Stories for October 2000
Monday, October 30
The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared Beckman Coulter Inc., the Fullerton-based medical diagnostic company, to market a new test to detect the illicit drug ecstasy and other forms of amphetamines.
And though his Powerski International Corp. doesn't have any sales yet, the Brea-based manufacturer of personal watercraft has attracted the interest of Compaq Computer Corp., France's Zodiac SA and Kevin Costner.
A group of us recently were comparing the really unique elements of various cuisines around the world. Mention France and someone immediately says foie gras. Mention Spain and the likely retort is tapas (those appetizers that the world seems hooked on now
From 1994 through 1998, I was a member of the Irvine Unified School District's Board of Education. In that role, I hope and believe the children and voters of Irvine were fairly well represented. I know I learned a great deal about the strengths and weakn
"Keeping it in the family" has become a tradition for the thousands of Orange County's family-owned businesses. The Family Business Council at California State University, Fullerton, aims to keep it that way, by helping family businesses develop solid str
Developers Still Lack Funding; Details of Key Negotiations Emerge in Lawsuit
Here are a few observations from business families on "What are the biggest challenges in working with family members?"
IMAX film by MacGillivray Freeman Films, produced in association with the National Wildlife Federation; at Edwards IMAX theaters at the Irvine Spectrum Center, Ontario and Valencia.
Temporary staffing agencies in Orange County have seen robust revenue growth and strong demand for workers in the past year, according to this week's Business Journal list. But just like their employer clients, the agencies are finding they need to get cr
Cary, N.C.-based SpectraSite Communications Inc. has leased 20,280 square feet of space near John Wayne Airport for its new Southern California regional headquarters.
Ten years ago, the toll roads were seen as a way out of Orange County's gridlock and the private sector was touted as the solution.
A Seattle-based PR agency that exclusively handles Internet-based companies plans to open its first office outside of the Pacific Northwest in Irvine in mid-November.
A year ago, Livonia, Mich.-based Exhibit Works joined a growing parade of exhibit builders that have opened offices in Orange County to take advantage of a burgeoning demand for trade show booths, showrooms and other public displays.
In August, Liam McGee was promoted to president of Bank of America, California, a new position that consolidated under one person the operations of what is the state's largest bank. It also effectively moved the California headquarters of Charlotte, N.C.-
Club competition: The 600-member Pacific Club in Newport Beach has filled its GM vacancy by luring Joe Gatto away from the 1,100-member Center Club in Costa Mesa. Gatto, who has been with the Center Club since its 1985 founding, succeeds Brooke Bentley, w
When a family has been in business for 75 years, leaving it behind isn't always easy. "It's in your blood," said Ken Knott, a grandson of Walter and Cordelia Knott, founders of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. But the Knott family, which now numbers more
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Howard Paull was promoted to senior manager of the customs and international trade practice for Ernst & Young, Irvine. Paull spent three years in the same division at the firm's headquarters in New York City prior to his promotion.
Strong demand fueled approximately 6.7 million square feet of positive net absorption of industrial space, driving the Inland Empire industrial vacancy rate to 3.5% in the third quarter, from 3.8% in the second quarter. It was the 10th consecutive quarter
October's been an eventful month for Santa Ana-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.
Don Galitzen purchased a 12-unit apartment complex on Charlene Circle in Huntington Beach from Robert Hsieh for $1.4 million. David Abu of Coastline West Realty represented Galitzen. Lorena Batchelor of Sperry Van Ness represented Hsieh.
Forty-four percent of small business owners believe that purchases made on the Internet should be taxed vs. 33% who said the purchases should not be taxed. Of those in favor of taxation, 51% believe the tax should be at the rate in effect in the purchaser
Computer companies do it all the time: outsource production of their hardware to contract manufacturers that can do it faster, better and cheaper.
IT'S BEEN MY LONG-STANDING POLICY NOT TO TELL READERS HOW TO VOTE on candidates, because I assume interested people are competent enough to gather sufficient information on their own Excuse me while I sneeze ah, ah, BUSH, BUSH, BUSH!
