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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?’

How Cheri Fleming Faced Setbacks

Three things about Cheri Fleming truly stand out.

Cheri Fleming, Auto Dealership Owner and Civic Leader, Dies at 69

Cheri Fleming, among the most accomplished business and civic leaders in the Valley area, died Monday evening after suffering a brain aneurism two weeks ago.

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Maybe Valley Will Get Some Offices

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Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic hit nearly eight months ago, businesses started questioning whether they would need as much office space going forward.

Disney Now Not the Happiest Place

‘At some point, it would be uncomfortable for Disney execs to stand up at an annual meeting and try to convince shareholders that they’re carrying out their fiduciary responsibility by staying in California.’

A New Way to Hurt Our Businesses

‘Maybe the supporters (of Proposition 15) should hit up the profligate legislators instead of the overburdened taxpayers.’

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.

No More Fines for ‘Open for Business’ Signs

Los Angeles City Council member Bob Blumenfield successfully led an effort Tuesday to end one small but aggravating issue for local retailers during the pandemic: Fines for businesses that put up banners saying they were open.

Why Are We Waiting Like This?

‘I feel like we are all captive actors in the absurdist play “Waiting for Godot.” We are illogically sitting around, waiting for a vaccine to arrive. But a vaccine may be months away or even longer, and there is no assurance that it will be quickly deployable or even very effective.’

Arabian Awards Postponed; Fernando a ‘Maybe’

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, two well-known San Fernando Valley fall events – the Arabian and Fernando awards – will not be held in person this year. It is possible the Fernando Award will become a virtual ceremony.

How L.A. Can Help its Businesses

‘Suspend the gross receipts tax until the pandemic has ended.’

The City’s Shakedown Machine

The unfolding corruption scandal involving Los Angeles City Hall denizens and real estate developers is absolutely shocking. On the other hand, it’s not at all surprising. It’s almost to be expected.

Princess Cruises’ Parent to Sell 6 Ships, Delay Restart

Carnival Corp., which owns Princess Cruises of Santa Clarita, has reported that it lost $4.4 billion in the second quarter and is speeding up the sale of six ships.

Was That an Error at the Stadium?

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

New Waste-to-Energy System to Explore Sites in L.A.

A new waste-to-energy technology, looking to set up shop at some landfill site in Los Angeles, has gotten a letter of support from Los Angeles County.

Hey, Mayor, We Bent That Curve

‘Our political leaders know about running an economy as much as those guys on “Tiger King” know about Verdi opera.’

Local Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Bribing FBI, ICE

A Calabasas lawyer has pleaded guilty to federal charges including bribing agents from the FBI and ICE to provide protection for him and to obtain sensitive information.

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.

Mission Valley’s Earnings Up

Mission Valley Bancorp on Tuesday announced that its first quarter net income of $816,000, or 25 cents a diluted share, was up more than 16 percent from the same quarter last year.

Economists Forecast 20 Percent GDP Plunge

The economy is darkening rapidly, and on Thursday local experts said they now believe GDP will nosedive more than 20 percent in the second quarter.