Stories for April 2012

Monday, April 30

AeroVironment Delivers Unmanned Aircraft to U.S. Marines

AeroVironment Inc. received a $3.6 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps for the company’s Raven unmanned aircraft systems.

Sherman Oaks Multifamily Buildings Sold For More Than $2.5 million.

Two Sherman Oaks multifamily buildings have changed hands for more than $2.5 million, according to the real estate brokerage involved with the deal.

DineEquity Announces Exclusive Partnership with PepsiCo

Glendale-based DineEquity Inc., parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurant chains, announced today an exclusive 10-year agreement with PepsiCo. Inc.

Area Hospitals to Stage Disaster Drill

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is hosting a mass casualty decontamination and surge capacity disaster drill on May 2 to test the ability of area hospitals to respond to a mass emergency.

Heritage CEO to Moderate Milken Conference Panel

Dr. Richard Merkin, president and CEO of Northridge-based Heritage Provider Network, will moderate a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on May 1.

Valley Companies Sailing Ahead

EXPANSION: Area river cruise companies grow fleets, drive sales.

Valley river cruising companies expand amid a boom in the industry

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Valley Bicycle Manufacturer Pedals Full Speed Ahead

STARTUP: Pure Fix prepares to launch new fixed-gear bike models as early as summer.

Bicycle company Pure Fix moves into larger space in Burbank

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DealerPick Helps Match Auto Shoppers, Salespeople

SALES: Thousand Oaks Auto Mall salespeople create profiles, videos to win customers.

New website allows consumers to select their favorite car salesman

Construction Set to Begin on Senior Housing Project

Build: Zaharoni Industries plans 60-unit complex to serve booming population of seniors.

Senior-living project in Calabasas advances

Magnetic Stimulation Machine Offers New Therapy

HEALTH: Valley psychiatrist invests in device to offer patients alternative to anti-depressants.

Local psychiatrist invests in a new device that treats depression

Around the Valleys

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley area

The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow

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Contractor shows attention to detail.

Rossmoyne Inc. serves as a general contractor and emergency service-provider

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The Science of Sound

CEO Jon Kirchner of Calabasas-based DTS Inc. discusses audio technology, best-sounding films and how it helps to be a CPA.

Jon Kirchner, CEO of audio technology company DTS Inc

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DreamWorks Distribution Deal to Boost Web Presence

ONLINE: Entertainment firm partners with Wal-Mart on video streaming service.

DreamWorks partners with Wal-Mart on digital distribution deal

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Solar Panel Company Plans New Stores for the Valley

SHOP: SolarMax Technology Inc. aims to attract customers through retail channels.

SolarMax targets Valley as it expands its retail footprint

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West Valley Office Market Improves Slightly in 1Q

PROPERTY: Central Valley region remains strongest overall in the local market.

Slow job growth holds back the Valley’s struggling office market

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New CEO Aligns with Aerospace Parts Distributor

LEADER: Industry veteran looks to invest in ‘people and processes’ under private owner.

Align Aerospace welcomes new CEO Richard Organ

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HemaCare De-Registers Stock to Save Money, Time

Strategy: Van Nuys company has shrunk since it shed blood bank business.

HemaCare de-registers common stock in an effort to cut costs

Bed Wedge Delivers Sweet Dreams

West Hills businessman aims to sell 10,000 units this year, gain exposure.

Valley dad invents a product that aims to give consumers sweet dreams

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Aerospace Firm Joins Restoration

PPG Aerospace supplies paint,primer to bring back plane’s original look.

PPG Aerospace supplies paint and coating for restoration project

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The Asylum Inks Deal for Distribution

Burbank low-budget studio will supply 10 films for UK market.

Production firm The Asylum inks deal with distributor Anchor Bay UK

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eFX Inc. On Board with “Avengers”

Burbank company sells replica props from sci fi, action hero movies.

Replica prop firm launches line inspired by “Avengers” film

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State Can’t Let Down Valley College Students


Commentary by Editor, Jaclyn Giovis

Visionary Builds Electric Motors

STARTUP: GreenTech Motors CEO Ron Pretlac snags Boeing deal.

