Stories for April 2000
Monday, April 17
Camarillo-based Pink Dot is betting that there are a lot of lazy people beyond the borders of Southern California.
Office air quality can be a major contributor in lost time and increased sick days. Indoor air affects the body in several ways: the nose detects odors; mucus membranes are affected by changes in humidity; airborne pollen can aggravate allergies. Air poll
Echoing John F. Kennedy's famous admonition, "Ask not what your country can do for you," Computer Associates International Inc.'s CEO, Charles B. Wang, is giving compensation to his company, to the tune of $144 million.
A NEW SERIES OF STATE QUARTERS AND A GROWING INTEREST IN COLLECTING HAVE PROVEN HIGHLY BENEFICIAL FOR LOCAL DEALERS LIKE A COIN EXCHANGE IN TARZANA
It seems like trying to get teen-agers to hang out at malls is a little like trying to make weeds grow: It happens without any effort at all, so why bother?
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a World Trade Week reception recognizing five area companies that have seen continued growth in exports, including Van Nuys-based Hirsch Pipe & Supply. Reception runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the L.A. Area
the unassuming cafe bizou in sherman oaks has quickly climbed to the second most popular restaurant in l.a., according to zagat
Mario Matute had only been working at the Pacoima Workforce Development Initiative a short time when he realized the key stumbling block in the way of finding jobs for his clients: Most of the available jobs required computer skills, and most of the peopl
With the development of new office space lagging well behind economic expansion, tenants were hard pressed to find suitable space in the San Fernando Valley during the first quarter of 2000.
Thousand Oaks-based Amgen Inc. won an initial victory in its patent infringement case against a rival biotech company when a federal judge in Boston issued a summary judgment in its favor.
ROBERT E. PETERSEN SOLD HIS PUBLISHING COMPANY FOUR YEARS AGO BUT SOON REALIZED INK WAS IN HIS BLOOD. nOW HE HAS BIG PLANS FOR SPORTS AFIELD.
The northridge earthquake meant disaster for many apartment owners, but paul jennings saw the temblor as an opportunity to buy damaged buildings and transform them into luxuary units
Consumers may not want to shell out thousands of dollars to buy electric cars, but it seems they are willing to pay $10 or $20 a month more to buy cleaner power.
Low vacancy rates usually mean a green light for developers to begin building anew, but as the recent collapse of a major deal in Burbank illustrates, that's starting to change.
For most businesses, large and small, a real estate lease represents a major commitment. It is a commitment that goes beyond the financial outlay: it circumscribes the location of the business, the expansion
We've all heard the stories of love blooming on the Internet. But there's still a bit of romance in the air surrounding brick-and-mortar retailers too, it seems. Take the recent incidents at the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square.
Long known as a hospital supply and pharmaceutical maker, Illinois-based Baxter International Inc. is now setting its sights on becoming L.A.'s next biotech giant.
E-Commerce is slowly but surely picking-up momentum and despite initial skepticism about its ability to attract consumers, the numbers are strong and they are only getting better. Over 15 percent of all consumer retail purchases are expected to take plac
An increasing number of upscale baby boomers, charged with caring for their infirm parents, are unable to handle them during the day. And that's prompting a growth in senior day-care programs throughout the San Fernando Valley.
More than 150,000 square feet of space is about to land in the Valley sublease market, as businesses struggle to keep up with rapidly changing economic conditions.
About a year ago, the new reality of the L.A. location shooting business slapped ranch owner Rene Veluzat in the wallet.
While news is the critical element of a newspaper, the paper itself is important, too.
With the thrashing high-tech firms have taken in the stock market in recent days, companies like the Cheesecake Factory Inc., which got little respect on Wall Street, are starting to look better to investors.
The College of Business Administration and Economics at Cal State Northridge has launched a consulting practice to help bring real-world experience into its academic studies and generate income for the college.
At 29, Ryan Adams enjoys a good deal of prestige as coordinator of post production for Hearst Entertainment Productions, a creator of made-for-TV movies and miniseries based in West Los Angeles. Other than his youth, there's just one thing that makes Adam
Five years ago, Richard Katz was one of a few dozen Democratic Assembly members working fervently and successfully to block a bill that would have given the San Fernando Valley a vote on whether to secede, and simultaneously strip the city of L.A. of any
A Santa Monica-based developer has quietly approached Burbank with plans to build a multi-story office complex and a four-star hotel in the city's Media District.
It seems that wherever local employers turn these days, someone is trying to get more money out of them.
Given Southern California's notoriety for vanity, it's probably no surprise that tanning salons do such good business here, even during the sunniest time of year. For these outlets, the spring and summer months are boom time as clients, mostly women, rush
A spurt of development in the past two years has sent office vacancy rates soaring in the Santa Clarita Valley and dampened once-bullish expectations for the region.
At one time, Web sites could flash a little shiny animation on the screen and attract thousands of visitors a day. But online visitors are becoming more sophisticated.
Remember that first job, delivering newspapers, washing dishes or working at the Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick stand at the mall? Most folks have had menial jobs, even corporate and government types. So the San Fernando Valley Business Journal asks: What was your mo
The largest minority-owned business in the San Fernando Valley, RAM Enterprises posted 1999 revenues of $16.7 million, up 6 percent from 1998. The Valencia-based distributor of electronic connectors and accessories to military and aerospace contractors ha
You need to find some commercial real estate, and need it soon. You've outgrown your current space and it's starting to hurt your productivity. What should you be looking for? What are the pitfalls?
