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World’s Fair Crowdfunding Its Way to Los Angeles

A group of business owners, executives and county officials want to bring a world’s fair to Los Angeles, and they’re starting their campaign with a fundraising drive on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

Orange Line Conversion is Too Pricey

Converting the Orange Line busway into light rail would cost at least $1.2 billion and should not be pursued until ridership grows, according to a study by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Briefs: City Attorney’s Office Closes 500 Medical Marijuana Shops, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. to launch Comic-Con channel

Feuer Touts Medical Marijuana Store Closures Around 500 medical marijuana shops have been closed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office over the past 12 months, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Thursday.

20,000 Green Jobs Among Garcetti’s Environmental Goals

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced an ambitious plan to make the city more environmentally sustainable and to create 15,000 more “green” jobs by 2017.

Garment Factory Manager Indicted on Bribery Charges

The manager of a La Puente clothing factory was indicted by a federal grand jury for offering bribes to a United States Department of Labor investigator as a way to get an investigation into wage violations closed.

Metro Makes First ‘Business Interruption’ Payouts

A fund set aside by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help businesses affected by the construction of transit projects made its first payments Monday, paying a combined $66,310 to four Crenshaw Boulevard businesses.

Comic-Con’s WonderCon is Coming to Los Angeles

Los Angeles has long sought to woo Comic-Con, the blockbuster annual pop-culture convention, away from San Diego.

Satellite Contractors Charged in Kickbacks Case

Six men were arrested this week for allegedly paying kickbacks to an official at a Boeing Co. subsidiary in El Segundo that supplies satellites and related parts to NASA and other federal government entities, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Brown Orders State’s First Mandatory Water Cuts

It is a first for the state, but Gov. Jerry Brown said he had no choice but to issue mandatory water restrictions to force Los Angeles and other cities to reduce their use of drinking water by 25 percent.

FAA Will Track Helicopter Noise

The Federal Aviation Administration launched on Wednesday a new system for logging complaints about helicopter noise in Los Angeles County.

Burbank Passes Limits on ‘McMansions’

The Burbank City Council unanimously approved a temporary ordinance tightening restrictions on single-family home construction Tuesday after a contentious public hearing that stretched past midnight.

Inglewood Hires Security Firm to Assess Stadium Risks

The proposal to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood isn’t a done deal, but that’s not stopping that city from hiring a security firm to assess a stadium’s safety risks.

Garcetti Plugs Seismic Retrofit Bill

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared in Van Nuys on Wednesday to urge passage of an Assembly bill providing tax credits for landlords who retrofit apartments and condo complexes deemed especially vulnerable to collapse in earthquakes.

Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu Top District 4 Primary

The Los Angeles City Clerk’s office confirmed that Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu – two business-backed candidates – received the most votes in the March 3 primary to fill the seat representing L.A. City Council District 4.

Briefs: Metro Names New CEO, General Finance Corp. Postpones Stock Offering

Washington to Lead L.A. Metro Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, on Thursday announced the Metro board has appointed Phillip Washington to be the transit agency’s next chief executive.