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Truckers Seek Break on Cap, Trade

TRUCKING: Industry fears diesel, gasoline prices will spike Jan. 1.Truckers help drive state lawmakers into revisiting program that would raise fuel prices next year.

By Andrew Edwards August 18, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

Grease Theft Bill Passes Legislature

The state Legislature has approved a bill to increase penalties for stealing used kitchen grease from restaurants.

Condom Bill Fails in Senate

A bill requiring mandatory condom usage on adult film sets in California died Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee, but backers plan to re-introduce it next year.

11 Percent Hike Recommended for Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation insurance rates should go up 11 percent next year from current levels, an insurance industry body said Wednesday despite objections from business and labor interests.

Customs Seizes Stuffed Baboon, Lynx, Other Taxidermy Items

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized several taxidermy mounts of wild animals and other items including a bear skull and impala horns had been scheduled for illegal export from the Los Angeles area, the agency reported Tuesday.

AllenCo Fined $99,000 in Environmental Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that AllenCo Energy has agreed to pay a $99,000 penalty for violating federal environmental laws at an oil field near USC.

L.A. City Attorney Cracks Down on Tobacco Retailers

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Tuesday issued suspensions against 14 retailers for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors and announced other steps to crack down on retailers.

Alarcon and Wife Convicted

Former Los Angeles City Council Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of voter fraud and perjury in a case involving allegations they lied about their residence in order for him to qualify to run for office.

Malibu Limits Chain Store Space

Malibu’s City Council voted Monday to restrict the amount of space chain stores can lease in Civic Center shopping centers, but much less than a citizens’ initiative would. The council also voted to place the citizens’ initiative on the November ballot.

L.A. Port Traffic Rising

Traffic at the Port of Los Angeles increased by nearly 14 percent on a year-over-year basis in June as shippers moved up their cargo due to the possibility of a work stoppage at the nation’s busiest seaport.

City Seeks Receiver for DWP Institutes

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has asked a court to appoint a receiver to oversee the actions of two organizations run by the Department of Water and Power and a local union.

Ex Exec Says MCS Violated Campaign Laws

Last year, L.A. officials awarded four contracts worth $545,000 to Managed Career Solutions for workforce development services. Backing the company was then-Councilman Eric Garcetti, a longtime supporter.

Malibu Council Gets Signatures Opposing Chains

The Malibu City Clerk has presented the council with 1,400 verified signatures calling for limits on the amount of space chain stores can occupy in shopping centers.

Council to Consider Criminalizing Wage Theft

Two Los Angeles city councilmen on Tuesday called for a crackdown on employers who do not pay their workers the proper amount of wages.

Two L.A. Firms Get State Tax Credits

Two L.A. companies were among the 29 firms that were approved to receive $28.9 million in state tax credits, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced Thursday.

L.A. Port Traffic Rises

Traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach rose in May compared with the same month last year, according to figures released Monday.