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Airport Approves $336M on People Mover

Los Angeles World Airports officials announced on Friday final authorization for a $336 million contract to build extensions to the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to connect to the planned people mover.

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L.A. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent in December Amid Modest Gain in Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, matching the record low hit last year, as the local economy continued to post modest job gains.

Legislators Introduce Measure to Ban Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

A pair of state legislators introduced a measure on Jan. 17 to ban any moratoriums on new natural gas hookups.

U.S. EPA Targets Former Landfill Site in Monterey Park for Redevelopment

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 17 it is targeting a former landfill site in Monterey Park currently on its Superfund list of the most toxic cases as one of 30 sites nationwide for redevelopment.

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County’s Economy Dips on Milken Measure

A slowdown in the rate of job creation in Los Angeles County last year caused a 13-position drop in an annual ranking of economic vibrancy among metropolitan areas, according to a recent Milken Institute report.

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Social Niche

‘Doing well by doing good’ is a priority at Cal State Dominguez Hill’s business incubator.

Incubator gets new home at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

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Commission Postpones Vote on Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections

The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday postponed for a month a planned vote this week on a moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses and commercial properties throughout most of Los Angeles County.

Pomona College Tops Among Local Schools for Best Value: Kiplinger’s

Pomona College climbed into the Top 10 in the nation for best value colleges, according to the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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L.A. County Slips in Annual Economic Performance Rankings

Los Angeles County fell sharply in an annual ranking of job growth and economic performance among metropolitan areas, according to a Milken Institute report released on Jan. 10.

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Dual Concerns: Labor Pool, Trade

Local economists weigh in on how L.A. County’s economy may fare in the New Year.

Vroom, Vroom on Vermont?

Aecom hopes upfront financing puts bus lane on fast-track.

A new bus lane proposal could drive a hefty contract for Aecom, but local obstacles could get in the way.

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Business Opposition Mounts to Proposed Moratorium on New Natural Gas Hookups

Business opposition is mounting to a proposed three-month moratorium on new commercial natural gas hookups in Los Angeles County, with a vote by the state Public Utilities Commission set for Thursday.

LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King to Retire to Focus on Cancer Illness

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King on Friday announced she was retiring to focus on fighting a cancer illness that forced several prolonged absences last year.

LAEDC Hires New Chief Economist

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has hired local industry economic forecaster Steven Banks as its new chief economist, the nonprofit was set to announce on Thursday.

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Hikes on Labor, Cleanup Costs Squeeze BIDs

City of L.A.’s new program on trash hauling adds strain atop minimum wage hikes

LB Business Center Upgraded

Upgrade for Long Beach business center.

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Canter’s Deli Co-Owner Dead at 58


Gary Canter, co-owner and grandson of the founder of famed Fairfax eatery Canter’s Deli, died late Tuesday at age 58, according to statements from the restaurant and family released Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook.

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L.A. County Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent Amid Strong Seasonal Hiring

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in November and employer payrolls hit a record 4.5 million as retailers and other employers bulked up staff for the holiday season, state figures released Friday show.

Company Lobbying in Los Angeles Dipped in Third Quarter to $16.2 Million

Developers with projects pending in Los Angeles and other companies with business in the city spent $16.2 million to lobby various city agencies during the third quarter, according to a city lobbying report released Tuesday.

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LAX Holiday Traffic Expected to Hit Record 4.35 Million Passengers

An estimated 4.35 million passengers will pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the holiday season, up 0.9 percent from last year’s record 4.31 million, according to a holiday traffic forecast released Tuesday by airport officials.

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Public Works Pay Dividends

Construction outfits gain on city contracts

Public works’ construction projects gained the most city dollars this year for companies that contract with the city of L.A.

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Kosmont Survey Sees Relative Improvement

How L.A. County cities fared in an annual survey on the costliest cities for businesses.

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Viva Aerobus Adds Flight From Lax to Guadalajara

Economy Mexican airline Viva Aerobus on Thursday launched daily flight service from Los Angeles International Airport to Guadalajara Airport in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

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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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Shareholders Pan Breitburn

Latest on Breitburn's bankruptcy.

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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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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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Santa Monica Runway Plan Shorts Charters

Santa Monica Airport runway plan shorts charters.

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