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How Cheri Fleming Faced Setbacks

Three things about Cheri Fleming truly stand out.

Give Homeless Money, Not a Unit

It’s outrageous that the average cost to build a city-subsidized apartment for the homeless has climbed to $559,000 with highest per-unit cost now at $746,000.

Was That an Error at the Stadium?

‘We may look back on this moment as an opportunity that was lost.’

Newsom Outlines Broad Plan to Resume Work

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday outlined a cautious plan to reopen the virtually shuttered California economy in phases in the coming weeks as COVID-19 cases stabilize.

Wealth Managers Advise Anxious Clients to Hang Tight

Shocking plunges in the stock markets in recent weeks have prompted frantic calls from investors to their wealth managers.

Mission Valley Has Record Full-Year Results

Mission Valley Bancorp on Wednesday reported a down fourth quarter but positive full-year results that set an earnings record.

Post-Midterm Magic for Investors

You’ve heard that if a National Football Conference team wins the Super Bowl in January, it’ll be a bull market that year? Or that when hemlines rise, so do stock prices? Superstitions like those are pretty stupid.

Ventura County = Economic Slug

Lack of real estate development has hurt Ventura County.

Lack of real estate development has hurt Ventura County.

Yay for Modern ‘Telephone Booth’

Modern phone booths make sense.

Businesses Still Won’t Get Respect

Maybe now the local business community will get more respect, you think?

Is Amgen a Different Company?

Amgen Inc. hit a rough patch last week.

Growing Quickly Here in the Valley

Last May I wrote that BlackLine issued a nice quarterly report – it beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines – yet it seemed a bit odd that the stock swooned 5 percent.

Shock’s Coming for Manufacturers

California’s manufacturers are still on the ropes. Yet the legislature seems intent on delivering the knockout smackeroo.

Business Confronted with Homelessness

True or false?: The business community in the San Fernando Valley supports the city’s idea to house the homeless temporarily in specified areas in each council district.

Homelessness a Huge Problem for Valley Businesses

The homelessness problem locally ranks as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, and the business community in the San Fernando Valley strongly supports the city’s proposal to put temporary homeless shelters in in each council district.

The End of the Home-Buying Frenzy

You may have seen recent news accounts about how home sales have slowed nationwide.

It’s Just What the Doctor Ordered

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong appears to be the ideal owner for Los Angeles Times.

Gas Is a Taxing Matter in This State

Are Californians finally fed up with unreasonably high gasoline prices?

Will BlackLine Stay in the Black?

BlackLine has been a nice story for the San Fernando Valley. It went public more than a year and a half ago, and the stock has been a solid performer. The company generally has gathered nice reviews from the investment community as well as for its products, financial software.

California Exodus: The New Reality

Recently, I got a note from a local business executive telling me he was retiring and moving out of California.