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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Youth: A Young Professionals Advisory Group has been formed with AIR Commercial Real Estate Association. The formation of the group, which comprises broker members age 40 or under from throughout the L.A. Metro area, is an effort by the organization to stay relevant and “connected to its leaders of tomorrow”. Among the 15-member group are Matt Dierckman of CB Richard Ellis in Universal City; Randy Kobata of Lee & Associates in Calabasas; and Jeff Puffer, of Delphi Business Properties, Inc. in Van Nuys. The Young Professionals Advisory Group will also serve as a conduit for communicating the value of AIR to the organization’s younger members and those contemplating membership. Calabasas Series: The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce as part of a celebration of its 55th anniversary is sponsoring a program called “Up Close and Personal.” This series provides a forum for chamber members and the community to get to know their local government officials and community leaders. The series will be held quarterly and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the chamber at (818) 222-5680. Northridge Energy: Solar panels built by Boeing Inc. have been installed at California State University, Northridge to provide power to the campus and be fed into the local grid. The 33 photovoltaic solar power panels use technology developed and supplied by Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary located in Sylmar that brings down the cost of electricity by concentrating more sunlight on fewer cells to produce the same amount of electricity. Each 18-by-8 foot solar panel can produce 3.5 kilowatts of electricity, the amount needed to power an average-sized home. The collaboration with Boeing provides peak energy to help the university meet renewable energy requirements, said Tom Brown, CSUN executive director of facilities. “This milestone is the result of a strong partnership between Boeing, the university, suppliers and other stakeholders to meet a growing energy need,” said Jeff Frericks, director, Boeing Energy Solutions. Cameras: Voice over performer and Northridge resident Nancy Cartwright is sponsoring a filmmaking contest as part of the International Family Film Festival. The Happy House Good Choices Movies with a Message contest is open to children ages 6 to 14 years. The 10-minute films can be live action, animation or a combination and be based on three different themes: Bullying, Taking Care of Yourself and Respecting Other People, Property, Family and/or Community. Cartwright will spend a day with the grand prize winner who makes the best overall film. The International Film Festival takes place in Hollywood in March. Submissions for the contest are due Jan. 16. For additional information contact (818) 882-7483 or log onto www.movieswithamessage.org. Burbank Training: Twin Air Inc. will use Bob Hope Airport for flight instruction following approval of an agreement with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Twin Air is the fourth helicopter operator since 2005 to execute the Airport operating agreement, which stipulates that helicopter pilots will adhere to Airport safety rules that preclude helicopter operations within 200 feet of any area where light aircraft are operating or parked, and that they will make their approach to, and/or land on, a runway rather than a taxiway. Twin Air is based in Camarillo. North Hollywood Collectibles: Entertainment Earth will have 23 exclusive or new product debuts and host celebrity appearances at its booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 22 to 25. Among the new products are bobble-heads and action figures based on characters from “The Twlight Zone;” articulated retro figures from “The Venture Bros.;” and limited edition bobble-heads of Claire Littleton from “Lost.” Scheduled to appear at the Entertainment Earth booth for product signings are Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, creators of “The Venture Bros.;” “Robot Chicken’s” Seth Green and Matthew Senreich; Lara Parker from “Dark Shadows”; “Wild Grinders’” Rob Dyrdek, and “Caprica” star Alessandra Torresani. Van Nuys Trust: Electro Rent Corp. was listed among the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine. It is the second year in a row the company has been placed on that list. Independent financial analytics firm Audit Integrity surveyed companies for transparent and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance and management. Sluggers: The University of South Carolina Gamecocks used bats made by Easton Bell Sports to win their first national championship in the 2010 College World Series. The Gamecocks are the third consecutive team using Easton bats to win the College World Series. “Our success in this year’s College World Series speaks volumes regarding Easton’s dominance at the college level,” said Kyle Horn, vice president of marketing for Easton Baseball and Softball. Doctors: Valley Presbyterian surgeons could be among of the first to have used the new iPhone 4 video calling “FaceTime” feature for medical consultations. Dr. Lee Rogers, associate director of the hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center, used the feature to instantly connect with Dr. David Armstrong, professor of surgery at the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance regarding a wound consultation for a patient. “Video consultation over the Internet has been available for a few years, but its utility in the clinical setting has been limited by the necessity of having a transportable computer, camera, and appropriate software,” Rogers said. “Now, nearly everyone carries a phone in their pocket. It is this compact accessibility that will lead to the adoption of this technology for medical consultations.” Encino Educate: The Visual Effects Society will host its 2nd annual Production Summit in October. The summit will bring together entertainment industry professionals to look at how to thrive over the next five years in a rapidly changing global economic and technological entertainment environment. “Because industry changes come so rapidly – on the creative, technological and business fronts – and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, we decided that bringing key industry stakeholders together annually would be truly beneficial to everyone in our industry,” said VES Executive Director Eric Roth. The summit takes place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. Sherman Oaks Space: Valley Industry and Commerce Association is moving to a new set of offices and is offering room naming opportunities for sponsors. The group’s new office will continue to be located in its current building on Van Nuys Boulevard on the second floor. Each sponsor will have the room they support named after them for five years with a plaque at the door of each room. The organization’s work room and two executive offices are available for sponsorship for $5,000 each. The large room that consists of staff offices is also available for sponsorship for $5,000. The group’s reception area is available for $10,000. The $25,000 sponsorship of the conference room has already been sold. All sponsorships are payable over a five-year period. Sponsors will additionally be recognized in an advertisement in the organization’s 2010 Business Forecast Conference journal and 2011 Hall of Fame journal. Chatsworth Songs: Black Toast Music celebrates its 20th anniversary with continued success in securing prominent music placements within a variety of hit television series. Black Toast provides the music for the third season of “True Blood” on HBO, the new show “Treme” and the animated hit, “The Life and Times of Tim.” Showtime’s “Dexter” also uses music from the Black Toast Music catalog on a regular basis. In addition, the company has also contributed a variety of songs to “Dexter” since that show’s inception, including those in the Latin and Hip-Hop genres. Reality shows using Black Toast are “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Hills,” and “Fly Girls.” CONEJO VALLEY Agoura Hills Film: Outdoor clothier Gramicci has signed on as a sponsor of the documentary, “The Last Wild Mountain: Portrait of the American Climber.” Gramicci will donate signature organic hemp “Camu Tees” to support the production, promotion and distribution of the film. “The Last Wild Mountain” follows the parallel stories of the first two generations of rock climbers in America “This film’s mission is an ideal match to the very roots of the Gramicci Brand, so we are honored to be a part of the film,” says Patricia Babka, US vice president of Sales. “The film-makers explore both the past and the future of climbing — the wild experiences, the offbeat antics, and the environmental aspects on which the future of climbing depends.” ANTELOPE VALLEY Palmdale Metal: The staff of Patton’s Steel has settled into its new location following a move from Lancaster to Palmdale earlier this year. Patton’s purchased a building in Palmdale that had been in foreclosure and gave more space than the previous location, said branch manager Howard Bloemendaal Jr. “We made an offer that was a low offer and they took it,” Bloemendaal said. The long-range plan for the Palmdale location is to make it the second distribution center for Ontario-based Patton’s. Hiring: Macy’s has opened an employment center for its new store at the Antelope Valley Mall. There are more than 150 positions to be filled, including management opportunities. The center, located at 1123 Rancho Vista Boulevard, will accept only online application submissions. Once the application is complete, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

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