Stories for April 2017

Friday, April 28

Providence St. Joseph Selects CEO

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has named Kelly Linden as its new chief executive. She will start in her new role Monday.

Princess Ships to Sail in South Pacific

Princess Cruises will base four ships in the South Pacific during the 2018-2019 season, keeping pace with a trend that has seen the region become a hot market for U.S. travelers.

Preview: PAGA's Heavy Price

A state labor law passed in 2004 has grown into a financial nightmare for small businesses such as Town & Country Event Rentals.

Preview: SPECIAL REPORT: Growth or No Growth?

If developers get their way, 600-plus new apartments and a new supermarket will rise in Sherman Oaks over the next few years, but their visions have sparked backlashes from residents who believe the projects will degrade rather than improve their communities.

Detectors Plus Drones Equal Nuclear Option

TECHNOLOGY: Valley firms take radiation testing to the skies.

Drones and radiation detectors: perfect together.

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Home Repairs Appeal to VCs

SOFTWARE: Venture firms pour $80 million into ServiceTitan.

Why investors see gold in Service Titan’s app for home repair.

Thursday, April 27

Sienna Secures $40 Million Investment

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced Wednesday that it has completed its Series B financing round, which raised $40 million.

On Assignment Climbs 8 Percent on Strong Quarter

On Assignment released first-quarter results that sent its stock up 8.5 percent Thursday.

Sun Valley Self-Storage in Portfolio Sale

Self-storage facilities sold in Sun Valley and Oxnard are part of a 15-property portfolio sale to a Chicago private equity real estate firm.

West Hills Hospital Appoints COO

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has appointed John Neidenbach as its new chief operating officer and vice president, the health care facility announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 26

Amgen Stock Drops After Missing Revenue Target

Amgen Inc. on Wednesday released first quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations for earnings but missed on revenue. Its stock price fell more than 3 percent in after-hours trading.

Avery Dennison Posts Higher Results

Avery Dennison Corp. (AVY) on Wednesday reported first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations and prompted the Glendale firm to raise its guidance for the fiscal year.

PS Business Parks Beats Expectations

Glendale’s self-storage developer PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB) reported first-quarter earnings that surpassed an analyst’s expectations.

Interlink Expands in Singapore

Interlink Electronics Inc. is expanding its research and development center in Singapore by adding 10 scientists and engineers and pledging to invest $3.5 million in a state-of-the-art facility.

Tuesday, April 25

Dole Files to Go Public

Dole Food Co. Inc. filed on Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of its common stock to the public.

Valley Home Prices Climb 13 Percent

The price of single-family homes sold in the San Fernando Valley may have reached a record high in March, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc.

Tire Center Leases Van Nuys Space

National automobile service chain Tire Centers is expanding to Van Nuys with a new location, according to Hudson Commercial Partners Inc. in Studio City

Northridge Man Indicted in Investment Fraud

A 63-year-old Northridge man was indicted Monday for his role in a $2.5 million investment fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Mission Valley Bank Reports Strong Quarter

Mission Valley Bancorp had strong earnings in the first quarter, which was partially attributed to the sale of small business loans on the secondary market.

Monday, April 24

Amgen Expands Novartis Collaboration

Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks announced Monday the expansion of its commercial collaboration with Swiss pharma company Novartis International for migraine medication erenumab.

Online Analytics Firm Joins ReachLocal

Gannett Co. Inc. has acquired Canadian online marketing firm SweetIQ Analytics Corp. and will make it part of its ReachLocal business in the San Fernando Valley.

B. Riley to Manage Hedge Funds

B. Riley Financial Inc. will take over the management of Dialectic Capital Management hedge funds, the Woodland Hills finance company announced Monday.

Friday, April 21

Great American to Liquidate Bebe Stores

Women’s apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc. will close all of its retail stores before the end of the third quarter, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Liquidation firm Great American Group, a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial Inc. in Woodland Hills, will oversee the sale of Bebe’s assets in conjunction with Tiger Capital Group.

Wi-Fi Supplier Xirrus Acquired

Wireless networking equipment manufacturer Xirrus Inc. has been acquired by Riverbed Technologies, a San Francisco technology firm.

Sherman Oaks Apartment Project Proposed

A developer has plans to build a new 300-plus unit apartment complex with commercial space on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, according to a marketing brochure by commercial brokerage CBRE Group Inc.

Thursday, April 20

Cheesecake in Canada

Cheesecake Factory Inc. will expand into Canada later this year with a restaurant in Toronto, the Calabasas company announced.

Simulations Plus Signs Indian Distributor

Simulations Plus Inc. has signed a distribution deal in India with pharmaceutical testing equipment manufacturer Electrolab India Pvt. Ltd.

