Stories for September 2008

Tuesday, September 30

Home prices post 16% annual drop in July

NEW YORK -- A closely watched index released today showed home prices tumbling by the sharpest annual rate ever in July, but the rate of monthly declines is slowing.

Firm Applies for Solar Cell Patent

Bio-Solar Inc. has applied for a patent for improvements to produce solar cells from renewable plant sources.

AV's representatives split votes on bailout

WASHINGTON - The Antelope Valley's Congressional representatives split their votes Monday on the Wall Street bailout plan being pushed by the Bush administration and legislative leaders.

Tech Company makes Wisconsin Acquisition

Manufacturer Enable IPC acquired a Wisconsin-based company that makes ultracapacitor technology for use in the energy industry.

Technicolor Opens Blu-ray Testing Center

Technicolor opened a testing center for Blu-ray discs at its Burbank facility, the company announced.

Developer, Glendale officials resolve hotel design issue

Hotel set to debut middle of October changed original drawings former official says.

Job losses, less revenue foreseen in Ventura County

Area economists weigh in on the likely consequences here

Council to Reconsider Hospital Approval

The Los Angeles City Council used an incorrect process to vote on the $180-million expansion of Providence Holy Cross in Mission Hills, a county judge ruled.

Monday, September 29

MEDIUM BUSINESS CATEGORY 50 - 249 Employees

Winning companies with 50 - 249 employees. See who made the list

Fernando is Funding the Future

Fernando is Funding the Future

Keeping Fernando Relevant, Dynamic

Keeping Fernando Relevant, Dynamic

Looking Out for Their Employees

Being a Best Place to Work doesn't necessarily require big bucks

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

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

Zubican Wants To Become Internet 'Business District'

Zubican Wants To Become Internet 'Business District'

Glasses Menagerie

A 60-year-old family-owned eyewear designer, manufacturer.

Bringing Youth Into the Program

Bringing Youth Into the Program

Ethanol reps to field residents' questions

Experimental refinery needs county supervisors' approval

Business 101 Continues With a Look at the Financials

Guest columnist Gene Siciliano talks about business strategies

The Best Places Have the Best Perks: Food, Fun and Family

Local companies offer employees everything from fully-paid health care to trips.

Brokers Bring More than Real Estate Knowledge

Follow Ray Bishop's interesting road to real estate

Businesspeople Bring Passion and Enthusiasm to Volunteer Activities

Businesspeople Bring Passion and Enthusiasm to Volunteer Activities

Pioneering Probiotics

The CEO of Natren has been a leader in probiotics.

Water, Not Oil, Will be Source of Conflict

Kaleidoscope guest columnist Martin Cooper talks about how water is replacing oil as the hot button issue.

LARGE BUSINESS CATEGORY 250 or more Employees

Winning companies with 250 or more employees. See who made the list

Citigroup to buy Wachovia banking operations

NEW YORK -- The government says Citigroup will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Best Places Selection Process

An outline of the Best Places to Work process

Bailout Plan Rejected; Market Plummets

When the administration came up 12 votes short of the 218 necessary to pass the proposed $700 billion financial bailout plan, the market reacted with the largest drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average: 777 points.

SMALL BUSINESS CATEGORY 15 - 49 Employees

Winning companies with 15 - 49 employees. See who made the list

There's Wineries In Them Thar Hills

Wine festivals are proliferating across all our Valleys, the upcoming Loose Goose being the big one. A look at the business of wine locally and the little wineries here.

Wells Fargo Awards $52,000 to Nonprofits in Valleys

Wells Fargo Awards $52,000 to Nonprofits in Valleys

Healthcare Cost Containment Solutions Can be Made Now

Guest columnist Barbara Oberman discusses steps that companies can take to reduce health care costs

Nation's economic troubles present both challenges and big opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs

Smarter starters

Trio-Tech Sees Less Red at Year End

Trio-Tech of Van Nuys announced a narrower net loss for their fiscal year end of June 30.

Capstone Signs Chile Distributor

Capstone Turbine Corp. signed a distribution agreement for its low-emission microturbines in Chile.

