LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
DEVELOPMENT: Groups warn transit levies will lead nowhere.
Business leaders say the county is trafficking in a bad idea with “congestion fees” to fund transit projects.
REAL ESTATE: Neighbors knock using condos for business.
Some condo homeowners associations are trying to stop residents from using their units as offices.
INTERNET: Viddy retrenching after failing to meet Web hype.
Video app Viddy has pared back and refocused after sky-high predictions for its future failed to develop.
USC students behind Kuki Squared add philanthropy to mix.
USC business students take a lesson from Toms Shoes with a philanthropic approach to selling cookies.
Nate D. Sanders house handling items from ‘Captain Kangaroo.’
Huge collection of items from classic kids’ show “Captain Kangaroo” gets local house hopping.
Supreme Bean takes chilled, bottled coffee to supermarket chain.
Supreme Bean hopes its glass act plays with customers as its bottled brew hits Whole Foods shelves.
When Eric Sikola’s company, ExpenseCloud, moved to its new Santa Monica office last year, he instituted the most Santa Monica-appropriate worker perk possible: surfing lessons.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
APPAREL: Isack Fadlon wants to see if Sportie L.A.’s new clothing and accessories line has legs before stepping back into footwear.
Shoe vendor Isack Fadlon sees launching a clothing line as a crucial step before creating footwear.
HEALTH CARE: Expected FDA approval pumps up shares of MannKind.
Investors breathless over outlook for approval of MannKind’s inhalable insulin. 5
BIOPLASTICS: Maker of compostable cups, utensils joins clean tech facility.
LA Cleantech Incubator heaps praise on latest member: a maker of compostable cups and utensils.
CONSTRUCTION: Stock of Ryland buoyed by run of recent acquisitions.
Ryland is building momentum as it buys back into markets the company fled during the downturn.
LAW: Manatt Phelps sees enough opportunity to create industry division.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips courts digital media firms with a new division that includes a venture fund.
FOOD: Overhill Farms bought for $81 million by Minnesota’s Bellisio.
Investors warmly greet acquisition bid for Overhill Farms by another maker of frozen fare.
INVESTIGATION: Plaintiffs hope hard drives will help lawsuits against bank.
Politicians and campaign organizations suing a local bank over money stolen by campaign accountant Kinde Durkee could get their hands on more evidence in coming weeks.
SECURITY: Cinavia code stops Blu-ray players from accessing stolen content.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and its studio counterparts are trying to turn pirates into paying customers.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
Calendar and Events
SALE: Thomas Properties sheds El Segundo project in $48.1 million deal.
Thomas Properties Group Inc. has sold a large El Segundo site on which it had planned to build a nearly 2 million-square-foot mixed-use complex for $48.1 million.
L.A.’s tech companies are creating many things, but public stock probably won’t be among them, Charles Crumpley writes.
OP-ED: L.A.’s lack of affordable housing hinders businesses in drawing from skilled pool of employees.
Raphael Bostic, Robin Hughes and Tony Salazar urge L.A. businesses to home in on affordable housing for workers.
David Allerby sees smaller, nimbler companies having a big impact on treatment of elderly.
Special Report: Toxic Prop
A legislator and Gov. Jerry Brown both try to put an end to Proposition 65 actions that some business owners call shakedowns.
Special Report: Toxic Prop
Proposition 65 attorneys take lion’s share of payouts in some settlements.
HOSPITALITY: Developers check into projects amid recovery.
Hoteliers have shed their recessionary reservations to move forward on a host of projects.