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NFL

By Scott M. Reid, Staff Writer
April 24, 2015 – Updated 7:37 p.m.

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, after months of expressing caution about the league’s possible return to Los Angeles, characterized stadium projects in Inglewood and Carson on Friday as “viable” with the potential for long term success.

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Home Construction

The slow pace of homebuilding will hurt California by driving millennials out of state to buy, according to a gloomy assessment by California Association of Realtors CEO Joel Singer. (Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal
Apr 23, 2015 – 2:28pm PDT

The slow pace of homebuilding will hurt California by driving millennials out of state to buy, according to the CEO of the California Association of Realtors.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, April 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to talk about several issues related to the Inland Empire Economy. First up is the logistics and warehousing industry in the Inland Empire. Will logistics be the key to economic revival in the IE?

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/20/2015 – 12:01 AM

California is the nation’s most populous state with about 39 million residents, while Texas is No. 2 at 27 million.

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San Onofre

The San Onofre nuclear power plant, shown in 2012, will not be restarted, Edison officials say. (Grant Hindsley / Associated Press)

By Marc Lifsher
April 18, 2015

Consumer advocates, outraged by a secret negotiation in Poland over the $5-billion cost of closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are asking the California Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a deal that sticks utility customers with the bulk of the bill.

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Inland Empire Warehouses

Riverside and San Bernardino counties have become a strategic link in the global supply chain. Above, Yolanda Guevara, who operates a cherry picker, fills an order at Pacific Mountain Logistics warehouse in Ontario. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Kirkham
April 17, 2015

Pilar Guzman has worked for five years in a warehouse that processes luggage arriving from China and bound for the likes of Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Kohl’s.

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U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
April 17, 2015

Despite optimistic talk from Democrats and Republicans about overhauling the tax code, General Electric Co. recently showed that corporate executives aren’t holding their breath for a bipartisan deal any time soon.

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Sacramento Bee: California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought

 Finger

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
04/16/2015 11:25 PM

Almond orchards have become ground zero in the debate over California’s epic drought, the focal point of criticism that agriculture uses too much water.

The response? More almond trees.

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NFL- Carson

A rendering of the new football stadium proposed for Carson by the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. (Manica Architecture)

By Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno and Tim Logan
April 16, 2015

Representatives of proposed stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood met with NFL executives Thursday as the competition to return the league to the Los Angeles area continued.

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U-T San Diego: Chairman: Scrap San Onofre deal

SCE

State Senator Ben Hueso says settlement hatched in secret in Poland shouldn’t stand

By Jeff McDonald
April 15, 2015 – 5:11 p.m.

The settlement that assigned billions of dollars in San Onofre nuclear plant closure costs to customers should be revisited after revelations about how the deal came together, the chairman of the state Senate committee overseeing utilities said.

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LAO

By Chris Megerian
April 14, 2015

California’s drought has threatened farmers, ski resorts and golf courses, but it’s unlikely to do much damage to the state’s overall economy or budget, according to a new report.

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U-T San Diego: Commission seeks Edison emails

CPUC

Regulators are considering sanctions for utility over Warsaw meeting

By Jeff McDonald
April 14, 2015 – 5:35 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Southern California Edison to turn over all documents related to the potential settlement of the San Onofre closure dated between March 2013 and November 2014.

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The Sun: Massive office space sale sets record in Inland Empire

Lakeside Tower

Lakeside Tower is among 17 buildings that are part of the Tri-City Corporate Centre complex that was sold to new owners as part of the largest office space in Inland Empire history, according to the real estate brokerage firm CBRE. (Courtesy photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/12/15, 7:48 PM PDT

In another sign of the region’s rebounding economy, the largest sale of office space in Inland Empire history, according to CBRE, the Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage company that facilitated the deal, closed last month.

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SFChronicle: State regulator says PG&E may be too big to operate safely

CPUC

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Updated 9:14 pm

Minutes after the California Public Utilities Commission levied a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Thursday for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, the state’s top regulator said the utility is still plagued by gas-system problems, shrugs off even the harshest sanctions and may be too big to operate safely.

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InlandPolitics: Crude Oil prices under pressure as gas prices snail downward

Crude OIl

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Energy traders must have had a good time over the past week.

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Gas Prices

By Tiffany Hsu
April 8, 2015

An ongoing glut of crude oil will give U.S. drivers this summer the lowest seasonal gasoline prices in six years, the government predicts.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, April 6, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight Jay Prag, estimable economist, joins Lou, on the Lou Desmond and Company Show. They talk about the NCAA championship game and a few cultural aspects of it. Then they discuss good and evil in light of the recent holiday and the resurgence of biblical themes in media.

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Los Angeles Times: Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

Dollar Currency

Dollar travels far for Americans abroad

Markets expert Tom Petruno says the strong dollar puts the world on sale for American travelers.
By Tom Petruno
April 4, 2015

Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn’t buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar’s problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments.

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InlandPolitics: With Fed stimulus gone, things look a little uncertain

Pricking Balloon

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Remember last October, when the Federal Reserve ended the tapering down of its $85 billion a month bond-buying program?

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San Onofre

An agreement to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station assigns approximately $3.3 billion of the costs to ratepayers in Southern and Central California and $1.4 billion to two utilities.

By Marc Lifsher
April 3, 3025

The president of the scandal-rocked Public Utilities Commission has rejected a call from a powerful lawmaker to reopen a financial settlement that apportioned nearly $5 billion in costs for the June 2013 permanent closure of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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economy

By Don Lee
April 4, 2015

The sharp retreat in hiring last month to the slowest pace in more than a year reflects lost economic momentum in the U.S. — and may make the Federal Reserve more reluctant to start raising interest rates as early as June.

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Economy

Friday, April 3, 3015 – 10:00 a.m.

Economists expected non-farm payrolls to rise by 245,000 in March. It didn’t happen!

As a matter of fact the number didn’t come close.

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Warehouse

The Inland Empire is becoming the warehouse capital.

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The Inland Chorus of cheerleaders is back in full swing.

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Redlands Crossing

The Good Neighbor Coalition and Occupy Redlands came together to protest Walmart and the proposed supercenter in front of the corporation’s store on Redlands Boulevard, February 29, 2012. An appeals court Thursday denied the appeals filed by community groups in opposition to the proposed supercenter.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/02/15 – 6:52 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Two civil cases filed against the city and Walmart related to a proposed store on the city’s North Side have come to an end.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 30, 2014 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. They discuss the premiere of Killing Jesus, which broke viewership records. Then they talk about Chik-fil-a, free speech and freedom of religion, particularly in Indiana.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/30/2015 12:05 AM

Michael Peevey’s announcement last fall that he would not seek reappointment to the California Public Utilities Commission appeared to offer closure to years of controversy surrounding his tenure.

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Los Angeles Times: Blue Shield of California is under new pressure to lower rates

Blue Shield

By Chad Terhune
March 27, 2015

With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to discuss risk versus reward. What are we willing to take risks for? Also, who has the better scar story, Lou or Ed?

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InlandPolitics: Price tag for newspapers dwindles

The Sun

inland valley daily bulletin

Redlands Daily Facts

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The price tag for Digital First Media (DFM) is shrinking.

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Reuters

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 – 5:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – The holdout creditor in Stockton, California’s bankruptcy case filed its opening brief in an appeal of the city’s reorganization plan on Monday, claiming “no bondholder has ever received so little in the history of municipal bankruptcy.”

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NFL

By Sam Farmer
March 23, 2015

Even though no teams have announced plans to relocate, and there have been no formal stadium presentations, several influential NFL owners believe a Los Angeles solution is within reach.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino Police Department, joins Lou to discuss the disappearance of Sahray Barber. Hundreds of hours went into locating her. Were police intentionally mislead about her condition and whereabouts?

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The Sun: San Bernardino PR contract shot down

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/22/15, 7:11 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a bankrupt city with no shortage of causes of criticism, multiple reasons to say “no” can often overwhelm a single leader or group trying to accomplish something they consider necessary.

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InlandPolitics: As Crude Oil plunges, California gas prices inch downward

Gas Price Watch

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

California motorists continue to get screwed. Even as Crude Oil prices continue to slide.

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Daily Bulletin: Inland Empire malls see growth as economy improves

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/20/15 – 8:32 PM PDT |

From west to east, as the economy improves, Inland Empire malls and shopping centers are gradually seeing a bit of a resurgence, with once empty spaces being filled, more construction and customers a little more willing to dish out some cash and some credit.

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unemployment down

California unemployment rate falls to 6.7% in February

By Tiffany Hsu
March 20, 2015

California’s labor market continued to gain strength in February as employers in the state added 29,400 workers.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, president of Wholesale Capital Corporation, to discuss local news and financial news. First, missing San Bernardino Woman Sahray Barber is found safe near Los Angeles. She says she didn’t realize people were looking for her until she watched TV news last night.

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Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

California employers would be required to pay their employees double for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas under a bill advancing at the state Capitol. The measure passed its
first committee vote Wednesday.

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The Sun: Apollo said to be front-runner to acquire Digital First Media newspapers

Digital First Media

By Pete Carey
Posted: 03/16/15, 2:55 PM PDT |

The giant private equity fund Apollo Global Management is the front-runner in negotiations to buy Digital First Media, publisher of this newspaper, according to reports.

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For Sale

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/17/15, 9:43 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Southern California’s consecutive streak of year-over-year home price increases zeroed in on three years during February while the home sales slide moderated, a market tracker said Tuesday.

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U-T San Diego: Committee grills CPUC on San Onofre

CPUC

By Jeff McDonald
March 16, 2015 – 5:41 p.m.

State lawmakers grilled the new California Public Utilities Commission president Monday, asking why utility customers are being charged billions of dollars for the failure and premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Los Angeles Times: End of refinery strike in sight; gas prices may fall

Refinery Strike

Picketers outside the Tesoro refinery in Carson. The USW union said Thursday it reached a tentative contract with Shell. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

By Tiffany Hsu
March 12, 2015

The United Steelworkers reached a tentative contract with Shell Oil Co. on Thursday after more than a month of contentious talks and strikes, union officials said.

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No Sale

By Melody Petersen
March 12, 2015

The founder of Prime Healthcare Services Inc. defended his decision to pull out of a deal to buy six Catholic hospitals, saying critics were wrong to suggest that he placed profit over patients.

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Orange County Register

Freedom sold the Register’s 173,000-square-foot headquarters office for $27 million in September. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Kirkham
March 10, 2015

When Aaron Kushner bought the Orange County Register and announced his plans to double down on print journalism, media experts asked: Could he save the newspaper industry?

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Prime Healthcare

By Melody Petersen
March 11, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services Inc.’s proposed deal to buy six financially struggling Roman Catholic hospitals has collapsed, raising questions about how the nonprofit chain will keep its doors open.

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InlandPolitics: Crude Oil resumes slide — Inland Empire gas prices don’t

Gas Price Watch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 10:15 a.m.

We’re back on Gas Price Watch.

The price of Crude Oil has resumed its slide. But Inland Empire gas prices haven’t.

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AEG

By Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno
March 10, 2015

After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, estimable economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss what it takes to be a leader in a business setting.

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Barack Obama

President Obama speaks at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Updated: 11:33 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015

Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted.

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InlandPolitics: Logistics industry hurts Inland Empire real estate market

Logistics

The Inland Empire is rapidly becoming the next low-wage warehouse mecca.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 12:00 a.m.

We’ve been hearing it for the past few years. All of those great warehouse jobs coming to the Inland Empire, an area with the nation’s highest poverty rate, will be the driver for the local economy.

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InlandPolitics: February jobs number nothing to celebrate

Economy

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

An estimated 295,000 jobs were created in February, according to the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 6, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins Lou to discuss his business and why he operates in the Inland Empire.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/05/15 – 12:01 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> Development plans for 3 million square feet of industrial space on one of the last big swaths of vacant land in the city — north of the 10 Freeway, near Vineyard Avenue — could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in potential revenue to the city.

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VVDailyPress: Competing staffing agencies spar

VVWRA contract winner iLink demands ICR stop alleged libel, slander

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM – Updated at 9:24 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency that underbid ICR Staffing, Inc. last year for the Upper Narrows Temporary Pipeline project retained a law firm to issue a cease-and-desist letter to ICR and its attorney, accusing them of libel and slander, according to a document obtained by the Daily Press.

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MarketWatch

By Jeffry Bartash, Reporter
March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy churned out a robust 295,000 jobs in February, reducing the nation’s unemployment rate to the lowest level in almost seven years and extending the best stretch of job creation since the mid-1990s.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Live from Jon’s Flags and Poles

Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight The Lou Desmond & Company Show comes to you live from Jon’s Flags and Poles in Riverside. Jerra, the owner of Jon’s Flags and Poles, joins Lou to discuss her business and service to members of the Military by providing patriotic accessories and flags.

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Gas Prices

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The reasoning that oil companies are giving as an excuse to squeeze California Driver’s at the gas pump looks more and more like fantasy.

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Gas Prices

The upswing in gasoline prices in California largely reflects stoppages at oil refineries that account for some 17% of the state’s production capacity. Above, a station in Santa Monica on Saturday. (Jerome Adamstein / Los Angeles Times)

By Tiffany Hsu
March 4, 2015

Idled oil refineries have helped gasoline prices surge about $1 a gallon in California in a month

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The Sun: Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino seeking buyer

Arrowhead Country Club

Arrowhead Country Club members play a round of golf at the San Bernardino club on Tuesday. The club is seeking its first new buyers since World War II. (John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/03/15, 7:58 PM PST | Updated: 48 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Arrowhead Country Club, which drew stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age to golf and still stands as a symbol of luxury in a city fighting a different reputation, is looking for its first new buyer since World War II.

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Crude Oil

(Getty Images)

By Myra P. Saefong, Markets/Commodities Reporter
Carla Mozee, Markets Reporter & Eric Yep
Published: Mar 4, 2015 – 11:25 a.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — U.S. oil futures fell below $50 a barrel on Wednesday, after a government report showed that crude supplies jumped by more than 10 million barrels in the latest week.

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Port of Los Angeles

The continued strength of the longshoremen’s union was made evident in the recent labor dispute at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

How longshoremen command $100K salaries in era of globalization and automation
By Chris Kirkham and Andrew Khouri
March 1, 2015

More than 4,400 ships bring nearly $400 billion worth of goods through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach every year, a crucial link in the global supply chain of factories, warehouses, docks, highways and rail lines.

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InlandPolitics: Gas price watch

Gas Price Watch

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s out-of-control climb in gasoline prices added another 10 cents per gallon Saturday.

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The Sentinel: Forum… or Against ‘em

Upland seal

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 27, 2015

I have received some information on the down-low which indicates that the goings-on, or at least past goings-on, at Upland City Hall are being given a very close examination…

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CPUC

By Marc Lifsher
February 27, 2015

In the months after the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, California regulators scrambled to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to improve the safety of its aging infrastructure.

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ABC: Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

Gas Prices

A cyclist rides by a sign at a gas station in Los Angeles posting the latest gas prices on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Gas prices in California soared overnight as a result of a combination of supply-and-demand factors worsened by the shutdown of two refineries that produce a combined 16 percent of the state’s gasoline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Feb 27, 2015 – 7:00 PM ET

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

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InlandPolitics: The experts are shocked?

Finger in Air

Friday, February 27, 2015 – 09: 30 a.m.

The gasoline industry experts say they’re shocked over skyrocketing California gasoline prices.

Even the dealers say they’re dumbfounded.

