Stories for December 2000

Monday, December 11

Real Estate Column---Syncor Plans Expansion at Warner Corporate Center

On the heels of a business turnaround that has boosted sales and profits markedly, Syncor International Corp. is expanding by more than half at its headquarters in Woodland Hills.

Personal Finance---The Information Highway Pileup Approaches

If telecom stock prices are any indication, the information highway will have to be completed by the WPA, the Depression-era agency that built the Hoover Dam and other great public works. As recently as Nov. 16, a list of 102 domestic and international t

How-To---'Howstuffworks' Site Takes a Real Brain to Figure Out

Second, the self-described "normal, average American guy," who was born in Santa Monica 39 years ago, started out just wanting to write an article or two that people like him could understand.

TAXI---City Council Delivers Body Blow to Valley Cab

San Gabriel Transit Co., that is, because as of Jan. 1 that is the company that will be one of two primary providers of taxicabs to the San Fernando Valley.

SPACE---Strike Threat Forces Local Space Crunch

Stacy Vierheilig, a broker with Charles Dunn Co. Inc., figures she's gotten close to 20 calls in the last month or so from production companies looking for office space.

HORROR---The Horror Of It All

A private collection of all things strange and unusual has turned into a must stop for those who care about the dark side of life

The Briefing

Keeping a company's bottom line in the black takes skillful management, creativity, foresight and occasionally a little detective work. Ron Feinstein, owner and president of All Valley Washing Services Inc., found that out several years ago. His 32-year-o

INTERNET---Minding the Homestore

Stuart H. wolff turned a floundering realty web site into a company with annual sales of $178 million

LANDSCAPE---Valley Companies Funding Beautification of Offramps

The Roscoe Boulevard exit of the San Diego (405) Freeway looks like a lot of other freeway ramps: The chances are good you'll see an occasional panhandler, a couple of runaway shopping carts and litter lining the street.

TAXES---Jaundiced Eye Cast on City's Business Tax Reform

Valley business leaders have applauded a call by a citizens panel for sweeping reforms of L.A.'s business taxes, but some question whether the Los Angeles City Council has the will or the gumption to institute real change.

STRIKE---Valley Businesses Prepare For Hollywood Shutdown

North Hollywood caterer Ignacio Trujillo is busy, working as many 14- to 16-hour days as he can get on movie and television sets, serving meals to all the casts and crews he can find.

NON-PROFITS---National Non-Profits Thinking Local

There are ways in which a charitable organization is no different than a business. There is a bottom line to consider; stakeholders to satisfy; a mission to accomplish; and strategic decisions to make.

MARKETING---Once Again, Surfers rule

Christmas lights hang from the thatched roof that covers the small porch. Two teenage girls curl up on oversized armchairs with magazines. A surfboard, the words "peace" and "love" scribbled across its surface, leans against the wall behind them. It is a

RETAIL---Stores Look for Ways to Attract Post-Holiday Shoppers

The party dresses in the window of Hepburns, a women's apparel store in Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, attract plenty of shoppers, but few buyers.

CORPORATE FOCUS---Tech Firm Expects New Products to Boost Profits

Officials at Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. have to wonder what they need to do to get it right.