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Feds Remove Hurdle for Cadiz Desert Water Project

Downtown water developer Cadiz Inc. moved a step closer to building its Mojave Desert water project as a federal agency removed a hurdle for its water pipeline, the company announced Monday.

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Pomona Partnership Submits Bid for Amazon Second HQ

A Pomona-area partnership announced Monday it had submitted a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters that would center around the Fairplex and Cal Poly Pomona campuses.

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Stopgap on Trash Mess: Shared Bins

Councilmen Look to Adjust Franchise Plan as Complaints Continue From Business

An attempt to tweak much-maligned trash-hauling program

CSDH Starts $82M Innovation Center

An $82 million science center is underway at California State University-Dominguez Hills

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Jerry Brown Signs Bills Expanding Parental Leave, Banning Employers from Asking Salary Histories

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed one bill requiring employers with 20 to 49 workers to offer 120 days of parental leave and another bill banning employers from asking job applicants for salary histories.

Breitburn Bankruptcy Exit Plan Could Split Company in Two

Breitburn Energy Partners laid out its bankruptcy exit plan Thursday in a Manhattan courtroom, calling for the oil exploration partnership to split into two companies.

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JetSuiteX Adds Public Charter Flights from Burbank to Oakland

Irvine public charter service JetSuiteX announced Thursday it is adding flights from Burbank Hollywood Airport to Oakland International Airport starting in mid-November.

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Demand for Temps Shifts to Full-Time Workers

ECONOMY: Staffing firms’ revenue grew in 2016 as employee demand rose

The good times are rolling for the local staffing industry as the county’s economy hovers near full employment.

Breitburn Energy Stumbles Again

Competing plan emerges on BK reorganization; asset sales likely in either case

Breitburn Energy oil company can’t get its reorganization plan flowing.

Demand for Temps Shifts to Full-Time Workers

ECONOMY: Staffing firms’ revenue grew in 2016 as employee demand rose.

Temporary placement firms see revenue rise as they adjust to demand for full-time help.

Edison Charges Ahead

Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro oversaw broad changes in his first year – and he’s planning for more

Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro led the company through broad changes in his first year.

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Report: Job Growth Slowed in Los Angeles Last Year

Los Angeles had 1.39 million jobs during the third quarter of 2016, up 0.7 percent from the same period in 2015, a much smaller increase than the 2.3 percent jump in jobs between 2014 and 2015, according to a Beacon Economics study.

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Credit Union Puts Money on Pickup

Credit union doubles down.

College President in history books

College president closes the book.

Chambers of Commerce See Membership Slide

NONPROFIT: Dues dropped as some businesses work to contain operating expenses.

Membership dips at chambers of commerce as businesses cope with expenses.

LAX, Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Surged in August

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport and Long Beach Airport soared last month, with LAX up 4.4 percent and Long Beach up 16 percent, compared to August of last year, according to figures released this week by the airports.

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Report: L.A. Freeways Claim Five of Top 10 Traffic Jam Spots in Nation

Two L.A. freeways – the 101 and the 405 – claimed five of the top 10 traffic jam locations in the nation in a study released Tuesday on traffic hotspots in 25 major cities by transportation analytics firm Inrix.

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Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie Hagan to Retire

Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie Hagan announced Tuesday during convocation ceremonies that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

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Financial Partners Credit Union Acquires Star Harbor Federal Credit Union

Financial Partners Credit Union of Downey has acquired Star Harbor Federal Credit Union of Rancho Dominguez, the credit unions announced Monday.

Delta to Add Flights from LAX to Paris, Amsterdam

Delta Air Lines announced Monday it will launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Amsterdam and Paris beginning in June, connecting Angelenos to Delta’s two largest partner hubs in Europe.

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Business Schools Reframe Degrees

Business programs are changing by degrees as schools look beyond providing just MBAs.

Airport Seeks Lift From Ridesharing

Long Beach facility adds fees to help offset loss of revenue from decline in parked cars.

Rideshare fees will take off at Long Beach Airport to help offset dip in parking revenue.

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Foundations Pump $20 Million into L.A. Homeless Housing Loan Fund

Four foundations have loaned a total of $20 million towards an L.A. homeless housing loan fund, bringing the fund to $60 million, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Jumps to 4.8 Percent Amid Meager Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in August from a historic low of 4.5 percent in July as more people hunted for work while the region’s job creation machine slowed.

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City May Belly Up To Drinks Counter

L.A. councilman pitches plan to speed up permitting for alcohol-serving businesses.

L.A. councilman looks to lower the bar on alcohol permits with a system to speed approvals.

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L.A. Officially Going For Gold as 2028 Host

Los Angeles officially rings up its Olympic victory to host the 2028 Summer Games.

LAEDC Names Finalists for Business-Friendly City Honors

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation on Thursday announced 10 cities in the county as finalists for its annual most business-friendly city award.

