Stories for September 2005

Thursday, September 29

Hugo Boss to Open in Glendale

BOSS Hugo Boss Shop is set to open in the Glendale Galleria on Saturday.

Hallmark Records Its Best Ratings Ever

Hallmark Channel achieved its best ever ratings for the third quarter of this year.

Wednesday, September 28

Camarillo Building Sold for $1.8 Million

A private investor has acquired a 16,534-square-foot industrial building in Camarillo.

ValueClick Acquisition Nearly Complete

Most Fastclick shareholders have tendered their common shares and merger should be completed shortly.

Tuesday, September 27

Symark Recognized by Industry Publication

Symark, has announced its inclusion on the Software 500, Software Magazine's list of the world's foremost software and services providers,

Sizzler Purchase Completed

Sizzler Parent Worldwide Restaurant Concepts Acquired for About $210 Million.

Monday, September 26

Diodes Prices Secondary Offering

Westlake Village-based semiconductor company will use the proceeds for working capital and possible acquisitions.

The LA Convention and Visitors Bureau has Launched Two Intiatives To Boost Tourism in the Valley

The L.A. convention and visitors bureau has launched two initiatives which could help boost tourism business in the Valley.

New Organization Focuses on Emerging Technologies

Group caters to people in the voice data, wireless and handheld technology worlds.

Aircraft Company Adds 6 New Planes to Nationwide Fleet

The Air Group, a Van Nuys-based private aircraft management firms, has added six new private jets to its fleet.

Healthy Outlook

Jane Finley, who runs Kaiser Permanente's area operations, has several things on her agenda these days, including expansion plans and labor matters.

Video Game Company Plans to Ramp Up Local Operations

Reporter Jeff Weiss writes about Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies Inc.'s expected expansion.

Image Fields Calls as Company Considers Lions Gate Merger

Image Fields Calls as Company Considers Lions Gate Merger.

Changes at Pacoima Site Spark Questions

The long languishing Price Pfister development site in Pacoima has a new owner but residents still have questions and concerns about the future of the project.

Employment Law Focus of Session

Family business owners learn how to maneuver through the world of employment law.

San Fernando Health Facility Will Reinvigorate Old Hospital

A new health and education facility will reinvigorate an old hospital campus in San Fernando.

Assembly Speaker Puts Focus on State Infrastructure

A conference sponsored by Cal State Northridge focuses on state infrastructure.

Closed Stores Could Have Ripple Effect

The impact of store closures due to Federated Department Stores' acquisition of Robinsons-May could be bigger in the short-term than first believed.

Workers Comp Status: Having Hope Among Continued Frustration

Workers' compensation insurance rates have not dropped fast enough for some officials and business owners in California.

Terror Concerns Shift Focus of Security Business

A Canoga Park-based firm is at the forefront of a new terrorism-related focus in the security industry.

TVN Inks Deal With NFL Network

Burbank-based company will provide video-on-demand services for sports programming network.

Management Group Purchases Unit of Pioneer North America

The management group of a division of Pioneer North America has acquired the unit from its parent and has formed Burbank-based PDT Interactive

New Projects Move Glendale Adventist

Several new projects will move Glendale Adventist Hospital into the future as it celebrates its 100th year.

CRA Appointee Seeks Different Strategy

The Valley's new appointment to the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency outlines some of his views.

Friday, September 23

ValueClick Purchase almost Complete

The online advertising and media services firm has acquired almost all of Santa Barbara-based Fastclick's outstanding stock.

FCB Closes In on South Coast

The Camarillo bank will have about $463 million in assets at the close of the transaction.

Tuesday, September 20

Robinsons-May Corporate HQ to Close

Macy's West in San Francisco will now be charge of administration and operations for 44 Robinsons-May stores in the West and Pacific Northwest.

Monday, September 19

Villaraigosa Names Ackerman among CRA Board Nominees

Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, is one of seven nominees to the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners.

TVN Entertainment to Partner with Eurocinema

Burbank-based TVN will be Eurocinema's exclusive distributor for on-demand European and global theatrical and short films.

Construction Costs Predicted to Rise by 10 Percent or More

Rising fuel costs will make heavy equipment more expensive to operate, and Hurricane Katrina will contribute to higher cement prices.

