Stories for March 2009

Tuesday, March 31

Provision Receives New Patents

Provision Interactive Technologies has received a patent for a device to improve image quality and reduce the costs of its 3D projection system.

Council to reexamine meter hours

Cutting hours back or expanding validation beyond theaters are possible solutions.

Disney to put some short-form content on YouTube

The company will provide ESPN sports highlights and ABC News updates, as well as snippets from the ABC broadcast network and ABC Family cable channel.

Fire destroys H.G. Products in Simi Valley

A fire of unknown cause consumed a business in an industrial area of Simi Valley, authorities said.

No Foolin', Expect a Bigger Paycheck April 1

Workers who see a bigger paycheck after April 1 may be tempted to wonder if there's been a mistake (or if their employers are playing an April fool's joke on them). But it's just the Making Work Pay tax credit, which was a part of the federal stimulus pa

Vitesse Cutting Employees

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. will cut 12 percent from its worldwide workforce to reduce operating expenses, the company announced.

Equity Firms Buy Haircare Product Company

Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a Pasadena-based private equity fund, and St. Cloud Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, have acquired the Johnson Products Co. unit of Procter & Gamble Co.

AV homes lure buyers back into market

Sales jump 261% in February thanks to better affordability

Monday, March 30

VALLEY STOCK WATCH

Stock activity for 50 selected greater San Fernando Valley-based public companies: Bi-Weekly Top Gainers, Losers; The Valley 50 Stock Index; 52-week Performance; Market Summary / Indexes

AROUND THE VALLEYS

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

New Roles Seen for HR

Human resources professionals have expanded their involvement

Sweeping Labor Law Changes Keep Attorneys Busy

Attorneys in the middle of employer-employee relations.

Don't Overlook SBA 504 Loan Program

Guest columnist Sasha Globa says SBA 504 loans are still moving

2009 Valley's Top Human Resources Pros Awards Reception

Photos from the 2009 Valley's Top Human Resources Pros Awards Reception

These Leaders in Forefront of HR World

HR professionals recognized as best in Valley region.

VALLEY BIZ SEEN

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

VALLEY, L.A. COUNTY ECONOWATCH

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

Is There a Union in Your Future? Labor Law Reform II

Is There a Union in Your Future? Labor Law Reform II. Guest Column by Richard Rosenberg

Joyce McNeely Award for Excellence in Employee Relations

Remembering Galpin Motors HR director Joyce McNeely

Paradigm Shift

Long-time HR managers discuss changes in the profession

White Hats and Black Hats

Columnist Marty Cooper on white hats and black hats

Radio Ranch Rustles Up Comedic Ads for Dealers

ENTERTAINMENT - Reporter Mark Madler on the Famous Radio Ranch

Teledyne Subsidiary to Develop Mach 5 Aircraft

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. has been named as a center for development of aircraft that can travel five times the speed of sound and faster.

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

Who's in, who's out at Valley companies.

White Collar Job Seekers Flock to Support Groups

Options for out-of-work professionals to find a new job.

Muradyan has Clear Vision of HR Role

Joyce McNeely Award for Excellence in Employee Relations - Armine Muradyan, REM Eyewear

Prince Gives Royal Treatment To the Department She Built

Rachelle Prince, Woodbury University, Burbank

AIG crisis could be the tip of an insurance iceberg

The company's situation reflects problems throughout the life insurance industry as investments suffer. Further strain could bring about a second financial crisis.

Transparency in Lending Starts at Home; Kosmont Adds Talent

Reporter Linda Coburn offiers lending transparency guidelines

MacPherson Links Strategies

Bob MacPherson, Lockheed Martin Corp., Palmdale

Redbox's $1 vending-machine video rentals worry movie studios

They say the kiosks' cheap fees could hurt DVD sales, undermining economics that have long propped up the film business.

Employee Assistance Benefits Programs Gain Respect

Mental health is now a priority for business.

Roundtable Discusses Health Cost Drivers

New equipment, uninsured taxing the health care system.

Just Around the Corner to the Light of Day

Van Nuys lighting design firm Visual Terrain

Barry Takes Global Approach With Workforce Relations

Excellence in HR Technical Expertise Ken Barry

Improvements Started with Surveys

Karin Mayhew, Health Net, Inc., Woodland Hills

Communication, Listening Skills Make Career Blossom

Carrie Dieterle Insomniac Games, Burbank

Reality Show Lacking . . . Reality?

