Stories for November 2003
Monday, November 24
Broadcom Corp. took aim at a rival. QLogic Corp. turned things up a notch. Finding a good party took some work.
Wall Street is looking for more of the same from Fluor Corp. next year after the company fell short of earnings expectations for the third quarter.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to play hardball on workers' compensation reform if Democrats in the Legislature don't cooperate.
Golf club maker Roger Cleveland Golf Co. plans to move from Cypress to a new 130,000-square-foot headquarters and plant being built in Huntington Beach.
Monday, November 17
Defense contractors breathed a sigh of relief after Congress toned down "buy American" provisions in the 2004 defense bill, passed by the Senate last week.
The Orange County Business Journal's List of Top OC-Based Commercial Banks
Rick Bell, excerpted from the Sept. 22 San Diego Business Journal:
The Irvine chipmaker once again is OC's most valuable public company, thanks to a surging stock and a pullback in the shares of Allergan Inc., now OC's second-most valuable company.
HERE AND THERE - Pablo Leon's job sounds fulfilling enough. He finds overlooked sites,maybe a dilapidated building or piece of unused land,to transform into new homes.
Doing business is set to grow more costly for supermarkets, food distributors and importers next year.
INTERVIEW with Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach
Analysis, plus Charts: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance (Adobe PDF)
Subleases, 'Shadow' Space Loom as Factors in Commercial Recovery
Monday, November 10
Moore Wallace Inc. plans to close its 55,000-square-foot Veriad label making plant in Brea by the end of the month.
Orange County executives expect a good 2004, with one big caveat. High workers' compensation premiums and living costs, along with state and local taxes, could hamper economic recovery here
WAIT AND SEE - Nevada's siren song to California businesses has gotten louder.
VIEWPOINT by Eldon Griffiths, author, lecturer, journalist and former member of the British House of Commons.
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 20 Insurance Brokers
There's no relief in sight from the indigestion that continues to plague Irvine-based Prandium Inc., owner of the Koo Koo Roo, Hamburger Hamlet and Chi-Chi's restaurant chains.
First it was workers' compensation, then healthcare. Now California's unemployment insurance system is about to crack,and employers are being asked to pay the bill.
WAIT AND SEE - Raj Bhathal, chief executive of Tustin apparel maker Raj Manufacturing Inc., said he was all set to pack up his 400 workers and flee California. Now those plans are on hold
Monday, November 3
Orange County retailers found coal in their stockings the past few holiday seasons. Now they're banking on Santa bringing plenty of shoppers this year.
There's more waiting for Aliso Viejo-based Fluor Corp. on its bid for work in Iraq.
Halloween marked the start of an aggressive push by theme parks, tourist attractions and hotels to lure travelers to Orange County for the holidays.
Orange County's Hispanic markets are seeing a surge in business from the strikes besetting their big mainstream rivals.
VIEWPOINT by Judy B. Rosener, professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine