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L.A. Council Renews Westfield Tax Breaks

The L.A. City Council renewed its approval on Tuesday for a set of tax breaks for the Village at Topanga project by Australian mall developer Westfield Group.

L.A. Council Orders Fracking Moratorium Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking at oil and gas wells in the city until it could be shown the activity would not harm the environment or public health. The vote makes Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to impose a moratorium on the controversial drilling practice.

Compromise Reached on Arts District BID

Two battling business groups in downtown L.A.’s Art District have reached a compromise to create a new business improvement district for the neighborhood, ending a long-running legal dispute.

Calderon Brothers Indicted in Corruption Probe

Federal authorities today announced multiple indictments against state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, related to the senator’s alleged acceptance of about $100,000 in bribes.

Assemblymen Introduce Expanded Film Tax Credit Bill

Two Los Angeles assemblymen on Wednesday introduced a bill to ramp up California’s efforts to hold onto film and TV production.

Mayor Takes Steps to Cut Permit Red Tape

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday ordered the city’s planning and building and safety departments to consolidate key functions and take other steps to cut red tape for developers.

Group to Spur Job Creation in Innovation Industries

Leaders from L.A.’s tech, venture capital and entrepreneur communities and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday announced they will join forces to promote the region as an innovation center and spur job creation.

All Hands on Deck

OP-ED: Local, state leaders must work with L.A., Long Beach ports to battle rising cargo rivals.

SHIPPING: John McLaurin calls on local and state governments to buoy the L.A. and Long Beach ports against competitors.

Private, Public Sectors Could Deliver More Together

OP-ED

NON-PROFIT: David A. Schwarz touts the civic value of well-balanced private-public collaboration.

L.A. Port Traffic Rises

Traffic at the Port of Los Angeles increased 2.5 percent in January compared with the same month last year, according to figures released Friday.

Tycoon Courts U.S. in China Fight

ENERGY: Former oil exec tries to make case to recover billions.

U.S. courts may be powerless to help oil magnate Tiangang Sun recover billions he claims he is owed by China.

Long Beach Hikes Wages for Airport, Convention Center Workers

The Long Beach City Council has approved an ordinance to raise the pay of airport and Convention Center workers to $13.26 an hour.

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Former Phone Exec Taps Parents

Technology: Lin Miao gets family loan to keep incubator alive.

Former executive charged in cellphone scheme is allowed to get line on loan from parents to keep his incubator online.

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New Magazine Pages Film, TV

Entertainment: California agency looks to keep productions.

California Film Commission turns the spotlight on the state’s production advantages with a new magazine.

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Namvar Victims Say They’re Being Ripped Off Again

Bankruptcy: Creditors protest as lawyers, others submit huge bills.

Ezri Namvar’s investors were ripped off when his Ponzi scheme collapsed, and now they say they’re getting shorted again by the professionals in charge of recovering their money.