San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Carol Lawrence writes commercial real estate stories about development, land and building deals, relevant trends and compelling profiles relating to the San Fernando Valley and other nearby Valley areas.

A business writer for 10 out of her 13 years in journalism, Carol has covered SoCal topics including manufacturing, agriculture, the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports, small businesses and transportation as it affects business. Carol has won several journalism awards for her coverage of business, environmental issues and agriculture.

She can be reached at (818) 316-3123, or by email:

Recent Stories

Despite Opposition, Commission Affirms Walnut Acres Project

An attempt by homeowners to overturn an approved plan for an assisted living and memory care facility on a parcel in Woodland Hills near a busy shopping area failed at a Thursday planning board hearing held at the Van Nuys City Hall.

Homeowners Hear Westfield's Promenade Plan

It was standing room only in a small auditorium at Kaiser Permanente’s medical center in Woodland Hills Wednesday night for a presentation on a mixed-use project expected to transform the Warner Center area.

Sage Automotive Settles FTC Deceptive Ad Charge

A Los Angeles automobile dealership chain with locations in Universal City, Glendale, Valencia and North Hollywood as well Los Angeles has agreed to pay $3.6 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission relating to deceptive advertising charges, according to the commission.

Precision Paint Expands Footprint

Precision Painting of Westlake Village has signed a lease to take more than double its current space in Newbury Park to accommodate growth, according to commercial real estate firm Westcord Commercial Real Estate Services of Westlake Village.

Politics Spur Land Reform

DEVELOPMENT: Measure S has jumpstarted conversations about planning L.A.’s future.

L.A. voters defeat Measure S but its more palatable aspects live on.

VALLEY RISING: Walkable Hub of the West Valley

If “transformation” comes to mind when you think about the Warner Center area of Woodland Hills and its bordering neighborhoods, then you’re in line with a lot of players in the local economy.

Investors Hop On Flip-Flop Shoe Trend

New owners plan retail expansion for Flojos brand.

Investors find a good fit in Thousand Oaks’ flip-flop maker Flojo.

Glendale Woolworth Open After Remodel

The former F.W. Woolworth Co. store at 201 N. Brand Blvd. has three new tenants after a recently completed refurbishment updated the building's system, added new storefronts and gave the exterior a much-needed makeover.

Marcus & Millichap Report Better-Than-Expected Year

Calabasas commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap Inc. (MMI) reported results for the fourth quarter and full year earnings that beat Wall Street expectations.

Voters Reject Measure S

Measure S, the hotly debated proposal that would have temporarily halted construction of projects larger, taller and denser than current limits allowed in the city of Los Angeles and its Valley neighborhoods failed to pass in Tuesday’s election.

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