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Rocket carrying US spy satellite blasts off from Vandenberg

A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19. The launch, which went according to plan, could be seen for miles from the Lompoc-area launch site due to crystal clear skies. “Just watched the #vandenberg rocket launch with the hubs…and actually got him to sing #rocketman with me when it lifted off. Seriously, this is going to be good day,” wrote Twitter user ...
Tags: Twitter, Business, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Pasadena, Ula, Aerospace, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, National Reconnaissance Office, Lompoc


New Year? A new budget could help you save for that trip to Hawaii

Many of us made New Year’s resolutions this month. Often these resolutions include losing weight, incorporating a healthier lifestyle, or eliminating a daily trip to Starbucks. Have you considered implementing a monthly budget as a resolution? Budgeting is a concept you may not want to think about, much less use. To some people, the word itself brings thoughts of personal conflict, restriction, and thriftiness. Often these emotions are not well received. Once the concept is embraced, “budgeting”...
Tags: Business, Advice, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Starbucks, TERI, Teri Parker, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


HOA Homefront: What makes a director outstanding? Attitude

A community association is no better than the board of directors which leads it, and excellent associations require excellent volunteer leaders. Truly exceptional volunteer governance is not a happy accident, and it often has little to do with a volunteer’s background, training, and experience. Instead, it is the result of hard work and the pursuit of proper values, foundational understandings, and perspectives. This week launches a four-part series regarding what makes (or should make) a volunt...
Tags: Business, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


Allen Buchanan: A primer on operating expenses in commercial real estate

Generally, January is the time of year when your landlord will present you with an invoice for expenses – in addition to your base rent. This assumes, of course, that you lease your business’ home. However, if you own your business home, take heed, as you may be able to take a few more dollars from your left pocket and move them into your right pocket by asking your occupant to pay for some stuff. This column is designed as a primer for these expenses. Let’s define a couple of key terms – shall ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Sport, Soccer, Commercial Real Estate, Lee Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT


Time to get ready for the 2019 housing market

By now, you’ve probably taken down and stored all of your holiday decorations and things around the home are back to normal. Here are a few tips for a fresh start to the new year for home buyers and sellers. Sellers: It’s time to delete any photos of your house with holiday decorations from your listing information and replace them with updated professional photos of the living room, kitchen, and front yard without decorations. Anything that makes your listing look old or dated is a big detracto...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


No more Emmy ‘screener’ DVDs after 2019

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Primetime Emmy voters will no longer view TV shows on DVDs as they cast their ballots starting in 2020, the Television Academy announced Friday. DVD “screeners” that are used to promote programming for studios and production houses are currently being delivered to all 25,000 Academy members as they nominate and vote for television programming for the annual Primetime Emmy awards on Sept. 22, 2019. But after this year’s show, the screeners will be eliminated in an effort to save...
Tags: Business, Awards, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Academy, Television Academy, Emmy Awards, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Movies + TV, Top Stories Breeze


PayPal offering cash advances to federal workers affected by shutdown

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, a California tech giant is pitching in: PayPal is offering interest-free cash advances of up to $500 to each affected federal employee. The San Jose-based payments company will make up to $25 million in cash advances available to any existing or new PayPal Credit customers, it said in an announcement Friday. “No matter where you stand on the issues, the fact is that 800,000 of our fellow Americans suddenly find themselves without a paycheck,” PayPal CEO ...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, News, California, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Paypal, Soccer, San Jose, Wells Fargo, Dan Schulman, Schulman, PayPal Credit, Top Stories LADN


Best in Law: #MeToo fuels drive to protect CA employees

As #MeToo spread across social media channels in late 2017, bringing to light workplace cultures of abuse and pervasive issues of sexual harassment and assault, the agenda was set for California lawmakers. Facing rising demands for greater workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, California expanded safeguards for victims, more employee training and greater employer liability. Unless otherwise noted, these new laws took effect Jan. 1. Laws against harassment (in any form) ex...
Tags: Business, California, Advice, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Riverside, Krieger, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Landlord rents $1,500 studio to two cats, Louise and Tina

