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SPORTS
December 4, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
NEW YORK - Finally, there's reason to believe the NHL and the players' association are listening to each other and might be inching toward a labor agreement that would salvage some semblance of a season. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who has often accused the NHLPA of being unwilling to negotiate, was cordial toward the union after marathon meetings between selected owners and players at a New York hotel Tuesday. That was significant because Daly has been a loud and constant critic of the union's supposed reluctance to compromise.
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BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Wild Oats Markets Inc., the closed purveyor of organic and natural foods, is planning a comeback this year, potentially aided by local billionaire Ron Burkle. The company, which has been out of operation since 2007, now says on its website that it is "re-introducing" its brand, bringing beverages, snacks, cereals, pasta and other goods to store shelves. Burkle's Los Angeles private equity company Yucaipa Cos. seems to be involved. A trademark application filed by Wild Oats Marketing last June and published for opposition in late May lists Yucaipa's Sunset Boulevard address.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2006 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Ron Burkle says he loves newspapers. He just doesn't always agree with them. The billionaire Los Angeles investor has been known to sic his lawyer on publications he thought treated him unfairly. He has battled in court to keep reporters from getting his divorce records. Most famously, in late March he set up a videotaped sting in an attempt to catch New York Post gossip writer Jared Paul Stern allegedly trying to extort more than $200,000 from him.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The turning point came in 1981 when Ron Burkle--then a vice president at the Stater Bros. supermarket chain at the tender age of 29--decided to put together a buyout team and raise money to acquire his employer. Although Petrolane Properties, owner of Stater Bros. at the time, was entertaining offers to buy its supermarket chain, the parent company was not entertained by Burkle's offer.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2010 | Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
After months of bitter attacks, Los Angeles billionaire Ronald Burkle and Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio are expected to face off Tuesday in the next chapter of a prolonged battle over the world's largest bookseller. On one side is Burkle, 57, who made his fortune in supermarket chains and has been rapidly accumulating Barnes & Noble stock since late last year, raising the prospect that he is seeking control of the company. On the defensive is Riggio, 69, who grew Barnes & Noble from a single store in 1971 to the 1,350-outlet behemoth it is today, one that critics have blamed for the demise of small, independent bookstores.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
Book giant Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a major shakeup of its top management Thursday, saying it was replacing Chief Executive Steve Riggio with the head of its online division. William Lynch, 39, joined the New York company in February 2009 as president of its website, Barnes & Noble.com. He succeeds Riggio, who had been chief executive of the company since 2002 and is the younger brother of company Chairman Leonard Riggio. The move comes at a difficult time for Barnes & Noble.
SPORTS
April 14, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Anaheim's effort to bring a third NBA team to Southern California reached its latest peak Thursday, as the Sacramento Kings' owners explained their interest in making Honda Center their new home and the city's mayor expressed his enthusiasm to Commissioner David Stern in New York. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof were joined by siblings George and Phil in making a 90-minute proposal to the NBA's Board of Governors' relocation committee about the benefits of a new home in Orange County.
MAGAZINE
November 18, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Tina Daunt is a Times staff writer whose Cause Celebre column on Hollywood and politics appears weekly in the Calendar section. She can be reached at Tina.Daunt@latimes.com.
It's high season for politics in Hollywood, with the presidential primaries just weeks away, and that means the glitterati are engaged in their favorite recreational drama: political fundraising at the homes of the rich and famous. There are so many events these days, you need a closet full of pressed suits, a detailed knowledge of Beverly Hills' winding canyon roads and enough money to cover the campaign donations ($2,300 a pop). From the outside, it may look like pay-per-view politics, but you must be on some serious person's serious guest list to get a seat at these soirees.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, weeks after being promised to Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle. The grocery chain, which is in the process of trading hands from British supermarket giant Tesco to Burkle's Yucaipa Cos., cited debt between $500 million and $1 billion in its court filing Monday. The move “is simply the next step in the restructuring process” during the sale and will have “no impact” on customers' shopping experience, Fresh & Easy said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle doubled his holding in China's Xinhua Finance Media to 12% with the purchase of $30 million in convertible stock. The new stake comes on top of the $27.5 million that Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. invested in September, Xinhua said. The conversion price is $6 per American depository share, a 31% premium above Xinhua's close Friday, the Beijing company said. Xinhua sells ads for financial publications and TV and radio stations.
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