Stories for December 2011

Thursday, December 29

Princess Cruises Named “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” by Travel Weekly

Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, received top honors as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” in the annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.

Pierce College Adds Classes In Response to Student Demands

Woodland Hills-based Pierce College announced it has added 42 sections of speech, math and English courses for its Spring 2012 semester, which starts Feb. 6.

State Supreme Court Ruling Allows Closure of Redevelopment Agencies

In a ruling that could cause the Valley’s redevelopment agencies — and about 400 state-wide to shutter — the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday the legislature can dissolve the agencies, but lacks the power to require them to share revenue in order to stay open.

Biofuels Start Up Receives Third Round of Funding

Startup company Cool Planet Biofuels Inc. completed a third rounding of funding that included an investment from BP Technology Ventures.

Wednesday, December 28

Valencia Aerospace Company Buys Valencia Building

Valencia-based Adept Fasteners, which distributes fasteners for the aerospace industry, has purchased a nearly 15,000 square-foot building in Valencia.

Heritage Provider Physician Group Funds Grant

Dr. Richard Merkin, president and CEO of Northridge-based Heritage Provider Network, announced a gift to The Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. to help reform the physician payment system and improve leadership skills of clinicians.

Capstone Sells Microturbines for Energy Production

Capstone Turbine Corp. has increased the use of its microturbines in oil and natural gas production with sales in Texas and the eastern U.S.

Tuesday, December 27

Adult Film Initiative Certified for June Ballot

A ballot initiative requiring condoms on adult film sets that receive permits from the City of Los Angeles will go before voters in the June election.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Among 2011 Winners of California Awards for Performance Excellence

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center of Mission Hills was among nine statewide winners of the prestigious Eureka Awards bestowed by the California Council for Excellence.

Sears Announces Store Closings; Up to Nine Valley Stores Potentially Affected

Sears Holdings Corp., parent company of Sears and Kmart Corp., announced the closing of up to 120 Kmart and Sears full-line stores in 2012 due to poor same store sales performance and the continuing tough economy.

Friday, December 23

L.A. Creamery Rings in the New Year with Exclusive Ice Cream

In celebration of the New Year, Chatsworth-based ice cream company, L.A Creamery, is offering Dom Perignon Sorbet for its second year in a row.

Battery Technology Company Applies for Grant

A subsidiary of Enable IPC, a battery technology company in Valencia, has applied for a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a process to extend the life of lithium ion batteries.

Thursday, December 22

Cherokee CEO Awarded $100,000 Bonus

The Board of Directors at Cherokee Inc., a Van Nuys-based apparel, accessories and footwear licensing company, approved the payment of a $100,000 discretionary bonus to the company’s CEO, Henry Stupp, according to public documents.

Housing Permits Arise in LA County

Apartments once again dominated the Los Angeles housing market in November, a trend unlikely to abate any time soon.

Image Titles Available Through Zune

Image Entertainment Inc. will make a select number of its films available through Zune Video Marketplace, a digital distributor owned by Microsoft.

Cinépolis Picks Westlake Village for First L.A. Area Theatre

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will enter the Los Angeles area market in 2012 with the opening of an upscale movie theater at The Promenade at Westlake.

Wednesday, December 21

Nestle USA Partners with Superior Grocers in Donation to Local Schools

Glendale-based Nestle USA partnered with grocery store chain, Superior Grocers, in donating $144,000 to local schools.

Pending Home Sales in November Decline

Pending home sales in California declined last month, but are still higher than the same period last year as the state’s hard-hit housing market continues a long march toward recovery.

Heritage Provider Network to Partner with Medicare in ACOs

Northridge-based Heritage Provider Network (HPN) was selected this week to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. HPN is the largest of the 32 organizations selected into the Pioneer ACO program with 144,000 Medicare patients now part of the Heritage California ACO.

ACG 101 Elects New Board Officers

A Woodland Hills business owner has been elected as the board president of the ACG 101 Corridor, a business networking group.

Tuesday, December 20

Kennedy Wilson and its Equity Partners Purchase Warner Center Office Building, Completing Five-Building Acquisition

Real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson and its equity partners have purchased a 126,000 square-foot office building in Woodland Hills for about $19 million, the company said Tuesday.

MAXON Announces Re-launch of 3D Training Website

Newbury Park-based MAXON Computer Inc., developer of 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced the re-launch its online training and education site for Cinema 4D users.

