Stories for August 1997

Friday, August 1

SFV Forum

With earthquake insurance prices on the rise and a reported drop in policy purchases in the San Fernando Valley, fingers are being pointed at the California Earthquake Authority, which offer less coverage at higher prices. The authority was formed last De

Valley talk

As new office projects for the Tri-Cities hit the drawing board, the rumor mill has been spitting out names of prospective tenants.


According to recent statistics, the average employee will change jobs at least five times.


Angered by higher prices for less coverage, many San Fernando Valley area homeowners are deciding not to buy earthquake insurance under the new California Earthquake Authority, according to insurers and others.

Small Biz

As the San Fernando Valley economy picks up steam, the last business sector to improve is the commercial shopping districts in older, residential communities.


Since the early 1970s, Brentwood developer Gerald L. Katell has been a fixture in the San Fernando Valley, building his trademark projects across the skyline including the Northridge Business Park, the Agoura Hills Business Park and the Nordhoff Industr


There is one thing that drives many of the San Fernando Valley's fastest growing public companies: technology.


Pacoima has an awful image an area where gangs and drugs predominate, a place of low income, high unemployment and little hope. It's not insignificant that the people who attach such labels to Pacoima tend to live far, far away from Pacoima. Talk to the

SFV Newsmakers

John Hoisch has joined Sutro & Co.'s Woodland Hills branch office as first vice president, investments. Hoisch joins Sutro after seven years with Schroder Wertheim in West Los Angeles. Prior to that he worked at Bateman Eichler and Drexel Burnham Lambert.


The area surrounding Hansen Dam in the Northeast San Fernando Valley is a hodgepodge of spent gravel pits, industrial warehouses and an outdated steam plant.

INDependent Contractor Agreeme

THIS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made this 22nd day of July, 1997, by and between Lisa Steen Proctor ("Contractor") and CBJ Associates, Inc., d/b/a The San Fernando Valley Business Journal ("Firm").

Small Biz Taxi

A chance late-night meeting with a rock band that never hit the big time became the seed for Michael Laskow's career.


Trikon Technologies Inc. is considered by some analysts to be a technological marvel because of its cutting-edge equipment for the manufacture of sophisticated semiconductor chips.

List Story

There is one thing that drives many of the San Fernando Valley's fastest growing public companies: technology.


As the nation's largest licensee and distributor of laserdiscs, Chatsworth-based Image Entertainment seems headed for the technology industry's endangered species list.


In Pacoima, English is a second language, fast food means a torta con frijoles and your neighbor is likely to be a co-worker at the local factory.


Like sibling rivals getting on in years, Palmdale and Lancaster twin cities of the high desert are putting their differences aside to focus on cooperative ways to increase their economic clout.

Letter Valley

I understand the frustration expressed by the San Fernando Valley business leaders in your recent article on the decision by Cal State Northridge to eliminate certain men's sports ("Valley Business Leaders Slam CSUN Officials," July San Fernando Valley Bu


Disaster Medical Assistance Corp. is offering a whole new perspective on Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals one without the likes of Hawkeye Pierce.


Just over a month after CareAmerica Health Plans signed a 10-year lease for a new San Fernando Valley headquarters, Blue Shield of California announced that it is buying the Woodland Hills-based HMO and CareAmerica Life Insurance Co. for $175 million.

SFV Re Column

Escrow is expected to close shortly on a sale that could bring a long-awaited solution for one of the San Fernando Valley's most prominent problem properties, the Sherman Oaks Galleria.