Stories for September 2004

Monday, September 27

Broadcom May Be Stepping Up Effort, Hedging Bets With Ross Just in Case

It could be on again. Broadcom Corp.'s stop-and-start search for a permanent chief executive to replace Alan "Lanny" Ross might be picking up steam, according to sources close to the company.

Gov. Backing Could Raise Interest in 17200 Initiative

The battle over 17200 reform is heating up. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this month endorsed a 17200 reform initiative set for the November ballot.

Charge Me More

VIEWPOINT by James McDonald, partner and manager of the Irvine office of law firm Fisher & Phillips.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

THE LIST - Multimedia Production Companies

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s top Multimedia Production Companies

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Another Year of Premium Hikes

Employers face another round of higher healthcare premiums in 2005, their seventh straight year of escalating costs.

MARKET WATCH

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

PEOPLE

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

REAL ESTATE WATCH: Research & Development

R & D; Demand on the Rise

Monday, September 20

Bettering Economy Eases State Budget Woes For Now

What happened to California's budget crisis? In the past month, two Wall Street ratings agencies have given thumbs up to the state, raising its credit ratings from near-junk status.

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

MARKET WATCH

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

Big Healthcare Reform Not in Cards; Fiscal Woes Mean Cuts More Likely

ELECTION WATCH - The healthcare industry, roiled by a presidential election a decade ago, isn't likely to see the same fate this time around.

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

Pimco: Kerry Could Bolster Bonds; Bush Policies Better for Wall Street

ELECTION WATCH - As always, bond fund manager Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach will be watching the November presidential election with interest.

THE LIST - Architectural Firms

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 30 Architectural Firms

Popping OC's Tech Kernels

VIEWPOINT by Thomas Moebus, previous vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of California, Irvine, and current executive chairman of OCTANe.

THE LIST - Engineering Companies

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s top 30 Engineering Companies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Behind Irvine Election: Projects, Agran Vision

ELECTION WATCH - The contentious rift that's divided former allies on Irvine's City Council is the hottest political story in Orange County.

REAL ESTATE WATCH: Manufacturing and Warehouse

Manufacturing and Warehouse Market Poised for More Gains

CALENDAR

Calendar of OC Business events and announcements

Points Of Light

Points Of Light

Monday, September 13

THE LIST - Telecommunications Companies

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s top Telecommunications Companies

VIEWPOINTS

Kerry-Bush; Prop 72; Trouble Ahead

REAL ESTATE WATCH - North County

Leasing Picks Up in North County

Airport Relief Is Nearing for Frequent Flyers

Airline security has been part of the federal government's war against terrorism since the 2001 attacks.

BANKRUPTCY TALES

Lawyer Has Worked on Key Cases; Success Depends on Who's Asked

Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez Combines With Firm in Miami

Irvine's Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez has combined with Miami-based Adorno & Yoss, which bills itself as the nation's largest minority-owned law firm.

TWO-PAPER TOWN

TWO-PAPER TOWN

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

Gov. Shows Greener Side in Air Board Overhaul

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is showing few of his Republican stripes in overhauling the California Air Resources Board, one of the state's most powerful environmental bodies.

PEOPLE

Bridget Bilinski Named GM of Anaheim Marriott

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

M & A; Wheeling and Dealing

Deals Triple to $9.5B as Economy Picks Up

KUDOS

Awards, Honors, Recognition, Announcements

Monday, September 6

Kick the Tires, Read the Fine Print

VIEWPOINT by Rob Cohen, car salesman-turned-lawyer and managing partner of Auto Advisory Services in Tustin.

LETTERS

Letters to the Editors

Sue Your Boss Fix: Touchstone for Arnold Era

When state legislators forged a compromise fix to the notorious "sue your boss" law, the results showed the new reality for business: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can help, but he only can go so far.

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

ON THE MEND

ON THE MEND

REAL ESTATE DEALS

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

STATE OF CHANGE

California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a Democrat, calls Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's July appointments of three businesspeople to the State Compensation Insurance Fund "good news."

THE LIST - Drug Makers

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s top Drug Makers.

New Century Readies to Go REIT

Shareholders of Irvine-based New Century Financial Corp., one of the nation's largest and most profitable subprime mortgage lenders, are set to vote next week on transforming the company into a real estate investment trust.

SarbanesvOxley Costs Overrun Expectations

Companies nearing the end of their first full year of meeting a key Sarbanes-Oxley provision share a similar conclusion: The cost of complying is far more than expected.

MARKET WATCH

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

REAL ESTATE WATCH - South County

Absorption, Sale Prices on Rise in South County

KUDOS

Awards, Honors, Recognition, Announcements

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

THE LIST - Medical Devices Makers

The Business Journal's List of O.C.'s top Medical Devices Makers