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Longtime American Jewish University President Robert Wexler to Step Down

Robert Wexler, who has helmed American Jewish University in Bel-Air for 25 years, is stepping down next June, the university announced Tuesday.

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L.A. Awarded 2028 Summer Olympic Games

It’s official: Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games, marking the third time the city plays Olympic host.

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Local Universities Move Up in National Rankings

L.A.’s major universities moved up in the latest national ranking released Tuesday from U.S. News & World Report, with the California Institute of Technology at No. 10 and UCLA and USC tied for No. 21.

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Report: Hiring of LinkedIn Members in L.A. Area Up 1.5 Percent In August

Hiring of LinkedIn members in the Los Angeles area rose 1.5 percent in August from July levels, in line with the national average, according to a monthly report released late Friday from the business networking website.

State Awards Nearly $1 Million to Pasadena Agency to Train Laid-Off Workers

The state Employment Development Department has awarded a $994,000 grant to the Pasadena Foothill Workforce Development Board to retrain 120 workers recently laid off in the region, the agency announced Thursday.

Investors Connect To Desert Pipeline

Shares of Cadiz surge after roadblock legislation falters, federal action boosts venture.

Cadiz’s shares climb after its pipeline project dodges a state bill and is buoyed by federal action.

M.B.A.s Fade Slightly Into Business Background

EDUCATION: Programs see decline in enrollment as new alternatives attract students.

Enrollment in master of business administration programs at Los Angeles County colleges and universities fell last year as students sought out cheaper alternatives, according to data from the Business Journal’s annual list of largest M.B.A. programs.

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UCLA, Caltech, USC Fall in Research Universities Rankings

L.A.’s three major research universities – UCLA, California Institute of Technology and USC – have slipped slightly in an annual ranking from Times Higher Education, though UCLA and Caltech still rate in the top 25.

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Cadiz Stock Soars 31 Percent After Bill to Stop Water Project Fails

Shares of downtown water company Cadiz Inc. soared 31 percent Tuesday on a double dose of good news: a bill aimed at stopping its desert water project failed to clear a Senate committee late Friday, and a federal agency signaled it may allow the proposal to move forward.

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Feuding Attorneys To Settle Private Jet Litigation Out-of-Court

Feuding L.A. attorneys Brian Kabateck and Mark Geragos have agreed to drop their litigation over the use of a private jet they co-own and settle their dispute out-of-court, according to a court document made public Tuesday.

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More Litigation to Come After Beachbody Credit Card Renewal Settlement?

The settlement reached between the city of Santa Monica and Beachbody over the alleged practice of automatic credit card renewals may not be the last word in the dispute.

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Lawsuit Takes Off Over Private Plane

Legal clash of high-powered lawyers for jet ownership may ground duo’s relationship.

Two high-powered attorneys and business partners hit turbulence over co-ownership of a jet.

Historic Angels Flight Railway Reopens

The historic Angels Flight funicular railway connecting downtown’s Bunker Hill with the Hill Street/Broadway corridor reopened Thursday morning after a three-year closure for repairs following a pair of accidents.

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L.A. Businesses Hire 10,500 Veterans, Beating Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Goal

More than 200 L.A.-area companies have hired 10,500 military veterans over the past three years, beating a goal set by Eric Garcetti for 10,000 veteran hires by the end of this year, the L.A. mayor announced Tuesday.

Brian Kabateck Sues Celebrity Lawyer Mark Geragos Over Airplane Ownership

Two prominent L.A. attorneys and business venture partners – plaintiffs’ lawyer and L.A. County Bar Association President-elect Brian Kabateck and celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos – are locked in a legal battle over a private airplane they jointly own. Kabateck filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking at least $10 million in damages from Geragos for breach of contract over the plane, a Cessna Citation Jet Model 525 the two jointly purchased in 2014.

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Beachbody Agrees to Pay $3.6 Million to Settle Case Over Automatic Credit Card Renewals

Santa Monica weight loss and supplement company Beachbody has agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit from the city of Santa Monica over automatic credit card renewals, city officials announced Tuesday.

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Leonard Green Agrees to Buy CPA Global for $3.1 Billion

L.A. private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has agreed to buy software and data analytics provider CPA Global from London private equity firm Cinven for a reported 2.4 billion pounds ($3.1 billion), Cinven announced Tuesday.

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Glassdoor Reports L.A. Wages Grew 2.1 Percent Over Past Year

Wages in Los Angeles County grew 2.1 percent over the past year to reach a median pay level of almost $60,000, according to a report released Tuesday by job website Glassdoor.

L.A. County Streamlines Business Loan Programs

The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission on Monday announced the streamlining of the county’s small and medium business loan programs.

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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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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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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Charter Jet Service Heads for San Jose

Public charter operator JetSuiteX lands service to San Jose..