Training for Disaster Paid Off in Metrolink Crash Response

Guest columnist Ricky Gelb comments on local response to tragedies

Palmdale Not Giving Up on Air Service

The cancellation of United Airlines service at LA/Palmdale Regional Airport will not put the brakes on the city securing commercial air service for the Antelope Valley.

Bottom Line: Impact of Benefits Hard to Quantify

Companies have a hard time quantifying the benefits of benefits

What Employees Want From Their Firms

Editor Jason Schaff's take on this year's Best Places to Work

Valley is Home to High Profile Game Developers

The Valley's video game industry grows.

AROUND THE COUNTY

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

An Experienced Look at Economic Woes

An experienced look at Economic woes

Serv-Ease Owner Faces Jail Time

The owner of Serv-Ease, a Glendale-based office systems repair and sales company, has been convicted for taking part in a $1.3 million scheme to defraud the U.S. Export-Import Bank and First International Bank of Connecticut.

Oldest Living Fernando Recipient, Herb Lightfoot, 92, Reflects

Oldest Living Fernando Recipient, Herb Lightfoot, 92, Reflects

Choosing the Nominees, Winners

Choosing the Nominees, Winners

Honor for Hire Job Fair

The second annual "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" job and resource fair took place Sept. 17 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.

Thursday, September 25

Train crash victims warned of unethical lawyers

Acting on complaints about lawyer solicitation, the State Bar of California is sending letters to victims of the Sept. 12 Metrolink accident to educate them about lawyer behavior that is unethical and, in some cases, criminal

Governor Signs Bill to Pay Teachers More

New and existing mathematics, science and special education teachers will be paid more now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into the law the use of state grant funds for their salaries.

Crown Media, Charter Renew Deal

Charter Communications will continue to offer the two Hallmark branded channels following a renewal of a distribution agreement with Crown Media Holdings Inc.

Water agency strikes deal with Tejon Ranch

PALMDALE - Drought conditions and other circumstances have forced water purveyors in Southern California to wheel and deal everywhere imaginable to service their customers.

House passes $25-billion loan package for auto industry

The low-interest assistance program aims to boost production of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Contract for port dredging project awarded

Contaminated material to be buried, sediment cleared from Hueneme site

Wednesday, September 24

UCLA economists issue gloomy California forecast

The state's housing sector will rebound next year, but its broader economy will struggle for months after that, the UCLA Anderson Forecast says.

Glendale Cadillac dealership closes

Guy Schmidt lot on Brand Boulevard of Cars shuts down because 'business was terrible.'

Existing home sales fell in August, Realtors group reports

WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes fell in August, but the number of unsold homes on the market also dropped sharply from the previous month's record high.

Parris vows to review city programs

All units, boards to receive scrutiny for effectiveness

Tuesday, September 23

Qualstar Loses Financial Power

High sales of its power supply products was not enough to make a positive fourth quarter for Qualstar Corp.

Dole Sales Expect to Bring $145 Million

Dole Food Company Inc. is selling its flowers division and fresh food subsidiary in England, the company announced.

Census: Housing costs eat up half of more than 7 million Americans' incomes

MIAMI (AP) _ Al Ray is so strapped for cash, the only time he eats out is on Wednesday or Sunday, when the local McDonald's sells hamburgers for 49 cents

Immigration boom slows as the economy stumbles

WASHINGTON , The wave of immigrants entering the United States slowed dramatically last year as the economy faltered and the government stepped up enforcement of immigration laws.

County halts brewery dumps

Subcontractor discarding organic waste

JetHawks Sign Affiliation With Astros

The Lancaster JetHawks minor league baseball team has changed its affiliation to the Houston Astros after two years as the West Coast Single A club for the Boston Red Sox.

Monday, September 22

Bonds may help get state economy moving

Gov. Schwarzenegger hopes transit and building project bond issues will create jobs.

CrowdGather Makes Another Addition

Online forum host CrowdGather made its second acquisition this month with the purchase of message board host FreePowerBoards.com.

Agoura Hills theater plans not applauded by all

Business owner talks to pickets

Glendale's stocks escape crisis

Investments have remained out of the red, but the general-fund budget is less solid.

Experts: Drought forces use of recycled water

LANCASTER - Use of treated wastewater to meet all of the Antelope Valley's water demands can't be avoided, local officials say.

