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VALLEY INSIDER

Private banker Jason Sands moved to Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Woodland Hills a few months ago after nearly 20 years at Wells Fargo’s private banking operation in Encino. And when he’s not working, he travels with his 15-year-old daughter to check out potential colleges. Last week he was in Chicago, where he expected to take time away from campus to visit Wrigley Field. “I plan to catch a Dodgers game as well, because the Dodgers are playing the Cubs,” he explained. … When Arleen Scavone had two ideas for new businesses, she took an unconventional solution in choosing between them. “Why choose one or the other?” she asked herself. So she simultaneously launched Sweet Arleen’s, the cupcake shop in Westlake Village, and OpExNow, a mortgage consulting firm. She disclosed her dual decision-making process while accepting the Business Owner of the Year award at the Business Journal’s Women Council Awards luncheon; see coverage starting on page 25. … Valley Insider has learned that the Laemmle movie theater and Newhall Crossings shopping center in Newhall, which were scheduled to open this summer, have been pushed back. “The rain did cause some delays to both projects, but Newhall Crossings and Laemmle Newhall are still expected to open at the same time,” City of Santa Clarita Communications Specialist Kevin Strauss said. “The hope is that both will be open to the public by the end of 2019, but it may stretch into early 2020.” Staff Reporter Michael Aushenker contributed to Valley Insider, which is compiled by Editor Joel Russell. Send submissions to jrussell@sfvbj.com.

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Michael Aushenker
Michael Aushenker
A graduate of Cornell University, Michael covers commercial real estate for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Prior to the Business Journal, Michael covered the community and entertainment beats as a staff writer for various newspapers, including the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The Palisadian-Post, The Argonaut and Acorn Newspapers. He has also freelanced for the Santa Barbara Independent, VC Reporter, Malibu Times and Los Feliz Ledger.
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