Stories for October 2004

Monday, October 25

DDi Sounds Alarm for Circuit Boards; M-Flex Unfazed

DDi sounds the alarm for contract electronics makers, in the Technology column

3. BioLase Technology Inc.

It's been a tough couple of months for BioLase Technology Inc., which nevertheless has been one of the county's top revenue performers in the past three years.

Absorption Hits Four-Year High, Vacancy Below 11%

Commercial absorption shot up in the third quarter, in the Real Estate column

20. BJ's Restaurants Inc.

More restaurants, more customers and higher prices have spurred sales growth at Huntington Beach-based BJ's Restaurants Inc.

2. New Century Financial Corp.

Irvine-based New Century Financial Corp. and other subprime lenders have become the stars of the mortgage industry.

Homebuilders See Slower Orders Amid High Prices

A pair of local homebuilders is selling fewer,though more expensive,homes,

Mitsubishi Follows Hyundai on Warranty

Mitsubishi is touting its Hyundai-style warranty, in the Media & Marketing column

New Models, Design Challenge at OC, L.A. Auto Shows

Local auto designers ready for Los Angeles competition, in the Marketplace column

9. Ceradyne Inc.

The multimillion-dollar contracts have been rolling in for Ceradyne Inc., thanks in large part to the prolonged war in Iraq.

10-Acre Office Campus Planned on Irvine Site

Packaging company Scholle plans to demolish its Irvine headquarters and build 450,000 square feet of office space


Biggest Revenu Growth

36. Keith Cos. 41. Fluor Corp.

Keith Cos. has been busy working on roads, water systems and homes in Orange County and elsewhere in the Southland: Aliso Viejo engineering services provider Fluor Corp. can count on Iraq and other international markets to bolster sales.

Toyota Designers Push Concepts, Address Truck Challenge

Toyota's Calty design unit looks to fix its truck shortcomings

Real Estate Deals

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

OC Shows Appetite for High-Rise Life

The county is showing its appetite for high-rise living


Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators


Golf meets surf at startup clothing maker SwingChick

1. Cardiac Science Inc.

Cardiac Science Inc. tops the Business Journal's list of top three-year revenue performers for the second consecutive year.

Clubhouse: American Classics With a California Twist

The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza gets a closer look, in the Executive Dining column

Britain's Smiths Group to Buy Integrated Aerospace

Britain's Smiths Group plans to buy Integrated Aerospace in Santa Ana

Employers Warn of Cuts With Prop 72 Leading

Employers warn that Proposition 72 will lead to job cuts


ABOUT THE LIST - The top 10 companies on this week's Business Journal list of the 50 fastest-growing public companies in OC include four healthcare-related businesses, a pair of real estate lenders and one homebuilder.


ABOUT THE LIST - Local nonprofits added workers as revenue rose in the past year

A Facelift for Business

The public face of business is unfairly unflattering, a Viewpoint by "Doug" Tuggle -the Robert J. and Carolyn A. Waltos Jr. Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University

Hey, Big Spender; Sweet Dreams

Commentary by Rick Reiff

Orange County's Diverse Crop of Companies Stacks Up Well vs. U.S.

Fastest Growing Companies - Special Report Overview


Orange County Businesspeople in the news, on the move

17. Quiksilver Inc.

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. continues to lead Orange County's surf scene into uncharted waters.

Real Estate Watch: Los Angeles County

Los Angeles sees rates rise, vacancy decline, in the third quarter

Engineer Southland Consolidates in OC

Southland Industries is consolidating some operations in Garden Grove

Challenging Witnesses Proved Key to Allergan Court Victory

An Irvine lawyer led Allergan's Botox defense in Medavoy trial, in the Healthcare column


Tired of the grind, some doctors are offering boutique healthcare services

Register Tries New Tricks; Don's Tree Bigger Than Henry's

OC INSIDER by Rick Reiff

Gov. Clout Put to Test on Election Day Races

The Nov. 2 ballot could test the governor's influence

5. Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc.

Newport Beach-based Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc. has placed its bet on homebuyers.

12. United PanAm Financial Corp.

Cars are big in California,and United PanAm Financial Corp. makes money on them.

Monday, October 18

Sarbanes-Oxley Crunch Stirring Up Accounting

The Big Four have been stretched to the limits by Sarbanes-Oxley

Unconscious Bias Not Corruption Causes Bad Audits

Kate Berry of the Los Angeles Business Journal talked to Don A. Moore, an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University, about the accounting industry.

