October 5, 1993 |
Andrew Cherng started out modestly 20 years ago with the original Panda Inn, a tiny family restaurant in a converted trailer in Pasadena. Now he's the king of Chinese fast food, with a chain of more than 100 Panda Express outlets nationwide and sales expected to top $100 million this year. The secret to his success? Not ambitious planning, nor a grand vision, he maintains--not even a special Szechuan sauce. Rather, he says, he's expanded and prospered through efficiency.
August 27, 1989 |
David Lamb came to Los Angeles holding a very special invitation. The British commodities trader had traveled to several cities in the United States selling millions of dollars worth of bogus tax write-offs created on the London Metal Exchange when he got a promising lead: A group of wealthy taxpayers in Southern California wanted in on the scam. Several days later, Lamb and colleague Barry Hughes were in Marina del Rey outlining their scheme.
April 1, 1998 |
Buoyed by a $100-million financial commitment, L.A. Fitness International, one of the nation's largest privately owned health club chains, will begin a major Southern California expansion, the company said. Newport Beach-based L.A. Fitness, with 1,600 employees and 36 clubs in California, Arizona and Florida, plans to build 20 new clubs in Southern California within the next two years, said Paul Norris, a partner with L.A. Fitness. Peter Seidler, managing partner of Seidler Haas Co.
July 16, 2001 |
Summer in New York, and the kid was homesick--not for a burger from Tommy's or a chili dog from Pink's, but for Vin Scully and the Dodgers. Wall Street puts its rookies through a boot camp of its own, the hours dragging through the muggy days and late into the evenings. Slackers go home at midnight. But midnight in New York is 9 p.m. in Los Angeles, so Jeff Shell called one of his friends back home and asked him to tune in to Scully and put the telephone down, next to the radio.
April 26, 1992 |
Allen Herbert had high hopes for his company, San Pedro-based Global Power Products, when he and his cousin founded it two years ago. The 30-year-old engineer, an African-American, managed to win contracts to supply electrical equipment to several major utilities and power companies, and revenues were pushing $180,000 a year. His goal for 1992? To break $500,000. Then the recession hit Herbert's three-person firm. And now his goal is to survive.
April 9, 2000 |
With "new economy" job centers popping up in pricey suburbs--and young families pushing into the desert and mountains in the search for affordable housing--commuting patterns that once defined Los Angeles are being turned upside down. Downtown Los Angeles, which historically has been the hub of car, bus and rail traffic in the five-county metropolitan region, still gets its share of heavy traffic, as any commuter to the Civic Center well knows.