Stories for November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Local Real Estate Firm Gives Thanksgiving Treats to Thousands

Simi Valley-based Troop Real Estate Inc. distributed turkeys and other Thanksgiving dishes to more than 2,750 families in Ventura County this holiday, the company said Wednesday.

IPC The Hospitalist Company Names New Senior Vice President of Operations

IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc. appointed Glenn Appelbaum to the newly created position of senior vice president of operations Wednesday.

CEO of Princess Cruises Honored by UCLA Business School

Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises, was honored by the UCLA Anderson School of Management with the 2011 IS Associates Executive Leadership Award.

Detector Manufacturer Gets $125,000 Order

Odor detector manufacturer Electronic Sensor Technology Inc. received an order for six of its instruments from a U.S. consumer product company in a deal valued at $125,000.

Tuesday, November 29

McCabe Consultants and RGEB Employee Benefits Announce Partnership

McCabe Consultants, a human resources consulting firm, is joining forces with RGEB Employee Benefits as part of a strategic alliance, the two firms announced.

Sports Authority to Open New Location in Northridge Fashion Center

National sporting goods retailer, Sport’s Authority will be joining the lineup of tenants at Northridge Fashion Center next year.

Burbank Tech Company Receives $750,000 in Funding

Start-up software and technology company Network Optix received a $750,000 round of financing to get its video and digital media transfer product to market.

Key Code Media Creates Online Video Portal for Religious Network

A Burbank company has helped the world’s largest religious network to launch a video-on-demand service with content going back decades.

Monday, November 28

Pepperdine University's Prof. John Paglia to Receive ACG Corridor 101 Award

The Association for Corporate Growth will present the first annual Tom Hopkins Award For Excellence in mergers and acquisitions to John Paglia, director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project.

KNX to Broadcast from Encino on Dec. 9

Radio news station KNX 1070 will broadcast from an Encino restaurant on Dec. 9 to kick off a new series spotlighting communities in Southern California.

Granada Hills Residential Community Sells More Than Half of Its Homes

Trumark Homes has sold more than half of the homes in its new Granada Hills gated community, including nine in the last 10 weeks, the developer said Monday.

Cal Lutheran Economist to Present Business Forecast

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will present its 2011 Fourth Quarter California and United States Economic Forecast on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center in Studio City.

Local Malls Experience a Busy Black Friday

This year, Valley shopping centers reaped the benefits of a busy Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 23

Boston Investor Purchases Industrial Property in Panorama City

Boston-based AEW Capital Management has purchased a 110,000 square foot industrial building in Panorama City, according to the brokerage firm representing the parties.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Ends 2011 Missions with Mars Rover Launch

Engines made by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will propel an Atlas V rocket carrying the Curiosity rover for an eight-month flight to Mars.

Medtronic Diabetes Group Shows 13 Percent Revenue Gain

Medtronic’s diabetes group, headquartered in Northridge, reported a 13 percent increase in second-quarter revenue to $367 million.

IPC The Hospitalist Company Graduates First Class of Fellows

IPC The Hospitalist Company, the nation’s leading hospitalist physician group practice company, announced that 37 of its Practice Group Leaders from around the country have successfully completed the first Fellowship in Hospitalist Leadership program.

Tuesday, November 22

Valley Toy Companies Recognized by Toy Industry Association

Four Valley toy companies were among the 77 finalists nominated by the Toy Industry Association for the 2012 Toy of the Year Awards.

Regional CEO Takes Charge of St. John’s in Camarillo after President Resigns

The chief executive of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Laurie Eberst, will spend two days a week at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo in the wake of the sudden departure earlier this month of Pleasant Valley President John Bibby.

Management Changes Made at ESPN

The Walt Disney Co. has made management changes to its sports cable network ESPN that will take affect on Jan. 1.

Los Angeles Builders Busy with Multifamily Projects

Los Angeles builders continued their push into the multifamily market in October, driving up the number of new projects compared with the same period last year, an industry group said Tuesday.

Monday, November 21

Valley Companies Soar to Success

GROWTH: Firms grow revenues, but most aren’t hiring new workers.

