Ethan Varian

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Ethan Varian is a Staff Reporter covering the finance, retail and nonprofit sectors.

Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Web Tutoring: A Smart Deal

EDUCATION: VC-backed firm buys Veritas Prep in Calabasas.

Missouri firm buys Veritas Prep in Calabasas.

Fun Country Sounds From Simi Valley

Nonprofit broadcaster tailors ad campaigns to local businesses.

Nonprofit, business-friendly radio station.

High Rents Prompt Relocation for Horror Store

LOCATION: Magnolia Park continues search to solve lease escalations.

Campaign continues to save Magnolia Park.

Valley Community Healthcare Gets Big Grant

Valley Community Healthcare has received a $300,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to hire new staff and improve patient care.

Shops at Symmetry Signs First Tenants

Seafood restaurant California Fish Grill and coffee shop Drnk/Qwench are the first two tenants at the Shops at Symmetry, a Northridge mall set to open in spring 2020.

B. Riley Subsidiary Liquidates Gymboree Stores

Great American Group LLC, a subsidiary of Woodland Hills-based B. Riley Financial Inc., has begun liquidation sales at all 798 Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Fine Dine Maestro

Phillip Frankland Lee returned to the Valley to open his own restaurants; now he looks to Montecito, where he’ll charge $550 a plate.

High-end dinner

Guitar Center Looks for Harmonic Resurgence

RETAIL: Chain sees services as advantage over e-commerce.

Guitar Center takes stage with sales strategy to counter online competition

Marijuana Woes

On both the retail and real estate fronts, operations hit snags

Legal pot retailers face uphill battle to compete against black-market vendors.

Woodland Hills CPA Firm Promotes Partners

ACCOUNTING: CNM cites ‘servant leadership’ qualities in executives.

Promotions at Valley CPA firm.

Preview: Marijuana Woes

On both the retail and real estate fronts, operations hit snags.

Daily News Owner Bids for Ventura County Star Publisher

Hedge fund-backed media company MNG Enterprises Inc., which owns the Los Angeles Daily News, has made an unsolicited bid for Ventura County Star publisher Gannett Co.

Man Who Jumped From Warner Center Tower Identified

The Los Angeles County’s Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office has identified the man who jumped to his death from one of the Warner Center Towers in Woodland Hills on Jan. 10 as 62-year-old Woodland Hills resident Joshua Simon.

Man Jumps in Apparent Suicide at Warner Center Towers

Police are investigating the death of a man who appears to have jumped to his death from a building at Warner Center Towers in Woodland Hills Thursday afternoon, police officials said.

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Realtors Award $1 Million in Housing Assistance to Fire Victims

The California Association of Realtors has begun awarding $1 million in housing assistance grants to homeowners and renters affected by the Woolsey, Hill and Camp fires. Households can apply for up to $2,000 for mortgage relief or to help pay for temporary housing.

California Credit Union Offers Government Shutdown Relief

Glendale-based California Credit Union is offering financial relief programs to members whose paychecks have been interrupted by the partial government shutdown.

A Video Game Where Brands Could Win Big

ENTERTAINMENT: Mythical raises $16M for development.

Mythical Games aims for revenue in free play.

Conejo Chamber Raises Funds for Disaster Relief

RECOVERY: Businesses give $50,000 to help victims of shooting and wildfires.

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce contributed $50,000 in donations for recovery efforts following the Woolsey and Hill fires, and the Nov. 7 shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks.

Valley to Hollywood

As first permanent president of the Alliance, Bill Allen connected the Valley with show business.

Marketing the Valley

Risen from the Rubble

Started after the Northridge quake, Valley Economic Alliance turns 25

Valley Economic Alliance turns 25.

Providence Program Extends Service to Valley Homeless

Providence Health and Services has begun funding a partnership with Tarzana Treatment Centers to treat homeless patients at emergency departments at three Providence hospitals in the Valley.

Capstone Jumps 27 Percent on Upgrade Order

Shares of Capstone Turbine Corp. jumped 27 percent Wednesday after the Van Nuys company announced it secured an order to upgrade multiple microturbines for Florida-based Benz Research & Development.

MGA Entertainment Dolls Among Amazon’s Top-Selling Holiday Toys

MGA Entertainment Inc.’s L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls were among Inc.’s top-selling toys this holiday season.

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Kmart in Burbank to Close

Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it will close its Kmart store in Burbank — one of 80 closures nationwide — as the Illinois retailer faces impending bankruptcy.

Cherokee Signs Tony Hawk License Deal

Cherokee Inc. has agreed to license its Tony Hawk apparel line to India clothing distributor Batra Group, the Sherman Oaks fashion brand company announced.

