Los Angeles Business Journal


Fans Back in St. Louis Take Stand on Seat Rights

FUNDING: Class action says Rams owe refunds to about 50,000 season-ticket holders.

St. Louis fans file a class action as they refuse to fold on their rights to seat licenses.

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Sales System Looks to Line Up Concession Gigs

TECHNOLOGY: Devices by Appetize aim to speed up service at sports venues.

Appetize’s point-of-sale devices aim to help venues get a line on their concession stand needs.

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NFL’s Big Picture

Film producer and New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch believes Rams, Los Angeles ready to play ball

Oscar-winning producer and New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch talks how the Rams will play in Los Angeles.

Ex-L.A. Times Reporter Delivers More Bad News

MEDIA: Pulitzer-winning journalist accuses paper of harassment, retaliation.

Lawsuit from ex-staffer attributes departure from Los Angeles Times to harassment and retaliation.

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App Links Up Parents, Early Education Centers

CHILD CARE: Founder of Kangarootime hopes to boost focus on children.

App Kangarootime lets parents get a jump on connecting with teachers and preschools.

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Online Postage Company Adds Shipping to Bag

INTERNET: Stamps.com’s acquisitions continue to deliver for shareholders.

Stamps.com pursues package deals with the acquisition of shipping services.

Baseball Series Engenders Home Base at Studio

TV: Fox’s ‘Pitch’ creates Paramount soundstage for drama on woman player.

Twentieth Century Fox Television’s new series “Pitch” has taken advantage of the California Film Commission’s expanded $65 million tax credit program, but it’s also giving back to the local industry.

Attorneys Shored Up Surfing for 2020 Olympics

SPORTS: Sheppard Mullin trio helped ready pastime to board Summer Games.

The International Olympic Committee announced last week that surfing would be added as a sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Restaurants, Bars Aim to Feast on Football Fans

DINING: Tom’s Urban at L.A. Live among eateries to serve Rams on Sunday.

There’s a new game in town, and that means more potential business for sports bars and restaurants that cater to hungry fans.

Google High on Cloud with Acquisition Deal Valued at $100 Million

In a bid to compete with Amazon Web Services, Amazon Inc.’s fast-growing cloud-computing business, Google Inc. has acquired Orbitera for a reported $100 million.


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Mainstay Beachfront Restaurant May Ship Out

LEASE: County pushing for major development at Gladstones’ current home.

Beachside seafood restaurant Gladstones in the Pacific Palisades might soon get washed away.

Kickoff Time

Despite the higher costs of doing business here, Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke sees the value of being in L.A.

Olympic-Size Housing Challenge

Angelenos should look to Brazil’s favelas to see risks of loosening rules, legalizing illegal residential units.

Jeremy Bagott points to Brazil’s favelas as a warning on allowing landlords to skirt laws on residences.

Wage Hike May End Up Widening Pay Gap

Joel Epstein presents a Pasadena businessman’s plan for narrowing the wage gap.

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Root of Problem

Could hair care line be washed up after class action?

Stylist Chaz Dean and direct marketer Guthy-Renker face further fallout over hair care products.

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Offices Created In Arts District

REAL ESTATE: Developers tap hipster haven for projects.

Developers hope downtown’s blossoming Arts District works as a home for office properties.

Car App Revs Rentals Drive

TRANSPORTATION: Skurt helps young users take wheel.

Car rental app Skurt aims to hit the brakes on fees for young drivers.

Ex-Makeup Exec Seeing Bright Future in Shades

FASHION: Toni Ko hopes low price point fits with sunglasses.

Former makeup exec Toni Ko sees sunglasses as a ripe sector for her low price-point approach.

Firm Headed To Kickstarter For Helmets

Thousand got rolling with healthy response to biking accessory.

Bicycle helmets proved a safe bet on Kickstarter for Thousand founder Gloria Hwang.

VR Company Gives Birth To Fight Game

Kite & Lightning turns to battling babies to nurture business plan.

Kite & Lightning hopes battling babies deliver as the VR firm’s first video game.

Tech Exec Switches Gears

For Will Carter there is nothing much like the mind-clearing effect of a good bike ride.

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

ENERGY: Breitburn brass could receive millions from bankruptcy judge.

Executives at Breitburn Energy Partners, an L.A. oil and gas exploration partnership that filed for bankruptcy in May, could receive tens of millions of dollars in bonuses under a proposal to be considered in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Aug. 18.

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Play Maker

CEO Isaac Larian is game for more time in court to protect MGA’s line of Bratz dolls from Mattel

MGA’s Isaac Larian reveals how a dishwashing job played into his toymaking career.

Meal Replacement CEO Served Up Futile Fight

FOOD: Soylent chief’s ‘housing’ container clash par for eccentric course?

CEO of meal replacement powder Soylent may have thought too outside the box in “housing” container feud.