Stories for August 2009

Monday, August 31

TREATED LIKE FAMILY AWARD

(Also Ranked No. 10-Medium)

Andy Gump Inc., Barry Gump, CEO

Focus Your Marketing Power

Before companies branch out and test fields of opportunity, they should have a clear marketing focus.

Cash for Clunkers: One Auto Dealer’s Perspective

Cash for Clunkers moved the economic needle for car dealerships

Crazy Ties and Lobby Photos

Offices as Happy Places

Despite layoffs, furloughs, and decreased budgets, businesses can remain a best place to work

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Providence Holy Cross Receives Economic Engine Award

First Alliance Award Honors Hospital’s Boost to Region

The Valley Economic Alliance recognized Providence Holy Cross with the Economic Engine Award

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Apollo 11 Restoration Project is Out of This World

Burbank Company Moves Beyond Entertainment Clients

Used to remove dirt, scratches and other flaws that ruin a film, the Lowry Process was used on footage taken on the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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His Reach Keeps Growing

Zorik Gordon Finds Success From Online Advertising

Zorik Gordon, president and CEO of ReachLocal “stumbled” upon a great opportunity

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

A look at the people, places and things that make our valleys tick.

Employers Face More Scrutiny on Worker Compliance

Prosecution of Immigration Crimes Rises in 2009

What will President Obama’s stance be on the hot-button issue of immigration?

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New CEO Named at Valley Presbyterian

Valdespino Worked in L.A.,O.C.

Gustavo Valdespino is the new president and chief executive officer of Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Healthier Employees, Both Physically and Mentally, Benefit Any Company

Companies Use Contests and Games To Promote Fitness

From group walks to weight loss competitions, businesses are doing creative things to keep their employees healthy.

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Respect and Trust Go Far at Work

Thank You Helps Too

Companies can foster a happy work environment without breaking the bank

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Jaffe Handed Reins at Accounting Firm

Kohn to Stay as Partner

Mel Kohn steps down as managing partner of Kirsch, Kohn, Bridge

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Will Jackson Tourism Dollars Be As Easy as A-B-C?

Fans Expected to Flock to Gravesite. Maybe.

Will Michael Jackson’s burial site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park attract crowds to the Valley?.

Low Cost Ways to Make Employees Feel Valued

The best companies to work for are focused on the long term, which means valuing their employees.

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VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

United Chambers Gives Progress Report on Year’s Projects

While the economy has been struggling, Chambers of Commerce have been very busy providing their members with the services they need to succeed.

Real Estate Investment Firm Buys Property It Once Sold

Younan Properties Inc. is pursuing interesting real estate transactions in Woodland Hills

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Stay at Home Workers Still Stay Connected to Office

Telecommuting Increases Efficiency, Employees Say

Who’s doing it and how much does it help or hurt business?

United Chambers Gives Progress Report on Year's Projects

While the economy has been struggling, Chambers of Commerce have been very busy providing their members with the services they need to succeed.

New CEO Named at Valley Presbyterian

Gustavo Valdespino is the new president and chief executive officer of Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Jaffe Handed Reins at Accounting Firm

Mel Kohn steps down as managing partner of Kirsch, Kohn, Bridge

Healthier Employees, Both Physically and Mentally, Benefit Any Company

From group walks to weight loss competitions, businesses are doing creative things to keep their employees healthy.

Fire Burns Homes, Threatens Communication Towers

Firefighters continued to battle the Mission fire, which has spread to more than 85,000 acres.

Low Cost Ways to Make Employees Feel Valued

The best companies to work for are focused on the long term, which means valuing their employees.

TREATED LIKE FAMILY AWARD

Andy Gump Inc., Barry Gump, CEO (Also Ranked No. 10-Medium)

Will Jackson Tourism Dollars Be As Easy as A-B-C?

Will Michael Jackson's burial site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park attract crowds to the Valley?.

Providence Holy Cross Receives Economic Engine Award

The Valley Economic Alliance recognized Providence Holy Cross with the Economic Engine Award

Mickey and Donald Meet Spiderman and Iron Man

The Walt Disney Co. has added some 5,000 animated characters to its roster through a purchase of Marvel Entertainment Inc. in a deal worth $4 billion.

WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK AWARD

Insomniac Games Inc., Ted Price, Founder/CEO (Also Ranked No. 2-Medium)

Employers Face More Scrutiny on Worker Compliance

What will President Obama's stance be on the hot-button issue of immigration?

SMALL EMPLOYERS

(15 - 49 Employees) - #1 Company: Tower General Contractors

LARGE EMPLOYERS

(250 or more Employees) - #1 Company: Wells Fargo Bank

Real Estate Investment Firm Buys Property It Once Sold

Younan Properties Inc. is pursuing interesting real estate transactions in Woodland Hills

Stay at Home Workers Still Stay Connected to Office

Who's doing it and how much does it help or hurt business?

SAG members look to end dissension in election for president

The potential merger with the smaller AFTRA is a key issue in the balloting.

'Green' buses set to arrive

Natural gas vehicles brings the city's municipal fleet up to 20% alternatively fueled vehicles.

BEST BENEFITS AWARD

USI of Southern California Insurance Services Inc. (Also Ranked No. 13-Medium)

Apollo 11 Restoration Project is Out of This World

Used to remove dirt, scratches and other flaws that ruin a film, the Lowry Process was used on footage taken on the Apollo 11 moon landing.

BEST EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union (Also Ranked No. 3-Medium)

Cash for Clunkers: One Auto Dealer's Perspective

Cash for Clunkers moved the economic needle for car dealerships

Respect and Trust Go Far at Work

Despite layoffs, furloughs, and decreased budgets, businesses can remain a best place to work

AROUND THE VALLEYS

A look at the people, places and things that make our valleys tick.

MEDIUM EMPLOYERS

(50 - 249 Employees) - #1 Company: Fulcrum Microsystems

U.S. grants are sparking local green energy ideas

Cities are seeking funds for projects

Thursday, August 27

Three Cable Networks Combining Into Single Media Company

Three of the top cable networks will consolidate into a single company under a deal between three major media conglomerates.

Business owners dubious about the future

Closure of popular eatery leaves other vendors wondering if they can weather economic climate.

GDP declines 1%, better than expected

WASHINGTON -- The economy shrank at an annual rate of 1 percent in the spring, a better-than-expected showing and more evidence that the recession is drawing to a close.

Struggling T.O. shopping center now under court receivership

Paraiso Town Center in Dos Vientos Ranch has been taken over by a court-appointed receiver because Miller Family Cos., owner and operator of the struggling retail center, defaulted on a $16.8 million construction loan.

Wednesday, August 26

Unfair Competition Alleged in Aviation Lawsuit

A dispute between two aviation services companies at Van Nuys Airport has landed in court with one firm alleging the other is misrepresenting itself as a fixed-base operation allowed to sell jet fuel.

Building sets sights high

Asking rent is more than $4 a square foot. The rate is $3.33 in downtown L.A.

Masry's law firm files for bankruptcy

Expensive lawsuits have driven the law firm made famous by the movie "Erin Brockovich" to file for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, according to federal court records.

New-home sales surge

The seasonally adjusted annual rate rose 9.6% to 433,000 in July from 395,000 in June -- the fourth consecutive month-to-month increase.

Masten Space Systems in Lunar Lander Competition

A Mojave space company is one of three teams vying for the $1.65 million in prize money in the Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Tuesday, August 25

State's financial recovery lagging nation

California mortgage, credit card delinquencies higher

Downtown may add cameras

A $50,000 grant would be used to add surveillance aiming to stop criminal activity.

State cuts force Small Business Development Centers to scramble for funding

The community-college-based centers, which offer loans, counseling and other resources to entrepreneurs, have been busier than ever but have had matching funds cut. Some centers have had to close.

Sales Down for Healthcare IT Provider Aspyra

A lack of spending for healthcare information technology contributed to Aspyra Inc. reporting a net loss of $1.6 million for the second quarter.

Monday, August 24

Conejo YMCA refutes rumored demise

Site says it's in good shape fiscally despite recent service, staff cuts

California strikes back at Nevada ads wooing Golden State businesses

California Assemblyman Jose Solorio spearheads the response to Nevada's commercials, saying he was 'outraged by the nastiness of their tone.'

