Stories for June 2008

Monday, June 30

Providence Announces Purchase of Tarzana Regional Medical Center

Providence Health & Services has announced that it will purchase Tarzana Regional Medical Center from Tenet Corp. The sale is expected to take two months to close.

California's hands-free cellphone laws for drivers take effect Tuesday

Some Southland police agencies, such as the CHP, plan to be more aggressive than others in enforcing the laws. The base fine for the first offense is $20, and it's $50 for subsequent convictions.

Collection agencies find more work, less success

Times can be tough in the current economy, even for debt collectors.

Screen Actors Guild aims to thwart AFTRA contract with studios

A campaign is urging dual-union members to vote down a deal. Stars are on both sides of the battle line.

Friday, June 27

K-Swiss Prevails in Trademark Infringement Suit

Payless operator to pay settlement

Shoe Pavilion Faces NASDAQ De-listing

Action comes after free-fall of stock

Cheesecake Factory Opens New Restaurants

Outlets are No. 142 and No. 143

Dole Implements New Environmental Practices

Company looks at pineapple production.

Valley Home to Two Fastest Growing Companies

Trio-Tech and Iris make Fortune Small Business list.

Thursday, June 26

Maintenance Facility Wins Award

The City of Santa Clarita has received the Los Angeles Architectural Award of Excellence for its Transit Maintenance Facility for outstanding architecture in civic sustainability.

Planners postpone decision on car wash, coffee shop

LANCASTER - On a 4-0 vote, with member Dan Jacobs abstaining, the city's Planning Commission has agreed to postpone a decision on construction of a combination car wash and coffee shop business on the northwest corner of Avenue J and 17th Street West.

Judge rejects automakers' effort to delay California emissions rules

A federal court has rejected an effort by carmakers to delay implementation of stringent vehicle emissions standards in California.

Image Ends Disappointing Year

A botched merger and a decline in DVD sales made for a disappointing year for home entertainment distributor and producer Image Entertainment Inc.

Prop. 1B Funding Allocations Near $4 Billion Mark

The California Department of Transportation has announced that Proposition 1B funding allocations for the 2007-08 fiscal year have surged to nearly $4 billion. Prop. 1B is the 2006 voter approved bond to improve California's transportation infrastructure.

VICA Supporting Transit Improvements

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association weighed in with support of an extension of the Red Line subway, the Orange Line busway and an increase in the sales tax to support transportation projects.

US economy logs better but still subpar growth

WASHINGTON -- The economy turned in a better -- but still subpar -- performance in the first three months of this year, mostly spurred by stronger sales of U.S. products overseas.

Studios bracing for a strike

Labor unrest continues to dominate the landscape in Hollywood, and the possibility of a strike by actors has large movie studios planning to shut down production and has television studios rushing to complete episodes of series scheduled to return in the

Valley Schools Receive Grant Funds

Schools in the Antelope and Conejo valleys were among those receiving construction grants from the state.

Wednesday, June 25

Train, bus commuters face end of cheap ride

Angelenos' growing love affair with public transportation may be headed for trouble as transit agencies increasingly have begun to struggle with the temptation to pass soaring fuel prices onto passengers.

Sport Chalet Opens 52nd Store

La Canada-based Sport Chalet opens its 52nd location at the newly completed 50,500 square foot store on Olympic Boulevard in West L.A.

DIC Signs Online Ad Deal

GoFish will provide online advertising for youth focused websites from brand management firm DIC Entertainment.

California attorney general sues Countrywide Financial

Jerry Brown says the nation's largest mortgage lender deceived borrowers about the risks of adjustable-rate loans.

Chapman University forecasters say U.S. is in recession

The economists say California is suffering too as the housing crisis trickles down to the job market

CUB's Rainer is Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

David Rainer, president and CEO of California United Bank, was announced a winner of the Greater Los Angeles regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Financial Services category.

Online Firm Receives $8.4 Million Investment

Online opinion community SodaHead received $8.4 million from two private investment firms in a second round of funding.

