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Pepperdine Taps Global Justice Reform Advocate James Gash as New President

Pepperdine University’s Board of Regents late on Feb. 13 named James Gash, an associate dean at the university’s law school, as its eighth president and chief executive, the university announced Feb. 15.

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UCLA Sells Epigenetics Tech to Boost Crops for Farmers

UCLA has licensed epigenetics technology to a Massachusetts-based plant breeding firm to improve the performance of commercial crops.

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PAGE 3: Snap’s Back; Fox RSNs in Limbo; Bezos Bombshell

Commentary

We’re more than a month into 2019, and the business community in Los Angeles seems to be hitting its stride after the traditional year-end slowdown. Let’s start with the good news, shall we?

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Business Insurance in 2019: Preparing CFOs for the Year Ahead

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

What will 2019 bring for companies seeking to manage their insurance expenses? For organizations that proactively manage risk, the good news is that premiums for most categories of business insurance will rise only modestly in 2019.

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PAGE 3: Oxy Finds Spotlight; Garcetti Stays Put

Despite its attachment to alumnus President Barack Obama, Occidental College is often an overlooked academic outpost in Los Angeles

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Can Gavin Newsom Be a Clean Economy Governor?

Commentary

California proves that smart clean energy and climate policies go hand in hand with economic growth.

Highway to Hell in the City of Angels

Commentary

Officials in Los Angeles have for years made numerous attempts to alleviate the city’s infamous traffic gridlock.

Wag Founders Raise $37 Million for Mobility Venture

Jonathan and Joshua Viner, co-founders of West Hollywood-headquartered dog walking app Wag Labs Inc., have a new venture dubbed Wheels.

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Pedal Movement Awarded $1.3 Million to Operate Long Beach Bike Share

Long Beach-headquartered Pedal Movement will operate the City of Long Beach’s bike share program for a sum of $1.3 million for the year of operations.

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UPDATE: Dueling Letters Sent to USC Trustees Ahead of Crucial Vote Over Business School Dean

Ahead of a crucial USC Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 23, dueling letters from both sides of the dispute over the future of Marshall School Dean James Ellis that has rocked the campus have been sent to the board.

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Prepping for LA’s Next Earthquake

Commentary

On Jan. 17, 1994, an earthquake shattered the stillness of the early morning hours in Los Angeles.

PAGE 3: There’s No Place Like LA

This week’s issue features our first Real Estate Quarterly of 2019, The overarching theme is that Los Angeles remains one of the premiere destinations in the world for companies and institutions – and that appeal means real estate premiums are rising, even amid larger economic uncertainty.

Will Technology Usher in the Robot Attorney

Commentary

The job market for attorneys in Los Angeles continues to be a good performer. However, Deloitte estimated that by 2036, more than 100,000 lawyers will be replaced by automation. But is there really a robot attorney army just around the corner?

UPDATE: USC Board Flap: Roski Chastised Caruso Over Meeting Conduct

USC board member and industrial development tycoon Edward Roski Jr. chastised fellow developer magnate and USC Board of Trustees Chair Rick Caruso for his conduct in running the board meeting in early December at which the board upheld the decision to cut short the contract of Marshall School Dean James Ellis, according to a letter obtained by the Business Journal.

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UPDATED: MedMen Sued by Shareholders

Shareholders that own a stake in MedMen Enterprises Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court Jan. 8, alleging a breach of fiduciary duty.

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