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Obituary: Longtime copy editor Browning dies

Whittier resident Robert “Bob” Browning, who was an editor at the Whittier Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times during his 37-year career, has died. Born in Pasadena, Browning, 69, died Saturday, May 1, from complications from a longstanding lung disease. Funeral services are pending. He spent most of his 37 years as a copy editor and was named L.A. Times Copy Editor of the Year in 2005 for his work as the sole copy editor on a series of stories th...
Tags: Business, New York, News, Minnesota, Sport, Soccer, Obituaries, Pasadena, Times, Local News, Browning, Michael Collins, Carleton College, Orange County Register, Whittier, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Biden administration allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance to prevent evictions

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced the allocation of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic. The administration also announced changes Friday in the rental assistance program aimed at addressing criticism that the emergency support has not reached many who need the help. This latest round of aid for renters was included in the $1.9 trillion relief package President Joe...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Long Beach, Kaiser, Associated Press, Biden, Justice Department, Trump, Amazon Fresh

Meet the 2 women running new Amazon Fresh stores in Woodland Hills and Long Beach

Amazon Fresh grocery store managers Meyali Plascencia and Louisa Van like to say they lead by example. And they demonstrated as much. Masked and standing apart, the lively duo — both immigrants, mothers and college grads with previous management experience — have made health and safety a priority at their respective store locations. It’s no wonder. The brick-and-mortar offshoot of the e-commerce giant was launched amid the worldwide pandemic and the protocols that followed. “Like everyone else i...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Business, Whole Foods, California, Mexico, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Alexa, Southern California, Amazon Fresh, Woodland Hills, Plascencia, Louisa, Top Stories LADN

HOA Homefront: Is the HOA’s insurance coverage sufficient?

Insurance brokers are one of an HOA’s most important vendors, yet they are often ignored until claims arise. This mistake can be costly. Insurance is a contract in which the insurer accepts a fee (“premium”) and in return agrees to pay for certain incidents of damage (property insurance) or claims of liability (casualty insurance). Because insurance is a contract, it is critical to understand the contract’s limitations. Here are six questions to carefully consider. 1. Is there a deductible, and ...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Hoa, HOAs, Kelly G Richardson CCAL, Partner of Richardson Ober DeNichilo LLP, HOA Talk

Inland Empire starts 2021 with nation’s highest rent increases

The Inland Empire’s hot apartment market got even hotter in 2021, with the biggest rent hikes in the nation, numbers from four leading apartment trackers show. At the same time, a year-long dive in Los Angeles and Orange county lease rates may be ending as rents turn the corner and vacancies level off. The Inland Empire “is a performance superstar, not just for the region but also for the nation,” said Greg Willett, chief economist for Dallas-based apartment tracker RealPage. “The Inland Empire,...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Dallas, Rent, Orange County, Orange, California Apartment Association, Southern California, San Bernardino, Phoenix, Lewis

Bubble Watch: How home prices have jumped 8.8% to 30.4%

“Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: Southern California home-price appreciation, on a county level, ran between 8.8% and 30.4% in this wild pandemic year. Sources:  Too many, perhaps. See below. The Trend Generally speaking, local home prices are fairly crazy. If you want a more definitive answer, you have to sort through a collection of price indexes tracking appreciation rates using varying mathematics to follow assorted slic...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, Pacific Ocean, Dow Jones, Southern California, San Bernardino, Standard Poor

Bubble Watch: Why home prices jumped 8.8% to 30.4%?

“Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: Southern California home-price appreciation, on a county level, ran between 8.8% and 30.4% in this wild pandemic year. Sources:  Too many, perhaps. See below. The Trend Generally speaking, local home prices are fairly crazy. If you want a more definitive answer, you have to sort through a collection of price indexes tracking appreciation rates using varying mathematics to follow assorted slic...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, Pacific Ocean, Dow Jones, San Bernardino, Standard Poor, Riverside

