Not all Retail is roiled
Marijuana is a criminal, gateway drug. Marijuana should be legal in 50 states and the Marshall Islands. Or … something in-between. Regardless of your take, you’ll enjoy Peter J. Brennan’s stories on Kush Bottles, a publicly traded everything-but-cannabis, cannabis co. Kush opened in 2010.
GOVERNMENT: Co-owns Mission Inn; couple GOP donors
It’s a time-honored government tradition—patronage has its privileges, as does friendship and policy kinship.
How OC’s Wealthiest Grew Firms and Fortunes
Orange County’s wealthiest people enjoyed a good year. Most on our 2017 list, see page 16 of stand-alone Special Report, grew their fortunes, some substantially. The roster grew by two, nearly 5% from 45 to 47. The Business Journal’s “cutoff” is $250 million.
In managing this week’s OC’s Wealthiest issue—my first, our 17th—I placed a call to a source to confirm a few figures in our write-up.
We all know Pacific Life, the humpback whale, but I’m betting there are revelations for readers of Peter J. Brennan’s wide-ranging conversation with the 149-year-old insurer’s 14th CEO, Jim Morris.
L.A. gets the Olympics—2028. This Olympics won’t be OC-centric like 1984, when Laguna Beach’s Peter Ueberroth helmed the effort, $0 in the bank and national malaise—finished with a $250 mill surplus and the Games’ financial viability restored.
MANUFACTURING: But labor shortage, costs, crimp job creation
For the 33rd straight month, Orange County’s manufacturers expanded output—albeit modestly—as measured by Chapman University’s quarterly survey of purchasing managers.
ECONOMY: Gov’t regulation cited as their biggest concern
For the first time since the onset of the recession, business owners and executives here share a bigger worry than the overall economy, according to the latest California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey.
OBITUARY: His good works benefitted a good many
Dale Dykema died on July 4.