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Howard Fine

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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.

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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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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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.

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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LAX 1.5: $490M Terminal in Works

$490 million “Terminal 1.5” underway at LAX.

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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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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

Cal State Dominguez Hills 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.

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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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.

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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College President in history books

College president closes the book.

Credit Union Puts Money on Pickup

Credit union doubles down.

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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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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Business Schools Reframe Degrees

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

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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L.A. Officially Going For Gold as 2028 Host

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

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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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.