LA County’s mammoth vaccine centers will remain open despite drop in demand

Despite a recent sharp decline in demand for COVID-19 vaccines, Los Angeles County plans to continue operating its large-scale vaccination sites while also stepping up outreach efforts in communities where the inoculations have lagged, the county’s public health director said today. Health officials in Orange County announced Thursday that they will be closing mass-vaccination facilities due to dropping demand. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that while L.A. sites w...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, India, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Orange County, Southern California, Los Angeles County

SoFi Stadium is looking to fill 3,000 part-time positions

SoFi Stadium announced Thursday it will be hosting a series of in-person job fairs to fill more than 3,000 part-time, event-day positions. The 70,000-seat stadium — which can be expanded to 100,000 seats for special events, such as next year’s Super Bowl — is working with partners Legends, CSC, ABM and SP+ to fill roles. Openings are available for a variety of jobs, including guest services, food and beverage vendors, crowd management, security, ticket operations and parking, among other roles. ...
Tags: Business, Jobs, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, Global Citizen, Inglewood, SoFi Stadium

Pandemic creating new rules for agents, sellers and buyers

Like most other professions and services, real estate agents evolve with changing times. COVID-19 and the need to quarantine and limit person-to-person contact has caused a plethora of changes, ranging from the devastating closure of some business to the delayed re-opening of others (with new safety protocols in place) and the physical morphing of parking lots into outdoor dining rooms. Like other small businesses, real estate brokers have been challenged to pivot, pirouette and plié to keep afl...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, Los Angeles County, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Fannie Freddie, California Association Of Realtors, Top Stories OCR, Leslie Sargent Eskildsen, COVID

Port of LA ship traffic seeing shorter waits outside the harbor

Ship wait times at the Port of Los Angeles are leveling off, even as incoming cargo volumes continue to be higher than normal, port Executive Director Gene Seroka told harbor commissioners at their regular meeting on Thursday, May 6. Anchored outside the port on Thursday were 19 ships, with 10 of those awaiting positions inside the Port of L.A. and the rest for the neighboring Port of Long Beach, he said. “That’s about half the number reported in February,” Seroka said. “Fewer ships are going st...
Tags: Business, News, La, Sport, Soccer, Port Of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Local News, Port, San Pedro, Western Hemisphere, Port of Long Beach, Gene Seroka, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT

Fannie, Freddie shrink mortgage menu during COVID

By all accounts, mortgages are performing nicely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Real estate is roaring. Mortgage rates remain as low as they go. What a perfect example of mortgage lenders, elected officials, borrowers and community leaders pulling together during a crisis. And then came Calabria. Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, imposed a half-point adverse-market charge for almost every refinanced mortgage sold...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, Southern California, Fico, Dec, Los Angeles County, Freddie Mac, Fred, Calabria, FHA, U S Treasury Department

Upscale retailer Hermès moving into ex-Sears site at Canoga Park’s Westfield Topanga mall

Luxury retailer Hermès has signed a lease for a new 7,500-square-foot space that will anchor the Westfield Topanga expansion, at the former Sears building in Canoga Park, according to a representative with the mall’s owner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. “The addition of Hermès speaks to the sophisticated transformation our guests can expect to discover in the Westfield Topanga expansion, and the quality of our global portfolio of Westfield destinations more broadly,” said Colin Shaughnessy, Execut...
Tags: Business, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Paris, Community, Westfield, Local News, Sears, Los Angeles City Council, Louis Vuitton, San Fernando Valley, Topanga, Victory Boulevard, Musgrove

Why just about everything costs more at grocery stores

By Leslie Patton | Bloomberg The higher prices food makers have been warning about for months have hit U.S. grocery carts. Seafood prices are up 18.7% on average in the 13-week period ended April 24, while baked goods like doughnut and rolls cost about 7.5% more than in the same period last year, new data from NielsenIQ show. In fact, 50 of the 52 categories tracked by the data provider are more expensive than a year ago, with only butter and milk holding essentially flat while everything around...
Tags: Business, News, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, Inflation, Ihop, Vons, Safeway, Applebee, Peyton, John Peyton, Vivek Sankaran, Albertsons Cos, Leslie Patton, Top Stories LADN

Kaiser just laid off hundreds. Are more cuts coming to health care industry?