Sasha Baluka Joins Bessolo Haworth

Sherman Oaks accounting firm Bessolo Haworth has appointed Sasha Baluka as a principal.

FirstLight Home Care to Open in Santa Clarita

FirstLight Home Care will open a new franchised location in Santa Clarita next year, the Ohio-based company announced Wednesday.

Hertzberg Bill to Lift Taxes on Forgiven Student Debt

California State Sen. Bob Hertzberg will introduce a bill to lift state income taxes on newly forgivable student loan debt, the Van Nuys Democrat announced Tuesday.

AeroVironment Chairman to Sell Portion of Company Holdings

AeroVironment Inc. Chairman Timothy Conver plans to sell a portion of his shares in the company, the Simi Valley drone maker announced Friday.

Dine Brands Buys 69 Applebee’s Restaurants, Settles Franchise Dispute

Dine Brands Global Inc. has purchased 69 Applebee’s Grill and Bar restaurants from franchisee Apple Gold Group.

Post-Production Firms Atlas Digital and Runway Form Partnership

Burbank post-production company Atlas Digital has partnered with Hollywood-based Runway Inc. to share editing systems, staff and other resources.

Dole Sells European Subsidiaries

Dole Food Co. has sold two of its European subsidiaries to Norwegian produce distributer Bama Group for an undisclosed price.

Mental Health Workers Strike at Kaiser Woodland Hill Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers picketed outside the Woodland Hills Medical Center on Thursday as part of a weeklong strike for increased staffing and resources at Kaiser hospitals across the state.

VICA Applauds Motion to Allow Events at Hangars

The Los Angeles City Council introduced a motion Tuesday to eventually allow events at aircraft hangars on a case-by-case basis.

IHOP Starts Online Apparel Store

In its latest in a series of unconventional branding campaigns, IHOP has debuted an online store where pancake enthusiasts can shop for IHOP-themed clothing and accessories.

Limoneira Appoints Executives From Leadership Team

Limoneira Co. has appointed four members of its management team to executive positions, the Santa Paula agribusiness company announced Friday.

Khloe’s Shop Pops Up in a Glendale Mall

Holiday shoppers can keep up with Kardashian clothes.

Good American, a fashion line co-founded by television personality and entrepreneur Khloe Kardashian of Calabasas, has set up a pop-up shop at the Americana at Brand in Glendale through the holiday season.

MannKind Contract Yields Cash

MannKind Corp. climbed back from the brink of bankruptcy this year with a $105 million deal to develop a new lung disease treatment.

Calabasas CPA Helps Clients Defer Capital Gains

Little-known trust strategy prompts the creation of a new firm.

The high capital gains taxes levied on business and real estate transactions in California often discourage owners from going through with a sale.

Saban to Take Panavision Public

The Valley could have a new high-profile public company with Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s purchase of camera company Panavision Inc. in Woodland Hills and Sim Video International Inc. in Toronto.

New Congresswoman’s Voice

Santa Clarita’s just-elected representative Katie Hill has positioned herself as a pro-business Democrat.

In a mid-term election that shifted the balance of power in the House of Representatives, Katie Hill became the first Democrat to win California’s 25th District congressional seat in more than two decades

Preview: New Congresswoman's Voice

Santa Clarita's newly elected representative Katie Hill has positioned herself as a pro-business Democrat.

Erika Endrijonas to Lead Pasadena City College

Los Angeles Valley College President Erika Endrijonas has been selected to lead Pasadena City College by the school’s board of trustees.

Avita Medical Raises $29 Million in Private Offering

Medical treatment company Avita Medical will raise $29 million through the sale of private shares to global institutional investors, the company announced Tuesday.

Kaiser Gives Half Million in Grants to Valley Area Nonprofits

Kaiser Permanente has pledged nearly a half million dollars in grants to Valley area nonprofits to expand community and mental health services.

Valley Business Alliance Sues to End PAGA

The California Business and Industrial Alliance has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the California Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA.

Glendale to Impose Temporary Rent Freeze

The Glendale City Council on Monday approved a two-month rent freeze and directed city staff to prepare a “right to lease” ordinance that would impose new restrictions on landlords.

Salem Media Launches In-House Advertising Agency

Salem Media Group Inc. has launched an in-house advertising agency to sell ads on its 116 radio stations and websites, the Camarillo-based Christian and conservative media company announced Monday.

Woolsey Fire: Sifting Ashes

RETAIL: Shop owners vow to weather downturn, rebuild.

Retail: FEMA, Insurers to Assist in Fire Recovery

Valley Givers Gather for Yearly Philanthropy Day

ORGANIZATIONS: Lunch honors donors and volunteers in region.

The Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized individual donors, volunteers and organizations at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov.15. at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.