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Say it with a festive sign

Before the pandemic, Beth Benton, a resident of Oak Park for over 30 years, was constantly coming up with ideas to celebrate special moments like birthdays and the welcoming of new grandchildren for one of her sons, who lived in Columbus, Ohio. A friend referred Benton to Sign Gypsies, a yard greeting rental service. Benton felt this would be the […]

First anniversary for CBD Comfort Zone

CBD Comfort Zone in Agoura Hills is celebrating its first anniversary. Owner Stu Meyer opened the CBD store, his second, in April 2020. Meyer’s family settled in Oak Park in 1969 and moved to Westlake Village’s First Neighborhood in 1976. Meyer and his wife, Debbi, are 1984 Agoura High School graduates, so the town was the obvious location for his […]

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Post-COVID market perks up with office sale

Newmark Group real estate company announced it has sold The Park Calabasas office complex to a Chinese buyer. Gemdale USA, a subsidiary of China-based Gemdale Corporation, purchased the office building at 4500 Park Granada for $79 million, Newmark said. The 222,500-square-foot, low-rise campus is 92% leased to six tenants and features expansive outdoor courtyards, new on-site amenities, landscaped gardens and […]

Paying it forward with treats

Enterprise Holdings, owner of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, will inject $41,500 into the Conejo Valley economy via restaurant gift cards that were recently given to its employees. Enterprise gave each of its 80,000 full- and part-time employees nationwide a $100 gift card to enjoy at a local, not chain, restaurant. The cards were […]

County small business loan program tapped out

The Los Angeles County Development Authority’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program has reached its application limit with loan requests now in excess of $30 million. Launched Jan. 28, the loan program provides eligible businesses with a competitive interest rate for loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million. Businesses that applied for the program must have been in operation for at […]

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Data, computer expert crunches the numbers during pandemic



As a computational biologist for Amgen, it was up to Michael Bass to run the numbers from thousands of experiments to identify which drugs showed promise and which ones didn’t. “Even with random data, if you have 21,000 ways to find a correlation, I can guarantee you, you’ll find a correlation—but that doesn’t mean it’s real,” said Bass, who retired […]

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Homebuyer assistance begins

Ventura County Community Development Corporation has awarded its first From Here Forward program recipient. Mia Martinez, a Ventura County resident, recently closed on her first home with the help of $100,000 in down-payment assistance from the corporation. The program provides gap funding for homebuyers who were physically or economically harmed by the Thomas or Woolsey fires. The development corporation has […]


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