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California Governor Says Fires Are the ‘New Normal’

December 10, 2017 |

California Gov. Jerry Brown says deadly and destructive wildfires in winter are “the new normal.” Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, Brown said drought and climate…
Newser

Strippers, drugs and sex at Banc of California, former executive alleges in lawsuit

December 9, 2017 |

Troubled Banc of California was a den of iniquity featuring on-premises sex, drugs and strippers, according to a lawsuit filed this week by a former employee.

Former small business loan department managing director Heather Endresen has charged that the bank terminated her without cause, days after…


L.A. Times – Business

Job growth expected to keep slowing in California

December 7, 2017 |

California’s economic engine has slowed somewhat in 2017 and that’s expected to continue in coming years as employers have trouble finding workers in the expensive state, according to a new report.

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, released Wednesday, calls for job growth of 1.8% by year’s end,…


L.A. Times – Business

Southern California Wildfire Reaches Pacific

December 6, 2017 |

Terrifying wildfires are continuing to rage in southern California, where the Thomas fire in Ventura County reached the Pacific Ocean Tuesday after spreading to at least 50,000 acres, crossing oil fields and freeways. The fire, which caused Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency, has caused mass…
Newser

Explosive wildfires in Southern California force thousands to evacuate

December 5, 2017 |

At least two wind-whipped wildfires exploded early Tuesday in Southern California, forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate and scorching thousands of acres.
FOX News

Natural gas supplies could be tight in Southern California this winter, state authorities warn

November 28, 2017 |

California utilities and energy authorities are warning that Southern California Gas Co. might not be able to provide enough natural gas for all its customers if a cold snap hits this winter.

That’s because three critical pipelines that bring natural gas into Southern California Gas’ troubled Aliso…


L.A. Times – Business

‘Flat Earth’ rocket launch postponed, California man says

November 25, 2017 |

Blame it on bureaucracy: A California man who planned to launch himself 1,800 feet skyward in a home-built rocket to prove that Earth is flat has had to reschedule.
FOX News

A calmer start to Black Friday shopping in Southern California

November 24, 2017 |

Chae Woong Bag and his girlfriend had steeled themselves to brave the Black Friday shopping chaos they’d watched on TV back home in Korea.

But when the pair arrived 4:30 a.m. Friday morning at a Target in North Hollywood for their first Black Friday outing, they were the only ones in line. No one…


L.A. Times – Business

Possible return of a troubled healthcare model has California officials worried

November 22, 2017 |

Just a few decades ago, small businesses in California often banded together to buy health insurance on the premise that a bigger pool of enrollees would get them a better deal.

California’s dairy farmers did it; so did car dealers and accountants.

But after a string of these “association health…


L.A. Times – Business

Disneyland stops selling its Southern California annual pass, but it may come back someday

November 21, 2017 |

To help manage crowds at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the theme park has temporarily halted new sales of its Southern California annual pass, one of its least expensive passes for locals.

Beginning on Monday, the theme park stopped selling new passes for residents of Southern California, which…


L.A. Times – Business