Provision Plans for 2012 Includes 3D Displays in Circle K, Rite Aid

3D holographic display developer Provision Interactive Technologies will roll out its display units in Rite Aid and Circle K stores in 2012.

Valley Physician Group among Those Chosen to Pilot Accountable Care Organization by Health and Human Services

Healthcare Partners Medical Group, which has multiple offices in the greater San Fernando Valley area, was one of six physician groups chosen by Health and Human Services to pioneer an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative in California.

Monday, December 19

Amgen and Watson Partner To Produce Cancer Medicines

Thousand Oaks’s Amgen Inc. will partner with New Jersey-based Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. to develop and sell several cancer fighting biosimilar medicines, Amgen said on Dec. 19.

Shrek Game Coming to Smartphones

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has teamed up with Beeline Interactive Inc. to create a videogame based on the “Shrek” film franchise to play on smartphones.

Health Net Issues Higher 2012 Earnings Guidance

Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills announced that it expects 2012 earnings to outpace 2011 results.

Greystripe Acquisition Delivers for ValueClick

Greystripe, the mobile ad company acquired earlier this year for $70 million by Westlake Village-based ValueClick Inc., said results from its new mobile advertising units known as Ad Boosters, have been impressive.

Area Hospital Must Balance Financial and Patient Responsibilities

FROM THE NEWSROOM

Commentary from the Editor

New Year Holds Legislative Challenges for the Business Community

VICA LOCAL UPDATE

Catching the local business issues that fall through the cracks

Trucking Firm Begins Building New Burbank Office

Construction: Sun Valley crime spurred Ardwin’s move to Burbank, CEO says.

Ardwin Freight aims to expand with new Burbank headquarters

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THE LIST: Public Companies Profitability Index

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / THE PACESETTER

Performance of companies in the greater San Fernando Valley region based on ROE. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 PUBLIC COS PROFITABILITY INDEX list for download (pdf)

USI Supports Foothill Police Through Holiday Program

GIVING: This is a regular feature on philanthropic activities by Valley-area business people and companies.

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Furnishing the Valley

Frank Bernard focuses on customer service, good design and serving new markets -- a recipe that’s helped him to weather the tough economy.

Entrepreneur: Bernards Office Furniture is a contract furniture dealer

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Entitled to Success

Brad Rosenheim’s entitlement consulting firm, Rosenheim & Associates Inc., has helped to shape the Valley from behind the scenes for more than a decade.

PROFILE: Brad Rosenheim, chief executive of Rosenheim & Associates

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Valley Collaborative Law Group Opens, Seeks Cases

LAW: Group targets divorce cases, plans to launch website in January to help recruit.

New Valley law group specializes in collaborative law

Canadian Company Buys Ramsey-Shilling Brokerage

Real Estate: Executives see acquistion as way to adapt to changing market, expand reach.

REAL ESTATE Column by Andrew Khouri

VALLEY STOCK WATCH - December 19, 2011

Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies.

Poor Economy Kills Business Improvement Districts

Real Estate: Vacancies and low rents cause landlords to rethink additional taxes

Business improvement districts shutter as landlords struggle

InkTip Owner Makes First Film, Focuses on Politics

MOVIE: Filmmakers turn to distribution, festivals to spread film’s message to wider crowd.

ENTERTAINMENT Column by Mark Madler

Do-A-Dot Art!

Fostering creativity in young kids

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Do-A-Dot Art!

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SOTA Toys

Firm serves gamers blood, gore and creepy collectibles

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - SOTA Toys

What Kids Want

Stick-to-basics strategy key to attracting licenses

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - What Kids Want

BifBangPow!

Selling esoteric cult classics

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - BifBangPow!

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Entertainment Earth

Winning over ‘big kid’ buyers

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Entertainment Earth

Sensor Manufacturer Sniffing Profits in Medical Marijuana

Grassroots push to test cannabis opens market opportunity.

Electronic Sensor Technology creates equipment for medical marijuana industry

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Hospital Eyeing Quick Recovery

HEALTH: Deanco repairs damage at Mission Community Hospital.

Hospital operating company aims to reshape Mission Community Hospital

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California United Plans Acquisition

BANKS: Purchase pushes Valley bank deeper into Orange County.