Louise, one of two cats, sits in a scratching post in David Callisch’s studio behind his home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The cats owner is renting the 400-square-foot studio from friend Callisch. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Louise, one of two cats, stands on a scratching post in David Callisch’s studio behind his home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The cats owner is renting the 400-square-foot studio from friend Callisch. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)...
Tags: Business, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Palo Alto, Soccer, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Good, Bob, Jack, Bombay, Bay Area, Southern California, Willow Glen, SAN JOSE Calif


Tesla to cut 3,100 jobs as Musk sees ‘difficult’ road ahead

Elon Musk is cutting Tesla Inc.’s workforce by 7 percent — or more than 3,000 jobs — warning that the “road ahead is very difficult” in making electric cars more affordable for the mass market. Tesla shares fell as much as 7.7 percent shortly after the start of regular trading. Musk wrote in a blog post that the Palo Alto-based company managed to eke out a profit in the final three months of 2018, though narrower than the hard-won third-quarter earnings it reported in October. Tesla is under pre...
Tags: Europe, Business, Elon Musk, Mississippi, China, Tesla, Sport, Palo Alto, Frankfurt, Soccer, Ford, SEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, Nissan, Morgan Stanley


California sees its first home sales drop in four years

California’s housing market ended 2018 on a down note, with sales for 2018 as a whole down for the first time in four years and home price gains showing signs of leveling off, Realtor economists reported Thursday, Jan. 17. A volatile stock market and political and economic uncertainty contributed to the market slowdown, according to the California Association of Realtors. But the main culprit was fewer buyers able to afford a home. “California’s housing market in 2018 was hindered by endlessly r...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, California Association Of Realtors, Housing Data, Leslie Appleton Young, Jared Martin, Top Stories LADN


Walmart is looking for a CEO for a ‘stealth company’ that doesn’t exist yet

By Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg Walmart Inc. is searching for its next big technology star. The world’s largest retailer has posted an opening for a “CEO, Stealth Company” who would lead the latest startup housed inside its technology incubator, Store No. 8. The executive will be responsible for “building a business from scratch,” the job listing says, working closely with senior Walmart leaders and serving as the “public champion” for the as-yet-undefined business. One key skill is the ability to h...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, New York, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Arkansas, Silicon Valley, Kepler, Marc Lore, National Retail Federation, Amazon com Inc, Sam Walton, Nordstrom Inc, Jeremy King


Southern California builders are cutting prices to move glut of unsold homes

Faced with the largest inventory of unsold finished homes in six years, Southern California’s homebuilders have resorted to price cutting. According to real estate watcher Zillow, 25.9 percent of new homes on the market in Los Angeles and Orange counties in the fourth quarter had price cuts — No. 17 of 34 major markets studied nationally. In 2018’s first quarter, 19.5 percent of homes were discounted. In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 28 percent of new homes had price cuts — No. 11 natio...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Orange, Zillow, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, National Association of Home Builders


Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for planned trip abroad amid shutdown showdown

By MATTHEW LEE, CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON — It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft for a planned trip abroad in apparent response to her attempt to delay his State of Union address amid their government shutdown clash. The nation’s two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of Constitutional one-upmanship, as negotiations to end the 4-week stalemate failed to pro...
Tags: Business, News, Washington, Mexico, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, House, Pentagon, Associated Press, State Department, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Ken Sweet


Gymboree to shutter all 945 stores after turnaround plan fails

Gymboree Group will shut down after going bankrupt a second time, the victim of falling mall traffic and cheaper online sources of kids clothing. About 10,000 people could lose their jobs. The retailer filed for protection from creditors owed about $212 million in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a statement late Wednesday. The San Francisco-based company, which operates 945 stores under three brands in the U.S. and Canada, plans to close its Gymboree and ...
Tags: Business, San Francisco, Sport, Customers, Canada, Soccer, Goldman Sachs, Jack, Bain Capital, Gymboree, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, U S Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, ABL, Janie, Children 's Place


