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Mikawaya taps tortilla veteran to push Japanese treatMaker of mochi ice cream Mikawaya hires tortilla veteran to roll up more sales.

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Fake Beef Firm Plants Products

FOOD: Beyond Meat signs up partners to serve vegan items.

Beyond Meat has teamed with vegan product firms to beef up interest in its plant-based substitutes.

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Disney Placed Hype on Hold

ENTERTAINMENT: Its D23 gets big events, not Comic-Con.

Disney held back at Comic-Con to cast its D23 as the star event to spotlight its properties.

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Medical Firms Sold on Stores

Medical businesses hope to have more in store for patients by opening clinics at retail centers.

‘Mad Men’ Nostalgia Already Here

ScreenBid to auction collectibles from show about ’60s ad execs.

ScreenBid hopes its “Mad Men” memorabilia sale holds lots of interest with fans of the TV show.

PR Vet Saw Future In Tea Leaves

Ami Bhansali looks to brew up new career with Chai Diaries.

Ami Bhansali finds herself back in hot water after formerly passing on the family business.

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Law Firm Rules in Favor Of Speakeasy

O’Melveny & Myers’ office bar makes case as permanent fixture.

O’Melveny & Myers looks to raise the bar after hours with its office speakeasy.

Internet Memoir Goes Low Tech

It’s safe to say Felicia Day, who’s often referred to as “queen of the geeks,” knows her way around the Internet.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., a Westwood health services company, last week reopened Los Angeles Community Hospital at Bellflower (formerly Bellflower Medical Center).

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Organic Growth

GROCERY: Market chain Erewhon lays out expansion plan as it works to cart off customers from rival Whole Foods.

Market chain Erewhon looks to grow organically as a rival to Whole Foods.

Investors Hit Brakes on Online Car Marketplace

AUTOMOTIVE: Lawsuits, weak outlook, dealer feuds hit TrueCar shares.

Investors are quick to drop off shares of online auto marketplace TrueCar after gloomy forecast.

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Packing ’Em In

Loot Crate scores with fan boys despite other e-tailers’ subscription struggles.

Loot Crate thinks outside the e-subscription box with mystery swag pitched at sci-fi and comics nerds.

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Office Properties Leave Room for Hotel Projects

DEVELOPMENT: Sky-high vacancy rate makes LAX area ripe for conversions.

LAX area’s flagging office market could take off courtesy of hotel conversion projects.

Liquor Maker Faces Sobering Distribution Reality

ALCOHOL: Jinro America’s choices few even if it wins suit to ax current contract.

Consolidation among distributors could bottle up options for liquor maker Jinro America – if it can ditch its current deal.

Seed Round Helps Physician Marketer Grow Space

REAL ESTATE: PatientPop jumped to bigger office after $2.1 million raise.

Sometimes a funding round means more breathing room for a startup, quite literally.

Activists Still Hope to Have Say in Bank Merger

LENDING: One foe turns to crowdfunding; group eyes OneWest-CIT’s CRA plan.

San Francisco community activist organization California Reinvestment Coalition and a host of other advocacy groups spent the better part of a year protesting the merger of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank and CIT Group Inc., of Livingston, N.J.

Housing Developer Checks In to Century-Old Hotel

REAL ESTATE: Skid Row trust offers affordable units in $16.5 million project.

The intersection of Fifth and Main, “The Nickel,” was once a destination for those who frequented shady bars, looked for a fix or were just plain down on their luck.

Marketing Firm Hopes Triple Play Scores Clients

EXPANSION: Ignition adds trio of divisions to handle entire campaign process.

Ignition Creative is seeing triple.


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90210 Hits Record Number in $130 Million Deal

SALE: $1,100-square-foot price highest ever paid for Beverly Hills office space.

Investors love the 90210 ZIP code. And just in case that wasn’t clear, it was highlighted last month when a Beverly Hills office building sold for $1,100 a square foot, the highest per-square-foot price for an office asset the area has seen.

L.A. Tech Deal Flow: July 31

A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

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Reproductive Center Puts Eggs in Events Basket

HEALTH CARE: Clinics’ parties generate heat for freezing services.

Fertility clinic hosts drinking and dining events to deliver customers to its egg-freezing services.

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Cape Crusade In Hollywood

FILM: DC hopes to follow foe Marvel to super-sized box office.

Rival DC hopes to ride Marvel’s cape at the box office by slating a slew of movies featuring its iconic superheroes.

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Troll Toll

Marathon gets inventive to make patents pay

Litigious Marathon Patent Group feels the term “troll” isn’t a suitable description for its money-making business.

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Tech Firm Aims to Link Kids, History

Zypre launches virtual reality treatment of Wright brothers’ flight.

Zypre sees schools as the perfect clients for its virtual reality historical productions.