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Don’t Give Us Another Lockdown

Following a surge in confirmed cases of COVID-19, Ventura County last week was pushed back into the state’s most restrictive “purple tier.”

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Cheri Fleming, Auto Dealership Owner and Civic Leader, Dies at 69

Cheri Fleming, among the most accomplished business and civic leaders in the Valley area, died Monday evening after suffering a brain aneurism two weeks ago.

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A New Way to Hurt Our Businesses

‘Maybe the supporters (of Proposition 15) should hit up the profligate legislators instead of the overburdened taxpayers.’

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$133 Million Pushes Industry AI Beyond Limits

Artificial intelligence firm with NASA backing explores new continents.

The big deal for artificial intelligence software developer Beyond Limits came in September in the form of $133 million.

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Apparel Icon to Home Decor

RETAIL: True Religion’s Kym Gold launches Style Union Home.

Kym Gold, co-founder of True Religion Apparel, will launch her new home decor brand Style Union Home in the fourth quarter this year, with its headquarters right here in the San Fernando Valley.

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Called to Academia

PROFILE: Lori Varlotta, new president at Cal Lutheran University, brings the role of change agent to campus.

Interview with Lori Varlotta, the new president at California Lutheran University.

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Executives Promoted at PennyMac Financial

PennyMac Financial Services Inc. has announced two promotions within its executive ranks, effective Jan. 1.

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AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

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Medical Supply Company Settles Medicare Fraud Claims

Valley Home Medical Supply Inc. in Canoga Park paid a $565,873 settlement after allegations arose that the company defrauded the federal government's Medicare and Tricare programs.

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Killing Us Slowly With Their Laws

The California Legislature last month ended its 2020 legislative session where most of the final day of session was spent arguing about partisanship and figuring out how to conduct business virtually.

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Job Hunter

Holly Schroeder, chief executive at Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp., takes on a second role as chair of the L.A. County Workforce Development Board.

Holly Schroeder, who has led the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. for seven years, has taken on the added role of chairperson for the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.

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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.

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Crisis Messaging

PROFILE: Mustang Marketing’s Dianne McKay counsels clients to stay on message during pandemic.

Dianne McKay took the helm as sole owner of Mustang Marketing in April, with the retirement of founder Scott Harris.

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Nine Keyes Auto Dealerships Sold

Keyes Automotive Group has sold off nine of its dealerships to Lithia Motors Inc., a Medford, Ore.-based publicly traded auto dealer.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Acquired for $4.4 Billion

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $4.4 billion.

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Pre-Built Shafts for the Construction Industry

MANUFACTURING: Modular Elevator doubles revenue by saving contractors time.

Modular Elevator Manufacturing Inc. makes standard elevators but delivers them in an unconventional way.

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AI Company Eta Compute Raises $12.5 Million

Westlake Village tech firm Eta Compute Inc. has raised $12.5 million in a Series C round led by Synaptics Inc. in San Jose.

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No Fans in Stands Make for Ticketless Season

ENTERTAINMENT: Calabasas firm manages sports spending for companies.

Live sports and other events were among the earliest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic as venues and teams shut down their operations.

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Beer Taste Test

BEVERAGE: L.A. County health rules for tasting rooms make breweries unsustainable, owners say.

At a typical small brewery, the money is made in the tasting room.

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Westlake Bio, Alexandria Team on Lab Buildout

BIOTECH: VC firm to invest in startups that become tenants.

Two real estate deals have put the Conejo Valley’s biotech hub on the fast-track to expansion.