LIST STORY: Despite the gloomy economy, Valley’s 60 fastest-growing private companies are expanding. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 Fastest Growing Private Cos list for download (pdf)

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Teledyne DALSA Displays Image Technology at Trade Show

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. will display its image sensor technology for medical imaging and dental radiography at the annual meeting and conference of the Radiological Society of North America taking place in Chicago.

Net Loss in Q3 for Phototron

Charges connected with making more shares of its stock available contributed to Phototron Holdings Inc. posting a net loss in the third quarter when compared to a year ago.

Pending Home Sales Up Statewide, Realtor Group Says

Californians looked to purchase more homes in October, pushing pending single family home sales up about 3 percent from September, a real estate organization said Monday.

Planet Beauty to Open in Encino

Planet Beauty, a Costa Mesa-based beauty boutique, is set to open at the Encino Marketplace in Encino on Friday, Dec. 9.

Why I Do Business with Apple

Blue Microphone hitches itself to the consumer electronics giant.

In Their Own Words. CEOs sound off on how they keep their companies on the “fast” track: Blue Microphones: John Maier

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THE LIST - Fastest-Growing Private Companies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / THE PACESETTER

ABOUT THE LIST - Greater San Fernando Valley-based companies ranked by revenue growth from 2008-2010. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 Fastest Growing Private Cos list for download (pdf)

Why I Grow My Own Food

Stan McClain strives for self-sufficiency at home and in business.

In Their Own Words. CEOs sound off on how they keep their companies on the “fast” track: Film Tools: Stan McClain

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Area Tech Firms on Cloud No. 9

SERVICES: Firms offering cloud computing services are flourishing.

Business is flourishing for local companies adopting new cloud technology.

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Fastest Growing List a Reminder of Success

FROM THE NEWSROOM

Editorial by Jaclyn Giovis

Seed Corn Growing Per Click

advertising: Firm seeds future by selling low-cost ad words.

SPOTLIGHT - Online advertising & SEO Companies: Seed Corn Advertising

Valley Firm Serving Local, Global Clients

Online: National Positions offers mobile marketing, SEO and social media services.

SPOTLIGHT - Online advertising & SEO Companies: National Positions

SEO Guru Bruce Clay Teaches Masses

INternet: Business grows as others learn Google’s tricks.

SPOTLIGHT - Online advertising & SEO Companies: Bruce Clay

Valley Area Online Advertising, SEO Firms Thriving

Growth: Firms find new opportunity in building online strategy for variety of businesses.

SPOTLIGHT - Online advertising & SEO Companies: Ad and SEO companies build their presence in the Valley

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Why I Fly Coach but You Shouldn’t

TWC Aviation goes the extra mile for its aircraft owners.

In Their Own Words. CEOs sound off on how they keep their companies on the “fast” track: TWC Aviation: Andrew Richmond

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Why I Raise Thoroughbreds

Hard work matters - in business and in horse racing.

In Their Own Words. CEOs sound off on how they keep their companies on the “fast” track: Scorpion design: Rustin Kretz

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VALLEY STOCK WATCH - November 21, 2011

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

Master Builder

Albert Giacomazzi discusses starting his construction company as the economy turned sour, use of technology on job sites and the value of public works projects.

PROFILE: AMG & Associates President/CEO Albert Giacomazzi.

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Creative Coverage

Astek Wallcovering Inc. went from distributor of wallpaper products to embracing the future of digitally-produced custom designs.

ENTREPRENEUR: Astek Wallcoverings designs and manufactures wallcoverings

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The Asylum Hunting Outside Writers for Genre Film Scripts

fILM: Firm works to woo diverse audience and land films in theaters.

Mini-studio, The Asylum, opens its doors to outside story pitches

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TV Ads, Por Favor

MARKETINg: Grandall Distributing invests $1 million in campaign to reach wider range of Hispanic consumers.

Grandall Distributing banks on an updated advertising campaign

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Company Springs Dojo Software into New Markets

finance: Firm catering to martial arts schools branching out with help from partners.

Local insurance company makes changes to its name and website

More Trucks on Road, New Stores for Chain

Harris Wood goes from employee to owner with auto parts stores.

Wood Auto Parts sees uptick in business as more trucks hit the road.

