Andrew Foerch

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

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

Recent Stories

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.

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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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.

‘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.

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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.

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.

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.

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‘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.

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”

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.

Amazon’s Grocery Has Valley Debut

E-commerce giant’s Fresh store integrates technology.

Amazon.com Inc. opened its first Amazon Fresh grocery store last month in Woodland Hills

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Diners Like NoHo’s al Fresco Zone

Magnolia Boulevard features in-street food service.

The city of Los Angeles late last month shut down several lanes of a busy stretch of Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of North Hollywood’s Arts District to make room for the neighborhood’s first al fresco dining area.

New Restaurants Open In Teeth of Pandemic

Scratch Restaurant Group’s two concepts in Encino.

New eateries from Scratch Restaurant Group open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hit Parader to Launch Celebrity E-Sports Competition

Universal City production studio Hit Parader plans to launch an e-sports platform for celebrities.

Newsom Signs Bills to Support Small Business

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law three bills that will offer support for small businesses and construction projects affected by the coronavirus.

UNest Acquires Cash Gifting App

College savings app UNest, based in North Hollywood, announced Wednesday it has acquired Littlefund, another money gifting and savings app.

Glendale Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Scheme

Glendale lawyer Rudy Dekermenjian, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to a scheme in which a bank was defrauded into processing payments for a merchant whose account had been closed by the bank’s risk department.

Chambers of Commerce Eligible for City’s COVID Grants

Chambers of commerce are now eligible to apply for grants through the Los Angeles Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

Sylmar Company Wins NATO Sonar Contract

L3Harris Technologies has won a contract to build two sonar systems for an undisclosed member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

ASGN Buys Consulting Firm for $72 Million

ASGN Inc. in Calabasas has acquired Boston consulting firm Leapfrog Systems Inc. for up to $72 million.

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SoCalGas Funds Grocery Giveaway

Food Share hosts pop-up events to distribute staples.

A donation from utility SoCalGas funded two drive-through meal distribution events in Oxnard earlier this month in partnership with Food Share of Ventura County.

Couch Concert for a Valley Cause

Organization raises $20,000 with music and comedy.

Winnetka nonprofit Valley Village has brought in nearly $20,000 with a fundraiser event that places a fun twist on the now-ubiquitous Zoom meeting.

Lunch Paid Courtesy of Nature Made

Vitamin firm gives $1 million to aid LAUSD program.

West Hills vitamin brand Nature Made has put forth $1 million to help fund the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Grab & Go Food Relief Program.

Uber, Lyft Remain in Business for Present

Judge postpones injunction for rideshare companies.

A California appeals court judge granted Uber and Lyft’s emergency stay earlier this month, postponing an injunction from taking effect that would make the rideshare companies reclassify their drivers as employees rather than contractors.

Fund Runner Arrested for Loan Fraud

Department of Justice alleges $300 million scheme.

Brendan Ross, founder of La Cañada Flintridge-based investment advisory Direct Lending Investments, was arrested Aug. 11 by the FBI on fraud charges. The Department of Justice alleges that Ross defrauded investors of millions of dollars by falsely inflating the value of funds he managed.