Alternate Futures

Special Report: EntertainmentDespite costly headsets and motion sickness, Valley companies involved in virtual reality see a market opportunity ahead for enhanced entertainment.

Why Can’t I Just Be a Contractor?

Independent contractors should have flexibility.

Inland Empire Forming Up North

Tejon Ranch is a new Inland Empire.

Cinema’s Staying Power

Valley entertainment firms enjoy good year at film convention.

Local companies attend CinemaCon.

Transit Master

Macy Neshati, a former executive at electric bus maker BYD Motors, now heads green-oriented Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

Transit advocate

Suburban Jewel

Harbor Associates paid nearly $48 million for Encino Office Park, a rare corporate campus on the Valley’s southern edge.

New ownership for Encino Office Park.

ServiceTitan Grabs Five Floors in Glendale

OFFICE: Technology startup expects to reach 2,000 workers next year.

Glendale-based ServiceTitan has leased five of 12 vacant floors at 800 N. Brand Blvd., space formerly occupied by Nestlé USA.

Public Relations Agencies Explore Digital Market

LIST: Video content becomes driver for events, luxury brands.

Public relations firms learn to use social media.

Chopper on Mars

AeroVironment hopes work on a NASA helicopter bound for the red planet will impress potential customers and employees.

AeroVironment makes parts headed for Mars.

Zeiss Opens Film Demo Center in Sherman Oaks

ENTERTAINMENT: Camera, lens testing available for cinematographers.

German optics company Zeiss opened a cinema lens demonstration center and showroom this month in Sherman Oaks.

Kaiser to Resume Talks With Union Coalition

LABOR: Previous contract with 2,500 caregivers in Valley expired last year.

More than 85,000 unionized health care workers are mobilizing as contract negotiations between the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and the health care giant start again.

3D Printer Makes Complex Parts in Valencia

AEROSPACE: Stratasys plans to push the boundaries of metal printing technology.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has expanded its additive metals offering with the purchase of a Velo3D Inc. Sapphire 3D printing system.

Valley’s Streets Host Scooters

TRANSPORTATION: Last-mile option works with public transit.

Scooters make first appearance in the Valley.

Spotify Buy of Parcast Consolidates Podcasting

MEDIA: Valley acquisition adds to streamer’s audio library.

Podcaster Parcast acquired by Spotify.


With the surge in immunotherapy research, HemaCare is ‘uniquely positioned’ to provide critical blood and tissue samples.

Blood is a high growth market for HemaCare.

Take-Out Orders Turn Up Sales at Cheesecake

RESTAURANTS: CEO credits menu, marketing for 14 percent annual gain.

Delivery sales take off for Cheesecake Factory.

Equity Experiment

FINANCE: Burbank’s Ikioo converts $41 million of seed funding into digital securities.

Health care firm converts to digital securities.

Art, Comedy Combine for Valley Diners

Comedian teaches art class.

Valley Bar’s trombone playing president elect.

Attorney Blows Off Steam Playing Trombone

Valley Bar’s trombone playing president elect.

Content Candy

Valley movie studios bring out the stars and executives to tout future releases to exhibitors.

Valley studios bring star power to CinemaCon.

Mover of the Stars

Marshall Lambert, fourth generation president of Rene’s Van & Storage, serves an exclusive clientele

Mover to the stars Marshall Lambert.

Really, It’s All About the Kids

School district tax plan won’t help students.

School district tax plan won’t help students.

Now This Is Just Too Frightful

Boy, I have been wrong about you millennials. All this time, I thought you must be the happiest, most carefree generation in our history.

Around The Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

A Window on Modern Medical Offices

CONSTRUCTION: Tarzana’s first doctors’ office building in decades reflects design creativity.

Office architects

Newhall Ranch Project May Change Name

EVENT: FivePoint chairman speaks at Santa Clarita Valley Economic Outlook.

Developer, executives paint positive future for Santa Clarita.