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Metro Board Approves $1.4 Billion Budget for 11.5-Mile Extension of Foothill Gold Line Light Rail to Claremont

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors on Thursday approved a $1.4 billion budget and related partnership agreements for an 11.5-mile extension of the Foothill Gold Line light rail route from Glendora to Claremont.

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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Overturning Malibu Measure Limiting Chain Stores

A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that Malibu can’t limit chain stores or force major projects to be put to a vote of the people.

Central City Association Expands Board; Adjusts Advocacy Priorities

The Central City Association representing downtown property owners and businesses announced Wednesday that it has expanded its governing board to 15 members and has adjusted its advocacy priorities to include more of a focus on housing and addressing homelessness.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Falls to New Record Low of 4.4 Percent Amid Steady Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment fell to a new record low of 4.4 percent in May amid steady job gains, state figures released Friday show.

Hollywood Plan Rewrite

DEVELOPMENT: Latest proposal would add tools to bolster preservation efforts.

New Hollywood Community Plan spotlights preservation of single-family-home neighborhoods.

Honda Paces Field of Foreign-Owned Companies

HEADQUARTERS: Pending exit of Toyota shakes up list of businesses in L.A. County.

American Honda Motor has homed in on the top spot of foreign firms with U.S. bases in L.A. County.

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Subway Might Deliver Beverly Hills 9021 Uh-Oh!

TRANSIT: Station work slated for Golden Triangle

Some local leaders fear subway work in Beverly Hills could bury some businesses.

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Environmental Group Sues Air Agency Over Approval of Tesoro Refinery Merger

A local environmental group on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s recent approval of environmental reports for Tesoro Corp.’s plan to merge operations of its two refineries in Carson and Wilmington.

City Planners Release Revised Hollywood Community Plan

L.A. city planners on Tuesday released a revised community plan to steer development in Hollywood, more than three years after a judge threw out an earlier plan citing faulty growth assumptions.

Garcetti Names New Economic Development Deputy

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday he is naming senior director for economic development William Chun as his next deputy mayor for economic development, replacing Raymond Chan, who is retiring after 33 years with the city.

IOC Set to Award 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee on Friday announced its intent to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles, all but guaranteeing Los Angeles will host the Games in 11 years.

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Six ‘Job-Killer’ Bills Clear Hurdle in Sacramento

politics: Measures include restrictions on arbitration, more employer mandates.

Six bills tagged by the California Chamber of Commerce as “job killers” survived the June 2 deadline to clear their house of origin and move on; three other bills the chamber had targeted were stopped.

Entertainment Takes Lead Role in CEO Pay

COMPENSATION: Disney’s Robert Iger at top despite dip.

The entertainment sector made a big production out of exec pay last year, with Disney’s Robert Iger and Activision’s Robert Kotick leading the CEO list.

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Long Beach Picks Up L.A.’s Trash Franchise Plan

WASTE: City Council looks to enact policy in five years; business groups blast costs.

Long Beach City Council moves to adopt a trash franchise system that hiked costs in Los Angeles.

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Legal Challenge Filed to Block L.A. Trash Franchise System

A Sherman Oaks apartment building owner and an apartment owners association have filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles seeking to block a waste-hauling franchise system set to go into effect next month.

L.A.’s Homeless on Rise

HOUSING: Number of county residents living on streets soars year to year.

L.A. County agency has reported the homeless population swelled last year.

20 in their 20s: Francisco Franco

From a 22-year-old manager of e-sports teams to a 92-year-old manufacturing executive, the Business Journal spotlights some of the working world’s newcomers and old hands.

20 in their 20s: Justin Schneider

From a 22-year-old manager of e-sports teams to a 92-year-old manufacturing executive, the Business Journal spotlights some of the working world’s newcomers and old hands.

20 in their 20s: Ted Montoya

From a 22-year-old manager of e-sports teams to a 92-year-old manufacturing executive, the Business Journal spotlights some of the working world’s newcomers and old hands.

Support May Cool for Solar Water-Heating Firms

ENERGY: Assembly mulls allowing incentive program launched in 2010 to expire.

Extension of solar water-heating program has become a hot topic for system installers.

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Business Leaders Head in, Out of D.C.

Patrick Soon-Shiong joins panel at Paul Ryan’s behest; Elon Musk, Robert Iger resign over climate.

Paul Ryan has named Patrick Soon-Shiong to a House advisory panel; Elon Musk and Robert Iger protest President Trump’s climate stance.

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Ryan Names Soon-Shiong to Congressional Health IT Committee

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday named L.A. billionaire surgeon and cancer research leader Patrick Soon-Shiong to an advisory committee on health care information technology.

County Homeless Count Surges to Nearly 58,000

Almost 58,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night, up 23 percent from a year ago, according to the latest count from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released Wednesday.

Proposed Tunnel In Funding Hole

Metro vote to pull money likely ends drive to create 710-210 freeway connector in Pasadena.

Metro vote to scrap funding may mean the end of the road for freeway tunnel project.

Los Angeles Still Has Home Rental Reservations

HOSPITALITY: City may restrict duration of stays through sharing platforms.

