Solar Battle Heats Up Over Tariffs

Burbank executive asks ITC to hike duties on imported panels.

Burbank solar executive tells the ITC why he favors raising tariffs on imported solar panels.

Syrian Food Finds Niche in Conejo

Refugee entrepreneur serves family recipes at Azi Grill.

Syrian refugee opens new restaurant in Thousand Oaks.

The Number

>$4 Billion - Estimated Hollywood summer box office

Summer movies fizzle in box office sales.

Flex Power on Future Grid

ENERGY: $700 million natural gas plant will complement alternative sources of electricity.

Palmdale natural gas plant gets OK to operate.

Capstone Relocates in Reach for Profitability

MANUFACTURING: Turbine maker tells investors move to Van Nuys will cut costs.

Capstone Turbine relocates to Van Nuys.

Google Tries to Organize Gaggle of Entrepreneurs

NETWORKING: Startup Grind program kicks off in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Anew group has formed in Santa Clarita in the ongoing effort to bring together a community of tech startups.

Can Dissolvable Strips Tip the Tuberculosis Scale?

MEDICINE: NIH grant funds research for cost-effective solution to killer disease.

Oak Therapeutics wants to tackle tuberculosis, one strip at a time.

Bangladesh Lab Wins Hilton’s $2 Million Prize

FOUNDATION: Humanitarian award recognizes value of public health research.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, based in Agoura Hills, has awarded its annual $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize to the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Control, Bangladesh, or iccdr,b.

Thinker in 3D

Architect and sculptor Jeffrey Kalban employs a left brain/right brain approach to create buildings he describes as ‘romantic Modernist.’

Architect Jeffrey Kalban talks about designing buildings with and for some of the industry’s stars.

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Developers Seek Insight on Renters’ Preferences

MULTIFAMILY: Apartment manager sells expertise gleaned from tenants.

One of L.A.’s largest property management firms has found a way to stand out from the increasing competition by helping developers design apartments to attract tenants before the properties are built rather than just managing them once they’re finished.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley


Calendar of Events

Newhall Ranch Is Good for State

Newhall Ranch will provide a needed uptick in housing inventory.

Making Way for Workouts

FITNESS: Country club operator exits, gym firm takes space.

Bay Club’s Valley facilities to be taken over by gym operator.

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Turnover at the Top for VEDC

NONPROFIT: Organization loses three executives in a month.

What’s behind the executive exits from VEDC?

Aliso Reopens

ENERGY: SoCalGas renews operations at methane leak site.

Residents express concerns over reopening of Aliso Canyon gas storage facility.

Beauty Pros Eagerly Take Eye Test

Survey results give Glad Lash insights into customer base.

Eye makeup company connects with customers through survey.

Firm Makes Digital Music Easy on Ear

Bambu’s software adds highs and lows to compressed audio.

Bambu returns quality to compressed audio files.

Plane Passes Milestone at High Altitude

Burt Rutan’s Proteus makes 1,000 flights for research missions.

A research aircraft lands its 1,000th flight.

The Number

36th: Los Angeles’ ranking for stress

Where L.A. ranks in the most-stressful cities list.

Growing Out of a Niche

INTERNET: Scorpion began marketing law firms but acquisition takes firm into new verticals.

Web marketer Scorpion grows beyond law customers and acquires competitor.

DineEquity CEO Starts With Restaurant Closures

HOSPITALITY: Investors react positively to same-day hire and location shrinkage.

DineEquity hires new CEO and closes more locations.

Can Timer Cap Put a Lid on Opioid Epidemic?

SAFETY: Moorpark firm finds abuse prevention market for a convenience product.

Timer Cap isn’t trying to solve the opioid epidemic. But it does think it can help when it comes to prevention.

Disney Splits With Netflix for Content Streaming

DISTRIBUTION: Media giant’s BAMTech acquisition puts focus on sports audience.

With its announcement that it would start its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, Walt Disney Co. will end its distribution agreement with Netflix Inc. for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 movie slate.