The husband-and-wife team of Judy and Dave Harman co-founded the Family Business Council at California State University, Fullerton, in 1994. Since then, they have been helping OC firms address the issues unique to family ownership, with an emphasis on kee
Orange County exports are expected to surge 15% this year to more than $14 billion and top $20 billion by 2004, thanks to a rebounding Asia, a more open China and a robust Mexico, according to a report issued last week by California State University, Full
Just halfway through development of the sprawling Summit Office Campus in Aliso Viejo, Parker Properties LP already is scouring Southern California for land for its next major development.
David Paine, president of Costa Mesa-based Paine & Associates, is expanding his public relations business into New York, with a new Manhattan office set to open in January.
In the next five years, according to one estimate, 39% of family-owned firms will see the retirement or semi-retirement of their current leadership as the post-World War II generation passes the entrepreneurial torch.
Robert O'Leary resigned as president and CEO of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., Santa Ana, after three months on the job, saying his skills do not match the company's needs; CFO Howard Phanstiel was named interim CEO (see related story, page 4) ... Bill G
Fidelity National Financial Inc., Irvine, reported earnings of $37.6 million on revenue of $790.1 million in the third calendar quarter, compared with earnings of $18.6 million on revenue of $341.8 million in the third quarter of 1999. For the nine-month
We asked the major candidates for the California U.S. Senate seat, "Why should businesspeople vote for you?" Here are their submissions
The Republicans and Democrats have squared off over the estate tax. Congress passed a bill calling for its gradual elimination, but President Clinton vetoed it. It's become a subplot of the presidential race.
Contractor DMK Inc. of Tustin is working on a 68,000-square-foot, $2.5 million warehouse improvement project for Celestica Inc., a Toronto-based contract electronics manufacturer that is expanding its facilities in Foothill Ranch. The work is being done i
Monday, October 23
Cortex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Irvine, has entered into an $11 million licensing agreement with Servier, one of the largest privately owned pharmaceutical companies in France, and landed a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for stroke
Here we go again. Civil engineering companies,in LA and throughout the state,and the union for state engineers are squaring off over Proposition 35, a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot that would make it easier for the state Department of Transportation to con
Parker Aerospace, the division of Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin Corp. that recently sold its 42-acre headquarters property at the corner of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive, has decided to move the roughly 450 employees there to other existing faciliti
Maxtor Corp.'s recently announced plans to buy Quantum Corp.'s disk drive business is OK by Matthew Massengill, chief executive of Irvine-based Western Digital Corp.
A year ago, after the new owners of Arnette Optical Illusions laid off roughly 36 workers, Kip Arnette walked away from the company his father Greg Arnette founded.
When Newport Beach-based partner Patricia Frobes was named vice chair and a member of the office of the chair at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in the summer, she became the first woman in senior management at the firm. "Hopefully it will begin to open up even f
The parent of Anaheim Hills-based lender Fremont Investment and Loan has signed a critical reinsurance deal that will allow it to keep operating.
As everyone but Rip Van Winkle knows, home prices in California are on a gallop. In Orange County, they're up as much as 14% over last year. The need was never greater for housing alternatives for people whose bank accounts aren't bulging.
The Laughlin-Wilt Group. Inc., a Beaverton, Ore.-based contract electronics manufacturer with a 125-employee plant in Lake Forest, is being acquired by St. Louis-based Viasystems Group Inc.
Orange County's hotels,already facing a tight labor market and increased competition,are likely to face another challenge in coming months: stepped up efforts by the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union to organize more of OC's hotel workers.
Orange-based St. Joseph Health System soon will be the sole hospital operator in Humboldt County, a region considered the birthplace of its healthcare ministry.
Most Americans cringe at the mention of the American Medical Association. Patients often see it as a powerful lobbying force that only protects doctors' interests. They might be interested to know that most physicians, ourselves included, don't think it e
AMID A BRUISING RUN FOR STOCKS OF COMPANIES IN OC AND ELSEWHERE, there was a news blurb by Reuters last week that underscored Irvine-based Broadcom Corp.'s emergence as a technology heavyweight. To quote:
Lawrence, Mayo & Ponder, Newport Beach promoted Andrea Caillier to senior account coordinator. Cailler, was previously an advertising assistant at Guess Handbags in LA.