EPA nominee: Climate change huge issue, not greatest crisis

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change “a huge issue” but not the “greatest crisis,” drawing fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he’s made in six months as the agency’s acting administrator. Republicans on the GOP-majority Senate Environment and Public Works Committee mostly had praise for Andrew Wheeler, who has served as the agency’s acting head si...
Tags: Energy, Business, News, Obama, Climate Change, Washington, Environment, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Iowa, Wheeler, Epa, Senate Environment And Public Works Committee, Republican


British PM May wins no-confidence vote, but is still beset by Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes, on an opposition motion seeking to topple her government and trigger a general election. Now it’s back to Brexit, where May is caught between the rock of her ow...
Tags: Europe, Business, London, News, France, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Uncategorized, Eu, Sport, European Union, World news, Britain, Soccer, Theresa May, Labour


California’s ranking falls to 19th best state to raise a family

California lost its Top 10 ranking as a place to raise a family in WalletHub‘s annual scorecard on child-rearing qualities. A year ago, California ranked 10th best. But this year the Golden State scored a No. 19 ranking — between Illinois and Virginia — in the 2019 edition of this family yardstick that the online financial website bases on “five key dimensions” derived from “49 relevant metrics.” The 2019 champ was Minnesota followed by Massachusetts — they were Nos. 1-2 a year ago, just in reve...
Tags: Business, New York, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, California, Washington, Virginia, Massachusetts, California News, West Virginia, Sport, Economy, Soccer, North Dakota, New Hampshire


Does housing ‘affordability’ matter? Is homebuying you-get-what-you-pay-for?

Why do the states with housing’s highest “affordability” measurements — much-discussed but perhaps dubious economic yardsticks — have more borrowers who can’t make their mortgage payments? Take California, which usually scores low on the traditional “affordability” ladder. Its homeowners are currently making their house payments with greater frequency. The state’s home listings are priced at 55 percent of normal “affordability,” according to one housing-cost index from the National Association o...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Texas, Maryland, California, Housing, Sport, US news, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri, Ohio, Oxfam, Cnbc, Cato Institute, WalletHub


Does affordability matter: Why delinquent mortgages more common in ‘most affordable’ states

Why do the states with housing’s highest “affordability” measurements — much-discussed but perhaps dubious economic yardsticks — have more borrowers who can’t make their mortgage payments? Take California, which usually scores low on the traditional “affordability” ladder. Its homeowners are currently making their house payments with greater frequency. The state’s home listings are priced at 55 percent of normal “affordability,” according to one housing-cost index from the National Association o...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Texas, Maryland, California, Housing, Sport, US news, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri, Ohio, Oxfam, Cnbc, Cato Institute, WalletHub


Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are affected by the partial government shutdown...
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, China, Immigration, Uncategorized, Sport, Economy, Ap, Soccer, South Dakota


Section 8 rent checks in jeopardy if shutdown lasts until March

Tenants getting federal rent subsidies have yet to be affected by the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week. But big problems could arise for those renters and their landlords should the shutdown last until March. Local housing authorities serving about 125,000 Section 8 tenants in the region say rent payments will run out after February if the shutdown continues. And the mere uncertainty of future payments may impact those now reaching the top of years-long waiting lists, making i...
Tags: Post, Business, Real Estate, Washington Post, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Hud, San Bernardino, Brown, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vasquez, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Los Angeles Orange Riverside


Britain’s May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and GREGORY KATZ LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and leading to a no-confidence vote in her government. Moments after the vote, May said it was only right to test whether the government still had lawmakers’ support to carry on. Lawmakers will vote Wednesday in a no-confidence motion from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that could tr...
Tags: Europe, Business, London, News, Berlin, Uncategorized, Eu, Sport, European Union, World news, Britain, Soccer, Ireland, Theresa May, Labour, House


