LA Business Journal

Daina writes about real estate for the Los Angeles Business Journal. She previously covered technology for the LA Times Business section and has also written on renewable energy.

Below is a selection of her Business Journal stories covering real estate, restaurants, retail, and media. Sign up for a free trial account to access articles behind the paywall.

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REAL ESTATE

Costly Buildup In Construction: Crush for crews squeezes project budgets
April 21, 2017

Moving Into Koreatown: Proximity to Westside, downtown, rail line fuels market’s attraction
April 14, 2017

Extended Stay Pays for Relevant Group’s Hollywood Hotels
March 31, 2017

Developer Capital Foresight Thinks Small With Micro-Room Hotel
March 24, 2017

Soylent Nabs Downtown Arts District Office Lease
March 20, 2017

Co-Working Company Pulls Out of Row DTLA
March 17, 2017

Waterfront’s Future Adrift After Redondo Beach Voters Reject $400 Million Project
March 17, 2017

Amazon May Be Looking to Book Space in L.A.
March 13, 2017

Hotelier Jeff Klein Set to Buy Sunset Tower Hotel
March 10, 2017

Shopping Center Owner Intends to Bag Grocery Properties
March 10, 2017

USC Buys Medical Office on Health Sciences Campus
March 1, 2017

DivcoWest buys Glendale Plaza for $179M
February 28, 2017

Santa Monica Telephone Building Sells to DivcoWest for $52.5M
February 28, 2017

West Hollywood Sunset Tower Hotel Targets $100M Sale
February 24, 2017

Japan Investor Mitsui & Co. Plants L.A. Flag [Page 1] [Page 2]
February 24, 2017

Mapletree’s Extended Interest Lands Deal For Oakwood Worldwide
By Henry Meier & Daina Beth Solomon
February 17, 2017

Pulsing Market: Two medical properties pump up downtown
February 17, 2017

Toyota’s Torrance Headquarters Hits the Market
February 15, 2017

Loyola Marymount Takes First Lease at Playa Vista’s Brickyard Offices
February 10, 2017

Downtown Veterans Aim to Scale Skyscaper: Trio looks to fill Citibank Center offices.
February 10, 2017

Church Building to Be Born Again as Office Space
February 10, 2017

Macy’s Sells West L.A. Store for $50 Million, Signaling Possible Closure
February 8, 2017

Chinese Developer Oceanwide Builds Up Presence Downtown
February 3, 2017

Glendale’s Nestle USA Plans Move to Virginia
February 1, 2017

Westside Rentals Sells to CoStar Group
February 1, 2017

Snapchat’s Venice Office Hits Market for $20 Million
January 30, 2017

Arts District industrial property owners sold on big paydays [Page 1] [Page 2]
Healthy sale prices for industrial spaces pay off for Arts District landlords willing to depart.
January 27, 2017

Hotel Venture Parcel-ed Out? [Page 1] [Page 2]
Hotelier hopes to book deal for a neighboring property to his Beverly Hills project.
January 20, 2017

Investor Circles Parking Places [Page 1] [Page 2]
Stockdale Capital Partners sees lots of investment opportunities in parking properties
January 13, 2017

Chargers Seal Deal on Move to Los Angeles
By David Nusbaum and Daina Beth Solomon
January 12, 2017

George Lucas Selects Los Angeles for Museum of Narrative Art
January 10, 2017

Netflix Nabs New Space in Hollywood
January 6, 2017

Corporate Pointe Office Owners Go Creative with ‘Corporate’ Switch to ‘Culver’
Owners of office buildings at Corporate Pointe aim to build up with a new name and focus on creative space.
January 6, 2017

Industrial Shift [Page 1] [Page 2]
Chinese investors’ pursuit of properties has progressed from residential to industrial.
December 30, 2016

Deed Shows $270 Million Price Tag in Spruce Goose Hangar Sale
December 28, 2016

San Diego Chargers Agree to Orange County Office Lease
December 23, 2016

Fred Segal Inks Lease for Sunset Strip
December 19, 2016

Software Firm Boosts Market
Oracle pays up for Santa Monica office
November 25, 2016

Politics Plays With Projects
March vote may resolve conflict between development measures.
November 25, 2016

Zoning Out 
Jerry Snyder talks L.A. development and why he’s no friend of social media.
November 18, 2016

Retailers Sold On Robertson Boulevard?
November 4, 2016

Trump’s L.A. Golf Course Still Carrying Handicap
October 31, 2016

Duo Fashions Lawsuit out of Rodeo Drive Deal
October 28, 2016

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Prized Possessions
Legal victory by Los Angeles County could shut door on property owners avoiding payment of transfer taxes – as well as dodging reassessments – by using holding companies, trusts as ownership vehicles
October 14, 2016