In the long shadows of Rupert Murdoch, John Malone and Henry Yuen, David Krinsky had a big hand in bringing TV Guide into the interactive age.
Irvine investment bank and brokerage firm National Capital Cos. has bought a stock brokerage firm that will move the company up the investment-banking food chain.
When most people talk about business being an uphill battle, they mean it figuratively. Not so with Myron Sukut, founder and chairman of Sukut Construction Inc.
QLogic Corp., an Aliso Viejo provider of infrastructure for storage area networks, last week announced the integration of its fibre channel adapters into network servers at Irvine-based Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.
In terms of development, Orange County has a short history when compared to places like Boston or San Francisco. But in recent years, it has begun to take on a look of its own.
When Marios Savopoulos came to architectural firm Perkowitz & Ruth in 1993, he led the Long Beach-based firm's entr & #233;e into entertainment center design work by landing the contract for the Edwards theater at the Irvine Entertainment Center in the Irvine Sp
The continuing bubble of a hot economy and related real estate development has kept Orange County's architectural firms hopping, resulting in an upswing in billings and jobs for OC's largest firms.
Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed with dissident shareholder Special Situation Partners on a new plan for splitting the company into three publicly traded units that will limit Chairman and CEO Milan Panic to a single executive position at
Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems Inc. said it reached a settlement agreement this month with Stanford University professor Brent Townshend in his suit over modem chip patents.
A complex of buildings near the northwest corner of Anaheim, where the Riverside (91) Freeway and the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway meet, has drawn increased interest from office users. Not long ago, auto insurer Coast National Insurance Co. signed a five-year
Hamid Shirvani has always liked to shock people. As a boy growing up in England, Shirvani showed an affinity for building things,from bookshelves to a movie projector he crafted before he was 10. One day, his parents discovered the young Shirvani fiddling
Fullerton-based Beckman Coulter Inc. sells medical diagnostic equipment to St. Joseph Health System, but come next year a few hundred Beckman employees and their families won't be welcome at St. Joseph's hospitals and doctors' groups.
Held up by the weather and his work on new inventions, Oakley Inc. Chief Executive Jim Jannard joined his company's third-quarter results announcement last week by phone from his private island in Washington.
For those trying to figure out whether Orange County's extended boom may be tapering off, a look at the largest engineering firms operating here may only add to the confusion.
The movers and shakers of Orange County turned out en masse for the grand opening of Garden Grove's Crowne Plaza Resort at Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. It was quite a party and the Mexican hacienda scenario provided by this hotel is very attractiv
The $950 million Alameda Corridor East extension, considered a key to maintaining the economic growth of the San Gabriel Valley, could be delayed indefinitely because Union Pacific Corp. doesn't want to contribute to the project.
Brea-based Netlock Technologies Inc., which grew out of Hughes Aircraft Co. and relies on technology developed for the National Security Agency, has hired a new head with plans to expand the network security company.
Irvine-based CUE Corp. last week said it had signed an initial agreement with The Automobile Association of the United Kingdom to launch a real-time traffic information service for in-vehicle navigation.
Despite Gov. Gray Davis' veto late last month of a proposed $1.5-billion increase in workers' comp benefits, LA-area businesses are being slammed by sharply rising premiums. The workers' comp premium crisis, which first hit employers at the beginning of t
Two manufacturers will relocate their factories and headquarters from Fullerton to Riverside, where they have purchased an industrial building together.
The robust economy is giving people more spending money, but OC's two largest fast-food companies are grappling with sagging sales and low stock prices. So in a bid to turn things around, both Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. and Anaheim-based CKE Restaurants
Developing new products is one of the overweening concerns in the biomedical and medical device industries. The University of Southern California's School of Pharmacy will examine the issue during a late October conference in Irvine.
