2014 Archive Stories Business

Yokohama depends on Southern California workers, opts to relocate in region

Sun Oct 19, 2014

We hear a lot about the companies that choose to leave our area. Let’s hear about one that stayed. Japanese tire maker Yokohama has run its U.S. operations out of Fullerton since 1986. In the past year or so, the company realized it had grown out of its old base and needed new warehouse and office space. A move was in order

Real estate agents arm themselves to feel safer on the job

Sun Oct 19, 2014

The piercing alarm of a stun gun shattered the quiet in a Laguna Niguel neighborhood one morning last week as a real estate broker let it rip. “I feel more secure,” said Janet DePerry as she fired the small, cobalt blue weapon into the air to show how it uses electrical volts to disorient an attacker. “I’m goi

Hello Kitty: 40 & Fabulous

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Hello Kitty turns 40 years old on Nov. 1 and to celebrate that milestone birthday the little girl born in London four decades ago is throwing a bash that’s already begun and won’t wrap up for six months. An exhibit titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” opened a week ago at the Japanese Ameri

Open & Shut: Taco Bell heats up K.C. menu with sriracha

Sat Oct 18, 2014

The Kansas City Royals aren’t the only ones on a hot streak in the city. Roughly 70 Taco Bells in the Kansas City market are testing a spicy menu of seven sriracha-laced items, including a scrambled egg breakfast with sriracha cream sauce. Other items – including tacos, beef grillers and a quesarito –feature sriracha se

FAA chief urges ONT-LAX agreement

Sat Oct 18, 2014

FAA chief Michael Huerta said the legal fight between Ontario and Los Angeles over the future of the Ontario International Airport is not something his agency can get involved with, but he said he hopes both sides will work to resolve the matter. Huerta, who grew up in the Inland area, was interviewed by local reporters shortly before he

Creamistry to open third location in Long Beach

Sat Oct 18, 2014

Ice cream shop Creamistry is opening its third shop later this month in Long Beach. The Yorba Linda-based company will open at 4725 E. 2nd St. in Belmont Shore. A grand opening is slated for Nov. 10, after a so

Honk: Must bicyclists carry ID? Passing the DMV test after eye surgery?

Fri Oct 17, 2014

Q. Are bicyclists required to carry ID? Seems this would help make them responsible/accountable for their own safety. Sometimes, they ignore stop signs or ride two abreast. I feel what's good for motorists must be good for cyclists. – Carolyn Brubaker, Newport Beach A. No, we don’t have to

Bullish stock market losing steam

Wed Oct 15, 2014

Has the stock market run out of gas? Seemed like it Wednesday. Traders were in sell mode and, by midday, had slashed key market indicators by nearly 3 percent. A late rally eased losses, but the widely watched Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index closed down 0.81 percent – or 15 points, to 1,862 – on the day. The vener

Remember Naugles? Trademark battle with Del Taco to decide fate of iconic chain

Wed Oct 15, 2014

Two decades after the disappearance of Naugles, fans of the Mexican fast-food chain continue to crave its red sauce-slathered combo cups, steamy cheese burritos and thick spicy taco sauce. “People have been pining to have Naugles again,” fan Doug Hall, 53, said. Pending the outcome of a trademark battle, Hall

Status Update: Franchise expo Oct. 23-25

Wed Oct 15, 2014

On the Move Stephanie Wheeler has joined Irvine-based City National Bank as senior vice president and trust team leader for the company’s Trust & Estate office. Wheeler previously worked as managing director and senior trust officer at First Republic Trust Company in Los Angeles. Moss Adams, an acc

Christmas in October: South Coast Plaza gets its 96-foot tree

Tue Oct 14, 2014

A towering tincture of Christmas rose high above Costa Mesa on Tuesday morning when a 96-foot, 10-ton white fir was hoisted into place at Town Center Park, across the street from South Coast Plaza. The massive evergreen is the first Christmas tree of the season to be displayed at a Southern California shopping center, organizers said.

For Goodwill stores, 'Halloween is our Christmas'

Tue Oct 14, 2014

While big-box stores still have a few more weeks to prep for their busiest time of the year, Goodwill of Orange County is already in the midst of its holiday peak season. “Halloween is our Christmas,” said Eric Smissen, the nonprofit’s visual specialist, as he stood near a Day of the Dead-styled mannequin that steal

Experian: credit data 'very secure'

Mon Oct 13, 2014

Big data is big business – and a huge security headache. Our lives are increasingly tracked, quantified and analyzed for research or profit. That data has become a juicy target for thieves – as seen in the breach of millions of customer accounts at consumer services companies like Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase.

Lansner: 6 reasons technology will change how you look for parking

Mon Oct 13, 2014

You know those electronic counters that are popping up at various public lots, showing how many empty parking spots are available? They aren’t just the latest techno-gimmick to ease your parking spot hunt. The technology that’s both tabulating and analyzing drivers’ habits is also revolutionizing what yo

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