Los Angeles Business Journal

Downtown Leaders Sounding Out Festival Plan

MUSIC: Businesses fear Labor Day weekend event will drive off customers.

Downtown L.A. leaders are questioning if a Labor Day weekend festival will work for businesses.

Businesses Fear Bill for Sick Days

GOVERNMENT: Employers say mandate would cost jobs.

Business owners and groups say a state proposal for three days of employee sick leave just won’t work.

L.A. Employers Added 19,000 Jobs in March

Employers in Los Angeles County added nearly 19,000 jobs in March, led by a rebound in local government services, according to state figures released Friday.

Disappointed by Test Results, Investors Flee Puma

BIOTECH: Sector selloff also a factor as shares of cancer drug maker plunge.

Puma shares take a drubbing as investors are spooked by test results and a sector sell-off.

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In the Dumps

City zones may bury waste haulers

Waste haulers fear getting dumped by city of L.A.’s new franchise zone plan.

City Zones May Bury L.A. Waste Haulers

The city of L.A.’s plan to create franchised zones for commercial trash hauling promises to dramatically scramble a long-established market, creating winners and losers.

Commission Recommends Combining Ports, Regulating DWP

A commission of civic leaders on Wednesday recommended combining the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, creating a regional tourism authority and setting up an independent rate-setting body for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

State Chamber Lists Job-Killer Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce released its annual list of “job killer” bills on Wednesday – and the current tally of 26 is fewer than in recent years.

Oil Field Losing Ground to Foes

energy: Urban site may close despite corrections by AllenCo.

Oil field operator fears unfounded fracking allegations could force it to shutter the urban site.

Los Angeles Lures Large Convention from San Diego

Los Angeles has snagged a major environmental convention from San Diego.

L.A. Council Passes Trash Franchise Program

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a controversial program to turn commercial trash hauling in the city into an exclusive franchise system.

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Spillover Feared in Fracking Ban

ENERGY: Industry sees city of L.A. proposal closing other wells.

Oil companies fear a city of L.A. proposal to halt fracking would spill over to other drilling practices.

Father, Son Mark 11th Diamond Anniversary

Ross Goldberg remembers what his father told him 11 years ago when he asked if he’d join him again on opening day at Dodger Stadium.

L.A. Chamber Endorses Shriver in Supes Race

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced its endorsement of former Santa Monica councilman and Kennedy clan member Bobby Shriver for county supervisor.

Local Companies to Hire 10,000 L.A. Youths

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that Walt Disney Co. and other companies have pledged to hire 10,000 local youths for a summer jobs program, double the number hired last summer.

New Chapter For Spiritual Bookstore

Owner says niche focus on mysticism may bring second site.

The spirit moved a former insurance attorney to open Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice.

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Businesses Still Battle Disability Suits

LAW: Plaintiff attorneys raise costs by going straight to filing.

Reform intended to curb abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act has not stopped business owners from being sued multiple times for the same infraction.

LA Unemployment Rate Falls

L.A.’s jobs picture continued to brighten in February as employers added nearly 28,000 jobs to their payrolls and the jobless rate fell to 8.7 percent, according to state figures released Friday.

Landlords Want to Toss Eviction Bill

POLITICS: Proposal would limit owners’ ability to sell properties.

L.A. landlords look to boot a proposed bill that would limit their ability to evict tenants.

Safety, Scenery Come to Fore in Golf Ball Fight

CONDOS: Tower builder, country club divided over super-high fence.

CONDOS: Neighboring project tees off on country club’s proposal for a super-high fence.

Third Time the Charm for Ex-Robinsons-May Site?

Towers developer is the latest to try and scale the former Robinsons-May site.

L.A. Unemployment Rate Drops, More Jobs in County

L.A.’s jobless rate dipped below 9 percent in January for the first time in nearly six years, according to state figures released Friday.

Golf-Ball Blocker Fence Too High?

A 166-foot-high fence to keep errant golf balls from flying off a golf course is at the center of a spat between the famed Los Angeles Country Club and developers looking to build two luxury condo towers on the old Robinsons-May site next door in Beverly Hills.

L.A. Council Passes E-Cig Restrictions

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at all public buildings and restaurants, as well as at parks, playgrounds, beaches, libraries and public schools in the city.

Concert Producer Still Sees Sound Stage at Closed Site

MUSIC: Nederlander’s plan for Santa Monica venue now faces competition.