EPA Orders Valley Business to Pay for Water Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered several San Fernando Valley businesses to either pay $500,000 or find another way to keep chromium-contaminated groundwater out of the local water table.

Pentadyne Receives New Round of Financing

Pentadyne Power Corp. will use $22 million in new financing for expanding the company into new market and for sales and production of new existing products.

Thursday, September 18

United Pulling Out of Palmdale Airport

United Airlines will stop its daily service from Palmdale to San Francisco in December as the beleaguered airline cuts its least profitable routes.

Road is not music to all ears

Neighbors vocal with reactions, but split on solution for problem

Capstone Shares Offering Valued at $29.5 Million

Microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine Corp. expects to raise $29.5 million through an offering of common stock.

Sales up, prices down as foreclosures flood Southern California home market

Repossessed properties will soon account for more than half of all sales, experts predict.

Glendale to vie for county economic honor

Winner will be named at Beverly Hills ceremony. Other competitors include Pasadena.

Wednesday, September 17

Big plans in store for Global Hawk

The Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, built by Northrop Grumman Corp. at its Palmdale facility, has already proven a worthwhile tool for gathering intelligence over the battlefield.

Construction hits the road

San Fernando Road work has slowed traffic, and looky-loos have caused accidents.

Calls for offshore drilling signal national shift

High gas prices fuel a change in attitude

MannKind founder says inhaled insulin system could be 'blockbuster'

The company releases test results showing that its Technosphere insulin delivery system is as effective for diabetics as injections. But investors are still wary about safety; MannKind's stock slumps.

Tuesday, September 16

Times Staffers Sue Zell

A group of former and current Los Angeles Times employees filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell has put the company and their retirement plans at risk.

Study finds Amgen bone drug reduces fractures

Amgen Inc.'s experimental treatment for the bone-thinning disorder osteoporosis safely prevented spine and hip fractures, according to a study that may help win U.S. marketing clearance for the drug.

Westlake to start messaging system

Emergency alerts by phone, e-mail, text planned

THQ Signs Joint Venture With Chinese Firm

Video game publisher THQ Inc. formed a joint venture with an operator of online games in China to distribute a free multiplayer game.

Burbank cabbies pumped about hybrid taxis

Initially skeptical, they find they like the cars' thriftiness and even roominess, and say their customers do too.

Agoura Hills opposes green initiative

The Agoura Hills City Council is opposing Proposition 7, a November ballot measure on renewable energy.

Zenith Insurance Reports Lehman Fallout

In an SEC filing today, Zenith National Insurance of Woodland Hills reported the company owns approximately $12 million of Lehman Brothers senior debt securities.

LAEDC Names Most Business-Friendly Finalists

The cities of Glendale and Santa Clarita are among the finalists for the most business-friendly cities with populations of more than 50,000 as named by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Former Cheesecake Factory CFO Lands at Pinkberry

Michael Dixon, formerly chief financial officer of Cheesecake Factory, is now on board in the same position of yogurt chain Pinkberry.

Monday, September 15

Acquisitions Help NTS With Net Income

Internal growth and acquisitions contributed to engineering testing firm National Technical Systems Inc. to post a nearly 50 percent increase in net income for the second quarter when compared to the previous year.

Neiman Marcus Debuts at Topanga

Neiman Marcus makes a big splash at Westfield Topanga

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

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

Economic downturn pushes businesses to chamber

PALMDALE - Patrick Powers noticed something was happening at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Business for Breakfast" functions - as the economy got tighter, attendance increased.

Nordstrom Opens at The Oaks, Outdoor Area Coming

Nordstrom opens at The Oaks and more shops are on the way

Revitalizing Areas One Step at a Time

SFVBJ Editor Jason Schaff discusses a revitalization award

Cities in the Two-County Valley Shun Territorialism

An area split betwen two counties keeps good regional relations

Playhouses Help the Homeless

Playhouses Help the Homeless. Philanthropic activities by Valley-area companies and businesspeople.