California United expands through $38.1 million acquisition

Valley Businessman Dreams Big

MEDIA: Public Relations CEO snags TV deal for side business.

SSA Public Relations dreams up brand for children’s entertainment market

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley area

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Imperial Toy LLC

Decades of bubbling success

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Imperial Toy LLC

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VALLEY BIZ SEEN - December 19, 2011

Photographs of recent business-related events in the valleys, including parties, awards dinners, benefits and other celebrations.

Funrise Toy Corp.

Company founder keeps on truckin’

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Funrise Toy Corp.

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Universal Studios Conjures Up Harry Potter Los Angeles Theme Park Ride

Company’s second Harry Potter attraction helps keep Hogwarts in the minds of adoring fans.

TOURISM: Universal Studios announces new Harry Potter attraction

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Uncle Milton Industries Inc.

Ants have been good to this uncle

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Uncle Milton Industries Inc.

West Hills Hospital Kicks Off $6 Million Effort to Spruce Up

Project to bring new lobby, larger welcome center and more to hospital.

Expansion plans advance on $72 million project at West Hills Hospital.

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Northrop Facility Marks 50 Years of Innovation

Woodland Hills home to Northrop division since 2001.

AEROSPACE: Northrop manufacturing facility turns 50

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Hospital Prepares to Expand

Health care: Simi Valley Hospital’s $41 million expansion will double the number of emergency room beds.

Simi Valley Hospital prepares for $41 million expansion project

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New Buildings Bring Growth, Opportunity to Inter/Media

Real Estate: Firm to move headquarters to new Woodland Hills location this spring.

Inter/Media purchases two Woodland Hills office buildings

Oremor Automotive Group Drives Into Woodland Hills

Cars: Plans for former Vista Lexus dealership include much larger, updated facility.

Woodland Hills Lexus dealership gets a new owner

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MGA Entertainment

A sassy competitor in the doll market

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - MGA Entertainment

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products Division

Super successful with popular characters

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Warner Bros.

Disney Consumer Products

Global franchises attract young, old

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES - Disney

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Welcome to Toyland

VALLEY TOY COMPANIES: Summary, including Toy Industry Facts and Stats

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Most Profitable Companies Focused on Transformation

LIST: Companies topping the list have track record for growth through expansion, acquisitions.

The List Story. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 PUBLIC COS PROFITABILITY INDEX list for download (pdf)

Italian Aircraft Maker To Open Van Nuys Sales Center

Aviation: Piaggio hopes to boost West coast business, first plane to arrive in January.

Italian aircraft manufacturer sets up shop at Van Nuys Airport

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Friday, December 16

ReachLocal Honored as One of the “Best Places to Work”

Woodland Hills-based online marketing firm, ReachLocal Inc., has been ranked one of the country’s top 50 “Best Places to Work” by Glassdoor, an online community career source.

Provost Named as Interim President of Cal State Northridge

Harold Hellenbrand, Ph.D., provost of the California State University, Northridge, has been named as interim president of the university and will serve in the capacity until a permanent president begins at the campus.

Amgen CEO to Leave Post

Amgen Inc. CEO Kevin Sharer, who has been at the helm of the biotech giant since 2000, will step down in May and then retire at the end of 2012, the Thousand Oaks biotech giant said.

Thursday, December 15

Cherokee Inc. Partners with Japanese Retailer

Cherokee Inc., a Van Nuys-based apparel, accessories and footwear licensing company, announced the launch of Cherokee-branded products at Nishimatsuya Chain Co., Ltd, a specialty retailer of children’s and baby products in Japan.

Wednesday, December 14

Caesarstone USA Acquired by Caesarstone Group

Van Nuys-based Caesarstone USA Inc. announced it has been acquired by Caesarstone Global Corp.

European missile maker buys Northrop division

Missile maker MBDA Inc., which has a Westlake Village headquarters, has purchased Northrop Grumman’s Viper Strike munitions business, the company announced this week.

Valencia Hospital Fined for Noncompliance

The California Department of Public fined Health Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia for its failure to implement safe practices in the administration of medication.

Tuesday, December 13

THQ Lays Off 30 Employees

THQ Inc. laid off 30 employees at its Agoura Hills headquarters due to poor sales of its uDraw Game Tablet, the company said in a statement.