Navy Radar Contract for ITT Gilfillan

The defense and electronics business unit of ITT Corp. received a $29 million contract from the U.S Navy to manufacture radar modification kits.

City Council Candidates Tackle Business Issues at Forum

Five candidates in the race to fill a vacancy on the Los Angeles City Council, touted their plans to make Los Angeles a business friendly city, streamline processes, and ensure that the San Fernando Valley gets its fair share of city revenues, at a recent

Lobbyist contract comes up

Council will decide if it wants former representative firm to continue on a temporary basis.

Friday, August 21

California's unemployment rate hits record high

The rate jumped unexpectedly in July to 11.9% even as the national rate declined.

Wentzel to Lead Grant Thornton's Not-for-Profit Business

Rick Wentzel has been named the West Region Higher Education and Not-for-Profit practice leader for accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP, which has offices in Woodland Hills.

Sherman Addresses Chamber at Town Hall Meeting

Rep. Brad Sherman visited with constituents from the business community at a Town Hall luncheon sponsored by the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce.

Wal-Mart submits smaller proposal for Ventura Kmart site

While Wal-Mart has submitted new plans to renovate and move into a shuttered Kmart in Ventura, opponents have vowed to intensify promotion of a November ballot measure to block the proposal.

Thursday, August 20

Council Gives Approval on Downtown Improvements

The Lancaster City Council approved the concept design to make the downtown area more pedestrian-friendly.

Wieder Named Interim Chancellor

The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees selected Tyree Wieder as interim Chancellor of the college district.

Workplace Safety Complaints Target Adult Industry

Adult entertainment production companies in the San Fernando Valley have been targeted in complaints filed with the California's Department of Industrial Relations by an AIDS prevention group advocating the use of condoms in adult films.

New jobless claims rise unexpectedly

WASHINGTON -- The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly for the second straight week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as other data show the economy is stabilizing.

Santa Susana cleanup deal released

Boeing isn't a part of state, federal agreement

Office vacancies hit record

Burbank could be diluting market with its buildings, experts say.

Wednesday, August 19

Airport to reduce water use

Decision follows similar action approved by Glendale officials. Burbank to hold public meeting for discussion.

Center lays off 16

Clinic lost money due to a 20% cut in county's Department of Mental Health.

New CEO at Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Valley Presbyterian Hospital appointed Gustavo Valdespino as President and Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Albert L. Greene, who passed away in April.

Southern California home sales and prices rise in July

Demand for entry- and mid-level houses has led to bidding wars. But many foreclosures are still off the market.

Tuesday, August 18

Simi Valley council delays vote on Candlelight permit request

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday held off a vote for a permit to allow amplified music and dancing for The Vineyards/Candlelight Kitchen & Bar so city staff can refine the conditions for approval.

Michael Jackson to be Buried at Forest Lawn

Michael Jackson will be buried Aug. 29, on what would have been his 51st birthday, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, according to publicists for the Jackson family.

Wholesale prices drop more than expected in July

WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices dropped sharply in July, and over the past 12 months fell by the largest amount in more than six decades of record-keeping.

Big Drop in Income for Easton-Bell Sports

Net income for sports equipment manufacturer Easton-Bell Sports Inc. fell by 75 percent in the second quarter as consumers and municipalities continued to curb spending.

Small Business Development Center Reaches Milestone

College of the Canyon's Small Business Development Center has served its 100th small business in the San Fernando Valley since starting its one-on-one counseling services in February.

Monday, August 17

Efficiency Expert

Efficiency Expert Bob Yallen from InterMedia Advertising

VALLEY STOCK WATCH

Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies.

Don't Hate Me for Inventing the Cell Phone

"Martin Cooper" invented the cell phone

Thermal Solar Power Plant First Step in Creating Alternative Energy Hub

Opening of eSolar thermal solar power plant will help make Antelope Valley into a hub for alternative energy.

Dole to Go Public

Dole Food Co. is planning an initial public offering that could raise as much as $500 million.

Students Honored for Show of Will and Perseverance

A column dedicated to the philanthropic activities of businesses.

VALLEY, L.A. COUNTY ECONOWATCH

Charts of Economic Indicators, Real Estate, Tourism...

Santa Clarita Valley Office Vacancies Highest in Region

Santa Clarita Valley has highest office vacancy rate in region

The Trends / The Pacesetter

About the LIST - INTERNET-BASED FIRMS

Fed extends consumer lending program through March

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve has extended a program intended to spur lending to consumers and small businesses at lower rates, but the central bank will not expand the types of loans made.

Area Cities Put Projects on Hold

Cities have hard decisions after losing redevelopment funding to the state.

Firm picked to handle Ventura golf courses

National golf management firm KemperSports has entered negotiations to run Ventura's two public golf courses, Olivas Links and Buenaventura, vowing to maintain and improve course conditions, city officials announced.

Cash for Clunkers Could Be a Driving Force

Other industries need their own "cash for clunkers" program

VALLEY BIZ SEEN

Photographs of business-related events in the valleys, including parties, awards dinners, benefits and other celebrations.

A Job With All The Flare

The Attraction Services Company in Valencia provides special effects for theme parks around the world.

Consultant is CTO of Multiple Companies

CTO Tony Karrer consults clients on the type of technology they're interested in building.

Come A-Waltzing with A Treat From Down Under

Meat Pies: Bruce Hams imports Australia's favorite stadium snack, the FourNTwenty meat pie.

Musical Friends Kicking Out the Jams in New Recording Studio

Stone Heavy Sound recording studio will cater to rock and heavy metal groups

America's Weight Gain is Influencing the Way Businesses Think

Some Valley companies are literally pulling down fat profits. America's weight gain has meant bigger wheelchairs, bigger beds and bigger sales for the providers of bariatric products.

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

Now's The Best Time to Enroll in Opportunity 101

Finding opportunities in the recession: buying cheap and holding until it's high.

Always Following Technology

CTO Reza Pourzia developed a "smart" sprinkler control system for the Westlake Village company.

Valley-Area Companies Shine on Annual Inc. 500 List

The greater San Fernando Valley area was well represented on the annual index, 2009 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies.

A Model of Coordinated Health Care

Despite the closure of its Castaic office in September, Facey Medical Group is growing

Attorneys to get Easier Access to Accident Reports

A new state law now allows for attorneys representing clients involved in accidents to receive reports from insurance companies.

Deciding Among 'Five Different Ways to Solve a Problem'

Mathew Haller leads technology efforts at Advanced Bionics, a company that develops cochlear implants for the "profoundly" deaf.

Maintaining Growth Requires Focus on Execution

How do companies plan in a climate of economic uncertainty? Guest Column by Marc Emmer

Benefits of Twitter Still Not Evident

The online micro-blogging site is gaining momentum in the business world.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

A look at the people, places and things that make our valleys tick.

City Attempts to Over-Regulate Retail Self-Checkout Systems

Catching the local business issues that fall through the cracks.

CTOs: Promoting Tech Innovation

Shuki Lehavi co-founder, president and CTO of Calabasas-based Gumiyo, helped develop mobile phone marketing and merchandising tools.

Friday, August 14

Recession Still Impacting Image Profits

A weaker feature film release schedule and a continuation of less consumer spending contributed to Image Entertainment Inc. posting a net loss for the first quarter.

Company Adds Paper Option to 'Paperless' Product Line

Already selling multiple-state electronic tax-filing services, Newbury Park-based efileSalesTax.com announced it is now offering a paper-filing option, which it hopes will increase its market presence.

Thousand Oaks loans for home improvements available

For the first time in years, the city of Thousand Oaks is offering low-income homeowners the opportunity to apply for low- or no-interest loans to improve their dwellings.

Consumer prices flat in July as energy retreats

WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices were flat in July as energy costs retreated following a big surge in June. Over the past 12 months, prices dropped the most in nearly six decades as the recession and lower energy costs kept a lid on inflation.

Thursday, August 13

Brokers: Property could be for sale

Local real estate company is staying tight-lipped about whether it's selling office buildings.

Retail sales unexpectedly dip in July

WASHINGTON -- Retail sales outside of autos turned in a disappointing performance in July, underscoring concerns about the timing and durability of a recovery from the worst recession since World War II.