A & E; reality show features Valley business makeovers

Incentives may grow for renewable energy

TEHACHAPI - U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has introduced legislation to extend federal tax credits for wind-generated electricity and other renewable energy, saying that a long-term plan is needed to make the renewable-energy industry more stable.

Protecting Monuments Could Aid Valley NIMBYs

VICA opposes changes to the Cultural Heritage Ordinance. Local Update:

Consent Needed to Post YouTube Video as Promotion

Columnist Ira Rosenblatt provides direction on legal questions

United Chambers Honors Hospitals, Hotel and Mall

United Chambers of Commerce business recognition awards.

Thursday, March 26

Palmdale medical offices get name

PALMDALE - A 60,000-square-foot medical office center adjacent to the new Palmdale Regional Medical Center near Palmdale Boulevard and Tierra Subida Avenue is one step closer to opening now that it has a name.

Fleming Joins Water Agency Board

San Fernando Valley business leader David Fleming has been appointed to the board of the directors of the Metropolitan Water District.

Studios Claim RealNetworks Destroyed Evidence

Heavy weight movie studios, including Disney, Warners, Sony, Fox, Universal and others have asserted in court documents that online media application firm, RealNetworks, destroyed evidence in a declarative-rights lawsuit filed by the studios.

County's median price of existing homes still sliding

The Ventura County median price of existing single-family homes sold in February declined 1.3 percent from January and 30.9 percent from a year ago, the California Association of Realtors reported.

Is Sport Chalet equipped for the downhill slide?

With the La Ca & #324;ada Flintridge retailer's 55 stores in many of the nation's worst-hit housing markets, analysts worry that the company could soon be forced to reorganize or seek a buyer.

Wednesday, March 25

County wants stimulus funds for plan to buy foreclosed homes

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors agreed to apply for a federal stimulus grant that could provide up to $2.7 million to buy vacant, foreclosed homes in the county and either sell or rent them as affordable housing.

CB Richard Ellis gets a break from bankers

The commercial real estate services giant, hurt by the dismal real estate market and prolonged credit freeze, renegotiates its credit agreement with dozens of lenders.

Deadline Extended for Image Merger

Image Entertainment Inc. has extended into April the closing on a merger deal with Nyx Acquisitions Inc. that has been plagued by financial difficulties.

Taiwan Manufacturer Opens Camarillo Office

Barcode printer manufacturing company Godex International Co. Ltd. expanded its services in the United States with the opening of an office in Camarillo.

City portfolio is healthy

Model for funds is being switched up a bit to reflect market, treasurer says.

Online Exclusive: Film Festival Struggles For Sponsorships

Organizers have ambitious plans for this year's Method Fest Film Festival.

Agency slows down 'buy local' campaign

Plans to encourage patronage of local businesses require more research, council says.

Tuesday, March 24

Naval Base Ventura County expects $6.4 million stimulus money

Tapping into the flow of federal stimulus money, Naval Base Ventura County plans to use the green to get a little greener.

AV congressmen tout laser program

The two congressmen representing the Antelope Valley and its defense-heavy industrial interests are communicating with Defense Secretary Robert Gates seeking support for continued development of the Airborne Laser Program, a high-technology system in test

Existing home sales rise 5.1% in February

New tax credit helps lure first-time buyers. Median price falls again.

Monday, March 23

Cities in Ventura County struggle with fiscal crises

Just about every fiscal and monetary decision the federal government has made under President Barack Obama has been an attempt to fight the recession by getting money pumping through the clogged arteries of the economy.

Teledyne Subsidiary Receives U.S. Navy Contract

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $6.2 million contract for a fleet of underwater gliders to assist in positioning of U.S. Navy ships during maneuvers.

Image, Nyx Still Discussing Merger

Image Entertainment Inc. continues negotiations with Nyx Acquisition Inc. on a merger between the two companies.

Video game developers graduate to kid titles

Some who once made gory games to entertain themselves have grown up and broadened their sense of fun with titles their kids can enjoy.

