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Valley Kaiser Permanente Staff to Appear in Rose Parade TV Segment

Staff from Valley facilities of Kaiser Permanente will participate in the health care organization’s 90-second video for “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” on New Year’s Day.

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.

Three Counties Explore Forming Separate COVID-19 Region

Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties intend to petition the state to form a separate Central Coast region for the purpose of coronavirus pandemic regulation.

Preview: Deal-Making in 2020

Valley companies grapple for position to profit in pandemic's aftermath.

Down Year Deal-Making

Coronavirus slowed M&A activity in 2020, but now companies are looking forward to the post-pandemic economy.

After several years of furious deal-making in the Valley, 2020 represented a pause. There were no equivalents of Walt Disney Co.’s $71 billion purchase of 20th Century Fox or Amgen Inc.’s acquisition of the drug Otezla for $13.4 billion, both deals from 2019.

First Home COVID Test In Valencia

Ellume’s $30 kit secures approval from the FDA.

Digital diagnostics company Ellume Inc., an Australian company with U.S. operations in Valencia, developed the first at-home COVID-19 test approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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.

Wealth Managers’ Wild Ride

Financial advisors weathered market downs and ups during a year of surprises.

The onset of the coronavirus caused one of the sharpest nosedives in the history of global capital markets. Between Feb. 20 and April 7, the Nasdaq tumbled an unprecedented 1,864 points, a loss of nearly 20 percent.

Princess Cruises Extends Sailing Pause

Princess Cruises has again postponed the resumption of cruising activity, this time through May 14.

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Guitar Center Emerges from Chapter 11

Just a month after filing to reorganize under Chapter 11, Guitar Center Inc. has emerged after ridding its balance sheet of about $800 million in debt.

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.

Celebrity Taco to Benefit Nonprofit

Foo Fighters’ singer Dave Grohl designs charity menu items.

Sherman Oaks restaurant Casa Vega has partnered with big name rock stars to design limited edition tacos, the sales of which will benefit a local charity.

At Least One County Supe Gets It

‘Before you imperil thousands of businesses and crush a million dreams, shouldn’t you be pretty sure of what you’re doing?’

Carbon Health Opens Testing Site in Simi Valley

Clinic starts with COVID based on current demand.

San Francisco-based urgent care chain Carbon Health opened its first clinic in Ventura County just before Thanksgiving — with its initial focus on COVID-19 testing, according to the company.

Warner Bros. Modernizes Lot With Icebergs

Project will add 800,000 square feet of office space to Burbank market.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has experienced a lot change this year, from the launch of HBO Max in May to layoffs in the summer and fall to the delay on releasing films to theaters.

Alex Padilla Appointed to U.S. Senate

Gov. Gavin Newsom has chosen Secretary of State Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.

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Virus Surge Cancels Airport Traffic Recovery for Thanksgiving

The region’s airports were expecting a major boost from Thanksgiving weekend travel, with bookings at their highest level since the pandemic began and airlines planning significant increases in flights.

Promenade Pullback

DEVELOPMENT: Westfield will move forward gradually in Woodland Hills.

Shortly after Promenade 2035 – the $1.5 billion overhaul of mostly dormant Westfield Promenade shopping mall in Woodland Hills — got final approval last month, the developer decided to wait to start construction.

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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.

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.