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L.A. Promises Free Year of Community College Tuition for LAUSD Graduates

L.A. city officials launched a program Wednesday to guarantee all high school graduates within the Los Angeles Unified School District at least one free year of tuition-free community college education.

SoCal Gas CEO to be Replaced; Utility Agrees to Pay $4M in Penalties for Leak

Just hours after agreeing to pay $4 million in penalties for the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak, SoCal Gas’ parent company announced the utility’s chief executive is being replaced as part of a major corporate shakeup.

L.A. Employers to Increase Hiring in Third Quarter

More LA employers say they plan to add workers during the fourth quarter, but more also plan to reduce payrolls in the third quarter, according to a survey to be released Tuesday from Manpower Inc.

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Cities Mull Means to Smoke Out Tax Revenue From Recreational Weed

Measure offers two streams: state fund for law enforcement as well as additional local business levies

Some local cities are looking to potential pot taxes to blunt lingering budget deficits.

Survey Maps Out Business Cities

Brand, livability help land Los Angeles at No. 13; top performer remains London.

Study of globe’s top business cities puts Los Angeles on the map at No. 13 out of 30.

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Business Groups Take Bruising From State Bills

POLITICS: Measures seen as ‘job killers’ include wage hike, farm overtime.

Business groups had a hit-and-miss session in laying to rest state “job killer” bills.

New Practice Speaks to Ex-California Governor

CONSULTING: Pete Wilson splits Morgan Lewis for Browne George Ross gig.

Former California Gov. Pete Wilson is setting up a consulting practice at Century City law firm Browne George Ross, leaving downtown’s Morgan Lewis & Bockius shortly after coming onboard during that firm’s takeover of now-defunct Bingham McCutcheon.

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Development Measure Yet to Find Poll Position

REAL ESTATE: Battle over restrictive initiative yields rival claims of support.

The L.A. city election might not be until March, but both sides of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative battle have released polls showing completely opposite results.

Modest Salary Raises on Tap for Next Year

Looking for a big raise or to jump ship for a much higher-paying position next year? Not likely to happen, according to a survey released this week from Robert Half International.

Business Accelerator to Open In Watts

Watts is slated to get its first-ever business accelerator under plans announced Tuesday by the Valley Economic Development Center and a local community development organization.

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Paying Price?

DINING: Restaurants hit with lawsuit over health care surcharge.

Price-fixing lawsuit accuses high-end restaurants of cooking up health care surcharge.

Mayor Announces City Exceeding Targeted Pace for Housing Permits

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced that the city has issued permits for 40,800 new housing units since he took office in July 2013, putting the city ahead of his target for 100,000 new units permitted by mid-2021.

Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Submits Signatures for Ballot Measure

Backers of an initiative to curb mega-developments in Los Angeles turned in nearly 104,000 signatures to the city clerk’s office Wednesday, 67 percent more than the 62,000 needed to place the measure on next March’s ballot.

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Pot Fundraiser Cancelled After LAPD Objects

The groups behind a scheduled fundraiser in Hollywood this past weekend for the medical marijuana industry cancelled the event after receiving word from the Los Angeles Police Department that the event was regarded as unlawful.

Setback in Cards With Rule Shift

The long-running battle between local card rooms and tribal gaming casinos has a new skirmish line: a change in an obscure state rule that could cost the local card rooms millions of dollars in revenue each year.