Stories for December 2009

Monday, December 21

Santa Clarita Valley’s Amazing Race Gains Momentum

Hunt: Charities basing event on reality TV series.

GIVING: This series chronicles philanthropic activities of businesses.

Whitman Outlines Business Agenda in VICA Speech

Campaign: Gubernatorial candidate wants to create jobs.

60th annual meeting welcomes new board members

Valley Council Gaining Members

Better representation for the San Fernando Valley region would be a key part of a new coalition of municipal governments now being formed.

Green Business Program Gets Backing of City Council

Seal: Certification based on sustainability standards.

L.A. City Council approves green business certification program

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Group Purchasing Program Cuts Cost of Solar Panels

Sun: One Block off the Grid simplifies buying process.

Program encourages collective purchasing of solar panels

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Rustling Up Home Sales

Syd Leibovitch built Rodeo Realty into a regional powerhouse.

Syd Leibovitch talks about the residential real estate market

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Entertainment Industry Finds Allies in Elected Officials

Films: Alarcon, Smyth and Krekorian want to save jobs.

Elected official advocating for entertainment industry. Entertainment Column by Mark Madler

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Valley Leaders Find Optimism in Krekorian Going to Council

Elect: Assemblyman beats Essel in special election.

Business owners have high expectations for Krekorian

Amgen Partners with Array BioPharma

Biotech: Thousand Oaks firm granted exclusive rights.

Amgen was granted exclusive worldwide rights to Array’s small-molecule glucokinase activator program including the company’s ARRY-403.

Cautious Job Market Expected For Early 2010

Employers plan to hold staff levels steady in Q1 2010

Valley Facility Lands City Top Engineering Honors

A San Fernando Valley engineering project was one of two City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works projects recently recognized by the American Public Works Association as “outstanding achievements in public works.”

Stellar Changes With Times

Corporate Travel Retreats, but Marjie Wells Forges Ahead

Marjie Wells talks about the future of event planning

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Avoid Surprises by Reviewing Revenues, Projecting for 2010

Small business strategies for 2010

10 for 2010: Steps for Marketing Success in the New Year

Strategy: Some changes probably a good idea.

Marketing tips for the coming year. Column by Scott Harris

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A Dose of Reality for North Hollywood Office Property

Leases: Entertainment firms attracted to area.

Dose of reality for North Hollywood office building. Column by Eric Billingsley

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Calabasas Capital Adds Bonrouhi as Director

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

Stormwater Ordinance Brings Higher Fees, New Standards

VICA local update: Catching the local business issues that fall through the cracks

This is the Valley Industry & Commerce Association’s (VICA) monthly column for the Business Journal. VICA is a business advocacy group representing the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

Cause-Related Marketing Good for the Bottom Line


Giving to non-profits, otherwise known as the “Santa Cause”

Hard Year Brought Lessons in Surviving Downturn


Observations about Valley business in 2009

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

2009: Job Losses, Closures But Business Got Creative

Economy: Innovation, stimulus helped ease pain.

Update on businesses and industries SFVBJ covered in 2009

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The Season of Small Bags

Shopping: Smaller retailers suffer amid deep discounting.

Small retailers contending with slower than expected holiday shopping season.

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Some Public Firms Make Good Use of Year

financial: Bright spots amid Valley’s top companies.

Tough year for the largest public companies, but some sieze the opportunity and expand.

Antelope Valley Cities Try to Keep Competition Civil

Economy: Does anti-piracy pact still exist?

Tensions flair in Palmdale and Lancaster over anti-piracy agreement.

UCC Trying to Regroup Amid Financial Difficulties

Chambers: Top executive laid off; group downsizes offices.

Debi Schultze laid-off from United Chambers, organization facing financial trouble.

Owner, Real Estate Agents Have Huge Task at Shop

Property: Large parcel is proving challenging.

Liquidation process slow-going for 20th Century Props

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Management Changes Announced at Salem Communications

Radio: Becoming more responsive to media environment.

Salem Communications Corporation announced a strategic restructuring of company executive officer positions effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Monday, December 7

Short Sale Delays Are Slowing Home Market

Housing: Disjointed system blamed for problem.

Residential real estate agents claim short sale delays contributing to low inventories.

Small Businesses Find Refuge In Simi Valley Amid Downturn

Development: Owners cite city’s assistance efforts.

Simi Valley experiencing small business growth in the last six months, said economic development director.

Congress Considers “Patriot Corporations of America Act”

Workplace: Union organizers expected to benefit.

“Patriot” legislation. EMPLOYMENT LAW COLUMN by Richard Rosenberg

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Burbank’s Approach is Back to Basics

Attract: Not just waiting for developers to build.

Burbank economic development re-thinks its approach

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Petco Unleashes New Concept Store

Small: Simi Valley chosen for scaled-back retail location.

Petco opens concept store in Simi Valley

Holiday Shopping Season Off to a Luke-Warm Start

Hours: More stores opened at midnight on Black Friday.

Luke warm start for the Christmas shopping season

Lamborghini Boutique Opens in Westfield Topanga Mall

LOCATION: Store fits in with other high-end retailers.

High-end fashion outlet opens at Westfield Topanga

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Reinventing Luxury: Rosato Has Strong Local Debut

Success: Applying common sense can work.

Italian jewelry brand, Rosato, makes debut in U.S.

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First Commercial Green Project Underway In Calabasas

LEED: City trudging up steep learning curve.

Summit at Calabasas city’s first commercial “green” development

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Failing Firm Had Long Been Seeking Merger

health care: Heritage rescues Lakeside from brink.

Valley medical group acquired by Heritage Provider Network

Minneapolis Adopts Digital Mailboxes

Postal: Zumbox adds fourth city for paperless system.

City of Minneapolis adopts Zumbox paperless postal system

Firms Go Head-to-Head With 3D on Film Technology

Compete: Oculus3D is David to Technicolor’s Goliath.

Start-up company goes up against technicolor with new 3D on film technology

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Pace Setter

Vince Pace’s cameras have taken viewers from the deepest depths of the ocean to a planet of blue-skinned aliens.

Q&A with Vince Pace, co-creator of the 3D camera system used for up coming film “Avatar”

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

RAH Industries Buys Daily News Building in Valencia

Sale: Former printing plant on market for 60 days.

Sale of Valencia icon. Real Estate Column by Eric Billingsley

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Not Playing Games

Staying local pays off well for Agi Dyer as she can always be available to her customers.

ENTREPRENEUR - Agi Dyer has a passion for garage doors

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Aging Baby Boomers: It’s a Big Local Business Issue

The healthcare magazine. FROM THE NEWSROOM Column by Jason Schaff

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Strength in Numbers

Real Estate: Team approach helps brokers weather market.

Commercial real estate broker teams boost efficiency and motivation in tough market.

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Hillman to Oversee BNY Mellon Wealth Teams

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

Auto Industry Shows Off Alternatives at Annual Show

Clean: Electric car, new generation hybrids on display.

The L.A. Auto Show. Column by Mark Madler

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