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PBS SoCal’s KOCE-TV Earns $49 Million in FCC Auction

PBS SoCal’s KOCE-TV public broadcasting station is among 175 nationwide winners of the Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever Broadcast Incentive Auction.

L.A. Controller Calls for Overhaul of Police Permits for Businesses

L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday called for an overhaul of the city’s antiquated system of issuing police permits for movie theaters, pool halls, massage parlors, and more than 50 other types of businesses.

Report: Major L.A. Employers Concerned High Housing Costs are Barrier to Attracting and Retaining Talent

The region’s high housing costs are deterring top talent from entering the Los Angeles job market and leading to higher recruiting costs for employers, according to a survey released Wednesday from USC and the Los Angeles Business Council.

Rodney King Riots Still Cast Shadows

Some neighborhoods and properties damaged in the Rodney King riots have made full recoveries, while others are still working to bounce back from the unrest.

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California Bill May Cross Line on Business Taxes

POLITICS: SB 567 Measure would impose levies on companies’ affiliates outside state, U.S.

Business backers blast state bill that would scrap California’s borders in company tax assessments.

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Clearing The Air

Environmental consultancies see client pool expand along with increase in pollution regulations.

Increase in pollution policing has opened the door for firms that provide guidance on coming clean.

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State Leaders Unveil Transportation Package with Hikes in Diesel, Gas Taxes

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a $5 billion-a- year plan for road and highway projects, to be funded chiefly by steep hikes in taxes for diesel fuel and gasoline, and a new tax on vehicle registrations.

Bill May Open Residences to Prevailing Wage

CONSTRUCTION: Proposal would expand pay guidance.

Residential developers warn prevailing-wage expansion could scuttle projects.

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Affordable Housing Initiative Challenged

Out-of-state construction worker files lawsuit over Measure JJJ’s rules on local hiring preference.

Out-of-state worker has filed suit over the hiring requirements of an affordable housing measure.

Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of L.A’s Housing Measure JJJ

Measure JJJ, the affordable housing measure approved by nearly two-thirds of Los Angeles city voters last November, is unconstitutional because its local hiring provision discriminates against out-of-state competitors, a federal lawsuit filed last week and made public this week claims.

Business Groups Aim to Take Down ‘Job Killers’

POLITICS: One targeted bill looks to protect some state standards from federal shifts.

Business groups see “job killers” lurking in Sacramento.

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Pot Ventures Hopeful About Building Buzz

MARIJUANA: City of L.A. yet to get on board weed ads.

Pot businesses remain cautious in smoking out advertising opportunities.

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Measure S Fallout Continues to Develop in City

REAL ESTATE: The controversial initiative’s backers find silver linings.

Measure S failed to pass, but its impact is expected to be felt for years to come.

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L.A.’s Marijuana Measure M Passes

Angelenos Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure M, the city ballot measure that implements a new licensing system and levies taxes on medical and recreational marijuana businesses.

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ICM Partners Hires Political Strategist Hannah Linkenhoker

ICM Partners has hired political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker to offer advisory services to clients interested in issue-oriented political engagement, the talent and literary agency announced Wednesday. Linkenhoker joins the agency from NMA Consulting Partners, which has offices in L.A. and San Francisco, where she has served as managing director since 2015.