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Mortgage Brokers’ Bonanza

In midst of pandemic, low interest rates foster home-buying and refinance surge.

The coronavirus pandemic and efforts to suppress it have shaken the national housing market – and given some segments a considerable boost.

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Hearing System Approved for Valencia Company

Advanced Bionics in Valencia, in collaboration with fellow Sonova Group subsidiary Phonak, on Thursday announced it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market its cochlear implant technology platform.

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Public-Private Coalition Launch ‘Safer at Work’ Campaign

A coalition of government agencies and business groups in Los Angeles County have launched the “Safer at Work” campaign to encourage companies, workers and customers to follow best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

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Atara Biotherapeutics Signs Deal With Bayer Worth Up to $610 Million

Atara Biotherapeutics and German pharmaceutical giant Bayer have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop therapies for solid tumors.

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Amgen Submits Lung Cancer Drug for European Approval

Amgen Inc. has submitted for approval from the European Medicines Agency its drug used to treat a mutation of non-small cell lung cancer.

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Casa Pacifica Moves to New Offices in Camarillo

Space consolidation saves for community programs.

Casa Pacifica has found a new home for its community-based programs.

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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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Amgen Gets Favorable FDA Designation

Amgen Inc. has received a breakthrough therapy designation from the Food and Drug Administration for an investigational drug to treat advanced, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.

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Audio Company Moves into Car Monitoring

AUTOMOTIVE: AutoSense checks on driver, passengers, children and pets in vehicle.

With its vehicle occupant monitoring system, audio equipment maker DTS Inc. will make a play for a new market beyond its traditional buyers.

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Virus Surge Cancels Airport Traffic Recovery for Thanksgiving

The region’s airports were expecting a major boost from Thanksgiving weekend travel, with bookings at their highest level since the pandemic began and airlines planning significant increases in flights.

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BioSolar Launches Green Hydrogen Subsidiary

Battery technology company BioSolar Inc. has launched a wholly owned subsidiary focused on producing green hydrogen at a lower cost.

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Disney Reports Subscription Numbers, Shares Soar

At an investor conference Thursday, Walt Disney Co. announced its Disney+ streaming service has amassed 86.8 million paid subscribers.

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Chief Executive Todd Stevens Exits California Resources

California Resources Corp. announced Monday that Chief Executive Todd Stevens will leave the company on Dec. 31 after a six-year run.

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Pet Tracker Technology Resized for Tiny Collars

Huan based product design on feedback from owners.

Pet tracking system Huan has expanded its product line with the release of Tiny Tags.

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Teledyne to Buy Flir Systems for $8 Billion

Teledyne Technologies Inc. announced Monday it will acquire Flir Systems Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $8 billion.

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Former Coco’s Location in Calabasas Trades for $3.3 Million

A property that served as the longtime host of a Coco’s restaurant has sold for $3.28 million in Calabasas.

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Carbon Health Opens Testing Site in Simi Valley

Clinic starts with COVID based on current demand.

San Francisco-based urgent care chain Carbon Health opened its first clinic in Ventura County just before Thanksgiving — with its initial focus on COVID-19 testing, according to the company.

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Nurses Strike Called Off

A nursing strike planned for the holidays was narrowly avoided, with Hospital Corporation of America and Service Employees International Union 121 RN coming to a tentative contract agreement.

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Three Counties Explore Forming Separate COVID-19 Region

Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties intend to petition the state to form a separate Central Coast region for the purpose of coronavirus pandemic regulation.

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Cronies Sports Bar Defies COVID Crackdown

RESTAURANT: Agoura Hills watering hole racks up fines, loses permits and licenses.

Cronies Sports Bar and Grill, nestled in the Agoura Meadows Shopping Center at 5687 Kanan Road, entered the national spotlight last month as one of the first restaurants to openly defy Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining ban and continue serving patrons on site.