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Lots of Worry

City of L.A. looks to put brakes on parking-tax cheatsParking: Some lot operators see no space for proposed city of L.A. revenue-tracking measures.

By Howard Fine November 24, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

City to Speed Up Building Construction Inspections

Acting on a promise to cut bureaucratic red tape at City Hall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a measure to speed up building inspections for major projects and restaurants in the city.

State Approves Edison’s San Onofre Settlement

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a settlement between utilities, led by Southern California Edison, and ratepayer advocates over who should pay for the more than $4.7 billion in costs to date for shutting down the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Glendale, Glendora Win Biz-Friendly Cities Honors

The “Glens” have it. Glendale was named the most business-friendly large city in the county Thursday night by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., while Glendora took the honors for the most business-friendly small city.

Feds: L.A. Drivers Stole $1 Million from Bank Shipment

Two armored truck drivers for Loomis were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly stealing more than $1 million in cash, part of a shipment that was being transported for Bank of America.

Updated: City Files Suit Against Contractors Alleging Wage Theft

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Thursday announced the city has filed a lawsuit against the main contractor and several subcontractors on a city animal shelter construction project, alleging the companies failed to pay their workers at least $250,000 in promised wages.

L.A. Launches Small Business Counselor Network

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a new initiative to connect small business owners with experts who can give them advice over the phone, over video chat or in person.

Council Asks for Minimum Wage Study

A Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday called for an independent study of two proposals to raise the minimum wage, delaying consideration of a wage hike until at least early next year.

Mayor Demands Water Cuts to Fight Drought

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued a directive that requires a reduction in city agencies’ fresh water use by 20 percent by 2017 and cuts in half the amount of water the Department of Water and Power can import by 2024.

Council Proposal Could Push L.A. Minimum Wage Above $15

Four Los Angeles city councilmembers on Tuesday introduced a motion to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, a hike proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Bill Clinton to Headline Banc of California Event

Former president Bill Clinton will keynote Banc of California’s financial literacy event on Nov. 9 at USC’s Galen Center. The event sponsored by the Irvine bank will provide personal finance training to 5,000 “at-risk” young people from the area.

Governor Brown Signs Grease Theft Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to crack down on theft of used kitchen grease.

Shriver for County Supervisor

Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.

Hollywood Chamber Horsetrades on Wages

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday that it supports the idea of raising the citywide minimum wage – but only if the Los Angeles City Council rejects a proposal to hike the minimum wage for hotel workers.

Hotel Owners, Business Groups Threaten Suit if Council Passes Wage Mandate

Hotel owners and local business groups heave threatened to sue the city of Los Angeles if the City Council tomorrow approves a proposed hotel minimum wage mandate.

L.A. Chamber Opposes Garcetti Plan to Hike Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has voted to oppose Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to hike the minimum wage in the city to $13.25 an hour by 2017.