Certification in IT is Another Tool in the CPA Arsenal

Certified Information Technology Professionals enhance accounting practice

Insurers Will Pay for HIV Screening if Gov. Signs Bill

Nadra Kareem reports on an insurance bill awaiting the Governor's signature

State's top lawmakers say they have a budget deal

SACRAMENTO , The state's legislative leaders on Sunday announced a breakthrough in California's record budget impasse, potentially ending a stalemate that set a new standard for dysfunction in a Capitol with a long history of blown budget deadlines.

County Outlook is Grim until 2010, Residential Real Estate is a Drag

Coverage of the Ventura County Economic Outlook conference

Publications, Performing Arts Center give Valley an Identity

Mark Madler's Media & Entertainment column looks at how the performing arts center and publishers keep residents connected

Survey Results

Interview with the founder of E-Poll

Collections Position Mulled

L.A. City council looks at hiring a chief bill collector.

Amgen Enters Agreement with Biovitrum

European company Biovitrum acquired two cancer-related drugs from Amgen and was given an exclusive worldwide license to distribute a third drug.

TWC Finally Lands at Van Nuys Airport

TWC opens its new facility at the Van Nuys Airport.

Executive Goes From Fat to Fit, Up Next is Ironman Triathlon

Natrol's VP and General Counsel lost 90 pounds and is taking on the Ironman Triathlon

Superior to Shut Plant, Lay Off 720

Superior Industries is closing a plant in Kansas, plans more layoffs and changes its business plan.

Right Place, Right Time

Cal Lutheran's new president has an interesting career path

Recruiting, Retention Factor Into Choice of Location

Recruiting, Retention Factor Into Choice of Location

Glendale Hospital Eliminating Depts.

Glendale Memorial closes two departments.

Bad Economy is Good for CPAs, More Seek Advice

The bad business climate is good for accounting firms.

California Supreme Court Nixes Most Non-Compete Agreements

Guest columnist Richard Rosenberg discusses non-compete agreements

Valley Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for 2008-2009 Class

The Valley Leadership Institute seeks candidates for new class

Transaction Roundup, A Puzzling Industry Invite

An event invite has Linda Coburn puzzled

Selling New Homes Takes Creativity

New home builders are getting creative in order to move homes

Chambers Going Green, Tasting Wine and Beer, Networking

Chambers Going Green, Tasting Wine and Beer, Networking

Oil falls below $97 on low Ike damage

The storm destroyed about 10 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, a small fraction of the 3,800 total platforms there.

Bicycle Industry Finds the Valley is a Perfect Location

Makers, sellers and riders come together thanks to good roads, weather

Succession Issues Prompt Restructuring

Aging founders, industry changes cause mergers, changes

Friday, September 12

Harmful moth discovered in Ventura County

Pest could devastate agriculture

GoTV Hooks Up With Mobile Advertising

Mobile entertainment provider GoTV Networks Inc. has made moves to an ad-supported model with partnerships with three mobile entertainment and advertising firms.

Retail sales unexpectedly drop in August

WASHINGTON -- Frugal shoppers cut back again in August, driving down sales at the nation's retailers for the second month in a row, further proof the economy is losing traction.

Thousand Oaks officials warn about low water supply

Restrictions may become necessary if requests for conservation ignored

Thursday, September 11

VICA Urges Board to Call for Legislature to Stay in Session 24/7

The Government Affairs Committee of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association recommended that its board of directors call for the California Legislature to stay in session round the clock until its members agree to a new budget.

County to review plan for Lancaster ethanol refinery

LANCASTER - The county Board of Supervisors and Antelope Valley residents will be able to weigh in on a proposed ethanol refinery planned for a site near the Lancaster landfill.

Glendale greenlights CNG fuel station

Site due to return in April will save tens of thousands of dollars yearly, city officials say.

Amgen extends mortgage due date

Former workers remain fearful

Online Marketer Expands To Canada

Online marketing firm ReachLocal Inc. has opened a sales office in Toronto to serve small- and medium-sized businesses there.

Jobless claims drop slightly, trade gap surges

WASHINGTON -- New applications for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week, the U.S. government said today, as the struggling economy continues to take a toll on workers.

Wednesday, September 10

Ticket Seller Moving Online

Discount ticket seller Tix Corp. is eyeing the launch of an online service that will extends its network across the country.

