Stories for June 2002

Monday, June 24

Conejo Office Vacancy Gap May Take Some Time to Fill

Real Estate by Shelly Garcia

Zen and the Art of Economic Engine Maintenance

What drives the economy? To be sure, it is employment, paychecks that fuel consumer spending, which in turn pumps money back into the economy.

Valley Forum: What Drives the Valley Economy?

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal asks: What is the most important industry or business sector in the San Fernando Valley economy?

WellPoint Earnings Grow With Acquisition Strategy

Corporate Focus By JACQUELINE FOX

On Reseda Blvd., Merchants Sell Moong Dal, Not Sizzle

Economic Engines of the Valley

Syncor Inc. Acquired by Cardinal Health

On the morning of June 14, Woodland Hills-based Syncor International Inc. announced it was pulling the plug on its medical imaging business.

Boulevard Still Defies Both Definition, Beautification

Economic Engines of the Valley

Interview: Spreading Sound Around

Jon Kirchner is moving DTS beyond movie theater sound systems into a number of new businesses.

ValueClick Takes Poison Pill to Fend Off Takeovers

Westlake Village-based ValueClick Inc. has adopted a so-called "poison pill" stockholder rights plan aimed at staving off a potential hostile takeover.

The Digest


Entertainment Industry Led Burbank Out of Doldrums

Economic Engines of the Valley

25 Economic Engines of the Valley: Today & Tomorrow

Special Bonus Report: Here are 25 people, places and products our editorial staff believes are either driving the region's economy at the moment - or will take the driver's seat in the very near future.

Time Warner Tries New Weapon in War With Satellite TV

Media & Technology by Carlos Martinez

San Fernando Swap Meeters Left Holding Bag Again

Politics by Jacqueline Fox

Burbank Airport Expansion Plans Are Back on Table

Security: Mandated updates may force opposition to accept expansion.

How Much Good Will Secession Do Your Business?

From The Newsroom

Home, Sweet Homebuyers

Homeowners Marketing Services delivers to its 4,000 clients throughout the country customers who are ready to buy almost anything.

A Brand Name Empire

Economic Engines of the Valley

Monday, June 10

CSUN May Tighten Up on Admissions to Make Budget

More students than ever are clamoring to get into the school and, instead of welcoming them, officials are huddling to find ways to keep at least some of them out.

Advertising-Only Site Claims to Be Making a Profit

Experts may complain the Internet is a terrible place to make a buck, but one Sherman Oaks-based Web site operator, Vendare Group, managed to double its revenue and post a profit last year.

With Secession Victory, Will Van Nuys Airport Win?

From The Newsroom by Michael Hart

Investor Skittishness Puts an End To Plans for New Community Bank

Investors in a proposed bank meant to serve independent pharmacists and the San Fernando Valley say they've given up their fight to open for business in Encino this year.

Landlords Working Harder To Keep Tenants Happy

Real Estate Column by Shelly Garcia

TV Network Production Hurts Indies

Lilly, Rich: Rejected by networks, their "State of Grace" went to the Family Channel.

Granada Hills Nurses Vote to Form a Union

Nurses in fact, the entire staff at Granada Hills Community Hospital are the most recent health care workers at a Valley facility to catch the union fever, spurred by a swelling nursing shortage at hospitals here and across the country.

Investors See Promise in Salem's Acquisition Strategy

Corporate Focus by MICHAEL HART

New Players Join the Game

With new contracts from Microsoft, a couple of small Valley-based video game developers may give THQ and Electronic Arts a run for their money.

Genesis Bust Leads to HQ Sale, Lawsuit

A Van Nuys building, one of the San Fernando Valley's last remaining vestiges of the dot-com bubble, has been sold to a private investor as its seller faces millions of dollars in lawsuits and an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Valley Forum: Will Secession Help Your Business?

On Nov. 5, the decision to turn the San Fernando Valley into an independent city, separate from the city of Los Angeles, will finally be on the ballot. While there are political and governmental issues involved, there will also be an impact on businesses.

Valley Talk

Valley Talk

RE Market Is Full of Buyers, Fewer Sellers

In a typical year, Stacy Vierheilig, a broker with Charles Dunn Co. Inc., sells three or four office buildings most of her business comes from leasing.

LAWA Drops Ball on Van Nuys Airport Plan

The Secession Question; Should voters approve secession this November, the new city stands to gain a valuable but, by most accounts, mismanaged asset: the Van Nuys Airport.



Branding Helps Coffin Thrive Amid IR Firm Doldrums

Success for a publicly traded company, particularly one that flies below the radar of the Deutschebanks and J.P. Morgans of Wall Street, depends in no small part on how effective the firm is at getting its story out to the investment community.

Design Answers in Three Simple Questions

Success in the design world, according to RKS founder Ravi Sawhney, can be found in something called psycho-aesthetics.


Computer sales are down. Ditto for the telecom industry.

Interview: A Man With a Long Memory

San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center Director Dan Blake has watched the region's economy for three decades.

BTAC Members Have One More Tax Reform Proposal

Politics by Jacqueline Fox