On paper, the Walt Disney Co.'s decision to move some 200 ABC staffers from New York to its Burbank headquarters looks efficient and synergistic, putting the network and studio on the same campus.
Question: My wife and I are baby boomers. We both want to retire at an early age (63) and be debt-free, but we are burdened with high credit card debt. We currently owe $25,000. I know that seems outrageous, but it has been as high as $33,000.
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
Monday, April 3
The California Endowment, a nonprofit agency that provides grants to organizations helping to bring health care services to disadvantaged groups, is planning to move its operation from Woodland Hills to downtown Los Angeles.
The Pasadena biotech corridor, approved amid much fanfare more than a year ago, appears to be finally materializing.
Sometimes I forget that we now live in a world of tooth fairy credit. Only hours after my March 9 column appeared, which advised an aspirant first-time homebuyer, my e-mailbox was filled with contrary messages from lenders.
MOVING--LARRY LINDSAY WEATHERED THE RECESSION OF THE 1990S AND IS NOW APPLYING THE LESSONS HE LEARNED TO MANAGE GROWTH
A small business did gangbuster business through the late 1980s and then, boom, the recession hit. Business plummeted and it nearly went bust.
Homestore.com has faced down an ever-increasing array of competitors, but the online real estate company could be facing its toughest challenger yet: none other than the 800-pound gorilla of the tech business, Microsoft Corp.
Sure, Angelenos are getting richer. But they're not getting rich as quickly as people in the Bay Area.
Damian Chapa opened his specialty boutique, Candlemania, on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City two years ago, just as a craze for scented and other designer candles was in full swing. Chapa spoke to reporter Jennifer Netherby recently about staying afloat a
The Tejon Ranch Co., a 156-year-old cattle and farming concern, recently announced it is moving full-steam ahead with a new 4,000-acre town planned for grazing land atop the Grapevine in North L.A. County.
After acquiring the 227,000-square-foot Chatsworth Business Park for $10.25 million from the government of Singapore, Newport Beach-based development and investment firm CT Realty Corp. plans to redevelop the 7.9-acre business campus.
Wherever you go, your clicks are collected, categorized and filed away in hopes of using what you read and watch to guess at what you'd want to buy.
When Burbank-based Available Light replaced its outdated visual effects equipment earlier this year, the small boutique found itself with empty space. At the same time, another special effects company called Area 51 was looking to relocate from Marina del
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter hosts a seminar on "Investing for the New Millennium" at 15490 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Information: (818) 907-2464.
A year after the U.S. inked a deal with China that opened agricultural trade, Sunkist Growers has moved over its first shipment.
With no takers for the price it was asking, Tochikogyo USA Inc. has pulled The Tower, a prestigious high-rise building in Burbank, off the sales block.
With its "Rugrats" and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) wrestling games flying off the shelves last holiday season, it appeared that the sky was the limit for Calabasas video game maker THQ Inc.
After a tumultuous two years that pummeled the nation's largest producer of fresh fruit, Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. Inc. has announced that revenues will exceed analysts' expectations for the first quarter of 2000.
How do you build a commercial project in a community that disdains commercialism in its backyard? Just ask Rick Caruso.
For more than a year, as the economy improved and the real estate market tightened, brokers bemoaned the lack of large, contiguous blocks of space to show potential office tenants.
It may not have a permanent home yet, but the annual Valley Fair now has its own mascot. While Burbank is still the undisputed home of Mickey Mouse and the Looney Tunes gang, the Valley Fair has inducted Manfred Moose into its ranks.
Paris-based holding company Publicis S.A. last week acquired a majority interest in Winner & Associates, a stealthy but powerful Encino-based crisis management and public affairs firm.
She's a legal secretary from Long Beach. He's a kindergarten teacher in Hawthorne. They married in a drive-through Vegas chapel after meeting on the Internet. And for one day, Gayle and Kevin Paul will try their luck and test their shopping skills as game
Cornerstone International Group over the past decade, Cornerstone International Group has grown into one of the largest executive search firms in the nation. It has rapidly expanded by acquiring stakes in other recruiting firms around the world, creating
It's a typical day at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. In the maternity ward of the hospital's Women's Pavilion, about 35 patients have just delivered babies. Another 14 women are in labor, about to give birth.
It's been 12 years since Santa Clarita's four communities joined to form a city government that would allow more control over growth, development and tax revenue. And yet, the formal ability to influence development adjacent to its borders is one of the b
Ever since the ABC show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" hit it big, and "Is that your final answer?" became a national catch phrase, the number of game shows on primetime television has exploded. But four months into the craze, one show "Winning Lines"
Lisa Haller was appointed senior vice president of sales at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. She will be responsible for integrating sales strategies for travel, special events, and corporate and special markets while being involved with pro
Lillian Seitsive, still a practicing doctor at 93, went to medical school at a time when women just didn't do that sort of thing
Watching Lillian Paula Seitsive, white hair arranged to perfection, nails immaculately manicured and lips painted a bright crimson, it is difficult to imagine that only a week ago she was laid up in the hospital, ribs and clavicle broken from a bad fall.
Illinois-based Baxter Healthcare Corp. announced it will add 200 jobs to its Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks facilities over the next two years.