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Airport Seeks Lift From Ridesharing

Long Beach facility adds fees to help offset loss of revenue from decline in parked cars.Rideshare fees will take off at Long Beach Airport to help offset dip in parking revenue.

Feds Remove Hurdle for Cadiz Desert Water Project

Downtown water developer Cadiz Inc. moved a step closer to building its Mojave Desert water project as a federal agency removed a hurdle for its water pipeline, the company announced Monday.

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Jerry Brown Signs Bills Expanding Parental Leave, Banning Employers from Asking Salary Histories

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed one bill requiring employers with 20 to 49 workers to offer 120 days of parental leave and another bill banning employers from asking job applicants for salary histories.

Tetra Tech Inc. Scores $85 Million EPA Contract

Pasadena engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. has won an $85 million contract from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation in the Southwest, the company announced Wednesday.

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Consumer Group Blasts Jerry Brown Over Newhall Ranch Project

The organization Consumer Watchdog has issued a statement asking whether Gov. Jerry Brown should sign a bill that would benefit the Newhall Ranch project in Santa Clarita since Brown’s sister sits on the development company’s board.

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Report: L.A. Freeways Claim Five of Top 10 Traffic Jam Spots in Nation

Two L.A. freeways – the 101 and the 405 – claimed five of the top 10 traffic jam locations in the nation in a study released Tuesday on traffic hotspots in 25 major cities by transportation analytics firm Inrix.

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Hilton Foundation Earmarks $9 Million to Combat L.A. Homelessness

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded $8.5 million over three years to support a Home for Good initiative at the United Way of Los Angeles to help end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County.

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Foundations Pump $20 Million into L.A. Homeless Housing Loan Fund

Four foundations have loaned a total of $20 million towards an L.A. homeless housing loan fund, bringing the fund to $60 million, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

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City May Belly Up To Drinks Counter

L.A. councilman pitches plan to speed up permitting for alcohol-serving businesses.

L.A. councilman looks to lower the bar on alcohol permits with a system to speed approvals.

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LAEDC Names Finalists for Business-Friendly City Honors

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation on Thursday announced 10 cities in the county as finalists for its annual most business-friendly city award.

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County Looks to Lead on Amazon Headquarters Proposal

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and L.A. County Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas want the county to spearhead regional efforts to attract Seattle-based Amazon Inc.’s second headquarters, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Business Journal.

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State Awards Nearly $1 Million to Pasadena Agency to Train Laid-Off Workers

The state Employment Development Department has awarded a $994,000 grant to the Pasadena Foothill Workforce Development Board to retrain 120 workers recently laid off in the region, the agency announced Thursday.

Pasadena Real Estate Firm Chief Appointed Ambassador to Croatia

Robert Kohorst, president and founder of Pasadena-based real estate firm Everest Properties, was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as Ambassador to Croatia.

OSI Systems Gets $21 Million Order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Hawthorne-based OSI Systems Inc. announced Wednesday that its security division was awarded a $21 million order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of an ongoing inspection technology contract.

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Cadiz Stock Soars 31 Percent After Bill to Stop Water Project Fails

Shares of downtown water company Cadiz Inc. soared 31 percent Tuesday on a double dose of good news: a bill aimed at stopping its desert water project failed to clear a Senate committee late Friday, and a federal agency signaled it may allow the proposal to move forward.

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