Los Angeles Business Journal

Lakers Declared Most Valuable Franchise

The Los Angeles Lakers might be last in the Western Conference with a 12-31 record, but the team can take solace in knowing it’s ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ most valuable franchise list, the Los Angeles Times reports. The purple-and-gold franchise is worth $2.6 billion, a whopping 93 percent jump from the previous year.

Paddle Boarder Swims (And Films) Orcas

A Laguna Beach paddle boarder can now say he has swum with killer whales – and has the video footage to prove it, the Los Angeles Times reports. The video, which has gone viral, shows Rich German meeting a calm yet curious pod of five Orcas.

Stocks Up

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 104 points in Thursday morning trading to 17,658. The S&P 500 was up 13 points to 2,045. The Nasdaq was up 40 points to 4,709.

State of the Union: Obama’s 2015 Agenda

Delivering his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama faced a Congress that's now controlled by his Republican opponents and delivered a speech that laid out an agenda of tax proposals, calls for a new approach to immigration, and a push for free education at community colleges, NPR reports. Obama also called on Congress to pass a resolution to authorize using military force against ISIS.

Study: Obama Has Second-Worst State of the Union Record

President Obama has the worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades except for the two-year term of Gerald Ford, according to an analysis by two political scientists who have tracked State of the Union speeches going back to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 speech, the Washington Times reports.

Google and Fidelity Invest $1 Billion in SpaceX

Google, along with Fidelity, has invested $1 billion in Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the New York Times reports.

Rising Realty Partners Acquires Figueroa Courtyard

Downtown Los Angeles real estate developer Rising Realty Partners has acquired the Figueroa Courtyard, a five-building low-rise office park in downtown Los Angeles, for an undisclosed purchase price, the Los Angeles Business Journal reports.

S&P to Pay $77 Million to Settle Charges Over Ratings

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has agreed to pay more than $77 million to settle federal and state charges that it loosened its ratings criteria to win business and did not disclose those changes to investors, the Wall Street Journal reports.

ECB Proposes Stimulus of 50 Billion Euros a Month

A proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board calls for bond purchases of roughly €50 billion ($58 billion) a month that would last for a minimum of one year, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The proposal indicates that officials are weighing a large stimulus to aid the eurozone’s fragile economy and boost inflation.

Real Estate Mogul Shot in Rolls-Royce is Too Injured to Speak to Police

Los Angeles police detectives are hoping that real estate mogul Kameron Segal, who was shot in the face while sitting in his Rolls-Royce in Hollywood on Friday, can help them determine who would have the motive to commit the crime, the Los Angeles Times reports. The problem: Segal, who is the chief executive of William Holdings Inc., is in critical condition and cannot yet speak.

Pasadena Fires Executives in Embezzlement Case

Two department heads who were in charge of overseeing a fund from which $6.4 million was allegedly embezzled have been fired, Pasadena officials announced Tuesday, the Pasadena Star News reports.

Port of Long Beach Had a Busy 2014

The Port of Long Beach saw its third-busiest year in 2014, as cargo container volume rose 1.3 percent over the previous year, and more than 6.8 million containers moved through the port, the Los Angeles Business Journal reports.

Billboard Firm to Advertise Council Candidates

A billboard company challenging L.A.’s restrictions on digital signs has disclosed plans to donate tens of thousands of dollars in advertising to help Councilman Jose Huizar and five other candidates in the March 3 election, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more about the conflict between billboard companies and city officials in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Stocks Up

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 67 points in Wednesday morning trading to 17,582. The S&P 500 was up 14 points to 2,037. The Nasdaq was up 33 points to 4,688. The LABJ Stock Index was flat at 215

DreamWorks May Cut Up to 400 Jobs

After a series of disappointing releases, DreamWorks Animation SKG is planning to cut up to 400 jobs, or about 20 percent of its California workforce, under plans still being finalized, sources told the Los Angeles Times.