Owner of Southern California News Group puts in hostile, $1.4 billion bid for USA Today publisher

The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion hostile bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs. MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show it can run the company effectively. The newspaper industry has shrunk and consolidated as readers ditch print papers and go online. Estimated U.S. daily newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, f...
Tags: Post, Business, Usa, New York, Sport, Soccer, New Jersey, Usa Today, Gannett, Wall Street Journal, Pew Research Center, New York Daily News, Arizona Republic, Denver Post, Boston Herald, McLean Virginia


SpaceX rocket booster returns to Port of L.A., Dragon capsule soon to follow

SpaceX workers were busy Monday, Jan. 14, at the Port of Los Angeles preparing a Falcon 9 rocket booster for eventual re-flight. The booster was used during a launch on Friday, Jan. 11, out of Vandenberg Air Force Base to propel a set of 10 communication satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications. After carrying the payload through the thickest parts of the atmosphere, the booster separated and descended back to Earth in a controlled burn of its engines. It then stuck the landing on an unm...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, California, Sport, Earth, Soccer, International Space Station, Port Of Los Angeles, Iss, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, San Pedro, Baja California, SpaceX Falcon


Big strikes, like LAUSD teacher walkout, have become a rarity

Strikes — organized labor’s ultimate bargaining chip — have become a workplace relic. In the 30 years that have passed since Los Angeles teachers last walked off the job, work stoppages nationwide have fallen by two-thirds as union clout has nearly halved. I filled my trusty spreadsheet with U.S. jobs and pay data to show how major strikes — defined as involving 1,000 or more workers — have become a rarity, even if there’s been a mild uptick of late. Meanwhile, union memberships have tumbled in ...
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Big strikes, like Los Angeles teacher walkout, have become a rarity

Strikes — organized labor’s ultimate bargaining chip — have become a workplace relic. In the 30 years that have passed since Los Angeles teachers last walked off the job, work stoppages nationwide have fallen by two-thirds as union clout has nearly halved. I filled my trusty spreadsheet with U.S. jobs and pay data to show how major strikes — defined as involving 1,000 or more workers — have become a rarity, even if there’s been a mild uptick of late. Meanwhile, union memberships have tumbled in ...
Tags: Business, Jobs, Los Angeles, Reagan, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Lausd, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze


A lot of big-money promises: Newsom’s housing budget explained

No wonder Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped those hints last week about an upcoming “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing. Sure, he’d made ambitious campaign promises to combat California’s housing crisis: leading the effort to build 3.5 million units over the next seven years (an unprecedented rate), jacking up state subsidies for housing reserved for lower-income Californians, and easing regulations so it would be easier to build all types of new housing. But what would he deliver? We got the first g...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, California, Housing, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Bay Area News Group


Does Southern California need 513 more hotels?

Michael Murphy shows off the 10th floor of a hotel tower under construction in April at Pechanga Resort & Casino. The 271-room Marriott Irvine Spectrum. It’s seen here under construction a year ago. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Construction of the Element by Westin hotel at 900 North Via Piemonte, near the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, CA., Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Mah...
Tags: Travel, Business, Real Estate, California, Sport, Economy, Atlas, Things To Do, Soccer, Tourism, Marriott, Southern California, Ontario, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Westin


SpaceX layoffs include 577 positions in Hawthorne

Hours after launching its first rocket of the new year on Friday morning, Elon Musk’s company told stunned employees that roughly 10 percent of SpaceX’s workforce would be laid off. Workers were sent home early to await notification to their private email addresses about their fate. The vast majority of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s more than 6,000 employees are employed at its headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne; hundreds of others are based in Seattle, Florida, Washington, D....
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Los Angeles, Tesla, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, International Space Station, Mars, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Musk, Boeing Co



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