Valley businessman snags Boeing contract for startup venture

Smooth Look

Cinema Secrets refreshes retail concept, in-house brand.

Cinema Secrets revamps its image with updated branding and retail shop

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Doctors Selling Out to Hospitals

STRATEGY: Providence Health & Services foundation buys practices.

Providence Health & Services foundation on acquisition spree

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Valley’s Women-Owned Businesses Strong, Growing

Employment: Area firms employ more than 2,500 workers in region, List data show.

Top local female business owners discuss strategies for growth. Includes SFVBJ's 2012 LARGEST WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES list for download (pdf)

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VALLEY STOCK WATCH - April 30, 2012

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

VALLEY BIZ SEEN - April 30, 2012

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

Developer Risks Own Funds to Build

Housing: Business booming for California Home Builders

Canoga Park developer finds success funding his own projects

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No Change Needed in Burbank Zoning Regulations

r Response to Andrew Khouri’s article “Burbank Aims to Simplify Zoning Regulations

Company Founder Shares Secrets

Company CEO Maurice Stein talks business

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Classic Car Show Raises Diabetes Awareness in Valley

AUTO: Event raises money for diabetes nonprofits.

This is a regular feature on philanthropic activities

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Friday, April 27

XTend Medical Plans Name Change to Reflect New Strategy

Sun Valley-based medical device manufacturer and distributor XTend Medical Corporation is planning to change its name to MultiCorp International Inc. as soon as it receives approval from regulatory agencies, company officials said today.

Q1 Net Income Drops For Superior International

Net income dropped by 17 percent in the first quarter when compared to a year ago for aluminum wheel maker Superior Industries International Inc.

Ryland Announces Second Quarter Dividend

Westlake Village-based Ryland Group Inc. announced on Friday a second quarter dividend of 3 cents per share.

First California Reports First Quarter Earnings

First California Financial Group, Inc., the Westlake Village holding company of First California Bank, reported $2.6 million in net income for first quarter ended March 31 compared with $15.6 million for the same quarter a year ago.

Thursday, April 26

Income Up in Q1 for On Assignment

Calabasas based staffing firm On Assignment Inc. reported a 29 percent increase in revenues over the same period a year ago, and a 54 percent increase in net income.

THQ Sells Off PC Games, Software Developer

Video game publisher THQ Inc. has sold off its ValuSoft division that makes value-based PC games and software to Cosmi Corporation.

Westlake Village Homebuilder Sees Quarterly Gains

Homebuilder The Ryland Group Inc. narrowed losses for the first quarter ended March 31, and similar to other homebuilders, saw its stock rise in response.

Wednesday, April 25

Glendale Galleria Begins Construction on Renovation Project

Glendale Galleria announced it has begun renovations on its redevelopment project

Net Income Rises 11 Percent for Teledyne Technologies in Q1

International sales were a bright spot in the first quarter for Teledyne Technologies Inc., a manufacturer for the aerospace, defense, and energy industries.

Amgen To Acquire Turkish Pharmaceutical Company

Looking to boost its presence in emerging markets, Amgen Inc. has agreed to acquire Istanbul-based Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals for about $700 million.

Tuesday, April 24

Nurses, Service Workers Picket Northridge Hospital

Some 400 nurses and service employees staged an informational picket in front of Northridge Hospital Medical Center today to call attention to what the union representing them said were efforts by the hospital ownership to reduce job security.

IPC Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. of North Hollywood reported a net income increase of 10 percent for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, along with a 15 percent increase in net revenue.

IHOP Syrups Hit Retail Shelves

Glendale-based family restaurant chain IHOP announced the launch of its full line of syrups.

H2Scan Becomes Preferred Vendor for Honeywell UOP

Hydrogen detector manufacturer H2Scan had been added to the approved vendor list for Honeywell UOP, a supplier to the petroleum, gas and petrochemical industries.

Amgen Sees Sales, Profit Rise During The First Quarter

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen Inc. saw rising sales and increased profits during the first quarter as the company benefited from an 8 percent jump in drug sales.

