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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.

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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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.

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.

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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Charter Jet Service Heads for San Jose

Public charter operator JetSuiteX lands service to San Jose..

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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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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Public Charter Operator JetSuiteX to Launch Burbank-San Jose Service

Irvine-based air public charter operator JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it will start service next month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to San Jose International Airport.

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L.A. City Council Authorizes Signing of 2028 Summer Olympic Games Contract

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously authorized the city’s Olympic bid committee to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Buoyed Business

Settlement over Ojai water system boosts American States’ earnings.

Forced sale of water system pumped up second-quarter earnings for American States.

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Hong Kong Flights Wing Way to LAX

Island airline will begin route in December, ramping up to daily commutes in January.

Hong Kong Airlines wings way to LAX, with an island-L.A. route taking off in December.

Development Victory in Malibu After Supreme Court Declines Appeal Hearing

The state Supreme Court has decided not to take up an appeal of a lower court ruling that Malibu can’t limit chain stores or force major development projects to be put to a vote of the people.

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Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Surged in First Half of 2017

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic surged 25 percent in June and 47 percent for the first half of the year, airport officials announced Thursday.

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UCLA Extension Partners with Spanish Firm to Offer Online Courses in Latin America

UCLA Extension is launching a partnership with Global Alumni, a Madrid-based educational company, aimed at extending its presence and reach in Latin America.

Daily Flight Service from LAX to Hong Kong Launching in December

Hong Kong Airlines on Tuesday announced it is launching nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on Dec. 18.

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AS&F Foundation Donates $12 Million to Camp for People with Disabilities

AS&F Foundation of South Pasadena has made a $12 million donation to a Pasadena nonprofit that runs an overnight summer camp in the local mountains for people with disabilities.

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South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance Launched to Support Local Aerospace Sector

Business groups in the South Bay have launched the South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance to support the local aerospace sector and bolster efforts to prevent the closure of Los Angeles Air Force Base.

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New Garbage Regime Gives Rise to Stink

Some customers are down in the dumps over missed pickups in the city of L.A.’s new franchise system.

Airport Lands $15M To Improve Runway

$15 million grant for runway work wings way to Long Beach Airport.

Congress Might Clear Fees at LAX for Takeoff

Senate mulls plan to raise passenger facility charge; major airlines oppose hike.

Los Angeles International Airport is a step closer to receiving tens of millions of additional dollars each year in passenger fee revenues, just as its multibillion-dollar modernization program has kicked into full gear.

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L.A. Consumer Sentiment Down in Second Quarter

L.A. consumers have turned bearish on the economy as a new local consumer sentiment index from Claremont McKenna College dropped 7 percent during the second quarter.

Long Beach Airport Awarded $15 Million Grant for Runway Improvements

Long Beach Airport has been awarded a $15.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements to its busiest runway, airport officials announced Wednesday.

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Justice Department Complaint Says L.A. Misused Housing Funds

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a new complaint against the city of Los Angeles and its defunct redevelopment agency alleging that they failed to provide adequate access for disabled residents for housing projects that received federal funds and then covered up that fact.

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L.A. Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Summer Olympic Games

The L.A. Olympic bid committee announced Monday that it had reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

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AQMD Targets Site Over Toxic Emissions

Air quality board moves against metal-finishing plant Lubeco to cut toxic emissions.

L.A.’s Oldest to Leave Town

MANUFACTURING: Office in O.C. draws Ducommun.

L.A.’s oldest company, Ducommun, relocates to a Santa Ana office near the airport.

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Boom Echoes for Contractors

DEVELOPMENT: Billings rise again, reach $8.5 billion.

Contractors’ billings remain on a firm foundation as the recovery continues.

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AQMD Seeks Order to Cut Emissions at Long Beach Metals Plant

Local air quality regulators on Wednesday announced they are seeking an order to reduce emissions of a toxic chemical at Lubeco Inc., a Long Beach metal-finishing plant.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at Record Low 4.4 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June from May’s record low 4.4 percent as a seasonal drop in education payrolls offset modest hiring in other sectors.

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L.A. County Assessed Property Values Up 6 Percent to Record $1.47 Trillion

L.A. County’s total assessed property values rose 6 percent over the past year to a record $1.47 trillion, marking the seventh consecutive year of property value growth, County Assessor Jeffrey Prang announced late Thursday.

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Santa Monica Looks to Scale Development Policy

Business groups fear city’s plan for affordable housing could price out projects.

Along-contentious battle over development of Santa Monica’s downtown is expected to come to a head this week as the City Council is set to consider a long-term development plan for the area.

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LAEDC to Provide New Workforce Training

LAEDC teams up with community colleges on workforce training program.

Public Companies’ New Mark: $671 Billion

ECONOMY: Snap’s entry, Activision’s strength set pace.

A look at the movers on this year’s list of the largest public companies ranked by market capitalization.

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LAEDC to Host New Center for Workforce Training Programs

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. will host a new center for workforce training programs as part of a program funded by local community colleges, LAEDC executives and community college officials were set to announce Thursday.

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Delta Adding Daily Flight from LAX to Mexico City

Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it is restoring daily nonstop flight service from Los Angeles International Airport to Mexico City starting Dec. 1 after a 12-year hiatus.

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Minimum-Wage Hikes May Max Out BIDs

NONPROFIT: Districts mull fee increases, service cuts.

Business improvement districts work to resolve rising labor costs from minimum-wage hikes.

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Shifting Sands

State bill looks to sink Cadiz’s aquifer project with final OK in sight.

State lawmaker’s bill kicks sand at Cadiz’s hopes for final approval of its desert aquifer project.

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IOC Votes to Award 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games Simultaneously; Paris and Los Angeles Set to Host

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games simultaneously, with Paris and Los Angeles as the hosts.

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