Airport Authority Authorizes $336 Million Contract for LAX Terminal Extensions to Ease Connections to Automated People Mover

Los Angeles World Airports officials announced on Friday final authorization for a $336 million contract to build extensions to the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to connect to the planned people mover.

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Strawberry Grower Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Eclipse Berry Farms has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of California strawberry operators facing difficulties.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Snap Lays Off Two Dozen Employees

Snap lays off two dozen employees; Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg leaving in March; and California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission.

Union In, Levinsohn on Leave at Times

The Los Angeles Times is now officially a union paper, and its publisher might be on the way out after a lurid report of sexual harassment and misconduct while with prior companies.

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Facial Recognition Boarding Passes Start at LAX

There’s a new way to board a British Airways flight at Los Angeles International Airport – with your own face.

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L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent in December Amid Modest Gain in Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, matching the record low hit last year, as the local economy continued to post modest job gains.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Retires

Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck announced on Jan. 19 that he plans to retire from his post at the beginning of the summer.

Miracle Mile Office Tower Sells for $96 Million

Jade Enterprises has purchased a 20-story, 207,000-square-foot office tower at 6420 Wilshire Blvd. on the Miracle Mile for $96 million, or nearly $464 a square foot, from Boston-based TA Realty. according to CoStar Group Inc.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

L.A. among the finalists for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; Jam City develops ‘Harry Potter’ game; and Apple leases 128,000 square feet in Culver City.

Report: L.A. Times Publisher Tied to Sexual Harassment Claims

Los Angeles Times publisher and chief executive Ross Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, according to a Jan. 18 National Public Radio report.

Legislators Introduce Measure to Ban Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

A pair of state legislators introduced a measure on Jan. 17 to ban any moratoriums on new natural gas hookups.

L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters.

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Weingart and Ballmer give $15M to Recruit Doctors Needed in South L.A.

The Weingart Foundation and a charity founded by Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer have donated $15 million to help fill a doctor shortage in South Los Angeles.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Tetra Tech Buys Australian Engineering Company

Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure.

Tetra Tech Acquires Australian Engineering Firm Norman Disney

Pasadena-based consulting engineering services firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced on Jan. 17 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Australia’s Norman Disney & Young, an infrastructure engineering design firm that focuses on environmentally friendly buildings, for an undisclosed amount.

U.S. EPA Targets Former Landfill Site in Monterey Park for Redevelopment

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 17 it is targeting a former landfill site in Monterey Park currently on its Superfund list of the most toxic cases as one of 30 sites nationwide for redevelopment.

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Mossimo Giannulli’s G/Fore Collection Acquired by Peter Miller

Beverly Hills-based sportswear brand G/Fore has been acquired by Peter Millar, a luxury apparel brand in Raleigh, N.C., for an undisclosed amount.

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Clearlake Capital to Acquire Janus International

Clearlake Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Santa Monica, agreed to acquire Janus International Group for an undisclosed sum, the outfits announced Jan. 17.

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Torrance-Based Emmaus Life Sciences Groundbreaking Sickle Cell Drug Goes on Sale

Emmaus Life Sciences Inc. of Torrance announced Wednesday that its breakthrough drug to treat sickle cell disease had hit pharmacy shelves after a quarter century of development.

B. Riley Acquires 29 Percent Stake in Bebe Stores

B. Riley Financial Inc. has acquired 29 percent of Bebe Stores Inc. for $16.9 million, the company announced Tuesday.