L.A. INFRASTRUCTURE

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.

Company Lobbying in Los Angeles Dipped in Third Quarter to $16.2 Million

Developers with projects pending in Los Angeles and other companies with business in the city spent $16.2 million to lobby various city agencies during the third quarter, according to a city lobbying report released Tuesday.

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CDTFA Offering Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by Fires

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is offering tax relief to businesses impacted by the fires in Southern California, according to an announcement from the agency on Friday.

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Los Angeles County Votes to Seize South L.A. Property

Los Angeles County has taken steps to seize a blighted lot in South Los Angeles for development against the objection of a property owner planning to build an entertainment village.

L.A. City Council Passes Commercial Cannabis Regulations

The Los Angeles City Council passed three ordinances Wednesday that will regulate the licensing and operation of cannabis businesses, effective immediately pending the Mayor’s signature.

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L.A. Councilman Wants Cybersecurity Programs for Small Businesses

L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander introduced a measure this week to expand cyber security services accessible to small businesses in Los Angeles.

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Toebben Departure Gives Chamber Opportunity

CEO’s exit gives business booster chance to find new direction, focus mission

L.A. Area Chamber’s search for new leaders.

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Wide, Not Open

Wider view of 5 freeway widening project.

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Fitch: City’s Deficit Solvable, But Challenges Remain

Los Angeles can likely solve its projected $30 million deficit for the fiscal year ending in June, but spiraling pension costs and other possible expenses remain as challenges, according to a report issued by credit rating agency Fitch Ratings Inc.

Supervisors Move to Extend Gladstone’s PCH Lease

Lovers of Gladstone’s restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades probably still have another couple years to enjoy the seafood spot.

L.A. lobbyist Ken Spiker Dies at 93

Ken Spiker, a longtime Los Angeles city official who went on to found a prominent lobbying firm representing business interests before local governments, died Nov. 6 at age 93.

Arcadia, Downey Named Most Business-Friendly Cities

Arcadia and Downey were named the most business-friendly cities in Los Angeles County at the annual gala of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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The Money Book 2017: Mitchell Julius

INVESTMENT BANKING

Julius is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (JD, magna cum laude), and Harvard Business (MBA, Honors).