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Gas Prices

Motorists pump gas at a Mobil gas station after being greeted with a 25-cents-a-gallon price increase in Torrance. February 26, 2015. (Thomas R. Cordova / Staff Photographer)

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

The explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery is only partly to blame for a surge in gasoline prices that even stunned one gas station operator Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Gas pump ripoff escalates

Fuel Gas

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

California gas prices have continued skyrocketing. An unjustified climb that can be blamed on wholesalers and retailers, who are bilking consumers who don’t know any better.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): California’s plastic-bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

Referendum

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/25/2015 – 06:02:48 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — Setting up a grand environmental showdown, a referendum initiated by the plastic-bag industry to overturn California’s first-in-the-nation law that bans supermarkets and other businesses from handing out single-use plastic bags has qualified for next year’s ballot.

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InlandPolitics: KCET — Airport to nowhere!

Monday, February 23, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

We missed this little gem, courtesy of KCET-TV.

Eastern San Bernardino County movers and shakers, along with the usually delusional Inland Empire print media, steadfastly refuse to admit that San Bernardino International Airport is an unmitigated $300 million black hole.

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Port of Los Angeles

By Peter Jamison
February 24, 2015

Southern California port officials say it could take up to three months to clear cargo that piled up during a labor dispute that threatened to cripple West Coast commerce.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/24/2015 05:55:02 AM PST
Updated: 02/24/2015 05:55:35 AM PST

SAN JOSE — Take it or leave it. That’s the message to a Southern California for-profit company from Attorney General Kamala Harris who late last week laid out a dozen requirements for Prime Healthcare Services’ $843 million deal to buy six cash-crunched nonprofit hospitals.

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InlandPolitics: California Driver’s get hosed by unjustified hike in gas prices

Gas Nozzle

Monday, February 23, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

California driver’s are getting burned at the gas pump as usual.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

question-mark

Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Port of Los Angeles

Trucks in San Pedro begin to clear the cargo backlog at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

By Tiffany Hsu, Andrew Khouri and Peter Jamison
February 21, 2015

West Coast ports are emerging from the most contentious labor dispute in more than a decade, but lingering resentment and structural problems may complicate a return to normality.

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LATimes: Shipping lines and dockworkers reach deal; port shutdown averted

Port of Long Beach

Container ships wait offshore to get into the Port of Long Beach on Feb. 11. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri, Chris Kirkham and Peter Jamison
February 20, 2015

Shipping companies and dockworkers reached a tentative deal late Friday on a new labor contract, avoiding a shutdown of 29 ports that would have choked off trade through the West Coast.

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer and Javier Panzar
February 20, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed.

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VVDailyPress: Controversial publisher, land developer Ray Pryke has died

black ribbon

By RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 19, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

HESPERIA — Controversial land developer and newspaper publisher Raymond Pryke has died.

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NFL

The new NFL football stadium proposed by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would be built on a 168-acre site at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard.

By Sam Farmer
February 19, 2015

On the field, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have had as bitter a rivalry as any in the NFL but in a sense, they’re now partners.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer

CPUC

Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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ExxonMobil

By Larry Altman, Daily Breeze and Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:10 PM PST |

The day after a massive ExxonMobil refinery explosion rocked Torrance and ripped apart a 12-story pollution-control device at the plant, some members of the community are questioning the company’s response to the emergency.

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walmart-logo

Starting in April, about 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will get a raise to the new level — $1.75 an hour more than the federal minimum wage. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

By Jim Puzzanghera, Shan Li and Sarah Parvini
February 19, 2015

Wal-Mart’s advertising slogan is “Save money, live better,” but for years the world’s largest retailer has been criticized for not paying its workers enough to do that.

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IRS -1

The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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LATimes: Port dispute is felt all along West Coast

Port of Oakland

Shipping volumes at the Port of Oakland plunged 32% in January. That followed a banner year in 2014, when it saw record traffic because of L.A. and Long Beach congestion. Above, containers on a ship at the port. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Andrew Khouri and Tiffany Hsu
February 18, 2015

The labor dispute that has stalled dozens of massive ships off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach isn’t limited to the nation’s busiest cargo complex.

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The Sun: Businessman, activist Larry Sharp dies at 72

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 3:04 PM PST

Larry Sharp, an Inland Empire leader who for more than two decades ran the largest credit union in the region, died Monday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 72.

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