Consumer trust hits 16-year low

A June drop in U.S. consumer confidence was sharper than expected, sinking to its lowest level in more than 16 years, a private industry group said.

Countrywide Update: B of A Transaction Approved, New Lawsuit Filed

The attorney general of California filed suit on Countrywide Financial and two of its directors on the same day that Countrywide shareholders voted to approve a proposed multi-billion dollar merger with Bank of America.

InBev set to buy Anheuser-Busch for $46 billion

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Brewer InBev SA said Wednesday it has secured financing to buy Anheuser-Busch for some $46 billion.

Tuesday, June 24

Tire Shop Owner, Valley Volunteer Flip Smith, 61

Business owner and community volunteer Philip "Flip" Smith died June 23 following a short illness. He was 61.

L.A. Ranks Sixth In Tech Jobs

The high-tech industry in Los Angeles ranked sixth in the nation according to a study released by AeA, the industry trade association.

Vitesse Delays Audit Results

An investigation into financial statements has delayed an audit of earning statements for two fiscal years to determine the impact of backdating of stock options at Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.

Monday, June 23

FAA Funding Stalled by Amendments, Partisanship

The reauthorization bill to fund the agency keeps getting extended.

ValleyCrest, Gothic Top National Landscape Survey

ValleyCrest Companies maintained its number two spot in the annual Lawn & Landscape magazine survey of the top 100 landscape contractors in the United States.


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Backups Without Batteries

Pentadyne puts a new spin on backup power.

Encino-Tarzana Hospital Gives Boost to Nursing Students

Encino-Tarzana awards 100 nursing scholarships


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

Profits in Recycling Business E-Waste

Companies that recycle electronic waste.

Still Smiling

Carl Raggio of Western Commercial Bank went from turnaround to start-up

Economy drives more to hold, shop at garage sales

The hunt starts every Saturday morning when Lisa Mortillaro Finn buckles her pajama-clad children into her Volvo and pulls out of the driveway.

Local Communities to Receive Housing Bond Funding

Communities throughout the state will receive more than $388 million to improve housing, infrastructure and support housing near transit.

Meeting the Needs of Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diets

Catering to special dietary needs is rewarding in more ways than one

LAWA Lets Plot Lie Fallow

The last undeveloped parcel at Van Nuys Airport

Council to determine demo facility fate

LANCASTER - The City Council on Tuesday will decide whether Lancaster should be home to a demonstration facility that could turn household trash into energy or fuel.

Bucking the National Bagel Trend

Bruegger's Bakeries comes to the Conejo Valley

High Fuel Costs Cause Changes

Rising prices cause operators and passengers to make changes

Hallmark Movie Channel Comes to Cox in HD

Cox Communications will distribute a high definition version of the Hallmark Movie Channel after signing a multi-year agreement with Crown Media Holdings Inc.

A Place for Propeller Aircraft to Call All Their Own

Van Nuys Airport developing area just for piston planes


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Comcast's Fandango buys from Disney

PHILADELPHIA -- Movie ticketing and entertainment site Fandango Inc. has acquired the entertainment Web site from Walt Disney Co. for an undisclosed amount.

Most of the Furniture in Place at Agoura Design Center

The Agoura Hills Design Center signs three new leases


A new reader-driven feature: photographs of Valley business people being feted, awarded, commended or just taking part in interesting regional events.

First Valley 'Hall of Fame' Members Were Pioneers

The five honorees for VICA's Business Hall of Fame exemplify people and businesses that helped build the Valley.

United Chambers Honors Innovation, Impact on Area

The United Chambers of Commerce honored a wide variety of companies at its annual ceremony

Jet Fuel Flowage Fee Hike Hotly Debated at Van Nuys

Aircraft companies and owners at Van Nuys Airport face a jump in the fee charged to pump fuel into their planes

What's the Valley's Gross National Happiness?

Marty Cooper suggests a re-thinking of measuring success

Digital Transition Still Raising Content Questions

Questions remain about studios and digital content distribution.


