Eric Billingsley

Phone: 818-316-3124

Recent Stories

A Model of Sustainability

PROGRESS: Group started small, now integral part of corporate culture.

The green team at Precision Dynamics Corp. has gone from a grassroots initiative to a fully integrated part of the business that has an impact on the bottom line.

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Valley Groups De-Mystifying What It Means To Be Green

COMMUNITY: Businesses have several avenues of assistance.

There are scores of business and community-related intitiatives going on in the area to make green a routine way of life and doing business.

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Warner Bros.: Changing Habits in Entertainment Biz

LEADERS: Studio works to change culture of Hollywood waste.

Warner Bros. is leading the way in the entertainment industry with its eco-friendly practices

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Green Products and Services Not Always An Easy Sell

VENDORS: Education on cost savings still needed.

Companies that sell environmentally friendly products or services still often have a hard sell but things are getting better

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Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks Fills Big Box

Mall: Empty Mervyn’s store made upgrade possible.

In conjunction with NewMark Merrill Companies, Burlington Coat Factory announced plans to open an 85,000 square foot location in the space formerly occupied by Mervyn’s in Janss Marketplace

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Zumbox Granted Stay in Patent Case

Zumbox, Inc., operator of a paperless postal system, announced in a press release that the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted its Motion to Stay a patent infringement litigation brought by Pitney Bowes, Inc.

VEDC Chairman Provides Direction at The Right Time

EXECUTIVE: St. Clair helps board with turnaround.

Best Chairman of the Board - Don St. Clair, Valley Economic Development Center (Woodbury University)

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Whole Foods Staking Healthy Claim on and Near Ventura Blvd.

GROCERY: Retail real estate opportunity opens in Valley.

Whole Foods Market expanding on and near Ventura Blvd

Non-profits Find Value in Upping Brand Recognition

Strategy: Credibility factor boosts fundraising efforts.

Non-profits re-branding themselves to attract new sources of revenue and volunteers

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Case Study of Highs, Lows

PATHPOINT: Managing into a well-run organization.

Best Managed Organization - PathPoint. Case study of financial and management changes at L.A. County division of PathPoint.

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Valley Businesspeople Still Jittery But Hopeful

RETAIL: Westfield worried about state.

SUMMIT: Westfield malls and mixed-use developments two hot real estate topics at Valley Economic Summit.

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Veteran Executive Helps Turn Around Struggling Club

YOUTH: Despite economic downturn, Sobel grows organization.

Best Not-for-Profit CEO - Jan Sobel, Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley

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Crucial Deadline Passes Concerning Non-Profit Filing

IRS: Those who miss face revocation of tax-exempt status.

A crucial filing deadline passed on May 17 for tax-exempt organizations required by law to file Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service.

High-End Home Deals

RESIDENTIAL: Buyers are competitive as activity increases.

If you’re in the market for a million dollar plus home in the greater San Fernando Valley area, now may be the time to act. And you may even score a luxury pad with Hollywood credentials.

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Movement on Several Fronts at Amgen

BIOTECH: Revenues rise; company announces executive changes.

Despite accounting for expenses related to U.S. healthcare reform, business has been on the upswing for Thousand Oaks-based biotechnology giant Amgen.

Touchless Computer Mouse Comes In Handy in Medical Environments

TECH: Simi Valley-based Qualstar expands product line.

Qualstar recently began marketing Topo Jojo, a touchless mouse and the first model of a planned series of products based on patent-pending touchless pointing technology.

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Valley Economy Recovering Poco a Poco…Poco a Poco

RESULTS: Incremental progress in Q1 and month of April.

The median price of the 594 single-family homes sold in March was $400,000, up 15.6 percent from a year ago, according to SRAR.

Buying Into Better Days in Retail

SALES: Improvement sparking optimism among merchants, cities

Things are looking up on the retail front these days. Sales in the U.S. were stronger than anticipated in March and local retailers said consumer spending continued the positive trend during April.

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San Diego Acts as Role Model and Regional Competitor

HUB: Valley-area cluster can learn from well-established neighbor.

San Diego, whose biotech cluster includes more than 400 life sciences companies and is considered one of the best in the world, can serve as a model for the Valley-area’s biotech cluster.

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Valley Colleges Boosting Biotech/Med Device Curriculums

ACADEMIA: Schools identify needs of companies.

Universities and community colleges in the greater San Fernando Valley area are tuned-in to local biotech and medical device companies’ needs for a well-trained and well-educated workforce.

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Building Social, Investor and Tech Transfer Networks

RESOURCES: Need for improvement cited.

More work is needed locally in building a vibrant social network that links managers, company founders, scientists and inventors. Likewise, most tech transfer efforts are being done at large universities on the fringe of the Valley area.

NAI Team Rockin’ the Retail Sales and Leases on Ventura

DEALS: Retail center, arts and crafts store included in string of sales.

REAL ESTATE Column by Eric Billingsley.

Space Available In Valley Area For Companies

PROPERTY: Buildouts, municipal support necessary.

According to local real estate professionals, a number of pockets in the Valley have plenty of suitable space for biotech, medical device and related companies.

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Panorama City Property Sold to Make Way for School

EDUCATION: School district pays $3.5 million for land.