The Orange County office market has been growing strongly in 2000. To date, more than 3 million square feet have been added to the office market, and nearly half that space was completed during the third quarter. The first high-rise building delivered sin
Yacoel Properties Inc. purchased an 8,630-square-foot retail space at 215 Birch St. in Brea from Pacific Brea LLC for $3.1 million. Nicholas Coo and Joe Faris of Faris Lee Investments represented both parties.
Los Angeles-based MSC.Software Corp., a designer of simulation software for Boeing Co., Airbus Industrie and others, plans to move its headquarters in March to a new building in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana.
Monday, October 16
Samuels Darnall & Associates, a five-year-old Capistrano Beach ad shop that specializes in marketing for youth-oriented sports companies, recently picked up a new account with a division of Vashon, Wash.-based ski manufacturer K2 Corp.
When Richard Brechtlein was working for Century Data in Anaheim in the early 1970s, he began competing against storage industry icon Al Shugart in the market for floppy diskette drives. He lost.
Here is a directory of restaurants I've reviewed over the years. I hope you find the list a useful guide to dining adventures here in OC. I've certainly had a wonderful time researching it!
On a recent Saturday night shopping trip, Masahiro Kiriyama examines a selection of fresh fish with his wife, Mieko. Their cart is filled with a package of saury fish, sliced salmon, packs of fermented beans, tofu, miso paste and Yakult, a Japanese drink
Tom Tucker's reputation as a quick study is carrying into politics. Angel investor Tucker (JenStar Capital) is the driving force behind the executive-led, socially moderate New Majority, which made some rookie mistakes in forcing and losing a leadership b
The 25 largest apparel companies in Orange County,an eclectic mix of businesses that design and produce everything from upscale dresses and suits to surfwear and sunglasses,are riding a wave.
Procom Technology Inc., an Irvine provider of data server appliances, received a contract from Hyundai Group to supply the Seoul-based conglomerate with network attached storage filters.
Today we are on the verge of a major paradigm shift. It is a shift away from outdated 19th century thinking, which threatens to strap California with an unprepared, unequipped workforce, to 21st century thinking, where we can demand educational excellence
Orange County may be 5,500 miles from Japan, but it couldn't be closer to home for the many Japanese executives stationed here.
Did you forget your anniversary is next weekend? Need to grovel to make up for such a gaffe? Travel sites on the Internet are a dime a dozen, but not many of them give busy execs and procrastinators last-minute prepackaged options with guaranteed availabi
LivHOME, a Santa Barbara-based company that positions itself as an alternative to nursing homes for senior citizens, is opening a Newport Beach office this month.
Saying Taco Bell Corp. has let quality slip in recent years, new company President Emil Brolick said the fast-food chain plans to stress ingredients and service in order to win back customers and reverse an ongoing decline in same-store sales.
NetGuru, Inc., a Yorba Linda technology and services company focused on the global Indian community, has unveiled long-distance telephone services using its own dedicated switch system.
Laguna Beach-based venture capital firm Springboard Capital has invested $5 million in San Diego wireless company Ameranth Technology Systems Inc.
Much of what has become the history of Orange County has unfolded at tables in this restaurant. When Antonio Cagnolo opened it in 1979 in South Coast Plaza Village, it became the immediate hangout of the rich and powerful who were shaping the future for a
Lake Forest-based identification technology company Ethentica Inc. got some of its own authentication last week,$40 million in fifth-round financing.
THERE'S NEWS, AND THEN THERE'S BURIED NEWS. Judging from the front-page headlines in the daily papers back in August, you would have thought that the FAA was ready to kill the idea of a commercial airport at El Toro. An FAA report had determined that "El
A year ago, I wrote this column for a month until Ken Spencer Brown arrived at the Orange County Business Journal. He's now at the San Jose Business Journal, where last reports were that he's looking for affordable housing. Ha! Without further ado, here w
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AMDL Inc., a Tustin developer and marketer of tests for the early detection of cancer, earlier this month made its first shipment of cancer tests to Taichung, Taiwan-based Chinese Universal Technology Co. Ltd. The shipment is part of a recently announced
Most Japanese executives arrive here with good English skills but many never really deal with the language on a day-to-day basis, which limits their depth of learning.