NBC and Apple are back in tune

The companies end their dispute over the pricing of TV shows downloaded from the online store.

Laser planned for 2009 test against missile

EDWARDS AFB - Sunday's firings of a lethal, high-energy laser mounted inside a modified 747 aircraft are the first steps in the final test phase of the program, culminating in the planned shootdown of a missile in 2009, officials said.

County lemons rake in $235 million despite natural, economic problems

Lemons brought big bucks for Ventura County growers in the aftermath of the 2007 freeze.

Santa Barbara City Council says no to offshore drilling

Despite county supervisors' recent vote supporting expanded oil drilling, the city, which has opposed more drilling since the infamous 1969 spill, stands firm.

Tuesday, September 9

DineEquity CFO Resigns

DineEquity Inc, has announced the resignation of Thomas Conforti as the company's chief financial officer.

Perini Completes Tutor-Saliba Acquisition

Tutor-Saliba Corp., the San Fernando Valley's largest general contractor, has gone public with the completion of their acquisition by Perini Corporation, based in Framingham, Mass.

Little hiring in the county expected

Overall outlook in county weaker than nation

Ceres Starts Plant Trials In Georgia

Ceres Inc. will conduct trials in Georgia with its switchgrass and sorghum plants for use as bio-fuel stock.

Pending home sales decline more than forecast

Fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase previously owned homes in July as harder-to-get financing kept would-be buyers from taking advantage of lower prices.

KRLA sued over content

Man alleges that the radio station's shows serve the Republican Party, not the public.

Meggit Scores Midlight Jet Contract

Meggit Fluid Controls in North Hollywood will develop and manufacturer control devices for Embraer midlight private jets.

Monday, September 8

California tax collectors to visit small businesses

The effort is part of a new program to catch scofflaws. Investigators will be checking for seller's permits, business licenses and evidence that firms are collecting and paying enough sales and use tax

Sport Chalet Teams with Bruins

Sport Chalet, Inc. signed a three-year exclusive sponsorship agreement as the official sporting goods retailer of the UCLA Bruins.

Hobbyist Website Added To CrowdGather Network

Online forum host CrowdGather added a website for aviation, rail and watercraft model hobbyists to its offerings.

State's farmers can profit by saving water, report suggests

SACRAMENTO , California farmers can grow more food more profitably if they switch to water-saving crops and change their irrigation practices in response to the state's ongoing drought, according to a study.

WaMu on 'Probation,' CEO is Fired

Kerry Killinger, CEO of WaMu, has joined the former heads of Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia and Countrywide in the ranks of the unemployed, the Wall St. Journal reported.

Construction permits are gaining in value

GLENDALE , Permit values for construction projects throughout Glendale increased in July, a sign that while the region may be in the midst of a slow ascent toward economic health, the area is still mired in deep financial funk, officials said.

Big Local Emmy Wins For KNBC

KNBC won 8 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, including for investigative reporting and outstanding hard news reporting.

Friday, September 5

Medical Device Maker Receives $22.5 Million In Financing

Micro-device manufacturer Microfabrica Inc. received $22.5 million in financing that will be used to expand development of medical devices and the growing electronics and defense businesses.

Water measure could dampen home sales

Draft ordinance to enforce a conservation standard for all

Former B of A employee is arrested

Man who worked in customer service faces charges of bank fraud, filing fake tax returns.

August another disappointing month for retailers

Discounters such as Wal-Mart and some teen chains do well amid back-to-school shopping, but department stores and apparel retailers suffer as consumers scale back.

Weston Benshoof now Alston + Bird

The Westlake Village and Los Angeles offices of the law firm of Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP are officially Alston + Bird satellites, effective Sept. 1.

Home prices in 'free fall' locally

People waiting for the housing market to recover need to hold on a little while longer, speakers at the Ventura County Real Estate and Economic Outlook conference said Thursday

Thursday, September 4

Glendale Council votes Ambrosia back to 2004 permit

Ambiguous language in finding could have led to intense use, some authorities say.

Abu Dhabi channels more cash to Hollywood

The oil-rich emirate is launching a production company with Hollywood partners, with more than $1 billion in financing.

