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Online Venture Looks to Serve Up Job Applicants

EMPLOYMENT: Workpop partners with industry group to boost bosses’ hire power.

A state restaurant advocacy group and a job search startup want to make the process of matching employers with potential employees more palatable.

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Roy Choi’s Locol Chain to Launch Affordable Premium Coffee Shops

Restaurateurs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, the team behind Los Angeles healthy fast-food restaurant chain Locol, are planning to scale up their premium affordable coffee brand, Yes Plz, with coffee windows and standalone shops.

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March Cargo Volumes Surge at San Pedro’s Twin Ports

The twin ports of Long Beach and of Los Angeles saw increased cargo traffic in March. The Port of Long Beach saw a 20 percent increase in its cargo numbers compared to a year ago and posted its best quarter since 2007. The Los Angeles port saw a whopping 29 percent jump in incoming cargo containers compared to the year earlier.

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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.

Caldwell Leslie & Proctor Merges with Boies Schiller Flexner

Boies Schiller Flexner is snapping up downtown’s Caldwell Leslie & Proctor effective April 17, according to the firms, giving the New York-based outfit a robust addition to its West Coast practice.

Japan’s Adastria Fashions Acquisition of Velvet

APPAREL: Bid Buttoned Up

Tokyo’s Adastria zips up deal for clothing company Velvet.

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Hyperloop One Asks Public to Suggest U.S. Routes, Selects 11 Regions for Further Study

After receiving proposals from more than 2,600 individuals, downtown’s Hyperloop One has selected 11 U.S. regions to study financing and construction of potential Hyperloop systems.

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Extended Stay Pays for Hotels

HOSPITALITY: King’s move to China yielded investors.

Developer Grant King checked in with Chinese investors to back his Hollywood hotel projects.

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Port Regulations May Force Truckers to Sink More Money into Vehicles

Driving Concern

Port trucking companies fear new pollution rules will mean another costly wave of vehicle investment.

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Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival Rover.com

Santa Monica pet-sitting app-maker DogVacay was purchased Tuesday by Rover.com for an undisclosed sum, according to the companies.

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George Lucas Donates $10 Million to USC Film School for Diversity Effort

Filmmaker George Lucas has doubled his support for student diversity at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with another $10 million endowment. The gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation raises the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million.

Port of Long Beach to Hand Out $46 Million in Health Grants

The Port of Long Beach plans to give out $46 million in grants to community organizations to develop health programs in areas most affected by port-related pollution in the San Pedro Bay.

Midcourse Hospitality Group Shuffles Its Restaurant Portfolio

When one restaurant door closes, another opens. So it goes for local operator Midcourse Hospitality Group, which closed three of its eight L.A. restaurants this month.

Developer Thinks Small With Hotel

Capital Foresight places big bet on micro-room restoration of Mikado building in Little Tokyo.

Developer Capital Foresight sees a big opening for a micro-unit hotel in Little Tokyo.

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Net Gain in Menswear

APPAREL: Five Four scores promotional assist courtesy of Clippers star Chris Paul.

Men’s fashion firm Five Four has put its latest campaign in the hands of hoops star Chris Paul.