Stories for March 2005
Thursday, March 31
The Calabasas-based video game developer sponsors its third video game competition Friday, competing WWE wrestlers will promote a new Wrestlemania video game.
The mayor shined the spotlight on his African American supporters, hoping to win back voter support in South Los Angeles.
Wednesday, March 30
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Midway will develop video games based on "Happy Feet," and animated feature film scheduled for release in 2006.
The Calabasas-based company will allow visitors to the Motley Fool's Website to search for mortgage and home equity loan rates.
Tuesday, March 29
The emergency department will more than double in size and will be stocked with upgraded equipment to treat critical care patients.
The money will help the Chatsworth media company expand and acquire other companies.
Monday, March 28
Propelled by increasingly lower costs and a growing familiarity with the technology, businesses in the Valley are starting to implement voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) telephony.
The Calabasas-based IT staffing company bought Santa Rosa-based Phase Seven for an undisclosed sum.
Developer pushes "urban village" plan for area near the intersection of the 5 and 14 freeways.
Mayoral candidates James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa focus on the Valley while pushing business issues.
Effective April 1, Eric P. Sieracki will fill the positions of executive managing director and CFO.
Friday, March 25
The Burbank-based company said customer requests prompted its switch to Spanish-language content.
Officials at the Mission Hills hospital say the new 101-bed building is necessary as the hospital is nearing the limits of its capacity.
Wednesday, March 23
Construction during peak hours is not officially prohibited right now, although The Bureau of Street Services avoids rush hour work.
The acquisition of Woodland Hills-based DCN Internet is ISWest's sixth since 1997.
Tuesday, March 22
The Calabasas provider of online banking services repurchased about 1.5 million shares for $25 million.
The PC-based game will be available at game retailers and will require a monthly subscription of $14.99.
Monday, March 21
The money is part of more than $2 million in federal funds secured by Sherman under the Omnibus Appropriations Bills last year.
The university will use $774,000 provided by the U.S. Department of Education to help teachers develop "gender equitable" plans.
Friday, March 18
Deal with Warner Pacific Insurance Services will include HMO's small group medical plans.
Thursday, March 17
Federal approval is needed in order to legitimize Calfornia legislation allowing hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes.
The mayor's plan would reimburse productions for a percentage of costs. Hahn said the maximum city payment would be $15 million, $2.5 million more than New York City's film incentive program.
Wednesday, March 16
A new report issued by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that one third of the county's residents are planning to leave within the next five years, as residents become more concerned about traffic, housing costs and other city services.
Third quarter loss narrows to $1.3 million from $2 million last year, while revenues are up 8.1 percent at the Sherman Oaks-based operator of auto paint and body shops.
The company said it has improved distribution in club stores, which offsets weaknesses in its raw materials business and sports nutrition supplement category.
Tuesday, March 15
The Van Nuys and San Diego locations and Fullerton maintenance business previously owned by The Invironmentalists will continue operating with the same management and employees.
The Westlake Village market research company will team with San Diego-based Support Professionals Organization to rank tech support companies.
"National Treasure," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Reign of Fire," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," and "Hero" will be released first, other titles will follow throughout the year.
Monday, March 14
Venture capitalists say the 101 Tech Corridor presents significant investment opportunities.
The Chatsworth-based company sells radiation therapy products and services for use in cancer treatment.
Valley business community looks for mayoral candidates to address issues in runoff.
With property prices sky high in all sectors of the real estate market, buyers are reevaluating the criteria they use and the way they shop for acquisitions.
Several Valley companies are getting in on the growing video on demand market.
In a strategy change, VCs are paying close attention to the management teams at companies.
Friday, March 11
The parent company of Gelson's Markets saw its 2004 earnings grow 36.7 percent over 2003.
TwinsTV will appear on all major carriers, including SprintPCS, Nextel and Cingular.
Thursday, March 10
Controller Laura Chick sides with Villaraigosa, while Hahn picks up the support of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
The North Hollywood company has been hired to provide engineering services for the U.S. Air Force's C-17 repair facility at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.
Wednesday, March 9
The Studio City company sells half priced, same-day tickets to Las Vegas shows. It plans to open its fourth Las Vegas location later this year.
Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa captured more votes than any candidate last night, and with 99 percent of districts reporting, Mayor James Hahn barely won the second place spot.
The expanding investigation will include several firms that do business in the San Fernando Valley.
Tuesday, March 8
Kaiser's health plan and hospitals divisions and other subsidiaries reported an increase in net income and operating margin for 2004.
Monday, March 7
The North Hollywood company will offer aspiring filmmakers the chance to make documentaries for non-profit organizations.
Friday, March 4
The Glendale company reported fourth quarter earnings of $107.3, up 24.8 percent from the previous year.
The Sherman Oaks-based producer of an on-demand television network has received $15 million in venture funding.
Thursday, March 3
Yehuda Shoenfeld, Director of the Center for Autoimmune Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel, will join the company's scientific advisory board.
Casting for Recovery will receive a portion of Baseline's 2004 profits to support retreats for breast cancer survivors.
Wednesday, March 2
Salem Communications Corp. will purchase two AM stations in Florida for $9.5 million.
Informa Research Services Inc. has struck a deal with Metro Mortgage Guide to provide Metro's customers loan product information with credit score data.