Los Angeles Business Journal


Weed Firm Uses Celebs to Puff Up Pricey Strains

MARIJUANA: Chroncierge’s pot, items pitched as high end.

Chroncierge looks to roll branded merchandise into its premium-label pot business.

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Mat Maker Not Stressed by Price

BallerYoga forms business around high-price product with football-like texture.

Mats made of football-like leather just feel right to YogaBaller founder Cedric Yau.

Treats Company Has More to Give

This Bar Saves Lives teams with Starbucks distribution to heat up charitable sales.

Charity-minded This Bar Saves Lives adds Starbucks distribution to the mix for its granola treats.

Attorney’s Dogged Dedication

When attorney Karen Johnson says she’s been a lifelong fan of dachshunds, she means lifelong.

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

Agriculture program may guide other fields on skills training.

Lynda and Stewart Resnick want their Wonderful Co. to produce more than pomegranates and pistachios.

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New Home Base

Restrictions push Chinese investors away from higher-price single-family residences to condos

Condo projects could get a boost as Chinese investors move away from costlier single-family homes.

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Licensing of Legalized Pot Fires Up City, Vendors

GOVERNMENT: Marijuana firms scramble to solve pending permitting issue.

The prospect of legalized marijuana has city and vendors scrambling for licensing regime.

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L.A. City Controller Runs Numbers by Business

GOVERNMENT: Open data, lawsuit reduction among Ron Galperin’s priorities.

City Controller Ron Galperin talks on how Los Angeles has greeted business-friendly policies.

Recasting film-tv synergy

What would a rejoining of Viacom and CBS mean for Leslie Moonves – and L.A.?

New Trade-Secret Statute Put in Play for Toy Battle

LAW: Plaintiff aims to boost My Little Pony ownership claims in fight with Hasbro

Toy inventor plays up new federal statute on trade secrets in My Little Pony battle with Hasbro.

Upgrades to Figueroa Street Ready to Hit Road

DEVELOPMENT: Project’s additions will include new sidewalks; bus, bike lanes.

The city’s long-planned $20 million Figueroa Street overhaul finally has a start date.

Suitor Making News With Bid for Paper’s Parent

JOURNALISM: Gannett’s new offer could deliver Times, tronc ownership.

The long-awaited end to the tronc-Gannett saga might be near.

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Think Tank Rand Corp. Locks Down $495 Million Deal on Homeland Security

Deals of the Week: A look at the companies that signed on the dotted line last week

Rand Corp. landed one of the biggest government contracts in its nearly 70-year history last week, a five-year deal worth as much as $495 million to set up a policy analysis center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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Hangar Buyer Will Also Land Google as Tenant

LISTING: Former home to Spruce Goose could run up to $1,000 a square foot.

The former Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista is available for interested parties, along with the opportunity to claim Google Inc. as a tenant just as the technology giant is planning to expand its office space within the massive wooden shell.

Turning the Channel

We all knew the expansion couldn’t go on forever.

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Software Firm Works to Get on Track With Weed

TECHNOLOGY: Kind Financial aims to keep pot firms compliant.

Kind Financial switched focus to also put money on pot tracing and tracking software.

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Right Hook

MEDIA: Breitbart soars by taking swing at mainstream news.

Breitbart News Network has scored with liberal servings of conservative-minded news and analysis.

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Some For-Profit Schools Flunk Out

EDUCATION: Rule changes make it harder to pass muster.

Some for-profit schools shutter after failing to make the grade under new financial aid rules.

Japanese Cheesecake Makes Cut

Panda Express parent introduces Uncle Tetsu to family of chains

Panda Restaurant Group hopes to find a sweet spot stateside for Japanese cheesecake chain Uncle Tetsu

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Life Sciences Get Shot In Arm in L.A.

Trade group pumped about prognosis for local industry’s future.

Trade group California Life Sciences Association pursues healthy returns at a new L.A. outpost.

Lawyer Checks All Boxes

Every day for the last two years, Nimish Patel has poured over both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times crossword puzzles, turning to his teenage son and daughter for help with the clues he can’t quite get.

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

APPAREL: Fashion Market tailors events to put focus on business for attendees.

Apparel designers and retail buyers will descend on downtown’s Fashion District on Oct. 17 to scope out upcoming trends for the spring 2017 season and place orders to stock their stores accordingly.

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Digital Resolution

ArbiClaims pitches speedy online deliberation as alternative to state’s crowded courtrooms

ArbiClaims believes it has settled on a successful strategy in providing speedy online arbitration

Buyer May Home In on Times Mirror Property

REAL ESTATE: Residential plan could drive up cost for Onni to $115 million.

Onni Group might shell out more to move Times Mirror building into residential use.