Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

SPECIAL REPORT: Brian De Lowe

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Lauren Gropper

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Cory Hathaway

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: David Kirchheimer

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Kevin J. Lamb

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Marie Petulla

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Karin Liljegren

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: Dana Settle

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

SPECIAL REPORT: DTLA

Downtown executives reveal how the thriving city center works for them and their businesses.

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Content Firm Draws Suitors

INTERNET: Zealot execs may move to acquire firm.

Two years after Maker Studios co-founder Danny Zappin was ousted as head of the online video firm, a group of former and current executives at his new venture, Zealot Networks, is trying to acquire the branded content company and replace him as chief executive. Zealot co-founder Robert Vanech, the firm’s former chairman and chief financial officer, said he had approached Zappin about the deal and was seeking the backing of private investors and a publicly traded media company to back the bid.

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Tronc Investor Patrick Soon-Shiong May Be Best Positioned to Pick Up L.A. Times

Can Paper Bag Billionaire?

Speculation has turned to the prospect of Patrick Soon-Shiong scooping up the L.A. Times.

Whole New Level For Car Garage

Helms Bakery owner looks to automated facility to lift shopping at retail complex.

Walter N. Marks hopes an automated parking garage stacks up at its Helms Bakery complex.

Ad Exec Scores Side Gig as Sports Mentor

Executives often take someone under their wing to mentor.

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

AUTOMOTIVE: Car expo to ride popularity of SUVs, attraction of new tech.

SUVs, plug-in hybrids, and the increasing convergence of technology and vehicles will dominate the 109th annual LA Auto Show this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Middle East Feast

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar joins restaurants looking to give Dubai taste of Los Angeles.

Dubai has become a hot spot for restaurateurs to serve up L.A. concepts in the Middle East.

Firm Makes Courting Diversity Full-Time Focus

LAW: Nixon Peabody among those making case for hiring more minorities.

Nixon Peabody has put a full-time staffer on the case of diversifying the firm.

Sales Levies to Move Up With Transit Measure

TAXES: Some cities face losing retail business as rates reach double digits.

Approval of transit-supporting Measure M will drive some cities’ sales levies into double digits.

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Legal Weed Lights Fire Under Regulatory Drive

MARIJUANA: Businesses get to work on compliance system for city of L.A.

Legalization of pot has L.A. businesses abuzz over setting up a regulatory regime by 2018.

Business Defeats Santa Monica Building Measure

DEVELOPMENT: City of L.A. voters pass initiative on subsidized housing.

Defeat of Santa Monica measure may offer blueprint for business groups going forward.

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Treat Maker Sinks Teeth Into Wholesale Business

FOOD: Pauline Marasek pursues solid returns for her brittle beyond retail.

Treat maker Pauline Marasek hopes to sweeten her pot by expanding from retailer to wholesale supplier.

Retained Ban Proves Boon, Bane to Bag Makers

POLITICS: Future of two companies may hinge on use of recycled plastic.

When 52 percent of California voters last week upheld a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, they created some business winners and losers in Los Angeles.

Judge Green-Lights Suit Against Car-Pricing Site

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealership group contends TrueCar flouting industry rules.

Online car-pricing website TrueCar Inc. has hit a bump in the road that could force it to comply with many of the same rules as traditional car dealers.

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

Soon-Shiong’s nantomics takes stake in genetic testing company genos

NantOmics, an individualized cancer treatment company that is a subsidiary of Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth, has invested $6 million in a new genetic sequencing startup, Genos.

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Apartment Deal Linked to Chinese Food Chain

ACQUISITION: Cherngs of Panda Express could be behind Pasadena pickup.

A Pasadena multifamily property has traded into local hands for $154 million.