Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Big Payoffs No Longer Safe Bet for Casinos

GAMBLING: Setback in cards with rule shift.

Some card rooms think they are getting a raw deal with a new state stance on third-party banking.

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Skater on Board With Arty Venue

Chad Muska’s role includes serving as curator at space backed by Supra brand.

Skateboarder Chad Muska rolls into a pop-up creative space in collaboration with Supra brand.

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Pop Star Cues Up Student Supplies

Yoobi, Pharrell Williams’ collective team up to create products designed by kids.

School supply maker Yoobi banded together with musician Pharrell Williams on a kid-designed line.

Getting in Gear on Ferraris

Bruce Leeds waited nearly 50 years to indulge his childhood passion for Ferraris, but when he finally entered the Ferrari world, he did so with gusto.

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

TOURISM: Forum to look at welcome opportunities in hospitality with Rams.

Fifty million tourists are expected to pour into Los Angeles in 2020, and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) wants to help local businesses meet those travelers’ needs.

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Industrial Zone

Richard S. Ziman still likes sector’s strength, stability despite increased competition with retail, residential

Industry vet Richard Ziman discusses industrial’s strength amid retail and residential booms.

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Software Engineers Needed for Job Applications

EMPLOYMENT: Glassdoor reports wealth of openings for highly paid staffers.

Jobs website Glassdoor reports a lot of highly paid openings for software engineers.

Movie Studio Turns to TV to Channel Revenue

Business Journal reviews how TV company Starz will impact film studio Lions Gate’s big picture.

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Fish Sequel ‘Dory’ Had Right Hook for Summer

FILM: Disney came out on top in season loaded with family, animated offerings.

Fish tale “Finding Dory” helped Disney reel in the summer box-office crown.

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Kitchen ‘Incubator’ Helps Concepts Avoid Heat

DINING: Unit 120 founder sees space as means for chefs to cheaply test ideas.

Alvin Cailin’s Unit 120 offers room for restaurateurs to cook up menus and business plans.

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Air District Works to Iron Out Rule on Forging

METALS: Officials hope to reduce odor production in Paramount, other cities.

After years of complaints by residents about odors in Paramount and other southeast Los Angeles County cities, the South Coast Air Quality Management District identified the likely source as metal forging facilities and has begun developing a rule to clamp down on emissions from these plants.

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L.A. Tech Employees’ Pay Increases Pace Field

COMPENSATION: Average salary of $115,000 only 10th highest in big cities.

Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation’s other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report by downtown real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Haim Saban Pins Down Media Business Busted by Ex-Wrestler’s Suit

The transformation of Spanish-language media company Univision Communications Inc. took another step last week when the company emerged as the prevailing bidder for renegade news organization Gawker Media at a bankruptcy auction.

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Music Conservancy Cues Up Deal for Home Site

ACQUISITION: Property goes to Colburn School after rival offer rejected.

A handful of 50 sites once controlled by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles remain available, and another has just been snatched up.

What’s It Worth?

Mapping out the road to higher parking prices downtown.

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Arm in Arm

MARKETING: Rams’ young stars set to take run at endorsements.

Los Angeles may prove a ripe field of endorsements for the Rams’ superstars.

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Show Blows Rams’ Horn

TV: HBO series gets up close for homecoming.

The NFL’s return to L.A. is the subject of early screen time in HBO documentary series “Hard Knocks.”

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Team Tackles New Deals

FINANCE: Rams move to replace key revenue.

The Rams kick off their return without the help of long-term sponsorship deals and season-ticket holders.

Merchandise Of Big Hitter Could Whiff

Dodgers fans may turn to other players while Yasiel Puig in minors.

Sales of Los Angeles Dodgers’ items may swing lower with the demotion of Yasiel Puig.

Light Maker Takes Note Of Music Stands

LEDtronics, orchestra working in concert to develop bright idea.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has taken a shine to LEDtronics’ lights for music stands.

Player Scores Scholarship With E-Sports

UCLA student part of blossoming interest in ‘League of Legends.’

UCLA student Daphne Kim has made the grade as a “League of Legends” competitor.

Making Mark Against Graffiti, Trash

Steve Craig, whose Craig Realty Group operates the Citadel Outlet mall in Commerce, is mostly preoccupied with commercialism.

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

POLITICS: Pot fundraiser’s organizers hope to turn up heat on L.A. city officials.

Call it a pot fundraiser – not to buy weed but to raise money to wield more clout at City Hall.

Where are they now?

Sites targeted for NFL stadiums now turn to other uses as Inglewood project moves forward.

The Rams’ choice of Inglewood lowered the boom on several competing stadium proposals.