Jessica Vernabe

Jessica Vernabe covers education, family business, health care, hospitality and tourism, insurance, restaurants, retail and the Cities of Glendale and Santa Clarita. She joined the company in May 2010.

Vernabe previously worked as a staff reporter for The Signal newspaper in Santa Clarita.

She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She also has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside.

Email: jvernabe@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3123

Recent Stories

Mojave Solar Project Powers Up

SolarWorld built panels for 11.4-megawatt plant.

Solar: SolarWorld panels at LADWP’s Mojave Desert solar power plant.

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Valley Kaiser Workers Donate School Supplies

Outreach: Kaiser employees purchase more than 400 backpacks for Valley kids.

Kaiser Permanente employees from the Panorama City and Woodland Hills medical centers are giving their time and money to help Pacoima-area students get ready for school.

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Software Developer Lands Federal Contracts

tech: MASS Group Inc. eyes government work after ‘big breakthrough.’

Tech: Chatsworth software developer MASS Group lands three federal contracts.

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The Finishing Touch

SunDial Powder Coatings gains competitive edge by pursuing new markets.

Expansion: SunDial Powder Coatings has grown by offering services for broad range of surfaces.

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Galpin’s New Race

Retail: Valley auto company will open Volkswagen dealership in North Hills as it strives to be the automaker’s No. 1 dealer.

CARS: Valley auto dealer Galpin Motors to open Volkswagen dealership in North Hills

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Toro Kitchen Opens New Showroom for Customers

Expansion: Kitchen and restaurant supply business more than doubles its space.

GROWTH: Toro Kitchen Restaurant Equipment and Supply in Canoga Park more than doubles its space

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Steakhouse Brings New Flavor to Santa Clarita Valley

RESTAURANT: Opening this month, Larsen’s aims to offer residents fine dining option

RESTAURANT: Larsen’s Steakhouse expands into Valencia with third location.

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Care To Taste Some Olive Oil?

Studio City store sells mostly high-end olive oil and vinegar

RETAIL: Ferrari Olive Oil Company to open a new store in Studio City this summer.

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Most Profitable Companies Focused on Transformation

LIST: Companies topping the list have track record for growth through expansion, acquisitions.

The List Story. Includes SFVBJ's 2011 PUBLIC COS PROFITABILITY INDEX list for download (pdf)

Valley Area Family Businesses Showing Growth

Business: Fourteen family-owned companies demonstrate significant growth, leadership.

2011 Honorees: The 14 award winners are profiled

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New Generation

Family Businesses Transform with New Leaders

Young generation of leaders bring new ideas and methods to family businesses

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Occupancy, Room Rates at Valley Area Hotels Improve

Tourism: Hotels benefit from Los Angeles convention business, more travel activtiy.

Valley hotels are making a comeback.

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Los Robles Hospital Opens Imaging Center at Medical Plaza

Health care: New center aims to fill community need and serve about 3,000 visits per year.

Thousand Oaks hospital opens a new imaging center in Moorpark.

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Farmers Insurance Moves Office to Woodland Hills

Insurance: Company increases its visibility in the greater Los Angeles region.

Farmers Insurance moves to new Woodland Hills location

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Hospital Group Still Dealing with Union Allegations

Health care: Legislators alarmed over ongoing Prime Healthcare Services issue.

Health Care Column: Union allegations stir up controversy.

Electro Rent Buys Competitor

EXPANSION: Aquisition brings new clients, inventory.

Local electronic equipment provider acquires bankrupt company.

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Doctors on Demand

Specialists On Call CEO draws from his business and medical experience to drive growth at the telemedicine company.

Profile Q&A: Joe Peterson, CEO of Specialists on Call.

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University Moves Woodland Hills Campus, Doubles Size

RELOCATION: University officials say students will get better equipment and parking.

University moves their Woodland Hills campus.

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Insurance Brokerage Firms Merge, Expand Services

Agreement: New name not decided yet; business as usual for customers.

INSURANCE: Local insurance companies merge.

IRIS International Urinalysis Product Hits U.S. Market

Launch: Company targets smaller laboratories with its new iRICELL 1500 testing system.

New urine testing solution is introduced

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EMPLOYMENT: Area workers struggle with job market realities.

Job Market Jungle

The Valley’s unemployment climate changes with the increase in company layoffs.

Hot Off the Market

Restaurants: Fast-casual restaurants are stirring up leasing activity in the area’s commercial real estate market.

Boom in restaurant industry affects local real estate

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Hospital in Glendale Finishes Second Expansion Phase

Construction: Glendale Adventist opens areas for patients’ families, pedestrians.

Glendale hospital moves closer to expansion.

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Golf Courses Putt Ahead

Perks: Clubs offer incentives to drive new business activity.

