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Pasadena Council Approves Art Center’s Master Plan

The Pasadena City Council late on July 16 unanimously approved a master plan for the Art Center College of Design that will focus the school’s growth over the next 15 years at its campus south of downtown Pasadena.

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Jewish Community Foundation Awarded Record $100M in Grants Last Year

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced July 17 that it awarded a record $100 million in grants to more than 2,600 nonprofit organizations last year.

County Supervisors Place Parcel Tax for Stormwater Cleanup on November Ballot

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on July 17 voted to place a parcel tax on the November ballot to raise a projected $300 million a year to reduce runoff of polluted stormwater.

Swinerton Snags $209 Million LAX Contract

Transportation: Garage to be in new facility

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on July 11 voted to award a $209 million contract for a new parking structure near Los Angeles International Airport to Swinerton Builders, airport officials announced.

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L.A. Area Annual Inflation Rate Slips to 4 Percent as Gas, Food Prices Drop Slightly

The local inflation rate dipped to 4 percent year-over-year in June as gas and food prices slipped slightly in recent weeks, according to federal data released July 12.

Swinerton Lands $209M Contract for New LAX Parking Structure

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on July 11 voted to award a $209 million contract for a new parking structure near Los Angeles International Airport to Swinerton Builders, airport officials announced.

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UPDATE: Legal Challenge to Agreement to Close Santa Monica Airport Dismissed

A local pilot’s legal challenge to the agreement the city of Santa Monica reached to close Santa Monica Airport has been dismissed, the city announced July 11.

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China Push

Count China as part of the Art Center College of Design’s push to expand options for its students through partnerships with other institutions.

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Well of a Plan

Controller calls for new drill, extraction tax on oil, gas rigs in city

L.A. City Controller releases review of oil and gas wells in Los Angeles.

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Veteran Economist Starts Consultancy

FINANCE: Global view from Hancock Park office

Former White House economist opens shop in Los Angeles.

Exit Chat: Toebben on 12-Year Chamber Tenure

ADVOCACY: Sees housing as top challenge ahead

L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce’s departing chief talks community’s future issues.

Business By Design

Art Center aims to build on experience with Drucker School

Art Center College of Design and business schools partner for multidisciplinary approach.

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LAUSD Superintendent Launches Fund for School District with $3 Million in Donations

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner on July 5 announced the launch of a philanthropic fund to boost resources for educating students, saying initial donations have topped $3 million.

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Tetra Tech Receives $60M Multi-Award Federal Contract for Engineering, Design Services

Tetra Tech Inc. announced June 28 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected it for a $60 million, five-year, multiple-award contract for engineering and design services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Late Professor Gifted $1.73M to Cal State Dominguez Hills

Gift will establish first endowed chair in school’s history

A recently deceased professor gifted $1.73 million to California State University Dominquez Hills, the school’s largest-ever faculty member gift.

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Aecom’s Passion Projects

Engineering giant backs staffers on socially conscious micro projects around world

Aecom’s passion projects.

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Forecast: LAX Expects Record July 4 Traffic

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport over the July 4 holiday period is forecast to hit a record 2.86 million passengers, airport officials said on June 28.

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 5.3 Percent in May, 5.4 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 5.3 percent in May compared to last year and was up 5.4 percent for the first five months of this year, according to figures released June 26 by airport officials.

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SoCal Edison Proposes $760M for EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on June 26 submitted a proposal to state regulators to spend $760 million in ratepayer funds to build more charging stations for passenger electric vehicles.

LA Misses Final Cut for U.S. Army Procurement Center HQ

Los Angeles has missed the final cut for a U.S. Army procurement center headquarters, according to a media report.

Civic Leader and South LA Booster John Mack, 81

Obituary

Longtime L.A. civic leader and South Los Angeles development booster John Mack died on June 21 at age 81, according to media reports.

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Airlines Up

Commercial carriers see gains, competition

L.A. remains a “very vibrant and very fragmented” market for commercial airlines.

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Air Charters Get Boost From Hot Economy, Local Congestion

Private flights shift toward sharing economy

Charter air carriers catch tailwind.

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Tetra Tech Snags $22M Contract for Biodiversity Efforts in Madagascar

Tetra Tech Inc. has been awarded a $22 million contract from the U.S. Agency For International Development to support biodiversity protection and community development efforts in Madagascar.

Torrance Refinery Hit with State Penalty for Hazardous Waste Storage

PBF Energy Inc.’s Torrance refinery has been fined $150,000 for allegedly storing hazardous waste illegally, a state agency announced June 20.

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Platinum Equity Sells Air Cargo Handling Company for $1.4 Billion

Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity has sold air cargo handling company Worldwide Flight Services to affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management for nearly $1.4 billion, Platinum announced on June 19.