Mission College Solar Project Opens

The San Fernando Valley Gets Its Count and Its Due

The San Fernando Valley Gets Its Count and Its Due

Accounting Gets Clean and Green

Some accounting firms get new business as companies get greener.

Friday, June 20

Cheesecake Factory Launches Pan Asian Kitchen in Los Angeles

The Cheesecake Factory Inc. has announced the opening of its newest concept, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen at the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles.

Yahoo facing brain drain as execs exit

Key players are leaving the Internet giant as an overhaul of management looms after the possibility of a Microsoft deal dies.

Work Halts On Biofuel Plant

Lack of financing has led Kreido Biofuels Inc. to stop construction of a production plant in North Carolina.

Stocks drop as bank woes continue

NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Friday on escalating worries about the financial sector and rebounding oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 170 points.

NASA to test state's air quality

PALMDALE - The state Air Resources Board is taking advantage of a NASA research aircraft already decked out with instrumentation to collect and analyze air samples to conduct a study of the state's air quality.

Amid rising gas prices, more in L.A. turning to commuter rail

Metrolink recorded its highest number of riders for a single day.

Thursday, June 19

Ixia Completes Share Repurchase

Test systems provider Ixia completed a $50 million share repurchase program, the company announced.

California cellphone law may be more costly than the $20 fine

If there's a fatal car accident, a violator of the hand-held ban could face a felony charge, some experts say.

Push for new sub-prime mortgage regulations loses steam

A Senate committee kills or weakens a series of consumer-oriented bills aimed at reversing the foreclosure flood.

Schwarzenegger says drilling ban not to blame for high gas prices

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he opposes lifting a ban on new oil drilling in coastal waters, breaking with President Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Northrop suspending hiring of engineers

Northrop Grumman Corp. is suspending the hiring of thousands of engineers in Southern California after a ruling by a federal auditing agency left in limbo its $35 billion contract to build Air Force aerial refueling tankers.

Gliding Into Teledyne

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. will buy the assets of an East Coast firm that makes underwater gliding vehicles, profiling drifters and floats.

Wednesday, June 18

State Offers $6 Million in Health Info Tech Grants

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced more than $6 million in grants to promote health information technology, medical education and coordinated care programs to improve California's health care delivery system for underserved populations.

Simi Valley Hospital Moves Patients into New Tower

Simi Valley Hospital has begun the process of moving patients into its new patient care tower, beginning with ICU patients. Telemetry, medical-surgical and the women's units will follow.

Tuesday, June 17

Las Lomas Developer Sues City

The developer of the 5,000-home Las Lomas project filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles alleging the City Council acted illegally in stopping its review of the project.

Cal City residents voice concerns about proposed solar power plant

CALIFORNIA CITY - Many residents support a proposed $1 billion, 250-megawatt solar power plant north of California City, but they also are concerned about the facility's impact on local groundwater resources, members of the state Energy Commission learned

Southland home prices go way south

Foreclosures contribute to 20-year sales low, tracker reports

L.A.'s mayor orders report on illegally dumped trash

Villaraigosa want to know why debris -- including dead animals -- sits for weeks in some neighborhoods.

Wholesale prices bolt higher in May

WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices bolted ahead in May at the fastest pace in six months as energy and food prices marched higher.

Monday, June 16

Commission faces heavy first agenda

LANCASTER - Five of seven people picked for the city's newly reorganized Planning Commission will take their seats and face a heavy agenda that ranges from approving improvements and expansion for a private school to decisions on the right amount of low a

Capstone Receives Oil Platform Order

Capstone Turbine Corp. received a $1.5 million order for microturbines, upgrades and training for use on off-shore oil platforms.

Retired executives in SCORE offer mentoring, advice to business owners

Chef Jimmy Wu mastered the art of the sushi roll and the delicate simplicity of sashimi, but when it came time to open his own restaurant, it was as if asking a novice the difference between red tuna and pink snapper.

Liquidator Buys Drilling Contractor Equipment

Great American Group purchased the equipment and vehicles of an oil well drilling contractor in a deal estimated at $50 million.