Warner Music Group Inks Ford Factory Lease
October 7, 2016

New Home Base for Chinese Condo Buyers Downtown
October 7, 2016

Buyer May Home In on Times Mirror Property
September 30, 2016

UPS Signs Largest Industrial Lease in Compton
September 23, 2016

Shops Still Game to Trade on Departed Fred Segal Brand Name
September 16, 2016

Tallest Tower in West Piles Up Office Space
September 9, 2016

Record Sale Could Cost House of Bijan Home
September 2, 2016

Immigrant Developer Rebuilt Life in Los Angeles
August 26, 2016

Industrial Zone: Q&A With Richard Ziman
August 19, 2016

Playboy Mansion Sells for $100 Million to Twinkies Mogul
August 16, 2016

Offices Created In Arts District
August 5, 2016

Ex-Hangar Lands Tech Giant
August 5, 2016

Co-Working Space Still Campaigns for Ad Firms
July 22, 2016

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Rebuilding Blueprints
Specter of city of L.A. voter initiative that would impose construction restrictions for two years has spurred some property developers to speed up, reposition, or postpone projects.
July 15, 2016

Retailers Bet on Broadway
July 1, 2016

AEG Drops Planned LA Live Hotel Expansion
June 24, 2016

End of Times?
Onni Group may press space at the Los Angeles Times complex into retail and office use.
June 24, 2016

Snapped Up 
Snapchat’s network expands to keep pace with message app’s growth.
June 20, 2016

Downtown’s Draw Reaches Out West
All Def Digital is among the recent converts ditching the pricey Westside for downtown L.A.’s draw.
June 3, 2016

Inglewood Framed as Artist Enclave
May 30, 2016

Co-Living Firm Squeezes ‘Em In [Page 1] [Page 2]
May 23, 2016

Apple to Drop in Downtown?
May 16, 2016

Making Room: SBE’s Sam Nazarian Welcomes Morgans Hotel Group
May 16, 2016

Boxed In
Developers look to pre-fab homes as less expensive options for customized homes.
May 9, 2016

Partners Aim to Clean Up With Toxic Properties
Matthew Winefield and Reid Breitman pursue healthy returns by cleaning up toxic properties.
May 2, 2016

Builder Stakes Developments
Aecom sees investing in real estate projects as a means to build revenue.
April 25, 2016

Inglewood Real Estate Gets NFL Boost
With a new NFL stadium heading to Inglewood in 2019, demand for real estate there is already heating up.
April 22, 2016

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Flipped Switch
High demand for housing has opened door for residential developers to unlock value in older properties by converting traditional office buildings into luxury apartments, condominiums across L.A.
April 18, 2016

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Office Vacancies Decline Across L.A.
The L.A. office market is looking up as vacancy rates dropped throughout Los Angeles County in the first quarter.
April 18, 2016

Shut Out
Megamansion plan axed amid neighbor pushback
April 3, 2016

Mall Scales Back on Big Tenants
Hughes Center Promenade owner buys into smaller shops.
March 25, 2016

Worker Falls to Death from Wilshire Grand
March 17, 2016

Mall Renovates For Comeback
Westside Pavilion buys into revival plan.
March 7, 2016

Inglewood Real Estate Gets NFL Boost
Friday, April 22, 2016

Ratkovich Says Time Still on Side of The Bloc
February 23, 2016

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: New Scene Checks In
Once known for rock ‘n’ roll excess, Sunset Strip now making room for hotel developments aimed at reviving area as must-visit destination.
January 25, 2016

NFL’s Pass Lets Carson Site Field Bids
January 18, 2016

Class Action May Have Taken Down Home Sales
Brokers blame September dip on families bracing for start of school.
October 26, 2015

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MEDIA

Michael Ferro Suggested LA Times Sale to Patrick Soon-Shiong, Lawyer Says
April 7, 2017

Tronc Open to Soon-Shiong Offer for Company; Won’t Sell L.A. Times Alone
April 6, 2017

Tronc Shares Climb as It Pushes Back at Soon-Shiong
April 3, 2017

What is Soon-Shiong’s Next Step in Fight For Tronc?
By Daina Beth Solomon, Diane Haithman, Henry Meier, and Jonathan Diamond
March 23, 2017

Oaktree Sells Stake in tronc Back to Company
March 23, 2017

Newspaper’s Parent May Add Star Power: Tronc In Talks to Buy UsWeekly 
March 10, 2017

Paper’s Digital Offerings Have Yet to Deliver
February 3, 2017

Tronc Investor Patrick Soon-Shiong May Be Best Positioned to Pick Up L.A. Times
November 11, 2016

