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Charter Jet Service Heads for San Jose

Public charter operator JetSuiteX lands service to San Jose..

PAGA Suits Raise Employer Stakes

Law gives plaintiffs, attorneys right to review wage-hour data, compile class actions.

State’s Private Attorneys General Act stokes class-action suits against employers.

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Taking Flight

New alliance’s mission: protect air base, support aviation.

New industry alliance seeks to give the South Bay a lift by protecting the local air base..

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Metal Industry Steels Itself Against Toxic Testing

Trade group calls tracking system outdated, says issue involves many businesses.

The local metalworking industry is fighting back after a nearly yearlong crackdown by regulators over emissions of toxic chemical hexavalent chromium.

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Public Charter Operator JetSuiteX to Launch Burbank-San Jose Service

Irvine-based air public charter operator JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it will start service next month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to San Jose International Airport.

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L.A. City Council Authorizes Signing of 2028 Summer Olympic Games Contract

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously authorized the city’s Olympic bid committee to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Hong Kong Flights Wing Way to LAX

Island airline will begin route in December, ramping up to daily commutes in January.

Hong Kong Airlines wings way to LAX, with an island-L.A. route taking off in December.

Buoyed Business

Settlement over Ojai water system boosts American States’ earnings.

Forced sale of water system pumped up second-quarter earnings for American States.

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Development Victory in Malibu After Supreme Court Declines Appeal Hearing

The state Supreme Court has decided not to take up an appeal of a lower court ruling that Malibu can’t limit chain stores or force major development projects to be put to a vote of the people.

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Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Surged in First Half of 2017

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic surged 25 percent in June and 47 percent for the first half of the year, airport officials announced Thursday.

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UCLA Extension Partners with Spanish Firm to Offer Online Courses in Latin America

UCLA Extension is launching a partnership with Global Alumni, a Madrid-based educational company, aimed at extending its presence and reach in Latin America.

Daily Flight Service from LAX to Hong Kong Launching in December

Hong Kong Airlines on Tuesday announced it is launching nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on Dec. 18.

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AS&F Foundation Donates $12 Million to Camp for People with Disabilities

AS&F Foundation of South Pasadena has made a $12 million donation to a Pasadena nonprofit that runs an overnight summer camp in the local mountains for people with disabilities.

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South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance Launched to Support Local Aerospace Sector

Business groups in the South Bay have launched the South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance to support the local aerospace sector and bolster efforts to prevent the closure of Los Angeles Air Force Base.

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New Garbage Regime Gives Rise to Stink

Some customers are down in the dumps over missed pickups in the city of L.A.’s new franchise system.

Airport Lands $15M To Improve Runway

$15 million grant for runway work wings way to Long Beach Airport.

Congress Might Clear Fees at LAX for Takeoff

Senate mulls plan to raise passenger facility charge; major airlines oppose hike.

Los Angeles International Airport is a step closer to receiving tens of millions of additional dollars each year in passenger fee revenues, just as its multibillion-dollar modernization program has kicked into full gear.

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L.A. Consumer Sentiment Down in Second Quarter

L.A. consumers have turned bearish on the economy as a new local consumer sentiment index from Claremont McKenna College dropped 7 percent during the second quarter.

Long Beach Airport Awarded $15 Million Grant for Runway Improvements

Long Beach Airport has been awarded a $15.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements to its busiest runway, airport officials announced Wednesday.

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Justice Department Complaint Says L.A. Misused Housing Funds

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a new complaint against the city of Los Angeles and its defunct redevelopment agency alleging that they failed to provide adequate access for disabled residents for housing projects that received federal funds and then covered up that fact.

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L.A. Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Summer Olympic Games

The L.A. Olympic bid committee announced Monday that it had reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

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AQMD Targets Site Over Toxic Emissions

Air quality board moves against metal-finishing plant Lubeco to cut toxic emissions.

Boom Echoes for Contractors

DEVELOPMENT: Billings rise again, reach $8.5 billion.

Contractors’ billings remain on a firm foundation as the recovery continues.

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L.A.’s Oldest to Leave Town

MANUFACTURING: Office in O.C. draws Ducommun.

L.A.’s oldest company, Ducommun, relocates to a Santa Ana office near the airport.

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AQMD Seeks Order to Cut Emissions at Long Beach Metals Plant

Local air quality regulators on Wednesday announced they are seeking an order to reduce emissions of a toxic chemical at Lubeco Inc., a Long Beach metal-finishing plant.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at Record Low 4.4 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June from May’s record low 4.4 percent as a seasonal drop in education payrolls offset modest hiring in other sectors.

