Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert

Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)

Email: klippert@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Teledyne Unveils Thermoplastic Processing Cell

Teledyne CML Composites has invested to build a new thermoplastic processing cell with increased capacity.

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SRAX Launches Sequire Investor Community

Westlake Village fintech company SRAX Inc. has launched an investor community through its new online platform Sequire.

Dine Brands Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Glendale-based restaurant company Dine Brands Global Inc. announced that Vance Chang has been named chief financial officer, effective June 14.

Nonprofit RE:Her Launches Grant Program for Women-Owned Restaurants

A newly formed nonprofit named Regarding Her has partnered with delivery service DoorDash to launch a grant program for culinary businesses in need of COVID-19 relief funding.

‘Conejo Cash’ Program to Promote Hotel Stays

Visit Conejo Valley, the tourism marketing association for Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks, is sponsoring a program called “Conejo Cash” to give eligible visitors at participating hotels a $100 Visa gift card.

Cybersecurity Firm Focuses on Lawyers

‘Hired gun’ handles threats from employees to Russian hackers.

Cybersecurity firm focuses on lawyers.

Acquisition by PureSpectrum

TECHNOLOGY: Market data firm raises $17 million, makes deal.

Market data firm raised $17 million, makes deal for provider of market analytics.

STEM Kits Create Learners

Bin Feng caters to schools that teach coding and computer skills.

Bin Feng prides himself on being an out-of-the-box thinker.

Chili Raises Money for Homeless

Restaurants partner to benefit Bridge to Home.

Five restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley have partnered with Bridge to Home for their 2021 Cowboy Chili Cookout, in support of the nonprofit’s mission to help the homelessness.

Retail Center Hosts Photo Exhibit

Chamber and SchlickArt display quarantine imagery.

Photo exhibit for charity looks at life during COVID-19 quarantine.

Wells Fargo Donates to Tiny Homes

Bank gives $100,000 with plans for volunteers.

Wells Fargo Co. has partnered with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission as the official corporate sponsor of the largest tiny home village in California, kicking off the collaboration with a large donation.

Businesses Get Some Relief Under Yellow Tier

Los Angeles County beginning today entered the less restrictive yellow tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing increased operating capacity for many businesses while letting some other businesses open indoors for the first time in months, albeit with limits.

Input 1 to Participate in Universal Bank’s New Insurance Business

Input 1, a Woodland Hills-based digital billing and payment processing provider for insurance carriers, has been selected to service Universal Bank’s new insurance premium finance business.

FinTech Firm Grows Stock Surveillance System to 5 Million Investors

SRAX Inc., a Westlake Village-based financial technology company, announced today that its stock surveillance operating system, Sequire, has grown to over 5 million retail investors.

Cheesecake Factory Rebounds in First Quarter

Calabasas-based restaurateur Cheesecake Factory nearly climbed back to profitability during the first quarter, according to financial data the company reported on Wednesday.

Cruise Operations Could Restart in Mid-July, According to CDC

In a letter to cruise industry leaders Wednesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention signaled that U.S. sailing operations may resume as soon as mid-July.

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Thousand Oaks Digital Marketing Agency Changes Name

Bold Collective, a Thousand Oaks-based brand consulting studio, announced a rebrand last week with a new name as well as the launch of their new connected television ad management division, SecondPage.

Hotels Take First Steps on Slow Road to Recovery

LIST: Room occupancy has improved, but don’t expect business as usual this year.

Room occupancy has improved but won’t return to normal this year.

Work at Sea Option

Princess Cruises to offer onboard Wi-Fi for remote employees.

Princess Cruises ups technology to offer remote work at sea option.

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Business Orgs’ HQ On Auction Block

Valley Economic Alliance lists Sherman Oaks digs for $7 million.

Valley Economic Alliance lists Sherman Oaks digs for $7 million.

Theme Parks Flip Switch

Universal, Disney, Six Flags open with limited capacity.

The month of April will mark the reopening of three major theme parks crucial to the Valley economy

Upscale Eatery Opens a Year Later

Closed after five days last year, Pasta|Bar comes back.

Five days after its first dinner service in March 2020, Encino restaurant Pasta|Bar closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hotel Chef Moves to Ghost Kitchen

Zef BBQ opts for pop-up model at other restaurants.

Logan Sandoval’s Zef BBQ leaves Simi Valley garage to try ghost kitchen model.

Updated Regulation Allows Out-of-State Customers at Theme Parks, Concerts

A small update to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Tuesday allowed vaccinated out-of-state visitors to attend venues and events – including theme parks – restricted to in-state visitors only.

