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Mayor Names First Procurement Officer to Work with Business Vendors

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Feb. 13 tapped New York’s top contracting official Michael Owh to become L.A.’s first chief procurement officer and tasked him with encouraging more small and minority businesses to seek city contracts.

Preliminary Injunction Denied in Short-Term Rental Fight in Santa Monica

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on March 9 denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against the City of Santa Monica by AirBNB and HomeAway in their fight against the city’s home-sharing ordinance, according to a release issued by the city.

L.A. County Superior Court’s Civil Program to Move to Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles County Superior Court’s complex civil program will have a new landlord – the U.S. government – when its hearings at the historic federal courthouse at 312 N. Spring St. begin on April 16.

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L.A. Unemployment Rate Up to 4.5 Percent in January Amid Seasonal Job Loss

L.A. County’s unemployment rate edged back up to 4.5 percent in January from 4.4 percent in December as local employers shed holiday season workers, state figures released March 7 show.

Gov. Brown Appoints Seven Judges to L.A. County Superior Court

Gov. Jerry Brown on Feb. 27 named seven judges to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, including two attorneys from local law firms.

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Los Angeles Developer Charged with Illegal Campaign Donor Scheme

A Los Angeles developer was charged Friday with illegally funneling tens of thousands of dollars to eight local politicians while trying to obtain a zone change in order to build a $72 million apartment building in Harbor Gateway.

L.A. City Council Announces Homeless Housing Commitment

In a bid to tackle homelessness, the Los Angeles City Council announced on Feb. 21 that it had created a city-wide initiative to create a minimum of 3,300 supportive housing units.

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Tom Gilmore Named New Board Chair for CCA

Downtown developer Tom Gilmore has been named new board chair for the Central City Association, the downtown business group announced Feb. 21.

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Settlement Reached in ADA Suit Against West Hollywood-based Travel Co.

The Justice Department reached a settlement on Feb. 20 with a West Hollywood travel firm that allegedly turned down a request by deaf passengers for sign language interpreters on a cruise to Mexico.

Universal Business Registration Moves Ahead

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 13 voted to create a universal business registration program for all of the estimated 15,000 businesses in unincorporated areas.

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L.A. Man Indicted in International Cyberfraud Ring

Dozens of criminal charges have been filed following a federal investigation into a global cybercrime ring blamed for more than $530 million in losses caused by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent in December Amid Modest Gain in Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, matching the record low hit last year, as the local economy continued to post modest job gains.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Retires

Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck announced on Jan. 19 that he plans to retire from his post at the beginning of the summer.

U.S. EPA Targets Former Landfill Site in Monterey Park for Redevelopment

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 17 it is targeting a former landfill site in Monterey Park currently on its Superfund list of the most toxic cases as one of 30 sites nationwide for redevelopment.

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Commission Postpones Vote on Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections

The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday postponed for a month a planned vote this week on a moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses and commercial properties throughout most of Los Angeles County.