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October 29, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, turned a $94-million profit in the third quarter of this year led by growth in lease activity in the United States and the overall real estate recovery in Europe. The Los Angeles firm said Tuesday that income from arranging transactions to buy or rent space in offices, warehouses and other commercial properties helped revenue increase 11% from the third quarter last year to $1.73 billion. Revenue from brokering property sales was up 29% over the same period.
October 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
For Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. in Valencia, it's all about making the right connections. And those connections with customers are helping keep many of the world's civil, commercial and military aircraft safe in the air. Wesco Aircraft manages supply chains for the aerospace industry and is one of the world's biggest sellers and distributors of aerospace parts and components. Its more than 525,000 parts and components include fasteners, fittings, nuts, bolts, bushings, clamps, collars, pins, screws and washers.
October 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The rock band Van Halen has sued the ex-spouse of one of its members over the use of her own last name for a business venture. The company that represents Van Halen's intellectual property, ELVH Inc., is accusing Kelly Van Halen - drummer Alex Van Halen's former wife - of illegally exploiting the Van Halen name for her construction and interior design company.  Kelly Van Halen, whose name was Kelly Carter before she married the drummer, makes...
October 11, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
SPRINGFIELD, Colo. - Out near a lonely highway southwest of town, a farmer's son stuck some seeds in the ground last spring to see what would happen. What he pulled from the soil made history and has sown new hope for struggling farmers both here and across the nation. Last weekend, 41-year-old Ryan Loflin, a fifth-generation Coloradan, along with an enthusiastic crew of 45 volunteers, harvested what is being called the first U.S. crop of commercial hemp in more than half a century.
October 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The park is named after the late actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo, who played the comic sidekick Pancho in the 1950s Western TV series "The Cisco Kid. " Located along Pacific Coast Highway near the Los Angeles-Ventura County line, it has doubled for Iwo Jima, the Caribbean and Hawaii. For six decades, Leo Carrillo State Park has been one of the most popular beaches, not only for Los Angeles residents but for location scouts. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments From "Grease" to "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," the scenic stretch of beach has been featured in countless movies, TV shows and commercials.
September 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It may feel like ESPN wants to own the entire sports universe - OK, it does - but however you feel about the mega-conglomerate, they have made some clever commercials over the years. Now they've managed to produce one that's both self-serving and clever, which, when you think about it, is right up their alley. They have a new spot that plays off the ESPN - - what? -- theme music. I hesitate to call it that, because it's only a few notes, though they have become ingrained in the American sporting public's consciousness.
September 20, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Angel Jennings
Authorities handed out dozens of citations at Los Angeles International Airport this week in an operation that focused on limousine, taxi and van drivers. Law enforcement officers from several different agencies conducted the sting operation at three locations around the airport from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. There were random stops for commercial ground transportation vehicles. "This operation is part of a proactive approach by Los Angeles Airport Police and our partner agencies to provide the traveling public with safe commercial transportation to and from LAX," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said in a statement.
September 20, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
In its first 10 years Disney Hall became more than a home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it also became a destination for photographing advertisements and filming commercials, television shows and movies. Howard Sherman, vice president of operations at the Music Center, said the product of Frank Gehry's imagination works on film because the hall can be so many things to so many people. "If they want futuristic stainless steel curves, this is where they come. If they want a space to do a formal black tie gala in a traditional environment, this is where they can come," he said.
September 17, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
West Hollywood on Monday banned commercial displays and performances involving wild and exotic animals, including k angaroos, giraffes and bears. Armadillos, civets and badgers are also among the more than two dozen animals in the ban that activists applauded as "compassionate and forward-thinking. " More than a dozen people discussed the measure before the West Hollywood City Council on Monday night. One woman held up a bullhook used to prod elephants while speaking in favor of the ban. After the vote, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, saying West Hollywood had sent "a clear message" that the city welcomes entertainment -- "but not at the expense of animals' well-being.
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