Commentary: Geithner, Bair Take Different Tack on Toxic Assets

Will toxic assets now uniformly be called "legacy assets?"

City to push local businesses in media blitz

Agency will hear proposal Tuesday. Mayor says preliminary feed back positive.

Hyatt wants more time

Developer hopes to finish impact reports by the end of a six-month extension.

Local Bar Urges Respect for Justices' Independence in Prop. 8 Decision

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association passed a resolution in support of judicial independence in response to what members believe has been too much political pressure applied to the justices of the California Supreme Court in regard to the pending decis

Friday, March 20

Image Merger Breached Again

For the third time, Image Entertainment Inc. has alleged a breach in its merger agreement with Nyx Acquisitions Inc.

Wednesday, March 18

AML Receives $1 Million in Bookings

Orders from international markets and repeat Defense contracts contributed to AML Communications receiving more than $1 million in bookings for March.

Simi wants all CDBG money for roadwork

Simi Valley is requesting $800,000 in housing and community development grant money to repave roads again this year, more than the entire amount the city will receive in the coveted federal money.

Initiative seeking greener AV jobs

LANCASTER - Green jobs will provide greenbacks for Antelope Valley residents, at least that's the thrust behind the High Desert Region Green Jobs Initiative.

Consumer prices rise 0.4 percent in February

WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices rose in February by the largest amount in seven months as gasoline prices surged again and clothing costs jumped the most in nearly two decades.

Ryland Group Named a Top 10 Builder

Despite a 29 percent decline in closings in 2008, Westlake Village-based Ryland Homes managed to move up a notch in the Top 10 Builder rankings released by Builder Online.

Projects seek earmarks

Public pools, library upgrades among projects for which city officials hope to secure funding from stimulus package.

Tuesday, March 17

SBA Eliminates Certain Loan Fees

The Small Business Administration announced the elimination of most fees on SBA 7(a) and 504 loan programs.

NAS Medical Files Bankruptcy, Stock to Be Delisted

Medical products manufacturer North American Scientific filed for bankruptcy on March 11.

MRV Gives Q1 Guidance

Fewer sales of its fiber optic components and the foreign currency exchange rate will contribute to first quarter revenues in the range of $104 million to $110 million for manufacturer MRV Communications Inc.

If approved, Ventura County program may aid Camarillo entrepreneurs

Camarillo residents interested in becoming entrepreneurs could soon get financial assistance if a business-loan program expands to the city.

Housing starts surge; wholesale prices edge up

WASHINGTON -- Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West.

AVEK manager plans for slow resignation

PALMDALE - Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency directors plan to recruit an executive search firm that would look for a new general manager to take on that leadership role once AVEK's current general manager, Russ Fuller, retires.

Monday, March 16

Framer Named Head of Image Entertainment

Jeff Framer has been named as the new president of Image Entertainment, a distributor and producer of home entertainment programming.

IT Pioneer

IT staffing firm Commercial Programming Services, Inc.

Companies Take Look at Coming Back

Companies that took business overseas are returning

Apparel Industry In Valley Worn Out by Troubles

Firms are working to help apparel makers weather a perfect storm.

Tenn Leads COC Expansion of Small Business Into San Fernando Valley

College's Small Business Development Center expands its reach

Father, Son Say They Have Responsibility to Stay

Father, Son Say They Have Responsibility to Stay

Where Do We Go From Here in This Economic Mess?

Guest columnist Marc Emmer gives owners ways to manage

Checkout alert system for recalled foods sought

Consumer advocates say supermarket scanners should be programmed to trigger an alert when shoppers try to buy a recalled product. Some chains already are doing this.

Mass Attorney Layoffs Yet to Materialize in Valley

Big layoffs like those downtown haven't happened here

Palmdale Manufacturer Finds Flexibility in Local Base

Palmdale Manufacturer Finds Flexibility in Local Base

Staying Competitive Will Be Message of WESTEC

A preview of the upcoming manufacturing trade show

Dunn Adds Office, Hendricks Acquires Woodland Hills Firm

Reporter Linda Coburn covers office changes, transactions

Providence St. Joseph Gets Two Major Donations

Providence Saint Joseph received $1.3 million from two donors

The Comforts of Home

A look at just a few of the companies that still manufacture here

New COBRA Subsidy is Effective Immediately

The economic stimulus package signed by President Obama on Feb. 17 (its official title is "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009") creates a new, temporary employer- paid COBRA subsidy.

