Andrew Foerch

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Email: afoerch@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Entertainment Tech Firm BEN Acquires TubeBuddy

Entertainment and data company BEN in Sherman Oaks will acquire San Diego-based TubeBuddy.

Princess Cruises Extends Delay in Australia

Princess Cruises has extended its pause of operations in Australia and New Zealand through May 31 of next year.

Dine Brands to Close Underperforming IHOP Restaurants

Dine Brands Global Inc. expects to close as many as 100 IHOP restaurants over the next six months.

California Resources Emerges from Chapter 11

Oil and gas producer California Resources Corp. has completed its financial restructuring under Chapter 11.

Planet Fitness Signs 10-Year Lease in Simi Valley

Gym chain Planet Fitness has inked a 10-year lease to take over a 22,400-square-foot vacancy at Sycamore Square Shopping Mall in Simi Valley.

Last Round of Grant Applications for L.A. Recovery Fund

The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will accept its sixth and final round of small business grant applications this week.

Italian Outplacement Firm Enters U.S. Via Valley

STAFFING: Acquisition the first step toward ‘global reach’ from Burbank.

The outplacement division of human resources technology firm CareerArc in Burbank has rebranded as Intoo USA

Malls Wary for Reopening II

Malls Wary for Reopening II

L.A. County’s second reopening of indoor shopping facilities.

Palmdale Residents Save Staying Home

In Antelope Valley city, pandemic puts $3,500 back in pockets.

Some people who began working remotely during the pandemic have enjoyed reduced daily transportation and travel costs

CSUN Students Help JPL Research

Center integrates design and humanities with hard science.

Cal State Northridge students help on projects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Stoker, Dr. Seuss Tomes Sell in Online Auction

Agoura Hills firm makes literary sales virtually.

It’s rare to find first editions of classic literary books for sale, and rarer still to find a collection with hundreds of them up for auction all at once.

Boss Audio Launches Njoie Massager Brand

Product targets consumers in the mid-price range.

Oxnard audio company releases an affordable massage gun

Preview: Malls Wary for Reopening II

After almost seven months of mandated closure, indoor malls in Los Angeles County are back in action.

Rawlings to Acquire Easton Diamond Sports

Easton Diamond Sports in Thousand Oaks has entered an agreement to be acquired by Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc.

Loop Media Acquires Podcast App, Forms Subsidiary

Loop Media Inc. has signed an agrement to acquire Spkr, an app that curates podcast lists.

Marcus & Millichap Buys Mission Capital

Calabasas real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap Inc. has entered an agreement to acquire Mission Capital Advisors.

Rare Book Auction in Agoura Hills

GWS Auctions Inc. in Agoura Hills plans to sell 150 rare books and texts sourced from the inventory of the store Mystery Pier Books in Los Angeles.

Glendale Bans Sale of Mylar Helium Balloons

Glendale City Council this week passed an ordinance banning the sale of mylar balloons filled with helium or other lighter-than-air gases within city limits.

Six Flags, Universal Cut Park Employees

Amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp., which owns Magic Mountain in Valencia, will lay off 240 employees.

Fernando Awards Postponed Until 2021

The Fernando Award gala dinner will be postponed until next year, Fernando Awards Foundation.

Carnival Cancels November Cruises, Stock Drops

Carnival Corp. has canceled cruises departing from Miami and Port Canaveral, Fla., this November.

Elderly Homes Find Solutions Against Infection

LIST: Testing proves crucial to contain deadly virus.

Amid a pandemic that is disproportionately dangerous for older populations, the Motion Picture Television Fund’s Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills has achieved something remarkable.

Excess Food Turns into Donations

Cheesecake cites efficiency gains with the Copia app.

Cheesecake Factory has donated more than 400,000 pounds of excess food to nonprofits this year, almost doubling its total by this time in 2019.

Goodwill to Promote Job Services

Corporations step up in response to pandemic.

As the Los Angeles area faces an existential unemployment crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Goodwill Southern California is launching a marketing campaign to promote its employment services.

Food Share’s Hungry Year

Ventura County operation honored by elected official.

Food Share of Ventura County has been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year amid its massive effort to combat hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.

Private Firefighters

Chris Dunn, chief executive of security training firm Covered 6 in Simi Valley, is scaling up his company’s fire suppression team – currently a squad of five – into a full-time private fire department with multiple fire trucks available to protect homes and businesses.