Aliso Viejo-based medical device maker Medstone International Inc. is stepping up marketing of its kidney stone break-up machine for a new purpose: removing gallstones in a way that allows people to keep their gallbladders and without incisions.
The University of California, Irvine, managed a coup in grabbing top physicist Wilson Ho from Cornell University and bringing him on board this fall as a Donald Bren Professor of physics, astronomy and chemistry.
Blue Cross of California officials are banking on a new healthcare service plan designed to attract new members and retain existing ones. The insurer has redesigned preferred-provider organization plans for more than 477,000 individual customers, includin
The Mid-Counties Market is defined as the cities along the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties. As the first half of this year came to a close, the market indicators in the Mid-Counties remained positive as vacancies fell and asking rents rose in th
Irvine-based Sage Software Inc., a 600-employee division of Britain's Sage Group plc, is getting a new boss whose aim is to keep growing the company's U.S. operations.
As part of U.S. Bancorp's push on the West Coast, the bank's brokerage division, Piper Jaffray, has opened offices in Newport Beach and San Diego.
For most of this year, the Irvine-based maker of production gear for fiber-optic equipment makers has seemed bulletproof. At the end of September, Newport shares were up more than 1,000% for the year, far and away the biggest surge in any Orange County st
Shareholders of Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s former plant in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, voted to restore ICN's majority ownership, which was seized in 1999 by the government under recently deposed president Slobodan Milosevic; the company said i
Orange County remains an attractive location for technology companies, in spite of skyrocketing housing costs, a California State University, Fullerton, study reports.
Sure Orange County's weather is great, its streets are safe and its high-technology economy is booming. But for many Japanese nationals here, education is king.
Montreal-based OXBOW Equities Corp. has paid $500,000 for a 6.7% equity stake in MHshopper.com Inc. of Huntington Beach.
In line with its recent streamlining, Bank of America is moving its top executive in Orange County, Kim Burdick, to the bank's existing offices in Newport Center.
The California Chamber of Commerce applauds Gov. Gray Davis for vetoing SB 996 and SB 546. In his veto message the governor said the two workers' compensation bills "would have imposed excessive burdens and pressures on California businesses and public sp
Jeff Mays joined the Irvine office of Accountemps as staffing manager and Kristine Aragon was hired as a staffing executive. Mays has four years of experience in payroll management, while Aragon brings 14 years of sales, management and recruiting experien
Newport Beach-based Werdin Corp. acquired a 5.3-acre industrially zoned parcel in Santa Ana from ITT Industries Inc. Kevin Turner and Mike Hartel of Colliers Seeley in Irvine represented both parties.
As part of a larger effort to boost lagging profitability, PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. is dropping out of small-business health insurance purchasing alliances in California and Colorado.
Talk about putting people on the spot. We writers have regular deadlines for articles and chefs have deadlines one or two times a day in prepping for the next meal. But in a turn of the tables, so to speak, OC's chefs last week were faxed a sheet with fi
Biolase Technology Inc., a maker of dental laser systems, has purchased a 23,280-square-foot building it had been leasing in San Clemente with the intent to expand its sales and marketing team.
Back in 1994, Takashi "Tachi" Kiuchi wrote a book instructing his compatriots on how to adapt to life in the U.S.
Children's Hospital of Orange County is opening a freestanding, full-service pediatric clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana this month. The clinic is a first for a Boys & Girls Club in the United States, according to club officials.
Monday, October 9
The Orange County Register has recently eliminated about 80 customer-service, production and middle-management jobs in a move designed to cut costs and modernize the newspaper's operations, according to Publisher N. Christian Anderson.
Looks like a seasonal slowdown is putting the brakes on Orange County's hot commercial real estate market.