Institutions Large and Small Are Eliminating SBA Lending

Some lenders exit the program while others are gearing up to meet demand

Tax Credits Provide Boost to Builders

New tax credits are poised to boost this industry's fortunes.

Business Incentives Proposal Didn't Have a Prayer

Editor Jason Schaff hopes city officials read between the lines of election results

The Chamber Report: Mixers, Awards

The Chamber Report: Mixers, Awards

Directors to discuss rate hikes

PALMDALE - At this time a rate hike is momentarily on hold for Palmdale Water District customers.

Drumhead Maker's Secrets Stay in Valencia

Manufacturing firms still find the Valley a good home

Adult Novelty Maker Likes the Valley

The adult novelty business advocates keeping manufacturing local.

Sinking Feeling for Pool Owners

A federal law to reduce drowning deaths causes consternation.

Your Business Story Should be Told Well, Consistently

Guest columnist Ben Tenn says businesses have a story to tell

Voters Get to Act on State Reforms in May

Guest columnist Greg Lippe on reform opportunities

Stations have been slow to comply with new state regulation

Dozens of Ventura County service station operators could be fined or forced out of business starting next month for failing to install mandatory but costly fueling system upgrades designed to reduce air pollution.

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

Who's in, who's out at Valley companies.

City of San Fernando Big Winner in ADDY Awards

The City of San Fernando came away with the overall Best of Show at the Advertising Professionals of North Los Angeles awards presentation.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

The Chamber Report: Mixers, Awards

Friday, March 13

College Board Taps Finance Industry Professional to Head Center

The College of the Canyons has turned to a veteran financial industry professional as the new director of the Small Business Development Center.

Westlake ditches stimulus hope, moves ahead with Hwy. 101 project

Westlake Village has awarded a contract for $4.7 million for road improvements at the intersection of Highway 101 and Lindero Canyon Road.

Farmers Moving Jobs from Simi Valley Office

Farmers Insurance is transferring customer service jobs from its Simi Valley office to new facilities in three states.

District offers cash for water-saving yards

PALMDALE - People who participate in Palmdale Water District's newest conservation program can help the agency save water while saving themselves time spent on mowing the lawn.

Final hurrah for men's retailer Kimmel-Meehan

The landmark haberdashery on Montrose's picturesque Honolulu Avenue is going out of business after more than 50 years.

Caruso backs plan for market

He says proposed farmers market would help ailing competitor , not unfairly sap sales.

Thursday, March 12

Six Flags at risk for bankruptcy

Six Flags Inc., which owns Magic Mountain in Valencia and 19 other theme parks, said that it might need to file for Bankruptcy Court protection if the company can't restructure its debt by mid-August.

Air Force One exhibit wins prize for Reagan Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley won a themed entertainment award for its interactive educational exhibit, the Air Force One Discovery Center.

Liuzzi Leaving for East Coast Promotion

Vince Liuzzi, regional president of the Wells Fargo San Fernando Valley Community Bank has accepted the position of regional president of the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware market.

Lancaster to shop, dine with stimulus

One $30 gift card given per household for use in city

Retail sales dip 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON -- Retail sales fell in February for the seventh time in the past eight months. While the decline was less than expected, economists are still looking for continued weakness given the battering households are taking from a prolonged recession.

Salem Posts Loss for Q4

An impairment charge of $52 million on a number of its radio stations contributed to Salem Communications Inc. to post a net loss for the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, March 11

Council OKs reward for early retirement

LANCASTER - The City Council agreed 4-0, in the absence of Mayor R. Rex Parris, to offer an incentive plan to employees willing to save the city money by retiring early.

Disney shareholders vote down two compensation proposals

Attempts to kill 'golden coffin' benefits and to give shareholders a voice on executive pay fail.

Thousand Oaks to offer buyouts

In an effort to fill a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, the city of Thousand Oaks will offer buyouts to certain employees, following approval of the program by the City Council.

Holy Cross Names New CEO

Larry Bowe has been appointed as chief executive of Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, replacing Kerry Carmody, who was named COO of Providence' California operations late last year.

