Los Angeles Business Journal

It’s a Mad, Mad World

The world has turned on its head.

Stages of Opera Passion

Richard B. Jones fell in love with opera in a place where he wasn’t allowed to listen to jazz: the former Soviet Union.

Finance Exec Hits Stride

In just a little more than two decades, Jeff Runyan has competed in about 50 marathons and triathlons throughout the country, from New Mexico to Missouri, Tennessee to Kansas.

And Then the Fallout

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the election season, it’s time to take stock of whether we’ve voted to help ourselves.

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Soon-Shiong Ups Stake in L.A. Times Parent

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the wealthiest person in Los Angeles and the largest shareholder in Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc., spent the week before Thanksgiving stocking up on more tronc shares.

Follow the Money

It might cost more to operate a business in Los Angeles, but that’s a price many companies are willing to pay.

Exec’s Travel Plans Up in Air

While most people only dream about flying above L.A. traffic, Michael Root does so regularly.

Ad Exec Scores Side Gig as Sports Mentor

Executives often take someone under their wing to mentor.

Looking Ahead

So what is there now, other than a deep sense of relief that the campaign season has come to an end?

Who’s Next Adviser Checks In

Four years ago, the front men from legendary rock band the Who were struggling to build out their U.S. charitable organization, Teen Cancer America.

On the Rise

What does it take to grow rapidly?

In Long Run

While running a business and running a government require wildly different skill sets, both face similar demands from constituents – get it done, and get it done fast.

Presidential Endorsement

Dr. Mark Humayun, professor of ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, and cell and neurobiology at USC, received an unexpected surprise from President Barack Obama when he was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation last year.

Lawyer Raises Bread Bar in Kitchen

Judith Khakshouy taught herself to make challah, a braided egg bread served on the Jewish Sabbath, while studying at Southwestern Law School.

The Long Game

Fasha Mahjoor stood at the precipice.

Stepping Up to Towering Wins

Los Angeles has a new power couple: Brian and Michelle Duff.

Coming and Going

Our reader poll this week asks whether one of L.A.’s few unicorns, Honest Co., should continue to look for an acquirer, as has been reported, or pursue an exit through a public offering.

Attorney’s Dogged Dedication

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

Turning the Channel

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

In a Golden State

Sure, taxes and regulations are a burden, but California remains a draw to entrepreneurs.

Broker Goes to Work for Children

Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director Andrew Tashjian has been to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Colombia. He wasn’t vacationing, but working with Salt Lake City nonprofit Operation Underground Railroad to rescue children from sex traffickers.

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Saban ‘Blank Check’ Offering Seeks $235M

Media mogul Haim Saban has priced an initial public offering for his Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., seeking to raise $235 million for the “blank check” company that would acquire an as-yet unidentified media business.

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Dead in the Water

The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping may seem like an isolated event, but expect it to have a major impact on the economy.

Reason for Lawyer’s Rhymes

The legal profession is not typically viewed as fertile territory for poetic interrogatories.

Hitting Turbulence at LAX

All USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor wanted to do was catch some Z’s before having to give a keynote speech at the annual meeting of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations in Cleveland a couple of weeks back.

High Reward, High Risk

The tallest tower in the West offers risk for its developer, but makes a significant statement about Los Angeles.

Pot o’ Gold

Entrepreneurs are seeing green as they anticipate a gold rush with the looming legalization of recreational marijuana.

Games Still on for PR Vet

It was 16 years ago that Charley Cullen Walters touched down in Sydney as a college student about to spend the school year studying abroad.

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.

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.

What’s It Worth?

Mapping out the road to higher parking prices downtown.

Making Mark Against Graffiti, Trash

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

Kickoff Time

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

Tech Exec Switches Gears

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

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Port in a Storm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Downtown’s Disgrace

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

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