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CSUN Students Help JPL Research

Center integrates design and humanities with hard science.

Cal State Northridge students help on projects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Excess Food Turns into Donations

Cheesecake cites efficiency gains with the Copia app.

Cheesecake Factory has donated more than 400,000 pounds of excess food to nonprofits this year, almost doubling its total by this time in 2019.

‘Intersecting Crises’

PROFILE: Incoming CSUN president Erika Beck talks about how online work and learning impact education.

Interview with Erika Beck, the incoming president of California State University – Northridge.

Black ENTREPRENEURS MONTH: Shawna Christian Tansy

2120 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank Business: Home décor and garden shop (310) 266-7822 • Email: Shawna@shoptansy.com Website: tansyburbank.com

HYDROGEN HUB

PROFILE: How Mayor R. Rex Parris is luring alternative energy companies to Lancaster.

Hydrogen companies from around the world including SGH2, Hitachi Zosen Inova and Toshiba are setting up shop in Lancaster, hinting at that area’s potential to become a premier alternative energy hub. Creating a welcoming environment for such companies is a motivator driving longtime mayor and career lawyer R. Rex Parris. SGH2 last year signed a deal with the Antelope Valley city to build a first-of-its-kind plant called S2 that will use a NASA-developed method to incinerate the city’s recycled waste to create hydrogen, which could be used to fuel vehicles. In this interview, Parris says it’s “inevitable” that Lancaster will be known as a hydrogen hub and explains why he’s a big believer in alternative energy.

Italian Outplacement Firm Enters U.S. Via Valley

STAFFING: Acquisition the first step toward ‘global reach’ from Burbank.

The outplacement division of human resources technology firm CareerArc in Burbank has rebranded as Intoo USA

Restaurants Take Another Bite at Profitability

RETAIL: Owners balance costs versus limited capacity.

To open or not to open – for restaurant owners, that’s the question.

Insperity to Open Woodland Hills Office

Human resources provider Insperity Inc. has opened a sales office in Woodland Hills.

California Oilman

PROFILE: Todd Stevens, former chief executive of California Resources, looks back at his tenure.

West Point graduate and former Army officer Todd Stevens became the first chief executive of California Resources Corp. in 2015 when the company spun off from Houston-based Occidental Petroleum.

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.

Data Firm Goes Public by Reverse Merger

Westlake Village data firm BIGtoken announced it has gone public through a reverse merger with Force Protection Video Equipment Corp., a North Carolina company that sells video and audio equipment to police units.

Service Opportunist

PROFILE: Hope of the Valley’s Ken Craft uses business tactics to combat homelessness.

Since founding Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in 2009, former preacher Ken Craft has grown his nonprofit into one of the largest transitional housing and homeless service providers in the San Fernando Valley. With regulatory red tape and a strong NIMBY contingent limiting real estate options, the job has been anything but easy.

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.

A Seat at the Table

FOOD: Unreal Deli breaks into the substitute meat business with help from investor Mark Cuban.

When Jenny Goldfarb went vegan, the New York native wanted to find a way to replicate her favorite corned beef without animal byproducts.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Disney to Close 60 Retail Stores

Walt Disney Co. will shutter at least 60 of its Disney retail stores in North America this year.

Paper Analyzes COVID for K-12

SynED publishes takeaways for higher education sector.

Thousand Oaks educational nonprofit SynED earlier this month published a report detailing insights from academics regarding the long-term impacts of the pandemic on teaching and learning.

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.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Did Kylie Jenner Talk Too Much in Coty Deal?

COSMETICS: Trade secret complaint from manufacturer.

A celebrity makeup label and its contract manufacturer are clashing over a transaction the manufacturer claims broke the parties’ agreement and revealed trade secrets to a major competitor.