Stories for May 2004
Monday, May 31
An Economy That's Scared - From Editor Mark Lacter's Comment in the May 17 Los Angeles Business Journal:
Costa Mesa-based Ayres Hotel Group opened its 16th hotel with its first in Los Angeles County last week.
Irvine-based Standard Pacific Corp. reclaimed the top spot as Orange County's most prolific builder during the first quarter, recording 254 home sales and 13.2% of the local housing market.
El Pollo Loco has been hit with an overtime wage lawsuit, with a twist
Orange County icon Arnold O. Beckman is gone. But his foundation is set up to live on.
Monday, May 24
While local cities and agencies are set to bear deeper budget cuts than expected this year, the prospect of those funds being restored in two years has minimized the grumbling.
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 25 Shopping Centers
VIEWPOINTS - Orange County's Assemblyman John Campbell, R-Irvine, and state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, are tangling again over a business issue,this time, the new Dunn-authored workplace bill. We excerpted Campbell's piece from his weekly e-mail missive,
Anaheim has big plans to ease its housing shortage, including the possible addition of thousands of new condominiums and apartments near the Anaheim Angels' stadium.
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s love-hate relationship with Medicare is closer to love these days.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is California's latest governor to take up high-stakes gambling.
Monday, May 17
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top Private Companies
Largest OC office projects under construction
The Los Angeles Times continues to tweak its look,
Orange County's Korean business community was set to hold KASE-KOVA Summit Spring 2004 this past Friday, bringing together U.S. and South Korean technology companies with venture capitalists and investors.
The parent of hip surf and skatewear maker Ezekiel Clothing Inc. plans to move its headquarters to Irvine next month.
Kaiser Permanente and Health Net Inc. have put their rivalry aside to launch a joint health plan in California.
Costa Mesa software maker FileNet Corp. last month opened an office in Singapore that's set to serve as the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters.
Monday, May 10
Fremont Investment & Loan, the banking arm of Santa Monica's Fremont General Corp., is leasing 105,000 square feet of office space in Brea, the latest in a series of big deals to house the company's growth here.
This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top 20 Travel Agencies
The board of the Transportation Corridor Agencies is expected to decide Thursday whether to proceed with a controversial, staff-recommended, $3.9 billion bailout of the financially struggling San Joaquin Hills (73) Toll Road. Last week a board committee r
Monday, May 3
The Orange County Business Journal's List of O.C.'s Top Public Companies, 101-150
Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. is looking to shake things up with new gear.
CHINA'S PIRATES - Officials There Plan Crackdown on Pirated Goods; Some are Skeptical, Others Say It's a Matter of Time
China's shopping malls and outdoor markets teem with counterfeit American clothing, software, DVDs and CDs. The easy availability of pirated goods has become a sore point for U.S. companies that rely on protection of their intellectual property rights.
Unionized workers at Boeing Co.'s Long Beach operation are the latest to face employer demands for healthcare concessions in talks on a new contract.
U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is set to open the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's 16th Annual Asian American Business Conference this week in Irvine.
This year's OC 50, the Business Journal's annual listing of the most influential businesspeople here, ushers in the most change the group has seen in years.