Los Angeles Business Journal

Mine Unearthed as Power Facility

ENERGY: Eagle Crest looks to tap site for use in wind, solar storage.

Eagle Crest digs the idea of using abandoned mine for power storage system.

Ridesharing Vote Puts Taxi Drivers on Hot Seat

TRANSPORTATION: City of L.A. opens LAX to Uber, peers; OKs complaint line.

When the Los Angeles City Council gave the green light for Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport last week, there was talk about streamlining regulations for taxicab drivers so they could compete on a more equal footing.

L.A. Council Clears Way for Uber, Lyft at LAX

The day is nearly at hand when passengers arriving at LAX will be able to hail a ride with their smartphones.

Subsidies Dry Up For Turf Remover

Grass is no longer green for lawn remover Turf Terminators as water agencies’ subsidies evaporate.

Service Raises ‘Mannies’ Profile

Teacher Michael Lin’s new business aims for parents who want male nannies.

Michael Lin doesn’t hesitate to bring up “mannies” when it comes to helping raise people’s kids.

Housing Report Opens Door for Homebuilders

CONSTRUCTION: Rise in starts drives up shares of KB Home, Ryland Group.

Shares of homebuilders KB Home and Ryland Group climb as investors welcome rise in housing starts.

Santa Monica Solar Developer to Build Major Plant in Chile

SolarReserve, a Santa Monica developer of large-scale solar projects has received environmental approval for a 260 megawatt plant in Chile.

County Unemployment Rate Falls

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell sharply in July to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent in June, despite massive seasonal layoffs in education, state figures released Friday show.

L.A. OKs Tougher Penalties for Cig Sellers

Sell tobacco to a kid in Los Angeles and you’ll soon get a month-long time out.

Council Committee Upholds Airport Decision to Allow Uber, Lyft to Pick Up LAX Passengers

After a marathon packed hearing, a Los Angeles City Council committee late on Tuesday voted to uphold an airport commission decision to allow rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers from Los Angeles International Airport.

ArchitectureEmployees Go Distance

HansonLA staff sizes up styles on walk from downtown to beach.

HansonLA has new staff walk from downtown to the beach to gain street smarts on L.A. styles.

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Clothing Maker Out of Fashion On Wall Street

MANUFACTURING: Shares of American Apparel slide with bad credit, sales news.

American Apparel shares tumble as mounting credit and sales woes point toward a bankruptcy filing.

After Grisly Death, Tuna Canner Agrees to Record Settlement

Bumble Bee Foods will pay a record $6 million to settle a criminal prosecution over the 2012 death of an employee who became trapped in an industrial oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs facility, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Edison Downgraded Amid San Onofre Fallout

A major investment bank downgraded shares of Edison International Tuesday amid concern that shareholders could be on the hook for more costs related to the Rosemead electric utility’s 2013 closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Long Beach Chamber Wants Say in Pay-Raise Push

GOVERNMENT: Helping small businesses cope with increase among concerns.

Recognizing that Long Beach elected officials will likely enact an increase in the minimum wage in coming months, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to negotiate a deal that would make a raise more palatable to businesses in the city rather than opposing a wage hike outright.

Petroleum Plan Fuels Pushback

ENERGY: Oil, trucking firms rip state proposal to reduce use.

Oil and transportation companies hope to drive off a state measure to cut vehicles’ petroleum use by 50 percent.

County Unemployment Falls Amid Slight Jobs Gain

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell in June to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in May following a modest gain in employer payrolls, state figures released Friday show.

City Sends Up Smoke Signals on Tougher Rules

TOBACCO: L.A. mulls new penalties for cig sales to minors, in-shop smoking

Local tobacco retailers and smoke lounges are warily eyeing the rollout by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer of tougher enforcement standards aimed at preventing sales of tobacco products to minors and protecting workers from secondhand smoke.

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Stores Look to Take Back Streets

REGULATION: Owners hope to limit legalization of rival vendors.

Brick-and-mortar shops hope to curb a push in the city of Los Angeles to legalize street vending.

24 Years Later, Collapsed Insurer Case Settled

The final chapter appears to have closed in the quarter-century battle resulting from the collapse of Los Angeles insurance company Executive Life and an ensuing legal scuffle that stretched from Sacramento to Paris.

Beverly Hills Chamber Head Leaves for WeHo Post

Alexander Stettinski, executive director of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, announced his resignation on Tuesday to to become vice president of operations and strategic planning with the neighboring Visit West Hollywood.

Healthy Boosts From Chinese Connections

For Bob Parker, life has taken some dramatic turns recently.

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Landlords See No Room for Rent-Control Changes

REAL ESTATE: City of L.A. proposals could kill creation of more units.

City of L.A. officials weigh rent-control rules that could open door to more burdens for landlords.

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Business Burdens Head Up; Firms, Jobs Head Out

COMMERCE: Survey rates most L.A. cities as high cost.

Rising costs push more than half of L.A. cities into business-unfriendly territory, survey reports.

County Unemployment Holds Steady Amid Modest Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate was unchanged in May at 7.6 percent amid modest job gains that left the county just short of its all-time payroll jobs peak, state figures released Friday show.