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DataDirect Unveiling New Swath of Storage Offerings

Expansion: Chatsworth firm hired 94 full-time workers, and may hire more in future.

DataDirect Networks announces new data storage products

Canoga Park Office Supply Company to Debut Public Website

Eliminating password, username makes site more competitive.

OfficeXpress plans to launch a new website to attract more customers

Biomed Firm Adds Texas to Footprint

enBio duplicates business model that is sucessful in California,Western states.

enBio grows its portfolio with the addition of three Texas hospitals

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Insurance Brokerage Seeks To Limit Confusion with New Name

Using Montage Insurance Solutions takes focus off founder, places it on team.

Capital Processing expands its clientele with the launch of new technology

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uSamp Surveys Key to Future

EXPANSION: Encino company launches site in effort to diversify.

uSamp diversifies its operations with a new online survey site.

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Touting Trust

Tax Resolution Services CEO Michael Rozbruch isn’t out to scare.

Tax Resolution Services launches TV ads and aims to change perception of a tarnished industry.

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Friday, November 18

IHOP Rolls Out New Express Concept in San Diego

Glendale-based IHOP, a family restaurant chain and subsidiary of DineEquity Inc., announced the opening of the first IHOP Express in San Diego’s Gas Lamp District.

New Website Helps Drivers Fight Traffic Tickets

Westlake Village-based TicketHitMan.com launched its traffic ticket fighting service on Thursday.

Thursday, November 17

ValueClick Launches Digital Platform for Automotive Advertisers

ValueClick Media, a division of Westlake Village-based ValueClick Inc., announced the launch of Driven by ValueClick Media, a digital advertising platform designed specifically to meet the demands of automotive advertisers.

Wesco Completes Strong Fiscal 2011

Costs associated with becoming a public company and an equity incentive program contributed to Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. having lower net income in the fourth quarter when compared to a year ago.

Dole Earnings Impacted By European Market

Dole Food Company, Inc. improved slightly in its third quarter earnings, citing a challenging European market as an impact on sales and revenues.

Warner Bros. in Digital Distribution Agreement with Amazon

Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch Warner Bros. Entertainment films through Amazon’s online streaming service following a distribution agreement signed by the two companies.

Wednesday, November 16

Galpin Brings Out the Rare and Creative for L.A. Auto Show

Galpin Aston Martin will display a limited edition coupe during the first weekend of the L.A. Auto Show.

Shoppers Get the Holiday Scoop at Glendale Galleria’s Annual Retail Holiday Panel

The Glendale Galleria hosted its annual Retail Holiday Panel on Tuesday, giving consumers the inside scoop on the latest retail trends, consumer spending habits and holiday forecasts

Health Net Names New Chief Medicare Officer

Health Net Inc. announced that Scott Law this week has joined the company as its chief Medicare officer.

Antelope Valley Hospital Announces Partnership with USC Urology

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

Tuesday, November 15

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and GE Accept Applications for Scholarship Program

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, a Simi Valley-based non-profit organization, and GE are now accepting applications for the 2012 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.

Tix Reports Positive Earnings for Q3

The acquisition of additional discount ticket selling booths contributed to Tix Corp. posting positive results in the third quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

Image Earnings Lack Improvement in Q3

Image Entertainment Inc. showed little improvement in its third quarter earnings when compared to the same period a year ago.

Home Sales Up, But Prices Down As Federal Policy Shifts

Home sales in California increased in October but prices fell as buyers went after more affordable homes, the California Association of Realtors said Tuesday.

Monday, November 14

Trio-Tech Reports Net Loss in Q1

Fewer sales of its semiconductor testing equipment contributed to Trio-Tech International posting a net loss for the first quarter.

DTS announced global partnership to offer audio technology in phones, more

Calabasas-based DTS Inc. has formed a global partnership with a Korean smartphone maker to provide audio technology for the firm’s products, the Valley company announced Monday.

CSUN Offers Scholarship to Marine Veterans Pursuing Business Degree

California State University Northridge is offering a scholarship to Marine veterans interested in pursuing a career in business.

Disney Acquires Parenting Website Babble Media

The online division of The Walt Disney Co. has added more than 200 bloggers of family and parenting issues following its acquisition of Babble Media Inc.

