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San Fernando Valley Calabasas Education system Muse Global has announced its first franchise. The school will open next year in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be owned and managed by local couple Goly and John Casey. Goly Casey is the owner and director of a private preschool in the area, and John Casey is a senior manager at a tech company. Muse is targeting September 2020 as a hopeful opening date for the franchise. The school’s exact location has not been announced. Muse was founded by Suzy Amis Cameron; her husband, James Cameron, and her sister, Rebecca Amis. The company’s education model is focused on sustainability and features specialized classes encouraging eco-friendly living. Its flagship MuseSchool is in Calabasas. Muse was approved in March to offer franchises in California. Chatsworth Nestlé USA Inc. is shutting down its Dreyer’s Ice Cream facility in Chatsworth that will result in 47 employees losing their jobs. The food company, based in in Arlington, Va., notified the state’s Employment Development Department that the layoffs will take place between Oct. 18 and the end of the year. The closure comes as Nestlé reorganizes its sales and supply chain frozen direct-store-delivery operation. In May, the company announced it would be closing eight frozen food warehouses by the second quarter of next year. Among the positions to be eliminated in Chatsworth are delivery drivers, pre-sales representatives, sales representatives and retail merchandisers. In addition to California, Nestlé filed notifications in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Washington and Florida about layoffs in the range of 56 to 85 workers in each state. Sun Valley An industrial property at 11841 Sheldon St. in Sun Valley has sold for $2.06 million, or $339 a square foot. Spectrum Commercial Real Estate Inc. represented both seller and buyer in the sale of the multi-tenant building. Spectrum Vice President Matt Sreden represented the seller in the transaction, while Senior Associate Barry Jakov and Executive Managing Director Yair Haimoff represented the buyer. The structure, which sits on a 22,223-square-foot lot and consists of one building with five units ranging from 870 to 1,828 square feet, totals approximately 6,080 square feet. It features five ground level loading doors and has a gated lot. Sylmar A subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp. in Sylmar has won a contract to replace housing units at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam with new buildings capable of withstanding the island’s frequent typhoons. The $178 million contract to Black Construction Corp. will deliver duplexes featuring reinforced concrete foundations, concrete floors, concrete walls and concrete-sloped roofs. The design allows the buildings to withstand winds up to 170 miles per hour. Work on the project is expected to begin before the end of the year, with substantial completion by June 2022. Van Nuys A major oil and gas company in California has signed a long-term service contract with Capstone Turbine Corp. for its 2-megawatt microturbines. The Van Nuys company said the factory protection plan, which lasts for 10 years, was signed through Cal Microturbine, its exclusive distributor in the state, plus Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Capstone Chief Executive Darren Jamison said the latest contract brings the factory protection plan coverage to 248 megawatts, a new record for the company. “The continuing conversion of oil and gas customers to the Capstone factory protection plan is driving our aftermarket business to new highs,” Jamison said in a statement. Due to California’s strict air quality regulations, the unnamed oil and gas company is not allowed to flare its waste gas. This required the company to find an alternative in the Capstone C1000 microturbines, which use the waste gas to power the oil field. Woodland Hills The law firm of Nielsen and Rogers LLP in Woodland Hills has joined firm Rodnunsky and Associates, also in Woodland Hills. The firm has closed its former location at 21243 Ventura Blvd. and set up shop at the Rodnunsky offices at 5959 Topanga Canyon Blvd. as of Sept. 1. According to a statement from the firm, the team at Nielsen and Rogers remains intact and will continue to provide representation in the areas of probate, estate planning, Medi-Cal planning, elder law, conservatorships, trust administration and special needs trusts. “The attorney who handled your matter at Nielsen and Rogers LLP will do so at Rodunsky and Associates,” the firm said in a statement. Nielsen and Rogers, through support at Rodnunsky and Associates, will also offer clients access to expanded trust and probate litigation, as well as high-end estate planning. About 400 people appeared at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills as the United Chambers of Commerce held its 15th Annual Richard Leyner Mayor’s Luncheon with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as keynote speaker. Garcetti spoke about how, since he took office, 14,000 miles of city streets have been paved and some 70,000 potholes filled. He spoke about cutting down city business tax, as “139,000 businesses have saved $160 million in business tax since 2013.” He touched on August’s grand opening of the first phase of the mixed-use campus created by MGA Entertainment chief Isaac Larian in Chatsworth. Inevitably, the lecture came around to the issue of homelessness, which Garcetti called “a man-made disaster,” going on to tout an increase of bridge home shelters in L.A. from 5 to 7 under his watch. He wrapped up the event with a look to the city’s major upcoming sporting events, such as the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Olympics, and the tourism they’ll draw. “We will succeed…and build a strong economy,” he said. Santa Clarita Valley Valencia CBRE Group Inc. has announced the wall tilting of a new medical structure in Valencia that will build on a growing cluster of medical office space near the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital campus. The structure is Tourney Place Building 6, a 45,675 square-foot, three-story medical office building that is part of the larger Tourney Plaza III LLC development. Building 6 is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2020. CBRE’s Craig Peters and Richard Ramirez are the leasing agents for the project. The property sits directly across the street from Valencia Country Club and nearby the Valencia Town Center, Henry Mayo Fitness and the 244-room Hyatt Valencia. The new building, located at 27335 Tourney Road and adjacent to UCLA Health medical center, represents the third joint venture between Santa Clarita-based JSB Development and McCombs Inc. Tri-Cities Burbank Glendale City Councilman Vrej Agajanian has been appointed to the commission of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner of Hollywood Burbank Airport. Agajanian, who was officially sworn in this month, joins fellow councilpersons Paula Devine and Vartan Gharpetian as one of the three Glendale representatives on the commission. He replaces former councilman Zareh Sinanyan who stepped down in June to work for the government of Armenia. Agajanian said it is an honor to serve on the commission. “The Hollywood Burbank Airport is a vital part of our community and I am grateful for the opportunity to use my experiences to add to the safe, friendly and convenient environment at this facility,” he added in a statement. Ventura County Moorpark Kretek International Inc., an importer of tobacco products, has formed a subsidiary called DRYFT Sciences LLC. DRYFT will focus on growing Kretek’s brand of nicotine pouches, a smokeless, spitless and tobacco-free oral nicotine product the parent company has offered since 2016. Jason Carignan, Kretek’s former chief marketing officer, was named president of DRYFT. It will expand production of the pouches with a new U.S. manufacturing site capable of producing 30 million cans in 2020 and 60 million cans by 2021. Its location has not been announced. The subsidiary will roll out the pouches nationally in January. – Compiled by Andrew Foerch

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