Francisco J. Valle joined Irvine-based SCDRG Inc. as chairman of the board and chief operating officer. Valle, a recognized expert in the Hispanic market, has conducted and keynoted seminars and published articles related to Hispanic marketing , communica
Henry Samueli has bought many technology companies for Broadcom Corp., the high-flying chip maker he co-founded. Now he has acquired a personal stake in a bank with big ambitions for electronic transactions.
On its way to building a 1,000-plus-store retail network, fast-growing Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., last week said it plans to move its headquarters late next year into a 480,000-square-foot office and distribution center to be built about three mi
Will California force e-commerce companies into an antiquated sales tax system, or lead the way in creating a simple and fair tax system for the 21st century? California Governor Gray Davis chose to move the state forward by vetoing a dubious Internet tax
Irvine-based online mortgage lender LoanGenie.com has burned through $7 million in cash and is looking for bridge financing to see it through to a second round of funding in November. At the same time, company officials say they are recovering from an emp
PS Business Parks LLC bought a 160,499-square-foot office complex at Corporate Park in Irvine from Patrician Associates for $25.3 million. Michael Randall and Tom Taylor of Grubb & Ellis' Newport Beach office represented both parties.
Orange County was a hotbed of tourist activity during August, according to lodging figures from Henderson, Tenn.-based Smith Travel Research.
Get ready to meet Emeril Lagasse, the most famous of all the TV chefs in America.
Franz Wisner recently took early retirement from his job as vice president for government relations at The Irvine Company to tour the world with his brother Kurt, a residential broker in Seattle. This article is adapted from two e-mail messages.
Everybody was swooning at the lavish opening earlier this month of South Coast Plaza's new Bridge of Gardens, but no one cooed louder than Jerry Sullivan, chief executive of Macy's West.
Just as specialty retailer Wet Seal Inc. has begun to push its head above water, the company last week was grappling with the resignation of its longtime President and Chief Operating Officer Edmond Thomas.
The smallest of the office markets, West Orange County consists of 78 properties totaling approximately 4.5 million square feet. Activity in the West Orange County office market continued to increase in the second quarter, with a positive absorption of 72
Santa Barbara-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., Orange County's largest hospital operator, may have dodged a possible showdown with an influential shareholder at its annual meeting last week in Beverly Hills. Tenet, the country's No. 2 hospital chain, owns ni
A 144-bed nursing home in Huntington Beach and a San Diego facility are under new ownership as part of a bankruptcy reorganization at the former operator.
Score another one for Rep. Chris Cox in his long-running battle against the king of trial lawyers' strike suits, William Lerach.
Newport Beach-based Koll Development Co. has sold its 178,000-square-foot office building in The Irvine Concourse business complex to Australia's Terrace Towers for roughly $48 million.
LAST MONTH THE U.S. SENATE HELD A HEARING ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL delays. The opening remarks of presidential primary contender Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, are pertinent to Orange County, given the cont
Santa Ana-based Pacific Western Containers has signed a 5-year lease for 40,000 square feet of warehousing and production space in Tustin where it plans to expand operations from the company's headquarters.
Just a couple of years ago, Costa Mesa-based Epoch Internet Inc. put off an initial public offering and laid off employees as competition and falling prices for Internet access and other basic Web services took their toll.
ChromaVision Medical Systems Inc., a San Juan Capistrano-based medical test company, consummated a $12 million private placement of common stock and warrants. Of the $12 million, $5 million was purchased by a wholly owned subsidiary of Safeguard Scientifi
Survey of 1,400 chief financial officers of companies with more than 20 employees by an independent research firm on behalf of Robert Half International Inc.
Struggling Irvine computer seller eMachines Inc. is celebrating its second anniversary with the announcement that it has shipped its 3 millionth PC.
Broadcom Corp., Irvine, acquired U.K..-based Element 14 for $641 million ... Edmond Thomas resigned as president and COO of Wet Seal Inc., Foothill Ranch; no replacement was named (see story on page 15) ... Dissident shareholder Special Situation Partners
A few months ago, Tustin-based al Punto Advertising Inc. took on a fight for the Doughboy and won. Pillsbury Co., the packaged foods division of Diageo PLC, was searching for an advertising agency to market its refrigerated dough products and Progresso So
Laguna Beach-based Fuse Interactive recently designed new Web sites for Hewlett-Packard, David E. Kelley Productions/Fox Television and EncrypTix, El Segundo.
