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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.

FAA Will Track Helicopter Noise

The Federal Aviation Administration launched on Wednesday a new system for logging complaints about helicopter noise in Los Angeles County.

Burbank Passes Limits on ‘McMansions’

The Burbank City Council unanimously approved a temporary ordinance tightening restrictions on single-family home construction Tuesday after a contentious public hearing that stretched past midnight.

Inglewood Hires Security Firm to Assess Stadium Risks

The proposal to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood isn’t a done deal, but that’s not stopping that city from hiring a security firm to assess a stadium’s safety risks.

Garcetti Plugs Seismic Retrofit Bill

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared in Van Nuys on Wednesday to urge passage of an Assembly bill providing tax credits for landlords who retrofit apartments and condo complexes deemed especially vulnerable to collapse in earthquakes.

Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu Top District 4 Primary

The Los Angeles City Clerk’s office confirmed that Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu – two business-backed candidates – received the most votes in the March 3 primary to fill the seat representing L.A. City Council District 4.

Briefs: Metro Names New CEO, General Finance Corp. Postpones Stock Offering

Washington to Lead L.A. Metro Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, on Thursday announced the Metro board has appointed Phillip Washington to be the transit agency’s next chief executive.

Local Unemployment Rate Drops, More Jobs in County

Los Angeles County’s jobless rate dipped below 8 percent in January for the first time in nearly six years, according to state figures released Friday.

City Attorney Charges Price Waterhouse Coopers with Fraud

City Attorney Mike Feuer has accused accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers of fraud, claiming the company lied about its capabilities in order to secure a $70 million contract with the Department of Water and Power.

Garcetti Names Film Liaison; Announces Steps to Expedite Filming

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday named Kevin James as film liaison and announced several steps to expedite filming permits within the city.

State Plastic Bag Ban Put on Hold as Ballot Referendum Qualifies

Plastic bag manufacturers and other opponents of a statewide ban on plastic bags have qualified a referendum for the November 2016 ballot, thereby putting the ban on hold, the California Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday.

State Agrees to Pay $24 Million to California First Investors

The state of California has agreed to pay $24 million to investors to settle a four-year legal battle over a proposed deal to sell $2.3 billion in state properties, officials announced Sunday.

L.A. Economy to Grow, See Record Employment Level this Year

The good times should continue to roll for the local economy.

Garcetti Signs Law Reducing Top Business Tax Rates

Delivering some relief to local businesses, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday signed into law a reduction in the top rates businesses pay in gross-receipts taxes to the city.