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December 21, 1993 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ThS. machine-tool industry--the arcane business that makes machines that make other machines--calls it Fadal's Attraction. Fadal Engineering Co. Inc., a 33-year-old family-owned business, has bolted out of the blue to almost single-handedly overtake the Japanese in a market that they dominated for most of the 1980s.
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January 12, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to concerns that high levels of chromium--and its toxic byproduct chromium 6--pose a serious threat to public health, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) called on the federal government Thursday to toughen national standards for the chemical in drinking water. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner, Boxer said federal officials should conduct their own review of safe levels for chromium and chromium 6--just as the state of California is doing.
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September 1, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Hollywood is fretting about a downturn in production and the flight of jobs to cheaper markets such as Canada and Australia, a certain niche of the entertainment world is quietly flourishing: porn. This summer, grips, gaffers and best boys of mainstream movie-making are marching down Hollywood Boulevard in an effort to save their jobs.
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November 14, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State water regulators Monday released a list of 142 San Fernando Valley sites where they have asked property owners to help determine whether chromium 6 may have been discharged in ways that contributed to soil and ground water contamination. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board sent letters to the Valley businesses on Nov. 8 to help pinpoint the source of pollution by chromium 6, a suspected carcinogen featured in the film "Erin Brockovich."
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March 17, 1996 | JULIE SHEER
Certain film stars are a director's dream. These actors are easygoing, don't throw temper tantrums and won't complain about uncomplimentary camera angles. You'll never hear them whine--except when they're programmed to. That's because they're animatronic, the mechanical brain-children of today's hottest special effects wizards, combining animationa and electronics to bring Hollywood critters to life.
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January 18, 1994 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The earthquake sent shock waves through Southern California's business community Monday, crippling transportation and communications, damaging factories and idling thousand of workers. Companies in the San Fernando Valley were hit hardest by the magnitude 6.6 quake, with many firms forced to close because of damage or lack of phones and electricity. Some of the hardest hit: * Rockwell International Corp.'
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November 14, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley businesses, particularly those in the growing high-tech sector, are poised to prosper in the coming years, even as the economic crisis in Asia prompts some firms to rethink investment in that troubled region. Those were the conclusions of a group of panelists focusing on the Valley's economic future at the 10th annual VICA business forecast conference held Friday in Woodland Hills.
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May 23, 1998 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One after the other, they took turns at the microphones, 12 business managers, educators and public officials. Focused and well-informed, uniformed in the understated attire of professionals, they assayed the complicated process of getting welfare recipients into paying jobs. In the audience, less than 10 feet from the podium, Cheryl Coleman sat waiting. She wore a navy blue jersey-and-slacks ensemble, and large silvery earrings.
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May 25, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a recent evening in the city's Mid-Wilshire district, half a dozen small pickup trucks rolled up to the curb in front of a nondescript apartment building. The occupants bailed out and huddled on the sidewalk--"roll call" for the Toyota gang. One by one, the trucks drove into the night, most bound for the San Fernando Valley, where they would meander side streets and alleyways, prowling for metal to steal. "It's like a shopping mall for thieves out there," said LAPD Det.
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February 11, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley economy is poised for continued growth this year, but nagging problems of traffic, education and land use must be addressed to prevent business defections to outlying suburbs, economist Jack Kyser said Thursday. Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., predicted a 2.3% increase in the number of jobs in the Valley region this year, contrasted with 2.4% in 1999.
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August 15, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley is home to the biggest concentration of entertainment companies in the world, and the "101 Tech Corridor" from the Valley to Ventura County is considered one of the fastest-growing high-technology regions in the nation. But despite this seemingly unbeatable combination, industry experts say the Valley has yet to establish a reputation as a hotbed for companies trying to marry content with technological wizardry.
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March 21, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan announced Monday that Trammell Crow Co. has completed purchase of a former defense industry plant in Van Nuys, with plans to develop it into a light-industry and high-tech manufacturing campus. The development of the 24-acre site at 16555 Saticoy St., formerly owned by the Marquardt Co., has been a high priority for Riordan. He designated it part of Genesis L.A., a program to find a use for a dozen large industrial properties scattered throughout the city.
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February 11, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley economy is poised for continued growth this year, but nagging problems of traffic, education and land use must be addressed to prevent business defections to outlying suburbs, economist Jack Kyser said Thursday. Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., predicted a 2.3% increase in the number of jobs in the Valley region this year, contrasted with 2.4% in 1999.
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December 12, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Carl Laemmle flung open the gates to Universal's new studios off Lankershim Boulevard, he ushered in not only 10,000 eager movie fans but a new era for the San Fernando Valley. It was March 15, 1915, and a crowd of men in waistcoats and women in bonnets jostled to catch a glimpse of the new stages, buffalo and other animals, and the movie stars and movie cameras Laemmle had brought to the dusty ranch just outside Hollywood. "See how slapstick comedies are made.
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September 1, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Hollywood is fretting about a downturn in production and the flight of jobs to cheaper markets such as Canada and Australia, a certain niche of the entertainment world is quietly flourishing: porn. This summer, grips, gaffers and best boys of mainstream movie-making are marching down Hollywood Boulevard in an effort to save their jobs.
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January 20, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Concerned about the high concentration of nickel-plating firms in the San Fernando Valley, a City Council panel asked Tuesday for a report on limiting their location near residential neighborhoods. Councilman Hal Bernson, chairman of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, said his recent appointment to the South Coast Air Quality Management District has helped educate him about the health hazards of fumes from nickel-plating companies.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When it comes to the current technology boom, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County are perhaps the region's best-kept secrets. Head north along the Ventura Freeway, where the suburban sprawl and industrial landscape give way to rolling hills and bedroom communities. There are several big players on this side of the hill--think GTE and biotechnology giant Amgen. No single field drives the growth in this increasingly diverse region.
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February 14, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Organizers of the new Machine Tool Partnership Academy at Van Nuys High School do not hesitate to say that in addition to better paving the road to college, the magnet-style program's main purpose is to land students jobs. "It appeals to students who like to work with their hands, who like having a sense of accomplishment," said Roberto Gutierrez, who helped develop the academy and who works with at-risk teenagers with the nonprofit New Directions for Youth.
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November 14, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley businesses, particularly those in the growing high-tech sector, are poised to prosper in the coming years, even as the economic crisis in Asia prompts some firms to rethink investment in that troubled region. Those were the conclusions of a group of panelists focusing on the Valley's economic future at the 10th annual VICA business forecast conference held Friday in Woodland Hills.
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September 10, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawn by a large pool of skilled and unskilled workers, manufacturers are taking another look at the San Fernando Valley, fueling a budding resurgence in the area's declining industrial sector. That was the assessment a commercial real estate developer delivered to a group of business leaders Wednesday, expanding upon a new report that gave an upbeat analysis of the Valley's economy.
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