New CEO for Software Firm

Business software provider Cforia Software has announced that Karl Florida will succeed founder Chris Caparon as chief executive officer.

LAEDC Report ‘Optimistic’ on Economic Recovery

Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. reported indicators of a strengthening economic recovery in the county during its monthly economic briefing.

Universal Studios Hollywood Reopens to Public

Universal Studios Hollywood opened for guests to visit the theme park’s rides and attractions, including the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride.”

Bar Transforms to Member-Only Club

Vaccination requirement allows face-to-face interaction inside.

North Hollywood bar becomes members-only club.

Tinhorn Flats Continues Campaign to Stay Open

REGULATION: Burbank police condemn ‘persistent unlawful behavior’ despite arrests.

The city of Burbank and local business owners of Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus closures

Tia Chucha’s Expands for Anniversary

Civil protests spur sales at bookstore in Sylmar.

Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center expands larger location.

Job Service for ‘Justice-Involved’

Three Valley organizations join the training program.

The Los Angeles Office of Diversion and Reentry has partnered with several Valley nonprofits to launch a new job training and mental health support pilot program called SECTOR.

Children’s Museum Takes Library

Camarillo’s kidSTREAM to promote science, math.

The former Camarillo Library will soon be donated to nonprofit kidSTREAM to develop an interactive children’s museum.

Kitchen Relocation

RETAIL: Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits evolve during pandemic.

Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits change.

Plug for Meetings In Ventura County

Marketing campaign stresses safety for conference and trade shows.

California Resources Corp. appoints Mark “Mac” McFarland as permanent chief executive.

Startup Pays to Sell Your Data

TECHNOLOGY: BIGtoken adds BitCoin to cashout options.

CRYPTO Data marketplace BIGToken adds Bitcoin as a cash-out option for its users.

Laemmle Theaters Newhall Open for Business

Laemmle Theaters Newhall celebrated its grand opening Friday after extended delays caused by the coronavirus.

Preview: Where's My Food Truck?

Pandemic pushes mobile vendors to hunt for new parking spots.

Hermes Signs Lease at Westfield Topanga

Hermès, a luxury retailer of men’s apparel, fragrances and fashion accessories headquartered in Paris, has signed a lease for a new store to anchor an expansion at the Westfield Topanga shopping center in Woodland Hills.

Valley Economic Alliance to Sell Headquarters Building

The Valley Economic Alliance has listed its headquarters at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks for sale.

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Burbank Caps Food Delivery Fees

Following the lead of other cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Burbank City Council has adopted a temporary ordinance to cap commission rates for food delivery to assist in the reopening of businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Despite Arrest, Tinhorn Flats Determined to Open Again

The city of Burbank and the owner of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus-related closures, most recently with the arrest of the owner’s son, Lucas Lapejian.

Burbank Locks Tinhorn Flats, and Again Owner Cuts It Off

The city of Burbank on Wednesday morning put a red tag of condemnation on the defiant Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill and padlocked its doors for a second time.

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LAEDC Foresees Significant But Not Complete Recovery in 2021

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. reported an optimistic outlook for the county in its monthly economic briefing this week.

Fernando Award Foundation Names Co-Chairs

The Fernando Award Foundation board of directors announced Monday the election of co-chairs Mark Levinson and Pegi Matsuda.

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Valley Hotels Sign Agreement on ADA Compliance

Ten hotels in the Valley region have signed agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s office to resolve investigations of non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ventura County Coast Launches Video to Reassure Meeting Planners on Hotel Safety

Ventura County Lodging Association has launched a virtual tour to assure meeting planners it is safe to schedule in-person conferences and trade shows at local hotels.

Habit Hamburgers to Health Staff

Catering fleet carries meals to Valley vaccination sites.

As part of an initiative to increase community service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Habit Burger Grill is hosting over a dozen events at local vaccination sites to feed frontline workers.

Chick-Fil-A Opens In Glendale

Chain continues expansion during the pandemic.

A new Chick-fil-A franchise has opened in the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale.

Business Activists

REGULATION: Restaurants and gyms in Ventura County organize to ‘fight back’ on COVID rules.

Ventura County businesses that defied lockdown orders and formed a group to fight local governments now want to set up a branch of that group in Los Angeles County.

Skateland Makes Way For Homeless

Closed rink conversion to provide bridge housing.

Roller rink Skateland has permanently closed after six decades in business, with the iconic Northridge building slated to become a bridge-housing facility through the nonprofit Hope of the Valley.