Lobbying: Land-use projects helped firms’ fees rise in 2012.
Real estate development projects have built up fees for some of L.A.’s top firms.
Manufacturing: Makers, retailers question program costs.
Some mattress makers and retailers are losing sleep over a proposed state recycling program.
L.A. County’s economy improved in February as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.3 percent and the county added 39,000 jobs, according to state figures released Friday.
Los Angeles city planners on Thursday unanimously approved a controversial $664 million development plan with two huge skyscrapers in the heart of Hollywood.
Dan Schnur, the longtime Republican strategist and political pundit who now runs the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, has dropped his Republican Party registration.
GOVERNMENT: Employers fear loss of hiring tax credits.
Some businesses fear changes to the state enterprise zone program will cost them tax credits and crimp hiring.
ENERGY: BNK’s proceeds will allow exploration and payment of obligations.
BNK shares rise as investors dig company’s sale of part of an Oklahoma oil field.
L.A. County’s economy took a big hit in January as more than 81,000 payroll jobs were lost and the unemployment rate edged up to 10.4 percent, according to revised state figures released Friday.
Shares of Camarillo oil and natural gas producer BNK Petroleum soared Monday after the company announced it had reached a deal to sell property in Oklahoma to a unit of Exxon Mobil Corp. for $148 million.
ENERGY: Extraction levy may leave California in hole.
Cheesecake Factory looks to follow up its Mideast expansion by dishing out licensed locations in Latin America.
LEDtronics takes shine to venue’s sign and donates bulbs.
LEDtronics president has bright idea to donate light bulbs for L.A. Memorial Coliseum’s sign.
L.A.’s apparel industry has helped factoring find a foothold in the area.
The staffing outlook among L.A. area employers shows that layoffs may hit a five-year low during the second quarter, according to a survey released Tuesday from Manpower Group.
ENERGY: Oxy launches search for new chief while industry rivals seek same.
Other gas and oil companies’ CEO hunts could force Occidental to pay top dollar for a new leader.
Two state legislators have responded to the uproar over a state tax agency’s decision to retroactively take away a tax break for angel investors.
Mercury General Corp.’s insurance unit has filed a lawsuit against state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, challenging his order of an 8 percent rate decrease for the company’s 270,000 homeowner policyholders in the state.
Aircraft leasing company International Lease Finance Corp. announced that it had agreed to purchase and lease 16 Boeing jet aircraft to American Airlines.
ENERGY: Rentech closes unit, seeks alternative strategy.
Low gas and oil prices force Rentech to power down its alternative fuels business.
Car dealer Frederick ‘Fritz’ Hitchcock looks to improve state’s business climate as chairman of California Chamber of Commerce.
Car dealer Frederick “Fritz” Hitchcock looks to help steer state business issues as California Chamber of Commerce chairman.
Eateries, bars tap cities’ speedier permit procedures
Cities across the county try to add speed to the menu when approving permits for restaurants and bars.
In a bid to stem the outflow of television pilot production, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to waive all city fees for TV pilots and first-year series filmed in the city.
development: Organized labor’s recent opposition could hurt business groups’ efforts to reform CEQA.
Labor unions’ opposition could trip up building momentum to reform the California Environmental Quality Act.
INTERNET: ValueClick’s plan to boost productivity appears to gain traction.
Wall Street likes what it’s hearing from online marketing firm ValueClick.
The Los Angeles economy is expected to continue its steady improvement through 2014 barring sudden impacts of budget cuts or other unforeseen drags on the national economy, according to a forecast to be released today.
A public relations and lobbying firm opens this week in Century City with two former California congressmen as founding partners.
ENERGY: Oil and shale gas customers help fuel strong quarter for Capstone.
Business with oil and shale gas companies helps power up shares of microturbine maker Capstone.
LAW: Jeff Unger discovers many startups don’t need formal legal status.
Jeff Unger’s free incorporation promotion has helped the attorney make the case that incorporation isn’t for everyone.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday endorsed City Controller Wendy Greuel for Los Angeles mayor in next month’s primary election.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday formally endorsed a half-cent sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot.
INSURANCE: Hurricane Sandy, rising auto claims feed fourth-quarter loss.
Rise in expense of car collisions helps crash Mercury’s fourth quarter earnings.
UTILITY: American States’ military contracts help lift shares to all-time high.
The performance of its military contracts has American States Water awash in investor enthusiasm.
Opposition is growing to a state tax board’s recent decision to take away a state tax break for angel investors – and make those who used it pay retroactively.
Local billionaires, major capital equity firms and even sovereign wealth funds have surfaced as potential bidders for the AEG sports and entertainment empire as the second round of bidding enters its final stages.
TAXES: Loss of break could ground startup investment.
State board pulls plug on break that could have powered up L.A.’s growing tech scene.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday voted to endorse the half-cent sales tax measure on the city’s March ballot, citing the need to preserve law enforcement, firefighting and other vital city services.
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to place a third initiative regulating medical marijuana dispensaries on the May ballot.
Speaking at a debate on jobs and the economy Monday night, the five leading candidates for L.A. mayor promised to eliminate the gross receipts tax on business, streamline the city’s cumbersome permitting process and focus on creating green jobs if elected.
BIOTECH: Amgen retains their confidence despite dip in quarterly earnings.
Some analysts give Amgen a healthy prognosis despite industry giant’s drop in fourth quarter earnings.
Government: City plans non-profit to boost business.
GOVERNMENT – Business leaders publicly back city of L.A.’s proposed privately run agency to push economic development.
REPORTS – After two down quarters, the downtown L.A. office market stabilized during the fourth quarter as fewer firms downsized and the volume of lease deals dropped.
Los Angeles business people and groups are alarmed by a proposed “homeless bill of rights” measure, introduced last month in Sacramento, which would give the homeless the right to conduct “life-sustaining activities” in public spaces, including in front of businesses.
Homeless ‘bill of rights’ alarming to business owners
Business owners and groups fear a proposed “bill of rights” for the homeless would obstruct operations.
Dan Schnur’s years in Republican politics left him the right man to run Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.
Pundit Dan Schnur checks his politics at the door as director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.
L.A. County’s job creation machine slowed in December as the unemployment rate remained stuck at 10.2 percent and job payrolls grew by less than 10,000, according to state figures released Friday.
TAXES: Democrats look to loosen business protections.
Property owners fear Proposition 13’s number could be up with Democrats’ control of Sacramento.
Pasadena chef looks to Mars rover for culinary inspiration.
Cooks look out of this world (Mars rover) and under the sea (sushi rolls) for inspiration in a cheeseburger competition.
Pasadena insurance brokerage Bolton & Co. has purchased Preferred Specialty Insurance Services of Glendora.
FOOD: Shares also hurt by delay in division’s sale to Japanese company.
Dole’s earnings forecast is tripped up as the price of bananas slips.
GOVERNMENT: Mixed bag of regulations opened Jan. 1.
New year delivers a mixed bag of laws that will help and hinder state’s smaller businesses.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is creating a city contracting office to ensure that all businesses have equal access to city contracts.