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It was hot this week. But were California officials ‘crying wolf’ with alerts that drove up electricity prices?

June 24, 2017 |

As record-setting temperatures surged into the triple digits in parts of California this week, the manager of the state’s electrical grid put out an urgent plea: Turn down the AC and conserve power to avoid rotating outages.

The two-day flex alert by the California Independent System Operator drew…


L.A. Times – Business

California Bans State Travel to Texas Over Adoption Rule

June 23, 2017 |

A dispute between America’s two most populous states is heating up: California has banned state-funded travel to Texas, citing a law that allows foster care agencies to deny adoptions to LGBT families and others based on “sincerely held religious beliefs,” reports the Texas Tribune . California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced…
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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it

June 22, 2017 |

On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.

It…


L.A. Times – Business

California Inc.: Hogwarts at night is L.A.’s brightest new attraction

June 19, 2017 |

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

Good news out of the Golden State: California added 17,600 new jobs in May, dropping the…


L.A. Times – Business

As labor market tightens, California unemployment rate sinks to 4.7% in May

June 19, 2017 |

California added 17,600 new jobs in May, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.7%, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department.
L.A. Times – Business

California grid operator agrees to study clean alternatives to Oxnard gas plant

June 17, 2017 |

The manager of California’s electricity grid agreed Friday to conduct a study of clean energy alternatives to replacing an existing natural gas facility in Ventura County with a new, more efficient fossil fuel plant.

In a five-page filing with state regulators, the California Independent System…


L.A. Times – Business

California pet stores can’t sell commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits, this bill says

June 13, 2017 |

Grassroots animal-rights activists appear to be winning a war against commercial pet-breeding facilities, which are often derided as puppy or kitten mills.

California will give their cause a huge boost if it becomes the first state in the nation to ban sales of such animals at pet stores.

In the…


L.A. Times – Business

Trade jobs in Southern California have jumped, but policy and labor challenges loom

June 12, 2017 |

Southern California has experienced a boost in trade and logistics employment in the last decade, but policy and labor challenges lie ahead, according to a new economic report.

Trade-related jobs increased nearly 10% from 2005 to 2015, more than double the overall regional employment increase of…


L.A. Times – Business

China Engages California on Climate After Trump’s Paris Snub

June 12, 2017 |

China’s government is sidestepping the White House on climate change and pursuing closer ties with U.S. state leaders who oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to exit from the Paris climate accord.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

A California lawmaker wants to make it easier for taxis to compete with Uber. But is it too little, too late?

June 9, 2017 |

Uber and Lyft continue to expand their dominance in California, and taxi companies are looking to the state Legislature for some relief.

“If communities value taxicabs, then we’re going to have to have a regulatory environment that allows cab companies to thrive,” said William Rouse, general manager…


L.A. Times – Business