Stories for February 2000
Monday, February 21
The final showdown over President Clinton's impeachment probably won't be fought in Washington, but in Glendale and the eastern San Fernando Valley during the coming race to represent the 27th Congressional district.
Ogden Bass was a freelance editor working on a project for an ad agency when he happened to see an invoice from an outside editing house.
It's not often that state business and labor interests agree to oppose something, but both are against Proposition 25, the latest campaign finance reform initiative.
As a general rule, it is usually in the tax payers disadvantage when the Government gets involved in what is a valid business expense and what is not a valid business expense. For example, club dues are no longer deductible thanks to the 1993 Tax Reform b
While many people see the San Fernando Valley as one giant strip mall, there are others who perceive culture and history in that suburban landscape.
When people think about $700,000 homes, Valencia is seldom the first location that comes to mind. But Newhall Land Co. is aiming to change that.
Post-production work for animated programming has virtually disappeared from the United States, with low-cost companies overseas now handling most of that time-intensive work. Also, an increasing number of animators have themselves bought digital equipmen
It's that time again. Time to overcome sloth and indolence for a few moments and see how our Couch Potato portfolios did in 1999.
Kathy Levyn has been dancing since childhood. She was a professional jazz dancer for many years, and even traveled with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. About four years ago, Levyn decided to seek advice from a small-business consultant. With th
Brace yourself: the largest number of L.A.-area union contracts in at least 30 years is going to be renegotiated this year, covering over 300,000 workers in L.A. County.
Chapter 7: a "straight" liquidation bankruptcy involving an appointed trustee to sell all assets by auction or other means to pay creditors and trustee fees.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Service Corps of Retired Executives host a two-hour seminar on starting a retail business, with tips on marketing, merchandise planning and purchasing. The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. in the SCORE conference roo
A common thread running through much of the "Summit 2000" conference was disenchantment with the city of Los Angeles and the sense that maybe the San Fernando Valley would be better off breaking away from L.A.
When Gary Hartunian opened his Nissan dealership in Mission Hills last September, prognosticators at the factory expected him to sell 70 to 80 vehicles a month.
The $1.3 billion extension of the Red Line subway into the San Fernando Valley has been in construction for several years and on the drawing board for more than a decade before that. So how could the new Universal City station be left with less than half
Don't worry that the "cyber-terrorists" who recently shut down sites like Yahoo, eBay and Amazon.com will come after your personal home page. There's no need to unplug your PC from the wall for fear that one of those pimple-faced assassins will turn yo
Banks use a variety of names for online banking services, such as PC banking, home banking, electronic banking or Internet banking. Regardless of the name, these systems offer certain advantages over traditional banking methods.
Selena Birk was appointed acting airport manager of Van Nuys Airport. She will oversee operations, administration and noise-reduction programs. Birk was previously chief management analyst and leader of LAX's Airfield Permits Bureau.
Walt Disney Co.'s Go.com announced a four-year agreement with eBay to develop and market online trading sites and auctions on two new Web sites. Under the agreement, eBay will ultimately become the online trading service across all of Disney's Internet pr
The San Fernando Valley's economy is strong and increasingly diversified, but business and political leaders must redouble their efforts to promote the region's economic development and stem the flight of businesses.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is testing subway cars in preparation for a summer opening of the Red Line extension to Universal City and North Hollywood. MTA officials expect 15,000 riders a day on the new segment. So the San Fernando Valley B
Small businesses are getting harder to define. Annual gross sales and number of employees are no longer in lock-step. One company with six computers and eight employees can generate $50M annually, while another may need 80 employees and thousands of squ
Chatsworth-based Telesis Credit Union has announced that its members can do their banking and bill-paying via the Internet. With a new product called "e-branch," members have the ability to access all of their accounts, pay bills to virtually anyone, tra
HER LONG QUEST TO FIX L.A.'S PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FINALLY GAINING WIDESPREAD SUPPORT, RECENTLY FORCING A STUDY OF AN LAUSD BREAKUP
With shares of Vertel Corp. languishing below $3 for much of 1999, investors complained bitterly on Internet message boards about the company's performance.
The SEC, apparently realizing that a gap existed in the financing opportunities for smaller businesses, undertook major new initiatives to zero in on the capital needs of smaller businesses. The efforts of the SEC culminated in final rules adopted in Apri
It's taken two years, but a homebuilder has finally consolidated some 32 acres of land and plans to build two residential communities.