CSUN Donates More Than 16,000 Items to MEND

California State University Northridge announced it had collected more than 16,000 items for MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) during the third annual food and clothing drive held last month on campus.

L.A.-Area Solar Panel Company to Add Simi Valley Office

As part of a retail expansion, SolarMax Technology Inc. plans to open a Simi Valley store by late February, creating about 20 jobs.

Monday, December 12

Palmdale Fitness Center to Move Into Former 24-Hour Fitness Space

24 Hour Fitness has closed down a Palmdale location and a new gym is moving in early next year, according to a local brokerage firm.

Kaiser Permanente Awards Eight Valley Nursing Students

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center announced today that eight nursing students in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have been awarded scholarships to help continue their nursing education.

Friday, December 9

Glendale Law Firm Sells Office Building For Roughly $1.7 million

Melby & Anderson LLP, a Glendale law firm, sold its nearly 5,000 square-foot office building last week for $1.69 million.

Sauer Energy Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire City Windmills Inc.

Sauer Energy Inc., a technology developer in the renewable energy market, announced the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent to acquire City Windmills Inc., a Delaware Wa-based windmill company.

California United Adds Orange County Offices with Acquisition

California United Bank has acquired Premier Commercial Bancorp and its subsidiary Premier Commercial Bank in a deal valued at $38.1 million.

Thursday, December 8

Teledyne DALSA Receives Satellite Sensor Project

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary will develop sensors for delivering high resolution images from a satellite.

West Hills Hospital Offers Patients Online Pre-Registration

The 225-bed West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is coming into the digital age with online pre-registration now available to certain patients.

Canadian company purchases Valley’s Ramsey-Shilling

Toluca Lake’s Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. has been acquired by the Canadian commercial real estate services company Avison Young, the Canadian firm announced Wednesday.

Chatsworth’s MRV Communications to sell Swiss subsidiary for $24.6 million

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications Inc. has agreed to sell a Swiss subsidiary for about $24.6 million to a group of European private equity firms, the company announced Wednesday.

Cherokee Inc. Struggles in Third Quarter

Cherokee Inc., a Van Nuys-based apparel, accessories and footwear licensing company, Wednesday reported that poor international sales drove down royalty revenues and hurt net income in the third quarter, despite positive sales at U.S. retailers.

Wednesday, December 7

IPC The Hospitalist Company Acquires South Florida Practice

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. continued its spate of acquisition with yet another purchase, that of PCA Hospitalists Inc. of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

THQ Restates Guidance After Disappointing uDraw Sales

Poor sales of its uDraw Game Tablet has led video game publisher THQ Inc. to lower its revenue guidance for the third quarter.

Chase Opens New Van Nuys Bank Branch

Chase opened its fourth branch in the Van Nuys area on Dec. 7, part of an effort by the bank to expand its presence in California.

CLU Receives Grant to Train Teachers for the Hearing Impaired

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California Lutheran University a $1.2 million grant to prepare teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Kaiser Permanente Facilities Named ‘Top Hospitals’ in Nation

Two local Kaiser Permanente medical centers were named “top hospitals” in the nation by a leading coalition that seeks to promote health care safety, quality and affordability.

Tuesday, December 6

Southern California office and industrial real estate markets on slow upward climb, USC report says

Spurred by slow job growth, the Southern California office and industrial real estate markets are in a slow recovery, which should result in improved market conditions over the next two years, according to a University of Southern California market forecast released Tuesday.

Universal Conjuring Up Harry Potter Attraction for Hollywood Theme Park

Universal Studios is bringing its popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction to its Los Angeles theme park, a project that will boost theme park attendance.

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uSamp Adds New Executive Position

Survey sample provider uSamp has hired Joshua Pink to the newly created position of senior vice president, corporate sales strategy and global development.

Ontic Adds to After Market Offerings

Ontic has added the manufacture and repair of 300 aerospace components for military planes and helicopters to its Chatsworth facility following the signing of a new licensing agreement with Honeywell

MRV Communications Announces Leadership Changes

MRV Communications, Inc., a Chatsworth-based provider of optical communications solutions, announced that CEO Dilip Singh has resigned from his position in order to pursue other interests.

Best of Show

Broadcast and cable networks turn to B2 Creative Studios for promotional campaigns, webisodes and branded integration content.

