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Archive By Author - Jana Adkins


Business advocates say bill awaiting governor’s signature will hurt companies

Among the bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature to become law is one aimed at protecting a growing class of California workers - temporary hires.

September 04, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Runaway Film Production Leads to Loss of High Wage Jobs

As film flight continued between 2004 and 2012, the film industry lost more than 16,000 jobs according the latest report by the Milken Institute. These aren't just any jobs either. They're high-paying middle class jobs with wages that can average $98,500 per person – jobs that contribute to the state revenues and provide sustainable incomes that allow the workers to spend that money in their local communities.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Filming Helps Support Redevelopment Area

As the historic downtown Old Town Newhall district continues to undergo a renaissance, some of the retailers in the business district have used filming to supplement the bottom line, produce income for vacant buildings or fund charitable efforts in giving back to the community.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Film Incentive Program Serves as Economic Driver to Support Businesses

The city's Film Incentive Program was put in place in 2009 to "drive economic activity" in Santa Clarita. We asked Jason Crawford, economic development manager and overseeing the city's film office, what exactly does that mean?

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


More Movie Ranches Expected to Join City’s Movie Overlay Zone

Providing expedited permit processing and notably lower permit fees than neighboring cities, the city of Santa Clarita is readying to expand the number of ranches it includes it includes in its Movie Ranch Overlay Zone.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Technical Special Effects Company Customizes Illusions

Influenced by working for the Disney special effects department, Monte Lunde and Rock Hall struck out on their own and opened their own entertainment systems company, Technifex, in 1984.

September 03, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Santa Clarita: Home to Disney’s Movie Ranch

Back when Walt Disney founded California Institute of the Arts and the Disney movie ranch in Santa Clarita, few would have predicted how successful the filming industry would become locally. When the two entities were founded more than five decades ago, Santa Clarita was mostly a sleepy backwoods rural area in Los Angeles County.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


City’s Incubator Plans to Set Itself Apart From Unsuccessful Ones

As the city of Santa Clarita gears up to open its incubator program, targeting creative industries, it is working with a number of business organizations to publish the application process for interested startup companies.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Hoping California’s Proposed Film Tax Credit Helps the Industry Compete

Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers moved to quadruple tax credits as an incentive to keep the state's homegrown film industry at home. The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would boost total subsidies to $400 million a year.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Roundtable: Filming in the SCV

The California's Legislative Analyst's office reported that gross output of the U.S. motion picture industry in 2012 was $120 billion – more than natural gas distribution ($82 billion). And in analyzing the value of a state tax credit to keep filming in California, the office noted that the state lost 13 percent of the industry's jobs in only eight years.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Filming From Valencia to London to Morocco

As a high-end performance car corners the curve on a canyon road during a chase scene, one car flips in a crash as helicopters descend heading for the lead car. And special effects engineering company for the stunt industry, J.E.M. F/X, is on the movie set.

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Utopia: New Reality TV Series Debuts in Santa Clarita

What if you believed you could build a better community – one where a collective of people decide how they will live and work, and what the rules and law of the new society will be? Would the people selected create ultimate happiness or utter chaos?

September 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


State lawmakers reach deal on film tax credit

California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two local hotels sold to undisclosed buyer

Two Santa Clarita hotels, Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western sitting side-by-side off the I-5 freeway at Magic Mountain Parkway, have been sold for $21 million.

August 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley home sales soften in July

Median prices and home sales softened in July as the number of Santa Clarita Valley homes listed for sale shot up nearly 50 percent over the prior year, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Monday.

August 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Home ownership may get a boost

New guidelines issued by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could boost the number of home loans granted to first-time buyers who are finding it difficult to save enough cash for a down payment, according to Santa Clarita Valley Realtors.

December 20, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


City’s jobless rate holds steady

In stark contrast to Los Angeles County, the city of Santa Clarita's jobless rate in November was 4.8 percent, nearly half the county rate, figures released Friday showed.

December 19, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart High grad helps design menswear line

They say that the clothes don't really make the man; it's the man that makes the clothes. With the Ace Rivington clothing line, however, this belief has been re-fashioned.

November 30, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Traditional SCV home sales outpace distressed properties

Sales of homes in which owners have equity hit a nearly two-year high of 92.5 percent in the Santa Clarita Valley during October, reported the Southland Regional Association of Realtors on Monday.

November 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Baja Calif. and Tequila inspired

The tale of how Solita Tacos and Margaritas, a Huntington Beach restaurant, came to open an eatery in Santa Clarita began with the trips down the Baja California coast and through tours of tequila distilleries in Mexico.

November 21, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Santa Clarita’s jobless rate hiccups

Santa Clarita's October unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in September, according to numbers released Friday.

November 21, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mann Biomedical Park sold

The Mann Biomedical Park on Rye Canyon Road has been sold to Santa Clarita contractor Dale Donohoe of Intertex Companies, Donohoe confirmed Wednesday.

November 19, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Industrial market is tight in Santa Clarita

A lack of industrial Santa Clarita buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range, either for sale or lease, has made for a fairly tight market, said Chris Jackson, executive vice president with NAI Capital.

November 09, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


ADI prepares for milling machines

Gearing up to open its newly constructed building sometime in March, Aerospace Dynamics of Santa Clarita is also awaiting the arrival the first of four new milling gantries to machine aerospace parts.

November 02, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


MannKind Business Spotlight: Lessons Learned

How MannKind Would Change How They Conduct Clinical Trials in the Future

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Company poised to help fight Ebola virus

As the nation's top health officials worked to assure Congress they can halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., Santa Clarita-based UltraViolet Devices Inc., and its partner The Clorox Company, is busy fielding calls for help.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Providence Launches $150 Million Venture Capital Fund

Providence Health & Services has launched a venture capital fund aimed at driving innovations across the health care system to improve quality, lower costs and create better outcomes, the healthcare organization announced.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Audi’s Pursuit of Automated Driving Technology

Auto manufacturer Audi was the first company to receive a newly created autonomous driving permit issued by California as a new set of regulations governing the testing of automated driving on the state's roads took effect.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Medical Sleuths Solve Mystery Illnesses Using the Wisdom of the Crowd

Inspired by his sister's serious, and undiagnosed, medical condition, Jared Heyman founded CrowdMed, a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to help solve even the world's most difficult medical cases.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Home-growing a Biomedical Cluster by Creating Shared Space

Seizing on a golden opportunity to bring additional support to the region's biomedical industry, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. is going after a federal Science and Research Park Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration.

October 27, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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