Stories for March 1997

Saturday, March 1

Valley Talk

Another year for the L.A. Marathon and another chance for Valley residents to feel slighted.

Smallbiz

Family-owned businesses contribute one-half of the gross national product and create one half of the jobs in this country.

RE Column

The recent mergers among banks and thrifts have sent shock waves through local real estate markets.

Apparel

When people think of high-fashion meccas, the Northeast San Fernando Valley isn't exactly the first place that leaps to mind.

Vestar

By the end of March, Burbank development officials expect to select a consultant to oversee the environmental review of a huge project slated for 103 vacant acres just east of Burbank Airport.

Burbank

A lawsuit over the size and scope of a planned expansion at the Burbank Airport is expected to go to trial this month, following the rejection of a compromise proposal by the Burbank City Council.

Newsmakers

William A. Shroeder has been appointed as senior vice president for the Bank of Granada Hills. Shroeder was previously with Granite State Bank in Monrovia. In his new position, Shroeder will focus on credit administration.

Letter Christensen

I am disturbed by your suggestion that all subway construction, including the North Hollywood extension, be stopped.

Eisner.btl

The annual shareholders' meeting of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. last month was an unusually frosty occasion for more reasons than one.

Econowatch

Valley hotel operators saw both their average occupancy rate and average nightly room rate post healthy gains last year, according to this month's Valley Econowatch.

Profile

Mel Wilson learned a little about seizing the day when his grandmother decided to move her family from Alabama to California in search of a better life. The five-day cross-country trip in a '62 Chevy landed the 10-year-old boy in the Mission Hills-Pacoima

Fastrak

Across the country, as many as 3,000 employees of On Assignment Inc. went to work today in the science labs of other companies.

Knowledge

CUC International Inc. completed its acquisition of Glendale-based Knowledge Adventure Inc. last month, furthering its unusual efforts to branch into the software business.

Porter

That's the message developers of the new Porter Ranch project are trying to get across as they prepare to scale back commercial development for this 1,100-acre master-planned community.

School

The West Valley Occupational Center is trying to fix a common concern of San Fernando Valley businesses lack of qualified workers.

Valley Edit

It's hardly surprising to see five health maintenance organizations four of which are based in the San Fernando Valley threaten to leave the City of Los Angeles for other nearby municipalities because of a tax dispute.

Persfi

It's wise to save at least 10 percent of your pretax income so you can adequately provide for your retirement and meet other financial goals. To get started, here are 20 ways to boost your savings and increase the return on your savings.

Magic

A year ago, Six Flags Magic Mountain was betting on its new "Superman: The Escape" ride to keep its summer season in the green.

Filmroman

Film Roman Inc., the North Hollywood-based animation company that churns out "The Simpsons," has a dubious distinction: It launched the most disastrous initial public offering in L.A. County last year.

HMO

Woodland Hills business leaders are finding there's just one problem with being an industry town:

Valley Forum

The Los Angeles mayoral campaign is underway with Mayor Richard Riordan and Tom Hayden as the main contenders.

Entcol

In the still fairly unpopulated wilds of Canyon Country, lions, bears, elephants and gazelles frolic through the golden hillsides as if they were still in the African veldt.