Stories for September 2002

Monday, September 30

We're Being Strangled by All the Recent "Good News"

COMMENTARY: From The Newsroom by Michael Hart

Don't Criticize the EIDC for Trying to Solve Problems

Guest Column by GREGORY N. LIPPE, chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association Subcommittee on Runaway Film Production

United Online Stock Price Climbs, Earnings Lag Behind

When NetZero agreed to acquire struggling Internet service provider Juno Online Services Inc. last year, analysts were skeptical. They figured NetZero CEO Mark Goldston's move would likely speed the demise of both companies.

Ryland Using Home Sales Spike to Secure Its Future

There's no question, for the homebuilding sector in 2002, the livin' has been easy. Record low interest rates, which have fueled a spike in first-time homebuyers, kept the housing market pumping even as a weakened economy and questions about corporate gov

25 Valley CPAs Who Are at the Top of Their Profession

Who's Who: The Valley's Top CPAs

Court-Appointed Receivers Face Constant Uphill Battles

Who's Who: The Valley's Top CPAs


List of this week's Valley bankruptcies

Macerich Buys Out Its Panorama Mall Partner

After shopping the Panorama Mall around for several months, The Macerich Co. has decided to buy out its joint venture partner and take full ownership of the center.

Place on Deloitte's Fast 50 Not Always Sign of Success

Deloitte & Touche's 2002 Los Angeles Technology Fast 50 list, which includes 23 San Fernando Valley and Ventura County companies, is under fire by analysts who say the list is filled with money losers.

Valley Forum: Still Planning to Retire Early?

The 401(k) dreams and retirement plans of many have suffered along with the travails of the stock market. In the last year, millions of workers have seen long-laid plans about their careers and eventual retirement change. So, the San Fernando Valley Busin



For Accounting Profession, a Time for Deeds, Not Words

Who's Who: The Valley's Top CPAs

Secession Forces Downplay Loss of Goddard, Claussen

The Secession Question

Clients' Growing Debt Loads Are Worrying CPAs

To many, the red hot residential real estate market is a sign that the local economy remains strong despite the nation's growing economic woes.

Monday, September 16

Secession Campaign: Too Late or Right Around Corner?


CHAD Managers Beat Out Dissidents in Proxy Battle

Corporate Focus by MICHAEL HART

Race Card Is Rejected by Candidates

The Secession Question

CEOs Far From the Flame Still Feel the Heat

The debacles of Enron, Tyco and Worldcom, revelations about former General Electric chief John Welch, Sunbeam's Albert Dunlap and others have sent the weight of responsibility that comes with corporate governance crashing down on the shoulders of all chie

Weekly Briefing


VALLEY FORUM: What Was Your Sept. 11 Like?

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 of last year, we have heard continuously about the many ways in which our lives have been changed. It has been said that Sept. 11 may never be the same in the future. So, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal ask

Porter Ranch, Other Centers Commanding High Prices

Real Estate by Shelly Garcia

Pets May Have Place Too In a Post-Secession Valley

Politics by Jacqueline Fox


Weekly report

VICA, Small Business Fight Family Leave Legislation

Back in January, Belinda Mendoza's 19-year-old son was diagnosed with and then hospitalized for lupus. She faced taking several weeks off from her job as a customer service representative to care for him, but had only accrued about one week of paid vacati

Salem Communications Will Go Country in Hawaii

Media & Technology by Carlos Martinez

Data Storage Firms Look To Asia for New Markets

Developers of data storage solutions, eager to expand their businesses, are looking to the East.

Monday, September 2

Public Storage's Rent Hikes Come at the Wrong Time

CORPORATE FOCUS: Public Storage Inc.

Does Business Have Its Own Horse in Secession Race?

Commentary: From The Newsroom by Michael Hart

Developer Lights Candle Instead of Cursing Dark

Real Estate by Shelly Garcia

VALLEY FORUM: Ready for Back-to-School Shopping?

For people with school-age children, late summer and early fall are always a busy shopping season. Retailers, however, are reporting their back-to-school sales this year are down compared to previous years. So, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal ask

Information Tech Firms Insist Sales Are on the Rebound

Valley-based information technology firms, like those in other parts of the country, claim they've experienced a spike in business over the last few months, prompting some analysts to say the downturn may be over for IT providers.

Fiberspace Inc. Acquires Altadena-Based Optics Firm

Media & Technology by Carlos Martinez

Women Create Loose Coalition for Secession Campaign

Politics by Jacqueline Fox

Owners Antsy To Fill Space Lower Rates

The mood has turned from "let's bide our time" to "let's make a deal" in the West San Fernando Valley office real estate market as demand remains weak and vacancies high.

Quick Test 5 Seeks Investors Through Reverse Merger

In today's funding environment, the founders of many startups figure their only choice is to tighten their belts and tough it out for three, four, five years on a shoestring.