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Why are Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Aldi succeeding in SoCal where others failed?

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Writers Guild overwhelmingly ratifies new Hollywood contract

Following a nail-biting negotiating drama with Hollywood producers, a new Writers Guild of America contract was nearly unanimously ratified by movie and TV scribes Wednesday. Votes were cast by 3,647 members of the labor union, and only 30 peopl...

By Bob Strauss|

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  • Fraud and false statements

    Here’s what the DOJ says a La Mirada credit card-skimming ring bought with stolen numbers

    Federal and local authorities said they busted a ring of thieves Tuesday that used credit card information stolen from customers at local restaurants to make more than $500,000 worth of fraudulent purchases over the last two years. A multi-agency raid hit locations in La Mirada, Whittier and La Habra to search for...

    Angela Ratzlaff
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  • Environment

    Southern California Edison to offer $450 rebate for all-electric, plug-in hybrid vehicle owners

    Southern California Edison is offering a $450 rebate to customers who own an all-electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, the utility announced Monday. The Rosemead-based investor-owned utility joined others in the state in passing along revenues they’ve received in the form of credits from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program to customers using electricity as a low-carbon transportation fuel. However, EV or plug-in hybrid owners served by...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • National budgets

    Trump budget: More for the military, less for the poor

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise Tuesday, proposing a $4.1 trillion budget plan that would upend Washington in a big way. But he drew rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for the plan’s jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net for the poor and a broad swath of other domestic programs. The budget, Trump’s first as president, combines his spending plan for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year with a promise...

    By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press|

  • National budgets

    Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years. The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for...

    By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press|

  • Transportation

    Botts’ Dots, after a half-century, will disappear from freeways, highways

    Botts’ Dots — the raised, rumbly markers between lanes on California’s highways and freeways — are on their way out, with Caltrans saying it will no longer maintain or install them. Named after Elbert Dysart Botts, the Caltrans engineer credited with the 1950s research that led to their creation, the dots spread across the nation as a way to stripe lanes. The dots later become known for a different benefit: The powerful feedback when driving over them...

    By Jonathan Winslow jwinslow@scng.com|

  • Business

    Looking for clean restrooms? This GasBuddy survey will help you find them

    A recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than 87.5 percent of Americans age 16 and older reported driving in the past year. During that time they travelled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s on the low side for me — the very low side. And I suspect that scores of other Southern Californians would say the same thing. Let’s face it, we live in a...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Business

    LA County job growth barely budged last year, but Inland Empire boomed

    California posted the nation’s second biggest year-over-year employment gain in April and the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent — its lowest reading since 2001, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. “It’s great to see that the statewide unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in 16 years,” Robert Kleinhenz, executive...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Local governments

    $9.2 billion LA budget funds housing for homeless, immigrant legal expenses, fire department expansion

    The Los Angeles City Council approved a $9.2 billion budget Thursday that includes funding projects to reduce traffic fatalities, hiring firefighters and creating a $1 million legal fund for undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The spending plan, which is for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, calls for increasing firefighter ranks by 75 and funding two new engine companies. It also includes money for a girls camp to recruit more women into the firefighting...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Restaurant operators

    Casa Vega owner says cockroach closure was ‘sign from God’ to renovate restaurant

    SHERMAN OAKS >> The two cockroaches that had scurried from beneath a broken water pipe at Casa Vega and under the eyes of county public health inspectors were but a gift from God. So says the owner of the historic Mexican restaurant of the stars in Sherman Oaks. After a brief pause to kill the bugs before Cinco de Mayo, Casa Vega closed its doors this week for only the second time in 61 years to expedite a major kitchen and dining room...

    Dana Bartholomew
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  • Environmental concerns

    Rancho Cucamonga gas leak, now in 2nd week, is killing trees, residents say

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Residents say a natural gas leak has held a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood hostage for 11 days, and the Southern California Gas Co. hasn’t really explained to homeowners what’s going on. “I asked the man tonight checking the underground gas levels where the levels were in my backyard,” Trudy Usatorres, 59, of Rancho Cucamonga said Wednesday night. “He said he was not authorized to tell me.” • Photos:

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