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Los Angeles City Council Passes Development Linkage Fee to Fund Affordable Housing

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved the imposition of linkage fees on developers of new residential and commercial projects to generate revenue for an affordable housing fund.

Report: L.A. County Sheds 3,000 Aerospace Jobs Between 2014 and 2016

Aerospace employment in Los Angeles County dropped by 3,000 jobs, or about 6 percent, to 51,000 between 2014 and 2016, according to a report released Monday from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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L.A. Transportation Officials Hope to Fast Track Projects for 2028 Summer Olympic Games

L.A. County transportation officials unveiled Thursday a plan to fast-track eight transportation projects to bring them to completion by the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Will city foil oil?

Prices up but prospects uncertain with new regulations in works

Regulations, complaints by residents point up the other price of oil in L.A.

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Shareholders Pan Breitburn

Latest on Breitburn's bankruptcy.

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Environmentalists Sue Again in Attempt to Block Cadiz Desert Water Project

Downtown Los Angeles water developer Cadiz Inc. is back in the courthouse. A coalition of environmental and health safety groups filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday seeking to overturn a federal government agency’s recent decision that would allow Cadiz to build a pipeline for its planned Mojave Desert water project.

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LAX Passenger Traffic Up in October and for the Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport was up 4.7 percent in October compared to last year, and is up 4.6 percent so far this year, according to the airport organization.

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LAX Removing 2,110 Parking Spaces to Make Way for Construction

Los Angeles International Airport officials announced this week that 2,110 parking spaces at LAX’s Economy Lot C – nearly half of the spaces – will be removed in two phases over the next four months to allow for construction work.

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New Study Reveals Sharp Contrasts in County Income and Quality of Life

A new study released Wednesday shows huge disparities in income and quality of life in L.A. County.

Ares Management Agrees to Sell Four Coal-Fueled Power Plants

Los Angeles private equity firm Ares Management announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement to sell four coal-fueled power plants and completing the divestment of its fossil-fuel power facilities.

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Santa Monica Nets First Successful Prosecution Under New Minimum Wage Law; Gift Shop to Pay Back Wages

The owner of LA Boutique Gift Shop inside the JW Marriott Hotel in Santa Monica has pleaded no contest to minimum wage violations and agreed to pay employees $11,000 in back wages, the city of Santa Monica announced Monday.

Long Beach Airport Traffic Up Sharply in October

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport was up 25 percent in October from the same month last year, according to airport officials. Nearly 165,000 passengers boarded airplanes at the airport - a 25 percent jump – and was led by a 32,000 increase in passenger count, or 33 percent, in boardings for JetBlue Airways.

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Jobless Rate Falls to 4.7 Percent in October

L.A. County’s robust labor market continued to thrive in October as the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from 4.9 percent in September and 5.1 percent a year earlier.

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L.A. Chamber Joins Push to Renew Dream Act

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce joined business groups across the state last week in publicly urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before current protections expire for immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.

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Spanish-Language Broadcasters Take a Fall

Local radio, TV stations lose market share

Spanish-language stations are no longer kings of the local airwaves.

L.A. Councilman Wants Cybersecurity Programs for Small Businesses

L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander introduced a measure this week to expand cyber security services accessible to small businesses in Los Angeles.

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Toebben Departure Gives Chamber Opportunity

CEO’s exit gives business booster chance to find new direction, focus mission

L.A. Area Chamber’s search for new leaders.

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Wide, Not Open

Wider view of 5 freeway widening project.

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Dream Act Passage Urged by L.A. Chamber, Biz Groups Statewide

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce joined business groups across the state Tuesday in publicly urging Congress to pass the Dream Act before current protections expire for immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.

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LAX Debuts Automated Screening, Eyes Record Run

Los Angeles International Airport and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration launched five automated screening lanes at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, airport officials announced late last week.

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Fitch: City’s Deficit Solvable, But Challenges Remain

Los Angeles can likely solve its projected $30 million deficit for the fiscal year ending in June, but spiraling pension costs and other possible expenses remain as challenges, according to a report issued by credit rating agency Fitch Ratings Inc.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.7 Percent

L.A. County’s robust labor market continued to gather steam in October as the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from 4.9 percent in September and the county added 35,000 payroll jobs, the state reported on Friday.

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Study: $2.6B Benefit on Rail Extension

Construction and operation of the 12-mile extension of the Foothill Gold Line light rail through the eastern San Gabriel Valley will provide a $2.6 billion economic boost to the region, according to a recent study.