Bus Company Posts Net Loss For Year

Public transportation provider Transnational Automotive Group narrowed its net loss for the 2008 fiscal year when compared to the previous year.

Friday, June 13

Screen Actors Guild effort to defeat AFTRA contract sparks internal rebellion

New York members of the guild's board criticize what they call an 'unconscionable attempt to interfere with the internal business of a sister union.'

Testing Firm Income Inches Up In Q1

Lower than expected performance at two test facilities contributed to a drop in revenues for National Technical Systems Inc.

InBev bid for Anheuser-Busch may lead to expansion of Van Nuys plant

The $46 billion bid by a Belgian brewer to take over Anheuser-Busch could be a boon for the San Fernando Valley and its 800-worker plant in Van Nuys, local business leaders said.

Railroad Land Considered For Busway Extension

Metro staff has recommended an existing railroad right-of-way as the route for an extension of the Orange Line busway.

Gas prices help pump inflation up 0.6%, the biggest leap in six months

Prices for goods other than fuel and food remain relatively stable, rising just 0.2% last month, the Labor Department reports.

Thursday, June 12

Office rental market simmers

Considered red hot a year ago, Los Angeles County's commercial office market has shifted into a "good times" mode, according to a study released May 11.

Retail sales jump by largest amount in 6 months

WASHINGTON -- Retail sales jumped by the largest amount in six months in May as 57 million economic stimulus payments helped offset the headwinds buffeting consumers.

BofA exec: Countrywide deal on track

Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis said Wednesday that there are no plans to call off its $4 billion deal to acquire Countrywide Financial Corp., and that he believes charge-offs and delinquencies in the U.S. will peak in the third quarte

Capstone Narrows Net Loss in Fiscal '08

A higher number of shipped microturbines were not enough to bring a positive financial result for Capstone Turbine Co.

Belgian firm bids for Bud

ST. LOUIS , Anheuser-Busch Cos., the nation's biggest brewery, received a $46 billion buyout offer from a Belgian brewer that might be too good to refuse.

AML Income Upped in Q4

Increased sales to defense clients contributed to a jump in net profit for AML Communications Inc. in its fourth quarter.

Wednesday, June 11

Sales Tax Increase Gains Support

Business and civic leaders voiced support of a proposed half cent sales tax increase to fund transportation improvements.

U.S. expands salmonella warning on fresh tomatoes

Officials are still searching for the origins of the tainted fruit, advising restaurants and stores not to sell products containing three varieties.

SAG, producers set to meet again Wednesday

SHERMAN OAKS - The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume negotiations amid an escalating dispute between SAG and a smaller performers' union and the appearance of fissures within SAG's own leadership.

Tejon Ranch deal favors wildlife

Builders will use the remaining 30,000 acres for development

Cherokee Slips in 1st Quarter

A drop in revenues from sales at Target stores contributed to Cherokee Inc. reporting a decline in first quarter net income when compared to a year ago.

Measure would let drugstores pass prescription information to bulk mailers

The backers of the state legislation say it would help consumers by reminding them to take medications and refill prescriptions. Opponents see problems with privacy. And who profits?

Tuesday, June 10

Flooring Company Ordered to Pay $6.3 million in Workers' Comp Case

Firm pleads no contest to one count of insurance fraud.

Monday, June 9

Sunkist Building for Sale; Fashion Square Report Due

Sherman Oaks is a hotbed of real estate activity

Universal Goes On Post-Fire Marketing Blitz

How has Universal Studios marketing handled the fire?

Speaking for Adult Industry

Diane Duke, adult entertainment industry lobbyist

Employers Have New Role In Cell Phone Driving Law

How the cell phone law affects businesses. Column by Richard Rosenberg

All in the Families

An architect, a builder and an investor all rolled into one

L.A. falls from top 10 economic powerhouses

Los Angeles fell out of the top 10 cities as measured by their economic strength, while European and Asian cities were found to have the fastest-rising economies, according to the latest edition of an annual survey.

Higher Profile

The Americana may put Glendale over the top as a tourist destination.

