Los Angeles Business Journal

L.A. Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Policy

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to proceed with crafting an ordinance requiring all employers in the city to provide six days of paid sick leave a year to their workers, three days more than mandated under state law.

Some Workers May Clock Back In

LABOR: Wage hikes will raise threshhold for salaried staffers.

Wage hikes will also cost some employers by raising the exemption threshold for salaried staff.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Drops Again

L.A. County’s unemployment rate continued its rapid descent in March, falling to 5.4 percent, closing most of the unemployment gap with the rest of the nation.

Breitburn Shares Plunge After Skipped Interest Payment

Just as investors in Los Angeles oil partnership Breitburn Energy Partners were hoping the worst was over as oil prices have rallied, the other shoe dropped on Thursday – make that two shoes.

Expanded Paid Sick Leave Mandate Moving Forward in L.A.

The city of Los Angeles is a step closer to requiring all employers to provide six days of paid sick leave to their workers, three days more than mandated under state law.

Pivot to Profit

ENERGY: Edison hopes for spark from launch of advisory, water management divisions.

Edison International looks to power up its revenue by forming advisory and water usage divisions.

‘Jedis’ May Prove Positive Force for City of L.A.

DEVELOPMENT: Council looking at plan to create business incentive zones.

Will the force be strong for business in Los Angeles?

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‘Gig’ Workers May Organize

Business groups come together against a state measure allowing contract workers to form unionlike groups.

Governor Signs Landmark Legislation to Raise California's Minimum Wage

Gov. Jerry Brown joined supporters from across the state today in Los Angeles to sign landmark legislation that makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

Former L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl Dies After Battle with Cancer

Bill Rosendahl, the gregarious and outspoken former Los Angeles City Councilman, died Wednesday morning after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 70.

State Chamber: Fewer Job-Killer Bills This Year – So Far

The California Chamber of Commerce released its annual list of “job killer” bills on Tuesday – and the tally of 18 so far is fewer than in recent years.

Governor Backs Proposal to Hike Minimum Wage to $15

Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders on Monday backed a proposal to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

Business Groups Get Bad Feeling Over Sick Days

COMPENSATION: City of L.A. mulls more paid leave as part of July wage increase.

Think L.A.’s minimum-wage hike that kicks in July 1 is all set? Think again.

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County Unemployment Falls to Eight-Year Low

EMPLOYMENT: L.A. added 45,000 jobs in February, led by health services sector.

Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate hits lowest point in eight years as health services pace job creation.

West Hollywood Approves Smaller Minimum Wage Hike

Employers in West Hollywood won a major victory early Tuesday morning as a majority of the City Council backed a smaller hike in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, rather than the $15 an hour backed by staff and enacted in the city and county of Los Angeles.

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Poll Positions For Proposals?

REAL ESTATE: Projects may need Santa Monica voters’ OK.

Developers fear a proposed Santa Monica initiative that would let voters size up large projects.

L.A. Unemployment Falls to 5.6 Percent Amidst Robust Job Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 in February, the lowest it’s been in more than eight years.

Air Pollution Reduction Program Ruled Illegal

A controversial program to give local refineries and major manufacturers more flexibility in reducing air pollution has been ruled illegal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials disclosed late Wednesday. The federal agency said the program fails to meet national clean air standards.

L.A. CFOs Expect Increased Hiring Over Next Six Months

Chief financial officers at Los Angeles firms expect to step up their hiring over the next six months, compared to the six months just ending, according to a survey from Robert Half International.

Anti-Development Initiative Postponed

Backers of an anti-development initiative in Los Angeles on Tuesday announced they have dropped plans to place the measure on the November ballot and instead will attempt to qualify it for the March 2017 city ballot.

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All Fired Up

New California law has pot shops jockeying to roll up required city of L.A. license.

City of L.A. pot shop operators fear a new state licensing law could nip their business in the buds.

L.A. Mayor Buys Into Property Transaction Levy

POLITICS: Unlike squashed state plan, city would limit tax to commercial buildings.

Remember that proposal a few years back by L.A. city officials to double the transaction tax on property sales?

L.A. Selected as Host for 2018 National City Summit

Los Angeles has been selected as the 2018 host city for the National League of Cities’ annual city summit.

State Court Upholds L.A. Billboard Ban

A state appellate court has upheld Los Angeles’ billboard ban, reversing a lower court decision in favor of Lamar Central Outdoor, which was seeking to overturn the ban.

Survey: L.A. Employers to Increase Hiring a Little

L.A. employers say they plan to step up hiring during the second quarter, according to a survey released Tuesday morning from Manpower Inc.

Utility Exec Says Customers May Rate Bill Cuts

ENERGY: Ted Craver talks keeping costs in check as Edison upgrades system.

Edison International CEO Ted Craver has power points to make on the costs of running utilities.

L.A. Unemployment Falls Despite Huge Drop in Jobs

While L.A.’s jobless rate dipped to 5.8 percent in January, employers in the county shed almost 88,000 jobs from their payrolls, marking an especially dismal start to the year, according to state figures released Friday.

