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Eagle Crest Project Gets Boost

ENERGY: Federal bill contains provision that could extend key deadline

Eagle Crest Energy Co. Inc., the Santa Monica company seeking to build a $2.5 billion pumped-energy storage project at an abandoned mine near Joshua Tree National Park, received an apparent federal boost last month

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Edison Says Company Equipment Tied to Thomas Fire; Expects 'Material Losses' as Result

Edison International on Oct. 30 revealed that an internal investigation found that its Southern California Edison utility equipment was “associated with” one of the ignition points of the massive Thomas Fire last December and that as a result, the company expects “to incur material losses” in connection with the fire.

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Retail Trends, Downtown’s Future Align

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The timing for downtown retail couldn’t be better

Facts & Comments

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Fact: An initiative that has qualified for the 2020 ballot will let California voters decide whether to repeal the terms of Proposition 13 as they apply to commercial properties

PAGE 3: Saban’s Stumble; Martin’s Mudder; Sullivan’s Sign Off

Seems Haim Saban has stumbled again – and it’s notable that the billionaire tends to fall forward.

USC Reaches $215M Settlement in Class Action Arising from Ob-Gyn Sexual Abuse Allegations

USC has reached a $215 million class-action settlement with hundreds of students who had filed a lawsuit alleging they had been sexually abused by a former campus gynecologist.

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LA’s Tight Housing Market Bad for Business

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Los Angeles faces a reality marked by economic extremes

Of Global Engagement

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The bitter divide of domestic politics might be enough to blur the accumulating indicators of Los Angeles’ steady rise as a global city.

PAGE 3: Nathanson Recalls; IMC Honors; Marciano Surprises

Condolences to family, friends and associates of the late Paul Allen

Cal State LA Awarded Nearly $1M to Increase Data Access for L.A. City Residents

California State University Los Angeles has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase data accessibility and promote civic engagement among students and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles, the university announced Oct. 18.

Spark Networks to Pay Fine, Refunds for Automatic Credit Card Renewals

Billing transparency required for Spark dating sites including Jdate and Christian Mingle

Spark Networks USA Inc., the parent company of niche dating sites Christian Mingle and Jdate, has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine and refund nearly $1 million to settle charges from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office of automatically renewing credit card charges for subscriptions without customers’ consent.

Four L.A. Startups Make Pepperdine’s Most-Fundable List

Four of the top 15 companies that the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School selected as the “most fundable” companies as part of an analysis of thousands of early-stage U.S. companies are based in the Los Angeles region.

CSU Dominguez Hills Receives $4.5M Grant for College-Prep Programs in Compton

California State University, Dominguez Hills has received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of low-income students in the Compton Unified School District in a program to help preparing them for college, the university announced Oct. 12.

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Women on Boards Will Prove Good for All

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Gov. Jerry Brown made history Sept. 30 by signing a bill into law that requires major California-based companies to have female directors on their boards.

LA84’s Playbook

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Imagery in ads for the LA84 Foundation Summit at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. LIVE on Oct. 18 hearkened back to the raised-fist, Black Power salutes by sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.