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.
SolarWorld built panels for 11.4-megawatt plant.
Solar: SolarWorld panels at LADWP’s Mojave Desert solar power plant.
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.
tech: MASS Group Inc. eyes government work after ‘big breakthrough.’
Tech: Chatsworth software developer MASS Group lands three federal contracts.
SunDial Powder Coatings gains competitive edge by pursuing new markets.
Expansion: SunDial Powder Coatings has grown by offering services for broad range of surfaces.
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
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
RESTAURANT: Opening this month, Larsen’s aims to offer residents fine dining option
RESTAURANT: Larsen’s Steakhouse expands into Valencia with third location.
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.
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)
Business: Fourteen family-owned companies demonstrate significant growth, leadership.
2011 Honorees: The 14 award winners are profiled
Family Businesses Transform with New Leaders
Young generation of leaders bring new ideas and methods to family businesses
Tourism: Hotels benefit from Los Angeles convention business, more travel activtiy.
Valley hotels are making a comeback.
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.
Insurance: Company increases its visibility in the greater Los Angeles region.
Farmers Insurance moves to new Woodland Hills location
Health care: Legislators alarmed over ongoing Prime Healthcare Services issue.
Health Care Column: Union allegations stir up controversy.
EXPANSION: Aquisition brings new clients, inventory.
Local electronic equipment provider acquires bankrupt company.
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.
RELOCATION: University officials say students will get better equipment and parking.
University moves their Woodland Hills campus.
Agreement: New name not decided yet; business as usual for customers.
INSURANCE: Local insurance companies merge.
Launch: Company targets smaller laboratories with its new iRICELL 1500 testing system.
New urine testing solution is introduced
Job Market Jungle
The Valley’s unemployment climate changes with the increase in company layoffs.
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
Construction: Glendale Adventist opens areas for patients’ families, pedestrians.
Glendale hospital moves closer to expansion.
Perks: Clubs offer incentives to drive new business activity.
Local golf courses discuss the summer business and climate change in the industry
PROJECT: Valencia firm eyes future opportunities.
Vivace-Spacetron finishes production on a new project for the International Space Station.
Landscape management company nurtures its business model for growth
ENTREPRENEUR: Richard Angelo of Stay Green Inc. in Santa Clarita
sale: Company focus switches to therapeutic services.
Van Nuys-based HemaCare Corp. sheds blood bank business and focusees on other areas
Labor: National labor board recommends new election for area service, technical workers.
Kaiser Permanente workers’ union may have second election.
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.
Active: Employers encourage healthy lifestyles with discounted classes, fresh foods, screenings.
Local employers are taking measures to decrease obesity among their employees
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
Sport Chalet Inc. founder Norbert Olberz died Friday of natural causes, the La Cañada Flintridge-based company announced.
agreement: Blue Shield to start paying for the treatment.
Regulators push Blue Shield to cover autism therapy.
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.
Education: Area schools say the cost-cutting measures impact the quality of instruction.
Colleges make cuts in response to state budget deficit.
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.
BUDGET: State budget cuts impact local centers.
Local adult day health care centers ponder the fate of their program funding.
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.
Claims: MZI HealthCare eyes opportunities overseas and looks to expand product line.
Health care software company signs first deal in China
Education: Facility helps Phillips Graduate Institute to grow along with its students.
Phillips Graduate Institute is moving to Northridg.
Traffic: Shutdown means fewer workers in area of 405/101 interchange.
Local businesses offer specials during the freeway closure
Redevelopment: Small businesses hope events will draw new patrons to their storefronts.
SMALL BUSINESS: Newhall shops extend hours during city events.
Unique background as rabbinical student, litigator helps Jonathan Gluck solve problems for health care provider group.
Jonathan Gluck, Provider Network senior executive discusses growth.
Health Care Providers Make Vital Changes for Future
Health care providers expand services to meet health care reform demands.
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 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.
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.
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.
Growth: Massage training students benefit from proximity to health-focused community.
Massage and physical therapy institute moves to a larger building
restaurant: Glendale restaurant seeks to draw crowds with Indian movies, live music.
India’s Flavor opens new Glendale location offering entertainment