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January 29, 1998
The day after John Elway grabbed his first Super Bowl ring, most viewers had already fumbled the messages from many Super Bowl advertisers. Ferndale, Mich.-based SAAResearch called 402 viewers on Monday and asked them to identify firms that had advertised during the game. *--* Percentage of viewers able Rank Advertiser to identify advertiser 1. Budweiser 56% 2. Pepsi-Cola 42 3. Federal Express 13 4. Tabasco 11 5. Coca-Cola 8 6. Bud Lite 6 7. Doritos 6 8. Pizza Hut 5 9. American Express 5 10.
April 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
From some classic Adirondack chairs in front of his colorful new office complex near Marina del Rey, commercial landlord Ned Fox can sit back and watch his property value go up. The developer who made his bones building skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles during the late 1980s and early 1990s today finds himself with a close-up view of the rapidly evolving planned community of Playa Vista and the young tech and entertainment workers transforming the...
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
January 6, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
U.S. commercial real estate values are drifting sideways after a two-year rally, analysts said. Prices for offices, warehouses, shopping centers and apartment buildings in major cities rebounded to within 10% of their record highs before leveling out six months ago, according to Green Street Advisors Inc. “I think people are used to values going up or down,” analyst Peter Rothemund said, adding that it's not abnormal for prices to...
June 12, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
One of the country's largest commercial real estate brokerages, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, has named a new president and chief executive. John J. Kerin, 54, will replace Harvey Green at the helm of the company July 1. Green announced his pending retirement in April after leading the company for a decade. Marcus & Millichap is headquartered in Palo Alto, but Green directs operations from his base in the Encino office and so will Kerin. Kerin joined the company in 1981 as an agent and rose through the ranks.
January 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
Bill Hoffman has logged more than 1.5 million airline miles in his travels to troubled hotels, office buildings and other business properties. As a court-appointed receiver who takes care of distressed commercial real estate, Hoffman has a long way to go to catch up with George Clooney's ambitiously nomadic character Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air." But Hoffman is adding mileage points fast. These are boom times for receivers. With the brutal real estate market causing owners to lose their buildings to their lenders, more professionals like Hoffman are being tapped to look after properties until they can be resold.
February 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
Jet-setting British developers are set to lose their prized real estate on a prime stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills on Friday as a bank controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim completes a foreclosure. The property slipping away from brothers Nicholas and Christian Candy is the site of the former Robinsons-May department store at 9900 Wilshire Blvd., next door to the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the boulevard's intersection with Santa Monica Boulevard. The Candy brothers, who planned to develop condominiums and a hotel, made headlines in 2007 when they bought the eight-acre parcel for $500 million.
May 3, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
Great Western Financial Corp. on Tuesday closed its commercial real estate division in Orange, turning down an offer led by many of the division's 42 agents to take over the operation. Agents and some of the division's five staff members, who were told 2 weeks ago that their positions would be lost, said they had raised $600,000 to buy assets of the brokerage and take over its multiyear lease. When Vice President Del Wall told them Tuesday morning that the offer had been rejected, agents hurried to box their belongings before the doors shut for good at 5:30 p.m. Beverly Hills-based Great Western, which has assets of about $35 billion and is parent of Great Western Savings Bank, said its long-term real estate strategy for some time has been to "de-emphasize" commercial real estate and concentrate on the sale of single-family homes.
May 23, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Anne Bray attempted to give motorists on one of the Westside's most commercial streets a brief respite from "the visual blight" of business signs, but it didn't quite work. Her project was the victim of too few workers, too little time and uncooperative businesses. Bray, a 35-year-old UCLA art student, planned to "white out" with butcher paper all commercial signs within a one-block radius of the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Monica.
March 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two miles from Disneyland, a stretch of strip malls in Anaheim has transformed into an enclave catering to California's Arab American community. It lacks the immense sprawl of nearby Little Saigon or the decades-long history of Chinatown in Los Angeles, but the place now known as Little Arabia is a destination for Arab Americans from around the state and, lately, a go-to place for foodies in search of Middle Eastern dishes. Yet Little Arabia is largely unknown to the millions of tourists who flood into Anaheim every year - and it remains below the radar even to longtime residents in the city's west side.
March 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
March 10, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Beyonce has joined a roster of powerful women -- including Jennifer Garner, Diane von Furstenberg, and Condoleezza Rice -- who are supporting Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization, which works to empower women. Bey has made an ad for the organization discouraging the use of the word "bossy" to describe ambitious women -- "I'm not bossy; I'm the boss," she says. [The Cut] Model Stacy Keibler -- George Clooney's former girlfriend -- married tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre in Mexico over the weekend.
March 6, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There was a Nike photo shoot, the filming of a commercial for Major League Baseball, appearances on ESPN, MTV, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports West, and interviews with newspapers, websites and radio stations. Still to come is a Sports Illustrated cover photo shoot. Mike Trout has been busy this spring, the demands of stardom pulling the Angels center fielder in many directions, and negotiations with the team for a possible nine-figure contract extension provide yet another potential distraction.
August 1, 2010 | By Sarah Weinman, Special to Los Angeles Times
Though I write for this West Coast newspaper, I live in New York City. That means, like a lot of dwellers of the five boroughs, I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about real estate, whether griping about too-high rents for tiny apartments or the erection of another steel-heavy skyscraper in my neighborhood. Walking underneath scaffolding, zigzagging through hastily constructed passageways and watching the work of those awe-inspiring cranes brings to mind other salient points about the making of buildings: construction delays, unfortunate accidents and financial mismanagement.
July 28, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, reported a return to the black in the second quarter as revenue rose in nearly all its business lines around the world. Although much of the local commercial property market remains depressed, improving global conditions allowed the Los Angeles company to report a profit of $54.8 million, or 17 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $6.6 million, or 2 cents, in the second quarter of 2009. The company posted adjusted earnings of 18 cents a share after deducting select charges, well ahead of Wall Street analysts' prediction of 9 cents.
March 5, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
With less than a month left for enrollment in Obamacare, California's insurance exchange is applying a major dose of peer pressure. In a new TV ad blitz, recent enrollees extol the benefits of having coverage for checkups or a serious illness. A man plays soccer with his sons, a musician carries his guitar down the street. "I'm in," young, fit-looking people say. "Are you in?" the announcer asks. This new marketing marks a more direct appeal to millions of uninsured Californians before open enrollment ends March 31. After March 31, people can't enroll in most health plans again until late fall.
February 28, 2014 | By Charlie Vascellaro
Sure, there are changes in the ballclubs that populate Arizona's Cactus League, as those teams begin to mold themselves into contenders. But the biggest change this spring may be the new Cubs Park in Mesa. The park is part of the league's consolidation trend for the Phoenix area: The Chicago team's new home is at the busy junction of Arizona 101 and 202 loop highways on the Tempe-Mesa border. Some design elements will remind you of the Cubs' historic Wrigley Field. The left-field party deck is modeled after the famous rooftops of the Chicago neighborhood surrounding Wrigley.
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