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Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.
I cherry pick some of the more interesting rankings from the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual book of lists.
The trouble began when Trader Joe’s allegedly switched suppliers, cutting out Aliso Viejo’s Maxim Marketing in favor of giant ConAgra Foods. Maxim has not gone quietly.
Restructuring Occidental Petroleum will give up its longtime home at the busiest intersection in Los Angeles. “Energy companies feel very welcome in Houston and in Texas,” says the head of the LA Chamber of Commerce.
California mansions are being bought by Chinese families, foreign tycoons and U.S. celebrities as a hedge against currency and stock market disasters or the vicissitudes of politics, Bloomberg Luxury says.
Peter Marx has been vice president of business development at Qualcomm Labs and vice president of the technology and digital studio at Mattel.
Nasty online bullying of women affects many people who you know. When it's aimed at journalists, it seeks to intimidate and silence.
The former NBC 4 reporter will host a monthly show on the economic life of Southern California on PBS SoCal. The first episode airs Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Miracle Mile office tower formerly named for Variety (and before that for People's Bank) is getting a new top-floor occupant: SBE, the lifestyle and hospitality company headed by Sam Nazarian.
Jones led Northrop for three decades and after retiring created Moraga Vineyards and its respected winery on a slope in Bel Air — a premium winery within the city limits of Los Angeles.
The Ace Hotel opened officially today in the building on Broadway that houses the old United Artists theatre. Iris Schneider took some photos before the opening day.
Uber charged a woman $357 for a Saturday evening ride from the Westside to Hollywood. But it's an app so it must be cool, right? Taxis are looking better.
Breaking my posting fast with a short video.
"Wherever you go, there you are," says Buckaroo Banzai. Jon Christensen reads the new book "Trees in Paradise: A California History" on the long flight from LAX to Melbourne and reflects on what we can learn from history in a cosmopolitan era in which local diversity--biological and cultural--may be increasing rapidly, while the differences between places continue to shrink.
The brunt of the settlement involves the two carriers divesting 104 slots at Washington-Reagan National Airport and 34 at NY's La Guardia. At LAX, the combined airline would lose two gates at Terminal 3.
Not to belabor, but just because you have access to mountains of data doesn't mean you know what to do with it.
It's only a single month and October's figure will be subject to several revisions. Only by looking at the long-term picture do you have a sense of what's really going on.
Talk about pops - the social network's initial public offering was priced at $26 a share and promptly jumped to $50.09 before settling down a bit.
The actual headline at Atlantic Cities is "More Billionaires Live in Beijing Than in Los Angeles." Check out the data.
Given the hype surrounding the social network's arrival on Wall Street, price could easily get confused with value - a distinction that's especially important in Twitter's case because its financial prospects are so sketchy.
Geraldine Knatz was never shy about playing hardball with tenants, even though more competition from the other ports has meant less leverage in cutting deals. She talks about her eight-year tenure and about the changing industry.
The federal government's EB-5 visa program allows foreigners to invest in U.S. businesses or developments in return for getting to the front of the line when applying for green cards. But enforcement has been lax.
Forty-five minutes before landing, the pilot asked the cabin to remain seated when they reached Los Angeles so the military escort could deplane first. He also warned passengers not to be alarmed by the fire trucks. The LAFD, he said, greets all fallen soldiers with a water cannon salute.
This over-hyped annual ritual involves inexperienced reporters cribbing the guesstimates of NY-based analysts about the prospects for Southern California merchants. Good luck sorting that out.
Virgin America's preparations for catastrophe have never been so entertaining. Too bad the airline needs more than a floor show.
The policies typically provide scant coverage - frequently lacking maternity care or mental health benefits, for example. Dumping them was one of the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act - or as Suzanne Somers claims in a WSJ oped, the nation's march toward socialism.
New bosses, in politics or business, are often conflicted about who to keep. The obvious reflex is to select your own people, but many of these jobs require an institutional knowledge that can take months or even years to pick up.
Mark Lacter and LA Biz ObservedMark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006 and posted until his death on Nov. 13, 2013. His 10,000-plus posts are archived here.
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Leonard Knight, 82Leonard Knight spent almost 30 years building a colorful mountain of adobe covered with donated paint in the Imperial Valley desert near Salton Sea. Read
Exene sells her stuffExene Cervenka is done with Orange County. And her 1955 Rickenbacker Combo 600. Read
Ry Cooder at The EchoIris Schneider spotted Ry Cooder at The Echo, backing up daughter-in-law Juliette Commagere on the slide guitar. Native Intelligence
StreetscapeAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Sunday window: South BayHermosa and Redondo Beach, with Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the distance, on Sunday from Manhattan Beach Pier.
Jay Leno, great car guyWhen Leno helped Veronique de Turenne with her beloved 1949 Plymouth. Here in Malibu
Huntington acquires Marquez collection
Skyline DTLAThe view from the roof deck of the Ace Hotel on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Bigger. LAO.
New sheriff in townInterim sheriff John Scott has been sworn in and met the media. Read
Sneak previewsLooking ahead at the motion picture museum planned for the May Co. on Wilshire Boulevard. Renderings
Bread lineNancy Silverton threw a grand opening for the new La Brea Bakery Cafe. Iris Schneider
Big birdsAt the San Diego Safari Park, a passion for condors begets passionate condors. Ellen Alperstein
Tom Sherak, Hollywood leader was 68Sherak was the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Mayor Eric Garcetti's designated ambassador between the film industry, City Hall and Sacremento. Obit
Only in LAHello, city hall? Anyone home? Steve Harvey's latest column. Read
Another ridiculous LA palm treeDowntown fan palm shows pluck but little else. Kevin Roderick
Ridiculous palm treesA new, very occasional photo series at LA Observed. Nominations encouraged. Let me explain.
The re-fabulous ForumAn Eagles "record" is mounted on top of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood to help promote the group's upcoming shows, which start Jan. 15.
Urban outfittingInside the new Urban Outfitters store in the remodeled Rialto Theatre on Broadway. Click to enlarge/LAO
Sparks shut downLA's team in the WNBA can't make payroll and lays off the coach and staff. Read
Mount Wilson on Dec. 31The mountains above Los Angeles are crisply clear on the last day of 2013. Bigger
Lazy Saturday at Free Zuma on the west end of Point Dume. More