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.

Phone: 818-316-3123

Recent Stories

Woodbury University to Offer New Digital Media Program

Learning: Entertainment companies partner with school to give students hands-on training.

University offers degrees for the entertainment industry.

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Medtronic Cuts 468 Local Jobs

MEDICAL: Company aims to save money through restructuring.

Medtronic is laying off 468 employees at its Northridge division.

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Valley Economic Development Center Expands to Pasadena

growth: Organization says expansion will not hinder efforts to help companies in the Valley.

The Valley Economic Development Center acquires Pasadena Development Corp.

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Ashley Furniture to Open New Showroom in Santa Clarita

Cluster: Location chosen for proximity to big-box retailers and other furniture stores.

Ashley Furniture opening a new store in Santa Clarita.

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Hospital Boosts Competitive Edge with Improvements

HEALTH: Antelope Valley Hospital adding cath labs and 15-bed cardiocvascular center.

Health Care column: Antelope Valley Hospital upgrading facilities to be more competitive

Media Reseller Finds New Wares

DVA Inc. in Burbank sells CDs, DVDs, electronics --- even your mother’s cookware.

Ryan Kugler, co-owner of entertainment media liquidation company DVA Inc.

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Sexy Hair, New Hope

CHANGE: Investors rescue bankrupt hair care company.

Sexy Hair Concepts acquired by an investment firm and emerges from bankruptcy.

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Video Conferencing Provider Opens Office Abroad

TECH: Location is expected to ‘springboard’ international growth for company, CEO says.

Providea Conferencing LLC opens its first office outside the U.S.

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New Freelancer Work Hub Attracts Regional Interest

OFFICES: Company may franchise business concept.

Owners of cooperative workspace considering franchising.

Taming the Curls

Hair Care Company Fills Gap for Bi-Racial Consumers

ENTREPRENEUR: Hair products manufacturer Mixed Chicks in Canoga Park.

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Hospital Adds Executive Position for Service Excellence

MEDICAL: Valley Presbyterian taps former assistant CNO to monitor patient satisfaction.

Healthcare Column: Valley Presbyterian Hospital hires new executive to monitor patient satisfaction.

Industry Groups Oppose Insurance Rate Review Bill

Industry and economic groups say giving California insurance regulators authority to deny rate increases deemed excessive is unnecessary and would jeopardize the quality of health care.

Insurance Commissioner Speaks About Premium Rate Increase Issues

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told local insurance professionals he has been monitoring the state’s largest health insurers and hopes to soon have the power to reject excessive rate hikes.

Brokers Gain Edge, Help Clients Through Partnerships

alliances: Companies align with professionals who offer customers added services.

PARTNERSHIPS: Insurance brokerage firms are partnering with other service providers to refer business and help clients.

Firm Adds Offices as Medical Records Business Grows

HEALTH CARE: Facilities meet company’s needs as it expands business nationally.

Medical technology company expands with new offices in two cities and grows in another location.

Health Plans Use Social Media To Get Closer to Customers

MARKETING: Carriers hope to give more of a personal touch amid negative publicity.

CARRIERS: Carriers are using social media and online forums to answer clients’ insurance questions.

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Largest Insurance Brokers Register Boost in Premiums

ACTIVITY: Some companies also undergoing changes in structure, adding divisions.

ABOUT THE LIST: The major players in the insurance brokerage business: who’s doing what in the industry? Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST INSURANCE BROKERS list for download (pdf)

Brokers Boost Customer Service through Technology

INNOVATION: Companies say digital systems save time and money for their clients.

TECH: Insurance brokerage firms increase efficiency and save money with system upgrades. Clients are benefiting from the digital improvements, too.

Slow Economic Growth Projected for Northern Los Angeles County

The Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys are expected to finally feel improvements in the housing market this year while job growth is expected to continue in both northern Los Angeles County and California, economists said today at an economic forecast conference in Santa Clarita.

Business Improves as Hotels Change Tactics, Renovate

HOSPITALITY: Better climate expected to continue with growth this year.

ABOUT THE LIST: HOSPITALITY: Hotels change tactics and undergo renovations as conditions improve in the industry. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST HOTELS list for download (pdf)

New Holy Cross Facility First Silver LEED Certified Hospital

CONSTRUCTION: Cost savings expected at $180 million facility to open in May.

HOSPITAL: The new wing of Providence Holy Cross is one of the first “green” hospital buildings in California.

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New Contract Connects West Hills Hospital To More Doctors, Patients

HEALTH CARE: Staffing levels expected to increase.

West Hills Hospital and the parent of Lakeside Medical enter into an agreement that will bring more business to the hospital.

Investors Planning Entertainment Hub at Burbank Site

CONSTRUCTION: Old Community Chevrolet building will have several tenants.

The 67,000 square foot Community Chevrolet building in Burbank has been sold to investors who will create an entertainment hub.

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Print Pro

CorporateImpressionsLA Inc.’s latest move into the music packaging business shows how creativity can help a firm grow even in a traditional industry.

ENTREPRENEUR: Corporate Impressions L.A. Inc.

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Biomedical Niche Draws NY Firm

DEVELOPMENT: Santa Clarita picked over several other areas.

BIOMED: A medical equipment development company has recently moved from New York to Santa Clarita in order to tap into its biomedical sector and skilled workforce.

Lighting Company Relocates to Glendale’s Creative Corridor

ASSIST: City now offering incentives to draw interest.