Monday, April 23

Earnings Increase for Santa Clarita Bank

A restructuring at the Bank of Santa Clarita contributed to a rise in net earnings for the financial institution.

California Lutheran Launches New Radio Station

California Lutheran University’s new student-run Internet radio station, iCLU, has gone live, streaming music, news and sports from a studio located in the year-old center housing KCLU National Public Radio on campus.

Nestlé SA Acquires Infant Nutrition Business

Nestlé SA, a Swiss food and beverage company announced today the acquisition of Pfizer’s Inc's infant nutrition business.

Friday, April 20

Westfield Topanga Welcomes New Restaurant Concept

Children’s-themed restaurant operator, Giggles N’ Hugs Inc. today announced plans to open a new location at the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center.

Cinedigm Acquires Distribution Partner

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has acquired New Video Group Inc. three months after beginning a partnership with the New York firm to distribute independent films.

Union Prepares to Picket Northridge and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospitals

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 121RN and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West are planning an informational picket on April 24 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, both owned by Dignity Health.

Thursday, April 19

Henry Mayo Honored for “Baby Friendly” Policies

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was recognized at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge Community Service Awards for its Baby-Friendly program.

Credit Union Attorney Joseph Melchione Dies at Age 64

Joseph “Joe” Melchione, a senior partner in the Glendale law firm of Styskal, Wiese & Melchione and a recognized expert on the legal representation of credit unions, died April 17 from lung cancer. He was 64.

Cal State Northridge to Confer Honorary Degree on Former Census Bureau Director

California State University, Northridge announced today it will confer an honorary doctor of laws degree on business executive and former U.S. Census Bureau Director Vincent Barabba during the university’s commencement ceremonies next month.

Metro Testing Buses, Stations on Orange Line Extension

Test runs of buses will begin April 23 on the extension of the Orange Line busway between the Canoga Avenue stop and the Chatsworth Metrolink station.

Wednesday, April 18

Travel Association to Tour Valley Hotspots

The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow, the travel industry’s premier marketplace, will be touring some San Fernando Valley tourism hot spots this weekend.

New Mobile App Targets Dental Patients

Sherman Oaks-based Dental Anywhere Mobile Apps is planning to debut its new social media module which will allow subscribers to promote and grow their social media efforts.

THQ Beats Guidance on Q4 Revenue Forecast

Strong sales of two of its game titles lifted revenues for video game publisher THQ Inc. above the forecast guidance for the fourth quarter.

Tuesday, April 17

Insurance Department Announces Agreement to Cover Treatment for Autism

The California Department of Insurance announced an agreement with United Healthcare Insurance Co. to provide coverage for behavioral therapy for autism, a costly treatment that was the subject of heated debates and a fight in the state legislature last year.

Angel Investors Put Money into Test Equipment for Vehicle Charger

Gridtest Systems Inc., a manufacturer of test equipment for electric vehicle chargers, received a round of seed investment from two groups, the Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels.

Calabasas-based DTS to Acquire Orange County-based SRS Labs

Calabasas-based DTS Inc.—a maker of high-definition audio technology equipment—has agreed to acquire Santa Ana’s SRS Labs Inc. for about $148 million.

Monday, April 16

Disney to Display 500 Artifacts at Reagan Library & Museum

The Walt Disney Co. is assembling more than 500 artifacts from the company’s history for an exhibit this summer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.

Sherman Oaks Apartment Buildings Sell for $2.75 Million; To be Refurbished.

Three Sherman Oaks apartment buildings have changed hands for $2.75 million, according to the brokerage involved in the deal.

Breast Imaging Center at Henry Mayo Receives Grant

The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, located on the campus of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, received a $40,000 grant from the Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Bayless Buys High-Tech Equipment, Gains New Edge

MANUFACTURING: Firm says new machines produce parts at record speed.

Bayless invests in new equipment for its Santa Clarita plant

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Calabasas Home Builder Not Scared Off by Tough Market

Residential: A leaner Montage Development back in the single-family home business.