Newhall Hospital CFO to Retire

C.R. “Bob” Hudson, chief financial officer and senior vice president at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, will retire in July, the Valencia health care facility has announced.

Capstone to Partner on Plasma Technology

Capstone Turbine Corp. has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology for its C65 microturbines.

Wednesday, April 19

Princess to Pay $40 Million Pollution Fine

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. was sentenced Wednesday to pay $40 million, the largest-ever fine for deliberate vessel pollution, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

California Resources Partnership to Drill Wells

California Resources Corp., the state’s largest oil and gas producer, has announced a second partnership to develop its existing oil and gas wells in the state.

Great American, KKR Arranges Credit for Sears Canada

Great American Capital Partners, a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial Inc. in Woodland Hills, and KKR Capital Markets have agreed to provide a secured loan to Sears Canada for about $220 million.

Tuesday, April 18

Former Andy Gump CEO Dies

Barry Gump, retired president of Santa Clarita portable restroom firm Andy Gump Inc., has passed away at the age of 74.

Monster Digital Receives Nasdaq Notice

Monster Digital Inc. received notice from the Nasdaq that it was out of compliance on meeting the $2.5 million stockholder equity required for listing on the market.

Hearing Addresses Closure of Aliso Canyon Facility

Porter Ranch residents voiced their concerns Monday Night regarding Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility – a site where one of the worst natural gas leaks in U.S. history occurred.

Van Nuys Airport Names Operations Chief

Van Nuys Airport has named Christian Moreno as chief of operations, the airport announced Monday.

Monday, April 17

Northrop Tests ‘Game Changer’ Spy Drone

UTC Aerospace Systems has successfully completed the first flight test of its MS-177 imaging sensor on a Northrop Grumman drone in Palmdale.

Capstone Releases Preliminary Quarterly Results

In a move to increase investor transparency, Capstone Turbine Corp. released selected preliminary fiscal fourth quarter financial results Monday that showed an 11 increase in revenue.

Stores Push Back on Legalized Street Vending

RETAIL: New law brings up question of unfair competition.

Street vendors have been decriminalized, but to what effect on Valley retailers?

Amgen Spinoff

BIOTECH: Atara breaks ground on new Thousand Oaks facility.

Atara Biotherapeutics grows up and into new R&D and manufacturing home in Thousand Oaks.

Gas Pumps Sprout a New Video Screen

AllOver Media installs HD technology at 20 Valley stations.

Customers of San Fernando Valley gas stations will be among first in nation to view new high-definition video screens at the pump.

Want to Drive A Movie Car? Place a Bid.

Hollywood vehicle supplier to auction off slow-moving inventory.

If you just have to have the tractor from a “Mad Men” episode, you can bid on it at Picture Car Warehouse’s auction.

City Grabs Spotlight on Travel Show

Oxnard to appear in PBS episode about family vacations.

Oxnard and its businesses star in PBS family travel show.

The Number

Precipitation impact on Ventura and L.A. counties.

Jetpack Firm Eager to Fly

AVIATION: After 10 prototypes, inventor thinks he has the future of air travel on his back.

Makers of jetpacks strive to fly with a crowdfunding campaign.

Barrage of Bankruptcies Leads to Store Closures

FINANCE: Chains shrink Valley footprint after filing for Chapter 11.

A rash of national retailer bankruptcies has hit the region hard this spring, with dozens of stores shutting their doors in malls and shopping centers around the valleys.

Simulations Plus Sees Potential in South Korea

SOFTWARE: Distribution deal opens Asian market while stock price rises.

Simulations Plus partners with new distributor in South Korea’s pharma market.

Voice of the Valley

Former politician Wendy Greuel has an educational agenda as executive in residence at CSUN’s business school.

Wendy Greuel, once-politician, now executive in residence at California State University—Northridge.

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Yes/No Neighbors

Adjacent cities Glendale and Burbank take different approaches to development, but that may need to change.

Glendale and Burbank differ in how they handle development and growth—but now both are shifting direction.

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The Art of the Follow-Up

When hiring, employers should consider follow-up by applicants.

What Business Can Do for Schools

Companies can get involved with local schools.


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Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Industrial Properties Morph into Self-Storage

Transaction: Repositioning fetches higher price for a Burbank building.

How can you fetch a higher price for an industrial building?

‘Chasing Trane’ Documents Saxophonist’s Sound

FILM: Valley filmmaker secures Denzel Washington to narrate biopic.

Jazz musician John Coltrane gave no television interviews during his 20-year career and no more than a handful of radio interviews.

