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October 20, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Silvia Spross took a baby step into small-business ownership when she opened a jewelry kiosk on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. It took just $11,000 to set up Lapzos Beads, including $3,500 for the first month's rent. So far the Swiss immigrant has hit her goal to average at least $200 a day in sales of the necklaces, rings and bracelets she makes from rough-cut semiprecious stones, polished rocks and beads from around the world. "I would love to own a little store but figured this would be a great start, just to see if it works," said Spross, whose lease runs just through January.
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Fleur de Lys, the Westside mansion that recently sold for a Southern California record-breaking price of $102 million, is now available for lease for $400,000 a month to long-term tenants. The timing is good for the new, and as yet unidentified, owner. Another mega estate, historic Beverly House in Beverly Hills, reentered the for-sale market at $135 million and also is available to let at $600,000 a month -- making Fleur de Lys look like a relative bargain. Fleur de Lys claims roughly 50,000 square feet of living space on five acres.
February 13, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space said late Thursday that it was canceling its lease. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected cancellation of Planet Granite's lease was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees who hope to operate the rink for at least six months beginning March 1. "We would love to announce we're going to open March 1, but we don't know that yet," said Shannon Takahashi, who manages the skating school.
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
HDOS Enterprises, owner of the employee-owned Hot Dog on a Stick snack shacks ubiquitous in malls, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing expensive lease costs among the factors. In its Chapter 11 filing, Hot Dog on a Stick said its total debt was $1 million to as much as $10 million. The court filing also shows the company estimated its assets between $10 million and $50 million. "Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s," Dan Smith, the company's chief executive, said in a statement.
November 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Just what is that Google mystery barge? A floating data center? A Google Glass showroom? A party boat?  One of the things that seems to have thrown off the sleuths trying to deduce its purpose: They're looking at the wrong lease.  A week ago, CNET broke the story of the Google mystery barge, in part by using a bunch of clues based on the current leaseholder for Hangar 3 on Treasure Island: a Delaware company called By and Large....
August 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's last Los Angeles-area residence, a French chateau in Holmby Hills, has come on the market at $28,995,000. The pop icon was leasing the 17,171-square-foot stately mansion at $100,000 a month at the time of his death last year. The Richard Landry-designed estate, built in 2002, has a theater, a wine cellar and tasting room, an art studio, a gym with a spa, and an elevator. The guesthouse has stained-glass doors leading to the pool and gardens. There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 12 fireplaces.
February 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
How much would you pay to live where William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies called home? How steep is too steep to sleep where John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned? OK, rich kids of Instagram , what would you say to a Beverly Hills manse with a $600,000-a-month lease? And yes, if you can afford it, you can brag: Its listing agent, Jeffrey Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, says the Mediterranean-style house “may be the most expensive lease in the country.” So now we'll see if those tax increases we voted for in November really have chased all the rich people out of California.
March 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A state program leasing wildlife protection areas to farmers failed to properly spend and report at least $1.7 million in rental income as part of the normal budget process last year, according to an internal state investigation announced Thursday. The irregularities in the program run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife follow a string of similar controversies at agencies including the Recreation and Parks Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where money was stashed in off-budget accounts.
April 15, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I own two houses on the same street. I live in one and rent out the other. The tenants in the rental house have seven months left on their lease. I would like to move my wife's mother into the rental house so she can move out of my house. Will I be able to do that? Answer: A lease is an agreement that is binding on all parties to it, tenant and landlord. Some leases have "escape clauses" that allow either party to cancel upon giving notice, typically 30 days. If the lease agreement you used for this rental does not include an escape clause, you have no general right to unilaterally cancel the lease.
February 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels owner Arte Moreno said Friday that negotiations with the city of Anaheim for a new stadium lease are “at a stalemate,” but he stopped short of saying he was aggressively pursuing a new home for the team. “We haven't crossed that line yet,” Moreno said while Angels pitchers and catchers finished their first day of spring-training workouts. “In September, we thought we had a good outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done.
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