Kinetic Lighting has moved from North Hollywood to be one of the first businesses to join Glendale’s newly formed creative corridor after its new incentives were approved.

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Cherokee Licenses Sideout Brand to Volleyball Manufacturer

Brand management company Cherokee Inc. has entered into an exclusive license agreement for its Sideout brand for volleyballs and related volleyball accessories with Irvine-based Mikasa Sports USA Inc.

IKEA Burbank Launches Solar Energy System

IKEA’s Burbank store has officially plugged in its new solar energy system, marking the company’s fourth operational solar energy project in the United States and its first in California.

Amgen Creates Brazil Presence Through Acquisition Deals

Biotechnology company Amgen is acquiring Brazil-based pharmaceutical company Bergamo and is re-acquiring rights to its products in Brazil from the company Hypermarcas.

Troop Buildup

Dozens of New Bankers Bulking Up BofA Business Unit

Bank of America is hiring dozens of new small business bankers in the San Fernando Valley region this year to improve its services for small companies.

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New Vendor at Hospital To Absorb Layoffs of Firm

LABOR: Henry Mayo sets requirements in new contract.

In an unusual move, more than 120 workers laid off by a vendor of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia are getting the chance to continue working at the Valencia-based health care facility.

Tutor Perini Widens National Presence With Purchase

BUILDING: Southeast strategy boosts value.

CONSTRUCTION: Sylmar construction company Tutor Perini Corp. has acquired Anderson Companies, improving its national footprint by expanding into a new market.

Owner Changes Lindero Country Club Business Model

HOSPITALITY: Proprietor widens access to public.

Lindero Country Club is marketing its recently improved property to the public, making more amenities available for business and social events. The club’s restaurant and banquet room were renovated, along with other areas.

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U.S. Bank’s New Branch Focuses on Northeast Valley

LENDING: Panorama City facility designed to be resource for neighborhood’s small firms.

U.S. Bank’s recently opened Panorama City branch is reaching out to local small businesses. The opening reflects a larger expansion effort by the bank in the Valley.

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Centers Add Stores, See Return of Shopper Interest

RETAIL: Mall executives claim 2011 bringing higher spending per customer visit.

THE LIST: Valley-Area Shopping Centers: Brighter 2011 seen. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS list for download (pdf)

Number of Local Leases Doubles for CB Richard Ellis

RANKING: Firm holds on to No. 1 spot but total value of Valley-area deals declines.

ABOUT THE LIST: Valley's Largest commercial real estate brokers. Includes the 2011 SFV's LARGEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FIRMS list for download (pdf)

DineEquity to Relocate Applebee’s Headquarters Office

DineEquity Inc.’s Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant chain is moving its headquarters.

Local Businesses Deal With Property Damage From Weather

A couple of Woodland Hills businesses have temporarily relocated their offices due to building water damage that resulted from the recent heavy rains.

City Council Supports District That Would Boost Tourism

City officials have cleared the way for the creation of a tourism marketing district that would help attract more visitors to the city.

A Good Idea Can Actually Become a Successful Business

ENTREPRENEURS: Owners find they must always evolve and change to stay ahead of the pack.

IDEAS: It’s one thing to have an idea and another to make that idea work as a successful manufacturing business.

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Companies Seek New Business Lines, Enter Into Mergers

ISSUES: Rocketdyne waits for NASA decision.

Despite difficulties in the overall manufacturing industry in the past several years, some companies seek opportunities.

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Some Manufacturing Employers Gain Workers in Region

JOBS: Military program helps boost employee count among Valley-area’s largest companies.

THE LIST: Some of the region’s largest manufacturing companies brought more jobs last year to the area where aviation and aerospace manufacturing have a stronghold. Includes the 2011 SFV'S LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

Efficiency Tactics Help Manufacturers Improve Flow

PROCESSES: ‘Lean manufacturing’ methods are must-haves for many firms. Subhead

Lean manufacturing is an efficiency model that has been used for many years. Companies that have utilized the system’s various components are finding there is payoff.

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International Sales Increase For Firms During Downturn

TRADE: More companies of all sizes looking globally.

Companies see increase in international sales during the economic downturn as more Valley manufacturing firms of varying sizes seek more global markets.

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Rocketdyne: Valley Fixture Despite Its Name Changes

PROPULSION: Firm has managed to morph and overcome government’s whims.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been a fixture in the local manufacturing scene, acting as a major employer and bringing innovations to aerospace and other industries.

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Future Sylmar Retail Center to Bring Jobs

Local officials called a planned 20,000-square-foot retail development in Sylmar an economic boost for the community at the future center’s groundbreaking celebration today.

Green Team, College to Teach Businesses Sustainability

The San Fernando Valley Green Team is partnering with Pierce College in a program that will teach businesses and homeowners how to better conserve energy and water.

CEO of Magazine Made A Turn in His Career Path

PUBLISHING: Wurth chronicles how top-level executives made it big.

LEADERSHIP: 20 IN THEIR 20s - David Wurth, CSQ - C-Suite Quarterly magazine

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Networking Masters Found High-Level Connections

MARKETING: Duo finds friends first, business second.

LEADERSHIP: 20 IN THEIR 20s - Parham Nabatian and Kayvan Mott, Infinite Communications

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Retail Mix Develops for Mall

SHOPPING: Westfield readies portfolio for Village project.

Westfield starts lining up its retail mix at the proposed Village development that will link Topanga Plaza and the Promenade in the next several years. The company in the past few weeks has been giving more details about the project and sending out glossy brochures to the neighborhood.

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