China's limits on entertainment imports violate free trade practices, WTO rules

The ruling is seen as a win for U.S. industries working to distribute films, music and books in China. Still, trade experts say not to expect big changes.

FDA Panel Gives Thumbs Up and Down for Amgen's Denosumab

A committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval of a new drug from Amgen for the treatment of bone loss.

Wednesday, August 12

Finalists Announced For Economic Engine Award

The Airtel Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Time Warner Cable, and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center are the three finalists for the Valley Economic Alliance "Economic Engine" Award.

Tuesday, August 11

PS Business Parks Announces Public Offering

Glendale-based PS Business Parks, Inc. announced the pricing of a public offering of 3 million shares common stock at $46.50 per share. Net proceeds will total approximately $133.4 million after underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offerin

Studies: Amgen's new osteoporosis drug cuts fracture risk

Thousand Oaks company welcomes news reported in medical journal

Vitesse Has Strong Third Quarter

Growth in the Chinese market and stabilizing order patterns contributed to manufacturer Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. having an improved third quarter when compared to the previous year.

DTS Income Falls in Q2

Net income earned by audio products manufacturer DTS Inc. dropped by 28 percent during the second quarter when compared with the same period a year ago.

Capstone Widens Net Loss

Increased manufacturing costs for new lines of micro-turbines contributed to Capstone Turbine widening its net loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year.

Bank of America's settlement over bonuses delayed

Judge criticizes the SEC for failing to prove BofA misled shareholders intentionally, scoffs at a BofA attorney's argument, says $33 million might not be enough and demands more information.

Monday, August 10

Cable, Radio Ad Time Revenues On Rise

More radio stations taking part in a reverse auction to sell advertising time and the launch of a new auction for cable television ads has helped increase revenues at Bid4Spots, an online auction firm.

Delays Hurt Brace Maker Sales

Production delays will affect the second quarter sales at spine protection equipment manufacturer Leatt Corp., the company announced.

Friday, August 7

Retail sales fall 5.1% in July despite back-to-school lures

Major names report double-digit percentage drops as shoppers hesitate. A few bargain chains manage gains.

Online Exclusive: Many Support Hiring Bratton's Successor from Within LAPD

Deputy Chief Michel Moore is Signaled as Potential Replacement

Superior Sales, Shipments Drop in Q2

Turmoil in the auto industry continues to drag down finances at aluminum wheel manufacturer Superior Industries International.

Reagan Library exhibits to close for renovations

The exhibit area at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley will close temporarily next year for a complete renovation that will add more interactive exhibits.

Elected Officials Answer Questions for VICA Members

More than 20 elected officials attended the annual luncheon of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association Aug. 6, where many addressed issues affecting the local business community.

Row 44 Receives FCC License

Westlake Village-based Row 44 Inc. received a permanent operating license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for its satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi service.

Lawsuits stack up against complex owner, contractor

Companies say apartment's owner and contractor have not paid thousands due for work.

Thursday, August 6

Unemployed executive's plea: "Hire me"

A year ago, Michael McCullah was managing director of the Tokyo office of Thomas International, a global provider of behavioral and aptitude assessment applications used by companies to improve and train their work force.

New Publisher Named at Daily News

A long-time veteran of the newspaper industry was named as the new publisher of the Daily News.

Ixia Reports Net Loss for Q2

Performance test equipment provider Ixia is still waiting for its acquisition of Catapult Communications Corp. to help the company's financials as it posted a net loss in the second quarter.

Hallmark Channel Owner Narrows Net Loss

Crown Media Holdings Inc. narrowed its net loss for the second quarter when compared to a year ago.

Retail sales fall 5.1% in July despite back-to-school lures

Major names report double-digit percentage drops as shoppers hesitate. A few bargain chains manage gains.

Wednesday, August 5

New Solar Plant in Lancaster

More than 150 people gathered in Lancaster for the unveiling of the 5-megawatt thermal solar power plant that officials hope will kickstart the Antelope Valley as the clean energy capital of the state.

Advisory Council Unhappy With Cashless Flyaway at Van Nuys

The new practice of accepting only debit and credit cards to ride the Flyaway bus service between Van Nuys Airport and Los Angeles International Airport is not flying with the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council.