Robotic Surgery for High-Precision Procedures

TECHNOLOGY: da Vinci system may cut the time patients stay in hospital.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center recently purchased a piece of robotic equipment that should decrease patient recovery time, blood loss, incision size as well as the need for pain medications following surgery.

Friday, April 14

Drug Test Firm Moves HQ to Northridge

Drug Tests in Bulk of West Hills, an online provider of drug tests for businesses and government agencies, plans to move its headquarters to a newly acquired building in Northridge, according to Hudson Commercial Partners Inc. in Studio City.

NewMark Properties Access In-House Refinancing

Woodland Hills retail developer and property management firm NewMark Merrill Co. has provided two of its shopping centers with nearly $27 million in refinancing.

Second Sight's First Asian Implant

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has successfully implanted its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in its first patient in Asia via an exclusive distribution deal with Taiwanese pharmaceutical company Orient Europharma Co. Ltd. as well as a donation from the Hong-Lu Foundation in Taiwan.

Preview: Stores Push Back on Legalized Street Vending

New law brings up question of unfair competition.

Preview: Jetpack Firm Eager to Fly

After 10 prototypes, inventor thinks he has future of air travel on his back.

Thursday, April 13

Investors Pay $70 Million for Gateway Village

Gateway Village shopping center in Santa Clarita has sold for nearly $70 million, according to commercial real estate brokerage Colliers International.

Disney, Hasbro Team on Star Wars Toys

Walt Disney Co. is teaming up with Hasbro on a new line of toys based on characters from the Star Wars universe.

Land Buyer Plans E-Commerce Warehouse

A nearly 4-acre parcel of land in Oxnard has sold to a buyer aiming to build a distribution warehouse, according to Daum Commercial Real Estate Services of Los Angeles.

Castagna Appointed to Airport Commission

Curt Castagna, chief executive of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Airport Commission.

Wednesday, April 12

Location Filming Falls in First Quarter

On-location film, television and commercial production fell by 2.1 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by FilmL.A.

Amgen Exec Joins Cal Lutheran Council

California Lutheran University School of Management has appointed executives from Amgen Inc. and Lucky Brand to its dean’s executive council.

Capstone Closes U.K. Sales

Capstone Turbine Corp. announced Wednesday the sale of 30 of its microturbines for use in various locations in the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, April 11

Home Loan Scammer Convicted

The operator of a home loan modification scam in Santa Clarita has been convicted of grand theft and white collar crime, according to the California Board of Equalization.

Monster Digital Signs Dual Distribution Deals

Monster Digital announced two new agreements with distributors to get its action and virtual reality cameras on store shelves in North America.

Interlink Hires Partnership Director

Sensor provider Interlink Electronics Inc. in Westlake Village has named John Heitzinger to the new position of director of strategic partnerships, the company announced Tuesday.

Monday, April 10

Aerojet to Bring 100 Jobs to Chatsworth

Consolidation of Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. facilities will result in the transfer of about 100 jobs to the company’s Chatsworth location.

Great American to Liquidate HHGregg, Gordmans Locations

Liquidation auction house Great American Group will sell the inventory of two closed retail chains, the company announced Monday.

Tutor Perini Offers to Buy Back Debt

Tutor Perini Corp. announced Monday a tender offer to pay cash for its senior note debt instruments that expire in 2018.

Friday, April 7

L.A. Times Publisher Open to Soon-Shiong Acquisition

Chicago media company tronc Inc. said in a public filing Thursday that it would be open to considering a proposal from its second-largest shareholder, Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, to buy out the company in order to own its trophy publication, the Los Angeles Times.

BYD to Make Goodwill Trucks

BYD Motors Inc. is supplying 11 zero-emission battery electric trucks to SF Goodwill for use in the San Francisco region collecting and transporting donations.

CU Bancorp Acquired

Beverly Hills-based PacWest Bancorp and downtown L.A.’s CU Bancorp will merge, with PacWest acquiring CU for $705 million in cash and stock considerations.

Thursday, April 6

NoHo West Project Breaks Ground

NoHo West, a new and redeveloped project breaking ground this week, is the hope for a North Hollywood neighborhood that could use some TLC.

Real Industry Selects CEO

Real Industry Inc. has selected Kyle Ross as its chief executive, effective immediately.

Simulations Plus Signs Korean Deal

Drug modeling software provider Simulations Plus Inc. on Thursday announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Korean drug developer Quantum Bio Solutions.

Summit Financial Moves Headquarters

Summit Financial Consultants Inc. of Westlake Village has leased space at Westlake Park Place and has just moved its headquarters there, according to the firm.