Friday, November 11

Deluxe Entertainment Services Chief Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Hollywood Post Alliance presented its lifetime achievement award to Cyril Drabinsky, president and CEO of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.

Simi Valley Data Storage Company Reports Decline in Revenue, Profit

Qualstar Corp., a manufacturer of automated tape storage and high efficiency power supplies, announced a 12 percent decrease in revenue and a 66 percent drop in net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Talon Narrows Loss in Q3

Zipper and apparel fastener supplier Talon Inc. narrowed its net loss in the third quarter when compared to the same period a year ago.

Dole Buys Stake in Healthy Treat Maker

Westlake Village-based Dole Food Company Inc. announced it is buying an equity stake in Healthy Foods, LLC, which makes a device that can transform fruit into a dessert that has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

Thursday, November 10

Housing Affordability on the Rise in California, Industry Group Says

Low home prices and interest rates in California are making homes increasingly affordable for potential buyers, the California Association of Realtors said Thursday.

Disney Wraps up Strong Fiscal Year

Poor box office results for some of its feature films resulted in the studio entertainment division of The Walt Disney Co. posting lower revenues for the fourth quarter when compared to the prior year.

Superior Industries Expands Board of Directors

Superior Industries International Inc. expanded its board of directors to nine members with the addition of a veteran of public company boards.

ReachLocal Opens European Headquarters and Sales Office

ReachLocal, a Woodland Hills-based online marketing firm, announced the launch of its European headquarters and sales office in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Wednesday, November 9

NASA Tests Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine

NASA tested on Nov. 9 the J-2X engine that will power the upper stage of the agency’s next manned space vehicle for deep space missions.

Over 100 People Line Up at New Chick-fil-A Chain in Northridge

Chick-fil-A got a jump start on the grand opening of its new Northridge location by giving away a year’s worth of free food.

CLU expands to Central Coast with new Master’s Program

California Lutheran University is launching a new master’s degree program in educational leadership on the Central Coast.

Antelope Valley Completes First Phase of Parking Lot Renovation

Antelope Valley Hospital, the 420-bed hospital in Lancaster, completed the first phase of its parking lot expansion, part of a $32 million renovation that started in June.

Tuesday, November 8

New Vitesse Distributor to Enter New Markets

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. signed WPG Americas Inc. as the distributor for its products in North America and South America.

Semtech Donates $25,000 to UCLA Hospital System.

Camarillo-based Semtech Corporation announced a $25,000 contribution to UCLA Hospital System in support of a new treatment center at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for teen and young adult cancer patients.

KSL Media Announces Promotions to Keep Pace with Growth

KSL Media, an independent media company with $625 million in annual billings, announced a series of executive changes to keep pace with rapid growth.

Technicolor App Links to Television Programming

Technicolor has released a mobile app that allows viewers access to cast and crew credits and other information on programs they are watching on television.

Monday, November 7

Public Storage Reports Lower Earnings; Storage Revenues Rise

Glendale-based Public Storage, the largest storage operator in the world, reported lower third-quarter earnings but rising revenue and profits from core storage operations.

Glendale Chamber of Commerce sells office, to move into new location

Seeking a more modern, highly visible location, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce will move into a new office later this month on Brand Boulevard, the organization said Monday.

Lancaster Company Supplying Aerial Surveillance

A new Lancaster company providing aerial surveillance services will receive its first contract from the City of Lancaster.

Honda Performance Revvs Its Engine

Valencia company speeds up action in its amateur racing shop

Honda Performance Development building products to attract amateur racers.

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Amgen announces auction to buyback $5 billion of its stock

Amgen Inc., the Thousand Oaks biotech giant, will buyback $5 billion of its common stock, the company announced Monday.

Local Non-profit Selected to Participate in Product Donation Program

Pacoima non-profit MEND announced its participation in the Global Product Donation Program of Henry Schein Cares, a program created by Henry Schein Inc.

Grad Schools See Dropping Enrollment for MBAs

education: Students cautious about adding debt in uncertain economy.

