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LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Lofty Goal

Developer looks to put new museum on displayDeveloper Tom Gilmore looks to reframe downtown’s Old Bank District with a multibuilding museum.

By Cale Ottens February 22, 2016 9:20 a.m.   Share

Ticket Vendor Expands View

INTERNET: Fandango grows stake in moviegoing process.

Online ticket vendor Fandango has picked up businesses to recast itself in a bigger role in the moviegoing experience.

Partners Aim to Clean Up With Toxic Properties

DEVELOPMENT: Duo bets on sites despite risky ground game.

Matthew Winefield and Reid Breitman pursue healthy returns by cleaning up toxic properties.

MBAs Mean Good Money

FINANCE: Dwindling talent pool drives up compensation.

Local firms are investing more effort in securing hires from a shrinking pool of talent.

Payout Pause

Insurer delays can prove costly for businesses

Some businesses face a run-up in costs from carrier-caused delays during the handling of claims.

Movie Nights Focus in on Cost Control

Operators of outdoor screenings see rise in audiences, expenses.

Cost control now plays a lead role for operators of outdoor screenings as their movie nights reel in crowds.

Emojis Take Shape in App For Realtors

Association pitches symbols as positive signs for real estate.

Realty association hopes to get industry in good shapes with new line of emojis.

Angling for Movie Credits

Fraser Heston, chief executive of Agamemnon Films, has long enjoyed rock climbing, mountaineering, sailing, and scuba diving. But the more leisurely pursuit of fly fishing is his true love.

A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

CONFERENCE: Impact of economic policy takes stage at Milken Institute event.

Beverly Hills boasts its fair share of celebrities, and their ranks will swell this week as politicians, Nobel laureates, and high-profile business execs flood the Beverly Hilton hotel for the Milken Institute’s annual Global Conference.

China’s Ailing Economy Tests Junkyards’ Mettle

SALVAGE: Operators shut facilities, ax employees as price for scrap tumbles.

China’s declining economy has forced some local junkyards to scrap their business plans and scale back.

Hospitals Split Over Getting ‘D’ in Patient Safety

LABOR: One values input from survey; the other questions methodology.

Watchdog group gives two L.A. hospitals a “D” in patient safety but institutions differ in response.

Los Angeles a Top Site for Down Under Fashion

APPAREL: Beach lifestyle draws Australian brands looking to shore up sales.

Some Australian labels say a similar coastal culture makes Los Angeles a good beachhead for cracking the U.S. market.

Studios Ratchet Up Heat With Big Summer Slates

FILM: Disney fish may end up tipping season’s scale as superheroes go to battle.

The major studios are feeling the heat as the summer blockbuster season arrives to decide if movies sizzle or fizzle.

Producer Opted Not to Follow Developer Father

TV: Trey Roski, son of Ed, hopes for smash hits with new season of ‘Battlebots.’

Trey Roski, son of billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr., is focused on building a television hit rather than following his father into real estate.

Chocolatiers Look to Raise Bars at New Factory

FOOD: Mast Brothers to provide tours to visitors sweet on confectionery.

A pair of Willie Wonkas has made its way to the Arts District.

Lawyer Who Watched Lawyers Leaves State Bar

EMPLOYMENT: Jayne Kim quits as chief trial counsel after recent re-election.

After a controversial five-year tenure, the lawyer in charge of investigating and prosecuting attorney misconduct is stepping down, the California State Bar announced.

Team of Lawyers Took Lead Role in Directing Studio Bankruptcy Case

It was only the beginning when a deal to pull Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media out of bankruptcy was approved by a federal judge.

Calendar

Calendar of events

Conventions

Upcoming conventions

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Tenants Move In Quickly on El Segundo Project

DEVELOPMENT: Office building benefits from nearby crowded markets.

With a year to go until dramatic renovations are complete on an El Segundo office building, the space is already half-leased.

Fun While It Lasted

With its pending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Comcast is poised for a direct challenge to Disney.

Making Policy Connections

Outfitting unserved communities with broadband internet could prove key move in California prosperity.

James Prieger sees a lack of broadband connectivity in some communities as a missing link in California’s economy.

Will Tesla Charge Up California?

Eric C. Pritz wonders if the new Model 3 will be enough to drive Tesla’s success and power up California.

Awards Show Seeks Daylight

TV: Daytime Emmys retool with goal of reviving telecast.

Producers of the Daytime Emmys hope to channel new technology and categories into a live telecast for the awards show.

Port Gears Up With Machines

SHIPPING: Terminal’s robots cut costs, air pollution, jobs.

Automated systems at the Long Beach port’s Middle Harbor Terminal could make waves in the cargo business.

Builder Stakes Developments

Aecom sees investing in real estate projects as a means to build revenue.

Betting Big

Gardens Casino upgrades digs to draw crowds

Gardens Casino is among the local card rooms that see upgrading facilities as a safe bet to draw more players.