Montage targets first-time homebuyers with new Valley homes

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VALLEY BIZ SEEN - April 16, 2012

Greater Valley business events

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

Silent Legacy

Woodland Hills developer plans to build senior housing, and a community center on historic Lederer ranch.

Spiegel Development acquires historic property in West Hills

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Walmart Market Coming Soon

SHOP: Panorama City grocery store will revitalize retail center.

New Walmart Neighborhood Market to revitalize Panorama retail center

Valley Aviation Firms Fly to China

TRAVEL: Chinese show strong demand for business jet services.

Valley companies tap into China’s growing business aviation market

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Publicist’s Book Rocks Music World

‘Back Stage Pass VIP’ reveals that John Lennon had an eating disorder.

Valley publicist releases tell-all book on John Lennon

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‘Fair Trade’ Chocolate Stirs Sweet Illusion

CSUN study shows consumers equate fair trade with low calories.

CSUN professor studies consumers’ perception of “fair trade” chocolate

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Will New Thrill Ride Top Kong?

TOURISM: Universal unveils Transformers 3D ride next month.

Anticipation builds on Universal Studios’s $50 million Transformers ride

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Museum Opens at Westfield Fashion Square

Promoting history of San Fernando Valley creates a sense of place for residents.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley sets up shop in local mall

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Tech Company Releases Music Making Platform

PC-based Zya mixes video game with professional tools.

Music Mastermind launches a new music-sharing platform.

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Cooking Up Success

ENTREPRENEUR: Valley mom creates business from family recipe, sells products to Whole Foods and others.

Tarzana housewife builds a business from an old family recipe

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Premier America Operating Troubled Credit Union

FINANCE: Chatsworth credit union may be eyeing Telesis for acquisition.

Premier America Credit Union named manager of Telesis Credit Union

Electronic Medical Records Provider Expects Growth

Tech: Federal health care reimbursement policy creates opportunity for MD Synergy.

Firm finds big business helping doctors switch to electronic records

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ECA Medical Develops Disposable Orthopedics Tools

HEALTH: Single-use surgical tools can save hospitals money and help prevent infections.

ECA Medical Instruments steps into orthopedic market

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Burbank Aims to Simplify Zoning Regulations for Business

GOVERNMENT: Burbank Chamber of Commerce voices opposition to city’s proposal.

Burbank looking to tweak zoning rules to streamline development process

In Balance

Joey Herrick - drummer, pet lover, entrepreneur - discusses his business career that started with chili and led to the lucrative pet food market and how he improved testing of the foods he sells.

Natural Balance Founder/CEO Joey Herrick

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All Steamed Up

ThermaSol brings the spa experience to the home.

Thermasol in Simi Valley manufactures home saunas

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Santa Clarita Foundation Gives to Area School District

CHARITY: Nonprofit donates $100,000 to support district’s performing arts, sports programs

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

Around the Valleys

New and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley

Northridge Center Breaks Out the Heavy Equipment

TRANSFORM: Shopping center adds restaurants, updates its flooring and lighting.

The senior general manager of Northridge Fashion Center is guiding the mall through a major transformation

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Village at Westfield to Bridge Area Retail Centers

CONNECT: Walkable space for shopping planned between Topanga and Promenade malls.

After five years of planning, the wait for the $450 million Village at Westfield Topanga appears to be over

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Glendale Galleria Aims Upscale with Bloomingdale’s

ENHANCE: Mall officials want to attract complementary retailers as new tenants.

Big changes are coming to the Glendale Galleria.

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Simi Valley Town Center Looks to Create Activity Hub

Revitalize: Owners still work out details of the look of Town Center shopping center.

The vision for a new and improved Simi Valley Town Center soon will come into focus

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Fashion Square Attracts New Eateries, Dining Terrace

SHERMAN OAKS: Mall aims to be a convenience center for area residents.

Westfield Fashion Square is in the final stretch of its modern makeover.