The battle over home-sharing in Los Angeles is about to heat up again as an ordinance to regulate the industry goes before a Los Angeles City Council planning committee as early as this week.

Cement, Concrete Firm Will Add Facility to Mix

Construction: Cemex USA says boom in building has solidified need for site.

Cemex USA plans a new facility to serve a build-up in demand for cement and concrete.

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Metro Votes to End Funding for 710 Tunnel Extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to end its share of funding for a controversial proposed $3.2 billion, 4.9-mile tunnel to extend the 710 Freeway from its current terminus from Alhambra to Pasadena.

L.A. Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum after Protest Beating Incident

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled a forum set for this week on doing business with Turkey.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to New Low of 4.5 Percent as Job Growth Weakens

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to another new low of 4.5 percent in April, but in a sign that the local economy is close to full employment, employers in the county reversed their hiring trends and shed a net 7,000 jobs last month, state figures released Friday show.

Oil May Burn Investors

ENERGY: Chapter 11 plan for Breitburn may wipe out share value, boost tax bills.

Chapter 11 plan for oil and gas firm Breitburn could leave investors in the hole.

L.A. Council Passes $9.2 Billion Budget

The Los Angeles City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a $9.2 billion budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year beginning July 1, a 5 percent increase over the current fiscal year, and nearly $500 million more than what Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed last month.

Medical Centers Seek Healthy Boost

Cedars-Sinai, Torrance Memorial forge partnership in which both will operate under parent entity.

HEALTH CARE: Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial like the prognosis for a joint medical center entity.

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City of L.A. Rewrites Environmental Report Rules

DEVELOPMENT: System will restrict EIR authors to prequalified consultants list.

In the hopes of avoiding protracted lawsuits over environmental impact reports for major projects, city of L.A. planning officials will soon start requiring that developers use only prequalified consultants to prepare those massive reports.

City of L.A.’s Rental Unit Law Proves Tough Sell

DEVELOPMENTT: New rules draw fire from businesses, which may relocate projects.

City of L.A.’s new law on rental unit requirements might spur projects to move away.

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High Court Affirms Ruling that Mercury Insurance Can't Charge Policyholders for Sponsorships

The California Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Mercury Insurance Group to charge customers for branding costs.

Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Form Partnership

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Torrance Memorial Medical Center are forming an affiliation to share facilities and resources, the two institutions announced Wednesday.

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Logistics Loses Ground in City

SHIPPING: Carson extends moratorium on new operations.

Carson and logistics firms have yet to map out a plan to balance business and residential issues.

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Desert Project Hot Ticket

WATER: Boosted prospects for aquifer venture deliver Cadiz $300 million in credit.

Improved outlook for Cadiz’s aquifer project helps secure a loan pipeline for the company.

Cadiz Announces $255 Million in Construction Financing for Desert Water Project

With the Trump administration soon likely to approve its long-sought desert water storage and transmission project, Cadiz Inc. announced Tuesday it has arranged up to $255 million in construction financing from giant private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

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L.A. Wants Vehicle Rental Service to Curb Parking

TRANSPORTATION: City warns Turo that streets out of bounds as moneymakers.

Another sharing economy service is facing scrutiny from city of L.A. officials.

L.A. County Hits Lowest Unemployment Rate in Decades

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in March, the lowest level in at least 30 years, state figures released Friday show.

Utility: System Sale Doesn’t Point to Second Deal

WATER: Golden State plans to continue Claremont fight despite settlement with Ojai.

Utility Golden State says the sale of its Ojai system doesn’t mean a Claremont deal is more likely.

Councilman Backs Buffer Zone Study

Oil industry warns such areas could lead to city of Los Angeles losing jobs as well as tax money.

Councilman’s call for study of buffer zones around L.A. drilling sites stirs deep industry concern.

Trouble in Air?

Oil refineries fear air pollution crackdown could turn into a big turnoff for facilities.

State Chamber Expands List of Job-Killer Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released an expanded list of 23 “job killer” bills that it is targeting for defeat in the state Legislature.

Measure to Study the Shutdown of Oil Wells Near Homes and Schools Introduced to L.A. Council

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday introduced a motion calling for a study of the feasibility of enacting a half-mile buffer zone around all oil drilling operations in the city, a move that could ultimately lead to the shutdown of hundreds of wells.

State Approves Tax Credits for Proterra, Hulu and 19 Other Companies in L.A. County

A state committee on Thursday approved $24 million in tax credits for 21 companies investing up to $314 million to add as many as 1,970 L.A. jobs.

Property Owners Trash Higher Waste Fees

New city of L.A. trash-hauling system will dump higher pickup costs on some property owners.

City Bottles Water Deal

UTILITY: Ojai's fight with Golden State ends in $34.5 million system sale

Water fight is over as Golden State agrees to sell Ojai system to Casitas municipal district.

Metal Finishers Among Toxin Target Opponents

MANUFACTURING: Call for increased facility supervision may yield speedier closures.

Manufacturers and metal finishers are concerned about a planned crackdown on toxic emissions by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.