Westside Eateries Help Form Restaurant Cluster

A restaurant cluster has begun to develop in downtown

Newhall Land & Farming Parent Files Chapter 11

Landsource Communities Development, LLC, parent company of Newhall Land & Farming, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

AB 2127 For Better Quality of Life

Greg Lippe encourages support of a wage/hour flexibility bill

Emphasis Shifts, Building Rules Change in Financial Core

A look at whether Glendale is still a top financial district

Will Moguls Step In On Talks Between SAG, Studios?

An update on the Screen Actors Guild contract talks

Legacy of Prop. 13 : Initiative, Referendum and Reform

Legacy of Prop. 13 : Initiative, Referendum and Reform

Auto Group Drives Ideas for Economic Betterment of City

Brand Boulevard of Cars Association brings auto dealers together


Who's in, who's out at Valley companies.

Father-Daughter Law Firm Wins Record-Setting Case

A father-daughter law team has won a record-setting award

Fenders 'n More Sold to Wolfe

A Pacoima family-owned manufacturer is being sold

Deadline Nears for Entering 'Best Places'

Find out if your company is one of the Best Places to Work

Lowe's Gift is Green For Valley Education

Lowe's Gift is Green For Valley Education. Philanthropic activities by Valley-area businesspeople and companies.


A look at the people, places and things that make our valleys tick.


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National Technical Buys NoCal Test Labs

National Technical Systems Inc. has acquired a regulatory testing laboratory based in the San Francisco area.

Salmonella outbreak clears three tomato varieties from many markets, menus

Restaurants and supermarkets remove red Roma, plum and red round tomatoes.


A new reader-driven feature: photographs of Valley business people being feted, awarded, commended or just taking part in interesting regional events.

Student Interns Earn Respect of Aviation Industry

The Aviation-Aerospace Collaborative grant has run out.

Passenger Demand Still Light for Palmdale Airport Service

All is not well with United Express's Palmdale service

Glendale Benefits From Being Close to L.A., But Not Too Close

The City is home to some big corporate headquarters

Hospital Split Brings Uncertainty

Encino-Tarzana Medical Center is no more as one campus is sold.

Letting gridlock loose on L.A.

When approving developments, local officials have sidestepped laws meant to limit the effects on traffic.

Solar Project Puts Antelope Valley at Energy Forefront

The Antelope Valley may well become the capital of alternative energy for Southern California.


LARGEST COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES - Greater San Fernando Valley-based institutions ranked by full-time equivalent students in 2007 - 2008


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

After 83 Years, Alex Theatre is Still an Economic Engine

An 83-year-old theatre has a significant economic impact on the city.

Parades and Celebrations, Workshops and Seminars

Parades and Celebrations, Workshops and Seminars

Valley Lawyers Get Glossy Magazine

The Valley Bar Association will start publishing a glossy magazine

Friday, June 6

NBC reports robust 'upfront' ad sales

Surprising many, the network says it's pulled in $1.9 billion in early sales for the fall season.

WGA strike costs CA $2.1 billion

Miken report cites dispute as recession catalyst

Los Angeles Teachers Hold Strike

United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District, had a one-hour strike June 6 to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to slash an estimated $4 billion from the state's education budget.

Teledyne Subsidiary Increases Stake In Fiber-Optic Firm

A Teledyne Technologies Inc. subsidiary increased its stake in a Florida-based manufacturer of fiber-optic connect systems.

Bratz Doll designer has earned $30 million

RIVERSIDE - The head of the toy company that produces the Bratz fashion doll testified that the designer who came up with the idea has made $30million in royalties over the past seven years.

Monthly growth in unemployment rate is biggest in over 20 years

The May jobless rate jumps half a percentage point to 5.5%, a sign that the economy is still troubled. An economist calls it the 'strongest evidence yet' that U.S. is in a recession.

Thursday, June 5

Union Pacific blocks Los Angeles to San Francisco bullet train

Rail line officials won't yield its right of way, citing safety and operational concerns with a high-speed line close to freight trains.