Palmdale airport expands service

New schedule permits more connections

Pentadyne Receiving Green Award

Pentadyne Power Corp. was named to the 2008 Going Green Top 100 list for its energy storage systems.

Nordstrom gets off on the right foot

At The Oaks gala, shoppers eat, drink and try on shoes

Apollo Medical Completes Reverse Merger

After completing a reverse merger with Siclone Industries Inc., Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. will become a publicly listed company.

Wednesday, September 3

Vitesse catching up on its reports

Chip-maker still owes SEC filings

Camarillo hotel plan placed on hold

T.O. developer cites sluggish tourism trade plus downturn in the economy

Hollywood protests LAPD effort to take over security on location sets

A coalition of labor and industry groups tries to block a plan to replace so-called movie officers, many of whom are retired cops, with off-duty active police officers.

AVEK eyes use of excess irrigation as emergency supply

PALMDALE - Water supplies from the California Aqueduct will be scant in 2009: Everyone in the industry agrees.

Tuesday, September 2

3G throws wrench in works

But fans seem ready to stick with Apple

Lockheed's Skunk Works honored

PALMDALE - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Skunk Works has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in recognition of 65 years of technology development.

THQ Opens China Office

Video game publisher THQ Inc. has opened a new office in Shanghai to take advantage of the growing Chinese market.

Manufacturing shrinks in August, inflation slows

NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturing activity slipped in August and construction spending dropped to the lowest level in seven years in July as consumer spending and housing show no signs of reviving.

Retailers fill empty spots at Glendale Marketplace

HomeGoods and Marshalls try to find more success than previous tenants at site.

Monday, September 1

Charitable Donation as Unique Sales Force Motivation

Mixed-martial arts star Tito Ortiz pumps up Onestop

AROUND THE VALLEYS

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

Manufacturers Saving Water

Chatsworth-based Wastech helps Burbank aerospace firm move toward zero water emissions

CSUN Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

As Cal State Northridge begins to celebrate its 50th birthday, the economic impact of the school is measured.

Working in a New World

INTRO: Working in a New World

New Media Ventures Not Making Piles of Money, Yet

New Media Ventures Not Making Piles of Money, Yet

Waldman Chosen To Lead VICA

Stuart Waldman is named the new president and CEO of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

Hotels Seeing Green In Gay Marriages

California's legalization of gay marriage last May has led the local tourism industry to market to gay couples

Unknown Ending

ENTERTAINMENT: Sides at Odds Over Direction of Industry

Stewing about IndyMac: Plenty of Blame to Go Around

In a stew about bank crises

When Water's Being Wasted, Who Ya Gonna Call: Drought Busters!

The Drought Busters are out in force: what you need to know

Hard for Professionals to Get Noticed in Crowded Field

Hard for Professionals to Get Noticed in Crowded Field

Amgen Recovering Nicely From Anemia Drug Woes

Nadra Kareem reports on noteworthy advancements at Amgen

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

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

Award: Crawford Honored

The IEDC has awarded Jason Crawford the 2008 New Economic Developer of the Year Award.

Intuit Creates a Silicon Valley Atmosphere in Woodland Hills

Intuit creates a Silicon Valley atmosphere in Woodland Hills

Watch These Guys

Jimmy Olmes believes his Reactor watch company will mirror his previous success

Strike Fallout: Six Months Later Recovery is Mixed

Interview: Six Months Later Recovery is Mixed

DreamWorks Spends $85 million in Upgrades for 3-D

DreamWorks Spends $85 million in Upgrades for 3-D

We Can Fix the Budget Process, If We Try

Ways to forestall the annual state budget crisis. Column by Gregory N. Lippe

Chairing the Chambers

Stephen Holzer, chairman of the United Chambers of Commerce

Ad Pros Create Alliance for Networking, Education

Mark Madler writes about a new group to bring together professionals in the Valley region

Pathways Program Partners with Business

Wal-Mart in Panorama City is working with New Horizons in hiring disabled adults

New Management and GM for Sheraton Universal

Universal City hotel has a new GM and new management company

NoHo Redevelopment Moving Slowly but Surely

Linda Coburn covers differing views of NoHo's progress

Orange Line: Victim of Its Own Success

Jason Schaff may be growing cool toward the Orange Line. Column by the Journal Editor