Stories for December 2009
Monday, December 21
Hunt: Charities basing event on reality TV series.
GIVING: This series chronicles philanthropic activities of businesses.
Campaign: Gubernatorial candidate wants to create jobs.
60th annual meeting welcomes new board members
Better representation for the San Fernando Valley region would be a key part of a new coalition of municipal governments now being formed.
Seal: Certification based on sustainability standards.
L.A. City Council approves green business certification program
Sun: One Block off the Grid simplifies buying process.
Program encourages collective purchasing of solar panels
Syd Leibovitch built Rodeo Realty into a regional powerhouse.
Syd Leibovitch talks about the residential real estate market
Films: Alarcon, Smyth and Krekorian want to save jobs.
Elected official advocating for entertainment industry. Entertainment Column by Mark Madler
Elect: Assemblyman beats Essel in special election.
Business owners have high expectations for Krekorian
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.
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.”
Corporate Travel Retreats, but Marjie Wells Forges Ahead
Marjie Wells talks about the future of event planning
Strategy: Some changes probably a good idea.
Marketing tips for the coming year. Column by Scott Harris
Leases: Entertainment firms attracted to area.
Dose of reality for North Hollywood office building. Column by Eric Billingsley
Calabasas Capital Adds Bonrouhi as Director
New hires and appointments at Valley companies.
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.
KALEIDOSCOPE - OUR CHANGING VALLEY
Giving to non-profits, otherwise known as the “Santa Cause”
FROM THE NEWSROOM
Observations about Valley business in 2009
Economy: Innovation, stimulus helped ease pain.
Update on businesses and industries SFVBJ covered in 2009
Shopping: Smaller retailers suffer amid deep discounting.
Small retailers contending with slower than expected holiday shopping season.
financial: Bright spots amid Valley’s top companies.
Tough year for the largest public companies, but some sieze the opportunity and expand.
Economy: Does anti-piracy pact still exist?
Tensions flair in Palmdale and Lancaster over anti-piracy agreement.
Chambers: Top executive laid off; group downsizes offices.
Debi Schultze laid-off from United Chambers, organization facing financial trouble.
Property: Large parcel is proving challenging.
Liquidation process slow-going for 20th Century Props
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
Housing: Disjointed system blamed for problem.
Residential real estate agents claim short sale delays contributing to low inventories.
Development: Owners cite city’s assistance efforts.
Simi Valley experiencing small business growth in the last six months, said economic development director.
Workplace: Union organizers expected to benefit.
“Patriot” legislation. EMPLOYMENT LAW COLUMN by Richard Rosenberg
Attract: Not just waiting for developers to build.
Burbank economic development re-thinks its approach
Small: Simi Valley chosen for scaled-back retail location.
Petco opens concept store in Simi Valley
Hours: More stores opened at midnight on Black Friday.
Luke warm start for the Christmas shopping season
LOCATION: Store fits in with other high-end retailers.
High-end fashion outlet opens at Westfield Topanga
Success: Applying common sense can work.
Italian jewelry brand, Rosato, makes debut in U.S.
LEED: City trudging up steep learning curve.
Summit at Calabasas city’s first commercial “green” development
health care: Heritage rescues Lakeside from brink.
Valley medical group acquired by Heritage Provider Network
Postal: Zumbox adds fourth city for paperless system.
City of Minneapolis adopts Zumbox paperless postal system
Compete: Oculus3D is David to Technicolor’s Goliath.
Start-up company goes up against technicolor with new 3D on film technology
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”
Sale: Former printing plant on market for 60 days.
Sale of Valencia icon. Real Estate Column by Eric Billingsley
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
The healthcare magazine. FROM THE NEWSROOM Column by Jason Schaff
Real Estate: Team approach helps brokers weather market.
Commercial real estate broker teams boost efficiency and motivation in tough market.
Hillman to Oversee BNY Mellon Wealth Teams
New hires and appointments at Valley companies.
Clean: Electric car, new generation hybrids on display.
The L.A. Auto Show. Column by Mark Madler