Antelope ValleyLANCASTERThe City of Lancaster, in partnership with North Carolina nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse and Antelope Valley Hospital, is building a 50-bed field hospital to serve the overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients. A tractor-trailer arrived Jan. 9 with the first portions of the field hospital and disaster response specialists began to erect the hospital that same day, Samaritan’s Purse said in a statement. Additional components were airlifted by a DC-8 cargo plane Jan. 11. The facility, located in the parking lot of Antelope Valley Hospital, will specialize in respiratory care. It is the fifth such hospital built by Samaritan’s Purse. “We are grateful for the support provided by Samaritan’s Purse, as we anticipate another surge of COVID patients in the coming weeks, the help couldn’t have been more timely,” Ed Mirzabegian, chief executive of Antelope Valley Hospital, said in a statement.
San Fernando ValleyCHATSWORTHChatsworth Plaza, a commercial shopping center at 21405-21515 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth, has sold for $14.9 million, or $237 per square foot, according to CoStar data. L.A. entity Dayani Partners purchased the 67,841-square-foot property. Bryan Ley, Geoff Tranchina and Tim Kuruzar of JLL represented the seller, Combined Properties Inc.
Among the plaza’s 19 storefronts are anchor tenants Ralphs, Dollar Tree, Viva La Fiesta and Care A Lot Pharmacy.NORTHRIDGEChicago-based CommonSpirit Health, which owns Dignity Health hospitals in Northridge and Glendale, has expanded its Southwest Division. Julie Sprengel will continue leading the now 21-facility division, CommonSpirit said in a statement. Prior to the expansion, Sprengel oversaw nine acute care hospitals and four micro-hospitals. Dignity Health hospitals along the Central Coast and in Central California join facilities in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, as well as Clark County, Nevada. “I’m looking forward to learning all I can about our diverse markets and working with our incredibly dedicated teams across Southern California to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care,” Sprengel said in a statement. The expanded division is the largest in CommonSpirit’s portfolio with $6 billion in revenue, the nonprofit health care system said.SHERMAN OAKSTom LaBonge, who served on the Los Angeles City Council for 14 years and was known for advocating for his constituents as well as his hikes in Griffith Park, died this month in his home in Silver Lake. He was 67. LaBonge represented the Fourth Council District, including Sherman Oaks, from 2001 to 2015. In a joint statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez said that LaBonge loved Los Angeles and the city loved him right back. In a city of 4 million residents, LaBonge was Mr. Los Angeles, the pair said. LaBonge is survived by his wife Brigid and two children.VAN NUYSTwo separate freestanding warehouses within the Van Nuys Airport Corridor have sold for a combined $3.7 million. The 4,452-square-foot property at 7022 Valjean Ave. sold for $1.9 million, while the 4,436-square-foot property at 7028 Valjean Ave. sold for $1.8 million. Yair Haimoff and Barry Jakov, commercial real estate advisors with Spectrum Commercial Real Estate in Encino, represented the seller. The properties sold to separate owner-operators. Both are situated on approximately 7,400-square-foot parcels and feature high-image designs, modern office layouts, ample power, 16- to 18-foot minimum warehouse ceiling clearance, front loading and fenced parking and yard areas. According to a statement from Spectrum, the sales represent a record-breaking price for comparable industrial buildings.
Santa Clarita ValleySANTA CLARITAPrincess Cruises has again postponed the resumption of cruising activity, this time through May 14 – more than a year after the industry ground to a halt at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The delay affects early-season cruises in the Caribbean, California coast, Alaska and Europe. The Santa Clarita cruise line previously planned to resume sailing in some regions on March 31. As part of efforts to ready ships to sail again, Princess will dock several ships at the Port of Los Angeles this and next month to receive fuel, supplies and services. Competitors including Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line will do the same. According to a statement issued by the port, the visits “are part of the cruise lines’ operations to reestablish the ships in U.S. waters as a prerequisite to meet federal regulations in order to resume cruising.” Tri-CitiesBURBANKTin Horn Flats Bar & Grill, a western-themed bar at 2623 W. Magnolia Blvd., may see its conditional use permit revoked if it does not comply with pandemic-time restaurant restrictions. The City of Burbank issued a Notice of Violation and Notice of a Hearing to the bar, asking that it stop offering on-site dining on its patio and indoor dining room and require staff to wear masks at all times – all requirements of public health orders. The notice, issued Jan. 12, gives the business 10 days to cure the violations before its permit may be revoked. Tin Horn Flats reopened its outdoor dining space Dec. 10, flouting county and state rules. It advertised the choice on social media as a “peaceful protest” against “tyrannical mandates and closures.” GLENDALEShort-form video distributor Loop Media Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with Switch Inc., a Canadian telecom service provider. The company will provide its curated channels featuring music videos and other short-form content to Switch’s new Canadian television platform. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal helps expand Loop Media’s content into Canada, where the company has a satellite office in Toronto. Switch is based in Edmonton, Alberta. Loop’s music video channels include content from Canadian artists, as well as a source for curated music videos that are currently lacking in Canada, the company said.
Ventura CountyCAMARILLOValeo Networks, a managed security service provider that is a division of Saalex Corp., has acquired Etech Solutions, a similar firm in Iowa. Terms of the deal between Valeo, in Rockledge, Fla., and Etech, in Ankeny, Iowa, were not disclosed. Etech Solutions marks the fourth and final acquisition of 2020 for Valeo Networks, firmly placing its revenue volume in the top 5 percent of managed security service providers nationwide, the company said. Etech specializes in providing information technology services for a variety of industries, including the construction, engineering, real estate, health care and legal sectors.THOUSAND OAKSTeledyne Technologies Inc. announced this month it will acquire Flir Systems Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $8 billion. The aerospace, marine and digital imaging products manufacturer will pay $56 a share for Flir stock, a 19 percent premium to its closing price on Dec. 31. Flir in Arlington, Va. develops cameras and sensors used in military, industrial, automotive, marine and public safety applications. Teledyne Executive Chairman Robert Mehrabian said that while the companies’ respective business models are similar, their products are complementary with minimal overlap, having imaging sensors based on different semiconductor technologies.WESTLAKE VILLAGECorinne Le Goff, a former executive at Amgen Inc., has been hired by Moderna Inc. to become the Boston biotech giant’s chief commercial officer. Moderna is one of three companies leading the race to distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the U.S. by the Federal Drug Administration, and throughout Europe by the European Union. Le Goff said in a statement she is “delighted” to join Moderna “at this crucial time of the launch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.” She will assume her new role on Moderna’s executive committee Jan. 19.