Stories for November 2007
Friday, November 30
Youbet.com Inc. Chairman and CEO Charles Champion will leave the online horse wagering firm in December.
Non-writing staffers of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" were laid off Nov. 30, casualties of the four-week scriptwriters strike.
Thursday, November 29
Crown Media Holdings Inc. signed a multi-year deal to continue broadcasting its two Hallmark branded channels through Comcast.
Four San Fernando Valley business people were aboard a demonstration flight of the new Airbus 380, the largest passenger jet in the world.
IHOP Corp. completed its acquisition of Applebee's International Inc., resulting in the largest full service restaurant company in the world.
The Walt Disney Co. will invest more in online games and virtual worlds following the success of sites with themes based on Disney Fairies and "Pirates of the Caribbean."
Wednesday, November 28
A new magazine, website and newsletter focusing on the growing virtualization market will be launched by 1105 Media Inc.
An estimated $117 million is expected to be raised in the initial stock offering for Classmates.com, the social networking site being spun off by United Online Inc.
Advanced Recovery Rehabilitation Center in Sherman Oaks has been awarded a trademark for its treatment protocol for aphasia, a language problem linked to stroke and head injuries.
Tuesday, November 27
Demand for its semiconductors in computing, industrial and handheld equipment helped Semtech Corp. to a $10 million increase in its net income for the third quarter when compared with last year.
Three more theater chains signed on to install digital cinema equipment from Technicolor as part of the company's North American roll out.
Little progress was reported as negotiations resumed between striking scriptwriters and the major studios.
Monday, November 26
Differences abound in ratings of hospital services
Supporters claim fear of NBC project premature. Developer says it's sensitive to traffic issues.
Gifts of grape can meet many needs for both the giver and receiver.
Valley-Area facilities offer wide range of medical services in smaller setting
Being a "green" real estate broker is more than trendy hype; it's learning to make homes more energy efficient and healthier.
Home Sales and Mortgage Rates are At Historic Lows, So Is it Time to Buy?
Scriptwriters and the major studios were scheduled to return to the bargaining table Nov. 26 to discuss a new contract to settle a three-week old strike.
Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies: Bi-Weekly Top Gainers, Losers; The Valley 50 Stock Index; 52-week Performance; Market Summary / Indexes
CRA - Panorama City Business Assistance Program will lose its funding from the Community Redevelopment Agency at the end of the month.
SmartSound software allows users to customize audio tracks to meet their music scoring needs.
Presidential contender Mitt Romney addressed VICA in Burbank.
The death of Barbara Cesar, the co-founder and chief executive of Syncro Aircraft Interiors, forced her admirers to contemplate her legacy.
The Canoga Park Boys and Girls Club space has been raised from a mortuary, with the help of HGTV and Rebuilding Together.
Martin Cooper reports on CSUN Economics Department Chair Shirley Svorny characterizing L.A.'s business strategies as ill-conceived.
Stars and spectacle herald the opening of a new Lamborghini dealership in Calabasas.
Calabasas-based Internet protocol test equipment maker Ixia has undergone a number of changes at the top
Valley apartment vacancies averaged 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2007.
Increased spending in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry led to a doubling in net income for Lancaster-based Simulations Plus Inc. for the 2007 fiscal year.
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A boom in the so-called medispa industry has spawned hundreds of clinics.
Independent surgery centers and hospitals compete and cooperate.
West Valley Occupational Center aims to train more automotive technicians to counter the trend of dwindling training programs.
The writers strike has begun to make those in ancillary businesses nervous.
After 11 years at Woodbury University, President Kenneth Nielsen has signed on for five more.
Wednesday, November 21
The ongoing scriptwriters strike could cost the Los Angeles economy upward of $21 million if it continues into next month, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 20
Plethico Pharmaceuticals Limited of India has acquired Natrol, Inc., the Chatsworth-based manufacturer and marketer nutritional products in a deal worth $80.8 million.
Monday, November 19
An American Airlines flight to Dallas-Fort Worth departed this morning from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, the first departure in 12 hours after heavy fog closed the airfield.
News writers for CBS gave approval to strike after working more than 2 & #733; years without a contract.
CHAD Therapeutics Inc. will sell off its oxygen conserver business to Inovo Inc., a privately held manufacturer based in Florida in a deal worth $5.25 million.
A subsidiary of On Assignment Inc. opened an office in Cincinnati to serve the high-tech industry, the company announced.
Friday, November 16
A cut in expenses contributed to Easton-Bell Sports Inc. posting an 83 percent increase in net profits for the third quarter when compared with the previous year.
GoTV Networks and Gibson Guitars will produce a series featuring musical artists and performances for distribution on mobile devices.
A federal jury ruled that a competitor infringed on the patents held by power conversion product manufacturer Power-One Inc.
The California Department of Managed Health Care levied a $1 million fine against Health Net of California for not appropriately disclosing certain compensation-related information to the state.
Thursday, November 15
More than a month after being closed following a 31-vehicle pile-up, the southbound Interstate 5 Newhall Pass truck lanes and tunnel re-opened on Nov. 15.
