Stories for October 2008

Friday, October 31

QualityLogic Announces Restructuring

QualityLogic of Moorpark has streamlined the operations of its quality control testing and services by reorganizing into the two business units.

Prison jobs seen as good and bad

Hospital would employ thousands

Beaten down, American consumers burrow deeper

WASHINGTON -- Beaten down and watching their wealth shrink, Americans are cutting back sharply on their spending, trimming it in September by the largest amount in four years.

Farm Unveils Solar Power System

Bolthouse Farms Inc. in Palmdale completed a clean energy project that uses a 1.9 megawatt solar power system to provide 80 percent of electricity.

Calstar shows expansion plans

Mercedes lot on Brand Boulevard says the changes would reduce noise for its neighbors.

Small Business Fire Assistance

The Small Business Administration will have two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in the Valley operating through Nov. 13 to assist those who have suffered home or business losses from the Marek and Sesnon fires.

Crew capsule put through paces

Dryden testing Orion replica, heir to shuttle

Palmdale Dropped From Regional Airports Plan

Los Angeles World Airports will no longer make the Palmdale airport part of its regionalization plans, the agency has said.

PS Business Parks Income Climbs in Q3

Revenues in the third quarter increased 4.3 percent for PS Business Parks of Glendale over those of 2007.

Daily Grill's Executive Team Takes Pay Cut

The executive team of Grill Concepts in Woodland Hills, parent company of Daily Grill and Grill at the Alley, will take a voluntary 10 percent pay cut.

Thursday, October 30

VICA Conference Attendees Face Gloomy Assessments

Twentieth annual gathering discusses state of the economy and its future

Schwarzenegger Plugs Redistricting

Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger encouraged attendess of a Valley Industry & Commerce Association event to vote in favor of a redistricting iniative as a way to bring to change to Sacramento.

Wednesday, October 29

Poor Economy Cuts Into ValueClick Income

The weak economy continued to hammer away at net income of online marketer ValueClick Inc.

DreamWorks Animation Income Drops in Q3

Increased expenses contributed to a $10 million drop in net income at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for the third quarter when compared with the previous year.

Consulting contracts draw scrutiny

Slow economy has two Glendale councilmen questioning what are normally routine approvals.

CHAD Therapeutics in Funding Turmoil

CHAD Therapeutics Inc. faces possible bankruptcy after suspending operations due to its inability to raise additional capital.

Valley Presbyterian Cuts 35 Staffers

A drop in Medi-Cal payments led Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys to eliminate 35 staffers although none in their nursing staff.

2nd Dakota's shuts; Simi closure called 'temporary'

Dakota's the Great Steakhouse at the Simi Valley Town Center closed, less than a month after a sister location shut down in Westlake Village.

Bar Association Opposes Prop. 8

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association has come out opposed to Proposition 8, which would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California.

Plant holds up against objections

LOS ANGELES - An ethanol refinery planned near the Lancaster landfill got a final go-ahead from the county Board of Supervisors, as the board denied an appeal filed by a local environmentalist who wanted the county to do a more stringent review of the ref

New Car Registrations Drop in Q3

Registrations of new cars and light trucks declined 19.1 percent during the third quarter of 2008, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

Monday, October 27

San Fernando: A Little City with Big Aspirations

RELATIONS: How a tiny municipality keeps from being overpowered

Ernst & Young Moved to Westlake

Ernst & Young has moved its Woodland Hills office to Westlake Village

Metrolink suit eyes contractor

Train company seeks to have the engineer's employer held liable for September crash in Chatsworth that killed 25.

Sherman, VEDC Secure Pacoima Training Grant

VEDC gets grant for Pacoima job training center

Raising Your Spirits

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

Companies Trying to Cope in Downturn

A look at how they're weathering this economic downturn.

Summit Revives Manufacturing Apprentice Program Discussion

Summit on apprenticeship programs

September new home sales rise by 2.7%

WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes recorded an unexpected increase in September as median home prices dropped to the lowest level in four years, the Commerce Department reported.

Terrible Trio Takes Its Toll but This Too Shall Pass

GUEST COLUMN - Martin Cooper on the "Terrible Trio"

Banks Say There's Money to Lend Despite Reports

A couple of California's top business banks are working to let companies know they have money to lend; are still lending money; and are actively seeking borrowers.