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Take a Look at What’s Happening with Valley Retail Scene


Valley is the place to shop

Valley Shows Off Its Best For Travel Pow Wow


Catching the local business issues that fall through the cracks

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Developer Plans Residential Units for Panavision Site

Project: Houston firm plans to begin construction on apartment project this month.

Houston developer acquires Panavision facility

Valley Director Makes Feature Debut with Elvis Film

Movies: Scheinfeld making transition from documentaries to narrative films.

Sherman Oaks filmmaker shifts focus to feature films

New Clinics to Bring Care to the Valley’s Underserved

HEALTH: Mission Community Hospital creating ‘circle of care’ to reduce emergency room visits.

Mission Community Hospital converts San Fernando campus

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Outlook Favorable For Small Business Lending in 2012

Finance: Los Angeles area tops the nation with SBA loans for expansion, new equipment.

ABOUT THE LIST: Largest SBA Lenders. Includes SFVBJ's 2012 SBA LENDERS list for download (pdf)

Yahoo! Layoffs Target 65 Workers at Search Marketing

Digital: Burbank location has shed hundreds of employees since moving to city in 2006.

Yahoo!’s latest round of layoffs affects its Burbank division

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Repackaging the Malls

Valley Malls Get Makeovers to Stay Competitive

We take a look at Valley shopping centers currently in the midst of revamps and redevelopments. Includes SFVBJ's 2012 LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS list for download (pdf)

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Friday, April 13

Salem Communications Announces Partnership with TuneIn

Camarillo-based Salem Communications, a radio broadcasting company targeting Christian and conservative audiences, announced its partnership with TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are.

IMT Capital Buys More Than 2 Acres in Sherman Oaks For $4.28 million

IMT Capital LLC has purchased 2.37 acres in Sherman Oaks for $4.28 million.

Health Net Chosen to Enroll “Dual Eligibles” in Pilot

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) selected Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc. earlier this month to participate in its “dual eligibles” pilot program, under which Los Angeles County residents who receive both Medicare and Medi-Cal would be enrolled in a managed care plan.

Thursday, April 12

Janitors Hold Protest in Woodland Hills

About 300 janitors – members of SEIU United Service Workers West – held a protest march today near the intersection of Canoga and Burbank Avenues in Woodland Hills to call attention to contract talks with a number of maintenance companies, including Chatsworth-based Peerless Building Maintenance Co.

Cinedigm Funds Digital Cinema Equipment in Canada

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has funded and installed equipment in the 16 screens of independent Canada theater chain La Maison du Cinema.

Yahoo Layoffs Hit Burbank

Yahoo Inc. is laying off 65 employees in Burbank, according to a notice filed with the state.

Wednesday, April 11

Simi Valley Hospital Recognized for Blood Donation Efforts

Simi Valley Hospital was honored by the American Red Cross for its blood donation activities.

Disney Forms Animation Venture in China

The Walt Disney Co. has formed a partnership with the Chinese government and the largest Internet service provider in China to develop content and train local animation talent.

Cherokee Partners with Mexican Retailer

Cherokee Inc., a Van Nuys-based brand marketer and manager, announced the launch of its Sideout brand in Soriana retail stores in Mexico.

Tuesday, April 10

Hicken Departs as Bank of Santa Clarita CEO

The Bank of Santa Clarita is searching for a new chief executive following the departure of James Hicken from that position.

Elite Aviation Announces Partnership

A joint venture with an Orange County executive charter and aircraft management firm will give Elite Aviation a second base of operations and access to mid to light jets and turboprops.

Amgen To Acquire Silicon Valley’s KAI Pharmaceuticals

Amgen Inc. has reached an agreement to purchase South San Francisco-based KAI Pharmaceuticals—a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company—for $315 million, the companies said Tuesday.

Monday, April 9

Burbank Marketing Firm Partners with Italian Jeweler

Burbank-based marketing company, the Abbiamo Group LLC, announced a partnership with Italian jewelry designer Alberto Luzzi.

Valley-based Skin Care Product Company Purchases New Building

Earthly Body Inc. has purchased a 40,000 square-foot industrial building in Chatsworth for about $3.8 million, according to the brokerage involved in the deal.

