based maker of air and water treatment gear
Actor Peter Fonda sued Fullerton's Dragonfly Clothing over the use of his image
ResMae is moving its headquarters with plans to double its operation
The Internal Revenue Service once again is targeting real estate developer Igor Olenicoff
Construction on a medical office building near Hoag Presbyterian is set for early next year
Slumping device maker ICU Medical is looking to branch out after years of relying on a single product
Some former Marsh insurance brokers have splintered off and set up a new operation in Irvine
Nineteen hotels changed hands in the first half of the year, versus 13 a year earlier, according to Costa Mesa-based Atlas Hospitality Group. That's the highest six-month total since 2001.
There has been a slow but steady increase in asking rents during the first three quarters of the year.
Hip Lola Rouge opened a store at Fashion Island, in the Marketplace column by Sherri Cruz
The Orange County office market closed the third quarter on steady footing.
A pair of coastal resorts plans $100 million on big renovations
Monday, November 15
One of the most tightly controlled economies in the world has been transformed into a rapidly emerging capitalist marketplace.
PacifiCare is moving 500 workers after outgrowing its Cypress headquarters
A direct mailer eyes a sought-after market,Latina moms
South Korean cell phone maker Pantech is planting its North American base in Cypress
A take on Arte's marketing strategy for the Angels, an Editorial by Rick Reiff
For a more in-depth look at the local banking sector, the Business Journal spoke with top officials at a sampling of Orange County banks and a banking consultant.
As much as commercial banks in Orange County like to brag about how much they're doing to draw Hispanics, much about the uphill battle that remains.
The Arrowhead Pond hopes a reality show tie-in draws professional lacrosse fans, in the Media & Marketing column by Sherri Cruz
Lennar warned that its home completions in Southern California would be delayed, in the Real Estate column by Mathew Padilla
The University of California, Irvine's Graduate School of Management is counting on its new dean to boost fund raising
The state's nurse staffing law has been delayed, in the Healthcare column by Vita Reed
Interchange's stock offering is turning out to be a blockbuster, in the Technology column by Andrew Simons
John Wayne Airport Ad Contract Extended; Another Pro Sport Deal for Ameriquest Mortgage
The Rockefeller Group opened a Newport Beach operation
Navarro Vineyard is Yujean Kang's next feature, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao
Chinese and Korean immigrants have plenty of ethnic banks in the Southland to trust with their business.
Start your engines: The Irvine Company is getting back into office development
Actor Erik Estrada is key to National Recreational Properties' TV land sale pitch
Advanced Medical Optics is making its second big buy in the eye surgery market
Monday, November 8
Intralase Corp. has $86 million from its October public offering and plans to spend on research
Auto dealers are hoping last month's car show in Anaheim brings buyers to the showroom, in the Marketplace column by Sherri Cruz
University of California, Irvine, scientists are showing off their work, in the Healthcare column by Vita Reed
The search for a business dean at the University of California, Los Angeles, is sparking concerns over the process and the apparent finalist
Village Mediterranean Rim in San Clemente is a personal favorite, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao
Business got what it wanted with the passage of Proposition 64 and the defeat of Proposition 72
Insurance brokers saw revenue gains for the 12 months ended June 30, though stepped up competition tempered growth from a year earlier.
The Irvine office of Panattoni Development plans a big mixed-use project in Ontario, in the Real Estate column by Mathew Padilla
Robert Oveson is promoting resorts on Mexico's Pacific Coast, in the Media & Marketing column by Sandi Cain
The insurance brokerage commissions that are at the center of the Marsh & McLennan Cos. scandal were the subject of two lawsuits filed three years ago in California.
Insurance brokerages in Orange County and across the state face new regulations next year as a result of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's lawsuit against Marsh & McLennan Cos.
Irvine office owners are up in arms over Southern California Edison's plans for an RV park,
Business saw a near clean sweep in last week's voting, except millionaires
Charitable groups here and across the state face their own Sarbanes-Oxley-style legislation
California proved irrelevant in the presidential race. What if it weren't a winner-take-all state?
Benefits have shrunk for rank-and-file workers as well as top executives, but in different ways.
Proposition 72, mandating that companies provide healthcare insurance for workers arguably was the biggest thing for business on last week's ballot.
MTI's new chief executive financial officer is coming back home, in the Technology column by Andrew Simons
Monday, November 1
O'Leary won Kawasaki Motors' ad account and made some key hires, in the Media & Marketing column
The nation's second largest food shipper is set to move its Santa Ana distribution center to Corona
The $13 million Hyatt Newporter remodel is almost done,new name included
Sunstone Hotel Investors sold off its management unit as part of its conversion to a real estate investment trust
Makar Properties has plans to bring chic shopping to Surf City
Broadcom's revenue warning highlights the chip inventory buildup, in the Technology column
ChromaVision Medical's new chief executive is moving the company into cancer diagnostics
An electronics distributor's building buy could be a good sign for the tech sector
OC hotels have seen little fallout from labor strife in Los Angeles and the Bay area. PLUS: Hospitality Labor Primer
UCI researchers line early stress to brain disorders, in the Healthcare column
ABOUT THE LIST - summary of the top Southland MBA schools
Some Jaguar loyalists don't like the entry-level X-type, in the Marketplace column,
An MTV-inspired show has been nixed by Westminster's Saigon-TV after complaints by anti-communists
Nationwide Health Properties has seen a rebound in its holdings
Business groups are complaining about a new sex harassment law
The real estate syndicators are back, in the Real Estate column
Reports on developing a career at OC's community colleges
Orange-based Chapman University's MBA program continues to offer a graduate school elective in corporate governance.
A pair of private equity firms bought Crescent Healthcare
Jamillah Garden is the place to go for interesting lamb dishes, in the Executive Dining column
A Dallas aviation company bought Newport Jet Center at John Wayne Airport
Surging demand for accountants is spurring enrollment gains for university accounting programs.