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U.S. Sues Tetra Tech for Alleged Mishandling of Bay Area Nuclear Cleanup Contract

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.

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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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Hollywood BID Names Kristopher Larson as New Chief

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.

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Redesign for Hodgetts and Fung

ARCHITECTURE: Firm joins Mithun, broadens focus

Hodgetts and Fung merger with Mithun may open door to larger projects.

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Parsons Says Its Mexico City Airport Contract Still On

Statement comes despite official announcement $13B airport project canceled

Mixed messages about Parson’s Mexico City airport project.

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Parsons Acquires Imaging, Mapping and Data Analytics Firm OGSystems

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.

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SoCal Gas Names New President, New COO

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.

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Dividend Streak Boosts Water Co. as it Grows DOD Contracts

UTILITIES: American States Water’s run now at 65 years

American States Water Co. keeps 65-year dividend streak running.

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AECOM, Parsons Partner with Japanese Firms

Infrastructure projects seen as part of joint U.S.-Japan policy to combat China

AECOM, Parsons set sights on Asia-Pacific.

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USC Search Faces Hurdles

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.

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LAX’S Newest International Nonstops

Two airlines have announced new nonstop international service from Los Angeles International Airport starting this month.

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Pomona College Plans $55M Gym

EDUCATION: New athletic facility will replace and expand Rains Center

Pomona College’s new sports facility scores slam dunk with donations.

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Bret Lane Named New CEO of SoCal Gas

Longtime company and gas industry veteran Bret Lane has been named chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), effective this week, parent company Sempra Energy announced Dec. 20.

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Pomona College Announces Plan and Initial Fundraise for New $55M Athletic Facility

Pomona College on Dec. 19 unveiled plans for a new $55 million athletic facility and announced it had secured two $10 million donations toward the project.

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Wow Air Announces End to Nonstop Service from LAX to Iceland

Financially troubled Icelandic discount airline Wow Air has announced it will end its nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland effective Jan. 19.

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Two Airlines Announce New Nonstop International Service from LAX

Two airlines have announced new nonstop international service from Los Angeles International Airport starting this month.

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USC Board Upholds Ellis Removal

EDUCATION: Dismissal of business shcool dean sparks rift in community

The USC community was rocked by the news that business school Dean Jim Ellis will step down from the position in June

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USC Board of Trustees Upholds Decision to Remove Marshall School Dean

The USC Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to uphold interim President Wanda Austin’s decision to remove Marshall School of Business Dean Jim Ellis from the post, effective in June, according to a statement from the university.

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Local Contractors Cash In on Blue Line Upkeep

$350 million repair project includes station work to prep for Green Line connection

Metro’s Blue Line refurbishment has L.A. companies seeing green.

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Glazier’s Growth

Giroux Glass thrives on difficult terrain

What glass ceiling?

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Rarified Air

Los Angeles International Airport sees passenger growth once again

LAX sees passenger growth.

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Street Vending Legal After Vote

RETAIL: Ordinance restrictions placate brick-and-mortar shop owners

City Council allows street vending, with limits.

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Construction Costs Tick Up

Real Estate: Contractors unfazed; some projects altered

Material costs take a bite out of L.A.’s booming construction market.

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Los Angeles City Council Approves Sidewalk Vending Regulations

After a nearly decade-long campaign by street vendors for legalization and facing a deadline to act before a state law limiting the ability of cities to regulate sidewalk vending, the Los Angeles City Council on Nov. 28 voted unanimously to approve regulations for sidewalk vending.

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First Nonstop Flights From LAX to Africa to Begin Next Month

With new route, LA will have nonstop access to six continents

Los Angeles International Airport will get its first nonstop flight to Africa starting next month as Ethiopian Airlines launches service from LAX to Togo and then onto Ethiopia, the airport announced Nov. 27.

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Tetra Tech Wins Portion of $100M Federal Contract

Five firms tapped to provide engineering services in Republic of Korea

Pasadena engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. has won a portion of a contract potentially worth $100 million over five years from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide architectural and engineering services to the Corps and other U.S. government agencies in the Republic of Korea.

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Hyperloop Hub: Virgin Hyperloop Headlines Futuristic Transportation Tech’s L.A. Ties

Innovation Special Report

Imagine sitting in a pod with several other passengers, speeding through a tunnel at nearly airplane speeds, propelled by powerful motors.

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Inspire’s Energy Experiment: Flat Rates Billed as ‘Subscription Service’

Innovation Special Report

Santa Monica-based Inspire Energy Holdings has a unique pitch for an energy company: selling power to customers on a subscription basis with flat monthly payments.

