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Burbank's Quanta in Reverse Merger With Medolife Rx

Quanta Inc. in Burbank has agreed to acquire a 51 percent stake in Medolife Rx, a Wyoming company that uses patented polarization technology to make anti-viral and immune-boosting therapeutics.

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.

Arcutis Jumpstarts Year With $159 Million IPO

Skin treatment startup looks past pandemic to launch first product.

In January, dermatology research company Arcutis Biotherapeutics Inc. raised $159 million when its stock debuted on the Nasdaq for $17 a share.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

HBO Movie Set on Cunard Ship QM2

Meryl Streep aboard to film the literary drama ‘Let Them All Talk.’

Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 is making waves in Hollywood.

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.

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.

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.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

The Man With an Investment Plan for 2021

Tony Battaglia, branch manager at Raymond James’ Woodland Hills office, discusses risk assessment.

Tony Battaglia believes in the power of a plan.

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.

Skateland Turns to Homeless Facility

Hope of the Valley to buy the closed rink in Northridge.

The owners of iconic Northridge roller skating rink Skateland have announced they plan to sell the property at 18140 Parthenia St. to homeless services nonprofit Hope of the Valley, which will transform the building into a bridge housing facility.

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.

Corporate Strength Can Help Operators in Crisis

LIST: Food service firms account for most names on Business Journal’s directory.

Franchised restaurants, often with strong brand recognition and support from well-capitalized corporate owners, may seem better equipped than independent restaurants to survive a crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, but that assumption isn’t always true.

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.