Using recycled water now mandatory

BURBANK , Amid Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's pronouncement of a statewide drought emergency last week, local officials are touting a citywide policy that makes the use of recycled water on large irrigated landscaped areas mandatory.

Tuesday, March 10

Valley Fair Takes Break to Find Permanent Home

The Valley Fair will not take place this year to give more time to find a permanent location for the event.

Suit filed to save Wagon Wheel site

Conservancy says buildings historic; legal action likely to delay project

Disney shareholders want say on executive compensation

The company has said it's opposed to giving investors a nonbinding advisory vote. Preliminary results of the proposal are due out at a meeting today.

Container law may change

LANCASTER - Industrial firms could be granted exemptions under a new city ordinance that would regulate the use of cargo containers for storage purposes.

Community Banks Adding Customers

Community banks across the country report that deposits are increasing, retail and business customers are joining, and lending has risen.

Monday, March 9

Judge Sides with Vivid over "Throat" Release

Vivid Entertainment can distribute a film loosely based on adult film classic "Deep Throat" after a Los Angeles Superior Court turned down a motion for a temporary restraining order.

Movies with 'legs' keep industry running strong

More hold up beyond debuts, helping box office race past last year.

AeroVironment Restates Revenue Guidance

Aircraft and energy systems manufacturer AeroVironment Inc. revised its guidance on revenues for the year, anticipating lower sales due to the economy and a decrease in its backlog as customer orders are shipped.

Airport curfew within reach

FAA says application is missing answers to two questions. Airport authority has 30 days to resubmit paperwork.

Muvico Theaters in legal, financial bind

Company hasn't made payments on a $60 million line of credit or on the leases for five theaters

Image Receives Full Fee; Merger Progresses

Image Entertainment Inc. received its full business disruption fee deposit from merger partner Nyx Acquisition putting the deal on track to close this month.

Council to mull early retirement incentives

LANCASTER - The City Council on Tuesday will consider offering municipal employees a financial incentive to retire early.

Friday, March 6

Advertising Pioneer Sydney Yallen, 85

Sydney Yallen, who grew direct response advertising firm Inter/Media Group into a $450 million enterprise, died following a stroke. He was 85.

Thursday, March 5

Interthinx Airs Fraud Prevention Newscast

Interthinx of Agoura Hills has begun airing a web-based video news series called FraudBytes that is geared to the financial services industry.

K-Swiss Suspends Dividend, Reports Loss

K-Swiss reported a $13.7 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2008 and said that it would be suspending its common stock dividend "for the foreseeable future."

Wednesday, March 4

Los Angeles is Energy Star Capital

The Los Angeles metropolitan region was the Energy Star approved capital of the country for commercial buildings in 2008, said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Conservationists buy more than 180 acres of land around Acton

ACTON - Conservation agencies will take control of more than 180 acres of land in Soledad Canyon and other areas around Acton and in northern Santa Clarita with the help of a county grant.

Crown Media Posts Profit for Q4

A strong schedule of holiday programming contributed to Hallmark Channel parent company Crown Media Holding Co. reporting a profit for the fourth quarter.

Sales Down in Q4 at Semtech

A decrease in orders for its semiconductors contributed to a 58 percent drop in net income for Semtech Corp. in the fourth quarter.

uWink Completes Spin-Off Transaction

Driven by a 33 percent drop in automobile imports, cargo traffic at the Port of Hueneme has slowed considerably over the past several months.

Image Nixes Merger with Nyx Acquisition

Image Entertainment Inc. has ended its planned merger with Nyx Acquisition after not receiving a business interruption fee.

Services sector shrank in February, 5th straight month

WASHINGTON -- A private measure of the services sector shrank in February for the fifth straight month as layoffs mounted, the recession deepened and the outlook for any recovery this year grew darker.

Conflict erupts inside theatrical stage employees union

Leaders defend benefit cuts in a proposed pact with Hollywood film and TV studios, but critics say they go too far.

Pacifica Hospital Files Chapter 11

Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Daily News of Los Angeles has reported.

Miller Kaplan & Arase Merges With Sherman Oaks Accounting Firm

Regional accounting giant Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co. LLP, of North Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks-based Wolinsky, Becker & Hurewitz, LLP join.

uWink Completes Tech Spin-off

uWink Inc. completed the spin-off its technology licensing business, which has been named Tapcode Holdings Inc.