LIST STORY: Largest University Business Programs sorted by part-time enrollment. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 Largest Valley Graduate Business School Programs list for download (pdf)

New Valley Costco to Feature Eye-Catching Exterior

retail: Discount warehouse store first phase of Village at Westfield Topanga project.

DEVELOPMENT: Plans advance for new Woodland Hills Costco

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Valley Aviation Companies Expand Service Offerings

Lists: Mainstay Clay Lacy Aviation tops List for fixed-based operators serving region.

SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE AVIATION: MONEY IN THE SKY. A look at the Valley’s top aviation companies. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 LARGEST VALLEY AVIATION COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Finance Professionals Offer Simple Advice to Borrowers

money: Lenders and advisors say borrowers must prepare their case before asking for a loan.

Getting money into the hands of business people was among the topics discussed by finance professionals at the Business Forecast Conference. Banking and Finance Column by Mark Madler

THE LIST: Largest Valley Graduate Business School Programs

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / PACESETTER

Ranked by number of graduates in 2011. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 Largest Valley Graduate Business School Programs list for download (pdf)

Antelope Valley Hospital Snags $24,000 Verizon Grant

Support: Funds will be used for new supplies, training.

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

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Pessimism Not the Only Business Story

FROM THE NEWSROOM

Valley area small businesses and entrepreneurs are feeling pretty pessimistic about the economy. Unfortunately, they’re virtually hamstrung to improve it. Commentary by SFVBJ Editor, Jaclyn Giovis.

Superb Staffing Solutions

Carrie Nebens leads Calabasas-based Equis Staffing on fast growth track.

ENTREPRENEUR: Equis Staffing is a full-service staffing agency

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VALLEY BIZ SEEN November 7, 2011

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

Safelite AutoGlass Grows in Valley, Southern California

Expansion: Company adds stores in Camarillo and Van Nuys to improve Valley service.

SafeLite Auto Glass prepares to open new Valley locations

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Goodwill to Roll Out High-End Boutique, New Stores

Retail: Expansion plans call for as many as 15 new stores and aim to meet growing demand.

Goodwill Southern California plans to expand its retail platform

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Van Nuys Firm Cranks Up Volume on Wireless Business

Innovation: Portable Sound Laboratories Inc. focuses future on Bluetooth devices.

Portable Sounds Labs finds success in creating devices for Apple.

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Lenders Loosening Up With Aircraft Purchase Loans

MONEY: Stricter guidelines governing who gets money - and keeping cash deals flowing.

SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE AVIATION: MONEY IN THE SKY. Aircraft financing available but with strings attached

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Variable and Fixed Costs For a Business Jet

SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE AVIATION: MONEY IN THE SKY. We look at three different planes and the costs of operating them.

VALLEY STOCK WATCH - November 7, 2011

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

Very Light, Small Jets Offer Buyers Entry Point in Sky

aircraft: Cost to purchase often prohibitive, but some new models could drive cost down.

SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE AVIATION: MONEY IN THE SKY. Aircraft firms discuss lower-cost aircraft and the customers they attract.

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THE LIST - LARGEST VALLEY AVIATION COS.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / THE PACESETTER

SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE AVIATION: MONEY IN THE SKY. Largest Aviation Companies and Largest Fixed Base Opperators, Ranked by number of passengers in 2010. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 LARGEST VALLEY AVIATION COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Valley Struggles to Create Biotech Cluster

funding: Los Angeles lags behind Silicon Valley, other areas for start-up venture capital.

BIOTECH: Lack of venture capital hurts Valley biotech industry

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Midnight Madness to Sweep The Oaks on Black Friday

retail: Thousand Oaks mall aims to increase foot traffic, sales and offer one-stop shopping.

The Oaks mall kicks off holiday season with Midnight Madness event

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Animation Studio Out of This World with Mars Mission

entertainment: Firm launches short film about Mars rover, attracts thousands of views.

Local animation studio produces film on NASA’s mission to Mars

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Low Risk Contract

Manufacturing: Senior Systems turns out circuit boards, parts for equipment that cannot afford to fail.

Senior Systems gains marketshare with high-risk contracts

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Bloomingdale’s Adds New Store

RETAIL: Glendale Galleria snags new anchor amid redevelopment.