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Beyond Meat Seeks $100M in Initial Offering

First test of public markets for faux meat firms

El Segundo-based Beyond Meat Inc., which makes plant-based meat substitute products, has filed for an initial public offering to raise $100 million to expand its distribution network and customer base.

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Versatility Key for Thor: Electric Trucks, Next-Gen Batteries, Modular Chassis

Innovation Special Report

North Hollywood electric-truck startup Thor Trucks Inc. claims two innovations set it apart from other electric truck manufacturers

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Powering Forward: Romeo Power Breaks Mold on Car Batteries

Innovation Special Report

In the quest to make electric battery packs as safe and energy efficient as possible, Vernon-based manufacturer Romeo Systems Inc., also known as Romeo Power Technology, plans to lead the way.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 4.6 Percent in October Despite Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in October even as the county added more than 43,000 jobs to reach a record high employment level, according to state figures released Nov. 16.

State Regulators Launch Probe Into Cause of Woolsey Fire

Southern California Edison, a utility subsidiary of Rosemead-based Edison International, announced on Nov. 8 that a problem with its transmission grid occurred near the point of origin of the massive Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Forward Push

Interim President Wanda Austin looks to guide USC out of scandal-plagued period

Madame president

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Southwest Airlines Adds Flights at Burbank, Ontario Airports

Southwest Airlines on Nov. 15 announced it was adding flights at Hollywood Burbank and Ontario International airports, starting in June.

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UPDATED: Ontario Now Largest Outbound Freight Market in U.S.

Ontario is now the top market for shipments of outbound cargo in the U.S., according to trade magazine FreightWaves.

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Gov. Brown Nominates Former L.A. Attorney Joshua Groban for State Supreme Court Seat

Gov. Jerry Brown on Nov. 14 nominated his longtime judicial appointments advisor and former L.A. attorney Joshua Groban for a seat on the state Supreme Court, the governor’s office announced.

LA Region Loses Out in Amazon HQ Derby, But LAEDC Sees a Silver Lining

Los Angeles may have lost out on its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, but the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. said there was a silver lining for the city in the tech giant’s decision: The partnerships and cooperation among the county’s many jurisdictions during the Amazon bid process should boost future business attraction and retention efforts.

Edison Shares Plunge After Utility Announced Grid Incident Occurred Prior to Start of Woolsey Fire

State Regulators Launch Probe into Cause of Woolsey Fire

Shares of Rosemead-based Edison International fell 12 percent on Nov. 12 after its utility subsidiary Southern California Edison announced that a problem with its transmission grid occurred near the point of origin of the massive Woolsey Fire now burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Foothill Glendora to Montclair Rail Line Project Scaled Back as Projected Costs Mount

Two of four bidding teams dropped

The authority tasked with building a 12-mile rail extension from Glendora to Montclair in the East San Gabriel Valley announced Nov. 12 that it was scaling back the project due to rising costs and that two of the four bidding teams have been dropped.

Azusa, Whittier Chosen as Most Business-Friendly Cities by LAEDC

Azusa and Whittier were chosen as the most business-friendly cities in the county for 2018 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the nonprofit announced late Nov. 8.

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Hyperloop One Taps Transit Vet

TRANSPORTATION: UAE port exec also selected as board chairman

Virgin Hyperloop One brings on former NYC transit head as new chief executive.

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ASU Furthers LA Expansion

EDUCATION: University plans business partnerships

Arizona State University expanding in L.A.

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Construction Rises: Local Firms Show Big Growth During Region’s Building Boom

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

No glass ceiling for Giroux

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Virgin Hyperloop One Elects Former N.Y. Transit Chief as New CEO

Virgin Hyperloop One, the downtown L.A. company developing a high-speed magnetic levitation transport system, announced Nov. 8 that former New York City transit chief Jay Walder, has been appointed as its new CEO.

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Compton Warehouse Building Sold for $11M to Terreno Realty

A Compton warehouse building currently occupied by an apparel distribution company has been sold to San Francisco industrial real estate company Terreno Realty Corp. for $11.1 million, Terreno announced Nov. 8.

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AeroVironment Wins $3.2M Defense Contract for Drones

Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc. announced Nov. 6 that it has been awarded a $3.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a fleet of small drones to an unspecified nation under the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, which covers most of south and east Asia and Australia.

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Hazardous Waste Suit Filed Against Battery Recycler Quemetco

The state filed suit Oct. 31 against City of Industry-based Quemetco Inc. alleging that its battery recycling facility had 29 violations of state hazardous waste control law, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said in a press release issued Nov. 2.

Up In Air

Parsons’ Mexico City airport contract could disappear

The fate of a $100 million-plus contract held by Pasadena-based Parsons Corp. to manage the construction of a $13 billion airport in Mexico City has been thrown up in the air

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