Northrop Automated Assembly Line Produces First Fuselage

Northrop Grumman Corp. delivered the first center fuselage for the F-35 made on the integrated assembly line at its Palmdale manufacturing facility.

Thursday, April 5

Cherokee Re-Launches Brand at UK Retailer

This week, Cherokee Inc, a Van Nuys brand management company, announced the re-launch of its brand at Tesco, a UK retail chain.

Blackline Systems Signs Alliance with KPMG

Financial software developer Blackline Systems has established a formal alliance to provide software and professional services to clients of audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP.

ValueClick Mobile Division Introduces New Audience Mapping Tool

Greystripe, the mobile division of Westlake Village-based digital marketing company ValueClick Inc. announced today a new audience mapping tool that promises to bridge ValueClick’s anonymous online tracking data to the mobile sphere allowing brands to reach their target audience across multiple platforms.

Wednesday, April 4

Spirit Successfully Tests Flight Software

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber completed an 18 ½-hour flight over the North Pole to test new flight management software that will now enter low-rate initial production.

Northridge Apartment Building Sells For More Than $11 million.

A 50-unit apartment building within walking distance to California State University, Northridge has traded hands for $11.25 million, according to the brokerage involved in the deal.

Valencia Manufacturer Announces Relocation

Auton Motorized Systems, a Valencia-based manufacturer of motorized television lifts, has moved its manufacturing and sales operations to a new building at 29102 Hancock Parkway in Valencia.

Tuesday, April 3

ValueClick Names New Chief Operating Officer

ValueClick, a Westlake Village-based digital marketing firm, announced John Giuliani as its new chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Teledyne Gets Majority Ownership in Imaging Company

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. increased its ownership stake in a company that makes survey and digital imaging instruments.

Premier America Takes Over Management of Telesis Community Credit Union

Chatsworth credit union Premier America has taken over the management of Telesis Community Credit Union less than a week after that institution went into conservatorship.

On-Location Filming Drops 2 Percent in First Quarter

A slow start to the television pilot season contributed to a 2.1 percent decrease in on-location production in the first quarter when compared to a year ago.

Mission Community Hospital to Open New Clinic in San Fernando

Mission Community Hospital is announcing tomorrow the launch of its new clinic in San Fernando. The new clinic aims to be a medical home for the underserved population of San Fernando.

Automaker Plans Move

AUTOs: Icon aims to meet demand for custom SUVs.

Custom SUV manufacturer Icon moves to Chatsworth

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Monday, April 2

New Ventura County Lodging Association Launches Marketing Campaign

Hotels, motels and RV campsites in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura have banded together to create a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) with a budget of $1.1 million to promote the three-cities. The group’s first marketing campaign targeting overnight tourists and business travelers launched April 1st.

Houston Apartment Developer Buys Panavision’s Warner Center Home

Houston-based The Dinerstein Companies has acquired Panavision’s Warner Center home where a Malibu developer had long planned to build a new multifamily community.

Prime Donates Sherman Oaks Hospital to Foundation

HEALTH: Some question if change was self-serving.

Prime Healthcare donates Sherman Oaks Hospital to its nonprofit foundation

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VALLEY BIZ SEEN - April 2, 2012

Greater Valley business events

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

AROUND THE VALLEYS - April 2, 2012

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley area

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Music Publisher Celebrates 90 Years

Alfred Music in Van Nuys keeps up with the times through e-books.

Alfred Music Publishing celebrates 90 years in business

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The Importance of Gyroscopes and Nail Polish


COMMENTARY by SFVBJ Editor, Jaclyn Giovis

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Providers Wait For Final Word on Health Care Reform

LAW: U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate.

HEALTHCARE: Valley’s uninsured to be impacted by Supreme Court ruling

Sares-Regis Starting on West Valley Apartment Project

CONSTRUCTION: Irvine developer plans to break ground this month on 340-unit project.