Health Net Lands $225,000 Grant to Expand Immunization Program

The Woodland Hills-based health plan will partner with the Los Angeles-Orange Immunization Network to boost immunization rates.

Tuesday, September 13

Pentadyne Receives Order for National Defense Application

Pentadyne will supply more than 500 flywheel systems to Beaver Aerospace & Defense over the coming years.

Monday, September 12

Some Professions Still Dominated by Men

Local women in male-dominated professions.

Valley-Area Companies Respond Quickly to Disaster

Local firms continue to give to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Large Cable Firms May Vie for Hallmark Channel

Large cable companies are expected to be the serious suitors for the Studio City-based parent of the Hallmark Channel

San Fernando Pinning Hopes on Mixed Use

Can San Fernando become the next Pasadena?

'Tangled' Issue Takes Turn for File-Sharing Companies

Reporter Jeff Weiss writes about the latest drama involving Valley filesharing firms.

Despite Health Care Demand, Staff Firm Has Struggled

Despite a growing demand for health care workers, medical staffing firm On Assignment Inc. has struggled.

Red Tape Tangles New Credit Union

Wages and red tape have slowed construction of a new credit union in Pacoima.

Major Power Outage Hits Los Angeles

A major power outage in hit parts of Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, including downtown, parts of the San Fernando Valley and Burbank.

Restaurant Vacancies Fill up at Sherman Oaks Galleria

Senior Reporter Shelly Garcia reports that after months of vacancies, the Sherman Oaks Galleria is beginning to fill up with restaurant clients.

Despite Change, Women Are Still Facing Hurdles

Workplace obstacles become more subtle for women.

Escape From Reality

Joe Rando's mechanical devices are the building blocks for Hollywood's special effects business.

Valley Voice

Ron Kaye, who has taken the position of editor at the Daily News of Los Angeles, gives his vision for the newspaper

Valley Business Leaders Watch as Mayor Picks Panels

Are Valley business leaders nervous about Mayor Villaraigosa's choices for

DeVry Getting Serious About Videogames

Due to pent-up demand, DeVry University's West Hills campus is rolling out a

Munchkin Pet Unit Expands

Capitalizing on the booming pet care industry, North Hills-based pet product manufacturer Bamboo has registered 100 percent growth over the last year

Valley Receives Quarter Million Dollar Grant

The grant will be used to encourage Hispanic students to study environmental science.

Merger Could Boost Health Care Software Company

Nine months after first entering a letter-of-intent agreement to merge with Florida- based imaging software firm StorComm Inc., Creative Computer Applications Inc. has finally agreed to the terms of the proposed merger.

M & A; Uptick for Textiles, Apparel Noted

Large domestic and international buyers are leading the increase in demand for U.S. companies.

Earl Scheib Same-Store Sales Rise

The company's earnings decreased because of one-time workers compensation credit taken last year and increased labor and materials costs.

Is It Just a Question of Style?

Organization gives support to professional women.

Wedbush Opens Site

Investment brokerage Wedbush Morgan Securities has expanded its San Fernando Valley presence.

Starbuck's Building More Drive-Thru's in Valley

Starbucks is planning to expand the number of its drive-thru units in the San Fernando Valley

Microsoft Puts First Small Business Specialist in Valley

Velocity Network Solutions will have access to training and marketing materials geared toward small businesses.

Thursday, September 8

Public Storage Advances Bid

In an effort to acquire Shurgard Storage Centers, Public Storage is taking its case directly to Shurgard's shareholders.

Wednesday, September 7

Small Business Group Denounces Minimum Wage Increase

A decision to link the minimum wage to the federal Consumer Price Index could hurt California's economic progress, one group said.

NTS Completes Merger

National Technical Systems has joined with SGS Taiwan Limited to develop testing facilities to serve China and South Korea

Tuesday, September 6

Retailers to Pay Tobacco Permit Fee

A $208 permit fee will be assessed to retailers that choose to sell tobacco products, which will be used to increase the number of compliance checks.

Karaoke On Demand

TVN Entertainment will offer over 300 songs from Sound Choice on its new karaoke channel.

Cherokee Brokers Hot Kiss License in Japan

A Japanese company is set up to license apparel, footwear and accessories from Hot Kiss.