Stories for November 2009

Monday, November 30

Income Drops for Simulations Plus

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 Up, Median Price Down From Last 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.

Aviation Firm Expanding at Van Nuys Airport

Castle & Cooke Aviation Services Inc. is expanding its facility at Van Nuys Airport with a new aircraft hangar and office building.

The Valley Will Have a New Top Cop

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

New Industry Group to Give Representation to Vendors

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

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VIA Star Winners Develop Park Cell Phone App Concept

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.

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Essel, Krekorian Take on Business Issues at Forum

ELECTION: Neighborhood Councils ask questions.

L.A. City Council District 2 candidates discuss business issues.

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Providence Health Names New Regional Administrator

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.


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

City Tax Panel Must Include Diverse, Competent Members

Government: A history of ineffective appointments

Business Tax Panel members must represent diverse business community

What’s the Valley’s Next Big Thing?

Entrepreneurs are the Next Big Thing. Commentary by Martin M. Cooper

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Business to Business

REPORT: Area’s big movers give companies things they need.

Business-to-business companies dominate the 2009 list.

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Prime In-fill Land Changes Hands Three Times in Five Years

Develop: New owners to re-entitle eight-acre parcel.

Land sells for third time in five years. Column by Eric Billingsley

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From the Beginning: Their Companies Are List Veterans

Executives: Leaders explain winning formulas.

Five companies on the first Fastest Growing list make are ranked on the 2009 list as well.

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Turning Points: When Did These CEOs Smell Success?

Management: The moment it all came together.

Five fast growing companies tell of when their tipping point happened

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Financing Smart Growth Can Be Hardest Part of Equation

CAPITAL: True test is management of finances.

The different funding methods used at fast growing companies

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Executives Shape Their Resources to Meet Their Goals

Vision: Many fast-growing CEOs have common traits.

Common traits of successful chief executives

Corporate Fix-It man:

John Mutch is getting Valley tech company back on the fast track.

A turnaround specialist gets BeyondTrust back on track to fast growth.

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What Do Members of Fastest List Have in Common?


Staying focused, good managers key to fastest growing companies. Column by Jason Schaff

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Landlords Look For Give, Take With Tenants

LEASES: Renegotiations common but not certain.

How landlords are dealing with a gap in lease rates in their commerical property.

Firm’s Vegetarian Push Is Winner

FOOD: Enterprise has fueled area economy for decades.

Vegetarian and vegan food manufacturer Earth Island wins Economic Engine Award from Valley Economic Alliance.

Eyeing Expansion, CUB Boosts Management Team

BANKING: Team looking for strategic opportunities

Encino-based California United Bank strengthens its management and executive teams and opens a South Bay office.

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Monday, November 9


Making New Media Relevant to Old Media

New hires and appointments at Valley companies.

Survey Finds Local Job Cuts Expected to Worsen

economy: Leaner firms see improvement next year.

New poll shows Valley businesses planning on increasing job cuts in 2010.

Nurturing Industry Will Keep Valley Economy Strong

More about BizFed poll. Column by Jason Schaff

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Great American Launches Unit To Help Retailers

FINANCE: Firm to lend amid industry credit crunch.

Liquidation company, which recently went public, launches retail financing subsidiary.

Ixia CEO Believes Now is Time For Firm To Prepare for Future

TECHNOLOGY: Recent acquisitions part of strategy.

Atul Bhatnagar, CEO of Ixia, talks about recent acquisitions and the convergence of wire and wireless.

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Calabasas Partnership Eyeing Multifamily Properties in Region

REAL ESTATE: Firm looks to buy up to 1,000 parcels.

Keystone Investment Partners eyeing multifamily investment properties in Southern California

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Conference: Entertainment Industry Needs Better PR Plan

FILMING: Loss of jobs affects entire state, panel says.

Business forecast conference includes panels on entertainment industry and water crisis

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North Hollywood Firm Lands Part of L.A./Google Deal

TECHNOLOGY: SADA Systems working with city.

North Hollywood-based SADA Systems played role in convincing L.A. to choose Google Apps

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Personal Meetings Still Valuable

WORK: Keeping clients happy.

Social Marketing. Guest Column by Scott Harris

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Speakers Tout Social Media

ONLINE: Material should be relevant and fresh.

Speakers discuss the advantages of small business owners using social media

LEGAL: Bittersweet times for Valley family law attorneys.

Economic factors both increasing and decreasing demand for family law attorneys.

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Lawsuits, Drug Study Make for Bad Weeks for Amgen

REGULATE: FDA delays approval of new bone drug.

Biotech giant hits delays, lawsuit, and more bad news about Aranesp in the past few weeks.

A Pest’s Worst Enemy

Susan Fries aka “The Termite Lady” offers alternative ways to rid homes of termites and bugs.

ECOLA Termite and Pest Control

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Valley Firms Report Mixed Results for Third Quarter

FINANCES: TV, manufacturing companies post net losses

Roundup of third quarter financial reports

Machine Shop Awarded for Out of This World Parts

SPACE: UDASH Recognized for Work on Mars Rovers

UDASH wins award. Column by Mark Madler

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Airport Curfew Battle Shifts to Lawmaker’s Hands

QUIET: Sherman proposes bill to stop overnight flights.

Congressman will submit bill for mandatory curfew at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank

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Van Nuys Airport Tenants Want New Rental Rates to Reflect Less Activity

FLY: 5-year adjustment based on fair market value.

Tenants at Van Nuys Airport concerned about rental rate adjustment in 2010

Chevrolet Dealership Makes Reappearance in Auto Mall

CARS: Silver Star now sells all General Motors brands.

Chevrolet dealer returning to Thousand Oaks Auto Mall

Disney Proposes Facility in Santa Clarita Valley

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

Use of Contractors Carries Hidden Risk for Businesses

LABOR: Firms can be held liable for labor law violations.

EMPLOYMENT LAW Column by Richard Rosenberg

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A Plan for Getting the Best and Most Real Estate Coverage

ISSUES: Goal is More Relevancy, Better Presentation

Leveraging resources. Column by Eric Billingsley

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Motion is First Step Toward Economic Impact Analysis for City Legislation

The Los Angeles City Council is considering establishing mandatory studies on how new laws affect the regional economy.

Hiring Good Salespeople Starts With an Internal Review

SELLING: Nine steps for getting the best for the position.

Nine steps for getting the best for the position.


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

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