LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
DEVELOPMENT: Supervisor switch may power up park plan.
New Eastside county supervisor may provide a shot in the arm for biomedical park project.
NIGHTLIFE: Ex-worker frames portrait as gift from Liz Taylor.
Former Abbey employee says he can’t picture how the bar has claims on his portrait of Elizabeth Taylor.
ENTERTAINMENT: Studios see mobile tie-ins giving films legs.
Studios look to mobile games tied to movies to push the right buttons with fans.
FiveCurrents steps up to stage opening event for Special Olympics.
FiveCurrents will work to keep 10,000 participants on track during the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony.
Replenish Bottling eyes repeated success with resuable product.
Replenish Bottling looks to mix it up with cleaning products that use refillable concentrate.
Filming the new low-budget movie “The Humbling” turned out to be a humbling experience for movie superstar Al Pacino.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Cydcor Inc., an outsourced sales operation company, has moved from Westlake Village to Agoura Hills.
FOOD: Premier Meat sees any additional business from launch of consumer-targeted Internet sales venture as gravy.
Premier Meat Co. looks to prove its chops by expanding into online sales.
BIOTECH: Xencor’s stock rises as interest increases in company’s research field.
Shares of Xencor get a healthy boost from Wall Street interest in the drug developer’s focus.
REAL ESTATE: $160 million hotel purchase among rush of pickups to close out 2014.
Investors close out the year with a bang and some of the biggest deals of 2014.
HOSPITALITY: Groups claim union exemption undercuts bargaining by businesses.
Hotel owners say a city of L.A. wage ordinance makes too much room for union organizing.
INTERNET: Park charges MomentFeed with turning photos into boon for brand.
Disneyland visitors’ Instagram photos have given the park an e-ticket to an e-marketing opportunity.
INVESTMENT: Executives at NASI accused of selling machines that did not exist.
Federal prosecutors arrest and charge pair of executives in ATM Ponzi scheme.
CONSTRUCTION: Tutor Perini scores $190 million for halted MGM hotel.
Investors put their money on Tutor Perini after firm reaches settlement on ill-fated Las Vegas project.
INVESTMENT: Launchpad moves into spending more on programs, events.
Santa Monica tech accelerator Launchpad LA has officially ditched its office space at 1520 Second St. as part of its shift to a model emulating the country’s top accelerator, Mountain View’s Y Combinator.
EMPLOYMENT: Rich Reinis on to second firm after life as Kripsy Kreme franchisee.
After decades of practicing law, Rich Reinis felt something was missing.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
Dov Charney was officially fired from American Apparel Inc., and this time for good, after an internal investigation found he violated the terms of his employment agreement. T
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A look at some of L.A.’s biggest business stories.
From speculation about a pro football stadium in Inglewood to Sony’s ‘Interview’ saga, the Business Journal clocks in with 2014’s biggest stories.
LEASE: Jakks Pacific takes 65,000 square feet in deal valued at $31 million.
Toymaker Jakks Pacific Inc. will move next year from its perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu to a building about three miles inland in Santa Monica.
Nurse Jackye Gammage-Rogers urges labor union to check out of Daughters of Charity Health System hospital deal.
Some local Internet advertising companies are taking steps to verify the effectiveness of their ads after news that a company generated cash by creating fraudulent hits on its sites.
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DINING: Ex-partner stews over David Myers’ exit to new venture.
Ex-partner has turned up the legal heat on David Myers and the celebrity chef’s new overseas focus.