Stories for February 1999

Monday, February 22


At 14, Eddie Milligan rode from his native Philadelphia to California in a boxcar full of racehorses to follow his dream of becoming a jockey. By his own admission, Milligan wasn't much of a jockey, but the experience launched him on a new career path tha


The average sale price for homes in the San Fernando Valley continued to increase in January, even as the number of homes sold saw a 12.6 percent decline from the previous year, according to a Southland Regional Association of Realtors report.

Business Relocation

Before you make any final decisions about leasing or buying a new commercial property you should consider the following:


State Controller Kathleen Connell speaks at a Calabasas Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Calabasas Inn, 23500 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for others. For information: (818) 222-5680.


Trammell Crow Co. has begun work to rebuild a portion of the Harmon International Business Center, which had been severely damaged in the Northridge Earthquake.


The Internet blazed last week with rumors that Walt Disney Co. was in talks to acquire Pixar Animation Studios and possibly even Apple Computer in a massive, multibillion-dollar stock swap.


"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you'r

Tips to Buying a home

Finding out what you can afford is one of the fist steps, which can be done by pre-qualifying for a home loan. This step will help you narrow your search for both a neighborhood and particular houses. A pre-qualification is a simple calculation that cons


In September 1993, the 30-year-old Holiday Inn Express in Van Nuys reopened for business following a year-long, $750,000 renovation. Four months later, the Northridge earthquake shut it down again.


Origins: Named after the Duke of Devonshire's estate in England, the town started as an agricultural enclave known as Chatsworth Park. In 1915, it joined Los Angeles to plug into the Owens River for irrigation. Later, the area's rugged scenery attracted f


Hoping to enhance its bid to host the 2000 Grammy Awards, Staples Center officials have shelled out $100,000 to be title sponsor of the 1999 L.A. Grammy Host Committee.

Real Estate

Why Buy Real Estate? Because real estate, when properly acquired and managed, provides capital appreciation, equity build up, cash flows, tax benefits and a hedge against inflation. Real estate, both land and improved, has a broad-based marketplace with


I read with interest Christopher Woodard's article "Valley Data Tough to Come By" in the Jan. 11-24 issue. Fortunately, not all government agencies have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to analyzing the economic impact of the San Fernando Valley.


I read with interest Christopher Woodard's article "Valley Data Tough to Come By" in the Jan. 11-24 issue. Fortunately, not all government agencies have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to analyzing the economic impact of the San Fernando Valley.

Model Home

If you're like most new home buyers, you've toured a number of model homes, and have fallen in love with more than one. Builders today are working harder than ever to give you the home you want, and the excellent selection of styles available is making w

Valley Talk

As a sponsor of a recent Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament in Glendale, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley picked up international publicity for its campaign to promote the Valley.


As someone thinking of buying a home, you probably know how important it is to "do your homework." But unlike when we were in school, there's no teacher saying specifically what that homework should be.


You can find distressed properties or fixer-uppers in most Valley communities, even in the wealthier neighborhoods. A distressed property is one that has been poorly maintained and has a lower market value than other houses in the immediate area.


For property management firms, 1998 was the year of the merger, with four of the top 15 firms on the Business Journal list either merging or buying other firms and boosting their Valley holdings overall.

Tuesday, February 16


I'm writing in response to "Farmer's Market to Expand" (Feb. 2). As a homeowner in the Fairfax area, I am extremely concerned about this expansion. I have lived in the Fairfax area for six years, and have seen an increasingly frustrating traffic problem g

Monday, February 8


The Los Angeles business tax reform proposal submitted by the mayor's office should be viewed as the initial step to tax reform in our city. In analyzing the proposal, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, representing businesses in the San Fernan

RE Column

J.H. Snyder Co. has filed a lawsuit against its financial partners in a deal to develop an office complex in Burbank, alleging Equity Office Properties breached its contract.

Valley Talk

That's right, no longer just for the home, companies are turning to Feng Shui the art of moving furniture to adjust an area's energy balance as a way to improve business, or so says Tibetan Feng Shui master and Valencia resident Patti Robbins-Vignal.

Small Biz

A combination of Mardi Gras, the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl is a once-a-year opportunity for advertisers and ad agencies to create reputations and flaunt their best. It's gotten to the point where some people stay for the ads an

Tech Schools

The demand for workers at high-tech firms along the 101 corridor and throughout Los Angeles is creating a business boom elsewhere in San Fernando Valley classrooms.


Hotel occupancy in the San Fernando Valley held steady in 1998 despite a 6.4 percent increase in room costs, as well as trouble abroad with the Asian economic crisis and weather problems stateside from El Nino, according to PKF Consulting, which tracks th

Fast Track

Roger S. Bloxberg and Todd J. Helfstein were just neophytes in the software business when they noticed something intriguing.


Glendale, one of the most ardent pro-growth local cities for years, is poised for a dramatic shift toward slow growth.


Recently, when a neighborhood shopping center went up for sale in Northridge, more than 20 bidders came to the table.


For more than a decade, Verdia Daniels has emptied bedpans, washed clothes and offered companionship to homebound disabled and elderly patients all at minimum wage and with no benefits.


As a young teaching student at Cal State Northridge in the early '60s, Irene Tovar was appalled at the high drop-out rate among Latinos. So she joined other students and teachers in doing something about it.


Ted Dondanville has been appointed vice president and manager of the Glendale office of Citizens Business Bank. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office and the loan portfolio. Most recently, Dondanville was vice president at Gle


Employers and consumers should get ready to dig into their pockets, once again, to pay for health care.


San Fernando Valley law firms continued to see modest employment growth in 1998, with 10 of the Valley's top 15 firms either increasing their litigation staff or holding steady, according to the Business Journal's list of the biggest firms in the San Fern


Origins: A group of businessmen developed what was then called Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport in an old orchard. The venture went bust, but the new operator, Dean Daily, was able to make ends meet by opening the airport up as a film location. World War