SFVBJ CURRENT EDITION
INTERNET: Activist investors aim to revive United Online stock.
United Online loses its CEO and gains a challenge from activist shareholders, all in the same week.
AUTOMOTIVE: Vehicles face lots of issues in driving revenue.
Valley picture car companies can’t depend on big studio films and TV shows anymore.
REAL ESTATE: Retail center puts money on high-end theater to draw crowds.
Upscale movie theater opening completes first phase of $87 million facelift at Simi Valley Town Center.
Yoga entrepreneur signs contracts with elementary schools.
Yoga instructor Kimberly Fujitaki teaches in-school and after-school classes to Valley kids.
Improved sales will benefit Antelope Valley Hospital.
Lancaster thrift shop undergoes remodel to boost fundraising for Antelope Valley Hospital.
Platform automates garage storage, starting at $989.
Father-son inventors market their garage storage platform that raises and lowers.
Shoppers value customer service over products and even price.
FINANCE: Key Health picks up medical tab in exchange for potential lawsuit payout.
Westlake Village health care financing company negotiates medical prices for plaintiffs in lawsuits.
BIOTECH: Stock analysts downplay impact on shares of skin cancer treatment.
Amgen Inc.’s new skin cancer drug fights disease with disease.
Mendocino Farms’ healthful menu and rapid expansion attract the attention of strategic investor Whole Foods Market.
Mendocino Farms has a dozen storefront sandwich shops and a new partnership with Whole Foods Market.
EDUCATION: AbilityFirst to redirect participants but employees will be let go.
AbilityFirst, an organization that works with special needs and developmentally disabled individuals on workforce training, is closing its Woodland Hills center this month.
TRANSPORTATION: Coalition’s opposition to aircraft grounded in noise issues.
A coalition of homeowner groups has petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation to set new regulations regarding helicopter activity in the L.A. region.
REAL ESTATE: Caruso taps Dick’s to take space left by Nordstrom’s move.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. opened its 41st California location at the Glendale Galleria last month, filling a large hole at an anchor location in the mall.
Humor still drives Gary Alexander’s approach to providing educational services, from Improv Traffic School to workplace safety.
Gary Alexander, chief executive at Interactive Education Concepts Inc., gets the last laugh at his Encino firm, which dreamed up Improv Traffic School.
LIST: Technology, Internet businesses outside spotlight continue to dominate.
What drives growth? In a word: innovation. The 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the greater San Fernando Valley have not just embraced that concept but applied it throughout their operations and cultures.
LEASE: Viking expands HQ in Woodland Hills with 38,500 more square feet.
Woodland Hills-based Viking Cruises is having a year of expansion. The company, known for its culturally rich river tours, launched its first ocean cruises after taking delivery of the Viking Star, its first ocean-faring ship, in March.
News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley
Entertainment and sports ticket management firm TicketManager has received $20 million in a second round of funding that will go toward expanding into new markets.
Calendar of events
Northeast Valley mayor goes off on the High-Speed Rail Authority.
INTERNET: Hixme’s plan offers employees range of carriers.
Agoura Hills tech company Hixme gets VC backing for its suite of health insurance software.
Growing Lime Crime puts best face on past troubles
Woodland Hills cosmetics company Lime Crime specializes in colorful palette.
REAL ESTATE: Quake-wrecked property overdue for makeover.
Longtime eyesore Panorama Tower, empty since the Northridge earthquake, prepares for a makeover.
Bartender-turned-entrepreneur Eric Tecosky helps make martinis dirty.
Chiropractor finds time for tweets, posts to boost business.
Van Nuys chiropractor shares his social media secrets.