Twenty In Their 20s: Abhi Eswarappa

From the creator of a social media platform to the founder of a bikini company, the Business Journal turns the spotlight on 20 young entrepreneurs who have gotten a jump on the business world.

Music Class Has It Made With Shades

Instructor says color code helps notes stick better with students.

Conservatory of Performing Arts helps students scale musical notes with a color-coded system.

County Unemployment Holds Steady Amid Modest Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 7.6 percent amid modest job gains that left the county just short of its all-time payroll jobs peak, state figures released Friday show.

Looming Wage Hike Tamps Down Business Confidence

L.A. area businesses are optimistic about business conditions this year and plan to sharply ramp up capital spending, according to a survey to be released today from the Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed.

Business Groups Hope to Work With City Hall Vet

POLITICS: Carolyn Ramsay piles up endorsments in race for seat on City Council.

Business groups are overwhelmingly supporting City Hall veteran Carolyn Ramsay in this week’s election to replace Tom LaBonge on the Los Angeles City Council.

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Hacked Off

LAX-dependent cabbies hem in area businesses

LAX-area businesses say cabbies waiting for airport pickups are driving off customers.

Council Separates Paid Time Off from Minimum Wage Hike Plan

Responding to an outcry from local business groups and from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council leaders late on Friday agreed to separate a controversial paid time off mandate from the minimum wage hike it plans to consider next week.

Paid Time Off Part of Minimum Wage Proposal?

The minimum wage hike proposal approved by an L.A. City Council committee this week might require employers to pay minimum wage workers for time off.

Paramount Firm Pays $142,000 Penalty for Waste Violations

Anaplex Corp. of Paramount has agreed to pay $142,000 to settle allegations that the plating company had violated hazardous waste rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late Thursday.

Wage Hike Moves Forward, Gives Businesses More Time

A Los Angeles City Council Committee on Wednesday voted to hike the citywide minimum wage to $15 an hour, but also to give more time for businesses to comply.

Carsharing Coming to a Parking Meter Near You?

Carsharing could soon become much more common in Los Angeles – as common as parking meters, in fact.

Ex-Chief Exec Looks to Steer Retailer Into Sale

INTERNET: Mehran Nia says U.S. Auto Parts too small to be publicly held.

Co-founder and ex-CEO of U.S. Auto Parts looks to drive the online retailer into a sale.

Area Advocate Discusses 25 Years in Downtown

NONPROFIT: Carol Schatz praises housing, restaurants; homelessness still concern.

Carol Schatz talks downtown L.A.’s revival during her 25 years at Central City Association.

Plumber Aims To Seal Deals With Valves

Cesar Balbin plugs toilet flappers as way to cut water usage.

Reliance Home Services takes the plunger on giving away toilet flappers to win customers.

Insurance Commissioner Urges Work Comp Rate Cut

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Friday announced he has recommended a 10 percent cut in the workers’ comp premium rate that insurers charge employers, the first such recommended cut in four years.

L.A. Restaurateurs Want Tips to Count Toward Minimum Wage

As Los Angeles city officials consider hiking the minimum wage to as much as $15.25 an hour, local restaurant owners on Monday proposed a lower wage level for servers who receive tips.

LAX’s Slurpee Runneth Over

International terminal lands only 7-Eleven store inside airport in United States.

LAX looks to have more in store for international travelers with the first 7-Eleven in a U.S. airport.

Dad Goes to Bat for Fairness

Andrew Kugler just wanted to coach his daughter in a softball league. He never expected it would turn into a legal fight.

Java Maker Follows Pot of Gold to Lone Star State

COFFEE: Incentives light fire under Farmer Bros. to ditch L.A. for Dallas.

Texas brews up a range of incentives to spur Farmer Bros.’ relocation to the Lone Star State.

California Hopes Incentives Work to Create Jobs

DEVELOPMENT: State to hand out $69 million in tax credits to 94 companies.

The headlines are full of other states offering incentives for local companies to set up shop there, either by moving entirely or expanding.

Judge Halts Millennium Hollywood Project

A state judge on Thursday halted plans for two massive and controversial skyscrapers in Hollywood, ruling that the city of Los Angeles failed to adequately assess the $1 billion project’s traffic and neighborhood impacts.

Anonymous Blogger Kicks Sand at Desert Aquifer

WATER: Cadiz’s shares hit by claims that pipeline plan heading for failure.

Anonymous blogger sinks stock of Cadiz on claims its desert aquifer plan is doomed to fail.

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Rate Runoff

Building owners look to tap tenants for water bills

Drought concerns open the door for landlords of older buildings to pass bills on to tenants.

San Gabriel Valley Growth to Continue

The San Gabriel Valley economy will continue its robust growth this year, adding more than 10,000 jobs and increasing total payrolls by $1.2 billion, according to an economic forecast to be released Tuesday morning from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Union Group Chief to Wage Pay-Hike Campaign

POLITICS: Rusty Hicks of labor federation backs bigger increase than L.A. mayor’s.

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s new chief, Rusty Hicks, says a minimum-wage hike will pay off in more jobs.

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