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

Retailers hope sales, promotions will convince consumers to get into the holiday spending spirit

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Used Car Sales, Repair Services Keep Sector Afloat

Used car sales and service departments keep industry alive

Trying to Make Sense of Economic Climate

Jason Schaff discusses our economic coverage

Publicity Stunts Wake Up SnoreStop Brand Sales

A Camarillo company takes risks

Business Groups Mostly Agree on Propositions

Roundup of proposition guidance from business organizations

Magic Mountain President Says Efforts Paying Off

Efforts to clean up the park and make it a more family-friendly place have paid off in the past year.

Economic Scene is Dominated by Service and Retail

A quick look at some of the big businesses in San Fernando.

Dealers Say Credit Crunch Isn't Affecting Car Loans

A difference of opinions on the car loan availability

ApolloMed Signs Agreement

ApolloMed Hospitalists has signed a hospitalist service agreement with Pacific IPA of El Monte to provide inpatient care at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.

Last Adult Insurer Drops Plan

Adult entertainment productions can't get covered

Struggling General Growth Changes CEO, Plans to Offload Assets

On the heels of suspension of dividend payments and the replacement of the company's CFO at the beginning of October, Chicago-based REIT General Growth Properties Inc. has shaken up management and announced intentions to market certain Las Vegas propertie

Mayor Issues Order to Collect Unpaid Debts

The mayor of L.A. moves on collections.

Yahoo layoffs coming

Company says about 10% of global work force will be lost to save an estimated $400 million.


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

Maneuvering Around Barriers

Dealerships are working hard to get customers into showrooms

Glendale's Armenian Community Featured in 'Float'

Mark Madler highlights Armenian-focused indy film

Film Permit Agency Names New President

Paul Adley, an attorney with a background with not for profits, has been named as the new president of film permit coordinating agency FilmLA.

Walking a Fine Line

Dan Feger, new director of Bob Hope Airport.

Revitalization Follows Specific Plan Guidelines

Retail, mixed-use and housing -- a city on the move

Television Filming Remains Strong

On-location television production remained high in the third quarter when compared with the same period from a year ago.

Changing With The Times

Sun Valley Foods is thriving after than 85 years in business

Encino Silent Auction Raises $11,000 for Alzheimer's

Local food banks get stocked by corporate donations

Valley Home Sales Improve Again

San Fernando Valley home sales were 66 percent higher than a year ago while the median home price plummeted by 35 percent in the same time period.

Training Programs Oversubscribed, Soon to Expand

Community colleges are increasing auto training programs

New Santa Clarita Office, New Executive for JLL

Linda Coburn interviews new Jones, Lang, LaSalle executive

Friday, October 24

Cheesecake Factory Net Income Drops

Net income and diluted net income per share were $11.8 million and $0.19, respectively for the Cheesecake Factory Inc. during the third quarter of 2008 comparing unfavorably with the previous year when net income was $18.5 million and the diluted per shar

Ixia Revenues Continue Rising

Calabasas-based Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) said that in the third quarter of 2008 total revenues continued their growth trend, increasing to $47.3 million, compared to $45.9 million in Q2 and $44 million in the third quarter of '07.

Power-One Juices Earnings

Power-One, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWER) announced third quarter revenues increased 3 percent, to $121.4 million over revenues of $118.1 million in the third quarter of 2007.

Thursday, October 23

State Supreme Court to Review Restaurant Breaks Ruling

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review the closely followed case of Brinker Restaurant v. Superior Court of San Diego.

Simulations Plus Announces Share Repurchase Program

Pharmaceutical software provider Simulations Plus Inc. in Lancaster announced today that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program effective Oct. 27.

The battle of the medical bills

Last of three parts In late 2007, Centinela Hospital in Inglewood was losing nearly $1 million a month and had piled up $15 million in debt. Among the causes of the crisis: $25 million in overdue bills.

Hospital makes its move

From outside the steel-beamed, glass Kaiser Permanente building, it is nearly impossible to tell what is going on inside. It is quite apparent that people are moving in. In most of the offices, which will house more than 1,000 employees, moving boxes ar

Yahoo readies for more lay offs

Yahoo officials announced this week that thousands of its workers will lose their jobs and employees in the Burbank office are waiting to see if they will be among the 1,520 to be laid off. Yahoo company officials said they are still parsing through glo

Wednesday, October 22

ValueClick Sells Non-Core Assets

ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq:VCLK) shed two of what it called "non-core" assets reaping about $18 million in gross revenues that will show up on its next quarterly report.

