Stories for June 2002
Monday, June 24
What drives the economy? To be sure, it is employment, paychecks that fuel consumer spending, which in turn pumps money back into the economy.
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal asks: What is the most important industry or business sector in the San Fernando Valley economy?
On the morning of June 14, Woodland Hills-based Syncor International Inc. announced it was pulling the plug on its medical imaging business.
Jon Kirchner is moving DTS beyond movie theater sound systems into a number of new businesses.
Westlake Village-based ValueClick Inc. has adopted a so-called "poison pill" stockholder rights plan aimed at staving off a potential hostile takeover.
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.
Security: Mandated updates may force opposition to accept expansion.
Homeowners Marketing Services delivers to its 4,000 clients throughout the country customers who are ready to buy almost anything.
Monday, June 10
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.
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.
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.
Lilly, Rich: Rejected by networks, their "State of Grace" went to the Family Channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center Director Dan Blake has watched the region's economy for three decades.