Wednesday, November 14
The sale of two of its business segments contributed to Interlink Electronics Inc. posting a net profit for the third quarter.
Strong demand for semiconductor testing services contributed to Trio-Tech International posting a net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.
Insurance holding company Unico American Corp. announced net income of $1.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, on revenues of $10.9 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30.
IMAX Corp. will release three DreamWorks Animation SKG films in 3-D in the company's first multi-picture deal with a Hollywood studio.
The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously Nov. 13 to oppose the proposed Las Lomas mega-development, citing traffic, environmental and public safety concerns to neighborhoods in Santa Clarita and beyond.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury added $15 million in punitive damages to the $74.23 million it awarded earlier to Caruso Affiliated Holdings LLC in its lawsuit against the owners of Glendale Galleria for interfering with lease negotiations that C
Tuesday, November 13
As television and film scriptwriters continued their pickets outside the major Hollywood studios, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met with officials from the Writers Guild of America.
Lower sales from audio products and expenses related to its acquisition by a private investment firm contributed to Image Entertainment Inc. posting a net loss for the second quarter.
Monday, November 12
Consistency, Client Loyalty Give NEA Electronics Stellar Growth
Avoiding interview pitfalls could prevent lawsuits. Questions About Age, Religion, Origin Are Risky
Jason Schaff presents his view of the Fastest Growing Companies.
Commercial office still looks good. Landlords Won't Budge On Rates Despite Vacancies
QPC Lasers Inc. narrowed its net loss for the third quarter when compared with the same period a year ago.
The president of Baja Fresh answers the Business Journal's questions about expansion plans and what it's been like since Wendy's sold the chain a year ago.
Currie Technologies prepares to launch a new high-end, high-tech line of pedal-assist vehicles.
The technology industry has the most number of companies in the Business Journal list of fastest growing firms
Chevron Energy Solutions is honored by L.A. Valley College for its contributions to energy efficiency at the school.
The troubled real estate climate had an effect on some of last year's members of the Fastest Growing Private Companies list.
There's mixed reports concerning the state of the Santa Clarita Valley-area economy.
Honing Loan Officers into Sharpest Tools in the Box
Financial Consulting Company Put Selectivity into Plans for Expansion
L.A.'s dominance in the music industry is evident by tracking the greater Valley's fast firms.
Investors put money behind getting 3D films in theaters while the major Hollywood studios ready projects for release and get others in the pipeline.
Barbara Cesar, the owner of an aircraft aviation interior company who shared her passion for the industry with a younger generation, died Saturday.
Staff Reporter Mark R. Madler spends time with local writers on the picket lines in Burbank.
The portion of the Interstate-5 Corridor that stretches along the Valley is home to a wealth of untapped economic opportunity, according to a report about the region that was released at a summit.
General Flexibility Allows Contractor Towering Gain
Information management specialists from insync present tips on safeguarding your businesses' critical digital assets.
DIC Entertainment of Burbank has been selected as worldwide licensing agent for The Beginner's Bible merchandise and interactive content.
PHONE TAX. City Council scare tactics and emergency declaration don't sit well with guest columnist Greg Lippe.
Saturday, November 10
Thursday, November 8
Higher attendance at its theme parks and sales of "High School Musical" and "Cars" merchandising contributed to The Walt Disney Co. reporting $877 million in net profit for the fourth quarter.
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills won tentative approval from Los Angeles City Council last night to move forward with its proposed expansion project without completing a full environmental study.
Warner Home Entertainment Group agreed to acquire the England-based maker of the popular Lego Star Wars videogames, it was announced.
Wednesday, November 7
The City of Lancaster was named the "Most Business Friendly City" at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's 12th annual Eddy Awards Nov. 6.
As the television and film writers enter a third day of picketing, a number of major Hollywood studios prepare to sever ties with television production companies.
Tuesday, November 6
U.S. HealthWorks has opened of its new headquarters and a billing facility in Valencia.
Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $14.7 million contract to develop a system to decontaminate military equipment exposed to toxic chemicals.
A Los Angeles jury awarded $2.5 million in damages to six people harmed by the use of a pesticide on banana farms by Dole Food Co. Inc.
Monday, November 5
Pickets were expected to appear outside studios in Burbank, Studio City and Universal City as members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike.
Orders for amplifiers uses in multi-year defense contracts helped AML Communications Inc. to post a profit for its second quarter.
Friday, November 2
Weak lead generation contributed to ValueClick Inc. posting the same net income for the third quarter as it had a year ago.
The Writers Guild of America has set Monday morning to start a strike against the major Hollywood studios.
Superior Industries International Inc. narrowed its net loss in a quarter when wheel shipments increased 20 percent.
Expenses related to three class action lawsuits contributed to Health Net Inc. posting a net loss for the third quarter.
Poor games sales ate into the revenue and profits of video game publisher THQ Inc.
Thursday, November 1
The membership of the Writers Guild of America meets Thursday night to decide their next move after talks with the major studios failed to produce a new contract.
Electronic Sensor Technology extended its contract with a Chinese company to distribute its odor detection equipment in that country.