With budgets tight, this Halloween it's time to get creative

Carl Soto lives for Halloween. The Port Hueneme resident wears his thrill for the unearthly on his finger , a skull ring. On the walls of his garage, there is a menagerie of spooky outfits and gory props from old horror movies. More than anything else

Economic snapshot of our community

Ventura County residents are facing the economic meltdown with a mix of fear and resolve. "I'm religious so I try not to connect so much with the negative," said Howard Cummings, a Ventura father of three and carpenter who has seen work dry up over the

Stocks open lower as investors watch earnings

Stocks were down sharply but off their worst lows of the day in mid-morning trading today after a rash of negative earnings reports renewed fears that economies in the U.S. and elsewhere are headed into a deep recession. At 9:30 a.m. Pacific time, the D

Mervyns is done in California

Mervyns, whose three-story retail outlet has been a fixture at the Glendale Galleria for a quarter century, announced Friday that it will close its remaining 149 stores throughout California and the Southwest. The move will not only affect the 101 S. Br

Magic Mountain President Says Efforts Paying Off

Magic Mountain President Jay Thomas told members of the Santa Clarita business community that efforts to clean up the park and make it a more family friendly place have paid off in the past year.

Tuesday, October 21

New class of tanker considered

EDWARDS AFB - The U.S. Forest Service has called on NASA Dryden Flight Research Center to lend its aeronautical expertise to qualifying a new class of aerial fire tankers for use in fighting wildfires.

CSU Campuses to be Powered with Solar Energy

The campuses of 15 California State University schools will receive solar power in a program between the state and SunEdison.

Qantas brings Airbus A380 to LAX

The world's largest jet arrives from Australia with about 450 people aboard. A380 flights are expected to provide an economic boost to the region.

Home sales rise as prices decline

County median falls to $385,000, report shows

Alex Theatre reports losses

Down economy and maintenance costs deal a blow to revenue at the venue, officials say.

Image Given Extra Time to Boost Stock Price

A decision by the NASDAQ stock market to stop enforcing minimum market value requirements will give Image Entertainment Inc. an extra three months to increase the value of common shares.

Mayor Issues Order to Collect Unpaid Debts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a directive Oct. 20 outlining for department heads how to collect unpaid bills.

Monday, October 20

Businesses can take action to ride out tough times

The sooner small-business owners deal with the souring economy the better, turnaround experts say.

Federal Grant to Help with Job Training

Northeast San Fernando Valley residents in training programs to work at local supermarkets will benefit from a $686,000 federal grant received by the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corp.

2009 College graduates face tough job climate

Stay in school, get extra degrees, expert suggests

Agency to shell out for auto dealer's expansion

LANCASTER - The City Council, acting Tuesday in its capacity as the Lancaster Redevelopment Agency, voted unanimously and without comment to pay auto dealer Mike Johnson $1.5 million for his promise to expand the Johnson Ford dealership and operate a new

SAG seeks federal mediator, holds off strike authorization vote

In a compromise struck between divided camps within the actors union, the national board of the Screen Actors Guild called for bringing in a federal mediator to break the logjam in contract talks with the Hollywood studios, putting off more drastic plans

Jones Lang LaSalle Opens Santa Clarita Office

Commercial real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle has opened a new full-service corporate office in Santa Clarita. This will be JLL's 10th office in Southern California.

Friday, October 17

State Offers Funds for Workers Displaced by Wildfires

The state Employment Development Department will make available $2 million in job training resources to workers in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties who have lost their jobs because of the recent wildfires.

Thursday, October 16

Housing forecast for 2009 brightens

Values to bottom out, group says

Orange Line Ridership Hits Record in September

The Metro Orange Line busway reached a record number of passengers in September, transit agency Metro announced.

Schwarzenegger to Speak at VICA Conference

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the Valley Industry & Commerce Association's 20th Annual Business Forecast Conference.

Defense contractors may see leaner times

A new administration and broad economic pressures are expected to mean cutbacks in federal spending.

