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Shriver for County Supervisor

Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.

Hollywood Chamber Horsetrades on Wages

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday that it supports the idea of raising the citywide minimum wage – but only if the Los Angeles City Council rejects a proposal to hike the minimum wage for hotel workers.

Hotel Owners, Business Groups Threaten Suit if Council Passes Wage Mandate

Hotel owners and local business groups heave threatened to sue the city of Los Angeles if the City Council tomorrow approves a proposed hotel minimum wage mandate.

L.A. Chamber Opposes Garcetti Plan to Hike Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has voted to oppose Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to hike the minimum wage in the city to $13.25 an hour by 2017.

Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill requiring employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave each year to workers. It applies to part-time workers as well as full-time.

Internet Clicks With Low Rates

In what could be a revival of an old fight, local Internet companies are pushing L.A. city officials to extend the low business tax rate the city carved out for them four years ago.

Gov. Brown Reaches Deal Tripling State Film Tax Credit

Gov. Jerry Brown reached an agreement on a bill on Wednesday that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax-credit program.

Grease Theft Bill Passes Legislature

The state Legislature has approved a bill to increase penalties for stealing used kitchen grease from restaurants.

Condom Bill Fails in Senate

A bill requiring mandatory condom usage on adult film sets in California died Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee, but backers plan to re-introduce it next year.

11 Percent Hike Recommended for Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation insurance rates should go up 11 percent next year from current levels, an insurance industry body said Wednesday despite objections from business and labor interests.

Customs Seizes Stuffed Baboon, Lynx, Other Taxidermy Items

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized several taxidermy mounts of wild animals and other items including a bear skull and impala horns had been scheduled for illegal export from the Los Angeles area, the agency reported Tuesday.

AllenCo Fined $99,000 in Environmental Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that AllenCo Energy has agreed to pay a $99,000 penalty for violating federal environmental laws at an oil field near USC.

L.A. City Attorney Cracks Down on Tobacco Retailers

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Tuesday issued suspensions against 14 retailers for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors and announced other steps to crack down on retailers.

Alarcon and Wife Convicted

Former Los Angeles City Council Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of voter fraud and perjury in a case involving allegations they lied about their residence in order for him to qualify to run for office.

Malibu Limits Chain Store Space

Malibu’s City Council voted Monday to restrict the amount of space chain stores can lease in Civic Center shopping centers, but much less than a citizens’ initiative would. The council also voted to place the citizens’ initiative on the November ballot.