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Modest Job Gains in L.A. County for April

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released Friday.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.4 Percent in April Amid Modest Job Growth

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.4 percent in May as the local economy hovers near full employment, according to state figures released June 15.

Minimum Wage Hike Looms

Economy: Restaurants, apparel could be hard hit

The latest round of minimum-wage increases raises concerns for some companies.

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Long Beach Port Cargo Volume Up, LA Port Volume Down

It was a tale of two ports in May as cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach hit a record high while at the Port of Los Angeles, volume dipped 3 percent from last year’s record high, according to announcements from both ports.

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L.A. Area Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 4.1 Percent as Gas Prices Spike

The local inflation rate rose to 4.1 percent year-over-year in May, driven by a spike in energy prices, according to federal data released June 12.

Women Scarce on CEO Pay List

EMPLOYMENT: Only 2 on top 50, both no longer at helm

Women CEOs are rare in general, more so on best-paid lists.

American Jewish University Names Jeffrey Herbst as New President

American Jewish University in Bel-Air has named former Newseum and Colgate University president Jeffrey Herbst as its new president, succeeding longtime leader Robert Wexler, the university announced June 6.

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Frontier Air Adding Daily Service from Ontario Airport to Orlando

Frontier Airlines announced June 5 it is adding daily, non-stop service from Ontario International Airport to Orlando International Airport in August.

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Pepperdine Graziadio Launches Executive DBA Program

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School announced June 5 it is launching in the fall an Executive Doctorate of Business Administration program which will further develop skills for executives through courses and research.

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Garcetti Taps Michel Moore as Next LAPD Chief

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on June 4 named First Assistant Chief Michel Moore as the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, succeeding Charlie Beck, who is set to retire June 27.

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BizFed Survey Finds Growing Concerns on Housing, Homelessness

ECONOMY: Taxes still top annual poll of business owners, execs

The cost of housing and the growing homeless population have moved way up on the list of concerns voiced by local businesses in an annual poll conducted by the Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed.

WeHo Wants Rail Connection

TRANSPORTATION: City pushes for Olympics deadline

West Hollywood hopes to shorten timeline on Metro rail connection.

Chamber’s New Champion

L.A. business group breaks ground with choice of Latina chief executive

Corporate veteran takes helm as first woman chief executive for Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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SCE Gets Approval to Spend $356M on EV Charging Stations

Southern California Edison on May 31 received approval from state regulators to spend $356 million in ratepayer funds to expand electric vehicle charging for trucks, buses, forklifts and other industrial vehicles.

LA County Homeless Count Drops to 53,000

New numbers include adjustment of 2017 numbers

The number of homeless individuals in Los Angeles County fell for the first time in nine years to 53,000, according to figures released May 31 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

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Southwest Airlines Adds Flights at Burbank, Long Beach Airports

Southwest Airlines announced May 31 that it is adding flights at Burbank and Long Beach airports.

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L.A. Chamber Taps Local Finance Exec Maria Salinas as First Female CEO

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on May 30 announced its board has named local finance executive Maria Salinas as its first woman chief executive in its 130-year history.

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Insurance Commissioner Recommends 10 Percent Cut in Workers’ Comp Premium Rates

Citing continued drops in costs, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on May 29 recommended a 10 percent cut in workers’ compensation insurance premiums for employers’ policies renewing after July 1.

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Concerns About Housing Costs and Homelessness Rise in BizFed Poll

The cost of housing and the growing homeless population have moved way up the list of concerns voiced by local businesses in an annual poll conducted by the Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed.

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USC President Nikias to Step Down Amid Scandals

USC President C.L. Max Nikias has agreed to step down as a series of scandals has rocked the university, according to a statement from the university’s board release late on May 25.

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LAX Passenger Traffic Up 4 Percent in April, 5.5 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 4.1 percent in April compared to last year and was up 5.5 percent for the first four months of this year, according to figures released May 25 by airport officials.

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L.A. Pursues New Army Post

ECONOMY: Procurement center seen as spur for tech

A new U.S. Army procurement office could bring 500 direct jobs and hundreds of millions in economic benefits if it lands in L.A.

Iconic Overview: L.A. Goes Global

Entrepreneurial spirit finds way here, looks beyond backyard for opportunities

This year’s class of influential leaders in L.A. ranges from a beauty entrepreneur to a legend of local commercial real estate.

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After Bankruptcy, Oil Company Breitburn Exiting Los Angeles

Fresh off exiting bankruptcy, one of the successor companies to the former Breitburn Energy Partners oil company has filed notice with the state that it intends to exit Los Angeles in July, laying off 51 employees.

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