Los Angeles Business Journal

AES May Build Largest Battery Facility in the World

Power company AES Corp. is planning on building a 300-megawatt battery facility in Long Beach, the Daily News reports. If approved by state regulators, the storage facility would be the capable of storing more electrical power than any facility previously constructed.

Are California Refineries Manipulating Gas Prices?

Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog alleges that California refineries are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gas prices in the Los Angeles area are an average of 50 cents higher than the national average. The Western States Petroleum Association says higher prices in California are due to higher taxes and fees as well as requirements for a more environmentally friendly blend of gas.

Southern California Home Prices Rise

Southern California home prices rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier to $465,000 in October, the Los Angeles Times reports. Nationwide prices have surpassed prices during the bubble peak in 2006, though the Los Angeles metro region is now 7.8 percent below the bubble peak numbers.

Stocks Mixed

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 76 points in early Wednesday trading to 19,198. The S&P 500 rose 6 points to 2,210. The Nasdaq fell 6 points to 5,375. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 228.

LAX Breaks Thanksgiving Record

An estimated 2.3 million travelers passed through LAX this Thanksgiving holiday period, an increase of 8.4 percent over last year’s record of 2.1 million, KPCC reports. The busiest day at the airport was Nov. 18, the first day of the 11-day traveling period.

SpaceX Expected to Release Report on Rocket Explosion

SpaceX is expected to give federal authorities a preliminary investigative report next month pinpointing fueling procedures as the most likely cause of the September explosion of its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company intends to resume launches before the end of 2016 if government agencies sign off on its major findings and give approval for operational changes to prevent a repeat of the same accident.

Metro to Pay Additional $300M for 405 Widening

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will pay nearly $300 million more to Kiewit Corp., the contractor for the 405 widening project, after years of dispute over responsibility for cost overruns, the Los Angeles Times reports. The agreement will push the cost of the Sepulveda Pass project above $1.6 million, 55 percent higher than the original budget.

Beverly Hills Home Sells for $4M Over Asking

Jill Tavelman Collins, an ex-wife of musician Phil Collins, bought a house next door to her Beverly Hills home for nearly $4 million more than the asking price, The Wall Street Journal reports. A bidding war with about 17 offers sent the price up to $12.5 million.

Stocks Fall

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21 points in early Tuesday trading to 19,077. The S&P 500 fell 2 points to 2,199. The Nasdaq fell 5 points to 5,364. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 228.

ESPN Reports Loss of 2 Million Subscribers

Walt Disney Co. reported that its flagship cable network ESPN lost about 2 million subscribers in fiscal 2016, ended Oct. 1, The Hollywood Reporter reports. ESPN now has 90 million subscribers, down from 100 million five years ago. The slump in viewership has spooked investors and shares are down 18 percent this year to near $98.

Three Multifamily Properties Trade for $120M

Brentwood-based R. W. Selby & Co. has acquired three multifamily properties in Bel Air and West L.A., The Real Deal reports. The three properties, purchased by State Farm about 10 years ago, sold for $120.1 million, or about $639 per square foot.

Disney’s ‘Moana’ Takes $81 Million

Walt Disney Co.’s new animated film “Moana” scored big at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, taking in $81.1 million and beating “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which placed No. 2 in its second weekend with $65.8 million, The Hollywood Reporter reports. It was the second-biggest Thanksgiving Weekend opening on record.

Workers Protest Underground Garment Industry Working Conditions

Workers for Ross Dress For Less protested the treatment of employees at Southern California’s underground garment industry over the weekend, claiming the discount chain refuses to pay them the legal minimum wage, the Daily News reports. Ross representatives said that the retailer complies with labor laws.

Stocks Fall

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 49 points in early Monday trading to 19,103. The S&P 500 fell 5 points to 2,208. The Nasdaq fell 15 points to 5,384. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 228.

Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime Pay Rule

The future of a federal rule change that would grant millions more Americans the opportunity to earn overtime pay has been cast into doubt following a federal court ruling in Texas, according to the Los Angeles Times. Read the Business Journal’s previous coverage of the issue as it pertains to California here.