Stories for March 2003
Monday, March 31
From Amanda Bronstad's March 24 column in the Los Angeles Business Journal
Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Standard Pacific Files to Sell Stock, Warrants
The Irvine office of Sacramento-based Panattoni Development Co. plans to build 15 small office buildings in Lake Forest after paying $6.3 million for 10.5 acres in the city's A.J. West Ranch business park.
The Y & R; Cos. in Irvine took the top honor at Saturday's Orange County Ad Club awards.
Dirt. Data. Degrees. Dancewear. Professionals for hire. All were good for honors at the Business Journal's second annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards lunch last week in Irvine.
Workers' Comp Insurer's Woes Could Hit Employers; California officials are scrambling to avert what could be the biggest crisis yet to hit the troubled workers' compensation system
Monday, March 24
Fluor Corp. embodies the peril and promise for Orange County companies as the U.S. goes to war with Iraq.
I-Flow Corp. of Lake Forest said it is looking to what it calls as a "simple yet elegant" medical device to change the way post-surgical pain is managed.
Linksys had done a masterful job marketing the company as a consumer brand,just as Cisco has with Corporate America. And Linksys, which contracts out the making of its products to Asian factories, has profited in a market where buyers expect low prices.
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer recently filed suit against controversial Trevor Law Group LLP for its alleged abuse of California's consumer protection law. Plus: Fending Off the State
Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. is gearing up to sell its troubled Russian business by June. PLUS: Corinthian Added to S & P; MidCap 400
Restructuring at Orange County technology companies in the past three years has changed the face of the industry here.
A new state report finds that the state's unemployment insurance trust fund,funded by employers to cover benefits to unemployed workers,is being depleted faster than expected.
Monday, March 17
About the List - The 15 busiest restaurants in Orange County saw a 7% gain in meals served last year, according to Business Journal's list.
VIEWPOINT by John Campbell, Republican Assemblyman from Irvine
Monday, March 10
Broughton Hospitality Group has been awarded the management contract for Hotel Huntington Beach near Beach Boulevard and the San Diego (I-405) Freeway.
Orange County businessman and philanthropist J. Fernando Niebla has been tapped to lead a group formed to promote U.S. investment in Mexico.
ABOUT THE LIST: Orange County title insurers had another bang-up year in 2002, thanks to low interest rates, rising home values and surging house sales.
More than 100 auto dealers have been named in Trevor Law's latest suits, which originally were filed in November on behalf of Santa Ana-based Consumer Enforcement Watch Corp., a group Trevor Law formed last year.
Monday, March 3
ABOUT THE LIST: Heady growth at Orange County environmental consulting companies came to a halt in 2002.
Proposals to overhaul healthcare in California suddenly are all the rage. But it's doubtful any can emerge from the current legislative session in Sacramento.