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Avery Dennison Spends $88 Million to Buy ACPO

Avery Dennison Corp. has acquired ACPO Ltd., an Ohio-based manufacturer of pressure-sensitive labels and industrial tapes, for $87.6 million.

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Farmers Insurance Buys MetLife Auto & Home

A subsidiary of insurance carrier Farmers Group Inc. will acquire MetLife Auto & Home, the property and casualty division of MetLife Inc.

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Westlake Village Office Building Bought for $8.7 Million

A 45,464-square-foot office building in Westlake Village has sold in an off-market deal for $8.67 million.

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Buying into Market Dip to Rebalance Portfolios

One of Jason Sands’ clients asked how he could help others financially during tough times.

Wealth manager Jason Sands sought to keep clients on track for their long-term goals during the year of crisis, while also meeting short-term needs.

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Extra Work on Teledyne’s French Acquisition

TECHNOLOGY: Company adjusts terms and price to reach deal with government.

In a rare move by a company that has grown through its acquisitions, Teledyne Technologies Inc. has made only one in the past year.

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Apple Tree’s Seed Money

Tax credit helps buy, rehab low-income apartments.

Hunt Capital Partners announced in November that it had closed a $13.7 million federal low-income housing tax credit equity financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of Apple Tree Village.

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Business Gets Vocal on Outdoor Dining Ban

RETAIL: Advocates point to lack of data for regulations.

an Fernando Valley restaurants are reeling after L.A. County health officials ordered a temporary prohibition on outdoor dining, a decision that drew strong criticism from business and public policy leaders.

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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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Restaurants Protest, Defy Outdoor Dining Ban

Tensions about the state of California’s ban in the Southern California region on outdoor dining are reaching a boiling point, with some restaurant owners openly defying the regulation they see as unfair and hypocritical.

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Coty Buys a Piece of the Kardashian Brand

Makeup firm pays $200 million for stake in KKW Beauty.

Kim Kardashian West’s Woodland Hills cosmetics company KKW Beauty Inc. achieved a valuation of $1 billion this June when the model and reality television star sold a 20 percent stake for $200 million.

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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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Federal Stimulus Package Reopens PPP

Leaders of the U.S. Senate on Sunday announced a deal with the House of Representatives to pass a $900 billion economic stimulus package.

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Amgen Licenses Experimental Drug for Tuberculosis, Leprosy Treatment

Amgen Inc. has licensed one of its investigational pipeline drugs to Medicines Development for Global Health for the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy.

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State Small Business Fund Opens for Grant Applications

The state of California’s $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program has opened its first round of applications

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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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Chatsworth Plaza Shopping Center Sells for $14.9 Million

Chatsworth Plaza, a commercial shopping center at 21405-21515 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth, has sold for $14.9 million.

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Multi-Tenant Industrial Site in Van Nuys Sells for $3 Million

A 16,230-square-foot industrial site in Van Nuys has sold for $3 million, or nearly $188 per square foot.

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Resonance’s Soothing VR Platform

Audio, video calms patients during MRI procedure.

Resonance Technology in Northridge demoed its virtual reality platform at the Radiological Society of North America’s virtual event last year, a bright point for the small medical device manufacturer.

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Publishers Find ‘Mag’ App Easy

MEDIA: Phone-based technology creates online magazines

Jake Warner needed a tool to streamline his workflow as a photographer and media manager for Red Bull’s auto racing series.

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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.