City attorney to sue Time Warner Cable

Alleging it caused "major havoc and distress" when it became the No. 1 pay TV provider in Southern California two years ago, the Los Angeles city attorney's office plans to sue Time Warner Cable Inc.

Hilton Workers Sign Contract

A two-year effort by Hilton Glendale employees to unionize ended with the signing of a contract with management.

Studios may owe actors over writers strike

The writers strike may have ended four months ago, but the studios still have checks to write -- at least according to actors.

Schwarzenegger proclaims that California is in a drought

Administration officials call the governor's move a first step, intended to put Californians on notice that rationing could be coming if the situation does not improve.

Wednesday, June 4

Studios Team With JetBlue For In-Flight Movies

Three Valley area studios will provide first-run feature films for JetBlue Airways new in-flight movie channels.

Prescription drug history to go online, AG says

California Attorney General Jerry Brown will announce a plan to give doctors and pharmacies real-time Internet access to patients' prescription drug history, an effort to prevent drug addicts from collecting multiple narcotics prescriptions from many diff

Prop. 99 passes; Prop. 98 defeated

Prop. 99 forbids use of eminent domain to force the sale of owner-occupied residences for private projects, and preserves rent control.

Blumenfield, Knight Winners In Assembly Primaries

Bob Blumenfield won the four-way race in the Democratic primary for the 40th Assembly District seat representing the San Fernando Valley.

SAG, producers set to meet again today

SHERMAN OAKS - Bargaining between the Screen Actors Guild and representatives of the largest movie and television companies will continue as both sides seek an agreement before the June 30 expiration of the current labor contract.

L.A. city controller takes dim view of wasteful lightbulbs

Audit finds that 12-year-old program to install fluorescent lights has been poorly implemented, but even so has saved $1.5 million on annual bill.

Tuesday, June 3

SoCal Edison Signs Solar Purchase Agreement

Southern California Edison has agreed to purchase solar power from Pasadena-based eSolar when solar plants planned for the Antelope Valley come online in approximately three years.

Clock's ticking on SAG negotiations

Guild seeking gains in pay, new media

Blowtorch Touched Off Universal Fire

A blowtorch used to heat shingles on a movie set touched off the weekend fire at Universal Studios, Los Angeles County Fire officials said.

Warner Pacific Acquires Price Associates

Warner Pacific Insurance Services in Westlake Village, an agency for health insurance carriers, has acquired Price Associates in Fresno.

Skyrocketing gasoline prices force changes

More Americans are taking mass transit, working from home and curtailing vacation plans to cope.

Sport Chalet Fiscal Year Ends on a Down Note

More stores didn't mean more money for Sport Chalet, the company reported.

Voters set to vote on eminent domain and rent control

When voters head to the polls, they will be asked to take a position on two state propositions that address the issues of eminent domain and rent-controlled apartments.

GM closing 4 truck and SUV plants in North America

WILMINGTON, DEL -- General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

Burbank Airport Brings In Bucks

The Bob Hope Airport contributes $3.9 billion in economic input, according to a study released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.

Monday, June 2

Homebuilding slump hampers construction spending

WASHINGTON -- Construction spending fell again in April as home building continued a more than two-year-long slide. The weakness was offset somewhat by an increase in non-residential spending activity which climbed to a record level.

John Wooden's tips for courting success

The former UCLA basketball coach shares his insight on how business owners can become better leaders.

Prime Healthcare Buys Valley Medical Center

The Encino campus of Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center has been sold to Prime Healthcare Services of Victorville for an undisclosed price.

Business looks for ways to cope with rising fuel prices

The complaints started more than a year ago when gasoline hit $3 per gallon.

Cause of Universal Studios Fire Remains Unknown

An investigation continues into the cause of a fire at Universal Studios that damaged film sets and exhibits on the studio tour.

Capstone Makes Russian Deal

Capstone Turbine Corp. received an order for five microturbines at a value of $2 million for use in Russia.

Gay marriage may be a gift to California's economy

Business is up for hotels, bakers and photographers as same-sex couples prepare to wed.