These are good times on Wall Street for Irvine-based Downey Savings & Loan and other thrifts. But is the party just getting started or winding down?
Willtech Inc., a 4-year-old South Korean wireless communications equipment testing company, is moving its U.S. subsidiary from Walnut to Santa Ana in a bid to raise its profile alongside the area's technology companies.
Just a couple of years ago, Costa Mesa-based Epoch Internet Inc. put off an initial public offering and laid off employees as competition and falling prices for Internet access and other basic Web services took their toll.
The three-year-old restaurant was housed in an office-tower space on Von Karman Avenue formerly occupied by Bistro 201. That restaurant also closed, later to reopen at its current location on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
The newspaper that helped to revolutionize the look of newspapers,more color, more photos, shorter stories,is at it again. The OC Register has a management team at work on a redesign of the paper slated for the first part of next year, the Insider is told
The Art Institute of Los Angeles-Orange County is well under way at its new building in Santa Ana, offering classes designed to feed the appetite of OC's employers for tech-savvy workers.
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Monday, October 2
At Taco Bell Corp., former Chief Operating Officer Tom Davin oversaw thousands of entrepreneurs who operate the Mexican fast-food chain's 1,400 or so company-owned and franchised restaurants. So the move over to head up Entrepreneur.com six months ago was
Winfire Inc., a high-speed Internet access provider hoping to catch fire with consumers and advertisers, has been busy trumpeting deals with businesses lately.
Laguna Niguel-based Birtcher Real Estate Group and the Pradium Funds of New York have teamed up to acquire the 400,676-square-foot Brookhollow Office Park in Santa Ana for $41 million, one of the largest low-rise office transactions in Orange County this
Irvine-based surf and sportswear retailer Tilly's is set to open a store in Anaheim Hills next month, with plans to unveil up to five more Southern California outlets in 2001.
At 36, Scott Blum already is a tech industry veteran with a string of entrepreneurial hits and misses on his record. He founded OC memory maker Microbanks Unlimited and in 1987 started Rancho Santa Margarita-based optical disc drive maker Pinnacle Micro I
SageTree Inc.'s Jeffrey Erle seems to get a morbid thrill from product failures,whether they involve his company's parent, Irvine disk-drive maker Western Digital Corp., or tire producer Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
Last week's $172.7 million offer by an obscure Irvine dot-com for the controlling stake in LA-based Herbalife (see page 12) was surprising; the offer's quick rejection by the Mark Hughes Family Trust was less so. The Insider hears that several more-establ
The number of hotel rooms planned for Orange County has decreased by 25% in the past year, compared with 11% for Southern California overall,but that doesn't mean the news is all bad for the local tourism industry.
Invesco Realty Advisors purchased the 220-unit Crowne Chase Apartments in Kansas from Archstone Communities for $16.8 million. Ray Eldridge, Joe Leon and Bill Powell of CB Richard Ellis' Newport Beach office represented both parties.
Irvine-based NeoTherapeutics Inc., a development-stage biopharmaceutical company, has raised $5 million to expand research at its NeoGene Technologies Inc. subsidiary into how genes work.
Altra Broadband Inc., a networking offshoot of Pittsburgh software maker Ansoft Corp., has set up a research and design facility in the Irvine Spectrum.
Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Internet services company FirstWorld Communications Inc. has opened a 50,000-square-foot data center in Irvine, the latest in a spate of similar facilities opening across Orange County.
With all the attention focused on that other recently deregulated market in California, electricity, it's important to talk a bit about clear and present danger in the market that did it first,workers' compensation insurance.
The Lassen Companies, Irvine, a holding company for non-chemical cleaning products, has settled its lawsuit against EKCO Group Inc.
Senior.com, an Irvine-based Internet content provider, has entered a partnership with John Hancock Life Insurance Co. to offer long-term care insurance policies.
