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Newhall Homes On the Horizon

CONSTRUCTIION: L.A. County approves 5,500 new houses.

Big wins for Newhall Ranch’s first two subdivisions.

Recycling Goes Organic

ENVIRONMENT: New rule on waste disposal creates opportunity for Ecco-Technologies.

Ecco-Technologies expects new food-waste recycling requirements to feed business.

Tesla Shares Tech With Santa Paula Grower

Santa Paula lemon and orange grower Limoneira Co. has struck up a new partnership with Palo Alto electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. to test out its new battery system designed for a wider range of uses beyond automobiles.

Finally, Vineyards at Porter Ranch Fully Ripe

DEVELOPMENT: $150 million project to include medical, hotel and apartments.

February was a banner month for a major retail, residential and commercial project with a long history in Porter Ranch.

Developers High On Eyes in Sky

AVIATION: Drone usage takes off at construction projects.

Why construction sites are the newest subjects for drones and cameras.

Homeowners Hear Westfield's Promenade Plan

It was standing room only in a small auditorium at Kaiser Permanente’s medical center in Woodland Hills Wednesday night for a presentation on a mixed-use project expected to transform the Warner Center area.

Never Say Die Entrepreneur

MANUFACTURING: Employee Noemi Prado turned around firm on the brink of closure.

Southwest Moulding’s carefully-crafted turnaround.

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Preview: Soft Story = Hard Times

Many apartment owners in the San Fernando Valley are now feeling the tremors from a law passed by the Los Angeles City Council requiring costly retrofits so buildings can better withstand earthquakes.

Game Change

Software morphs work routine with ‘gamification’

Changing its game: 10-year-old firm shifts focus and gamifies training and performance tracking for call/contact centers.

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Thinker in 3D

Architect and sculptor Jeffrey Kalban employs a left brain/right brain approach to create buildings he describes as ‘romantic Modernist.’

Architect Jeffrey Kalban talks about designing buildings with and for some of the industry’s stars.

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Dole’s Cash Deals

In preparation for an IPO, Dole improves its finances by sellling its headquarters and shutting down berry operations in Ventura County.

Dole Food Co. cuts berry operations and swaps properties to help reduce debt.

Valley’s Plans a Rewrite Priority

REAL ESTATE: City personnel to work on neighborhood updates.

Community plan updates will kick off in the Valley.

Oil, Gas Firms Losing Ground

ENERGY: Companies chop staff, ditch drilling as prices plunge.

Local oil and gas companies ride a slippery slope as prices plunge.

Video Links Keyes to Car Buyers

AUTOMOTIVE: Program logs 30 percent conversion rate.

To connect personally with online car shoppers, Keyes Auto Group implements interactive video car tours.

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Rebound Blvd.

Thousand Oaks wants a downtown with nightlife

Thousand Oaks plans to revitalize its main street with apartments and nightlife.

Tutor Perini Falls After Investor Presentation

Tutor Perini Corp.'s stock price sunk more than 6.5 percent Thursday as the Sylmar-based construction company became the newest target of activist investor Carson Block.

Virtual Realtors

REX and a Hollywood production house partner on 3D marketing campaign for a $57.5 million Malibu beach house.

Online broker REX partners with virtual reality studio to market homes in the digital world.

Industrial Properties Morph into Self-Storage

Transaction: Repositioning fetches higher price for a Burbank building.

How can you fetch a higher price for an industrial building?

Remodel Creates Futuristic Office

REAL ESTATE: CBRE showcase at former Kate Mantilini location.

With the future of work sites and locations in mind, CBRE takes over former Kate Mantilini restaurant in Warner Center.

C-Suite Cheer

Former cheerleader Deborah Sweeney takes a can-do attitude in running, the legal service company she acquired from Intuit.

Q&A: Deborah Sweeney, owner of