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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.

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Warner Bros. Settles with FTC Over Undisclosed Promotions

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after reportedly failing to adequately disclose an online marketing campaign for the late-2014 release of role-playing video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the FTC announced Monday.

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Water Company Faces Double Trouble in Court

UTILITY: American States fights to retain subsidiary; pushes for rate increase.

Two looming legal decisions for its subsidiaries could sink business for American States Water.

City, County Have High Bar for Disbarment List

CONTRACTING: DWP’s feud with consultant raises specter of work exclusion.

Debarment is a little used but potentially lethal move against firms reliant on government work.

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New FAA Rules Offer Lift to Drone Businesses

AVIATION: Guidelines cut back on requirements for pilots, reduce paperwork.

In a decision that drone filming industry advocates say will relieve regulatory burdens, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced new rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds.

County Pays Out $20 Million for Rail Property

TRANSIT: Authority had offered Santa Monica less based on use restrictions.

On the heels of the Metro Expo Line opening in May, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors quietly approved a nearly $20 million payout to the city of Santa Monica for the parcel of land at the rail line’s terminus.

City Planning Commission Approves Limits on Short-Term Rentals

The Los Angeles city Planning Commission on Thursday moved to regulate Airbnb and other short-term rentals, imposing time caps and stiff penalties for violations.

L.A. Metro Board Approves Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board approved a transportation expenditure plan Wednesday that would place a countywide half-cent sales tax increase on the upcoming November ballot.

L.A. Officials Take Steps to Help Businesses in City

L.A. city officials on Wednesday took several steps to help small businesses and manufacturers.

L.A. Affordable Housing Initiative Placed on November Ballot

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday formally placed a labor-backed affordable housing measure on the November ballot.

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Desert Projects Sweat Election

POLITICS: Businesses want OKs before new presidency.

Companies behind two Mojave projects fear getting sandbagged by change in White House.

County Unemployment Rate Lowest in Nine Years

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in May, the first time below 5 percent in nine years, according to state figures released Friday.