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Buoyed Business

Settlement over Ojai water system boosts American States’ earnings. Forced sale of water system pumped up second-quarter earnings for American States.

Los Angeles County Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.5 Percent

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County inched up to 4.5 percent in July from a revised 4.4 percent in June, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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L.A. City Council Authorizes Signing of 2028 Summer Olympic Games Contract

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously authorized the city’s Olympic bid committee to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance Launched to Support Local Aerospace Sector

Business groups in the South Bay have launched the South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance to support the local aerospace sector and bolster efforts to prevent the closure of Los Angeles Air Force Base.

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Congress Might Clear Fees at LAX for Takeoff

Senate mulls plan to raise passenger facility charge; major airlines oppose hike.

Los Angeles International Airport is a step closer to receiving tens of millions of additional dollars each year in passenger fee revenues, just as its multibillion-dollar modernization program has kicked into full gear.

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Justice Department Complaint Says L.A. Misused Housing Funds

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a new complaint against the city of Los Angeles and its defunct redevelopment agency alleging that they failed to provide adequate access for disabled residents for housing projects that received federal funds and then covered up that fact.

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Boom Echoes for Contractors

DEVELOPMENT: Billings rise again, reach $8.5 billion.

Contractors’ billings remain on a firm foundation as the recovery continues.

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AQMD Seeks Order to Cut Emissions at Long Beach Metals Plant

Local air quality regulators on Wednesday announced they are seeking an order to reduce emissions of a toxic chemical at Lubeco Inc., a Long Beach metal-finishing plant.

L.A. County Assessed Property Values Up 6 Percent to Record $1.47 Trillion

L.A. County’s total assessed property values rose 6 percent over the past year to a record $1.47 trillion, marking the seventh consecutive year of property value growth, County Assessor Jeffrey Prang announced late Thursday.

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New FAA Rules Give Drones More Film Roles

TECHNOLOGY: Certificate in place of pilot’s license among changes to ease way.

Drone filming companies say new FAA rules have helped business take off.

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Santa Monica Looks to Scale Development Policy

Business groups fear city’s plan for affordable housing could price out projects.

Along-contentious battle over development of Santa Monica’s downtown is expected to come to a head this week as the City Council is set to consider a long-term development plan for the area.

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LAEDC to Host New Center for Workforce Training Programs

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. will host a new center for workforce training programs as part of a program funded by local community colleges, LAEDC executives and community college officials were set to announce Thursday.

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Minimum-Wage Hikes May Max Out BIDs

NONPROFIT: Districts mull fee increases, service cuts.

Business improvement districts work to resolve rising labor costs from minimum-wage hikes.

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Shifting Sands

State bill looks to sink Cadiz’s aquifer project with final OK in sight.

State lawmaker’s bill kicks sand at Cadiz’s hopes for final approval of its desert aquifer project.

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IOC Votes to Award 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games Simultaneously; Paris and Los Angeles Set to Host

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games simultaneously, with Paris and Los Angeles as the hosts.

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