GOVERNMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE

Tetra Tech Receives $60M Multi-Award Federal Contract for Engineering, Design Services

Tetra Tech Inc. announced June 28 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected it for a $60 million, five-year, multiple-award contract for engineering and design services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Judge Rules Huntington Park Dispensary Permit Process Unconstitutional

The City of Huntington Park’s application process for its medical marijuana business permits violated constitutional rights by unlawfully restricting applicants petitioning city council members about their applications, a federal judge has ruled.

SoCal Edison Proposes $760M for EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on June 26 submitted a proposal to state regulators to spend $760 million in ratepayer funds to build more charging stations for passenger electric vehicles.

LA Misses Final Cut for U.S. Army Procurement Center HQ

Los Angeles has missed the final cut for a U.S. Army procurement center headquarters, according to a media report.

Civic Leader and South LA Booster John Mack, 81

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Longtime L.A. civic leader and South Los Angeles development booster John Mack died on June 21 at age 81, according to media reports.

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Tetra Tech Snags $22M Contract for Biodiversity Efforts in Madagascar

Tetra Tech Inc. has been awarded a $22 million contract from the U.S. Agency For International Development to support biodiversity protection and community development efforts in Madagascar.

Torrance Refinery Hit with State Penalty for Hazardous Waste Storage

PBF Energy Inc.’s Torrance refinery has been fined $150,000 for allegedly storing hazardous waste illegally, a state agency announced June 20.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.4 Percent in April Amid Modest Job Growth

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released June 15.

SCE Gets Approval to Spend $356M on EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on May 31 received approval from state regulators to spend $356 million in ratepayer funds to expand electric vehicle charging for trucks, buses, forklifts and other industrial vehicles.

LA County Homeless Count Drops to 53,000

New numbers include adjustment of 2017 numbers

The number of homeless individuals in Los Angeles County fell for the first time in nine years to 53,000, according to figures released May 31 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

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L.A. Chamber Taps Local Finance Exec Maria Salinas as First Female CEO

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on May 30 announced its board has named local finance executive Maria Salinas as its first woman chief executive in its 130-year history.

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Insurance Commissioner Recommends 10 Percent Cut in Workers’ Comp Premium Rates

Citing continued drops in costs, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on May 29 recommended a 10 percent cut in workers’ compensation insurance premiums for employers’ policies renewing after July 1.

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Concerns About Housing Costs and Homelessness Rise in BizFed Poll

The cost of housing and the growing homeless population have moved way up the list of concerns voiced by local businesses in an annual poll conducted by the Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed.

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Aecom Lands $3B U.S. Air Force Contract

Engineering firm Aecom in Century City announced a subsidiary has won a $3 billion federal contract to supply operation and maintenance services to the U.S. Air Force.

L.A. Council Passes $9.9B Budget; Includes $440M for Initiatives to Help Homeless

The Los Angeles City Council on May 21 passed a $9.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1, including $440 million to address the city’s homelessness problem and more than $260 million for street and sidewalk repair and maintenance.