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Setback in Cards With Rule Shift

The long-running battle between local card rooms and tribal gaming casinos has a new skirmish line: a change in an obscure state rule that could cost the local card rooms millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Los Angeles Water and Power Department COO Appointed as Interim General Manager

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power chief operating officer David Wright was appointed the agency’s interim general manager Tuesday by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. He replaces Marcie Edwards, who announced her resignation earlier this month.

Metro Purple Line Extension Dodges Another Legal Challenge

Despite multiple efforts to halt construction on the Metro’s planned extension of the Purple Line, the project keeps chugging along.

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A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

POLITICS: Pot fundraiser’s organizers hope to turn up heat on L.A. city officials.

Call it a pot fundraiser – not to buy weed but to raise money to wield more clout at City Hall.

CIT Gives $100,000 to Latino Chamber of Commerce for Small Business Programs

CIT, parent of OneWest Bank of Irvine, announced Monday that it’s providing $100,000 to the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce for technical assistance to small businesses.

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Business Groups Put ‘Job Killers’ in Cross Hairs

POLITICS: Legislation to extend cap-trade program among bills drawing fire.

Business groups are targeting roughly a dozen key bills still remaining in Sacramento during the closing weeks of the legislative session.

U.S. EPA Fines Two Local Operations for Hazardous Waste Storage Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced settlements with two Southern California facilities for improper handling of hazardous waste.

Oprah Production Benefits from New Film and Television Tax Credits

Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming Disney film is among the 28 beneficiaries named in the latest round of California’s Film and Television tax credits, which were announced Tuesday by the California Film Commission.

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Still Game

American Olympians, young Angelenos benefit from ’84 event

The financial legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles lives on as local leaders continue their effort to secure the 2024 summer games.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Speaks at DNC

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is speaking for the first time at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in Philadelphia. In addition to showing his support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Garcetti said he will “share the story of Los Angeles as a model for the country,” according to an email sent to his 2017 reelection supporters. Of his achievements under his administration, Garcetti is expected to highlight the citywide law passed in May to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Multilevel Marketing Makeover?

Herbalife Ltd.’s $200 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission will mean a rethinking of how it conducts operations, but reimagining a $6 billion company’s business model is no easy task.

Business Journal sorts through the good and bad news in Herbalife’s $200 million FTC settlement.

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New FAA Guidance May Lift Drone Companies

New FAA Guidance May Lift Drone Companies

New federal rules on commercial use could help sales take off for drone maker AeroVironment.

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Lawmakers Question Support for Infrastructure

POLITICS: Group alleges SoCal projects not getting share of federal grants.

A group of local lawmakers is demanding to know why the U.S. Department of Transportation has denied freight and road grants to several Southern California projects, including two at the Port of Long Beach.

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Trucking Firms Suspect Amnesty Won’t Deliver

SHIPPING: Employers in drive classification fight give state program a pass.

Trucking firms facing fines over driver misclassification are steering clear of an amnesty program.

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Maker of Body Cameras Sought Lift From LAPD

TECHNOLOGY: Wolfcom says selection process hurt shot at big business boost.

Wolfcom had hoped to nab the LAPD body camera contract for an image and business boost.