Local Economist Shake-Up

Robert Kleinhenz, the well-known chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., is moving on to Beacon Economics. He’ll be replaced by Christine Cooper, who was promoted from within.

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Long Beach Aims to Sell Voters on Sales Tax Hike

POLITICS: Business groups yet to take sides on increase that will phase out in 2026.

Long Beach businesses are in a tough spot.

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Business Booster

NONPROFIT: Thomas Sayles to focus on job creation as new L.A. chamber chair.

New L.A. chamber chair Thomas Sayles is ready to get to work on job creation as his main focus.

Aquifer Operator Rides Brief Wave of Enthusiasm

WATER: Cadiz’s stock rises, then falls despite good news on firm’s pipeline proposal.

Shares of Cadiz made a brief splash on Wall Street after news the aquifer operator may salvage its pipeline plan.

Hospital Hack Bill May Grow

HEALTH CARE: Future costs unknown for facility, patients.

Hospital may end up paying more than just hacker’s ransom after cyberattack.

Forecast: L.A. Job Growth Slowing Down

The local economy will see slower job growth this year and next as it reaches cruising altitude, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. says in a forecast to be released this morning.

Hole Deepens for Oil Companies as Prices Plunge

ENERGY: Breitburn, CRC dragged down further by firms’ heavy debt loads.

Local firms lose even more ground with investors as stock and oil prices continue to plunge.

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Employers Mull State Pay Hike

POLITICS: One rate may ease clash of different city wages.

Some business groups hope a statewide minimum-wage measure will pay off with a uniform rate.

Full Ballot Could Work Against Business Interests

POLITICS: Supporters, foes of measures face choices on use of campaign resources.

Local businesses face the prospect of being overwhelmed this fall by the sheer number of major ballot measures that would impact operation.

Breitburn Receives Warning Notice of Future Delisting from Nasdaq

Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles on Monday received a warning notice of future delisting from the Nasdaq exchange should its stock price fail to rise above $1 for 10 consecutive days over the next six months.

Developers Don’t See ‘Mansionization’ as Big Deal

REAL ESTATE: Businesses fear restrictions on lot size would lock out projects.

Developers are speaking out against city efforts to curb “mansionization” – the expanding size of homes in single-family residential neighborhoods.

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Front, Center

Downtown L.A. booster Carol Schatz sees area’s strides as opportunity to step back.

Central City Association’s Carol Schatz thinks downtown will prove its mettle by boosting L.A.’s Olympic bid.

County Unemployment Rate Unchanged Despite Broad Hiring Gains

L.A. County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 percent in December even as local employers added 26,000 payroll jobs across a broad spectrum of industries, according to state figures released Friday. Employers added nearly 94,000 jobs in 2015, the biggest gain in many years, according to figures from the state Employment Development Department.

BizFed Installs Officers for 2016

Chairing BizFed this year is Gilbert Ivey, former chief administrative officer of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The chair-elect for next year is Mike Lewis, a consultant and senior vice president of the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition.

Developers: Will We Be Stunted in L.A.?

REAL ESTATE: Two anti-growth measures could drive off projects.

Developers say anti-growth proposals would leave Los Angeles short on housing.

Nonunion Contractors Still Don’t Work for L.A.

CONSTRUCTION: City’s Public Works Department renews labor-favoring deal.

Nonunion contractors are once again frozen out as the city of L.A.’s Public Works Department has renewed its project labor agreement with the Los Angeles and Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council for five years.

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Cloudy Future

SMOKING: Fate of e-cigarette business up in air as federal, state regulations could drive up costs for vaping vendors.

E-cigarette business owners fear looming regulations could drive up costs and snuff out the industry.

Schatz to Step Down as CEO of Central City Association

Carol Schatz, who for 20 years has headed the powerful downtown business group Central City Association, announced Friday that she is stepping down from her post later this year.

Garcetti Names New Planning Director

Bertoni returns to L.A.’s planning department after five years as Pasadena’s planning chief, where he oversaw that city’s general plan update. As a deputy planning director in Los Angeles, he oversaw the formation of 16 historic preservation overlay zones, new guidelines for the Broadway Historic District and a Hollywood community plan.

Long Beach Businesses Counteroffer on Wage Hike

POLITICS: Proposal aims to head off $15-an-hour spike with $12.50 plan.

Long Beach business groups’ proposal urges the city to step back from a $15 minimum-wage hike to $12.50.

Cadiz Shares Zoom

Shares of Los Angeles water and land resource company Cadiz Inc. rocketed nearly 27 percent Wednesday on news of an immediate $12 million cash injection from a land lease agreement.

Companies Will Clean Up Chemical Site in South Gate

A group of 40 companies has agreed to pay $22 million towards the cleanup of a Superfund site in South Gate, federal officials announced late Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced the agreement to further clean up the 3.8-acre Cooper Drum Superfund Site at 9316 S. Atlantic Ave. The companies will pay $15 million for groundwater treatment and $7 million to reimburse the EPA for past cleanup activities.

Four Finalists Named for Pershing Square Facelift

Several local firms are part of the four finalist teams named for a project to transform downtown’s Pershing Square from a concrete park into a more picturesque area.

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