Real Estate: Irvine developer to begin work on Woodland Hills project

Los Angeles Area Manufacturing Base Remains Strong

Trade: U.S. still competitive in world economy when it comes to making products.

Manufacturing: Industry retains its presence in Los Angeles

Cal Lutheran Honors Educators in the Valley Region

Programs: Events at area schools aim to celebrate teachers and their community service.

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

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Area Colleges Face Deep Cuts

Education: Struggling schools eliminate classes, adding to the difficulties of transferring.

LIST STORY: Valley colleges face challenges amid state budget cuts. Includes the SFVBJ list of Valley Colleges & Universities for download

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Bringing the Heat

ASC Process Systems sells high pressure ovens to the world.

ENTREPRENEUR: ASC Process Systems is a leading autoclave supplier

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Bottling Happiness

OPI Products CEO George Schaeffer brings nail lacquers to world from North Hollywood.

BEAUTY: OPI’s George Schaeffer sounds off on his 30-year journey with the company

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Trendsetter Develops OPI Nail Colors Based on Instincts

INTERVIEW: OPI's Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Vice President and Creative Director

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Startup Heats Up Production, Sales of Brake Cooler

AUTOS: Owner supplies for racing circuit and eyes vehicles that make frequent stops.

Four Products ramps up sales on patented brake cooler system

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Poms & Associates Acquires Long-time Valley Firm

INSURANCE: Brokerage buys Stone, Harris & Stone, gains new clients and workers.

Poms & Associates acquires long-time Valley insurance firm

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Nevolution Launching New App Store for Businesses

TECHNOLOGY: Growing startup to move from Woodland Hills to Calabasas in May.

Startup launches a new business-to-business PC app

Valley Restaurants Get Adventurous with Niche Menus

RESTAURANTS: New Valley eateries go after foodies with creative but limited menus.

Retail: Niche eateries hit the Valley’s restaurant scene

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Valley Shops Find Mixed Realities With TV Exposure

MEDIA: Pitman Casting scouting for ailing businesses.

Television: Local restaurants discuss the pros and cons of reality TV exposure

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Developer Hits Roadblock on Senior Living Center

LIVING: Residents fear project will bring an end to tranquil lifestyle in Walnut Acres.

Strong neighborhood opposition is putting the project in limbo as it winds through the development approval process.

United Online Launches 4G Mobile Broadband Service

Internet: Woodland Hills firm seeks to undercut others with new NetZero.

United Online launches 4G mobile broadband service for NetZero brand

Health Club Chain Begins Expansion in Valley Region

EXERCISE: Total Woman meeting demand of a health conscious and aging population.

Total Woman Gym and Day Spa plans for California expansion

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KB Home Opens Two New Communities in Lancaster

CONSTRUCTION: KB will build about 100 new homes at the two new communities.

KB Home opens new housing communities in Lancaster

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Suitors Emerge for Verdugo Hills Hospital Partnership

HEALTH CARE: Reform efforts will create challenges for small, independent hospitals.

Glendale Adventist sets its sights on Verdugo Hills Hospital

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Crown Media Restructures to Make Original Shows

TV: Changes at corporate offices reflect a new strategy for ownership of content.

Crown Media Holdings is investing in original TV shows

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Local Starbucks to Add Alcohol to Menu

Calabasas Starbucks has applied for a liquor license to sell beer and wine.

Calabasas Starbucks to be the first in the region to serve alcohol

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My Daily Find Site Expands Outside Valley

Karen Young aims to give other writers and bloggers a new creative outlet, opportunity.

Publishing: Local businesswoman expands online lifestyle magazine

Staffing Firm Inks $600 million Deal

GROWTH: Acquisition makes On Assignment second-largest in IT.

Major acquisition accelerates growth path for On Assignment

Broker Builds Hair Salon in Africa

Christine Deschaine helps to bring first stand alone business to village.

Philanthropy: Local retail broker builds salon in a small village in Africa

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Valley Credit Union Faces Hazy Future

FINANCE: Federal regulatory agency steps in to operate Telesis CCU.

Future is uncertain for Telesis Community Credit Union after federal agency gains control

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