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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.

Trouble in Air?

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

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.

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.

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.

L.A. Controller Calls for Overhaul of Police Permits for Businesses

L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday called for an overhaul of the city’s antiquated system of issuing police permits for movie theaters, pool halls, massage parlors, and more than 50 other types of businesses.

Report: Major L.A. Employers Concerned High Housing Costs are Barrier to Attracting and Retaining Talent

The region’s high housing costs are deterring top talent from entering the Los Angeles job market and leading to higher recruiting costs for employers, according to a survey released Wednesday from USC and the Los Angeles Business Council.

Flipped Script

No sequel to 2007’s production boom as writers, producers talk contract.

Producers head into negotiations with writers without staging a ramp-up in production.

Rodney King Riots Still Cast Shadows

Some neighborhoods and properties damaged in the Rodney King riots have made full recoveries, while others are still working to bounce back from the unrest.

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State Appeals Court Upholds Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Carbon Emissions

A state appeals court on Thursday upheld the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions, rejecting a challenge from several business and industry groups.

Revving Up Road Work?

TRANSPORTATION: State plan would pump up taxes on fuels, car registrations.

State proposal calls for fuel and vehicle taxes to pay for transportation projects.

Bill on Full-, Part-Time Hires Draws Business Fire

EMPLOYMENT: Employers say state measure would tie their hands in filling spots.

Business groups are lining up against an Assembly bill that would require employers with more than 10 employees to offer current part-time workers more hours before bringing in additional hires or contracting out work.

California Bill May Cross Line on Business Taxes

POLITICS: SB 567 Measure would impose levies on companies’ affiliates outside state, U.S.

Business backers blast state bill that would scrap California’s borders in company tax assessments.

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State Leaders Unveil Transportation Package with Hikes in Diesel, Gas Taxes

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a $5 billion-a- year plan for road and highway projects, to be funded chiefly by steep hikes in taxes for diesel fuel and gasoline, and a new tax on vehicle registrations.

L.A. Adds Solar Jobs, But Slips to No. 2 for Metro Areas

L.A.’s solar power industry grew by 11 percent in 2016 over 2015, but dropped to second place for most solar-related jobs in the nation’s metropolitan areas, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Solar Foundation, a Washington D.C. nonprofit dedicated to promoting the solar power industry.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.8 Percent as 33,000 Jobs Added

L.A. County’s economy chugged along at nearly full employment in February as the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent and employers added 33,000 jobs to their payrolls, state figures released Friday show.

Affordable Housing Initiative Challenged

Out-of-state construction worker files lawsuit over Measure JJJ’s rules on local hiring preference.

Out-of-state worker has filed suit over the hiring requirements of an affordable housing measure.

Bill May Open Residences to Prevailing Wage

CONSTRUCTION: Proposal would expand pay guidance.

Residential developers warn prevailing-wage expansion could scuttle projects.

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Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of L.A’s Housing Measure JJJ

Measure JJJ, the affordable housing measure approved by nearly two-thirds of Los Angeles city voters last November, is unconstitutional because its local hiring provision discriminates against out-of-state competitors, a federal lawsuit filed last week and made public this week claims.

LAX Announces Massive Airline Relocations in May

Los Angeles International Airport officials on Tuesday announced a massive airline relocation plan for May involving 21 airlines moving to different terminals or to different locations within terminals.

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Business Groups Aim to Take Down ‘Job Killers’

POLITICS: One targeted bill looks to protect some state standards from federal shifts.

Business groups see “job killers” lurking in Sacramento.

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Delta to Lead 24 Airline Relocations to New Terminals at LAX

Up, Running

In May, 24 Airlines will do some traveling at LAX as they shift to new terminals across four nights.

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Voters Get Behind L.A. Development

WWhile restrictive Measure S goes down to defeat, weed regulation, aid for homeless move forward.

Voters elect to reject anti-development Measure S while backing pot regulation and homeless aid.

