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Bill May Open Residences to Prevailing Wage

CONSTRUCTION: Proposal would expand pay guidance.Residential developers warn prevailing-wage expansion could scuttle projects.

By Howard Fine March 24, 2017 midnight   $$ Share

State Leaders Unveil Transportation Package with Hikes in Diesel, Gas Taxes

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a $5 billion-a- year plan for road and highway projects, to be funded chiefly by steep hikes in taxes for diesel fuel and gasoline, and a new tax on vehicle registrations.

Affordable Housing Initiative Challenged

Out-of-state construction worker files lawsuit over Measure JJJ’s rules on local hiring preference.

Out-of-state worker has filed suit over the hiring requirements of an affordable housing measure.

Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of L.A’s Housing Measure JJJ

Measure JJJ, the affordable housing measure approved by nearly two-thirds of Los Angeles city voters last November, is unconstitutional because its local hiring provision discriminates against out-of-state competitors, a federal lawsuit filed last week and made public this week claims.

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Business Groups Aim to Take Down ‘Job Killers’

POLITICS: One targeted bill looks to protect some state standards from federal shifts.

Business groups see “job killers” lurking in Sacramento.

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Pot Ventures Hopeful About Building Buzz

MARIJUANA: City of L.A. yet to get on board weed ads.

Pot businesses remain cautious in smoking out advertising opportunities.

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Measure S Fallout Continues to Develop in City

REAL ESTATE: The controversial initiative’s backers find silver linings.

Measure S failed to pass, but its impact is expected to be felt for years to come.

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L.A.’s Marijuana Measure M Passes

Angelenos Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure M, the city ballot measure that implements a new licensing system and levies taxes on medical and recreational marijuana businesses.

ICM Partners Hires Political Strategist Hannah Linkenhoker

ICM Partners has hired political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker to offer advisory services to clients interested in issue-oriented political engagement, the talent and literary agency announced Wednesday. Linkenhoker joins the agency from NMA Consulting Partners, which has offices in L.A. and San Francisco, where she has served as managing director since 2015.

Anti-Development Measure Trounced at Polls; Sales Tax Increase for Homeless Services Appears to Squeak By

Measure S, the measure that would have restricted major developments in the city of Los Angeles, was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls on Tuesday, prompting a sigh of relief from business groups, developers and affordable housing advocates.

Southland Air Regulators Approve Tougher Emission Rules

Local air quality regulators on Friday adopted a sweeping air emission reduction plan that cracks down on industrial polluters, especially local oil refineries. In a separate action, the regulators also enacted a new rule to limit emissions from metal finishing plants, which until now have been mostly exempt from regulation.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips Back Below 5 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate dipped back below 5 percent in January despite the usual seasonal loss in payroll jobs, according to state figures released Friday.

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Trucking Firms Fear Hiked Fuel Taxes Will be Steered From Road Repairs

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Trucking businesses back fuel tax hikes but worry the money will be steered away from road repairs.

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Business Groups Draw Line Against Linkage Fees

DEVELOPMENT: Critics of mayor of L.A.’s proposal say cost hikes would kill projects.

Local business groups are lining up against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed development linkage fees, saying they are too high and would discourage projects.

Officials Break Ground on $1.6 Billion LAX International Terminal

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and airport officials broke ground Monday on a new $1.6 billion international terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport.