Stories for June 2000
Monday, June 26
The mid-June catastrophe for high-flying biotech firm MiniMed Inc. appears to be blowing over nearly as quickly as it started, with Chief Executive Alfred E. Mann saying the research report that caused the company's stock price to plummet was overblown an
Here are some practical strategies for dealing with a person we all come face-to-face with sooner or later: our banker.
Eight years ago, Rick Moat was struggling with his Santa Clarita auto body repair shop and in search of a hobby to keep busy, when one of his customers came in looking to sell $1,500 worth of garden fountain molds, mostly cracked and aging.
Many business owners and managers today express concerns with their company's banking relationship. These concerns are legitimate.
Faced with one of the biggest issues ever to confront the Northeast San Fernando Valley, three local chambers of commerce are merging in hopes of having a louder voice when it comes to the area's pending redevelopment.
A compromise proposal to build a new terminal at Burbank Airport may be stalled once again.
Frank Sinatra may have called L.A. "a lady," but I think the fabled crooner and longtime Southland resident had it all wrong. Los Angeles' essence is not that of some elegant female but her scheming opposite, a male on the make.
It hasn't been business as usual. Or maybe it's returned to business as usual, depending on how you look at it.
While mega-bank mergers are gobbling up banks all over the country, a small handful of "community banks" have been uniquely thriving in the San Fernando Valley, providing "old-school" service unique to community business.
In one of the first debates of L.A.'s 2001 mayoral race, candidates recently appeared before the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association and laid out their agendas. Recognizing the political importance of the San Fernando Valley, nearly all of them tried to p
It seems that almost every time you open your mailbox you find yet another invitation from yet another credit card company. Your eyes bug, your pulse races...you can't get to a phone fast enough to get that card activated.
THEATRES ---New Screens Create Dilemma for Theater Chainsyou renovate an eight-screen, slope-floor theater, at the end of the day, you've still got an eight-scr
Business is likely to be very good at the new AMC Theatre that just broke ground in Burbank.
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 company's retooled retail network was pumping up its sales volume, and the Westlake Village-based retailer of children's clothing, toys and accessories was expecting to raise $70 million in the initial public offering it planned for its e-commerce di
Vivendi's $34 billion takeover of Seagram Co. and its local Universal Studios Inc. operations sent the entertainment industry buzzing last week about the probable fate of Universal's current American management and other related topics.
The Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment holds a public meeting to explain the process for creating neighborhood councils under the new city charter. Meeting runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Infor
The New Economy has had a major impact on the list of the San Fernando Valley's highest-paid public company executives.
NEW FACILITIES CLOSE TOO FAST TO SERVE WELFARE MOMS TRYING TO GET OFF DOLE
Dilip L. Nandwana was elected president of International Parking Design in Sherman Oaks. He will be responsible for all company operations. Nandwana was most recently managing partner and head of the firm's Oakland office.
How would you like to have the benefits of margin buying without the expense or risk of getting a margin call?
In today's "information-age" environment of internet purchasing, credit card fraud causes more financial headaches than ever before. Compiled below are twenty practical tips to avoiding credit card-related crimes being committed at your expense.
For some time now, local chambers of commerce have recognized the efficiencies of merging everything from saving on rent and salaries to the ability to attract members from a broader territory.
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.
The work of most balloon artists revolves around inflated dogs, giraffes and other animals. But Drake Diamond has taken his art to another level, creating everything from balloon houses to a 40-foot airplane replica.
Larry kurzweil, head of l.a.'s biggest theme park and its citywalk mall, has been overseeing some big changes at the growing attractions
With so little office space available in the hot high-tech corridor along the Ventura (101) Freeway, landlords have no trouble finding tenants.
The state Department of Consumer Affairs recently held a poetry contest for elementary school kids to promote the smog check program and to encourage people to carpool or take public transportation to work.
In Iran, consumers are forbidden by law from owning satellite dishes. But that isn't stopping a North Hollywood businessman from shelling out millions of dollars on a for-profit satellite TV channel he's beaming into the Middle Eastern nation sort of a
Monday, June 12
entertainment earth has one of the few profitable Web retail sites out there, selling toys from 'star wars' and other hits
A coalition of local business and government officials, recognizing the vast economic potential of three new Metro Red Line stations opening on June 24, are aggressively moving to fully exploit that potential.
If the recent VentureNet 2000 investor conference in Laguna Niguel is any indication, it could be a long summer for local technology companies in search of funding.
Robinsons-May chairman robert m. soroka found himself THROWN UNWILLINGLY INTO POLITICS when the LAUSD threatened to seize his hEADQUARTERS
For much of the past quarter century, the San Fernando Valley has been treated and often thought of itself as the stepsister of Los Angeles, the butt of jokes and the place the rich and famous chose to avoid. Such resentments have been one of the key
When Ed Garnett interviews prospective employees for Amgen Inc., he has an ace in the hole.
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. was trading at more than $100 a share in early March. Then the bottom dropped out from under tech stocks, and the Camarillo chipmaker saw the value of its shares decline 50 percent in a matter of days.
In case you hadn't noticed, yields on bank certificates of deposit are now at the highest they have been since 1995.
Lowe's HIW Inc. has purchased an 11-acre parcel in Valencia and plans to build a home improvement warehouse on the site as part of an expansion into the Southern California market.
L.A. Foods, which resells excess food from manufacturers, has over the past decade built its business from a one-man operation into one of the biggest companies of its kind in the nation, with annual revenues of $22 million.
Six years after the Northridge temblor, damage has again taken center stage this time in Sacramento, where state lawmakers are considering a bill to reopen the insurance claims process.
State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush has come under intense scrutiny over the last month, as the state Legislature investigates allegations that he used taxpayer money from an insurance-industry quake fund for his own political purposes. With ta
The San Fernando Valley chapter of Executive Women International holds its monthly meeting at Cheers Catering Inc. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be catered by Cheers, at 19431 Business Center Drive No. 1, Northridge. Information: (626) 564-4840.
Three months before Dr. Laura Schlessinger's Sept. 11 television debut, the decision to create a show around the tough-talking queen of talk radio is becoming a media firestorm.
The city Cultural Heritage Commission was unable to reach a conclusion on a bid to designate the Chase Knolls Apartments in Sherman Oaks as a historic cultural monument. The issue will now go before the L.A. City Council without a recommendation.
For most, a part-time college job means waiting tables or selling at a department store, but Jon Haim has successfully turned walking dogs into a profitable side business while he works his way through college. Five years ago, while working at Petco, Haim
Ever since buying a Studio City coffeehouse called Jennifer's last September, Mario and Shelly-Ann Martin have been trying to boost business through a series of comedy shows and spoken-word nights.
The theme park that gave the world Space Mountain, Star Tours and even Pirates of the Caribbean has a new thrill in store: a tractor.
The legislative outlook for California businesses at mid-session following the June 2 deadline for bills to pass their house of origin is looking much sunnier than the outlook of a year ago.
When the Democrats come to town in two months for their national convention, much of the public attention is going to be focused on Staples Center and a handful of public events in the downtown area.