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GOP adviser Frank Luntz’s approach to messaging also speaks to businesses

GOP messaging maestro Frank Luntz has some choice words for Donald Trump.

Appellate Court Rules Controller May Audit DWP Union Nonprofits

A state Court of Appeal panel today affirmed City Controller Ron Galperin’s authority to audit two training institutes run by the powerful International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, and funded by ratepayer money through the Department of Water and Power.

Film Director, Producer Charged in Ponzi Scheme

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged a film director and an insurance agent with bilking an estimated $21.5 million from people who invested in a film they produced, “Not Forgotten.”

L.A. Quake Retrofit Ordinance Signed Into Law; Cost Burden Decision Deferred

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday passed an ordinance that will require landlords of thousands of apartment buildings to retrofit their buildings to better withstand earthquakes. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the ordinance immediately afterward.

Mayor Garcetti Goes Gaga for Horror Story

Hit series “American Horror Story: Hotel” is proving scarily good for the city of Los Angeles – pumping $55 million into the local economy.

City Attorney Charges Hollywood Nightclub with Probation Violation

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer accused Hollywood nightclub Supper Club of violating a three-year probation by allowing long lines outside, smoking on the site and serving alcohol in restricted areas, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Court Rules DC Comics Does Own Batmobile

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Warner Bros. Entertainment’s DC Comics Inc. owns the copyright to the Batmobile as it appeared in the 1960s television show and 1989 film.

DARPA Grounds AeroVironment Drone Contract

AeroVironment Inc. was turned down for a contract under which it would have continued to develop a new unmanned aircraft for use by the U.S. Navy, the company said Tuesday.

County Unemployment Rate Dips Below 7 Percent

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell below 7 percent last month for the first time in more than seven years, according to state figures released Friday.

AHF Submits Signatures for Condom Measure

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Monday filed more than a half million signatures needed for a ballot measure on mandatory condom usage in adult films throughout California.

Organizers Project Profit on L.A.’s $6.4 Billion Olympics

Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games comes with a $6.4 billion price tag, according to a report released Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office.

L.A. Council Clears Way for Uber, Lyft at LAX

The day is nearly at hand when passengers arriving at LAX will be able to hail a ride with their smartphones.

County Unemployment Rate Falls

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell sharply in July to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent in June, despite massive seasonal layoffs in education, state figures released Friday show.

L.A. OKs Tougher Penalties for Cig Sellers

Sell tobacco to a kid in Los Angeles and you’ll soon get a month-long time out.

City Council Puts Brakes on Allowing Uber, Lyft at LAX

It was a step back for Uber and Lyft Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly to intervene in the city airport commission’s decision to allow ridesharing companies to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.