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‘Gig’ Workers May Organize

Business groups come together against a state measure allowing contract workers to form unionlike groups.

By Howard Fine April 5, 2016 11:18 a.m.   $$ Share

Backlog Can Make Court Costs Tough to Judge

LAW: Recession-spurred cutbacks resulted in system that can drag out litigation.

Verdict is in: Backlogged courts can drag out business disputes and drive up legal costs.

Expanded Paid Sick Leave Mandate Moving Forward in L.A.

The city of Los Angeles is a step closer to requiring all employers to provide six days of paid sick leave to their workers, three days more than mandated under state law.

Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Hike to $15 an Hour; Gov. Brown Expected to Sign

The state Legislature on Thursday approved a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour for all employers in California by 2023, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his expected signature on Monday.

Judge Dismisses Donald Sterling’s Case Against Wife, NBA

A federal judge dismissed Tuesday a lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling alleging his wife, the National Basketball Association and several other actors colluded to sell the team for $2 billion without his permission.

City Approves Hollywood Palladium Towers

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to allow construction of the Palladium Residences, which would bring two 28-story towers with 730 units to Hollywood.

West Hollywood Approves Smaller Minimum Wage Hike

Employers in West Hollywood won a major victory early Tuesday morning as a majority of the City Council backed a smaller hike in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, rather than the $15 an hour backed by staff and enacted in the city and county of Los Angeles.

Digital First Media Set To Acquire Freedom Communications

A federal judge has approved the sale of Orange County Register parent company Freedom Communications Inc. of Santa Ana to Digital First Media, which owns the Los Angeles Daily News, among other newspapers.

L.A. Unemployment Falls to 5.6 Percent Amidst Robust Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 in February, the lowest it’s been in more than eight years.

Air Pollution Reduction Program Ruled Illegal

A controversial program to give local refineries and major manufacturers more flexibility in reducing air pollution has been ruled illegal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials disclosed late Wednesday. The federal agency said the program fails to meet national clean air standards.

Department of Justice Questions Tribune’s Bid For ‘Freedom’

Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, walked away from a heated auction session as the winning bidder of Freedom Communications, parent company of the Orange County Register and the Press-Enterprise with a $56 million cash bid.

Judge Overturns Voter Measure Limiting Chain Store Development in Malibu

Handing a victory to developers, a judge this week overturned a measure enacted last year by Malibu voters to limit retail developments involving chain stores.

Metro Launches New Silver Line Express

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced the launch of Metro’s Silver Line Express.

SoCalGas Responds to Leak

Southern California Gas Co. executives say they are doing what they can to ameliorate the effects of the gas leak near Porter Ranch that has been ongoing since late October and appears likely to continue for several months.

County Unemployment Falls to 6.1 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell last month to 6.1 percent as the county added 38,000 jobs, state figures released Friday show.

Voters Reject Malibu Shopping Center, Pass Hotel Tax in Hermosa Beach

Voters rejected a Whole Foods-anchored shopping center project in Malibu on Tuesday, while voters in Hermosa Beach approved a hike in that city’s hotel bed tax.