Revised budget postponed

Revenue is down by $1.97M, although holiday shopping figures and property tax fees haven't been reported yet.

Tuesday, March 3

Fed launches new $200 billion consumer credit program

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve today rolled out a much-awaited program aimed at boosting the availability of credit to consumers and small businesses.

EST Selling Odor Detectors to Pakistan

Electronic Sensor Technology will sell six of its odor detection units through a distributor for homeland security use in Pakistan.

Image Merger Hits Another Snag

The on-again, off-again merger between Image Entertainment Inc. and Nyx Acquisitions appears to be off again after Nyx failed to meet a fee-payment deadline.

Agreement Brings Paralysis Device to Medical Facilities

A device to treat partial leg paralysis has been made available to patients in a national network of orthotic and prosthetic facilities through an agreement with Bioness Inc., designer and manufacturer of the device.

Judicial Diversity Efforts Not Showing Results

White judicial candidates in California still outnumber all other races by wide margins and, as a whole, represent a substantial majority of all nominees presented for appointments to the bench, new data released by the Commission on Judicial Nominees Eva

Community-based bank holds opening

First California Bank focuses in businesses and not residential loans, executive says.

Fitness Distributors Merge

A merger of sales teams of fitness equipment distributors Out-Fit and Twenty-Four 7 Fitness Supply will give increased access to the commercial fitness market.

Camarillo saloon now a candy shop

Las Vegas turned family friendly, so why not Old Town Camarillo's Buckhorn Saloon.

Monday, March 2

Great Expectations Not Met for Very Light Jet Usage

The use of very light jets has not met the great expectations

Hotels Lure Locals with Deals

Area hotels see locals as the antidote to decreasing numbers of tourists

Two Award Winning Cruise Lines Docked Regionally Say Its a Great Time to Board

Two major cruise lines call the Valley home

Stimulus Package 101: One Person's View

Guest columnist Rickey Gelb opines on the stimulus package

Lancaster to Offer Car Registration Rebates

The city of Lancaster will offer a vehicle registration rebate program as part of its Local Economic Stimulus Package, which is expected to generate $110 million for the area.

Tech Execs Optimistic on Economy Improving

Tech executives give their views on the economic outlook

President Obama Launches Labor Law Reform (Part I)

Guest columnist Richard Rosenberg on the Fair Pay Act

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

Wells Fargo Names New Metro President. Who's in, who's out at Valley companies.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

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

First Cal Rings NASDAQ Bell

First California Bank President C.G. Kum rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ on March 2 in honor of the financial institution's 30 year anniversary.

Easton Gets Exclusive with Little League World Series

Easton Sports received exclusive rights to provide equipment to all teams participating in the Little League World Series, the company announced.

Panel Discusses SAG, Studios Standoff

Mark Madler reports on a panel struggling with union issues

Stretching to Keep 'Em Coming

Businesses are finding unusual sources of revenues.

Brand Boulevard Parking Overhaul Sparks Controversy

Glendale has stirred controversy after installing parking meters on Brand

VALLEY BIZ SEEN

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

Obama Speaking Skills Presented to the Masses Via DVD

New DVD reveals Obama's public speaking secrets

Pratt & Whitney Launching Into New Era

Time of Transition. New Pratt & Whitney GM Ron Ramos Has Lots to Do

Aggressive Marketing May Be Key to Survival

Guest columnist Scott Harris writes about getting aggressive

Commercial Firms Vie to Do Distressed Assets Deals

Linda Coburn talked with commercial firms about distressed assets

VALLEY, L.A. COUNTY ECONOWATCH

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

Aerospace Companies Show Youth Science in Action

Getting primary students interested in math and science

New Management, New Look for Sheraton Universal Hotel

The new Sheraton GM shows off a $25 million renovation

Natural Resources Brighten Antelope Valley Outlook

Coverage of the Antelope Valley business outlook conference

Slim Pickings Locally for Hospitality, Tourism Studies

A look at the few local hospitality and tourism education programs

Water Worlds

WET Design creates, and fabricates major water features. PLUS: Slide-show