Los Angeles Business Journal

Green Buzz

HOK drove staff to undergo Leed certification with a Prius

California Bicycle Race Switches Into High Gear

The recession has hit the sports world hard. Even the Super Bowl saw reduced demand for tickets. And cycling has been no exception, with one of the leading American races in Georgia canceled this year.

Companies Get New Venue for Downtown Parties

Downtown businesses now have a new, sports-oriented meeting space that will allow them to take clients and staff to view major local events on huge screens while enjoying a lunch or snacks.

Hollywood Park's Closure Means Stable Business

This horse-racing season at Santa Anita Park will last 84 days, but it may get longer next fall with the closure of the track at Hollywood Park, which is scheduled for Aug. 1. As a result, other facilities will expand their seasons because track owners an

L.A. Hockey Team Hopes to Thaw Fan Relations

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping for some new hockey fans.

Shot Taker

Tim Garrett's firm helps young hoopsters export their game to Europe.

Golden Boy Punching Up Pay-Per-View Revenue

The economy is delivering a killer right hook: For the first time ever, a promoter of a marquee boxing match is offering national rebates on its pay-per-view rates.

Pacesetter: City National Bank

Beverly Hills-based City National Bank remained the largest bank headquartered in L.A. County, according to the Business Journal's annual list.

Pacesetter: Creative Artists Agency

Creative Artists Agency remained the largest talent agency in Los Angeles County with 270 agents in its local office, up 15 from a year ago, according to the Business Journal's yearly list.

Necklace Maker Collars Pro Baseball Endorsement

The piece of jewelry that pro baseball players most desire is a World Series ring. However, Torrance-based Phiten USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese Phiten Co., makes a necklace that has become a trendy fashion accessory for athletes and fans alike. Phi

Pacesetter: Platinum Equity

Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity tops the Business Journal's list of the largest privately held companies headquartered in L.A. County for the fourth consecutive year.

Pacesetter: Gensler

The Southern California office of architectural giant Gensler tops the Business Journal's list of the largest interior design firms in Los Angeles County.

Breeders' Cup Runneth Over With Corporate Boxes

When the Breeders' Cup arrives at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Oct. 24-25, it will bring the largest prize purse for any sporting event in the world: $25.5 million awarded over two days of racing.

Skin Game

Pro beach volleyball player Suzanne Stonebarger hopes to enjoy net gains with her skin care line.

PaceSetter: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce saw its budget grow to $8.2 million for the 2008 fiscal year, up from $6.2 million in 2007. It remains the largest chamber ranked by budget in Los Angeles County, according to the Business Journal's annual list.

Stadium Proposal Looks to Show Off in Public

It's the beginning of the game, and Ed Roski Jr. is hoping to catch the kickoff now that the environmental impact report for his proposed City of Industry stadium has been released for public review.

USC Fills Up Coffers With Expanded Coliseum

The 1,607 new seats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum add up to an increase of about $530,000 per season for the University of Southern California athletic department.

Pacesetter: Deloitte & Touche

The employee benefits division of accounting giant Deloitte & Touche USA LLP tops the list of employee benefits consultants with 224 employees in L.A. County, according to the Business Journal's annual list

Pacesetter: Delta Dental of California

San Francisco-based Delta Dental of California remains the largest dental insurer in Los Angeles County with 4.2 million subscribers, according to the Business Journal's annual list

PaceSetter: Gold Line

The six-mile extension of the Gold Line from Union Station to East Los Angeles is the largest construction project under construction in Los Angeles County.

L.A. Games Organizer Helped Hatch Beijing Edition

David Simon, now president of the Los Angeles Sports Council, saw Michael Phelps win his eighth gold at the Water Cube in Beijing. It was the culmination of the journey that brought him to China 24 years ago.

Pacesetter: Largest Private Employers

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, the non-profit health provider, remains atop the Business Journal's list of the largest private-sector employers in L.A. County with 36,500 employees locally. That's up 3,716 employees, or 10 percent, from a year ago.

Pacesetter: Panda Restaurant Group

Panda Restaurant Group tops this year's LABJ list of the largest L.A. County businesses owned by women.

UCLA, USC Athletics Team Up for Cable Show

FSN Prime Ticket is jettisoning its "Bruin Mondays" and "Trojan Tuesdays" shows, and combining them in a new format that will go up against "Monday Night Football."