At a recent debate of the two candidates for the 23rd state Senate district nomination from the eastern San Fernando Valley, Democratic Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl said she believes education is a top issue, but doesn't support breaking up the L.A. Unified
That's because, in a stunningly stupid move, every last employee stock option at Time Warner Inc. became instantly exercisable the minute the board approved the media company's $153 billion acquisition by America Online Inc.
Skyrocketing to the top of the heap on this year's list of the top property management firms in the San Fernando Valley is CB Richard Ellis. Firms' rankings are based on the total square footage of office and retail properties they manage in the greater S
Monday, February 7
Mayoral hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa was no doubt hoping for a three-peat when he arrived at Dr. Gary Gitnick's annual Super Bowl party in Encino.
Having lived in L.A. since high school, Nino Jefferson Lim speaks fluent English and feels quite at home here. But his roots are never far away. "My day is not complete without a dish of rice," said the USC graduate.
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Winter can be a downer for Jerry Gonzalez, president of Valencia-based Tropical Ice Inc., a company geared to the tourist crowd and beach weather. Gonzalez's 3-year-old business sells shaved ice for $3 a pop from carts at Southern California tourist spots
It's been a long time coming, but L.A.'s trial court system is about to undergo the most extensive restructuring in its 150-year history: a revamping that will be felt most by judges, but also by attorneys and hundreds of thousands of citizens.
Woodland Hills-based 21st Century Insurance announced that its president and chief executive, William L. Mellick, resigned after 20 years with the company. Mellick said through a statement only that he planned to pursue other business and personal interes
Perhaps the biggest sign that the Antelope Valley is no longer completely dependent on aerospace jobs was its reaction to Lockheed Martin Corp.'s recent announcement that it would cut 800 jobs at its Palmdale plant.
Long before Ricky Martin became mainstream, Mike Rojas was selling salsa dance contests and Central American sounds to corporate America.
The online newsletter, Iconocast, recently highlighted the awesome statistics that are now being projected for the online business-to-business (B2B) marketplace.
Wasserman Comden & Casselman LLP The San Fernando Valley's largest law firm, Wasserman Comden & Casselman LLP, has seen its government business increase thanks in large part to the L.A. subway.
This month's Los Angeles magazine features "A Guide to Love in Los Angeles" with 10 hot date suggestions for Valentine's Day.
Workers' compensation insurance has always been pretty expensive. As it is, you have to pay a lot of payroll taxes and business taxes, and workers' comp adds onto that considerably. In the last six months, I've noticed it increase drastically and it does
If there's been one major push in public schools for the last few years, it's been for more business involvement.
Burdened by aging buildings, perceived high crime rates and dowdy images, a number of San Fernando Valley sites are increasingly getting left behind in the office real estate boom.
Turner Cartoon Network has leased a long-vacant building in the city for a new animation studio. The building, at Third Street and Palm Avenue, has been vacant for more than three years, since Pacific Bell consolidated its operations at another nearby f
News that a group of prominent attorneys planned to go after the HMO industry with class-action lawsuits caused shares of Wellpoint Health Networks Inc. to plummet at the end of September.
Bailed out of the business during the tough times of the mid-1990s, but now the managing director of investment development services is happy to be back in the game of building office properties
It's no secret that California has a shortage of classroom space for its burgeoning school-age population. Add to that the overwhelming desire among politicians, parents and teachers for smaller class sizes and you have a school building shortage that has
The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley is unveiling what officials say is a warts-and-all look at the Valley that businesses can use to explore market trends and elected leaders can use to set public policy.
San Fernando Valley business owners are optimistic about their prospects for growth, with about half of those responding to a new survey saying they plan to increase jobs over the next two years.
Executives at Walt Disney Co. aren't thanking Santa Claus for their happy holidays. Instead, they're grateful to Regis Philbin and Buzz Lightyear.
Policy analysts have rushed to embrace the high-tech future for California employment. Yet, in this rush, our state's need for quality work in low-tech jobs often has been overlooked.
Leonard Kleinrock, credited as being one of the founders of the Internet, is now on a mission to bring high-speed Internet access to hotel rooms and apartments.
Television news thought it was a big deal: We're all richer, newscasters said, citing the newly released findings from the 1998 Survey of Consumer Finances.
The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley holds its annual economic summit, with this year's theme "Harnessing the Power of Information." The summit runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Universal Hotel & Towers, 555 Universal Terrace Parkway, Unive