City to research potential ban on plastic bags, Styrofoam

BURBANK , Proponents of banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in Burbank found an ally Tuesday, as the City Council asked staff members to move forward with a plan detailing ways to eliminate the environmental irritants.

Disney unveils a 1920s theme for California Adventure

The $1-billion effort to revive the park will try to re-create the era when Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood.

Teledyne Makes Sensor, Monitoring Systems Acquisition

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has acquired a British company that designs and manufactures sensors and monitoring systems used in oil and gas production systems.

Wednesday, October 15

Ad Software Firm Receives $3 Million in Funding

Online advertising software developer FatTail Inc. received a $3 million round of financing from an investment firm specializing in digital media and communications.

Declare Valley Disaster Area: Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman wants to have the areas in the San Fernando Valley damaged by wildfires be declared federal disaster areas.

Tuesday, October 14

Cherokee Makes Major Repurchase

Cherokee Inc. announced they have repurchased 99,561 shares of common stock in the open market.

Palmdale to talk more of suing college

PALMDALE - The City Council on Wednesday will continue its discussion about possibly suing Antelope Valley College for its alleged misuse of $139 million in bond funds approved by voters in 2004.

Valley Wildfires Still Burning

Firefighters continued battling wildfires that have burned more than 10,000 acres in the east and north central areas of the San Fernando Valley.

Passenger Numbers Decline at Bob Hope Airport

Turmoil in the airline industry resulted in a 15 percent drop in passengers at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank for August when compared with the previous year.

Career center works to find jobs

GCC building is seeing more students flocking in with 'the fear of the unknown.'

Universal Pictures to distribute DreamWorks films

Steven Spielberg and partner Stacey Snider's ambitious plans to fund their new studio have been slowed by the global credit crisis.

Bargaining talks resume with nurses

Bargaining talks between Oxnard and Camarillo hospitals and registered nurses threatening to strike are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

Monday, October 13

Lawmakers' Compulsive High-Stakes Gambling

Columnist Greg Lippe wonders whether it's governing or gambling

Fuel service approved, trailer to be disposed

MOJAVE - The East Kern Airport District unanimously approved a contract with Michael D. Hardee Consulting of Tehachapi in order to facilitate establishing a government fuel service at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Insurance Brokers Aided By New State Legislation

Eliminating the ambiguity between "brokers" and "agents."

Valley Construction: Santa Clarita

Planned, continuing and completed projects

Valley Newsmakers

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

When Times are Tough, Character Shines Through

Reporter Linda Coburn focuses her column on character

Downturn is hurting cities' car dealerships

Auto revenue sputtering

Valley Construction: Education

The largest construction employers in the region are the LAUSD and community college districts

Local Companies Do Business At Huge National Conference

Reporter Mark Madler reports on the National Business Aviation Association conference in Orlando

Valley Construction: On The Boards

An overview of projects in the planning stages

Two Congressman Honored by Manufacturers Group

U.S. Reps Howard "Buck" McKeon and Elton Gallegly received the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for their support of the manufacturing industry.

From Cheesecake to Yogurt

Cheesecake Factory CFO defects to Pinkberry

Valley Construction: Antelope Valley

Planned, continuing and completed projects


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

Manufacturers Ride Economic Roller Coaster

Which industry sectors are being hit hardest in the Valley

Baja Fresh Announces Representation Agreement with Bluesun

Restaurant chain Baja Fresh Mexican Grill has entered into an agreement with California-based Bluesun Corp. to get their food products into retail locations.


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

Insurers Targeted in Small Business Procedures

New options for small businesses health insurance

Growth Oriented

Bamboo Pipeline uses high-tech to provide better service

Oil prices rebound above $80 after governments step up global bailout efforts

NEW YORK (AP) _ Oil prices clawed back above $80 a barrel Monday, rebounding from a 13-month low as a stepped up global effort to rescue world financial markets lured investors back into equity and commodities markets.

Commercial Real Estate Outlook for the Near Term

What's on the horizon for the fourth quarter and beyond in real estate. By John DeGrinis

Bernards is Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future

Bernards has re-tooled itself to be out in front of technological advances in project management

Box Office Tracking Firm Bought by Entertainment Website

Entertainment website has acquired Encino box office tracking and analysis firm Media By Numbers.