Battery Maker Loses Out on Federal Grant

Quallion LLC has no immediate plans to abandon a proposed manufacturing facility in Palmdale after being turned down for a federal grant.

Tuesday, August 4

THQ Closes $100 Million Offering

Agoura Hills-based THQ Inc. closed today on a $100 million offering of 5.00 percent convertible senior notes due 2014. The company intends to use net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

Health Net 2Q Earnings Down

Health Net Inc.'s second-quarter profit dropped 48 percent as medical costs increased and enrollment continued to decline.

Congress adjourns with no new Cemex bill

Legislation would prevent sand and gravel mining project from being built in SCV

Consumer spending rises in June, incomes drop

WASHINGTON -- Consumers opened their wallets and pocketbooks a bit more in June, increasing their spending for the second straight month while saving a bit less, even as incomes fell sharply.

Ventura County's median home price rises 6.8% in June

Sales dipped from prior month but are up from last year

Monday, August 3

Reporter Takes a Walk and Gets Snapshot of Crisis

How shops along Reseda Boulevard are doing in the economic recession

Income Drops in Q1 at AML

Defense contractor AML Communications Inc. experienced a drop in net income for the first quarter but expects improved results for the remainder of the year from increased bookings for its amplifier and integrated assemblies.

The Big Bad Media and Breathing New Life Into Old Things

Big bad media and a hip deal for Ventura

San Fernando Hurting From State Budget Cuts

San Fernando Hurting From State Budget Cuts

Competition Stiff for Public Works Construction Projects

Construction companies look to public works and education building projects to offset commercial slowdown

Jeff Gaspin cast in the spotlight at NBC Universal

The new chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, Gaspin started out tracking local ads for the network's stations in 1984. He's held plenty of supporting roles along the way.

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

We're Looking for the Best Valley-Area CFOs

Jason Schaff talks about upcoming Top CFO Awards Luncheon

Building Alternatives

Market overview and a look at progress being made on some of the largest commercial construction projects

Chamber Briefs

The Chambers of Commerce Report

College of the Canyons' Big Plans

College of the Canyons' plans for new University Center moving forward unscathed by state budget cuts

Job Creation Will Help State in Great Recession

Brendan Huffman's first column for SFVBJ

AROUND THE VALLEYS

A look at the people, places and things that make our valleys tick.

VALLEY STOCK WATCH

Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies.

Construction Unemployment Continues Upward Trend

Construction unemployment continues to rise but some options are on the horizon

Creating a New Corridor

Lancaster looking to annex 7,100 acres north of their border to create an alternative energy corridor.

Image Consultants

On-Site Laser Medic of Chatsworth.

T.O., Caltrans launch Hwy. 101/Hwy. 23 widening project

A project to widen the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks is one step closer after the city reached a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Transportation to take over the design.

Funding Boost for Youth Employment

Federal stimulus funds increasing budgets for workforce organizations that target younger people

VALLEY, L.A. COUNTY ECONOWATCH

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New Life Given to Medical Facility at Victory and Tampa

New Life Given to Medical Facility at Victory and Tampa

Openings Bring Continued Changes to Downtown Lancaster

Plans to turn downtown Lancaster into lifestyle destination center

Court Limits Employer Options For Avoiding Bias Claims

Court Limits Employer Options For Avoiding Bias Claims

Change in Bus Lines Between Valleys Drawing Criticism

Santa Clarita changing bus service between North San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys

Developing a Relationship

Philip MacDonald, owner of Bob's Big Boy in Burbank, shares thoughts on icon's 60th anniversary

'Broken' Condos: Upside Down Multi-Family World

"Broken condos" a big mess to fix in the Los Angeles area

Chatsworth Plant Cuts Valley Staff By Nearly Half

Cosmetic Laboratories of America in Chatsworth is laying off 165 workers and transferring the jobs to a new facility in Arkansas.

Temping is Refuge on Rough Road for Law School Grads

Local law grads working for staffing companies and cutting their teeth on a project-by-project basis.

Valley Apparel Businesses Jittery Over Financing

Possible bankruptcy of apparel financing firm, CIT, could hurt local apparel companies