Stories for September 1999

Monday, September 20

Real Estate Acquisition

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


Core Business: Voice- and handwriting-recognition software for consumer electronics


For at least the second year running, the Toyota Camry heads up the list of top-selling cars in the San Fernando Valley. But reflecting the current love affair with sport utility vehicles, Ford's popular Explorer upset the Honda Accord to become the secon


Jenisa Washington is an hour late for her appointment with a reporter. As she sits in her loft office in downtown L.A., the phone never seems to stop ringing, her assistant pops in every few minutes to shout another question, and her 4-month-old infant Is

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It seems as if at least once a week the news reports some business somewhere burning to the ground.


Tourism activity was lackluster in the San Fernando Valley during the first part of the year, but it now appears to be picking up, as seen by a jump in the hotel occupancy rate.

Building a Framework for the 2

On the eve of the 21st Century, business is undergoing dramatic change -- and so is the office. More and more companies are facing daunting investment decisions as they respond to new business realities. Y2K issues have dominated headlines, but no less


An age wave of immense proportions is about to sweep over America and the rest of the developed world.


Offices used to be small and the need for an identifying sign was confined primarily to the firm's name. Usually the sign was hand-

SFV Newsmakers

Greg Ward was promoted to president of Crane Aerospace Inc.'s Hydro-Aire division in Burbank. He was most recently senior vice president of operations and customer satisfaction.

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Sue Ferguson has joined the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention services manager. She will oversee meeting planning, visitor guides and party venue planning. Ferguson was previously catering sales manager at the DoubleTree Hotel Pasadena.


How many times have you found yourself roaming Ventura Boulevard in search of a business, but all you have is its name and not its street number?


Newhall Land & Farming Co. already has 30,000 lots slated for development in and around Valencia.


The purpose of ergonomics is to design the work environment around people, and not vice versa. Jennifer Hohne, corporate ergonomist for Haworth, Inc., an office furniture design and manufacturing company, expresses concern for a large segment of today's


There used to be a simple cure for over-the-hill jocks who suffered aches and pains from playing their favorite sport doctors simply told them to stop playing.


Between now and the end of the year, we'll be facing three major demons: First, the "Traditional October Willies."

Monday, September 6


Quake experts say almost all of the thousands of deaths in Turkey's earthquake could have been avoided if the country had been more prepared. The disaster brings back memories of the 1994 Northridge quake and has caused many locals to wonder how their hom


Education: Cornell University, bachelor's degree in theater arts; Boston University, master's degree in communications; Georgetown University, law degree


As the new school year begins, students at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City will be trying to choose between field hockey and water polo.


As chairman and CEO of Charter Pacific Bank, I would like to take exception to certain inferences within your Aug. 23, "The Handful of Remaining Valley Based Banks Had Strong Year." By inference, the article indicated that the greater growth achieved by a


The Aug. 23 story "City Eying Mall in Bid for Revenue" incorrectly stated the location of the area that Newhall Land & Farming is helping the city of Santa Clarita to annex. The area's correct location is east of Interstate 5, near Castaic.


Stadium: A plan by Cal State Northridge to build an $8 million football stadium to replace its outdated facility on campus (above) is drawing strong opposition from neighbors. The United Northridge Homeowners, a group opposed to the noise and traffic that


Ford dealerships again dominate the list of top automobile dealers in the San Fernando Valley, thanks in large part to the popularity of the Valley's apparent vehicle of choice, the ubiquitous sport utility vehicle.

SFV Newsmakers

Laura Pegler has been named director of investor relations for Asset Management Consultants Inc. in Granada Hills. She is responsible for strengthening relationships with current and prospective investors. Pegler was an independent sales and marketing con

Real Estate Column

As a result of the new guidelines requiring hospitals to meet stricter construction standards for earthquake safety, Mission Community Hospital will undergo a $30-million facelift that will enlarge and upgrade the facility in Panorama City.


Despite screaming headlines that tout the outrageous Internet success stories of the hour, it's the true marketing innovations and quiet success strategies that quicken the pulse. Out of the unquestionably long list of candidates, we review two that are b


The manufacturer of machine tools and data-collection systems was on an acquisitions tear, picking up Milacron Inc.'s tool division for $178 million, as well as R & B; Machine Tool Co. and the radio frequency identification unit of Dallas-based Amtech Corp.


The San Fernando Valley had an inventory of only 144 new single-family homes for sale in June, less than half the level of a couple years ago, according to a mid-year survey by the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California.


"Psst. Hey, kid. I'll give you 20 bucks for three of those packs of Pokemon cards," I whispered.


A major push launched after the 1994 Northridge earthquake to retrofit concrete buildings and apartment structures has all but come to a halt after only 5 percent of the voluntary work was done, according to the city Department of Building and Safety.


Many companies are embracing the Internet by launching a Web site to market or even to sell their wares. But an Encino firm is embracing the Internet in a far more significant way.


The folks at the Studio City Chamber of Commerce thought it might be interesting to share some of the questions they're asked by callers. So the chamber's executive director, Gloria Carbone Mitchell, decided to print a few of the more interesting inquirie

Fast track

Driving Force: A strong economy that's sparking new construction and remodeling of aging housing stock


Agoura Hills is quickly emerging as the Conejo Valley's darling of development, with the city this month considering two competing proposals to build major retail/entertainment complexes.


To hear Arcona Devan tell it, the fountain of youth is right here in the San Fernando Valley. And it isn't a fountain at all. Mostly, it comes out of bottles and jars.


The office vacancy rate in Glendale is topping 16 percent and speculative development has all but vanished.


French cosmetics retailer Sephora has brought its innovative marketing approach to L.A. by opening its first local store in the Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks.