Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

PR Team For Farmers Leaving Field

Weisman Hamlin firm to wrap 25 years as rep for Fairfax market.

Sydney Weisman and David Hamlin are ready to retire after 25 years of planting stories for Fairfax’s Farmers Market.

Keeping Cool, Kosher

Ryan McKim is actually kind of a morning person. But getting out of bed at 6 a.m. on a recent Sunday took some extra motivation.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

FastPay, a Beverly Hills company that helps digital media businesses with cash-flow problems, has received $15 million in growth equity funding from Oak HC/FT, a venture capital fund in Greenwich, Conn., that invests in health care and financial services technology.

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Byline Sideline

ADVERTISING: Agencies produce digital, print magazines to tout content-creation skills to clients.

Agencies take a page from publishing and produce magazines to show off knack for content creation.

Investors Hope to Ride Mobile Spectrum Wave

MEDIA: Entravision shares rise on future promise of broadcaster auction.

Radio and TV station operator Entravision channels interest in future spectrum auction into stock surge.

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Technology Firms Connect With Asian Investors

INVESTMENT: Music app among those tapping dollars via personal relationships.

Overseas Asian investors make waves in L.A.’s tech scene.

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Design Firms Home Back In on Domestic Work

ARCHITECTURE: Complex, massive overseas projects touted in bid for business.

Local firms plan to build their domestic profiles by touting the complexity of their foreign projects.

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E-Discovery Firm Looks to Find Way to New CEO

INTERNET: Guidance also hopes to lock up bigger piece of cybersecurity market.

Guidance Software aims to secure a new CEO to revive its e-discovery and cybersecurity business.

Hip-Hop Station Cues Up App to Reach New Fans

RADIO: KDAY sees tech as way to connect to audience outside of Los Angeles.

Old-school hip-hop station KDAY looks to reach new generation of listeners with live-streaming app.

Maker of Barbie Unfazed By Heat From ‘Frozen’

MANUFACTURING: Mattel heads into holidays with license for Disney film toys.

Mattel’s Barbie is second-most-popular holiday toy as kids warm up to “Frozen” merchandise.

Razor Vendor Makes Cut With E-Commerce Model

INTERNET: Subscriptions help Dollar Shave Club take market share from rivals.

While heads of private companies are often loath to discuss revenue figures, they often have a change of heart during periods of rapid growth.

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Veteran Executive Puts Retirement in Turnaround

INVESTMENT: Lunch leads to new job for Eric Beckman at friend’s Breakwater.

Saif Mansour took Eric Beckman to lunch in February at Toscanova in the Westfield Century City mall.

News of the Week

Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

After threatening to leave California, Kinkisharyo International reached an agreement with labor and community groups that will keep light rail manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles County. T

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Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

After threatening to leave California, Kinkisharyo International reached an agreement with labor and community groups that will keep light rail manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles County. T

Calendar 12/1

Upcoming local events.

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Upcoming local conventions.

Investor Books 93-Year Stay at Westwood Hotel

HOSPITALITY: Ground lease gives Maryland REIT fifth Los Angeles property.

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, an upscale boutique hotel in Westwood, traded last month for $78.7 million, or nearly $300,000 per guest room.

Wall Street Raiders Lose Stock

Gordon Gekko was OK, but Charles Crumpley doesn’t like today’s activist investors.

Pay to Play

Former FM radio star Tom Leykis charges listeners either $11 or $19 a month for premium access to his podcasts. So the Business Journal asks:

Would you pay to listen to your favorite radio personalities?

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Lots of Worry

City of L.A. looks to put brakes on parking-tax cheats

Parking: Some lot operators see no space for proposed city of L.A. revenue-tracking measures.

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Jilted Bidders Seek State Sites

Real Estate: Revival of nixed portfolio deal sought.

Real Estate: Consortium to ask court to push through its 2010 purchase offer for a group of state-owned properties.

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Suits Home In On ‘USA’ Jeans

Apparel: Zippers, buttons open up label fight for manufacturers.

Apparel: Denim companies fashion new “Made in USA with imported components” label to dodge nuisance suit over some imported pieces.

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Brands Weigh ‘Influence’ Decision

Internet: Marketers tout social media stars’ power; doubts abound.

Internet: Marketing firms compete to put brands under the influence of social media stars. But is paying these “influencers” worth it?

City Brought Meat to Table

San Gabriel lobbied hotel for steakhouse as part of push to diversify dining.

Development: San Gabriel has so many Chinese restaurants it told a hotelier to make room for a steakhouse.

Grill Maker Sees Grate Opening

Lynx customizes product to improve accessibility for wheelchair users.

Cooking: Lynx Grills didn’t focus on sizzling sales when it designed a product for customers in wheelchairs.

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.