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Restaurants Question L.A. County's Shutdown of Outdoor Dining

Los Angeles County health officials have announced that outdoor dining at food-service businesses will be prohibited, a decision questioned by the restaurant sector.

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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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Ventura County Reopens Economy on Improved COVID Numbers

Ventura County on Tuesday moved into the state’s red tier status for COVID-19, allowing for more businesses to reopen.

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Public Health Minor Coming to Cal Lutheran

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will offer a minor in public health starting in January

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Disney to Lay Off 28,000 in Parks Division

Walt Disney Co.’s park division said Monday it is reducing its staff count as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 28,000 domestic employees affected.

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Revenue Rises at Simulations Plus

Drug modeling software company Simulations Plus Inc. enjoyed an increase in revenue compared to last year, while earnings per share remained flat for the fourth financial quarter.

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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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Robot Surgery Debuts in Van Nuys

First outpatient replacement could lead to lower costs.

Valley surgeon Dr. Jaime Hernandez performed the first outpatient knee replacement surgery earlier this month using the CORI robot, according to a statement from the Center for Orthopedic Surgery in Van Nuys.

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Room Refurbishment

TOURISM: Hoteliers use coronavirus downtime to update their properties.

Although the hotel industry has suffered a major setback because of the pandemic, a few hotel owners have taken advantage of the slow business period to optimistically forge ahead with site renovations.

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Ventura County Drops to Purple Tier

Ventura County has dropped to the most restrictive COVID-19 reopening framework tier.

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Last Round of Grant Applications for L.A. Recovery Fund

The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will accept its sixth and final round of small business grant applications this week.

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Preview: Health Care Special Report

Valley hospitals were required to spend in preparation for a surge of COVID patients that didn’t materials.

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Location Filming Declines in November

For the first time since movie production in Los Angeles County reopened in June, location filming decreased in November.

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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.

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BlackLine Acquires Accounts Receivable Software Maker Rimilia

Woodland Hills accounting software developer BlackLine Inc. has acquired Rimilia, a U.K.-based platform that automates the accounts receivable process.

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Scramble to Comply in Tier Changes

COVID surge puts Ventura County back in purple status.

Ventura County was one of 41 counties to drop to the state’s most restrictive reopening framework tier on Nov. 16, joining the rest of Southern California.

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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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For Drug Modeler, French Connection Pays Off

Quarterly report validates Simulations Plus’ acquisition of Lixoft earlier in the year.

Simulations Plus bought French medical software company Lixoft in April, despite a pandemic that hampered in-person communication.

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Cheesecake Factory Settles for Misreporting Pandemic’s Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges against Cheesecake Factory Inc. for misreporting the impact of the coronavirus on its business operations and finances.

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Nurses Strike Planned in Thousand Oaks, West Hills

Nurses at two hospitals in the Valley region have called a 10-day strike from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 to protest unfair labor practices.