Private Firefighters

Chris Dunn, chief executive of security training firm Covered 6 in Simi Valley, is scaling up his company’s fire suppression team – currently a squad of five – into a full-time private fire department with multiple fire trucks available to protect homes and businesses.

Killing Us Slowly With Their Laws

The California Legislature last month ended its 2020 legislative session where most of the final day of session was spent arguing about partisanship and figuring out how to conduct business virtually.

A New Way to Hurt Our Businesses

‘Maybe the supporters (of Proposition 15) should hit up the profligate legislators instead of the overburdened taxpayers.’




‘Moderate Luxury Housing’ in Warner Center

DEVELOPMENT: Vert offers 277 units and work/live option in Canoga Park.

The Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan has created a residential buildup with twin goals – fortify Woodland Hills as the future downtown of the San Fernando Valley and address the statewide housing shortage.

Opportunity in Crisis

MANAGEMENT: System Property learns from its 100 years in business.

System Property Development Co. has always played the long game – a strategy that culminated this year with the Sherman Oaks company’s 100th anniversary.

Law Firm Buys Valley Village Office

At $5.3 million, location offers ‘value appreciation.’

The gavel has come down on an office building in Valley Village. Alder Law, a Los Angeles-based legal firm, has purchased the building at 12800 Riverside Drive for $5.3 million, or $266 per square foot, according to brokerage CBRE Group.

Scene Maker Seals Lease

Triscenic Production adds 275,000 square feet.

Triscenic Production Services has added 275,000 square feet to its industrial presence in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to CBRE Group, the brokerage which handled the transaction.

Van Nuys Goes Upscale In Monroe at Hazeltine

Single-family homes to start in the low $700,000s.

In the San Fernando Valley real estate market, Valley Village has become a euphemism for high-end Van Nuys. Now, developer Ecto Homes intends to elevate Van Nuys proper with a new residential project with two dozen contemporary homes.

2023 Start for Addition at Hilton Hotel

Sun Hill Properties plans construction on 395 rooms.

Expansion of the Hilton Universal City hotel now has a timeline.

Elderly Homes Find Solutions Against Infection

LIST: Testing proves crucial to contain deadly virus.

Amid a pandemic that is disproportionately dangerous for older populations, the Motion Picture Television Fund’s Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills has achieved something remarkable.

Surge Or Slowdown?

Valley hospitals grapple with the financial and operational impacts of the pandemic.

More than seven months into the pandemic, Valley hospitals have spent millions of dollars on preparations for a surge that never developed, while seeing overall patient volume drop off.

Exceptional Minds Makes Video for Mitsubishi

Foundation and school combine to tell visual story.

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation didn’t want to do a self-promotional video as it had done in the past.

Excess Food Turns into Donations

Cheesecake cites efficiency gains with the Copia app.

Cheesecake Factory has donated more than 400,000 pounds of excess food to nonprofits this year, almost doubling its total by this time in 2019.

Goodwill to Promote Job Services

Corporations step up in response to pandemic.

As the Los Angeles area faces an existential unemployment crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Goodwill Southern California is launching a marketing campaign to promote its employment services.

Food Share’s Hungry Year

Ventura County operation honored by elected official.

Food Share of Ventura County has been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year amid its massive effort to combat hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.

Squar Milner Merges With Chicago CPA Firm

Baker Tilly combination gives national profile to large Valley office.

Nearly a year after absorbing SRG, an accounting firm in Woodland Hills, Irvine-based Squar Milner will merge with Baker Tilly as of Nov. 1, retaining the Baker Tilly name.

New Bar President Talks Future of Association

Attorney group seeks to become leaner, community-driven post pandemic.

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association on Oct. 1 celebrated the installation of its officers and new president David Jones at a virtual event.

Pre-Built Shafts for the Construction Industry

MANUFACTURING: Modular Elevator doubles revenue by saving contractors time.

Modular Elevator Manufacturing Inc. makes standard elevators but delivers them in an unconventional way.

Cheesecake Optimistic as Dining Rooms Open

RESTAURANTS: Revenue drops by half, but trends show improvement.

Executives with Cheesecake Factory Inc. are confident that the Calabasas restaurant chain will emerge in a strong position once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Network Manages Switch to Digital

ProVisors expands membership despite no face-to-face meetings.

ProVisors, a Sherman Oaks-based networking organization for business service professionals, found itself scrambling when the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to luncheons and office-based meetings – the basis of all its activities.

‘Haunt-o-ween’ Offers Drive-Thru Spook Alley

Pop-up attraction provides fun at a safe social distance.

Los Angeles production house Experiential Supply isn’t letting the city’s trick-or-treating ban dampen Halloween.


VICA’s Vice President

VICA’s Vice President

Aerojet Ramps Up Rocket Production for NASA

MANUFACTURING: $60 million factory upgrade in Chatsworth.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. is on track to complete construction next year at its Chatsworth campus on new buildings and manufacturing lines for the rocket engines to power humans back to the moon – and potentially to Mars.

Give Homeless Money, Not a Unit

It’s outrageous that the average cost to build a city-subsidized apartment for the homeless has climbed to $559,000 with highest per-unit cost now at $746,000.