Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)
Ethan Varian is a Staff Reporter covering the finance, retail and nonprofit sectors.
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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.
RETAIL: Chain sees services as advantage over e-commerce.
Guitar Center takes stage with sales strategy to counter online competition
Phillip Frankland Lee returned to the Valley to open his own restaurants; now he looks to Montecito, where he’ll charge $550 a plate.
ACCOUNTING: CNM cites ‘servant leadership’ qualities in executives.
Promotions at Valley CPA firm.
On both the retail and real estate fronts, operations hit snags
Legal pot retailers face uphill battle to compete against black-market vendors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glendale-based California Credit Union is offering financial relief programs to members whose paychecks have been interrupted by the partial government shutdown.
As first permanent president of the Alliance, Bill Allen connected the Valley with show business.
Marketing the Valley
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.
Started after the Northridge quake, Valley Economic Alliance turns 25
Valley Economic Alliance turns 25.
ENTERTAINMENT: Mythical raises $16M for development.
Mythical Games aims for revenue in free play.
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.
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 Inc.’s L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls were among Amazon.com Inc.’s top-selling toys this holiday season.
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 Inc. has agreed to license its Tony Hawk apparel line to India clothing distributor Batra Group, the Sherman Oaks fashion brand company announced.
Sherman Oaks accounting firm Bessolo Haworth has appointed Sasha Baluka as a principal.
FirstLight Home Care will open a new franchised location in Santa Clarita next year, the Ohio-based company announced Wednesday.
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 Inc. Chairman Timothy Conver plans to sell a portion of his shares in the company, the Simi Valley drone maker announced Friday.
Dine Brands Global Inc. has purchased 69 Applebee’s Grill and Bar restaurants from franchisee Apple Gold Group.
Burbank post-production company Atlas Digital has partnered with Hollywood-based Runway Inc. to share editing systems, staff and other resources.
Dole Food Co. has sold two of its European subsidiaries to Norwegian produce distributer Bama Group for an undisclosed price.
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.
The Los Angeles City Council introduced a motion Tuesday to eventually allow events at aircraft hangars on a case-by-case basis.
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 Co. has appointed four members of its management team to executive positions, the Santa Paula agribusiness company announced Friday.
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.
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
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.
MannKind Corp. climbed back from the brink of bankruptcy this year with a $105 million deal to develop a new lung disease treatment.
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.
Santa Clarita's newly elected representative Katie Hill has positioned herself as a pro-business Democrat.
Los Angeles Valley College President Erika Endrijonas has been selected to lead Pasadena City College by the school’s board of trustees.
Medical treatment company Avita Medical will raise $29 million through the sale of private shares to global institutional investors, the company announced Tuesday.
Kaiser Permanente has pledged nearly a half million dollars in grants to Valley area nonprofits to expand community and mental health services.
The California Business and Industrial Alliance has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the California Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA.
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 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.
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.
Holidays could give retailers 4.8 percent boost, per report.
Retailers should do well this holiday season.
RETAIL: Shop owners vow to weather downturn, rebuild.
Retail: FEMA, Insurers to Assist in Fire Recovery
Zyppah Inc., a Calabasas company that makes mouthpieces and other devices for people who snore or suffer from sleep apnea, announced Monday that former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal will become a brand ambassador.
Amazon Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ philanthropic fund has donated $5 million to North Hollywood nonprofit L.A. Family Housing.
ServiceTitan announced Monday it has hired former Netflix Inc. executive David Burt as chief financial officer.
B. Riley Financial Inc. has agreed to a $22.9 million deal that will give it a majority stake in New York financial services firm National Holdings Corp., the Woodland Hills company announced Monday.