Pacesetter: Galpin Ford

Galpin Ford takes over the top spot this year on the LABJ's list of the largest auto dealerships in Los Angeles County

SoCal Racetrack to Saddle Up for Breeders' Cup

The largest prize purse in the sports world will be awarded at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia when the Breeders' Cup World Championships comes to town in October.

In the Swim?

City of Commerce-based Speedo has been making waves in competitive swimming with its record-busting LZR Racer suit.

Triathletes Power Up Hybrid Vehicle Promotion

Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has signed on as a sponsor for a triathlon series to promote its hybrids.

New Channel Clicking With Time Warner Cable

Sports fans in Los Angeles have a new cable channel to watch. Universal Sports debuted last week in Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable Channel 226.

Galaxy Shines Thanks to Its Star

One year later, AEG is reaping the rewards of bringing British soccer star David Beckham to the L.A. Galaxy.

L.A., Paris Companies Gear Up for Bicycle Races

Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of the Amgen Tour of California cycling competition, is going on a tandem ride.

Coliseum Has Bright Idea for New Video Display

University of Southern California football players will look bigger and brighter this season, at least to those fans looking up at a new LED video board installed at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sports Producer Career Fits Baseball Fan Like Glove

Featured Newsmaker: Brad Zager

Arena Football Team Looks to Bottle Fan Spirit

The Los Angeles Avengers play a high-energy brand of football on an indoor 50-yard field. Now, the company is hoping to bring that energy to its fans through a sponsorship agreement with Verve, a new entry on the energy drink market.

'Awkward'

Association of Tennis Professionals could be courting controversy at its local tournament courtesy of its main sponsor: Countrywide.

Valuing the Rich

The subprime fallout has pinched some wallets, impacting the 2008 rankings.

Sports Put $5 Billion Into L.A. Economy

The Southern California sporting events industry accounted for $5.1 billion in total economic impact during 2007, according to a study released by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Local Sports Network Channels Dodgers' History

As the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team's move from Brooklyn, local broadcast partners are joining the party.

AEG To Buy Stake in Golden Boy

AEG said Thursday that it will acquire a stake in Los Angeles-based boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya's company.

Is Roski Near Goal Line for L.A. Football Team?

Developer Ed Roski Jr. is making a play for pro football by unveiling his plan for a City of Industry stadium.

Hoops Franchise Hopes Lightning Strikes in L.A.

There's new action on the local hoops scene. The Los Angeles Lightning will debut in the International Basketball League on April 18. They will play home games at the 1,500-seat Gilbert Sports Arena on the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oak

Dodgers Home Gets Flush With Eco-Improvements

While the Los Angeles Dodgers hope new manager Joe Torre can help make an impact on the field, team officials say recent renovations will lessen the stadium's environmental impact off the field.

Canter's Joins Dodger Dogs in Dugout

Canter's Delicatessen has joined the lineup this season at Dodger Stadium.

Long Beach Grand Prix Is Ready to Turn Corner

When drivers speed through Long Beach next month, it will be the last time the race is run in the Champ Car series. The Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, along with other Champ Car races, will join the Indy Racing League in 2009.

Lakers' Euro Import May Speak to Spanish Fans

The cheers at Staples Center for recently acquired Los Angeles Lakers player Pau Gasol rivaled those received last year by a different European import to Los Angeles: The Galaxy's soccer star David Beckham.

Investment Firm Spins Wheels in Bid to Acquire NHRA

A Santa Monica investment firm's plans to buy the National Hot Rod Association have crashed and burned.

Herbalife Kicks In for Youth Soccer League Sponsorship

Los Angeles-based Herbalife Ltd. signed a four-year sponsorship agreement last week with L.A.-based national non-profit American Youth Soccer Organization to put the company's logo on the front of youth soccer jerseys. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bus Lines Could Be Taking a Swing to Dodger Stadium

The city's Department of Transportation and the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority will consider restoring public transit to the stadium by opening day.

Bank Loan, Membership Drive Delivers Sherwood Country Club

The members of Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks didn't need Robin Hood to steal from the rich in order to buy their club from billionaire David Murdock.

Northern Trust Takes Top Billing at PGA's Westside Stop

When the PGA Tour makes its Los Angeles stop in February at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, it won't be the Nissan Open anymore.