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Insurance Commissioner Urges Carriers to Cut Workers Comp Premiums 14 Percent

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is urging insurance carriers in the state to cut the workers compensation premiums they charge employers by 14 percent.

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Airline May Land Long Beach for International

AVIATION: JetBlue’s plan may rise on proposal for airport inspection facility.

JetBlue is looking to get international service off the ground at Long Beach Airport.

Tetra Tech Part of $400 Million Army Base Cleanup Contract

Water Consulting and Engineering Firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced today it was chosen as one of seven contractors eligible to receive up to $400 million in federal dollars to aid the environmental cleanup of old U.S. Army bases.

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Powering Up

Swell Energy plugs batteries along with financing packages to homeowners

Swell charges into the home battery market on back of its financial packaging plan.

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Hanjin’s Empties Pile Up Despite Slowdown in Long Beach

Port Works to Keep Cargo Containers in Check

Pier pressure mounts at ports as Hanjin Shipping’s emptied containers begin to stack up.

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High-End Stores Face Rocky Road

DEVELOPMENT: Repairs to street could hinder access to Golden Triangle shops.

Beverly Hills shop owners fear doing poorly during road reconstruction near a ritzy retail strip.

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Downtown Federal Courthouse Gets Final Touches Before Opening

After $350 million and nearly four years of construction, downtown’s shiny new federal courthouse is ready for its public debut. Although the bulk of construction was completed in August, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday and will feature speeches from Mayor Eric Garcetti, downtown councilman José Huizar and U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard.

L.A. City Economy Showing Broad, Robust Growth

The city of Los Angeles economy saw broad-based, steady growth last year, according to a report to be released this morning from Beacon Economics for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Opponents Kick Off Campaign Against Initiative to Rein in Mega Developments

Representatives from business, affordable housing and labor groups officially launched their campaign Monday against an initiative on the March Los Angeles city ballot measure that would place a two-year moratorium on major development projects and place permanent restrictions on mega-developments.

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Bag Company Command Packaging Got Early Jump on Recycled Plastic

Ban Wagon

Plastic bag maker moved early to get a handle on recycled content requirements.

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L.A. City Controller Runs Numbers by Business

GOVERNMENT: Open data, lawsuit reduction among Ron Galperin’s priorities.

City Controller Ron Galperin talks on how Los Angeles has greeted business-friendly policies.

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Think Tank Rand Corp. Locks Down $495 Million Deal on Homeland Security

Deals of the Week: A look at the companies that signed on the dotted line last week

Rand Corp. landed one of the biggest government contracts in its nearly 70-year history last week, a five-year deal worth as much as $495 million to set up a policy analysis center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

L.A. Council Places Building Moratorium Initiative on March Ballot

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted to place on the March ballot an initiative from neighborhood anti-development activists that would impose a two-year moratorium on most major building projects and sharply curtail major projects going forward.

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Digital Resolution

ArbiClaims pitches speedy online deliberation as alternative to state’s crowded courtrooms

ArbiClaims believes it has settled on a successful strategy in providing speedy online arbitration

Incubator Hopes to Sow Field of Green Ventures

TECHNOLOGY: Campus to offer 60,000 square feet to eco-conscious businesses.

New incubator hopes to egg on green businesses.