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Hotels Say Wage Law Works in Favor of Labor

HOSPITALITY: Groups claim union exemption undercuts bargaining by businesses.Hotel owners say a city of L.A. wage ordinance makes too much room for union organizing.

By Howard Fine December 22, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

L.A. Chamber Endorses Councilman Huizar’s Re-election Bid

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has endorsed L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar’s re-election bid against challenger Gloria Molina, Huizar’s campaign announced Thursday.

Feds Charge Pair in $100 million Ponzi Scheme

Two Woodland Hills men accused of orchestrating a 15-year-long Ponzi scheme that defrauded nearly 2,000 investors of more than $100 million were charged Tuesday in federal court.

L.A. Hiring to Stay Steady in First Quarter

Local employers plan to hire at a solid, steady pace during the first quarter of next year, according to a survey released Tuesday from Manpower Inc.

Council Approves Measures to Keep Production in L.A.

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a host of measures aimed at curbing runaway film production.

City to Speed Up Building Construction Inspections

Acting on a promise to cut bureaucratic red tape at City Hall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a measure to speed up building inspections for major projects and restaurants in the city.

State Approves Edison’s San Onofre Settlement

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a settlement between utilities, led by Southern California Edison, and ratepayer advocates over who should pay for the more than $4.7 billion in costs to date for shutting down the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Glendale, Glendora Win Biz-Friendly Cities Honors

The “Glens” have it. Glendale was named the most business-friendly large city in the county Thursday night by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., while Glendora took the honors for the most business-friendly small city.

Feds: L.A. Drivers Stole $1 Million from Bank Shipment

Two armored truck drivers for Loomis were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly stealing more than $1 million in cash, part of a shipment that was being transported for Bank of America.

Updated: City Files Suit Against Contractors Alleging Wage Theft

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Thursday announced the city has filed a lawsuit against the main contractor and several subcontractors on a city animal shelter construction project, alleging the companies failed to pay their workers at least $250,000 in promised wages.

L.A. Launches Small Business Counselor Network

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a new initiative to connect small business owners with experts who can give them advice over the phone, over video chat or in person.

Council Asks for Minimum Wage Study

A Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday called for an independent study of two proposals to raise the minimum wage, delaying consideration of a wage hike until at least early next year.

Mayor Demands Water Cuts to Fight Drought

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued a directive that requires a reduction in city agencies’ fresh water use by 20 percent by 2017 and cuts in half the amount of water the Department of Water and Power can import by 2024.

Council Proposal Could Push L.A. Minimum Wage Above $15

Four Los Angeles city councilmembers on Tuesday introduced a motion to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, a hike proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Bill Clinton to Headline Banc of California Event

Former president Bill Clinton will keynote Banc of California’s financial literacy event on Nov. 9 at USC’s Galen Center. The event sponsored by the Irvine bank will provide personal finance training to 5,000 “at-risk” young people from the area.

Governor Brown Signs Grease Theft Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to crack down on theft of used kitchen grease.