Glendale Galleria announces Bloomingdales, as new anchor tenant.

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Cold Shoulder for A&E Show

Auctions: “Storage Wars” is mixed blessing for operators of storage space.

A&E’s “Storage Wars” is a hit with viewers and a miss with the industry

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Cherokee Stitches Together Plans for New Headquarters

Apparel: Company says move is part of its growth strategy and brand revamp.

Cherokee’s new headquarters marks its next step in plan for growth

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Label Releases TV Music

E-mails from fans convince independent publisher to make songs available.

Music industry veteran launches record label for TV tunes.

Realtors Carve Out Some Fright

Real estate team sponsor contest for best Halloween pumpkins.

Sherman Oaks real estate team hosts a pumpkin carving contest

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Disney Concept Store Opens at Mall

New design brings hands-on, interactive experience.

Disney Store introduces new concept store in Westfield Fashion Square

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Festival Highlights Valley Films

Annual event in Sherman Oaks screening feature films and shorts.

The Valley Film Festival is coming to Sherman Oaks.

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Health Net Turns to Single Provider

HMO: Insurance company to roll out low cost option.

Health Net plans to roll out single-provider health insurance plan.

Employment Outlook Gloomy

ECONOMY: Business owners are reluctant to hire new employees.

Valley business owners are pessimistic and reluctant to hire.

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Hospital on Road to Recovery

Antelope Valley Hospital was in financial distress until CEO Edward Mirzabegian led its turnaround. He talks about the hospital’s $32 million renovation project, the challenges of caring for the indig

PROFILE: Antelope Valley Hospital CEO Edward Mirzabegian.

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Friday, November 4

K-Swiss reports improved international operations, weak domestic sales

K-Swiss Inc., the Westlake Village-based designer and developer of sports apparel and footwear, reported improved results for the third quarter, but still ended the period with a loss due to weak domestic sales.

Solar Panels Installed at Honda Racing Division

A new solar installation at Honda Performance Development will provide power to the research and development area of the facility that makes engines and parts for professional and amateur racers.

2 installed on CLU Board of Regents

California Lutheran University has installed two new members to its Board of Regents.

Thursday, November 3

Improved Earnings for Crown Media in Q3

Crown Media Holdings showed improved earnings in the third quarter when compared with the same period a year ago.

Bloomingdales Coming to Glendale Galleria

General Growth Properties Thursday announced Bloomingdales will be the newest anchor retailer at Glendale Galleria.

Wednesday, November 2

United Online Inc. reports new broadband deal and declining revenues

Woodland Hills-based United Online Inc. announced Wednesday it is adding a new mobile 4G wireless broadband service as its communications revenue — largely derived from dial-up Internet access — continues to decline.

Online Advertising Company Reports 27 Percent Jump in Revenue

ValueClick in Westlake Village, one of the world’s largest digital marketing companies, reported a 27 percent jump in revenues for the third quarter and a 5 percent increase in profitability.

THQ Narrows Loss in Q2

Video game publisher THQ Inc. widened its net loss in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago.

Health Net Reports Drop in Earnings, Revenue; Tailored Networks Grow 45 Percent

Health Net Inc., the Woodland Hills based health insurer, reported a 1 percent drop in net income for the third quarter on lower revenues of $2.8 billion, down 18 percent from $3.4 billion in the third quarter of 2010.

California Bank & Trust Releases Q3 Earnings

Assets held by California Bank & Trust dropped slightly in the third quarter when compared with the same period a year ago.

Tuesday, November 1

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Mattel Extend Toy Line Agreement

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel Inc. will continue their decade-long collaboration of releasing action figures based on DC Comics characters with an extension of their licensing agreement.

Calabasas Tech Company Inks Deal with Philadelphia Client

Calabasas-based Spotlight Ticket Management will provide an online ticket management system to a truck leasing company, Spotlight announced Tuesday.

Roofing Company Launches New Website

National Coatings Corporation, manufacturer and supplier of waterproofing roofing materials, announced it launched a new website.

Acquisition Includes Two Burbank Companies

Slate Media Group LLC announced Tuesday it acquired to two Burbank post-production facilities.