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November 26, 2008
Well, how many ways can you say yuck? This could be the worst season in many decades. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stock sales made by executives of the now-defunct OC mortgage lender are at the center of a criminal investigation. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 25, 2008
The Tribune CEO lays out his mostly unflattering view of journalists - and he's right about a lot of stuff. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Gas prices keep falling, corporate donations start shrinking, and TV sets are on more than ever. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 24, 2008
Sad to say, that's what the current impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the media companies amounts to. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Ever wonder why the Calabasas-based mortgage lender, now part of Bank of America, was pretty much left alone by federal regulators? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
With the stock still only trading at around $5.50 a share, the big question is how sustainable that upturn will be.
November 23, 2008
They're talking about the creation of a "bad bank" that would carry Citigroup's riskiest, most toxic assets. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 22, 2008
This is not a great time to walk off your job, but does that mean much to the 80,000 SAG members who barely make any money as actors? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The new owner is Minneapolis-based US Bancorp, which suddenly becomes a much bigger player in California and Arizona.
November 21, 2008
Forget plastics, the real action these days is arranging going-out-of-business sales. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Louis Verdad was one of L.A.'s hottest designers, but he had little idea of how to run a business. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
NY Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner will be nominated for the post, according to several news reports. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
L.A. County unemployment in October was at its highest level level in more than 12 years. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Gas prices are way down, DVD sales are sliding, Kaiser gets four-star rating, and no progress in SAG talks. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 20, 2008
WSJ reports that Citigroup executive are looking into the possibility of selling the financial giant or auctioning off pieces.
The NYU professor has predicted with confounding accuracy that the markets will keep going down. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Markets went south after it became clear that a possible deal to bail out the automakers was not imminent.
A Superior Court judge has granted a plaintiffs' motion to certify a class to seek damages against the Pasadena dating service. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Word of a possible compromise that would bail out Detroit's Big Three has the stock market moving back up. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The next time you're brave enough to open your brokerage statement, think about Angelo Mozilo, Bruce Karatz and Chad Dreier. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Oil falls below $50, IATSE cuts three-year deal, slip in MTA and Metrolink ridership, and workers paying more for deductibles. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Dow is down more than 150 points in the first 30 minutes of trading. I suppose it could be... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 19, 2008
Downtown's retail/entertainment complex is set to open a bunch of restaurants throughout December. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Mouse House will be releasing five movies in the super-sharp format, starting with "A Christmas Carol." $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Guess Wall Street is signing onto the warnings being delivered by U.S. automakers. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
So says GM CEO Rick Wagoner who told lawmakers today that there would be no choice but to liquidate. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Pasadena online dating service has reached a settlement with the New Jersey AG's Office over a discrimination lawsuit. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Thousands of Toyotas, Nissans and Mercedes are sitting at the Port of Long Beach with no place to go.
It's bad enough when you profit on other people's misery. But flaunting that success brings you into a whole different league. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Living is lots cheaper, holiday air travel expected to tumble, MOCA in financial trouble, and auto show opens amid gloomy times. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 18, 2008
The L.A. billionaire is looking at a Bev Hills location to display works from his charitable foundation and personal collection. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Exports have been one of the few bright spots for L.A.'s economy, but the October numbers point to a global downturn.
L.A. County homes sales jumped 52.6 percent in October from a year earlier, but the median price fell 29 percent, to $355,000. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Car talk on Capitol Hill, Countrywide loans not easy to modify, Steve & Barry's to close, and Rose Bowl may move to cable. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 17, 2008
Gas hasn't been cheaper since Nov. 6, 2006. But is that such a good thing? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Among the potential candidates: News Corp. COO Peter Chernin, former AOL head Jon Miller, and formereBay CEO Meg Whitman, $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The paper's Sunday sports magazine had been scheduled to come out four times in 2009, but then came the worsening ad climate.
Conservative pundits desperate to shift blame for the mortgage mess away from those "greed is good" types have been sinking... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Japan slips into recession, Grand Avenue project faces more delays, new look for LAX, and Sam Nazarian gets into hotel biz. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 16, 2008
The former Broadcom CEO and co-founder admitted that he did really bad stuff, felt like a liar and was not fully functioning. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
East West Bancorp, Nara Bancorp and Broadway Financial are all receiving capital infusions from the Treasury Department. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 14, 2008
The paper's pre-printed Sunday travel section features a profile of Santa Barbara. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson needs to offer assurance that he has the crisis under control, but he really doesnít.
Major ad categories have been pummeled, such as pharmaceutical, auto, technology and beauty. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Retail sales plunge in October, gas prices near two-year low, and Century City expansion and billboard moratorium move to Council. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 13, 2008
U.S. sales of software totaled just under $700 million in October - up 35 percent from a year earlier. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Steve Croft has landed the first post-election interview of President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for this coming Sunday. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Terrence Lanni's decision to step down just happened to coincide with the WSJ checking into his academic credentials. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Remember a couple of hours ago the Dow had fallen under 8000? Well, it sort of recovered. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The one-time World's Greatest Newspaper has handed out pink slips to several folks in the Washington bureau. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
A WSJ survey suggests a downturn on par with the 1990 recession, but not the levels seen in the early 1980s or 1970s. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
For a few minutes anyway. It's now back over the 8000 mark, barely. From David Gaffen at MarketBeat: Since its... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
They were down 10 percent in October from the previous month, but the drop might not be all that significant.