Pacific Lodge Merger

Pacific Lodge Youth Services has merged with another organization to form the largest provider of residential services exclusively for probation youth in California.

Wednesday, April 5

Simulations Plus Upgrades Drug Software

Simulations Plus Inc. on Wednesday announced the release of the latest version of its main software product GastroPlus.

Monster Digital Signs Beach Distribution Deal

Monster Digital Inc. has signed an agreement to distribute its digital cameras through resort wholesaler Gulf Coast Panama Jack.

Tuesday, April 4

Burbank Wins Economic Development Awards

The city of Burbank has won three awards for economic development efforts last year in a statewide competition.

Reports: Rams Start Spring Training at Cal Lutheran

Next Monday, the Los Angeles Rams will begin the team’s first offseason training program at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Salem Shakes Up East Coast Management

Salem Media Group has announced the retirement of Washington, D.C. General Manager David Ruleman, who will depart from the post in June after more than three decades with the Camarillo media broadcaster.

Monday, April 3

Target to Buy Avery Dennison Radio Tags

Avery Dennison Inc. will supply Target Corp. with radio frequency identification tags as part of the mass retailer’s initiative to implement the technology at more than 1,600 stores.

Golden Queen Adds to Board

Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. has named the founder of a copper producer to its board of directors.


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Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $10 million contract from a French space agency to provide detectors and other electronics for a mission to Jupiter launching in 2022.

Arts Colony Offers Healing for Palmdale Vets

HOUSING: Gallery, library, computer lab and gym to provide therapy.

Palmdale’s homeless veterans will soon have a new housing option with an artistic touch.

SPECIAL REPORT: Small Prop Planes Still Fuel Growth on Ground

Company carves new place at the airport for old-fashioned airplanes.

SPECIAL REPORT: Talk on the Tarmac With Clay Lacy

Clay Lacy on airports, flying and past Hollywood stars.

Local Startups Seek to Push the Biotech Envelope

LIST: Big pharma’s former employees are staffing small pipeline drug companies.

Bioscience companies spawned from giant drug makers.

Cell Tower Companies Expand by Joining Forces

TELECOM: Misson Hills’ Cable Engineering acquired by Orange County firm.

Cable Engineering Services in Mission Hills was acquired by Motive Energy Telecommunications, an Orange County-based firm, in a transaction that closed last month between the two telecom companies.

Girl Power Goes Solar to Benefit the Homeless

education: Student team’s design for portable shelter wins grant support.

A team of young women from the San Fernando High School magnet program has received a $3,000 donation from three members of local business advocacy group Valley Economic Alliance to fund the next phase of development of a solar-powered portable shelter for the homeless.

Cost-Benefit Quest

New data shows Amgen’s Repatha lowers heart attack risk, but another study found high rejection rates by insurers.

Insurers don’t want to pay for Amgen’s pricey cholesterol drug. Now what?

Increase in Blood Research Revives HemaCare

INVESTMENT: Turn to profit sends OTC shares up for triple-digit gains.

Share prices rise for blood cell and tissue provider.

Noise Among Neighbors

DEVELOPMENT: Residents’ groups square off on proposed Woodland Hills eldercare project.

A plan for an eldercare facility pits neighbors against neighbors in a Woodland Hills community.

The Number

Your online identity’s value is worth protecting from thieves.

Irish Parade Pumps Sales On the Street

Business group puts together St. Patrick’s fest with retail in mind.

Why Canoga Park Improvement Association held a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Selfie Stick Grows Up for Pro Video

Burbank firm hopes to turn smartphones into high-quality cameras.

Shaky cell phone videos? That’s why film industry supplier Matthews Studio came up with the Rover rig.

Wage Dilemma

NONPROFITS: Disabled programs hurt by higher minimum pay.

Minimum wage increases pose a hardship for service organizations.

Artsy Entrepreneurs Flock to Former Pack House

REAL ESTATE: Fillmore building has space for crafty tenants.

Owner repositions former citrus packing house in Fillmore.

Yarn Crawl Crisscrosses Valley Floor

Multi-shop event brings fiber art fans in through the front door.

Six Valley yarn shops wind up to prepare for L.A. County’s yarn crawl.

SPECIAL REPORT: Air Consultant

Robert Rodine on negotiating scarce airport land for clients.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Catching an Updraft

Rising demand for business jets has prompted a modernizaton of Van Nuys Airport, with developers and tenants building the general aviation facility of the future.

Business jets are flying high and pushing development at Van Nuys Airport.

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VNY: Now Ready for Takeoff

Van Nuys Airport takes off with the business world’s increasing use of private jets.

Voting Is What Counts

Issues start at the local level, but voters miss out if they don’t turn out.