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L.A. County Assessed Property Values Up 6 Percent to Record $1.47 Trillion

L.A. County’s total assessed property values rose 6 percent over the past year to a record $1.47 trillion, marking the seventh consecutive year of property value growth, County Assessor Jeffrey Prang announced late Thursday.

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LAEDC to Provide New Workforce Training

LAEDC teams up with community colleges on workforce training program.

Public Companies’ New Mark: $671 Billion

ECONOMY: Snap’s entry, Activision’s strength set pace.

A look at the movers on this year’s list of the largest public companies ranked by market capitalization.

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Santa Monica Looks to Scale Development Policy

Business groups fear city’s plan for affordable housing could price out projects.

Along-contentious battle over development of Santa Monica’s downtown is expected to come to a head this week as the City Council is set to consider a long-term development plan for the area.

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LAEDC to Host New Center for Workforce Training Programs

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. will host a new center for workforce training programs as part of a program funded by local community colleges, LAEDC executives and community college officials were set to announce Thursday.

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Delta Adding Daily Flight from LAX to Mexico City

Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it is restoring daily nonstop flight service from Los Angeles International Airport to Mexico City starting Dec. 1 after a 12-year hiatus.

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Minimum-Wage Hikes May Max Out BIDs

NONPROFIT: Districts mull fee increases, service cuts.

Business improvement districts work to resolve rising labor costs from minimum-wage hikes.

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Shifting Sands

State bill looks to sink Cadiz’s aquifer project with final OK in sight.

State lawmaker’s bill kicks sand at Cadiz’s hopes for final approval of its desert aquifer project.

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IOC Votes to Award 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games Simultaneously; Paris and Los Angeles Set to Host

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games simultaneously, with Paris and Los Angeles as the hosts.

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Prominent L.A. Developer David Wilstein Dead at 89

Prominent L.A. commercial real estate developer David Wilstein, founder of Realtech Construction Co., died Sunday at age 89, executives at the company announced Monday.

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UC Regents Judge L.A. Lawyer Worthy

Manatt Phelps & Phillips Partner George Kieffer will help guide system as chairman of board.

Manatt Phelps & Phillips Partner George Kieffer will chair the UC Board of Regents.

Can City Flip Switch on Billboards?

L.A city officials are inching forward with rules that could allow digital billboards to be lit again after being kept dark for years.

Olympics-Sized Transit Effort

TRANSPORTATION: Bid for games may speed projects.

Local contractors hope to get moving on projects fast-tracked for the Olympics.

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Guiding Lights

Council panel works to codify rules on digital signs for L.A. businesses.

Los Angeles looks at framing new rules for digital store signage and billboards.

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Labor Pushes Higher Hotel Rates for Worker Pay

HOSPITALITY: Proposal for Long Beach links OT wages to square footage cleaned.

Two labor groups are pushing for the Long Beach City Council to adopt a “bill of rights” for hotel workers that would include limits on the square footage housekeepers can clean in a day.

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Prominent L.A. Attorney George Kieffer Elected Chair of UC Board of Regents

George Kieffer, a partner at West L.A.’s Manatt, Phelps & Philips, was elected on Wednesday to serve as chair of the University of California’s Board of Regents for a one year term, making him one of the most powerful education officials in the state.

Travelers Give Lift to LAX

May surge in passenger traffic could help LAX land another record year.

Solar Business Shines Up Resume With Installation

ENERGY: PermaCity turns on powerful rooftop generating project in L.A.

PermaCity has raised its job ceiling with the world’s most powerful solar rooftop generating project.

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Pacific Alliance Medical Center to Pay $42 Million Settlement Over Alleged Kickback Scheme

Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Chinatown has agreed to pay $42 million in penalties to settle allegations in a federal whistleblower lawsuit claiming it filed false medical claims in a kickback scheme, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday.

LAX Passenger Traffic Jumps 5.6 Percent in May to 7.2 Million

Los Angeles International Airport’s passenger traffic surged 5.6 percent in May, despite the largest series of airline terminal relocations in U.S. history.

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L.A. City Council Approves Construction of Lucas Museum at Exposition Park

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the construction of the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park.

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PermaCity Completes World’s Largest Solar Rooftop Project

L.A. solar developer PermaCity Inc. has completed the world’s most powerful solar rooftop generating project in San Pedro, company and L.A. city officials announced Monday while touring the facility.

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L.A. Vehicle Donation Charity Ordered to Shut Down After Alleged False Advertising

Los Angeles vehicle donation charity People’s Choice Charity has been ordered to shut down and pay at least $30,000 in penalties, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday.

City Shuts Down Boyle Heights Company After Trash Pile Burned for Six Weeks

The city of Los Angeles is moving to shut down a Boyle Heights construction and demolition debris company after a giant mound of trash onsite caught fire and smoldered for six weeks last fall, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday.

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