Brown Signs Bill Granting Edison, Other Utilities, Some Relief from Wildfire Damage Claims

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 21 signed a bill granting shareholders of Southern California Edison and the state’s two other investor-owned utilities some relief from potentially billions of dollars in future wildfire damage claims.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 4.5 Percent in August

L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in August for the third straight month, even as the county recorded sizable job gains, according to state figures released Sept. 21.

Gov. Brown Signs Straw Ban Bill

Measure prohibits restaurants from automatically providing plastic straws

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20 signed a bill prohibiting dine-in restaurants from automatically providing single-use plastic straws to customers; as of Jan. 1, straws can only be provided upon request.

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Cal Cartage Ordered to Pay Workers $3.5M in Back Wages

Long Beach-based logistics company Cal Cartage Co. was ordered to pay $3.5 million to more than 1,400 of its workers for violating labor laws.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Sidewalk Vending

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 17 signed a bill to decriminalize sidewalk vending and give cities the right to set up permit systems for street vendors.

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Legislators Launch Aerospace Caucus

A bipartisan effort by two Southern California lawmakers has led to the creation of the California Aerospace Caucus in Congress

California Aerospace Caucus Launched in Congress

Two Southern California lawmakers on Sept. 12 announced the creation of the California Aerospace Caucus in Congress to promote legislation that supports the region’s aerospace industry.

Longtime DTLA Advocate Carol Schatz Retiring; New DCBID Chief Named

Carol Schatz, who led a renaissance of downtown Los Angeles as head of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and Central City Association for nearly three decades, will retire this month, the district announced Sept. 12.

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Tetra Tech Wins $60 Million Water Resources Contract from L.A. County

Tetra Tech Inc., a consulting and engineering firm based in Pasadena, has been awarded a $60 million water resources contract from Los Angeles County, the company announced Sept. 11.

L.A. City Council Approves Rules for Electric Scooter Pilot Program

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a one-year pilot program to regulate dockless electric scooters.

Cadiz Shares Jump as Bill to Slow its Desert Water Project Dies in Legislature

Shares of Los Angeles water project developer Cadiz Inc. shot up 19 percent on Sept. 4 after a bill to slow its desert water project died in the Legislature during the final hours of the session on Aug. 31.

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Tetra Tech Secures $650 Million Multiple-Award Federal Contract

Pasadena-based consulting and engineering services firm Tetra Tech Inc. has won a $650 million, multiple-award contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development to secure property rights for the purpose of improving infrastructure and other conditions internationally, the company announced.

Santa Monica Parking Lot Operator Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bribery Scheme

A Santa Monica parking lot operator was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison for a bribery scheme that bilked the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs out of $13 million.

Edison, Other Utilities Lose Bid to Reduce Liability for Wildfires

The effort by Southern California Edison and the state’s two other investor-owned utilities to reduce billions of dollars in potential liabilities from wildfires died in the Legislature on Aug. 18, according to news reports quoting the key lawmakers involved.

Gov. Brown Appoints Roski Scion to Science Center Board

Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 17 appointed Patricia Roski to the board of the California Science Center, among other local appointments. Roski is the daughter of Ed Roski, no. 9 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Wealthiest Angelenos with $5.3 billion.