Los Angeles Unified School District buys Panorama City commercial parcel for new school

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The Art of The Smaller Deal

TRANSACTIONS: Brokers adapting to buyer/tenant market.

Commercial real estate brokers getting paid less for more work, adapting to buyer and tenant market

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The Art of The Smaller Deal - Jobs

Young brokers reaping rewards after difficult choices.

Top producing brokers in their 20s and 30s thrive on competition, organization and setting their own schedule

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Regency Lighting Moving to Chatsworth, Adding Jobs

DISTRIBUTOR: Operations consolidated into one larger facility.

Van Nuys-based Regency Lighting consolidating and moving into new facility in Chatsworth

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Strange Deals Proliferate in Strange Economic Times

STORIES: Brokers relate experiences out in the field.

The commercial real estate downturn and tight credit markets have led to some strange transactions.

Vinyl Destination

Bob Say still sells the platters that matter at one of the remaining neighborhood record stores in L.A.

Freakbeat Records one of only a handful of neighborhood record stores left in the Valley

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Ranking The Area’s Commercial Real Estate Brokerages

RANKINGS: Exact information needed for an accurate list.

Making the upcoming commercial real estate brokerage list as accurate as possible. Real Estate Column by Eric Billingsley

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Ventura Incubator Targeting Valley Companies

Tech: Inexpensive space offered to start-ups lacking cash.

Tech incubator in Ventura growing, targeting start-up companies in the Valley and Santa Barbara.

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Cash-Strapped Musicians Empowered by Tech Company

WEB: Portable store allows artists to sell directly to fans.

Van Nuys-based company out to revolutionize the way independent musicians sell merchandise, receives $1 million bridge funding.

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Reseda Chamber Director Ann Kinzle Dies

Ann Kinzle, executive director of the Reseda Chamber of Commerce and well-known figure in the Reseda community, passed away March 20.

Ann Kinzle, executive director of the Reseda Chamber of Commerce and well-known figure in the Reseda community, passed away March 20.

The Many Challenges of Being a Manager in California

PERSONNEL: State issues make job more difficult.

HR professionals face plenty of financial and legal obstacles in California

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Three Valley Properties Obtain LEED Certification

Real Estate: Green design earns coveted designation.

Three commercial properties in the Valley obtain LEED certification

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Preserving the Santa Clara River, One Photo at a Time

Development: Project aims to educate local officials.

Environmentalists preserve Santa Clara River with photo survey

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Younan Properties in Acquisition Mode

DEVELOP: Real estate company sees positive trend, eyes public markets.

Younan Properties in growth mode and considering tapping public financing.

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Cost Segregation Studies, Green Energy Tax Credits, and Enterprise Zones

Accountant Lou Guerrero advises on how companies can save money

Lou Guerrero of KBKG, Inc. breaks down cost segregation studies

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Historic Parcel of Land Near Bob Hope Airport Changes Hands

Real Estate: Ardwin Freight buys land for headquarters.

Historic parcel in Burbank changes hands. Real Estate Column by Eric Billingsley

Soaring to the Next Level: Upping the ‘Wow’ Factor

ONLINE: Kids’ virtual world gets bigger.

INNOVATION - Masher Media creating next generation virtual world for kids.

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Hopes High as Number of IPOs Increases

Q4 2009 uptick in IPO activity seen as a positive, but markets still facing challenges in 2010.

Planned REIT Eyes Southland Commercial Properties

Real Estate: Ex-Arden executives target in-fill sites.

Former Arden Realty execs launch firm that plans on qualifying as a real estate investment trust

Now Is The Time for Small Time Investors to Act

REAL ESTATE: Grant Cardone lends his perspective.

The time is right for small time investors. Real Estate Column by Eric Billingsley

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Casa Vega: Father and Daughter Teaching Each Other

RESTAURANTS: Successfully mixing tradition, change.

TRANSITION - Generations working closely together: Christina Vega-Fowler and Ray Vega of Casa Vega.

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Number of SBA Loans Increases Over Last Year

FINANCIAL: Fee waivers, change in firms’ plans cited.

SBA - The number of Small Business Administration -backed loans made by financial institutions serving the Valley increased in the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2010 compared to the same period a year ago.

Is Warner Center In for a Glut of Luxury Apartments?

RESIDENTIAL: Hundreds of units coming online.

Eric Billingsley reports that there are hundreds of new luxury apartments about to come on line in Warner Center

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A Discussion: Generations Debunk Stereotypical ‘Gap’

PHILOSOPHY: Despite ages, professionals share a lot.

ROUNDTABLE - The Business Journal lets younger as well as older professionals tell in their own words how much difference there is between the generations.

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Technology: The Great Equalizer

OFFICES: Young gain edge with help of devices.

The use of technology is truly more than a way of life for today’s young professionals.

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Brokers, Lenders, Appraisers Spar Over Property Values

Commercial: Deals being threatened, agents say

Commercial brokers think appraisals and lenders are keeping prices down

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Plans Moving On N. Valley Industrial Site

DEVELOP: Action has languished for years.

Trammell Crow Co. is developing a LEED certified industrial park in Sun Valley. on a site that has been languishing for years