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AVIATION: Boeing plane crashes hit leasing co.’s fleet
Last week’s grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX 8 commercial jetliner has hit Century City aircraft leasing company Air Lease Corp.
Los Angeles International Airport surpassed Tokyo’s major airport to move up a notch to the No. 4 spot on the list of the world’s busiest airports as ranked by 2018 passenger traffic, according to a report released March 13.
The Ventura County Fire Department on March 13 issued a report saying that arcing of wires owned and operated by Southern California Edison caused the massive 2017 Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties that charred 282,000 acres, destroyed nearly 1,100 structures and killed two people.
UCLA and USC on March 12 removed three high-ranking athletics officials who were charged by federal authorities in a nationwide university admissions fraud scheme.
USC’s business school moved up a notch in the latest rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report on March 12, closing in on UCLA’s position.
L.A. County’s unemployment rate in January remained at 4.7 percent for the third straight month, despite heavy seasonal job losses, according to state figures released March 8.
Parsons and Jacobs take employees, projects; tech opportunities remain
Has Los Angeles County lost its engineering mojo?
TRANSPORTATION: Local firms receive $18M so far
Four years ago, Cary Jordan moved his family restaurant Jordan’s Hot Dogs from Watts to Crenshaw Boulevard in Hyde Park
Solar panel firm’s last outpost to shutter by end of May; 47 workers to be let go
The sun is finally setting on Verengo, a local solar panel installer that was once the third largest in the nation but entered bankruptcy in 2016
Q4 loss stems from $1.8B wildfire-related writeoff
Rosemead’s is Edison International took a $1.8 billion charge during the fourth quarter of last year to set aside funds to handle existing and expected wildfire and mudslide damage claims
A former math professor has donated $1 million to UCLA to bring visiting mathematics professors to the campus.
Ampaire takes battery revolution skyward
Ampaire’s battery-powered plane gives aircraft industry a jolt.
Pomona College has received a $15 million gift from an alumna and New York philanthropist
ENGINEERING: Firm moves Pasadena HQ to DC metro
Los Angeles County is losing another major corporate headquarters.
No immediate local layoffs planned
Los Angeles County is losing another major corporate headquarters.
Pomona College has received a $15 million gift from an alumna and New York philanthropist for naming rights and continued construction of an art museum, the college announced Feb. 27.
Bidders on original proposal could sue after L.A. County changed plans
New development plans for Men’s Central Jail could land L.A. in hot water.
Activist shareholder calls for pay package reform ahead of annual meeting
Activist shareholder looks to force changes at AECOM.
The economy in Los Angeles County will experience steady growth in jobs, economic output and personal income this year and next year, according to a forecast released Feb. 20 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
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.
Labor commission: Construction co. issued bad checks to more than 1,000 workers
Construction company hit with $12M in fines for wage theft.
Float Shuttle envisions commuter service that flies over traffic
Float Shuttle looks to the skies to ease L.A. commutes.
The state Labor Commissioner’s office has fined the former owners of a now-shuttered San Gabriel Valley construction subcontractor for nearly $12 million in wage theft violations.
LA airports – and the airlines that serve them – see flights tick up in 2018
L.A.-area airports see record number of passengers.
INFRASTRUCTURE: High-speed rail contracts proliferate
Full speed ahead for local companies with high-speed rail contracts.
Firm resubmits after bid winner’s plan questioned by K.C. City Council
Second chance for AECOM in Kansas City?
C.W. Driver Cos. celebrates year 100 in Los Angeles
C.W. Driver still in demand after 100 years.
Torrance aerospace firm Ace Clearwater Enterprises is donating $1.5 million towards the cost of runway repairs at Catalina Island’s Airport in the Sky, giving it naming rights to the airfield.
Barely two months after it began, Ethiopian Airlines will end the first nonstop service from LAX to Africa next month, according to a report in online airline flight route tracker Airlineroute and indirectly confirmed in a press release from the airline.
Passenger traffic rose in 2018 at all four commercial airports serving Los Angeles County, according to statistics released recently by each of the airport governing authorities.
Local firms behind project say undulating roof is unique
Cal Poly Pomona’s new building top of class.
Breitburn Energy Partners ran out of gas as oil prices dropped.
ENGINEERING: Firm wins $250M Camp Fire contract
Controversy around Tetra Tech contracts.
Los Angeles consumer confidence was essentially unchanged during the fourth quarter of 2018 amid cross-currents of positive and negative forces, according to a survey released Jan. 24.
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.
L.A. County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in December from 4.7 percent in November as more people entered the workforce looking for work, according to state figures released Jan. 18.
ENERGY: Electric vehicle-maker gets big FedEx order
Change in the air for Chanje after FedEx deal.
The Hollywood Business Improvement District board named Kristopher Larson
The U.S. Justice Department on Jan. 14 filed a lawsuit against an operating unit of Pasadena contractor Tetra Tech Inc., alleging the company filed false invoices for work on a cleanup contract involving radioactive waste at a Bay Area former shipyard and seeking damages that one published report said could be up to $800 million.
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.
The Hollywood Business Improvement District board has named Kristopher Larson, a business leader from Raleigh, N.C., as chief executive of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, the nonprofit organization that manages the Hollywood Business Improvement District. He will replace longtime executive director Kerry Morrison, who announced last summer she was stepping down at the end of this month to focus on improving mental health programs in the region.
ARCHITECTURE: Firm joins Mithun, broadens focus
Hodgetts and Fung merger with Mithun may open door to larger projects.
Statement comes despite official announcement $13B airport project canceled
Mixed messages about Parson’s Mexico City airport project.
Pasadena-based engineering and security consulting firm Parsons Corp. announced Jan. 8 that it has acquired OGSystems, an imaging, mapping and data analytics company based in Chantilly, Va., for an undisclosed sum.
Southern California Gas Co.’s new chief executive Bret Lane on Jan. 7 announced two members of his leadership team: Maryam Brown as president and Jimmie Cho as chief operating officer.
UTILITIES: American States Water’s run now at 65 years
American States Water Co. keeps 65-year dividend streak running.
EDUCATION: Biz school leaders in short supply
With the recent ouster of James Ellis as dean of the USC Marshall School of Business effective in June, USC is now set to join UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and several other top-tier business schools across the nation in looking for new deans.
EDUCATION: New athletic facility will replace and expand Rains Center
Pomona College’s new sports facility scores slam dunk with donations.
Infrastructure projects seen as part of joint U.S.-Japan policy to combat China
AECOM, Parsons set sights on Asia-Pacific.
Two airlines have announced new nonstop international service from Los Angeles International Airport starting this month.