ENTERTAINMENT: Competition for revival of Santa Monica Civic Auditorium rocks plans of concert promoter Nerderlander.

Grid Maintenance Blackouts Turn Off Customers

ENERGY: Businesses push SCE for better planning and off-peak-hour scheduling.

ENERGY: Business owners see red over blackouts for Southern California Edison’s grid maintenance.

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.

Forecast: Growth to Gain Steam in L.A. County

L.A. County can expect to add more than 150,000 jobs over the next two years, according to an upbeat local forecast released today.

Making It Work for Chief Execs

Conference to rely on networking to connect with CEOs.

NON-PROFIT – Young Presidents Organization plans to take charge of its executive conference with networking events.

Mayor to Take Run at Speeding Permit Process

DEVELOPMENT: Business groups approve but want to see more from Garcetti.

DEVELOPMENT – Eric Garcetti is the latest L.A. mayor trying to build momentum behind streamlining the permit process.

Blackstone Foundation Makes Entrepreneurship Grants

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation on Friday announced it was making a $3.5 million grant to three local universities to set up an entrepreneur support program.

Forecast: Modest L.A. Job Growth This Year and Next

L.A. County will continue to add jobs, but at a frustratingly slow pace, according to a forecast the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. released today.

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.

Chef May Add Reality To Her Plate

Loretta Jones looks to serve up own show on Food Network.

DINING: Chef Loretta Jones pursues her own show on the Food Network after getting a taste of reality TV.

Refocused Shoemaker Shoos Away Investor Doubt

FOOTWEAR: Skechers’ stock climbs after new lines send income soaring.

FOOTWEAR: Shoemaker Skechers gets a leg up on Wall Street with its renewed focus on affordable products.

The River and the Money Manager

Last summer, Bryan Brown took 100 days off work and did what he says no human has ever done before: paddled the entirety of the Colorado River watershed by himself in a kayak.

Occidental Leaving Westwood for Houston

After nearly a century here, Westwood oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corp. is moving its headquarters to Houston.

Oil Chief Exec May Field Longer Term of Service

ENERGY: Analysts see Stephen Chazen staying in Oxy job beyond this year.

ENERGY: Occidental CEO Stephen Chazen may be looking to pump up the length of his term atop the gas and oil giant.

Winemaker Takes Off With Airline

Le Grand Courtage gets big lift from Virgin America deal.

Le Grand Courtage was on board early with the idea of getting its bottles on Virgin America flights.

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.

Website Puts Money On Lottery

Membership system lets Lottogopher sell tickets online at cost.

Internet: Lottogopher bets that people will be willing to pay membership fees to buy lottery tickets online.

Hotels Seek Say On Worker Pay

Politics: Minimum-wage increase seemed like done deal.

Politics: Hotel owners launch lobby effort to head off measure to nearly double the minimum wage for their workers.

Sinking Hooks Into ‘Shark’

Former contestant tips hopefuls on how not to tank on pitch program.

TV: Cow Wow Cereal Milk’s Chris Pouy offers tips on how to pour it on with “Shark Tank’s” investors.

Restaurateur Raises Glass to Sinatra Select

Alessandro Uzielli has been a fan of La Dolce Vita for years. In fact, he dines at the Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills three or four days a week.

L.A. Unemployment Down, But Few New Jobs

L.A. County’s unemployment rate fell to 9.2 percent in December, its lowest point in more than five years, according to state figures released Friday.

Special Delivery

Trip to fertility clinic gives birth to new business for attorney.

Law: Attorney Evie Jeang looks to deliver for Chinese couples seeking U.S. surrogates to carry their babies.

Revived Real Estate Sector Could Spur Buying Binge

Engineering: Psomas says BonTerra deal marks return to ‘growth mode.’

Engineering: Psomas homes back in on acquisitions as the real estate market picks up.

Driver’s Seat

Victoria Rusnak worked as an environmental attorney and even ran for office before taking the wheel of her father’s car dealership group.

Interview: Former environmental attorney and Assembly hopeful Victoria Rusnak now steers her father’s auto dealership group.

Getting a Handle on E-Cig Style

Ophis looks to draw in customers with pricey leather-clad dispenser.

Smoking – Ophis helps e-cig users get a grip on style with its leather-wrapped dispensers