More than a year into a deadly pandemic that has pushed health care workers to the brink, Kaiser Permanente announced last week it was laying off more than 200 workers. Earlier this year, Sutter Health made similar reductions. The job cuts — which come just as doctors, nurses and other employees who help keep hospitals and clinics running are finally allowing themselves to feel hopeful the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is in the past — have prompted backlash from unions and others. But COVID...
Tags: Business, News, Kaiser Permanente, California News, Sacramento, Sutter Health, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Local News, University Of Southern California, Ruskin, UCSF, Sutter, University of Minnesota, California Hospital Association

California jobless claims improve — but backlog worsens

California workers filed fewer unemployment claims last week, but the state’s labor agency is falling behind again as it works to whittle down a mountain of backlogged claims, separate government reports show. Workers statewide filed 71,200 first-time claims for unemployment during the week ending May 1, which was down 7,400 from the 78,600 claims filed in the week ending April 24, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. However, the backlog of unemployment claims that have yet to be pai...
Tags: Business, Jobs, News, California, California News, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Associated Press, U S Department of Labor, Employment Development Department, San Fernando California, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Economy

12 indicted in alleged Southern California ‘green’ loan and mortgage fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES — A dozen people have been indicted in connection with an alleged mortgage fraud and “green” loan scheme that operated throughout Southern California and resulted in losses of about $15 million, the California Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday. The 133-count grand jury indictment, handed up April 26, alleges that the crimes occurred in Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura counties. The indictment charges the defendants with a variety of counts, including conspiracy, mortgag...
Tags: Energy, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Theft, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mother, Lapd, Southern California, Ventura, Kern County, Los Angeles Police Department

Biden, on taco run, touts restaurant relief program

By Josh Boak and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration’s $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic. The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the rest...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Washington, Mexico, White House, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Associated Press, Biden, Puebla, Cinco de Mayo, National News, JOSH BOAK

Alhambra home where Phil Spector murdered actress sells for $3.3 million

After nearly two years on the market, an infamous Alhambra mansion has sold. Nicknamed “Pyrenees Castle,” the 9,590-square-foot home built in a French chateau-style in 1925 by Sylvester Dupuy is known as the site where music producer Phil Spector killed actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. The property closed on May 4 for $3.3 million, $698,000 or 17.5% below the last listing price. With 360-degree views, the house unfolds across more than a 2.5-acre lot. It has nine bedrooms,10 bathrooms and splits i...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, Celebrities, News, Housing, Montana, Sport, Soccer, Madonna, Steve McQueen, Pasadena, Palm Springs, Phil Spector, Alhambra, Spector, Douglas Elliman

Peloton recalls treadmills after a child dies, injuries reported

By Joseph Pisani | The Associated Press Peloton is recalling its treadmills after one child died and 29 other children suffered from cuts, broken bones and other injuries from being pulled under the rear of the treadmill. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that Peloton received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items, such as exercise balls, being pulled under the treadmill. The recall comes after the safety commission warned last month that people with children o...
Tags: Business, Safety, Sport, Recall, Soccer, Exercise, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, JOSEPH PISANI, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze

Facebook Oversight Board upholds Donald Trump’s suspension from the platform

By Brian Fung | CNN Business Facebook can keep blocking former President Donald Trump from using its platform, the social network’s court-like Oversight Board said Wednesday. The landmark move affirms the company’s decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots. However, the board said Facebook must review the decision within six months. The decision also applies to Facebook-owned Instagram where Trump has an account. Trump has almost 60 million followers across Facebook and In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, California News, Sport, Soccer, Donald Trump, Trump, Board, Harvard Law School, Capitol

Galpin Motors’ longtime first lady Jane Boeckmann dies at 90

Jane Boeckmann, the first lady of Galpin Motors and matriarch of the Southern California auto-dealership family, has died at age 90, according to family members. Her life story — which included piloting planes and driving race cars, as well as myriad honors for both business and humanitarian endeavors — was surely worthy of a movie. She died April 28 of pancreatic cancer, according to her family. Working with her husband, Bert Boeckmann, she helped to turn Galpin Motors into one of the most prom...
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Fewer people want coronavirus vaccines than are available now in LA County

