Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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By Natalie Schachar February 8, 2016 midnight   $$ Share

Mayor Protective of NFL Score

SPORTS: James Butts praises Inglewood, rips Eric Garcetti.

Mayor James Butts discusses how he and Inglewood officials – not Eric Garcetti – tackled the return of the Rams.

Big-Game Ads’ New Playbook

ADVERTISING: Agencies get ball rolling outside Super Bowl.

Agencies crafting Super Bowl ads say the new trick is how they will play online outside of the game.

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Eatery Owners Hit by Cut, Run

DINING: Chef shows may be feeding high cook turnover.

Dreams of celebrity chef status brings in cooks but the hard work drives them out as eateries struggle to hold on to good workers.

Survey Offers Answers On Compatibility

Sexologist Ava Cadell uses system to hook up clients with romance.

Sexologist Ava Cadell’s compatibility survey helps people get what they are asking for in the bedroom.

Track Hopes New Pit Stop Worth a Spin

Speedway in Fontana believes $2,500 tickets won’t drive off VIPs.

Auto Club Speedway gears up to land VIPs with its pricey, trackside lounge.

Auction Firm Still Bidding For Business

Family-run Abell looks back on lots of history in 100-year existence.

Family-run Abell has seen lots of action after being on the block for 100 years.

Number of Reasons to Start Scholarship

Most people who start a scholarship fund do so in the mid- to late stages of their successful career.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Cathay General Bancorp, the downtown L.A. parent of Chinese-American lender Cathay Bank, has approved the repurchase of up to $45 million of the company’s common stock.

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Solid Image

ENTERTAINMENT: Burnish Creative’s co-founders credit firm’s physical office, location with scoring TV editing work.

Burnish Creative’s co-founders say a physical office played a lead role in growing their TV editing firm.

Security Systems Maker Fails to Lock In Revenue

MANUFACTURING: OSI’s shares tumble after missing targets for second quarter.

Wall Street sees shares of OSI as too risky after the maker of security systems misses revenue targets.

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Hollywood Revival

Taft Building at Hollywood and Vine turns corner as renovations pull in new tenants.

Hollywood’s iconic Taft Building steps into the spotlight with help from a $15 million makeover and tech tenants.

Mexican Food Chain Serves Up Healthy Revival

DINING: Chipotle and rivals take heed following food contagion crisis.

Investors find shares of Chipotle easier to swallow after containment of the chain’s health scare.

Survey Says: No Fallout From Miss Universe Flub

TV: ‘Family Feud’ puts up record ratings in wake of gaffe by host Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe gaffe might have embarrassed him in the eyes of the world, but it hasn’t hurt the ratings for his TV game show.

Lender Puts Its Money on Olympic Games in L.A.

SPORTS: Bid committee pursues event with backing from Banc of California.

While some Angelenos might be banking on Los Angeles being chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Banc of California will be banking the actual effort.

Pizza Chain Serves Up Stake to Chinese Food Vet

DINING: Pieology Pizzeria hopes Panda Express’ parent can help guide expansion.

Pieology Pizzeria has got plans in the oven to win the parlor wars.

Stylist Aims for More in Store With Pop-Up Shop

RETAIL: Rachel Zoe looks to brick-mortar location to expand celeb-fueled status.

L.A. designer and stylist Rachel Zoe is taking on a new project this month.

Calendar

Calendar of events

Conventions

Upcoming conventions

Developer Checks In to Pasadena’s Medical Market

ACQUISITION: Meridian picks up pair of buildings with $37.5 million offer.

A $37.5 million deal last month for a pair of decades-old buildings showcased investors’ healthy interest in Pasadena’s medical office market.

Desal Plants Worth Their Salt?

It’s unfortunate, but desalinated water may become a sticky industry for Californians, Charles Crumpley says.

Labor Not Making Grade

Teacher’s lawsuit over ‘agency fees’ points to union’s inability to prove advantages of membership.

Teacher’s lawsuit over “agency fees” is teaching unions a lesson on their lack of appeal for some workers, writes John Mirisch.

CEO Refuses to Pull Plug on Lighting Fixture Firm

Richard Stellar plugs light fixture exec Jack Zukerman’s demanding standard of excellence.

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Event Organizer Making Waves in Silicon Beach

TECHNOLOGY: Digital LA’s Kevin Winston links execs, firms via his one-man shop.

Kevin Winston’s Digital LA helps shore up the scene in Silicon Beach with its signature events.

Fresh Money In Old Shows

TV: Revenue from streaming alters big picture for some.

Streaming services can prove a lucrative new financial channel for old programs.

DJ’s Agency Cues Up Gigs For Women

Tessa Young’s Prism looks to turn tables on male-dominated sector.

Tessa Young’s Prism aims to tune up the careers of women DJs.