Park Place Plan May Portend High-Rise Office Return

A return to high-rise office building is in the works

St. Regis Monarch Beach Is Planning the Perfect Menu

The St. Regis readies to teach the perfect menu. Executive Dining by Fifi Chao


Summaries of other business news and top stories by industry; Economic Indicators

Sunstone Files Plans for $400 Million IPO

Sunstone Hotel filed to raise as much as $400 million in a public offering


A look at class-action securities lawsuits

Panic Acquires Ohio Building for Medical Testing Company

Panic: "We are having fantastic help from the state of Ohio for creation of new jobs"

UCI Offshoot Seeks to Measure Brain Waves

Izalex is using submarine-tracking technology to improve brain disorder diagnoses

Allergan's Botox Tack: Subtle Offense

Allergan has used a stealth offense to grow and defend its Botox market

Knobbe Pays Estimated $100M for HQ Tower

Knobbe, Martens beat out former landlord The Irvine Company to buy its office tower

Former Kmart Center Sold, Set for Upgrade

A retail redeveloper bought an empty 10-acre former Kmart site in Buena Park and signed its first store

FOCUS: Financial Accounting

After all the bad publicity, new regulations and high-profile bankruptcies, auditors are erring on the side of caution these days.

Laser Makers Chart Different Courses on Wall Street

Laser makers are charting different courses on Wall Street. Healthcare by Vita Reed

There Is No One Right Answer

When it comes to accounting, science can take a backseat to art.

Paine Looked Past Conglomerates to Quebec's Cossette

Paine bypassed the conglomerates in selling his PR shop. Media & Marketing by Jennifer Bellantonio

Broadcom's Ross Sees Slip but Still Most Popular Boss

Broadcom's Ross still ranks as the most popular chief, but his approval rating slipped. Technology Column by Andrew Simons


ABOUT THE LIST: An analysis of stock brokerage hiring in the past year


Stock and bond market outlooks

Replacement Hunt Over, PacSun Chief Exhales

PacSun chief Greg Weaver had planned to ease out for a few years


Sutura angles to take on the surgical industry's big names

Paine Remedy One Day's Pay; Anaheim Capital of Safe Sex

OC Insider by Rick Reiff


Western Digital's chief talks about mobile computer drives and the competition


High emotions over the presidential race could yield a big voter turnout

Monday, October 11

Ducks Court Fans, Sponsors as Hockey Lockout Starts

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are trying to keep the team's name in front of fans, even if the pucks aren't flying. MEDIA & MARKETING COLUMN

Orange Central

COMMENT by Rick Reiff

Argyros Weighs in on High-Rises, Spanish Pop Culture

Real estate magnate and Ambassador to Spain George Argyros stopped by the Business Journal last month for a chat on global trade. But we couldn't keep from throwing in a few real estate questions.

Initiatives Could Ding State's Gains

Several November initiatives could hurt the state's business climate


Impac Mortgage is embroiled in a lawsuit with Credit Suisse First Boston and a Florida lender

Lease of the Year:

New Century Financial could take a huge chunk of Park Place space

Report: Western Digital Could See

Lake Forest-based Western Digital Corp. and other disk drive makers could be in for slow growth for the next few years

Truce May Be Near in Chinese Spat Involving Broadcom

A dispute between two Chinese contract chipmakers involving Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. might be wrapping up soon. TECHNOLOGY COLUMN

On the Block, Adelphia Consolidates in Anaheim

Adelphia plans to consolidate its OC operations ahead of a sale

FutureTrade Raises $10.6M, Turns Down More

FutureTrade Technologies inked a $10.6 million round of funding,

AutoHaus West Adds Service at Expanded Dealership

MARKETPLACE by Sherri Cruz


Momentum is building for a statewide redistricting proposal by Ted Costa, father of the recall election

Governor Shows Centrist Side

Gov. Schwarzenegger showed his moderate side by signing a same-sex insurance bill

Surfwear Swells Apparel Makers

Surfwear and other makers of action sportswear did their part to prop up employment at Orange County's largest apparel companies in the past year.

Canada's Cossette Buys Paine; Chapman Grows, Doti Shrinks

OC Insider by Rick Reiff

Edwards Builds Less-Invasive Business With Latest Buy

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has taken another step into the market for catheter-based heart valve surgery. HEALTHCARE COLUMN



Real Estate Deals

This week's postings of Real Estate sales and leases

Contract Electronics

The Business Journal debuts its list of contract electronics makers


Aristos Logic landed $12 million in venture funding,

Company's Dental Business Rooted in Irvine

3M's not just Post-It Notes,it has a big dental products operation here



Real Estate Watch: Mid-Counties

The Mid-Counties industrial sector posted an increase in gross absorption to 2.4 million square feet in the second quarter, following 1.6 million square feet in the first quarter.