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‘Haunt-o-ween’ Offers Drive-Thru Spook Alley

Pop-up attraction provides fun at a safe social distance.

Los Angeles production house Experiential Supply isn’t letting the city’s trick-or-treating ban dampen Halloween.

Network Manages Switch to Digital

ProVisors expands membership despite no face-to-face meetings.

ProVisors, a Sherman Oaks-based networking organization for business service professionals, found itself scrambling when the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to luncheons and office-based meetings – the basis of all its activities.

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Preview: Private Firefighters

Wealthy individual and institutions contract to keep their property safe from the flames.

More Layoffs Coming at Warner Bros.

Thousands of layoffs are expected at AT&T’s WarnerMedia as the company prepares to restructure its workforce to cut operating costs by as much as 20 percent.

GeoLinks Acquires Assets of TPx Network

Camarillo internet service provider GeoLinks has acquired wireless infrastructure, spectrum licenses and other network assets from TPx Communications in Los Angeles.

CSUN Business Consulting Program Gets Donation

California State University – Northridge received a $125,000 donation from the nonprofit Wurwand Foundation. The money will go toward funding the undergraduate side of the school’s Small Business Consulting program at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.

BlackLine Acquires Accounts Receivable Software Maker Rimilia

Woodland Hills accounting software developer BlackLine Inc. has acquired Rimilia, a U.K.-based platform that automates the accounts receivable process.

L.A. County to Reopen Indoor Malls, Nail Salons

The L.A. County Department of Public Health announced Thursday it will revise its rules to allow nail salons and shopping malls to resume indoor operations with limited capacity.

Princess Takes Delivery of New Ship

The Enchanted Princess cruise ship was delivered Thursday to Princess Cruises in an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

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CABIA Launches First National TV Ad Denouncing AB-5

The California Business and Industrial Alliance Tuesday launched its first national television advertising campaign with a commercial denouncing the impact of California’s AB-5 law on freelance workers.

Cinedigm Horror Channel to Launch on Roku

Cinedigm Corp. has signed an agreement with video streamer Roku to distribute the Bloody Disgusting channel.

Lakers Partner Tries High Finance Play

Credit union’s commercials and videos feature NBA team’s players.

First Entertainment Credit Union is gearing up to launch “Money Matters”

No Money for In-Street Dining Permit Program

But city initiative for sidewalks, parking lots on track.

Funding for Phase 2 of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco program has run out, resulting in a temporary pause on the issuance of in-street dining permits for restaurants, Deputy Press Secretary for the Mayor’s Office Harrison Wollman confirmed to the Business Journal.

‘Mandalorian’ Toys Coming On Mondays

‘Star Wars’ product releases to last through December.

Walt Disney Co. is capitalizing on the popularity of its Star Wars spinoff series “The Mandalorian” with “Mando Mondays,” an upcoming retail campaign in which the company will release a toy, book, comic or other collectible item inspired by the show every Monday.

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

Light Firm Sees Bonanza in Pandemic

Nightclubs and concert halls rush to remodel their fixtures.

As live events around the country remain on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, venues are finding an opportunity to remodel or refurbish old fixtures.

CERF Report Finds Latino GDP in Growth Mode

A report from the nonprofit Latino Donor Collaborative found that the total Gross Domestic Product of Latinos in the U.S. rose to $2.6 trillion in 2018, up from $2.3 trillion in 2017.

Disney Delays Movie Releases

Burbank entertainment and media giant Walt Disney Co. has shuffled its fall release schedule, delaying the theatrical launch of several movies including the blockbuster Marvel superhero title “Black Widow.”

Princess Cruises to Sell Two Ships

Princess Cruises in Santa Clarita has announced the sale of two of its ships, the Sun Princess and Sea Princess, to undisclosed buyers.

New In-Street Dining Permits on Hold in L.A.

Funding for Phase 2 of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco program has run out, resulting in a temporary pause on the issuance of in-street dining permits for restaurants.

Daily Wire Leaves Sherman Oaks for Nashville

Conservative news and opinion website The Daily Wire will relocate its headquarters from Sherman Oaks to Nashville.

Dental Software Firm Attracts Venture Capital

Yapi, a company that makes software for dental offices, has received an investment from M33 Growth, a Boston venture capital firm that focuses on growth-stage startups.

Princess Parent Carnival Corp. Sells Ships After Quarterly Loss

Carnival Corp. disclosed in a quarterly filing Tuesday it will sell a total of 18 ships over the next few months to cut costs as cruise activity remains halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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