Anti-Development Measure Trounced at Polls; Sales Tax Increase for Homeless Services Appears to Squeak By

Measure S, the measure that would have restricted major developments in the city of Los Angeles, was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls on Tuesday, prompting a sigh of relief from business groups, developers and affordable housing advocates.

Southland Air Regulators Approve Tougher Emission Rules

Local air quality regulators on Friday adopted a sweeping air emission reduction plan that cracks down on industrial polluters, especially local oil refineries. In a separate action, the regulators also enacted a new rule to limit emissions from metal finishing plants, which until now have been mostly exempt from regulation.

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Dips Back Below 5 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate dipped back below 5 percent in January despite the usual seasonal loss in payroll jobs, according to state figures released Friday.

Business Groups Draw Line Against Linkage Fees

DEVELOPMENT: Critics of mayor of L.A.’s proposal say cost hikes would kill projects.

Local business groups are lining up against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed development linkage fees, saying they are too high and would discourage projects.

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Trucking Firms Fear Hiked Fuel Taxes Will be Steered From Road Repairs

Driving Issue

Trucking businesses back fuel tax hikes but worry the money will be steered away from road repairs.

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Report: L.A. Income Inequality Seventh-Highest in Nation

Los Angeles County ranks seventh in income inequality out of the nation’s 150 largest metro regions, according to a new report.

DTLA’s Angels Flight Railway to Reopen by Labor Day

The historic but troubled Angels Flight railway in DTLA will reopen to the public by Labor Day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday.

Officials Break Ground on $1.6 Billion LAX International Terminal

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and airport officials broke ground Monday on a new $1.6 billion international terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Business Fails to Outraise S Supporters

Measure for Measure, Voters Face Key Policy Decisions

Restrictive Measure S heads to a photo finish on Election Day as the fundraising race remains even.

Homeless Aid Calls for Hike in County’s Sales Tax

Homeless-helping initiative to hike the sales tax could cost L.A. County retailers.

Los Angeles Paces Field in Congestion

Report rates region as worst in terms of traffic, resulting in total loss of $9.6 billion annually.

Los Angeles tops a traffic report as the most-gridlocked urban area in the world.

Breitburn Files for Extension on Reorganization; Judge to Rule on Bonus Pay

ENERGY: Busted Firm Seeks Break

Bankrupt Breitburn requests more time to file its reorganization plan.

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Gov. Brown Comes Out Against Measure S

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday formally announced his opposition to Measure S, the anti-development initiative on the March 7 Los Angeles city ballot.

LAEDC Raises More than $1 Million for New Initiative to Attract High-Paying Jobs

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday it has raised more than $1 million from major employers, universities, and civic organizations to fund a new initiative to bring more high-paying jobs to the county.

Forecast: Unemployment to Hold Steady in L.A. County as Job Growth Slows

L.A. County’s unemployment rate is expected to hover around 5 percent this year and next year as the job growth rate slows, according to a forecast issued Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

L.A. Tops Congestion Ranking for U.S., Global Cities

The L.A. metro area has topped a list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, according to a report issued late Sunday.

Trump’s Talk Makes It Tough to Sound Out Future

ECONOMY: LAEDC’s team of forecasters put to test by stream of pronouncements.

Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. forecasters try to figure in Donald Trump’s future impact. 4

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Will Air Plan Box In Cargo?

SHIPPING: Businesses fear proposal may curb truck trips

Cargo movers fear proposed air regulations could drive down the number of truck trips.

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L.A. City Council Gives Final Approval to Decriminalize Street Vending

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance decriminalizing street vending and laying out a compromise proposal for regulating vending within the city.

State Allocates $100 Million in Film Tax Credits to 22 Film Projects

The California Film Commission on Monday announced it was allocating another $100 million in film tax credits to 22 film productions, including a remake of “A Star Is Born,” and an untitled big-budget film from Paramount Pictures.

Federal Attention Buoys Stock of Aquifer Owner

WATER: Trump team puts Cadiz’s desert project on list of infrastructure investment.

Cadiz’s stock heats up as its desert aquifer project makes a federal infrastructure priority list.

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