Airshow Inc., Tustin, will unveil its new iSYS system for managing aircraft amenities at the National Business Aircraft Association Convention in New Orleans in October. The new system will allow passengers of private jets to use a Smartscreen touchscreen
So far, Walt Disney Co. officials have been mum on how they'll promote their new Downtown Disney complex, set to open in January. But already there are signs that the marketing blitz will be big.
Quiksilver Inc., Huntington Beach, posted earnings of $6.7 million on revenue of $122.0 million in its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, compared with earnings of $5.6 million on revenue of $105.2 million in its previous third quarter. For the nine-mont
Lay off the wine drinking for a while and switch to beer. It's time to have a lot of fun, European style. Oktoberfest will soon be upon us, and TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea will be offering five distinctive German-style lagers, which are in the brewi
The Keith Companies Inc., best known for its real estate engineering services, has won a series of contracts from a PG & E; Corp. subsidiary for more than a dozen "peaker projects" designed to provide additional electricity during periods of high demand.
Just two weeks after Broadband Interactive Group handed out pink slips to 65 employees of its Bluetorch.com unit, the Web saw another extreme sports casualty last week as HardCloud.com shuttered its virtual doors.
Cerritos-based Vinyl Concepts will expand its operations to Fullerton next month, taking 123,000 square feet of space formerly occupied by Kia Motors America's parts distribution operation.
You might say Broadband TelCom Power Inc. is a power broker for the up-and-comers in the red-hot networking sector.
It's often said that Bill Clinton saved the Democratic Party nationally by pushing it toward the political center. The same could be said of Gray Davis regarding the Democrats who currently rule California. The governor's veto pen is stopping a lot of mis
Verizon Wireless has begun moving employees into its new Sand Canyon Avenue campus, where it will consolidate its 1,800 Orange County employees. The relocation from three current sites to the five-building, 470,000-square-foot facility is expected to be c
Even though United Parcel Service Inc.'s principal West Coast facility is at Ontario International Airport, it also likes the idea of an airport at El Toro, said Michael L. Eskew, vice chairman of the world's largest courier.
The North and Central market areas make up approximately 28% of the total office market in Orange County. Although the northern portion of the Orange County office market is known for having rents lower than the county average, the combined average asking
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"Defined contribution" strategies,in which employers offer workers a wide choice of healthcare plans but cap their premium contributions,have been getting a lot of attention because of their potential savings to businesses.
As with many other real estate investment trusts, shares of Newport Beach-based Health Care Property Investors Inc. are on the upswing this year. But HCP, as the company is known, isn't like most other REITs, which have seen their shares rise along with t
A hint here, some direction there. It's a game company officials and analysts play when they talk about future earnings. Analysts call it "guidance," and it's what they use to formulate projections on companies they follow.
Caliber Collision Centers, Irvine, has moved its corporate office to a new location in Irvine.
At the May premiere of MacGillivray Freeman Films' latest IMAX theatre movie, "Adventures in Wild California," a team of tuxedo-clad air-surfers/cinematographers dropped from the sky, climbers scaled a banner featuring a life-like sequoia tree and world c
Broadcom Corp., Irvine, accused Intel Corp. of stealing its chip technology and using Broadcom chips in product demonstrations ... Kraft Foods recalled taco shells made for Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. that contained genetically engineered corn not approv
The BigFNI.com, a Laguna Niguel firm with ties to troubled online retailer TheBigStore.com, is being touched by an angel.
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NeoTherapeutics, Irvine, appointed Rajesh C. Shrotriya, MD, president. Shrotriya brings 29 years of experience in neurology and oncology at Bristol-Meyers, SuperGen and MGI to the OC company.
The Orange County Taxpayers Association (OCTax) participates in the debate on the Bolsa Chica wetlands.
The 12-story, 236,000-square-foot building at 555 Anton Blvd. is being marketed by current owner Amstar Ltd. of Denver. Asking price is believed to be about $60 million, or $254 a foot. The sale could be complicated by the large number of tech-related ten