Two years ago, nine students sued the state of California for violating their constitutional right to equality of education with unfair teacher tenure laws.
At the end of June, the company held a retreat.
It is not just the downturn in the American economy that has fried much of the restaurant industry it is myriad forces coming home to roost. The closing of the Elephant Bar in Santa Clarita was surprising but in many ways predictable and there are lessons to be learned:
As recovery continues in the industrial real estate space, several new projects are finally set to come on line with construction beginning as early as this year.
There are a lot more tenants chasing a lot fewer deals in the Santa Clarita Valley retail space, according to John Cserkuti, senior vice president with NAI Capital.
The inventory of available office space in the Santa Clarita Valley has shrunk dramatically within the last three years, according to Ryan House, vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle.
Hedman Partners' success can probably be counted by the number of firms it has helped to become successful.
California released the final list of companies selected for the first allocation of tax credits under the Governor's 'California Competes' program.
The makers of an affordable CNC - Computer Numerical Control - machine for hobbyists found themselves with a landslide victory when they turned to the Kickstarter crowdfunding site to raise $10,000 to launch their idea.
Beginning June 1, the Motion Picture and Television Fund health care centers, including the one on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita, will operate under the UCLA Health System umbrella.
The Great Wall of China is so large it can be seen from space.
At any given time in California, there are numerous bills in circulation dealing with - or dealing out - meritless lawsuits. In fact, scheming trial lawyers have become a seemingly unshakable facet of our state's identity. With more than 50 closed state courthouses, 205 closed courtrooms, reduced operating hours at 30 courthouses and more than 50 vacant judgeships due to state budget cuts, California's court system is beyond critical mass.
When the SCVBJ invited a group of local entrepreneurs and startup CEOs to the table this month, we knew the conversation would not follow the regular, orderly pattern of most industry professionals.
Designed to house specific kinds of startup companies that complement the region's growing entertainment industry, the downtown Newhall incubator being launched by the city of Santa Clarita and College of the Canyons is expected to open in October, said an official with the city.
Six leaders from the Santa Clarita Valley accompanied Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on a one-week trip to meet with business leaders and investors in China and Hong Kong. One of the meetings held included 40 to 50 potential investors who are interested in the U.S. market. The SCV Business Journal asked each of the local people in the delegation about their personal impressions, and the economic opportunities they see for the Santa Clarita Valley.
With acres and acres of open land, developer Newhall Land has its own film division to handle the request for filming on its properties.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The last month for the California Senate and Assembly to pass or kill bills this year has begun. At the end of August, Gov. Jerry Brown will have one month to sign or veto bills that make it through the Legislature. Many of the bills that have had been on the Valley Industry & Commerce Association's (VICA) radar in 2014 are still in circulation, for better or for worse.
In the best seller "Good to Great," author Jim Collins states that any organization that wants to improve should start by getting the right people, as he says, "on the bus and the wrong people off it."
CalArts School of Film/Video by the numbers:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TV crews from the series "NCIS" built a fake safety deposit room inside the break room of the Bank of Santa Clarita's main branch in which the cameramen shot a few hours of film. By the time the editing was completed, the scene probably only made it into three or four minutes of the TV show.