Local golf courses discuss the summer business and climate change in the industry

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Aerospace Company Launches Space Innovations

PROJECT: Valencia firm eyes future opportunities.

Vivace-Spacetron finishes production on a new project for the International Space Station.

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Forever Green

Landscape management company nurtures its business model for growth

ENTREPRENEUR: Richard Angelo of Stay Green Inc. in Santa Clarita

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HemaCare Corp. Makes Exit From Blood Bank Market

sale: Company focus switches to therapeutic services.

Van Nuys-based HemaCare Corp. sheds blood bank business and focusees on other areas

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Kaiser Union Dispute May Lead to Another Election

Labor: National labor board recommends new election for area service, technical workers.

Kaiser Permanente workers’ union may have second election.

Enterprise Zone or Dead Zone?

INCENTIVES: Companies often never learn of special tax credits.

Many companies don’t know about California Enterprise Zones and how they can receive tax credits.

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More Local Companies Offering Wellness Programs

Active: Employers encourage healthy lifestyles with discounted classes, fresh foods, screenings.

Local employers are taking measures to decrease obesity among their employees

No Rest As Mattress Retailer Plans for Expansion in Valley

Stores: New Studio City location opens this year, will bring up to 16 new jobs to area.

Sit ‘n Sleep is expanding their business in the San Fernando Valley

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Sport Chalet Founder Dies

Sport Chalet Inc. founder Norbert Olberz died Friday of natural causes, the La Cañada Flintridge-based company announced.

Regulators Target Insurers for Not Covering Autism Therapy

agreement: Blue Shield to start paying for the treatment.

Regulators push Blue Shield to cover autism therapy.

The Sporting Life

Sport Chalet CEO Craig Levra recounts his start in retail in Kansas, what’s changed in high school athletics and his current favorite sport.

INTERVIEW: Sport Chalet CEO Craig Levra.

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State Budget Constraints Push Colleges to Cut Classes, Staff

Education: Area schools say the cost-cutting measures impact the quality of instruction.

Colleges make cuts in response to state budget deficit.

Real Estate Schools Attract New Students as Competition Wanes

Education: Schools expect class enrollment to increase as the housing market recovers.

SPECIAL REPORT: Residential Real Estate - Area real estate schools talk about enrollment in a tough market.

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Adult Day Health Care Centers Without Backup Plan

BUDGET: State budget cuts impact local centers.

Local adult day health care centers ponder the fate of their program funding.

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Restaurants See Benefit of Debit Card Swipe Fee Limit

Cap: The Federal Reserve sets limits on how much card issuers can charge for transactions.

Local restaurants discuss the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees.

Health Care Software Firm Enters Chinese Market

Claims: MZI HealthCare eyes opportunities overseas and looks to expand product line.

Health care software company signs first deal in China

New Campus To Strengthen Image, Community Foothold

Education: Facility helps Phillips Graduate Institute to grow along with its students.

Phillips Graduate Institute is moving to Northridg.

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Businesses Offering Deals During Freeway Closure

Traffic: Shutdown means fewer workers in area of 405/101 interchange.

Local businesses offer specials during the freeway closure

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Newhall District Events Drum Up Late Night Business

Redevelopment: Small businesses hope events will draw new patrons to their storefronts.

SMALL BUSINESS: Newhall shops extend hours during city events.

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Details, Details, Details

Unique background as rabbinical student, litigator helps Jonathan Gluck solve problems for health care provider group.

Jonathan Gluck, Provider Network senior executive discusses growth.

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Health: Hospitals, clinics work to prepare for new stream of patients.

Health Care Providers Make Vital Changes for Future

Health care providers expand services to meet health care reform demands.

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New Health Bill Pinches Insurers

REGULATION: State regulators seek control over health insurance rate hikes.

Insurance carriers and regulators are facing off over proposed health care insurance legislation.

Retail Sales Rise, Mall Stores Hire

RETAIL: Sales are expected to beat last year’s figures, malls say.

Retailers at area malls are expecting higher sales this year, which could lead to more hiring.

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Colorful Changes

Beauty: Nail salon counters industry’s cheapened image with glamorous amenities such as cocktails and free Wi-Fi.

The Painted Nail is hoping to wow guests by using a reality show, a mobile salon and other amenities.

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Live Response

Operators at Elite Merchant Solutions help customers dial into solutions to their credit card processing snafus.

Van Nuys-based Elite Merchant Solutions, a credit card processing firm.

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Therapy Institute Training Site Moves to Larger Space

Growth: Massage training students benefit from proximity to health-focused community.

Massage and physical therapy institute moves to a larger building

India’s Flavor Expands to Offer Cultural Entertainment

restaurant: Glendale restaurant seeks to draw crowds with Indian movies, live music.

India’s Flavor opens new Glendale location offering entertainment

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