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Archive By Author - Jana Adkins


UPDATE: Another blockbuster year for filming in Santa Clarita

Filming activity in Santa Clarita hit new milestones in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year, with each year outdoing the prior one in terms of film permits issued, film days and economic impact to the area.

January 12, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Tilted Kilt owner opts for more family friendly restaurant

The owner of Tilted Kilt in Valencia chose to discontinue operating the Santa Clarita-based franchise restaurant in favor of opening an eatery that is more fitting for the community, its general manager said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Tilted Kilt closes in Valencia

The Tilted Kilt restaurant on Town Center Drive in Valencia has closed, a spokesman for the chain's Tempe, Arizona-based corporate office confirmed Monday.

January 05, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Mann Biomedical Park: The Art of the Deal

The 181,025 square foot Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia and 612,075 square foot Sylmar Biomedical Park were sold to Santa Clarita general contractor/developer Dale Donohoe of Intertex Companies, in partnership with Oaktree Capital Management, in one of the largest deals in Southern California. The biomedical parks are home to companies like Boston Scientific, Bioness, and the Alfred Mann Foundation in Santa Clarita; and Second Sight and Quallion in Sylmar. While terms of the deal weren't disclosed, industry experts pegged the value of the deal at somewhere north of $100 million.

December 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Outlook 2015: Filming

Santa Clarita was on track to break another record for filming in 2014; the fifth consecutive year it has broken film records – which bodes well for 2015 local experts say.

December 23, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Businesses lend helping hand to SCV nonprofits

Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organizations were the beneficiaries of more than $80,000 in cash donations this month.

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


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


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Haggen delays SCV store switch

Haggen has pushed back the conversion date of the Vons grocery store in Santa Clarita on Bouquet Canyon Road.

April 17, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


City officials ask state to clarify jobless numbers

After years of steady declines in the jobless rate, Santa Clarita officials are at a loss to explain why the city's unemployment rates have spiked this year and are asking state officials to either fix the calculations or clarify the basis for their calculations.

April 17, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Home sales and prices rise in Santa Clarita Valley

Sales and prices of Santa Clarita Valley single-family homes rose in February while condominium sales slumped, a trade association reported Monday.

March 23, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


California unemployment rate dips to 6.7 percent in February

California's unemployment rate fell for the second consecutive month since the new year, down to 6.7 percent in February, a state agency reported Friday.

March 20, 2015 | Jana Adkins | Santa Clarita Valley News


High-speed rail could affect Vista Canyon project

California's high speed rail project could affect the Vista Canyon master-planned community on Santa Clarita's east side - but the developer Tuesday wished Gov. Jerry Brown luck with the mess that has become of requirements associated with the California Environmental Quality Act.

March 18, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Occidental Petroleum spinoff lands in Santa Clarita

A former Occidental Petroleum operation, California Resources Corporation, announced that it has leased 21,000 square feet of office space on Tourney Road in Santa Clarita.

March 09, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


SCV Office Vacancy Rate Low Compared to Surrounding Markets

Office vacancies in the Santa Clarita Valley dropped nearly 7 percent in 2013, ending 2014 in the fourth quarter with a 14.8 percent vacancy rate, according to Colliers International. Nearly 80,000 square feet of multi-tenant office space was leased by year-end 2014.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


The Building Trends They Are a Changin’

Tom Wulf, Board President

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


New SCV Retail Center Planned for Copper Hill Drive

With construction expected to begin soon, a new retail shopping center is slated for Copper Hill Drive and Camino Del Arte in Santa Clarita. Using the working name of West Hills Plaza, developer Ahmad Ghaderi closed the deal in buying the property in June of 2014, with a purchase price of $5.569 million.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


Mission: Keep a Barn Lit on Fire All Night without Burning Down

Launched in 1973, Firetect is everywhere flames aren't. Manufacturing their own fire retardant products, the Santa Clarita firm owned by Kathleen and Randy Newman, helps to protect globally known theme parks and film studios to keep their properties and the people who inhabit them safe from fire.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


Lessons Learned: Moving Boldly by Buying When No One Else Wants To

Lance Williams, President and CEO

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


SCV Company Poised to Take Giant-3M Products

After more than two decades of research and product development, Santa Clarita's 3D International LLC is betting on being able to eat into a portion of market share held by the global 3M Company. And experts with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation are betting the company can do it so they've pitched in to set the company up for continued success.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ E | Local Business News


Grocery Retailer Plans to Bring Cool Northwest Vibe to Two Vons Stores

Within mere weeks, Pacific Northwest-based Haggen will begin the gradual conversion of Santa Clarita's two Vons grocery stores in Valencia and Saugus. And those stores aren't the only ones the small Bellingham, Wash. grocery retailer will be re-branding.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


3D Systems: SCV Resident Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for 3D Printing

One of Santa Clarita's own was inducted into the 43rd National Inventors Hall of Fame at the United States Patent and Trademark office last year. Canyon Country resident Charles Hull is credited as being the inventor of stereolithography – the first commercial rapid prototyping technology commonly known today as 3D Printing. And Hull is also the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems on Hercules Street in Valencia.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Local Business News


Market healthy despite drop in home sales

January home sales followed a typical seasonal pattern of dropping significantly from the prior month, but median prices are up and the number of available homes for sale is reaching healthy levels in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said Friday.

February 27, 2015 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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