Ex-L.A. Times Reporter Delivers More Bad News
August 12, 2016

Pulitzer Winner Levels Labor Charges at Former L.A. Times Bosses
August 9, 2016

Tribune Turns Down Gannett Offer
May 4, 2016

Gannett Bids for Parent Company of L.A. Times
The publisher of USA Today is making a play for the Los Angeles Times as the struggling newspaper industry feels the crunch to consolidate.
April 25, 2016

Paper’s Parent Pages Techies
Parent of Los Angeles Times hopes to turn page under guidance of chief executive from tech sector.
February 29, 2016

Tribune May Bid on OC Register
December 9, 2015

Tribune Denies Sale, But Is One Still Possible?
November 30, 2015

Murdoch: ‘L.A. Times to Go to Eli Broad’
November 27, 2015

Speaking Out
Richard Grenell doesn’t shy away from intense jobs or backing gay rights as a Republican
February 15, 2016

Big-Game Ads’ New Playbook
Agencies get ball rolling outside Super Bowl [Page 1] [Page 2] [Page 3]
February 8, 2016

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RESTAURANTS & HOSPITALITY 

Unit 120 Kitchen ‘Incubator’ Helps Concepts Avoid Heat
August 19, 2016

Fine Dining at 71Above Looking Up In Downtown
June 10, 2016

Jinya Ramen Chain Uses Noodle to Expand
June 3, 2016

Little Taco Chain May Take Crack at Big Time
Pink Taco joins the fold of chain operator Real Mex Restaurants, which may have big plans for the brand.
April 18, 2016

Eatery Owners Hit by Cut, Run
Chef shows feeding high restaurant turnover [Page 1] [Page 2]
February 8, 2016

Prices Often Hottest Topic for Ice Cream Shops
February 1, 2016

Yogurt Chain Hot Property for Ice-Cream Veteran
December 21, 2015

Hotel Keys
Offer Nissenbaum books repeat big-name customers at the Beverly Hills Peninsula with focus on details, discretion.
December 14, 2015

Burger Chain Wants Bite Of L.A. Market
December 7, 2015

Eateries Fed Up
Joan’s on Third and its licensed location each claim the other carried out practices which harmed the brand.
November 30, 2015

Different Spin
Musician Moby is more concerned with serving tasty vegan fare than record turnout for his new Silver Lake eatery, Little Pine.
November 23, 2015

Fast-Growing Blaze Pizza Adds More
November 13, 2015

Tabled Tips
Restaurants are axing gratuities and hiking prices to cover rising wages.
November 2, 2015

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RETAIL

Happy Returns Commits To Giving Back
December 16, 2016

American Apparel Plans Layoffs
April 11, 2016

Link to Retail May Lift IPO for Honest Co.
February 23, 2016

Dov Charney Refuses to Fold
February 1, 2016

Mall’s Events Shooting For Moon, Asians
January 25, 2016

Charney Out; Judge Accepts American Apparel Bankruptcy Plan
January 25, 2016

Marketer Sticks With Faddish Products
Noah Bremen’s Bdirect works to extend the shelf life of fad items such as Snuggie blankets and Razor scooters.
January 25, 2016

Charney: ‘No Shot’ for Fair Chance to Buy Company
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Businesses Work to Cover Losses From Rainy Days
Outdoor operators are particularly exposed with string of storms on way.
January 11, 2016

Trainer Sees Pilates Machines as Healthy Pursuit
The latest creation from Sebastien Lagree is designed for mind-body connection.
January 11, 2016

Selling Revival
New shops, restaurants angle to make Westwood competitive with popular malls in Santa Monica, Century City.
January 4, 2016

Minding Stores
Half-dozen big-name retailers buy into suburban Paramount’s drive to revive shopping district.
December 21, 2015

New Wave
Old shops on Rose Avenue are getting washed out by Venice’s tech scene.
December 7, 2015  [Page 1] [Page 2]

Haggen Store Sales Get Green Light
November 17, 2015

Smart & Final Soars In Third Quarter
November 12, 2015

Bankrupt Markets Increase Stock of Store Sites
Store locations freed up by Haggen and Fresh & Easy’s bankruptcies probably won’t sit on the shelf long.
November 9, 2015

Albertsons to Get Back Some Stores?
November 9, 2015

Investors Walk Away From Shares of Shoemaker
Skechers’ stock tumbles 32 percent after report of slow sales.
November 2, 2015

Jakks Stock Stumbles as Income Rises
October 26, 2015

Skechers Stock Plunges After Disappointing Earnings
October 23, 2015

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