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Baltimore County May Open Schools on Jewish Holidays

November 7, 2017 |

Baltimore County school officials are set to decide whether schools next year will be open during two Jewish holy days for the first time in about two decades. The Baltimore Sun reports that the county school board expects to vote Tuesday on whether students would be required to attend school…
Newser

‘Right Now We Need to Grieve’ in Sonoma County

October 10, 2017 |

“We are a resilient county; we will come back from this,” Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said Monday after devastating wildfires swept through the region. “But right now we need to grieve.” Seven people died in her county, making the total at least 10 across northern California, the Los Angeles…
Newser

Regulators recommend that the state reject a Ventura County natural gas plant

October 7, 2017 |

A California Energy Commission committee is urging the state to reject a proposal to build a new natural gas plant in Ventura County.

Called the Puente Energy project, the 262-megawatt power plant would be owned and operated by NRG, a Houston-based electricity company. NRG contracted with Southern…


L.A. Times – Business

Irvine Co. will make a pitch to put Amazon’s second headquarters in Orange County

September 9, 2017 |

Orange County’s Irvine Co. said Friday that it plans to bid for Amazon.com’s second headquarters, which Amazon says will employ up to 50,000 people.

Privately held Irvine Co. said it would work with the city of Irvine, a master-planned community developed by the company, to “submit a responsive…


L.A. Times – Business

Irma Prompts Largest Ever Evacuation of Miami-Dade County

September 7, 2017 |

“If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, LEAVE!” the AP quotes Florida Gov. Rick Scott as saying. “We can’t save you once the storm hits.” With Hurricane Irma continuing its path toward Florida, Miami-Dade County expanded evacuation orders Thursday to incorporate areas further inland, the…
Newser

Orange County money manager asks Trump to pardon ‘junk bond king’ Michael Milken

August 30, 2017 |

Calling former junk-bond magnate Michael Milken a victim of prosecutorial overreach and “class envy run amok,” a Newport Beach money manager has asked President Trump to pardon the former L.A. financier.

In a letter sent to Trump this week, David Bahnsen argued that Milken did not commit any crime…


L.A. Times – Business

New L.A. County Fair CEO hopes to draw a young crowd with music, food and a Latino flair

August 27, 2017 |

Months before Miguel Santana began his new job as the president and chief executive of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., he asked his four daughters, ages 19 to 29, to visit the fair with him.

They all rejected the offer, saying basically: Been there, done that.

Santana, who until recently was Los…


L.A. Times – Business

Orange County employee pension fund alleges big banks are costing retirees money

August 21, 2017 |

Three major public pension funds, including the Orange County Employees Retirement System, have sued a half-dozen Wall Street banks, alleging they illegally conspired to control a corner of the stock market, leading to higher charges for the funds and thus less money for retirees.

In a lawsuit…


L.A. Times – Business

Struggling L.A. County cities are hoping to cash in on California’s relaxed marijuana laws — and facing push back

August 13, 2017 |

As California braces for the impact of relaxed marijuana laws that allow recreational use for adults, several small, financially strapped cities in southeast Los Angeles County and elsewhere are at the forefront of efforts to seize business opportunities — despite pushback from some residents.


L.A. Times – Business

Konica Minolta acquires Orange County firm Ambry Genetics in deal valued at up to $1 billion

July 7, 2017 |

A subsidiary of Japanese office equipment manufacturer Konica Minolta Inc. will acquire Aliso Viejo-based genetic testing firm Ambry Genetics Corp. in a deal valued at up to $ 1 billion, according to a statement released by the two companies Thursday.

Konica Minolta said the acquisition will allow…


L.A. Times – Business