For the first time this week Los Angeles County had more vaccines than people who wanted to get them, according to the Department of Public Health, marking a critical juncture for the county’s vaccine efforts as it reaches toward a goal of 80% of the eligible population vaccinated. “That means 25% less people were vaccinated than the week before,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday, May 4. For those who want to get vaccinated, appointments should be more available and there ar...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Fda, Pfizer, Pasadena, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Centers for Disease Control

Hollywood’s Magic Castle set to reopen for members after COVID-19 hiatus

LA’s most exclusive magic club, the Magic Castle, seen on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, is getting ready to reopen on May 21 after it shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) The Dante Room is stacked with tables and chairs on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at LA’s most exclusive magic club, the Magic Castle, as it gets ready to reopen on May 21 after it shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles ...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, News, California, La, Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bill, Dining, Southern California, Ama, Irene, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News

Capitol quiet on eviction moratorium extension as renters seek more time

With two months to go before a statewide eviction moratorium expired in January, lawmakers, lobbyists and the governor’s staff were already deep into negotiations on an extension. They reached it just days before the deadline, providing six more months of a ban on eviction. Now, with two months left before that extension itself expires on June 30, there is no proposed legislation on giving renters more time before the moratorium ends, and lawmakers expressed uncertainty that there would be. “It ...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Preston, Rent, Caa, Oakland, California Apartment Association, Carlton, Gavin Newsom

Uber, Lyft have a California playbook to fight proposed U.S. rules on contract workers

By Tina Bellon | Reuters Uber, Lyft and other gig-economy companies face a new challenge from the Biden administration to their use of contract workers, but as they gear up for a fight in Washington they could turn to a lobbying playbook that helped them score a decisive win against California regulators last year. U.S. President Joe Biden campaigned on the promise of providing legal protections and benefits to gig workers, who as independent contractors generally have no access to unemployment ...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Politics, Technology, News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, California News, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Biden, National Bureau of Economic Research

California keeps millions in child support while parents drown in debt

Half of Stacy Estes’ pay disappears every month before it hits his bank account. Each check is about $500 lighter than it should be, intercepted in the name of child support — which he wouldn’t have a problem with, if it were going to his kids. Instead, only $225 goes to his children. The rest is garnished to repay government debt he began accruing more than two decades ago when he first got behind on child support payments. The 53-year-old Estes owes about $47,000 in child support debt, most of...
Tags: Business, Family, Politics, News, Maryland, Obama, Colorado, California, Washington, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Poverty, Soccer, District Of Columbia, Local News

Region’s house prices jumped 9-16% in March, biggest gains in 7 years

Southern California house prices logged their biggest gains in seven years in March, as buyers trying to lock in historically low mortgage rates competed for a limited supply of homes for sale. The average gain for an existing single-family home sold in March was 8.8% in Los Angeles County, 10.2% in Orange County and 15.6% in the Inland Empire, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index, released Tuesday, May 4. Those are the biggest one-year percentage jumps since the spring and summer ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, US, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Inland Empire, HPI, L'Oréal USA, Housing Data, Top Stories LADN

Paramount’s Tattooed Chef buying Mexican food producer for $35 million

Tattooed Chef, a plant-based food company based in Paramount, is looking to expand its offerings with the acquisition of two Albuquerque businesses that specialize in Mexican food. The company has entered into agreements to acquire New Mexico Food Distributors Inc. and Karsten Tortilla Factory LLC — collectively known as Foods of New Mexico — for $35 million in cash. The transactions, approved by Tattooed Chef’s board of directors, are expected to close early this month, pending regulatory appro...
Tags: Food, Business, News, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Italy, New Mexico, Local News, Costco, Paramount, Albuquerque, Mexican Food, Stonegate, Top Stories LADN, New Mexico Food Distributors Inc

Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage

By Clare Duffy | CNN Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years, the pair announced in a statement on their verified Twitter accounts. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the statement reads. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021 The couple founded their philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2000. “We have raised three incredible ch...
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Sport, Soccer, Bill, Melinda Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation, National News, Clare Duffy

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