GOVERNMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE

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.

Defense Dollars

Latest report pegs spending in L.A. County sector at $6.2 billion annually

Breakdown of defense dollars in L.A. County.

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Cal State LA Awarded Nearly $1M to Increase Data Access for L.A. City Residents

California State University Los Angeles has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase data accessibility and promote civic engagement among students and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles, the university announced Oct. 18.

SCE Fined $8M for Alleged Safety Violations Uncovered After Fallen Powerline Incident

State regulators announced Oct. 16 that they have fined Southern California Edison $8 million for alleged safety violations uncovered after a 2015 fallen powerline incident in the Mojave Desert community Twentynine Palms.

Lobbyists Set Up Shop in DC

SERVICES: Vectis Strategies hires pair of former congressman for office

Lobbyists open satellite shop in D.C.

BizFed Opposes 3 Ballot Measures

BizFed Opposes 3 Ballot Measures

BizFed weighs in against trio of ballot measures.

Edison Still Not Fireproof

UTILITIES: State offset on liabilities not retroactive

Edison International could be on the hook for up to $4 billion in damages from recent fires.

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Brown Names 15 to the L.A. County Superior Court, Trump Names Five to the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court

Governor Jerry Brown on Oct. 11 announced the appointment of 33 California Superior Court judges, including 15 in Los Angeles County.

Parsons Joins Contractors in Exide Battery Clean Up

Parsons Environment and Infrastructure Group Inc., a unit of Pasadena-based Parsons Corp., has been added as a contractor to clean up properties near the former Exide Technologies battery recycling plant, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control announced Oct. 10.

Englander to Leave L.A. City Council to Join Oak View

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander will step down at the end of the year to join live sports and entertainment company Oak View Group as executive vice president of government affairs, Englander announced Oct. 11.

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Metropolitan Water District Board Selects New Chair

The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a downtown-based water wholesale cooperative, selected local water official Gloria Gray as its new chair.

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