Julie Leupold

Managing Editor

Julie Leupold is managing editor of the Business Journal. She plans, designs and produces the paper's weekly special reports and helps produce the rest of the paper and Web site. She can be reached at leupold@ocbj.com.

Email: leupold@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373

Recent Stories

REVIEW - "Young Frankenstein", Orange County Performing Arts Center

A review of Young Frankenstein, currently playing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center

Home Sales Continue to Fall as Prices Jump Around

The median price of an existing Orange County home in August rose to $440,000, a jump of more than $12,000 from a year earlier, but sales fell 9%.

Jury Rules for Bren in Child Support Suit

A Los Angeles jury Wednesday ruled in favor of Irvine Company’s Donald Bren in a dispute over child support for two adult children he had out of wedlock.

Group Business Coming Back, Big Events Draw People

MEETINGS: Hotels cutting requirements to lure meetings

Group business making a slow recovery

Southern California’s Wealthiest

Bren Leads Pack; L.A. Tops in Billionaires; Reshuffling in San Diego

OC’s Donald Bren takes the top spot for the wealthiest man in Southern California, beating out others in Los Angeles and San Diego counties

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TRAVELOGUE

Managing Editor Julie Leupold’s trip to Washington, D.C.

Managing Editor Julie Leupold’s trip to Washington, D.C.

REVIEW

Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, through Aug. 31

Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, through Aug. 31

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REVIEW - Riviera cup, Charlie Palmer in Bloomingdale’s

Charlie Palmer’s cocktail is competing against nine other local restaurants in Riviera magazine’s third annual cocktail tour

Manufacturers See More Demand, Output; Jobs Still Lag

MANUFACTURING: Jobs to fall this year, increase 1% in 2011

Local manufacturing is expected to increase but jobs won’t follow until next year

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REVIEW

Disney’s “The Lion King” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, through June 13

Disney’s “The Lion King” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, through June 13

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Chapman Forecast: Jobs Recovery Pushed Back to 2011

Orange County isn’t expected to start adding jobs until 2011, according to a midyear economic forecast update released by Chapman University Thursday.

Centra Looks to Sell Medical Office Site

REAL ESTATE: Project next to hospitals; market off from boom

Irvine developer Centra Realty is trying to sell a 41-acre site planned for medical offices

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Home Prices Fall in Feb., Sales Rise

Orange County’s median home price dropped $3,000 in February from January despite seeing an increase in sales.

First American Hires Execs, Buying Rest of Subsidiary

First American Corp. continues to shore up plans to separate its title insurance business and information services unit with the appointment of executives and plans to absorb all of another subsidiary.

Unemployment Breaks 10%, Layoffs Surge in Jan.

Orange County unemployment broke the 10% mark in January as yearly layoffs hit their highest level since the peak of the recession in spring 2009.

Lawyers, Firms Optimistic for UCI Law’s Graduates

LAW: Students from ‘untested’ school will compete for fewer jobs

A look at the chances of those in UCI’s inaugural law school class of landing jobs once they graduate.

Convention Center Nabs New Show

Photo Association Attracted to Anaheim’s Renovations

The Photo Marketing Association has tapped Anaheim for an expanded annual tradeshow

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CIRCUS COUP

Great Park Snags Cirque du Soleil With Free Rent

The Great Park offered Cirque du Soleil an offer it couldn’t refuse

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Optical Chipmaker Cosemi Surges, Eyes More Growth Ahead

TECHNOLOGY: Betting on push to spread optical to more uses

Fast-Growing Private Cos. No. 8 - Cosemi Technologies Inc.

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Travelogue

Managing Editor Julie Leupold’s trip to Rome, Athens, Cairo

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LIVING

DRINK OF THE WEEK: Chanel cocktail, Savannah Chop House, Laguna Niguel

County's August Job Losses Show Improvement

Orange County lost 63,600 jobs in August from a year earlier, an improvement from the 68,000 jobs lost in July from the previous year.

REVIEW

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” Orange County Performing Arts Center, until Sunday

It isn’t often an inanimate object steals the stage in a big-budget musical.

Grubb & Ellis' Stock's Steady on Delisting Threat

Investors in Santa Ana-based Grubb & Ellis Co. were unfazed Monday as the real estate investment company was warned of a delisting by the New York Stock Exchange.

REVIEW

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Orange County Performing Arts Center, until Sunday

Public Perception

How meeting planners and resorts are dealing with the AIG effect.

Region's Richest

How OC's wealthy stack up against San Diego's and LA's

Boeing Cuts Employees, Hopes New Contracts Will Save Jobs

With Boeing's Future Combat Systems set for reorganization after a funding cut, the company hopes new contracts will allow it to keep the unit's employees on the payroll

St. John Show Debuts Casual, Resort Fashions

A look at St. John's spring line

Spectrum Shares Up on Cancer Drug News

Irvine-based Spectrum Pharmaceutical Inc.'s shares closed up 6% Monday after the Food and Drug Administration accepted an application for a new use for its cancer drug Zevalin.

REVIEW

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Orange County Performing Arts Center, until Sunday

Vans America Names New President

Cypress-based Vans America, part of North Carolina's VF Corp., named Kevin Bailey president.

FDA Delays Approval for Botox Medical Use, Expands Possible Market

The Food and Drug Administration has delayed the approval of using Botox to treat upper limb spasticity, or loss of muscle function and tone, asking for more information.

PacSun Shares Down 8% on Outlook, Economic Concerns

Investors sent shares of Anaheim-based mall retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. down almost 9% in midday New York trading Friday, a day after the company warned of larger-than-expected losses for the current quarter.

Kia Motors America Secures $305M Credit Line

Kia Motors America said it has arranged a $305 million revolving credit line with three U.S. lenders.

Corinthian Colleges Shares Fall After Downgrade

Shares of Corinthian Colleges Inc. fell about 7% Monday after an analyst downgraded the stock from buy to hold.

Aeropsace Consultant SM & A; Being Acquired for $120 Million

Newport Beach-based SM & A;, an aerospace consulting firm, is being acquired by New York private equity firm Odyssey Investment Partners LLC for $119.6 million.

Luxury Lives

Smaller Travel Agencies, Tour Operators Hurt by Economy, Airlines; High End's Doing Fine

Region's Richest: Kerkorian, Bren Tops in Southern California

Kerkorian, Bren Tops in Southern California

TRAVELOGUE

Orange County in Thailand? Managing Editor Julie Leupold writes about it

Ford-Tata Deal for Jaguar, Land Rover Could Come Next Week

A sale of Ford Motor Co.'s Jaguar and Land Rover luxury brands to India's Tata Motors Ltd. could come as early as next week, according to reports.

Chapman's Hobbs Institute Opens 'Green Both Ways' Program

Chapman's Hobbs Institute Opens 'Green Both Ways' Program

Standard Pacific Reworking Credit Lines

Irvine-based Standard Pacific Corp. wants to lower its credit lines with Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to stay in compliance with terms of the deals as its value drops amid the housing downturn.