Stories for December 1997

Monday, December 1

Liststory

The Los Angeles Business Journal's annual List of the 20 fastest-growing private companies in the San Fernando Valley reflects the increasing diversity of the Valley economy.

Valley Crest

Valley Crest has re-sodded stadiums, landscaped entire communities and even planted the Las Vegas strip with 1,300 palm trees.

LookBack

This was the year that the Valley finally buried the earthquake, once and for all.

Valley talk

The gaslamps that flicker along the quaint Montrose Shopping Park are attracting a lot of attention. The reason behind the interest: These aren't the familiar faux gaslamps that use electricity. They're the real McCoy.

Valley Edit

As we near the end of 1997, the San Fernando Valley, like the rest of Southern California, has fully embraced the economic good times. Gone are the downbeat residues of the early '90s recession, as well as the Northridge earthquake. In their place has bee

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H.F. Ahmanson & Co.'s unsuccessful bid to acquire cross-town rival Great Western Financial Corp. of Chatsworth earlier this year was characterized as a particularly humbling defeat for Charles Rinehart, Ahmanson's chief executive.

Econowatch

Construction is heating up in the San Fernando Valley, and the overall value of that activity is growing rapidly, according to this month's Valley Econowatch.

Equstrian

It's a picture-perfect morning at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. A rider and her horse bound over red, white and blue fences at a jumping competition in a 3,500-seat arena. An urban cowgirl primps her mount for a jaunt on the trails of Griffith Park.

Valley XmAs

San Fernando Valley malls are reporting an unusually early turnout of holiday shoppers this year, and while retailers hope this will translate into robust sales for the season, industry observers aren't quite as optimistic.

Letter

A recent Southern California Association of Governments report predicted that commuting in the Southland will get worse as the population increases. However, the emphasis on traffic counts along specific sections of freeway and at key interchanges overloo

Persfi

You don't need a million dollars to become a successful investor. What you do need is the determination and patience to follow some basic, proven investment strategies.

Outlook

Despite escalating debate over secession from the city of Los Angeles and mounting public transit problems, San Fernando Valley business leaders are optimistic that 1998 will be a strong year.

Glendale

The city of Glendale long has prided itself on its business-friendly environment. With no business license tax and nominal development fees, the city has become a thriving office market and a magnet for development activity.

Mozilo

Angelo R. Mozilo thrives on competition, and that helps Calabasas-based Countrywide Credit Industries Inc. to remain atop the much-contested field of residential mortgage lending.

FastTrack

That was the challenge presented to Edge Industrial Design Group by client Belkin Components Inc., a manufacturer of computer cables and plugs.

Spotlight

Located on the scenic northern frontier of Los Angeles between the Angeles National Forest and Verdugo Hills, Sunland is a community divided by issues issues that, lately, have pitted business owners against environmentalists and neighbors against neigh

Forum

The San Fernando Valley fell on hard times in the early '90s. Economic recession led to the closure of many of the Valley's biggest employers, including the General Motors plant in Van Nuys. Then there was the Northridge earthquake in 1994, which inflicte

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The office market from the Calabasas to Camarillo region often called the "Highway 101 Technology Corridor" bustles with companies on the cutting-edge of technology in the United States.

Northridge

Retailers at Northridge Fashion Center say the mall's overall performance has improved steadily since it reopened following the 1994 earthquake.

SFV Newsmakers

Stuart Smith has been named chief financial officer and chief operations officer at Van Nuys-based J.J. Grace Inc. In this newly created position, Smith will be responsible for the company's finances and oversee day-to-day operations. He previously served