San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Mars or Bust

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Cell Phone Dip Calls for Cuts

MANUFACTURING: Semtech trims 8% as Samsung orders shrink.

Semiconductor maker Semtech Inc. announces second round of layoffs.

Attorney Hires in Slow Mode

LAW: In sluggish sector, firms find growth with employment cases.

Valley law firms find expanded opportunities in employment law and workers’ compensation cases.

Airbags’ Black Boxes ‘Speak Truth’

TRANSPORTATION: Wreck investigator reads data to determine who’s liable.

Accident-reconstruction firm Test Inc. has developed a business around airbag data.

Flight School Lands Pilots From China

Camarillo business aims to help careers take off overseas.

Camarillo flight school trains Chinese pilots for general aviation.

Cruise Line Channels Shark Week

Princess gets on board with Discovery fare to prey on passengers.

Princess Cruises embraces Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Street Repair Gets Tech Treatment

Electromagnetic slurry application strengthens worn pavement.

City of Lancaster’s new slurry process improves street repair.

The Number

Hospitality customer service ratings don’t measure up.

Psychiatric Robots in ER

HEALTH CARE: Video conferencing brings behavioral doctors to patients’ bedside.

Agoura Hills firm brings video psychiatric consults into emergency rooms that are crowded with mental health patients.

Junior Chamber Offers Wish Fulfillment for Youth

LEADERSHIP: Dreams Come True program is now accepting applications.

Somebody’s wish will come true this year, thanks to a local business organization.

Tour Expansion Targets Warner Bros. Fan Base

FILM: Studio lifts curtain on sound stages but retains small-group format.

Warner Bros. Studios completed a $13 million upgrade to its studio tour this month that will give visitors an even more immersive experience into the process of film and television production.


Developers hungry for commercial property race to snap up former automobile dealerships for infill retail, mixed-use projects.

With developable sites at a premium, the land underneath rusted-out junkers is a sought-after commodity.

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Class A Tenants Go West in Search of Lower Lease Rates

Falling vacancy rates and strong sales and leasing volume characterized the second quarter in the San Fernando Valley, even as rising rents begin to push tenants out of premier buildings in Encino and Sherman Oaks toward the west.

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Price-Conscious Media Players Find East Valley Attractive

A number of deals last quarter helped the Burbank and Glendale office markets continue on the road to recovery.

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: Tenant Migration Slows, But Investors Flock to 101 Corridor

Conejo Valley office and industrial vacancy and rent rates continued to move in the second quarter based on activity in other submarkets to the south and the east.

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: A-List Investors Fuel Industrial Buying Spree in Valencia

Following a few quarters of solid growth, the Santa Clarita Valley office market took a step backward in the last three months.

REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: High Desert’s Low Vacancy Could Mean Rising Industrial Rents

The office and industrial markets in the Antelope Valley showed signs of life during the second quarter, bolstered by activity in Palmdale including medical office buildings opening and the sale of one of the area’s largest vacant properties.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

A San Francisco financier specialized in alternative energy acquired a Tehachapi wind farm that has a power-purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


Calendar of events

Glendale’s New Center of Attention

Glendale finds success in revitalizing its downtown.

Convention Plan Returns

HOSPITALITY: Camarillo officials approve meeting center, hotel.

Camarillo City Council clears the way to build a convention center and hotel.

Carrier Catches Merger Fever

INSURANCE: St. Louis rival makes bid for Health Net before layoffs.

The $6.8 billion buyout of Health Net raises questions for employees and investors.

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Trans-Pacific TV

Hollywood veteran finds niche with Chinese youth

A small Valley production company finds a niche in the big Chinese TV market.

Movie Star Adding Glitz to Sale of Theater Chain

EXHIBITION: Oaktree unloading stake in Redford’s Sundance Cinemas.

Robert Redford’s arthouse theater chain Sundance Cinemas is up for sale.

Snipping at Groupon’s Heel

Local entrepreneur takes on discount giant with startup.

An Agoura Hills entrepreneur seeks to improve on Groupon’s business model.