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Santa Monica Wellbeing Study Finds Unease

As part of what is becoming a worldwide trend, the City of Santa Monica released the results of a Wellbeing Index Monday to rate local levels of contentment.

Planning Commission OKs Sun Valley Sound Stage Complex

The Los Angeles Planning Commission unanimously recommended on Thursday that a proposed sound stage complex in Sun Valley receive a conditional use permit and required variances from zoning rules.

Mitch Englander Declares for Antonovich's Seat

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander announced on Wednesday that he is running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Carson Council Could OK NFL Stadium Tuesday

Carson’s City Council could decide Tuesday evening to approve the construction of an NFL stadium jointly proposed by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

Regulators Revise Proposed Water Cuts

After receiving more than 250 comments about the state-imposed water restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board has released a revised list of proposed mandatory water cuts, giving some cities a break while hammering others where water usage is highest.

County’s Unemployment Drops to 7.6 Percent

Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in March as the county added 28,400 jobs, according to state figures released Friday.

World’s Fair Crowdfunding Its Way to Los Angeles

A group of business owners, executives and county officials want to bring a world’s fair to Los Angeles, and they’re starting their campaign with a fundraising drive on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

Orange Line Conversion is Too Pricey

Converting the Orange Line busway into light rail would cost at least $1.2 billion and should not be pursued until ridership grows, according to a study by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Briefs: City Attorney’s Office Closes 500 Medical Marijuana Shops, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. to launch Comic-Con channel

Feuer Touts Medical Marijuana Store Closures Around 500 medical marijuana shops have been closed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office over the past 12 months, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Thursday.

20,000 Green Jobs Among Garcetti’s Environmental Goals

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced an ambitious plan to make the city more environmentally sustainable and to create 15,000 more “green” jobs by 2017.

Garment Factory Manager Indicted on Bribery Charges

The manager of a La Puente clothing factory was indicted by a federal grand jury for offering bribes to a United States Department of Labor investigator as a way to get an investigation into wage violations closed.

Metro Makes First ‘Business Interruption’ Payouts

A fund set aside by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help businesses affected by the construction of transit projects made its first payments Monday, paying a combined $66,310 to four Crenshaw Boulevard businesses.

Comic-Con’s WonderCon is Coming to Los Angeles

Los Angeles has long sought to woo Comic-Con, the blockbuster annual pop-culture convention, away from San Diego.

Satellite Contractors Charged in Kickbacks Case

Six men were arrested this week for allegedly paying kickbacks to an official at a Boeing Co. subsidiary in El Segundo that supplies satellites and related parts to NASA and other federal government entities, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Brown Orders State’s First Mandatory Water Cuts

It is a first for the state, but Gov. Jerry Brown said he had no choice but to issue mandatory water restrictions to force Los Angeles and other cities to reduce their use of drinking water by 25 percent.