Stories for November 2009
Monday, November 30
Pharmaceutical software developer Simulations Plus Inc. saw an 18 percent drop in its net income for the 2009 fiscal year when compared with the previous year.
Home sales increased one percent in October 2009 in California compared with the same period a year ago. But the median price of existing homes declined 3.2 percent.
Castle & Cooke Aviation Services Inc. is expanding its facility at Van Nuys Airport with a new aircraft hangar and office building.
Come January, Los Angeles police Capt. Kirk J. Albanese, will become the Valley’s new top cop, replacing Assistant Chief Michel Moore.
Monday, November 23
FILM: Production benefits entire state, not just L.A.
Vendors and suppliers in the entertainment industry are banding together to protect their interests. Entertainment Column by Mark Madler
CONTEST: High school students make Six Flags pitch
Valencia High School students win the VIA Star award for creating a business concept to assist visitors at Six Flags Magic Mountian.
ELECTION: Neighborhood Councils ask questions.
L.A. City Council District 2 candidates discuss business issues.
Providence Health Names New Regional Administrator
New hires and appointments at Valley companies.
Government: A history of ineffective appointments
Business Tax Panel members must represent diverse business community
Entrepreneurs are the Next Big Thing. Commentary by Martin M. Cooper
REPORT: Area’s big movers give companies things they need.
Business-to-business companies dominate the 2009 list.
Develop: New owners to re-entitle eight-acre parcel.
Land sells for third time in five years. Column by Eric Billingsley
Executives: Leaders explain winning formulas.
Five companies on the first Fastest Growing list make are ranked on the 2009 list as well.
Management: The moment it all came together.
Five fast growing companies tell of when their tipping point happened
CAPITAL: True test is management of finances.
The different funding methods used at fast growing companies
Vision: Many fast-growing CEOs have common traits.
Common traits of successful chief executives
John Mutch is getting Valley tech company back on the fast track.
A turnaround specialist gets BeyondTrust back on track to fast growth.
FROM THE NEWSROOM
Staying focused, good managers key to fastest growing companies. Column by Jason Schaff
LEASES: Renegotiations common but not certain.
How landlords are dealing with a gap in lease rates in their commerical property.
FOOD: Enterprise has fueled area economy for decades.
Vegetarian and vegan food manufacturer Earth Island wins Economic Engine Award from Valley Economic Alliance.
BANKING: Team looking for strategic opportunities
Encino-based California United Bank strengthens its management and executive teams and opens a South Bay office.
Monday, November 9
Making New Media Relevant to Old Media
New hires and appointments at Valley companies.
economy: Leaner firms see improvement next year.
New poll shows Valley businesses planning on increasing job cuts in 2010.
FINANCE: Firm to lend amid industry credit crunch.
Liquidation company, which recently went public, launches retail financing subsidiary.
TECHNOLOGY: Recent acquisitions part of strategy.
Atul Bhatnagar, CEO of Ixia, talks about recent acquisitions and the convergence of wire and wireless.
REAL ESTATE: Firm looks to buy up to 1,000 parcels.
Keystone Investment Partners eyeing multifamily investment properties in Southern California
FILMING: Loss of jobs affects entire state, panel says.
Business forecast conference includes panels on entertainment industry and water crisis
TECHNOLOGY: SADA Systems working with city.
North Hollywood-based SADA Systems played role in convincing L.A. to choose Google Apps
WORK: Keeping clients happy.
Social Marketing. Guest Column by Scott Harris
ONLINE: Material should be relevant and fresh.
Speakers discuss the advantages of small business owners using social media
Economic factors both increasing and decreasing demand for family law attorneys.
REGULATE: FDA delays approval of new bone drug.
Biotech giant hits delays, lawsuit, and more bad news about Aranesp in the past few weeks.
Susan Fries aka “The Termite Lady” offers alternative ways to rid homes of termites and bugs.
ECOLA Termite and Pest Control
FINANCES: TV, manufacturing companies post net losses
Roundup of third quarter financial reports
SPACE: UDASH Recognized for Work on Mars Rovers
UDASH wins award. Column by Mark Madler
QUIET: Sherman proposes bill to stop overnight flights.
Congressman will submit bill for mandatory curfew at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank
FLY: 5-year adjustment based on fair market value.
Tenants at Van Nuys Airport concerned about rental rate adjustment in 2010
CARS: Silver Star now sells all General Motors brands.
Chevrolet dealer returning to Thousand Oaks Auto Mall
FILM: Room is running out at Burbank studios.
The Walt Disney Co. has proposed building a 56-acre soundstage and production facility in the Santa Clarita Valley
LABOR: Firms can be held liable for labor law violations.
EMPLOYMENT LAW Column by Richard Rosenberg
ISSUES: Goal is More Relevancy, Better Presentation
Leveraging resources. Column by Eric Billingsley
The Los Angeles City Council is considering establishing mandatory studies on how new laws affect the regional economy.
SELLING: Nine steps for getting the best for the position.
Nine steps for getting the best for the position.