Los Angeles Business Journal

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wealth of Political Opportunity

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

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.

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.

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.

Fun While It Lasted

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

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.

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.

Goodbye to All That

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

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.

Behind Times on Newspapers

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

Seeking Calmer Waters

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

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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High Time

Downtown Los Angeles offers a firm foundation to six of the 20 largest projects in the county.

Olympics Could Prove Downtown Scene’s Mettle

SPORTS: Hotels, eateries seen as added attractions if games return in 2024.

If L.A.’s $6.4 billion bid for the 2024 Olympics is successful, one can’t help but think how different the experience will be from 40 years earlier, when the city last hosted the event.

Bicycle Enthusiasts Open Spot to Peddle Lifestyle

RETAIL: Wheelhouse will feature coffee shop as well as biking accessories.

Before they married, Chase and Tami Spenst spent a lot of time biking around the Historic Core, and in the process fell in love with downtown Los Angeles.

Housing Developer Checks In to Century-Old Hotel

REAL ESTATE: Skid Row trust offers affordable units in $16.5 million project.

The intersection of Fifth and Main, “The Nickel,” was once a destination for those who frequented shady bars, looked for a fix or were just plain down on their luck.

Co-Founders Go With Grains at Filipino Eatery

DINING: Ricebar co-owners serve fast-casual lunches to local business crowd.

When chef Charles Olalia came back to Los Angeles after getting married in his native Philippines, he decided to start cooking more dishes that reminded him of home.

Don't Take The Bait

Being outrageous no longer means violating a social pact, but beating a path. The best way to get noticed these days, and it seems nearly everyone wants to get noticed, is to say something outrageous.

They Should Keep That Bunny Away From Those 'Desperate Housewives' First

Politicians and military strategists searching for effective ways to wage their campaigns should look to a successful tactic employed in the domestic culture wars.

Univision to Buy Two Puerto Rican TV Stations for $190 Million

L.A.-based Spanish-language broadcasting giant Univision Communications Inc. exercises its option to purchase the two television stations in San Juan for about $190 million.

L.A. Crowne Plaza Hotels Sold in Package Deal

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Los Angeles Airport and the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach, both on the list of 50 largest hotels in L.A. County, will be sold as part of a $331 million, 12-property deal.