Global pullback for 2009, California foreclosures fall, Schwarzenegger seeks federal help (Villaraigosa too), and Barry Minkow resurfaces. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 12, 2008
The nation's largest public pension fund has seen the value of its land and housing projects fall by more than $3 billion.
As a result of the weak market, the department store chain is delaying store openings and canceling other projects. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Treasury Secretary has given up on the controversial plan to purchase toxic mortgage assets from banks.
Prices had been stabilizing in the $60-$70 range, but there are new worries about weaker demand. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Best Buy slashes outlook, GM pulls back from L.A. car show, Downey stock down to 50 cents, and another Dov Charney lawsuit. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 11, 2008
Just a couple of months ago the company seemed to have a reorganization plan. But that may be falling apart.
I'll be on assignment and away from my computer. Back later on. This morning's business chat with KPCC's Steve Julian... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 10, 2008
This is not the news we were hoping to hear - and yet it's perfectly predictable. From Tuesday's WSJ: The... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Chapman University's leading employment indicator index fell for the 10th consecutive quarter. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The parent company of the LAT reported a 19 percent drop in ad revenue at its publishing division. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The OC homebuilder was speaking at a charity luncheon when his knees buckled and he fell to the floor. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Shelling out $30,000 for a single tuber might seem like a lot, but itís peanuts compared with last year's record bid of $330,000. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Circuit City files Chapter 11, DHL pulls back U.S. operations, L.A. homes prices fall in October, and Socal radio taking an advertising hit. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 9, 2008
News about the tiny institution being seized by regulators brings back memories of the old Security Pacific Bank. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 7, 2008
Thereís a lot of schedule rejiggering for the holidays - and the watchword is entertainment, not seriousness. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
This is why it's often foolhardy to link the real world with the Wall Street world. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Clearly, part of the drop-off is due to a new state law that requires better notification, but this is no longer just a subprime problem. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks higher despite bad news, gas prices keep falling, layoffs at Mattel, and Zell having trouble with Cubs sale. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The billionaire developer just announced that he will not be a candidate in next year's mayoral campaign. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
A total of 240,000 jobs were cut in October and the revised losses in September total 240,000 - nearly twice as many as initially reported. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 6, 2008
This is the latest in a series of demonstrations over Tuesday's passage of Proposition 8, the initiative that bans same-sex marriage. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Mouse House reported a 13 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income. EPS was well under the average estimate by analysts. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Dow is down more than 400 points - coming on top of a nearly 500-point drop on Wednesday. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
That's what we're talking about for L.A. County if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to increase the state sales tax gets through. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Just when you think the L.A. bureaucracy couldn't become more inept and slothful, along comes another outrage. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
We'll probably see more post-election firings in the next few days as the LAT eliminates a bunch of Washington positions. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Retail sales plunge, egg prices unlikely to rise, vote on Bev Hills hotel too close to call, and low expectations at News Corp. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 5, 2008
Newsweek reports that McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants a special session of the Legislature to consider a 90-day ban. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
An affiliate of L.A.-based Leonard Green Partners has bought a 17 percent stake in the Texas-based company for $425 million. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Vanity Fair runs another excerpt from Michael Wolff's biography of the media mogul, this time focusing on his involvement with Wendi.
Still a couple of minutes before the close and the Dow is down more than 500 points. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Why stocks are back down, ABC leads election coverage, L.A. office market could weaken, and mortgage scam alleged. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, the vote to ban same-sex marriage is 52.1 percent for and 47.9 percent against. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Dow is down more than 150 points in early trading as investors cash in on their gains from Tuesday's 300-point rally. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 4, 2008
Of the county's 4.3 million registered voters, 48.5 percent had cast ballots by 2 p.m. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Exit poll data: We love it, we hate it, we love it, we hate it, we love it, we hate it... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Are stocks trying to tell us something? The Dow was up 305 points today, the largest Election Day rally in 24 years. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The Mouse House comes out with earnings on Thursday that could reflect the weak TV station market. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The borrower is the U.S. arm of a large Mexican real estate developer that bought Socal office buildings from Arden Realty. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks up sharply, networks might call race early, gripes over how government doles out money, and no holiday party at Viacom. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
November 3, 2008
Houston-based Hines and Union Bank of California have come to terms on the space at Union Bank Plaza.
That's the average price of self-serve regular, a drop of 35 cents per gallon in a single week and 38 cents lower than a year ago. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
"Never in all of the years I've been in business have I seen a worse outlook for the economy," says Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio.
Accounting for population growth, GM had the worst month of the post-World War II period. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
McCain is now given only a 10 percent chance of an upset victory, according to the online prediction market. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Circuit City closing 155 stores, Redstone considers ways of handling debt, Caruso urged to enter race, and Trump project loses financing. $MTEntryExcerpt$>