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Valley Economic Alliance Recommends Changes to L.A.’s Building Permit Process

The Valley Economic Alliance has presented 13 recommendations for permit reform to the city of Los Angeles in an effort to streamline the current real estate development and building process.

Business Formation Up at CorpNet

Online legal document firm finds growth in pandemic.

Online legal document filing service CorpNet has benefitted from pandemic.

LegalZoom Looks for Subscription Revenue

LAW: Executive team from Intuit tries to duplicate the TurboTax success model.

Former Intuit Execs at LegalZoom.com Inc. trying to recreate success of TurboTax.

Restaurateurs Talk COVID Impact

Owners juggle kitchen labor shortage, supply problems.

The Association for Corporate Growth on Oct. 13 held a panel with four local restaurant executives to discuss the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

Mask Order Extended in Ventura County

The Ventura County Public Health Officer this week extended the indoor mask order that requires all individuals wear face coverings when indoors in public settings. The new details also establish criteria for ending the mandate.

Universal City Event Debuts the Solo

Three-wheel EV can handle freeway driving for only $18,500.

Climbing into the Solo, a single-occupant vehicle from Canadian electric car manufacturer ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., feels exactly like getting into any type of car, said Kevin Pavlov, the chief executive.

It’s Growth Season for Gold’s Gym

New location in Northridge, remodel in Conejo Valley.

Gold’s Gym SoCal will expand its locations over the next four years.

Capstone Sells Turbines to Utility in Colombia

Capstone Green Energy Corp. announced this week it received an order for a three-bay microturbine system from a natural gas utility company in Colombia.

Magic Mountain to Build Wonder Woman Roller Coaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain announced this week plans to build its 20th roller coaster called Wonder Woman Flight of Courage.

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State’s Labor Laws Need Updating

With remote work models here to stay, state needs to update labor laws.

Pandemic May Have Caused 'Structural Change' in Labor Market, Per LAEDC Briefing

Despite a reduction in weekly unemployment claims in L.A. County, regional recovery from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains slow going.

New Rule Puts Risk in Recycle

REGULATION: Metal shredders ask for federal oversight.

State agency wants to make a change that recyclers say will drive them out of business.

Simulations Plus Misses Estimates on Earnings in Fiscal Fourth Quarter

Simulations Plus Inc. on Monday reported a 12 percent gain in revenue for fiscal 2021 and a 3 percent gain in its fiscal fourth quarter.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Kennedy Wilson plans to break ground this quarter on a 589-unit master-planned community on a 32-acre parcel owned by and adjacent to California State University – Channel Islands.

Dole Tackles Food Waste at Home

Marketing campaign tries to educate consumers.

Dole Sunshine Co. announced the results of a survey late last month which revealed that a third of U.S. consumers make no effort to reduce food waste at home.

IHOP Introduces Melts to Reach Dinner, Lunch Customers

As part of an effort to appeal to lunch and dinner consumers, IHOP announced Monday that it has launched a new line of sandwich melts on its all-day dine-in and to-go menus.

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Ghost VFX’s New Leaders Seek Change

Burbank firm’s president talks about global expansion.

Ghost VFX, a visual effects house with a location in Burbank, announced this month that Patrick Davenport has been appointed as president as part of a strategic expansion.

IATSE Negotiates Deal Before Its First Strike

Stagehands union’s agreement requires membership vote.

IATSE averts its first ever strike as it reaches deal with TV, film producers.

Firm Steps Forward With Living Wage

LiteGear in Burbank thinks $20 an hour will help worker productivity.

Burbank LED lightning manufacturer LiteGear Inc. giving its employees a $20 living wage.

Deal Puts BYD in Driver’s Seat for Fleet Sales

Joint venture lines up to buy 5,000 vehicles over five years.

Early this month, BYD Motors Inc. announced a collaboration with a new San Diego-based joint venture, Levo Mobility, to integrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology into 5,000 vehicles over the next five years.