San Fernando Valley Business Journal


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Noise Among Neighbors

DEVELOPMENT: Residents’ groups square off on proposed Woodland Hills eldercare project.

A plan for an eldercare facility pits neighbors against neighbors in a Woodland Hills community.

Increase in Blood Research Revives HemaCare

INVESTMENT: Turn to profit sends OTC shares up for triple-digit gains.

Share prices rise for blood cell and tissue provider.

Cost-Benefit Quest

New data shows Amgen’s Repatha lowers heart attack risk, but another study found high rejection rates by insurers.

Insurers don’t want to pay for Amgen’s pricey cholesterol drug. Now what?

Girl Power Goes Solar to Benefit the Homeless

education: Student team’s design for portable shelter wins grant support.

A team of young women from the San Fernando High School magnet program has received a $3,000 donation from three members of local business advocacy group Valley Economic Alliance to fund the next phase of development of a solar-powered portable shelter for the homeless.

Cell Tower Companies Expand by Joining Forces

TELECOM: Misson Hills’ Cable Engineering acquired by Orange County firm.

Cable Engineering Services in Mission Hills was acquired by Motive Energy Telecommunications, an Orange County-based firm, in a transaction that closed last month between the two telecom companies.

Local Startups Seek to Push the Biotech Envelope

LIST: Big pharma’s former employees are staffing small pipeline drug companies.

Bioscience companies spawned from giant drug makers.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Catching an Updraft

Rising demand for business jets has prompted a modernizaton of Van Nuys Airport, with developers and tenants building the general aviation facility of the future.

Business jets are flying high and pushing development at Van Nuys Airport.

SPECIAL REPORT: Talk on the Tarmac With Clay Lacy

Clay Lacy on airports, flying and past Hollywood stars.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Air Consultant

Robert Rodine on negotiating scarce airport land for clients.

SPECIAL REPORT: Small Prop Planes Still Fuel Growth on Ground

Company carves new place at the airport for old-fashioned airplanes.

Arts Colony Offers Healing for Palmdale Vets

HOUSING: Gallery, library, computer lab and gym to provide therapy.

Palmdale’s homeless veterans will soon have a new housing option with an artistic touch.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $10 million contract from a French space agency to provide detectors and other electronics for a mission to Jupiter launching in 2022.


Calendar of events

VNY: Now Ready for Takeoff

Van Nuys Airport takes off with the business world’s increasing use of private jets.

Voting Is What Counts

Issues start at the local level, but voters miss out if they don’t turn out.

Attorneys Hear Migrant Fears

LAW: Trump talk sends workers, employers to seek counsel.

Fears of deportation boost business for local immigration lawyers.

For Avery Dennison, It’s a Promotional Wrap

TECHNOLOGY: Investment puts label maker in ad business.

Avery Dennison invests in customer of its vehicle wrap materials.

Team Colors Change for JetHawks

Baseball club in Lancaster switches affiliation to Rockies.

Lancaster’s minor-league team the JetHawks takes off with new major-league affiliation.

Music Makes Ditty Deals for App Firm

TMZ, RealNetworks sign up to use Zya’s singing software.

Cell phone ringbacks return with Zya’s new app.

N.Y.-Burbank Route Raises New Airline

All-you-can-fly deals start at $25,000 for annual membership.

Flying Burbank to New York? Jet Club offers a charter for that.

Investors Hop On Flip-Flop Shoe Trend

New owners plan retail expansion for Flojos brand.

Investors find a good fit in Thousand Oaks’ flip-flop maker Flojo.

Politics Spur Land Reform

DEVELOPMENT: Measure S has jumpstarted conversations about planning L.A.’s future.

L.A. voters defeat Measure S but its more palatable aspects live on.

Talon Wins Record for World’s Longest Zipper

APPAREL: Fastener firm reaches potential buyers at LA Fashion Week opening.

Who else would make the world’s longest zipper? Talon zips up LA Fashion Week with its record product.

Wanted: Workers

Eight Valley-region manufacturers join apprentice program to train employees for skilled positions.

Apprenticeships return through a coalition of Goodwill, community colleges, government and businesses.