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Jewish Community Foundation Awarded Record $100M in Grants Last Year

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced July 17 that it awarded a record $100 million in grants to more than 2,600 nonprofit organizations last year.

County Supervisors Place Parcel Tax for Stormwater Cleanup on November Ballot

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on July 17 voted to place a parcel tax on the November ballot to raise a projected $300 million a year to reduce runoff of polluted stormwater.

L.A. Area Annual Inflation Rate Slips to 4 Percent as Gas, Food Prices Drop Slightly

The local inflation rate dipped to 4 percent year-over-year in June as gas and food prices slipped slightly in recent weeks, according to federal data released July 12.

Los Angeles Kicks Off 2018 Youth Jobs Program

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a nearly $6 million youth employment program expected to match tens of thousands of young people with summer and year-round jobs.

Silver Lake Medical Center to Pay $550,000 Settlement for Illegal Patient Dumping

Los Angeles prosecutors announced on July 2 they had reached a $550,000 settlement with Silver Lake Medical Center in Westlake, the second health care agency in a week to reach a financial agreement after accusations of illegal patient dumping.

California Launches Statewide Janitorial Registry

Beginning July 1, all janitorial service providers and contractors are required to register with the state of California on an annual basis. Failure to do so will result in fines, the state’s labor commissioner’s office said.

Tetra Tech Receives $60M Multi-Award Federal Contract for Engineering, Design Services

Tetra Tech Inc. announced June 28 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected it for a $60 million, five-year, multiple-award contract for engineering and design services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Judge Rules Huntington Park Dispensary Permit Process Unconstitutional

The City of Huntington Park’s application process for its medical marijuana business permits violated constitutional rights by unlawfully restricting applicants petitioning city council members about their applications, a federal judge has ruled.

SoCal Edison Proposes $760M for EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on June 26 submitted a proposal to state regulators to spend $760 million in ratepayer funds to build more charging stations for passenger electric vehicles.

LA Misses Final Cut for U.S. Army Procurement Center HQ

Los Angeles has missed the final cut for a U.S. Army procurement center headquarters, according to a media report.

Civic Leader and South LA Booster John Mack, 81

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Longtime L.A. civic leader and South Los Angeles development booster John Mack died on June 21 at age 81, according to media reports.

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Tetra Tech Snags $22M Contract for Biodiversity Efforts in Madagascar

Tetra Tech Inc. has been awarded a $22 million contract from the U.S. Agency For International Development to support biodiversity protection and community development efforts in Madagascar.

Torrance Refinery Hit with State Penalty for Hazardous Waste Storage

PBF Energy Inc.’s Torrance refinery has been fined $150,000 for allegedly storing hazardous waste illegally, a state agency announced June 20.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.4 Percent in April Amid Modest Job Growth

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released June 15.

SCE Gets Approval to Spend $356M on EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on May 31 received approval from state regulators to spend $356 million in ratepayer funds to expand electric vehicle charging for trucks, buses, forklifts and other industrial vehicles.

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