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Trade & Retail: Ports grapple with changes from trade war and AB5

For the roughly 17,000 truckers who transport goods in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, 2020 brings much uncertainty.

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Imports Plummet at San Pedro Bay as U.S.-China Trade War Drags On

The nation’s two busiest ports saw imports plummet in September when a range of Chinese goods were hit with a 15% tariff. Imports dropped 14% in September — the worst decline in more than a year.

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Chipping Away at China

Trade with Cambodia, Vietnam surges at ports in wake of tariffs

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach sees trade volumes with Vietnam and Cambodia jump and trade tensions with China continue.

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$20M Project Will Tap Stormwater

Long Beach reclamation site prepares to open

Long Beach reclamation site prepares to open

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Pay to Play: Fees Climb for LA County Businesses

Los Angeles is the costliest city for businesses in LA County and more taxes could be on the way

TAXES: The annual Cost of Doing Business Survey shows just how pricey doing business can be in Los Angeles.

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New Tech Makes Solar Panel Production Cheaper

The Claremont-Pomona Locally Grown Power panel factory is the brainchild of Executive Director Devon Hartman — an architect, general contractor and energy efficiency adviser — and Kent Kernahan, a solar photovoltaic panel industry veteran and inventor who in 2015 received a U.S. patent for a new technology to produce solar panels.

Nonprofit Plans Solar Push

MANUFACTURING: New tech powers low-cost panels

GREEN ENERGY Claremont-Pomona Locally Grown Power aims to provide solar power without chasing profits.

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Taxes, Infrastructure and Homelessness Top Concerns in New Local Business Poll

New and increasing taxes, deterioration of public infrastructure and rising homelessness are the top concerns in a new poll released June 17 of Los Angeles County business owners and executives conducted by the Los Angeles County Business Federation and the Employers Group.

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Tetra Tech Snags $25M Contract for Anacostia River Sediment Cleanup

Pasadena-based Tetra Tech Inc. announced May 28 that it has been awarded a $25 million contract for technical support services for assessment and remediation of contaminated sediments in the tidal portion of the Anacostia River, which flows through Washington D.C.

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Katherine Blair Named First Woman to Skechers Board

Skechers USA Inc. appointed corporate attorney Katherine Blair to its board of directors, becoming the footwear company’s first female board member.

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Port of LA Terminal Closed Following Dockworker Death

A dockworker was killed and another seriously injured while working on a vehicle that moves containers at the Port of Los Angeles terminal early Wednesday morning, officials said.

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Edison Core Earnings Down; Plan Announced for $1.5 B Stock Offering

Rosemead-based Edison International announced April 30 it is planning its first substantial new stock offering in a quarter century, a common stock issue of up to $1.5 billion in value to provide operational funding and more cash to deal with increased costs related to wildfires.

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SoCal Gas Fined $8M by State Regulators for Alleged Billing Violations

Southern California Gas Co. has been hit with an $8 million fine from state regulators for alleged billing violations.

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Long Beach Container Terminal Sold for $1.8 Billion

Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas International Ltd. said Tuesday that it will sell Long Beach Container Terminal to a consortium led by Australia’s Macquarie Group for $1.78 billion.

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Unemployment Down in L.A. County as Jobs Grow, Workforce Shrinks

L.A. County’s unemployment rate in March dipped slightly to 4.6 percent, the combined effect of a modest gain in jobs and several thousand workers leaving the labor force.