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Gov. Brown Nominates Former L.A. Attorney Joshua Groban for State Supreme Court Seat

Gov. Jerry Brown on Nov. 14 nominated his longtime judicial appointments advisor and former L.A. attorney Joshua Groban for a seat on the state Supreme Court, the governor’s office announced.

LA Region Loses Out in Amazon HQ Derby, But LAEDC Sees a Silver Lining

Los Angeles may have lost out on its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, but the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. said there was a silver lining for the city in the tech giant’s decision: The partnerships and cooperation among the county’s many jurisdictions during the Amazon bid process should boost future business attraction and retention efforts.

Edison Shares Plunge After Utility Announced Grid Incident Occurred Prior to Start of Woolsey Fire

State Regulators Launch Probe into Cause of Woolsey Fire

Shares of Rosemead-based Edison International fell 12 percent on Nov. 12 after its utility subsidiary Southern California Edison announced that a problem with its transmission grid occurred near the point of origin of the massive Woolsey Fire now burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Foothill Glendora to Montclair Rail Line Project Scaled Back as Projected Costs Mount

Two of four bidding teams dropped

The authority tasked with building a 12-mile rail extension from Glendora to Montclair in the East San Gabriel Valley announced Nov. 12 that it was scaling back the project due to rising costs and that two of the four bidding teams have been dropped.

Azusa, Whittier Chosen as Most Business-Friendly Cities by LAEDC

Azusa and Whittier were chosen as the most business-friendly cities in the county for 2018 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the nonprofit announced late Nov. 8.

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Crude Oil Tanker in Long Beach Fined for Leaks

The South Coast Air Quality Management District, the region’s pollution control agency, issued a notice of violation for leaks coming from crude oil tanker GAC North America currently berthed at the Port of Long Beach.

AeroVironment Wins $3.2M Defense Contract for Drones

Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc. announced Nov. 6 that it has been awarded a $3.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a fleet of small drones to an unspecified nation under the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, which covers most of south and east Asia and Australia.

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Hazardous Waste Suit Filed Against Battery Recycler Quemetco

The state filed suit Oct. 31 against City of Industry-based Quemetco Inc. alleging that its battery recycling facility had 29 violations of state hazardous waste control law, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said in a press release issued Nov. 2.

Seismic Data’s Biz Potential

The Los Angeles region is an earthquake hot spot, so it’s little surprise a company focused on detecting seismic activity and warning its customers of an impending temblor would make its home here

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Up In Air

Parsons’ Mexico City airport contract could disappear

The fate of a $100 million-plus contract held by Pasadena-based Parsons Corp. to manage the construction of a $13 billion airport in Mexico City has been thrown up in the air

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Eagle Crest Project Gets Boost

ENERGY: Federal bill contains provision that could extend key deadline

Eagle Crest Energy Co. Inc., the Santa Monica company seeking to build a $2.5 billion pumped-energy storage project at an abandoned mine near Joshua Tree National Park, received an apparent federal boost last month

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Edison Expects Material Losses

INFRASTRUCTURE: Fire investigation reveals likely culpability, company says

Edison International on Oct. 30 revealed that an internal investigation found its Southern California Edison utility equipment was “associated with” one of the ignition points of the massive Thomas Fire last December

Trade Troubles

Trans-Pacific tensions weigh on consumer confidence in L.A. County

L.A.’s consumer sentiment index drops as trade war heats up.

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SolarReserve Receives $2M Federal Grant for Solar Power Research

Santa Monica solar thermal power developer SolarReserve announced Oct. 25 that it has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for further research and development of its solar thermal power technology.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Ticked Up to 4.6 Percent in September Despite Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.6 percent in September even as the county recorded sizable job gains in the education sector, according to state figures released Oct. 19.

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