Stories for December 2005
Friday, December 30
Time Warner Cable announced that it will launch a new Family Choice Tier during the first quarter of 2006. It will include 15 family-friendly channels and can be ordered by anyone who subscribes to the minimum basic service tier.
Woodland Hills-based. Youbet.com, Inc. has announced that its advanced deposit wagering website has gained the right to simulcast all of Magna Entertainment Corporation's live horse racing content during the 2006 season.
Thursday, December 22
Valley businessman Martin M. Cooper confirmed for Quality and Productivity Commission
Tuesday, December 20
Monday, December 19
Magarita De Escontrias, East Valley administrator for the Community Redevelopment Agency, outlines organization goals.
Physicians get increasingly vocal in confronting insurance companies on reimbursement policies.
Valley executives learn how to fly to increase efficiency of their work.
The Valley Economic Development Center's loss of a bid to host an SBA program will prompt layoffs.
Physicians learn to cope with changing technology in the health care industry.
Purchaser of Sherman Oaks Hospital outlines plans for improvements
Those active in the Valley health care industry tell their stories.
Senior Reporter Shelly Garcia writes about a possible debate that could develop over the 26-acre site that the L.A. Times is vacating in Chatsworth.
Voit Development Co. plans to build a 200,000-square-foot industrial park in Sylmar.
A report cites continued risk of another HIV outbreak in the adult entertainment industry.
Tighter patient safety standards loom for hospitals.
Accustomed to huge growth, Cherokee has a flat quarterly performance.
Executive at software consulting firm makes foray into food business.
Jeff Weiss reports on the national growth of "Calabasas" magazine
Friday, December 16
Guitar Center has reached a preliminary agreement to settle two class action lawsuits brought by hourly employees who claim that the company improperly documented and enforced break-time and lunch periods in California.
Thursday, December 15
William Daniel has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of ONEgeneration, which provides senior and intergenerational services throughout the San Fernando Valley
California State University, Northridge researches have reported that the Valley's economy registered a record low number of unemployment claims for the month of October, evidence that they claim displays that the Valley's economy is on a strong growth pa
Wednesday, December 14
Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, Inc. has announced increased earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal 2006, reporting an 85 increase in net income to $590,000.
Monday, December 12
On Wednesday, December 7 the San Fernando Valley Business Journal held its third annual Health Care Leadership Awards to honor those who are working to improve health care in the greater Valley area.
An advisory committee examining the effects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on small cap public companies is scheduled to deliver its preliminary recommendations on Wednesday.
Thursday, December 8
Earl Scheib Inc. reported today that net income rose to $315,000 or $0.07 per diluted share for the company's fiscal second quarter ended Oct. 31, compared to earnings of $21,000 or $0.00 per diluted share for the comparable period last year.
Tuesday, December 6
After many quarters of dramatic income increases Cherokee Inc. today reported its net earnings for the quarter ended Oct. 29 were flat against the prior period last year on a 5 percent increase in revenues.
Edward L. Masry, the attorney whose legal battle against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was depicted in the hit film Erin Brockovitch, died today after a long illness.
WellPoint, which owns Thousand Oaks-based Blue Cross of California, announced that it expects to report earnings of $4.69 per share in 2006, while analysts were expecting about $4.76.
Monday, December 5
United Online, which has relied on a business model with a limited shelf life, has adopted a strategy of diversification.
The Los Angeles Times has announced that it's shuttering its sprawling 26-acres Chatsworth newspaper-printing facility. The move will result in 110 local job cuts.
The existence of a new law makes it a good time to review your estate plan.
From studios in Sherman Oaks, Entertainer John Tesh is self-syndicating a show throughout the country.
Jeff Weiss reports that the future of local fil-sharing firms is in question.
A CSUN program designed to help educate some of the state's future biomedical researchers has received money to expand.
The Internal Revenue Service prepares a new war against tax cheats.
Flush with venture cash, Calabasas-based wireless networking company Strix Systems is planning a major expansion of its engineering, marketing and sales organizations.
Valencia-based MannKind has hired talent away from some of the world's top pharmaceutical businesses to help it push foward in its efforts to get inhaled insulin to market.
Lanny Raimondo, CEO of Technicolor, helps the 90-year-old company keep up with the times.
Amid a doubling of its stock price, Health Net raises its public profile.
Online wagering company Youbet.com buys a manufacturer of bet-placing machines.
Senior Reporter Shelly Garcia writes about a local real estate executive who touted the Valley-area's attributes on a trip to China.
Sellers believe that the market for multifamily investment properties has peaked, and they are rushing to divest their properties while the getting is still good.
A group affiliated with the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley is the midst of a three-month-long project to re-evaluate the region's land use philosphies.
Online Brokers challenge the traditional real estate system.
Latin American banks are moving aggressively into the U.S. market, with several expected to open in the San Fernando Valley.
IT consultant helps corporate information technology departments communicate more effectively with management.
Plastic surgery center uses family to succeed.
Thursday, December 1
The Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies, America's Health Insurance Plans, the American Council of Life Insurers and the California Chamber of Commerce filed a complaint against Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, saying that
Image Entertainment, a licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming has signed an agreement with Vibe Magazine to produce and distribute a line of Vibe-branded CDs titled "Vibe Revolutions."