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Oil Giant Dug Its Own Hole

COMMENT

Charles Crumpley notes that fracking opponents don’t trust Occidental Petroleum and seconds the emotion.

Pumped-Up Radicalism

OP-ED: Activists invoke word ‘fracking’ to get Los Angeles City Council to ban oil industry in city limits.

Los Angeles City Council has broken new ground on fracking panic with a potential ban on oil drilling, writes Dave Quast.

Herbalife Foe Reaps Democrats’ Liberal Assistance

OP-ED

Bill Gunderson shares the story of how Democratic operatives were enlisted to short Herbalife stock.

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Businesses Still Battle Disability Suits

LAW: Plaintiff attorneys raise costs by going straight to filing.

Reform intended to curb abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act has not stopped business owners from being sued multiple times for the same infraction.

Fracking Concerns Moves Carson to Moratorium

The Carson City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on new oil and gas drilling, largely due to concerns about hydraulic fracking.

Landlords Want to Toss Eviction Bill

POLITICS: Proposal would limit owners’ ability to sell properties.

L.A. landlords look to boot a proposed bill that would limit their ability to evict tenants.

State Closes Labor Case Against BYD

Fines levied against Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD Co. Ltd. for violations of state labor requirements were cut by almost two thirds by a California Labor Commissioner Hearing officer, the company announced Thursday.

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Build Boom

Influx of Asians driving San Gabriel development

San Gabriel’s booming tourism gives birth to developments.

Search Underway for New Port of L.A. Director

Mayor Eric Garcetti said today he had launched a global search to fill the executive director position at the Port of Los Angeles.

L.A. Council Passes E-Cig Restrictions

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at all public buildings and restaurants, as well as at parks, playgrounds, beaches, libraries and public schools in the city.

Large San Pedro Development Approved

An expansive residential development project in San Pedro nearly 10 years in the making gained final city approval today.

L.A. Council Renews Westfield Tax Breaks

The L.A. City Council renewed its approval on Tuesday for a set of tax breaks for the Village at Topanga project by Australian mall developer Westfield Group.

L.A. Council Orders Fracking Moratorium Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking at oil and gas wells in the city until it could be shown the activity would not harm the environment or public health. The vote makes Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to impose a moratorium on the controversial drilling practice.

Compromise Reached on Arts District BID

Two battling business groups in downtown L.A.’s Art District have reached a compromise to create a new business improvement district for the neighborhood, ending a long-running legal dispute.

Calderon Brothers Indicted in Corruption Probe

Federal authorities today announced multiple indictments against state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, related to the senator’s alleged acceptance of about $100,000 in bribes.