Solid Concepts' Acquisition A Prototype for Growth

Solid Concepts in Valencia is expanding

University Campus Undergoing Another Major Transformation

The campus has five major projects underway.

"Carve Out Some Fun," at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

"Carve Out Some Fun," at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. A report on Chambers activities around the region

Real Estate Downturn Puts Spotlight on Staging Industry

Professional "stagers" may help homes sell faster. Column by Jonathan Hopp

Council Panel Backs ''Collections Sheriff'

The Budget and Finance Committee gave its approval to create a new position to oversee collection of unpaid bills owed to the city.

Crisis of Confidence Not in the Economy

Jason Schaff lays blame for the confidence crisis

Metrolink Victims Must Move Quickly to File Claims

Metrolink Victims Must Move Quickly to File Claims. By David B. Bobrosky

Valley Construction: Recently Completed

An overview of projects completed in 2008

It's a Hard Bid Life for Tutor

Ron Tutor talks about the Perini merger, public contracting, and the future

Fires Cause Class Cancellations at CSUN

Officials at California State University, Northridge, have cancelled afternoon and evening classes for Oct. 13, because of concerns about air quality and freeway closures in wake of wildfires in Porter Ranch and Sylmar.

Legislation on Infections Also Aimed at Cutting Costs

Reporter Nadra Kareem writes about infection legislation and Amgen's recent success

Valley Construction: Under Construction

An overview of projects in process

Friday, October 10

Glendale condominium project delayed

Beset by a distressed economy and a soaring number of city inspections, the FourOneSix mixed-use condominium project on Broadway Avenue has pushed back its opening to January and will wait until its debut to push ahead with unit sales, officials said.

GM and Ford may be too big to fail

Given the automakers' pervasive presence in the U.S. economy and their value as symbols of industrial might, many believe they wouldn't be allowed to go under.

Lower revenues, tough credit climate force cuts, delays in many programs

With the economy in a slide and the credit markets seized up, states are slashing budgets, eliminating jobs, putting major construction projects on hold and nervously waiting to see whether their shriveled pension funds recover.

Thursday, October 9

Discounters, other stores are hit hard Retailers, mired in slump, cut holiday orders

NEW YORK , American consumers went into hiding in September, leaving retailers with dismal sales and an uncertain future well beyond the holiday season as the fallout from the financial meltdown pushes spending even lower.

Nurses ready to stage 5-day strike

Staffing, wage issues part of failed negotiation

Lancaster mayor shares his vision

Parris: Reject myths; use science, facts to build city

Jobless claims drop from 7-year high

WASHINGTON -- New applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week from a seven-year high, the Labor Department said today, though claims remain at elevated levels that indicate recession.

Stock Market Plummets Again

The stock market plunged to its lowest point in five years on the eve of the anniversary of hitting its highest point.

Council Committee Backs 'Collection Sheriff'

The Budget and Finance Committee of the Los Angeles City Council gave its approval to create a new position to oversee collection of unpaid bills owed to the city.

Wednesday, October 8

CSUN Business School in Prestigious Princeton Review

For the first time Cal State Northridge and its College of Business Economics, has been named as one of the Best Business Schools, by the New York based education company Princeton Review. CSUN shares the honor with 296 business school programs.

Tuesday, October 7

99 Cents Only Stores under fire

EPA complaint alleges that the discount chain, which has a Burbank site, sold two pesticides that were unregistered.

FDIC seeks to raise bank premiums

The proposal would double the amount banks pay to insure their deposits. It is part of a five-year plan to replenish the government's insurance fund, which has been hit by the failure of IndyMac and o

First Baja Fresh Express Opens at LAX and USC

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the fast-casual Mexican grill chain has opened its newest concept, Baja Fresh Express, at Los Angeles International Airport and the University of Southern California.

Countrywide to pay $8.4 billion to homeowners

Homeowners with subprime and "pay-option" adjustable-rate mortgages from Countrywide Home Loans may be able to escape foreclosure and get their loan payments or debts reduced under an $8.4 billion settlement between 11 states and Bank of America Corp., wh

BofA settles suits over Countrywide mortgages

Facing a lawsuit over deceptive mortgage practices, Bank of America Corp. is agreeing to pay more than $8 billion to modify hundreds of thousands of loans to keep people from losing their homes.

