Stories for February 2004
Monday, February 23
Another action sports company plans to ride into Orange County's surfwear scene.
Aliso Viejo-based Fluor Corp.'s bid writers have been busy putting the final touches on pitches for seven Iraq redevelopment contracts worth more than $4 billion.
Retail Owners Face Big Decisions. CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 30 Residential Builders, ranked OC units sold in 2003
Orange County voters are set to face one of the more unusual and unpredictable slates of ballot measures when they go to the polls on March 2.
Irvine drug developer Kadmus Pharmaceuticals Inc. has raised $15.3 million in venture capital funding.
Monday, February 16
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top Commercial Banks, ranked by local deposits
Garden Office Market Poised for Rebound. PLUS - CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
A Yorba Linda tax preparer and his wife are facing off with the Internal Revenue Service over the government's demand for $11.1 million in extra taxes and penalties from the couple.
In an age of rising corporate scrutiny, the Automobile Club of Southern California is a throwback.
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top Savings and Loans, ranked by OC deposits
Monday, February 9
A team led by the chief executive of Irvine-based Golden State Foods Corp. is acquiring the rest of the food distributor in a rare leveraged buyout.
Laguna Niguel-based Birtcher Development LLC plans to build a 340,000-square-foot campus for home furnishings companies and their showrooms, potentially turning Costa Mesa into a big draw for home remodeling lovers.
Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That's what officials at engineering and architectural companies are saying about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's tough talk on cutting state funding for public works projects,especially transportation.
Allergan Inc. isn't getting frown lines over a new wrinkle-fighting drug.
CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
Score one for grocers in their battle to fight a food labeling law they say is too expensive.
Monday, February 2
Construction: Industrial's All to Speak of; PLUS, CHARTS: Net Absorption; Vacancy Rates; Average Asking Lease Rates
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 40 Foreign-owned companies, ranked by number of OC employees.
Little Saigon's Tran family, a prominent property owner in the Vietnamese enclave, has paid $8 million for Bamboo Plaza, a four-story shopping plaza in Los Angeles' Chinatown.
Overall Office Availability Continues to Decline; The retail market has remained resilient
Largest OC industrial sales in the fourth quarter; Largest OC industrial leases in the fourth quarter
Avaz, an Irvine-based networking company backed by technology entrepreneur Safi Qureshey, quietly was acquired by an Irvine company called Quartics LLC
Orange County's office market; Top OC office sales in the fourth quarter; Largest OC office leases in the fourth quarter;
Mortgage interest rates have sunk to their lowest level since the go-go days of summer. But it's far from d & #233;j & #341; vu for a sector that played a driving role in Orange County's economy last year.
Charts for the Industrial Market: Vacancy Rates, Avg. Asking Rents, Sq. Ft. Leased, Total Gross Activity, Net Absorption ....