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Foothill Rail Project Estimated to Provide $2.6B Economic Boost

Construction and operation of the 12-mile extension of the Foothill light rail line through the eastern San Gabriel Valley will provide a $2.6 billion economic boost to the region, according to a study released today.

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L.A. lobbyist Ken Spiker Dies at 93

Ken Spiker, a longtime Los Angeles city official who went on to found a prominent lobbying firm representing business interests before local governments, died Nov. 6 at age 93.

Arcadia, Downey Named Most Business-Friendly Cities

Arcadia and Downey were named the most business-friendly cities in Los Angeles County at the annual gala of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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Fastest Growing Private Companies: Greenspire Shines Light on Solar Market

Special Report: Overview of our annual 100 fastest-growing private companies.

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Report: Continued Gains, Slower Pace on Jobs

LAEDC on jobs outlook.

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Santa Monica Runway Plan Shorts Charters

Santa Monica Airport runway plan shorts charters.

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Toebben To Retire as Head of L.A. Chamber

Gary Toebben, the longtime chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, announced his retirement on Thursday, effective next July.

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LAEDC Projects 133,000 More Jobs Over Next Five Years

Los Angeles County is projected to add 133,000 jobs over the next five years, led by health services and administrative support jobs, according to a report to be issued Thursday.

Volaris Adds Flight from LAX to Acapulco

Mexican airline Volaris will begin weekly flight service from Los Angeles International Airport to Acapulco next month.

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Bidding for $1B Consolidated Car Rental Facility at LAX Progresses

Four teams of companies have been cleared to bid on the $1 billion consolidated car rental facility to be built near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Local Deposits Swell to Almost $400 Billion

BANKING: Bank of America leads with 19 percent share; credit unions also grow

L.A. County is a hot financial market.

Nissani Auto Mall Tries New Model

Unusual approach combines multiple dealerships under one roof, owner in Playa Vista

A new auto mall in Playa Vista bucks tradition and features four car brands.

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Startup Generates Aid for Hurricane Maria Victims

TECH: Arensis uses biomass-fueled power to help Puerto Rico

Biomass-fueled generator distributor Arensis is helping bring power back to Puerto Rico.

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Culver City Chamber of Commerce Names New Chief Executive

Colin Diaz has been named the new chief executive of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, replacing Steven Rose, who is retiring after 30 years at the helm.

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Carson Steps Up Legal Dispute with Tesoro Refinery

The City of Carson has stepped up a legal dispute with Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co. over the city’s approval earlier this year of a warehouse project next to Tesoro’s massive refining complex.

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Puente Hills Chevy Dealer Acquired by UK Group for About $24M

Puente Hills Chevrolet, a 73-year-old family-owned auto dealership in City of Industry, has been acquired by an English car dealer group for approximately $24 million.

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Metro Looks South for Green Line

4.5-mile light rail extension would connect Redondo Beach to Torrance at cost of $890M

UCLA, USC Jump in Latest Biz School Rankings

Anderson School Vaults into Top 10 globally.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management moved into the Top 10 MBA programs in the world, while USC’s Marshall School of Business moved up 25 notches in the annual rankings compiled by the Economist magazine.

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Sun Worshippers

Edisun Microgrids hopes to change solar panel potential with tracking devices

Bill Gross’ Idealabs has sunny view of startup Edisun Microgrids.

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Report: Sales of L.A. Area Small Businesses Drop Slightly in Third Quarter

Los Angeles area small business sale transactions fell slightly during the third quarter, but the median sale price rose from the previous quarter, according to data from released Wednesday.

L.A. Tops in Nation for Most Stressful Commute: Survey

Los Angeles is the worst city in the nation for stressful commutes, even though it only ranks eighth for the longest average commute, according to a recent survey.

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Interjet to Add Flights from LAX to Mexico

Mexican airline Interjet announced Monday it is adding flights next month from Los Angeles International Airport to Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and El Bajio in Mexico.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 4.9 Percent Despite Strong Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate inched up to 4.9 percent in September from 4.8 percent in August even as employers in the region added 43,500 jobs to their payrolls, the state reported Friday.

LAX 1.5: $490M Terminal in Works

$490 million “Terminal 1.5” underway at LAX.

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Q3 Dip for Local Consumer Confidence

ECONOMY: Lowe Index puts outlook below baseline

Local barometer of consumer confidence dips for Q3.

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Big Private Firms Reach $131 Billion

Food-related companies are prominent in the upper reaches of the 150 largest private companies based in Los Angeles.

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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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