ENTREPRENEUR: B2 Creative Studios produces promotional materials for various industries.

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Monday, December 5

Charles Dunn Hires New Team at Sherman Oaks Office

Real estate firm, Charles Dunn Company, is growing its tenant representation brokerage services with the addition of Roger Beck as senior managing director and Gelena Skya as director of the company’s office in Sherman Oaks.

Bank Makes Cuts in Thousand Oaks

Bank of America is cutting 140 positions from its correspondent lending division based in Thousand Oaks.

Kirsch, Kohn Names New Partner

David C. Papotta has joined Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP as its new partner in the accounting and business advisory practice.

CSU Extends Search for New Cal State Northridge President

CSU announced the search for the next president of California State University Northridge has been extended for 90 days.

IPC The Hospitalist Company Expands Into Northwestern U.S.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. of North Hollywood announced today its expansion into the Northwestern U.S.

Warner Center Developer Marks 40th Anniversary

build: Robert Voit considered a “visionary” for his community building in the Valley.

Real Estate: Warner Center developer celebrates its 40th anniversary

VALLEY BIZ SEEN - December 5, 2011

Photographs of recent business-related events in the valleys, including parties, awards dinners, benefits and other celebrations.

‘Ax the Tax’ movement finally gaining momentum

VICA LOCAL UPDATE

Catching the local business issues that fall through the cracks

Health Care in All its Forms Vital to Valley

FROM THE NEWSROOM

Commentary by Editor, Jaclyn Giovis

Dr. George Andros

Valley Presbyterian Hospital Surgeon Leading Way in Preventing Amputations Among Diabetics with Proactive, Coordinated Care Approach.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Dr. George Andros

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Richard & Peter Grossman

Father and Son Heal Patients’ Physical and Emotional Scars, While Expanding Their Burn Centers Across the Nation.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Richard & Peter Grossman

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Camille Levee

Glendale Healthy Kids Executive Director Connects Underprivileged Children with Local Doctors Who Provide Free Care, and Takes Calls at Any Hour.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry -

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Michael Hunn

Providence Health & Services Executive Leads Way in Creating New Model for Aligning Doctors and Hospitals Around Patient Care.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Michael Hunn

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Dennis Benton

Kaiser Executive Improves Service, Squeaky Wheels.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Dennis Benton

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Steven J.Sell

Health Net Leader Strives for Affordable Coverage.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Steven J.Sell

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Goddard Building for the World

Theme park design firm has multiple projects in China, other countries.

Theme park designer works on several new attractions around the world

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PWR Gives Lift to Mars Rover Launch

Canoga Park engine maker contributes to 14 launches in 2011.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne provides rocket engine for Mars mission

Equinox Works Out Deal for Encino Fitness Center

Lease: Company to rent property at corner of Ventura and Balboa boulevards.

Equinox signs lease at multi-tenant office building in Encino

Kaiser Permanente Adding Medical Offices

Four-story building to house clinical departments slated for a 2014 completion.

Local Kaiser Permanente makes plans for new medical building

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Keyes Unveils Car Dealership

auto: New, $35 million Mercedes Benz store opens on auto row in Van Nuys.

Keyes Automotive opening new Mercedes dealership in Van Nuys

Mall Welcomes Sports Authority

Fashion Center store is seventh in Valley for the retail chain.

Sports Authority signs on as newest addition to Northridge mall

Radio Station Broadcasting From Encino

KNX On Your Corner series kicks off with focus on Ventura Boulevard corridor.

Local radio station to host series spotlighting Valley’s Ventura Boulevard

Tough Toy Stores

marketing: Independent retailers devise strategies to boost holiday sales in the face of national competition.

Independent toy retailers discuss strategies for a successful holiday season

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Company Chases Aerospace Work

MANUFACTURE: We Imagine Inc. grows its customer base for circuit boards.

We Imagine expands its offerings to the aerospace industry

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Trio-Tech Drills Into Oil, Natural Gas Business Lines

manufacturing: Van Nuys firm diversifying to make components for energy industry.

Energy: Trio-Tech International diversifies its business

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Area Hospitals Cut Workers

Jobs: Declining reimbursements to blame, experts say.

HEALTH CARE: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Valley hospitals show a decline in employment

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Developer Plans to Gut GM Training Site, Erect Condos

Real Estate: Plan for new condos will hurt equestrian friendly ambiance, residents say.