General Aviation Industry Reboots For FAA Funding

With Congress failing to pass a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, business aviation industry officials will lobby their side with a new slate of lawmakers come January.

Monday, October 6

Wall Street tumbles amid global sell-off

Wall Street tumbled again today, joining a sell-off around the world as fears grew that the financial crisis will cascade through economies globally despite bailout efforts by the U.S. and other governments.

Looking for loans in new places

With the credit crunch drying up traditional sources of funding, small-business owners who need cash are seeking alternatives.

Van Nuys Airport EIR Hearing Tuesday

A public meeting to review the draft Environmental Impact Report for the Van Nuys Airport Noisier Aircraft Phaseout project will take place Oct. 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cooking up an electoral treat

Local bakery comes up with a novel idea to test which way voters will go in November election.

Aircraft Makers Look Beyond Down Economy

Business and personal jet manufacturers are optimistic for long-term investment in their aircraft despite the ongoing struggles and a credit crunch in the U.S. economy, aviation industry officials said.

Condominium project delayed

Beset by a distressed economy and a soaring number of city inspections, the FourOneSix mixed-use condominium project on Broadway Avenue has pushed back its opening to January

Friday, October 3

Boeing strike in Seattle now affecting Southern California travelers and businesses

New airline V Australia cancels some flights because it doesn't expect to get the jets it had ordered any time soon. Layoffs loom at local aircraft parts suppliers that aren't receiving new orders.

MRV Lowers Revenue Guidance

MRV Communications Inc. lowered its third quarter revenue guidance due to soft European sales and delays in shipments from a China manufacturing facility.

Court Backs Injunction against Roche

Biotech company Amgen won a major victory Oct. 3 when the U.S. District Court in Boston issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Roche from selling Amgen's renal anemia drug, Mircera, in the U.S.

General Growth CFO departs as stock plunges to 12-year low

Real estate firms owns two Valley shopping centers

Security Firm Buys German Franchise

IT security firm Panda Security acquired its franchise operations in Germany in a bid to expand into a strategic market and consolidate its European sales.

Valley Region Lawmakers Back Finance Bailout 4-2

The House approved a $700 billion bailout of the struggling financial industry in a 263-171 vote.

Court upholds drug sales injunction

Court upholds drug sales injunction

Nervous retailers face weak landscape with markdowns

With consumers low on cash, discounting is rife. Retailers expect a slow shopping season.

Thursday, October 2

Ailing housing market discussed

The housing market is broken.

SAG Negotiators Seek Strike Authorization

The negotiating committee of the Screen Actors Guild has recommended the union's governing board authorize a strike vote to get stalled contracts talks with the major Hollywood studios moving again.

Sluggish economy, hurricanes boosts jobless claims to highest since 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Tight credit is taking a toll on manufacturing and jobs.

Marriott reports lower 3rd-quarter profit and warns of tough 2009 amid economic turmoil

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Hotel company Marriott International Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit dropped 28 percent, and warned investors about deteriorating conditions for 2009 amid the ongoing financial crisis.

L.A., Long Beach ports inaugurate new anti-smog plan

Trucks moving goods in and out of the complex must meet tougher antipollution laws; 2,000 dirty diesel big rigs are banned. Despite compliance checks, cargo moves smoothly.

Wednesday, October 1

Palmdale Mayor: College took bond money, ran

Ledford accuses Fisher of 'bait-and-switch' tactics

Smoking ban all but OKd

Council says it will vote next week to enact ordinance snuffing cigarettes from city property.

Remedy sought for nursing shortage

Healthcare professionals and educators came together Tuesday in Oxnard to discuss ways to combat the nursing shortage in Ventura County and bring more Latinos to the profession.

Manufacturing sector contracted in September

NEW YORK -- A measure of U.S. manufacturing activity contracted more than expected in September, as new orders slowed dramatically.

Nicholson Assumes Presidency of Ryland

Homebuilder Ryland Group of Calabasas elevated Chief Operating Officer Larry Nicholson to president.

MPAA Targets DVD Copying Software

The Motion Picture Association of America has gone to U.S. District court to stop the distribution of software that makes illegal copies of DVDs.

Sherman Still Voting 'No' On Bank Bailout

Rep. Brad Sherman voted against the initial bank bailout bill and said that he's not voting on the new proposal, either.