Los Angeles Business Journal

Some Businesses Game for Challenge

The only constant in business is change, and companies that can adapt to both threats and opportunities are best positioned for success.

What’s It Worth?

Mapping out the road to higher parking prices downtown.

Getting in Gear on Ferraris

Bruce Leeds waited nearly 50 years to indulge his childhood passion for Ferraris, but when he finally entered the Ferrari world, he did so with gusto.

Kickoff Time

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

Making Mark Against Graffiti, Trash

Steve Craig, whose Craig Realty Group operates the Citadel Outlet mall in Commerce, is mostly preoccupied with commercialism.

‘Experiment’ Bites Alt Food CEO

It’s all well and good to think outside the box, but when your box becomes a neighborhood blight it’s time to get conventional.

Tech Exec Switches Gears

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

Failure to Connect

Business and government can’t seem to get it right on technology, so it’s time to think creatively about alternatives.

Catch of the Day

Scott Gibson enjoys fishing as a way to bring balance into his fast-paced work life as president of Gibson International, a residential real estate firm in Brentwood.

High on Scary Situations

If the sky is the limit in starting and running a business, Dan Goman wants to see just how high he can go.

Different Directions

The profitability of publicly held real estate companies and Dollar Shave Club’s $1 billion exit are all part of the story of the strength of the local economy.

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Holiday a Workday for CEO

Smart & Final Stores Inc. Chief Executive Dave Hirz marked the Fourth of July making rotisserie chicken. His culinary endeavors weren’t, however, part of a family cookout.

Measure’s Shaky Foundation

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative seeking to land on next year’s ballot is laying a weak foundation.

You Brexit You Bought It

So much for a quick end to the Brexit hangover; it looks like uncertainty will be with us for a while.

Attorney Pours It On

Ellie Altshuler, an associate at law firm Nixon Peabody downtown, spends her workday helping entertainment and fashion companies. She also runs her own business on the side.

Port in a Storm

Long-delayed implementation of law on cargo scanning should be set adrift in favor of more practical measures.

Attorney’s Practice Includes Punches, Kicks

Corporate attorney Tamara Kurtzman, 35, doesn’t throw punches at opponents in the courtroom. But her classes in the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga are another matter.

Time off Works for Exec

The buzz of Los Angeles can sometimes become loud enough that it drowns out the best ideas. That’s why Susan Gates, a founding partner of content marketing agency Redbird Group, makes it a point to get out for at least a few road trips every year.

Time to Go

With its longtime offices on the market and ripe for redevelopment, it’s time for the Times to look for new digs.

Lawyer Books Side Gig

Kendall Brill & Kelly partner Bert Deixler, like all successful attorneys, is well aware that part of the job is connecting with clients and finding ways to put them at ease.

Downtown’s Disgrace

The courts might finally be the factor that gets Los Angeles moving on Skid Row’s homeless problem, writes Jonathan Diamond.

Exec Coach Pushes for Richer Life Behind Bars

Executive coach Farrah Marisa Myers could do what many executives who live in Venice do over a weekend: chill out at the beach or stroll along the boardwalk. Instead, she spends eight weekends a year visiting prisons in Central California.

Choice Options in Corporate Clashes

Shareholders are calling for change at Tribune Publishing and Viacom.

Healthy Spin on Networking

David Norris doesn’t have free time for cycling, his preferred form of exercise.

Art Appreciation

The impact of the arts on the region is great, and extends well beyond economics.

TV Hospitable to Exec

Omar Spahi recently sold a $4.4 million co-op in Santa Monica under the bright camera lights of Bravo’s reality show “Million Dollar Listing.”

Paper Chase

While the Times flounders, Hollywood trades have stayed viable.

Plane Models Provide Lift for Plastic Surgeon

When plastic surgeon David Feldmar isn’t reconstructing people, he’s constructing model airplanes.

Lively Up Your Office

Jaime Nack, 40, knows how to stay cool. While she now runs two businesses, consults with Fortune 500 companies, and works with Al Gore’s nonprofit Climate Reality Project, she stays true to an early love: reggae.

Wealth of Political Opportunity

The wealthiest have choices, but are they voting with their pocketbooks?

City on the Hill

The Berggruen Institute’s effort to put Los Angeles on the intellectual map.

Speech Not Trumped

Republican communications strategist and consultant Richard Grenell had an unenviable task at the recent state GOP convention in Burlingame: speaking immediately after Donald Trump.

Fun While It Lasted

With its pending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Comcast is poised for a direct challenge to Disney.

Angling for Movie Credits

Fraser Heston, chief executive of Agamemnon Films, has long enjoyed rock climbing, mountaineering, sailing, and scuba diving. But the more leisurely pursuit of fly fishing is his true love.

Golden Opportunity Seized at Olympics

Alex Hodges, chief executive of Nederlander Concerts in Hollywood, lucked out on being the more decisive of four brothers – at least when it came to attending the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Strong Medicine

Los Angeles should be sowing and reaping more from the biotech field.

Goodbye to All That

City of L.A.’s homeless plan can’t be “comprehensive” until it’s put into action.

Taking Steps to Open Up

Though Meryl Pritchard might be traveling to Costa Rica this summer for a week filled with dancing, it’s won’t be some breezy Central American jaunt.

Reservist Let Go of Reservations

Often when National Guard servicemen and women are called upon to deploy overseas, their careers go on hold.

Rising Wage, Less Assistance

The race between California and New York to have the nation’s highest minimum wage.

Model Approach to Law

When Lorraine D’Alessio was recruited at 15 by Ford Models in Toronto, a career as an immigration attorney was one of the last things on her mind.

Seeking Calmer Waters

Kari Keidser has been an avid sailor for 15 years − just as long as she’s been a lawyer

Behind Times on Newspapers

Jonathan Diamond says choosing a new owner for Freedom Communications’ papers should not have been determined by geography.

READER POLL: What impact will the consolidation of the region’s newspapers under two owners have on local coverage?

Tribune Publishing was thwarted in its attempt to buy the Orange County Register and Riverside Press Enterprise, paving the way for the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News to step n and make a deal. So the Business Journal asks, What impact will the consolidation of the region’s newspapers under two owners have on local coverage?

Turning the Page

New Editor Jonathan Diamond says changes at the Business Journal will enhance its dedication to high-quality journalism.

Doughnut Maker to Run Rings Around Downtown

FOOD: Dunkin’ franchisee hopes to have first of five shops open by Christmas.

Face it, there’s been a hole in downtown Los Angeles for a long while now.

Appellate Court Rules Controller May Audit DWP Union Nonprofits

A state Court of Appeal panel today affirmed City Controller Ron Galperin’s authority to audit two training institutes run by the powerful International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, and funded by ratepayer money through the Department of Water and Power.

Technology Pitch Event Connects in Downtown

INVESTMENT: Big-named backers take break from Westside for Reach NeXT.

Asked a year ago to guess the location of a competition billed as “Southern California’s biggest investor pitch event,” most would have picked a hotel in Santa Monica, perhaps Bungalow or Shutters on the Beach.

Arts District New Hot Spot for Gallerists to Hang

ART: Galleries, bookstore frame neighborhood’s large spaces as big draw.

While downtown L.A.’s Arts District has seen a boom in residential development and an influx of restaurants, the most recent group garnering attention, fittingly, is arts businesses.

Developer Looks to Plant Greenery With Condos

REAL ESTATE: Barry Shy’s projects to help foliage take root in urban setting.

Two things are sorely lacking downtown: greenery and condos.

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