Proposed Burbank condos cause controversy

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Drywall Prices to Increase, Builders Brace for Impact

COST: Clients will pay more for projects.

Local contractors prepare for the rise of drywall prices

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Easton Sports is Black and Yellow and Played All Over

brand: New campaign by equipment maker stresses the innovation in bats, helmets.

SPORTS: Easton Sports launches a rebranding campaign.

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License to the Supercar Club

Galpin selling $1.8 Million Aston Martin.

Galpin Aston Martin offers customers exclusive $1.8 million car

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Bargain Website Launches for Woodland Hills Retailers

discounts: Jeebster aims to increase customer loyalty, help merchants promote business.

New online discount site aims to promote small businesses in the Valley

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Nonprofit Fighting a Financial Crisis

service: Valley Family Center exhausted savings amid tough economy.

Valley Family Center fights to save its facility and programs

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VEDC Snags New Microloan Partner

lending: Organization aims to help some 300 business owners get funds.

LOAN: Microloan program targets underserved Hispanic business owners.

For the Good of the Patient

Kevin Roberts discusses his patient-centric approach to health care managment as the new chief executive at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

PROFILE: Glendale Adventist CEO, Kevin Roberts

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Vista Air Soars as Other Area Flight Schools Struggle

Planes: Pacoima-based school credits location, lower overhead for staying in business.

AVIATION Column by Mark Madler

VALLEY STOCK WATCH - December 5, 2011

Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies.

AT&T Donates $5,000 to Burbank Boys and Girls Club

SERVICE: Boxing champion teaches kids about the need to maintain health, good grades.

Giving: AT&T donates $5,000 to local Boys and Girls Club division

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley area

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Bill Gil

Facey Medical Chief Seizes Opportunity in Health Care.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Bill Gil

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Dr. Sam H. Carvajal

Glendale Adventist Medical Center Surgeon Leaves No Scars.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Dr. Sam H. Carvajal

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Lynne M. Scott

Kaiser Permanente -- Woodland Hills Nurse Helps Improve Patient Care.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Lynne M. Scott

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Dr. Adam D. Singer

IPC The Hospitalist Company Delivering Coordinated Care.

Rounding the Corner in Health Care: Innovators in a Changing Industry - Dr. Adam D. Singer

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THE LIST: Largest Valley Assisted Living Facilities

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / THE PACESETTER

ABOUT THE LISTS: Largest Valley Assisted Living Facilities, Ranked by number of assisted living units

THE LIST: LARGEST VALLEY HOSPITALS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / THE PACESETTER

ABOUT THE LISTS: Largest Hospitals: Ranked by average daily census of patients, number of staffed beds, and occupancy rate, 2011. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 LARGEST VALLEY HOSPITALS lists for download (pdf)

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Friday, December 2

Salem Communications to Confirm Guidance at Upcoming Conference

The Camarillo Christian media group, Salem Communications Corp., plans to confirm its fourth quarter guidance at a fastest growing business conference in Los Angeles next week, the firm said Thursday.

Web Design Firm Wins Prestigious Award

Counterintuity, a Burbank-based marketing, website design and social media company, has won a significant industry award, the Davey Awards, bringing to 10 the number of significant awards the firm has won this year.

Forbes Names uSamp One of America’s Most Promising Companies

Encino-based uSamp was among 100 companies recognized as one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes Magazine.

Henry Mayo Recognized for Imaging Services, Being Baby-Friendly

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia has obtained accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for its Nuclear Medicine and CT Imaging services.

Thursday, December 1

Antelope Valley Hospital Enters Partnership with USC in Robotic Urology Program

Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster has entered into a partnership with the Keck Doctors of USC to provide robotic surgery for urologic cancers using AV Hospital’s da Vinci Si surgical robot.

California Association of Realtors Launches Spanish Website

The California Association of Realtors has launched a new website to aid Spanish speakers searching for a new home, the organization announced Thursday.

THQ Developing “South Park” Game

Video game publisher is joining up with Matt Stone and Trey Parker to develop a game based on the duo’s “South Park” animated television show.

Superior Industries Founder Louis Borick Passes Away

Louis Borick, who grew Superior Industries International Inc. from a small auto accessories dealer into a multi-national aluminum wheel manufacturer, died Nov. 28.